Can Tho Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 190

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Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 1: Hanoi

Hello Hanoi! Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the remains of the day at leisure.

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi

Begin your holiday the traditional Vietnamese way, with a bowl of steaming Pho at one of Hanoi's most popular eateries. Afterwards we continue to Hoan Kiem Lake for a morning stroll. This central lake is focal point for many of the local residents who live close to the lake and gather there each day to practice Tai Chi, play badminton and do aerobics. Then it is time for a fun cooking class at one of the best schools in Hanoi, with a renowned local chef to teach and assist you. You enjoy a visit to the local market, and get to try your creations at the end. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Perhaps take stroll along the ancient streets of the exotic old quarter.

The Huc Bridge

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

This morning transfer from your hotel in Hanoi to Halong City, the drive takes about 4 hours and you will stop off for a refreshment break en route. Upon arrival meet the crew of the traditional Junk boat at the dock and cruise to the famous islands of UNESCO Listed Halong Bay and on to Bai Tu Long Bay. Aside from the cave visit and swimming, there is a chance to explore this stunning area by sea kayak. Return back to the Junk for a scrumptious dinner and watch an incredible sunset over the bay.

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hue

Wake up to the fresh air, gentle breeze and amazing views of the bay this morning. Cruise through Bai Tu Long and visit the floating fishing village of Vong Vieng - where you can learn about the daily life. Enjoy lunch onboard before returning to the main harbour and travelling back to Hanoi, arriving late afternoon. We will transfer you straight to the airport for your flight to the imperial city of Hue. On arrival into Hue you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Hue Citadel

Day 5: Hue - Hoi An

Hue was the Vietnamese capital during the Nguyen Dynasty and ruins of the city’s regal past can still be seen inside the Citadel and the Imperial City. Created in the 19th century, the Imperial City holds many palaces and temples inside its giant walls. Your morning tour begins with the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. Wander through the enclosure before lunch and a trip into the surrounding countryside to see the final resting place of the Emperors at two of the most impressive Royal Tombs. Later in the afternoon transfer to Hoi An.

An old lady farming at Tra Que Organic Farm near Hoi An

Day 6: Hoi An

In the morning, you will enjoy a wide range of experiences - from learning traditional fishing techniques to paddling the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats while exploring the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war. On this tour we provide an authentic social and cultural insight into the local Vietnamese way of life. Take part in some hands-on activities that are fun, safe and interesting to people all of ages. In the afternoon, enjoy a half day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house and the Japanese Covered Bridge.

Days 7-10: Hoi An - Nha Trang

This morning can be spent at leisure until we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival we will be there to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. The resort of Nha Trang is ideal for scuba diving, snorkelling or simply relaxing on the sandy beach. Sample some of the delicious seafood in some of the many restaurants and perhaps enjoy a spot of retail therapy at Cho Dam Market. Spend the next four days at leisure.

Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 11: Nha Trang - Saigon

Transfer to the airport this morning and catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as the city is still frequently referred to, is Vietnam’s largest city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city this afternoon. Highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office. Dong Khoi Street, which is home to many boutiques and fine restaurants, the Opera House and the beautiful Peoples’ Committee Building. The War Remnants Museum, Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes and the Reunification Palace which is one of the most important buildings in the city.

A woman rowing a boat to Can Tho floating markets

Day 12: Saigon - Can Tho

Enjoy a cruise on the Mekong Delta today! Sightseeing begins with a visit to Cai Be's colourful floating market and a visit to some local home factories such as rice paste making, rice pop corn, coco candies, and longans drying processing. Known as the 'Rice Bowl' of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is a beautiful fertile region with lush rice paddy fields and fruit plantations. Soak up the riverside views as you cruise along the Mekong canals to Dong Hoa Hiep Island. Discover beautiful landscapes, observe typical Mekong delta rural life on the remote islands and enjoy a tasty lunch at a superb Indochine style resort. Spend the night in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

A bustling floating market near Can Tho - by Adam Jones PHD

Day 13: Can Tho - Siem Reap

Rise early for a morning boat trip to the extraordinary floating market at Cai Rang. Observe boats jostling for position as the locals engage in frenetic trading and be sure to have your camera ready for some great photo opportunities. Return to Saigon for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, pick up and transfer to hotel and check in.

Day 14: Siem Reap

Rise early this morning to avoid the crowds and travel by Tuk Tuk to visit the incredible jungle enveloped temple of Ta Prohm, which featured in the film 'Tomb Raider'. Next, visit the spectacular Angkor Wat temple - the world's largest religious building! Enjoy a guided tour around this huge structure and learn about the glories of the Kingdom of Angkor before returning to the hotel for a late breakfast and a rest. Continue sightseeing this afternoon with a visit to the temple of Banteay Srei. On your way back enjoy the sunset from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup.

Day 15: Siem Reap

Witness the sunrise on the spectacular Angkor Wat before heading to the airport in time for your onward departure journey.