Travel Period : May 2017 – Mar 2018     

DAY 01: NEW ZEALAND – HCM – SIEM REAP (Inflight meals)

Upon arrival on flight NZ269/ AKL – HCM  / 13:25 – 19:45  then connecting flight  HCM – REP / XX/ XX – XX ( or the other available flight ) , you will be warmly welcome by your guide at the airport and transferred to hotel for check in & relax at own leisure.

Introduction: Set in the northwest of Cambodia, Siem Reap was once the seat of power for the great Khmer Empire and now is best known for being home to the incredible Angkor Wat, a sprawling World Heritage-listed complex of ancient temple ruins. While Angkor is surely one of the globe’s most amazing historical sites, Siem Reap province is also home to an array of other ruins. The provincial capital of Siem Reap is also a transportation hub, with many people coming through here en route to Phnom Penh, Poipet (then Thailand) or to Battambang.

Overnight in Siem Reap


DAY 02: SIEM REAP/ FULL DAY CITY TOUR (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel

After breakfast, drive to Tonle Sap Lake where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season. During the dry season it is roughly 2,500 km2, swelling to about 4 times its size during the wet season: 10,000 km2! We will board a boat and visit the Chong Kneah village where we’ll see floating houses, farms and even a floating hospital. From here, continue to Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple completely overrun by the jungle. Dating from the 11th century, this sprawling temple covers over one square kilometer. Constructed in a distinctly Angkor Wat-style, Beng Mealea precedes and may even have served as a ‘prototype’ for Angkor Wat.

Lunch at local restaurant

Back to the city and visit Artisans D’Angkor. This site was established in 1992 in order to support Cambodian arts and crafts, and to help young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Among the workshops available for visit are wood and stone carving, wood and stone lacquering, gilding, and silk processing.

Overnight in Siem Reap



Breakfast at hotel

After breakfast, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Take a short stop at the South Gate en route. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.

From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. Baphuon Temple, Phimean Akas Temple, Elephants Terrace & Leper King Terrace, Royal Palace, Woman and Man Pond) are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

Lunch at local restaurant

In the afternoon, proceed to visit Ta-Prom Temple which was built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. It has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination massive fig and silk cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors, offering some of the best ‘tree-in temple’.

You then continue on to visit the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, it is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia’s national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.

Enchanted by the beautiful sunset & fascinating view of the whole Angkor Wat at Bakheng Mountain Temple (if weather permit).

Overnight in Siem Reap



Breakfast at hotel

After breakfast, free at your own leisure until transfer to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh.

Introduction: Phnom Penh is the vibrant bustling capital of Cambodia. Situated at the confluence of three rivers, the mighty Mekong, the Bassac and the great Tonle Sap, what was once considered the ‘Gem’ of Indochina. The capital city still maintains considerable charm with plenty to see. It exudes a sort of provincial charm and tranquillity with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. Phnom Penh is a veritable oasis compared to the modernity of other Asian capitals. A mixture of Asian exotica, the famous Cambodian hospitality awaits the visitors to the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Lunch at local restaurant

After lunch, take a half day sightseeing tour starting with the Royal Palace complex. This palace dates from 1866 and was the last one built during the French colonial period.  The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. 

Continue to National Museum, built in 1917.  There houses over 5000 statues, lingas and others artifacts arranged according to pre- Angkor and post –Angkor periods of Cambodia history.

Overnight in Phnom Penh



Breakfast at hotel

After that, visit Wat Phnom situated near the northern boundary of the city. The original temple was built in 1372 by a rich Khmer lady named “Penh” who found a collection of statues of the Buddha washed up on the river bank and decided to house them on a nearby hill (“Phnom”). The site contains some good examples of Khmer architecture and statues. Wat Phnom is frequented by the locals as a place of worship and a favorite weekend picnic spot. Lunch at local resaurant. Next destination is Toul Sleng (S21). In the years before 1975, Toul Sleng was a high school in Phnom Penh, but when the Khmer Rouge came to power it was converted into the notorious prison known as S-21. During the Khmer Rouge regime, around 20,000 people were kept in prison here, and tortured to confess their ‘anti-revolutionary’ behaviour. Some died under the torture and were buried in a shallow mass grave on the prison ground, but most prisoners were executed at the Killing Fields. Only 7 inmates survived the Toul Sleng prison.

