Explore the natural wonders and national treasures of Southeast Asia. Experience the bustling city of Hanoi, the mystic waters of the stretching Mekong Delta, the historic capital Ho Chi Minh City and relax on a cruise on HaLong Bay. Delve into Cambodian history in the capital of Phnom Penh and discover Siem Reap. Be amazed by eye-opening Bangkok and explore the legendary temples of Angkor Wat.
- Airfare to Hanoi and return from Bangkok
- 17 night guided vacation
- 16 nights in 3-star hotels
- 1 night on board a Ha Long Bay Cruise
- Internal flights: Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap – Bangkok
- 19 meals: 16 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English speaking guide.
- Ha Long Bay Cruise
|Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto
|May 5, Jun 3
|Jul 3, 11, 31
|Sep 18, Oct 24, Nov 21
|Dec 1, 3, 5
|Upgrade to 4-star hotels: add from $900 per person
|Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg: add from $600 per person
Montreal: add from $1100 per person
Price is per person based on double occupancy.
Dates, price and promotion are subject to change without notice.
Other departure cities are available – please call for more details!
Not Included: Cambodia visa, Vietnam E-visa (online before traveling), drinks, tips (approx $4 pp/day) and any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
Day 1: Canada – Night on board
Arrival at your Canada departure airport* ready to check-in for an overnight flight to Hanoi. Night on board.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Day 2: Hanoi
Arrival at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi, meet your guide and transfer to the hotel. Hanoi is a city characterized by centuries-old architecture and vibrant Southeast Asian culture, located in the heart of Vietnam. It offers a variety of unique experiences, from its impressive temples and lively culture, to its busy markets and world-renowned cuisine. Depending on your arrival time, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to begin discovering this fascinating city. Overnight stay in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an action-packed city tour of Hanoi. Stop at Huu Tiep Lake, home to the famous downed US B-52 bomber and wander through the lively local market. Next, visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (viewed from the outside on Monday & Friday due to closure), and the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of the city. Continue to Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam, the Temple of Literature and Vietnam’s first university, dating from the 11th century. Explore, on foot, Hanoi’s Old Quarter streets to see local people trading and going about their daily lives. Take a relaxing seat at a local café for a refreshing cup of coffee or green tea. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and the rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Hanoi today, experiencing the hustle and bustle of Vietnam’s busiest and most vibrant city! We recommend an optional excursion to the beautiful natural area of Ninh Binh* or a half-day jeep ride to the countryside with a visit to an ancient ceramic village**. Overnight stay in Hanoi.
* Optional excursion to Ninh Binh (full-day with lunch)($): Begin in the morning and along the way take the time to enjoy discovering the unusual landscapes you will encounter on route. Arrive in the province of Ninh Binh at your first destination, Tam Coc, and embark on a small rowboat to journey through unforgettable scenery. Come across local villages, spectacular caves and endless panoramas that you will remember forever. Next, visit the Bich Dong pagoda, just 2 km from Tam Coc, a place that received the nickname of “The second most beautiful cave in Vietnam” by an ancient king. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, head by road to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam until 1010, when it was transferred to Thang Long-Hanoi, leaving in their past the temples to the kings Dinh & Le.
* Optional Jeep ride to the countryside & 1000-year-old ceramic village (half-day with lunch) ($): Meet your knowledgeable guide prior to your departure, who will provide you with a brief overview of the day ahead to ensure you get the most out of this excursion. Begin your adventure today driving along the Red River dyke, passing through guava and vegetable gardens, which are one of Hanoi’s main sources of food, to the ceramic village of Bat Trang. Stop at the village, where your guide will lead you through the zigzagging maze of alleyways to learn about villagers’ daily lives. Spend some time away from Hanoi’s hustle and bustle while learning about Vietnamese agriculture and farming, how rural life has changed as a result of the urbanization and modernization process, local life and the history of Bat Trang Ceramic Village, which dates back thousands of years. Your guide will stop at a ceramic workshop during the walking tour to explain the process of manufacturing ceramics and give you the chance to design your own ceramic bowl or teacup. Lunch included in the countryside before your return to Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay / Lan Ha Bay (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by road to Ha Long Bay, a World Heritage area of outstanding natural beauty known for its limestone islands and glistening waters. Travel through the rich farmlands of the delta and witness the daily life of the Vietnamese villages. Arrive in Ha Long and board a traditional junk boat, to begin your cruise on the bay with a welcome drink. Lunch on board. The cruise passes by many fascinating islets and may stop for a while to visit local fishing villages, caves and limestone islands. Relax at your leisure on the sun deck. Dinner and overnight on board.
