This week, Pam has joined Vexplore Tours on a fascinating discovery of Vietnam & Cambodia’s cultural & culinary delights.
09 days / 08 nights
Hanoi – Halong Bay – Saigon – Mekong Delta – Siem Reap
Day 1 – Arrive in Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi airport, you have warm welcome from our guide. Transfer to hotel check in. Free time or you may take complimentary history tour “the Lost Bomb Shelter” of this hotel, an honorable mentioned in 2013 UNESCO Heritage Awards.
Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole – 2 nights
Day 2 – Hanoi (B,L,D)
Today we spend full day to explore Hanoi, the city’s cultural heart that bears trace of centuries of changing dynasties. We visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in the city, and Van Mieu, a famous historical and cultural relic consisting of the Temple of Literature and Vietnam’s first university. Then enjoy traditional cyclo ride through Hanoi Old Quarter.
After lunch visit “Hanoi Hilton”, where American prisoners of war were once confined. We end tour at local coffee shop enjoy sips of coffee dripping from the filter. Transfer back to your hotel.
Dinner will be served at authentic Vietnamese restaurant.
Day 3 – Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Morning, leave your hotel and drive to Dinh Vu Port. Onboard the Azalea Cruise. Cruise briefing and safety instructions. Start cruising and explore Halong Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site. Lunch and dinner on board.
Accommodation: Azalea Cruise / Deluxe balcony cabin – 1 night
Day 4 – Halong Bay – Hai Phong – Saigon (B,D)
Enjoy Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Continue sailing across thousands of islets. Disembark and transfer to Hai Phong airport for flight to Saigon. We have dinner at local restaurant . Check in hotel.
Accommodation: Grand Hotel – 3 nights
Day 5 – Saigon – Cooking Class (B,L,D)
In the morning, we will join “Grain by Luke Nguyen cooking class”. Grain studio have its own fresh market on site. You will hand on cooking 4-‐‑course meal, and demystify Vietnamese cuisine so you will gain a new-‐‑found confidence that will inspire you to cook more at home. Lunch will be your own prepared and served at the cooking class. It will be a great Vietnamese cultural and culinary experience.
Afternoon, we have a sightseeing of the city’s colonial legacy; the Reunification Palace, the Central Post office, the Fine Art Museum and stop Ben Thanh Market. Tonight enjoy dinner at local restaurant in town.
Day 6 – Saigon – Mekong Delta (B,L)
In the morning transfer to Cai Be. We take a small boat to visit interesting villages and workshops that produce local products. Go by boat deeper into the Delta to Tan Phong Island to visit workshops where villagers make unique products for export. Walk or bike on the island. Visit a traditional family home and enjoy Southern Vietnamese folk music. Return to hotel late afternoon. Evening is free on your own.
Day 7 – Saigon – Siem Reap – Cooking Class (B,L,D)
Arrive in Siem Reap, you have warm welcome by our tour guide.
Transfer to Treak Village (10 minutes drive from Siem Reap town). Learn to make traditional Cambodian Cuisine in a rural village. Classes include a visit to a local family and garden. Learn about cooking in a traditional Khmer household, local food customs and superstitions. Lunch will be served at lovely bamboo pavilion. Transfer to hotel check in.
Late afternoon. Inspection Villa Ni Say, cocktail and dinner will be followed.
Accommodation: Heritage Suites – 2 nights
Day 8 – Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom – Ta Prohm (B,L)
Early morning, we depart to Angkor Wat for sunrise picture. Back to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, we explore the wondrous Angkor Wat Temple Complex.
After lunch, continue vist Angkor Thom included the grand Bayon Temple, the South Gate, Bapoun, the Terrace of the Elephant, Leper King and Ta Prohm – the 12th century temple that has been left largely unrestored. Back to hotel. Evening is free, you may explore Siem Reap night market.
Day 9 – Banteay Srei – Siem Reap Departure (B)
Today we will visit Banteay Srei temple, the Citadel of Women with its very attractive carvings and Siem Reap market. Back to hotel check-‐‑out. Transfer to the airport for departure flight. Have a safe trip!
- Private air-‐‑conditioned vehicle;
- Local English speaking guide in each city;
- Accommodations based on Twin/Double sharing;
- Meals (excluding drinks): daily buffet breakfast, 6 lunches, 5 dinners;
- Boat fee & sightseeing fee as specified;
- Government taxes and service charges
Excluded: Visas Vietnam & Cambodia; Travel insurance; Tips and gratuities; Personal expenses
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