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Vietnam Holiday


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13 Days

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Karen

Friendship travel

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We are delighted to offer a brand new escorted tour of both Vietnam and Cambodia. The itinerary includes all the highlights of these extraordinary countries and our expert local guides ensure that you will really get to soak up the culture and meet the people. This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip!
Each group is accompanied throughout by a local Friendship Travel Host, who meets you on arrival in Vietnam.

Special Note –  A visa, currently US $30 is payable on arrival in Cambodia. Bring 4 additional passport photos. Your passport must have 6 months + validity. More details when booking.

Our itinerary is as follows –

Day 1 Our scheduled flight leaves London Heathrow for Vietnam. Upon arrival in Noi Bai Airport, you’re welcomed by a ‘See Asia Differently’ representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. You will then be free to relax and settle in for the remainder of the day. Tonight, you will be treated to a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 2 Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
In the morning you leave Hanoi behind again and travel through the rich farmlands to the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay; a world Heritage site of outstanding beauty. You then board your junk boat and enjoy lunch as you set sail. In the afternoon you will stop to explore 'Sung Sot Cave', considered to be the most beautiful cave in the Bay. Back on board you then enjoy dinner and settle in for the night.

Day 3 Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
In the morning you will be served brunch as your boat slowly cruises past the many beautiful islets of Ha Long Bay on its way back to port. As you disembark your driver will greet you and transfer you back to Hanoi, where you have the evening to enjoy as you wish.

Day 4 Hanoi City Tour – Hue
After breakfast, the day starts with visit to the complex dedicated to Ho Chi Minh- the nation’s founder, containing Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (view from outside only) and house on stilts. This complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. You'll then visit Tran Quoc Pagoda - Hanoi’s oldest pagoda at West Lake.
In the afternoon, visit Van Mieu- Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature & Vietnam’s first university). Constructed in 11thcentury, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam's past. You'll enjoy a cyclo ridearound the Old Quarter streets which were named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. You then stop at Hoan Kiem Lake to learn about legend of the lake, then go straight to the airport for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in and relax.

Day 5 Hue - Full day Heritage Tour.
After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the boat landing for a leisure boat trip along the Perfume River to visit the toweringThien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous landmarks of Huế. Continue driving through scenic road to Tombs of King Minh Mang & King Tu Duc. The tomb of Tu Duc, the ‘poet Emperor’, is set in an elegant garden with a magnificent lake and pavilion complex.
Enjoy delicious lunch with Hue special-ties at a lush green garden restaurant near Tu Duc King Tomb.
After lunch, visit the Imperial Citadel where Kings of Vietnam’s last feudal dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945, including Flag Tower, Nine Holy Cannons, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Dynastic Urns, Forbidden Purple City, etc. We will then spend time shopping at the well-known Dong Ba Market. All of the most special cultural gifts and souvenirs of Hue that remain until today can be found in Dong Ba Market.

Day 6 Hue – Hoi An
After breakfast, we will pickup you from your hotel and transfer to Hoi An via the cloudy Hai Van Pass. From the top of the cloudy Hai Van Pass to grab your own Vietnam central coast panoramic view.
On the way, we'll stop off to visit Marble Mountain, a cluster of five marble and limestone mountains which are named after the five elements and is a popular sightseeing location in Danang because of its alluring beauty. Stone steps carved into the mountain lead to a Buddhist Pagoda. You can also discover stunning caves and enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the mountain.
Arrival in Hoi An, check-in your hotel and relax.

Day 7 Hoi An – Half Day Heritage walk
After breakfast, you'll get picked up to visit around Hoi An Ancient Town and visit the Japanese covered bridge, Chinese assembly hall, a typical Vietnamese merchant’s house, one of the interesting museums and the local market. There’re numerous art galleries, souvenirs and tailor shops where you can get some express made-to-order clothes if you like. You then visit is home of a craftsman in the old streets. Here you’ll have a brief introduction to the history, shape and colour of the lanterns as well as stages of making them.
After that you can make a lantern by your own, decorate, pack and keep it as a souvenir of your time in Hoi An.

