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Heritage Vietnam and Cambodia

Duration
13 Days
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US$ 3,375

Immerse yourself in the rich historic and cultural heritage of Vietnam and Cambodia. This thirteen day small group tour will immerse you in the history, nature, and traditions of these incredible countries, highlighted by Ha Long Bay and the Angkor Archaeological Park.


This 13-day, moderate to first-class small group journey explores Vietnam and Cambodia, anchored by two of Indochina’s undisputed highlights, Ha Long Bay and the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Arrive in Hanoi, the energetic yet always refined capital of Vietnam, where you can lose yourself in the atmospheric Old Quarter, walk the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake, or pay your respects to a thousand years of Vietnamese innovation and culture at the Temple of Literature. Consider arriving a day early to take in the sights. Pack a small bag for your overnight excursion to Ha Long Bay, characterised by its spectacular rocky outcrops and fascinating islands. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife both in the waters and along the shore. Your cruise includes freshly prepared meals and traditional entertainment before returning to Hanoi for one night, followed by a half day tour of the capital.

Fly to the city of Danang for your transfer to Hoi An, one of the most charming and picture-perfect towns in all of Asia. Its uniquely preserved medieval town preserves the town’s Chinese influences, while a tour will put its many historic temples and structures into perspective for you, including the famous Japanese Covered Bridge. Fly on to Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam’s thrilling economic powerhouse. Sample your way through the city’s famous street food (sweeter and more complex than Hanoi’s), visit Cu Chi Tunnels for a sobering but fascinating look at the strategies employed by Vietnamese guerilla fighters during the ‘American’ war, and end the day with a visit to the War Remnants Museum and the enormous Reunification Palace, the former seat of power in what was once South Vietnam.

A short flight takes you to Phnom Penh, the energetic capital of Cambodia and home to the country’s wonderful National Museum. Your arrival day is free to explore on your own, while your second day takes you to the Royal Palace with its beautiful Silver Pagoda, and the sobering Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields. While this part of the tour can be difficult, it’s impossible to fully understand modern Cambodia without understanding something of this brutal period in its history.

Your final destination is Siem Reap, gateway to the enormous Angkor Archaeological Complex, and at its centre, Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure on the planet. Painstakingly constructed at the centre of the once expansive Khmer empire, Angkor is an engineering and architectural wonder arguably unmatched within Asia, or possibly the world. Visit the imperial city of Angkor Thom, built around its incredible Bayon temple, then duck the enormous fig roots that have intertwined with Ta Prohm, one of the most atmospheric ruins in the park. A visit to Banteay Srei lets you see a more genteel, intricate side of Angkor’s creativity, while Preah Khan has been left unrestored, capturing a sense of slowly being reclaimed by the forest.

Consider a revitalising Khmer massage before your departure.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,375

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Day 1

Arrive Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. There will be a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you'll meet your group leader and fellow travellers. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for this meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Until this meeting we encourage you to head out and get your first taste of what Hanoi has to offer.

Duration1 Night
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Lan Vien Hotel

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    LanVien Restaurant located on 11th floor, guests can enjoy Western and Asian cuisine and looking down to the beautiful view of City through the restaurant's impressive windows. The LanVien Hotel offers the perfect combination of modern luxuries, impeccable service and excellent value for the business …

    LanVien Restaurant located on 11th floor, guests can enjoy Western and Asian cuisine and looking down to the beautiful view of City through the restaurant's impressive windows. The LanVien Hotel offers the perfect combination of modern luxuries, impeccable service and excellent value for the business or pleasure travelers Hotel situated in the heart of Hanoi, at the corner of Ly Thuong Kiet street and Hang Bai street. A great location allows you to explore and connect to our wonderful city over 1000 years. You can stroll out of our doors and enjoy the surrounding shopping area.

