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Discover the best of what Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos have to offer.
Start your Vietnam travel from the historic capital of Hanoi, and travel overnight on a cruise to Halong Bay. Head back to Hanoi and travel to Luang Prabang in Laos where you get to explore this intriguing country. Travel to Siem Reap in Cambodia and explore its highlights. Finally travel Ho Chi Minh and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.
|Departing from Australia every Saturday|
Departure from Sydney/ Melbourne, upon arrival Noi Bai airport your are met and transferred to your hotel. Then you are free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is rich with culture thanks to an eclectic mix influences including French, which is evident through the fine old colonial building and tree lined boulevards. Meet your local guide in the morning to discover the city, taking in sights including Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, The Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stils and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Enjoy traditional local fare for lunch before visiting The Temple of Literature (Vietnam’s first university, built in 11th century), The Tran Quoc Pagoda (the oldest pagoda in Vietnam), Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Finish the day with a ride on a three-whelled cyclo and discover the vibrant Old Quarter of Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his Museum are closed on Monday, Friday and the whole months of Oct/Nov – Ho Chi Minh House and all Museums are closed on Monday.
Breakfast at hotel, around 08:00 we transfer to Halong City, the drive takes about 4 hours, stopping off for a refreshment break en route.
Check-in at Paradise Lounge – Tuan Chau Island
Your first stop on arrival at Tuan Chau Island is the Paradise check-in lounge. You will have time to refresh yourself after the long drive from Hanoi.
Embark on Paradise Luxury
After your transfer to Paradise Luxury, you will be checked-in, then taken to the restaurant, where you will be briefed about your cruise while enjoying your welcome drink.
Lunch in the restaurant
As the Paradise Luxury makes its way to Halong Bay, you will have time to savor your delicious lunch while enjoying the stunning views – your first introduction to this majestic landscape.
Cruise Halong Bay or enjoy a Spa Treatment
After lunch, you will have time to be enchanted by the stunning landscape of Halong Bay. If the first stop isn’t for you, you can opt for an afternoon of pampering and indulgence at Le Parfum Spa*.
Visit Tung Sau Pearl Farm or kayak*
Your first excursion is a visit to Tung Sau Pearl Farm, an area in Halong Bay dedicated to growing pearls and practicing a handmade technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology. This is also an ideal destination for kayaking. If this excursion doesn’t take your fancy, stay on board and treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea.
Visit Sung Sot Cave
Your next stop is the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, where you will be surprised by the breathtaking panoramic view across the Bay once you exit the cave. This is the largest cave in Halong Bay, and the stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years have taken on fascinating shapes.
Pre-Dinner Sunset Cocktails* and Cooking Demonstration
Paradise Luxury will anchor overnight at Coconut Tree Island. This is the perfect time for you to enjoy a cocktail or two as the sun sets over the karst landscape. Foodies can partake in Vietnamese cooking demonstration before dinner, and guaranteed to whet the appetite.
Royal Bao Dai Dinner
Dress like kings and queens for the Royal Bao Dai dinner at the restaurant. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax with a drink* or two, go squid fishing, book in for a spa treatment at Le Parfum Spa* or watch a movie in the restaurant.
Tai Chi on Sundeck
Welcome your second day on board Paradise Luxury with a Tai Chi session on the sundeck as the sun rises, followed by a light breakfast in the restaurant.
Visit to Titov Island
Hike to the top of Titov Island for stunning panoramic views of the Bay. After your hike, go for a refreshing swim in Halong Bay’s emerald waters, or sip from a coconut in the shade. If you choose to stay on board, book in for a pamper session in the Le Parfum Spa*.
Breakfast at the restaurant
Back on board, you can opt for your breakfast to be served in the restaurant or your cabin. Paradise Luxury will pass Thien Cung and Dau Go Caves and Fighting Cocks Islet before you settle your bill, check-out and return to Tuan Chau Island.
Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina
After disembarking from Paradise Luxury, and for guests booked on the Paradise shuttle bus, you will be served a light lunch at Paradise Lounge before the drive back to Hanoi.
Return to Hanoi. Then you are free. Overnight in Hanoi.
Notes: Due to cruising conditions, itineraries may change without prior notice. Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant/bar area, but internet connectivity is limited due to the geography of Halong. Thank you for your understanding. *Additional charges
Flight: VN931 @ 12:50pm – 1:55pm
There is some free time for your own exploration in Hanoi until we transfer to airport for your flight to Luang Prabang. You are met at the airport and taken to your hotel. We then take a half day star your city tour at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, where you will explore the history of Laos. Continue on foot to Wat Mai temple, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat Sensoukarahm temple, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade. Next we visit Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham. For the rest of time free at leisure at hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
We’ll pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. Start your city tour to visit Wat Xieng Thong temple, the most revered temple in Luang Prabang. Located at the end of the peninsula, close to the Mekong, this temple was built in 1560 by King Setthathirat and is decorated with ornate carvings and mosaics. We then board an upstream cruise on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. We’ll make sure to stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. We will also stop at a few villages during the day, including Ban Xanghai where the local rice wine is produced. We return to Luang Prabang and continue to Ban Xangkong, a village well known for silk hand weaving and making traditional Saa Paper. We come back to Luang Prabang and continue to climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the night market, where you can find a wide collection of handmade textile by local and hill tribe people in the surrounding towns before transfer to the hotel for relaxing. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Flight: VN931 02:40pm – 04:10pm (No flights on Tuesday and Sunday)
08:00am: We excursion towards Khouangsi Waterfall, stopping to visit some ethnic minority villages and see how these colorful people live. Once at the falls you can swim in the turquoise pools or walk along forest paths.