Day 8 Hoi An – cooking class
After breakfast, gather at the Hai Scout Café in Hoi An’s old streets to meet the chef. Visit a local market to buy the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. Board a boat for a leisurely cruise along the Thu Bon River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. On arrival, explore the school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An and Vietnam’s well-known dishes, which are a mix of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines.
 The cooking lesson lasts about 2 hours– each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge’s chef before you prepare the same dish by yourself. The class also contains a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carvings (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and taste what we have cooked. Then the boat will take you back to Hoi An town where our driver will transfer you back to your hotel. Afternoon is free at leisure for swimming and relax by pool side! Overnight in Hoi An.

Recipes (our food contains no MSG):
1. Making fresh Rice paper
2. Fresh Rice Paper Rolls of Shrimp
3. Crispy Hoi An Pancakes with Shrimp, Herbs & a Peanut Sauce
4. Seafood Salad with mixed Vietnamese Herbs served in Half a Pineapple
5. Mi Quang Chicken Noodles
6. Food Decoration – Tomato Rose & Vietnamese Cucumber Hand Fan
* Lunch includes the above meals as well as:
Steamed Ocean Fish on a bed of Freshly Chopped Vegetables   (not included in the demonstration)
The tour finishes at approximately 13.00PM, we will transfer back to your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 9 Hoi An – Danang (Flight)- Siem Reap (Dinner)
Have leisurely breakfast at your hotel and check-out.
Transfer to the airport in Danang for your flight to Siem Reap. Note: Check out time is 12:00. Late check-out time is subject to availability and at an additional charge. On arrival in Cambodia at Siem Reap International Airport, you will clear customs, immigration and visa control (You will need to ask for a ‘Tourist Visa' at a cost of $30. Be sure to bring two passport photos) Exiting to baggage claim, you will be met by a See Asia Differently, holding a welcome sign with your name on it. We will then transfer you to your hotel for check in.
At 7pm, you'll get picked up from your hotel and transfer for dinner.

Day 10 Siem Reap (Floating village – Kampong Khleang)
After breakfast at 8am, you venture towards an unspoiled floating community called Kampong Khleang; known for its stilted-house villages located on the northern lake-edge about 55km east of Siem Reap town. We then board a boat and begin sailing down the river, eventually arriving at the floating community of Kampong Kleang where we will experience a truly unique way of life. Within the community you will pass schools and houses standing on 8 to 10m high stilts, as well as fish farms and an island pagoda. As we venture beyond the villages we will head into the flooded forest; home to some of Cambodia’s water-bird species. The boat will then set off for the largest fresh water lake in SE Asia, Tonle Sap , where we will explore before heading back to the mainland.

Day 11 Siem Reap (Full day at Angkor Temple Tour and Circus)
Rising early, at 8am we journey to the enigmatic and enchanting temple of Bayon. By beginning our tour here we can avoid the crowds and see the temple at its quietest. Located at the exact centre of Angkor Thom, this temple is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), which bears more than a passing resemblance to the king himself. These colossal heads stare down from every side, exuding power and control with a hint of compassion, just the mix required to keep a hold on such a vast empire.

We continue our exploration amongst the walled city of Angkor Thom; the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the new king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire. The causeway is lined by an intricate bridge depicting the churning of the ocean of milk from Hindu mythology in which devas (gods) and asuras (devils) play tug of war with a naga (seven-headed serpent) to obtain the elixir of immortality.

Within Angkor Thom, our next stop is the Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium and the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death. We continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances and traditional sports. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, one of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, built during the reign of Uditayavarman in the 11th century. It has undergone a massive renovation and is now once again open for viewing.

