Vietnam & Cambodia

Price
13 nights 14 days 
On Request
Highlights
  • Take a ride on Vietnamese traditional rickshaw
  • Enjoy private water puppet show & tea ceremony with artisans
  • Explore stunning Halong Bay with 2-night cruising itineraries, brimming with exciting
    activities and visits to fascinating locations.
  • Stroll through the ancient streets of Hoi An
  • Take a jeep ride to Son Tra Peninsula
  • Visit magnificence of the Temples in Angkor Complex
  • Learn and understand the thousand years of Khmer empire’s historical
  • Enjoy free and relax with the clear blue sea
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
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Overview

On the banks of Asia’s Red River you’ll find Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital and a must-visit destination. The city is known for its eclectic architecture, from French colonial buildings and well-preserved temples to towering skyscrapers, and a lively yet sophisticated vibe. Whizz around the city on a Cyclo Tour its basically a Cycle Rickshaw enjoy a frontrow seat to see Hanoi, soak up the atmosphere and get lost in a sea of colour, souvenirs and aromatic street food at one of the many markets, what a great way to see the old Quarter of Hanoi. Witness a traditional Vietnamese art form Water Puppetry, originating in Northern Vietnam Water Puppetry is quintessential to your visit to Hanoi.  A visit to a Tea House is an intrinsic part of Vietnamese culture, and what better way to start your time in Hanoi than by learning about tea from a Master? You’ll head to a small, cosy tea house for an engaging introduction to the world of tea. 

Sail on one of the largest and most stylish boats on the gorgeous Halong Bay during this 3 day cruise. A major advantage of this cruise is that you’ll visit the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, witness the beauty of Soi Sim Beach and Coconut Three Island.  The Tung Sau Pearl Farm, which uses the Mikimoto technique to cultivate pearls, learn about the pearl making process, as well as being introduced to the types of oysters and pearls – including colours and shapes- that can be cultivated.  Sung Sot Cave can be found on the island of Bo Hon, along with another popular Halong cave, Trinh Nu. From the dock below, visitors must climb 50 stairs to the grotto’s mouth, which is just 25 meters above the sea. Sung Sot Cave is divided into two chambers; the first chamber, known as the “Waiting Room” is vast, adorned by stalagmites and stalactites and lit by multicolored lights positioned to complement the chamber’s structural beauty.  You’ll be treated to a cooking demonstration to learn some of the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine, such as how to make traditional spring rolls. For a memorable dinner, dress up with the ships captain in traditional Bao Dai dress.  Escaping on a Paradise Cruise surrounded by the monolithic limestone islands of Halong Bay provides the perfect opportunity to ‘dive right in’ and discover the age-old techniques of Tai Chi that have benefited millions over the centuries. Before even beginning the class, simply stepping out onto the sundeck bright and early in the morning is a breathtaking experience in and of itself.  Ti Top Island, one of the regions stunning landmarks, perhaps just as captivating as the white sandy beach and hilltop summit with spectacular panoramic views is the history behind this picturesque islet great for kayaking.  Experience Cua Van floating village one of the largest fishing village in the Bay by bamboo boats rowed by locals.
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An lies right in the middle of Vietnam’s sandy east coast and is one of the country’s most individual and recognisable spots. Visit this historic riverside city and you’ll discover bags of history, character and colonial architecture, fantastic food and a superb beach. It’s also well-located, hop on a jeep only an hour or so down the coast from Danang.

Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat Cambodia’s most ancient and respected temple complex, marvel at the wise smiling faces at Bayon Temple & visit the famous Ta Prohm, known as the jungle temple from Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider.  Drive to the edge of the Tonle Sap Lake and embark on a cruise to Kompong Phluk (best time between Aug-Feb), an isolated Khmer community of three villages built on wooden stilts, rising from six to eight meters high. The community has about 3,000 inhabitants who farm fish and vegetables on floating platforms. During your visit, your boat will take you through mangrove forests, a unique ecosystem that survives on flooded soil for months. Mangroves are also hosting for a variety of wildlife, keep an eye out for birds and especially the crab-eating macaques!

