15 days

The Great Indochina Quest - Family Adventure

The Great Indochina Quest - Family Adventure

'Junk' boat cruise among the limestone karsts of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay

Cu Chi Tunnels - the underground network of the Viet Minh and Viet Cong

Vietnam's northern capital Hanoi

The bustling streets and cyclos of Saigon

The tailors and market traders of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An

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  • Combine the excitement of Vietnam with the friendly warmth of Cambodia for an exotic South East Asian family adventure holiday. Travelling through Vietnam you enjoy a relaxing cruise on beautiful Halong Bay, take an overnight train journey, visit the ancient town in Hoi An and spend the day cooling off at a water park in Ho Chi Minh City. Onwards to Cambodia where you take a Mekong River boat trip and for the finale what better than the magnificent ancient temples of Angkor Wat.

    Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you. 


    Day 1-2 - Hanoi

    • Welcome to Hanoi, the Paris of the Orient. A city of lush parks, tree lined streets, and French colonial old-world charm.
    • Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. There will be a group meeting at 6pm where you will meet your group leader the rest of the family group.
    • When you awake on Day 2, you will be taken for breakfast at KOTO restaurant, a project dedicated to providing street kids with hospitality training, so they can find gainful employment down the track.

    Day 3 - Halong Bay

    • You will depart Hanoi today, and travel by road to the coast, where craggy and spectacularly formed islands rising from crystal clear water awaits you. On the way, you will stop at the Sao Do Charity Centre.
    • Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam's most impressive scenic sights. The view of sailing junks navigating over 3000 limestone islands with rocky outcrops is nothing short of spectacular.
    • You will board a boat for an exploration of the bay, as well as spending a night on board.
    • You will visit one cave in the area and, in the warmer months, you can enjoy a swim.
    • Conditions may be somewhat more communal compared to the usual hotel setting, but spending a night on the bay is such a wonderful experience. If the weather is obliging, the views at sunset are especially incredible.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Da Nang

    • You will return to Hanoi today (approx 3.5 hours), before boarding an overnight train to Da Nang.
    • Conditions on the train will be basic - but it's a great travel experience where you can mix with local people. The trains typically have four or six-berth soft sleeper compartments, a sheet, pillow and blanket are provided (you may prefer to bring your own sheet sleeping bag, but you are not required to).
    • You may be sharing with passengers from outside the group, or of the opposite sex.
    • Most trains will have a dining cart, but you may prefer to stock up on fresh produce to enjoy on the train.

    Day 5-7 - Hoi An

    • Hoi An was originally a Cham port town, but has been influenced over the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There is a distinctly Chinese appearance with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets.
    • In centuries gone by, before the river silted up, Hoi An was a bustling port. Today it is a delightful backwater town with an air of liveliness about it. The tranquility and charm of Hoi An, coupled with its low tiled houses, makes it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam.
    • It is a consistent favourite among travellers and guides alike.
    • On arrival you will go on a walking tour of the city, visiting the Children's Hope in Action Centre, which is a community based project, the historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall, and the local museum.
    • You can then enjoy some free time, you might like to hire a bicycle ride in the countryside or relax at the nearby Cua Dai Beach.
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 8-9 - Ho Chi Minh

    • Take a short flight (approx 1 hour) to Ho Chi Minh City.
    • Today you will have the chance to cool off and have some fun at a local water park.
    • The rest of the day will be free for you to explore this exciting city, you might like to visit the war Remnants Museum.

    Day 10-11 - Phnom Penh

    • Fly to Phnom Penh in Cambodia this morning and set about a boat cruise on the Mekong River.
    • On the cruise, you will be able to absorb daily life along the river here, and perhaps spot local children waving as you pass.
    • The following day will be free so you can explore some of the great markets or some of the local sights.
    • The private quarters of the Royal Palace are home to King Sihamoni and are therefore closed to the public; however, you will be able to visit the Silver Pagoda that lies in the palace complex, which is the most sacred temple in the country and was previously spared from destruction by the Khmer Rouge.
    • Wat Phnom is the temple, which gave rise to the foundation of the city in the 15th Century.

    Day 12-14 - Siem Reap

    • You will depart the capital and fly north to Siem Reap today. You will notice a distinct change of pace here.
    • The rest of the day will be free so you can explore the colourful markets and many street food offerings.
    • You will spend a full day visiting the amazing temples of Angkor on a guided tour. Angkor Thom, the 'Great Royal City', is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone.
    • The impressive Bayon temple is the centrepiece. Angkor Wat is the largest and most complete structure. It is the only one of Angkor's temples with its entrance facing to the west (the others face east), the reason being that it was constructed as a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and a westerly countenance was seen to represent a sunset.
    • Ta Prohm temple is an incredible sight, with large trees embedding themselves in the stone foundations of the structure. This demonstrates the true feebleness of man’s creations when confronted with the powerful force of nature.
    • You will end the day with a sunset view of Angkor Wat from Phnom Bakheng.

    Day 15 - Siem Reap

    • Your trip will come to an end after breakfast this morning.
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    What's Included

    • • The services of an expert English-speaking local tour leader.

      • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant):Ho Chi Minh City's Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market; Cu Chi Tunnels; Hoi An; China Beach; Marble Mountain; and Hanoi's Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison.

      • Local flights: Nha Trang to Danang to Hanoi.

      • Mekong River boat trip with visits to a floating market and riverside villages.

      • Overnight homestay with a local family on a Mekong River island including a traditional wooden sampan canal cruise.

      • Full day boat cruise on the South China Sea off Nha Trang, with a seafood lunch.

      • Lunch at KOTO café in Hanoi – a project providing vocational hospitality training to underprivileged young people.

      • Performance of Hanoi’s famous Water Puppets.

      • Overnight cruise on a traditional boat on Halong Bay with a seafood lunch and dinner (non-seafood also available) and accommodation in twin-share cabins with en suite facilities and air-conditioning.

      • Overnight train from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang, with accommodation in a 4-berth 'soft sleeper' class compartment (a pillow and sheets provided).

      • Free time to explore Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hoi An and Hanoi.

      • Arrival transfer.

    Not Included

    • International airfares, visa costs, departure taxes, insurance (obligatory on all trips), departure transfer, other meals, drinks, snacks, any optional additional tours or activities during free time, spending of a personal nature such as gratuities, laundry, drinks, souvenirs. Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
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Trip Code PTFI
Group size 8 - 15
Start City: Hanoi, Vietnam
End City: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Style: Family

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