Meeting & greeting at the airport upon your arrival and transfer
to hotel for check-in and tour briefing. If time permits we will
take an orientation tour around central Hanoi.
2 Hanoi (B)
we'll be on a full day tour to discover the most outstanding
attractions of Hanoi. First we pay a visit to the complex of memorials
to Ho Chi Minh to know his amazing life. Continue to the Single
Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature to gain understanding
of the two driving forces in Vietnam culture.
we visit the Museum of Ethnology which exhibits a large collection
of artifacts about the cultures of the 54 ethnic groups in the country.
Next we enjoy a rickshaw ride through the lively Old Quarter,
a series of 36 ancient streets where peddlers still trade the way
they have done for centuries. The rickshaw tour ends up at an old
house on Ma May Street, an example of dwellings in the 19 century.
we walk through the busy traffic to the water puppet theatre and enjoy a performance of the famed traditional art form created
by village farmers around the Red River Delta region.
3 Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Leave Hanoi by road to our next destination of Halong Bay and get
a chance to enjoy the rural scenery as our vehicle weaves through
the picturesque countryside. Along the way we can stop for close-up
views and photographs of water buffalos ploughing, and chat with
the rural women wearing their traditional conical hats as they work
in the paddie fields.
arrival at Halong we board a nostalgic traditional junk boat and enjoy a full day and night cruising among the inspirational
islets of Halong Bay. Kayaking and swimming are optional and you
can also try your luck at fishing in the bay, or just relax after
your dinner. Overnight in Halong Bay on a luxury Junk watching
the sun set.
4 Halong - Danang - Hoian
up to fresh coffee then further cruising and more sightseeing. En
route the junk weaves through impressive rock formations that invite
comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even further!
and transfer to airport for a flight to Danang in Middle Vietnam.
Meet up with our local guide upon arrival and drive 35 km along
the scenic coast to the quaint town of Hoian for the night.
5 Hoian (B)
morning we'll be on foot exploring the ancient quarter of
Hoian, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because of
its historic role in international trade, unusually well-preserved
ancient streets and homes. Sites include the Japanese Bridge,
a Sino-Vietnamese merchant house, a Chinese Temple, the Central
Market, and the Culture Museum.
There'll be time for independent
exploration and shopping opportunities, which many of our guests prefer as Hoian is a very good place to find interesting gifts. This is also the place that you can have a suit or dress tailor-made (usually
ready in 24 hours).
Optional tour of herb village: take a bike ride or car depending on your preference through the rural scenery of Hoian to a small vegetable planting village located on the banks of Tra Que lagoon (5km - 15mins cycling from Hoian). Tra Que village has been known for its special aromatic herbs such as mint and basil. Join local people in their daily work of planting and watering vegetables. Learn to cook some local specialties, for example "Tam Huu" - a set of shrimps, pork and aromatic herbs, and then enjoy lunch. Tour finishes around 14:00 PM. We can re-arrange your morning walking tour to suit.
Overnight in Hoi An.
6 Hoian (B)
day to relax in Hoian and enjoy the hotels ammenities, the local
beaches or shopping.
7 Hoian - Danang - Hue (B,
leave Hoian and travel overland to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam,
This visiting the Cham sculpture museum, the Non Nuoc Beach and
Marble Mountains in Danang, climbing over the breathtaking Pass
of Ocean Clouds and passing by the scenic beach of Lang Co.
Hue we'll be exploring the former Imperial Citadel, a complex
of palaces and temples built in the early 19th century and a recognized
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. We also take a leisure boat
trip on the scenic Perfume River and visit Thien Mu
off the evening with Hue cuisine and folk music.
8 Hue - Saigon (B)
morning we visit the tomb of Emperor Minh Mang and also a
fascinating royal garden house before taking the flight to
arrival in Saigon, meet your guide and explore some of Saigon's
famous landmarks including the Former Presidential Palace, War
Remnant Museum, War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the
Central Post Office, the Opera House, the City Hall, and Ben Thanh
9 Saigon - Tay Ninh/Caodai Temple - Cu Chi tunnels - Saigon (B, L)
Our tour today includes a visit to the opulent Holy See Temple of Caodai Sect in Tay Ninh. Caodai is a fascinating Vietnamese
religion combining aspects of Christian, Buddhism, Muslim, Taoism
and Confucius into a single religion. There's a chance to observe
the impressive noon service of adherents.
afternoon we travel to Cu Chi to explore the legendary network
of underground combat tunnels where our guide will explain
how the Vietcong survived and fought during the Vietnam War. Now
the tunnels are a major site of interest for tourists and historians,
and those interested in Vietnam's military history. Overnight in
10 Saigon - My Tho - Can Tho in Mekong Delta (B, L)
the hustle and bustle of Saigon behind and journey to Mekong Delta,
a world that lives and works on the waters.
in My Tho, a prosperous town just 80 km from Saigon, we take a boat
to an insular village to visit family workshops producing handicrafts
and candy from coconut. Tasting seasonal tropical fruits in an exuberant
orchard, we ride a horse cart to a typical Delta house and
enjoy folk music by amateurs.
by local sampan through the small canals and side arms of
the river to further experience river life. For lunch we'll sample
regional specialties such as Elephant Ear Fish, Rice Ball, etc…
a pleasant break we travel to Can Tho where we take a spin around
Ninh Kieu Quay - bustling and exciting with river life on Hau River.
