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Vietnam and Cambodia Odyssey including

Cambodia Beach Stay

  • UK
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Nha Trang
  • Saigon
  • Mekong Cruise
  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap
  • Sihanoukville
  • UK

3 NIGHTS from £390pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a relaxing 3-night beach stay
  • Two-night Halong Bay Cruise
  • Four scenic train journeys through Vietnam
  • Tours of Hanoi, Saigon & Phnom Penh
  • 3-night cruise on the Mekong Delta
  • Explore the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Discover the incredible Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

Extension from £390pp

Tour + Extension from £3080pp

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Cambodia Beach Stay

Relax in Sihanoukville, Cambodia's premier seaside resort.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Hanoi

Depart London on your overnight flight to Hanoi.


You will be met on arrival by your guide who'll accompany you to your hotel. After some time to relax enjoy dinner and a traditional Water Puppet Performance.

  • Dinner

A full day tour of this historic city begins with the Ho Chi Minh Complex where the father of modern day Vietnam declared the nation's independence in 1945. Visit sites including the Presidential Palace built by the French colonialists in the early 20th century, Ho Chi Minh's House of Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. After lunch, you will learn about Vietnam's ethnic groups in the Museum of Ethnology. Later return to the lively Old Quarter to explore this bustling commercial centre on cyclo, a two person cycle carriage.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hanoi to Halong Bay

This memorable day marks the start of your two-night cruise around the awe-inspiring Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a vision of ethereal beauty. You'll explore these marvellous islands, intricate limestone rock formations and hidden wave-eroded grottoes on a luxury cruise boat. Begin with a visit to Vung Vieng Fishing village by rowing boat, a floating settlement dating back hundreds of years. After lunch, there'll be some time to swim and relax on Ban Chan sandy beach before continuing your journey to Cong Do where the boat will anchor overnight. Finish your day with a local cookery demonstration before enjoying a delicious set dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Halong Bay

Begin your day with some calming Tai Chi on the boat's deck or watch the sun rise from your cabin before setting off for a more active day on the water. Cruise to some of the bay's more untouched areas, making stops for swimming and sightseeing. Spend the evening relaxing on board with a spa treatment (at a fee).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Halong Bay to Hue

Rise early for your final water excursion - a trip to explore the well-hidden and prehistoric Thien Canh Son cave before a farewell brunch and arrival on the mainland. Enjoy an early dinner back in Hanoi before boarding a sleeper train for an overnight journey to Hue.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

Enjoy the morning view from your window as the train approaches its final destination. The first visit of the day is to the Citadel of Hue, a large fortress built in the 18th century whose architectural style takes inspiration from both the Forbidden City in Beijing and the military principles of the French army. Then continue to the partially ruined Dien Tho Residence before visiting Thai Hoa Palace and finally to Thien Mu pagoda and the Imperial tomb of Emperor Minh Mang.

  • Lunch & Dinner
Hue to Hoi An

After breakfast, you'll board the train for a trip along the Reunification Railway to Danang that links Hanoi to Saigon. The train glides through the world class scenic route that runs along the South China Sea, snaking between jungle-covered cliffs and past white beaches, finally heading through lush green mountains to reach Danang. Take some time to relax at your hotel or explore the area before reconvening for dinner.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
Hoi An

Your morning in Hoi An will begin with a walking tour of the town, taking you past traditional Japanese merchant houses, ancient Chinese tea warehouses and finishes at the Pagoda Bridge, an early 17th-century Japanese temple that spans across the waterway. After lunch, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the myriad of silk and tailor shops or simply take in the views over a coffee at one of the many waterside cafes.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
Hoi An to Nha Trang

Following breakfast at your hotel, it's time to board the train for the day-long journey south to the coastal city of Nha Trang, widely considered to be home to one of the most beautiful bays in the word. Arrive in the late evening and check into your hotel.

