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BEST OF VIETNAM

The always intriguing and diverse Vietnam is the perfect destination for a two week escape. Our ‘Best of Vietnam’ tour visits the south, central and north of this country that’s bursting with culture and history.

You will enjoy a visit of all the major highlights from the Mekong Delta in the south to Hanoi in the north. You’ll be guided by an expert Vietnamese national, discovering the charm of the country that is enticing more and more people to make its discovery.

This is a small group experience, exclusively for solo travellers.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMBODIA

Time permitting, this is the perfect add-on to your Vietnam experience.  From Vietnam, fly to Cambodia and discover the amazing highlights of Cambodia in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, and including a stay in Battambang.

This seven day itinerary includes breath taking historical temples and ruins where you will feel transported back in time to a magical era of spiritual and historical significance. The tour includes the amazing Wonder of the World and largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    17 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings closed
  • Region:
    Asia
  • Destinations:
    Vietnam
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accomodation:
    Hotels,Boat cabins,Overnight sleeper train
  • Prices:
    See PRICES section
  • Transport:
    Minivan,Boat
  • Pace:
    3
  • Group Size:
    maximum 16
  • Trip Code:
    vietnam18-4
  • Terms:
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REVIEWS

'Our encounter trip to Vietnam was more than I expected with a great balance of activities and free time. Great food, friendly people and interesting locations with a rich history. I would recommend this trip to other active singles.'

Gary, WA

'Vietnam holiday was fantastic. Great sights, great people. Way above expectations.'

Joanne, NSW
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INCLUSIONS

BEST OF VIETNAM INCLUSIONS: 

  • Return economy airfare ex Australia with Singapore Airlines *
  • 15 nights hotel accommodation (3-4 star)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 6 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • English speaking Vietnamese national group tour leader
  • Two domestic flights in Vietnam
  • Overnight train Hanoi to Lao Cai  
  • Overnight cruise on Halong Bay ^
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Tours and excursions as per itinerary
  • Maximum group size 16 persons
  • Airport transfers # 

* Airfare included with tour & airfare package is valid from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. See prices page for full details.

^ for single room bookings on the overnight cruise a single cabin cannot be guaranteed.

# Airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package. See getting there page for more details

A tipping fund local payment of USD120 is to be paid on arrival
Travel insurance is a mandatory pre requisite for joining this tour

OPTIONAL EXTENSION - HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMBODIA INCLUSIONS:

  • One way economy airfare Hanoi, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation (3.5 to 4 star)
  • Daily full breakfast
  • 5 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • English speaking group tour leader
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Tours and excursions as per itinerary
  • Maximum group size 10 persons
  • Airport transfers (group flight) #
  • Tipping included for guides and drivers

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS - VIETNAM
  • Visit the key iconic places in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Visit the Mekong Delta including the floating market of Cai Rang
  • See the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Enjoy the charm of Hoi An, central Vietnam with a three night stay
  • Visit the hills in Vietnam and traditional tribes
  • Visit Hanoi’s renowned landmarks including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House and the Temple of Literature
  • Take a ‘cyclo’ tour in the Old Quarter of Hanoi
  • Enjoy a superb overnight cruise on Halong Bay
  • 2 and 3 night stays at many of the destinations
  • Includes two domestic flights to create a more easy-paced tour
  • Enjoy small group touring, just for solo travellers
HIGHLIGHTS - CAMBODIA
  • Visit the largest religious monument in the world Angkor Wat
  • Tour Battambang by tuk tuk
  • See the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
  • See the Genocide Museum of Toul Sleng Killing Fields of Choeung Ek


DAY 1 - SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2018

Arrive to Ho Chi Minh

Welcome to Vietnam!

An airport-to-hotel transfer is provided for all passengers travelling on a nominated tour flight/s*. If you’ve made your own travel arrangements, the transfer to the hotel is by your own arrangement (or you can request a transfer with us for an additional service fee).

