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The Best of Vietnam 12 Days

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Hanoi, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta

Tour Highlights:

  • Experience a guided tour of Hanoi City, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the 'Hanoi Hilton'
  • Take an overnight traditional junk cruise through Halong Bay
  • Stroll through the peaceful ancient streets of Hoi An
  • Tour Hue City, the former capital of Vietnam and location of the impressive Imperial City
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant city life of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Savour the rural delights and local lifestyles of the Mekong Delta
  • See the remnants of the Vietnam War at the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Select from a wide range of optional activities, tours, and special meals

Optional Activity: Fishing Village and Waterways Eco-Tour near Hoi An

Vietnam is filled with stunning natural beauty and deep culture. Its mountains, jungles, and coastlines range from virtually untouched to well-groomed. Rural communities remain authentic and hospitable, and major cities are cosmopolitan but retain much of the old-world charm of the colonial and precolonial eras.

This medium-paced tour covers some of the best historical and cultural sights Vietnam has to offer, while also providing plenty of free time for you to relax or explore further. From the peaceful capital city of Hanoi to the stunning natural beauty and emerald waters of Halong Bay; from the ancient streets of Hoi An to the to the rural charm of the Mekong Delta; from the vibrant city life of Ho Chi Minh City to the poignant Cu Chi Tunnels, there’s so much to explore and discover!

After the core tour, extensions are available to Cambodia, to explore Angkor – one of the mightiest cities of the ancient world and home to the astonishing temples of the Khmer empire, or to Phu Quoc Island – to relax in the pristine beach environment of this beautiful tropical Vietnamese destination.

Unlike many of our competitors' tours, this is not a seat in coach package.

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Departure Dates (min. 10 passengers)

2019 Price Per Person Single Supplement
09 Mar 15 Jun 21 Sep*
From $2,499

$1,899
in 2019/2020
Book by 31 Aug 2019
$699
23 Mar 29 Jun** 05 Oct*
06 Apr* 13 Jul* 19 Oct
20 Apr** 27 Jul 02 Nov
04 May 10 Aug 16 Nov
18 May 24 Aug 30 Nov*
01 Jun 07 Sep* 07 Dec**
2020
22 Feb 16 May 12 Sep*
07 Mar 13 Jun 17 Oct
21 Mar 25 Jul 14 Nov
22 Apr* 22 Aug
* = Shoulder season surcharge: $200
** = Peak season surcharge: $400

Package Inclusions:

  • Vietnam Airlines return economy class airfares departing Sydney or Melbourne (if unavailable, China Southern Airlines, China Airlines, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines or similar Chinese/Asian Carriers)
  • Vietnam internal airfares
  • 9 nights accommodation (twin/double) plus 1 night on board during your Halong Bay cruise
  • Round trip airport & hotel transfers
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Coach transportation and all transfers
  • English speaking tour guide(s)
  • Government taxes and service charges

Package Exclusions:

  • Prepaid tipping: $110
  • Vietnam visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses & anything optional

Tour Extensions Optional Extension

Sapa Trekking 4 Day Pre-Tour Extension from $499

Sapa is one of the most breathtaking hill stations in Vietnam, and retains the signature of French architecture and colourful minority cultures. This is home to stunning mountain landscapes, verdant rice terraces, unique stilt villages and Fansipan – ‘the Roof of Indochina’. Travellers are invited to enjoy the best of Sapa as the seasons change through the year.

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Cambodia & Laos 8 Day Pre-Tour Extension from $1999

Cambodia is a small and little-developed country, but was once the seat of an advanced and immensely wealthy empire. The Khmer empire was based around a vast network of temples and reservoirs around today’s Siem Reap town. Having survived centuries buried by jungle, and the years of terror under the Khmer Rouge, the temples of Angkor are now one of the world’s great tourist attractions.
Laos is a unique, landlocked nation, sandwiched in the midst of the Southeast Asian mainland. Culturally a cousin to Thailand, Laos has remained a quiet agricultural society into the 21st century. With road, rail, and river access rapidly opening up through massive Chinese-funded infrastructure development, now is a great time to gain a feeling for the fading era of French Indochina, and for the colourful Buddhist culture of pre-modern Southeast Asia.

