Explore stately Hanoi & amazing Halong Bay
Stroll through World Heritage-listed Hoi An, mingling with the locals and discover ancient Hue!
Immerse yourself in the history of Saigon and stay overnight on the tranquil Mekong River
Tour Phnom Penh & learn more about the astonishing history of Cambodia
Explore rural Cambodia and life on Tonl Sap Lake
Discover breathtaking temples
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|26 Mar 2018||14 Apr 2018||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $6,020|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Hanoi may certainly be a bustling city but it still retains the mystery and charm of the past centuries and French colonial influence, with its narrow lanes and traditional shophouses that invite one to explore. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before this evening's group welcome dinner in the Old Quarter. [D]
A full day of sightseeing in Hanoi. Highlights include the beautiful Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoan Kiem Lake. Our day ends with a walking tour of the fascinating Old Quarter, which still retains the charm of bygone days despite the city's rapid development elsewhere. This place is a handicraft lover's paradise and an interesting way to experience day-to-day life in traditional Hanoi. [B]
We begin the day at a relaxing tai chi class with the locals. Tai Chi is an exercise that has long been known for its promotion of health and longevity.
Special Experience: Walk along the 'Rail Tracks of Hanoi' as we explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam's capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life along the rail tracks. There are plenty of great photo opportunities as we watch them vying for trade just metres from the trains.
Hanoi comes alive this evening as we taste our way through the narrow streets at the numerous food stalls. Try some Vietnamese favourites such as grilled skewers, several kinds of Pho, Hot Pot and end the night with a cup of Vietnamese coffee (made with condensed milk) or a glass of sweet sugar cane juice. [B,D]
Today we travel to breathtaking Halong Bay, where we board our overnight cruise. After a deluxe Vietnamese lunch we'll sail past some amazing limestone rock formations including Dinh Huong, Cho Da and Ga Choi. Relax with a sundowner this evening and enjoy the incredible views as the sun sets. [B,L,D]
Sit back and relax as we cruise the waters and islets of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed area before disembarking late morning. After lunch we'll return to Hanoi for our flight to Hoi An. [B,L]
We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An, one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Highlights include the Sa Huynh Museum, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a traditional lantern-making workshop. [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 portion subject to prevailing water levels).
Enjoy a day at leisure at your own pace. Hoi An's centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is free from cars so a lovely area to explore on foot. [B]
Enjoy spectacular views over the coastline as we travel along scenic mountain roads to Hue, the ancient capital of the Nguyen emperors. We'll explore the old imperial city, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modelled on Beijing's Forbidden City. [B,L]
Today we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the largest city in Vietnam. This morning we'll tour the bustling metropolis, including the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, and the French-style Central Post Office. [B,D]
Special Experience: Discover the tastes and sights of Saigon by night. Tonight we'll witness street performances and have dinner in a local street restaurant.
We travel to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels. This network of tunnels served as a base for the Viet Cong and remained undiscovered during the Vietnam War. The tunnel system stretches over 200 kilometres and incredibly was dug by hand. We'll return to Saigon by boat and enjoy lunch on board, then visit the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. [B,L]
Special Experience: We make our way to Cai Be on the Mekong Delta. We'll explore the floating market and cruise the waterways to witness rice-paper and coconut candy making before boarding our traditional-style cruise boat in time for lunch. This afternoon we'll visit a local farm and tropical fruit orchard. Relax on board this evening with an aperitif as the sun sets. [B,L,D]
Take a sampan boat trip to experience all the action of the Cai Rang floating market - the liveliest market in the Mekong Delta. Then we'll return to the boat for a final cruise to Can Tho, where we transfer back to Saigon. Tonight we enjoy a group dinner to farewell Vietnam. [B,D]
Today we fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. [B,D]
Special Experience: Explore the bustling city by cyclo, travelling along the scenic Tonl Sap River. Tour highlights include the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, home to a comprehensive collection of Khmer art.
Today we visit the poignant Killing Fields, a stark reminder of the Pol Pot regime. We visit Tuol Sleng, the former high school and site of the notorious Security Prison 21, converted by the Khmer Rouge during their rise to power where an estimated 17,000 people were imprisoned. This visit is very moving and can also be quite confronting for some as it has now become the Cambodia Genocide Museum. [B]
We fly to Siem Reap, home to the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and the national symbol of Cambodia. The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat impresses visitors both with its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. We stop and enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls runs the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. This afternoon we explore the site before witnessing an incredible sunset from the upper terraces.
Tonight we'll travel by tuk tuk to the New Hope restaurant for dinner. This restaurant was established with the aim of teaching unemployed and uneducated Khmers valuable cooking and hospitality skills. All proceeds from our meal tonight will go directly towards funding the New Hope School Education Programme. [B,D]
Day 17. Siem Reap
Special Experience: Today we participate in a cooking class in rural Cambodia. We meet a local family in the countryside and learn about their food customs and beliefs, explore their garden and see the typical ingredients of local home cooking.
Later we'll cruise Tonl Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. During the monsoon season the lake swells to four times its normal size, so it is important for the locals that live on the banks and surrounds to build their houses on stilts. We'll observe life on the lake and see the colourful floating villages. [B,L]
Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom. We'll also see the amazing ruins of Ta Prohm, the temple of Preah Khan, the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei and the Hindu temple of Banteay Srei. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]