  • Breakfast
Nha Trang

Today you will enjoy a day of island hopping, starting with a trip to Mun Island, the premium spot for snorkelling in Nha Trang, blessed with a wealth of colourful coral reefs and marine life. Enjoy lunch on Con Se Tre island before returning to your hotel to refresh, have dinner, then board the overnight train to Saigon. (* snorkelling & water sports available at a fee)

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The train arrives into Saigon in the early hours so you'll be transferred straight to your hotel with time to enjoy breakfast. Spend the afternoon touring Saigon's highlights with a visit to the Reunification Palace as well as nearby Notre Dame Cathedral. Next travel to the French-style Saigon Post Office then finishes at the Ben Thanh Market, a symbol of the bustling city where colourful stalls are packed to the rafters with fresh fruit and tourist kitsch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an impressive network of underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. This immense labyrinth of 75 miles in length once housed hospitals, weapon factories and living quarters. Return to Saigon for an afternoon and evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
Saigon to Mekong Cruise

Leaving Saigon behind, embark on a three-night cruise along the fascinating network of rivers in the Mekong Delta that will journey all the way up to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. First visit Can Tho, the largest town on the Delta, cruising gently through picturesque canals and waterways, taking in the sultry scenery and daily activities of the Mekong people. Continue to Cai Be where there'll be a guided walk to a rural village, passing lush green orchards and the chance to meet the locals.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Mekong Cruise

Depart early in the morning with an excursion on long rowing sampan boats allowing you to meander through the small canals of Tan Phong islet. This afternoon the boats will moor at the charming colonial town of Sa Dec. Famous for its beautiful flower gardens, the small, sleepy town is truly a hidden gem on the Mekong Delta. Return to the vessel for a sunset cruise and dinner on board.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Mekong Cruise

Arrive at Cao Lanh in the morning and after breakfast disembark for a morning excursion to Tan Thuan Dong islet where you can enjoy a gentle cycle around the winding roads or simply explore the area by foot. As the boat manoeuvres through Cho Vam canal, you are invited to a sunset cocktail party on the top deck.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Mekong to Phnom Penh

After an early breakfast you will be transferred to Phnom Penh by speedboat where you'll be met with the coach to begin your tour of the capital of Cambodia. Begin with a visit to the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866, and marvel at the ornately gilded Khmer roofs, beguiling throne hall, solid gold-encrusted Buddha and Silver Pagoda. Next visit the National Museum that houses a collection of Khmer art, notably sculptures, throughout the ages. Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

This morning includes a guided tour of Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, both grim reminders of Cambodia's bloody past. These excursions may prove distressing for some but are important pieces of Cambodia's historical and cultural puzzle. Later this afternoon continue by coach to Siem Reap.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
Siem Reap

Watch the sunrise at the 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex, the best-preserved temple boasting fascinating decorative flourishes that took 30 years to build and represents Khmer civilisation at its grandest. Next visit Angkor Thom, a group of buildings that surpass Angkor Watt in splendour and grandiosity. Start at the Southern Gate, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side, followed by the Bayon and its beautifully crafted central towers. From here you visit Baphoun, Phimeanakas and the Elephant Terrace, once used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies. Lastly see Ta Prohm, undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor. That has been left to be swallowed by the jungle and is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Conclude the day with dinner and an Apsara dance performance.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Siem Reap to UK

Depart Siem Reap for your return flight back to the UK via Saigon or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
Siem Reap to Sihanoukville

Fly to Phu Quoc. Upon arrival transfer to your chosen Beach Hotel

  • Breakfast

Relax at your chosen Beach Hotel

  • Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information


Until 30th June 2021, a visa is not required for stays up to 15 days for UK citizens. From the 1st July 2021 and for stays longer than 15 days, a visa is required for entry into Vietnam. You can apply for an e-visa online at https://evisa. The cost of the visa is approximately USD$25 and will take roughly 3 working days. Alternatively, we work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote Mercury Holidays. The cost of the visa is £105. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of entry. Therefore we recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however, please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time. You can also visit the Embassy of Vietnam in London: 12-14 Victoria Road, London, W8 5RD. This visa information is a guideline only and is subject to change; up-to-date information regarding the process and fees will be advised at the time of calling the Travel Visa Company.
Please note, Irish citizens must accquire a visa when travelling to Vietnam, so please follow the above information to obtain a visa.

A visa is required for entry into Cambodia and this can be purchased on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap. The cost of this is approximately USD $30 per person. Please note that you will be required to bring a passport photo with you as well as USD $30 cash in order to apply for your visa on arrival into Cambodia. A visa will need to be paid for again if entering Cambodia a second time, at the same cost of USD $30 (for example if you are taking both the Laos extension and the Cambodia extension). Please note that it is important that is plenty of space left in the passport, as a Cambodian visa alone takes up one page.