Angkor Cambodia

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Phu Quoc Island Paradise Post-Tour Extension with 5 Star Resort 4 Days from $699

Phu Quoc is emerging as a beloved destination for travellers to Vietnam. Renowned for its beautiful white sand beaches and attractive resorts, the laid back atmosphere of Phu Quoc makes this the perfect place to relax following your tour of Vietnam (and perhaps Angkor too!). Enjoy some fishing, swimming, and snorkelling, or take a hike through the tropical jungle and spot some unique wildlife.

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Nha Trang Beach Post-Tour Extension with 5 Star Resort 4 Days from $699

Nha Trang is known for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands. A coastal resort city in southern Vietnam, Nha trang offer amazing seafood, and a wide range of activities such as water sports and spa resorts – or just kick back on the beach and soak up the laid-back atmosphere!

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Angkor Adventure Post-Tour Extension 4 days from $699

Siem Reap, Angkor Ancient City, Kompong Kleang Floating Village

The Khmer empire was based around a vast network of temples and reservoirs around today’s Siem Reap town. Having survived centuries buried by jungle, and the years of terror under the Khmer Rouge, the temples of Angkor are now one of the world’s great tourist attractions.

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Stopover Holidays Optional Extension

Hong Kong Stopover 3 Nights From $399

Upgrade your flights to Cathay Pacific or Qantas Airways to book this package

Once a sleepy fishing village, Hong Kong has developed into one of the premier financial powerhouses of the Far East. It is a city which boldly blends modernity with Chinese heritage and British colonial influence. A safe, well organised, fast paced shopping paradise, it also offers up some unmatched cuisine experiences. Dine on some of the best yum cha and wonton noodle soup in the world, or a taste of more unusual culinary delights such as grass jelly or shredded jellyfish.

hongkong

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Singapore Stopover 2 Nights From $399

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Singapore is loved as a ‘hot’ destination, full of contrasts inside a small area. The food culture is diverse; Chinese, Indian and Malay dishes such as
stir-fried noodles, roti chennai, and laksa are well known. You will see hundreds of different street foods in Chinatown.

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Optional Programs Optional Extension

Get to know Vietnam better with our local in-depth excursions to add another dimension to your experience!
Purchase all optional programs and save! Tours include transportation to the venues, taxes, and service fees.

2019 Optional Program Package fr. $600 per person 2020 Optional Program Package fr. $640 per person
  • Water Puppet Show & Hanoi Street Food Tour
  • Cycling Tour from Hoi An to Tra Que Village(**)
  • Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge Tour
  • Evening Cultural Stage Show
  • Full Royal Dinner in Hue
  • Lunch at Hoi An Sense Restaurant
  • Dinner Cruise on Saigon River

(**)Change to Fishing Village & Waterways Eco-Tour for extra $40

  • Water Puppet Show & Hanoi Street Food Tour
  • Evening Cultural Stage Show
  • Sunrise Photography Foodie Tour
  • Fishing Village & Waterways Eco-Tour(**)
  • Full Royal Dinner in Hue
  • Lunch at Hoi An Sense Restaurant
  • Dinner Cruise on Saigon River

(**)Change to Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge Tour for extra $50

Notes:

  • All optional programs require minimum 2 passengers to operate (min. 3 pax required for Photography Foodie Tour)
  • Due to high demand, optional programs must be booked at least 2 months before departure and is not available for individual purchase on site.

1. Water Puppet Show & Hanoi Street Food Tour

water-puppet
$75

Enjoy the world-famous puppet show performed on a water stage. It is one of the cultural highlights of Northern Vietnam because of the history of the puppetry, as well as the splendid skills controlling puppets by the puppeteers behind the scene. After the show, you will walk through the Old Quarter full of pop-up street food shops on the sidewalks. You can try Vietnamese fresh homemade beer ‘Bia Hoi’, and other authentic local dishes, such as Pork Rice Rolls ‘Banh Cuon’, Grilled Pork Noodles ‘Bun Cha’, etc. Relax yourself with a drink before returning to hotel.

Package includes: standard show ticket, English speaking tour guide, round trip transfers, dinner and drinks.