Lunch at local restaurant

After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Introduction: Ho Chi Minh City, also referred as Saigon by many locals, is Vietnam’s largest city. It is a fast- paced metropolis full of contrasts, with street vendors selling fruit and vegetables next to glitzy western – style bars and boutiques. Amazingly, the city still remains its connections to the past by somehow, particularly in Cho Lon, Saigon’s China town, where dozens of elegant temples and pagodas can be seen. This tour unravels Saigon’s turbulent past and also provides a glimpse into the fascinating variety the city has to offer through its outstanding tourist spots.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City


DAY 06: HO CHI MINH/ FULL DAY CITY TOUR (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel

In the morning, take a half day sightseeing tour starting with the War Remnants Museum telling the story of the Vietnam war from Vietnamese perspective. Exhibits include photographs, machinery, and weapons that depict the harsh realities of war). Continue on to Reunification Palace which was the residence of the President Ngo Dinh Diem of the former South Vietnam until 1975 (1960s – Apr 1975s). You will see many interesting things like formal meeting rooms, private bedrooms, war situation rooms 10 meter beneath earth’s level. This address today still holds many important functions in HCMC. From there, stroll to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City including the Central Post Office, the Notre Dame then walking along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) to reach for the Opera House and the City Hall.

Lunch at local restaurant

Proceed to visit the China Town, also called Cholon by Saigoneses. Cho Lon used to be a city itself until it was merged with Saigon in the 1930’s. At one point it was one of the biggest Chinatowns in the world, and during the war it was filled with American deserters and traders on the black market. However, many Chineses left after the war but the area still retains it Chinese heritage until today. Cholon isn’t a Chinatown that reveals itself immediately, its most interesting sites are spread out over a fair distance and it is not apparent where it starts or ends. Highlight temples in this area include Thien Hau Temple on Nguyen Trai Street and Quan Am Temple on Lao Tu Street. Both feature interesting Chinese-Buddhist style architecture and interiors with pagodas, courtyards, altars and paintings.

After the tour, transfer for free shopping at Ben Thanh market and many other shopping malls nearby or you can spend this time to explore the city

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City


DAY 07: MEKONG DELTA (CAI BE – VINH LONG) (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel

At around 8 AM, head to Mekong Delta with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn… The rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish…

Lunch will be served at Ut Trinh home

After lunch, we can walk around and then enjoy some kinds of fruits when listening to the traditional music

One more thing to do in this trip is biking! It will be so amazing to bike on village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta.. The cruise then will end at Vinh Long city. You will be picked up and transferred to Can Tho.

Upon arrival, check in hotel and enjoy free time exploring Tay Do night market, Ninh Kieu Quay and taste delicious local dishes.

Overnight in Can Tho



Breakfast at hotel

Get up early to pay a visit to Cai Rang floating market – one of the largest and the most famous floating markets of the Southwest area, specializing in wholesale fruits and agricultural products. It usually opens from 4:30AM – 5:00 AM before dawn and lasts until around 10:00AM when the sun rises. You should get up early to experience the whole atmosphere of the market and get an idea how water commerce operates in the Mekong Delta. Among hundreds of boat gathering in the market, you can easily recognize what goods each boat sells basing on a special and interesting notice sign.

Along the way, stop and pay a visit to Vinh Trang Pagoda – the greatest pagoda of Tien Giang Province, in an area of 2,000m2 with many beautiful trees. It was built in 1849 in My Phong village, My Tho City, in the shape of  “Nation” letter of Chinese characters. The beautiful structure features a mixture of Chinese, Vietnamese and Angkor (Cambodian) architectural styles and creates a splendid beauty, solemnity, but purity.

