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Best of Vietnam & Cambodia ( 12 Days ) $ 1690

Experience

A trip that gives you MORE from the word go this trip has been designed to include local experiences, deeper insights and quite simply a richer travel experience! Starting with the stunning UNESCO World Heritage temples of Angkor, this power packed trip will introduce you to modern day Vietnam and Cambodia built against the backdrop of the dramatic Khmer legacy. You will enjoy the intellectual perspectives of an expert anthropologist at the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh before heading to Vietnam via the backwaters of the Mekong Delta. Witness the buzzing streets of Ho Chi Minh City, discover enchanting Hoi An, the ancient Cham ruins of My Son and the walled city of Hue before travelling ‘local style’ on board an overnight train to Hanoi where you will explore the unique architecture and local street life. Finally, a junk boat cruise experience on the peaceful waters and stunning landscapes of Halong Bay where you will enjoy Tai Chi lessons and a food demonstration. This trip is your opportunity to discover the untold stories of Vietnam & Cambodia with all its diversity, friendly locals, age-old traditions, natural beauty and of course delectable cuisines, which are very much on the menu of this tour.

INCLUDED FEATURES

- Expert Lecture on the history & anthropology of Vietnam and Cambodia - Explore 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Angkor Temples, Halong Bay, Hoi An’s Ancient Town My Son Sanctuary, Hue Imperial City – a rare inclusion on a single trip - Local foodie experiences including food walks, fine dining, local restaurants, optional motor bike foodie tour and an included Vietnamese Cooking demonstration - Visit the killing fields of Phnom Penh and the War Museum of Saigon - Cruise on a traditional boat to explore the Cai Rang floating market - Enjoy Tai Chi lessons on board a junk boat cruise - Variety of accommodation options – boutique hotels, an overnight local train and a cruise

OUR EXPERT ( Dr. Damian Evans, PhD )

Damian Evans is an archaeologist and Research Fellow at the École française d'Extrême -Orient (French Institute of Far Eastern Studies).Having worked in Cambodia since the 1990s, he is a founding Director of the University of Sydney’s Research Centre at Angkor (2007-2015) and the Deputy Director of the ‘Greater Angkor Project’, a major collaborative research program and the only major archaeological initiative at Angkor with an exclusive focus on the social, cultural and environmental context of the monuments. Listed by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013’, his work has received significant media attention from the BBC, the History Channel, Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

Major scientific advances have been made in the past few years in understanding the people of Angkor – where they lived, where they came from, how they succeeded in building the immense temple complex, and what ultimately caused the demise of their civilization. Going way beyond the standard overview of Angkor as outlined by guidebooks, Dr. Damian's talk will offer insights into archaeological research in the area, much of which remains unpublished or relatively unknown outside the community of scholars. From a historical and traditional overview of Angkor’s history, the talk will explain how new technologies have reshaped our thinking over the past twenty years putting the human element into the vision of Angkor explaining that the temples are more than just religious sites. Learn about human interactions, their environment, the role of climate variation and the water management system and eventually the collapse of Angkor as the great capital of the Khmer Empire.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Dec 16: Siem Reap - Arrival
Day 2 - Dec 17: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples
Day 3 - Dec 18: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh, Lecture by an expert Anthropologist
Day 4 - Dec 19: Killing Fields, Phnom Penh – Chau Doc – Can Tho (Vietnam)
Day 5 - Dec 20: Can Tho – Mekong Delta, Cai Rang floating market – Ho Chi Minh
Day 6 - Dec 21: Ho Chi Minh City Tour, flight to Da Nang & Hoi An Walking & Foodie Tour
Day 7 - Dec 22: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary – Hue
Day 8 - Dec 23: Explore UNESCO Heritage Hue – Night train to Ha Noi
Day 9 - Dec 24: Ha Noi - Guided Tour
Day 10 - Dec 25: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay, Junk Boat Cruise, Cooking Demonstration
Day 11 - Dec 26: Ha Long Bay Cruise, Tai Chi Lesson – Ha Noi
Day 12 - Dec 27: Ha Noi – Departure
For a detailed itinerary, go here

Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date Price per person on twin share basis
16th Dec, 2016 27th Dec, 2016 USD 1690

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • All accommodation as per itinerary – 09 nights at a hotel, (including early check in at Ha Noi) 1 night on board a train and 1 night on board a cruise
  • 11 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 3 Lunches & 5 Dinners
  • Expert Lecture on the history & anthropology of Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Guided visit of the Angkor Temples in Siem Reap
  • Guided visit to the Choeng Ek (Killing Fields) in Phnom Penh
  • Cruise on a traditional boat to explore the Cai Rang floating market
  • Guided city tour of Ho Chi Minh
  • Hoi An Walking & Foodie Tour
  • Guided sightseeing of UNESO My Son Sanctuary
  • Guided tour of UNESCO Heritage Hue
  • Guided tour of Ha Noi
  • All entrance fees for inside visits as needed on tour
  • Tai Chi Lesson on the SunDeck
  • Cruise along Halong Bay with Tai Chi Lessons on Board
  • Vietnamese Cooking Demonstration
  • All transfers and transport as detailed in the itinerary (road travel, speed boats and train)
  • Service of English speaking guides as per the itinerary
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day

Exclusions

  • Air tickets both domestic and international
  • Insurance
  • Visa for Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Personal expenses and expenses not mentioned as included on the itinerary
  • Tips to drivers and local guides
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Extra Nights at the start or end of the tour
  • Beverages with meals included
  • Meals not mentioned as included
  • Anything not mentioned as included in the itinerary

Terms & Conditions

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Accommodation

Siem Reap: Viroth hotel, Deluxe room or similar
Phnom Penh: Anise Villa Boutique, Superior room or similar
Can Tho: Kim Tho hotel, Superior room or similar
Ho Chi Minh: Edenstar Saigon hotel, Deluxe room or similar
Hue: Moonlight hotel, Superior room or similar
Ha Noi: Golden Silk hotel, Luxury room or similar
Halong Bay: Bhaya cruise, Deluxe Cabins or similar