20 Days | Vietnam and Cambodia with Tonle & Mekong Rivers and Halong Bay Cruises

About Escorted or Guided Tour

20 Days | Vietnam and Cambodia with Tonle & Mekong Rivers and Halong Bay Cruises

About Escorted or Guided Tour
Join us on a Vietnam and Cambodia adventure. We’ll experience the mystery of Angkor Wat, historic Phnom Phen, the bustling city of Saigon and the colonial charm of Hanoi. We’ll cruise the Ton Le and Mekong Rivers as well as Halong Bay. We explore villages, markets and historic temples and learn about the culture and turbulent history of these two fascinating countries.

October 20 - November 8, 2019

Cost

Price for tour per person in CAD.
  • Superior outside cabin (Single) $8,150 (Double)$5,370
  • Deluxe outside cabin (Single) $8,440 (Single) $5,660
  • Airfare with Cathay (Single) $1,350 (Single) $1,350
Taxes included

Tour Includes

Included in the price:
  • Trip coordination and planning services
  • Flights: Phnom Penh to Saigon & Saigon to Hanoi
  • Bus transportation and sightseeing in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), and Hanoi, with local tour guides
  • Admission to included attractions
  • 17 nights accommodation - 4 nights in Siem Reap, 4 nights on The Jahan ship, 3 nights in HCMC, 4 nights in Hanoi and 2 nights on Pelican Cruise ship - Halong Bay
  • 17 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 15 dinners
  • Included daily excursions while on The Jahan River Cruise and Pelican Halong Bay cruise
  • Tour Host throughout to provide assistance where needed
  • Assistance with obtaining Vietnam and Cambodian Visas
  • Optional Cathay Pacific airfare from Vancouver to Siem Reap with return from Hanoi to Vancouver 

Not included
  • Tips for main tour guide, local guides, boat operators & cyclo drivers Allow $10usd per day
  • Alcohol and other personal expenses.
  • Visa costs Allow $175 for both
  • Transfer to Vancouver by bus or flight
  • Minimum Group size 16 and Maximum 24

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Terms and Conditions:

Payment - Non-refundable deposit of $500.00 due at time of booking. Payment by cash or cheque (payable to Square 1 Travel) or credit card (Visa & MasterCard only). A second deposit is due May 15, 2019. Final payment is due by July 31, 2019.
Cancellation Penalties - From booking date to May 15, 2019 - $500 non-refundable. On May 16, 2019 an additional $500 is non-refundable. After July 31, 2019, the trip is 100% non-refundable.
Insurance - We recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Please contact Willy van Kemenade for a quote at 250-339-7628.
Name changes are permitted for a fee of $100 per person plus any supplier fees, only if there is a waiting list.
Possible rate changes - Rates could change depending on exchange rate fluctuations between the US and Canadian Dollar. Current rate 1.33 CAD = 1.00 USD.
Responsibility: Square 1 Travel is a vacation organizer only and cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or physical or personal injury of any nature resulting from delays, suppliers, Acts of God or any other force majeure. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday - Oct 20, 2019

Optional afternoon transfer from Vancouver Island to Vancouver Airport. Cost extra.

Day 2: Monday - Oct 21, 2019 Early morning flight

Cathay Pacific 865 depart Vancouver 2:20 am arrive Hong Kong 6:45 am Dragonair 5242 depart Hong Kong 7:55 am arrive Siem Reap 9:30 am Oct 22.

Day 3: Tuesday - Oct 22, 2019 Arrival in Siem Reap

Upon arrival in Siem Reap, we will be met by our guide and transferred to our hotel for check in. This afternoon, we will have an orientation walk to central market then dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight - Prince de Angkor Hotel - Siem Reap.
Meals - D

Day 4: Wednesday - Oct 23, 2019 Angkor Temples

Wednesday - Oct 23, 2019 Angkor Temples
This morning, we drive out of town to visit Bantey Srei temple, a tourist favourite. As well we also visit other Angkor Temple Ruins: Thommanon, Chao Say Tevoda, Takeo, Banteay Kdei, Sras Srong and the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Next we visit Angkor Thom which was established as the capital of Jayavarman VII's empire, and was the centre of his massive building program thought to sustain 80,000 to 160,000 people. Overnight - Prince de Angkor Hotel - Siem Reap.
Meals - B,L,D

