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Flavours of Vietnam
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12 Days / 11 Nights Trip to Vietnam & Cambodia

Flavours of Vietnam

Get ready for cultural immersion, local escapades, plenty of fun and un-pho-gettable times all rolled into one.
One trip, double the fun! 
 
From the temples of Siem Reap to the limestone karst wonderland of Ha Long Bay, and the beautiful old-world charm of Hoi An to the buzzing local vibrancy of Hanoi, experience the best of Vietnam and Cambodia with us. Explore a mix of ancient-modern cities, floating villages and colourful market streets that crackle with energy, eat steaming bowls of noodle soup, and enjoy plenty of good times with new friends in between.
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  • Duration
    12 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,947
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Back-Roads Touring
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Hoi An will completely charm you
Highlight #1
Hoi An will completely charm you
Paper lanterns line the streets and a small river flows through, with over 100 candle lit lamps floating on the water - it's as beautiful as it sounds.
Discover the hidden treasures of Hanoi
Highlight #2
Discover the hidden treasures of Hanoi
From pretty paper lanterns to glass jars of ancient herbal remedies, in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, there's a surprise waiting around every corner.
Cruise the world-famous Halong Bay!
Highlight #3
Cruise the world-famous Halong Bay!
Thousands of limestone karsts rising like dragon's teeth from the sea; there's a striking sight everywhere you turn.
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Itinerary

Hanoi, Vietnam

After transferring from the airport to our hotel, we’ll meet the group and get to know each other in lively Hanoi today – a city brimming with busy street food stalls, picturesque pagodas and well-preserved colonial buildings. Tonight, we’ll sample our first taste of Vietnamese cuisine at KOTO restaurant, a social enterprise that gives disadvantaged young people the chance to learn new skills.

Hanoi

This morning you’ll have the chance to join a walking tour of Hanoi’s most iconic sights. At the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, we’ll discover more about the man who led the movement for Vietnamese independence – and at the Temple of Literature, we’ll soak up some of Vietnam’s unique ancient history. This afternoon, your guide will lead you on a cyclo tour through the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll learn about the area’s French colonial architecture. After a busy day of sightseeing, our final stop of the day will be the home of the city’s last remaining mask-making family, where we’ll gain an insight into how traditional papier-mâché masks are made. Tonight, prepare for another gastronomic treat – we’re off to sample some street food on the way to dinner.

Hanoi - Tam Coc - Ninh Binh

This morning we’ll say farewell to Hanoi and move on to the beautiful Ninh Binh Province – and on the way there, we’ll take a short boat trip at Tam Coc (the ‘three caves’). Surrounded by breathtaking limestone karsts and peaceful rice paddies, this picturesque area forms part of the famous Trang An UNESCO World Heritage Site. After stopping off at the serene 14th-century Thai Vi temple (also known as ‘the temple of the king’), we’ll move on to a local family home, where we’ll tuck into a traditional lunch. Appetites satisfied, we’ll make tracks to our hotel for some leisure time.

Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

After breakfast, our transfer will take us to a World Heritage Site that’s widely regarded as the jewel in Vietnam’s crown: the beautiful Halong Bay. Here we’ll take to the emerald waters in a traditional junk boat and set off to explore the area’s famous limestone islets and fascinating grottoes.* This evening will be yours to spend reclining on a comfy chair, sipping wine or watching the twinkling stars from the sun deck. *Please note: Our exact cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on season and weather conditions.

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Da Nang - Hoi An

We’ll tuck into tea, coffee and pastries early on board the boat this morning – and if the mood takes you, you can even try a spot of tai chi on the sun deck. Morning ritual complete, we’ll make our way to our first stop of the day: the picturesque Ti Top Island. Here, you can relax on the beach, take a dip in the water or climb to the top of the hill for fantastic views over Halong Bay. A hearty breakfast will be served aboard the boat as we cruise back to Halong City. Upon arrival, we’ll disembark and transfer to the airport, where we’ll begin our journey to historic Hoi An (with a stop at Da Nang on the way).

Hoi An

This morning we’ll get acquainted with Hoi An’s atmospheric Old Town on a guided tour of historic houses, museums and assembly halls – not to mention the famous Japanese Covered Bridge. Tonight, we’ll hit the streets to sample some of the local fare before settling down to an alfresco Vietnamese dining experience at the spectacular Dao Tien River Restaurant, which will be beautifully lit with paper lanterns after dark.

Hoi An - Hue

After this morning’s breakfast, we’ll have the opportunity to channel our inner creatives with a silk lantern making workshop. This traditional craft not only adds a wonderful touch of colour to the streets of Hoi An, but it’s also a practice said to bring luck, happiness and wealth to the family home. After a stop at the Cham Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of ancient Cham sculptures, we’ll move on to our next stop: the imperial city of Hue.

Hue

After a free morning, we’ll start the day in nautical style: with a boat trip on the Perfume River. So named for its unique fragrance in autumn (caused by blossom falling into the water), the river is the perfect vantage point from which to take in the temples, mausoleums and pagodas that line its banks. After visiting the magnificent tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, a staunch Confucian, we’ll get ourselves ready for dinner at the 19th-century Tha Om Garden House, a charming restaurant that’s owned by a local historian.

Hue - Ho Chi Minh City

You’ll have some well-deserved time to relax this morning before we head to the airport for our flight to the incomparable Ho Chi Minh City. After dropping off our bags at our hotel, we’ll end the day with a culinary feast at Hoa Tuc, a wonderful restaurant that specialises in contemporary Vietnamese cuisine.

Ho Chi Minh City

Today’s itinerary will begin with a tour of Chinatown, where we’ll tick off the likes of the impressive, caramel-coloured Cha Tam Church and the vibrant Chua Ong Pagoda. After visiting a family that sells traditional herbal medicines (and a chance to stock up on herbal teas) we’ll move on to the Reunification Palace – a monument that seems as if it has been frozen in time since the end of the Vietnam War. When the morning’s sightseeing is behind us, we’re in for a culinary treat: a cooking demonstration at Mandarine Restaurant (with a delicious lunch to follow). And then? The afternoon will be yours to spend as you please.

Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City

Today we’ll set off on a day trip to the labyrinthine Cu Chi Tunnels: a strategic operation base during the Vietnam War that housed kilometre upon kilometre of secret trap doors, weapon factories, living areas and hospitals. After venturing back out into the daylight, we’ll gather to taste authentic pho (Vietnam’s most famous dish) at a local restaurant. Our gastronomic adventure will then continue with a street eats tour, during which you’ll be free to sample delicacies like rice paper pizza and crispy Vietnamese pancakes. This evening we’ll meet at a true local gem, Magnolia restaurant, for our final dinner together.

Ho Chi Minh City

After one last breakfast with the group, our tour will come to a close.

Inclusions

 Accommodation - 10 nights in boutique accommodation, 1 night on an overnight cruise

 Transport - Experienced Driver and Tour Leader

 Air-conditioned transportation

 Internal flights

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

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08 Sep 2020

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19 Sep 2020

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