Heart of Vietnam & Cambodia

Travelling in  Vietnam and Cambodia, will excite you with its fascinating history, gorgeous landscapes, delicious food, and amazingly friendly people. Visit a country village and learn about the day to day activities of the local people and enjoy a night in a home stay. Experience the bustling city life of Hanoi and Saigon, relax in the Ancient village of Hoi An where shopping and a day at the beach is a must. See the remnants of Vietnam War. Enjoy a day on the mighty Mekong River. Journey to Cambodia and learn about the history of Phnom Penh and then onto Siem Reap where the amazing temples and tombs will astound you.  On our tour you will see the awe inspiring Angkor Wat the largest religious monument in the world.

You will be escorted by one of Stonestreets Travel’s experienced guide.

 

Departing
24/12/2020
Duration
20 Days
Maximum Tour Size
15
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.

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           ITINERARY:    https://wetu.com/Itinerary/Landing/8F13E0A7-9FD1-432D-8718-D4B59050BB37

 

Day 1             Brisbane - Singapore                             Sat 26 December

For clients taking the Air and Land Package your transfer is included Toowoomba/Brisbane.. Late night departure from Brisbane

Day 2              Singapore/Hanoi                                           Sun 27 December  (D)

On arrival transfer to Hotel in the Old Quarter.      Check in time is 2.00pm so leave your luggage , find a restaurant for lunch or  take an orientation walk through the local markets near the lake. Special Welcome Dinner tonight. 

Day 3              Hanoi                                                              Mon 28 December (BL)

This morning will include the most important attractions of Hanoi, such as Temple of Literature, See the magnificent Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh,  Hanoi Hilton where USA Soldiers were imprisoned in Vietnam War. Lunch is at a local restaurant.  This afternoon you will have a performance of Water puppets.
Dinner tonight is own arrangements.  Your local guide will offer suggestions.

Day 4             Mai Chau Home - Mai Chau                         Tue 29 December (BLD)

Drive to the Luch Mai Chau region.  In the afternoon take a walk through the local hill tribe villages.   Dinner and cultural show and overnight in an authentic stilt house. You will have a chance to try their fermented rice wine.   (You sleep on a mattress on the floor), you must be very careful as the houses have steep ladders to the stilt house.

* You will need to take a sleeping sheet and pillowcase and torch.  Suggest that you also take a blowup mattress... There are small showers which are located at the bottom of the steps. This is a wonderful cultural experience with lots of photo opportunities.     

Leave your big luggage at the Hotel in Hanoi and take only what you need for an overnight remembering any medication.  (Please note there is limited power)   

Day 5             Hanoi                                                              Wed, 30 December (BL)      

If you rise early you can walk along the paddy fields and see the way of life in this area.  Return to your stilt house in time for breakfast.  Leave for Ninh Binh a rural area in the north of Vietnam.  Visit an ancient citadel and take a sampan ride through the rice paddies to the grottoes of the sacred Tam Coc Caves.

Back to Hanoi this afternoon to relax. 

Day 6             Aphrodite Cruise                                          Thu 31 December (BLD)

Early morning start to drive to Halong Bay, through the lush Red River Delta.  Enjoy the great scenery of the surrounding farmlands.  On arrival in Halong, you will board our deluxe junk for a delicious seafood lunch and afternoon of cruising and exploring the magnificent, limestone caves and islands

Climbing the steps up to the top of Titop islet will enable you to see breath taking views over the entire bay.  If you prefer some more activities, kayaking, bathing or simply soaking in the sun.   Shopkeepers will come by in their boats and you can purchase pearls and other items.  Tonight see in the New Year with a scrumptious meal and celebrate with other boats on Ha Long Bay.Overnight: Aphrodite Cruise

Day 7:             Halong Bay to Hue                                        Fri 1 January (BL)

Beguiling and beautiful, the former capital of Vietnam is still revered as a cultural and religious centre and achieved UNESCO World Heritage status in 1993. The city owes its charm in part to its setting on the Perfume River, but more significantly, to its many ancient temples and palaces – all vestiges of the last remaining Vietnamese dynasty, the Nguyen dynasty. The 19th century Hue Citadel – otherwise known as The Imperial City – should be high on your ‘to-see’ list (you will need a day to get through the entire complex); while scattered along the riverbank are myriad more shrines and stupa, including the Thien Mu Pagoda with its octagonal tower. There are a number of mineral hot springs, boat trips on the river can be organised, and the eateries in town boast a culinary experience you will find only in this region. Continue cruising this morning through a surreal landscape where hundreds of limestone formations rise out the Gulf of Tonkin.  Have a brunch onboard then disembark.   Drive back to Hanoi Airport for your late afternoon flight

Day 8             Hue                                                                 Sat, 2 January (B)

In the morning after breakfast, take a boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River to visit Hue's best known religious site Thien Mu Pagoda as well as the mausoleum of former Emperor Khai Dinh.  In the afternoon, you will visit Imperial Citadel and enjoy some free time in hue to explore its small streets and the Dong Ba Market   

 For a fun time and simple meal visit the "Deaf Restaurant"   You must get your guide to make a booking. 

