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Classic Vietnam & Mekong River Adventure
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If youre travelling Vietnam solely by land, youre missing out on half the adventure. This comprehensive 17-day tour doesnt leave anything out. Youll cruise Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat; explore Hues historic monuments, pagodas, and tombs; check out the My Son ruins and a G Adventures-supported community project in Hoi An; witness daily life along the Mekong as you drift into Cambodia; learn how the Vietnam War shaped the region straight from the mouths of its inhabitants; and so, so much more. The ultimate Southeast Asia experience awaits. Get on board.


Duration: 17 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 166517
Starts: Hanoi, Vietnam Finishes: Siem Reap, Cambodia
You will visit
  • Hanoi
  • Siem Reap

Itinerary

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Day 1: Hanoi

There are no planned activities today until an evening welcome meeting. After the meeting, opt for dinner out with the group.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. Thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the waters. Sail past limestone karst mountains in the junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves.

In the evening, devour a seafood dinner, then opt to enjoy a drink on deck under the stars.


Included Activities:
Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Junk

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Day 3: Ha Long/Huế (1B, 1L)

Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi for a little more time to enjoy the city before boarding an overnight train.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Drive about 15 mins to the station and then board the southbound train for the overnight journey.
Overnight train (beds) (14.00-15.00 hours)

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Day 4: Huế

Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda followed by a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam's former emperors.

After, opt for a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery.

While in the city, try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes), and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp). Wash it all down with a Hue beer.

Included Activities:
Tien Mu Pagoda Visit
Imperial Citadel Tour
Royal Tombs Visit

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Day 5: Huế/Hoi An (1B)

Start the day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel before heading towards Hoi An in the late morning. Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon.

With three nights here, there's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 6: Hoi An (1B, 1L)

Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project.

Included Activities:
Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch

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Day 7: Hoi An (1B)

Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.

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Day 8: Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country's commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets, keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls.

Transport:
Plane (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

With some free time in the city, opt to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market. Also well worth a visit are the Reunification Palace (the residence of South Vietnam presidents before 1975), the city's Chinese quarter of Cholon, and the War Remnants Museum.

Included Activities:
Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour

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Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City/Mỹ Tho (1D)

Arrive in time for a 3pm embarkation. Relax, settle in, and get to know the crew as the journey begins. Sail towards My Tho.

Included Activities:
Riverboat Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Toum Tiou II Riverboat

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Day 11: Mỹ Tho/Sadek (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda with a short tour of My Tho town en route. Take local boats to Thoi Son Island to see a coconut product manufacturer, taste some local fruit and honey and meet traditional musicians. Continue on to Cai Be and enjoy a visit to the floating market. Opt to cycle the small paths through local communities on the island and visit a Rice Popping cottage industry. Continue by local boat to Vinh Long to meet the vessel. Embark for the evening sail to Sa Dec.

Included Activities:
Vĩnh Trang Pagoda Visit
Coconut Manufacturing Visit
Cai Be Floating Market Visit

Transport:
Toum Tiou II Riverboat
Toum Tiou II Riverboat

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Day 12: Sadek/Xã Vĩnh Xương (1B, 1L)

Visit the Kien An Cung Pagoda in Sa Dec and stroll through the market along the river. View the old colonial houses by the delta. Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board as you cruise the Mekong. Arrive at Chau Doc and visit Sam Mountain for sunset. Gaze out over the rice paddies or relax in a hammock. Visit some temples and pagodas along the way. Opt for dinner in town.

Included Activities:
Sam Mountain Sunset Visit
Sa Dec Visit

Transport:
Toum Tiou II Riverboat
Toum Tiou II Riverboat

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Day 13: Xã Vĩnh Xương/Phnom Penh (1B, 1L)

Cross the border into Cambodia and continue on to Phnom Penh. Enjoy an evening in the capital city starting with a cyclo tour to see the city from a new perspective. Opt to finish up at the Foreign Correspondents Club for Happy Hour overlooking the river or dinner in town.

Additional Notes:
During the border crossing all passengers must stay on board and the formalities are done on the riverboat. The ship will usually stay at the border for a 2-3 hours whilst all the formalities are completed. Depending on the time spent at the border, the itinerary for the afternoon may vary, although this process is usually quite simple delays can happen.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Vietnam - Cambodia)
Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour

Transport:
Toum Tiou II Riverboat

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Day 14: Phnom Penh (1B, 1L)

Visit the sobering S21 Museum and the Killing Fields with a local guide. After lunch, use free time to visit sights like the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, or the Russian Market.

Included Activities:
Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour
Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour

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Day 15: Phnom Penh/Kâmpóng Trâlach (1B, 1L, 1D)

Wander through the town of Koh Chen on an island in the river. Visit silver and copper workshops and meet a Khmer Rouge survivor eager to tell his story. Continue to Kampong Tralach and visit the local vihara (Buddhist monastery) and Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Opt to cycle, or ride in a tuk tuk or buffalo cart, through the village and past rice paddies to reach the monastery.

Included Activities:
Koh Chen Visit
Kampong Tralach Visit

Transport:
Toum Tiou II Riverboat
Toum Tiou II Riverboat

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Day 16: Kâmpóng Trâlach/Chnok Tru (1B, 1L, 1D)

Sail on to Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap RIver. Learn more about the fish farming, pottery and sugar palm production in the area. Wander through the local market then opt to cycle to visit the local industries. Enjoy lunch back on the ship en route to Chnok Tru. Hop in a local boat to visit one of the largest floating villages on the river. Enjoy an evening cocktail and the Captain's farewell dinner.

Additional Notes:
When water levels are too low (possible from mid December to mid August) it may not be possible to visit the floating village at Chnok Tru. Alternatively, the group will visit a floating village at Kampong Chhnang and anchor near Koh Chen.

Included Activities:
Kampong Chhnang Visit
Floating Village Visit

Transport:
Toum Tiou II Riverboat
Toum Tiou II Riverboat

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Day 17: Chnok Tru/Siem Reap (1B)

Depart for Siem Reap early morning. Tour ends upon arrival. Please book onward travel after 4pm.

Additional Notes:
Tour ends upon arrival at approximately 11am. Please book onward travel from 4pm.

When water levels are too low (possible from mid December to mid August) it may not be possible to sail to the port in Siem Reap. Alternatively, the group will transfer from Koh Chen to Siem Reap by bus.

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)

Transport:
Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Inclusions:
    Meals Included
    • 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners
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