Day 5: Thursday - Oct 24, 2019 Angkor Wat

Today we will visita world UNESCO site famous for it’s beauty and splendor.
Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology.
Overnight - Prince de Angkor Hotel - Siem Reap.
Meals - B,D

Day 6: Friday - Oct 25, 2019 Free day in Siem Reap

Spend time exploring Siem Reap. Our hotel is centrally located. You may choose to visit Angkor National Museum, the Central Market, have a drink on Pub Street or just relax at the hotel. Overnight - Prince de Angkor Hotel - Siem Reap.
Meals - B


Day 7: Saturday - Oct 26, 2019 Heritage Cruise Line - The Jahan SERENITY CRUISE

Day 7 - 11- Sat. - Wed. Oct 26 - 30, 2019: Heritage Cruise Line - The Jahan SERENITY CRUISE - The Jahan Siem Reap – Phnom Penh 5 Days – 4 Nights. 

The best of rural Cambodia is offered with this cruise program. See the unseen, discover ancient pre-Angkorian temples, enjoy the smiles of the locals of this region and feel immersed with the water landscape of the Ton Le and Mekong River. The Ton Le is a magical River and an important lifeline of the Mighty Mekong during the low water period.


Saturday-Oct 26, 2019 : Cruise from Siem Reap on Ton Le River
This morning we board the Jahan in Siem Reap (providing water levels are high enough – usually to mid November). After arriving at the Siem Reap pier it is a short boat transfer to our ship. Our expert guide will also offer a presentation about the “Geography of the Mekong and Ton Le Sap”. The boat moors at the Ton Le River. You can join our evening cinema session (offered every night) featuring selected classic movies. Overnight - RV Jahan -
Meals - B,L,D

Day 8: Sunday - Oct 27, 2019 Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach - Kampong Cham

Wake up early to witness the spectacular scenery at dawn. Optional Tai Chi. We visit Kampong Chhang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water rich soil. Walking tour at rural village. Our guides introduce the village specialties – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar. After lunch on board we continue towards Kampong Tralach. A Monks’ blessing ceremony on board delivers spirits and wishes for health and prosperity for all. In Kampong Tralach we stop at the “Green School” partly supported by Heritage Line. Here we ride an ox cart. Back on board we sail downstream, passing the confluence of the Ton Le and Mekong Rivers. Overnight - RV Jahan
Meals - B,L,D


Day 9: Monday - Oct 28, 2019 Kampong Cham - Phnom Penh

After breakfast we stay on board to learn more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children join us on board, always excited to show their skills in music and art. We leave the boat this morning to visit the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century). This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath-taking views on the Mekong. On board, this afternoon we will see a variety of traditional Khmer fashion. After enjoying riverbank life we arrive at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey which is famous for manufacturing high class silk products. By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality Cambodian silk. We continue down the Mekong River to arrive at the pier of Phnom Penh. Overnight - RV Jahan
Meals - B,L,D

Day 10: Tuesday - Oct 29, 2019 Phnom Penh

We start with a full sight-seeing tour right after breakfast. Included is an optional tour by bus to visit the Killing Fields at the outskirts of the city and then the centrally located prison “S21”. Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history when the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and suppression. Alternatively you can explore the city this morning on your own. After lunch we will explore the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum. The day trip ends with a “cycle” taxi ride back to the ship through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh. Our last night on the Jahan will include a barbecue dinner on the sun deck accompanied by an Apsara dance performance. Overnight - RV Jahan
Meals - B,L,D

Day 11: Wednesday - Oct 30, 2019 Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

After breakfast we will gather at the lounge for a lecture before it's time to bid a farewell to your ships crew.
This afternoon we fly to HCMC. Overnight - Paragon Hotel - HCMC
Meals - B,D

Day 12: Thursday - Oct 31, 2019 Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) - Cu Chi tunnels – city tour

Thursday - Oct 31, 2019 Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) - Cu Chi tunnels – city tour
After breakfast, we travel about 35 km to see the network of underground tunnels at Cu Chi, built by the Vietcong during the course of the Vietnam War.
You will have an opportunity to get the unique experience of guerillas living and fighting underground during the war (a crawl through 50 -100 meters out 200 km of the tunnel system is unforgettable). This afternoon we will visit the Reunification Palace previously known as the Independence Palace. We will also visit the War Remnants Museum, the General Post office and see Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon.
Tonight we will have a dinner cruise on the Sai Gon River.
Overnight - Paragon Hotel - HCMC
Meals - B,L,D 

