Hanoi – Halong Bay – Siem Reap – Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh City

7 OCT 2018 - 25 OCT 2018

US$5,439

2 DEC 2018 - 16 DEC 2018

US$5,439

Hanoi – Halong Bay – Siem Reap – Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh City

7 OCT 2018 - 25 OCT 2018

US$5,439

2 DEC 2018 - 16 DEC 2018

US$5,439

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cruise in a Junk boat through Halong Bay, a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover village life around Tonlé Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake
  • Tour through Angkor Archaeological Park, one of the world’s greatest ancient wonders
  • Explore an underground tunnel network, a crucial component in the Vietnam War
  • Days 1-2: Hanoi | City Tour & Bespoke Cultural Lecture

    Vietnam’s capital in the north, Hanoi is regarded as one of Asia’s loveliest cities, with scenic parks and lakes, tree-lined boulevards and history-drenched architecture. Our full-day tour takes in key historical sights, including the symbolic heart of Hanoi’s political and diplomatic centre, the massive Ba Dinh Square, home to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where former President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam lies embalmed in state. In contrast, the 11th century Temple of Literature is an oasis of calm and beauty, Vietnam’s first national university and principal Confucian sanctuary. Helping us gaining further insight, we attend an exclusive lecture on Vietnam’s diverse culture and history, curated by an eminent Professor.

  • Day 3: Hanoi-Halong Bay | Cruising on Luxury Junk Boat

    Southeast of Hanoi, UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay is one of Asia’s most magnificent natural splendours.  Over 1,600 largely uninhabited limestone islands and islets jut out of the Gulf of Tonkin’s emerald green waters. This spectacular seascape reveals grottoes, secluded coves, coral beaches and hidden lagoons. Meaning “Descending Dragon,” Halong Bay’s outstanding mythical beauty is complemented by major biological and geological significance. Cruising through the bay aboard our deluxe Junk boat, we stop off Tien Ong Cave, noteworthy for its spectacular natural beauty and stalactite system, plus sheer size. And amongst Halong Bay’s floating fishing communities, the largest and most picturesque, Cua Van Village, where we encounter up-close colourful floating raft homes.

  • Days 4-5: Halong Bay-Hanoi-Siem Reap | Exploring Ancient Angkor Temples

    Transferring via Hanoi, we arrive in Siem Reap, northwest Cambodia, popular gateway town for Angkor Archaeological Park. Cambodia’s main drawcard, this UNESCO World Heritage site contains the stupendous remains of the former Khmer Civilization (ninth to the fifteenth centuries). One of the world’s greatest ancient wonders, Angkor Wat is ranked as the world’s largest and most important religious monuments and one of Asia’s most visually stunning attractions. The 12th century temple took around 40 years to construct by around 300,000 workers. Other highlights include Angkor Thom, an entire inner walled city which served as the ancient royal capital of the Khmer Empire. The highlight here is Bayon Temple, distinctive for its giant serene and smiling stone faces carved into the numerous stone towers.

  • Day 6: Siem Reap | Cambodian Cooking Class & Art Tour

    Guided by a chef, explore a private farm and authentic Khmer village, engaging with the locals in their daily lives and hand-selecting fresh organic vegetables and ingredients for our culinary-inspired morning. Back at the farm, Chef leads a hands-on cooking class, where we create a traditional Khmer three-course lunch, enjoyed later at the farm house. To discover Siem Reap’s artistic side, we visit some of the city’s finest workshops and galleries.

  • Days 7-8: Jahan Cruise | Water World & Riverine Encounters

    Board The Jahan, our luxurious cruise ship that evokes the opulent British Colonial India-era. We cruise across Tonlé Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, connecting with Tonlé Sap River and the lower Mekong River. Sailing downstream past picturesque floating houses and fishermen, we reach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s wetlands ‘water world’ of stilt houses, and floating villages.  During a walking tour through a quaint village and bucolic countryside, our guide introduces the local specialty crafts – traditional Khmer pottery and palm sugar. The Jahan ship cruises onwards, gliding past leafy swathes along the Tonlé Sap River heading towards Kampong Tralach.

  • Day 9: Kampong Cham-Phnom Penh | Temples & Silk Villages

    Onshore excursion includes a visit to a local school to learn more about the NGO-funded education of young Cambodians followed exploration of the pre-Angkorian Wat Hanchey. Perched atop a hill, this seventh century Buddhist temple offers some of Cambodia’s best Mekong views and boasts a remarkable Chenla-era brick sanctuary. We cruise onto Koh Oknha Tey, a small pastoral island set in the middle of the Mekong River, renowned for its high quality silk weaving.  Exploring the island’s picturesque silk villages and workshops shows us how silk is processed from beginning to end. The Jahan sails on to Phnom Penh, sat astride the confluence of the Tonlé and Mekong rivers.

  • Day 10: Phnom Penh | Full-day City Tour

    The Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, is a rapidly developing city, but centuries of momentous history and Khmer culture is still omnipresent. We visit the sobering Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which contains Prison “S21,” the most notorious of the numerous detention and interrogation centres established by the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Highlights of Phnom Penh’s cultural heritage include the charming Royal Palace, residence of all Cambodian Kings to present-day and containing the stunning Silver Pagoda compound and the National Museum. Cambodia’s largest museum for cultural history and archaeology houses one of the world’s largest collections of Khmer art.

  • Day 11: Phnom Penh | Street Cyclo Tour & Culinary Market Encounter

    Disembark from The Jahan cruise ship and explore Phnom Penh on a leisurely three- hour cyclo tour (a bicycle-powered carriage).  Once known as the “Pearl of Asia” and “Paris of the East,” Phnom Penh was one of the loveliest French colonial-built cities of former Indochina. We discover the history behind the architectural facades, ranging from abandoned to well-preserved, besides old churches and Chinese temples hidden down quiet alleys. Later, a resident culinary expert leads us through her favourite local market for a fascinating personal insight. Local delicacies to sample run from exotic fruits to insects and silk worms – for the more adventurous.

  • Days 12-13: Phnom Penh-Ho Chi Minh City | Wartime Tunnels & Historic Highlights

    Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the nation’s largest city and main commercial hub. Despite rapidly developing as a modern metropolis, Saigon remains a mesmerizing backdrop to momentous history. Northwest of the city, the Cu Chi Tunnels is one of Vietnam’s proudest wartime achievements This immense network of secret underground tunnels was used by the Viet Cong against the French and US air and ground sweeps. One of Saigon’s biggest tourist attractions, The War Remnants Museum chronicles the horrors and sheer futility of the Indochina and Vietnam wars.

  • Day 14: Departure

    Transfer to airport for your onward flight.

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