Hanoi, Halong Bay and the hills of Sapa
Heritage-listed Hoi An and Hue
Saigon and the lively Mekong Delta
The natural charm of Laos
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 20
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|11 Aug 2019||10 Sep 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $8,245|
|08 Sep 2019||08 Oct 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $8,645|
|22 Sep 2019||22 Oct 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $8,645|
|06 Oct 2019||05 Nov 2019||Available||AUD $8,745|
|20 Oct 2019||19 Nov 2019||Available||AUD $8,745|
|03 Nov 2019||03 Dec 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $8,745|
|17 Nov 2019||17 Dec 2019||Available||AUD $8,945|
|01 Dec 2019||31 Dec 2019||Available||AUD $8,945|
|02 Feb 2020||03 Mar 2020||Available||AUD $8,845|
|16 Feb 2020||17 Mar 2020||Available||AUD $8,845|
|01 Mar 2020||31 Mar 2020||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $8,845|
|15 Mar 2020||14 Apr 2020||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $8,845|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! This afternoon we’ll enjoy a visit to the Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, which is also host to the ‘Imperial Academy’—Vietnam's first university. In addition, we will see the Hanoi Opera House and St Joseph’s Cathedral. Tonight we'll enjoy a welcome dinner together. [D]
This morning, we’ll head to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside only) and Ho Chi Minh’s neighbouring traditional Stilt House, where he lived from 1958 to 1969.
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 evening we will enjoy a cultural extravaganza show, which showcases traditional elements of Vietnamese culture in a historic and innovative way. [B]
An early start this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We’ll visit the flower market and the Old Quarter and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee. This afternoon we take a scenic journey through some of northern Vietnam’s breathtaking scenery to the hills of Sapa, stopping at Silver Waterfall (one of the most beautiful in Vietnam) and Heaven Gate along the way. [B,D]
We begin the morning in Muong Hoa Valley alongside the largest rice paddy terrace in the Sapa area. In Lao Chai we’ll meet people of the Black Hmong hill tribe, then walk to Ta Van village, home to the Giay minority. [B,L]
Special Experience: Ascend beautiful Mt Fansipan by cable car and tram, enjoying spectacular views along the way.
This afternoon we return to Hanoi. [B]
Today we travel to breathtaking Halong Bay and board our overnight cruise. [B,L,D]
Enjoy a morning of tai chi or just relax on deck. Today we discover a limestone cave and visit the Virgin Grotto by kayak. [B,L,D]
Early this morning we’ll explore the Hidden Cave by bamboo boat. After brunch we’ll disembark and fly to Hue. [B,Brunch]
This morning we'll enjoy a dragon boat cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda and visit the Imperial Citadel. This afternoon we’ll visit the imperial tombs of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. [B]
Special Experience: Cycle through Hue to visit its famous Garden Houses, many of which have ties with the old imperial court.
We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An. Highlights include the Culture & History Museum, 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).
The day is at leisure for you to enjoy. [B]
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]
Today we travel by boat to tour the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels. [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.
Today we board our traditional-style cruise boat on the Mekong Delta. Enjoy an aperitif as the sun sets this evening. [B,L,D]
This morning we travel to Cai Rang by traditional sampan boat to experience all the action of the floating market. [B,D]
Today we fly to Siem Reap, gateway to the ruins of Angkor. Tonight we’ll travel by remork to dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]
Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom and the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. We’ll also see the temple of Ta Keo, the amazing ruins of Ta Prohm, the temple of Preah Khan and the Buddhist temples of Banteay Kdei and Banteay Srei. [B,D]
Special Experience: Take a Khmer cooking class with a local family and learn about their customs and beliefs. We’ll savour our creations at lunch, overlooking a lily pond.
We’ll then cruise Tonlé Sap,to observe life and see the colourful floating villages. [B,L]
Special Experience: An early start to witness breathtaking views, shadows and reflections of Angkor Wat at sunrise.
We fly to Phnom Penh this afternoon. [B]
Today we visit the poignant Killing Fields and the notorious Security Prison 21, Tuol Sleng. This afternoon we’ll explore the bustling city by cyclo. Enjoy a group dinner tonight. [B,D]
We fly to colonial Vientiane, Laos today. [B]
Explore Vientiane, including the golden stupa of Pha That Luang and the Patuxai Arch. [B]
Enjoy a scenic drive to Nam Ngum Reservoir and Dam. We’ll enjoy a lake cruise and visit Ban Keun village and a traditional salt factory before continuing to Vang Vieng. [B]
Along the way to Luang Prabang we’ll stop at a cable bridge and walk across the river to visit the Hmong village of Ban Phan Thao. [B]
Explore Luang Prabang by tuk tuk this morning, visiting the open-air market. [B,D
Special Experience: This evening we join the locals to experience the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of pétanque and a typical Laotian dinner.
Special Experience: Learn about rice harvesting and meet the local farming guide at Living Lands Organic Farm. We’ll then enjoy a tasting of some typical food.
Explore Kuang Si waterfalls and visit the ‘Free the Bears’ rescue centre before our group farewell dinner cruise on the Mekong. [B,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]
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.