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Vietnam & Angkor Wat

SAIGON, HUE, DANANG, HOI AN, HALONG BAY, HANOI & ANGKOR WAT

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  • Duration: 15 days
  • Price: from $2,399

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey with the best places to visit in Vietnam . Reserve by August 25, 2016 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited on these Angkor Wat Tours so please reserve early.

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Explore the world renowned temples of Angkor Wat, visit the spectacularly beautiful Halong Bay, and see remnants of the Vietnam war, all while enjoying the comforts of deluxe and first class hotels. Call smarTours today to book your next incredible journey!
Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 3 nights in Saigon
  • 1 night in Hue
  • 2 nights in Hoi An
  • 1 night in Halong
  • 2 nights in Hanoi
  • 3 nights in Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)

 

  • Angkor Wat Temples (Siem Reap)
  • Beautiful Halong Bay
  • Remnants of Vietnam War (Hoi An)
  • Optional Mekong Delta Excursion
  • Tour of Historic Hoi An
  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles via scheduled China Eastern Airlines wide-body jet (add $100 from NYC)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Asia flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at deluxe and first class hotels
  • 21 meals: 12 full American breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L) and 4 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • English-speaking Tour Director and local guides 

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Please note that there is a lengthy layover in Shanghai on the way back from Cambodia to the U.S. As a gesture of goodwill to improve the experience for our travelers, smarTours has arranged for you to have access to the Business Class lounge in Shanghai. The flight schedules are always subject to change, but for more detail on the flights, please contact smarTours at 800-337-7773
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $429.
New York Departure: Add $100 if departing from New York (JFK), subject to availability.
Business Class Upgrade: Add $3850 from LAX and $3950 from New York (JFK)
Note: Business Class applies to flights from US to Saigon and back from Siem Reap to US. The internal flights within Vietnam and Cambodia are in economy.
Vietnam & Cambodia visa fees are not included.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your exotic journey to Vietnam and Angkor Wat (Cambodia) begins as you depart on your wide-body jet flight bound for Asia.
Day 2
Arrive Saigon (Vietnam).
Evening arrival in Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your hotel. Vissai Saigon Hotel (formerly StarCity Hotel).
Day 3
Journey this morning outside Saigon to see one of the remnants of the Vietnam War, the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels, which used to serve the former Communist Guerrillas. Return to Saigon and visit the major sights of this vibrant city. See the Notre Dame Cathedral, the former US Embassy, Cholon, the buzzing Chinese quarter and the lively Ben Thanh Market, where an incredible array of goods is sold. (B,L) 

Day 4
Optional Mekong Delta Excursion.
Today, embark on a full-day optional excursion ($35) from Saigon to My Tho, one of the most beautiful areas of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s most fertile agricultural center. A boat trip takes you along narrow canals, passing rice fields and lush orchards, offering a unique insight into local village life. Visit local markets before returning to Saigon late this afternoon. (B)

Day 5
Saigon/Hue.
This morning, fly to Hue, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam. Visit the Imperial Citadel in Hue’s old city, the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate and the Forbidden Purple City, home to the Royal Family before 1945. After lunch, enjoy a scenic boat trip on the Perfume River and stop to visit the revered Thien Mu Pagoda, the most famous monument in Hue. A stop is also made at the colorful Dong Ba market with its wide array of local foods and products. This evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel. Cherish Hotel (formerly Camellia Hue Hotel) (B,D)

Day 6
Hue/Danang/Hoi An.
This morning, depart Hue for Hoi An, with sightseeing in Danang along the way. Journey through some of Vietnam’s most spectacular scenery as you traverse the Hai Van Pass and enjoy pristine coastline views. In Danang explore the Cham Museum, housing an exquisite collection of sandstone carvings and sculptures. Later, visit China Beach, the renowned war-time R&R resort and see the Marble Mountains, consisting of five stone jagged crests that represent the elements of nature. You’ll then drive to Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s most delightful and enchanting towns. Hoi An Historic Hotel (B,L)

Day 7
Hoi An.
The ancient city of Hoi An retains much of its original charm and culture. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of this historic port town and show you some of the centuries old houses. You’ll also enjoy a Trishaw (Cyclo) ride and see the Japanese Bridge, gracefully curving over a tributary of the Thu Bon River. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. (B,L)

