From London Gatwick: 3 Week Vietnam and Cambodia Trip June 2017 £699.87 @ Ebookers
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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 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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Great post and break down. Just a couple of questions:
I know these places are great foodie experiences,but do they have/can you find veggie options?
Secondly, are the accommodations you mentions shared (like a hostel shared bathrooms etc) or private with en suite etc?

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K0YS

Great post and break down. Just a couple of questions:I know these places … Great post and break down. Just a couple of questions:I know these places are great foodie experiences,but do they have/can you find veggie options? Secondly, are the accommodations you mentions shared (like a hostel shared bathrooms etc) or private with en suite etc?



We had some lovely vegetarian meals in Vietnam, this restaurant in particular in Hoi An was lovely. Also, lots of tofu in Vietnam too which I love.

All accommodation is private en-suite rooms although you can opt for cheaper rooms if you wish or alternative accommodation. I've stayed in many of these places on this deal though so I feel confident recommending them.

What's the weather like this time of the year?

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tom6195

What's the weather like this time of the year?



In June it is summer so really good weather. If you mean now, when I was there December/January it was cooler in the North of Vietnam but down South was hotter and a muggy 30 degrees most days. Cambodia was lovely and sunny.

Great post

Did Vietnam last year.... can't recommend it enough, lovely place, lovely people, lovely food.... love to go back!

Missed your posts Rachel! Not been this far before (other than Australia but that's too 'familiar' to FEEL far) but you're whetting my appetite! Anything to be wary of? We're not in the best of health...

Banned

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

BrianSewell

Getting up at 5am, staying in bamboo huts, no hot water, constant … 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



What a pleasant post.

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BrianSewell

Getting up at 5am, staying in bamboo huts, no hot water, constant … 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



That is for 2 nights in the Mekong Delta and if you really want to experience a homestay. You don't have to, and you can easily stay in Can Tho but I'd really recommend it. As far as mixing with backpackers, there is no mention of hostels, shared bathroom or mingling with other people! Similarly, you don't have to get up at 5am. It all depends on what you want to see and do. I'm not sure this is the right holiday for you but Vietnam and Cambodia also have more luxury resorts and tours where you don't have to mingle with backpackers or other people.

BrianSewell

Getting up at 5am, staying in bamboo huts, no hot water, constant … 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 hotels with hot water to me

BrianSewell

Getting up at 5am, staying in bamboo huts, no hot water, constant … 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' .....

Edited by: "WOOTWOOT1" 8th Jan

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supersue

Missed your posts Rachel! Not been this far before (other than Australia … Missed your posts Rachel! Not been this far before (other than Australia but that's too 'familiar' to FEEL far) but you're whetting my appetite! Anything to be wary of? We're not in the best of health...



I've been away for just over 3 weeks to escape the Xmas chaos! You can easily get about with buses and tuk-tuks but I'd perhaps suggest hiring a driver if you want a more comfortable experience (depending on your health). I'd say the hotels I've recommended in this deal will be able to make some recommndations for you. All the people we encountered at the hotels and guest houses were lovely and really helpful. The motorbikes can be a bit crazy in Hanoi and HCM and when we arrived in Hanoi it took some getting use to crossing the road, but we soon adapted. There were people of all ages in Cambodia and Vietnam travelling about and you should certainly go for it. If you want a little bit of luxury we did the Orchid overnight Halong Bay cruise and visited Cat Ba. It's a new cruise and really lovely.

Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 8th Jan

Great Post Rachel. Some great travel and flight bargains at the moment. Expedia.co.uk seem to work well for us on flights and hotels

Have you any Expedia codes or vouchers ?

rachelandgromit

I've been away for just over 3 weeks to escape the Xmas chaos! You can … I've been away for just over 3 weeks to escape the Xmas chaos! You can easily get about with buses and tuk-tuks but I'd perhaps suggest hiring a driver if you want a more comfortable experience (depending on your health). I'd say the hotels I've recommended in this deal will be able to make some recommndations for you. All the people we encountered at the hotels and guest houses were lovely and really helpful. The motorbikes can be a bit crazy in Hanoi and HCM and when we arrived in Hanoi it took some getting use to crossing the road, but we soon adapted. There were people of all ages in Cambodia and Vietnam travelling about and you should certainly go for it. If you want a little bit of luxury we did the Orchid overnight Halong Bay cruise and visited Cat Ba. It's a new cruise and really lovely.


