14 day Cambodia & Vietnam from $2549 pp incl flights

Includes Flightsreturn economy airfares  from $2549 per person twin share   escorted tourenglish speaking guides You will find it hard to do 14 days at this price, genuine savings, only with Go West Travel.  After an orientation tour of Phnom Penh including the Royal Palace, depart for your picturesque drive to Siem Reap, where you will visit the architectural masterpieces of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat. Experience an ox-cart ride then a boat excursion on Tonle Sap Lake, located in the heart of Cambodia.

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and discover this hectic city at your own pace, then embark on a guided tour of the vibrant metropolis. In the picturesque ancient town of Hoi An, enjoy a walking tour of this artistic jewel, plus a full day at leisure.

Journey along the coast with spectacular views of the bowl-shaped Da Nang Bay, and arrive in Hue, where you will enjoy a tour of the former Imperial capital, modelled after the Forbidden City in Beijing and home to a wealth of palaces and temples, as well as libraries and museums. Explore Hue independently and experience this city of extraordinary beauty situated on the Perfume River.

Transfer to Hanoi and embark on an excursion by traditional wooden boat through Halong Bay, where you will visit one of the caves that’s filled with small waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. Enjoy a visit to the Museum of Ethnology, centre for the preservation and exhibition of cultural heritage for the 50 ethnic groups in Vietnam, and attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show. Lastly, spend an additional full day on your own to enjoy the rich culture of Hanoi or shop for great souvenirs.

 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 5PM 30 MAY 2018 

Departs SYD  19 NOV ’18
flying 
 Final Book By:30 MAY 2018  Deposit: $1499pp
Final Balance: 30 AUG 18

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Prices correct as at 2018-05-25 16:55:06 Booking Terms and Conditions

Travel Dates in 2018

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*prices based on two people travelling, Twin Share Accommodation, and flying Economy Class. Sale airfares are correct and available as at date of eBrochure, but strictly subject to availability and confirmation from the Airlines. Space on escorted tours is subject to confirmation from tour operator. Book and confirm early to guarantee availability.

*WARNING, spots on these tours sells out very fast. Please ask for available dates so I can hold space for you. There are many more dates I can use, but Airfares and prices cannot be prepriced for many dates

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Travel Dates in 2019

*prices based on two people travelling, Twin Share Accommodation, and flying Economy Class. Sale airfares are correct and available as at date of eBrochure, but strictly subject to availability and confirmation from the Airlines. Space on escorted tours is subject to confirmation from tour operator. Book and confirm early to guarantee availability.

*WARNING, spots on these tours sells out very fast. Please ask for available dates so I can hold space for you. There are many more dates I can use, but Airfares and prices cannot be prepriced for many dates

~ Ask about a supplement to fly your preferred airline or alliance.

Escorted Package Includes
  • Flights Sydney-Phnom Penh, Hanoi-Sydney
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Phnom Penh-Siem Reap, Siem Reap-Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh-Da Nang & Hue-Hanoi
  • 13 nights First Class accommodations
    • 1 night Phnom Penh
    • 2 nights Siem Reap
    • 2 nights Ho Chi Minh
    • 2 nights Hoi An
    • 2 nights Hue
    • 1 night Halong Bay
    • 3 nights Hanoi
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 21 meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guide in Cambodia
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • View the impressive Silver Pagoda on the grounds of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
  • Stand in awe at the architectural masterpiece of  Angkor Temple Complex
  • Ox cart ride in the lush farmlands and visit the National Museum in Siem Reap
  • Ho Chi Minh City Tour includes the Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall and the magnificent Saigon Opera House
  • Old City of Hoi An a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour of the Imperial City and  the 19th century Citadel in Hue
  • Sail on Halong Bay, one of the most breathtaking places on the planet
  • Visit the Museum of Ethnology and attend the world-famous Water Puppet Show in Hanoi

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Daily Itinerary
Departure Airline Flight #   From To Arrival Total
Duration
19 Nov 2018 11:25AM China Southern Airlines 326 Sydney, Guangzhou 19 Nov 2018 05:35PM
16h 05m
19 Nov 2018 09:35PM China Southern Airlines 323 Guangzhou, Phnom Penh, 19 Nov 2018 11:30PM

DAY 1, Monday – Depart for Cambodia
Depart for Cambodia. Arrive in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Phnom Penh