Day 8
Hoi An/Halong.
This morning fly to Hanoi and journey by road through the lush countryside to Halong, a vast mysterious bay with majestic scenery. Free time this afternoon to relax at your hotel’s pool and admire the precious views of the bay. Novotel Hotel (B,D)

Day 9
Halong Bay Excursion/Hanoi.
Halong Bay is widely considered as Vietnam’s most spectacular natural attraction. It comprises over three thousand small jagged limestone islands rising out of the South China Sea. These dramatic formations are the backdrop of your exciting 4-hour boat trip, stopping to visit several island caves. You’ll also enjoy a delicious seafood lunch. Later, drive back to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and arrive at your deluxe hotel. Movenpick Hotel (B,L)
Day 10
Hanoi’s rich history is closely tied to French colonialism as well as the Chinese era, evident in the city’s architecture, cuisine and culture. On today’s sightseeing tour, explore the highlights of this fascinating city. View the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum then visit the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Proceed to scenic Hoan Kiem Lake and enjoy a guided walk through the narrow lanes of the historic old quarter. This evening savor a thrilling performance of the unique Water Puppets! (B)
Day 11
Hanoi/Siem Reap (Cambodia).
Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore independently or relax. In the afternoon, savor an included cyclo ride to discover the many interesting sections of the old quarter and its sprawling markets where you may shop for unique souvenirs and sample delicious local food. You’ll also visit the infamous former prison nick-named “Hanoi Hilton”. Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Siem Reap (Cambodia), gateway to the world famous temples of Angkor Wat, among the “Seven Wonders of the World”. Royal Angkor Resort (B)
Day 12
Built by the Khmer kings, the ancient rulers of Cambodia, the exquisitely carved temples are an architectural masterpiece. Afternoon sightseeing of the temples of Angkor, including Angkor Thom and the Southern Gate of Bayon. At sunset, visit the upper terraces of an ancient temple for spectacular views. (B,L)

Day 13

This morning, travel to Kampong Kleang where you’ll enjoy a relaxing boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Visit the fascinating floating fishing villages and view submerged forests and fishing farms. Later return to Siem Reap to further explore with a local expert the “Angkor Conservation Complex”. The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor Wat impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, you’ll first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. As you enter the main building, you’ll ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stonecarvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. You’ll also visit Preah Khan, a temple built by King Jayavarman VII with towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Continue to the Les Chantiers Ecoles, a vocational centre, to observe the artisans at work. Tonight, savor a special dinner and a colorful cultural performance. (B,D)

Day 14
Full day at leisure for independent exploration or relaxation at your upscale resort. Later, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your late night flight. (B,D)
Day 15
Siem Reap/Shanghai/USA.
An overnight flight to Shanghai, China where you’ll connect for your flight back home. Your exciting journey filled with the best places to visit in Vietnam comes to an end as you touch down in the USA later today.

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Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from the USA and back are on China Eastern Airlines. You are expected to arrive at your departure airport at least 3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Schedule is as follows:

 

Departure

Los Angeles (LAX) New York (JFK)

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Jul. 2016 – Mar. 2017

12:30PM 10:00AM 4:30PM

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Please note that there is a lengthy layover in Shanghai on the way back from Cambodia to the U.S. As a gesture of goodwill to improve the experience for our travelers, smarTours has arranged for you to have access to the Business Class lounge in Shanghai. The flight schedules are always subject to change, but for more detail on the flights, please contact smarTours at 800-337-7773.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

China Eastern Airlines does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! However, we are suggesting that you check-in early to request for your seat(s) at the airport.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are required to enter Vietnam and Cambodia. US and Canadian passport holders should obtain the visa for Vietnam prior to arrival. You can obtain your visa directly from the Vietnamese Consulate or contact “CIBT” to facilitate that for you. Also, please note that visa procedures may change at any timeYou should check directly with the consulate, or if using CIBT online at http://www.cibt.com, for the most up to date instructions before submitting your paperwork. To obtain an individual visa for Vietnam, please follow one of the following:

1. If you prefer to apply for your visa directly with the Vietnamese Consulate, please contact the Vietnamese Consulate nearest your area for visa requirements and application forms and fees.