Today you can spend the evening at your leisure. You will probably have met some of the other group members on the airport-to-hotel transfer, but in any case, the meeting point in the hotel lobby is nominated at 8:30pm for anyone who wants to join as a group and head out for a casual dinner (at your own expense).

Meals: no meals are included today

* to qualify for the transfer your airfare must be booked with us on the nominated tour flight/s

Day 2 - SUNDAY 22 APRIL 2018
Discover Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh City

Your first full day in Vietnam starts with a city discovery tour where you’ll see all the key iconic places in Ho Chi Minh City; Binh Tay Market, Jade Emperor Pagoda, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office.  You’ll also have some free time to make some discoveries of your own. Tonight, the group enjoys a welcome dinner.

NB: Both Binh Tay Market and Notre Dame Cathedral are closed for renovations, they can be viewed only from the outside.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 - MONDAY 23 APRIL 2018
Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be – Can Tho (Mekong Delta)

This morning we transfer to the rural district of Cai Be (3 hours away) to enjoy a scenic boat tour down the river, and lunch is included while we are out touring the Mekong Delta. We’ll stop to see the sights along the way before finishing the tour in Vinh Long. From here we’ll hop on the transfer to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta, where we’ll stay this evening.

Seafood meals are a focus on the local restaurant menus but tonight you may like to try the local mouse dish that features on some menus!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 - TUESDAY 24 APRIL 2018
Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

Today we get up early to make sure you see the best of the local trade on the Mekong Delta with a boat tour (great photo opportunities this morning) to visit the floating market of Cai Rang, and a walk around the local village of Can Tho. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to lie in, you can make your own plans for the morning (just let your tour guide know you won’t be joining the morning boat tour).

In the afternoon, we’ll get on the transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City for the night - one of the longer afternoons of driving.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL 2018
Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Hoi An

After breakfast at the hotel, we head out to see the renowned Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing network of interconnecting tunnels that were used by the Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots.

After your visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, there’s a packed lunch and we transfer to the airport for a short afternoon flight to Danang. From Danang we transfer to the historic town of Hoi An for the next three nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (packed)

DAY 6 – THURSDAY 26 APRIL 2018
Hoi An Tour, Hoi An

Start your day with a morning city walk, the best way to see the sights of historical Hoi An. The tour includes the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation Hall, the Japanese Bridge and Phung Hung House.

In the afternoon, take a leisurely bike tour to get know the city further afield as you pedal through the countryside. Or, if you prefer, you can take some free time to do some shopping, have some clothes tailored or soak up the atmosphere of Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018
Hoi An

Today, you have time at leisure to make your own discoveries, relax by the resort pool, wander around Hoi An or visit the local beach.

Optional
Ever wondered or wanted to know how the Vietnamese cook up such delicious food? Well, today you get the answers at our special cooking class at a great cooking school in Hoi An. You’ll learn how to make some key dishes as well as become familiar with the key ingredients that the Vietnamese use in their cooking. For lunch, you’ll enjoy the cooking creations you made at the cooking school.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - SATURDAY 28 APRIL 2018
From Hoi An to Hue
 

Today we transfer by road, from Hoi An to Hue via the Marble Mountains – a cluster of five marble and limestone hills – and Hai Van Pass, some of the most scenic countryside in Vietnam. We stop for lunch en route at a local restaurant.  In Hue, there’s a city tour of The Citadel.

You’ll have the evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 - SUNDAY 29 APRIL 2018
The Perfume River, Hue

The day begins with a boat tour on the Perfume River – named so because of the abundance of floral orchards lining it – to the royal tombs area. In the afternoon, we take you on a two-hour cycling tour, which is a highlight because you can roam into the countryside around Hue and get amongst the local village life. If cycling’s not your cup of tea, you can always choose to do your own thing around town.

Tonight, there’s a group dinner, enjoying the authentic cuisine of central Vietnam.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 - MONDAY 30 APRIL 2018
Hue – Hanoi - Overnight Train to Sapa

We start today with a short, morning flight to Hanoi.

