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13 Days | 11 Nights
Availability : Jan 16’ - Dec 16’
South Africa
Vietnam - Cambodia
Tour Details

Hanoi is well known for its history, architecture, charm, tranquillity and cuisine. Our first visit is to the most well-respected site of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, which includes the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Depart from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Hanoi.

Day 2

Upon arrival at Airport, after clearing all customs procedures, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, holding the signboard with your name on it. Your guide will come to meet you up and transfer you to hotel. (Early check-in is exclusive and subject to availability). Meals included: None Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 3

This morning we embark on an exhilarating and unforgettable ‘Xich Lo’ ride through the charming, yet bustling, 36 Street Old Quarter to Ba Dinh Square where we disembark to explore Ho Chi Minh’s Quarter. Hanoi is well known for its history, architecture, charm, tranquillity and cuisine. Our first visit is to the most well-respected site of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, which includes the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.

We meet our bus for a short journey to visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and the 11th century Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first University. After our exciting adventures, we’ve all worked up a hunger! We cross the street for lunch (pay yourself) at the famous KOTO restaurant. Afternoon, we drive approximately 25minutes to the Ethnology Museum.

Here you will learn of the traditional cultures of 54 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam through articles, stories, displays of traditional houses, costumes, hunting equipment and much more wares used in day to day life. Enjoy the famous traditional Water Puppets Show in the evening. Meals included: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 4

Your Vietnam Beach vacation begins with a trip to Halong Bay, a collection of almost 2000 islands and jungle-clad limestone pillars in the Tonkin Gulf. Called “Bay of Descending Dragons” in Vietnamese, the archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a world-famous travel destination. Leave the hotel and go ahead Halong with pass through fantastic scenery en route for tranquil villages and buffalo on fields.

Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink and a delicious freshly caught seafood lunch while sailing out of the Bay passing impressive shaped mountains. Enjoy the seascape from the sundeck or even in your private cabin through a glass window. Take swimming, kayaking and visit caves on the island to get more experience. In the late afternoon, we take part in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration from the on-board chefs and enjoy the seafood feast for dinner as stars emerge from behind those jungle-clad limestone pillars.

Spending night on board in elegant cabin and handicraft wooden interiors with air-conditioning. Or there is an option of night fishing before an overnight stay aboard. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Cruise in Halong Bay.

Day 5

Rise early to catch the sunrise over Sung Sot Cave while taking part in a Tai Chi class with the boat’s Tai Chi guru. Enjoy a light breakfast and sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. Then, you can explore Sung Sot Cave, swim and relax.

Cruise back to the jetty while brunch is served as you are cruising through the bay and observing more fascinating rock formations. Return to Hanoi, with time to relax or grab a last-minute bargain before our late afternoon flight to Danang. Arrival Danang, you will transfer to hotel in Hoian for check-in. Meals included: Breakfast, Brunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 6

Today, we have great privilege of being able to spend the day at a local family home within a small farming village, just outside of Hoi An town.

Biking from hotel to Tra Que village. Upon arrival, we are welcomed by the family and enjoy a traditional herbal drink, before setting out on our guided walk through the local farmland. We learn about the history of the village, observe the processes of harvesting, and discover the many traditional uses, in both cooking and Vietnamese medicines, with the herbs and vegetables grown. For those who have a ‘green finger’, you have the opportunity to join the farmers in preparing the land, seeding, watering, and picking the crops.

After trying your hand in harvesting a crop, what better way than to take a rest, freshen up and soak your feet in traditional lemongrass and rose petal foot bath, before sitting down for a delicious lunch of local delicacies, using the fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden.

The family also love showing off their skills in whipping up your lunch, giving you a very creative cooking demonstration. In the early afternoon, we bid farewell to the family and head back to town. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch. Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.

Day 7

Breakfast at hotel, pick up at your hotel then transfer to Bana Hills Station. You have a chance to ride on a modern system of cable cars helps you get a bird’s- eye view, very miraculous and attractive while enjoying a feeling of flying in the blue sky amidst the clouds and wind. You will visit some old French villas en route, as well as the suspension bridge, Nui Chua & the Mountain Peak (at the height of 1,487m).