Lạc Thiện Restaurant 6 Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Phú Hoà, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam  Phone: +84 234 3527 348

Day 9             Hoi An Historic Hotel, Hoi An                      Sun 3 January (B)

Hoi An, on Vietnam’s central coast, is enchanting. This once-bustling port town has a colourful blend of French, Chinese and Japanese-influenced architecture, canals, bridges and temples, and the lack of noisy traffic (no cars are allowed on the main streets) means you can take it all in in relative peace and quiet. Its waterfront area is alive with boutique hotels, eateries and tailor shops, and art and craft shops. If you have time, try to fit in a visit to the ruins of My Son Sanctuary, an ancient Hindu tower temple complex.

After Breakfast leave Hue for the wonderful village of Hoi An.   We will cross the spectacular Hai Van Pass , the Marble Mountains above China Beach.  

Hoi An has many tailors and cobblers who can make clothing and shoes in a couple of days.   If you are interested, you should make your way to the old town and put in your order. 

Day 10            Hoi An                                                             Mon, 4 January (BL)

Recommended is a very early visit to the Fish Market where you will see the boats come in with the fisherman negotiating their catch with the local restaurants and shopkeepers.

After breakfast you will make your way to a local cooking school and the Chef will offer an introductory cooking class that leads into a lunch together.  You will gain a good understanding of local ingredients and basic techniques of Vietnamese cuisine.   Suggest you try "White Rose"

After lunch your guide will take you on a tour  along the narrow  streets  visiting  a "Living Museum" the ancient port town of Hoi An.  Visit a Chinese temple, a merchants home and the Japanese Covered Bridge.      

This afternoon is free to explore the beautiful old town of Hoi An. 

Day 11            Hoi An                                                            Tue, 5 January (B)

Free morning to relax and wander the streets of Hoi An Make sure you go and collect your clothing or shoes that you have had made...

Suggest that you take the hotel shuttle bus to the beach and enjoy the sunset with a cocktail and grab a bite to eat for dinner.     The seafood is fantastic.  You will see the conical boats that go out to the fishing boats and bring in the catch of the day.     

Day 12            Hoi An–Da Nang-Ho Chi Minh City             Wed 6 January (B)

Early transfer to Danang  in time for the flight to Saigon.  Transfer to the hotel.

The rest of the day is free and suggest an orientation walk around Saigon. 

Ho Chi Minh City

The perfect complement to the more serene Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has a pulsating energy that is impossible to resist. Attractions include the bustling Ben Thanh Market, where vendors sell everything from food, sweets and spices to tobacco, souvenirs and clothing - including custom-made suits, and Nha Hang Ngon, where you can taste traditional street food served up from food stalls in a leafy garden. Other notable sites and experiences include the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Jade Emperor Pagoda for its statues and woodcarvings, the War Remnants Museum, and the Khanh Van Nam Vien Pagoda, said to be the only pure Taoist temple in Vietnam.

Day 13            Ho Chi Minh City                                           Thu 7 January (B)

After you have your breakfast at the hotel then our journey takes us to Cu Chi Tunnels to visit the underground network which stretched for over 200kms and became legendary during the 1960's... return to Saigon and visit Notre dame Cathedral,  Central Post office , Reunification Palace.  Your tour will finish with a stroll around Ben Thanh Market.

Day 14             Ho Chi Minh City                                           Fri 8 January (BL)

Leave after breakfast and escape the city to explore the iconic Mekong Delta.  Enjoy the scenic journey through the exotic landscapes of Southern Vietnam. Low lying rice paddies, and a comprehensive network of the delta’s canals and channels, bordered by dense mangroves and palm forests.  Board a private boat to Turtle Island where we can taste locally grown fruit and listen to folk songs.   Then travel by horse drawn carriages to a Bee Farm, where we will taste local tea sweetened with farm honey.  Afterwards take rowing boats to the Island of the Coconut Monk to enjoy lunch before returning to Saigon.

Tonight, try some last minute shopping before heading to Cambodia in the morning. 

 Day 15:            Phnom Penh                                                            Sat 9 January (BD)

Farewell Vietnam and transfer to  Ho Chi Minh airport and board our flight to Phnom Penh.   

