Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap
The treasures, natural beauty and changing countryside of Vietnam and Cambodia present comprehensive features of oriental lifestyles, but there are distinct contrasts related to the serenity of Halong Bay, the bustling aspects of Saigon city, the fertile intensity of the Mekong Delta and the somewhat mystical aspects of Angkor Wat and more in Cambodia.
Day 01: Depart Australia (-/-/-)
Depart from Australia to Hanoi on an overnight flight.
Day 02: Arrive Hanoi (-/-/-)
Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights stay. Depending on your arrival time, you may be able to enjoy a unique water puppet show depicting Vietnamese Folk Art dating back to the 11th Century.
Day 03: Hanoi (B/L/D)
After breakfast you will enjoy a full day tour of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed Mondays and Friday during September and October); One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples; the Temple of Literature, which is known as the first university in the country; Ethnology Museum, a goldmine of Vietnamese cultural diversity; and Hoa Lo Prison, known as ‘Hanoi Hilton’ as it was used for both political prisoners and Prisoners of War.
Day 04: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
After breakfast, travel to Halong Bay where you will embark on an unforgettable cruise. World Heritage Listed Halong Bay is known for its islets bursting with caves of colourful stalactites and stalagmites. You will enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on board the boat. While cruising on the emerald waters of the Bay, you will visit traditional floating villages where the locals live on fishing off shore, as well as raising fish in caves. The cruise will also take you to caves such as Sung Sot (the most magnificent in the area) before you enjoy a short walk on the beach or climb the 400 steps to the island’s peak for a panoramic view of the Bay. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight on the Junk.
Day 05: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hoi An (B/L/-)
Continue your cruise of the magnificent Bay. Enjoy an early lunch before disembarking around noon. Drive back to Hanoi and catch a short flight to Danang. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the ancient town of Hoi An for two nights stay.
Day 06: Hoi An (B/-/D)
Today you will take a walking tour of old Hoi An. Visit the home of an old merchant, the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Hoi An Culture Museum, House of Tan Ky, and Fujian Assembly Hall. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure or take an optional tour to explore the first and only organic farm in Hoi An.
Day 07: Hoi An – Hue (B/L/D)
Take the scenic Hai Van Pass drive to Hue, with a stop at the magnificent Marble Mountains, Cham Museum, and China Beach on the way. Aft er lunch, visit the ruins of the Citadel and Purple Forbidden City. Admire the beautiful Pagoda of Thien Mu and end the day with a relaxing Dragon Boat ride down the beautiful Perfume River. Spend the night in Hue.
Day 08: Hue – Ho Chi Minh (B/-/D)
Visit the tombs of King Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. The Tomb of Tu Duc, a 19th Century Emperor is set among beautiful frangipani and pine trees. Board a short domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel for the next few nights.
Day 09: Ho Chi Minh (B/L/-)
Today you will enjoy a city tour, including the Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Off ice, War Museum, Ngoc Hoang Temple, Thien Hau Pagoda, and the Binh Tay wholesale Market in Cholon (the old Chinatown).
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels (70km from Ho Chi Minh City), the former stronghold of the Viet Cong. The network of tunnels stretch for over 200km and three levels underground. Continue to Tay Ninh and visit a place of pilgrimage at the Cao Dai Holy See Temple. The temple is unique as it is a place of worship for Daoism, a religion of Southern Vietnam. Return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh for the night.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – Phnom Penh (B/-/D)
After breakfast, travel by bus to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. You will be met on arrival by your local guide. Enjoy a city tour and visit the local markets. Check in to your hotel for two nights stay.
Day 12: Phnom Penh (B/L/D)
After breakfast, embark of a day tour of the city. Experience life as a royal in the Royal Palace and Private Quarters, and admire the Majestic Silver Pagoda, then the artwork at the National Museum. Enjoy lunch before taking in the unique view from Wat Phnom Temple and learn more about Cambodian history at the Toul Sleng Musuem.
Day 13: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B/-/D)
Travel by express bus to Siem Reap. Visit Cambodian Cultural Villages, Phsar Thmey, Kompong Kdey Bridge, the Reclining Buddha, Wax Museum, and former capital city Ou Dong. Enjoy a traditional Cambodian Dance Show. Stay overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 14: Siem Reap (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit Angkor Thom and its South Gate, Bayon, Bapuon, Phimeanakas, Elephant, and Leper King Terrace. Aft er lunch visit the famous World Heritage Listed Angkor Wat Temple. As the largest religious monument in the world, it is not to be missed. Then take in Kraven, and the incredible jungle temple of Ta Phrom. Finish the day with a walk up Bakheng Hill to enjoy the picturesque sunset. Enjoy dinner with an Apsaras Dancing Show. Back to Siem Reap for the evening.
Day 15: Siem Reap – Depart Siem Reap (B/-/-)
After breakfast, we head out of town and drive beyond the Angkor Complex through the Preah Dark village to the intricately carved and well preserved Banteay Srei Temple. We stroll around this beautiful landmark which was designed to leave no space undecorated. The next stop is Banteay Samre which is adorned with striking relief depicting the scenes of Vishunu and Krishna legends. If time permits we visit Preah Khan Temple before transferring to the airport for our departure flight to Australia, arriving home the following morning.
Day 16: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)
Arrive home today, planning your next trip back to Vietnam and Cambodia!
Number of Days 16
Price From $4495
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24th March – 8th April*
21st April – 6th May*
19th May – 3rd June
16th June – 1st July*
21st July – 5th August
18th August – 2nd September
6th September – 21st September
29th September – 14th October*
20th October – 4th November
17th November – 2nd December*
23rd February – 10th March*
23rd March – 7th April*
20th April – 5th May*
*Peak season surcharges apply from $300 per person
Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines
Domestic airfares and taxes
Tipping for guide and driver
Most meals as indicated
Daily mineral water
4* accommodation with buffet breakfast
All transportation, daily tours, and admission fees
Professional English speaking guide
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