Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery

Price
€2999 per person
Duration
16 days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
15

Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery

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Destination
Asia , Cambodia , Vietnam Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Malta International Airport
Return Location
Hanoi Airport, Vietnam
Tour Start Date & Time
September 20, 2019 3:30 pm

  • Friday, Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday, Saturday
Friday, Saturday

We meet at Malta International Airport at 12.30pm for our Emirates flight to Hanoi. The flight leaves at 3.30pm and arrives in Dubai at 1.00am (on the 21st Sep). Our next flight departs at 3.30am and we arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam at 1.15pm. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel – Lan Vien Hotel (or similar) in Hanoi. We check in and have some free time after the long flight. Later on we have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Sunday

Today after breakfast we start with a city tour of Hanoi, where we first visit the complex dedicated to Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder containing Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and house on stilts. This complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of the city. Then we visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi’s oldest pagoda on the bank of West Lake. Lunch at a local restaurant and in the afternoon we visit Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature & Vietnam’s first university). Constructed in the 11th century, the gardens and the well preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam's past. We take a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter streets which were named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. We stop at Hoan Kiem Lake to learn about legend of the lake and visit Ngoc Son Temple, followed by a Water Puppet show - a uniquely Northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. Dinner included.

Monday

Breakfast and we depart from our hotel to Halong Bay, one of the World Natural Heritages recognized by UNESCO with over 3,000 spectacular limestone islands rising from the clear, emerald sea in the Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival, we board the ship where we will enjoy a welcome drink before checking in to our cabins. While we pass by many rocky islets, caves, floating villages and beaches, our fresh seafood lunch will be served on board. We then stop to explore one of the most beautiful caves of the bay. Later the cruise ship will move in a quiet area to dock for the night. Typical Vietnamese dinner will be served on board.  Overnight on board.

Tuesday

Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Breakfast is served while we continue exploring Halong Bay by sailing across its 2000 islets. Arriving at the dock we disembark and are transferred back to Hanoi. Later, we make our way to the airport for our flight to Danang. Upon arrival, we are transferred to our hotel – Hoi An Historical Hotel (or similar) in Hoi An. Dinner (extra).

Wednesday

This full-day tour offers you an unbeatable chance to discover the worldwide famous Golden Bridge with its unique design and breathtaking views. The Golden Bridge has a walkway of 150 metres long and comprises of eight spans, each of which is lined with purple chrysanthemums, the bridge serves as a transit between a replica of a French village and Le Jardin D’Amour flower garden in Ba Na Hills. After breakfast we are transferred to Danang - to Ba Na Hills cable starting station. We take the cable car to the main cable station and enjoy some free time on Ba Na Hills for further activities: walking, visiting the wine cellar amongst others. Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Ba Na Hill, and afterwards journey (by cable car) downhill and go back to Hoi An. Late afternoon, take have a guided walking tour around Hoi An Ancient Town, were we visit the Japanese covered bridge, Chinese assembly hall, a typical Vietnamese merchant’s house, one of the interesting museums and the local market.

Thursday

After breakfast, we leave Hoi An to Hue via Danang where we pass through the Hai Van Pass, which ranks among the top rides in Vietnam with sweeping vistas to historic sites. At the base of the mountain we see a stretch of prisitine coastline near the village of Lang Co. At the top of the mountain we stop and soak in the beautiful views of one of Vietnam’s most scenic spots. Upon arrival in Danang, we make a stop to visit the Cham Museum where it houses the finest collection of Cham sculptures. We admire marvelous sandstone carvings, statues of genies and female dancers and numerous valuable artifacts. Then we proceed to the Marble Mountains with mysterious cave pagodas and a stone carving village at the foot of the mountain. We continue to Hue and upon arrival, we check-in at Eldora Hotel (or similar) in Hue and then have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we visit the Imperial Citadel where Kings of Vietnam’s last feudal dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945. We will see amongst other the Flag Tower, Nine Holy Cannons, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Dynastic Urns, Forbidden Purple City. We then continue to visit the Tomb of King Tu Duc - the ‘poet Emperor’, which is set in an elegant garden with a magnificent lake and pavilion complex. Dinner (extra).

Friday

This morning, after we have breakfast, we are transferred to the pier to take a boat to visit Thien Mu Pagoda on the bank of the scenic Perfume River. We then continue by bus to visit Tomb of King Khai Dinh, its interest lies within its uneasy combination of Vietnamese and European features and the use of fragments of ceramics and glass for decoration. Lunch at local restaurant and after we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, we go at our hotel in Saigon – Central Palace Saigon (or similar) for check-in. Dinner (extra).

Saturday

Breakfast and check out from our hotel to visit the incredible network of the underground Cu Chi Tunnels constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence and reunification. This network of over 200 km of tunnels became legendary during the 1960's when they played a vital part in the American War, allowing the Viet Cong to control a large rural area close to Ho Chi Minh City. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities. Then we head back to the city for lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit the War Remnants Museum which presents a partial, but riveting, view of the American War, as it is known in Vietnam. We then continue to the Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor General and later President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Saigon in April 30, 1975. The day ends with visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and the bustling Ben Thanh Market for shopping. Dinner (extra).

