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2017 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia

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28 June – 19 July 2017
Escorted by Tony Rogers

 

**Confirmed departure

 

Gentleman share available


These fascinating countries of South East Asia have many common threads running through them.  The saffron of the Buddist monks, gorgeous silks and flowers, motor scooters, charming people, a recent history of war, heat and humidity and a determination to move forward.
Vietnam - rich in history, a diverse culture, World Heritage sites, natural scenery and charming innocence, plus frenetic Ho Chi Minh City, traditional Hoi An and colonial Hanoi.
The Kingdom of Cambodia, more than UNESCO Heritage Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap Lake, offers an array of sleepy towns, faded colonial architecture, memorable landscapes, a chequered history and friendly people.
Landlocked by five countries, mountainous and captivating, Laos defines itself as “Simply Beautiful.” Its laid-back capital Vientiane on the banks of the Mekong will delight, while its rich history dates back 10,000 years,
This is a tour that allows you time to take in the three countries, see their beauty, meet the people and hear of their recent and ancient history. 
You will return with an understanding of this area we used to call Indochina. 

Itinerary

June 2017
Wednesday 28                      Auckland – Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand at midday to arrive Ho Chi Minh early evening.  Transfer to a centrally situated hotel for an overnight stay.
 
Thursday 29                          Ho Chi Minh B L D
This mornings’ city tour visits all the highlights of Ho Chi Minh including the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office.
After lunch, travel to District 5 to visit Cho Lon (China Town) and the pagoda. This is followed by shopping at the famous Ben Thanh Market where the wide range of goods range from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Ao Dai.
Dinner is at a city restaurant in the city with time to explore the highest building in Saigon – the Bitexco.
Option:                       Saigon after dark by Vespa
This tour includes many stops for snacks, drinks at street restaurants and a visit to a coffee shop to experience live Vietnamese music and more. (approx. US$110 pp)
Friday 30                               Ho Chi Minh – Vientiane (Laos) B L D
A morning drive out of the city to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast network of tunnels where people lived and fought during the Vietnam War.
After lunch travel to the airport for the flight to Vientiane – the sleepy riverside capital of Laos with its leafy boulevards.
On arrival transfer to your hotel for a two night stay.

 
July
Saturday 01                          Vientiane B L D
This mornings’ tour includes the city’s oldest temple, the former royal temple of the Lao monarchy with many Buddist sculptures.
After lunch travel into the countryside and visit a salt extraction plant and a village to see Lao rice whisky distillation.  Embark on a long tail boat, visit fishing villages and stop to see the local lifestyle. Dinner and overnight in Vientiane.

 
Sunday 02                              Vientiane – Luang Prabang B L D
This morning visit the Morning Market before transferring to the airport for flight to Luang Prabang a UNESCO city. Transfer to the hotel.
Later visit the stupa of Wat Visoun and climb to the top of Mount Phousi to enjoy the sunset over the Mekong River.
This evening, haggle for wares at the quaint Night Market and see a wonderful selection of handmade textiles made by the hill tribes.

 
Monday 03                             Luang Prabang B L D
An early start allows you to see the daily rituals of the saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of alms – Laos is the only nation to continue this tradition.
Return to the hotel for breakfast before departing on a city tour and a cruise upstream on the Mekong River with views of the tranquil countryside. Explore the Pak Ou Caves and stop at a village, well known for weaving.

 
Tuesday 04                            Luang Prabang – Hanoi (Vietnam) B L D
Free time before departing on a midday flight to the French Colonial city of Hanoi.
After checking into your hotel enjoy a one hour cyclo tour of the French inspired ‘Old Quarter.’  A performance of the city’s famous Water Puppets show is included before dinner in a local restaurant.

 
Wednesday 05                      Hanoi B L D
This morning the city tour includes the Ho Chi Minh complex, the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, his former stilt-house, the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda  
After lunch, visit the infamous Hoa Loa Prison Museum also known as the ‘Hanoi Hilton.’  Time for shopping in the Old Quarter, including markets, designer boutiques and contemporary art galleries.

 
Thursday 06                          Hanoi – Halong Bay B L D
This morning drive to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’ – Halong Bay.  Board your boat and set sail while lunch served.  Cruise among thousands of limestone Karst formations and understand why this area is now one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of Nature.’
The afternoon provides time to kayak, swim and climb to the top of Soi Sim Island for a panoramic view of Halong Bay.
A wonderful seafood dinner aboard the boat is one to remember.

