Hanoi · Hoi An · Hue · Halong Bay · Saigon · Angkor Wat

March 21-31, 2018 

11 days FROM $5499

We strongly suggest extending your stay with our pre-tour to Laos, March 16-21, 2018

Day One ~ Arrive Ha Noi
Arrival:  Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be met by our local guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in.

Evening: Welcome Dinner and Cocktails
This evening we welcome you to Ha Noi with a special dinner at one of the city's most special venues.

Accommodations:  Apricot Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

 

Day Two ~ Ha Noi Sightseeing
7:00 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel. 

You will begin your sightseeing with a visit to Ba Dinh Square and the Ho Chi Minh complex. The tomb is monumental, built of marble, granite and precious wood.

Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh's house. The simple house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked is made of wood and enjoys a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond.

Lunch at one of the best restaurants in town— a favorite of prior Zoom Vacations guests

After lunch, you will continue visiting Hanoi and cyclo tour.

Hanoi is Vietnam's capital and is described by almost all who go there as ‘an old-fashioned city’. Old-fashioned in style, it is a city of lakes, parks, trees, villas, mansions and an area called the Old French Quarter where crumbling houses are crammed into narrow alleyways that are still named after the goods that were traded there – Silk Street, Gold Street, even Fried Fish Street! Hanoi has sidewalk cafes, sidewalk barbers, tree-lined bicycle-filled boulevards, and elegant colonial French mansions.

This afternoon enjoy the tree-lined streets of Hanoi with its French colonial architecture, including the recently restored Opera House.

Take to the streets of the Ancient Quarter or 36 Streets District by cyclo – Vietnam’s most traditional form of transport.  Enjoy weaving through the narrow streets and tree-lined avenues. Your personal cyclo rider will take you along some of Hanoi’s boulevards in the center of the town to Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Lake of the Restored Sword from the legend that surrounds it. The Old Quarter is a densely populated corner of the city which was once a centre of commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild, with ancient homes and temples interspersed throughout. 

Accommodations:  Apricot Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day Three ~ Hanoi - Halong Bay Overnight Cruise
7:00 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Next, we depart Hanoi and transfer by road to Halong Bay, north of Hanoi (approx. 3.5 hours), which is considered Vietnam’s eighth wonder of the world – and on arrival it is easy to see why. Three thousand spectacular chalk and limestone outcroppings, cliffs, arches, and coves form a dragon’s tail across the bay.

Afternoon: Arrive at Ha Long Bay
Upon arrival in Ha Long Bay we will board a luxurious junk boat. On board a traditional-style luxury sailing junk we meander through the area whose name translates as 'Where the Dragon Descends into the Sea', stop off at an islet and climb through a series of breath-taking caves and grottoes, marveling at some of the most impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations anywhere in the world.  Lunch is served on-board. If the weather is nice, you can swim in the bay and sunbathe on the deck. Dinner is served on board the boat

Accommodations:  Halong Bay Junk Boat – Paradise Luxury Cruise Boat
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day Four ~ Halong Bay to Da Nang/Hoi An

Morning: Breakfast and Optional Sunrise Tai Chi

Early this morning there is the chance to practice Tai Chi skills on the sundeck while the sunrises over the bay. A buffet breakfast is served as the boat continues cruising through Halong Bay, allowing guests a last chance to enjoy the spectacular views of this unique seascape.

Return to shore, and after disembarking you will be transferred directly to the Noi Bai Airport.

Light lunch box on route

Arrive at Ha Noi/ Noi Bai airport, and take flight to Da Nang

Upon arrival, meet our guide and transfer to hotel.

One of the most ancient cities in Vietnam, Da Nang was the centre of the Cham Dynasty from the 2nd century and today boasts the largest and most impressive collection of Cham artifacts anywhere in the world.  Close by Da Nang is Cua Dai Beach, immortalized for many by the US television show and still one of the most spectacular beaches in Asia.

On arrival in Da Nang we transfer the short distance to our resort, which is located right on the renowned Da Nang Beach – just a short drive from historic Hoi An town.

Tonight, enjoy your choice of two spa treatments, included!

Accommodations:  Fusion Maia, Da Nang – Pool Suite Rooms
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day Five ~ Da Nang and Hoi An

6:30 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Walking tour in Hoi An

This exquisitely preserved merchant town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and its streets are best explored on foot. Wander with your guide past low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central market and the riverfront where colorfully painted boats are moored.

Visit a private home, where members of the same family have lived continuously for centuries. See one of the family chapels built as a center for worship of one’s ancestors. Continue on to a typical Chinese-style communal hall and on to the Japanese covered bridge.

Return to your hotel.

Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the beach.

Receive two additional spa treatments, included!

Fusion Maia, Da Nang – Pool Suite Rooms
Meals:  Breakfast

 

Day Six ~ Da Nang and Hue

6:30 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Morning at leisure to enjoy the beach

Lunch on own account

12h00 Transfer to Hue city via Hai Van Pass Approx. 3hours

Upon arrival, drop off at hotel for check-in and refresh.

Enjoy an afternoon scenic drive and leisurely guided walk in the countryside of Hue, stopping by some local handicrafts workshop, hidden cultural relics if time permits

Evening: Authentic home-dining – You are invited to a private ancient house to learn about family traditions and cultural practice  We will join the family to cook a special dinner together in a family atmosphere.

Indulge with a herbal foot bath and relax as you wish

After dinner, transfer back to the hotel

Accommodations:  La Residence – Superior river
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day Seven ~ Hue to Ho Chi Minh City

In the morning, visit the splendid Imperial city from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 to 1945.

Continue to visit the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc – one of the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen dynasty. The tomb lies in a boundless pine forest, 8 km from Hue.