2. Evening Cultural Stage Show – Lune Production (with pre-show cocktail & Vietnamese tasting platter)

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$110

Lune Production is also known as A O Show, this incredible depiction of Vietnam’s lifestyle, ethos, and heritage will leave you spellbound as you sit in the intimate Lune Theatre. The acrobatic talent you will see in contemporary dance, visual arts, optical illusions and melodious background music is sure to impress the most discerning critic. Before the show, you can enjoy a cocktail (or soft drink) and a delicious Vietnamese tasting platter in the beautiful 100 year-old Little Faifo Restaurant. A truly culturally enriching evening.

Package includes: standard show ticket, round trip transfers, a tasting platter with a drink.

Note: Only one show can be chosen from optional program 2 and 3. If Lune Production is not available on your tour, you will instead watch the Hoi An Memories Show.

3. Evening Cultural Stage Show – Hoi An Memories Show (with pre-show cocktail & Vietnamese tasting platter)

memories
$110

This spectacular show is the biggest art show in Vietnam, developed by prestige domestic experts and directed by the leading expert, also the father of real-world performance. This show features Vietnam’s traditional Ao Dai using modern staging techniques, lighting technology and elegant audio effects. Through these, a 400-year-old story of Hoi An is represented with all of its grace and prosperity. Before the show, you can enjoy a cocktail (or soft drink) and a delicious Vietnamese tasting platter in the beautiful 100 year-old Little Faifo Restaurant.

Package includes: standard show ticket, round trip transfers, a tasting platter with a drink.

Note: Only one show can be chosen from optional program 2 and 3.

4. Photography Foodie Tour – Hoi An at Dawn (2020 only)

Hoian 360 tour
$160

Exclusive to Nexus Holidays, this unique photo tour is fully guided by Alden Anderson, an Emmy Award Winning artist with over 20 years of experience as a professional photographer, and Trinh, Alden’s local cultural guide, with a wealth of knowledge about photography & local Vietnamese street food. If you want to wake up together with the Old Town in the early morning, interact with local people, and get a taste of the more traditional side of Vietnam while learning your camera, this is the perfect photo tour for you! Suitable for people of all skill levels and camera types, cell phones to DSLRs, beginners to professionals.

Package includes: English speaking tour guides, one way transfer from hotel to meeting point, local style breakfast and coffee.

Note: This tour conducts at 5:00 am to 8:00 am, time may vary based on sunrise.

5. Fishing Village & Waterway Eco-Tour

Vietnam Boat
$110

Explore the coconut-palm which was the flanked waterways of a war, meet local fishermen and experience their daily life. You will take a wooden round boat ‘The Coracle’ to a water coconut forest, and interact local fishermen on the river to learn about round net and cast net fishing. You can try paddling your own bamboo basket boats and join in a boat race. You can also see and learn about how to use reeds or palm leaves to make grasshoppers, birds, rings, etc. Then, return to the fishing village and finish this tour with some delicious local food and a drink.

Package includes: English speaking tour guide, round trip transfers, lunch (with a drink)

Note: Only one program can be chosen from optional program 5 and 6 on Day 6 (2020 only).

6. Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge Tour

Golden Bridge
$165

Explore Ba Na hills, sightseeing the panoramic views of Quang nam – Da Nang city; Ride on a cable car and discover the famous Golden Bridge; see famous places such as the French Village Campanile, Nine Floor Goddess Shrine, Tombstone Temple, Linh Phong Monastery, and Linh Chua Linh Tu Temple, and discover Fantasy Park with its adventurous games.

Package includes: English speaking tour guide, round trip transfers, entrance tickets, round trip cable car access, lunch

Note: Only one program can be chosen from optional program 5 and 6 on Day 6 (2020 only).

7. Full Royal Dinner in Hue

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$95

Dress in beautiful traditional clothes (provided by the restaurant) and be served a sumptuous meal of dishes which used to be made for the royal family, and enjoy live music during dinner.

Package includes: round trip transfers

8. Lunch at Hoi An Sense Restaurant

hoi-an-sense-restaurant
$55

Hoi An Sense restaurant is a beautiful harmony between refined cuisine and unique architecture. Set on an opulent rooftop with intimate terrace, relaxing fish pond and vivid lanterns, Hoi An Sense draws influences from vibrant flavours of Vietnam’s central region.