DAY 2, Tuesday – Phnom Penh City Tour, Flight to Siem Reap
Morning visit to the Victory Monument, dedicated to the independence from the French; it now also serves as a memorial to Cambodia’s war victims. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom on the site of the old town. Within these walls, visit the Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morakot) with its floor of over 5000 shimmering silver tiles. Other national treasures housed here include solid gold and jeweled Buddha statues and a small 17th century Baccarat crystal Buddha, known as the “Emerald Buddha”. Then, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum on the site of a former high school used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime. After, depart Phnom Penh and fly to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor temples. Tonight, enjoy dinner with a traditional Apsara show
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday – Full Day Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat Tour
Today, you’ll understand why the architectural masterpieces of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, are designated as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”. This sprawling city, built by Khmer Kings was once home to more than one million people at the height of the empire. On the visit to the fortified city of Angkor Thom visit the Elephants Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King, all adorned with dramatic bas-reliefs. Continue to the mysterious Bayon Temple, highlight of Angkor Thom, replete with beautifully preserved bas-reliefs and more than 172 giant smiling stone faces. On to the monuments of Ta Keo, Prasat Kravan and Srah Srang before arriving at Ta Prohm, where the jungle was left untouched, as it appeared to European explorers. The highpoint of the day is the visit to stunning Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. World-famous for its beauty and splendor, Angkor Wat has the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the entire outer gallery walls, narrating stories from Hindu mythology. Stay to experience the unforgettable sunset – a view that cannot be compared to anything you have ever seen! Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday – Tonle Sap Lake Boat Excursion, Flight to Ho Chi Minh
Depart Siem Reap, driving along the rolling verdant hills of the farm lands, stopping for a ride on an ox-cart, the vehicle still being used today by local farmers. Arrive at Tonle Sap Lake in the heart of Cambodia, with its rich and diverse ecosystem. Embark on a serene boat excursion – observe the local life unfolding and the floating fishing villages that dot the shoreline. Later, visit to the National Museum with its multi-media exhibits depicting the Golden Era of the Khmer Kingdom. Afterwards, flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the largest city in Vietnam; transfer to your hotel
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday – Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Spend the morning at leisure or, join the optional half day tour to Cu Chi Tunnels. They were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. In the afternoon, participate in a guided tour in Ho Chi Minh City, which includes the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office with its French style architecture, City Hall, and the magnificent Saigon Opera House. From here, visit lively Ben Thanh Market – where an unbelievable assortment of wares and crafts are sold under one roof. Continue to Dong Khoi Street, a major shopping thoroughfare in the center of the city. Early in the evening, join your Tour Manager and travel companions for a Welcome Meeting. Remainder of the evening is at leisure. Be sure to check out the diversified dining scene in this culinary rich city
Optional: Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels (AM)
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday – Flight to Da Nang, Hoi An Walking Tour
Depart Ho Chi Minh on your flight to Da Nang, one of Vietnam’s major ports, situated on the coast of the South China Sea. Travel south to the picturesque ancient town of Hoi An, where people still wear the “ao dais“, Vietnam’s traditional dress. The ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was one the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia in the 15th century. Its ancient past is superbly preserved in an enchanting collection of temples, pagodas, shop houses and magnificent private homes in the town’s Old Quarter. Walking tour of this artistic jewel, with its century’s old architecture includes the gorgeous Phuoc Kien Pagoda, the 400 year old bright-red Japanese Covered Bridge and the Ancient House. Afterwards, continue to dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday – Full Day in Hoi An
Spend a full day at leisure discovering all of the delights of Hoi An independently. Walk through the Old City, stopping at one of the city’s many museums, or see artisans using age-old techniques to fashion a variety of crafts. Of special interest are the colorful and elaborate paper lanterns created by lantern artisans for which Hoi An is well known. Or, join the optional boat trip on the Thu Bon River visiting the Organic Village, including lunch. The boat trip begins at a local pier in the Old Town. You’ll cruise down streams and past many fishing areas before arriving in Kim Bong village, home of traditional woodworking and boat building. Return to the mainland and drive to the Traque Organic Village for lunch. Here, you’ll meet local farmers and learn about the many vegetables and herbs organically grown to support the people of Hoi An. After a Vietnamese culinary lesson and tasting, return to Hoi An