In Hanoi, there’s a city discovery tour. The tour visits some of Hanoi’s renowned landmarks including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (the outside only), Ho Chi Minh House and the Temple of Literature. There’s also a bit of fun on a ‘cyclo’ tour in the Old Quarter. The Old Quarter is a legacy of Hanoi’s ancient past, which has a history that spans over 2000 years and is known as the ‘eternal soul of the city.’

This evening you’ll take the overnight train to Lao Cai on a sleeper train ^. Before boarding, we’ll have a group dinner and you’ll have some time to purchase snacks and drinks for the train journey. We have sleeper berths for the train journey which make the overnight trip more comfortable. The spirit of adventure is best adopted for the train journey as we arrive to our destination early morning.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

TIP: Have a small travel bag/day pack available that you can use for the visit to Sapa. Large bags will be stored at the hotel in Hanoi as it is not possible to travel with your main luggage bag on the train.

^ About the train; it’s not a luxury train. There are 4 beds per berth and our group may be sharing with the general public. The toilet is shared for the carriage.

DAY 11 - TUESDAY 1 MAY 2018
Sapa

It’s a very early arrival to the train station, as trains arrive around dawn or even a bit earlier. To start your experience, there’s an excursion to the weekly Coc Ly market to experience local market shopping, where you’ll notice plenty of sights and aromas. Needless to say, it’s a very different experience to our supermarkets at home! Then we’ll have a boat tour before we transfer over to Sapa (weather permitting).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12 - WEDNESDAY 2 MAY 2018
Silver Waterfall, Sapa

Today we go on an excursion to Thac Bac (Silver Waterfall), 5km north of Sapa. It’s a dramatic waterfall reaching an impressive 100 metres high. The rest of the day is at your own leisure, which might be the perfect chance to make some discoveries of your own in this beautiful highland village.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13 – THURSDAY 3 MAY 2018
Ta Phin, Sapa – Hanoi
 

Today we have an excursion to Ta Phin village, outside of Sapa. Ta Phin is a picturesque drive North of Sapa, set within a valley with a towering mountain peak at one end. It’s alive with the daily life of the Kinh, Red Dao and Black Hmong people.

Later today we make our way back to Hanoi by road.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14 - FRIDAY 4 MAY 2018
Hanoi - Halong Bay

This morning we make our way from Hanoi to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise of this stunning bay – a major highlight of your Vietnam tour! Halong Bay is a world heritage site and includes some 1600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. It really is a breath-taking scene. Make sure you pack your swimwear for this one.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Luggage Note:
Have a small travel bag/day pack available that you can use for the overnight stay on board the junk.

Note for single room bookings:
A single cabin cannot be guaranteed on the overnight boat tour on Halong Bay and you may be required to share with another person (of the same gender).

DAY 15 - SATURDAY 5 MAY 2018
Return to Hanoi

We continue the cruise in the morning before transferring to Hanoi in the afternoon. This evening it’s our farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16 - SUNDAY 6 MAY 2018
Our Final Day, Depart Hanoi

We have come to the final day of your tour! You’ll have some time today at your leisure to soak up your last hours in Vietnam, before departing from the hotel to the airport for your return home.

Meal+9s: Breakfast

DAY 17 – MONDAY 7 MAY 2018
Return home

The nominated tour flight returns home to Australia this morning.

 

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMBODIA

DAY 16 – SUNDAY 6 MAY 2018
Arrival Day/Siem Reap

Today you depart from Hanoi and travel on a regional flight from Vietnam to Cambodia to arrive to Siem Reap. On arrival in Siem Reap, and after clearing immigration and customs, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to our group hotel.

Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 17 – MONDAY 7 MAY 2018
Angor Wat, Siem Reap

After breakfast today, you are in a for a real treat as you visit an amazing wonder of the world, and the crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat.

