Immerse yourself in the local culture of South East Asia and discover the spectacular sights, delectable cuisine and rich history of Vietnam and Cambodia, on an unforgettable 16 day journey from Hanoi to Siem Reap.
From energetic cities to serene countryside, unique waterways to impressive temples and pagodas, the charm of Vietnam is legendary, as is the hospitality of those who call it home. In the north, the graceful capital of Hanoi, the mountainscapes of Sapa and the glittering beauty of Ha Long Bay await. On the central coast, Hue and Hoi An hold ancient appeal. Bustling markets play out against a contrasting backdrop of French colonial architecture and skyscrapers in Saigon.
In Cambodia, a world of iconic landmarks and ethereal beauty is waiting to be discovered. Once the Paris of the East, Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda have retained their magnificence despite the region’s war-ravaged past. In Siem Reap, it’s easy to lose yourself in ancient history at Angkor Archaeological Pakwhen wandering the many famous temples, scrambling over their stepped walls for a closer look.
Along with exploring new cultures, one of the great joys of travel is the discovery of new cuisines. Those unfamiliar with Vietnamese food are in for a treat, as the national cuisine is flavorful, colorful and extremely healthy.
Northern Vietnam has long been influenced by its proximity to China. As the only part of the country that experiences four seasons, many dishes are only available on a seasonal basis. Overall, the food tends to be milder and lighter than that found in the rest of Vietnam.
The pundits claim that central Vietnamese cuisine is the most culturally authentic food in the country. Heavily influenced by the imperial court cuisine of Hue, the food is generally spicy and well-seasoned.
Southern cuisine is the most varied of the three. Rich in vegetables, rice and seafood, it has incorporated French, Cambodian and Thai influences into a style that is distinctively its own. It is generally more heavily seasoned, tropical and spicier yet sweeter than northern food.
Being geographically located in the tropical zone, Vietnam is truly a heaven when it comes to fruits. One who first comes to the country will be amazed at the countless number of colorful fruits sold at a very reasonable price in every street and market all year round.
Southern Vietnam is the largest fruit granary of the whole country, since the region’s weather is warm with long hours of sunshine, high average temperature and humidity year round. So before you leave the country, make sure to try the mangosteen, cherimoya, lychee, rambutans, longan, dragon fruit, sapodilla, jackfruit and maybe the durian.
Double occupancy accommodations; group transfers provided by private a/c coach bus; 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners and a few happy hours; roundtrip train ride between Hanoi and Sapa; overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay; flight from Hanoi to Hue; flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh; flight from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap; entrance fees per itinerary, and English speaking guides. (Note: optional tours, travel visas to Vietnam and Cambodia, and gratuities are not included)
Total Price: $3129
Land Package $1875
Round trip airfare $1254; departing from LAX