Departure Date: 01/05/2019
Wondering what there is to see and do in Vietnam - explore through majestic temples, stunning waters, vibrant cities and a captivating culture awaits you! The highlights on this trip includes: 1 night cruise, sightseeing, kayaking, cooking demos and so much more...
Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL DAY
Upon your arrival at Hanoi airport look for our driver who will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name. The journey from the airport to your hotel will take approximately one hour and is an entertaining experience where you will be sure to see the busy traffic, distinctive architecture and numerous motorbikes.
Hotel: 3.5 Star May de Ville Old quarter sharing a deluxe room
Inclusion: Private car with local guide
DAY 2: HANOI ½ DAY CITY TOUR(B)
Depart at 8.00am from your hotel. Your guide will lead you on a city tour to visit Uncle Ho. Learn about his great life at the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (closed on Mondays and Fridays) and Presidential Gardens, Temple of Literature, all visitors to the mausoleum are required to wear clothes covering your knees and shoulders. This applies to both men and women.
Hotel: 3.5 Star May de ville Old quarter Hotel sharing a deluxe room. Inclusion: Private transport, local tour guide and entrance fee
DAY 3: HANOI BAI TU LONG BAY – CONG DO – CAI LA ISLAND
For your tour to Ha Long Bay you only need to take some essential items and leave the rest of your luggage at the hotel. Bring your swimsuit, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, toiletries, change of clothes, something warm for the winter months and a book or journal, etc. And don't forget your camera. Check out of your hotel, settle your and the staff will place your main luggage in storage.
08h00 – 8:30: The Swan shutter bus will pick you up from your hotel and heading to northeast of Vietnam
12.30: Arrive at Swan office, transferred by tender to Swan Cruise.
12.45: Enjoy welcome drink, be briefing about safety on boat and activities included then check in cabin.
13.30: Delicious Vietnamese set menu while leisurely cruising to the core of Bai Tu Long Bay.
15.00: Arrive to the kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and the breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing.
17.30: Get back to the boat and enjoys Sunset party while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage.
19.00: Sumptuous set-dinner onboard.
20.30: Free time for joining Games, you may also try your luck with squid fishing.
Overnight aboard Swan Cruise.
Cruise: 3 Star Swan cruise sharing a Deluxe cabin
Inclusion: Shuttle bus, tour guide, overnight on boat, meals. Pickup time: 08:00 – 08:30AM
DAY 4: HA LONG – HA NOI (B/L)
06.30: Start early with a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck.
07.00: Breakfast will be served in Western style alongside Vietnamese traditional food
09.30: Finish packing and check out of your cabin. Prepare to join in our traditional cooking demonstration.
10.30: Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the boat.
11.00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese brunch.
12.00: Disembark in Hon Gai pier
12.30: Farewell Halong Bay then returns to Hanoi
17.00: End of service.
Attention: The itinerary is subject to change due to the weather, tide level and operating conditions without prior notice.
Hotel: 3.5 Star May de ville Old Quarter hotel sharing a deluxe room. Inclusion: Shuttle bus, lunch
DAY 5: HA NOI – SIEM REAP (B)
Our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, our driver transfer you onto your hotel for check-in. Welcome to Siem Reap.
Your driver and Local Guide will be waiting at the airport with your name on a board where they will be ready to transfer you effortlessly to the comfort of your hotel, which will take approximately 15 minutes. After Check-in and time to freshen up your Local Guide will go over the options with you re visiting the Angkor complex over the next few days.
Siem Reap is a bustling little town, bursting with a vast range of delicious restaurants to suit every taste, boutique shops and day and night markets, a true shoppers paradise and a surprising party town that really heats up later in the lively bars and clubs around the famous and suitably named Pub Street.
Hotel: 3 Star Damrei Angkor Hotel sharing a Deluxe room
Inclusion: Private airport transport, E-ticket
DAY 6: ANGKOR TEMPLE TOUR
After breakfast at the hotel start your temple exploration of the UNESCO world heritage complex inside the stunning walled city of Angkor Thom with Gates, flanked by the stone statues of gods and demons, you find yourself in an ancient world of massive stone faces and evocatively striking temples. We'll take in the enigmatic Bayon, the mighty Baphoun Temple, Phimeanakas and the royal Palace enclosure, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
The next stop is Ta Prohm, easily the most atmospheric and a highlight for anyone visiting Angkor, a haven for any photography enthusiasts. A temple where you will love to linger, swallowed by the jungle looks very much in the same state as when the French explorers stumbled upon it more than a century ago.
In front of the magnificent Angkor Wat is perfect for lunch or a break during your day trip to Temples, refresh you with fresh fruits juice and shakes, and savor some delicious Khmer, Asian or International dishes (own cost).
As you enter the main causeway of Angkor Wat and start the long walk to the main temple, feast your eyes on the sight of this imposing structure. Discover its many galleries, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water, carved bas-reliefs that tell the ancient Hindu legends of Ramayana and victorious Khmer battles. Climb to the holiest sanctuary at the summit of the temple, where you are rewarded with fantastic views across the entire complex and beyond.
The temple tour itinerary is flexible and may be adjusted by your local guide after consultation with you. Weather, festivals, your interests and energy levels all have a bearing on which temples to visit and in what order.
Please bring your Angkor Entry Pass and don’t forget to have your knees and shoulders covered at all times when visiting the temples.
Hotel: 3 Star Damrei Angkor Hotel sharing a deluxe room
Inclusion: Angkor Temple tour (guide, driver, temple pass)(B)
DAY 7: TONLE SAP LAKE (B)
In the morning head East of Siem Reap on the northern edge of Tonle Sap Lake lies the village of Kompong Khleang, where locals live on stilted houses rising up from the ground. Travel by traditional boat through this authentic village gives you the chance to observe the daily life up close, heading out to the vast expanse of Tonle Sap where you will appreciate the immensity of this fascinating waterway. In the afternoon you can enjoy free time.
Hotel: 3 Star Damrei Angkor Hotel Sharing a deluxe room
Inclusion: Private transport, boat trip, tour guide, and entrance fee
DAY 8: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE
Our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
Inclusion: Private transfer
Return flights ex Johannesburg via Johannesburg to Hanoi, fly from Hanoi to Halong Bay and then and fly from Siem Reap via Hong Kong to Johannesburg, approx. airport taxes, a 3 night stay at the 3.5 Star May de ville Old quarter Hotel in Hanoi sharing a deluxe room, 1 night stay at the 3 Star Swan Cruise in Halong, 3 night stay at the 3 Star Damrei Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap, English speaking local guides for each tour, Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles (except Ha Long bay join with group), entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary, Vietnam Airlines Economy class: Ha Noi – Siem Reap.
7 Nights from R32,642 pps
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