There will be a few hours dedicated to Angkor Wat, the largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples.  After taking in the incredible Angkor Wat, we visit Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor. Much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. The day also includes a visit to Banteay Samre, a mid-12th century temple dedicated to the god Vishnu. Time permitting, there is also a visit to the ancient ruin East Mebon.

Finally, enjoy a sunset at Pre Rup, built by Rajendravarman Ii (ruled 944 to 968), and consisting of a pyramid shaped temple.The name means turning the body and refers to the traditional method of cremation.

While visiting the temples, lunch is included at a local restaurant and dinner also is at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18 – TUESDAY 8 MAY 2018
Angkor Thom - Siem Reap - Battambang

After merely wetting your taste buds to the many wonders of Angkor yesterday, today we visit a couple more temples and ruins before we travel to our next destination Battambang, a small, leisurely city in Cambodia’s vast countryside.

We visit the fortified city of Angkor Thom, enclosed by a wall and wide moats. The city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. We visit the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper Kings, then the ruined Baphuon, the Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor.

Next, we have lunch and travel by road from Siem Reap to Battambang (travel duration about 3 hours). Dinner this evening is in Battambang at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19 – WEDNESDAY 9 MAY 2018
Battambang

Today, there’s morning sightseeing in Battambang by Tuk Tuk, and a full day out that includes highlight visits to the Battambang Museum, a visit to Wat Phiphet Temple and an insight into the thriving art scene of Battambang.

In Cambodia, Battambang is known for its vibrant arts scene and is home to a thriving community of artists.  The city was once considered to be Cambodia's artistic hub, but the arts scene was completely destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime. Currently, it's undergoing a renaissance, and new galleries and art spaces are springing up all over the city.

The tour begins with a visit to a local cafe and gallery, a trendy cafe and exhibition space showcasing the work of the city's talented artists. Then, continue to nearby art studios to meet and interact with local artists in their work environments.

Following the studio visit, we enjoy lunch at Jaan Bai. This restaurant is a social enterprise that provides training and employment for youth. It has benefited from the support of Vittoria Coffee and training from Chef David Thompson, as well as restaurateur John Fink. All proceeds go to support the Cambodian Children's Trust.

After lunch, there’s time to explore the local market of Battambang and enjoy the tastes of local snacks and some signature Battambang food.

Dinner this evening is at a local Battambang restaurant.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20 – THURSDAY 10 MAY 2018
Battambang to Phnom Penh

It’s a full day out including travel by road from Battambang to Phnom Penh with a boat trip to Kampong Luong and sightseeing at Oudong.

From Battambang, we travel southwest and take a boat trip to Kampong Luong, a village located entirely on a criss-crossing network of canals. See a church, a pagoda, a floating school and factories where ice is made to preserve the day's catch of fish. As we continue in the direction of Phnom Penh, we visit Oudong located 40 kilometres from Phnom Penh. Oudong was the former capital of Cambodia from 1618 to 1866. After exploring the temples, enjoy the panoramic views of the Cambodian countryside.

We continue to Phnom Penh and dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21 – FRIDAY 11 MAY 2018
Phnom Penh

After breakfast, there’s a day of touring to get to know Phnom Penh.

Firstly, we visit the Royal Palace of Cambodia, a complex of buildings, which was built to serve as the residence of the King of Cambodia. The compound was the citadel of King Ponhea Yat (1393-1463) and rebuilt to its present state in 1886, when King Norodom (1834-1904) relocated the royal capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh.

The Royal Palace complex and attached 'Silver Pagoda' compound consist of several buildings, structures and gardens. The silver pagoda is often called the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Preah Kaew Morokot after the statue housed there. The wooden temple was originally built by King Norodom in 1892 and inside its floor is comprised of more than 5000 silver blocks which together weigh nearly 6 tons.

