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Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

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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 and tuk tuk
  • Tipping Made Easy, $200pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 11 nights in good quality hotels (4 star)
  • 1 night on board a traditional Vietnamese cruise boat on Halong Bay
  • 1 night on board a river cruise vessel on the Mekong River
  • 13 breakfasts, 1 x Brunch, 5 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

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
  • Explore Tonle Sap Lake and cruise past the floating villages
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
16
Price From
AUD $5,195
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise, Relaxing
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
03 May 201818 May 2018Fully BookedAUD $4,795 
17 May 201801 Jun 2018Fully BookedAUD $4,795 
14 Jun 201829 Jun 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $4,795
28 Jun 201813 Jul 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $4,795
12 Jul 201827 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $4,795
26 Jul 201810 Aug 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $4,795
09 Aug 201824 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $4,795
23 Aug 201807 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,795
06 Sep 201821 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,795
20 Sep 201805 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,795
04 Oct 201819 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $4,895
18 Oct 201802 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $4,895
01 Nov 201816 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $4,895
15 Nov 201830 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $5,095
29 Nov 201814 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $5,095
13 Dec 201828 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $5,295
27 Dec 201811 Jan 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $5,195
10 Jan 201925 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $5,195
24 Jan 201908 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
07 Feb 201922 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
21 Feb 201903 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
07 Mar 201922 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
21 Mar 201905 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $4,895
Itinerary
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 before this evening's group welcome dinner. [D]

Special Experience: A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we'll enjoy a water puppetry performance and go behind the scenes at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre.

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 along the rail tracks, 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 a decadent Vietnamese lunch, we'll sail past amazing limestone rock formations and have the opportunity to discover hidden caves by boat or kayak. 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 before disembarking late morning. After brunch we'll return to Hanoi 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 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 portion 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 and is free from cars so 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

Enjoy the morning at leisure before our flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. Tonight we'll travel by tuk tuk 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]

Day 16. Arrive Australia

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