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Good morning Vietnam! Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Known as the ‘Paris of the Orient’, Hanoi is the charming capital and cultural heart of Vietnam. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.
This morning head to Hoan Kiem Lake which is the very heart of the city. Residents of Hanoi congregate around the lake early each morning to partake their exercise. You can join in, before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese breakfast (Pho). Take part in a half day cooking tour which will provide you with a hands-on lesson on how to shop for and cook authentic Vietnamese food. At midday sit down and enjoy your creations and receive recipes cards to take home. Later enjoy a guided city tour of Hanoi which includes the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070.
You will be picked up from your hotel around 8am for your transfer to Halong City (approx 4 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, onto Surprise 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.
Wake up to see a spectacular sunrise over the bay! This morning cruise through Bai Tu Long and visit the floating fishing village of Vong Vieng - where you'll gain a fascinating insight into local life. Cruising back to the dock arrive into Halong City around 11am. You will be transferred to your hotel in Hanoi where the rest of the day is spent at your leisure.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your midday flight to Hue. On arrival you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Begin your city tour after breakfast with the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. Created in the 19th century, the Imperial City was modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing and holds many palaces and temples inside its giant walls. 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. This evening, take a scenic boat cruise along the Perfume River.
This morning, continue south to the quaint 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”). From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port. 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. Some buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century and much of the town is heritage-listed.
Spend a day at leisure on the beach 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
Today you take the day train to Nah Trang which departs around 10:30am and arrives around 8:30pm (4 berth shared cabin). On arrival into Nha Trang you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in. Located along a sublime stretch of beach on the south-central coast, Nha Trang is blessed with a spectacular backdrop of towering mountains and exquisite offshore islands dotted around its turquoise bay.
A day of leisure and indulgence as we cruise through blue clear waters amongst the islands off Nha Trang. We drive to Cau Da port where we will board our boat. Cruise to the Tri Nguyen Aquarium, a small world of many sea species of the local province at Mieu Island. We will then head out to Mun Island where you have the chance to swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Stop for lunch at the fishing village of Lang Chai where there is time to explore further before boarding the boat back to Nha Trang harbour.
Spend the day at leisure in Nha Trang. The resort 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.
After breakfast, we drive to the picturesque sandy crescent shaped bay of Mui Ne. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Fairy Spring or Suoi Tien, a stream that runs through the dunes creating remarkable sand and rock formations and resembling a mini Grand canyon, or simply relax on the beach and take in a splendid seafood meal at one of the many restaurants that surround the resorts.
After breakfast drive to Saigon, upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. Spend the remains of the day at leisure in this lively and cosmopolitan metropolis with its gleaming sky scrapers, expensive restaurants, bars and designer shops, which stand in stark contrast to the ancient pagodas, colonial era landmarks and ramshackle markets.
Today take a morning excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, north west of the city. This immense network of connecting underground tunnels, were used by the Viet Cong and one of the famous battle grounds in the Vietnam War. Explore the maze of tunnels, accompanied by the guide. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs from B52 bombers. Returning to Saigon at around 2pm, stop for lunch before visiting some of the city's major attractions including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum.
Today drive to the old battle Long Tan in Vung Tau Province. Over the years Long Tan battle has achieved similar symbolic significance for the Australian military in the Vietnam War as battles such as the Gallipoli Campaign has for the First World War, the Kokoda Track Campaign for the Second World War and the Battle of Kapyong for the Korean War. Our first stop is the former Nui Dat Task Force Base. Later, drive past the location of the Horseshoe (access not permitted due to mining activity) to the Discourtesy Rubber Plantation. Visit the Long Tan Cross Memorial, before continuing on to the Long Phuoc Tunnels and visit Ming Dam (no longer the "Secret Zone") and Long Hai.
Enjoy an excursion on the beautiful Mekong Delta, one of the world's greatest river systems. The Mekong Delta has lush rice paddy fields and colourful fruit orchards, enchanting villages and bustling floating markets. Early morning transfer to Cai Be - Phu An where you board the Cai Be Princess around 10:00am. First stop is the colourful floating market at Cai Be. Then visit some local home factories to discover traditional rice paste making, rice pop corn, coco candies, and longans drying processing. The cruise continues along the Mekong canals to Dong Hoa Hiep Island where you can observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. Lunch is at a superb Indochine style resort before disembarking mid-afternoon then transfer to Can Tho.
Early this morning enjoy a boat trip to the floating market of Cai Rang – one of the most colourful markets in the area. 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. Transfer back to the hotel for breakfast, after hotel check out drive to the town of Chau Doc.
Today you will take a speed boat to Phnom Penh, where you will arrive around lunch time. You will be met and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure.
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh starting at 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. Continue on to the National Museum, a treasure chest of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts and Toul Sleng which was once a Tuol Svay Prey High School is now a frightening reminder of the horrors of Pol Pot regime. The school was used as a torture chamber and it was believed that 16,000 people died there. In the evening, enjoy a one hour boat cruise on Mekong River to explore the local night life.
Depart for Siem Reap today (around 6 hours drive) In the afternoon visit 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. Enjoy watching the sunset over Agnkor Wat before returning to your hotel.
After breakfast 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. Next, visit Ta Prohm Temple unlike most of the other Angkor temples, Ta Prohm has been left just as it was found. The combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples. This afternoon, continue on to the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Tonlé Sap, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the river. Board a local boat and visit charming village of Kampong Phluck. The rest of the day is spent at your leisure.
Sadly tour tour with us comes to an end today, you will be transferred to Victoria Angkor Resort in time to meet your next tour. We hope you have enjoyed your journey of discovery through Vietnam and Cambodia with us.