Day 13: Friday – November 1, 2019 HCMC - Mekong Delta

Friday – November 1, 2019 HCMC - Mekong Delta
Today we will take a day trip to the watery world of the Mekong Delta. The boat will cruise along the Ham Luong river (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces to give you a picture of how the local economy works, including a brickworks, where bricks are still painstakingly made by hand; a coconut processing workshop, where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products; and a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a hand loom. The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life, before boarding your xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) and traveling into the forest where you can visit fruit orchards before stopping at a riverside restaurant for lunch. Then we board a sampan for a relaxing trip along narrow canals. Overnight - Paragon Hotel - HCMC
Meals - B,L,D

Day 14: Saturday – November 2, 2019 HCMC – Flight to Hanoi

After breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, we have free time to perhaps do some shopping. Then we take a short flight to Hanoi. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight – Flower Garden Hotel - Hanoi Meals - B,D

Day 15: Sunday - November 3, 2019 Hanoi – City Tour

A city tour will take us to Ba Dinh Square, where President Ho declared Vietnam's Independence from France, to see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. We will also visit the Presidential palace, Ho Chi Minh house on stilts, Chua Mot Cot - the One-Pillar pagoda. This afternoon, we visit Van Mieu - Hanoi's oldest school, built in 1070.
Then we visit Hoa Lo - formerly a prison built by the French and then used for detaining US airmen captured by Vietnamese. We will take a trishaw tour around bustling Old quarter before enjoying a water puppet show.
Overnight – Flower Garden Hotel - Hanoi
Meals - B,L,D

Day 16: Monday - November 4, 2019 Hanoi – Pelican Cruise in Halong Bay

Monday - November 4, 2019 Hanoi – Pelican Cruise in Halong Bay
We travel east to Halong Bay via exotic countryside of northern Vietnam. The rock formations in Halong Bay are wonderful with variously shaped islets with some containing fabulous caves full of stalactites and stalagmites. The caves, floating villages and beaches are very scenic and a treat as we wind down our trip. We will visit a floating village where the locals live on fishing offshore or raising fish in cages. We also visit the immense Sung Sot or Surprising cave which contains stalactites and stalagmites.
Overnight – Pelican Cruise - Halong Bay
Meals - B,L,D 

Day 17: Tuesday - November 5, 2019 Pelican Cruise day boat in Halong Bay

Tuesday - November 5, 2019 Pelican Cruise day boat in Halong Bay
This morning we will take a day boat to visit Cua Van village, a small community with 700 residents living in the root of Ngoc Mountain. Next we will visit Me Cung Cave, which is also known as Maze Cave. Me Cung Cave belongs to the Halong culture some 7,000 – 10,000 years ago.
Overnight – Pelican Cruise - Halong Bay
Meals - B,L,D

Day 18: Wednesday – November 6, 2019 Pelican Cruise transfer back to Hanoi

We continue cruising this morning until our 11:00 am disembarkation. Transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight – Flower Garden Hotel - Hanoi
Meals - B,D

Day 19: – Thursday – November 7, 2019: Hanoi – Trang An – Hanoi

– Thursday – November 7, 2019: Hanoi – Trang An – Hanoi
We will have an early departure to UNESCO World Heritage site Trang An. This area is known for it’s outstanding natural beauty and the scenic karst formations and has been referred to as “Halong Bay inland.” We’ll meander down the peaceful river in our row boats passing through a series of caves. This afternoon we will have two sightseeing options. One will be a hike and one a visit to Hoa Lu to visit 2 dynasty temples. We return to Hanoi late afternoon.
Overnight – Flower Garden Hotel - Hanoi
Meals - B,L

Day 20: Friday – November 8, 2019 - Hanoi departure for Vancouver

Dragonair CX 5296 Depart Hanoi 08-Nov-19 10:50 AM Arrive Hong Kong 1:50 pm Cathay Pacific CX 838 Depart Hong Kong 08-Nov-19 4:00 PM Arrive Vancouver 11:35 AM
Meals - B
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