Located just off the coast of Sihanoukville, Koh Rong is one of the most famous islands in Cambodia. It is known for its serene beauty and breathtaking scenery.  Described as an ‘island paradise’ by visiting tourists, it is a perfect holiday destination for families, couples, and small groups of travellers. Whether you want to lie back, unwind, and admire the magnificent views, swim in the crystal-clear ocean waters, explore the exotic wildlife, or learn the historic Khmer culture, the stunning Koh Rong Island will give you the memories for a lifetime.  Royal Sands “Luxury in Paradise” Experience the beauty and calm of an island paradise in the most elegant of fashions. Spanning a private 400 meter beach on the tropical island of Koh Rong, Cambodia, The Royal Sands is a 5-star resort offering an intimate glimpse of island life as it was meant to be. Relax on the white sandy beaches, swim in the crystal-clear ocean waters, admire the exotic wildlife, gaze at the mesmerizing sunsets, enjoy the freshest foods…We encourage you to lose yourselves in the breathtaking beauty of this spectacular island.

 


Itinerary

Arrive at Hanoi and transfer to hotel.
Mid-afternoon take a breezy cyclo ride through the Old Quarter’s 36 streets, a place where Hanoians buy everything from noodles to light fixtures to Buddha statues. Along the way, pass by some of the only remaining streets that continue selling the goods of their namesake, including Tin and Bamboo street. In the late afternoon, sip on a cocktail while admiring great views of the city in one of the best rooftop bars in Hanoi. Featuring a spectacular panorama of the city’s skyline, be sure to watch the sun setting over West Lake as evening approaches. Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Dinner

2 Nights Apricot Hotel
Canvas Room
Calling the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake home, Apricot Hotel offers a splendid, sweeping view of Hanoi’s iconic
lake. With the neo-classical design and a luxury boutique allure with the bespoke services, Apricot Hotel offers the epitome of entertainment and artistic living. In every corner of the hotel, guests will find original works by famous contemporary artists, offering a chance to experience Vietnams rich culture and heritage.
Water puppetry is a traditional artform originating in northern Vietnamese villages in the Red River Delta as far back as the 11th century, during the late Le Dynasty. Hidden Performers behind a curtain whisk brightly painted puppets along waist-deep water to tell stories of tranquil village life and age-old folk tales. The puppetry is accompanied by traditional Vietnamese music performed by a live orchestra, and combines both traditional and modern influences to create a unique and priceless cultural experience for visitors to Vietnam. Visit home of artist Phan Thanh Liem, get introduced to his family’s tradition of working with water puppetry for generations and enjoy a private water puppet show. Transfer to a small and cosy tea house for an engaging introduction to the world of tea. Mr.Nguyen Viet Hung, the owner and former winner of the Tea Master Cup competition, and his wife travel to plantations across the country to pick high-quality white, green or oolong tea from ancient Vietnamese tea trees. Be captivated by their stories about tea in general and Vietnamese tea in particular, history of formation and development of Vietnamese Tea, the habits of drinking tea of the Vietnamese from ancient to present. Meditation for 5 minutes with singing bowl before
learning the secrets of brewing a delicious cup of the hot traditional lotus green tea. After this marvellous experience, say goodbye to the passionate tea masters and travel back to the hotel, marking the end of this fascinating journey into Vietnamese culture. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Optional Tour
Red River lunch cruise
Depart from the harbor. Customers can take nice photos and relax on our sundeck. As you enjoy the food and the beauty of the scenery, Jade of River will take you on a trip along the Red River, and under the historic bridges, such as Chuong Duong bridge, Long Bien bridge, and Nhat Tan bridge. Customers have the buffet in our restaurant as the cruise anchor by the Nhat Tan bridge. Disembark at the harbor.

Fine dining at Hanoi Press Club
Indulge yourself in the very best of contemporary Vietnamese cuisine with an elegant soiree of fine dining at the legendary Hanoi Press Club. Hanoi is a city of ancient culinary traditions, where gastronomy is taken extremely seriously, and nowhere is this more true than at La Table du Chef. With two Michelin stars to his name, chef Alain DuTournier presides over a veritable atelier of the culinary arts. La Table du Chef is sumptuously decorated in the original French colonial style and serves up exquisite French cuisine, with a
Vietnamese flair, prepared by the brilliant hands of Resident Chef, Dao Van Son. Chef DuTournier has specially composed an exclusive menu for our clients, personally prepared by Resident Chef Dao Van Son, guaranteeing an exceptional dining experience. An English speaking guide and driver will escort you to and from the hotel,
ensuring you an evening of complete comfort and convenience.

