Treasures of Indochina 20 Days

We are home now and I just wanted to drop you a short note to say this tours is fantastic. What an amazing vacation. We did 2 nights pre in Hanoi 2 nights on a junk in Halong Bay Cruises, 7 Nights on Amalotus Cruise and then 3 nights in Siem Reap (Angkor Wat). The tour guides in each of the cities were very professional and knowledgable. They each had a personal story of their own that added the the nature of their history and culture of that area…specifically the Vietnam War and the Killing fields of Cambodia. We also spent 3 days post in Ho Chi Minh City. We got to see first hand the remnants of the war along with the Chu Chi tunnels. It was truly an amazing to experience the culture of these kind and caring people. I am in awe of their tenacity to move forward after such horrific past events.

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DAY 1 – ARRIVE HANOI

Upon arrival in Hanoi you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

HANOI ELEGENCE HOTEL – 2 nights

DAY 2 – HANOI TOURS ( Meals: B /L)

Explore Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh Mosoleum, the infamous Hoa Lo (Hanoi Hilton) prison and the peaceful Temple of Literature, before an evening theatrical water puppet performance

DAY 3 – HANOI TO HALONG BAY TOURS ( Meals: B / L / D)

08.00 Pick up & transfer to Halong Bay.

11.30 – 12.00   Arrive at Bai Chay/ Cruise Halong.

12.15    Transfer by tender to the boat – enjoy Welcome Drink, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions.

12.30    Check in and begin cruise. Sail through beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay enroute to Halong Bay.

13.00     Lunch – enjoy deluxe Vietnamese and International Set Menu Lunch.

Massage service available beginning after lunch and throughout the cruise. Please book in advance with your Cruise Manager.

14.45    Arrive at Luon Cave. Depart from the boat and journey past such popular sites as “Đầu Người” Head Island, “Con Rùa” Turtle Island and “Cổng Trời” Heaven’s Gate Island on the way to the cave. There are two options for exploring the cave and surrounding area. One option is to transfer to small bamboo boats which are rowed by the local people. The second option is to travel by kayak (passengers row kayaks for themselves).

15:45    Return to the boat and sail for about 15 minutes to our second stop – Titop Island.

16.00    Arrive at Titop Island. Enjoy swimming, relaxing on the beach and climbing the steps to the top of the mountain on the island for fantastic views and photo opportunities. Water and towels will be supplied. We will spend about 45 minutes on the island.

17.00    Depart and sail for about 30 minutes to Luon Bo area, where we will anchor for overnight.

19.15    Dinner – deluxe Vietnamese & Western Buffet or Set Menu Dinner.

20.45    Evening activities include: film entertainment (on some boats) in the dining room at 21.00, board games and playing cards are available, and massage services are available. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing from the boat.

21.00 – 23.00    Happy Hour! Buy one drink – get one free (wine by the bottle excluded)

23.00    End of Program for Day One.

Accommodation: Indochina Sails

Meal: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 – HALONG BAY TOURS – LAN HA BAY & KAYAKING (B,L,D) 

06.45    Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.

07.00    Enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes).

07.45    Enjoy Breakfast served in the dining room.

08.30    Transfer by tender to the “Day Boat” and begin to cruise to some of Halong Bay’s more untouched locales. Exact locations depend on tide conditions. Enjoy a leisurely day of kayaking, cave exploring and swimming. A multi-course lunch will be served mid-day. Pack lightly; swimwear and a set of dry clothes, and as there are different activities during the day bring both shoes (such as trainers) and flip-flops or sandals.

16.00    Return by tender to the Indochina Sails boat.

18.30    Arrive at Luon Bo area – anchor for overnight.

19.15    Deluxe Vietnamese and Western Buffet or Set Menu Dinner.

20.45    Evening activities include: film entertainment (on some boats) in the dining room at 21.00, board games and playing cards are available, and massage services are available. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing from the boat.

21.00 – 23.00    Happy Hour! Buy one drink – get one free (wine by the bottle excluded)

23.00    End of Program for Day Two.

Accommodation: Indochina Sails

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner                                               

Day 5: MORE CRUISE HALONG BAY – VISITING CAVE – HANOI – FLY TO HOI AN ( Meals: Brunch)

06.45    Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.

07.00    Enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes).

07.00    Arrive at the Surprise Cave area. There is a small fishing village here.

07.45    Transfer by tender to the Surprise Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat.

09.00     Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please remove all of your belongings from the cabins, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff will transfer directly to the pier). Depart for Bai Chay/Halong pier.

09.30    Enjoy Breakfast Set Menu or Buffet in the dining room. We will settle bills after breakfast. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier.

11.00    Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier. Transfer by tender to the pier, relax inside the pier building while waiting for transfer to Airport fly to Hoi An.

DAY 6 – HOI AN COOKING TOUR (B  / L)

At 08h00 Am Our car transfer to Tra Que Organic Village, and walk through the market gardens where local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago – no electrical machinery here. We pick fresh saw-tooth coriander and Vietnamese mint for our cooking lesson later, before trying a special herbal drink at a local home.

To the local village market and with shopping list in hand we purchase a range of local ingredients, including star anise, cardamom, sesame rice paper, water spinach and banana flower.

Arriving at Red Bridge Cooking School we have a chance to freshen up before beginning our class. Working together with our Red Bridge Chef we learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food from scratch. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional Vietnamese utensils (still in use today) we cook 4 famous dishes, including the national dish ‘Pho’.

After the class we sit down and a chance to savour the dishes we have prepared.

Leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River back to central Hoi An.

Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our new 20 metre swimming pool.

DAY 7 –  HOI AN ( B )

You are free at leisure today.

