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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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 a full day guided tour of the city. Highlights include the Ba Dinh Square area where you'll see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (photo-stop/outside), his former residence,
the Governor's Residence, and then the symbolic One Pillar Pagoda before visiting the Temple of Literature. in the afternoon, stop at the Hoa Lo Prison Museum (aka 'Hanoi Hilton'), the Hoan Kiem Lake area including Ngoc Son Temple, and then discover the winding streets of the Old Quarter by cyclo (pedalled rickshaw). Return to the hotel for the evening free 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 see two Imperial Tombs of past Emperors. Explore the beautifully elaborate Tomb of Khai Dinh, and stroll about the impressive and sprawling tomb of Khai Dinh. 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. A stop at Dong Ba Market will be made should time permit.
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 (please enquire).
Meet at the hotel for transportation to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City in South Vietnam. On arrival, meet your guide and depart on your tour of the city. See the Reunification Palace (photo-stop/outside), the Notre Dame Cathedral, and Central Post Office in the center of the city and then head to Cholon, Saigon's Chinatown, for a discovery of this vibrant and culturally rich district before visiting one of the city's key temples or pagodas.
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.
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 and head to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia, home to the Temples of Angkor. On arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel for the rest of the day at your leisure.
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. This evening, dinner is included at a local restaurant accompanied by a traditional Khmer Apsara dance performance.
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 11: Explore the Temples of Angkor.
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