Optional: Boat Trip on the Thu Bon River & Organic Village with Lunch
Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday – Travel to Hue, Hue Imperial City Tour
This morning, travel to Da Nang, with stunning views of bowl-shaped Da Nang Bay. Drive by the Marble Mountains, an area well-known for its sophisticated hand-made marble products. Journey over the towering mountains to Hue, home to a wealth of palaces, temples, libraries and museums. Afternoon tour of this former Imperial capital, modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing. Enter the Ngo Mon Gate, principal entrance to the Imperial Enclosure and the central passageway reserved for use by the Emperor. Continue to the Thai Hoa Palace with its spacious hallways and ornamental roof, the Halls of the Mandarins, the Nine Dynastic Urns, and the ruins of the Forbidden Purple City, once home to the royal family. Tonight, spend time at leisure to explore on your own or, or join the optional tour for a Cyclo Ride (Trishaw) in the city, ending with a multi-course feast at a special restaurant within the Citadel
Optional: Cyclo Ride with Dinner at the Citadel
Overnight: Hue
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday – Full Day in Hue
Today is at leisure to explore Hue independently. Or, participate in the not-to-be-missed optional boat excursion on the gentle Perfume River, which explores the life along the banks of the ancient royal capital city. The river, with its shimmering blue color is dotted with a poetic landscape of boats, gardens, pagodas, towers and temples. The tour continues to the legendary Thien Mu Pagoda, on the north bank of the Perfume River, built in seven successive tiers. Then, a drive to the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, final resting place of Vietnam’s longest reigning emperor and to Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. Here, a vegetarian lunch will be prepared by Buddhist nuns of the Dong Thien Pagoda. Return to Hue
Optional: Perfume River Boat Trip and Lunch at Dong Thien Pagoda
Overnight: Hue
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday – Flight to Hanoi, Sightseeing en route to Halong Bay
Depart Hue on the flight* to sparkling Hanoi, cultural center of the country. Upon arrival, travel overland and through the lush Vietnamese countryside to picturesque Halong Bay, considered one of Vietnam’s most celebrated attractions. As you approach, you’ll see thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea creating a truly magical scene. Arrive at your hotel in Halong Bay for overnight
*On some departures, the flight Hue-Hanoi may be changed to depart from Danang-Hanoi. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager
Overnight: Halong Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday – Cruise Halong Bay, Travel to Hanoi
Incredible views await you today! Halong Bay is considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, added to the list of UNESCO Heritage sites and declared recently as one of the “New Seven Natural Wonders of the World”. There are over 3000 islands in the emerald waters and over 1000 have their own names. Numbers of caves and grottos of all sizes and shapes are filled with small waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. Sail on a traditional wooden boat on the tranquil bay with lunch served on board. Visit to one of the caves. Afterwards, drive to Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital and check into your hotel. This city’s history is tied to French colonialism – its architecture, cuisine and local culture still bear evidence of the French influence
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Friday – Hanoi City Tour & Evening Water Puppet Show
Today, visit the Museum of Ethnology, center for the preservation and exhibition of cultural heritage for over 50 ethnic groups in Vietnam. In the evening, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Saturday – Full Day in Hanoi
Spend a full day at leisure discovering Hanoi on your own, or, take the optional tour to the stunning Thay Pagoda and So Village, including lunch, also known as the “Pagoda of the Master”. Nestled against the hillside in Sai Go Village, it shares its compound with the smaller Ca pagoda. Here, you’ll also see Thuy Dinh Stage, a water palace on Long Tri Pond, where the ancient form of water puppetry is performed. Continue to So Village, a well-preserved ancient village. Walking tour around the village with its traditional layout and small alleyways in-between the houses. Stop at one of the communal houses to meet villagers who earn their living from making noodles. Tonight, your journey to Cambodia and Vietnam ends with many lasting memories. Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager
Optional: Thay Pagoda & So Village with lunch
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Sunday – Depart Vietnam
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Departure Airline Flight #   From To Arrival Total
Duration
02 Dec 2018 03:45PM China Southern Airlines 8316 Hanoi, Guangzhou, 02 Dec 2018 06:30PM
13h 40m
02 Dec 2018 09:00PM China Southern Airlines 325 Guangzhou, Sydney, 03 Dec 2018 09:25AM
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Visa Info

