Our Insider Experience
- Escape the crowds and travel by tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat for sunrise over Angkor Wat‘s famous spires.
- Enjoy a hands-on traditional Lao-style cooking demonstration at the Bamboo Experience cooking school. Learn about the typical ingredients used in Lao cooking and prepare a feast for dinner.
- Receive a blessing when you take part in a local ‘Baci’ blessing ceremony.
- Cruise overnight through the 3,000 islands rising from the sea in Ha Long Bay.
Day 1: Saigon
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Your airport representative will meet and greet you. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy some free time. Overnight at Hotel Equatorial (or similar).
Day 2: Saigon
Today you will visit Cu Chi Tunnels. Discover the network of underground tunnels while learning about their role in the Vietnam War. Later, enjoy a guided walking tour of Saigon where you will see Dong Khoi Street, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace, and Ben Thanh Market. Overnight at Hotel Equatorial (or similar). (B,L)
Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta
Venture to the Mekong Delta and spend the day exploring the many palm fringed canals, local temples and markets. Enjoy a delicious lunch made from locally harvested produce. Stop by a Cao Dai temple with its spectacular architecture. Overnight at Hotel Equatorial (or similar). (B, L)
Day 4: Saigon – Danang – Hoi An
Fly to Danang, and then enjoy a scenic drive to Hoi An. Take a walking tour to discover the mix of Chinese, Japanese and French influenced architecture. Overnight at Hoi An Silk Marina Resort (or similar). (B)
Day 5: Hoi An
Visit a sleepy corner of Hoi An and see the amazing artworks covering the walls, streets and alleyways. Visit Thanh Dong Organic Farm, to learn traditional farming methods adopted by this village. Chat with the local farmers and take part in the farming activities. Overnight at Hoi An Silk Marina Resort (or similar). (B,L)
Day 6: Hoi An – Danang – Hanoi
Fly from Danang to Hanoi and discover Hanoi’s must-visit sites including the Ho Chi Minh complex, the infamous Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the “Hanoi Hilton.” Pay a visit to the Temple of Literature. End with a visit inside the Opera House and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea. Overnight at The Ann Hotel (or similar). (B)
Day 7: Hanoi to Ha Long Bay
Drive past scenes of traditional rural life from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay. Board a well-appointed junk boat, enjoy a delicious lunch and begin cruising among the 3,000 islands which rise from the sea. In the evening, retreat to your private cabin, or relax on the main deck or at the bar. Overnight on-board Bhaya Cruises (or similar). (B,L,D)
Day 8: Ha Long Bay to Hanoi
Take part in a sunrise Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck before enjoying brunch on board. Upon arrival back in port, transfer to your hotel in Hanoi. Take a walking tour to visit the old quarter and a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake before joining your group for a farewell dinner. Overnight at The Ann Hotel (or similar). (B,D)
Day 9: Hanoi to Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang. Start your tour with a visit to Wat Xiengthong, and by walk to Phou Si Mountain. Take part in a traditional Baci ceremony. Hop on a tuk-tuk for your dinner at Bamboo Experience. Overnight at Sala Prabang (or similar). (B,D)
Day 10: Luang Prabang
Rise early to see the locals giving morning alms to the orange-robed monks. After breakfast take a walking tour to local market for some snacks. Visit Wat Mai and the National Museum. Cruise the Pak Ou caves, have picnic lunch, and play the local favourite game of petanque. Finish with sunset drinks. Overnight at Sala Prabang (or similar). (B,L)
Day 11: Luang Prabang to Siem Reap
Visit Kuang Si waterfalls and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. In the evening be entertained by Phare, The Cambodian Circus where the performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. Overnight at Steung Siem Reap (or similar). (B)
Day 12: Siem Reap
Start early to witness the breathtaking sunrise over Angkor Wat temple, followed by breakfast at a local restaurant. Reach the southern gate of Angkor Thom, the ‘Great City’ and marvel at the imposing 23m (75-foot) high stone faces, featured in the Tomb Raider movie. At the centre lies the 12th-century state temple of Bayon, with hundreds of gigantic stone faces. Ta Prohm is unforgettable due to the massive trees with thick roots that entangle the walls. Overnight at Steung Siem Reap (or similar). (B)
Day 13: Siem Reap
Visit Beong Mealea Temple, a 12th-century Buddhist sanctuary built from perfectly-squared sandstone blocks, still partly buried under vegetation. Shop at a local market and lunch at a local restaurant. Visit an isolated community of three villages built on stilts. These scenic villages are flooded from Aug – Feb. You will take the small boat through the flooded mangrove forests fostering a variety of wildlife. Go back in time with Khmer ancient culture in a spectacular performance while you enjoy the finest cuisine in town. Overnight at Steung Siem Reap (or similar). (B,L,D)
Day 14: Siem Reap
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Or, ask us about options to extend your journey.
- 12 nights hotel accommodation
- 1 night cruise accomodation onboard Bhaya cruise
- Mekong Delta cruise
- All flights as specified in the itinerary
- Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
- Entrance Fees
- English-speaking Tour Leader
- All tips on tour
- Return arrival and departure transfers (conditions apply)
- Meals as indicated (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
- Meals other than those specified
- Visa fees
- Insurance and personal expenses such as laundry, mini-bar, telephone and drinks.
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