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Vietnam and Cambodia - Travel into the heart and soul of Indochina

Join us as we travel into the heart and soul of Indochina. Starting off in Vietnam, cruise through dramatic karst scenery on a boat tour of Halong Bay, step back into the world of the country's last emperors in Hue, soak up the old-world charm of Hoi An. In Cambodia, discover the country's fascinating history and culture in Phnom Penh's heaving streets and in the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor. Combining highlights of both countries, the Best of Vietnam and Cambodia tour will open your eyes to the delights of Indochina and leave you awe-struck by these magical locations.

Vietnam-CAMBODIAWORLD HERITAGE TOUR 14D13N

(hanoi- halong bay-hue -hoian- saigon- cuchi tunnels-mekong delta- siemreap/angkor wat)

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by a tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check in.

Meals included: None

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B)

This morning we embark on a an exhilarating and unforgettable ‘Xich Lo’ ride through the charming, yet bustling, 36 Street Old Quarter to Ba Dinh Square where we disembark to explore Ho Chi Minh’s Quarter.

Hanoi is well known for its history, architecture, charm, tranquility and cuisine. Our first visit is to the most well respected site of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum which includes the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.

We meet our bus for a short journey to visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and the 11th century Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first University.

After our exciting adventures we’ve all worked up a hunger! We cross the street for lunch (pay yourself) at famous KOTO restaurant - www.koto.com.au

Afternoon, we drive approximately 25minutes to the Ethnology Museum.

Here you will learn of the traditional cultures of 54 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam through articles, stories, displays of traditional houses, costumes, hunting equipment and much more wares used in day to day life.

Enjoy the famous traditional Water Puppets Show in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long (B/L/D)

Halong Bay is one of the most enchanting and memorable experiences in Vietnam. The postcard pictures you so often see of Halong Bay will become a memory to last a lifetime.

We leave the city behind and drive through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay, taking around 3.5 hours. The beautiful countryside that awaits your imagination, takes us through local farming life and villages, providing us plenty of opportunities to stop and capture some spectacular photographs.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing things the locals load onto their motorbikes!

On-route, we make a stop at one of our favorite organizations in Vietnam. Hong Ngoc Humanities centre in Sao Do town This wonderful establishment has been set up to provide skill and employment to people from small villages throughout the north of Vietnam, creating jobs and providing accommodation to disadvantaged people.  You have the opportunity to purchase some exquisite local handicrafts and wares or just watch and admire the amazing and intricate workmanship involved in the production.

Arriving in Ha Long Bay, we board our boat and enjoy a spectacular seafood lunch as we sail off into Dragon Bay, gazing at the breathtaking karst formations within the bay.

After lunch have some free time to relax and admire the beauty of the Bay as we cruise through hundreds of formations.

Throughout our cruise today, you will have the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore Sung Sot cave, where you will learn how karsts were formed in this area millions of years ago. For beach lovers and swimmers, we make a stop at one of the sandy beaches for swimming or just relaxing.

We continue cruising the bay until the late afternoon, before setting anchor for the night.

Once anchored, there’s plenty of time for swimming or just relaxing to admire the scenery before settling into another scrumptious meal.

After dinner, why not head to the top deck and enjoy a relaxing drink whilst admiring the peaceful ambience and gazing at the millions of stars.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Cruise in Halong Bay

Day 4: Ha Long – Hanoi – Hue by FLIGHT (B/ BRUNCH)

This morning we take a small bamboo boat to visit Luon, a beautiful tunnel cave set within a lagoon.

We re-board our boat and continue cruising the bay, through the old part of Ha Long City, known as the fishing town and the new built harbor bridge, whilst we enjoy our seafood brunch before heading back to the pier for our return to Hanoi.

Return to Hanoi, with time to relax or grab a last minute bargain before our late afternoon flight to Hue. Arrival Hue, you will transfer to hotel for check-in.

Meals included: Breakfast, Brunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 5: Hue City Tour (B)

We commence our exploration and head to one of the most serene and tranquil tombs in Hue, Minh Mang’s Tomb. Set back from the river bank and hidden within the luscious forest area, surrounded by a beautiful lake, this tomb has a peaceful ambience like no other.

A 20 minute drive takes us to the beautiful construction of Khai Dinh’s Tomb, where we see the intricate workmanship of the mosaic architecture within and gaze at the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

On route we make a stop at a small workshop to see the interesting process of making traditional Hue Conical hats and incense sticks. 

We return to town and visit Hues oldest 19th Century Pagoda, ‘Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda, which is famous for it’s Buddhist Centre teachings.