Package includes: round trip transfers

9. Dinner Cruise on Saigon River

Ho Chi Minh City
$70

Dinner cruise on Saigon River. Enjoy a delicious selection of local dishes as you take in the ambience of this charming city.

Package includes: round trip transfers, Asian fusion buffet dinner on cruise

10. Cycling Tour from Hoi An to Tra Que Village (2019 only)

Farmer
$65

Cycle along the rice paddies to Tra Que Village just outside Hoi An. This little village is well-known for supplying the many restaurants and hotels in the area with fresh herbs and vegetables. Take a short stroll around the vegetable garden and listen to the history of the village. You are invited to be a farmer and join gardening activities in preparing the land, fertilizing with seaweed, raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables, etc. to experience how the local farmers work the land and learn about the importance of herbs in Vietnamese medicine and cuisine.

Package includes: English speaking tour guide

Hotel AccommodationOptional Extension

Location Deluxe Accommodation Local Rating
Hanoi Hotel Le Carnot or similar
Halong Cruise Bai Tho Cruise or similar
Hoi An Hoi An Garden Palace & Spa or similar
Hue Park View Hotel Hue or similar
Ho Chi Minh City Silverland Central or similar
Fly to Hanoi via connecting cities. On arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide and transfer to your hotel. Hanoi is over 1000 years old and is currently the capital of Vietnam, as well the commercial, political, and cultural heart of the country.
Note: Your flights may depart the day before.
Hanoi City

Visit the infamous Hoa Lo Prison – the ‘Hanoi Hilton’. Those incarcerated at Hoa Lo included Pete Peterson, who became the first US Ambassador to a unified Vietnam in 1995, and the late Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee for the US presidency in 2008. Next, visit the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam, built for the sons of mandarins (high government officials). Then it’s on to West Lake and Tran Quoc Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, which is located on a small island near the southeastern shore of the lake. After lunch, visit Ba Dinh Square, where Ho Chi Minh read Viet Nam’s Declaration of Independence on 2 September 1945. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (reminiscent of Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow) from the outside, and Ho Chi Minh’s House, a modest residence from which he led the country until his death in 1969. Then, explore the ancient ’36 Meandering Streets’ of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. You may watch the stunning Water Puppet Show and relax yourself with some local street food and fresh homemade beer (at your own expense) before returning to hotel.

Optional Program: Water Puppet Show and Hanoi Street Food Tour

NOTE: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is only viewable from outside if your visit is on a Monday or Friday, and from 5 Sep. to 5 Nov. due to annual maintenance. Rules regarding dress and behaviour are strictly enforced by staff and guards. Legs must be covered (no shorts or miniskirts).

Tran Quoc
Travel by coach to Halong Bay and take a boat trip to explore one of the world’s great natural wonders, cruising the thousands of limestone islands filled with caves of all shapes and sizes. The sails of junks and sampans gliding along the clear and emerald waters of the bay form a magnificent picturesque scene that blends with the sky. You also get a chance to visit some of the hidden grottoes beneath the towering cliffs. A seafood lunch and dinner will be served on board the charming junk. Stay overnight on board.

Enjoy the aquamarine waters of the bay at its best as the junk continues to cruise quietly through spectacular limestone formations. Disembark from the junk at noon and transfer to Hanoi airport for a short flight to Da Nang. On arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to Hoi An, an ancient town recognised as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. Check into your hotel in Hoi An.

Note: In the event that insufficient seats are available for the Hanoi to Da Nang flight, you may instead fly from Hai Phong to Da Nang.

You will be escorted by our local guide to discover Hoi An by walking tour through the narrow streets of this charming town. Perhaps more than any other place in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of centuries past. Once known as Faifo, Hoi An was an influential port along the Silk Road. For over 500 years merchants from China, Japan, France, and Portugal settled in the prosperous town resulting in a distinctive blend of culture, cuisine, religions and architecture. In 1999, the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rest of the day is at your own leisure. You may join the below optional activities (at your own expense).