Halong Bay Cruise: The cruise operator will choose ONE itinerary to either Halong Bay or Lan Ha Bay. Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions or local administration regulations. There will be no guide on board.
Day 6: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B/Brunch)
Early risers are invited to participate in a Tai Chi demonstration on the upper bridge. Afterwards a light breakfast will be served, and later, a splendid brunch aboard the boat as you continue to navigate through the myriad of islands and islets, paying a visit to the most notable of them. By midday, we bid farewell to the fascinating panorama of Halong Bay and head back to Hanoi. The rest of the day is at your leisure to soak up the atmosphere, do some souvenir shopping or continue discovering the city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, say goodbye to Hanoi as you transfer to the airport to take your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. This vibrant city is described as the ‘Pearl of the Far East’, because of the beautiful heritage buildings, friendly locals and exciting atmosphere! Arrival at Tan Son Nhat International airport where the tour guide & driver will be waiting for you. The rest of the day is your leisure time to discover this fascinating city at your own pace, or, why not take part in our optional half-day excursion to the underground city of Cu Chi* perfect, for history enthusiasts. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
* Optional excursion to Cu Chi (half-day, without lunch) ($): This memorable half-day excursion will give another insight into the history of the country. During the visit, explore the famous Cu Chi tunnels, located 70 kilometers northwest of Ho Chi Minh City (an hour and a half by car). This is an underground city, built in 1948 by the Viet Minh to fight the French, you will find living rooms, kitchen, warehouses, armories, hospitals, command centers. During the War against the United States, the entire Cu Chi area was declared one of the battlefields and heavily bombed. It is such an interesting place and a must visit for those who are interested in learning about the history of the Vietnamese during such difficult times.
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a Full-Day Tour to soak up the rich tapestry of history and culture in Ho Chi Minh City. Visits Dong Khoi Street, home to many of the city’s most important sites from the French colonial period, when the city became known as the ‘Paris of the Orient’. Appreciate the restored Opera House, based on the Petit Palace in Paris and visit the Grand Hotel de Ville, now formally re-branded as the People’s Committee Hall. Be amazed by the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the impressive Central Post Office, designed by the architect Gustav Eiffel. In District 5 visit China Town and the iconic Thien Hau Temple, built in honour of the goddess of the sea. Conclude your day discovery at the bustling Ben Thanh market. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you have the day to explore at your leisure, or, why not take part in our optional excursion to discover the magical Mekong Delta.* Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
* Optional Mekong Delta Excursion ($): Depart to Ben Tre province crossing Rach Mieu bridge. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a motorized boat on the Ben Tre River, one of the tributes of Mekong River while witnessing the lively activities of local life along the way. Stop at a brick kiln and visit one of the many coconut processing workshops located along the canal. Take a motorized cart or bicycle along the shady paths and pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to discover everyday life on the river. Take a rowing-boat along a beautiful water palm creek before you return to the pier.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you say goodbye to Vietnam and head by road to Cambodia! After breakfast, depart from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh on the Mekong Express and Giant Ibis bus. The journey takes you through the country, so sit back and enjoy the ride. Arrive in Phnom Penh in the evening, transfer to your hotel for check-in and take the rest of the evening to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. Overnight stay in Phnom Penh.
* The Giant Ibis/Mekong Express bus ride from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh is 230 km long and will take approximately 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take an optional flight (approximately 1-hour flight time). Please contact our travel advisors for further details.
Note: We recommend arranging the Cambodian e-visa in advance to avoid going through the immigration office at the border.
Day 11: Phnom Penh (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a poignant excursion to The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, for a moving insight into the bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. Realise the horror and tragedy of this period in Cambodian history at the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and visit the notorious Killing Fields. The rest of the day is at your leisure. We recommend an optional city tour to get to know Phnom Penh’s most emblematic sights*. Overnight stay in Phnom Penh.
