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Day 1 Nov. 2 – Depart USA
Depart on your international overnight flights from the US.
Day 2 Nov. 3- ARRIVE IN HANOI
Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, you will be met and greeted by our local representative and then transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 Nov. 4 – SIGHTSEEING IN HANOI, VIETNAM
Begin your day visiting the Hanoi Hilton (Hoa Lo Prison) which was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War when it was sarcastically known to American prisoners of war as the “Hanoi Hilton”. Continue to explore the exhibitions of Vietnam Military History Museum (closed on Monday and Friday) presenting the Vietnamese military history from the first period of founding the country to the Ho Chi Minh era. The museum contains a remarkable collection of war relics and photographs from Vietnam’s long struggles for freedom. Learn about guerrilla and communist troops and the history of the present Vietnam People’s Army. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex where the Vietnamese people honour the country Great Father. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside only) which contains the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh; and Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days in 1969. Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows. Following by the miniature 11th century One Pillar Pagoda which was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. In the late afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake which contains an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda and enjoy the coffee at a small local coffee shop. See a Water Puppet Show, a fantastic art form originating in northern Vietnam, best seen in Hanoi. Return to the hotel in the evening and rest of the day is at leisure (dinner on own).
Day 4 Nov. 5 – HANOI - HALONG
By vehicle from Hanoi (city) to Halong Bay. Stop en-route for stretching your legs and use the restroom at one of the souvenir shops for charity. Arrival at Hon Gai harbor, transfer by tender to the junk. Attend the safety briefing and then enjoy lunch as the boat starts to cruise through Bai Tu Long bay. In the afternoon, visit Vung Vieng fishing village by bamboo rowing boat then transfer back to the cruise for cooking demonstration. Dinner on board.
Day 5 Nov. 6 – HALONG - HANOI - DANANG - HOI AN
Start new day with Tai Chi session, enjoy coffee, tea & pastries served in dining room. Continue to explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son cave. Back to cruise for checking out & having international buffet brunch. Arrival at Hon Gai harbor. End of the program. Transfer by vehicle from Halong to Hanoi (Noi Bai Airport). Flight from Hanoi to Danang, upon arrival at Danang Airport transfer to your hotel. Dinner at hotel and overnight stay.
Day 6 Nov. 7 – HOI AN
Walking tour around Hoi An (2.5 Hours) - Hoi An is a picturesque riverside town south of Danang. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South East Asia’s major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Now, this beautifully preserved historic city is best seen on foot. See the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge - the first bridge on this site was constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. The bridge was provided with a roof so it could be used as a shelter from rain and sun. Visit the nearby Sa Huynh Museum, which contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An’s history. Stroll to the Tran Family Chapel, a house for worshipping ancestors that was built about 200 years ago with donations from family members. The Tran family traces its origins to China and moved to Vietnam around 1700. The architecture of the building reflects the influence of Chinese and Japanese styles. Visit the Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and then restored and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of the Chinese clans that were established in the Hoi An area. The temple is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau (Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen). Finally, visit a lantern making workshop, one of many in Hoi An. The framework for the lanterns is made beforehand and clients can observe locals adorning silk cloth on the lantern. Take a boat to reach the very quiet Cam Kim Island where you will see hand making workshops of wood carving. (Dinner on own). Return to the hotel and rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 7 Nov. 8 – HOI AN - HUE
Sightseeing in the Imperial Citadel Located in the heart of Hue is the Imperial Citadel, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modelled after the Forbidden City of Peking. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Visit Ngoc Son garden house with dinner The house isn’t simply Ngoc Son Princess’s worship building, but the excellent design is one of the few well-preserved garden houses in the city, full of shady green trees and antique furniture of the Nguyen Dynasty
Day 8 Nov. 9 – HUE - SAIGON
Excursion to Thien Mu Pagoda with a boat trip on the Perfume River Embark on a local boat and cruise down the Pefume River to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue’s most widely recognizable monuments. During the early 1960s, this became a centre of anti-government protests, and the site of the famous self-immolation by the monk Thich Quang Duc. Visit the Imperial Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh Khai Dinh was the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty and was constructed between 1920 and 1931. It sits magnificently on the slopes of Chau E Mountain in Chau Chau Village. It has a long staircase flanked by dragons. There are ceiling murals and ceramic frescoes. Later transfer to Hue Airport to board the flight from Hue to Saigon
Day 9 Nov. 10 – SAIGON
Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels Never discovered by American forces, the Cu Chi Tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapons factories. Today, walk through the area and learn about the day to day life of the Vietcong, bear witness to the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists. Lunch at local restaurant. Sightseeing in Saigon Saigon was called the Pearl in the East because of the art deco French style buildings in the early 20th Century. After bearing witness to the ups and downs of Saigon, nowadays this atmospheric relic from the past stands surrounded by the ever increasing modern high rise buildings and shopping malls. You will have a half day to visit the city’s main sites. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral The Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883, and is set in the heart of Saigon’s government quarter. It has a neo-Romanesque form and two high square towers tipped with iron spires. In front of the cathedral is a statue of the Virgin Mary. Visit War Remnants Museum The War Remnants Museum exhibits collections of weapons, photographs and memorabilia from two Indochina wars along with the original French ‘Guillotine’ brought here in the early 20th century.
Day 10 Nov. 11 – SAIGON
Pedal and Paddle in Ben Tre Immerse yourself fully in the local culture of the Mekong Delta with a day out to rustic Ben Tre. A journey of about two and a half hours will bring you to a peaceful area of lush orchards, green rice paddies and coconut fields. The fresh sweet coconut juice is said to be the best in the country. The industrious local residents have found many other uses for the humble coconut, including turning them into household items and cosmetics. Hop on a bike for a ride along the shady paths to visit the home of local antique collector, Uncle Six. This friendly older man will welcome you into his home from where he also sells his ceramics. If you’re feeling fit, Uncle Six will even show you how to climb the coconut trees using just your bare hands. Continue your two-wheeled exploration along rural pathways that wind their way alongside dense vegetation and small tributaries of the Mekong. Board a rowing boat and cruise along the small canals under the shade of the coconut trees. Then change your mode of transport to a motorized boat. After a delicious lunch of local specialties cooked by the host, visit some local workshops to see how rice paper and sticky coconut sweets are made.
Day 11 Nov. 12 – SAIGON
After breakfast transfer to the airport to board your flight back home.
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Angkor Wat Extension
Nov. 12 – SAIGON – SIEM REAP
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Saigon airport to board the flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met and greeted by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy dinner with Apsara Dance Performance at Angkor Village Hotel/Restaurant.
Nov. 13 – SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT
The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor Wat impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. Upon entering the main structure, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted from the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones. Dinner at local restaurant and return to the hotel.
NOV. 14 – SIEM REAP. Excursion to Kampong Kleang with boat trip. Kampong Kleang is located about 50 km from Siem Reap town. The place is situated on the northeast shore on the edge of the ecologically important Tonle Sap Lake. The road to the site is good but rather narrow. This boat trip will explore the floating fishing villages that live at the edges of the lake, passing submerged forests and fishing farms. Afternoon is free at leisure. Dinner at hotel.
NOV. 15 – Return to USA. After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport to board your return flight.
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