Lunch at local restaurant

Upon arrival in HCMC, enjoy free time at own leisure

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City


DAY 09: CU CHI TUNNELS – TAY NINH (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel

Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08:00 in the morning for the drive to Cu Chi district. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam.

Arrive and start the visit of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. The tunnels were created since 1948 to assist Viet Nam to combat the French. Construction of the tunnels continued over the next 25 years until they became an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers for the war against American. Starting the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel and here 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). For those interested, there is also an opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.

Lunch at local restaurant

Proceed further to reach Tay Ninh Province where you will visit a Cao Dai Temple. The religion Caodaism has been one of the contributions of Vietnam to the world, and it takes concepts from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, etc. This Cao Dai Temple, also referred as Toa Thanh or Divine Temple, is the largest of all the Caodaist churches. Begun in 1927 and opened in 1955 after many years of construction due to delays caused by financial and political problems. The Temple is a curious and unique architecture building reflecting the precepts of this syncretic religion, it is a mixture of Asian and European architectures, where what most noteworthy of its exterior are its vivid colors and shapes of roofs. The complex houses administrative offices, residences for officials and adepts, and a hospital of traditional Vietnamese herbal medicine that attracts people from all over the south for its treatments.

Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy free time at own leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City



Breakfast at hotel

After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Da Nang via Vietnam Airlines // VN 116 SGN-DAD 09:35 10:55 (tentatively)

Introduction: Hoian Ancient Town  – an UNESCO World Heritage site – is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a small-scale trading port active the 15th to 19th centuries  which traded widely, both with the countries of Southeast and East Asia and with the rest of the world. Its decline in the later 19th century ensured that it has retained its traditional urban tissue to a remarkable degree. The town reflects a fusion of indigenous and foreign cultures (principally Chinese and Japanese with later European influences) that combined to produce this unique survival. 

Upon arrival in Da Nang, you will be met by your guide who will arrange the private transfer for lunch at local restaurant before heading to Hoi An. Along the way, take a short visit to the Marble Mountain – a cluster of five hills made from limestone and marble. This is a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels and temples all just waiting to be discovered. Named after the elements metal, wood, water, fire and earth, Marble Mountains exist in a coastal area that is renowned for stone-cutting and sculpture about 9km south of Danang.

In the afternoon, take a 2-hour walking tour around the ancient town to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colorful market. The town has successfully remains complete as a homogenous complex of traditional wooden buildings, with the original organically developed street plan, within the town’s original river/seacoast setting, which partly giving it such a unique skyline. Here you will have chance to admire the gorgeous and peaceful beauty of the town and feel like travelling back in time. Grab this chance to take yourself some nice photos and souvenirs.

Overnight in Hoian


DAY 11: HOIAN / TRA QUE VILLAGE (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel

Tra Que is a charming little village on the edge of Hoi An, the village is named after the sweet scented vegetables that spice up the everyday meals of the Pho Hoi people. Here a new spirit for traditional Hoi An dishes like Cao Lau, Quang noodles, enjoy cooking class served by host with the local ‘Tam Huu’ spring roll which were primarily made from Tra Que vegetables and cake with meat ( Banh xeo ) has been enlivened. This day tour will offer you chance to discover the daily life of Vietnamese farmers.

Starting the tour, local guide will see you at your hotel with your bicycle and then you will cycle to a local farm in Tra Que village. Take a short stroll around the vegetable garden and then you can join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake. Following steps are raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables and many other gardening activities. After all these activities, you will take a short rest and enjoy foot bath before getting to preparing lunch with a local family. Your lunch will consist of many local delicacies including ‘tam huu’ spring roll, Banh xeo or local pancake of people in Vietnam central region. If you fancy, you can roll up your sleeves and join with the chef to prepare these dishes. After your morning excursions and lunch, take a Vietnamese traditional post-prandial nap before learning how to harvest and wrap the vegetables. Around 14.00:  bid farewell to your host family before riding back to Hoi An, on the way back we will stop at the Japanese tomb. End the tour!

