Treasures of Vietnam & Cambodia 13 Days

$2,999.00

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There is a lot to see in Vietnam. From lofty mountains to green rice fields, plus relics of its long history of independence struggle, a trip to Vietnam is to see and experience the fusion of nature and history. A must-see when travelling to Vietnam is to sail out to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site comprising over 1600 islands and islets in the clean green water of the gulf of Tonkin. You will certainly be impressed by this wonderful natural gallery. Don’t forget to capture all the perfect moments with your camera.

Vietnam is a graceful country filled with stunning natural beauty and charming culture. Its mountains, jungles, and coastlines range from virtually untouched to well-groomed. Villages remain quaint but hospitable, and major cities are cosmopolitan but retain much of their old charm.

This tour covers some of the best historical and cultural sights Vietnam has to offer. It provides an excellent insight into the Vietnam of today and of the past including its turbulent history of colonisation and war. 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 historical Cu Chi Tunnels, there’s so much to explore and discover!

Travelling from the north to south of Vietnam gives you a chance to experience the essence of this vibrant country, its natural beauty, history, culture and people – a journey which is bound to leave you with many wonderful memories.

After Vietnam, travel to central Cambodia and spend two days exploring Angkor, one of the mightiest cities of the ancient world, and home to the astonishing temples of the Khmer empire

Highlights:
  • Sail on a traditional junk through Halong Bay
  • Stroll through the peaceful ancient streets of Hoi An
  • Savour the rural delights of the Mekong Delta
  • See the remnants of the Vietnam War at the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant city life of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Take a boat ride downstream from My Tho to Ben Tre
  • Explore the stunning temples of Angkor, and learn about this once-mighty empire
  • Visit local Khmer (Cambodian) artisans, and enjoy a local cultural show
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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2017 Price Per Person Single Supplement
24 Feb * 20 Apr * 21 Oct * From $2,999 $800
24 Mar 13 May 04 Nov
15 Apr 16 Sep 18 Nov
* Peak season surcharge: $200

Package Inclusions:

  • Vietnam Airlines return economy class airfares departing Sydney or Melbourne (or if unavailable, China Southern Airlines or Thai Airways)
  • Vietnam internal airfares
  • 10 nights deluxe hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share) plus 1 night on board during your Halong Bay cruise
  • Round trip airport & hotel transfers
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, Br=Brunch, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, S=Special Banquet)
  • Coach transportation
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tour guide & driver tipping prepaid in Australia: $120
  • Vietnam & Cambodia visa application fees
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure & anything not stated on the itinerary

Hotel Accommodation

Location Deluxe Accommodation Local Rating
Hanoi Luxury Golden Lotus Hotel or similar
Halong Cruise Huong Hai Sealife or similar
Hoi An Hoian Silk Marina Resort or similar
Ho Chi Minh City Bay Hotel or similar
Siem Reap Seam Siem Reap Hotel or similar

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Laos 6 Nights

Laos is bordered on the west by the Mekong River and known for mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. Vientiane, the capital, is the site of the That Luang monument, where a reliquary reportedly houses the Buddha’s breastbone, plus the Patuxai war memorial and Talat Sao (Morning Market), a complex jammed with food, clothes, and craft stalls.

Package Price Single Supplement
From $1,499
per person twin share
$500

Inclusions:

  • Siem Reap>Luang Prabang>Vientiane airfares
  • 6 nights deluxe hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Coach transportation & transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English-speaking tour guide(s)

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $70
  • Laos visa application fee
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure & anything not stated
Location Deluxe Accommodation Local Rating
Luang Prabang Le Vangbua Villa or similar
Vientiane Salana Boutique Hotel or similar



