Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos in Depth 2019/20

  • days: 31
  • from $8,795

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos

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3 countries

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7 UNESCO World 
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Vietnamese cruise boat, Halong Bay | River cruise vessel, Mekong Delta 

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Discover the essence of Indochina on this in-depth journey. Travel through Vietnam from the hills of Sapa to the bustling Mekong Delta. Explore the history of Angkor, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia and travel north through the countryside of Laos to charming Luang Prabang.

Historic Hanoi

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.

Hills of Sapa & Halong Bay

Travel north through scenic rural Vietnam to the hills of Sapa. Meet the people of the Black Hmong hill tribe and the Giay minority in local villages and admire the incredible terraces of rice paddies. 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 and sampling some of the freshest local cuisine in the world!

Imperial Hue

Tour the former capital and seat of the Nguyen Dynasty’s emperors, Hue. Discover the imperial tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh and enjoy a cruise along the perfume river to Thien Mu Pagoda.

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 Mekong Delta by boat, enjoy a sampan cruise through the small canals and visit a floating market.

Captivating Cambodia

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. Take part in a Khmer cooking class with a local family. Cruise Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake – Tonlé Sap, and explore the vibrant floating villages. Tour Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Visit the poignant killing fields, a stark reminder of the Pol Pot regime, and Tuol Sleng, the notorious Security Prison 21.

Charismatic Laos

Travel to Laos, where you’ll discover the charming colonial capital of Vientiane. Continue the journey north through the scenic countryside to Vang Vieng, visit the Nam Ngum Reservoir and Dam and a Hmong village. Make your way to quaint Luang Prabang and explore the city by tuk tuk, then join the locals for a game of petanque. Venture to the cascading Kuang Si waterfalls to swim in the crystal-clear waters and cruise along the Mekong enjoying typical Laotian cuisine as the sun sets.

Itinerary

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

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Tonight we'll enjoy a group 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.

A full afternoon of sightseeing in Hanoi. Highlights include the beautiful Temple of Literature, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoan Kiem Lake. [B]

Day 4. Hanoi - Sapa

An early start this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We’ll visit the flower market, the Old Quarter and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast. This afternoon we journey to Sapa. [B,D]

Day 5. Sapa

We begin the morning in Muong Hoa Valley alongside the largest rice paddy terrace in the Sapa area. In Lao Chai we’ll meet people of the Black Hmong hill tribe, then walk to Ta Van village, home to the Giay minority. [B,L]

Day 6. Sapa - Hanoi

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Special Experience: Ascend beautiful Mt Fansipan by cable car and tram, enjoying spectacular views along the way.

This afternoon we return to Hanoi. [B]

Day 7. Hanoi - Halong Bay

Today we travel to breathtaking Halong Bay and board our overnight cruise. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Halong Bay

Enjoy a morning of tai chi or just relax on deck. Today we discover a limestone cave and visit the Virgin Grotto by kayak. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue

Early this morning we’ll explore the Hidden Cave by bamboo boat. After brunch we’ll disembark and fly to Hue. [B,Brunch]

Day 10. Hue

This morning we'll enjoy a dragon boat cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda and visit the Imperial Citadel. This afternoon we’ll visit the imperial tombs of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. [B]

Day 11. Hue - Danang - Hoi An

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Special Experience: Cycle through Hue to visit its famous Garden Houses, many of which have ties with the old imperial court.

Day 12. 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 13. Hoi An

The day is at leisure for you to enjoy. [B]

Day 14. 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 15. Saigon

Today we travel by boat to tour the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels. [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 16. Saigon - Mekong Delta

Today we board our traditional-style cruise boat on the Mekong Delta. Enjoy an aperitif as the sun sets this evening. [B,L,D]

Day 17. Mekong Delta - Saigon

This morning we travel to Cai Rang by traditional sampan boat to experience all the action of the floating market. [B,D]

Day 18. Saigon - Siem Reap

Today we fly to Siem Reap, gateway to the ruins of Angkor. Tonight we’ll travel by remork to dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 19. Angkor Excursion

Our day is spent in Angkor, visiting the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom and the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. We’ll also see the temple of Ta Keo, the amazing ruins of Ta Prohm, the temple of Preah Khan and the Buddhist temples of Banteay Kdei and Banteay Srei. [B,D]

Day 20. Siem Reap

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Special Experience: Take a Khmer cooking class with a local family and learn about their customs and beliefs. We’ll savour our creations at lunch, overlooking a lily pond.

We’ll then cruise Tonlé Sap,to observe life and see the colourful floating villages. [B,L]

Day 21. Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

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Special Experience: An early start to witness breathtaking views, shadows and reflections of Angkor Wat at sunrise.