Meals: Breakfast
Leave the noise of the city behind as you drive to Halong Bay. Called “Bay of Descending Dragons” in Vietnamese, the archipelago of Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of almost 2,000 islands and jungle-clad limestone pillars.
Upon arrival, check in to the lounge at Tuan Chau pier and enjoy a cold drink before walking a short distance to board the boat. Once on board, there will be a short safety briefing followed by lunch. While eating, admire
the stunning beauty of the bay as we pass by Soi Sim Beach and Coconut Three Island. After lunch, your first excursion is a visit to Tung Sau Pearl Farm, an area in Halong Bay dedicated to growing pearls and practicing a handmade technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology. This is also an ideal destination for kayaking. If this excursion doesn’t take your fancy, stay on board and treat yourself to a delicious afternoon
tea. Your second stop of the day is the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, where you will be surprised by the breath-taking panoramic view across the bay once you exit the cave. This is the largest cave in Halong Bay, and the stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years have taken on fascinating shapes. Alternatively, stay on board and sample the selection of delicacies available at afternoon tea in the restaurant. Back on the boat you’ll be treated to a cooking demonstration to learn some of the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine, such as how to make traditional spring rolls. For a memorable dinner, dress up with the ships captain in traditional Bao Dai dress, then sit downand enjoy the lavish meal that has been prepared for you. Relax and enjoy the rest of your evening by watching a movie, playing board games, going squid fishing, or enjoying the on-board spa services.

Optional tours
Scenic sightseeing flight over Halong Bay

You will have a sightseeing 25-minute flight taking in all the highlights of Halong Bay. From up high in the sky you will have amazing views over this magnificent landscape of limestone pillars pushing up out of the green waters. See the islands of Cong Do, Ba Ham with their pretty lagoons and fly out to Dau Be on the edge of the Gulf of Tonkin.
Note:
- For scenic flight, due to weight restrictions, luggage limits of 7kg per person apply
- The flight departs with a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 12. If there are not enough
passengers to meet requirements, you will be notified 10 days prior to departure and will be
offered an alternative or full refund.
- Cruise itinerary is subject to real-time weather & operation condition & might change without
prior notice.
- Drinks / kayak / spa are optional services with additional charges.

2 Nights Paradise Elegance Cruise Halong Bay
Deluxe Balcony Cabin

A sleek, modern vessel that fuses contemporary styling with Vietnamese design concepts, the Paradise Elegance is a meticulously designed steel boat that has reimagined luxury cruising on Halong Bay. Boasting a piano bar, day spa and wellness centre, butler service and the full range of dining options, the Elegance is a work of art, the experience exquisite, the journey flawless.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Rise with the sun to experience Tai Chi on the sundeck taking in the majesty of the Gulf of Tonkin. Embark the tender to cruise to Ti Top Island for a hike to the top of Titov Island for stunning panoramic views of the Bay.
After your hike, go for a refreshing swim in Halong Bay’s emerald waters, or sip from a coconut in the shade a swim beneath the incredible Karst formations. After visiting Ti Top Island, your next stop will be Trong Cave in Bo Hon Island. Inside the cave, all visitors will be surprised by so many stalactite’s hung down from the ceiling. This is also an ideal destination for those who would like to kayak. Re-energise yourself with a fresh and delicious lunch in the restaurant before cruising to Cua Van Floating Village, the largest of five remaining floating fishing villages in the Bay by bamboo boats rowed by locals, or you can opt to kayak*.
Cruise back to the ship, you’re welcome to read, relax or watch the Vietnamese cooking demonstration before your dinner. After, take in the serenity of the bay under the stars or go squid fishing if you missed the opportunity last night. Relax under the moon, as you see the beauty of the bay around you, finding peace of mind before bed.
Note:
- Cruise itinerary is subject to real-time weather & operation condition & might change without
prior notice.
- Drinks / kayak / spa are optional services with additional charges.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wake up to the majestic beauty of Halong and enjoy some morning exercise by practicing the ancient art of Tai Chi on the sundeck. Restore your energy and prepare for the day ahead with a fresh and healthy breakfast in the restaurant. Your next stop is the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, where you will be surprised by the breathtaking panoramic view across the Bay once you exit the cave. This is the largest cave in Halong Bay, and the stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years have taken on fascinating shapes. As the boat winds its way through the islands, take time to pack your things and check out before arriving at Tuan Chau Island to return to Hanoi.

Note:
- Cruise itinerary is subject to real-time weather & operation condition & might change without
prior notice.
- Drinks / kayak / spa are optional services with additional charges.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Danang. Arrive at Danang and transfer to hotel in Hoi An.