We move on next to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat; believed to be the world's largest religious building. This temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and stands as an enormous source of pride to all Khmers. We begin by unravelling the mysteries of the bas-reliefs that tell tales from Hindu mythology and the glories of the Khmer empire. Stretching for almost one kilometre, these intricate carvings are a candidate for the world’s longest unbroken piece of art. Following in the footsteps of the devout and the destructive before us, we then continue to the upper levels of the inner sanctuary.
The final steps to the upper terrace of Angkor are the steepest of all, as pilgrims of old were to stoop on their pilgrimage to encounter the Gods. We finally reach the pinnacle and sacred heart of Angkor Wat; a blend of spirituality and symmetry so perfect that few moments will measure up. We then continue on to the Ta Prohm temple, a structure which has been abandoned to the elements. The temple serves as a powerful reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhot in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones that man first conquered nature to create.

We will then pause for a late lunch at a local restaurant (lunch is on clients own account) before continuing to our final temple –Banteay Kdei. The name translates to `Citadel of Chambers’ and as the temple exists on one level; it is easy to thoroughly explore the towers and corridors as well as their beautiful carvings. The construction of the temple had changed many times since its original plans causing a slight lack of consistency in its design. That being said, the final outcome of the temple is superb. As it is far less visited than its neighbouring main sites, Banteay Kdei offers a serene and peaceful end to our exploration. After your tour, we will then transfer you back to your hotel for your rest of the afternoon free and you can enjoy your swim at the swimming pool.
In the evening 7:20pm, we will then take you to the fabulous Cambodian circus, a mixture of acrobatics, music, dance and culture. The show is organised by the performing arts school within the NGO - Phare Ponleu. They have provided the platform for young Cambodians to develop their skills and now their show has now blown guests away all over the world.  After this awe inspiring performance we will transfer you back to your hotel or into town.

Day 12 Siem Reap (Free day)

Day 13 Siem Reap departure for Heathrow.
Today you are free until we pickup you and transfer to Siem Reap International Airport with plenty of time before your departing flight back home.

The hotels are all of 4-star quality and you will have your own room at each. We include breakfasts, a welcome dinner, and a few other meals throughout the trip. For other meals, your guide will introduce you to tasty street food and local restaurants: allow £10-£15 per day.

The Hotels we will stay at are as follows:

Hanoi = Lan Vien Hotel - http://lanvienhotel.com.vn/
Deluxe room for 2 nights.

Ha Long Bay = Perla Dawn Cruise - https://perladawnsails.com/
Junior Suite with balcony for 1 night.

Hue =  Eldora Hotel - https://www.eldorahotel.com/
Deluxe City View room for 2 nights.

Hoi An = Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa - http://www.hoiansilkvillage.com/
Room type allocated on arrival for 3 nights.

Siem Reap = FCC Angkor Hotel - https://www.fcccollection.com/angkor/
Standard room for 4 nights.

An unforgettable tour of 2 extraordinary countries! As well as showing you these unique sights of Vietnam, this superb itinerary opens up the real Cambodia and introduces you to its welcoming people. This tour will leave you with fabulous memories and is well worth it for those that are looking for soft adventure and a true cultural experience.

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All rooms are of 4 star standard, comfortable and all each one will have an ensuite.

Rooms

  • Double/twin bedded room
  • Ensuite

Prices in £ sterling including flights

Departing on  UK departure day UK return day 15 Days
22 -Feb-20 Sat Sun 3595
21-Nov-20 Sat Sun 3595

Book early for lowest price: flight costs can increase.

“This will be a once in a lifetime trip and is sure to be popular”

Karen, Friendship travel

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  • All transfers and transport
  • Ensuite room for sole use
  • Breakfast each morning on tour
  • Bottled water everyday
  • Selected other meals
  • Services of an English guide
  • Entrance fees to places of interest included in Itinerary
  • Return flights from Heathrow with CAA bonding for financial peace of mind

 

Special Note –

 

  • A visa, currently US $30 is payable on arrival in Cambodia. Bring 4 additional passport photos. Your passport must have 6 months + validity. More details when booking.

 

 

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