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Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 716

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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 - 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 3: Halong Bay

Spend the day on cruiser that makes stops for swimming, villages and more.

Halong Bay at sunset

Day 4: Halong Bay - Saigon

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 then we transfer you to the train station to catch the sleeper train to Ho Chi Minh.

Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 5: Saigon

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. 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.

A street trader in Saigon

Day 6: 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.

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 7: Can Tho - Chau Doc

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 Can Tho before driving to Chau Doc.

Day 8: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

After breakfast, take a speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh, arriving at midday. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Cambodia's energetic capital is noted for its beautiful colonial architecture and historic sites. See the highlights of this bustling, vibrant city on a guided tour this afternoon, including the fascinating Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. You can climb the hill to Wat Phnom, the city’s main temple, where you’ll find throngs of worshippers and troops of monkeys.

Day 9: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Spend time at leisure this morning before your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. With its picturesque riverside location, colonial and Chinese-style architecture and leafy tree lined boulevards, Siem Reap is an ideal base to explore Cambodia's legendary Angkor Temple complex over the next two days. This afternoon, ride a Tuk Tuk to visit 12th century Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. Continue on to the spectacular Bayon temple, where you are surrounded by the smiling faces of numerous Buddhas. Also visit the Terrace of the Elephants, the Royal Palace and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Day 10: Siem Reap

Time to explore more of the Angkor Temple Complex, undoubtedly one of the world's greatest archaeological sites! We 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 and Cambodia's number one attraction! Enjoy a guided tour around this huge structure and learn about the glories of the Kingdom of Angkor. Continue sightseeing this afternoon with a visit to the temple of Banteay Srei or ‘Citadel of the Women’. On your way back to Siem Reap, enjoy the sunset from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup.

Day 11: Siem Reap

This morning take a Tuk Tuk to the edge of Siem Reap and enjoy a fun buffalo cart ride through the countryside until you reach the Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake; the Tonle Sap. Board a boat and spend the rest of the morning at one of the largest floating villages on the lake which is called Kompong Phluk. In the village you will witness the fascinating daily lives of the local people who live on the water. The boat service is provided by local people, and the profit goes directly back to the community. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 12: Siem Reap

today we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Phuket. Arriving here, transfer awaits to take you to the hotel. (OVERNIGHT IN PHUKET)

Day 13:

Enjoy a day at leisure in Phuket. (OVERNIGHT IN PHUKET)

Day 14:

This morning join a group of tourists for the speedboat journey to the Similan Islands National Park. The day will be spend making snorkeling stops and swims then arrive on Island 4 and check into the National Park Bungalows which are very basic. (OVERNIGHT IN ISLAND 4 SIMILIAN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK)

One of Halong Bays beautifully illuminated caves

Day 15:

Spend the day further exploring islands and beaches in the Similian Islands Park area. Returning to Phuket by the evening you get dropped off at your hotel. (OVERNIGHT IN PHUKET)

Locals children in row boats at Halong Bay

Day 16:

Morning we assist you catching the ferry to Phi Phi Island. Arriving here, the hotels transfer will collect you. (OVERNIGHT IN PHI PHI ISLAND)

Days 17-19:

Spend the next days at leisure on Phi Phi Island you can book day trips on boats to various locations such as Phi Phi Don National Park and more. (OVERNIGHTS IN PHI PHI ISLAND)

Day 20:

Today the hotel will drop you off for your ferry to Phuket. Arriving here, we get you to the airport for your flight to Bangkok where you can catch your onward flight home.