Estimated flight time: Hanoi-Danang (by Vietnam Airlines)
VN181 HAN DAD 17:00-18:25
VN155 HAN DAD 17:05-18:30

Optional Tour
Hoi An Memories Show
Take a walk on the memory lane with “Hoi An Memories” Show, an outdoor visual art sperformance, you will experience impressive stories on the rich history, culture and identity of Hoi An. The show features outdoor art performance with the participation of over 500 dancers and actors, various props, captivating stage effects, eye-catching choreography, modern sound and lighting, all in one on a 25,000 square metres stage. Travel back in time to when Hoi An is a trading port during the 16th and 17th centuries and become a witness to the ups and downs of Hoi An over the course of hundreds of years while it serves as a cultural intersection on the legendary silk road connecting Vietnam to the rest of the world.

Meals: Brunch
​Morning free at leisure.
Afternoon explore the breezy Hoi An Ancient Town, a former trading port that welcomed Chinese, Ditch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants from the 16th to the 18th Centuries. Now one of coastal Vietnam’s most charming towns, Hoi An is home to some of the country’s most beautiful ancient architecture inspired by Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese culture. Start your walking journey through the breezy walking streets lined with honey-yellow buildings, and arrive first at Chua Ong Pagoda. This Chinese inspired structure dates back to1653, and its interior still wafts the sweet smell of incense during the day. From here, walk onward to nearby Phuc Kien Assembly Hall and Jinshang Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. After passing by the 200-year old Tan Ky House, take a short break at the Japanese Covered Bridge - one of Hoi An’s most iconic structures. At Reaching Out Tea House - an establishment that aids locals with disabilities - sit down for a rejuvenating cup of tea.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Optional Tour

Dining on Bamboo Raft
Transferred to a dock to hop on the basket boat and start drifting along the Do River to The Field Restaurant. On the way, you will relax on the basket boat and enjoy the scenery of the water coconut palms. You may also catch some images of locals fishing activities on the river, see kingfishers diving for fish, or ducks swimming on the river, etc. You will also be able to see the beautiful sunset on the river, as well.
You will be welcome with a drink at The Field restaurant, before getting on the raft which is set on the Co Co river bank next to the restaurant. Your meals will be made with organic vegetables and fresh seafood caught that day by locals. After finishing your dinner, its time to head back to the hotel.

3 Nights Anantara Hoi An
Deluxe Balcony Room

Ideally located on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort is a charismatic boutique hideaway in the historic port town of Hoi An. Designed with a combination of Dutch, French, Chinese, and Japanese influences that reveal Hoi An’s charming cultural diversity, split level rooms and suites come with porches and comfortable daybeds facing the river or a garden courtyard.

Meals: Breakfast
Hop on a jeep and depart on your adventure in style with a leisurely drive along Da Nang beach roads to the magnificent Son Tra Peninsula. The peninsula resembles a mushroom with the cap being Son Tra Mountain and the stalk the beautiful sandy beach below. Make our way to the Linh Ung Pagoda which signifies the development of Vietnamese Buddhism in the 21st century. A very significant cultural site surrounded by stunning coastal views. We follow the road as it snakes around the mountain. It resembles some of the great ocean roads of the Viet Nam. We stop and visit a 1,000 year old ancient Banyan Tree. Relax and soak up the oceanic atmosphere, with a backdrop of magnificent, jungle covered cliffs and deserted sandy beach coves.

Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

Optional Tour
Lunch at La Maison 1888 Restaurant
Step into a masterful interpretation of French cuisine in this captivatingly beautiful recreation of a colonial Indochine mansion. La Maison 1888 is Vietnam’s first restaurant to feature a Michelin-starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire. The menu features French specialties with a decidedly Vietnamese influence, using local flavours and ingredients and delivered by chef de cuisine César Combe. Enjoy a showcase of innovative, exquisitely rendered delights in the seasonally-changing set menu.

Meals: Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for flight to Siem Reap.
Estimated flight time: Danang – Siem Reap (by Vietnam Airlines)
K6841 DAD REP 18:10-20:20

Upon your arrival at the airport, meet our representative depending on destination - they will be holding a sign with your surname. Enjoy a convenient, hassle-free transfer to your accommodation. Enjoy welcome dinner in the hotel.

3 Nights Royal Angkor Resort
Deluxe Room

Royal Angkor Resort is a place to be the uniqueness of the place. The well-trained staff that takes Khmer hospitality to great new heights. Surrounded by a rich organic landscape, the resorts manicured lawns and towering palm trees create a soft, soothing ambiance, reassured by humble Khmer traditions and grand architectural design. Embracing its location, the resort boasts a traditional essence reflecting the nuances of Ancient Angkor complex pillars, tall ceilings, dramatic statues along with meticulous wall carvings, with a few artistic deviations along the way. A stunning cozy room with its own unique appearance waits for you.