We fly to Phnom Penh this afternoon. [B]

Day 22. Phnom Penh

Today we visit the poignant Killing Fields and the notorious Security Prison 21, Tuol Sleng. This afternoon we’ll explore the bustling city by cyclo. Enjoy a group dinner tonight. [B,D]

Day 23. Phnom Penh - Vientiane

We fly to colonial Vientiane, Laos today. [B]

Day 24. Vientiane

Explore Vientiane, including the golden stupa of Pha That Luang and the Patuxai Arch. [B]

Day 25. Vientiane - Vang Vieng

Enjoy a scenic drive to Nam Ngum Reservoir and Dam. We’ll enjoy a lake cruise and visit Ban Keun village and a traditional salt factory before continuing to Vang Vieng. [B]

Day 26. Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang

Along the way to Luang Prabang we’ll stop at a cable bridge and walk across the river to visit the Hmong village of Ban Phan Thao. [B]

Day 27. Luang Prabang

Explore Luang Prabang by tuk tuk this morning, visiting the open-air market. [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 28. Luang Prabang

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Special Experience: Learn about rice harvesting and meet the local farming guide at Living Lands Organic Farm. We’ll then enjoy a tasting of some typical food.

Day 29. Luang Prabang

Explore Kuang Si waterfalls and visit the ‘Free the Bears’ rescue centre before our group farewell dinner cruise on the Mekong. [B,D]

Day 30. Depart Luang Prabang

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 31. 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
  • 5 economy-class flights within Asia
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water based activities and tuk tuk)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $315pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 25 nights in good quality hotels (4 star)
  • 2 nights on board a Vietnamese cruise boat on Halong Bay
  • 1 night on board a river cruise vessel on the Mekong Delta
  • 28 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 7 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides (Cambodia)
  • English-speaking locally based national guides throughout (Vietnam & Laos only)
  • English-speaking local guide on board the Mekong cruise

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available 

Sightseeing

Hanoi, Halong Bay and the hills of Sapa       

  • Go behind the scenes at a traditional water puppet show in Hanoi.
  • Tour stately Hanoi including the Ho Chi Minh Memorial, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter on foot.
  • Discover the city of Hanoi as it awakens, visiting the flower market, old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake before a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee.
  • Walk the Rail Tracks of Hanoi and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam's capital city! We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life along the rail tracks.
  • Discover the scenic rice terraces and undulating landscape of Sapa Hills and meet the local hill tribes.
  • Take the cable car and travel to the top of Mt Fansipan. 
  • Spend 2 nights on a Vietnamese Cruiseboat exploring beautiful Halong Bay. 

Heritage-listed Hoi An and Hue           

  • Explore ancient Vietnam's capital Hue including the vast 19th century Citadel.
  • Travel by boat to Thien Mu Pagoda.
  • Journey through Kim Long Village in Hue by cyclo and learn about the lifestyle of the upperclass in Hue over hundreds of years,  depicted by their Garden Houses.  Meet a Master of Calligraphy and learn about this ancient art while he performs some traditional music by bamboo flute.  
  • Spend 3 nights in World Heritage-listed Hoi An and explore the town on foot, including the Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, the 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       

  • Tour bustling Saigon including the French-style Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the very moving War Remnants Museum.
  • Visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnel complex north of Saigon, with a veteran. This elaborate 200 kilometre-long tunnel complex was built by the Viet Cong and never discovered during the Vietnam War.
  • 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.
  • Spend the night on the Mekong River, exploring the tributaries and canals while observing daily life along the banks.
  • Visit the Cai Be Floating markets and walk along the canals and the palm-shaded creek witnessing local houses, green orchards, shipbuilding yards, and the rural and water activities of the Mekong.
  • Cruise to Can Tho and visit the Cai Rang floating market, the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta.

Captivating Cambodia

  • Spend an incredible day and a half exploring the ruins of Angkor. 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. 
  • Enjoy a private Khmer cooking class among shaded palm groves and bamboo trees. Learn about food and its role in Cambodian life, as well as their customs, traditional beliefs and superstitions regarding food, herbs and spices.
  • Explore Tonle Sap Lake and cruise past the floating villages.
  • Witness breathtaking views of Angkor Wat at sunrise. A great photo opportunity.
  • Tour the Killing Fields, a chilling reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime.
  • Explore Phnom Penh by rickshaw, including the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

The natural charm of Laos

  • Explore the capital and largest city of Laos, Vientiane, and walk along the banks of the Mekong River.
  • Travel north from Vientiane to Vang Vieng and stop at the first Hydropower Dam in Laos, Nam Ngum Dam. Enjoy a boat excursion on the lake and visit a local village.
  • Explore Luang Prabang by Tuk Tuk, visiting the open-air market and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.
  • Experience the tastes and traditions of Laos and enjoy dinner and a game of pétanque with the locals in Luang Prabang.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the Mekong River.
  • Explore Kuang Si Waterfalls including a visit to the "Free the Bears" a rescue centre for Asiatic Black Bears.

