These fascinating countries of South East Asia have many common threads running through them. The hotels we use are of a good standard, the food is superb and the people friendly and welcoming.
The saffron of the Buddhist monks, gorgeous silks and flowers, motor scooters, charming people, a recent history of war, heat and humidity and a determination to move forward.
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.
Vietnam - rich in history, a diverse culture, World Heritage sites, natural scenery and charming innocence, plus frenetic Ho Chi Minh City, enchanting Hoi An, colonial Hanoi, UNESCO Halong Bay and Sapa in the highlands.
Our 19th tour to the region - a popular, tried and true itinerary.
Depart Auckland on Singapore Airlines with a late evening arrival in Singapore. Overnight at the Airport Hotel.
A morning flight to Siem Reap. After lunch at a local restaurant, we take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake (Asia’s largest inland lake) to see the way of life of the lake-dwelling people - an unexpected highlight. Welcome Dinner tonight.
A special sunrise tour of Angkor Wat, the UNESCO site built in the 12th century and last capital of the Khmer Empire. 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 all preserved in time. Sunset paints the temple in an orange light.
A morning transfer for a Vietnam Airways flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a two hour cyclo tour of Cho Lon – the Chinatown of Saigon founded by Chinese merchants and traders in the 17th century - an experience not to be missed.
Our morning begins with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels constructed during the Vietnam War. This is a unique experience to feel what life was like underground for the Viet Cong during the war years as well as seeing the countryside. Lunch is followed by a city tour which features a poignant visit to the War Relics Museum, followed by the Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral.
OPTIONAL: Vespa Evening Tour
This part night excursion on the back of a vintage Vespa scooter, part street food adventure of Ho Chi Minh City allows you to experience night life the way the locals do.
Cost: NZD$215 per person
Today travel by coach to the Mekong. Take a cruise through river islands, the busy floating market and visit local people in their homes. After lunch, travel again by boat to Can Tho with stops to see ‘cottage’ industries of candy making, rice paper production and much more.
Free time to visit the famous Ben Thanh Market before our noon flight to Danang and after a brief local tour, drive to Hoi An via the Marble Mountains. Hoi An retains the feeling of centuries past and is a real gem. The ‘old town’ is a pedestrian and bike-only zone with a maze of shops and tailors. An opportunity to order tailor-made clothes.
Optional: Cooking Class L
This morning, an option to join the Cooking Class (NZD$80) at a local restaurant, visiting a local food market along the way for ingredients.
For those not attending the cooking class, the morning is free. This afternoon a guided walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Old Quarter and the fruit, vegetable and fish markets. Remainder of the day free.
Early start as we head off on our Farming and Fishing Life Eco Tour. Get a personal insight into local farming communities and their methods, before a leisurely cycle tour and a river cruise. Lunch on board using vegetables picked earlier at Tra Que Village. After lunch free time to wander around Hoi An and possibly collect your new tailored clothes.
Morning travel by coach along the coastal road to Hue known as the Imperial city and a former Vietnamese capital. Tour the walled citadel where former dynasties ruled and the most unique Garden House in Hue. Enjoy a special cuisine dinner at a garden house.
After breakfast, board a dragon boat for a cruise along the famous Perfume River to the countryside. Later transfer to the airport for a flight to the French colonial city of Hanoi for a two-night stay.
Our 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 Museum of Ethnology and the infamous Hoa Loa Prison Museum also known as the ‘Hanoi Hilton.’ Later enjoy a one hour cyclo tour of the French inspired ‘Old Quarter.’Dinner tonight in a local restaurant.
This morning drive to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’ – Halong Bay. Board your boat and set sail while lunch is served. Cruise among thousands of limestone Karst formations and understand why this area is now one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of Nature.’ Enjoy time on one of the islands, visiting the famous Bõ Nãu caves and a cooking demonstration before a wonderful seafood dinner.
Enjoy breakfast on board and the morning cruise before the drive back to Hanoi. Hanoi’s history dates back a thousand years, but the French European influence is clearly seen in the elegant colonial buildings and tree-lined boulevards which contrast with the Old Quarter. Free time before dinner.
A day in the countryside exploring at leisure, two traditional villages around Hanoi featuring workshops, paintings and music. Return to the city for lunch with the rest of the afternoon free before freshening up for dinner, before the boarding the overnight ‘Fansipan’ train at 8.30pm. Tonight’s journey is in a sleeper train with two people per four berth cabin.
Arrive early at Lao Cai Station, only three kms from the Chinese border. After breakfast visit Cat village and continue through rice paddy terraced fields and areas of rain forest to the Y Linh Ho village inhabited by Black Hmong people. Arrive Sapa early afternoon with free time before dinner.
This morning a short drive toward Muong Hoa valley. Observe and experience how the locals do rice planting and harvesting, one of the most important activities in their daily lives. We then take a short walk from Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of Giay minority. Afternoon free before dinner.
This morning free time to wander around the town and Sapa’s market. After lunch, travel by express coach back to Hanoi. Arrive late evening.
Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for a noon flight to Singapore.Change planes and continue on to Auckland.
Arrive Auckland early morning.
*Ask us about a stopover in Singapore
• Economy class flights - Auckland – Singapore – Siem Reap / Ho Chi Minh City – Danang / Danang – Hanoi / Hanoi - Singapore - Auckland
• English speaking guides in Vietnam and Cambodia
• All hotel accommodation with private facilities.
• Meals as specified
• All transfers and transport as outlined
• Entrance fees and permits during guided time
• Cyclo tour in Hanoi
• Farming & Fishing Life Eco Tour in Hoi An
• Halong Bay cruise (overnight)
• Overnight train to Sapa
• Escort subject to 15 persons travelling
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
Business Class (Auckland – Singapore return only )
Premium Economy ( Auckland – Singapore return only )
|Early Booking Discount (01 December 2023)||
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$100|
*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 1.5% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
• Travel Insurance - please ask us for a quote
• Airline and Government taxes (approx. NZD215)
• Vietnamese e-Visa Fee (approx. NZD50)
• Cambodian e-Visa Fee (approx. NZD65)
• Items of a personal nature
• Tips for guides and drivers
• Optional extras – Vespa Tour (NZD215) - Cooking Class (NZD$80)
• A non-refundable deposit of $750 per person secures a place on the tour
• Full payment is due no later than 06 March 2024
• From date of booking until 06 March 2024 – loss of deposit
• After 06 March 2024 – no refund
Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.
• Travel insurance is compulsory – please ask us for a quote
• A current passport is required – valid six months beyond return date of travel
• All other passports – please ask
• A Vietnamese e-Visa is required and Pukekohe Travel will assist in obtaining this (NZD50)
• Cambodian e-Visa (approx. NZD65) each
Climate / Temperatures
May / 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.
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.
Bottled water is available for purchase at all times.
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)
These currencies are not available outside the countries. US Dollar cash is widely used and the currency to travel with. ATM’s in Cambodia dispense USD
A budget of NZD50 per person per day will adequately cover extra meals, incidentals and tipping.
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.
Photographic opportunities are plentiful – respect the local people and ask before taking photos.
A good standard of health and fitness is required, along with the ability to walk unaided on uneven, fairly steep surfaces is essential.
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* Itinerary subject to change