Boarding our dragon boat from the base of the Pagoda, we cruise down the Perfume River, watching local fisherman, whilst passing through the banks of Hue’s town.

After disembarking our boat we enjoy a delicious lunch (pay yourself) at a nearby Garden Restaurant

After lunch we visit the Citadel (Forbidden Purple City), located in Hues town. The Citadel is the former living place of the Royal family during the Nguyen dynasty, from 19th century to mid 20th century.

Here you will discover the history of Vietnam during this period of time, as well as the daily life of the Royal family and the typical architecture of this Imperial construction.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 6: Hue to Hoi An (B)

After a relaxing morning we set out on our spectacular drive to Hoi An.

We pass through Lang Co fishing village, set within beautiful blue lagoons, before heading up and over the spectacular Hai Van Pass, where we stop at the highest point to immerse ourselves and gaze at the spectacular scenery at 980 meters above sea level.

20 minutes from the base of the pass we arrive in Da Nang where we visit Cham Museum, built in 1915, which contains intricate ancient Champa sculptures.

We continue driving to the stunning Marble Mountains, where we climb the marble stairs to reach the peak of the largest mountains of the 5 elements, Thuy Son or more commonly known as ‘Water Mountain’.

We admire the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, countryside and China Beach and continue on to ‘Huyen Khong’, an underground cave, which was a former hospital through the War.

After stopping for lunch at China Beach, where you have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the ocean we head to Hoi An.

Upon arrival in Hoi An we stroll through the quaint streets of Hoi An, visiting an Ancient Chinese Temple, The Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese covered bridge.

The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure for you to enjoy the peaceful ambience of this quaint ancient town or spend some time with the skillful tailors, treating yourself to tailor made clothes, which Hoi An is renowned for.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Day 7: Exploring Hoi An – Tra Que/ Cooking Class (B/L)

Today’s incredible cultural experience will have you cropping a veggie patch in no time!

We have the great privilege to be spending the day at a local family home within a small farming village, just outside of Hoi An town. 

Upon arrival we are welcomed by the family and enjoy a traditional herbal drink, before setting out on our guided walk through the local farmland. We learn about the history of the village, observe the processes of harvesting, and discover the many traditional uses, in both cooking and Vietnamese medicines, with the herbs and vegetables grown.

For those who have a ‘green thumb’, you have the opportunity to join the farmers in preparing the land, seeding, watering, and picking the crops.

After trying your hand in harvesting a crop, what better way then to take a rest, freshen up and soak your feet in a traditional lemongrass and rose petal foot bath, before sitting down for a delicious lunch of local delicacies, using the fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden.

The family also love showing off their skills in whipping up your lunch, giving you a very creative cooking demonstration.

In the afternoon, we bid farewell to the family and head back to town.

We then make a stop at a local fishing village, where we board a boat for a magical cruise down the Cua Dai estuary and enjoy the scenic view of life along the river.

Rest of the day is free at leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An/Danang – Saigon by FLIGHT (B)

After a relaxing morning we take a flight to Saigon.

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, you will be met by Tour guide and Driver and transferred to hotel for check-in

Tonight is free at leisure to explore this bustling city of Saigon

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 9: Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L)

We set out this morning to explore Saigon City, from Central Saigon to Chinatown, providing a general overview of this fascinating city with its history and culture.

We explore the historical sights of the Reunification Palace, the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, The War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1877) and the City’s Post Office.

Before our drive to Cu Chi, we stop for bite and a ‘slurp’, to experience eating Vietnam’s most traditional noodle soup dish ‘pho’.

Our drive to Cu Chi Tunnels is around 70km. The famous Cu Chi Tunnel system was created to assist the Vietnamese Revolutionists against the French in 1948. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers etc and in certain areas, housed up to 10,000 people, who virtually lived underground for years.

After a video introduction and a guided tour through the grounds, you will have the opportunity to take part in the unique experience of guerillas living underground during the war, with a crawl through 20/30/50 meters of the tunnel system.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 10: Saigon - Mekong Delta (B/L)

Today we head to My Tho, to explore part of the Mekong River.

Upon arrival we board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River to observe the local fishing port, where hundreds of fishing boats anchor to unload fresh fish. We disembark on Unicorn Island, where we experience how the local people make their living from fruit trees. A family on the island will serve us local seasonal fruits and honey tea whilst performing traditional southern music, called Tai Tu music.

We continue our exploration with a pleasant rowing trip down small canals and dense palm trees, experiencing the local villages between the islands to a small islet. We disembark and take a short walk through a local village set amongst a peaceful atmosphere and fruit trees and witness the unusual yet fascinating process of coconut candy in the making.

