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VIETNAM & CAMODIA 23 DAYS

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SPLENDID JOURNEY THROUGH VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA

VISIT: HANOI-HO CHI MINH -HALONG BAY-LAO CAI-SAPA-TA GIANG PHINH-HUE SIEM REAP-PHNOM PENH

 

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Day 1 DEPARTING CITY

Meals   Served on plane

Hotel    Overnight flight

Take the international flight from your depatrure city for destination to Hanoi airport Vietnam.

Day 2 ARRIVAL HANOI

Meals   (-/-/D)

Hotel   5 stars or similar. Overnight in Hanoi.

Upon arrival in Hanoi airport, meet with your guide for a private transfer 45-minutes to your hotel. Please note standard check-in time is at 14:00. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 HANOI – FULL DAY CITY TOUR WITH WATER PUPPET SHOW

Meals   (B/L/D)

Hotel    5 stars or similar. Overnight in Hanoi.

Start your tour this morning at the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (viewed from the outside). Then it’s on to a wooden ethnic minority style house which was his temporary residence from 1954 to 1969. In the same complex you will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 which has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.

Your next stop is the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Continue to West Lake and one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi, Tran Quoc, and the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh which dates from the Ly Dynasty.

In the afternoon visit your choice of the Ethnology (closed on Monday & Friday), Hoa Lo Prison or Vietnamese Women’s Museums. Time only allows for one to be visited so please decide which one you would most like to see.

At the end of the day, take a walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you.

Finish the day with a Water Puppetry show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.

Day 4 HANOI – HALONG BAY – OVERNIGHT ON JUNK

Meal   (B/L/D)

Hotel   Overnight on Halong Bay Cruise.

Check-out of your hotel and leave Hanoi at around 08:00 for the drive to Halong Bay (170km /approx. 4 hrs).

Spectacular Halong Bay comprises around 2000 karst limestone peaks jutting out of calm emerald waters. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its incredible natural beauty, the forested islands are dotted with caves and home to a variety of birdlife. Whether cloaked in mist or bathed in sunshine, a cruise through this beautiful bay is one of Vietnam’s highlights.

Arrive at the dock late morning to check in for your overnight cruise. You’ll transfer to your boat where lunch will be served on board as you cruise into the bay. In the afternoon you can enjoy an excursion or simply relax on deck, taking in the beautiful scenery. The ship will drop anchor as the sun sets.

Day 5 HALONG – HANOI – LAO CAI – OVERNIGHT ON TRAIN

Meals   (BRUNCH/-/D)

Hotel   Overnight on board of the Fanxipan Train.

In the morning there will be time for a further excursion and breakfast (or brunch) as your boat weaves its way back to the dock. On arrival your driver will meet you for the 4-hours transfer back to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi then have dinner at a local restaurant. This late evening, you will be transferred 20 minutes to the station for the night train to Lao Cai.

Day 6  LAO CAI – VISIT ETHNIC MARKET-SAPA

Meals   (B/L/-)

Hotel   5 stars or similar. Overnight in Sapa

Arrive Lao Cai station, meet your local guide and transfer to a local hotel nearby station for having a day-use room with breakfast.

After breakfast, drive to visit local market (Coc Ly on Tuesday/ Cao Son on Wenesday/ Lung Khau Nhin on Thursday/ Can Cau or Pha Long on Saturday/ Bac Ha on Sunday) located in the mountainous area. Exploring the authentic opened-market of hill tribe people. Here you’ll see mostly Flower Hmong however Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, Nung hill tribe groups also gather here. The market offers a variety of local products, which could not be found in others areas such as an interesting animal market where pot-bellied pigs, cows and buffalos can be seen. We enjoy lunch in a small local restaurant or picnic one. Continue your tour to have a short walk to a hill-tribe village. Here you’ll have the opportunity to visit some local homes to understand more on the daily life of these tribes as well as their culture and traditions. Following journey back to Lao Cai then onto Sapa.