* Optional Phnom Penh City Tour ($): Explore Cambodia’s capital and its major landmarks including the fascinating Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda. We then will take one hour boat cruise on the Mekong River.
Day 12: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, catch the Giant Ibis/Mekong Express bus* from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. On arrival, meet your driver and transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap for check-in. Enjoy exploring this vibrant city at your own pace as the rest of the day is your free time at leisure. We recommend heading out to discover the well-known night market and Pub Street. Overnight stay in Siem Reap.
* The Giant Ibis/Mekong Express bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap is 320 km long and will take approximately 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take an optional flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap with Cambodia Angkor Air (approximately 1-hour flight time). Please contact our travel advisors for further details.
Day 13: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, depart on a discovery of temples, toward Angkor Thom. The Bayon temple is unique for its 54 towers decorated with 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Baphuon temple was built under the mandate of Jayavarman I, the Phimeanakas and the terraces of the leper king and the elephants, as well as the royal chambers. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the most spectacular temples in the area, which has remained relatively the same as when it was discovered and still retains much of its mystery. In the afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples, Angkor Wat – established as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. To bring this day of discover to a close, contemplate the sunset over Angkor Wat. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Siem Reap.
Day 14: Siem Reap (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure, soaking up the ambience of Siem Reap, or perhaps exploring the sights at your own pace. We recommend an optional excursion to Phnom Kulen Mountain*, a sacred pilgrimage site home to remote temples.* Overnight stay in Siem Reap.
* Optional Half-Day Phnom Kulen Mountain Excursion ($): Phnom Kulen National Park or Kulen Mountain is considered by Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia. Located 25 miles northeast of Siem Reap City, Phnom Kulen is a holy mountain which serves as a place of pilgrimage on weekends and special occasions. It stretches over a vast area covered by a chain of small mountain plateaus. Reach the mountain top and visit a modern style pagoda that offers stunning views over the Angkor area. Visit the 26-foot statue of a reclining Buddha and wash your hands at the Linga statue to purify your mind and body. Continue to visit the River of One Thousand Lingas and the magnificent waterfall close to it. Take a refreshing swim in the stream and pool of the waterfall. Return to Siem Reap at noon.
Day 15: Siem Reap (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, exploring the lively city center. We recommend enjoying an optional excursion to a Blessing Ceremony at the pagoda and visit to Tonle Sap Lake* and an optional Tuk-Tuk Street Food tour**. In the afternoon enjoy a visit to the Old Market (at the time those who took the first excursion return from the Lake). Overnight stay in Siem Reap.
* Optional Excursion to a Blessing Ceremony at the pagoda and visit to Tonle Sap Lake ($): Located in the heart of the city of Siem Reap, Wat Damnak is one of the most beautiful pagodas with French colonial architecture and a garden full of large statues. Bring candles and incense sticks to the pagoda to participate in a private blessing ceremony, conducted by the local monks living in the pagoda. Sit on the mat while the monks sing the blessings and pour holy water on you – a traditional practice by which the gods are believed to bring you good luck. Then, the monks will put a sacred thread around your wrist to protect you from evil spirits. Before continuing your journey, you will receive a small souvenir from the monks to remember this special moment. Next, journey to the outskirts of Siem Reap where you will take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, that can grow by ten fold during the rainy season. Sail along the lake until you reach the floating village, witness floating pig farms, schools, gardens and spirit houses.
**Optional Tuk-Tuk Street Food tour (night tour)($): Enjoy an exciting ride on a Tuk Tuk to a local night market and immerse yourself in local culture. Look out for all the different types of local street food, snacks, fruits, knickknacks and clothes. Stroll around the market, why not be brave and try some of the Cambodian-specialty fried snacks, like grasshoppers, spiders, cockroaches, crickets and baby frogs… These are all Cambodian favorites! To end this exciting excursion, head to a local restaurant to enjoy a traditional dinner, cooked by locals in true Cambodian style.
