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Highlights of Vietnam with Cambodia's Angkor

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$4746

Days

16

Operated by Trafalgar
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Day 1

Arrive in Hanoi

Relish the warm embrace of Vietnam and her welcoming people, who will touch you with their humility and entrepreneurial spirit throughout your journey across this intoxicating land.

Day 1
Welcome to Hanoi!

Day 2

Sightseeing in Hanoi

We begin our day with a visit to the final resting place of "Uncle Ho", find Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and continue to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of Mandarins.

Day 2
Drum tower in the Temple of Literature

After lunch, we'll weave through the lively Old Quarter past colourful shopfronts and street food vendors.

Day 2
Explore the shops and vendors in Old Quarter

Day 3

Cruise Around the Halong Bay

The limestone karsts and tropical islets rising up from the emerald waters provide an ethereal backdrop for our leisurely cruise around Halong Bay.

Day 3
The bay is known for its emerald waters and towering limestone islands topped with rainforests
Day 3
Soak in the beauty of the scenery from the boat

After lunch, we'll take a tour of the Tien Ong Cave and Cua Van Fishing Village. Return to our Junk boat for a cooking demonstration with the chef or enjoy a mesmerising sunset on the top deck.

Day 3
Cua Van Fishing Village from above
Day 3
Explore the largest fishing village in Halong Bay

Day 4

Swim and Relax in the Bay

The graceful practice of T'ai Chi eases you into your day as is the local custom.

You'll have time for an early morning swim at one of Halong Bay's quiet beaches and a brisk walk to catch one last view of scenic Halong Bay before your drive to Hanoi Airport to catch your flight to Danang.

Day 4
Take a jump in the water!
Day 4
Enjoy the view of the bay from one of the quiet beaches

Day 5

Dive into the Culture of Hoi An

Dive into Culture' this morning, embarking on a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoi An. Embrace the narrow lanes, colourful marketplaces and ancient temples.

Day 5
Take a walk in the streets of the ancient town of Hoi An

See the old merchant houses and 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, before visiting Thanh Dong Organic Village where you'll spend some time helping local farmers.

Day 5
400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge

Day 6

Discover Life in Hoi An

Spend the morning exploring Hoi An on your terms or simply relax at your hotel. Learn how to craft your own colourful lantern or gain insights into life as a local fisherman.

Day 6
Craft your own colourful lantern

Create a work of art to bring your home luck and happiness, or cast your net wide for the catch of the day - the choice is yours.

Day 6
Learn the techniques of the local fisherman

Day 7

Test Your Cooking Skills in Hoi An

The healthy flavours of Vietnamese cuisine take centre stage as we travel by boat to the Red Bridge Cooking School to learn about the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food.

Day 7
Master Vietnamese cooking at the Red Bridge Cooking School

This afternoon, our journey takes us over Hai Van Pass en route to Red Beach. We continue to Danang for a visit to the Cham Sculpture before arriving in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam.

Day 7
Drive along the 21 km long mountain pass on National Route 1A in Vietnam

Day 8

Adventure through Landmarks in Hue

We'll navigate the busy streets of Hue on the back of a cyclo en route to the UNESCO-listed Imperial Citadel. From here, we drive to Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue's best-preserved religious monument.

Day 8
The East Gate to the Citadel with the Imperial City in Hue

We cruise along the Perfume River to the house of the former Princess Ngoc Son where we'll 'Connect with Locals' and meet a family member to gain a glimpse of their life in this historic house.

Day 8
Take a cruise along the Perfume River

Day 9

Visit Iconic Sights in Ho Chi Minh City

A short flight this morning brings you to Ho Chi Minh City, where you'll enjoy some time at leisure before lunch at KOTO restaurant.

The iconic sights of Ho Chi Minh are revealed on a walking tour of Dong Khoi Street next. See the Opera House, the former Hotel de Ville, wander up to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.

Day 9
Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City

Your final stop today is Ben Thanh market, one of the earliest surviving structures in old Saigon, before arriving at your hotel.

Day 9
Shop at the Ben Thanh Market, Vietnam's largest market

Day 10

Mekong Delta

The mighty Mekong beckons today, as we take a day trip to My Tho, a nearby Delta market town. We'll transfer to a small sampan boat and navigate the maze of small canals.

Day 10
Vinh Tranh Pagoda in My Tho
Day 10
Check out the large laughing Buddha :D
Day 10
Ride in a boat on the Mekong River, a serene river tour on the Mekong Delta

After a short walk along village roads, we'll visit the house of a former soldier who survived fighting the Khmer Rouge. Indulge in the family's colourful stories and learn how they make a living crafting rice paper.

Day 11

History in Ho Chi Minh

We'll delve into Vietnam's turbulent history from the previous century, visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels. We'll explore the underground compounds with a VC veteran and gain an understanding of the history of the tunnel.

