Hanoi and water puppets, Floating Villages, Halong Bay and Junks, Old Saigon and Ho Chi Minh City, Coconut Forests & Paddy Fields, Temple and Pagodas, Hoi An with China Beach, Water Blessing Ceremonies, Tuk Tuks & Basket boats, Tranquil Villages and Bustling Cities
Day 1 Saturday, March 14, 2020 International Flight
Depart Edmonton International Airport for Hanoi, Vietnam
Day 2 Sunday, March 15 Arrival to Hanoi
Overnight: Golden Silk Hotel (or similar) Meals Included: D
Chào mừng and welcome to Hanoi, bustling capital of Vietnam. After your transfer to your hotel and time to settle in and refresh, your welcome dinner will include a traditional Water Puppet Show.
Chúc ngủ ngon ~ Good night.
Day 3 Monday, March 16 Hanoi + Ha Long Junk Cruise
Overnight: Halong Bay Junk Cruise Meals Included: BLD
After breakfast, transfer by private coach to Halong Bay, one of the world’s great natural vistas and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival, meet your boat’s crew and board a traditional junk for a magical cruise around Halong Bay including a delicious local seafood lunch amid the countless limestone islands and grottoes rising from the clear, emerald water. After lunch you’ll have an opportunity to explore the beauty of the bay with a visit to a cave, some light kayaking or a refreshing swim. In the evening, you can even join locals in a little night fishing. Tonight you’ll sleep soundly on board your traditional junk.
Junk: A junk is a type of ancient Chinese sailing ship that is still in use today. Junks were used as seagoing vessels as early as the 2nd century AD. They continued to evolve in the later dynasties, and were used throughout Asia for extensive ocean voyages. The term junk may be used to cover many kinds of boat—ocean-going, cargo-carrying, pleasure boats, live-aboards. They vary greatly in size and there are significant regional variations in the type of rig, however they all employ fully battened sails. ~ Wikipedia
Day 4 Tuesday, March 17 Ha Long Junk Cruise + Hanoi
Overnight: Golden Silk Hotel (or similar) Meals Included: B
Enjoy your breakfast on the top deck after your Tai Chi lesson with the beauty of Halong Bay while floating on the sea. Return to Hanoi for your last night. The rest of the day is yours to relax or visit the local neighbourhoods with your TYW tour director.
Day 5 Wednesday, March 18 Hanoi Full Day Tour + Flight to Da Nang
Overnight: Belle Maison Parosand (or similar) Meals Included: BLD
Today is a walking day, so be prepared with your water bottle and comfy sandals as your local guide steers you clear of tourist traps, showing you the real Vietnam. Your visits will include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Ba Dinh Square, The old residence of Ho Chi Minh, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and Ngoc Son Temple. As well you will take an in-depth walking tour of Hanoi Old Quarter for an overview of the local life and businesses before transferring to airport for your flight to Da Nang. Overnight in Da Nang. Flight details – TBA
Day 6 Thursday, March 19 China Beach + Transfer to Hoi An
Overnight: Laluna Hoi An Riverside Hotel (or similar) Meals Included: BL
Spend your day today in Da Nang and the famous “China Beach”. Considered to be Vietnam’s most picturesque beach, the white sandy 20-mile stretch of My Khe Beach was named by the American troops who visited during the Vietnam War. Continue to Hoi An Ancient for walking tour with it’s wonderfully preserved merchant houses and small alleyways. Explore the Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, Tan Ky Ancient House, and the vibrant markets. Hoi An is also a superb place to get anything you desire tailor made usually within 12 hours.
Day 7 Friday, March 20 Countryside of Hoi An + Tra Que Culinary Class
Overnight: Laluna Hoi An Riverside Hotel (or similar) Meals Included: BL
Begin your adventure in the countryside along beautiful roads twisting through rice paddies, past temples, palm forests and lush natural scenery. At the Cam Thanh Coconut Forest, you’ll join special bamboo “basket boats” on the Cua Dai River, exploring water palm forests, and learning to catch purple crabs…. At the An My Paddy Field, you’ll spot buffalo among the vast green fields– the very symbol of countryside living in Vietnam. In Tra Que Village you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink before taking part in preparing traditional rice milk and enjoying a traditional lunch with at local family. After lunch, you‘ll meet local farmers and share their experiences of farming and daily life. By the end of the visit you’ll have a real sense of the work that brings rice to the table.
Day 8 Saturday, March 21 Hoi An + Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Overnight: Hotel Grand Saigon (or similar) Meals Included: BD
Today is yours to “sleuthe through Saigon” (with your guide) until your driver brings you to the airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Free time will depend on the departure times. Flight details – TBA
Day 9 Sunday, March 22 Ho Chi Minh + Ben Tre, Mekong
Overnight: Hotel Grand Saigon (or similar) Meals Included: BLD
Today, journey by boat along the Ben Tre River, a tributary of the famed Mekong. Witness the lively activities along river such as fishing, commerce and ferries . A coconut processing workshop will reveal the husking and candy-making process with plenty of opportunities to sample the delicious products. A family-run workshop will demonstrate the crafting of traditional sleep mats with an opportunity to tour by motorbike-driven cart, tranquil villages and vegetable gardens to experience the daily life and tropical culture of the residents. In the afternoon, after a rowing-boat tour through water palm lined creeks, you’ll make your way back to Saigon for the night.
Day 10 Monday, March 23 Ho Chi Minh + Cu Chi Tunnels
Overnight: Hotel Grand Saigon (or similar) Meals Included: BL
Start the day with an unforgettable visit to the Cu Chi Tunnel complex, the incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Later, your city tour encompasses the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the imposing and bustling Ben Thanh market.
