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10 Day Vietnam & Cambodia Tour with Flights and Luxury Cruise
Experience the exotic delights of both Vietnam and Cambodia by embarking on an unforgettable ten day/nine night journey including return international flights (from Australia to Vietnam, and from Cambodia to Australia), 4.5 star accommodation, select meals and a three day/two night Halong Bay cruise for only $2,899 per person (twin share) instead of $4,490
No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. The Booking Guarantee means that if you try to make a booking within 14 days from purchase and can't get your preferred dates in the validity period, you can get a full refund (all bookings must be made before 26 January 2015)
With over 16 years of industry experience, VN Holidays are experts when it comes to Indochina touring - they have used their incredible local knowledge to create wonderful itineraries packed with exciting highlights
Unwind in luxurious 4.5 star style the whole way through with two nights at the Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An, two nights at the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel in Hanoi, two nights aboard the Au Co cruise in Halong Bay, and three nights at the Borei Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap
Begin your adventure in picturesque Da Nang on the central coast of Vietnam where you will be greeted by your guide and driver at Da Nang International Airport and then journey to the historical town of Hoi An - walk along the ancient streets and marvel at the traditional architecture of the 16th Century Japanese Bridge before visiting the Tra Que Organic Village in order to stock up on fresh herbs which will come in handy later when you craft four delicious dishes at the Red Bridge Cooking School including the famous Vietnamese Pho
Catch a short flight from Da Nang to Hanoi, an enchanting city brimming with cultural charm where you can visit the Vietnam History Museum and the Hanoi Opera House, explore the vaunted Old Quarter while riding on golf cart-style buggies, see the Temple of Literature (built in the 11th Century and regarded as Vietnam's first university); and peruse the ceramic handicrafts on offer at the artisan village of Bat Trang beside the banks of the Red River
Then travel to the majestic UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay for a three day luxury cruise - marvel at the grand rock formations and quaint floating fishing towns along the way, take part in a cooking demonstration, hike through Cat Ba Island national park, wake up to relaxing Tai Chi lessons, swim at Vung Ha Beach, explore the Sung Sot Cave, and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony before disembarking in Tuan Chau and making your way back to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap
Spend three nights embracing the stunning sights of Siem Reap the gateway to some of Cambodia's most famous tourist hot-spots - wander through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat and gaze at the awe-inspiring temple complex in all its glory, witness the remnants of Khmer Empire grandeur at the ancient city of Angkor Thom, and gain insight to authentic Cambodian living at the Kompong Kleang floating village
Your tour will come to an end with a domestic flight from Siem Reap to Saigon to connect to your onwards flight home
Departure dates are available through to November 2015 – see the 'Fine Print' tab for all departure dates
Check out the 'Itinerary' tab for more information on your tour
You package also includes:
Return economy class airfare with Vietnam Airlines from Sydney or Melbourne in addition to a domestic flight from Da Nang to Hanoi, a flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap and another domestic flight from Siem Reap to Saigon - see 'Fine Print' tab for information on departures from alternate Australian cities
Plush accommodation, ensuring comfort throughout your journey - including seven nights in 4.5 star hotels and two nights aboard a luxury cruise (twin bedding or double bed throughout)
An incredible three-day luxury cruise heading out to Halong Bay with breathtaking scenery and unforgettable stops along the way
Enjoy nine breakfasts, five lunches and two traditional dinners throughout the tour - whether eating lunch at the hip Koto restaurant, sampling the tasty results of your cooking class creations or taking part in a five element signature dinner aboard the cruise, one can expect the pinnacle of the incredibly unique and authentic flavours of Vietnamese cuisine
Convenient airport transfers via air-conditioned vehicles
Sightseeing with an experienced local English-speaking guide with all the insider knowledge of the regions throughout the tour
Single Traveller Option
Travelling by yourself or don't want to share a room? Single traveller packages are available for only $895 more per person, see 'Fine Print' tab for details
What We Like
Embark on a comprehensive tour that covers the best aspects and regions of both Vietnam and Cambodia with local guides
Create unforgettable holiday memories as you venture through Hoi An, Hanoi, and Siem Reap with luxury hotel stays and even a two-night cruise