Fly to Hanoi via connecting cities. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy a city tour of Hanoi’s most famous sites: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (outside view), One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first university. Later, enjoy a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter to discover the lifestyle of the locals. Enjoy a Water Puppet Show, a traditional form of Vietnamese folk art, before tonight’s welcome dinner.
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.
The highlight today is the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, stopping en route at the Marble Mountains to enjoy a beautiful view of Da Nang. An important trading town from the 15th to 19th centuries, Hoi An displays a unique blend of culture, cuisine, and architecture. Step back in time as you wander the narrow streets of this charming former trading port with its ancient covered bridges and temples. After lunch, explore Hoi An on foot, visiting an old-style merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple. Enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure to wander through the town or relax at one of the many cafes along the picturesque Thu Bon River.
Today you are free to explore Hoi An and perhaps enjoy tea in an old house or discover the daily life of the farmers in the local fishing village along the river. Alternatively, you can go to the beach for totally relaxing day! Then take the transfer to the airport to catch the departure flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
After breakfast, we travel by road from Ho Chi Minh City to the peaceful countryside in Ben Tre. Embark on a local boat ride on Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of the Mekong River. Stop at a brick factory to see how to make bricks by hand. Visit the perfume coconut garden and coconut processing workshops located along the canals and enjoy fresh fruit and coconut juice. Continue the trip by boat through countless narrow criss-crossed canals. Walk on peaceful paths to visit a farmer’s house to see local people weave mats. Take a motor cart (xe loi) or bicycle on a shady road, passing by rice fields and vegetable gardens to discover tropical culture and see how the locals live. Enjoy lunch at a farmer’s house on the riverside. In the afternoon, board a rowing boat along coconut palm-lined canals and then proceed to Ben Tre before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for a ‘farewell to Vietnam’ dinner this evening.
This morning enjoy a city tour including Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall, Central Post Office, and Ben Thanh Market. This afternoon, travel northwest of Ho Chi Minh City to the town of Cu Chi and explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the most famous battlegrounds of the Vietnam War, and the base for the 1968 Tet Offensive. The once-secret tunnel system is 200km long and deep under the earth, and was used to hide and to manoeuver during combat, while also serving as communication, medical, and supply bases during the Vietnamese ‘War of Resistance against America’.
In the afternoon fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel. Check in and free at leisure.
In the morning, we will awake up early about 5am and travel by Tuk Tuk for sunrise at Angkor Wat Temple, the most wonderful remains of a disappeared civilisation, which between the 8th and 13th century built the splendid city Angkor, with the famed Angkor Wat (Temple of the Capital), which was depopulated by war and invasion and hidden for centuries by deep forests. Angkor Wat is the big attraction of Cambodia, but is well-known all over the world. This temple, dedicated to Vishnu, was constructed at the beginning of the twelfth century. It is remarkable for its powerful architecture and for the richness of its sculpture. Then we visit the jungle-entwined temple, Ta Prohm. Dawn is one of the most beautiful and haunting times to visit the temples, whose ancient sandstone blocks are gilded by the early morning rays. Return to the hotel for breakfast then free leisure time. In the afternoon we will continue our discovery with Angkor Thom (the Great City) including the Southern Gate, Bayon temple, Baphuon temple, Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King & Phimean Akas: “Celestial Palace”, dedicated to Hindu deities, and then enjoy a romantic sunset at Preah Rup temple. Back in town you’ll definitely enjoy a well earned hour-long foot massage.
Travel by boat to the floating village – Kampong Phluk on Tonle Sap (Great Lake). Return to Siem Reap. Back in town, you can see local artisans at work, creating carvings, weaving silk, and other exquisite crafts. Afternoon, you have free leisure time for your own activities. Tonight’s farewell dinner includes a show of local culture.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home via connecting cities.
Arrive home this morning.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Laos 6 Nights

Laos is bordered on the west by the Mekong River and is known for mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements, and Buddhist monasteries. Vientiane, the capital, is the site of the That Luang monument, where a reliquary reportedly houses the Buddha’s breastbone, plus the Patuxai war memorial and Talat Sao (Morning Market), a complex jammed with food, clothes and craft stalls.

Fly to Luang Prabang. Your expert guide will meet you and transfer you privately to your hotel.
After breakfast, we enjoy a short guided tour of the city’s oldest temple – Wat Sene, and the magnificent Royal Palace (Haw Kham), which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family, followed by a stroll around gilded temples such as Wat Mai, Wat Sensoukarahm, and Wat Xieng Thong, which are dotted across the city. In the afternoon, we take a cruise along the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves, where you will discover gold-lacquered Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes nestled deep in the limestone caverns.
After breakfast, we continue our excursion toward Kuang Si Waterfalls. Visit villages of local ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay – a Hmong Village, Ban Ou – a Lao Loum Village and Ban Thapene – a Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you will enjoy a spectacular view of water cascading into the clear turquoise pools at its foot. Next to the falls is a Bear Rescue Centre which does a great job in protecting and rehabilitating the rare Asiatic Black Bear. On our way back we also stop at Ock Pop Tock, a silk weaving centre. Here you will be given a guided tour and the silk weaving process will be explained. This evening, participate in an interactive Lao cooking class where you can taste Lao food culture for yourself.
After breakfast, depart from your hotel to the Elephant Village, set on the banks of the Nam Khan river valley. After a briefng, you will meet your elephant, and ride through the surrounding forest, perched on the howdah (elephant seat). Then take a short boat ride to Tad Sae falls and have a dip in the clear waters (season dependent). Enjoy lunch at the Elephant Village before returning to Luang Prabang mid-afternoon.
For early risers, you have the chance to observe long rows of monks in saffron robes collecting alms from the locals at dawn. We can also visit the local fresh market to see how the locals shop, before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Take a short flight to Vientiane this afternoon. Explore Vientiane, the charming and fascinating capital of Laos, one of the classic Indochinese cities, which presents an exotic image with its intriguing mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, American, and Soviet influences. Then we visit the National Museum and golden That Luang temple.
After breakfast, visit the morning market, where we will see a number of handicrafts for sale. Then we will continue exploring the capital’s most famous landmark with visits to Wat Si Saket, Haw Phra Kaew. Next you will go to climb the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, Patuxai. The massive arch has a beautiful mosaic tiled ceiling and once at the top you can see for miles around Vientiane. You will also visit the COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a much overlooked aspect of Laos and a major problem many of the local people face on a day-to-day basis in the form of unexploded ordnance as a result of extremely heavy bombing by the US military during the Vietnam War era. Finish your last day in this magical country with a Baci blessing ceremony.
Enjoy free time in the morning (flight time permitting) before transferring to the airport for your homebound or onward flight via connecting cities.
Arrive home this morning.