From our visit of the palace we carry on with a visit of the National Museum which contains a vast collection of Khmer sculpture and art. Then to our next museum visit, the Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide) for a sombre experience, learning about the a chapter from Cambodia's more recent and tragic past.

Today, we also travel to just outside Phnom Penh, where in a peaceful rural setting, the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek provide a stark reminder of the atrocities committed under the Pol Pot regime.  Thousands of people were killed here between the years of 1976 and 1978 and buried in mass graves.

The day comes to a close with time to explore Psah Thmey, a covered market which is distinguished by its central dome (constructed in 1937).  It is filled with shops selling jewellery, fabrics and many kinds of souvenirs.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 22 – SATURDAY 12 MAY 2018
Departure Day

This morning you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast to reflect on your time in Cambodia before being transferred to the airport at Phnom Penh for your return flight home.

Meals:  Breakfast

DAY 23 – SUNDAY 13 MAY 2018
Return to Australia

Your flight arrives home this morning. 

 

About the Itinerary
The itinerary is created to give you a good idea of the inclusions on the tour. However, from time to time, due to circumstances beyond our control, or for good reason as deemed by your tour guide there may be changes once you are on tour.
 

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS - VIETNAM

Destination

Hotel Name

Room Type

Ho Chi Minh City

Edenstar Hotel

Deluxe Room

Can Tho

West Hotel

Superior Room

Hue

Romance Hotel 

Superior Room

Hoi An

Hoi An Ancient House Village

Superior Room

Sapa

Freesia Sapa Hotel

Superior Room

Halong Bay

Glory Legend Cruise

Deluxe Cabin

Hanoi

Chalcedony Hotel

Superior Room 

HOTELS – CAMBODIA

Destination

Hotel Name

Room Type

Star Rating

Siem Reap

Treasure Oasis Hotel

Superior Room

4 star

Battambang

Classy Hotel

Superior Room

3.5 star

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Katari Hotel

Deluxe Room

4 star 

Hotels are finalised about 30-45 days prior to departure.  Hotels are 3 to 4 star rated.  
The hotels listed are the likely hotels however are subject to change.  If the hotels change from the list above, a hotel of similar standard will be used.

HOTELS – VIETNAM

EDENSTAR HOTEL, HO CHI MINH CITY
As a 4-star standard hotel, Edenstar Hotel Saigon (old name Eden Saigon Hotel) is located right in the center of business, shopping, commercial and entertainment of Ho Chi Minh City. It is only a 5 minute walk to Ben Thanh Market. The hotel is close to convenient transportation system, and also offers luxury guest rooms, hospitable services as well as completely furnished business facilities. Today, the hotel has become the first choice for the local and International businessmen.

Edenstar Hotel Saigon has 129 comfortable guest rooms with simple and graceful designs but well-furnished that bring a relaxing space to customers to get away from the city hustle. Breakfast served in buffet style in the separate restaurant area. The hotel also has massage area and Fitness Center with an outdoor Swimming pool and Bar with views of the City, two conference Rooms with a capacity of more than 350 guests.

WEST HOTEL, CAN THO
West Hotel is located at Ninh Kieu quay, center of Can Tho city.  Eighty well-equipped and state-of-the-art rooms conforming to international 4 stars standard, together with the professional and dedicated staff, are promised to bring you the most comfortable stay in Can Tho.

At West Hotel, you will enjoy not only the best services, ranging from coffee-bar, swimming pool, to restaurant but the natural beauty of Hau river. Besides, the hotel is an ideal place for conferences, meetings, events and parties with the venues’ capacity up to 150 persons, mordern sound - light system, and large space.

With the passion and determination of providing the highest quality services in Can Tho City, We always attempt to satisfy your demands and expectations when arriving here.

ROMANCE HOTEL, HUE
Located in the heart of Hue City – an UNESCO listed World Heritage site, Romance Hotel has an ideal location, just steps away from the Perfume River on a street with several tourist information spots.