2019:
Optional Program:
– Cycling Tour from Hoi An to Tra Que Village
OR
– Fishing Village & Waterways Eco-Tour

2020:
Optional Program:
– Evening Cultural Stage Show – Lune Production (with pre-show cocktail & Vietnamese tasting platter) Note: If Lune Production is not available, you will instead watch the Hoi An Memories Show.
OR
– Evening Cultural Stage Show – Hoi An Memories Show (with pre-show cocktail & Vietnamese tasting platter)

Hoi An Covered Bridge

This morning, you will visit the Réhahn Museum, to view the ‘Precious Heritage Collection’, by French Photographer Réhahn. This work focuses on the endangered cultural heritage of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups, attempting to document their rapidly-changing ways of life. Afterwards, you have free time at leisure, or you may enjoy the following optional activities (at your own expense):

2019:
Optional Program:
– Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge Tour
– Evening Cultural Stage Show – Lune Production (with pre-show cocktail & Vietnamese tasting platter) Note: If Lune Production is not available, you will instead watch the Hoi An Memories Show.
OR
– Evening Cultural Stage Show – Hoi An Memories Show (with pre-show cocktail & Vietnamese tasting platter)

2020:
Optional Program:
– Photography Foodie Tour – Hoi An At Dawn
– Fishing Village & Waterways Eco-Tour
OR
– Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge Tour

Vietnam Bike

Depart Hoi An to Hue City (the driving takes about 3 hours excluding stops). Along the way, you will have the opportunity to stop en route to take pictures at Lang Co Beach. Hue City, during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 – 1945), was the political, economic and cultural capital of Vietnam and its historical monuments were recognised as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1993. On arrival, you will take a boat trip to Thien Mu Pagoda – a historic pagoda on the banks of the Perfume River in Hue, Vietnam. Apart from their scenic riverside and hilltop location, the Thien Mu Pagoda and its environs are also rich in history, standing witness to almost four hundred years of tumultuous nation-building in Vietnam. Then travel to the centre of Hue city to visit the massive Kinh Thanh Citadel, comprised of the Imperial City, several museums, lakes, and lovely gardens, all laid out in a series of concentric circles.

Optional Program: Full Royal Dinner in Hue

Enjoy the morning at your own leisure (time permitting) before transferring to the airport for your direct flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, transfer to visit the imposing Dong Khoi Street (formerly Catinat street) before going to the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is the most famous landmark in Vietnam, as the twin bell towers can be seen from a great distance. In the same square is the famous Saigon Post Office, the largest functioning post office in Vietnam. Continue on to visit Reunification Palace, the palace of the presidents of South Vietnam before 1975, and the War Remains Museum, where you can learn about the Vietnam War. At the end of the day, visit Ben Thanh Market before returning to your hotel.
HCMC
Depart with our guide and driver for a scenic drive through the Mekong Delta, home to the richest agricultural lands in Vietnam. On arrival at My Tho City, take a boat trip on the Mekong River to fishing villages and Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix Islands. Crossing the Mekong River, you’ll cruise along a small canal to see the daily life of locals in Bến Tre Province, visiting Quới An bee farm and handicraft workshop to enjoy some honey-tea and see how people make things from coconut wood. Take a horse-cart along country roads to visit fruit orchards, enjoy tropical fruit and listen to traditional music. Then, take small sampans back to your cruise to ‘Coconut Village’ for a coconut candy workshop and tasting. Visit Phoenix Island for a rice-paper workshop, then return by boat to My Tho and then by road back to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure.

After breakfast, we visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, a well-known historical vestige of the Vietnamese revolution. This cobweb-like tunnel complex is a network of underground dug-outs over 200 km long, consisting of many layers and turnings with meeting, living, and fighting quarters where we learn firsthand how the Viet Cong survived their extraordinary underground existence during the Vietnam War. Visit a lacquerware factory on the way back to the city, and then enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City.

Optional Program: Lunch at Hoi An Sense Restaurant

Optional Program: Dinner Cruise on Saigon River

Enjoy the day at your own leisure (time permitting) before transferring to the airport for your return flight home.
Arrive home.

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Sapa Trekking Tour Extension 4 Days

Sapa is one of the most breathtaking hill stations in Vietnam, and retains the signature of French architecture and colourful minority cultures. This is home to stunning mountain landscapes, verdant rice terraces, unique stilt villages and Fansipan ‘the Roof of Indochina’. Travellers are invited to enjoy the best of Sapa as the seasons change through the year.

