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From London Gatwick: 3 Week Vietnam and Cambodia Trip June 2017 £699.87 @ Ebookers

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I've just come back from spending Christmas and New Year in Vietnam and Cambodia. I've put together this trip based on a similar itinerary. Flights are with Emirates and go from LGW. The outgoing f… Read More
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I've just come back from spending Christmas and New Year in Vietnam and Cambodia. I've put together this trip based on a similar itinerary.

Flights are with Emirates and go from LGW. The outgoing flight has two short stops but I personally think these are better than the flights around £10 cheaper with China Southern as Emirates is a much better airline.

I've included bus and flights where I can but airport transfers aren't included. Most hotels will be able to sort these for you and some offer free pick up but you can also make your own way using local buses or taxi. You will also need to add a visa cost onto this. You will need a visa on arrival when you arrive in Hanoi (I think this was $25). You'll also need a visa on arrival for Cambodia which is $30.

There are much cheaper or more expensive places to stay, but I've included ones with good reviews and some I've stayed in myself. They are all also in good locations too.

Details:

7th June
Leave LGW and commence flight to Hanoi.

8-12th June
Arrive in Hanoi 8th June. You will stay at the Hanoi Guest House for 3 nights. I've personally stayed here and it is right in the middle of the old town and is great value. In Hanoi, you can walk the nearby lake, head to Halong Bay or Cat Ba for a cruise or enjoy the food in the old town. Also consider heading to Sapa which has some lovely scenery, rice fields and traditional villages.

12-14th June
You will catch the train to Hue. Again you can get advice on booking this but it will cost around $35 depending on travel class. Alternatively you can also fly. As there are a range of options here you'll need to add this onto your total price. In Hue you will stay for 2 nights at the Jade Hotel. I've stayed here for 2 nights myself and it is walking distance to the palace and there are also plenty of places to eat locally.

14-17th June
On 14 June you'll travel to Hoi An. Now you have a range of methods to get you here and you'll need to account for this in your trip, but I recommend a motorbike. You will drive the 'Top Gear Road' and the views from the pass are stunning as you head down to the coast. You can also stop en route at Danang and Marble Mountain. In Hoi An you will stay for 3 nights at the Beautiful Moon. In Hoi An you can wander the river and old town, view the lanterns in the evening and also head to My Son temple. If you want a tailored suit, this is also the place to haggle and get one made.

17-20th June
You'll fly from Danang to Siem Reap on 17th June and spend 3 nights in Siem Reap in the Green Park Village (free airport transfer in Siem Reap available). No trip to Siem Reap would be complete without visiting Angkor Wat temple complex. Fight the crowds and get up at 4am to arrive by 5am if you want to see sunrise. I wasn't a fan of Pub Street, but if you want 25 cent beer and cheap massages this is the place to go. Also head into the local villages, hire a bike and get off track and see the local lives of Cambodian people.

20-22nd June
You'll take the Cambodia Post Van (other buses available) for your visit to Phnom Penh. You'll stay for 2 nights at the Sundance Inn. In Phnom Penh make sure you visit the S21 museum and also the Killing Fields, it's such a humbling experience.

22-23rd June
You'll take the Hang Chau ferry (your hotel can help you with booking the tickets $25p) from Phnom Penh back into Vietnam. You won't need a visa as you have a visa waiver. The boat takes around 4hrs. Once in Chau Doc you'll stay for 1 night at the Murray Guesthouse which I've personally stayed at. It is a lovely place with free cycles if you want to explore.

23-25th June
On 23rd you'll take the Futa bus from Chau Doc to Can Tho. I've picked a place I celebrated New Year. The Green Village in the Mekong Delta. It's a homestay and you are in a bamboo hut close to local villages and the river. I loved it here. You won't have hot water and you will see gekos, frogs and probably a mouse or two but you can take the free cycles or their own boat and explore the surrounding area. They also offer tours of the floating markets I a small boat. If you are a bit squemish then look at staying in Can Tho itself. Meals are also included here and they were amazing, some of the best food we had.