  • Phu Bai Airport – 14 kilometres, 20 minutes by car
  • Hue Railway Station – 2.5 kilometres, 5 minutes by car
  • 24-hours airport Pick up and taxi service available

With the slogan “A lifetime of happiness”, the hotel’s aim is to ensure that their guests will have the most comfortable, enjoyable and truly unforgettable time in Romance Hotel.

Guests are welcomed by the hotel’s warm reception and hospitality, and will always see smiling faces, enthusiastic support, consideration, reliability in every service during the entire stay at the Romance Hotel Hue.

HOI AN ANCIENT HOUSE VILLAGE, HOI AN
Hoi An Ancient House Village Resort & Spa features an outdoor pool and hot tub, a fitness centre and lush green gardens. It offers free fruits daily, complimentary parking on site and free WiFi access throughout the property.

The resort is just a 10-minute drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An Ancient Town. It provides free shuttle service to Cua Dai Beach, which is also a 10-minute drive away. The resort is 33km away from Da Nang city and Da Nang International Airport.

Fitted with hardwood furnishings, air-conditioned rooms include a safe, wardrobe, flat-screen cable TV and minibar. Hairdryer and mosquito net are also provided. The en suite bathroom comes equipped with slippers, a bathtub, shower and free toiletries.

At Hoi An Ancient House Village Resort, guests can indulge in a pampering massage at the spa, or approach the tour desk for sightseeing and travel arrangements. Luggage storage, laundry service and conference facilities can be requested from the 24-hour front desk.

FREESIA HOTEL, SAPA
Located in Sa Pa, Freesia Hotel is just 350 m from Sa Pa Lake and offers comfortable rooms with air conditioning. Featuring an indoor pool, the hotel has a fitness centre and a garden. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and free WiFi access in all areas.

All rooms are fitted with a seating area with cable flat-screen TV. You will find a minibar and an electric kettle in the room for your convenience. Ensuite bathroom in each room comes with a bath or shower and a hairdryer. Extras include free toiletries, bathrobes and slippers for your comfort.

Freesia Hotel operates a 24-hour desk where you can arrange day trips, shuttle services and airport transfer. Fluently conversed in English and French, staff can also assist you with luggage storage, currency exchange and other concierge services. There is a gift shop and shared lounge at the property.

Bike hire and car rental are possible at the property. Sa Pa Bus Station is 500 m from the property, while Fansipan Mountain is 8.6 km away. 

GLORY LEGEND CRUISE, HALONG BAY
Glory Legend Cruise has 11 cabins and 17 cabins with the same services and standard. It has been operating since December 2014. Their boats are modern and tastefully designed, they feature spacious, well-appointed cabins and suites with large en-suite bathrooms, large sundecks with comfortable lounging furniture and elegant dining rooms and bars. Glory Legend Cruises are designed and fitted to international standards while maintaining a traditional style, creating the perfect balance of modern comforts and nostalgic ambiance.

Glory Legend Cruises offer an elegant and relaxing way to explore endless style in Halong bay. The cruise brings passengers into contact with local people in different floating villages of Halong bay. You will have ample opportunity to see Vietnam in its authenticity and sample local culture and food, an unforgettable vacation on your “floating hotel”.

CHALCEDONY HOTEL, HANOI
Chalcedony Hotel is centrally located in Hanoi Old Quarter, Chalcedony Hotel Hanoi offers air-conditioned rooms with modern Vietnamese decor. It is less than a 10-minute walk from the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake and a 3-minute stroll from Dong Xuan Market. Wi-Fi is free in public areas.

Most rooms enjoy views of the Old Quarter or the Red River. All guestrooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar and personal safe. En suite bathrooms come with a bathtub and free toiletries.

The 16-storey Chalcedony Hotel Hanoi is a 10-minute walk from Ngoc Son Temple and The Huc Bridge. Noi Bai International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.

Guests can exercise at the fitness centre, or check e-mails at the business centre. The hotel also provides bicycle rentals and a tour desk. Luggage can be stored at the 24-hour front desk.