Fly to Hanoi via connecting cities. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel.
Note: Your flight may depart the day before.
Hanoi City
Transfer by bus to Sapa. Upon arrival, you’ll check in to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit Cat Cat village (medium to advanced trekking required), where you may wish to try the local apple wine or purchase a hand-woven blanket, and Sapa town.
Sapa Trek
Drive southwards and up Den Thang Mountain. Explore Hang Da, a Black Hmong village by foot, which displays the age-old lifestyle of the Hmong. Then follow the village path downhill through the stunning valley of Sa Seng. Along the way, you will pass several hamlets which are organised in the typical Hmong style. The walk ends after visiting Sa Pa, another hamlet of the Hmong which is located near the former Sapa traditional market.
Lao Chai
This morning is free at leisure. Relax at the hotel or go shopping in Sapa town before transfer back to Hanoi to begin the core tour.

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Cambodia & Laos Tour Extension 8 Days

Cambodia is a small and little-developed country, but was once the seat of an advanced and immensely wealthy empire. The Khmer empire was based around a vast network of temples and reservoirs around today’s Siem Reap town. Having survived centuries buried by jungle, and the years of terror under the Khmer Rouge, the temples of Angkor are now one of the world’s great tourist attractions.
Laos is a unique, landlocked nation, sandwiched in the midst of the Southeast Asian mainland. Culturally a cousin to Thailand, Laos has remained a quiet agricultural society into the 21st century. With road, rail, and river access rapidly opening up through massive Chinese-funded infrastructure development, now is a great time to gain a feeling for the fading era of French Indochina, and for the colourful Buddhist culture of pre-modern Southeast Asia.

On arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide and transfer to your hotel. Check in to hotel and enjoy the rest of day at leisure.
Note: Your flights may depart the day before.
silver pagoda
Breakfast at hotel, today visit to the private quarters of the Royal Palace. At the northern area of the palace grounds is Silver Pagoda, the most sacred temple in the country. Later, walk up to visit the legendary Wat Phnom and enjoy a fantastic view over the surrounding areas. Afternoon visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
Royal Palace Phnom Penh

Enjoy the morning free at leisure (time permitting) before you transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. At night, you can watch the astonishing Phare Circus Show (at your own expense).

Optional Program: Phare Circus Show in Siem Reap

Angkor Wat sunset reflection
Early morning Visit Ta Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been discovered. After breakfast, visit the largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples. Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga (a mythical serpent symbolising the transition from the mundane to the sacred world). Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, former spaces for public ceremonies that are both adorned with dramatic bas-relief carvings. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas, before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas-reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where giant stone Buddha faces smile enigmatically down from every angle. Continue your visit to Angkor Wat, the Crown Jewel of Khmer architecture. Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia.
ta prohm temple
Angkor Cambodia

Enjoy the morning free at leisure or join the half day Tonle Sap Lake and Floating Village Tour (at your own expense) before you transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Optional Program: Tonle Sap Lake and Floating Village Tour

Luang Prabang city
Early morning you can go to see the daily alms-giving ritual, which is a must-see activity for any visitor to Luang Prabang, and ‘Monks’ life encounter’ offers you the opportunity to participate in this practice in an authentic manner at a local temple. After Breakfast, visit the Luang Prabang town and Vat Aham Temple, which was built in 16th-18th century. Buddhism is the basis of Laos’s culture and temples play an important role in Laotian daily life. Later, you will learn how typical Laos dishes like Laap Laos, Olam soup and papaya salad are prepared, offer food to a local temple and receive a blessing where the monks chant for you as a part of this traditional ritual. Later, join an open talk on Buddhism with monks and enjoy lunch. Later in the afternoon, visit the top of Phou Sy Hill to capture a sunset with a panoramic view of the city. Coming down from other side of the hill, you will go pass part of Wat Phra Buddabhat (Buddha’s Footprint Temple) and its quirky statues. In the evening, feel free to explore the local night market (by your own).
Note: There are 350 steps walk to the top of Phou Sy Hill, if you are not comfortable with the walk, you can ask the tour guide to transfer you back to hotel or into town for free time.
luang-prabang-royal-palace
After breakfast head down south of town to Khuang Si Waterfalls. On the way you will visit the Butterfly Park. Then visit the Bears Sanctuary. The sanctuary was opened in 2003 and houses Asiatic Black Bears which were cubs when rescued by the Forestry Department as they were being taken to the black markets for sale. All are now growing rapidly and are in good health. Later you will arrive the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfalls, where water tumbles over multi-tiered limestone formations into cool and crystal-clear pools. These waterfalls are paradise setting surrounded by lush forest. Spend your time splashing around in the pools or walking along the forest paths in the upper part of the falls. In the afternoon, you will visit the Ock Pop Tock weaving centre. It is an organization offering the weavers in the area the chance to earn a decent income through their weaving skills. Transfer back to Luang Prang.
Kuang Si Falls
Free at leisure until transfer to airport for your flight. On arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide and transfer to your hotel. Hanoi is over 1,000 years old and is currently the capital of Vietnam, as well the commercial, political, and cultural heart of the country.
hanoi