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Day 2

Hanoi to Halong Bay

Today, you will leave Hanoi and drive north (approximately 4 hours) to the renowned Halong Bay. You can leave your luggage behind at your hotel in Hanoi and pack an overnight bag for staying on the boat. Halong Bay is listed as a World Heritage site and is one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders. The views of sailing junks navigating past thousands of limestone islands with rocky outcrops are nothing short of spectacular. You will travel to Tuan Chau Port (Halong City West) where you will board a boat for an exploration of the bay, enjoying a seafood lunch and dinner (non-seafood also available), as well as spending a night on board. We visit a cave in the area, and, in the warmer months, you can enjoy a swim from Ti Top Island Beach or go on an optional kayak tour. A night on the boat under the stars is very special, but another highlight of this evening is a delicious candlelit dinner out on deck (weather permitting). This is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, dining on a seafood feast.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Halong Bay to Hanoi

After breakfast at Halong Bay, return by bus to Hanoi (approximately 3.5 hours). Later this afternoon, you will enjoy a unique Peregrine experience when you sit down to a traditional Hat Xam performance. Hat Xam is an art form of Northern Vietnam dating back to the Tran Dynasty, and literally translates to 'singing in darkness'. Originally, this was performed by blind performers, and was enjoyed by local working-class audiences, right up until the late 1950s, when a wave of communism deemed all art forms to be corrupting influences. Today, this style of performance occurs rarely, but you and your group will be taken to a private club house for an exclusive performance; one of the few places where such artists still perform acoustically. The performance takes around 90 minutes, and includes some story telling aspects, performances and possibly interaction with guests, so be ready to get involved!

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Duration1 Night
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Lan Vien Hotel

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    LanVien Restaurant located on 11th floor, guests can enjoy Western and Asian cuisine and looking down to the beautiful view of City through the restaurant's impressive windows. The LanVien Hotel offers the perfect combination of modern luxuries, impeccable service and excellent value for the business …

    LanVien Restaurant located on 11th floor, guests can enjoy Western and Asian cuisine and looking down to the beautiful view of City through the restaurant's impressive windows. The LanVien Hotel offers the perfect combination of modern luxuries, impeccable service and excellent value for the business or pleasure travelers Hotel situated in the heart of Hanoi, at the corner of Ly Thuong Kiet street and Hang Bai street. A great location allows you to explore and connect to our wonderful city over 1000 years. You can stroll out of our doors and enjoy the surrounding shopping area.

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Day 4

Hanoi to Hoi An

This morning, take a half-day tour of Hanoi with your leader. Enchanting Hanoi stands in contrast to its southern counterpart in Ho Chi Minh City - it is relaxed rather than frantic, and full of lakes and parks to escape to. The tour will take in the major sites, including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, and the former residence of Vietnam's most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. The tour will also include lunch at the KOTO cafe, an amazing project aimed at providing vocational training and experience in the hospitality industry for disadvantaged young people. In the afternoon, you will leave Hanoi and fly south to Danang (approximately 1 hour). You will have the chance to enjoy some spectacular scenery on the drive to Hoi An (approximately 1 hour). Arrive in Hoi An late this afternoon and check into your accommodation.

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Duration2 Nights
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The Villa Hoi An Boutique Hotel

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    The Villa Hoi An Boutique Hotel



    The Villa Hoi An- Boutique Hotel was build following an environmental friendly concept and is one of the first destination in South East Asia to be certified green by HQETM. To obtain the certification, the design and construction of the hotel required sustainable design and …

    The Villa Hoi An- Boutique Hotel was build following an environmental friendly concept and is one of the first destination in South East Asia to be certified green by HQETM. To obtain the certification, the design and construction of the hotel required sustainable design and construction principles with strict attention to preserving and maintaining the environment. We maintain this commitment to sustainability and the environment in everything we do.

    We are boutique retreat, allowing you to escape from the crowds after a day in the Old Town, touring and exploring. The Villa Hoi An Boutique Hotel features a beautiful pool, restaurant and bar as well as our Organic Spa, to ensure our guest's best comfort.

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    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bar
    • Family Room
    • Free WiFi
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 5

Hoi An

This morning you will take a tour of the unique town of Hoi An, influenced over the years by myriad traders from various cultures. Originally a busy Cham Port, the town also has Chinese influences scattered about, with pagodas and assembly halls found down the streets. For a small town it has a liveliness alongside its charm and serenity. The tour will take you down the streets of low tiled buildings, taking in a historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. There is some free time this afternoon to further explore the Old Town or surrounds at your own pace.