Few locations can rival the incredible natural beauty and serenity of Halong Bay - the World Heritage site is a mystical labyrinth of limestone karsts and isles, caves, lakes, secluded beaches and abundant sea life
Forget trying to plan your overseas trip from scratch... the friendly team from VN Holidays has your Vietnamese getaway all sorted
To view all the terms and conditions relating to this deal, click on the ‘Fine Print’ tab above
Important: All bookings must be made before 26 January 2015
Tour Departure Dates: 5 January 2015; 2 March 2015; 16 March 2015; 6 April 2015; 9 May 2015; 15 June 2015; 6 July 2015; 17 August 2015; 21 September 2015; 12 October 2015; 23 November 2015
High Season Surcharge: Departures for the 5 January 2015 tour will incur a surcharge of $750 per person (twin share or single supplement), payable directly to the tour company upon booking
Bookings are essential and are subject to availability
Booking Guarantee: Make a booking within 14 days from the date of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates (within the validity period) we will give you a FULL refund (evidence of attempted booking must be provided to our Support Team via email no more than 2 days after the 14 day period). Refunds are not available if you are unable to secure your preferred dates after the 14 day period
Strictly subject to availability and please book early to lock in your preferred dates. After the booking guarantee period, bookings for specific dates during the validity period will be accepted on a 'first in, best dressed' basis
Standard voucher is valid for one person (twin share). You must purchase and redeem TWO VOUCHERS per booking if travelling with someone
Single Traveller Option: If travelling alone, a single traveller surcharge of $895 per person applies, payable direct to the tour provider upon booking
Tour departure date is secured once a minimum of six people have confirmed booking. The tour date will be cancelled if the minimum number is not reached
Voucher includes return economy class airfare with Vietnam Airlines departing from Melbourne or Sydney. Flight departures are available from Brisbane, Canberra or Adelaide for an additional surcharge of $300 per person; or from Perth for a surcharge of $500 per person
Please note, flights will be booked directly with the tour operator, including domestic flights (from Da Nang to Hanoi and from Siem Reap to Saigon) which have a 20kg maximum luggage allowance per person
Flight dates are strictly subject to availability
Departure flights from Australia are to Da Nang and return flights are from Saigon to Australia with Vietnam Airlines. You will be greeted by your guide and driver upon arrival at Da Nang International Airport
Please note that gratuities (recommended $5 per person per day), visa fees (both Vietnam and Cambodia), travel insurance, early check-in/late check-out, optional excursions and activities, items of a personal nature (such as phone calls, laundry, beverages), and meals (other than the ones noted in the programs) are not included
Participants must be aged over 12 years old, guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and must purchase a full price adult fare
Minimum Group Requirement: The minimum group capacity is six people. Tour departure date is secured once a minimum of six people have confirmed booking. The tour date will be cancelled if the minimum number is not reached
Maximum Group Capacity: The maximum group capacity is 30 people
Hotel Rooms Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity for hotel rooms is two people
Cruise Cabin Maximum Capacity: The maximum room capacity for cruise cabins is two people
Bedding Configuration: Bedding throughout your journey will comprise twin singles or a double bed (subject to availability)
Please note that no extra beds may be added to any of the hotel rooms
Connecting hotel rooms are available on request (strictly subject to availability)
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this voucher
Tour operator's cancellation and change of date policy applies
Due to operational requirements, the tour company reserves the right to substitute a hotel with one of similar standards
Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations
Additional expenses are not included with this voucher
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas
A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website at www.visasdirect.com.au/luxescapes to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes
Value has been determined based on the tour company's published rack rates provided and the value of inclusions
All surcharges are payable direct to the tour provider or the hotels
All activities and services are subject to availability
Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher
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How to get there
Getting to Vietnam is easy! Flights depart from Melbourne and Sydney to Da Nang via Vietnam Airlines and many other carriers with an approximate duration of ten hours plus transit time.
A return economy class airfare via Vietnam Airlines (departing from Sydney or Melbourne) is included in your package (please see 'Fine Print' tab for other departure cities and surcharges).
