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Stop Off: Ha Noi -- Ha Long -- Hue -- Hoi An -- Ho Chi Minh -- Can Tho -- Chau Doc -- Phnom Penh -- Siem Riep

The classic Indochina experience. An outstanding journey down the entire coast of Vietnam, taking in highlights like Halong Bay and Hoi An, before heading west and traversing the Mekong Delta, en route to Cambodia and ultimately Angkor Wat.
Ultimate by name and nature - if you can give us 19 days of your time, we'll give you the most comprehensive discovery of Vietnam and Cambodia we have on offer, leaving no stone unturned.
Enjoy the cuisines, the culture, the trekking, the beaches, the journey, the vibrant cities, the temples, the warmly hospitable people... oh, and the little matter of Angkor Wat, along with lesser known, far less visited but equally impressive temples!
As with all our holidays, we have created lots of free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete’ travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.
Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Upon arrival in Hanoi you'll be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi, city around (B/L)
Sites recommended such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake. For many the Temple of Literature is a highlight worth lingering over. Built in 1070, this complex of atmospheric halls, pavilions and courtyards is dedicated to Confucius and scholars. Of special note are the 82 remaining steles of stone shaped like turtles which are elaborately carved with the names of candidates that sat the Royal examinations. A walking tour through the Old Quarter will provide another fascinating insight into the character and history of the city, before moving on to Dong Xuan Market with its bustling stalls and brisk trading of day-to-day local goods.
After lunch, consider visiting the very popular Ethnology Museum or the central Hoa Lo Prison, nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton by American POW's during the war. Alternatively your guide will be happy to discuss alternative places of interest that you may wish to consider. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Halong bay cruise (B/L)
After an early breakfast it’s a three hour drive from the city to Halong Bay, passing through a number of typical North Vietnamese towns and villages. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed aboard your traditional junk; the same style that have sailed the bay for 100’s of years.
Lunch is served as you depart port. You will soon leave the mainland far behind, navigating amongst the jagged limestone islands and karsts emerging from the emerald waters. Whilst some islands are no more than large rocks others are far more substantial in size.
During your cruise there will be opportunities to disembark, often using smaller boats, or possibly kayaks, to venture into hidden grottos and caves. You will also make stops to explore points of interest such as floating fishing villages and picturesque lookout points.
The cuisine throughout your cruise is both plentiful and of a very high standard. Lovers of fresh seafood will be particularly happy. The dining cabin and bar create a very social atmosphere for those that wish to mix with other guests; whilst cabins, many with a private balcony, are all ensuite and spacious. Overnight on board.

Day 4: Halong, Hanoi, Hue (Brunch)
In the early morning many of the islands are alive with the sound of various sea birds nesting in the thick green vegetation that engulf the limestone karsts. Early risers may wish to start the day with a Tai Chi class, or a cooking class (only available on selected junks), on the top deck as the sunrises over the bay.
Enjoy brunch onboard whilst your junk slowly turns back in the direction of the mainland, stopping at points of interest en route. Arrive back at port in the late morning, disembark, and transfer back to Hanoi in time for your flight to Hue. Overnight in Hue.

Day 5: Hue, cyclo tour (B/L)
A perfect way to see many of Hue’s highlights without getting caught up with the crowds. Your day begins by saddling up and setting out from your hotel to the area formerly known as the ‘New City’, before crossing the famous Truong Tien Bridge, built by Gustave Eiffel, over to the “Old City”. Visit the heavily bombed remains of the Imperial Citadel, built along the lines of Beijing’s Forbidden City and from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945.
Continue cycling along the banks of the Perfume River as far as Thien Mu Pagoda, via Kim Long village, where you can stop to visit a very pretty garden house. Once at the pagoda - perhaps Hue’s most famous religious site - explore the gardens and the distinctive seven-storey octagonal tower. In the late morning, return to Hue by car stopping at Dong Ba market if you wish.
After lunch, continue your tour by car, visiting the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, two of the eight Nguyen dynasty tombs to be found along the banks of the Perfume River. Considered the most impressive of the bunch, both are extravagant complexes of pavilions, temples, courtyards and lotus-filled lakes. Overnight in Hue.

