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Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

2 countries
3 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Vietnamese cruise boat, Halong Bay | River cruise vessel, Mekong Delta
Take a captivating journey across Vietnam and Cambodia. Experience the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and Saigon, cruise Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta, wander through charming Hoi An, discover life on Tonl Sap Lake and explore the temples of Angkor.HANOI TO HALONG BAYFrom the moment you arrive in the historic Vietnamese city of Hanoi, you're truly immersed into traditions and culture. See both sides to Vietnamese life, as we explore the bustling city of Hanoi. Absolutely breathtaking, Halong Bay is a feast for the eyes, dotted with hundreds of rocky islands and outcrops. Sit back and relax, cruising around this natural wonder and sampling some of the freshest local cuisine in the world!TRADITIONAL EXPERIENCESHoi An will beguile you with its charm. Wander the quaint streets, visit a traditional home and take an aromatic cooking class. We juxtapose this against the lively city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the largest in Vietnam. See the historic architecture and immerse yourself in the history of the Vietnam War. Traverse the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels a base for the Viet Cong, where they remained undiscovered throughout the conflict. Explore the Mekong Delta by boat, enjoy a sampan cruise through the small canals and visit a floating market.AMAZING ANGKORFly to the gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap. Explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom and of course, incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat. Discover rural Cambodia on a visit to a typical village and local community school. Cruise Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake Tonl Sap, and explore the vibrant floating villages.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included
  • 3 economy-class flights within Asia
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water based activities, remork & tuk tuk)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $145pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 11 nights in good quality hotels (4 star)
  • 1 night on board a Vietnamese cruise boat on Halong Bay
  • 1 night on board a river cruise vessel on the Mekong River
  • 13 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 6 lunches and 8 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout (Vietnam Only)
  • English-speaking local guide on board Mekong Cruise

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Explore stately Hanoi & amazing Halong Bay

  • Go Behind-The-Scenes at a traditional water puppet show in Hanoi.
  • Discover the city of Hanoi as it awakens, visiting the flower market, old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake before a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee.
  • Tour stately Hanoi including the Ho Chi Min Memorial, Hoan Kiem Lake and Old Quarter on foot.
  • Walk the Rail Tracks of Hanoi and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam's capital city! Meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life along the rail tracks.
  • Spend the night on beautiful Halong Bay on a Vietnamese Cruiseboat.

Heritage-listed Hoi An

  • Spend 3 nights in World Heritage-listed Hoi An and explore the town on foot, including the Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, Culture & History Museum, the Chinese Assembly Hall of Fujien Chinese Community and an old historic house (UNESCO Site).
  • Cruise down Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School and learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes

Saigon and the lively Mekong Delta.

  • Tour bustling Saigon including the French-style Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Opera House, Reunification Palace and the very moving War Remnants Museum.
  • Visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnel complex north of Saigon, with a veteran guide. This elaborate 200km-long tunnel complex was built by the Viet Cong and never discovered during the Vietnam war.
  • Enjoy an "A Little out of the Ordinary" tour of Saigon - a unique look at Saigon visiting the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street (Le Cong Kieu), Fanny's Ice Cream Parlour, the trendy boutiques and shops of Ton That Thiep Street.
  • Spend the night on the Mekong River, exploring the tributaries and canals while observing daily life along the banks.
  • Visit the Cai Be Floating markets and walk along the canals and the palm-shaded creek witnessing local houses, green orchards, ship building yards, the rural and water activities of the Mekong.

The wonders of Angkor

  • Spend an incredible day exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat. One of the world's must-see attractions, Angkor Wat was recently named a finalist in an international vote for the new Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Meet a local family in the countryside for a home cooked lunch and learn about their food customs and culture. Learn about Buddhism and spiritual beliefs before experiencing a monk's blessing.
  • Join a local school and learn about the "Bottle Building Project" (from April 2019).
  • Explore Tonle Sap Lake and cruise past the floating villages.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
16
Price From
AUD $5,295
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
4 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
29 Nov 201814 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $5,095 
27 Dec 201811 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $5,195 
10 Jan 201925 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $5,195 
24 Jan 201908 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
07 Feb 201922 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $4,895 
21 Feb 201908 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $4,895
07 Mar 201922 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $4,895
21 Mar 201905 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
04 Apr 201919 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
18 Apr 201903 May 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
02 May 201917 May 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
16 May 201931 May 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
30 May 201914 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
13 Jun 201928 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
27 Jun 201912 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
11 Jul 201926 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
25 Jul 201909 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
08 Aug 201923 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
22 Aug 201906 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
05 Sep 201920 May 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
19 Sep 201904 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
03 Oct 201918 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,995
17 Oct 201901 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $4,995
31 Oct 201915 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $4,995
14 Nov 201929 Nov 2019Fully BookedAUD $5,295 
28 Nov 201913 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $5,295
12 Dec 201927 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $5,495
26 Dec 201910 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $5,295
06 Feb 202021 Feb 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,095 
20 Feb 202006 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $5,095
05 Mar 202020 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $5,095
19 Mar 202003 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $5,095
ItineraryExpand
Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure ahead of our group welcome dinner this evening. [D]

