Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

  • days: 20
  • from $6,595

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos

Description

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A journey of discovery across classic Indochina. Experience the beauty of Halong Bay, explore beguiling Hoi An and the canals of the Mekong Delta. See the incredible temple ruins at Siem Reap and then discover the charm of Luang Prabang. 

HANOI TO HALONG BAY

From the moment you arrive in the historic Vietnamese city of Hanoi, you’re truly immersed into traditions and culture. See both sides to Vietnamese life, as we explore the bustling city of Hanoi. Absolutely breathtaking, Halong Bay is a feast for the eyes, dotted with hundreds of rocky islands and outcrops. Sit back and relax, cruising around this natural wonder!

TRADITIONAL EXPERIENCES

Hoi An will beguile you with its charm. Wander the quaint streets, visit a traditional home and take an aromatic cooking class. We juxtapose this against the lively city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the largest in Vietnam. See the historic architecture and immerse yourself in the history of the Vietnam War. Traverse the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels – a base for the Viet Cong, where they remained undiscovered throughout the conflict.  Explore the Ben Tre province in the Mekong region, observing daily life along the banks and stopping at a family-owned coconut processing business.

AMAZING ANGKOR

Fly to the gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap. Explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom and of course, incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat. Cruise Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake – Tonlé Sap, and explore the vibrant floating villages.

CHARISMATIC LAOS

Travel to Laos, where you’ll discover beautiful Luang Prabang. Explore the city by tuk tuk and visit a local handicraft village. Explore the beautiful Kuang Si Falls and visit ‘Free the Bears’, a rescue centre for Asiatic Black Bears. 

Itinerary until March 2020

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before this evening’s group welcome dinner. [D]

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Special Experience: A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we’ll enjoy a water puppetry performance by a local renowned puppet master where we will go behind the scenes.

Day 3. Hanoi

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Special Experience: Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam’s capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains.

This afternoon our sightseeing highlights include the Presidential Palace, the beautiful Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. [B,L]

Day 4. Hanoi - Halong Bay

An early start this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We’ll visit the flower market, the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee. 

We then travel to breathtaking Halong Bay, to board our overnight cruise. After lunch we’ll discover the mysterious Tien Ong Cave, one of the finest caves in Halong Bay, featuring stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations. Relax with a sundowner this evening and enjoy the incredible views as the sun sets. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An

This morning you might like to take part in a tai chi lesson on the sundeck or just sit back and relax as we cruise. We'll explore Cua Van floating fishing village after breakfast. Return to Hanoi after brunch to fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. [B,Brunch]

Day 6. Hoi An

We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An. Highlights include the Culture & History Museum, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a historic, UNESCO Heritage-listed house. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise subject to prevailing water levels).

Day 7. Hoi An

The day is at leisure for you to enjoy this picturesque town at your own pace. [B]

Day 8. Hoi An - Saigon

This morning we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). In the afternoon we’ll take a walking tour of the bustling metropolis. Highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Opera House. We’ll also visit the Presidential Palace and the moving War Remnants Museum. [B]

Day 9. Saigon

Today we travel by boat to tour the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels with a veteran guide. [B,L]

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Special Experience: Go off the beaten track to discover Saigon’s a-little-out-of-the-ordinary sights. We’ll visit the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, the Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street and the traditional French-style Fanny’s Ice Cream Parlour, Vietnam’s leading ice cream producer.

Day 10. Saigon - Mekong Delta

We make our way to the Mekong Delta to board our traditional-style cruise boat. We’ll observe life along the banks of the delta and hop on and off smaller boats on shore excursions, passing villages and rice paddies. Relax on board this evening with an aperitif as the sun sets. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Mekong Delta - Saigon

This morning we travel to Cai Rang by traditional sampan boat to experience all the action of the floating market - the liveliest market in the Mekong Delta. We’ll also witness rice-paper and coconut candy making, and visit a local farm and tropical fruit orchard. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner back in Saigon. [B,D]

Day 12. Saigon - Siem Reap

Enjoy the morning at leisure before our flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. Tonight we’ll travel by remork to dinner at a local restaurant serving typical Khmer dishes. [B,D]

Day 13. Angkor Excursion

Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom. This afternoon we’ll explore the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple of Angkor Wat. Enjoy a group dinner this evening accompanied by an Apsara dance performance. [B,D]

Day 14. Siem Reap

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Special Experience: Discover life, customs and culture in rural Cambodia this morning. We’ll stroll through a typical village and meet a local family who will prepare lunch for us.

