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Date: Your choice (let us help you select the best time).
Host: Locally Guided
Cost: Varies by experience
Trip Type: Custom & CLIENT APPROVED

Summary

This sample itinerary can be customized to your specifications. Take only parts of this trip, modify, add ... whatever suits you!

This is an outline of a journey taken by a couple who travelled through Cambodia and Vietnam in January 2015, including a 2-night layover inHong Kong. This in-depth trip covers main highlights of the region over 26 days and the clients chose some of the best hotels in the area. This sample trip offers adventure and culture.

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Sample Itinerary

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Days 1 & 2 - Hong Kong

Days 1 & 2 - Hong Kong

On arrival you'll be met for a private transfer to your hotel for a 2-night stay. Next day go on a full day private tour of Hong Kong including a Dim Sum lunch. (2 nights Hong Kong, 1B, 1L)

Days 3, 4, 5 & 6 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Days 3, 4, 5 & 6 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Spend 4 days touring the main sites, including the temples of Angkor. Approach the Bayon Temple by elephant. See Ta Prohm, draped with tree roots. Cycle to Angkor Wat and also see it at sunrise. Venture into the countryside to visit a local family and learn about how they live. Rise early one morning to "make merit" as monks leave their monasteries to collect food for the day. See the beautiful red temple of Banteay Srei. Work in enough free time for shopping and exploring the market.  (4 nights Siem Reap, B daily, 1L)

Day 7 - Phnom Penh

Day 7 - Phnom Penh

Fly (included) to the capital of Cambodia. Afternoon guided visit of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.  (Overnight Phnom Penh, B)

Day 8 - Chau Doc (Mekong Delta)

Day 8 - Chau Doc (Mekong Delta)

Travel by speedboat to Chau Doc near the border of Cambodia/Vietnam. Dinner is included at your hotel. (Overnight Chau Doc, B, D)

Days 9 & 10 - Can Tho (Mekong Delta)

Days 9 & 10 - Can Tho (Mekong Delta)

Visit a Cham village (one of the key ethnic groups in the region) then continue by road to Can Tho in the heart of the delta, where you'll stay for 2 nights. Next morning rise early to be part of the floating market at Cai Rang (unlike any you may have seen elsewhere). Later partake in a cooking class at the hotel; the results are your lunch. (2 nights Can Tho, 2B, 2L, 1D)

Days 11, 12 & 13 - Delta & Saigon

Days 11, 12 & 13 - Delta & Saigon

As you leave the Delta, travel by boat through the channels of the Mekong observing country life. Enjoy an easy, scenic bike ride (flat, about 7k), visit a farm and taste some fresh fruit and stop for a home-hosted lunch before continuing by road to Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon. Stay 3 nights at a 5-star hotel in the heart of the city. See Saigon on a 1/2-day guided tour, visit with a musician family, take a 1/2-day to visit the Cu Chi tunnels with an afternoon at leisure. Enjoy 2 dinners at favorite local restaurants. (3 nights Saigon, 3B, 1L, 2D)

Days 14, 15 & 16 - Hoi An

Days 14, 15 & 16 - Hoi An

Fly to Danang (included) than drive about 30 minutes to your seaside hotel just outside the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An. See the sights on a walking tour of Hoi An, go on a cycling excursion to an eco-farm and along the coast and have free time to shop in Hoi An or relax by the sea. (3 nights Hoi An by the sea, 3B, 1L, 1D)

Days 17 & 18 - Hue


Days 17 & 18 - Hue

Take one of Vietnam's most scenic drives along the coast and into Hue, the "Imperial City" modelled after Beijing's Forbidden City. Stay in a beautifully restored 5-star hotel overlooking the Perfume River and the citadel. Tour the citadel and various other sites, have dinner entertained by a martial arts performance and next day have lunch at a royal home. (2 nights Hue, 2B, 1L, 1D)

Days 19 & 20 - DMZ, Phong Nha Caves

Days 19 & 20- DMZ, Phong Nha Caves

Drive into what was the Demilatarized Zone during the American War and see various sites. Explore Phong Nha Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with time to relax on the beach. Please note: accommodation here has received mixed reviews, so if you are not fascinated by limestone caves, we would recommend that you fly from Hue directly to Hanoi instead. (2 nights Dong Hoi,2B, 2L, 2D)

Days 21 & 22 - Hanoi


Days 21 & 22 - Hanoi

Fly to Hanoi and check in to Hanoi's most famous hotel. Enjoy dinner at a classic Hanoi restaurant. Spend the next day touring: see Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum (outside only), the One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison, the ethnology wing of the Fine Arts Museum and end the day with a unique water puppet show. (2 nights Hanoi, 2B, 1L, 1D)

Days 23 & 24 - Halong Bay Cruise


Day 23 & 24 - Halong Bay Cruise

Drive through Red River Delta country to the coast. Embark on a 2-night cruise on a "junk", a traditional sailing vessel. Learn about the legend of the bay, visit caves within the limestone islands, fishing communities, participate in a cooking class, enjoy sunsets. Start your day with a Tai Chi class and explore by kayak, weather permitting.  (2 nights aboard a luxury "junk", 2B, 2L, 2D)

Days 25 & 26 - Hanoi & Depart


Days 25 & 26 - Hanoi & Depart 

Retrace your route and return to Hanoi where you'll have the afternoon and evening at leisure for your own explorations or shopping. Next day you'll be transferred to the airport in time to check-in for your departure flight. (1 night Hanoi Hotel, 2B, 1L (snack)). 

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Cost

Cost

Any prices we list are approximate; they can change with exchange rate flucuations or due to any change you might make as you customize this program. Adjustments can be made to the hotel level you choose, what touring you are interested in based on any special interests you may have, and how long your have for your holiday. Prices may also vary based on the time of year. Please contact us for more information.

Suggested time of year: we recommend you try to avoid the rainy seasons. Generally speaking, travel between October and March will do that, although northern Vietnam can be cool and is often misty (a bit like Vancouver) at this time of year. Vietnam is a very long country, and weather in the north is quite different from the south, so you can travel in the region throughout the year if you design your trip properly.

Sample cost (2015 rates): US$ 10,500 per person, including meals as listed, private tours and transfers, domestic flights, accommodation in luxury level hotels, entrance fees and taxes. The Halong Bay trip is a "join-in" trip as the junk can take 12 guests.

(Posted Dec. 23 '15)

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