Travel to Indochina on this group tour of Vietnam & Cambodia seeing the highlights while also immersing yourself in the regional cultures to further enrich your journey. Walk the maze of streets in Hanoi's Old Quarter before hopping on a pedalled rickshaw, cruise the stunning scenery of Halong Bay on an overnight boat trip, travel to Central Vietnam to explore the cities of Hue & Hoi An, take walking tours, dine on traditional cuisine and meet the people who call this place home. Explore Saigon's bustle and then head to the Mekong Delta to dive deep into the countryside, the pulse of the Vietnamese. Travel to Cambodia and explore the fascinating temples of Angkor. Complete with English speaking guides, many meals, and much more!
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Accommodation rarely changes, but when and where this is required a similar alternative will be provided and advised before you depart on your tour.
Prices shown are per person based on a party of at least 2 adults traveling together. The Single Room Supplement cost is in addition to the twin sharing cost for those who would like a single room. This is a group tour where a minimum number of travelers on each departure date are required to guarantee the materialization of the tour.
Hotel with daily breakfast, overnight cruise on Halong Bay, lunches & dinners as indicated, services of expert English speaking guides, entrance fees to sites listed on the itinerary, group A/C transportation with expert drivers, 3 on-tour flights, and airport transfers. International flights are not included, please enquire.
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Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be met by your local guide in the arrivals area holding a name-board. After a warm welcome & brief introduction, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Stay two nights in Hanoi.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and at the appointed time you will be met by your guide in the hotel lobby to start your full day exploring Hanoi’s illustrious history. In the morning, see the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. You will then explore the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature, which is imbued with the profound philosophies of Confucianism. In the afternoon, experience a culinary and immersive experience as you explore local markets, bustling streets and tempt your palate with stops at food stalls for insight into regional treats. Afterwards, take a pedalled-rickshaw (cyclo) ride around the maze of streets in the Old Quarter. Return to your hotel for the evening at your leisure.
Meet after breakfast and checkout and depart Hanoi passed green rice paddy fields to Halong (approx. 4 hours). Upon your arrival, enjoy a welcome drink and board your sailing junk for your one night cruise of Halong Bay.
Enjoy breakfast on board and the morning cruising through the limestone scenery and emerald waters of the Bay before returning to the wharf area to meet your transportation back to Hanoi and to the airport for your flight to Hue in Central Vietnam.
After breakfast at the hotel, venture into the countryside to the Imperial Tomb of Khai Dinh, a beautifully elaborate tomb mixing Vietnamese & European styles located on a hillside, an emperor often referred to as a puppet of the French. Afterwards, experience the warmth and hospitality of the Vietnamese on an excursion to gain further insight into the culture and daily life of the locals in Hue. Traditional customs, the way of life, cooking traditions, and Hue’s specialties are just some of the things you will experience. Enjoy a nice local lunch with your host's family. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel in the heart of Hue, a vast complex built in the early 19th century. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Later, visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, just outside of Hue, on the banks of the Perfume River and then enjoy a sunset cruise back to your hotel along the Perfume River.
Drive along the coast and via mountain passes to the town of Hoi An. En route, make a stop at the photogenic village of Lang Co. On arrival in Hoi An, stop at a lantern making workshop and then take guided a walking tour of the old town.
Enjoy the full day at your leisure, or join an optional tour.
Meet at the hotel for transportation to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City in South Vietnam. On arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel for the rest of the day at your leisure. Optional tours are available.
In the morning you will visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels where Vietnamese guerrillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war. If you wish to venture in the small tunnels, some modified for foreign tourists, you may do so. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon for a half-day tour of the city. Highlights include the Reunification Palace (photo stop), the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the War Remnants Museum, and Cho’lon, the city’s bustling Chinatown.
Depart for the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival in the town of My Tho, enjoy a boat cruise along the river and take a short walk to a handicraft workshop where products are made from coconut trees. Experience an exciting horse-drawn cart ride to visit a local house where you will enjoy tea and taste home grown fruit. Board a sampan and drift along the narrow, tree-lined canals for further exploration of the Mekong Delta, and after lunch, visit a family-run business making coconut candy before returning to My Tho. On the return trip to Ho Chi Minh City, visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda if time permits. Arrive in the city by late afternoon and have the evening at your leisure.
Meet at the hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor. On arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel for the day at your leisure. This evening, enjoy dinner with a traditional Apsara performance at a local restaurant.
Today you will visit the Angkor archaeological park. Enter Angkor Thom via the Southern Gate and explore the ancient city. Then proceed to visit the ruins at the Bayon Temple, Baphoun Temple, Phimeanakas Temple, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace. Also today, tour the impressive Ta Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions in Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. In the afternoon, visit magnificent Angkor Wat. Explore its extraordinary architecture and then have an opportunity to experience a spectacular sunset over the monuments.
Visit the graceful 11th century Temple of Shiva, Banteay Srei, with its rarely seen sculpted female deities and then take a boat ride on the Tonle Sap Lake to see the floating villages and rural communities around the lake. Return to the hotel for the late afternoon and evening at your leisure.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then meet at the appointed time for your departure transfer to the airport. Checkout is at 12 noon.
Day 3: Take an overnight cruise on Halong Bay.
Day 12: Explore the Temples of Angkor.
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