After lunch we’ll visit a community school and workshop and learn about their ‘Bottle Building Project’.

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Special Experience: We’ll travel to a nearby pagoda, where we’ll hear more about Buddhism and local spiritual beliefs, and experience a monk’s blessing.

This afternoon we’ll cruise Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia. We’ll observe life and see the colourful floating villages. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Siem Reap - Luang Prabang

 Today we fly to the charming town of Luang Prabang. [B,L]

Day 16. Luang Prabang

We board a tuk tuk to explore Luang Prabang this morning. Later we’ll discover beautiful Wat Xieng Thong and visit a local handicraft village. [B,D]

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Special Experience: This evening we join the locals to experience the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of pétanque and a typical Laotian dinner.

Day 17. Luang Prabang

Today we’ll explore the National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace, Haw Kham. We’ll then take a leisurely cruise along the Mekong. Enjoy the typical Laotian cuisine for lunch on board. The boat will also stop so we can explore the Pak Ou Caves. [B,L]

Day 18. Luang Prabang

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Special Experience: Learn about rice harvesting, the tools that are used and meet the local farming guide this morning at Living Lands Organic Farm. We’ll then enjoy a tasting of some typical food made from the rice.

This afternoon we’ll explore the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls and visit ‘Free the Bears’, a rescue centre for Asiatic Black Bears. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 19. Depart Luang Prabang

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20. Arrive Australia

 

Walking Man

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

Itinerary from April 2020

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before this evening’s group welcome dinner. 

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Special Experience: A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we’ll enjoy a water puppetry performance by a local renowned puppet master where we will go behind the scenes. [D]

Day 3. Hanoi

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Special Experience: Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam’s capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains.

This afternoon we'll explore more of the city. Our sightseeing highlights include the Presidential Palace, the beautiful Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. [B,L]

Day 4. Hanoi - Halong Bay

We'll rise early this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We’ll visit the flower market, the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee. 

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Embark Cruise: We then travel to the breathtaking Halong Bay, where we’ll board our overnight cruise boat.

We'll enjoy lunch as the ship cruises towards the southeast of the bay. Here we'll depart for a kayaking excursion to Trinh Nu Cave, also known as 'Virgin Cave'. Returning to the boat, we'll have the opportunity to relax with a sundowner, while admiring the incredible views. We can even join the crew fishing for squid later this evening. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An

This morning you might like to take part in a tai chi lesson on the sundeck or just sit back and relax as we cruise the waters and islets of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. We'll explore Sung Sot Cave after breakfast, the largest cave inside Halong Bay. 

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Disembark Cruise: After enjoying brunch back on board, we'll disembark and return to Hanoi, before flying to Danang and transferring to Hoi An. [B,Brunch]

Day 6. Hoi An

We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An. Highlights include the Culture & History Museum, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a historic, UNESCO World Heritage-listed house. 

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Special Experience: Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise subject to prevailing water levels). [B,D]

Day 7. Hoi An

Hoi An's centre is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, free from cars and a lovely area to explore on foot. Today is at leisure for you to enjoy this picturesque town at your own pace. [B]

Day 8. Hoi An - Saigon

This morning we fly to Saigon, known as Ho Chi Minh City. 

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Special Experience: Discover Saigon at night on a foodie tour by jeep. Pass by iconic sites including the Opera House, City Hall and Post Office. Taste authentic Vietnamese cuisine as the locals do. [B,D]

Day 9. Saigon

Today we'll enjoy a half day tour of Saigon. We'll visit the moving War Remnants Museum and the Presidential Palace, which encapsulates a 1975 vibe. The palace has lush gardens, secret rooms and is filled with antique furniture. We'll then visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Opera House by foot. [B]

Day 10. Mekong Delta Excursion

We explore the Mekong region today, travelling along the tributaries and narrow canals in a traditional-style cruise boat. Observe the daily life along the banks. We’ll stop at a family-owned coconut processing business and a brick making factory. We'll then cycle to a local rice noodle factory before enjoying lunch. Our cycling excursion then continues, as we visit Mr Sau Tuong, a former Viet Cong soldier who spent two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. [B,L]

Day 11. Saigon

Early this morning we'll travel by boat to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels for a tour with a veteran guide. This network of tunnels served as a base for the Viet Cong and remained undiscovered during the Vietnam War. This evening we'll farewell Vietnam with a group dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 12. Saigon - Siem Reap

Today we'll fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. Tonight we’ll travel by tuk tuk to dinner at a local restaurant serving typical Khmer dishes. [B,D]

Day 13. Siem Reap  

The first half of today is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom. We'll then cruise Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. We’ll observe life and see the colourful floating villages, before returning to Siem Reap to watch a traditional Apsara Dance performance over dinner. [B,D]

Day 14. Siem Reap

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Special Experience: Explore the incredible ruins of Angkor Wat before travelling to a nearby pagoda, where we'll learn more about Buddhism and experience a monk's blessing. 

Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner to farewell Cambodia.  [B,L,D]

Day 15. Siem Reap - Luang Prabang

This morning is at leisure before we fly to Laos and its ancient capital of Luang Prabang. [B]

Day 16. Luang Prabang

We board a tuk tuk to explore Luang Prabang this morning. Later we’ll discover beautiful Wat Xieng Thong and visit a local handicraft village. [B,D]

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Special Experience: This evening we join the locals to experience the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of Pétanque, followed by a typical Laotian dinner.

Day 17. Luang Prabang

Today we’ll explore the National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace. We’ll then take a leisurely cruise along the Mekong. Enjoy the typical Laotian cuisine for lunch on board. The boat will also stop so we can explore the Pak Ou Caves. [B,L]

Day 18. Luang Prabang

Learn about rice harvesting, the tools that are used and meet the local farming guide this morning at Living Lands Organic Farm. We’ll then enjoy a tasting of some typical food made from the rice. This afternoon we’ll explore the beautiful Kuang Si Falls and visit ‘Free the Bears’, a rescue centre for Asiatic Black Bears. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 19. Depart Luang Prabang

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20. Arrive Australia

 

Walking Man

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included
  • 4 economy-class flights within Asia
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $235pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 16 nights in 4-5 star hotels
  • 1 night on board a Vietnamese cruise boat on Halong Bay
  • 1 night on board a river cruise vessel on the Mekong Delta (until March 2020)
  • 17 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 7 lunches and 10 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners (until March 2020)
  • 17 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 6 lunches and 10 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners (from April 2020)

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides 
  • English-speaking locally based national guide in Vietnam and Laos
  • English-speaking local guide on board Mekong Delta (until March 2020)

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available 

Sightseeing

Explore stately Hanoi & amazing Halong Bay       

  • Go Behind-The-Scenes at a traditional water puppet show in Hanoi.
  • Tour stately Hanoi including the Ho Chi Min Memorial, Hoan Kiem Lake and Old Quarter on foot.
  • Walk the Rail Tracks of Hanoi and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam's capital city!  Meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life along the rail tracks.
  • Discover the city of Hanoi as it awakens, visiting the flower market, old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake before a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee.
  • Spend the night on beautiful Halong Bay on a Vietnamese Cruiseboat.

Heritage-listed Hoi An            

  • Spend 3 nights in World Heritage-listed Hoi An and explore the town on foot, including the Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, Culture & History Museum, the Chinese Assembly Hall of Fujien Chinese Community and an old historic house (UNESCO Site).
  • Cruise down Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School and learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes.

Saigon and the lively Mekong Delta      

  • Discover Saigon by night on a foodie tour. See iconic sites at night including: Opera House, City Hall and Post Office. Taste authentic Vietnamese cuisine as the locals do (from April 2020).
  • Tour bustling Saigon including the French-style Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the very moving War Remnants Museum.
  • Enjoy an "A Little out of the Ordinary" tour of Saigon - a unique look at Saigon visiting the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street (Le Cong Kieu), Fanny's Ice Cream Parlour, the trendy boutiques and shops of Ton That Thiep Street (until March 2020). 
  • Spend the night on the Mekong River, exploring the tributaries and canals while observing daily life along the river (until March 2020).
  • Spend the day exploring the Mekong region, cruising the tributaries and narrow canals while observing daily life along the banks (from April 2020).
  • Visit the Cai Be Floating markets before a walk along the canals and the palm-shaded creek witnessing local houses, green orchards, shipbuilding yards, rural and water activities (until March 2020).
  • Visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnel complex north of Saigon. This elaborate 200 kilometre-long tunnel complex was built by the Viet Cong and never discovered during the Vietnam War.