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Day 6

Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh

The morning is free for you to enjoy more of delightful Hoi An and the surrounding area. Perhaps browse the market for silk and other materials or collect any garments that you might have had crafted by the efficient tailors or hire a bicycle and ride along the lanes and out to a nice nearby beach. In the afternoon, transfer back to Danang and fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Check into your hotel and enjoy a free evening - perhaps spent exploring the bustling food stalls at Cho Ben Thanh market. Delicious!

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Duration2 Nights
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Millennium Boutique Hotel

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    Millennium Boutique Hotel



    Millennium Boutique Hotel features 72 rooms and suites, fully equipped with comfortable, sophisticated and cozy guest rooms, stylish restaurants, rooftop pool bar, meeting room. It is perfect for business and leisure travelers. All of the guest rooms have the fantastic view to the city and …

    Millennium Boutique Hotel features 72 rooms and suites, fully equipped with comfortable, sophisticated and cozy guest rooms, stylish restaurants, rooftop pool bar, meeting room. It is perfect for business and leisure travelers. All of the guest rooms have the fantastic view to the city and Saigon River.Located in gateway and prime destinations in Ho Chi Minh City, it aims to extend its footprint in more locations around the region. Guest will explore vibrant Ho Chi Minh City from the contemporary and comfort of Millennium Boutique Hotel. The hotel is located in a CBD area which is next to the Saigon River, just few steps to The Opera House, close to historical attractions, premier Saigon dining, and local businesses.

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Day 7

Ho Chi Minh

This morning, head out of the city to the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi is the name of the district that covers the extensive network (approximately 200 kilometres) of underground tunnels dug by the Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation and schools, and were used for refuge, storage and as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Ho Chi Minh City. A section of them has been widened to allow visitors to enter and get a feel for what the life underground must have been like. Please note that these tunnels will be hot, sweaty, and claustrophobic for some, and so, you can choose to participate in the tunnel walk or continue to explore the complex from above. Afterwards, return to Ho Chi Minh City for a tour of the city, where daily life plays out on the streets and the dynamic atmosphere is a fascinating blend of old and new. Your leader will take you to the Reunification Palace, formally the Presidential Palace and the site of South Vietnam's surrender in 1975, before visiting the War Remnants Museum. In the evening, perhaps spend some time with your fellow travellers and have dinner at a local restaurant. Your leader will know of some great options.

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Day 8

Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

Leave Vietnam behind today with a transfer to the airport and a short flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Please note that you are likely to be unescorted on this flight, but you will be met in the arrivals hall in the airport at Phnom Penh by a local representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy free time until gathering for a group meeting this evening. If you have free time in the afternoon, perhaps stroll the streets of Phnom Penh and explore the city, taking in the interesting French colonial architecture. The National Museum, with its collection of classic Khmer craftsmanship, is well worth a visit. After the important briefing tonight, enjoy a delicious meal at a restaurant run by the Friends organisation. You might decide to go for a drink at the Foreign Correspondents' Club afterwards - its rooftop has a great view of the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers.

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Duration2 Nights
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Aquarius Hotel and Urban Resort

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    Splurge into an authentic Cambodian escape at Aquarius Hotel and Urban Resort. This nature's modern serenity of calm, nestles in the heart of Phnom Penh, surrounded by the famous and momentous landmarks. Showcasing its 66 lavish rooms and suites detailed passionately, an infinity glass walled; …

    Splurge into an authentic Cambodian escape at Aquarius Hotel and Urban Resort. This nature's modern serenity of calm, nestles in the heart of Phnom Penh, surrounded by the famous and momentous landmarks. Showcasing its 66 lavish rooms and suites detailed passionately, an infinity glass walled; salt-water swimming pool with an open air sky bar and restaurant overlooking the charming city of Phnom Penh, this escape springs chic comfortability and style while maintaining exquisite Cambodian service.

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    • Bar
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 9

Phnom Penh

Today a full city tour introduces you to the sights of Phnom Penh, a city that lies near the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are home to King Sihamoni and are closed to the public. You will, however, be able to visit the Silver Pagoda that lies in the palace complex, which is the most sacred temple in the country. Phnom Penh remains a living relic of the country's past struggles and successes. Your included visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek tell the story of the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge. There is an optional visit to Wat Phnom, the temple that gave rise to the foundation of the city in the 15th century. Later you head out of town to a working monastery to learn more about the life of a monk and Theravada Buddhism. Buddhism in Cambodia is a way of life that most people incorporate into their daily life. You will get to meet the monks, enjoy a sacred water blessing for good luck and prosperity, have a red band tied around your wrist to keep you safe in your travels and see the temple's fascinating Pagoda art.