10:30am: We return to Luang Prabang for lunch and continue to transfer to airport to catch your departure flight to Siem Reap. On arrival in Siem Reap, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch at local restaurant.
Visit to the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Enjoy wonderful sunset from the top of Pre Rup Temple. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Rise very early this morning for a special experience as you join local Buddhist monks for chanting and meditation. Head back to the hotel for breakfast before departing to a local village for your cooking class. You will learn to make such delicacies as mango salad and fish amok in a beautifully restored traditional Khmer house surrounded by endless rice fields and sugar palm trees. After eating your creations for lunch, we will enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap Lake at KAMPONG PHLUK VILLAGE. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the “village” move from place to place following water levels and current. Then return to hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Flight: VN3818 @ 11:35am – 1:05pm
You are free until we transfer to airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, you are met and followed by our tour guide to visit the city including: the Reunification Palace, the former place of President Thieu and his predecessors. Today a museum and venue for official receptions, it features the private rooms of the president, the “War Room” form where the South Vietnamese forces were controlled, and the room where the North Vietnamese army finally took control in 1975. Near by more iconic city landmarks, the Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral (closed for renovation – visit outside only), which were built between 1877 and 1883. Built in Neo-Romanesque style, Notre Dame is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam. Continue to market, where a wile section of goods are on offer. Overnight in Saigon
Flight: VN3818 @ 11:35am – 1:05pm
Leave behind busy Saigon, drive for Tam Vu for Dragon fruit garden visiting, there are many gardens stretch as far as eyes can see, quick stop in one of them for tasting the famous fruit. It is known as a natural medicine for health and beauty. The busy market with colorful flowers and fruits and vegetables, catfish, turtle…will give you a wonderful photo for countryside life. Not only dragon fruits but also rice, corn, chili field on way down a ferry station will bring you to another picture of Mekong delta.
Continue your trip by catching the ferry reach to Tan Thanh Island and cross the big river, listen to your tour guide introduce about the famous land of beauty that a lot of Nguyen Dynasty concubines came from: Tu Du Queen, Nam Phuong Queen… Listening to wishpers of the wind tell you about the peaceful land.
On arrive, a mortobike trip will be reached up on the village road to the coconut house, and don’t forget to wear helmet. The immense of green land, the cool breeze of countryside will make you leave behind all of life burden, away from busy things out there… Let your six senses to be free…
Mekong is country of fruit, rice and coconut trees which take an important role in local life that local people waste nothing, you might see them everywhere. In Tan Phong Island, the next stops on the island to know more about that.
Stop in a coconut house which a family is keen on peeling up the coconut cover. Next stop for making broom lady, another product from coconut. The last one will be coconut leaf proof making.
Time for outstanding momment that spending 40 minutes on the sampan rowing along the emerald village canal. Arrive the local restaurant with delicious menu, lunch will be served in a coconut garden with great hospitality from the host, take your pleasant time on the hammock. After lunch, we continue our trip to Can Tho. Then you are free. Overnight in Can Tho.
The last day of your tour of Vietnam takes you to Can Tho, which is famous for its Cai Rang floating market where hundreds of local boats drift on the Mekong River and sell local agriculture products. Then you will visit Ba Cong Orchard Garden where you can see a lot of special fruits such as: Lo Ren star apples, Hoa Loc mangoes, Nam Roi pormelo, purple mangosteen, plums, durian, rambutan, etc… You also visit house for making fresh noodle amd an authentic market onland before returning to hotel. You’ll head back to Ho Chi Minh City before noon, on arrival city you’re free to relax in the afternoon back in HCMC, may to do some final shopping, or just to enjoy yourself Vietnamese style – sitting in a café watching the world go by. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Breakfast at hotel, this morning we head to Cu Chi Tunnels which are located in an area known during the American War in Vietnam as the ‘Iron Triangle’, on account of the strength of its Communist insurgency. Cu Chi was also the conclusion to many caravan paths that traced down from the Chinese border, across mountain borders with Laos and into the Mekong Delta, which later became known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The network, which is several storeys deep in some parts, includes trapdoors, living areas, storage facilities, weapon factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Then we return to Ho Chi Minh to take take your flight departure. The trip ends at airport.
|Group Size (Min. 2 people)||Deluxe Class (5*)|
|Price per person/ twin share||$5,690|
(Flight with Vietnam Airlines the new Dreamliner 787)
* Conditions apply. Minnimum 2 person travelling together. Price based on twin share or double bedded room .