Day 16: Siem Reap – Bangkok (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart the hotel this morning ready to take a flight to Bangkok. Touch down in the buzzing capital of Thailand and transfer to the hotel. Bangkok is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, located in the heart of the country. It offers a variety of unique experiences, from its impressive temples and lively culture, to its exciting night markets and world-renowned cuisine. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure and discover this fascinating city. Overnight stay in Bangkok.
Day 17: Bangkok (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, get ready to discover the city and its temples on an exciting tour! Begin along the main avenues of Bangkok to reach the vibrant Chinatown neighborhood. Our first stop will be at Wat Traimit Temple or better known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha. It houses a 5-ton solid gold Buddha loaded with history as it remained hidden for centuries after being covered in plaster to prevent its destruction during the war. Our next stop will be the Wat Pho Temple or Temple of the Reclining Buddha, one of the largest reclining Buddhas in the world at over 150 feet-long, where you’ll find a spectacular engraving of 108 images representing positive actions of Buddhism. To finish the tour, head to a local precious stone factory where you will see a demonstration of how local craftspeople make their products. We recommend an optional excursion to the Grand Palace* to learn more about the culture of this country. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Bangkok.
* Optional excursion to the Grand Palace ($): Discover the impressive Grand Palace complex, symbol of the city and former official residence of the King of Thailand between the 18th and mid-20th centuries. Considered one of the most beautiful in the world for its exquisite decoration, it mixes traditional Thai style with Renaissance influences. During the visit to the Grand Palace we will also visit Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the most important in Thailand.
Note: For the Grand Palace visit you should wear long pants that cover the ankles and a long-sleeved shirt.
Day 18: Bangkok (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy the day at leisure to continue exploring the capital. Why not discover some of its many markets, where you can sample some of the famous street food dishes. We recommend an exciting and entertaining optional excursion to visit the train market and floating market* or an optional trip to Ayutthaya**. Overnight stay in Bangkok.
* Optional Excursion to the Train Market and Floating Market ($): Travel by road to the town of Mae Klong where you’ll see a curious market installed on the train tracks. If time and luck permits, we will be able to see how the train crosses through the market and, in record time, the merchants collect all the products they have on display on the train tracks. From there, head to the Klong Damnersaduak floating market in Ratchaburi province, considered the most important in the country. Arrive at a pier in the vicinity of the floating market. Take a motor boat ride through the canal area to reach the market itself, disembark, and enjoy free time to walk around, explore their products and enjoy the lively atmosphere. After the market visit, return to Bangkok and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Bangkok.
** Optional Ayutthaya excursion (outward journey by bus and return by boat) ($): Departure by bus to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Siam, the name given for over 400 years to the lands that now form Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and part of Myanmar. Discover Ayutthaya and its archaeological site, which is of great historical interest and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. At the end of the visit, continue to Bang Pa-In, where the official summer residence of Thailand royalty is located. Visit the complex and then embark on a river cruise that will you on an interesting three-hour tour along the Chao Phraya River to the city of Bangkok. During the trip a buffet lunch will be served on board (drinks not included), arriving in Bangkok in the afternoon.
Note: Optional excursions on this day cannot be done together, you will only be able to choose one of them.
Day 19: Bangkok – Night on board
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to Canada*. Night on board.
* If your return flight departs early in the morning, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.
(Price is per person based on double occupancy – additional cost will apply to solo travelers or group with odd numbers)
Day 4: Full-Day Ninh Binh Excursion
Price: from $135
Discover the beauty of this hidden gem where you will embark on a rowboat venturing through stunning scenery, villages, caves, temples and an array of incredible panoramas before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.
What’s included: Transfer, guide, lunch
Day 4: Jeep Excursion to a 1000-year-old Ceramic Village (half-day with lunch)
Price: from $174
Drive along Red River dyke, passing through guava and vegetable gardens, to the ceramic village of Bat Trang. Learn about villagers’ daily lives and history. Stop at a ceramic workshop to design your own ceramic bowl or teacup.
Day 7: Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion
Price: from $84
Explore the impressive tunnel complex of Cu Chi, the underground villages and understand the history of the tunnels.
What’s included: Transfer and guide
Day 9: Full-Day Mekong Delta Excursion
Experience the Mekong Delta aboard a motorboat. Discover the beautiful landscapes that the delta offers you, and admire the abundant rice fields. Visit a coconut press and meet the locals.