Meals: Breakfast
Early morning begins sunrise at Angkor Wat temple. Then transfer back to hotel for breakfast and refreshment.
This morning, you will visit the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom – the last capital of the great Khmer Empire. You will visit the sprawling Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the enchanting Bayon. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very centre of Angkor Thom City and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive bas-reliefs, but the main features are the towers each with 3 or 4 gently smiling faces, over 200 in total... PJ de Beerski wrote of them; “godliness in the majesty and the size, mystery in the expression.” You will continue to visit Ta Prohm, the temple that has been left largely in its natural state since its “re-discovery” by French explorers. Surrounded by jungle, its labyrinth of stone hallways is overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees, which envelop the stone like tentacles. It is one of the largest temples at Angkor, dedicated in 1186. Historians have noted its mystical charm Lunch at a local restaurant This afternoon, you will visit Angkor Wat, arguably the largest religious building in the world, with a volume of stone equalling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. It is unlike all the other Khmer temples in that it faces west and is inspired by 12th Century Hinduism. Its symmetrical towers are stylized on the modern Cambodian flag. Conceived by Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build. It is generally believed to have been a funeral temple for the king. It has been occupied continuously by Buddhist monks and is well preserved. Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides. Each tells a story but the most celebrated of these is the Churning of the Sea of Milk, which is located on the east wing, the guide will explain the mystical tale...
Note: Angkor Wat closed third level on Buddhist day (It’s one day per week and date always change based on lunar calendar)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Drive to the edge of the Tonle Sap Lake and embark on a cruise to Kompong Phluk (best time between Aug Feb), an isolated Khmer community of three villages built on wooden stilts, rising from six to eight metres high. The community has about 3,000 inhabitants who farm fish and vegetables on floating platforms. During your visit, your boat will take you through mangrove forests, a unique ecosystem that survives on flooded soil for months. Mangroves are also hosting for a variety of wildlife, keep an eye out for birds and especially the crab-eating macaques! Then continue to drive to a small village called Chansar and you will stop just outside the village and hop aboard an ox cart for a fun ride through the fields and to the home of a Khmer family who specializes in making brooms. Watch how they make brooms from natural materials, and if you like have a go! Then take a guided walking tour around the village where you have an opportunity to participate in fishing, farming or animal husbandry activities, depending on the time of year. Enjoys a simple Khmer lunch followed by more activities or just spend time chatting with the locals. Funds from your tour go directly to the community to improve the lives of the people. On the way back to Siem Reap, you will stop at a Buddhist temple to receive a blessing from the monks. Enjoy an evening under the bigtop in downtown Siem Reap with an evening show at Phare, the Cambodian Circus. Run by the NGO of the same name which supports the futures of Khmer youth with art and performance training, Phare is a lively show combining elements of high flying, tight-rope walking, juggling, contortion, music, and theatre circus arts in one energetic showcase of Cambodian culture. Enjoy an evening of cultural discovery for a good cause and pick up a few souvenirs on your way out.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, check out then your driver will be waiting to welcome you for the transfer to Siem Reap airport to check in domestic flight to Sihanouk Ville.

Estimated flight time: Siem Reap – Sihanouk Ville (By Cambodia Angkor Air)
K6131 REP KOS 15:40 16:50

Upon arrival at Sihanouk Ville airport your driver will transfer to Sihanouk Ville pier for check in speedboat to the resort for your overnight stay. The rest of day is your own leisure.

3 Nights at The Royal Sands Koh Rong
Oceanview Villa

The Royal Sands Koh Rong is located on 550 meters of fine, white sandy beach near Sok San Village. Strategically located on the western side of the island, where the sunsets are the legendary. The resort incorporates the highest quality materials including teak, bamboo, and natural stone, with many open-air
venues from which to enjoy 180-degree views of the Gulf of Thailand and the legendary sunsets. It is “Beyond the ordinary to laid back luxury”

Meal: Breakfast
Free Day at own Leisure

Meal: Breakfast
Free Day at own Leisure

Meal: Breakfast
After breakfast, check out before take speedboat back to the Sihanouk Ville pier, then from there the driver will waiting to welcome you for the transfer to Phnom Penh airport for the next destination.

Meal: Breakfast

End of Tour

Price Includes

  • Admission fees, transportation and licensed tour guides as specified in the itinerary 
  • English speaking local guides
  • Accommodation & meals as listed
  • Tour insurance, service charges and any government taxes

Price Excludes

  • Air fares (regional & domestic)
  • Meals other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals unless specified in the itinerary
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels,
  • Any optional tours and services
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including
    repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)
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