Day 6: Hue, Danang, Hoian (B/L)
Make a morning visit to the Duc Son Buddhist Pagoda located just a few kilometres out of Hue and home to around 200 orphans. Selective Asia are proud to be a supporter of both the orphanage and pagoda and your visit will allow you to gain a better understanding of the plight of the children that call it home.
During your visit you will have the chance to help the children with their foreign language studies and to meet the nuns who provide for their full time care. If you wish the nuns will also prepare lunch for you with the help of some of ex-orphans who have volunteered to return and help. You will enjoy some of Hue's vegetarian specialities and the proceeds from your meal will be used to help fund the orphanage.
In the afternoon, depart for Hoi An, driving the stunning route via Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass) and the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before reaching Danang. Visit the beautiful Non Nuoc Beach and the Cham Museum containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. You will also stop at the sacred hills known as the Marble Mountains, which contain dozens of Buddhist shrines. After checking in to your hotel, the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Once known as Faifo, the UNESCO designated World Heritage town of Hoi An was one of the Orient’s major trading ports in the 16th and 17th centuries. Despite the passing of the years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it did in its heyday. The town is undoubtedly one of the highlights of any visit to Vietnam with the laid-back atmosphere and the fine colonial architecture lining cobbled streets offering a glimpse of times gone-by. Explore the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market.

Day 7: Hoian, cooking class (B/L)
We hope you enjoyed last nights meal as this morning you have the opportunity to recreate some famous Hoi An dishes as well as some of the other Vietnamese dishes you will have been enjoying over the past few days. After a tour of the morning market and some shopping for the ingredients required, you will take a boat to the beautifully set Red Bridge cooking school and restaurant.
Suitable for all levels and ability, it’s a fun morning and you get to ‘enjoy’ your efforts in the restaurant for lunch. Your afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8 & 9: Hoian (B)
Your day is at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoian, Danang, Ho Chi Minh, Cu Chi tunnel (B/L)
Morning transfer to to Danang Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels - an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels, over 250km in length and up to three levels deep in places, played a huge part in the Viet Cong’s victory over the Americans, allowing them to control a large rural area surrounding Ho Chi Minh City.
Today, some of the remaining tunnels have been opened to tourists, offering a unique insight into what underground life must have been like during the ‘American’ war. Continue on to Ho Chi Minh City where the remainder of your day is at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh city tour (B/L)
Take a morning tour of the city centre. We recommend the sites such as the Reunification Palace where the South finally fell to North Vietnamese troops in 1975; Notre Dame Cathedral; the Old Saigon Post Office; Thien Hau Pagoda in the city’s bustling Chinatown and the War Remnants Museum, highlighting the suffering of the Vietnamese people during recent conflicts – you won’t be too surprised to discover it’s not exactly a politically balanced exhibition.
The remainder your day is at leisure. It’s a great city to explore at night, lots of bars and great’ll be spoilt for choice! Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta, Can Tho (B/L)
Morning departure for the Mekong Delta, driving as far as Cai Be where you will be welcomed aboard your private sampan, typical of the trading vessels that you will see throughout your stay in the delta region. Leaving the jetty behind, cruise to the nearby floating market and navigate amongst the numerous fruit and vegetable barges before making a stop at an ancient Mandarin house. Continue deep into the delta region where you will have the opportunity to learn about several local cottage industries that operate along the river banks.
Lunch will be served at a beautiful Indochinese villa located in a lush tropical plantation close to the river. In the afternoon, continue your sampan cruise through the quiet creeks and sleepy backwaters passing fruit markets, paddy fields and traditional houses. Bikes are available for those who wish to enjoy a two wheeled exploration along the river banks of the meandering tributaries. Your sampan will dock mid-afternoon, allowing you to complete your journey to Can Tho by car, arriving by early evening. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 13: Can Tho, Cai Rang, Chau Doc (B/L)
Rise early for a boat trip to the Cai Rang floating market. Filled with boats from all over the Mekong Delta region trading their wares, the produce on offer ranges from potted tropical plants to mountains of colourful dragon fruit. Continue by boat to the outskirts of Can Tho where you will disembark for a stroll along the canals. After a short tea break begin a leisurely bike ride to explore the surroundings. Lunch will be at a local house where you can interact with your hosts and even join in with the food preparation if you wish. After lunch continue your journey to Chau Doc by road, driving West towards the Cambodian border.
Upon arrival in Chau Doc transfer directly to your hotel where there is time to relax and watch river life on the Mekong River. Overnight in Chau Doc.