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Our Booking Guarantee is our commitment to you to ensure that you get to travel when you want to travel and not when you have to travel.
And why do we offer this?
Well it's quite simple, we love to travel just as much as you do and we understand that it's hard to find dates to suit your work, family and personal commitments, so we guarantee you that if you can't get the dates you want we will give you a full refund. Yes, that's right...a 100% money back guarantee if you aren't able to book the dates that you want! It can't get much better than that!
How does it work?
It's very simple - make your booking request within 14 days of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates (within the validity period) you will receive a FULL Refund. If you aren't able to get your preferred dates you'll get a refund directly back to your credit card (or PayPal account).
What do I need to do?
Simply make your booking with the tour operator by e-mail within 14 days of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates simply contact our support team via email with evidence of your attempted booking - within 16 days from purchase to get a full refund.
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Treasures of Vietnam & Cambodia Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Da Nang – Hoi An (-/ -/ -)
Welcome to Da Nang, Vietnam. You are greeted by your guide and driver at Da Nang International airport for your transfer to your hotel in Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 2: Hoi An (B/ L/ -)
Walk the ancient streets of Hoi An, lined with Chinese traders’ homes and wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés, and outlets for local artists, craftsmen and tailors. Explore the beautiful 16th century Japanese Bridge. Hoi An's unique fusion of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture is well displayed here, in what is arguably Vietnam's most tourist-friendly town.
Next you will enjoy a cooking class. After enjoying your welcome drink, you'll be transferred to Tra Que Organic Village to select fresh herbs for your cooking lesson. You'll stop by the local village market for other ingredients, then arrive at a Cooking School and begin your class (joining class). Working with the Red Bridge Chef, you'll prepare 4 famous dishes, including ‘Pho’. After the class you'll sit down and savour the dishes you have prepared, then enjoy a leisurely 25 minute cruise along the Hoi An River back to central Hoi An. Bring your swimsuit, after the cooking tour has finished you can enjoy free use of our 20 metre swimming pool.
In the late afternoon, you will sit down and learn how to make traditional lantern out of bamboo and silk.
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 3: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hanoi (B/ L/ -)
Take a short flight from Da Nang to Hanoi, one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture and history. You are met at Noi Bai airport by your local guide and learn a bit about this fascinating city on the way to your hotel.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Vietnam History museum. Established in the 1920s as the Musée Louis Finot, the Vietnam History Museum is housed in an ‘Indochinese style’ structure and traces the history of the Vietnamese people from the earliest times to the present day.
Then leisurely walk to nearby Hanoi Opera House for photos of the most beautiful French architectural buildings left in Hanoi.
Drop by a local coffee and ice cream shop to relax and enjoy the atmosphere while observing the local life.
Explore the Old Quarter at a casual pace on golf cart style buggies, so you can enjoy the scenery and take photos. This is a place you must see to experience Hanoi, where you will find shopping and cultural/historical sites all wrapped into one.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi City Highlights (B/ L/ -)
In the morning you will take a walk on the Ba Dinh Square and visit the Ho Chi Minh complex. This complex features the mausoleum of the founder of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. If it is opened, you can walk through the mausoleum to view his body. You can also see the Presidential Palace and Uncle Ho's house on stilts in the park-like complex.
Continue with the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius, was built in the 11th century. It was the first university in Vietnam and students still come here to burn incense. You will find a peaceful atmosphere tinged with incense smoke, and sunken lotus ponds populated by fish and turtles. Enjoy lunch at KOTO restaurant.
Located on the outskirts of Hanoi by the banks of the Red River, Bat Trang is a traditional handicraft village specializing in ceramics. Discover the small, hidden alleys of this village and visit a local workshop to interact with the craftsmen and observe the complete production cycle, from preparing the clay to shaping the products, painting them and firing them in the kiln.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/ L/ D)
Breakfast at hotel before heading out to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Ha Long you will board your luxury Au Co cruise for the 3 day 2 night cruise program
The first day of your cruise provides an introduction to the amazing scenery of Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Cruising through Halong Bay will literally take your breath away.