25-27th June
On 25th June you'll get the Futa bus to Ho Chi Minh. You'll then spend 2 nights in the Royal Saigon. I've stayed here myself and although it's basic, it is in the heart of the backpacker district and has a restaurant attached which has great reviews too.

On the 27th June you need to be at the airport around 10pm for your flight which leaves early hours on 28th June.

***Breakdown***

Long haul flights from LGW into Hanoi and from Ho Chi Minh to LGW for 2 £767.16 book at Travel Up.

4 nights in Hanoi £82.64 (reduce the number of nights if you want to do a Halong Bay cruise) Book on Ebookers use code AFFVC0117

2 nights in Hue £24.72 book on Ebookers use code AFFVC0117

3 nights in Hoi An £27.30 book on Ebookers use code AFFVC0117

2 flights from DaNang to Siem Reap £258.98 book at Tripsta (Flights are with Vietnam Airlines).

3 nights in Siem Reap £24.15 book on Ebookers use code AFFVC0117

Bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for 2 people $18/£14.64 book on bookmebus.com

2 nights in Phnom Penh £31.88 book on Ebookers use code AFFVC0117

2 Hang Chau Ferry tickets $50/£40.67

1 night in Chau Doc £21.94 book on Ebookers use code AFFVC0117

Futa bus from Chau Doc to Can Tho for 2 people 100,000 dong each (total £7.22, get hotel to book tickets for you)

2 nights in the Green Village Mekong Delta book direct £62.22/$76.50

Futa bus from Can Tho to HCM for 2 people 100,000 dong each (total £7.22, get hotel to book tickets for you)

2 nights in the Royal Saigon Eat and Sleep £29 book on Ebookers AFFVC0117

Total £1399.75/£699.87
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2 Likes #121
Where on earth was paying $2-3 a beer?, 5 star hotel?.
I've just returned and payed 11p in one place.
https://c8.staticflickr.com/1/692/31420168063_be0952da1b_b.jpg1 by Benloader, on Flickr

Even RipOff/Pub street was only $0.50 a beer.

https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/761/32081447402_fb7323e515_b.jpg2 by Benloader, on Flickr

Edited By: Be79n on Jan 10, 2017 16:04
[Travel Expert]#122
Argyll68
I'm not sure where you were drinking but the price of beer ranges from $2-$3. I was at Siem Reap in November and no where did I see the price of beer at 25c.

I can't recall the exact place. It was on Pub Street, opposite a bakery and next to a massage place. This was in December. Even in our hotel beer was $1 and that was the most expensive we paid. I never saw beer more expensive than that in Cambodia.

In Vietnam we paid around 10,000 to 20,000 for a large beer (dependent on brand, although cheaper in HCM)

Not that I drunk any of it, I don't like beer!


Edited By: rachelandgromit on Jan 10, 2017 16:12: Edit
#123
Immoraliste
vardx
why no on the duck egg, out of interest?
Well... go for it. Worth trying everything once. It's a delicacy in many countries in SE Asia and you might like it.
Without wanting to sound dramatic, it was the most unpleasant thing I've ever eaten. You can feel the texture of feathers, the crunch of bones, and the taste was revolting. Because the embryo is fairly developed, you also end up having to swallow it whole.
The rest of the 'odd' foods on offer were very nice, especially if barbecued.https://i.ytimg.com/vi/jY-hPWdzU60/maxresdefault.jpg
I did hope for a smaller photo, but can't post imgur links.
Thanks for that. Think I'll pass, haha.
#124
it's fresh beer! sold on Bia Hoi. I can't remember paying more than 11p
#125
Looks like the Ebookers code has expired?
#126
gary glitter will be all over this
#127
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/02/05/255E642200000578-2941348-image-m-92_1423156035766.jpg
https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/nintchdbpict000003601859.jpg?w=720&strip=all