Sunday

Today we start off with breakfast and then depart for a 2 hour pleasant drive to Ben Tre province, crossing Rach Mieu bridge. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, we hop on a motorized boat where we cruise  Ben Tre river – one of the tributaries of Mekong river. Our first stop is at a brick factory to learn how traditional bricks are made and baked. We then visit one of the many coconut processing workshops located along the canal. We return to the boat and go through the natural creeks to a village where we see some locals making sleeping mats. Lunch at a riverside restaurant, afterwards we take a rowing-boat along the beautiful water palm creek before boarding the boat to go back to pier. Return to hotel after a memorable day merging in Mekong Delta local living. Dinner (extra).

Monday

Breakfast and today we enjoy a free day for shopping and personal sightseeing to discover the capital. Later we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Upon arrival, check-in at our hotel – Himawari (or similar) in Phnom Penh. Dinner (extra).

Tuesday

Phnom Penh has been the capital since 1866 and although it suffered extensive damage during the Khmer Rouge era, the city still retains its rustic charm. Accompanied by an English-speaking local guide we will tour the city to discover its ancient and recent past. After breakfast, we will visit Cambodia’s Royal Palace, which stands majestically in the city center just off the riverfront area. Several buildings are open to visitors including the Silver Pagoda whose floor is lined with solid silver tiles. We then continue to the Cambodia National Museum that is located in a fabulous old building, the Museum is filled with art and artifacts dating back to the pre-Angkorian era. At the north end of the city is the hilltop pagoda of Wat Phnom, for which the capital was named. Climb the stairs to the top of the hill for fabulous views of the city below. Lunch at a local restaurant, then in the afternoon we go to visit Tuol Sleng Prison (S-21) and the Killing Fields which is a sobering reminder of the evils of the Khmer Rouge regime. Although not a joyful tour, visiting these monuments unlocks keys to understanding the development of this still developing country. Dinner (extra).

Wednesday

Breakfast is followed by a transfer to the airport for our flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, pick up and transferred to our hotel in Siem Rep – Angkor Palace Resort (or similar). Lunch at a local restaurant and afterwards we go to Angkor Wat, one of the modern wonders of the world. The temples are set among a large forest with shaded roads which are relatively quiet. On arrival at the temple, we stroll through the intricately carved hallways that still show hundreds of fine carvings of Apsara and Hindu mythology and discover small shrines still in use today by local people. Will be amazed by the sheer size of the temple and will learn how the Khmer Empire prospered between the 11th and 13th century. Return to the hotel in Siem Reap and have dinner (extra).

 

Thursday

After breakfast, transfer to the countryside with stopping en route to visit a local village. We arrive at the quay, board a local boat for a 2-hour ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, also known as the Great Lake of Cambodia. We find out how communities live and work on the lake; see the floating schools, markets, and police stations among others; observe their daily lives. Lunch at local restaurant and in the afternoon, transfer to visit Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire with its centre piece; the Bayon temple. Although it may look like a shapeless mass of stone, further scrutiny reveals towers with enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army and the Terrace of the Leper King, which holds perfect carvings winding along a narrow passage way that leads to the Baphuon complex. Continue to Ta Prohm, considered to be one of Angkor’s jewels with is overgrown fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of the trees have merged itself over the centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks, emphasizing a ‘forgotten city’ feeling. Then, visit to Artisans d’Angkor, an organization focusing on training unschooled rural youth in traditional handicraft skills. Ancient techniques are still practiced here such as wood and stone carving, lacquering, gilding and silk painting. Overnight in Siem Reap - dinner (extra).

Friday, Saturday

After breakfast, the day is free to enjoy Siem Reap with its colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. In the city, there are museums, traditional Apsara dance performances, Cambodian cultural village, souvenir and handycraft shops, silk farms and many markets. One can also visit the Psar Chaa – Old market which every day is packed with locals as well as tourists. Many small stalls are set up on the ground, like vegetables, fish and meat. You can find everything you can imagine - from spices, snacks, souvenirs, linen, clothes, leather goods, home furnishings and more. Something not to be missed are stalls that sell Cambodian silk scarfs or shawls. (Check-out time is at noon). In the afternoon we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight from Siem Reap to Hanoi. We later board our next flight to Dubai, departing at 1.30am (05th Oct) and arriving at 5.05am. Our final flight departs at 7.55am and we’ll return home at 2.10pm (Saturday, 05th).

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Price per person

€2999 Adult in Triple
€3199 Adult in Twin
€3499 Adult in Single
€35 Visa Cambodia
€10 Visa Authorisation letter

Price Includes

Emirates flights to Hanoi via Dubai
Vietnam Airlines internal flights from Hanoi to Danang / Hue to Saigon / Saigon to Phnom Penh / Siem Reap to Hanoi
Cambodia Angkor Air internal flights from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
13 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
13 buffet breakfasts, 12 lunches and 2 dinners
Meals (except for breakfasts) are taken in typical local restaurants based on local food
All transfers in a private air conditioned vehicle
All excursions guided by English speaking guide as indicated in itinerary
Entrance fees and boat fees where applicable as shown on itinerary
Services of Tour Leader
All taxes
Insolvency funds

Visa

A Maltese passport with a validity date of 6 months beyond departure date. Ask desk for information

Vaccines

Kindly check with the National Immunisation Service at Floriana Health centre. Contact: 2568 0299

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Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery

Price
€2999 per person
Duration
16 days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
15

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