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SIMPLY VIETNAM WITH CAMBODIA & LAOS EXTENSION - 2016

Tour Code - 2720 20 days - HANOI to LUANG PRABANG $5974 NZD
Explore breathtaking and mysterious Vietnam, from dramatic and beautiful coastline to colourful and buzzing cities. Extend your holiday to explore the temples of Angkor in Cambodia & Laos.

Standard Features

Destinations

  • HANOI
    Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Tay Phuong Pagoda, water puppet show, Ho Chi Minh stilt house.
  • HALONG BAY
    Overnight Cruise.
  • HOI AN
    Thu Bon River cruise, Japanese covered bridge, Sa Huynh Museum.
  • HUE
    Forbidden Purple City, Thai Hoa Palace, Thien Mu Pagoda, Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang.
  • HO CHI MINH
    Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • CAI BE
    Sampan ride on the Mekong River.
  • CAMBODIA & LAOS EXTENSION.
  • ACCOMMODATION
    Hotel accommodation in twin-bed room with private facilities.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Travel on tour in a private, air-conditioned vehicle; internal flights.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
19
14
10

19 Breakfasts (B), 14 Lunches (L), 10 Dinners (D).

Day by Day

  1. HANOI.
    Welcome to Vietnam's capital city, an attractive laid back city with charming French-Colonial style buildings, spacious boulevards and cheerful bustling markets.

  2. HANOI.
    Enjoy a full day of sightseeing taking in the TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, a peaceful series of walled courtyards, HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM, HO CHI MINH STILT HOUSE and ONE PILLAR PAGODA, designed to resemble a lotus blossom, a Buddhist symbol of purity. Later see Hoan Kiem Lake, the HISTORY MUSEUM and the fascinating network of alleyways and shop-houses which make up the Old Quarter. (B,L,D)

  3. HANOI.
    Journey through the tranquil countryside to CHUA THAY PAGODA, home to an ancient stage where it is believed the first water puppet show was performed. Later, admire the carved wooden roof and unique architectural shape of TAY PHUONG, one of Vietnam's first pagodas. Return to Hanoi for a WATER PUPPET SHOW. (B,L)

  4. HANOI-HALONG BAY.
    Drive to Halong Bay, one of Vietnam's favourite destinations, and board your CRUISE BOAT for a leisurely journey through the dramatic limestone islands of the bay. Lunch is served while you cruise past islets, caves, beaches and floating villages. This afternoon you may wish to enjoy sunset on the top of Titov Mountain or take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnel, scenic lagoon and coral reef. Anchor in a secluded lagoon overnight. (B,L,D)

  5. HALONG BAY-HANOI-DANANG-HOI AN.
    Before breakfast, you may have an opportunity to view sunrise over the bay. Continue cruising through Halong Bay to Bai Tho Mountain in the beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay before returning to the dock for disembarkation. Later, fly to Danang and travel to the traditional yet vibrant town of Hoi An. (B,L,D)

  6. HOI AN.
    Start today with a CRUISE on the Thu Bon River, passing unspoiled countryside on the way to a pottery village and a wood carving village. Return to Hoi An to explore the town on a leisurely WALKING TOUR, taking in sights such as the JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE, a family chapel and the SA HUYNH MUSEUM with its early Hoi An history. (B,L,D)

  7. HOI AN.
    Today is free to further explore the quaint streets of Hoi An. Perhaps take a cooking class, visit a spa, or simply stroll the shops and galleries of this unique little town. (B)

  8. HOI AN-DANANG-HUE.
    Journey back to Danang and visit the CHAM MUSEUM. Continue through the spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), to the imperial walled city of Hue. Here your sightseeing tour takes in the FORBIDDEN PURPLE CITY, THAI HOA PALACE, the HALLS OF THE MANDARINS and the NINE DYNASTIC URNS. (B,L,D)

  9. HUE-HO CHI MINH.
    Begin today with a boat trip on the Perfume River to the pretty THIEN MU PAGODA, made up of seven tiers. Continue up the river to the IMPERIAL TOMB OF MINH MANG, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions and temples in a beautiful setting. Later, fly to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam's largest and most vibrant city, packed with timeless traditions. (B,L)

  10. HO CHI MINH.
    Today's sightseeing tour takes in DONG KHOI STREET, the main shopping thoroughfare, the NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and the Central Post Office. Afterwards visit the REUNIFICATION PALACE, the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM as well as Cholon, the Chinese district. (B,L)

  11. HO CHI MINH AND CU CHI TUNNELS.
    Today, visit the CU CHI region, an important base during the Vietnamese War due to its strategic location. Learn about the impressive underground network of tunnels constructed by the Viet Cong to connect command posts, hospitals, shelters and weapon factories. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. If you are feeling adventurous, you may enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels. (B)

  12. HO CHI MINH-CAN THO.
    Journey south to CAI BE, known for its large, floating markets, and board a motorised sampan for an introduction to life on the Mekong River. Continue across the upper reaches of the river to a maze of tributaries and fruit plantations before ending at Vinh Long. Later, travel to the Mekong Delta's economic hub city of Can Tho. (B,L,D)

  13. CAN THO-HO CHI MINH.
    This morning enjoy a cruise to CAI RANG, a bustling market town where you will enjoy a sampan ride through the colourful congestion of women and children jostling for space and vying to sell their wares. Return to Can Tho where you will have the opportunity to explore the markets, before continuing back to Ho Chi Minh in the afternoon. (B)

  14. HO CHI MINH-PHNOM PENH.
    Today fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

  15. PHNOM PENH.
    Today's sightseeing tour takes in the ROYAL PALACE, as well as the haunting GENOCIDE MUSEUM, a former torture and interrogation centre of the Khmer Rouge. (B,L,D)

  16. PHNOM PENH-SIEM REAP.
    Fly to Siem Reap and visit nearby Angkor, the ancient Khmer capital. Marvel at the splendid temple complex including ANGKOR WAT, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and ANGKOR THOM, the former fortified Royal City built by King Jayavarman VII, which houses the Bayon and Baphuon temples, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas or the `Celestial Palace'. (B,L,D)

  17. SIEM REAP.
    Enjoy another day of exploring the sights of Angkor. Visit the exquisite 10th century BANTEAY SREI TEMPLE and TA KEO, the first Angkorian monument built entirely of sandstone. Also visit TA PROHM, SRAS SRANG and PRASAT KRAVAN. (B,L,D)

  18. SIEM REAP-LUANG PRABANG.
    Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos. Luang Prabang lies in a valley where the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers meet. The rest of your day is free to explore this charming riverside town with its gleaming temples, produce markets and overgrown riverbanks. (B)

  19. LUANG PRABANG.
    This morning start the day to see the 'Tak Bat', at dawn hundreds of saffron robed monks move silently through the streets to collect alms. Later visit WAT XIENG THONG. After lunch travel to the river to begin a relaxing riverboat trip on the mighty Mekong River to visit the famous PAK OU CAVES. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B, L,D)

  20. LUANG PRABANG.
    Your tour ends today with a visit to KUANG SII WATERFALLS this morning. (B,L)

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Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
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Twin Price
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Triple Price
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PRE HANOI 01 Jan 2016 31 Dec 2016 $238 NZD $119 NZD
POST LUANG PRABANG 01 Oct 2016 31 Dec 2016 $219 NZD $110 NZD
POST LUANG PRABANG 01 May 2016 30 Sep 2016 $172 NZD $86 NZD

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