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Day 1: Siem Reap

Welcome to Siem Reap. We will collect you from the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 2: Siem Reap

In the morning visit the famous Angkor Wat, built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The largest and best-preserved of the Angkor temples, it is also the most well-known world-wide and a source of pride for the Khmer people. Indeed, Angkor Wat has appeared on the Cambodian flag for almost 150 years. After lunch, visit Preah Khan Temple, built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII. Then take a half hour journey to Banteay Srey, one of the most unusual of the Angkor temples. The temple lies approximately 20km north of the main group of temples and is constructed from elaborately carved red sandstone.

Day 3: Siem Reap

After breakfast, continue the journey of discovery through the wonders of Angkor with visits to several ancient temples including the Prasat Kravan temples, Banteay Kdei (a massive Buddhist monastery ringed by concentric walls and built in the late 12th century), Srah Srang (a royal bathhouse constructed in the mid-10th century), Ta Prohm Temple where jungle trees and roots grow in, out and through the ruins, Ta Keo and Thommanon. In the afternoon, set out for a cruise on the beautiful Tonle Sap Lake, passing a floating village and seeing the daily life of the locals. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner with an Apsara performance.

Day 4: Siem Reap - Saigon

We we transfer you to the airport for the flight to Saigon. Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as the city is still frequently referred to, is Vietnam’s largest city. It is a fast-paced metropolis full of contrasts, with street vendors selling fruit and vegetables next to glitzy western-style bars and boutiques. We will take you on a guided sightseeing tour of city’s most attractive sites, taking in the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and Chinatown.

A street trader in Saigon

Day 5: Saigon

After breakfast travel out of Saigon and spend the day boating along the waterways of the lush Mekong Delta. On arrival in Cai Be district, take a boat ride to visit a local orchard and the Cai Be floating market. Some 500 boats loaded with fruit, vegetables and other local produce anchor along the banks of the river every day waiting to offload their goods to wholesale traders or local customers. Later visit some cottage industry workshops making coconut candy, crispy rice cakes and rice paper. Continue along the village pathways to visit a local house for lunch and take a stroll around the village to see locals go about their daily lives. Visit Vinh Long local market before returning to Saigon in the late afternoon.

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 6: Saigon - Hoi An

After breakfast at hotel, we transfer to the airport for flight to Danang. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by our local guide and driver and then they will escort you to your hotel in Hoi An. Free time for you.

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Day 7: Hoi An

In the morning, take a half-day excursion to My Son Sanctuary. My Son is a religious site dating back to the Kingdom of Champa, and also a burial place of Cham royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost remaining examples of Hindu influence in South East Asia and is the most prominent heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon is free in Hoi An Ancient town.

Women trading at Dong Ba Market by Tormod Sandtorv

Day 8: Hoi An

Free day.

A bridge in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An - Hanoi

In the morning, take a short drive to Danang airport for the flight to Hanoi. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Renowned as the ’Paris of the East’, Hanoi is one of Asia’s most fascinating cities. Rich in culture and history, this diverse city draws on its influences from both French and Chinese culture. Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest in Hanoi located beside the dazzling West Lake and a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. The rest of the day is free.

Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Depart Hanoi in the morning for the scenic three-hour drive through the countryside to Ha Long Bay, a natural wonder with thousands of islands rising out of the water. On arrival, embark on a junk boat for an overnight cruise through the 3,000 limestone islands, many punctuated by caves and grottoes. Savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch as Bhaya Classic heads to Bai Tu Long Bay passing many islets. Take a row boat to visit the Vung Vieng fishing village. Enjoy a range of fantastic recreation or relaxation activities onboard: a cooking demonstration, traditional massage, swimming, kayaking etc. Finish the day with a sumptuous set-menu dinner.

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Enjoy some light morning exercise at sunrise. The cruise weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc. Explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot). Buffet brunch is served onboard. The vessel cruises leisurely back to Ha Long harbor. On disembarkation, transfer back to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi, pay a visit to the Temple Of Literature - dating back to 1070, it is the first university in Vietnam and pre-dates the English language. The evening is free.

Day 12: Hanoi - Bangkok

Enjoy a leisurely morning before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon your arrival in Bangkok you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the Grand Sukhumvit Hotel. Remainder of day at leisure.

Day 13: Bangkok

This morning enjoy a guided tour of China Town visiting the Golden Buddha Image that weighs 5.5 ton and is made of pure gold. Then take a public express boat along Chao Phraya River to the colourful Flower Market. You'll also visit Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) and the Royal Grand Palace, and the Emerald Buddha nearby. Overnight - Grand Sukhumvit Hotel.

Day 14: Bangkok - Koh Samui

We will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Koh Samui and on arrival we will check you into the hotel. Overnight - Impana Resort Chaweng Noi.

Day 15: Koh Samui

Today we will transfer you by boat to Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party tonight. Overnight - Best Western Phangan Buri.

Day 16: Koh Samui

We will transfer you back to your hotel in Koh Samui. Overnight - Impana Resort Chaweng Noi.

Days 17-19: Koh Samui

Free day. Overnight - Impana Resort Chaweng Noi.

Day 20: Koh Samui

Today marks the end of your incredible journey with On the Go Tours. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight from Koh Samui airport.