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Day 10

Siem Reap

Fly north to Siem Reap (approximately 40 minutes) where the great temples of Angkor await. After a relaxing morning at your hotel, travel into the countryside to a local farming community, walk through rice fields and learn about Cambodian stilt homes and life in a typical farming village. Hear about the myriad ways a non-government organisation called HUSK Cambodia works directly with this community to improve the lives of Cambodian families. End the day with a stop for a sunset drink at a scenic point overlooking the countryside.

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Duration3 Nights
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Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat

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    Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat



    In Siem Reap, the 4-star Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa features 3 swimming pools, a fitness center and 2 dining options. It provides free Wi-Fi, and is a 7-minute drive from the Old Market and Pub Street. Tastefully decorated, all the elegant rooms feature modern …

    In Siem Reap, the 4-star Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa features 3 swimming pools, a fitness center and 2 dining options. It provides free Wi-Fi, and is a 7-minute drive from the Old Market and Pub Street. Tastefully decorated, all the elegant rooms feature modern interiors and a private patio that overlooks the garden or pool. Each well-furnished unit includes a comfortable living area, a flat-screen cable TV, and a large bathroom with 2 showers or a separate shower and bathtub. The resort is only 15 minutes by tuk tuk or car to the city centre of Siem reap .and approximate 30 minute from Siem Reap international Airport . Eighteen luxury Explorer rooms accommodated in four pavilions facing either our tropical lagoon pool or the garden. Each room has 45 sqm of well appointed space, featuring a bathroom with his and hers shower, local stone bathrooms, a furnished veranda, wooden floors and all modern comforts. Explorer rooms come with either twin beds or a double bed.

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Day 11

Siem Reap

Spend a full day visiting the amazing temples of Angkor on a guided exploration. Angkor Wat is the largest and most complete structure, and the only one of Angkor's temples that has its entrance facing west - the others face east. Then there is Angkor Thom, the 'Great Royal City', a temple famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. Of all the temples visited today, Bayon temple is the centrepiece, with over 200 smiling carved faces and more than 50 gothic towers. For lunch you'll visit the Sala Bai Hotel School where underprivileged local youths learn skills that enable them to find gainful employment in the hospitality industry. Here you can enjoy a meal prepared by students at the school. After lunch it's off to the Ta Prohm temple, which has large trees embedded in the stone foundations of the structure - powerful symbols of nature.

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Day 12

Siem Reap

Embrace a very early start today if you wish to experience a sunrise visit to the Angkor complex (this is optional). From here, continue onto Banteay Srei. You'll see it's not a huge temple, but thanks to its intricate stone carvings it is sometimes referred to as 'the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art'. At this point you can either head back to your hotel or carry on exploring more temples, such as Preah Khan. This temple contains a maze of vaulted corridors and is another complex that has been largely reclaimed by the jungle. Your ticket for the Angkor ruins also lets you spend more time exploring this site. Otherwise you might like to take a free afternoon to explore the town. If you have time, perhaps indulge in a traditional Khmer massage. Tonight you will enjoy a final dinner at a great restaurant in town serving local cuisine.

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Day 13

Departure Seam Reap

Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning.

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Mar 6, 13, 20; Apr 3, 10, 24; May 1, 29; Jul 3; Sep 4, 18; Oct 9, 16;
Nov 6, 13, 20; Dec 4, 11, 18, 25
2021: Jan 1, 15, 29; Feb 12; Mar 5, 12, 19, 26

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival transfer
  • 11 nights hotel and 1 night boat accommodation
  • 12 Breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Transportation: Boat, plane, private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Activities:
    • Hanoi - Temple of Literature, Hat Xam performance, One Pillar Pagoda
    • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
    • Hoi An - Old town walking tour
    • Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels, War Remnant's Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, city tour
    • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Buddhist monastery visit
    • Siem Reap - Countryside village walking tour, Angkor Temples Guided Tour, Three day Angkor Pass, Banteay Srei Temple visit

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Departure transfer
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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