Day 14: Chau Doc, Cambodia: Mekong Delta cruise, PhnomPenh, city tour (B/L)
Enjoy a morning boat ride up the Mekong Delta from the Vietnamese border to Phnom Penh (depart approx 0730, arrive approx midday). Weave your way through some stunning delta scenery before arriving at Phnom Penh. The city was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains much Colonial charm. Today the city buzzes with energy and an air of opportunity as Cambodia advances into the 21st century.
Lunch is at Friends the Restaurant a ‘kindness restaurant’ where ex-street children are trained in hospitality and restaurant skills, helping them to break away from life on the streets.
In the afternoon visit the Royal Palace, situated on the site of the former citadel and built by King Norodom in 1966, the Palace still serves as the King and Queen's residential quarters. Also within the walls of the Palace is the Silver Pagoda, so called because of five thousand silver tiles that line its exquisite floor. If time permits there is also the option of visiting the National Museum, which houses the worlds leading collection of Khmer art and sculpture, and Wat Phnom the founding site of the city. All are within easy walking distance of each other and are a great introduction to this laid-back city. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 15: Phnom Penh, Tuol Sleng & Cheung Ek Tour (B/L)
In 1975, after years of guerrilla warfare, the radical Communist Khmer Rouge party, under its leader Pol Pot, seized power of Cambodia and declared ‘year zero’. They immediately abolished money and private property, and ordered the entire population of Phnom Penh from their homes and into the countryside to cultivate the fields. Over the next three years an estimated 2 million Cambodians died, many from starvation and exhaustion. Many others were tortured and executed for being supposed ‘enemies of the state’.
The morning you will have the opportunity to learn more about these terrible years, through visits to the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and Cheung Ek, better known as the ‘Killing Fields’. It is an incredibly moving experience, but these are two visits you will be glad to have made. During your visit to Cambodia, you will barely meet a single person who didn’t lose a member of their family during these years, yet they are all willing to talk openly about it with you. They wish you to hear about it and see these places, to ensure that it never happens again. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 16: PhnomPenh, SiemReap, Angkor Temples (B/L)
Morning departure for Siem Reap by car. Taking just five hours, you’ll pass through provincial towns, villages and roadside hamlets giving you the opportunity to observe life away from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Upon arrival in Siem Reap transfer directly to your hotel.
Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. Over 100 temples are spread over a vast area and the site easily lives up to its status as one of the seven wonders of the forgotten world.
During any visit to the Angkor temples, we ensure your day(s) remain both flexible and personal. Having met with your guide, you will be able to discuss in detail what you are looking to achieve from your time at the temples. Whilst some wish to explore as many temples as they can during their stay, others like to travel at a slower, more relaxed pace.
Whether it’s sunrise at Angkor Wat or sunset at Pre Rup, climbing through the snake like roots that engulf Ta Prohm or swimming in the quiet waters of the West Baray Reservoir (or a combination of these), you can be sure that your visit to one of the seven wonders will not be easily forgotten. Unlike some archaeological tours, the Angkor temples never seem to lose that initial ‘wow factor’. We do still appreciate that some visitors are wary of becoming ‘templed-out’ and to combat this we can create more varied days with visits to other sites such as floating villages and flooded forests on the Tonlé Sap Lake, museums and exhibitions, cooking schools or simply time at leisure to explore Siem Reap or laze by the pool.
Additional Temples
You may also wish to consider visiting some of the further lying such as Beng Melea & Koh Ker, Sambor Prei Kuk or Preah Vihear. Excursions to these less-visited temples always enhance your experience however they do change things logistically and therefore visits must be arranged well in advance of your arrival. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 17: SiemReap, Angkor Temples (B/L)
Continue your tour of the Angkor Temples….
Siem Reap has expanded at a phenomenal rate in recent years, with another hotel seemingly opening every other month. However, the old town retains much of its original charm and there are a number of sites of interest such as museums, galleries and the local market. The town also has a wide choice of restaurants and bars, with something to suit every taste. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 18: SiemReap, village explorer (B/L)
Today provides the perfect opportunity to gain a better understanding of Cambodian rural life, along with an insight into traditional Khmer culture; something which few visitors are lucky enough to experience. Departing after breakfast accompanied by your guide, you’ll spend the day travelling through a number of relatively un-touched villages and learning about the day-to-day lives of the local people. This is a world away from Siem Reap, and provides you with the perfect opportunity to get ‘off the beaten track’.
Your first stop is the village of Krabei Real, where there is time to explore the local market and to purchase some supplies for your lunch. Continue on, this time without the benefit of air-conditioning, using a more typical method of transportation for this region. The (almost!) pollution free ox and cart is still widely used throughout Cambodia, and allows you to travel at a gentle, almost hypnotic pace along the narrow, sandy, village roads. Winding your way through the rice fields, you’ll pass houses, schools and pagodas. Many of the families in this area are skilled rattan weavers, using techniques passed down through the generations to create a wide variety of crafts and day-to-day items to sell in the markets of the nearby towns.

