Day 1: Siem Riep arrival. Arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel. O/N in Riep.
Day 2: Siem Riep. Travel by car to Banteay Srey temple (30 km from Siem Reap), citadel of women. Continue to Kbal Spean, visit unique rock carving, called the river of 1000 lingas. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to Ta Prohm, a dramatic, massive structure still gripped by banyan and fig tree roots; Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan Temples. Return to the hotel. O/N in Siem riep. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Siem riep. Today we visit the highlight of any trip to Southeast Asia – the majestic Angkor Wat. This centuries-old monument is a stunning fusion of symmetry, spirituality and pure grandeur. Continue on to visit Angkor Thom and tour the monuments Bayon, Baphuon, the Terrace of Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Built by Angkor’s greatest King, this fortified city was believed to hold up to 1 million people at its height. Diner with Apsara show. O/N in Siem riep. Includes: (B, D).
Day 4: Siem riep. Morning cruise on Tonle Sap Lake to see the floating villages, schools, temples of people living on the lake. Afternoon free at leisure exploring Siem riep or shopping. O/N in Riep. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Siem riep - Saigon. Morning free at leisure until transfer to airport to board the flight to Saigon. One of Southeast Asia’s liveliest cities, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is Vietnam ’s largest metropolis and its economic heartbeat. We visit Cholon, the Chinatown of Saigon, Thien Hau Pagoda dedicated to the goddess of the sea, the Presidential Palace. Shopping at Ben thanh market. Dinner and O/N in Saigon.
Day 6: Saigon - Mekong. A full day excursion to the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a river cruise passing through floating market with colorful boats filled with fruits, rice, food, a floating market with fish-pond inside houses. Stop at Thoi son island and have lunch with honey wine in an orchard looking over the river, followed by a folk show by locals. Visit Vinh Trang pagoda and a coconut mill before back saigon. Dinner and O/N in Saigon. Includes: (B, D).
Day 7: Saigon - Cu chi tunnel - Nha trang. Take an excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an important base during the War because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built an elaborate 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelters and weapons factories. Dug of hard laterite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network of tunnels was never discovered by their enemies. Fly to Nha Trang. O/n In Nha trang. Includes: (B).
Days 8-10: Nha trang beach at leisure. Three days at leisure enjoying one of the most beautiful beach of the world. Your lovely beach resort is a soft bed for you after traveling time. Includes: (B).
Day 11: Nha trang - Hoian. Morning fly to Da Nang then transfer to Hoian. Visit Cham Museum and Marble Mountain on the way. The picturesque UNESCO town of Hoi An is one of Southeast Asia's major trading centers in the 16th century and has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets is still virtually intact. O/N in Hoian. Includes: (B).
Day 12: Hoian. Enjoy a walking tour of the old centre of Hoi An today. Visit an old merchant home, still lived in by descendents of the original merchant, the Japanese Bridge, Hoi An market and a local Chinese pagoda. This afternoon we have time to visit the tailors for which this town is known and soak up the charming atmosphere of Hoi An at one of the many riverside cafes along the Thu Bon River. We then take part in a cooking class to explore the cuisine culture in Vietnam. O/N in Hoian. Includes: (B).
Day 13: Hoian - Hanoi. Morning at leisure until flight to Hanoi. The small city of Hanoi is filled with broad, tree-lined boulevards that evoke the allure of Old Asia and its French heritage. City tour of Hanoi with visit to Literature Temple , Hoa lo Prison, Ethnology Museum. A cyclo drive around Hoan kiem Lake and Hanoi 's Old quarter. Water Puppet show. O/N in Hanoi. Includes: (B, D).
Days 14-16: Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi.
Day 14: 11:30 Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier. 12:15 Transfer by tender to the Indochina Sails boat – enjoy Welcome Drink. Receive cruise briefing and check in to cabins and begin cruise. 13:00 Lunch - deluxe Vietnamese and International Set Menu. Massage service is available beginning after lunch and throughout the cruise. 14.30 Arrive at Titop Island. Enjoy swimming, relaxing on the beach and climbing the steps to the top of the mountain on the island for fantastic views and photo opportunities. Water and towels supplied. We will spend about 45 minutes on the island.
15.15 Transfer back to the boat and sail for approximately 45 minutes to our second destination - the Bat Cave area. 16.15 Arrive at the Bat Cave area. There are two programs to choose from at this time. One option is a 40 minute kayaking program to the nearby Bat Cave and lagoon and surrounding waters. Kayaking is $10. per person unless already booked as part of your package. Water is supplied. The second option is to visit the largest floating fishing village in Halong Bay. We will travel to the village on the tender and tour the village for approximately 20 minutes. 18:30 Arrive at Luon Bo area - anchor for overnight. 19:00 Dinner - deluxe Vietnamese & Western Buffet or Set Menu Dinner.
20:30 Evening activities include: film entertainment in the dining room at approximately 9:15, board games and playing cards are available, join squid fishing from the boat with our crew, massage services are available. Also at this time we offer, when possible - depending on weather conditions, an excursion to a nearby squid fishing boat. We travel by tender and you will be able to board the squid boat and see how the local fishermen catch squid and other fish, the excursion lasts about 45 minutes. 21:00 – 23:00 Happy Hour! Buy one drink - get one free (wine excluded). 23.00 End of program for Day One. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 15: 6:45 Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room. 7:00 Arrive at the Surprise Cave area, there is a small fishing village here. Relax onboard. You may join Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck at 7:00, duraion about 30 minutes. 7:45 Enjoy Breakfast Set Menu or Buffet served in the dining room. 8:30 Transfer by tender to the “Day Boat” and begin to cruise to some of Halong Bay ’s more secluded and untouched locales. Exact locations depend on tide conditions. Enjoy a leisurely day of kayaking and swimming. A multi-course lunch will be served mid-day. 16:00 Return by tender to the Indochina Sails boat.
18:30 Arrive at Luon Bo area - anchor for overnight. 19:00 Dinner - deluxe Vietnamese and Western Buffet or Set Menu Dinner. 20:30 Evening activities include: film entertainment in the dining room at approximately 9:15, board games and playing cards are available, massage services are available. Also at this time we offer, when possible - depending on weather conditions, an excursion to a nearby squid fishing boat. We travel by tender and you will be able to board the squid boat and see how the local fishermen catch squid and other fish, the excursion lasts about 45 minutes. 21:00 – 23:00 Happy Hour! Buy one drink - get one free (wine excluded). 23.00 End of program for Day Two
Day 3: 6:45 Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room. 7:00 Arrive at the Surprise Cave area, there is a small fishing village here. Relax onboard. You may join Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck at 7:00, duraion about 30 minutes. 8:00 Transfer by tender to the Surprise Cave. Walk up the 100 steps to the entrance of the cave and tour on foot for approximately 45 minutes. 9:00 Upon return to the boat take time to freshen up and please check-out of cabins.
Please leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff will transfer to the pier). Depart for Bai Chay/Halong pier. 9:30 Enjoy Breakfast Set Menu or Buffet served in the dining room. Settle bills in the dining room after breakfast. 10:00 Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room and enjoy the bay scenery as we approach the pier. 10:45 Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier. 11:00 Transfer by tender to the pier, relax inside the pier building while waiting for return transportation. Transfer to airport. Dinner on the way.
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