Day 11
Cu Chi Tunnels are part of a massive war museum in Ho Chi Minh
Day 11
They offer visitors a sneak-peek at the underground life of Vietnamese soldiers

Returning to Ho Chi Minh City, we'll enjoy some free time this afternoon.

Day 11
Enjoy a cup of tea in the city

Later, we'll 'Dive into Culture' during a visit to the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge

Day 12

En Route to Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for the short international flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. On arrival check in to your hotel.

Day 13

A Day in Siem Reap

Serene stone faces watch over us as we cross the causeway suspended over a moat into the spiritual heart of the ancient lost city of Angkor.

Day 13
Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments in the world

Our next stop are the terracotta-hued walls of Banteay Srei Temple - the "Citadel of Women".

Day 13
Banteay Srei, a fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest

Deep in the heart of the Cambodian countryside, we 'Connect with Locals', joining a local family for lunch in their 80-year-old wooden house on their dragon fruit farm.

Day 13
Learn all about growing dragon fruit on the countryside

Later we'll visit Wat Damnak and participate in a private blessing ceremony during which a sacred thread will be tied around our wrists to protect against evil spirits.

Day 13
Wat Damnak burial pagodas in Siem Reap

Our final stop today is to the labyrinthine Old Market. Wander past the busy stalls and smell freshly baked baguettes, a remnant of the country's French heritage.

Day 13
Visit the Old Market where you can find Traditional market food and clothing

Day 14

Visit Ruins and Angkor

Our first stop today is a visit to the fortified Angkor Thom, where we'll see such iconic sites as the Terrace of Elephants, the Royal Enclosure and the Temple of Bayon with its giant smiling faces of Buddha.

Day 14
Terrace of Elephants
Day 14
Explore the Temple of Bayon

We venture underneath the dense tree canopy to the crumbling, moss-covered ruins of the Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm.

Day 14
Photograph the moss covered ruins
Day 14
Walk along the temple of Ta Prohm, built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries

Tonight, we watch enthralled by the energy, emotion and enthusiasm of the talented Phare performers who use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories.

Day 15

Peak Sneng Village

We begin the day in the company of local Khmer villagers and 'Make a Difference' with a visit to their local school for an opportunity to chat to some of the children who will join us on our walk.

Gain insights into their time-honoured craft traditions, such as weaving Cambodia's national hats made from palm leaves, or folding Lotus flowers into delicate works of art.

Day 15
Learn about the delicate work of weaving

After the rest of the day at leisure, we'll join our Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Farewell Dinner with Apsara dance show.

Day 15
Apsara dance show

Day 16

Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Highlights Of Vietnam With Cambodia's Angkor

from

$4746

Days

16

Operated by Trafalgar
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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive In Hanoi

Relish the warm embrace of Vietnam and her welcoming people, who will touch you with their humility and entrepreneurial spirit throughout your journey across this intoxicating land.

Day 1
Welcome to Hanoi!

Day 2

Sightseeing In Hanoi

We begin our day with a visit to the final resting place of "Uncle Ho", find Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and continue to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of Mandarins.

Day 2
Drum tower in the Temple of Literature

After lunch, we'll weave through the lively Old Quarter past colourful shopfronts and street food vendors.

Day 2
Explore the shops and vendors in Old Quarter

Day 3

Cruise Around The Halong Bay

The limestone karsts and tropical islets rising up from the emerald waters provide an ethereal backdrop for our leisurely cruise around Halong Bay.

Day 3
The bay is known for its emerald waters and towering limestone islands topped with rainforests
Day 3
Soak in the beauty of the scenery from the boat

After lunch, we'll take a tour of the Tien Ong Cave and Cua Van Fishing Village. Return to our Junk boat for a cooking demonstration with the chef or enjoy a mesmerising sunset on the top deck.

Day 3
Cua Van Fishing Village from above
Day 3
Explore the largest fishing village in Halong Bay

Day 4

Swim And Relax In The Bay

The graceful practice of T'ai Chi eases you into your day as is the local custom.

You'll have time for an early morning swim at one of Halong Bay's quiet beaches and a brisk walk to catch one last view of scenic Halong Bay before your drive to Hanoi Airport to catch your flight to Danang.

Day 4
Take a jump in the water!
Day 4
Enjoy the view of the bay from one of the quiet beaches

Day 5

Dive Into The Culture Of Hoi An

Dive into Culture' this morning, embarking on a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoi An. Embrace the narrow lanes, colourful marketplaces and ancient temples.

Day 5
Take a walk in the streets of the ancient town of Hoi An

See the old merchant houses and 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, before visiting Thanh Dong Organic Village where you'll spend some time helping local farmers.

Day 5
400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge

Day 6

Discover Life In Hoi An

Spend the morning exploring Hoi An on your terms or simply relax at your hotel. Learn how to craft your own colourful lantern or gain insights into life as a local fisherman.

Day 6
Craft your own colourful lantern

Create a work of art to bring your home luck and happiness, or cast your net wide for the catch of the day - the choice is yours.