On arrival we will transfer to the hotel for check in.   Later in the afternoon visit Royal palace where His majesty , The King of Cambodia and royal families live. It’s a small town of royal dynasties.  Continue to silver Pagoda , see 90kg golden Buddha encrusted with 2086 diamonds.  Visit Wat Phnom Temple built in 1373 on an artificial hill.  Welcome to Cambodia dinner is included.

Phnom Penh

Located at the meeting of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, Cambodia’s energetic capital, Phnom Penh, is known for its rich history, friendly locals and world-class food scene. The primary drawcard of the city its visible heritage. The National Museum of Cambodia features a millennium’s worth and more of incredible Khmer design. The monumental Royal Palace, the official residence of King Sihamoni, houses the famous Throne Hall, used for coronations and ceremonies. Within the Royal Palace is the spectacular Silver Pagoda, named for its floor covered with five tons of gleaming silver. The Tonle Sap riverfront area provides a charming place to enjoy a meal and some fine French wine (an enduring colonial legacy), while the local nightclubs provide a fun, if somewhat bizarre, time out

Day 16:           Siem Reap                                                                 Sun 10 January (BL)

Breakfast at the hotel , then visit Tuoi sleng Museum.  This former school was used as a prison by Pol Pot's security forces.  More than 17,000 people held were taken to the extermination camp.   Visit the Killing Fields where between 1975 and 1978 were executed.   Before your flight to Siem Reap  visit Russian Market, with its woodcarvings, silver jewellery, silks and much more.

Travel to the airport in Phnom Penh where you connect with your flight to Siem Reap.   

This evening your guide will help you find a local restaurant where you can enjoy dinner. 

Siem Reap

Best known as the gateway to the magnificent ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a pleasant town with lovely French colonial and Chinese architecture, and a laid-back ambience. The main attraction here is of course the Angkor complex. Covering an area larger than Paris, it encompasses scores of exquisite temple structures featuring intricately carved detail – dancing ladies and lotus flowers embellish the walls, five-headed naga (serpent deities) fan out from chunks of rock. Abandoned for unknown reasons thousands of years ago, it was rediscovered in 1860 by a French explorer, Henri Mahout, and has been Cambodia’s crowning glory ever since. Other attractions in and around Siem Reap include an array of arts and crafts shops, a cultural village that allows a glimpse into traditional local life, and a bird sanctuary on the outskirts of town.

Day 17:           Siem Reap                                                                 Mon 11 January  (BD)

This morning you have an option of an elephant ride before visiting the many fascinating temples.  Included is the south gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Elephant and Leper Terraces and the amazing Angkor Wat. Tonight we have a farewell dinner including a traditional Apsara dance show.

Day 18:           Siem Reap                                                                 Tue 12 January (BL)

After breakfast drive to Crieve village to see how the local people live.   You can take an oxcart ride and interact with the local people by visiting their homes and gardens.  Learn their way of life, Cambodia culture, they will show you their way of tending their gardens.  You get to take vegetables and fruits.  

This afternoon take a tuk tuk to Tonle sap lake where you can enjoy a boat trip.   this is the largest permanent fresh water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle sap River which joins the Mekong in Phnom Penh. You will see a fisherman’s floating village, with floating schools, police station. The village moves place to place following water levels and currents. 

Day 19:           Siem Reap- Singapore - Brisbane                          Wed 13 January (B)

Today is the departure day and this morning relax at the hotel or do some final shopping before departing to the airport for your flight home

Suggest to go and see Angkor Wat at dawn. Perhaps a balloon ride at Angkor Wat  (This can be arranged with your guide) 

Farewell to Cambodia.

Day 20:            Brisbane to Toowoomba                                        Thu, 14 January

Arrive Brisbane and Transfer to Toowoomba

Inclusions

AIR/LAND PACKAGE INCLUDES:-

  • Coach Toowoomba/Brisbane/Toowoomba
  • Air Fare Brisbane/Hanoi - Siem Reap/Brisbane
  • Internal Air Fares Saigon/Phnom Penh/Siem Reap including taxes
  • Fully escorted by an Australian tour Manager    ( with minimum 10 passengers)
  • English speaking professional local guide.
  • Cambodian and Vietnam visa
  • 3-4 Star central hotels
  • Travel in AC Coach
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • All Tipping  

LAND ONLY PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Internal Air Fares   Saigon/Phnom Penh/Siem Reap Including taxes
  • Fully escorted by an Australian tour Manager  (with minimum 10 Passengers)
  • English speaking professional local guide.
  • Cambodian and Vietnam visa
  • 3-4 Star central hotels
  • Travel in AC Coach
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • All Tipping 

PACKAGE EXCLUDES

  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not listed on itinerary
  • Personal Expenses
Departing
24/12/2020
Duration
20 Days
Maximum Tour Size
15
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Price
AUD $8,570
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