Thanks Rachel. What's the health support like, should we need it? Always scared of being ill abroad!

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thebuzzer

Have you any Expedia codes or vouchers ?



Not sure I don't think so but the code for Ebookers should work as Expedia and Ebookers normally have the same price as they are part of the same company I think. I also like that Ebookers also has their own rewards scheme so you get money off hotel bookings.

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supersue

Thanks Rachel. What's the health support like, should we need it? … Thanks Rachel. What's the health support like, should we need it? Always scared of being ill abroad!



Ooeer I don't know, was lucky not to need it!

Does anyone have any experience of healthcare in these regions please? I know to take out health insurance, but how accessible/high quality is it?

rachelandgromit

Not sure I don't think so but the code for Ebookers should work as … Not sure I don't think so but the code for Ebookers should work as Expedia and Ebookers normally have the same price as they are part of the same company I think. I also like that Ebookers also has their own rewards scheme so you get money off hotel bookings.


Thanks Rachel

the best hotel I've ever stayed in is in Hanoi! forty quid a night. love Hoi an too

supersue

Does anyone have any experience of healthcare in these regions please? I … Does anyone have any experience of healthcare in these regions please? I know to take out health insurance, but how accessible/high quality is it?


Low for anything but basic care in Cambodia. Anything serious requires a medivac to Thailand. Vietnam is only slightly better. I worked in the region for several years and Thailand is streets ahead for medical care.

Great post, Rachel. Just finalising our trip in March to Vietnam (on your recommendations before you went).
Thanks again.

roame

Low for anything but basic care in Cambodia. Anything serious requires a … Low for anything but basic care in Cambodia. Anything serious requires a medivac to Thailand. Vietnam is only slightly better. I worked in the region for several years and Thailand is streets ahead for medical care.


Thanks Roame. A bit worrying!

What a life! Honeymoon in Iceland, now this!

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Gollywood

What a life! Honeymoon in Iceland, now this!



Off to Thailand, NZ and the Cook Islands in April :-)

rachelandgromit

Off to Thailand, NZ and the Cook Islands in April :-)



​That's just digging the dagger in further X)

p-e-t-e

Did Vietnam last year.... can't recommend it enough, lovely place, lovely … Did Vietnam last year.... can't recommend it enough, lovely place, lovely people, lovely food.... love to go back!


Same to me, cant say enough about Vietnam, amazing country,people,food,scenery. New KING KONG s just finished filming there last year 2016!

Definitely look into the motorbike food tours in Saigon. Well worth the cost to be driven through the mad traffic to districts you wouldn't reach as a tourist and try local specialities. If they offer you balut (fertilised duck egg), say no!

Hoi An is unique. Beyond the old town, rent bicycles and ride out at leisure on the country roads; you'll find the idyllic rural scenes you'd imagined of Indochina. Cycle to the white beaches at Cao Dai. Just go a little further than the resorts and there's noone there but the occasional restaurant and DaNang on the horizon.

Careful of scammers in Phnom Penh. It really wasn't an attractive city but as a Westerner accustomed to liberal democracy visiting Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields REALLY is something worth experiencing just to comprehend that stuff like that actually happens when we stop believing in our societies and demand radical alternatives. I'd be the first to decry faux-angst from transient western tourists, but witnessing what happened there is truly heartbreaking and a motivation against complacency.

Worth reading up on Wikitravel / Wikivoyage pages before you go for info on what transport to use (which cabs are legit) and what scams to be aware of. People there are amazingly generous and good-spirited but like any travel to the developing world there are many scams aimed at tourists.

Oh, and the sleeper train from Hue to Hanoi is worth looking into if you have time.

