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Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 292

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Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 1: Hanoi

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

The Huc Bridge

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Today we drive to Halong City (approx 3 hours), stopping for refreshments en route. At UNESCO Listed Halong Bay limestone peaks and forest clad islets, hidden coves and beautiful beaches await discovery! Board your Junk boat and cruise to the famous islands of Halong Bay and onto Bai Tu Long Bay, stopping to visit a cave and swim in the warm waters. There is a chance to explore more this stunning area by sea kayak. Return to the Junk boat for a tasty dinner and a memorable night in beautiful surrounds.

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 3: Halong Bay - Hue

Wake up to see a spectacular sunrise over the bay! Cruising back to the dock arrive into Halong City around noon then transfer back to Hanoi. Enjoy one hour Cyclo tour to explore the charming Old Quarter, visiting Hoan Kiem Lake. Afterwards, we enjoy the walking tour of the 36 streets in the Old Quarter. This evening you can freshen up before we transfer you to the railway station for your overnight 4 berth shared sleeper train to Hue.

The Perfume River in Hue

Day 4: Hue

Upon arrival we will pick you up from the train station. Your tour begins after breakfast with the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. Spend the morning wandering 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 (if the train arrives late some sightseeing may need to be done the next day)

Women trading at Dong Ba Market by Tormod Sandtorv

Day 5: Hue - Hoi An

This morning, continue south to the riverside town of Hoi An. The five hour trip hugs the coastline along the South China Sea with breathtaking views particularly as the road winds its way up Hai Van Pass (“Pass of the Clouds”). We make a stop to take a walk on My Khe Beach and also visit Marble Mountain. 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.

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Day 6: Hoi An

Spend a day at leisure. Perhaps head to the beach independantly or having clothes made by one of the expert, inexpensive tailors that Hoi An is famous for. In the evening, you might want to stroll Hoi An's romantic, silk latern lit streets and dine in one of its fantastic riverside restaurants.

A bridge in Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An

Your 2nd day at leisure to relax or explore independently. Consider our My Son Temple or My Lai Memorial optional tour to enhance your holiday.

A local man in front of an ancient building in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An - Can Tho

Early this morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Saigon. Upon arrival the guide will pick you up and transfer you directly to Cai Be. Embarking on the Cai Be Princess boat the tour will start with the visit of Cai Be colourful floating market. Further, others stops will allow you to see a traditional bricks and tiles factory and how locals are using palm leaves for houses. After our cruise you will be transferred to Can Tho for the evening.

A woman rowing a boat to Can Tho floating markets

Day 9: Can Tho - Saigon

This morning we will visit Cai Rang floating markets. We then drive to Ho Chi Minh City. Here we will enjoy a guided tour of the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, Dong Khoi Street, the Opera House and the Peoples’ Committee Building.

Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 10: Saigon

Today is a free day for you to relax or explore independently. Consider our Cu Chi tunnels optional trip to enhance your holiday.

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 11: Saigon - Siem Reap

After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival we will pick you up and take you on a tour of the National Museum where you will have an overview about Cambodian History and People. The remainder or the day is free or you could consider to enhance your holiday by adding the Tonle Sap lake optional trip.

Day 12: Siem Reap

we will enter the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple and marvel the wonders of the eerie Bayon, the terrace of Elephants and terrace of Leper King. Ta Prohm Temple unlike most of the other Angkor temples, Ta Prohm has been left just it was founded: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors. Later we visit we visit the famous Angkor Wat, the largest and best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre—first Hindu, then Buddhist—since its foundation.

Day 13: Siem Reap

we will transfer to visit Kbal Spean is an ancient Angkor ruin that is a 90-minute bumpy ride from Siem Reap, on the same route to Banteay Srei. Then we will spend about half hour journey to reach Banteay Srey, one of the most unusual temples of Angkor, Cambodia. It lies 20 km due north of the main group. It is built largely of red sandstone, which is covered with elaborate and deeply carved decoration. In the afternoon, we are free at leisure.

Day 14: Siem Reap

Sadly your last day with us with your departure airport transfer.


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