Day 6
Learn the techniques of the local fisherman

Day 7

Test Your Cooking Skills In Hoi An

The healthy flavours of Vietnamese cuisine take centre stage as we travel by boat to the Red Bridge Cooking School to learn about the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food.

Day 7
Master Vietnamese cooking at the Red Bridge Cooking School

This afternoon, our journey takes us over Hai Van Pass en route to Red Beach. We continue to Danang for a visit to the Cham Sculpture before arriving in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam.

Day 7
Drive along the 21 km long mountain pass on National Route 1A in Vietnam

Day 8

Adventure Through Landmarks In Hue

We'll navigate the busy streets of Hue on the back of a cyclo en route to the UNESCO-listed Imperial Citadel. From here, we drive to Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue's best-preserved religious monument.

Day 8
The East Gate to the Citadel with the Imperial City in Hue

We cruise along the Perfume River to the house of the former Princess Ngoc Son where we'll 'Connect with Locals' and meet a family member to gain a glimpse of their life in this historic house.

Day 8
Take a cruise along the Perfume River

Day 9

Visit Iconic Sights In Ho Chi Minh City

A short flight this morning brings you to Ho Chi Minh City, where you'll enjoy some time at leisure before lunch at KOTO restaurant.

The iconic sights of Ho Chi Minh are revealed on a walking tour of Dong Khoi Street next. See the Opera House, the former Hotel de Ville, wander up to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.

Day 9
Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City

Your final stop today is Ben Thanh market, one of the earliest surviving structures in old Saigon, before arriving at your hotel.

Day 9
Shop at the Ben Thanh Market, Vietnam's largest market

Day 10

Mekong Delta

The mighty Mekong beckons today, as we take a day trip to My Tho, a nearby Delta market town. We'll transfer to a small sampan boat and navigate the maze of small canals.

Day 10
Vinh Tranh Pagoda in My Tho
Day 10
Check out the large laughing Buddha :D
Day 10
Ride in a boat on the Mekong River, a serene river tour on the Mekong Delta

After a short walk along village roads, we'll visit the house of a former soldier who survived fighting the Khmer Rouge. Indulge in the family's colourful stories and learn how they make a living crafting rice paper.

Day 11

History In Ho Chi Minh

We'll delve into Vietnam's turbulent history from the previous century, visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels. We'll explore the underground compounds with a VC veteran and gain an understanding of the history of the tunnel.

Day 11
Cu Chi Tunnels are part of a massive war museum in Ho Chi Minh
Day 11
They offer visitors a sneak-peek at the underground life of Vietnamese soldiers

Returning to Ho Chi Minh City, we'll enjoy some free time this afternoon.

Day 11
Enjoy a cup of tea in the city

Later, we'll 'Dive into Culture' during a visit to the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge

Day 12

En Route To Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for the short international flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. On arrival check in to your hotel.

Day 13

A Day In Siem Reap

Serene stone faces watch over us as we cross the causeway suspended over a moat into the spiritual heart of the ancient lost city of Angkor.

Day 13
Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments in the world

Our next stop are the terracotta-hued walls of Banteay Srei Temple - the "Citadel of Women".

Day 13
Banteay Srei, a fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest

Deep in the heart of the Cambodian countryside, we 'Connect with Locals', joining a local family for lunch in their 80-year-old wooden house on their dragon fruit farm.

Day 13
Learn all about growing dragon fruit on the countryside

Later we'll visit Wat Damnak and participate in a private blessing ceremony during which a sacred thread will be tied around our wrists to protect against evil spirits.

Day 13
Wat Damnak burial pagodas in Siem Reap

Our final stop today is to the labyrinthine Old Market. Wander past the busy stalls and smell freshly baked baguettes, a remnant of the country's French heritage.

Day 13
Visit the Old Market where you can find Traditional market food and clothing

Day 14

Visit Ruins And Angkor

Our first stop today is a visit to the fortified Angkor Thom, where we'll see such iconic sites as the Terrace of Elephants, the Royal Enclosure and the Temple of Bayon with its giant smiling faces of Buddha.

Day 14
Terrace of Elephants
Day 14
Explore the Temple of Bayon

We venture underneath the dense tree canopy to the crumbling, moss-covered ruins of the Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm.

Day 14
Photograph the moss covered ruins
Day 14
Walk along the temple of Ta Prohm, built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries

Tonight, we watch enthralled by the energy, emotion and enthusiasm of the talented Phare performers who use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories.

Day 15

Peak Sneng Village

We begin the day in the company of local Khmer villagers and 'Make a Difference' with a visit to their local school for an opportunity to chat to some of the children who will join us on our walk.

Gain insights into their time-honoured craft traditions, such as weaving Cambodia's national hats made from palm leaves, or folding Lotus flowers into delicate works of art.

Day 15
Learn about the delicate work of weaving

After the rest of the day at leisure, we'll join our Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Farewell Dinner with Apsara dance show.

Day 15
Apsara dance show

Day 16

Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.