Shaped like an elongated ‘S’, Vietnam stretches along the east coast of the Indochinese Peninsula. A local metaphor likens it to a long bamboo pole hung with two baskets of rice, represented by the two fertile regions at either end of the country. The lush Red River Delta and the highlands in the north, known for their magnificent scenery and colourful hill tribes, complement the agricultural plains and floating markets of the Mekong Delta in the south perfectly.read more/less
The impact of Japanese and Chinese trade, French occupation and American intervention has had on obvious influence on Vietnam. These influences are readily apparent in the vivid legacy from different cultures evident in the character of its towns, as well as in the architecture and food. The quaint town of Hoi An, once a major trading port, boasts the perfectly preserved architectural influences of the Asian merchants from the north, while the broad leafy boulevards of the capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are reminiscent of France.
One of the most authentic and unspoiled destinations in Southeast Asia, Cambodia attracts adventurous travellers with remarkable ancient temples, unique cultural experiences, and picturesque rural landscapes.read more/less
Even the historical horrors of the Khmer Rouge draw tourists, with attractions like the notorious Killing Fields serving as harrowing reminders of Cambodia’s most turbulent and tragic chapter.
VIETNAM & CAMBODIA
Tonle Sap Lake
Toul Sleng Museum
Halong Bay Cruise
Vinh Trang Pagoda
The Killing Fields
Mekong Delta Cruise
Cu Chi Tunnels Tour
Siem Reap Art Centre
Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda
Visit Chong Kneas Floating Village
Return airfare from Johannesburg with taxes
Share twin accommodation with breakfast
3 nights in Siem Reap
2 nights in Phnompenh
2 nights in Saigon
2 nights in Hanoi
1 night on Halong Bay cruise
Tours as per itinerary
English speaking guide
Any services not mentioned
Day 1: Arrival Siemreap
Pick up at Siemreap airport and transfer to hotel. Night in Siemreap
Day 2: Siemreap full day tour (B,L) Sic tour
• Pick up at your hotel
• Angkor Thom & Small Circuit
• Ta Prohm
• Angkor Wat
• Bakheng Hill
• Drop off at your hotel.
Night in Siemreap
Day 3: Siemreap – free day (B)
Optional tour : Tonle Sap lake : 50 USD/per person
• Pick up at your hotel
• Tonle Sap Lake, Chong Kneas Floating Village
• Artisan D’Angkor, Wat Tmey
• War Museum, Siem Reap Art Center
• Drop off at your hotel.
Day 4: Siemreap – Phnompenh (b) by Mekong Express bus departure at 7:30 AM
Transfer to bus station for bus to Phnompenh. Pick up at Phnompenh bus station and transfer to hotel. Free and easy. Night in Siemreap
Day 5: Phnompenh city tour (B,L) Duration : 08:00 – 17:00 (with lunch) Sic tour
• Pick up at your hotel, visit:
• The Killing Field ( Cheung Ek)
• Toul Sleng Museum
• Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda
• Wat Phnom
• Street 240, Local Market (Russian or Central Market)
• Drop off at your hotel.Night in Phnompenh
Day 6: Phnompenh – SaiGon ( B) by Mekong express bus at 8:30AM ( It takes 6 hours driving)
Transfer to Phnompenh bus station for the bus to SaiGon. Pick up at SaiGon bus station and transfer to hotel. Free and easy. Night in SaiGon
Day 7: SaiGon – Mekong delta (B,L) Sic tour
( start8.00 – return 17.00 )
7:45 AM pick up at your hotel. Enjoy the scenic journey along the way bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit& honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy& observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. Meet the bus and return to HCMC. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories. Night in SaiGon
Day 8: SaiGon – CuChi tunnels (B) flight to Hanoi (Sic tour)
8:00 Am to 14:00
7:45 AM Pick up at your hotel at Distric 1 and depart to CuChi tunnels – Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone”. Start our tour in the morning, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Return to Sai Gon. Drop at hotel. End tour.
Transfer to SaiGon airport for flight to Hanoi. Pick up at Hanoi airport and transfer to hotel. Night in Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi – Ha Long bay (B,L,D)
07.45 – 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 kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and 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 onboard with Swan Cruise.
Day 10-: Halong- Hanoi (B,L)
06.30: Starting your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck.
07.00: Breakfast will be served in Western style and furthermore with Vietnamese traditional food – ‘PHO’
08.00: Explore the Thien Canh Son. Guide will explain the history of Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and this Cave, made by Mother Nature
09.30: Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing.
Please remove all of your belongings from your cabin, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabin (staff will transfer directly to the pier).
10.30: Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat.
11.00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
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.
Day 11: Hanoi – departure (B)
Transfer to Hanoi airport for flight departure. The end tour