Angkor to the Bay

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One of our most popular tours which takes you on a voyage of discovery – from the breathtaking majesty of the temples of Angkor, through to the spectacular natural grandeur of Halong Bay – experiencing all manner of delights en route.

Places Visited

New Zealand - Siem Reap (3N) - Phnom Penh (1N) - Saigon (4N) - Hoi An (2N)- Hue (1N) - Hanoi (2N)- Halong Bay (1N) - New Zealand

Days 1-2: Fly to Siem Reap
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Siem Reap for a three night stay. ^Due to seasonal changes in airlines schedules, Auckland passengers may depart at 1am on Day 2 for departures as indicated.
Days 1-2: Fly to Siem Reap
Day 3: Floating village
Spend the morning experiencing life on the water in the floating village of Tonle Sap. From here continue to Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple completely overrun by the jungle. Return to Siem Reap via Les Artisan D'Angkor, specialising in Cambodian artistry.
Day 3: Floating village
Day 4: Explore Angkor
The seat of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor complex includes over 1,000 temples. Begin at Ta Prohm, an atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle before continuing to the city of Angkor Thom to reach the enigmatic Bayon, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. This afternoon is dedicated to the fascinating and awe-inspiring Angkor Wat.
Day 4: Explore Angkor
Day 5: Discover Phnom Penh
Fly to Phnom Penh, a city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. Visit the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda before admiring the artifacts at the lovely National Museum.
Day 5: Discover Phnom Penh
Day 6: Fly to Saigon
Visit the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum before climbing up to the hilltop Wat Phnom. Fly to Saigon.
Day 6: Fly to Saigon
Day 7: Explore Saigon
The exuberant city of Saigon is driving Vietnam forward into the modern world, but is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. Visit the colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Visit Cholon and see the beautiful Thien Hau Pagoda before finishing at the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Day 7: Explore Saigon
Day 8: Mekong Delta Cruise
Drive down to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing huge amounts of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruit. Return to Saigon.
Day 8: Mekong Delta Cruise
Day 9: Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh
Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before travelling to Tay Ninh to attend the noon service at the Cao Dai Temple. Return to Saigon.
Day 9: Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh
Day 10: Journey to Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO listed Hoi An, with a stop at the Marble Mountains en route. Take a walking tour of this laidback and wilfully traditional town to see the elaborate Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese temple and the bustling market.
Day 10: Journey to Hoi An
Day 11: Tra Que village
Drive out into the countryside to the small farming community of Tra Que. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and see the farmers at work. This afternoon can be spent on the nearby Cua Dai beach or with a free afternoon back in Hoi An.
Day 11: Tra Que village
Day 12: Hue's Imperial Citadel
Leave Hoi An for Hue, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Take a drive up to the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City to explore.
Day 12: Hue's Imperial Citadel
Day 13: Royal Tombs
Visit the UNESCO Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. Continue to the Thien Mu Pagoda before cruising on the Perfume River. Fly to Hanoi.
Day 13: Royal Tombs
Days 14-15: Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Spend two days aboard a traditionally-designed junk cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Spend the night on the boat before returning to Hanoi where you will take an exciting cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter before seeing the famous Water Puppets show.
Days 14-15: Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Day 16: Explore Hanoi
Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, before transferring to the airport for an overnight flight to New Zealand.
Day 16: Explore Hanoi
Day 17: Depart Hanoi
This morning is at leisure before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight home.
Day 17: Depart Hanoi
Day 18: Arrive New Zealand
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Day 18: Arrive New Zealand

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

Additional Price Information:


Single Hotel Room and Junk Boat Cabin Option from $980
Land Only (Siem Reap to Hanoi) 16 days from $4,913 pp twin share
Additional charges: Tipping - US$90 per person (subject to change) payable on arrival.
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 0800 936 3998. Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular and you will find high quality coverage, with active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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This tour provides a comprehensive visit to the most popular sights in Cambodia and Vietnam. Though this tour has plenty of sightseeing and experiences, it is ideal for customers looking for a comfortable relaxing trip through Cambodia and Vietnam’s main cities and scenic areas.

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