 
Friday 07                   Halong Bay B L D
Begin the day with Tai Che exercises before breakfast!  Cruise to the floating markets where we experience the lives of the local fishermen. Later explore the bay by kayak, enjoy a swim at a nearby beach or relax in this picturesque environment.
Return to our boat for lunch and continue cruising passing a fishing village and visit a pearl farm. Overnight on boat.

 
Saturday 08                         Halong – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An B D
This morning return to Hanoi for an early afternoon flight to Danang and travel by coach to Hoi An for a three night stay.
 
Sunday 09                              Hoi An (Full Moon Night) B L D
This mornings’ walking tour of central Hoi An includes the Japanese Covered Bridge, the silk street of Hoi An, temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance.
After lunch, time to perhaps order some tailor made clothes or relax.
This evening enjoy dinner then be guided through ‘The Ancient Street’ to see the 1000’s of lanterns lit for the Full Moon Festival.

 
Monday 10                             Hoi An (Farming and Fishing Eco Tour) B L D
An early start for a visit to the country side and see the farmers preparing the land, using seaweed fertilizer and watering with huge tin cans carried on their backs.
Then cycle through the country side to see more country life. This is followed by a ride on an Eco-Tour boat for a river cruise.  See and meet local fishermen and try a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing.  To conclude the morning, transfer to a Vietnamese bamboo basket boat for a short race down a coconut palm lined waterway! Lunch includes vegetables picked earlier at Tra Que Village.
Afternoon free to collect your tailoring or relax.

 
Tuesday 11                            Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho B L D
Return to Danang for a noon flight to Ho Chi Minh and coach south to Can Tho and the Mekong River Delta for a two night stay.
 
Wednesday 12                      Can Tho B L D
An early morning boat trip to the famous Cai Rang floating market.  Here all produce is sold off small boats - all action and is the largest floating market in the Delta.
This is followed by a visit to an orchard, a rice husking mill and a rice noodle making shop.
Rest of the day at leisure.

 
Thursday 13                          Can Tho – Chau Doc B L D
This morning drive to Chau Doc to visit Thoai Ngoc Hau Confession and Nui Sam Mountain.  An optional walk to the summit of Sam Mountain for views of the Mekong River and the pancake-flat plain across to the Cambodian border. Overnight at Chau Doc.
 
Friday 14                               Chau Doc – Phnom Penh (Cambodia) B L D
This morning board a high speed hydrofoil to travel upriver to Phnom Penh – the capital city of Cambodia. On arrival transfer to your hotel for a two night stay and lunch.
In the afternoon visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum.

 
Saturday 15                          Phnom Penh B L D
Morning visit to the sobering Genocide Museum and onto the ‘Killing Fields.’
En-route stop at the bustling market of Toul Tumpong – also known as the Russian Market.

 
Sunday 16                            Phnom Penh – Siem Reap B L D
Travel by coach through the countryside and villages from Laos to Cambodia. On arrival in Siem Reap, settle into the hotel for a two night stay.
 
Monday 17                             Siem Reap B L D
A full day to visit Angkor Wat, the UNESCO site and last capital of the Khmer Empire, built in the 12th century. The complex looks much the same as it would have done when the French explorers came here 140 years ago – shrouded in undergrowth with huge roots of old Banyan tress growing over and down the ruins. The Southern Gate is guarded by giant carvings of gods and demons. See the Royal enclosure, Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King, all preserved   
After lunch explore the architectural and artistic masterpiece of the Khmer Empire.  Sunset paints the temple in an orange light.
Tonight’s farewell dinner is at a local restaurant.

 
Tuesday 18                            Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh B
Check in for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City and an overnight stay.
 
Wed 19                     Ho Chi Minh – Auckland B
Transfer to airport to connect with our Air New Zealand flight to Auckland.   
 