Australians should check information on the Smarttraveller Website

Most Australians traveling on an Australian passport will require a visa for this itinerary. Entry to Vietnam requires a visa in advance, however most Australians will be able to complete an electronic version. Check for updated information on the Smartraveller Website

Most New Zealanders traveling on a New Zealand  passport will require a visa for this itinerary. Please check the Safetravel Website or contact me for more information

Accomodation
 ACCOMODATION
Optional Tours
Prices are per person and can be booked individually if only one person wishes to go

 

Day #5

AUD$54.00

Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels

Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels ThumbnailThe Cu Chi tunnels were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. These tunnels were first used during the French/Vietnamese War (1946-1954) and later used by the Viet Cong as a base of operations during the 1968 Tet offensive. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. The entire structure was dug out of the rock by hand tools without the use of cement. On this tour, you’ll learn about the tunnels and other aspects of the war. Opportunity for a brief view of life underground as you enter areas that have been enlarged to create easier access for visitors. The majority of the tour will be above the tunnels. Please note: This tour is presented from a Vietnamese perspective, based on past wars with France and the United States. If you are uncomfortable with the expressed point-of-views and prefer not to hear this discussion, then we recommend that you do not participate.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

 

Day #7

AUD$69.00

Boat Trip on the Thu Bon River & Organic Village with lunch

Boat Trip on the Thu Bon River & Organic Village with lunch ThumbnailBegin the boat trip at a local pier in the Old Town, cruising down streams and passing many fishing areas before cruising out to the main river. Stop at Kim Bong village, home of traditional woodworking and boat-building families. Return to the mainland and drive to the Traque Organic Village for lunch. Here, meet local farmers and learn about the many vegetables and herbs that are organically grown here to support the people of Hoi An. Walk through the gardens and see how, even today, local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods used hundreds of years ago. A culinary lesson follows on the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food, plus the local specialty called Banh-xeo. Once the lesson is over, enjoy the food you helped to prepare.

Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

 

Day #8

AUD$62.00

Cyclo Ride with Dinner at the Citadel

Cyclo Ride with Dinner at the Citadel ThumbnailEnjoy a panoramic view of both the daily life and the architecture of Hue with a Trishaw (Cyclo) Tour. (The Cyclo is a very common mode of transportation in Vietnam.) Begin at the French Quarter with its beautiful French villas. Pass by the school where former presidents Ho Chi Minh and Ngo Dinh Diem, as well as Vo Nguyen Giap – a prominent Vietnamese politician – were educated. Continue via the market to the former Royal Palace. Then, arrive at a family-run restaurant within the Citadel walls; its owner is the descendant of a high ranking Mandarin official, and thus considered “a master of Royal cuisine.” Savor a multi-course dinner – each dish will be presented in the shape of a peacock, dragon or turtle. This feast is a replica of the Royal Feast presented to the royal families in the past.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

 

Day #9

AUD$83.00

Perfume River Boat Trip with lunch at Dong Thien Pagoda

Perfume River Boat Trip with lunch at Dong Thien Pagoda ThumbnailEnjoy a boat trip on the beautiful and serene Perfume River with a stop to a local village to learn about the daily life of local people in one of the most traditional parts of North Central Vietnam. Continue to the Thien Mu Pagoda, situated on Ha Khe hill, on the north bank of the Perfume River. The temple complex stretches north from the river banks in seven successive tiers, each of which is dedicated to a human form taken by the Buddha, or a step to enlightenment. Then, drive to the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, the final resting place of Vietnam’s longest reigning emperor, set among forested hills and lakes. Lastly, proceed to Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. A vegetarian lunch prepared by Buddhist nuns of the Dong Thien Pagoda is a very special experience, with time to interact with the Buddhist nuns, learning more about their lives in the pagoda.

Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.

 

Day #13

AUD$76.00

Thay Pagoda & So Village with lunch

Thay Pagoda & So Village with lunch ThumbnailToday tour the stunning Thay Pagoda and So Village, including lunch, also known as the “Pagoda of the Master.” Nestled against the hillside in Sai Go Village, it shares its compound with the smaller Ca Pagoda. Here, you can also see Thuy Dinh Stage, a water palace on Long Tri Pond, where the ancient form of water puppetry is performed. Continue to So Village, a well-preserved ancient village. Walking tour around the village to see the traditional layout with small alleyways in-between the houses. Stop to visit one of the impressive communal houses to meet villagers who earn their living from making noodles and tofu. Enjoy the stunning Thay Pagoda, the “Master’s Pagoda,” nestled on the foot of Sai Son Mountain.

Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.