We will then enjoy lunch while taking in the spectacular views. In the afternoon, Visit Vong Nguyet villa where we will visit the wine cellar, enjoying the picturesque scenery and leaving BaNa. Then transfer to the airport, and we take a flight to Saigon. Tonight is free at leisure to explore this bustling city of Saigon Meals included: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 8

With over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, Saigon is truly a city that never sleeps.

This morning, we set a half city tour with your guide on hand to offer their insight into everyday life in Vietnam. Famous landmarks include the colonial-era government quarter, with its vibrant yellow French-style post office. Continue to get off of the tourist track to experience the local life of bustling Saigon. Learn about Vietnamese and Chinese communities as you travel to Cho Lon, one of the world’s largest and oldest Chinatowns.

Afternoon, you will travel out of town to see the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, where thousands of Viet Cong soldiers lived during the Vietnam War. It’s possible to enter a few of the tunnels if you are comfortable with narrow spaces, as well as see exhibitions and videos of the tunnels when they were in use. In the evening is your leisure, head to a trendy restaurant or cocktail bar, or try street food near central Ben Thanh Market.
Meals included: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 9

Today we head to Cai Be floating market, to explore the typical Vietnamese life of the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, we board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River to discover the beautiful landscapes and immerse in the local people’s life market with the real trading going on, such as selling, buying, exchanging the fruits, vegetables and other wares from their boats.

Then, continuing we have an experience how the local people make their living from fruit trees. A local family will serve us local seasonal fruits and honey tea while performing traditional southern Vietnamese folk music, called Tai Tu music.

We continue our exploration with a pleasant rowing trip down small canals and dense palm trees, experiencing the local villages between the islands to a small islet. Arrive in Tan Phong Island, you will check-in your Mekong Ecolodge and tantalize our taste buds with a magnificent seafood lunch prepared by the family with a unique experience of tasting local delicacies. It is the special day menu, set of typical Mekong delta’s food.

After relaxing, we could walk around the village, visit the rice paddy, talk to the local farmers. Mainly, you will have a great experience to directly join with the local farmers in their daily activities, such as how to catch the fish, a crab for your dinner.

Late afternoon participating in cooking class and diner with what you’ve
cooked. In the late afternoon, the family would love showing off their skills in whipping up your dinner, giving you a very creative cooking demonstration. Enjoy the dinner what you have just cooked.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mekong Ecolodge.

Day 10

After breakfast, we take cycling, walking through the traditional villages with many ancient traditional houses, set amongst a peaceful atmosphere and fruit trees, bonsai garden and witness the unique yet fascinating process of coconut candy, the conical bang hat and rice paper in the making. It is the typical and cultural lifestyle of the South – Western region.

Cycle back to the Mekong Ecolodge for check-out and freshen up before our return journey back to Saigon. Directly transfer to airport for a domestic flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, meet and transfer with guide to the hotel for check-in Meals included: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 11

Beat the crowd early morning by 7 am; visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. And continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat – one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still owns delicate Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art. Lunch is own account.

In the afternoon, explore the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom & Bayon. Its 54-tower temple is an incredible sight. At first glance, it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another one, until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, solemn, enigmatic and quiet gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit the surroundings of the complex including the Baphuon, Elephant Terrace, Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place area. Meals included: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 12

Morning transfer out of the Siem Reap town to a beautiful village in the countryside, you will start to walk through the village houses, witnessing charming and different activities from the locals for their daily life. Just as some examples: how the locals wash vehicles, selling gasoline in whiskey bottles or the small shops where the locals sell food on the side of small streets.

On the way, you can take some fruits from the plants, enjoy a view of this beautiful area and interact with very kindly people in the village. Enjoy a 30-minute ox-cart ride through the rice paddies to reach one big local house to see how this family doing daily work such as making rice wine and handicraft works meanwhile a member of the family will offer you a fresh coconut and some homemade rice wine to taste. Transfer to airport for departure flight. Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 13

Arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

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