Hope to go back some time!

great post really helpful as were flying out there at the end of the month and we still haven't sorted our itinerary. thanks for taking the time to post this Rachel

Took a trip to Vietnam last year, suggested by Holiday Pirates. It was amazing. Was very wary at first but no need. People were fabulous, cities
were amazing and the island of Phu Quoc was an incredible experience. Thank you for posting this, not for us this year methinks but next year!

not my cup of tea but brilliant post and i am sure is a hot deal.

BrianSewell

Getting up at 5am, staying in bamboo huts, no hot water, constant … 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



I take it you're not the real Brian Sewell, just imitating his misery guts and whingey attitude.

(Ah, you're definitely not him as it appears he died).

supersue

Thanks Roame. A bit worrying!


A lifeguard at my local outdoor swimming ponds, (Hampstead, London) and a veteran of 15 marathons worldwide dropped dead from a heart attack last week at home at the age of 48. S**t happens. For anyone in reasonable health, no reason not to undertake such a trip. If you have never been to that part of the world then the experience will blow your mind so much any lurking fears about the health systems will disappear into infinity. Many elderly people not in the best of health make this trip, particularly popular with Vietnam vets, and return home having had a wonderful experience. The largest number of casualties in the region by far are amongst the 18-25 age group, most often from getting aboard a motorcycle for the first time in their lives, closely followed by those who go overboard on drugs.
In terms of medical insurance, you get (or not) what you pay for. Cheap travel insurance is a rotten economy, they will try what they can to avoid paying out, read the fine print. L&V are not the the cheapest but have one of the best reputations.

I'd definitely agree re scammers in Phnom Penh - there's been a spate of tuktuk drivers offering free tours who then talk you into a dodgy card game and threaten you into paying thousands. Order tuktuks through your accommodation and don't accept unsolicited offers.
The trip sounds amazing. I love both Vietnam and Cambodia. Ha long bay isn't cheap but it's well worth it (despite the excess of tourist boats) - truly one of the world's most amazing sights.

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I second Roame re LV. Have the premium insurance policy and although never claimed, comparing like for like with other annual policies they cover a range of activities and seem really good value.

Never had problems with scammers in either Vietnam or Cambodia. Phnom Penh felt a little seedy in places particularly around the memorial and Royal Palace.

The only other minor niggle we had was when we were riding cycles around the Mekong area. We just went off on our own with a map and two women cycling around sunset seemed to be quite a novelty for the locaks and there was two motorbike riding men around 50 who passed us around 4 times, kept touching our arms as they drove past. They then stopped in front of us and insisted we were going the wrong way which we knew we weren't and then laughing. Just didn't react and cycled on and they soon got bored. I was more offended by some of the antics on Pub Street by other tourists

you'll probably get more trouble in Newcastle or wherever city centre than you will in Hanoi! And if you go to beer corner it's 12p a glass.....

rachelandgromit

I second Roame re LV. Have the premium insurance policy and although … I second Roame re LV. Have the premium insurance policy and although never claimed, comparing like for like with other annual policies they cover a range of activities and seem really good value.Never had problems with scammers in either Vietnam or Cambodia. Phnom Penh felt a little seedy in places particularly around the memorial and Royal Palace.The only other minor niggle we had was when we were riding cycles around the Mekong area. We just went off on our own with a map and two women cycling around sunset seemed to be quite a novelty for the locaks and there was two motorbike riding men around 50 who passed us around 4 times, kept touching our arms as they drove past. They then stopped in front of us and insisted we were going the wrong way which we knew we weren't and then laughing. Just didn't react and cycled on and they soon got bored. I was more offended by some of the antics on Pub Street by other tourists


Yeah thanks all. May think about for next year. Doing Montenegro (following one of Rachel's posts last year) for the second time, this year. Beautiful and as yet under-developed but that won't last long....... Still outside EU for phone networks etc, not covered on any travel plans so something like £1.50 a minute, and wifi coverage is patchy. Some of the intensely (local)- tourist areas were as risky as some of the situations I've seen on here about Vietnam, - not to mention the suicidal-car-body-wrecking drivers who freaked me out while I was trying to protect our hired-car; conversely also had some of the sweetest and kindest support from complete strangers and locals as we've ever had. Back with most of my extended family this year, to show them how to step off the beaten track a bit :-)
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