Heat added for Viet!! X)
#128
Be79n
Where on earth was paying $2-3 a beer?, 5 star hotel?.
I've just returned and payed 11p in one place.https://c8.staticflickr.com/1/692/31420168063_be0952da1b_b.jpg1 by Benloader, on Flickr
Even RipOff/Pub street was only $0.50 a beer.https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/761/32081447402_fb7323e515_b.jpg2 by Benloader, on Flickr
Hope you do realise in Vietnam you pay with your dong.:|
#129
This is absolutely amazing!! Thank you for your help and me and my friend are definitely considering it for a post-university trip. Just had one question, would you know how we could combine Thailand with this trip and do so, cheaply? Thanks in advance!
#130
rachelandgromit
Argyll68
I'm not sure where you were drinking but the price of beer ranges from $2-$3. I was at Siem Reap in November and no where did I see the price of beer at 25c.
I can't recall the exact place. It was on Pub Street, opposite a bakery and next to a massage place. This was in December. Even in our hotel beer was $1 and that was the most expensive we paid. I never saw beer more expensive than that in Cambodia.
In Vietnam we paid around 10,000 to 20,000 for a large beer (dependent on brand, although cheaper in HCM)
Not that I drunk any of it, I don't like beer!

Are you on about draught or bottles?

We only drunk Tiger beer in bottles. Cheapest was $2
[Travel Expert]#131
Argyll68
rachelandgromit
Argyll68
I'm not sure where you were drinking but the price of beer ranges from $2-$3. I was at Siem Reap in November and no where did I see the price of beer at 25c.
I can't recall the exact place. It was on Pub Street, opposite a bakery and next to a massage place. This was in December. Even in our hotel beer was $1 and that was the most expensive we paid. I never saw beer more expensive than that in Cambodia.
In Vietnam we paid around 10,000 to 20,000 for a large beer (dependent on brand, although cheaper in HCM)
Not that I drunk any of it, I don't like beer!
Are you on about draught or bottles?
We only drunk Tiger beer in bottles. Cheapest was $2

It was draught, I think Angkor beer, but don't quote me.
#132
mahussain4866
This is absolutely amazing!! Thank you for your help and me and my friend are definitely considering it for a post-university trip. Just had one question, would you know how we could combine Thailand with this trip and do so, cheaply? Thanks in advance!


you can. we did. internal flights in Asia are normally very cheap. I just booked from Bangkok to the south of Thailand for £9 on air Asia! in august.....
2 Likes #133
If I was younger I would jump at this, Rachel a nicely presented post, I really hope the younger generation and those that have better mobility than me think about it :) Heat added.
#134
not for me, but sounds amazing. Heat for the effort in the itinerary
#135
We are actually looking at doing Vietnam at Easter so this info is really useful...thanks
#136
if you go to Hoi an stay at camellia home stay. it's fab
#137
Any way this could be done over two weeks flight wise?
#138
Haha funny how nearly each booking step uses a personal referral code
[Travel Expert]#139
firefords1
Haha funny how nearly each booking step uses a personal referral code

I did not use any personal referral codes for each booking step, the discount code AFFVC0117 you can enter into the box at checkout and it gave you 10% or 15% off. That is the code I used to get the prices on this deal however I think it may have expired. It wasn't a personal code, just one I found hunting around, not specific to me.
#140
Ah ok :) great post
#141
BrianSewell
Getting up at 5am, staying in bamboo huts, no hot water, constant traveling, mixing with backpackers... Your idea of a holiday is my idea of hell
Thank goodness for choice eh!
#142
are those discount codes affiliate codes?
[Travel Expert]#143
SamMac123
are those discount codes affiliate codes?

No, I just found them on a Google search but I think they have expired now. I always look for codes on HUKD, on Voucher Box etc....
#144
Vietnam has visa on arrival (free) for British, German, French, Italian & Spanish till the end of June 2017 after a successful 2015-2016 run. Saves $25 and isn't widely known as they will still sell you one. Max 14 day stay, no return within 30 days of departure.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/vietnam/entry-requirements
[Travel Expert] 1 Like #145
Leo0991
Vietnam has visa on arrival (free) for British, German, French, Italian & Spanish till the end of June 2017 after a successful 2015-2016 run. Saves $25 and isn't widely known as they will still sell you one. Max 14 day stay, no return within 30 days of departure.https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/vietnam/entry-requirements