After around an hour, arrive at the home of a local family, having been welcomed by your hosts, there will be plenty of time to relax and chat with the family as they prepare lunch using the produce selected at the market (with your guide acting as interpreter). If you wish to assist then you are very welcome to do so, and this is also a fantastic opportunity to further your understanding of typical Khmer cuisine. This is likely to be very different from the dishes you may have sampled in the more westerner-orientated restaurants of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh!
Having enjoyed your lunch, there is plenty of time to relax and explore the village before returning to Siem Reap. En route, stop to visit the workshops of the Artisans d’Angkor, and explore Siem Reap’s market before arriving back at your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 19: Depart SiemReap. (B)
Your day is at leisure until your transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your onward flight.
Room Type Number of Travellers Price
Standard 2 pax $2098 Book
Standard 3 pax $1852 Book
Standard 4 pax $1735 Book
Standard 5 pax $1575 Book
Standard 6 - 7 pax $1528 Book
Standard 8 - 10 pax $1510 Book
Superior 2 pax $2410 Book
Superior 3 pax $2162 Book
Superior 4 pax $2043 Book
Superior 5 pax $1884 Book
Superior 6 - 7 pax $1836 Book
Superior 8 - 10 pax $1817 Book
Deluxe 2 pax $2977 Book
Deluxe 3 pax $2728 Book
Deluxe 4 pax $2610 Book
Deluxe 5 pax $2450 Book
Deluxe 6 - 7 pax $2403 Book
Deluxe 8 - 10 pax $2383 Book
Single Supplement (Standard) 1 pax $415 Book
Single Supplement (Superior) 1 pax $711 Book
Single Supplement (Deluxe) 1 pax $1293 Book
Note: Prices net per person in USD (US$), and may change depending on high or low season.
Hanoi : Maison D’ Hanoi boutique hotel – Superior –
Halong : V’Spirit cruises – Deluxe room –
Hue : Gold hotel – Superior –
Hoian : Lotus hotel – Superior room –
Saigon : Elios hotel – Senior Superior –
Can Tho : Asia hotel Can Tho – Superior –
Chau Doc : Chau Pho hotel – Superior –
PhnomPenh : Cardamom hotel – Superior –
SiemReap: Central Boutique hotel – Boutique –

Hanoi : Lan Vien hotel – Superior –
Halong : Pelican cruise – Deluxe room –
Hue : Mondial hotel hue – Deuxe city view –
Hoian : Vinh Hung Riverside resort – Superior room –
Saigon : Royal Lotus hotel – Premium –
Can Tho : Ninh Kieu 2 hotel – Deluxe –
Chau Doc : Victoria Nui Sam Lodge – Superior room –
PhnomPenh : The 252 hotel – Superior – Superior room –
SiemReap : Memoire D’ Angkor – Deluxe room –

Hanoi : Melia Hanoi – Deluxe room –
Halong : Bhaya Classic cruises – Deluxe room –
Hue : BW Premier Indochine Palace – Deluxe room –
Hoian : Golden Sand resort – Superior room –
Saigon : Grand hotel – Deluxe room –
Can Tho : Victoria Can Tho hotel – Superior room –
Chau Doc : Victoria Chau Doc hotel – Superior room –
PhnomPenh : Amanjaya Pancam hotel – Junior Suite –
SiemReap : Victoria Angkor resort – Superior room –

• Accommodation in twin /double sharing at hotels selected including breakfast.
• Transfer by private air-conditioned car (van, bus...) as per program.
• English speaking guide for each area as being requested
• Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program
• Breakfast (B); Lunches (L) & Dinner (D) as being mentioned
• Boat trips wherever it has
• Vietnam domestic flights, economy class including all tax
• Speedboat Chau Doc – PhnomPenh
• Government taxes (VAT…)

• Cambodia, Vietnam entry visas
• International arrival & departure flight ticket and airport tax
• Insurance, drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned.

* Confirmation of room & price are subject to space availability at the time of booking only
* Peak – day surcharge & compulsory dinner to be advised at the time of booking
* All above itinerary is flexible, depending on arrival or departure flights of passengers
* Ground operator reserved the right to amend or adjust itinerary to match with real situation
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