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Vietnam & Cambodia

Take a captivating journey across Vietnam and Cambodia from Hanoi to Siem Reap. Experience the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and Saigon, cruise breathtaking Halong Bay and the fascinating Mekong Delta, wander through charming Hoi An, visit poignant reminders of the past in Phnom Penh and explore the incredible 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.Moving CambodiaDiscover Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. We visit the poignant killing fields, a stark reminder of the Pol Pot regime, and Tuol Sleng, the notorious Security Prison 21. Fly to the gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap. Explore Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and of course, incredible Angkor Wat, where we watch the sunset from the upper level of an ancient Angkorian temple. We also 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
  • 4 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 and tuk tuk)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $255pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 15 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 1 night on board a traditional Vietnamese cruise boat on Halong Bay
  • 1 night on board a cruise boat on the Mekong River
  • 17 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking locally based national guide in Vietnam (based on min. of 5 passengers)

Sightseeing

Explore stately Hanoi & amazing Halong Bay

  • Enjoy a full-day tour of Hanoi, including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace (outside only), Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, Rising Sun Bridge and pass by the Opera House.
  • Explore Old Hanoi on foot and visit the Museum of Ethnology.
  • Enjoy an early morning traditional Tai Chi class at Hoan Kiem Lake.
  • Walk the Rail Tracks of Hanoi and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam's capital city! We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life along the rail tracks.
  • Experience the street food of Hanoi on a walking tour.
  • Stay overnight on a Vietnamese cruiseboat on beautiful Halong Bay, with its many breathtaking islands.

Stroll through World Heritage-listed Hoi An, mingling with the locals and discover ancient Hue!

  • Stay 3 nights in World Heritage-listed Hoi An and explore on foot the Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, Sa Huynh Museum Tran Family Chapel, Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall and a lantern making workshop.
  • Cruise down Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School and learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes.
  • Explore ancient Vietnam's capital Hue with a visit to its vast 19th century citadel.

Immerse yourself in the history of Saigon and stay overnight on the tranquil Mekong River

  • Tour bustling Saigon including the French-style Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the very moving War Remnants Museum.
  • Visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnel complex north of Saigon. This elaborate 200km-long tunnel complex was built by the Viet Cong and never discovered during the Vietnam War.
  • Enjoy the tastes and sights of Saigon by night, a unique look at Saigon as we witness acrobatic performances, street activities and dinner in a local street restaurant.
  • Spend one night on the Mekong River, exploring the tributaries and canals while observing daily life along the river.
  • Visit the Cai Be Floating markets before a walk along the canals and the palm-shaded creek witnessing local houses, green orchards, shipbuilding yards, rural and water activities.

Tour Phnom Penh & learn more about the astonishing history of Cambodia

  • Explore Phnom Penh by cyclo around the city and along Tonl Sap River, including Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & the National Museum.
  • Tour the Killing Fields, a stark reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Explore rural Cambodia and life on Tonl Sap Lake

  • Explore Tonl Sap Lake as we cruise past the floating villages.
  • 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.

Discover breathtaking temples

  • Spend one and a half incredible days 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.
  • View the sunset from the upper level of an ancient Angkorian temple at Angkor Wat.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
20
Price From
AUD $6,485
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
26 Mar 201814 Apr 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,020
ItineraryExpand
Vietnam & Cambodia

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

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Hanoi

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]

Day 3. Hanoi

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]

Day 4. Hanoi

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]

Day 5. Hanoi - Halong Bay

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]

Day 6. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An

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]

Day 7. Hoi An

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).

Day 8. Hoi An

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]

Day 9. Hoi An - Hue

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]

Day 10. Hue - Saigon

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.

Day 11. Saigon

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]

Day 12. Saigon - Mekong Delta

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]

Day 13. Mekong Delta - Saigon

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]

Day 14. Saigon - Phnom Penh

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.

Day 15. Phnom Penh

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]

Day 16. Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

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]

Day 18. Angkor

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]

Day 19. Depart Siem Reap

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20. Arrive in Australia