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pleasure and discovery. Hoi An’s citizens today trade in ceramics, wood-ware, painting and tailoring so there is something here for everyone and it’s the perfect place to pick up gifts for those at home. There are options here for a visit to the ancient Cham city of My Son, boating, or simply lazing the day away on a nearby beach.

Days 9-11: Ho Chi Minh City

Explore the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City on a cyclo tour. Later, cruise up the Mekong Delta for a chance to experience the languid pace of Vietnamese village life. Our private boat takes us on a cruise to the four beautiful Islets (Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise and Phoenix) on the Mekong River. We continue our journey from here by rowboat and stop in on a local family of beekeepers who make honey from longan flowers. Later, walk through an off-the-beaten-track village and stop at some local houses to experience the everyday life of Mekong locals, usually hidden from the outside world. Here, you’ll also have a chance to try some local specialities for lunch before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for an afternoon of last-minute shopping and sightseeing.

Days 12-13: Phnom Penh

Discover Cambodia’s dark past in the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and in the notorious Killing Fields, a site marked by a memorial made of some 8,000 human skulls. To discover a brighter period in the country’s history, take an optional visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. There is also free time to explore the Russian Market and National Museum. Why not take a stroll along the river’s famous Sisowath Quay and enjoy a coffee or cocktail at one of the many cafes while observing the bustling river traffic?

Days 14-16: Siem Reap/

Angkor Wat

The heart and soul of the ancient Khmer Empire, the Temples of Angkor still evoke strong feelings of absolute awe. These temples were built between the 9th and 13th centuries when the Khmer Empire was the pre-eminent influence in South-East Asia. The temples were believed to represent the cosmic world and were set in perfect balance, symmetry and composition. The intricately carved bas-reliefs and architectural designs are mind- blowing and there are spectacular photographic opportunities at any time of day.

Tour notes

Included: Return flights (including taxes and fuel surcharges), 18 day tour with 17 nights accommodation, return airport transfers Accommodation: Hotels (15 nts), sailing junk (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Overnight train, private bus, public bus, boat (Oct - Feb subject to water levels), local bus, cyclo, walking Group Size: Max 12 Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner Budget: Allow $270 for meals not included Departs: Every Mon, Wed and Sat from the UK

Intrepid Code: VSK

Prices from

£1,945

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Prices are in £’s per person based on two sharing when travelling between 01 Apr-30 Jun’10

Day 17: Battambang

Battambang, Cambodia’s second- largest city, is an attractive riverside town with traces of French elegance, friendly Khmer people and well- preserved colonial architecture. There is time to explore the town and to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Take a mouth-watering cooking class, a leisurely walk along the river, or explore the local life and surrounding countryside.

The ruins are scattered over an area of some 160sq km, but the main cluster of temples is close to Siem Reap so we will have plenty of time to fully appreciate the great archaeological sites of Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm.

Day 18: Bangkok

Cross the border by road into Thailand and travel to Bangkok where there’s time to have a massage, eat a spicy pad kee mao and a enjoy a cold beer before saying goodbye.

Day 19: Bangkok - London

Enjoy a morning at leisure, before transferring back to Bangkok airport for your Thai Airways flight back to London Heathrow.

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