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, transfer to your hotel and a 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 fascinating day tour of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, Ethnology Museum 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)
Venture to Halong Bay where you will embark on an unforgettable cruise. While cruising on the emerald waters of the Bay, you will visit traditional floating villages where the locals survive 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.
Day 05: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hoi An (B/L/-)
Continue your cruise on the magnificent Bay. Enjoy an early lunch before disembarking around noon. Drive back to Hanoi and catch a short flight to Danang where you will spend the next three nights in the captivating ancient city of Hoi An.
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 (B/-/-)
Following breakfast, enjoy your free day and explore Hoi An at your own pace.
Day 08: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (B/-/-)
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 – Mekong (B/L/-)
From Ho Chi Minh City head South to Cai Thia, to visit lush orchards in the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, jump onto your bike and cycle along village roads, through local hamlets and rice fields. Visit a farmer’s house to try your hand at making the local cake, which you can then enjoy with some tea. Next, we board a private boat to explore the mighty Mekong River, and enjoy lunch while cruising. Later, set out on a rowing boat to further explore the peaceful countryside through smaller canals before our last stop at the local workshops to learn how to make different products from coconuts and local rice wine. Stay overnight in a homestay.
Day 10: Mekong – Ho Chi Minh (B/L/-)
After breakfast, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, 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 before returning to Ho Chi Minh.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – Phnom Penh (B/L/-)
Relax and enjoy free time this morning before transferring to Ho Chi Minh airport. Upon arrival to Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, sit back and enjoy a tuk-tuk ride around Phnom Penh to witness the daily life along the streets and interact with the locals. Later, we venture to the markets to explore and sample local street food.
Day 12: Phnom Penh (B/L/-)
Among the city’s prime attractions, you will start your day exploring the famous Royal Palace, built in 1866 under the French protectorate and King Norodom. The adjoining Silver Pagoda, built in 1962, is famous for its lavish decorations, silver paved floor and several Buddha statues made from precious metals and stones. Wander the National Museum before scaling the steps up this small hill to see Wat Phnom Temple, the birthplace of Phnom Penh.
In the afternoon, you will gain insight into Cambodia’s recent history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, used as its main detention and torture centre, named ‘S-21’. A grim but important visit that will help you to understand Cambodia better. Spend the rest of day shopping at the Central Market, where you can get a taste of the bustling daily life of local people.
Day 13: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B/-/-)
The morning is free at your leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight to Siem Reap. Your tour this afternoon will include a visit to Le Artisan D’Angkor where you are invited to discover a new ambiance between nature and culture. Enjoy your journey through the classes and workshops offering a glimpse into the unique skill of the artisans that were trained in the techniques and style of classic Cambodian artistry. This evening enjoy a Cambodian Traditional dance show before returning to your hotel.
Day 14: Siem Reap (B/L/-)
Today you will experience a traditional monk’s blessing and have the opportunity to talk with a monk who is more than willing to share their wisdom. Following this, participate in a good luck blessing ceremony as the monks chant blessings and sprinkle holy water on you.
The remainder of today is dedicated to the discovery of Angkor highlights and to travel around the temples complex. Explore Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples, the ancient city of Angkor Thom and lastly venturing to Ta Prohm Temple; a photogenic and atmospheric maze of trees growing out of temple ruins amidst jungle surroundings. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 15: Depart Siem Reap (B/-/-)
The day is free at your leisure until we transfer to Siem Reap International Airport. We wish you a pleasant flight!
Day 16: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)
Arrive home in the morning.
Number of Days 16
Price From $5474
23rd February – 10th March*
23rd March – 7th April*
20th April – 5th May*
17th May – 1st June
19th July – 3rd August
16th August – 31st August
4th September – 19th September
18th October – 2nd November*
*Peak season surcharges apply from $100 per person
Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines departing Brisbane (surcharges may apply for other departure cities)
Domestic airfares and taxes
13 x Breakfasts + 7 x Lunches + 3 x Dinners
Daily mineral water on transfer and sightseeing days
All transportation, daily tours, and admission fees
Professional English speaking local guides
Vietnamese & Cambodian Visas
(Fully Inclusive, Twin Share)
From $5,474 per person Departing Brisbane
Solo Traveller price from $6,549 per person Departing Brisbane
*$100pp Early Payment discount has already been applied to pricing. Payment must be made at least six months before departure to take advantage of this offer, otherwise standard pricing will apply.