Then just enjoy free time wandering around and further exploring the town on your own.

Overnight in Hoian


DAY 12: HOIAN / FREE & EASY (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel

Free at own leisure for the whole day

Overnight in Hoian


DAY 13: HOI AN – HUE/ HALF DAY CITY TOUR (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at the hotel

After breakfast, depart Hoian for Hue which is about 140 km away and drive up to Hai Van pass overlooking gorgeous view.

Introduction: The former imperial city of Hue is the most important historical and cultural monument in Vietnam. It is also a place of great beauty, despite having been badly damaged during the 1968 Tet Offensive. Renowned throughout the country both for the beauty of its women and for the sophistication of its cuisine, Hue lies at the heart of Vietnamese cultural tradition.

Arrive in Hue, transfer for lunch at local restaurant

After lunch, historic sites await you to explore starting with the Citadel of Nguyen Dynasty with forbidden purple city – famously being one of Vietnam’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Imperial City of Hue has long been a must-see attraction for tourists visiting a hidden charm of Vietnam. The Imperial City of Hue was actually a walled fortress and palace belonged to the ancient city of Hue which was a capital city of the Nguyen Dynasty for 140 years date back from 1805 until 1945. This grandeur architecture was the most massive structure being built in the history of modern Vietnam involving thousands of workers, millions cubic meters of rock and huge volume of burden workload. You then take a boat trip on the romantic Huong River to visit Hue’s best-known religious site, Thien Mu seven-story pagoda. When the boat return, you may have chance to admire the sunset on the river with indescribable beauty when the weak sunlight covers upon the Perfume River and its surroundings.

Overnight in Hue


DAY 14: HUE/ HALF DAY CITY TOUR – HANOI (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel

After breakfast, pay a visit to the tomb of Minh Mang King being renowned for its architecture and sublime forest setting. The tomb was planned during Minh Mang’s reign (1820–40) but built by his successor, Thieu Tri. This imperial tomb is a reflection of the Chinese architectural concepts, a standard architectural complex consisting of 40 constructions (palaces, temples, pavilions, etc.) designed on an symmetric axis running from Dai Hong gate to the foot of La Thanh (Surrounding Wall) behind the Emperor’s tomb. The tour then is wrapped up by a visit to Dong Ba market, one of the must-see sites since it still remains the distinctiveness of an ancient market in central Vietnam, which supports the romance herein historic Hue.

Lunch at local restaurant

Free at own leisure until transfer to the airport for your flight to Ha Noi via Vietnam Airlines // VN 1544 HUI-HAN 19:20 20:35 (tentatively)

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to hotel for check-in & relax.

Overnight in Hanoi


DAY 15: HANOI – HALONG BAY (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Breakfast at hotel

After breakfast, depart for the 3½ hour drive to Halong Bay. Journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, observe everyday life of Vietnamese villagers as they work in the rice fields, take pigs to market on motorbikes and plough the fields with their water buffaloes.

Today, you will be cruising from the awesome limestone cliffs of Ha Long Bay toward the center of the World Natural Heritage site, discovering the exotic formations of a limestone cave, and exploring the daily life of local people living on the bay…

12: 00 Arrive to Bhaya Cafe at Tuan Chau Island.

12: 45 Get on Board: Welcome drinks and a quick briefing of the itinerary and safety information by our Cruise Manager

13: 00 Let the vacation begin with delicious lunch as the boat cruises towards to Cua Van floating village

15: 00 Visit Cua Van floating village by rowing boat or kayaking

16: 00 Back to boat, enjoy Spa, drink at bar counter or relax on sundeck.

17: 00 Bar opens for the Happy Hour “Buy one get one free”

17: 30 Cooking demonstration with traditional Vietnamese food on the sundeck (or in the restaurant if weather does not allow)

19: 00 Set menu dinner will be served in the restaurant

21: 00 Free time for squid fishing at reception, or relaxing at the bar

Overnight onboard Bhaya Classic Cruise


DAY 16: HA LONG – HANOI (Brunch)

06: 15 Early start for a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck; tea and coffee are available

07: 00 Light breakfast will be served in the restaurant

07: 45 Visit Surprise cave –the most beautiful cave in the Bay

09: 00 Back to main boat for check out: please put your baggage out to the corridor and settle your bill at reception

09: 30 Brunch will be served in the restaurant while the boat heads back to harbor.

