Kingdoms of Wonder: Vietnam & Cambodia

Kingdoms of Wonder: Vietnam & Cambodia

One trip, double the fun! 

From the ancient-modern charm of Vietnam to the world’s great archaeological temple treasures at Angkor, cruising the karst wonderland of Ha Long Bay to sailing down the mighty Mekong River, get ready for cultural immersion, Lara Croft-style adventure, local escapades and plenty of fun all rolled into one.

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Trip Dates: 04 Nov - 12 Nov
Availability: Yes, 7 spots left
Places Covered: Vietnam
Category: Women Only

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Xin chao! Vietnam, here we come! 

A representative will meet you upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International airport and drive you to the hotel. Look at the window and you’ll see motorbikes zipping through tangled streets, stalls serving up steaming bowls of pho, and red yellow-starred Vietnamese flags decorating every road and alleyway; try to keep count of them, we guarantee you’ll lose count.

In the evening: accompanied by a local guide, we’ll walk through the maze of crowded, chaotic and colorful alleys that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Here, every street sells a certain commodity; find yourself walking past one stocked with beautiful old lamps, the next selling Christmas merchandise, and the one after, filled with all-natural medical shops, with every kind of herb and spice heaped everywhere in buckets. It’s an explorer’s delight.

Then: a water puppet show en route. Watch as wooden marionettes glide effortlessly across the water stage, acting out comedy, history and buffoonery. Live music and singers, theatrical lighting and elaborate props, such as fire-breathing dragons and ducks spitting water add to this uniquely Vietnamese show.

Afterwards, we’ll have dinner at the 5 Spice restaurant, where we’ll eat authentic Vietnamese food including Hanoi specialties. We’ll wind down the evening with a cup of ca phe trung (traditional egg coffee) or bia hoi (draft beer) for something with a little more kick.
Breakfast at the hotel, and then we’ll drive to Halong Bay (4 hours).

'Halong' means ‘descending dragon’ as legend has it that the gods sent dragons, who dropped jewels and jade from their mouths into the bay, creating the islands to protect the Vietnamese from foreign invaders. Famed world-over for its spectacular seascape of thousands of limestone karsts rising like dragon's teeth from the sea, it is one of Vietnam’s crowning glorious.

Upon arrival, you’ll board the Bhaya Classic Cruise, a sleek modern beauty built in the style of a traditional Vietnamese junk. Spend the day cruising leisurely around the bay. Sit back and enjoy the sunshine on your back, and sail by little fishing towns and looming, rocky outcrops. (Please note that the Halong Bay Cruise is operational based on weather conditions. In case of bad weather, alternate arrangements will be made).

Lunch: enjoy freshly-caught fish and other seafood dishes onboard.

In the afternoon you can choose from several activities: a cooking demonstration with chef on board, an optional traditional massage, or a refreshing swim.

End the day with a gastronomic set-menu dinner, as the sun sinks slowly below the horizon, flushing the sky and clouds a lotus pink.
Take in the magic of a Halong Bay sunrise as you start the day with a guided Tai Chi session on the deck, practicing a series of slow, rhythmic, and meditative body movements that will help align your brain, body and breath.

Then, take in the view of beautiful spots including Trinh Nu and Hang Trong, the Virgin Cave and the Cave of the Winds. A chance to explore the aptly named Surprise Cave is on the cards next. Allegedly named after the sheer astonishment of the French admiral who discovered it, this immense, 30-metre-high grotto is encrusted with stalactites and stalagmites. Guides like to point out rock formations in the shapes of different creatures. Keep an eye out for the tiger, dragon, and penguin formations, and let your imagination run wild.

Enjoy a buffet brunch as we sail back to the dock. A Byond representative will meet you after you disembark and drive you to the Hai Phong Airport for the short flight (2 hours) to Ho Chi Minh City. Please note that everyone travelling in the group must book the same flight from Hai Phong to Ho Chi Minh.

You’ll be met on arrival at the airport and chauffeured to the hotel. Afterwards, stroll the streets, eat dinner at a local restaurant, try some freshly brewed bia hoi (beer) at one of the local pubs and perhaps catch some of the street entertainment.
After breakfast, we’ll climb into a private coach and drive to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a labyrinth of around 200km subterranean passages beneath farming villages that were used as hideouts, living quarters and supply routes for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

En route, a rare travel experience: we’ll stop at a rice paper making village. A local guide will first show you the cooking process and then lead you to see the next step: sheets of rice paper draped on thousands of bamboo lattices drying in the sun as far as the eye can see; it’s quite a sight. Eating a rice paper spring roll is never going to be the same after this experience! 