Depart from Tuan Chau, meet the on board team and receive a safety briefing. Acquaint yourself with the five elements cuisine with lunch on board, while The Au Co cruises leisurely towards to Vung Ha area. First, visit the beautiful Vung Ha beach for swimming and water acitivities.
Back to The Au Co to join a Cooking demonstration then enjoy Happy Hour with “Buy One Get One Free”: Beer, House wine (by the glass), Soft drinks, Long drinks, Cocktails
Savour our five elements signature dinner of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. After that, you could relax with a drink at Lan Ha bar or enjoy squid fishing from the main deck
The boat will anchor for the night in a peaceful location.
Overnight on Au Co Cruise
Day 6: Halong Bay (B/ L/ D)
Start the day with Tai Chi - physical movements designed for relaxation, balance and health - on the sundeck of the boat while enjoying the panorama.
After breakfast on board, visit the Vung Vieng by rowing traditional bamboo boats for about 01 hour.
Then, come back to the boat and take a tour of the Captain's Bridge and the Engine Room. After that, savour a delicious lunch in the Halong Restaurant while the ship cruises towards Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island for a guided biking or hiking excursion in the national park of Cat Ba Island and visit of The Au Co Organic Farm. Another option for visiting the island and the organic farm is to use the electric trolley service available (at a bit of extra cost). After that, kayak and swim in Viet Hai Lagoon.
Back to The Au Co to enjoy an extended Happy Hour for two hours (half price drinks). Try the barbeque buffet in the restaurant while the boat is at anchor.
The day ends with a drink at Lan Ha bar or join our crew and try squid fishing on the deck.
Last but not least for the day, join our kitchen staff for a fun fruit carving sessions.
Overnight on Au Co Cruise
Day 7: Halong - Hanoi – Siem Reap (B/ -/ -)
Awake early and join the Tai Chi session on the sundeck or enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay while The Au Co cruises leisurely in Halong Bay.
On the way back to port, enjoy breakfast and take a last glimpse of the beautiful scenery from the bar or sundeck. Then, participate in a guided tour of Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave.
After breakfast, prepare for check out: your bags must be put in the corridor. You can also join a Vietnamese traditional tea ceremony. Finally, the ship disembarks in Tuan Chau and return to Noi Bai international airport for the flight to Siem Reap.
Upon arrival, met and transferred to the hotel and free for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 8: Siem Reap (B/ -/ -)
Wake up early, have breakfast at the hotel and head out with your cameras for a day filled with amazing sights and experiences.
Explore the amazing temple complex and spend most of the day in what this UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit further explore Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex. It is a massive three-tiered structure crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. The centrepiece of any visit to the temples around Siem Reap, Angkor offers many iconic sights for amazing pictures.
You also visit the Ta Prohm Temple, unlike most other Angkor temples, has been left just it was when rediscovered: a photogenic and atmospheric maze of trees growing out of temple ruins amidst jungle surroundings, making it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.
In the afternoon visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, surrounded by an 8m high wall. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Continue to Bayon Temple in the exact centre of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur, its exterior gallery walls featuring extensive, superb bas-reliefs, particularly the East and South Galleries.
The trip to Pre Rup Temple will reward you with a spectacular sunset over the Angkor Archaeological Park and its surroundings.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 9: Siem Reap (B/ -/ -)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kompong Kleang floating village is, in fact, a settlement of over 20,000 people where houses tower up to ten meters above the water, Greeted by waves of the friendly locals, here you can glimpse Cambodia’s countryside culture and traditional family lifestyle.
From Khleang, you head out to the hidden jungle temple of Beng Mealea. Enjoy a short walk through the dense jungle and discover the wonders of an overgrown temple, Beng Mealea, which lay undiscovered for centuries.
Upon arrival back in town we visit the local markets and Les Artisan D'Angkor, where disadvantaged youth are taught traditional Cambodian crafts.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Siem Reap - Saigon Departure (B/ -/ -)
Free at leisure till we take you to the airport for your onward fight to Saigon to connect the flight home. End of services.
(B/L/D = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)