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Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

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A journey of discovery across classic Indochina. Experience the beauty of Halong Bay and explore beguiling Hoi An and the canals of the Mekong Delta. See the incredible temple ruins at Siem Reap then discover the charm of Luang Prabang - and meet the locals!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.CHARISMATIC LAOSTravel to Laos, where you'll discover beautiful Luang Prabang. Explore the city by tuk tuk and visit a local handicraft village. Cruise along the Mekong enjoying typical Laotian cuisine and venture to the cascading Kuang Si waterfalls to swim in the crystal-clear waters.

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

Accommodation & Meals

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

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides (Vietnam & Laos)
  • English-speaking local guide on board Mekong Delta

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, 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 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 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.

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

The natural charm of Laos

  • Explore Luang Prabang by Tuk Tuk, visiting an open-air market and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
  • Experience the tastes and traditions of Laos and enjoy dinner and a game of petanque with the locals in Luang Prabang
  • Enjoy a leisurely lunch cruise along the Mekong, stopping to explore the fascinating Pak Ou Caves
  • Stop at Living Lands Organic Farm and meet the local farming guide to learn about rice harvesting and the tools used, and taste some dishes made from the rice
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
20
Price From
AUD $6,395
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 201822 May 2018Fully BookedAUD $5,945 
17 May 201805 Jun 2018Fully BookedAUD $5,945 
14 Jun 201803 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $5,945
28 Jun 201817 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $5,945
12 Jul 201831 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $5,945
26 Jul 201814 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $5,945
09 Aug 201828 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $5,945
23 Aug 201811 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $5,945
06 Sep 201825 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $5,945
20 Sep 201809 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $6,445
04 Oct 201823 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $6,445
18 Oct 201806 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $6,445
01 Nov 201820 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $6,445
15 Nov 201804 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $6,745
29 Nov 201818 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $6,745
13 Dec 201801 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $6,845
27 Dec 201815 Jan 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,845
10 Jan 201929 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $6,845
24 Jan 201912 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $6,545
07 Feb 201926 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $6,545
21 Feb 201912 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $6,545
07 Mar 201926 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $6,545
21 Mar 201909 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $6,545
Itinerary
Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

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 dinner at a local restaurant. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Siem Reap - Luang Prabang

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 fly to the charming town of Luang Prabang. [B]

Day 16. Luang Prabang

We board a tuk tuk to explore Luang Prabang this morning. We'll visit the open-air market and participate in the Big Brother Mouse program, helping young locals practice their English conversation. Later we'll discover beautiful Wat Xieng Thong and visit a local handicraft village. [B,D]

Special Experience: This evening we join the locals to experience the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of p tanque and a typical Laotian dinner.

Day 17. Luang Prabang

Today we'll explore the National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace, Haw Kham. We'll then take a leisurely cruise along the Mekong. Enjoy the typical Laotian cuisine for lunch on board. The boat will also stop so we can explore the Pak Ou Caves. [B,L]

Day 18. Luang Prabang

Special Experience: Learn about rice harvesting, the tools that are used and meet the local farming guide this morning at Living Lands Organic Farm. We'll then enjoy a tasting of some typical food made from the rice.

This afternoon we'll explore the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls and visit 'Free the Bears', a rescue centre for Asiatic Black Bears. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 19. Depart Luang Prabang

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20. Arrive Australia

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