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Angkor Adventure 4 Days

The Khmer empire was based around a vast network of temples and reservoirs around today’s Siem Reap town. ‘Angkor’ is the name now given to the city, and Angkor Wat is its most famous attraction. The name translates as ‘Temple of the Capital’, and it is composed of as much stone as the pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. It is decorated throughout with intricate carvings of Hindu cosmology and Khmer history. Yuan-dynasty diplomat Zhou Daguan, who resided in Angkor from 1296-97 wrote that the wealth of the city rivalled that of imperial China. Having survived centuries buried by jungle, and the years of terror under the Khmer Rouge, the temples of Angkor are now one of the world’s great tourist attractions.

Fly to Siem Reap. Your expert guide will meet you and transfer you privately to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure. This is your opportunity to experience (optional at your own expense) the world-renowned Phare Circus, where young local dancers and acrobats enact Khmer folk tales and modern stories. Developed by the charity Phare Ponleu Selpak, this performance expresses the history, challenges, and resilience of the people of Cambodia.
Today you will visit the largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples. Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga (a mythical serpent symbolising the transition from the mundane to the sacred world). Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, former spaces for public ceremonies that are both adorned with dramatic bas-relief carvings. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas, before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas-reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where giant stone Buddha faces smile enigmatically down from every angle.
Visit Ta Prohm temple, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. Continue your visit to Angkor Wat, the Crown Jewel of Khmer architecture. Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kompong Kleang floating village. This is a settlement of over 20,000 people where houses tower up to ten meters above the water. Greeted by waves of the friendly locals, here you can glimpse Cambodia’s rural culture and traditional family lifestyle through a nice boat trip. Enjoy a picnic lunch with the locals in Kompong Kleang, then transfer back to Siem Reap and enjoy free time at leisure or for shopping.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home via connecting cities.
Arrive back in Australia.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Phu Quoc Island Paradise with 5 Star Resort 4 Days

Phu Quoc is emerging as a beloved destination for travellers to Vietnam. Renowned for its beautiful white sand beaches and attractive resorts, the laid back atmosphere of Phu Quoc makes this the perfect place to relax following you tour of Vietnam. Enjoy some fishing, swimming, and snorkelling, or take a hike through the tropical jungle and spot some unique wildlife.

Take a short flight to Phu Quoc Island. Located in the Gulf of Thailand just off the coast of Cambodia & Vietnam, the heart-shaped island of Phu Quoc is rapidly becoming one of Vietnam’s premier tour destinations as visitors discover the charms of its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. On arrival, you’ll be picked up and transferred to your hotel by the driver to check in. The rest of the day is free at leisure. In the evening you may wish to join our optional sunset cruise and barbeque.

Optional Activity: Sunset Barbecue & Squid Fishing Cruise. Watch a beautiful sunset over Phu Quoc as you sail out on a fishing boat. A barbecue dinner is provided – if you can hook a squid, you get to eat it!

Phu Quoc Island

Today you’re free to explore the island’s rugged jungle, striking white sand, and sparkling cobalt waters. Phu Quoc also offers varied options for you to explore, or take our wide-ranging and fascinating full day island tour.

Optional Activity: Full Day Tour, East and South Phu Quoc Island. Head south to visit a pearl farm, An Thoi Port, a dried sea food market, and Phu Quoc Prison Museum. Built in 1967-68 by the U. S. Army to detain captured Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers, many of the high ranking leaders of Vietnam were detained in Phu Quoc Prison. At Sao Beach – one of the most beautiful beaches of the Island, we enjoy a simple lunch (included in package). Continue on visit Cau Temple, a traditional fish sauce factory, a pepper garden, Su Muon Pagoda & Ham Ninh fishing village.