HOTELS – CAMBODIA

TREASURE OASIS HOTEL, PHNOM PENH
With a prime location in the heart of the city’s central district, Treasure Oasis offers top class accommodation and exceptional dining options. The colonial-style design and traditional Khmer ornaments enhance our guests’ experience of the captivating architecture and showcase the refined culture of Cambodia. The 83-key hotel offers a range of comfortable accommodation choices ranging from Superior Rooms to Junior Suites as well as delectable dining options and an inviting pool. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. 

CLASSY HOTEL, BATTAMBANG
Classy Hotel is located only 200metres from the historical Colonial Buildings. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool and an in-house restaurant, Classy Hotel is a modern building located in Battambang. Contemporary rooms come equipped with a bathtub. Free Wi-Fi access is available in this hotel. Local Cambodian and Western meals can be served at the in-house restaurant.

KATARI HOTEL, PHNOM PENH
Situated in the intriguing and prestigious heart of Phnom Penh with a very contemporary and fast-paced economic zone and tourist destination where it is a five minute walk away to the Independent Monument.  The Hotel provides varieties of facility such as a café, a restaurant and a swimming pool along with the fitness center, massage and rooftop sky bar views the delightful capital city of Cambodia.

Phnom Penh Hotel offers the international services with 61 luxurious rooms and suites. All the rooms are air-conditioned and bathrooms are designed in convenience bath tub and shower.

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

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PRICES

Prices per person (in AUD)

With Your Own Room

Standard: Tour & airfare package

$5289

Tour Only

$4339 


OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
PRE OR POST TOUR HOTEL STAYS, VIETNAM

Pre tour hotel 
Ho Chi Minh City including breakfast

$135

Post tour hotel 
Hanoi including breakfast

$135

Airport – Hotel Transfers
Not required when not travelling on group tour nominated flight as part of your package

$60


OPTIONAL EXTENSION: HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMBODIA

Prices per person (in AUD)

With Your
Own Room

Tour & airfare package

$2190

Post tour hotel including breakfast, Phnom Penh

$85

Airport-Hotel Transfer Cambodia
Not required when not travelling on group tour nominated flight as part of your package

$45

OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

^ Tipping Fund Best of Vietnam
On day one of the tour a local payment of USD95 per person is payable to your tour director. Your tour director/group guide manages the fund. Tips are given to porters of each hotel at check in and check out, boat staff, local guides, the coach driver, other service personnel assisting with group services, and includes a tip for your tour guide that escorts the group.  

For excellent service additional tips for your tour director are gratefully received.

Tipping – Highlights of Cambodia
Tipping is already included in the package price.

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $740 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing). 

TOUR & AIRFARE PACKAGE
* International airfare ex Australia is valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

DAY/DATE VARIATIONS: 
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

TAXES, FUEL COSTS, AND AIRFARE SURCHARGES: 
The tour and airfare package includes air taxes to the value of $170 per person for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and $150 for Perth. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only. At the time final monies are due the amount for the airline tax & fuel surcharge will be updated if there has been any change.

An airfare supplement may apply depending on airline availability and departure cities, and this would be advised with your quote. 

UPGRADING ECONOMY FARE TO BUSINESS CLASS FARE WITH POINTS
The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability. 

ACCRUING FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points. 

Not included:  

  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees and processing
  • Tips for tour service personnel
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications 
ROOMMATE MATCH - VIETNAM

Share and save with our roommate match option. On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a 50% saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option to decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit. 

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing. This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Monday 22 January 2018.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded.

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam        
Depart from: Hanoi, Vietnam       

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
A flight itinerary is issued with a quote

TRANSFERS
On arrival to Ho Chi Minh City and for departure from Hanoi a group transfer for all passengers travelling on the nominated tour flights on Singapore Airlines, booked with us as part of your package.