2. If you plan to use a visa service to facilitate the processing of the visa, we recommend using CIBT.  Please use the following link to download instructions and forms at http://www.cibt.com/home.aspx?Login=50002.

3. If you do not have access to a computer, and you are not able to apply for your visa in person, please contact CIBT to have a form mailed to you. If you plan to use the services of CIBT and have any questions regarding the application please call them directly at 800-406-1523.

4. We recommend that you apply for the visa by certified mail or through CIBT, at least 90-60 days before your scheduled departure to Asia. If you apply earlier, your visa may expire by the time you are scheduled to take your trip!

Cambodia visa is granted on arrival for US and Canadian passport holders.  Visa cost is $30 per person payable in cash only (US dollars). To obtain your visa on arrival you’ll need to present one passport size photo for Cambodia (additional information will be mailed to you with your final documents). Non US and Canadian citizens may also be eligible Cambodia visa on arrival. Please contact smarTours to verify if you are eligible.  Non US and Canadian citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please make sure that you have at least two clean pages in your passport, and that  you have mailed smarTours one photocopy (xerox) of the information page of your passport. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent 10 – 7 days before your scheduled departure.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, we suggest that you consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

The North, Center and South of Vietnam all have different climates. The north has 4 seasons (similar to the USA), with winter temperatures (Nov-Feb) averaging in the 50’s and 60’s. The south is tropical with wet and hot summers. Year round temperatures in the south averages in the 80’s.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shops to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in coffee shops is about $20 – $25 per meal per person.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  For “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency.   It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (1 suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece (no more than 18”x10”x8”). Please do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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by Michaela and Mark Drennon on smarTours
Fantastic Vietnam /Angkor Wat Tour with Tan

My husband and I experienced the countries of Vietnam and Cambodia with Tan from Smartours as the Tour Director. Being the Tour Director he did an excellent job of including everyone to enjoy the interesting places on our adventure, even pointing out some fantastic vistas for those of us who love photography!

by lita and gene sermonia on smarTours
Vietnam and angkor wat

Most amazing experience.This is our second Smart Tour and we will do another one again. All the tour guides fron Saigon to Hanoi were absolutely helpful and informative. Same way to our guide Narun in Cambodia.Our tour guide NOK from day 1 to the end was the most amazing of all. I never learned the true meaning of PATIENCE until I met her. God bless her, she's excellent.

by Lynn LaRue on smarTours
Great trip

From beginning to end this was a great trip. The hotels were all good with the best being Hoi An Historic Hotel & Royal Angkor Resort. Boeing, the guide, was so pleasant & extremely organized. There were 30 people on the tour & I think everyone was happy. It was amazing how much was included in the overall cost of the trip. We had heard bad things about China Eastern but it was OK. The plane was new, food adequate & great selection of movies. Looking forward to another Smartour next year.

by Carolyn Hanson on smarTours
Vietnam and Cambodia w Smartours

We have taken 6 different Smartour trips. Amazingly they have all been five star! Luck has a lot to do with it, I am sure, but we have never had a hitch in all 6 trips. Vietnam and Cambodia was by far our favorite trip. There is so much beauty in both countries, so much American history and good and friendly people to meet along the way. We were completely surprised at how much we enjoyed the trip because we didn't have any pre-concieved expectations, never dreaming it would be so great. Do yourself a favor....just do it!!!

by Devorah Torres on smarTours

This was our third Smartour. As always the tour itself was amazing. Smartours out did themselves with the sites and itinerary. The hotels were A+. We loved our tour guide and fellow travelers.

by Connie Molder on smarTours
Great Tour

First, this tour had the best hotels of any tour I have been on. The bathrooms were to die for! I really enjoyed the markets. Our guide was great, pointing out so many things we had no idea what they were (like eggs in horse urine). I could have stayed on the beach in Hoi An for days (the hotel here was in town, but you could visit their sister hotel which was on the beach). I went in the summer, and it was very hot, but it was worth it. I am sorry it is no longer on the schedule for summers (it eliminates teachers). Sitting on a balcony watching the people at the market in Hanoi while drinking a 50 cent beer will be one of my greatest travel memories ever. Be ready for A VERY LONG trip from Halong Bay to Hanoi. I would do this trip again and again.

by Isabel Wexler on smarTours
Cambodia and Vietnam - FANTASTIC TOUR!!!