The wonders of Angkor

  • Explore famous sites of Angkor including Angkor Thom, 'Great City' Baphuon and Phimeanakas.
  • Explore Tonle Sap Lake and cruise past the floating villages.
  • Travel to a local pagoda and learn about Buddhism before receiving a monk's blessing.
  • Join a local school and learn about the "Bottle Building Project" (until March 2020).
  • Spend an incredible half day exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat. One of the world's must-see attractions, Angkor Wat was recently named a finalist in an international vote for the new Seven Wonders of the World.

The natural charm of Laos

  • Explore Luang Prabang by Tuk Tuk, visiting an open-air market and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.
  • Experience the tastes and traditions of Laos  and enjoy dinner and a game of petanque with the locals in Luang Prabang.
  • Explore the Old Royal Palace (Haw Kham), now the National Museum (from April 2020).
  • Enjoy a leisurely lunch cruise along the Mekong, stopping to explore the fascinating Pak Ou Caves.
  • Witness the the turquoise blue water and cascading Kuang Si Waterfalls.
  • Stop at Living Lands Organic Farm and meet the local farming guide to learn about rice harvesting and the tools used, and taste some dishes made from the rice.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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26/12/19 14/01/20   $7,525 On Request  
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18/02/21 09/03/21   $6,995 Available book now
Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing. Clients ex Adelaide and Sydney will require a night in Singapore at an additional cost, please contact our office for details.
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $235pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $260pp
Single supplement: from $1,575
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

Laos

Royal Ballet Theatre – 6:00pm, 1hr – US $30 pp (Seat in Coach) 
60 artists of the Royal Ballet troupe performed Phra-Lak Phra-Lam, the Lao version of the sacred poem, the Ramayana. This show takes place in the garden of the National Museum, formerly the Royal palace. Includes transfers.

Mandalao Elephant Experience / No Riding – 8:30am, 5hrs – US $99pp (Seat in Coach – Max 6)
Get an in-depth introduction into elephant behaviour and communication. Meet the elephants and cross river for first introduction. Watch the elephants as they bathe then begin a trek with the elephants past beautiful Lao gardens before exploring the jungle covered Huay Nok stream. Say goodbyes after final treats for the elephants as they begin the trek back to MandaLao. Enjoy traditional Lao cusine for lunch from own organic produce. Return to your hotel by 1:30pm. Includes return transfers and lunch.

Please Note: Dress appropriately - you may get wet with the elephants.

Ock Pop Tok / Natural Dyes – 8:30am, 3hrs 30mins – US $53pp (Seat in Coach)
Ock Pop Tok (East meets West) is set in a tropical Mekong garden in Luang Prabang and opens its doors to learning about Lao textiles and crafts. Bringing alive our concept of east meets west, the LCC is a place where you can meet silk weavers, craft artisans and silkworms while learning about textiles in class. Includes return transfers.

Yoga Class – 7:30am or 5:30pm, 1hr – US $25pp (Seat in Coach) 
Luang Prabang Yoga is a cooperative of independent yoga teachers who offer yoga in Luang Prabang at spiritual locations. Together with the students who live or have travelled here, we’re a unique yoga community that believes in the connection between nature and yoga. Includes return transfers.

Special Note: 2 Class options as below –

Mornings on the river deck overlooking the Nam Kham River
Evenings in a cosy third floor studio on main street

Traditional Massage – Flexible time (when time permits) – 1hr – US $15pp 
After a long flight or a couple of days on a bumpy road you should really try a local massage. During a traditional Lao massage, the masseuse rests on the body’s pressure points with rhythmic repetition, using their body weight to add force. The set routine starts with some foot reflexology and moves its way up to your head. Includes return transfers.

Please Note: All optional tours are based on a minimum of 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your guide. We recommend arranging the booking at the beginning of the tour to avoid disappointment. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without prior notice. Payment by cash is preferred as there are no guarantees that credit card facilities will be available. Please check with your guide locally for information relating to this. Credit card fees and exchange rates are at the discretion of your bank.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Please note, the below accommodation reflects the 2019 program. Accommodation listed is subject to change and should be used as a guide only. Every effort is made to avoid changes, however should it be necessary then accommodation of a similar standard will be confirmed.

Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi

Centrally located near the Old Quarter of Hanoi, the Silk Path Hotel is within walking distance to Hang Da Market, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Temple of Literature. The property offers contemporary guestrooms and modern facilities including a restaurant, terrace café, piano bar and premium bar, as well as a sauna and fitness centre.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Stellar - Aclass Cruises

Stellar cruise offers a one-of-a-kind experience aboard a traditional oriental-style boat. With crews providing excellent service throughout the length of your journey, it will make your vacation a truly unique and unforgettable experience. 