Phu Quoc Sea

Enjoy the whole day at leisure for relaxing at your hotel/resort or on the beach, or join our optional excursion to Vinpearl Land Amusement Park and Vinpearl Safari Park.

Optional Activity: Discover Vinpearl Land Amusement Park & Safari Park. This world-class recreational paradise is located by one of the most beautiful sea gulfs in the world. Exciting activities & games such as the Compact Coaster, Swing Carousel, Evolution, Merry-go-round, 4D Movies, Bumpers Cars, Crazy Bull riding, 3D & Video games are available, and much more. Vinpearl Land will definitely not disappoint! Vietnam’s largest wildlife conservation park is nestled in Bai Dai, on the Northwest coast of Phu Quoc Island. Vinpearl Safari Park conserves abundant indigenous and exotic flora and fauna. This is a unique opportunity to see wildlife that can’t be seen anywhere else!

Optional Meals Package: Taste world-renowned Vietnamese classics at Vinpearl Land. Your lunch and dinner are freshly prepared by incredibly talented, specialist chefs with 5-star experience. Savour an appetising array of local, regional and international cuisine with a delicious serving of classic and contemporary dishes from Vietnam, as well as Japan, Thailand, China and South Korea and from as far as Russia, the US, France and Italy.

Phu Quoc Beach
Enjoy the morning at leisure before checking out and transferring to the airport for your onward flight to Saigon then connecting with your flight home.
Arrive back in Australia.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Nha Trang Beach Tour Extension with 5 Star Resort 4 Days

Nha Trang is known for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands. A coastal resort city in southern Vietnam, Nha Trang offers amazing seafood, and a wide range of activities such as water sports and spa resorts – or just kick back on the beach and soak up the laid-back atmosphere.

Transfer to Saigon airport for a short flight to Nha Trang. On arrival, you’ll be picked up and transferred to your hotel to check in. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Nha Trang

Today you’re free to explore the city, taking up an optional activity, or just relaxing on the beautiful beach.

Optional Activity: Three Mineral Spring Spas. Visit Thap Ba Mud Spa Centre, I-Resort Mud Spa, and 100 Eggs Mud Spa. Relax and enjoy mud bathing in private tubs or egg-shaped tubs, and enjoy swimming in healing mineral springs. These three mud-bathing centres are located 4-6 km away from Nha Trang’s center. Afterwards, visit Po Nagar Temple (pictured bottom right), a fascinating remnant of the Cham kingdom that once occupied southern Vietnam, near Thap Ba Mud Center. Return to your hotel through the streets of Nha Trang to observe local life. The option to cycle to the resorts may be available upon request, depending on local conditions.

Optional Activity: Islands and Snorkelling Tour. Depart from your hotel to Cau Da Port. Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island is the first place to visit, and the many sea species of Nha Trang/Khanh Hoa province make a small ocean world there. Mun Island is the best island for snorkelling – you can see lots of colourful coral and fish. You will also be able to see caves in which the sea swallows make their nests. Then relax, swim, & do water sports or other activities at Mot Island, Tranh Beach Island or on a small island calling ‘Mini Beach’. Enjoy a fresh lunch. On the way back you will visit a fishing village.

Enjoy the whole day at leisure, relaxing at your hotel/resort or on the beach, or embarking on an optional activity.

Optional Activity: Discover Vinpearl Land Amusement Park. Experience exciting activities & games such as the Compact Coaster, Swing Carousel, Evolution, Merry-go-round, 4D Movies, Bumper Cars, Crazy Bull riding, 3D & Video games, and much more.

Optional Meals Package: Taste world-renowned Vietnamese classics at Vinpearl Land. Your lunch and dinner are freshly prepared by incredibly talented, specialist chefs with 5-star experience. Savour an appetising array of local, regional and international cuisine with a delicious serving of classic and contemporary dishes from Vietnam, as well as Japan, Thailand, China and South Korea and from as far as Russia, the US, France and Italy.

Enjoy the morning at leisure before checking out and transferring to the airport for your onward flight to Saigon/HCMC then connecting with your flight home.