11 Can Tho - Chau Doc in Mekong Delta (B, L)
morning, we take a boat to the extraordinary market of Cai Rang.
Famous as one of the largest markets on the complex of waterways
that comprise the Mekong Delta, hundreds of boats packed with local
produces gather and make for an exciting maze. Boats come to us
from all sides, offering fruits, vegetables, plants, foods, etc…
Sellers advertise their wares by hanging samples high atop bamboo
poles so that their customers can find from afar. It is a great
view of how commerce actually happens in the Mekong. The boat tour
is capped off with an orchard visit and we drive to Chau Doc on
the border with Cambodia.
In Chau Doc, visit a village that garnishes living from fish farming.
Continue to a Cham village marked by stilt houses to learn about
this Vietnamese Islam ethnic group. Home and mosque visits are included.
12 Chau Doc - Phnom Penh, Cambodia (B)
morning we take a high speed boat upstream along the Mekong
River. Not just an access to Cambodia, the 4 hour cruise also affords
really an excellent opportunity to juxtapose two parts of the Mekong
the afternoon we tour the capital city of Cambodia, taking in the
opulent Royal Palace with the dazzling Silver Pagoda, the
impressive National Museum, the hilltop temple of Wat Phnom, the
Independence Monument. Mosey along Sisowath Quay at sunset and take
the opportunity to see stalls selling fried cockroaches, spiders,
crickets or grasshoppers or other culinary delights.
13 Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B, D)
breakfast we'll immerse in the exotic sights and sounds of the Central
Market located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building, a labyrinth
of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts,
jewelry and more.
the notorious Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the infamous Cheoung
Ek Killing Fields - proofs of the crimes against mankind
by Khmer Rouge.
to Siem Reap and enjoy dinner with entertainment from Apsara
dancers. Later, visit the lively Pub Street as well the lucky
14 Siem Reap (B)
we start exploring the wonders left by a highly complex civilization
that controlled the greater part of Southeast Asia for four centuries.
Enter the Great City of Angkor Thom through the South Gate
and visit the temples of Baphoun and Phimeanakas, the Terraces of
Elephant and Leper King, and the mysterious smiling Bayon.
a break then continue with the fascinating temples of Ta Prohm,
Banteay Kdei, Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Thevoda, and the Royal
Bath of Sras Srang. Hike up Phnom Bakheng to behold the magnificent
sunset into the land of temples.
15 Siem Reap (B)
morning we'll be touring the epic Angkor Wat complex. Built
in the 12th century as the capital of King Suryavarman II's kingdom,
this is the largest and best-preserved of the Angkor temples. It
is the apogee of classical Khmer architecture and has become a symbol
of Cambodia, appearing on the national flag, and stands on par with
such other monumental achievements as Machu Picchu and the Great
the afternoon we drive out of town to the rural village of Pour
Krom and walk through this lovely village to see local life. We
enjoy an ox cart ride before transfer to Chong Knies village
to enjoy a boat trip on the Great Lake of Tonle Sap to see
the fascinating floating village communities and get a taste of
life ruled by monsoonal rains and water-based agriculture.
16: Siem Reap - Fly to Luang Prabang (B)
until transfer to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang,
Laos. Meet up with our local guide upon arrival and transfer to
the hotel for overnight.
17: Luang Prabang (B)
rise to take the fantastic opportunity to watch or participate in
the unique daily morning ritual, where hundreds of saffron-clad
monks walk in procession collecting offerings of sticky rice
from devout residents along the roadsides.
breakfast embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River
to the mysterious Pak Ou, two linked caves crammed with
thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and
sizes left by devoted pilgrims. We also visit Ban Xangkhong and
Ban Xienglek where local people produce traditional textiles and
to town and tour the most outstanding temples: Wat Visoun with the
watermelon-shaped roof, Wat Xiengthong with the sweeping
roofs, Wat Sene boasting the most dazzling facade of all
Luang Prabang temples, Wat Aham - the "Monastery of the blossomed
Heart", and Wat Mai - the largest and most richly decorated
of the temples in town.
then challenge the steps up Mount Phousi for an enjoyable
exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset
view. Take a leisurely walk through the iridescent Night Market
at the foot of Mount Phosi to see a lovely array of handicrafts.
18: Luang Prabang (B)
morning we visit the villages of Ban Ouay, Ban Ou and Ban Thapene
and get acquainted with the Hmong, Lowland Laotian, and Khmu ethnic
the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall that offers a chance to
cool off in the turquoise pools. En route back to town we call at
Ban Phanom village to visit skilled hand-weaving women. Soak in
the history of Luang Prabang at the Palace Museum which houses an
eclectic collection, including statues, mosaic covered walls, French
mirrors, and a piece of moon rock given to "the people of Laos"
by President Nixon. There'll be time for independent exploration
19: Luang Prabang - Vientiane (B)
morning we fly to Vientiane, the sleepy capitol of Laos.
up with our guide upon arrival and tour the city's major attraction
spots. We'll visit the impressive temples of Wat Sisaket and
Wat Phra Keo, the Arc de Triumph of Patuxay, the Great Sacred Stupa
of That Luang, and the Buddha Park.
the evening, an independent walk to see the colonial area as well
as the riverside tourist centre is highly recommendable.
20: Vientiane Departure (B)
Free before transferring to the airport for the departure flight.
Group Departure Dates & Price
Departures- 4 Star hotels
- April 2017
- Sept 2017
- April 2018
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