This was our third trip with smartours and once again, it was AMAZING!!!
The itinerary was perfect... so much to see and do in only fifteen days!!! The hotels were great!!! Four and five star hotels included for an amazingly low price.
Our guide, NOK, was absolutely the best!!! She told us we would all be family and SHE DID NOT DISAPPOINT!!! She handled everything to perfection!!! Meals, hotels, touring, bus routing, scheduling, providing snacks, providing medication when needed, were all brilliantly coordinated!!!
Her cheery disposition, her warmth, her sense of humor, her expertise helped to create an amazing environment for the thirty one of us on her tour!!!
Our recommendation.,.. ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH SMARTOURS!!! THEY ARE FABULOUS!!! THE TOURS AND TOUR GUIDES ARE AMAZING!!! THE VALUE IS INCREDIBLE!!!
And, just maybe, you too will be fortunate to have Nok as your tour leader in Cambodia and Vietnam!
An afterthought... the one difficult day (long bus trip) has now been eliminated from the tour... smartours listened to its guests... The new and improved itinerary looks wonderful!!!

by Michael & Rita Fisher on smarTours
dissappointing Vietnam & Cambodia

The countries are fantastic. The Hotels were great. The schedule and timing were terrible.
Arriving at Siem Reap (one of the possible best parts of the whole tour) at 5:00pm we were informed it closes at 6:00pm and we would have to rush around. - 1 hour to visit !!!!.
Simialrily we spent 4 days at Hoi An and Hue (relaxing!!) where ther is little to see after perhaps 4/5 hours in total.
We arrived at Halong Bay at about 6pm - with no time to do anything and early the next morning we had to check out to start our trip back to Hanoi.

To summarise quickly. Wherever the hotels were expensive (regardless of the local attractions) we had VERY LITTLE time (or none). Where hotels were inexpensive (Hoi An , Hue) we spent 4 nights - with very little to see of any significant nature.
All the hotels were excellent and the tour guides did a great job BUT for us and a good number on our tour that wanted to see the HIGHLIGHTS of Cambodia/Vietnam we were all VERY Dissappointed. This is how Smarttours keeps prices competitive by keeping the hotel costs to a minimum.

Hi Michael and Rita - thank you very much for your feedback. We have taken your comments to heart, and we have made significant changes to our Vietnam and Angkor Wat program to include more time in Siem Reap, more time in Halong Bay, AND we brought down the price by $500 per person on average!

by Michael Steuer on smarTours
Fantastic and Surprising

My wife and I took this trip at the beginning of March, 2014. We were expecting a hectic trip, with no more than two nights at any stop, but it was well organized. When there were slight problems, the tour director (Peter - Great!) and local guides were quick to remedy them. The local guides provided much insight into the history of Cambodia and Vietnam, which opened our eyes beyond what we'd experienced back home in the USA. Hotels were all clean and comfortable, not 5-star, but modern and well run. Korean Air was an excellent airline to fly. Despite what you hear, you CAN reserve seats before you check in, but perhaps only a few weeks before departure. Be prepared for a long bus ride between Phnom Penh and Siam Reap, since the road is under construction. Still the guide and tour director made the ride interesting, with several good stops along the way. Local flights on Vietnam Airways went well and were on typical mid-size jet aircraft.

Included meals on the tour were very good, and I'm a fussy eater. The guides went out of the way to accommodate dietary needs, such as vegetarian or no pork,...and the wait staff were very helpful. Recommended restaurants were also excellent.

Of course the temples were exciting and dramatic, but unexpected highlights of the trip were Halong Bay on a cloudy day and Hoi An, places that are often not included when traveling with more expensive agencies. Be sure to visit the old town in Hoi An, after dark. It's a colorfully lit wonder. So, all in all, we highly recommend this trip.

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