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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, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
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
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 tours are subject to availability. The length of tours and price are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Optional tours should be booked directly with your Tour Director whilst on tour. Payment by Cash in local currency

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation listed is subject to change and the list should be used as a guide only. Every effort is made to avoid changes however if a change becomes necessary then accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

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

Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa, Sapa

Nestled on its own picturesque hill, the 5-star Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa offers amazing panoramic views of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and unparalleled experiences in a unique, secluded destination. Guests can enjoy a dip in the indoor heated pool or relax with pampering massage at the spa.

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

Bhaya Classic Cruise, Halong Bay

The Bhaya Classic boats are wooden boats constructed in the traditional oriental style long favoured by shipbuilders in this area. The construction material and style of the boats give them a classic feel which sets them apart from most cruise vessels around the world. On board, you will find atmospheric spaces which speak of the heritage design, and the small boat concept encourages a cosy feel. Each Bhaya Classic boat has between 15 and 20 cabins, the relatively small design creating informal, warm spaces on board.

Eldora Hotel, Hue

Featuring an indoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a fitness centre, Eldora Hotel is located in the town of Hue, just 500 metres away from the Huong River. Rooms feature stylish decor with elegant furnishings. Guests staying at the Hotel can indulge in a relaxing massage or spa treatment. Other services offered include bicycle rentals and currency exchange services.

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

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

Paragon Saigon Hotel, Saigon

Located in one of the most desirable areas to stay in in Saigon, the Paragon Saigon Hotel features luxuriously appointed guest rooms combining modern and traditional styles and spectacular city views. The property boasts a fusion restaurant, bar, lobby lounge, spa and a stunning rooftop swimming pool.

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

Mekong Eyes Explorer, Mekong Delta

Watch the hustle and bustle on the rivers and canals as you cruise between Southern Vietnam and Cambodia - or vice versa. The boutique cruiser is designed to roam through the narrow and winding rivers and canals that cannot be accessed by the larger cruise boats, so you can really experience the hidden gems of the Mekong Delta. The cruise ship has 12 superior cabins and 4 suites. With huge panorama windows that can be opened up to enjoy the afternoon breeze, the restaurant of the Mekong Eyes Explorer is a real highlight. 

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

Sun & Moon Urban Hotel, Phnom Penh

A modern design hotel the Sun & Moon Urban Hotel is located in the vibrant heart of Phnom Penh and close to many of the city's landmarks and tourist attractions including the Royal Palace, National Museum, Independence Monument, Wat Phnom, Central Market, Rive Side and Sorya Shopping Centre. The hotel offers amenities such as gym, spa, steam, sauna, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, gastropub, lounge and roof top bar.

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

Sabaidee @ Lao, Vientiane

An elegant retreat in the heart of charming Vientiane, the Sabaidee blends modern hotel design with traditional Asian architecture to create its boutique offering. Enjoy the plush and well-appointed guest rooms, all with featuring terraces, and a cocktail in the outdoor bar and beer garden.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Silver Naga Hotel, Vang Vieng

Ideally located along the riverbank in the heart of charming Vang Vieng, the Silver Naga boasts magnificent mountain views and warm hospitality. The deluxe guestrooms are plush and well-appointed, blending contemporary Asian design with traditional Lao details. The property boasts a rooftop swimming pool and terrace overlooking the stunning mountains, and a contemporary restaurant.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box (at reception); 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 

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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. 

Reil

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

  • 1 Reil = 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 Reil (Reil 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 an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the history and art behind water puppetry.
  • Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and meet the locals who have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains.
  • Ascend beautiful Mt Fansipan by cable car and tram, enjoying spectacular views along the way.
  • Cycle through Hue to visit its famous Garden Houses, many of which have ties with the old imperial court.
  • Visit a colourful local market in Hoi An before taking a short cruise (subject to river levels) along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class.
  • Go off the beaten track to discover Saigon’s a-little-out-of-the-ordinary sights. Visit the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street and traditional French-style Fanny’s Ice Cream Parlour.
  • Take part in a Khmer cooking class with a local family, then savour our creations at lunch, overlooking a lily pond.
  • Witness breathtaking views of Angkor Wat at sunrise.
  • Join locals for the tastes and traditions of Laos during a game of pétanque and a typical Laotian dinner.
  • Learn about rice harvesting and farming at Living Lands Organic Farm and sample local dishes.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, plane, cruiseboat, longboat, sampan, riverboat, remork & tuk tuk

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $315pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Cruise breathtaking Halong Bay • Wander the streets of picturesque Hoi An • Spend a night cruising the Mekong and observing daily life • See the poignant Killing Fields and Security Prison 21 in Phnom Penh • Explore the incredible temple ruins of Angkor • Swim in the crystal-clear Kuang Si Waterfalls • Visit quaint Luang Prabang & historic Vientiane

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