Day 7 SAPA – BAN KHOANG – TA GIANG PHINH

Meals   (B/L/-)

Hotel   5 stars or similar. Overnight in Sapa

Leave Sapa at about 08.30 driving north with several stops to admire the view of Mount Fansipan and Sin Chai valley en route. Turn off the main road into a valley passing jungle-clad mountainsides and several waterfalls before arriving in Ban Khoang, a remote and little visited village of the Red Dao ethnic group, who still maintain a traditional way of life. The Red Dao people cultivate rice on the terraced fields with cardamom farmed under the shade of trees in the forest. Spend an hour or so walking through the village, as your guide helps you to understand local life.

Leaving Ban Khoang behind you will drive about 10km further to the scenic valley of Ta Giang Phin, where a few small Black Hmong villages lie beside a peaceful stream. Enjoy a simple picnic lunch before walking along the path which connects village to village, catching glimpses of everyday village life as you walk. Traditionally the men of the village will be out ploughing the fields, planting or harvesting or perhaps building or repairing houses, while women stay at home making traditional costumes. The walk ends mid-afternoon and your driver will collect you for the drive back to Sapa (30km / approx. 1 hr). Your total walking time today will be around 4 to 5 hours, along gently undulating tracks and village paths, with plenty of stops along the way.

Day 8 SAPA – TRANSFER BACK TO HANOI

Meals   (B/L/-)

Hotel   5 stars or similar. Overnight in Hanoi.

Moring is at leisure. Please note standard check-out time is 12:00.

After check-out your hotel, having lunch at a local restaurant before being transferred approx. 4-5 hours by private guide and car back to Hanoi.

Day 9 HANOI – HUE

Meals   (B/-/-)

Hotel   5 stars or similar. Overnight in Hue.

After breakfast, you will be transferred 45-minutes to the airport for an afternoon flight to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, meet with your guide for a private transfer 30-minutes to your hotel. Suggested flight: VN1545@19:15-20:30. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Day 10 HUE – FULL DAY CITY TOUR

Meals   (B/L/D)

Hotel   5 stars or similar. Overnight in Hue.

Start your exploration of Hue at the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945.  After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument take a cyclo through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax, full of lotus flowers in summer there are many local style coffee shops around the lake where university students come to study.

Drive onto Thien Mu Pagoda, constructed in 1601, the 21-meter tall tower is the centerpiece of the pagoda. From here depart for the Mausoleum of Tu Duc, built decades before its occupant’s death the tomb was used as a palace retreat before the emperors resting place. Finish up the day at Khai Dinh’s Tomb which is traditional Vietnamese in design with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue.

Lunch and dinner will be served at the local restaurants.

Day 11 HUE – HOI AN

Meal   (B/L/D)

Hotel   5 stars or similar. Overnight in Hoi An.

10:00 Leave Hue for Hoi An (140km /approx 2.5 hrs). You will take the scenic route over the Hai Van Pass, also known as the Pass of Ocean Clouds, and through the fishing village of Lang Co – a very picturesque journey. In Danang stop to visit the Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world.

Afternoon, your half day tour takes you through Hoi An, once a major Asian trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Hoi An’s architecture and relaxed lifestyle have changed little over the years. Take a leisurely walking tour of the ancient town center and visit the sites of former merchants’ homes, a 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and a Chinese Communal Hall. Before you return to your hotel enjoy browsing and shopping in the one of the most colorful local marketplaces in all of SE Asia.

Lunch and dinner will be served at the local restaurants.

Day 12 HOI AN – A DAY TRA QUE VILLAGE

Meals   (B/L/-)

Hotel   5 stars or similar. Overnight in Hoi An.

This morning transfer from your hotel to the center of Hoi An where you begin your bicycle ride to a local farm in Tra Que Village. Upon arriving the village you can walk around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing and fertilizing the garden with seaweed if you like. Other gardening activities which you can participate in are raking, sowing, watering and picking greens etc. After farming activities are done you are shown how to prepare the tam huu, a local delicacy you can enjoy before your return to Hoi An.

Afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 13 HOI AN

Meals   (B/-/-)

Hotel   5 stars or sinilar. Overnight in Hoi An.

Free at leisure.

Day 14 HOI AN – DANANG – HO CHI MINH

Meals   (B/-/D)

Hotel   5 stars or similar. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

At leisure. Please note standard check-out time is 12:00. This afternoon, you will be transferred 45-minutes to Danang airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh city.

Suggested flight: VN125@14:00-15:25. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh, meet with your guide for a private transfer 30 minutes to your hotel.

Remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner will be served at the local restaurant.

Day 15 FULL DAY CITY & CU CHI TUNNELS

Meals   (B/L/D)

Hotel   5 stars or similar. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08:00 in the morning for the drive to Cu Chi district (70km /approx. 1.5 hrs). Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam.

Arrive and start the visit of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47’s.

In the afternoon, visit the War Remnants or History Museum (choose which one you would most like to see) and the former Presidential Palace, from there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. Following your tour head back to your hotel.

Lunch and dinner will be served at the local restaurants.

Day 16 HO CHI MINH-CAI BE-CAN THO

Meals   (B/L/D)

Hotel   5 stars or similar. Overnight in Can Tho.

This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh City for the drive to the delta town of Cai Be (105km/ approx. 2.5 hrs).

The vast Mekong Delta lies southwest of Ho Chi Minh City and is where one of the world’s great rivers splits into numerous branches before emptying into the South China Sea. Criss-crossed with canals and tributaries, this fertile region is where much of Vietnam’s produce is grown. Alongside the lush green rice fields, fruit orchards and picturesque waterways you’ll find riverside settlements bustling with traditional industries, laidback cities and a few remaining floating markets, all offering an insight into rural Vietnamese life.

On arrival, board your boat for a cruise in the delta’s waterways. Start your journey by passing by Cai Be’s floating market, once a busy place to trade fruits and vegetables and nowadays a quiet although quaint local market. Then, continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island; along the way admire the scenery and the daily life of the local villagers. Lunch will be local Mekong style serving specialties of the area. 

Disembark the boat and transfer 2.5 hours from Ben Tre to Can Tho city for overnight.

Day 17 CANTHO-HO CHI MIN

Meals   (B/-/D)

Hotel   5 stars or similar. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Wake up early for a boat cruise to Cai Rang floating market. In most places in the delta the floating market have become smaller and much quieter in recent years due to improvements in infrastructure and living standards, however Cai Rang is one of the handful that remains where during the early morning market hours, larger sized wholesale boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of. The main items sold here are fruit and vegetables and every boat has a long upright pole at its bow from which samples of the goods for sale are hung. Depending on the season the boats may carry produce such as mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even floating coffee shop and pho vendors.

Back on land your guide and driver await you for the 4 hours driving back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Dinner will be served at the local restaurant.

Day 18 HO CHI MINH – SIEM REAP

Meals   (B/-/D)

Hotel   5 stars or similar. Overnight in Siem Reap.

You will be transferred 30 minutes to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap. Please note standard check-out time is 12:00.Suggested flight: VN3825@12:00-13:05. Upon your morning arrival in Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel for check in.

Siem Reap is the gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor and a charming riverside town. Take a rest from your flight at the hotel or discover Siem Reap on a stroll through its beautiful pagodas and the colourful market on your own.

This afternoon, depart on a very special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia’s national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.

Dinner Apsara show at Angkor Village Hotel.

Distances and journey time:

Siem Reap Airport – Siem Reap (8 km): 15 mins

Day 19 SIEM REAP

Meals    (B/L/D)

Hotel    5 stars or similar. Overnight in Siem Reap.