After filling up on Coconut candy, we stroll through a local village to a family home and tantalize our taste buds with a magnificent seafood lunch prepared by the family, with a unique experience of tasting local delicacies including ‘Elephant Ear fish’ and traditional Vietnamese rice wine.

We return to Saigon by the mid afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 11: Saigon – Siem Reap by FLIGHT - Floating Village - Angkor National Museum (B)

Breakfast at hotel and free until transfer to the Airport for a flight to Siem Reap.

Arrive Siem Reap Airport, meet & greet by our local tour guide. Transfer for a city tour to visit local main shrine of Preah Ang Chheck/Chhom temple, and visit to Angkor National Museum which we can see the artifacts from the every part of Cambodia in the ancient time. Afternoon drive to southern party of Siem Reap to embark on a short cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia’s biggest natural water body. The experience is wonderful as we pass by floating village, friendly children in small boats and fishermen at work and sunset at Phnom Krom

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 12: Siem Reap – Angkor Highlighted Temples (B/L/.)

This morning we visit the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya which flourished in the late 9th and earlier 10th centuries. These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to the Rolous group (Lo Lei, Preah Koh, and Bakhong Temples). Lunch with the local family and then we will continue to drive to the rural outskirt 35km from Angkor area to visit the smallest, but magnificent, Banteay Srei built in the 10th Century and dedicated to Shiva. The temple was the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture and the bas-relief work is the best example of Khmer classical art remaining. The pink sandstone structure bears a series of striking and beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes. Khmers say the temple must have been carved by women for the details are too fine for the hands of a man. On the way back to Siem Reap we will visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive reliefs depicting scenes of Vishnu as well as Krishna legends.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 13: Siem Reap – Angkor Tours (B)

Early morning, visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. And continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat - one of the world’s most impressive ruins.  The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art. At 09am come back to hotel for breakfast and rest in the noon to avoid of the heats of the day until 15:00 continue exploring the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom. City & Bayon Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit to the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou, Elephant Terraces, Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place area and visit one more ruin in Angkor Area of Preah Khan temple, built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and it is the same style to Ta Prom Temple.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 14: Siem Reap Departure (B)

After breakfast, free at your own leisure until departure time you will be picked up by our tour guide then transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your departure flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Trip ends.

Inclusions

Exclusions

Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter (Invitation Letter)

 • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services

• Excellent English speaking guide

• Private air-conditioned transportation

• Accommodation shared in double/twin room as mentioned with daily breakfast

• Boat trips

• Meals as mentioned (B-Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)

• All entrance fees

• Cyclo & Bike tours

• Water Puppets show

• Tra Que & Cooking Class

• Water & tissue

• No extra charge after services confirmation

• 24/7 hotline support guaranteed



• Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified

• Travel insurance

• Vietnam visa stamp fee on Arrival (25 USD & 02 passport photos per person)

  Cambodia visa fee on arrival 30 USD/ per person

Tipping

Peak season or Public holidays surcharge (if any)

Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year ( if any)

  Services not stated in the itinerary





Accommodation list:

Destinations

Duration of stay

Hotel 3*

Hotel 4*

Hotel 5*

Hanoi

2 nights

Medallion Hanoi Boutique Hotel

(Superior room)

Golden Silk Boutique Hotel

(Luxury room)

Hilton Hotel

(Deluxe room)

Ha Long

1 night

V’Spirit Cruise

(Deluxe room)

Grayline Cruise

(Deluxe room)

Bhaya Cruises

(Bhaya Classic Deluxe Cabin)

Hue

2 nights

Cherish Hotel

(Superior room)

Moonlight Hue Hotel

(Deluxe City View)

The Pilgrimage Village

(Deluxe)

Hoi An

2 nights

Indochine Hotel

(Superior room)

Vinh Hung Resort

(Superior room)

Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa

(Superior Ocean view)

Saigon

3 nights

Le Duy Hotel

(Deluxe room)

Eden Saigon Hotel

(Deluxe room)

Sofitel Plaza

(Superior room)

Siem Reap

3 nights

City River Hotel

(Superior room)

Royal Empire Hotel

(ROH room)

Royal Angkor Resort

(ROH room)


PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Return Flights on Cathay Pacific ex JNB (Specific & Limited Seats) + Taxes
  • 13 Nights Vietnam & Cambodia PRIVATE Tour package
  • Visit and Stop in :
  • Hanoi / Ha Long / Hue / Hoi An / Saigon / Siem Reap
  • 13 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 5 Lunches + 1 Dinner
  • All relevant transfers
  • Tours as per Itinerary
  • All Internal Flights
  • Accommodation based on 3* Hotels
**We can Upgrade all hotels to 4* or 5* **

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