There are lots of things that you can do in Hoian. The Cua Dai beach – a long and white sand beach where you can swim and relax. Cycling in this peaceful town is also a memorable experience as you discover the old town and its nearby handicraft village (Kim Bong carpenter village, Tra Que herb planting village) Most of hotels in Hoian provide bicycle for free up to availability or for rent with low cost.

Hoi An is also very famous for clothes and shoes tailor – made with high quality and very reasonable prices.

DAY 8 HOI AN – DA NANG – HUE ( B )

After breakfast, At 08h00 Am. We drive 4 hours northwards to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Take some stops on the way to see the spectacular view on the top of “Hai Van Pass” and the legend beach of Lang Co.

Afternoon, sightseeing in Hue to the Ancient Imperial Citadel, a complex of palaces and temples built by the Nguyen from early 19th Century for which Hue was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Late in the afternoon, enjoy a leisure boat-ride along the scenic Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda.

DAY 9 – HUE – SAIGON ( B )

Today take a flight to Saigon. Upon arrival you will be met and transfer to hotel.

Day 10 SAIGON CITY AND CU CHI TUNNELS ( B / L)

08h00 Our car and guide pick up from hotel to downtown of Ho Chi Minh for touring along the famous Dong Khoi street , passing by the Opera House, Town Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral & central Post Office and Independent Palace. Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we are heading to Hoc Mon District to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, is 70 kilometers North West of down town Ho Chi Minh city . The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French.  Back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Stay: 2 Nights ASIAN RUBY 3 HOTEL

DAY 11 – EMBARK MS La MARGUIRETA CRUISE or AMALOTUS CRUISE (B / L / D)

After a morning at leisure, be transferred to the port to embark your river cruise ship for your seven night cruise to Siem Reap. This evening enjoy a gourmet welcome dinner onboard with your fellow travellers.

DAY 12 – CAIBE – VINH LONG (B / L / D)

This morning visit the Cai Be floating markets and admire the French styled Gothic Cathedral. This afternoon we sail to Vinh Long, where we take a walking tour through the local markets, and see a vast array of aquatic life being sold.

DAY 13 – SA DEC – TAN CHAU (B / L / D)

Today we visit the Hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover, Sadec a quaint little city on the banks of the Mekong River. Explore the markets along the paved river banks and see the Pagoda and Fujian Temple.

DAY 14 – TAN CHAU – BORDER CROSSING (B / L / D)

Sail through a floating fish farm and along the small tributaries of the Mekong River and see stilt houses haphazardly learning against each other. This afternoon we visit Tan Chau, tour the town on rickshaw. We visit a factory making rattan mats and slippers. Return to the ship where we enjoy Fruits Carving and Vietnamese fresh Spring Roll demonstrations by Executive Chef.

DAY 15 – PHNOM PENH (B / L / D) 25 Oct

Today we dock in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian Capital, where take a city tour including highlights such as the Silver Pagoda, National Museum and the Royal Palace. This afternoon we learn of Cambodia’s tragic past under the Khmer Rouge’s regime. We visit the S21 (Toul Sleng) Detention centre and the Killing Fields.

DAY 16 – CHONG KOH, OUDONG & KAMPONG TRALACH (B / L / D)

Take a walking tour through the silk weaving village of Chong Koh, explore Oudong, the Cambodian capital between 1618 and 1866. In Kampong Tralach take an Ox Cart ride through the beautiful countryside.

DAY 17 – KAMPONG CHHNANG – TONLE LAKE (B / L / D)

Take a memorable boat ride excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form part of the river mouth. Here keep an eye out for a variety of birdlife, as well as see the floating village, which is part of life for many Cambodian’s in the Tonle Sap lake.

DAY 18 – SIEM REAP, DISSEMBARK CRUISE (B) 28 Oct

After cruising through the remainder of the Tonle Sap river system this morning we disembark and transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap

Stay: 2 Nights Stay: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa

Day 19 – SIEM REAP ANGKOR FULL DAY TOUR (B / L)

08:00. We start to explore the temple at Angkor Thom City entering by the west gate. From the enigmatic faces of the Bayon temple to the intricate bas reliefs of the Terrace of the Elephants, Angkor Thom is filled with fabulous monuments. Lunch at a local restaurant on your own account. After lunch we drive to Banteay Srei, another truly beautiful sight. Built in 967 AD by Jayavarman V’s guru, it showcases the most exquisite, deep and complex carvings in all Khmer architecture.

Day 20 – DEPART SIEM REAP (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.See you again!

TOUR INCLUDED:

– Accommodation

– Vietnam Visa Approval letter

– Breakfast & meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

– Private transportation by A/C car as itinerary

– Shuttle Van Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi

– Cruise in Halong Bay on Deluxe Cruise – Luxury Cruise, On – request!

– Private Boat & Snorkeling in Nha Trang

– Surcharge for peak season & Gala dinner at hotel in Hoian

– Flight tickets (Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Dalat, Nha Trang – Saigon)

– 7 Nights on Lamarguerite or Amalotus Cruise – Luxury Cruise

– English speaking guide

– Water

– Entrance fees, boat trip, performance & excursions.

COST: Price in US dollars per person based on Twin, Double share room. Apply for private tour. 

Group Size

Group 10 – 16 People

Land Tour/pp

3699

2 domestic flights/pp

180

Total/pp

3879

Tour Includes:

– Accommodation

– Vietnam Visa Approval letter

– Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

– Private transportation by A/C car as itinerary

– Shuttle Bus Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi

– Cell – phone & SIM card for local contact

– 2 Nights on Victory Cruise – Luxury Cruise

– 7 Nights on Amalotus Cruise – Luxury Cruise

– English speaking guide as program.

– Water

– Entrance fees, boat trip, performance & excursions.

Tour Excludes:

– Travel insurance

– International flights

– Tipping and other personal expenses.