Day 11 Tuesday, March 24 Flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Overnight: Palace Gate Hotel & Resort (or similar) Meals Included: BL
Today you will transfer to Cambodia. Upon your arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, you’ll be welcomed by your TYW tour director and brought to the hotel to settle in. This afternoon, you’ll visit the Central Market (Psar Thmei), constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways brimming with wares. The countless stalls feature goods ranging from gold and silver, antique coins, money exchanges, books, flowers, food, fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, seafood and anything else you might desire. From the market we’ll continue on and visit Wat Phnom, a Buddhist temple dating to 1327 and the central point of the city before embarking on a boat ride to view the setting sun over three converging rivers. Flight details – TBA
Day 12 Wednesday, March 25 Phnom Penh + Flight to Siem Reap
Overnight: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (or similar) Meals Included: BL
This morning you will continue with the Independence Monument, built in 1958 to memorialize Cambodia’s independence from France in 1953, the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, a temple located within the grounds of the Palace filled with jeweled sculptures. You’ll visit the moving Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, a high school used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces that became the largest centre for detention during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. After lunch, you’ll transfer to the airport for our flight to Siem Reap. Flight details – TBA
Day 13 Thursday, March 26 Angkor Wat Tours + Siem Reap
Overnight: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (or similar) Meals Included: BLD
After breakfast explore the World Heritage Site Angkor Wat. Begin your visit at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the last great capital of the Khmer Empire, marvelling at the series of colossal human faces carved from the stone walls. Visit the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, the pyramidal Phimeanakas Temple, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and BaPhuon temple, built in the mid-11th century and dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Next, continue to Ta Prohm, made famous in Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider. Ta Prohm, one of the most popular sites in the area, is a wondrous fantasy of jungle and architecture co-mingling, the giant fig and kapok trees strangling the ancient stonework in an incredibly photogenic interplay of man and nature. You’ll explore this massive monument, and its many-columned galleries, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds which reflect the towering temple. If weather permits, you may have the option to view the sunset from a tethered balloon and experience the Angkor Heritage Site from the sky.
Day 14 Friday, March 27 City Tours + Siem Reap
Overnight: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (or similar) Meals Included: BLD
This morning drive to the “floating” village of Kampong Phluk, home to some 3000 inhabitants. Flooded mangrove forests surround the area and are home to myriad wildlife, including crab-eating macaque! During the dry season when the lake is low (March through July), the buildings in the villages seem to soar atop their 6-meter stilts exposed by the lack of water. At this time of year many of the villagers move out onto the lake and build temporary houses. In the wet season when the water level rises (Aug to February), the villagers move back to their permanent houses on the floodplain, the stilts now hidden under the water. Kampong Phluk’s economy is, as one might expect, based in fishing, primary shrimp harvesting. Amidst the bustle of this busy community you’ll share in a delicious lunch before our return to the hotel. (Depending on the seasonal conditions, this trip may take place at a similar village, Chhong Khneas). In the late afternoon, embark on “tuk-tuks” and ride to visit the lovely Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chorm shrine and the Angkor National Museum, an archaeological museum dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Angkor-era artifacts. This is the perfect setting to learn about the art and culture of Khmer civilization, surrounded by collections dating from the 9th to the 14th centuries. Continue your visit with a stop at Wat Preah Enkosei, a modern, working temple located riverside near the Angkor Conservation Center. Here you’ll take in the Preah Vihear (Monastic hall), a pleasant mustard-yellow hall with balustraded terraces set amidst ancient temples and stupas. You’ll witness monks perform a Water Blessing Ceremony, ensuring good luck and safe travels. You’ll spend the night in Siem Reap.
Day 15 Saturday, March 28 Markets + Siem Reap
Overnight: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (or similar) Meals Included: B
Old Markets, new markets, markets markets…. Starting with Psah Chas: Silverworks, pearls, gold, brass sculptures, silk, jewelry, handbags… Maybe even a Krama. This multi-purpose scarf is the national symbol of Cambodia and used by all. The traditional Cambodian garment is used as a scarf, bandana, to cover the face, carry children, as a hammock for youngsters, to swat away flies and wipe the beads of sweat and pretty much anything else in between. The checked fabric traditionally comes in red and white.
This is your last day to barter for all those need to have items. Chúc mừng!
Day 16 Sunday, March 29 International Flight Home
Overnight: On board flight Meals Included: B
International flight and journey home, laden with stories and memories to last a lifetime with a yearning to Travel Your World.
B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner
- International & Domestic Airfares
- All breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners
- Amazing hotel accommodations
- All private air conditioned coaches, waterways & basketboats
- Cu Chi Tunnels
- Angkor Wat and all city tours
- Tra Que Village and a private culinary class
- Ho Chi Mausoleum, all museums and temples
- 3 lunches, 6 dinners and all beverages
- Gratuities and Insurance (mandatory)
- Travel Visas – details to follow
- Items of personal nature
Luggage Allowance: Depends on your chosen airline, please verify. TBA for domestic flights
Travel Visa: Yes, Both Vietnam and Cambodia travel visas are needed for Canadian passport holders.
Climate for August:
Spring in Vietnam: You can expect plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies. Temperatures range from 19°C – 28°C across the country.
Spring in Cambodia: Days are dry and sunny with little or no rainfall and temperatures average around 30°C across the country.
$1.00 CAD = 17,743.46 Vietnamese Dong
$1.00 CAD = 3,109.26 Cambodian Riel
$5,595.00 per person
Based on 24 participants in twin occupancy
Single occupancy – $495.00 pp
International air taxes are included and based on 2019 air rates
* Flights are based on economy seating
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Application Due Date: Friday, July 19, 2019
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Beverages & Lunches: TBA
Gratuities: TBA – payable to Cathy Whittal-Williams for group distribution.
Travel Visas: TBA
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