Special Experience: A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we'll enjoy a water puppetry performance by a local renowned puppet master where we will go behind the scenes.

Day 3. Hanoi

An early start this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We'll visit the flower market, the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee.

Special Experience: Walk along the 'Rail Tracks of Hanoi' and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam's capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains.

This afternoon our sightseeing highlights include the Presidential Palace, the beautiful Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. [B,L]

Day 4. Hanoi - Halong Bay

Today we travel to breathtaking Halong Bay, through the picturesque farming lands and rice paddies of the Red River Delta. Here we'll board our overnight cruise. After lunch we'll discover the mysterious Tien Ong Cave, one of the finest caves in Halong Bay, featuring stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations. We'll be able to swim at an exclusive platform and witness a traditional cooking and fruit-carving demonstration. Relax with a sundowner this evening and enjoy the incredible views as the sun sets. You might also like to join the crew fishing for squid later this evening. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An

This morning you might like to take part in a tai chi lesson on the sundeck or just sit back and relax as we cruise the waters and islets of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. We'll explore Cua Van floating fishing village after breakfast. Return to Hanoi after brunch to fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. [B,Brunch]

Day 6. Hoi An

We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An. Highlights include the Culture & History Museum, the Chinese Assembly Hall of Fujien Chinese Community, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a historic, UNESCO Heritage-listed house. [B,D]

Special Experience: Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise subject to prevailing water levels).

Day 7. Hoi An

The day is at leisure for you to enjoy this picturesque town at your own pace. Hoi An's centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, free from cars and a lovely area to explore on foot. [B]

Day 8. Hoi An - Saigon

This morning we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). In the afternoon we'll take a walking tour of the bustling metropolis. Highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Opera House. We'll also visit the Presidential Palace and the moving War Remnants Museum. [B]

Day 9. Saigon

Today we travel by boat to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels for a tour with a veteran guide. This network of tunnels served as a base for the Viet Cong and remained undiscovered during the Vietnam War. [B,L]

Special Experience: Go off the beaten track to discover Saigon's a-little-out-of-the-ordinary sights. We'll visit the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, the Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street and the traditional French-style Fanny's Ice Cream Parlour, Vietnam's leading ice cream producer.

Day 10. Saigon - Mekong Delta

We make our way to the Mekong Delta to board our traditional-style cruise boat. We'll observe life along the banks of the delta and hop on and off smaller boats on shore excursions, passing villages and rice paddies. Relax on board this evening with an aperitif as the sun sets. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Mekong Delta - Saigon

This morning we travel to Cai Rang by traditional sampan boat to experience all the action of the floating market - the liveliest market in the Mekong Delta. We'll also witness rice-paper and coconut candy making, and visit a local farm and tropical fruit orchard. Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner back in Saigon. [B,D]

Day 12. Saigon - Siem Reap

Today we'll be flying to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. Tonight we'll travel by remork to dinner at a local restaurant serving typical Khmer dishes. [B,D]

Day 13. Angkor Excursion

Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom. This afternoon we'll explore the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple of Angkor Wat. Enjoy a group dinner this evening accompanied by an Apsara dance performance. [B,D]

Day 14. Siem Reap

Special Experience: Discover life, customs and culture in rural Cambodia this morning. We'll take an ox cart ride through a typical village and meet a local family who will prepare lunch for us.

After lunch we'll visit a community school and workshop and learn about their 'Bottle Building Project'.

Special Experience: We'll travel by remork to a nearby pagoda, where we'll hear more about Buddhism and local spiritual beliefs and experience a monk's blessing.

Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Depart Siem Reap

This morning we'll cruise Tonl Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia. We'll observe life and see the colourful floating villages. This afternoon we begin our journey home. [B,L]

Day 16. Arrive Australia

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.