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Vietnam and Angkor Discovery 15 Days

$3,499.00 $2,299.00

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

Tour Highlights:

Vietnam:

  • Experience a full-day 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

Cambodia:

  • Visit the largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples
  • Enjoy lunch with locals at Kompong Kleang floating village
  • Explore free time at leisure in Siem Reap city

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!

The glory of Cambodia: 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 attractions. 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 (pictured above) is its most famous attraction. It is composed of as much stone as the pyramid of Cheops in Egypt, and yet it's 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.

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Departure Dates (min. 10 passengers)

2019 Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement
09 Mar 15 Jun 21 Sep* From $3,499
$2,299
in 2019 / 2020
Book by 31 Jul 2019
$999
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 or similar Chinese/Asian Carriers)
  • Vietnam internal airfares
  • 12 nights hotel 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: $140
  • Vietnam visa
  • Cambodia visa application fee (US$25 on arrival)
  • 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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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.

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Singapore Stopover 2 Nights From $399

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.

Note: You must upgrade your carrier to Singapore Airlines to add this stopover package.

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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 amp; Golden Bridge Tour for extra $50

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

11. Phare Circus in Siem Reap

phare circus
$95

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.

Package includes: standard show ticket, round trip transfers, dinner

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.

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
Siem Reap Seam Siem Reap Hotel 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
Optional Program: 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
Optional Program: 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
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
Optional Program: 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
Optional Program: Fishing Village & Waterways Eco-Tour
or
Optional Program: 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

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia. 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 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.

Arrive in Hanoi today, and check into the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure or rest before your transfer to Sapa early tomorrow morning.
Hanoi City
Today after breakfast, transfer by bus to Sapa. Arriving around lunchtime, you’ll check in to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit Cat Cat village (medium to advanced level trekking required), where you may wish to try the local apple wine or purchase a hand-woven blanket, and Sapa town.
Sapa Trek
Leave Sapa after breakfast, and drive southwards and up Den Thang Mountain. Take an easy walk to explore Hang Da, a Black Hmong village, which displays the age-old lifestyle of the Hmong. We then follow the village path downhill through the stunning valley of Sa Seng. Along the way, we pass several hamlets which are organised in the typical Hmong style. The walk ends after paying a visit to 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.