Prepare to experience the best of two contrasting neighbouring countries on a journey that combines a cyclo tour through Cambodia’s fascinating Phnom Penh with a sail on a junk on scenic Halong Bay with its limestone karsts.
Day 1 WED: ARRIVE PHNOM PENH
On arrival you will be transferred to the Himawari Hotel for two nights.Day 2 THU: PHNOM PENH
Explore the city by cyclo visiting Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields and learn about Cambodia’s past under the leadership of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. Stop at the Central Market and try your hand at bargaining for souvenirs, jewellery and fabrics. Enjoy Khmer welcome dinner at the charity Romdeng Restaurant (except in April).
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 3 FRI: PHNOM PENH/SIEM REAP
Fly to Siem Reap and stay three nights at the Lotus Blanc Resort & Spa.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 4 SAT: SIEM REAP
Early this morning visit the breathtaking Angkor Wat. Explore by tuk tuk to Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmers and home of the Elephant Terrace. Continue to the Terrace of the Leper King, The Terrace of Elephants, Angkor Wat Temple and Bayon Temple. Witness the sun setting from Pre Rup, a pyramidal temple surrounded by rice fields. Tonight enjoy a traditional Khmer welcome dinner.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 5 SUN: SIEM REAP
Today visit the temples of Preah Khan, Banteay Samre and Banteay Srey, better known as the ‘Citadel of the Women’. Continue to Banteay Kdej and Ta Prohm, known as the ‘Kingdom of Trees’ because of the giant fig and banyan trees that are slowly reclaiming the temple. Late this afternoon, take a traditional tuk tuk to the McDermott Gallery and enjoy a welcome drink as you stroll through the gallery. Dinner tonight will be at the Foreign Correspondents
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 6 MON: SIEM REAP/SAIGON
Enjoy a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake and witness the unique lifestyle of the people who inhabit the lake region. Visit Kampong Kleang, a village where houses are built on stilts and see the fishing communities that thrive along the edges of the lake. Fly to Saigon and stay two nights at the Grand Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 7 THU: SAIGON
Today you will travel to Cu Chi Tunnels, constructed by Viet Cong fighters during the Vietnam War, these tunnels ran directly under military bases and were used both as shelters and to stage surprise attacks. This afternoon, visit to the Reunification Palace, History Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Opera-House, City Hall, Dong Khoi Street and Ben Thanh Market. This evening enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 8 TUE: SAIGON/CAN THO (MEKONG DELTA)
Spend a day exploring the colourful floating markets and lush back waterways of the Mekong Delta. Journey to Cai Be and Vinh Long, walk to the villages and visit to some local home factories. Discover the stunning landscapes as you sail along the river and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life. Continue to Can Tho and stay one night at the Victoria Can Tho Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 9 WED: CAN THO/SAIGON
Early this morning, take a boat ride to the bustling floating markets of Cai Rang where countless boats, loaded with local produce are moored alongside the riverbank ready for trading. Sail through the markets and watch the locals haggle and trade their wares to interested buyers. A stop will be made at the vibrant tropical fruit gardens before returning to Saigon and stay one night at the Grand Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 10 FRI: SAIGON/HOI AN
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. On arrival, travel to the charming town of Hoi An. Along the way, stop at Non Nuoc Beach, Marble Mountain and visit the Cham Museum, Stay two nights at the Hoi An Historic Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 11 SAT: HOI AN
Described as ‘living museum; with narrow winding streets and rows of carefully-preserved ancient houses, Hoi An has unique charm and atmosphere. Enjoy a cyclo tour, visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese communal house and the colourful market. Take a boat ride on the Thu Bon River and visit Thanh Ha where skilled locals produce beautiful pottery.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 12 SUN: HOI AN/HANOI
This morning transfer to the airport in Danang for your flight to Hanoi and stay one night at The Ann Hotel. Lunch will be at KOTO Restaurant. This afternoon visit the History Museum and the Temple of Literature which was the first university in Vietnam. Enjoy an evening at the Water Puppet Show.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 13 MON: HANOI/HALONG BAY
Travel to Halong Bay via the rich farmlands and villages to join your overnight cruise on board the ‘Pelican Cruise’ junk. Observe the natural beauty of the unique grottoes that rise towards the sky as you leisurely sail the emerald green waters of the bay.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 14 TUE: HALONG BAY/HANOI
Watch the sunrise over the bay before your return to the pier and transfer back to Hanoi. Stay two nights at The Ann Hotel.
Meals: BreakfastDay 15 WED: HANOI
Today visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his wooden cottage and the One Pillar Pagoda. Enjoy a walking tour through the bustling Old quarter and continue to Hao Lo Prison, formerly known as the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ during the Vietnam War. Stop will be made at the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple and the Museum of Ethnology. This evening enjoy dinner at the Ly Club.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 16 THU: DEPART HANOI
Farewell Vietnam as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
- Cambodia to Vietnam economy class air travel
- Cambodia & Vietnam domestic economy class air travel
- 14 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
- 1 night on board the ‘Pelican Cruise’ junk cruise
- 15 buffet breakfasts, 13 lunches & 8 dinners
- 1 evening cultural show with transfers
- Return transfers, sightseeing & entrance fees
- Cambodia / Vietnam visa for Australian passport holders
- Travel kit and backpack