This morning after breakfast, get your first close glimpse of Angkor today at the early temples of the Roluos Group. Roluos is the site of an ancient center of Khmer civilization known as Hariharalaya. It was the first town built by the Angkorian kings in the 8th and 9th century and consists of three main temples: Bakong, Lolei and PreahKo. The surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees is very typical for Cambodia – enjoy the natural beauty on an ox cart ride, a fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people. In the contemporary Roluos Pagoda in the vicinity of the monuments, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and a safe journey – a very special experience! Lunch at local restaurant.

After a break for some rest at midday return to explore the temples of the Small Circuit. The most illustrious of these is Ta Prohm, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and SrahSrang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”.

You will be right in time to catch the beautiful evening light from Pre Rup, a pyramidal temple surrounded by a sea of rice fields. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 20 SIEM REAP

Meals    (B/L/D)

Hotel    5 stars or similar. Overnight in Siem Reap.

After breakfast, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.

From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei, stopping off for lunch at the Bong Thom homestay en-route. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 21 SIEM REAP- PHNOMPENH

Meals    (B/L/D)

Hotel    5 stars or similar. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Take a break from temple touring to experience authentic rural lifestyles. Drive to the outskirts of Siem Reap and board a private wooden vessel for a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake.

Cruise along the water toward Kampong Phluck village, an authentic village on Southeast Asia’s largest lake. Pass by the boats and nets used by Kampong Phluck’s fishermen and see the floating houses that move location with the annual ebb and flow of the lake’s waters. After lunch you will transfer to Phnom Penh with our guide.

Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 22 PNHOM PENH

Meals    (B/L/D)

Hotel   5 stars or similar.  Overnight in Phnom Penh 

Get to know Phnom Penh, a vibrant city steeped in history. On first appearance it appears to be a busy, soulless capital, but through carefully-selected tours the soul of Phnom Penh reveals itself.

Commence the sightseeing in Phnom Penh with a visit to the Royal Palace located in the city centre. Explore the majestic compound and step back in time to when the Kingdom flourished. See the spectacular reception halls and historic royal costumes. The elegant Silver Pagoda, with its solid-silver floor, is a reminder of the prosperity of the former royal families.

Continue to the adjacent National Museum. Housed in a beautiful old building surrounded by tropical gardens, the museum is a tranquil oasis in the busy city centre. Go inside to see seemingly endless displays of art and artefacts dating back to the pre-Angkorian era. Continue by traveling to the hill top pagoda of Wat Phnom, for which the capital was named. Although not the most beautiful temple, the hilltop offers fabulous views of the city below.

Explore the more recent history of Cambodia this afternoon. Visit Tuol Sleng Prison (S-21) and the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, sites used by the Khmer Rouge regime when they ravaged the country in the 1970s and 80s. The lasting effects of this tragic period are still being felt. Although the visits are sombre, studying this era is important in helping to understand present-day Cambodia.

Before wrapping up the sightseeing in Phnom Penh, pay a visit to the Russian Market. This bustling bazaar earned its name in the 1980s as the expat Russian population often shopped here. These days the market is filled with everything from souvenirs to local handicrafts, silver jewellery to electronic goods. 

Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 23 Back to home

Meals    (B/-/-)

After breakfast transfer to airport flight back to home. End of trip.

Vietnam & Cambodia 23 days
Departure Dates Land Tour only CAD p.p. Single Supplement CAD p.p.
Nov15, 2018  CAD5250.00  CAD2990.00

**Payment by cheque or cash only.

**Prices are based on double occupancy, and per each guest

**Credit card not accepted except for deposit.

What the tour price includes:

*All luxury hotels & special style hotel accommodations.

*Local transportation as specified (air, cruise, and coach).

*Daily meals mentioned in the itinerary and featuring regional specialities.

*Guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary.

*English-speaking guides throughout tour.

What the tour price does not includes:

*International flight 

*Local guide & drivers service fees (CAD10.00 per day per guest)

*Visa fee

*Travel Insurance

*Gratuities for tour leader where applicable

*Optional admission charges

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