Yes, but for the trip above you will need a visa as you are returning to Vietnam from Cambodia within 30 days. If you just wanted to spend your time in Vietnam and it was under the 14 day stay then yes, you wouldn't need a visa.
#146
angor watt is great went a few years back

stayed here raffles great hotel even better when you get comped :)

http://media.cntraveler.com/photos/53dabb506dec627b149feb43/master/w_775,c_limit/raffles-grand-hotel-d-angkor-siem-reap-siem-reap-cambodia-108238-3.jpg

going to laos this year :)


Edited By: mattmerch on Jan 13, 2017 13:08
3 Likes #147
For those expressing reservations about a trip like this, just do it! I'll be in Angkor in May and it's something I face with trepidation for although I've spent quite a bit of time in Cambodia over the years, I've not been back in Angkor since @1998 when it was a very different place, more chickens wandering around the temples than tourists so that will be a shock to the system!
On another point, Rachel said this:
" On 14 June you'll travel to Hoi An. Now you have a range of methods to get you here and you'll need to account for this in your trip, but I recommend a motorbike. You will drive the 'Top Gear Road' and the views from the pass are stunning as you head down to the coast"

She is 100% right, as in so many places in Asia the best way to experience them is by motorbike. Caveat, make sure your insurance covers motorcycle riding, many don't. Even if they appear to, check the fine print, because without exception, they will only cover you if you would be qualified to ride the same size bike in the UK. So if you think you might want to ride a bike on holiday, at the very least take a CBT course to ride up to a 125cc.

Hate to be a killjoy but seen too many people come to grief in SE Asia because they have come off a bike and insurance company says "no". As a result hospitals in the region are very wary about treating people with motorbike injuries without checking first they will be paid. Make sure a copy of your qualification to ride that bike is stored online so that the insurance claims assessors can access it. Generally speaking there is a mathematical equation at work here, the cheaper your insurance the longer you will wait for treatment beyond the very basics.

Last tip, when you are facing an oncoming vehicle in a limited passing area and they flash their lights, it does not mean "come on" as in the UK. it means the precise opposite, (I'm coming through") and that simple misunderstanding has caused more accidents with British tourists than any other,
Have fun :D


Edited By: roame on Jan 13, 2017 21:03
1 Like #148
14 - 17 June traveling to Hoi An, on the Hai Van Pass, A motor bike would be my last choice, you can go by train - coach - taxi - or motorbike, i am surprised a motorbike has been suggested, they are a bad idea in Vietnam as a whole and notorious death traps on that road. and breaking down is a regular accorence,Go by taxi you will see all that you can on a bike and taxi's are cheap. I am talking from a lot of experience in Vietnam.
1 Like #149
WOOTWOOT1
BrianSewell
Getting up at 5am, staying in bamboo huts, no hot water, constant traveling, mixing with backpackers... Your idea of a holiday is my idea of hell
Looks like the kind of guy who likes to go to Spain and spend the day in a British Pub eating crap British food like pies and sausages all day long and moaning about life. The most adventurous thing he's ever done is try and dislike 'garlic bread' .....

Don't know why, but it's exactly the response I would expect from someone with the name 'Brian'!
[Travel Expert]#150
barmpot
14 - 17 June traveling to Hoi An, on the Hai Van Pass, A motor bike would be my last choice, you can go by train - coach - taxi - or motorbike, i am surprised a motorbike has been suggested, they are a bad idea in Vietnam as a whole and notorious death traps on that road. and breaking down is a regular accorence,Go by taxi you will see all that you can on a bike and taxi's are cheap. I am talking from a lot of experience in Vietnam.

We went with a company called Hue Riders which were amazing.
#151
Hue riders are good, same as the easy riders, but i still stand by my post Don't go by bike.if any body doubts me, go on tripadviser and ask whether anybody would do it on a bike.
#152
having said my comments above, its a good deal the Vietnamese are great people.
#153
This is great, just what I was after thankyou
#154
Wonderful post well done and thankyou

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