If you wish to arrive earlier and/or depart later, transfer fees apply.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 16 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
A flight itinerary is issued with a quote

TRANSFERS
On arrival to Ho Chi Minh City and for departure from Hanoi a group transfer for all passengers travelling on the nominated tour flights on Singapore Airlines, booked with us as part of your package.

If you wish to arrive earlier and/or depart later, transfer fees apply.

THE PACE  [3 OUT OF 5]
This is a medium paced, small group tour with a maximum of 18 travellers.

There is a mix of days; between more leisurely days and other days that require longer periods on foot, standing, walking and climbing stairs. This tour is not suitable for anyone not able to stand and walk for long periods and/or unable to climb stairs without assistance. You need an average level of fitness (or above) to be suited to this tour.

ABOUT THE MEALS
It’s regular that our trips included welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone has the enjoyment of dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

We also like to include some evenings when dining is at your leisure. It’s an opportunity to make your own local discoveries. 

The hotel breakfasts will generally have Asian/Vietnamese breakfast choices along with Western food choices.

Vietnamese cuisine features a combination of five fundamental tastes in the overall meal. Each Vietnamese dish has a distinctive flavor, common ingredients include fish sauceshrimp pastesoy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables. Vietnamese recipes use lemongrassgingermintVietnamese mintlong corianderSaigon cinnamonbird's eye chililime, and Thai basil leaves. Traditional Vietnamese cooking uses fresh ingredients, minimal use of dairy and oil and reliance on herbs and vegetables. The balance use of fresh herbs, meats and the use of some spices helps create the delicious taste of Vietnamese food. It is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.

Source: Wikipedia read more about Vietnamese food

We advise travellers against street food and that you only dine at places that are recommended by your guide or guide/leader.  By following best advice it’s far less likely that you will become unwell with any stomach complaints.

About the Water in Vietnam
Due to poor quality of drinking water in Vietnam, you must only drink bottled water and only bottled water from reliable sources. Also, use bottled water for brushing teeth. Most hotels have bottled water included in the room for the purpose of brushing teeth.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned, please check with us before you book.

LUGGAGE
Checked Luggage – Domestic Flights
Maximum allowance is 20kg for internal flights in Vietnam

Overnight Train Journey
Whilst travelling in Vietnam, there will be an overnight train journey to Sapa, where you will be required to pack a small bag for two nights. Your main luggage will be kept in the hotel in Hanoi. This is due to the limited space on board the train and for the comfort of the passengers.

Overnight Cruise
The same will also apply to the overnight Halong Bay Cruise.

GROUP GUIDE
This tour is escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese National, professional tour guide. Your guide is there to ensure the smooth operation of your tour, liaise with the coach driver, hotel and all other service providers connected with our tour. You will find your guide to be passionate about their history and culture and good company.

TRANSPORT
Touring is by private coach and includes:

  • a one way overnight (sleeper) train journey
  • two domestic flights within Vietnam to reduce travel time
  • an overnight boat cruise on Halong Bay.

The cost of the domestic flights in Vietnam are covered in your tour package price

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
You may like to purchase a prepaid sim care to take with you while travelling.  These can often be a good option to keep in touch with friends and family back home and it gives you data in order to use the internet.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. 

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee. But WiFi floats around elsewhere in Vietnam as well.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'Our encounter trip to Vietnam was more than I expected with a great balance of activities and free time. Great food, friendly people and interesting locations with a rich history. I would recommend this trip to other active singles.'

Gary, WA

'Vietnam holiday was fantastic. Great sights, great people. Way above expectations.'

Joanne, NSW

'I had not travelled overseas before, let alone travelling solo so I was a bit apprehensive. Encounter Travel made it the most stress free experience. They responded to all my queries prior to leaving, did everything they said they would do and the tour was extremely well organised. I enjoyed traveling with other people that were of similar age and stage of life. I will definitely travel with Encounter again.'

Pamela, 55 years, South Australia
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