What’s included: Transfer, lunch and guide
Day 11: Afternoon Phnom Penh City Tour
Price: from $71
Explore Cambodia’s capital and its major landmarks including the fascinating Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda. We then will take one hour boat cruise on the Mekong River.
Day 14: Half-Day Phnom Kulen Mountain Excursion
Price: from $185
Visit a modern pagoda, which offers stunning views over the Angkor area, and be amazed by the eight-meter tall statue of a reclining Buddha. Continue to the River of One Thousand Lingas and the magnificent waterfall nearby.
What’s included: Transfer and guide
Day 15: Blessing Ceremony at the pagoda and visit to Tonle Sap Lake
Price: from $140
Receive a blessing from monks at the beautiful Wat Damnak pagoda, a traditional practice by which the gods are believed to bring you good luck. Next, take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake and see the floating village.
Not included: Lunch
Day 15: Discover Cambodian Street Food by Tuk Tuk (Evening tour)
Price: from $77
Set off in the evening to the local night market and discover the wide array of regional cuisine and snacks. Enjoy dinner at a local Cambodia restaurant.
What’s included: Transfer, guide and dinner
Day 17: Visit to Bangkok’s Royal Palace
Price: from $88
A symbol of the city and former official residence of the King of Thailand, The Grand Palace is considered one of the most beautiful in the world for its exquisite decoration. Includes a visit to the well-known Wat Phra Kaew.
What’s included: Entrance, guide, transfer
Note: For the visit to the Grand Palace you must wear ankle-length pants, a long-sleeved or elbow-length shirt/shirt.
Day 18: Ayutthaya excursion (Go by bus & return by boat)
Price: from $280
Bus to Ayutthaya: visit the archaeological site of the ancient capital of Siam. We continue to Bang Pa-In, summer residence of the kings of Thailand. Visit the complex and board the river cruise back to Bangkok with lunch on board.
What’s included: Entrance, guide, transfer and lunch
Not included: Drinks on board
Note: This excursion can’t be done together with the “Train and Floating market tour” as they have the same schedule
Day 18: Floating market and Train market visit
Price: from $132
Visit to Mae Klong where we can see a market installed on the train tracks. Finally, a boat ride on the canals to reach the floating market of Klong Damnersaduak.
What’s included: Entrance, guide, transfer
Note: This is a full-day activity that can not be combined with other tours on the same day
- Entry requirements
- Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity required
- While Cambodian Visa can also be purchased at destination, VIETNAM VISA MUST BE DONE IN ADVANCE TO BE ABLE TO ENTER THE COUNTRY.
- US & CA passport holders are required to get an entry visa before departure.
- US & CA passport holders are able to apply for a 30-day single-entry e-visa to visit Vietnam through the website: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/trang-chu-ttdt
- You MUST select ‘Noi Bai International Airport – Hanoi’ as the point of entry in order to be allowed to enter Vietnam.
- To enhance your overall experience, we recommend that you apply for your Tourist Visa for Cambodia online to reduce your transit time at the border.
- Online: Apply for your E- VISA for Cambodia at least 7 days prior to your trip. Click on the following link and select ‘VISA T’, the cost is approximately $36 USD. The port of entry will be “Bavet” if you are travelling by land and “Phnom Penh Airport” if you added the flight upgrade. https://www.evisa.gov.kh
- On Arrival: If for any reason you were unable to process the visa online don’t worry, you will be able to obtain a visa at the Cambodian border on arrival, in this case we recommend that you bring a ‘passport’ photo (35 x 45 mm) with you and $36 USD for the tax payment.
- To enhance your overall experience, we recommend that you apply for your Tourist Visa for Cambodia online to reduce your transit time at the border.
- Halong Bay Cruise: Each cruise is only allowed to choose ONE itinerary to either Halong Bay or Lan Ha Bay. Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions or local administration regulations. There will be no guide on board.
- Tipping is up to your personal discretion but it is commonplace for service providers to ask for it. In these cases, please keep in mind that the usual tipping standard is around 4$/person/day for guides, and half of that for drivers and hotel staff.