At the Cu Chi Tunnels: after an introductory video, see various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and numerous bomb craters which will send a shudder down your spine. Then, climb down and explore this maze of tunnels and underground bunkers for a first-hand glimpse of what life was like for Vietnamese soldiers holding off American forces in the 1960s.

In the afternoon: visit the Reunification Palace which was the president's palace when the Vietnam War ended, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the adjacent Saigon Post Office, a classic French colonial structure with huge ceilings with a giant portrait of Uncle Ho (Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh).

We’ll end the day at the Ben Thanh Market – an icon of the city. Explore this cluttered pocket of stalls and find everything from non la (the traditional Vietnamese hat) to expensive Luwak or Civet coffee beans; there are lots of little treasures to be found. Make sure you bargain, it’s the norm. And if you need a snack to refuel energy reserves depleted by shopping, there’s plenty of street food filling the air with the smells of wok-fried noodles, barbecued fish and meats available.
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll make our way to the Mekong Delta, a vast network of lush green mangroves, bright rice paddies, and languid backwaters.

You’ll get a fresh perspective of life on the riverbanks as you climb aboard a cruise and sail down the waters, as a local guide regales you with stories of the waterways. We’ll float along little canals, and then disembark and walk along small roads for a glimpse of local life - children playing in wood and palm-leafed schools, fishermen waiting patiently for their catch and farmers toiling in the field.

Afterwards: we’ll climb into a smaller rowing boat, to drift deeper into the countryside, where we'll  stop by fruit orchards and mingle with locals. After a short break during which we'll listen to a traditional music show whilst biting into fresh seasonal fruit, we'll head to Tortoise Island for lunch.

Next: we'll visit a local workshop to see how coconut candy is made. 

In the evening: we’ll head back to Ho Chi Minh, after which you are free to explore the city and enjoy dinner (on your own) at a restaurant of your choice.
You’re free to spend the day as you please, so grab this opportunity to shop like there’s no tomorrow! You’ll find everything from local handicrafts to imitation brand-name clothing, shoes and handbags that are at a fraction of the price you’ll find back home. Ho Chi Minh is truly a treasure trove of great finds.

In the evening: a special dinner. You’ll get a real taste of local culture by dining with a local family in their home.
You'll be driven to the airport to board your flight (around 1 hour) to Cambodia! 

Touchdown Siem Reap! You’ll be met at the airport by a local representative and driven to your hotel. 

In the evening: free time. Recommended: head out to the famous Pub Street for some shopping or relax with a foot massage and watch the world go by.

We'll celebrate our first evening in Cambodia with a dinner at a local restaurant. Stuff yourself with traditional dishes. We won’t judge.
Grab your camera, pull on some comfortable shoes and channel your inner 'Tomb Raider' as we head deep into the Cambodian jungle to explore the temple complexes of Angkor today.

First up: Angkor Thom, which means ‘the great city’ in Khmer.To enter the fortified city, we’ll first drive over an ancient bridge flanked by 54 stone warriors and 54 stone demons, then through a huge gate topped with a tower, which bears four faces looking in each direction. It feels like you’re entering an ancient kingdom of gods and giants, and the beginning of a legendary adventure.

Next: the Bayon Temple with its iconic 200 mysterious giant smiling stone faces of Lokesvara. Depending on the light and time of a day, they change their expression from a wise, warm smile to sarcastic leer and grim grin. For many visitors, Bayon is the most striking temple in the whole Angkor Complex.

You'll also visit the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper Kings and Baphuon.

Then: channel your inner Lara Croft as we explore Ta Phrom, where scenes from The Tomb Raider were filmed. Walk through the lichen-covered ruins of this temple, where gargantuan roots of  strangler fig trees run riot, growing over old stone walls, reclaiming the temple for their own. You’ll feel like the European explorers of old when they first stumbled across it, hidden away in the jungle.

Lunch: at a local restaurant. 

In the afternoon: we'll visit Angkor Wat, the star of the show.  It is grandiose for one thing; at more than 5 kms long - with its own moat - it is the world’s largest religious monument, and it is incredibly detailed as well. It is decorated with a 800m-long series of intricate and astonishing carvings depicting historical events and stories from mythology, and the building is crowned with symbolic lotus bud towers; a testament to the power and culture of the ancient Khmer Empire.

We'll wind up the day with dinner at a local restaurant.
It's time to bid farewell to Cambodia and head back home. You'll be chauffeured to the airport to catch your flight to India.

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