Hoi An Holidays

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Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 1: Hanoi

Xin Chao! Welcome to Hanoi, one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture and history. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to you hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi

A morning start you will be welcomed at your hotel by your guide and transferred to Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam built in 11th century which reveals the Vietnamese spirit of study in the past! Afterwards visit The Presidential Palace (formerly Palace of the Governor-General of French Indochina), Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilt and nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon free, or why not enjoy out Enhance tour, Cuisine & Back streets. This evening enjoy a first class dinner before attending a traditional Vietnamese water puppet performance. Overnight Hanoi.

The Huc Bridge

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Early this morning we drive to the strikingly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, we board our traditional wooden junk boat and cruise the emerald waters studded with a thousand or so karst limestone islands. Later opt for a refreshing swim in one of the many sheltered coves before taking row boats to the floating fishing village of Vong Vieng. Tonight, there's a Vientnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before an impressive seafood dinner is served. Overnight - Halong Bay, Deluxe Junk Boat

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hue

Start the day with Tai Chi on the sundeck or a traditional massage. After exploring a lofty grotto hidden beneath towering cliffs we return to Hanoi. Arriving to Hanoi mid afternoon an hour or so is spent exploring the labyrinth of streets, known as the ‘36 streets of the old quarter’. Each of the narrow lanes are named after various guilds of the city’s artisan who established themselves here centuries ago. On a hair raising cyclo (rickshaw ride) we'll see the old quarter and the delightful Hoan Kiem Lake. Tonight we board our overnight sleeper train (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) operating on the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line to Hue. Overnight - Sleeper Train

The Perfume River in Hue

Day 5: Hue

Arrive to Hue (check in if rooms are available). Depend on time arrival of the train; you will have breakfast at hotel, at local restaurant or breakfast box prepared by your experienced guide. Guided tour the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. After lunch drive into the countryside to see the impressive Royal Tombs (Khai Dinh and Minh Mang tomb). Enjoy the evening at your leisure, why not Enhance your tour: with a cruise on the Perfume river at sunset. Overnight Hue.

Women trading at Dong Ba Market by Tormod Sandtorv

Day 6: Hue - Hoi An

This morning, we might need to visit the points which are missed yesterday when time is not permitted. Drive to Hoi An – the Pass of the Ocean Clouds with stops along the way. Stop at My Khe Beach and take a walk, visit the Marble Mountain. Late this afternoon take a quick walking tour of Hoi An: the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Overnight Hoi An.

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Days 7-8: Hoi An

On a bicycle ride to the local village of Tra Que we discover age old farming practises and learn about traditional medicine. It’s a hands on experience today where we’ll assist with tending the fields and gardens and cooking lunch. Day 7, offers free time. Relax by the beach or pool, or take a day trip to the Cham Kingdom site at My Son or My Lai - where the massacre of civilians took place at the hands of Charlie Company during the Vietnam War. Overnight - Hoi An

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

Day 9: Hoi An - Can Tho

Fly to Saigon and drive to the Mekong Delta. The fertile Mekong Delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits, flowers and rice, as well as its fantastic views while boating along the canals. Taking our sampan we’ll cruise to Cai Be’s colourful floating markets and continue downstream through the maze of waterways visiting cottage industries along the way. Overnight - Can Tho

A woman rowing a boat to Can Tho floating markets

Day 10: Can Tho - Saigon

Early morning visit to Cai Rang floating market and drive to Saigon. On a walking tour of the city we’ll visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post office and the sombering War Remnants Museum. Evening at leisure. Overnight - Saigon

Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 11: Saigon - Phnom Penh

This morning we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a sprawling underground network of tunnels and living quarters used by the Viet Cong during the war. Then we drive to the Cambodian border (crossing at Moc Bai/Bavet) and continue on to the capital of Phnom Penh. Today the nation’s capital offers a bustling mix of Asia’s past and present, a city quickly taking its place amongst the trendy capitals of the region with superb restaurants and a number of attractions. Overnight - Phnom Penh

Day 12: Phnom Penh

Today we’ll enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh starting at the National Museum of Fine Arts, a graceful terracotta building of traditional design housing the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture. Continue to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, famed for its lavish decorations – the floors are paved with silver tiles and statues of Buddha are encrusted with thousands of diamonds. Later come face to face with the horrors of the Pol Pot regime as you visit Toul Sleng (Security Prison - S21), a school that was gruesomely transformed into a torture chamber under the Khmer Rouge, and visit the Killing Fields where over 10,000 people were executed. Overnight - Phnom Penh

Day 13: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Hotel check out and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Siem Reap. After time to freshen up we visit the last capital of the Angkorian Empire – Angkor Thom. This monumental fortified city is encircled by a 100m wide moat and is famed for the huge statue heads that glare down from every angle. We continue to the monastic complex of Preah Khan before heading to the mother of all temples – Angkor Wat. This breathtaking monument of man’s devotion to his gods is believed to be the largest religious building in the world and contains thousands of wall carvings and extensive bas-reliefs. In the evening we enjoy a walking tour of the old market. Overnight - Siem Reap.

Day 14: Siem Reap

Early this morning opt to see Angkor Wat bathed in the spectacular golden light of sunrise. Later, head out to Banteay Srei temple, considered by many to be the art gallery of Angkor with some of the finest stone carvings in the world. Cut from stone of a pinkish hue, the Hindu temple is dedicated to Shiva and contains lavishly decorated libraries and stunning reliefs of divinities. The temple expedition continues with visits to Banteay Samre, East Mebon, Pre Rup, Preah Khan, Banteay Kdei and the atmospheric Ta Prohm. Swallowed by the jungle, vast muscular roots envelop the crumbling towers and walls whilst the trees’ foliage dapples the temple in shadow. There are plenty of great bars and restaurants in the compact city centre, easily navigated on foot. Overnight - Siem Reap

Day 15: Siem Reap

This morning visit the Roluos group of temples (Bakong, Lolei and Preak Ko), the earliest large and permanent temples built by the Khmers. The monuments mark the dawn of Khmer classical art, dating from the late 9th century, with elaborate inscriptions in the ancient Hindu language of Sanskrit. Later visit the floating village of Kompong Pluk. Houses built on soaring stilts hover over the Tonle Sap Lake whilst nearby, the petrified trees of a flooded forest are revealed whenever the water level drops. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight - Siem Reap

Day 16: Siem Reap

Today marks the end of our memorable journey. Lap up the hotel facilities this morning before hotel check out and included departure transfer to the airport.


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