Lunch on own account

Transfer to Hue airport for departure afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh city       

Upon arrival, meet our guide and transfer to hotel.

Accommodations:  Intercontinental hotel – Deluxe room
Meals included:  Breakfast, Boxed Lunch

 

Day Eight ~ Ho Chi Minh City

7:00 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel.

This morning, you will enjoy tour of the highlights of this exciting city. Visit the former Presidential Palace, which is now preserved as a museum, including the underground communications bunkers, headquarters for the Saigon Government during the Vietnam War.

Visit Notre Dame, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral in the centre of city, the 'wedding cake' styled Hotel d'Ville and Dong Khoi Street – formerly the centre of haute couture in Saigon when it was known as Rue Catinat.

Visit the bustling Ben Thanh central market.

Lunch at HOI AN restaurant (included)

Return to hotel to freshen up.  Afternoon at leisure to enjoy a bit of shopping, or ta

Vietnam Cooking Party and Cocktail challenge:  This evening, we will learn how to make several Vietnamese dishes in a relaxed and fund atmosphere.

Accommodation:  Intercontinental hotel – Deluxe room
Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day Nine: Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
7:00 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Transfer to Saigon Airport for flight to Siem Reap

Welcome to the Kingdom of Cambodia

Included: Express check out on arrival

Note: The service is subject to automatically cancel if there are delegations arriving by the same flight or time than our clients. The money will refund.

On arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, you will be met at the arrival gate by your Zoom Vacations tour guide, and transferred by air-conditioned vehicle on the scenic route to Siem Reap Town giving you a sneak peak of Angkor Wat. Continue on to your hotel to check-in and freshen-up.

The Kingdom of Cambodia remains one of Asia’s most enthralling destinations, deeply enriched by history and culture that never fails to impress. From the deserted beaches on the Gulf of Thailand to city streets of Phnom Penh where the senses are heightened, from the deep jungles and indigenous tribes of the northwest, to the final mystique and grandeur of the Angkorian period in all its glory, Cambodia is a land as yet untouched by commercialism and development. In its place lie a warm, enigmatic people maintaining the richness of their culture, now for the entire world to see.

Siem Reap is a quaint and peaceful town in the north of the Kingdom of Cambodia; rich in charm and retaining the feel of a ‘big country town’, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the regions’ Wonders. The city thrives in the shadow of the largest religious building in the world, Angkor Wat; and on the edge of the largest fresh-water Lake in South-East Asia, the Tonle Sap. Beyond the archaeological attractions, lush green countryside rich with culture and tradition and shy but friendly locals welcome you with their warm smiles. Lose yourself in remote ‘jungle temples’, trek to the holy mountain of Phnom Kulen and experience an innovative but challenging way of life on a boat trip through a floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake.

Take the time to treat yourself with 1 hour massage treatment, shop at a socially responsible enterprise, local market or an exclusive atelier or enjoy the city's growing cultural and arts scene.

Accommodation:  Belmond La Résidence D’angkor, Siem Reap - Junior Suite
Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day Ten: Siem Reap and Temples: Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom City, Angkor Wat
ngkor Wat for Sunrise.  After sunrise, we will visit the amazing 12th Century, Hindu inspired temple of Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is arguably the largest religious building in the world and has a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. Conceived by Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat took around 37 years to build and it is generally believed to have been a funeral temple for the king. 

It has been occupied continuously by Buddhist monks and is well preserved with ongoing restoration taking place. Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides, and each tells a story, but the most celebrated of all is the Churning of the Sea of Milk, which is located on the east wing.  Your guide will explain the mystical tale... There are also more than 2000 stunning Apsaras throughout the temple and no two are identical.  Keep your entry tickets.

Head back to the hotel for breakfast.

 After breakfast you will go back to Angkor Wat to continue your temple exploration. In order to avoid the crowds you will start with Ta Prohm, also known as the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ as some scenes from the movie were filmed here. In the dry season it is possible to enter from the spectacular Northern Gate where you will be guaranteed not to see any other tourists. As you trek along jungle paths used only by locals, you will feel like an early explorer; closer to Ta Prohm you will cross the ancient moat and soon after the dense jungle opens to reveal this stunning 12th Century Jungle Temple.

Continue on to Angkor Thom City, the last Capital of the Great Khmer Empire, abandoned in the 17th Century. The high city walls are surrounded by a magnificent 3km x 3km man made moat; you will stop to walk through the Victory gate to appreciate its enormity before continuing by car. Admire the Terrace of the Leper King and the Elephant Terrace before continuing on to the exact center of this great city, which happens to be marked by the marvelous Bayon Temple.

This 12th Century masterpiece is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive and detailed bas-reliefs but the main features are the 49 remaining towers, each with three or four gently smiling faces pointing to the four Cardinal points.

Lunch at a nice local restaurant

After lunch, we will proceed to the hotel to enjoy some pool time before tonight's event

Evening: Zoom Vacations "Until Next Time" Event

Accommodation:  Belmond La Résidence D’angkor, Siem Reap - Junior Suite
Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day Eleven: Siem Reap
7:00 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Mid-morning: Tour of the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake  
Today we will have a chance to visit the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia. It is the heart of the Cambodian fishing industry and the lifeblood for millions of Khmers living on and around it. Every year during the monsoon season, the flow of water from the Mekong River changes direction forcing water back into the Tonle Sap, bringing nutrients that fertilize the rice fields and support the breeding of over 200 fish species and other life. You will board a boat to see the true way of life in one of the floating villages of the Tonle Sap, where you can see how the Khmer and the Vietnamese live and work side by side.

Lunch is included at the hotel 

Afternoon: Transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your flight home

Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch

 

Air: International and domestic airfare not included.

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