A visa is required for entry into Laos and this can be purchased on arrival at the airport in Luang Prabang. The cost of this is approximately USD $35 per person and you will need to bring the money in cash in order to apply for your visa on arrival into Laos, you will also be required to bring two passport photos. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.


We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your initial flight is to Hanoi International Airport with Vietnam Airlines (VN), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking, lounges or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extra Tel. 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.
Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage.
Hand luggage: One piece of hand baggage and one accessory not exceeding 12kg total weight for both. The total dimension of one hand baggage item must not exceed 115cm (56cm x 36cm x 23cm). The total dimension of one accessory must not exceed 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in.

Alternative Flights
Alternative flights are available, please contact us for details.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches, boats and trains. Please note you will be required to carry your luggage between stations, and you may be required to sleep on a top bunk. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is an escorted tour, meaning that you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND) and the currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel (KHM). We recommend that you take some US Dollars (USD) with you and exchange this currency whilst you are travelling.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £600-£700 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. Should you wish to tip, you can give this to your guide and driver when you leave them in each place. If you feel you have received a good level of service, we recommend approximately £2 ($3) per person per day for the guide and driver. This will be collected at the end of each destination visited for your convenience. Tips are accepted in the local currency, US dollars and British pounds.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
2022 DATES
Independence Hotel
07 Jan 202229 Jan 2022£359£3029£3388
14 Jan 202205 Feb 2022£359£2939£3298
21 Jan 202212 Feb 2022£359£2879£3238
04 Feb 202226 Feb 2022£359£2939£3298
11 Feb 202205 Mar 2022£359£3719£4078
18 Feb 202212 Mar 2022£359£3019£3378
25 Feb 202219 Mar 2022£359£3019£3378
04 Mar 202226 Mar 2022£359£3039£3398
11 Mar 202202 Apr 2022£359£2939£3298
18 Mar 202209 Apr 2022£339£3059£3398
25 Mar 202216 Apr 2022£339£3039£3378
01 Apr 202223 Apr 2022£339£3209£3548
15 Apr 202207 May 2022£339£2719£3058
22 Apr 202214 May 2022£339£2719£3058
29 Apr 202221 May 2022£339£2639£2978
06 May 202228 May 2022£339£2589£2928
13 May 202204 Jun 2022£339£2639£2978
20 May 202211 Jun 2022£339£2489£2828
27 May 202218 Jun 2022£339£2439£2778
03 Jun 202225 Jun 2022£339£2389£2728
10 Jun 202202 Jul 2022£529£2339£2868
17 Jun 202209 Jul 2022£339£2389£2728
01 Jul 202223 Jul 2022£339£2439£2778
08 Jul 202230 Jul 2022£339£2439£2778
22 Jul 202213 Aug 2022£339£2539£2878
05 Aug 202227 Aug 2022£339£2739£3078
02 Sep 202224 Sep 2022£339£2699£3038
09 Sep 202201 Oct 2022£339£2579£2918
16 Sep 202208 Oct 2022£339£2629£2968
30 Sep 202222 Oct 2022£359£2789£3148
07 Oct 202229 Oct 2022£359£2789£3148
14 Oct 202205 Nov 2022£359£2829£3188
21 Oct 202212 Nov 2022£359£2789£3148
28 Oct 202219 Nov 2022£359£2789£3148
04 Nov 202226 Nov 2022£359£2789£3148
11 Nov 202203 Dec 2022£359£2789£3148
18 Nov 202210 Dec 2022£359£2669£3028
25 Nov 202217 Dec 2022£359£2789£3148
02 Dec 202224 Dec 2022£359£2789£3148
2020 DATES
Sokha Beach Resort
11 Sep 202003 Oct 2020£349£2539£2888
02 Oct 202024 Oct 2020£349£2629£2978
16 Oct 202007 Nov 2020£339£2649£2988
23 Oct 202014 Nov 2020£339£2689£3028
06 Nov 202028 Nov 2020£339£2699£3038
20 Nov 202012 Dec 2020£359£2619£2978
27 Nov 202019 Dec 2020£359£2699£3058
2021 DATES
01 Jan 202123 Jan 2021£359£2999£3358
08 Jan 202130 Jan 2021£359£3029£3388
15 Jan 202106 Feb 2021£359£2939£3298
22 Jan 202113 Feb 2021£359£2879£3238
05 Feb 202127 Feb 2021£359£2939£3298
12 Feb 202106 Mar 2021£359£3719£4078
19 Feb 202113 Mar 2021£359£3019£3378
26 Feb 202120 Mar 2021£359£3019£3378
05 Mar 202127 Mar 2021£359£2939£3298
12 Mar 202103 Apr 2021£339£3059£3398
19 Mar 202110 Apr 2021£339£3039£3378
26 Mar 202117 Apr 2021£339£3209£3548
02 Apr 202124 Apr 2021£339£3139£3478
16 Apr 202108 May 2021£339£2719£3058
23 Apr 202115 May 2021£339£2639£2978
30 Apr 202122 May 2021£339£2589£2928
07 May 202129 May 2021£339£2639£2978
14 May 202105 Jun 2021£339£2489£2828
21 May 202112 Jun 2021£339£2439£2778
28 May 202119 Jun 2021£339£2389£2728
04 Jun 202126 Jun 2021£529£2339£2868
11 Jun 202103 Jul 2021£339£2389£2728
18 Jun 202110 Jul 2021£339£2439£2778
25 Jun 202117 Jul 2021£339£2439£2778
02 Jul 202124 Jul 2021£339£2439£2778
09 Jul 202131 Jul 2021£339£2539£2878
23 Jul 202114 Aug 2021£339£2939£3278
06 Aug 202128 Aug 2021£339£2739£3078
03 Sep 202125 Sep 2021£339£2579£2918
10 Sep 202102 Oct 2021£359£2629£2988
17 Sep 202109 Oct 2021£359£2699£3058
01 Oct 202123 Oct 2021£359£2789£3148
08 Oct 202130 Oct 2021£359£2829£3188
15 Oct 202106 Nov 2021£359£2789£3148
22 Oct 202113 Nov 2021£359£2789£3148
29 Oct 202120 Nov 2021£359£2789£3148
05 Nov 202127 Nov 2021£359£2789£3148
12 Nov 202104 Dec 2021£359£2669£3028
19 Nov 202111 Dec 2021£359£2789£3148
26 Nov 202118 Dec 2021£359£2789£3148
Itinerary Changes

Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed, however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. The schedules of the regional flights within and between South-East Asian countries are subject to frequent changes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times.

Alternative Flights

Alternative flights are available, please contact us for details.

Important to note:

Please note that an extra night in Siem Reap is required at the end of the tour for the following dates; 6th Sep, 4th & 25th Oct 2019. (Unless you are taking an extension then an extra night will not be required)

Cambodia Beach Stay

Please note, from April 2020 onwards, for the Cambodia Beach Stay extension you will stay at the Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville. Please refer to your final documentation for further information.

Important to note

Please note: the Halong Bay cruise itinerary may change depending on the boat used

What to expect

Fact File


Average Flying time

12 hours

Min/Max temperature

12 °C / 37 °C

Spoken languages


When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.



What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream and a hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Rucksack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Travel plug adapter
Customer Rating:
Peter Coles
24th Oct 2019

All well selected, central locations with friendly and very helpful staff.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
Keren Richards
2nd Oct 2019

The overall trip was very memorable and thoroughly enjoyable.
The downside for us was the extension in Sihanoukville. While the hotel Independent was very nice although somewhat dated with lovely pool etc. it was disappointing for anyone wanting to explore beyond the confines of the hotel. We took the shuttle to town but were horrified at the amount of litter not only in the streets but literally everywhere. There is obviously no infrastructure for refuse collection yet sky scraper hotels going up everywhere with Chinese money. Very sad.
We are well travelled and used to all sorts of places where there is poverty and deprivation but we have never seen anything like Sihanoukville. I think the deceased king would turn in his grave. So while a very good holiday overall we would not have booked the extension had we known.

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Customer Rating:
Barbara Archer
19th Nov 2018

Just to say thank you all so much - neither I nor my Husband would not have known how to put such an amazing itinerary together! - On our journey, we came across the truly worldly backpackers so we can assume we were on the right route for true exploration - we proudly call ourselves 'flashpackers' as we followed an adventurous (but well-organised) trail too!

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
Elaine Hinds
6th Feb 2018

Hotels on tour varied between adequate and very good.
Unfortunately the beach stay hotel was not of a good standard. The Independance Hotel is very tired and really showing its age 55 years. In general hotel a bit scruffy, very poor breakfast offering, unhappy & unmotivated staff and remotely located.
The resort itself offers little of interest and a very poor food offering. All in all a disappointing end to what had been an excellent tour.

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