Thursday 20
Morning arrival in Auckland  

 
* Itinerary may change due to schedule changes

Cost

Cost Per Person* NZD

Twin share

$7,827

Single supplement

$1,992

 

 

Premium Economy upgrade
(Air New Zealand flights only)

$1,992

Business Class
(Air New Zealand flights only)

$3,061

 

 

Land only cost (twin share)
Start Ho Chi Minh 28 June - end Ho Chi Minh 18 July)

$6,497

Early Booking Discount
(if deposit paid by 16 December 2016)

$100

Previous International Tour Client Discount

$100


* This is a cash, or cheque price.  Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
* Price is subject to currency fluctuations, airline surcharges and utilising the flights on the dates of the tour


 

Inclusions

  • Return International economy class flights Auckland – Ho Chi Minh / Ho Chi Minh - Auckland

  • Economy flights H C M (Vietnam) – Vientiane (Laos) / Luang Prabang (Laos) – Hanoi (Vietnam) / Siem Reap (Cambodia) – Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)

  • Domestic flights Hanoi – Da Nang / Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh

  • English speaking guides in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

  • All hotel accommodation on a twin share basis in rooms with private facilities.

  • Meals as specified

  • All transfers and transport as outlined

  • Entrance fees and permits during guided time

  • River hydrofoil experience in Cambodia – Chau Doc – Phnom Penh

  • Cyclo tour in Hanoi

  • All boat trips including Halong Bay (overnight)

  • Escort subject to 15 persons travelling

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance - please ask us for a quote

  • Airline and Government taxes NZD230

  • Vietnamese Visa Fee (approx. NZ$180)

  • Cambodian Visa Fee (approx. USD20)

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Tips for guides and drivers

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person secures a place on the tour

  • Full payment is due no later than 28 April 2017
     

Cancellations and Refunds

  • Deposit - non refundable

  • After 28 April 2017 – no refund

General Information

Documentation

  • Travel insurance is compulsory

  • A current passport is required – valid six months beyond return date of travel

  • All other passports – please ask

  • A Vietnamese Visa is required and Pukekohe Travel will assist in obtaining this (NZD180)Cambodian Visa issued on arrival (approx.USD20)

 
 

Health

A good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven, fairly steep surfaces for a period of time
 

Climate / Temperatures

June in Indo China is summertime and it will be hot most of the time – max 35°c in Hanoi. We have planned rest time from the heat. 
The hotels, coaches and the trains are air-conditioned.

 

Clothes

Lightweight, comfortable clothes are the order of the day – the laundry service in the hotels is inexpensive and efficient. Hats, sunglasses and comfortable sandals are a must.  A scarf or pareu is handy for temples etc or for sun protection.
A small umbrella is great for rain showers or sunshade.

 

Water

Bottled water is available for purchase at all times.
 

Food

Fruit and vegetables are plentiful.  Due to the colonial influence, bread is of very good quality.  Meals are reasonably priced, the cost of Western style food is more expensive, but still reasonable.  Beer is the best alcohol option, local and international brands are available – wine and spirits are relatively expensive.
 

Currency / Money

Vietnam - the Dong
Cambodia – Riel (Tourists only use USD)
Laos - Kip
These currencies are not available outside the three countries. US Dollar cash is widely used and the currency to travel with. ATM’s in Cambodia dispense USD 
A budget of NZD40 per person per day will adequately cover extra meals, incidentals and tipping.

 

Shopping

The scope is huge: silk, linen, lacquer-ware, tailor made clothes, children’s clothes, shoes to name a few.  Remember to leave home with no more than 12 to 15 kg of luggage!!
Hawkers are everywhere, follow the guide’s advice and be prepared to bargain or ignore.

 

Cultural

Photographic opportunities are plentiful – respect the local people and ask before taking photos.
 

Note:  Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors or omissions within this website without recourse.

 

 
 

Mui Ne Beach Extension

Mui Ne Beach is situated on the south coast of Vietnam and the Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort and Spa is an idyllic

destination. A low rise spacious resort – the rooms are beachfront. The traditional fishing village has a great choice of

activities including relaxing in natural surroundings, jeep excursions, walks, treks and even golf. An ideal way to round off

your Vietnam experience.

 

Itinerary
July 2017
Tuesday 18         Ho Chi Minh City

Transfer to Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort and Spa
Check in and relax

Wednesday 19 - Saturday 22   B
Relax at Beach

Saturday 22  B
Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City for flight to Auckland


 

Cost Per Person*NZD

 

Twin

Single

Beachfront Bungalow

$1,180

$1,268

Deluxe Garden View

$   730

$1,144

 

Inclusions:

  • Return coach transfer Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne Beach

  • Four nights accommodation in Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort and spa in either garden view or beachfront.

  • Daily buffet breakfast

 

Exclusions

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Meals not specified

  • Travel Insurance

 

*Cost and itinerary subject to change

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