10: 30 Disembark to Tuan Chau Marina where you will be picked up for your journey back to Hanoi.

You then enjoy one-hour cyclo ride around fascinating streets of the Old Quarter and shopping around its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquer ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more.

In late afternoon, enjoy the Vietnamese water puppets show – a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today’s Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition. The puppets are made out of wood and then lacquered. The shows are performed in a waist-deep pool. A large bamboo rod supports the puppet under the water and is used by the puppeteers, who are normally hidden behind a screen, to control them. Thus the puppets appear to be moving over the water. When the rice fields would flood, the villagers would entertain each other using this form of puppet play.

Overnight in Hanoi


DAY 17: HANOI/ HALF DAY CITY TOUR (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel

Introduction: With a population of approximately four million, Hanoi – the capital city – is a charming and richly historic city of lakes, shaded boulevards and leafy open parks. The center is an architectural museum piece housing groups of ochre coloured buildings holding the air of provincial French towns of the 1930s, a “Paris of the Orient” as people have called it.

AM: Take sightseeing tour featuring both cultural and historical highlights, starting with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – an important historical attraction of Hanoi, known for honoring the national hero: President Ho Chi Minh. The building is where visitors can express their admiration and gratitude towards the common father/uncle of Vietnamese who has led the country to independence and reunification. Inside the complex, also located his House on Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. This is followed by The Temple of Literature – being constructed in 1070 under Ly Thanh Tong’s dynasty, first to honor Confucius and nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam. In 1076, King Ly Nhan Tong continued the work and built Quoc Tu Giam as the first university of Vietnam.

Lunch at local restaurant

After lunch, enjoy free time at own leisure and take this last chance to explore the city further or hunting for some souvenirs at shopping malls and the night market near your hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi


DAY 18: HANOI – HCM  (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel

Free at own leisure until hotel check-out (around 12PM at the latest) and transfer to the airport for your departure flight: HAN – HCM / VN237 / 13:15 – 15:25 ( or other available flight  )  

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh



Breakfast at hotel

Free at own leisure until hotel check-out (around 12PM at the latest) and transfer to the airport for your departure flight  HCM – AKL / NZ268/ 21:25-12:40 .

Overnight on flight

NOTES: The above itinerary is only the sample one as it may change with your flight schedule

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Services/ Accommodation : 3/4*

(As sited or similar depending on availability)

Group size  2-4  persons

(Twin/ Double share)

May – Sept 17

Oct  17 – March 18

2 pax

4 pax

2 pax

4 pax




HCMC – LE DUY GRAND (Grand DLX) 05 nights


HOIAN – VINH HUNG RESORT (SUP Garden View) 03 nights

HUE – PARK VIEW (SUP) 01 night









INCLUSIVE services:

  • International flights x 2   ( HCM – REP / PNH – HCM  )
  • Domestic flight tickets and taxes x 04  ( REP-PNH / HCM – DAD / HUI – HAN / HAN – HCM )
  • Viet Nam & Cambodia Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders
  • Regional English speaking guides in different parts of Vietnam & Cambodia.
  • All accommodation in twin/double share basis with daily breakfast
  • Private vehicle as tour program
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary( 18BF,14L ,1D)
  • Entrance fees as sites listed and private boat trip in Mekong Delta and Tonle Sap Lake
  • 01 drinking water bottle/pax/day


EXCLUSIVE services:

  • Meals not included in the itinerary and beverage during meals
  • Personal expenses such as: bar, telephone and laundry bill
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional charges: Tipping –  US$ 80 per person ( Subject to change ) payable on arrival .
  • Single Supplement : NZD 852 (May – Sept 17) & NZD 952 (Oct 17 – Mar 18)