The cruise liner contains twenty-one spacious cabins, full of luxuries including a private en-suite bathroom. The cruise liner also boasts a large sundeck, elegant dining room, lounge bar, beauty spa and massage, along with other exciting entertainment.

Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa, Hoi An

The stunning 4-star Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa is centrally located between Cua Dai beach and the famous historic district of Hoi An. Immerse yourself in the authentic Vietnamese culture, gaze out over iconic rice fields or dine in one of the two delicious on-site restaurants.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities; swimming pool; fitness centre; spa

Hotel Equatorial, Ho Chi Minh City

This five star hotel is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, where the borders of the city’s four main district intersect. The city’s major commercial and entertainment area is only a mere 8-minute drive away. The hotel provides world-class facilities and services is the ideal choice while visiting Vietnam’s most vibrant and exciting city.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar;safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities; outdoor swimming pool. 

Le Cochinchine Cruise, Mekong Delta

Designed in a style reminiscent of the traditional sampans which have navigated the Mekong Flows, Le Cochinchine cruises the Mekong Delta while passengers can relax and witness the various landscapes of the Delta and the local daily life along the banks. Enjoy a welcome drink as you board before experiencing a variety of excursions along the way including floating markets, strolls in the countryside and of course, tasting fresh local cuisine on board.

Prince D’Angkor Hotel & Spa, Siem Reap

In the perfect location to explore the legendary Angkor temples, the Prince D’Angkor offers 2 restaurants, a bar, piano lounge and poolside bar. Situated in the heart of downtown Siem Reap, the property is just a 10 minute walk from the main shopping and mall areas.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Le Bel Aire Boutique Resort, Luang Prabang

A charming colonial style hotel located on the Nam Khan riverside, very close to the town center of Luang Prabang. Soak up the sun on the terrace or enjoy a selection of restaurants situated close by. 

Facilities: gym; swimming pool; safe deposit box; free wifi 

Weather

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Dry Season: December to February

Wet Season: May to September

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Currency

Currency

Vietnamese Dong

The official currency of Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND; ₫).

  • 1 Vietnamese Dong = 100 Hào
  • Notes are in denominations of ₫500000, 20000, 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200 and 100
  • Coins are in denominations of ₫5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500 and 200

Please Note: USD is widely accepted throughout Vietnam. 

Cambodian Riel

The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR; symbol ៛).

  • 1 Riel = 10 Kak
  • Notes are in denominations of ៛50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000 and 100000
  • Coins are in denominations of ៛50, 100, 200 and 500

Please Note: USD is preferred in Cambodia but you may also wish to carry small denominations of Riel (Riel is not allowed to enter or leave the country). Ensure you request your change in the currency you made the purchase with.

Lao Kip

The official currency of Laos is the Lao Kip (LAK; ₭).

  • 1 Lao Kip = 100 Att.
  • Notes are in denominations of ₭100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500.
  • Coins are in denominations of 10, 20 and 50 att.

Please note: There are no international ATM facilities in Laos. Major credit cards are accepted at some international hotels and tourist orientated establishments. Most transactions are conducted in cash – American Dollars, Thai Baht or Lao Kip.

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

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Special Experiences!

  • A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we’ll enjoy a water puppetry performance by a local renowned puppet master where we will go behind the scenes.
  • Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam’s capital. We'll meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains.
  • Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise subject to prevailing water levels).
  • Discover Saigon at night on a foodie tour by jeep. Pass by iconic sites including the Opera House, City Hall and Post Office. Taste authentic Vietnamese cuisine as the locals do.  
  • Explore the incredible ruins of Angkor Wat before travelling to a nearby pagoda, where we'll learn more about Buddhism and experience a monk's blessing.  
  • Join the locals to experience the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of Pétanque, followed by a typical Laotian dinner.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, plane, cruise boat, longboat, sampan, jeep, riverboat, bicycle, motorised tuk tuk & tuk tuk (cyclo)

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $235pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Go behind the scenes at a water puppet show in Hanoi • Cruise amongst the limestone islets of breathtaking Halong Bay • Wander the streets of picturesque Hoi An • Explore the Ben Tre province in the Mekong region • See the incredible temple ruins of Angkor • Discover quaint Luang Prabang by tuk tuk • Experience the tastes and traditions of Laos and enjoy a game of Petanque with the locals

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