SOUTHEAST ASIA

VIETNAM/CAMBODIA EXPERIENCE - jan 10 to feb 2/2018

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Photo by Martin Callum

Travel the length of Vietnam from the northernmost rice terraces of Sapa, to the southern hustle and bustle of city life in Ho Chi Minh City where just crossing the street can be considered a sport.  The journey finishes with some much deserved beach time on the white sand of Phu Quoc Island.  Vietnam is a long country, and travel isn’t always efficient.  It takes time to properly tour this interesting country, so this 19-day itinerary will allow you to savour your journey. Absorb all the sights and smells, immerse in the culture, explore the history, and see the natural beauty that is Vietnam.   This country is thriving, but you can still see and explore remnants from the difficult war time and see what it was like from the Vietnamese perspective.  Attempt to crawl through the tiny Cu Chi tunnels to get a taste of what it was like.  On the flip side, we will tour through huge caves in the stunning limestone scenery of Halong Bay and Ninh Binh.  And last but not least, did we mention the food?

$2900 CAD or $2200 USD plus applicable taxes

Based on double occupancy.   Single supplement also available for additional cost.

Maximum group size 16.

23 DAY ITINERARY:

Day 1 – HANOI – experience the capital on your first evening and an introductory dinner

Day 2 – HANOI – a walking tour of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Hanoi Citadel

Day 3 – HANOI – transport to Sapa and take in the stunning scenery below Mt Fansipan

Day 4 – HANOI – trek through the terraced rice paddies, visiting local villages and meeting local hilltribes along the way

Day 5 – HALONG BAY – a morning among the terraces before a journey back to Hanoi.  Then attempt to get lost in the streets of the old quarter

Day 6 – HALONG BAY – free time to enjoy the sights and smells of Hanoi

Day 7 – DANANG – a morning bus ride to Halong City where you board an overnight boat to tour Halong Bay

Day 8 – HUE – a chance to kayak around the pinnacles from your boat, then return to shore and drive to Ninh Binh for the evening

Day 9 – HOI AN – experience 'Halong Bay on Land' karst formations with a tour along the local river

Day 10 – HOI AN – explore the Unesco World Heritage listed Trang An Grottoes and choose to bike around the local villages

Day 11 – HOI AN – bus back to Hanoi for a flight to Danang, then a short drive to the atmospheric Unesco Heritage listed town of Hoi An

Day 12 – HOI AN - free time to enjoy Hoi An. Get some sun on An Bang beach, join a bike tour around town or visit a local tailor for some custom made clothes

Day 13 – HO CHI MINH CITY – take a local cooking class, visit the local markets, rappel into caves on Marble Mountain, or just chill along the river

Day 14 – HO CHI MINH CITY – a flight to Ho Chi Minh city where you can immerse yourself in the crazy bustle of the big city

Day 15 – SIEM REAP – try to crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels and take in a ceremony at the Cao Dai temple

Day 16 – SIEM REAP – a quick flight over to Phu Quoc island where you have some relaxation time on the white sand beaches

Day 17 – SIEM REAP – take a boat trip and go snorkelling or scuba diving in the pristine waters

Day 18 – PHU QUOC – free time to tour the island by motorbike and find some remote beaches. Finish the day with a seafood feast on the beach

Day 19 – PHU QUOC – the tour ends on Phu Quoc after breakfast. You may need to travel back to Ho Chi Minh City for a flight, or continue relaxing on the beach

Day 20 - PHU QUOC

Day 21 - PHU QUOC

Day 22 - HO CHI MINH CITY

Day 23 - DEPART

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • TREKKING THE TERRACED RICE PADDIES OF SAPA IN THE NORTH NEAR THE CHINESE BORDER
  • BOATING AROUND THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LISTED HALONG BAY LIMESTONE KARST SCENERY
  • SIGHTSEEING AND SHOPPING IN THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LISTED CITY OF HOI AN
  • RELAX ON THE WHITE SAND BEACHES OF THE ISLAND OF PHU QUOC

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • 18 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION AT HOTELS/GUESTHOUSES (UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)
  • SOME MEALS ARE INCLUDED BUT GENERALLY MEAL CHOICES AND LOCATIONS ARE OPTIONAL. THIS ALLOWS YOU THE GREATEST FLEXIBILITY FOR PREFERENCE AND BUDGET
  • TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN DESTINATIONS ON TRIP AND TO/FROM INCLUDED ACTIVITIES BY:
    • PRIVATE VEHICLE WITH DRIVER
    • BOAT
    • TRAIN
    • LOCAL TAXI
    • SHUTTLE BUS
    • INTERNAL DOMESTIC FLIGHT FROM HANOI TO HOI AN (DANANG)
    • INTERNAL DOMESTIC FLIGHT FROM HOI AN (DANANG) TO HO CHI MINH CITY
    • INTERNAL DOMESTIC FLIGHT FROM HO CHI MINH CITY TO PHU QUOC
  • WESTERN GUIDE FOR DURATION OF THE TRIP
  • PARK FEES AND LOCAL GUIDES
  • ACTIVITIES
    • TREKKING AROUND THE SAPA RICE TERRACES WITH LOCAL GUIDE
    • HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM
    • HANOI CITADEL
    • TEMPLE OF LITERATURE
    • WATER PUPPET THEATRE ENTRY TICKET
    • HALONG BAY 2 DAY/1 NIGHT BOAT TRIP
    • BOAT TRIP THROUGH THE LIMESTONE KARST SCENERY IN NINH BINH
    • TRANG AN GROTTOES ENTRY
    • CU CHI TUNNELS TOUR COMPLETE WITH CAO DAI TEMPLE

NOT INCLUDED:

  • FLIGHTS TO/FROM VIETNAM FROM YOUR LOCATION
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE (REQUIRED)
  • ENTRY VISA (IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DETERMINE IF YOU NEED A VISA AND WHAT TYPE YOU REQUIRE TO ENTER THE COUNTRY)
  • TIPS FOR GUIDES
  • ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER:

  • WHILE IT IS NOT OUR INTENTION TO MODIFY THE ITINERARY, THERE ARE MANY FACTORS INVOLVED BEYOND OUR CONTROL.  SINCE OUR TRIP WILL BE VISITING AN AREA WHERE THERE IS UNPREDICTABILITY, WE REQUIRE THE TRIP TO BE A LITTLE FLEXIBLE TO CATER TO NECESSARY OR DESIRABLE CHANGES.  ALSO, WE MAY DISCOVER NEW ADVENTURES OR EXPERIENCES THAT WE FEEL ARE BETTER THAN ORIGINALLY PLANNED, SO WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE ADDITIONS.  THE ITINERARY IS KEPT BRIEF TO ALLOW SOME FLEXIBILITY IN OUR TRIP.  WE FEEL THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL AND A GREAT WAY TO SHARE EXPERIENCES WITH OUR CLIENTS

VACCINATIONS:

  • IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL MEDICAL CLINIC OR LOCAL HEALTH EXPERT PRIOR TO THE TRIP TO DISCUSS WHICH VACCINATIONS YOU NEED FOR YOUR ADVENTURE IN VIETNAM

 Photo by Martin Callum

Photo by Martin Callum