B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1**Jan.09 | Honolulu – Taipei
We start our vacation by boarding an international flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city, via Taipei. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2**Jan.10 | Overnight in Taipei
Upon arrival at Taipei, we will proceed to immigration & customs. Then we will board a shuttle bus to an overnight hotel near Taoyuan Airport.
Day 3**Jan.11 | Taipei – Hanoi | (L, D)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet and escort us to lunch, followed by half day city tour. We will visit the Ethnology Museum, a museum that focuses on the 54 officially recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam and The Temple of Literature, a Temple of Confucius that hosted the first Vietnam national university. Lastly, we will take a one-hour cyclo ride around Hanoi’s Old Quarters. Dinner is arranged after a Water Puppet Show, a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition.
Hotel Accommodation: Intercontinental West Lake or Similar 5* Hotel
Day 4**Jan.12 | Hanoi | (B, L, D)
In the morning, we start our full day excursion from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. First we will visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han Statues, and the biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam that is 10 meters high and weighing 200 tons. After lunch at a local restaurant, let’s visit Trang An Landscape Complex. We will take a boat to visit the cave complex: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, and Nau Ruou. On the way back to Hanoi, we will stop at Phat Diem Stone Cathedral, one of the most famous and beautiful churches in Vietnam whose unique architecture is a combination of Western church architecture style and Vietnamese religious buildings. Return to Hanoi and stay overnight.
Day 5**Jan.13 | Hanoi – Ha Long Bay | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will depart for Ha Long Bay, also known as Descending Dragon Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ha Long Bay covers an area of 1500 sq. km containing 3000 islands and islets and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. By mid day we will board an overnight Junk Cruise. Seafood lunch is served on board with a welcome drink. Please enjoy the beautiful limestone seascapes that include Fighting Cock, Dog Rock and Incense Burner. In the afternoon, we will visit a cave, swim at Ti Tov Beach, climb to the top of Ti Tov Island for a panoramic view of the bay, kayak in late afternoon, or join squid-fishing at night. The junk will anchor in a quiet bay for the night.
Cruise Accommodation: Signature Cruise or Similar 5* Cruise
Day 6**Jan.14 | Ha Long Bay – Hanoi | (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will join the Tai Chi Class on the sundeck and have a Sunrise breakfast. We will have an excursion and visit Sung Sot Cave containing fantastic stalactites and stalagmites in different sizes, shapes and beautiful natural colors. After lunch, we will checkout from our junk, enjoy a pleasant cruise back to the pier for disembarkation, and then drive back to Hanoi. Along the way, we will visit Ba Vang Pagoda, a historic Buddhist temple with a large pagoda & courtyard, ornate statues, art & antiques. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own before dinner.
Hotel Accommodation: Intercontinental West Lake or Similar 5* Hotel
Day 7**Jan.15 | Hanoi – Hue | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Hue, a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors from 1802 to 1945, and capital of the protectorate of Annam. Upon arrival, we will have a boat ride on Huong River to Thien Mu Pagoda, built in the 17th century on top of a hill overlooking the river and Truong Son Mountain range. Then, we will drive to the Imperial and Forbidden City of Hue, dedicated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. It is a walled palace within the citadel of the city of Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Enjoy Nha Nhac, a Vietnamese court music show, and a World Intangible Heritage of Humanity. After lunch, we will visit Emperor Minh Mang’s Tomb, the second ruler of the Nguyen Dynasty who governed southern and central Vietnam from 1820 to 1840. We will transfer to our hotel in Hue after dinner.
Hotel Accommodation: Indochine Palace or Similar 5* Hotel
Day 8**Jan.16 | Hue – Ho Chi Minh City | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will visit Nam Giao Esplanade, a place for Emperors to express their respect and offerings to Heaven and Gods. Then, we will enjoy shopping in the Dong Ba, the main market in Hue. In the afternoon, we will take a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (also known by its former name Saigon), the largest city in Vietnam by population. Upon arrival, we will have an orientation tour of the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, the French Colonial Post Office, and Ho Chi Minh’s Park.
Hotel Accommodation: Pullman Saigon Center or Similar 5* Hotel
Day 9**Jan.17 | Ho Chi Minh City | (B, L, D)
Today’s highlight is to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels (totally over 200 kms) to explore the famous revolutionary vestige of Ho Chi Minh. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. This underground network provided sleeping quarters, meeting rooms, hospitals, and other social rooms for the Viet Cong. After lunch, we will have a photo stop at Independence Palace or the Former Presidential Palace of South Vietnamese government before 1975. After that, we will shop in Ben Thanh market, a large marketplace in central Ho Chi Minh City. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and one of the symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, as well as souvenirs. We will return to our hotel after dinner.
Day 10**Jan.18 | Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will enjoy free time before transferring to the airport. In the afternoon, we will take a short flight to Siem Reap, the capital city of Siem Reap Province in north-western Cambodia, and a popular resort town that is the gateway to Angkor region. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel. This evening, a traditional Apsara Dance Performance is arranged at a city restaurant.
Hotel Accommodation: Borei Angkor Resort & Spa or Similar 5* Hotel
Day 11**Jan.19 | Siem Reap | (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. We will then see the most memorable stone sanctuaries such as Baphoun, which is situated inside the royal city of Angkor Thom that dates back to the eleventh century and was built before the city was established. Next is the Terrace of Elephants, named for elephants carved on its eastern wall, and used as a viewing platform and the Terrace of Leper King, where the curious name of this terrace refers to a statue of the Leper King that is on the platform of the terrace. Lastly, we will explore Phimean Akas and Preah Palilay. The Khmer set lunch at Nest Angkor restaurant is arranged for us. After lunch, we will visit Angkor Wat, one of the seven great architectural wonders of the World. Next, we will go to Ta Prohm Temple, the modern name of the temple at Angkor, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara. Enjoy the beautiful sunset view at Pre Rup Temple.
Day 12**Jan.20 | Siem Reap | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will visit Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre temples. Banteay Srei, a 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. Banteay Samre is one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of anastylosis. After lunch, we will visit Prasat Kravan. The main point of interest at Kravan is the sculpture on the interior of two of the five towers depicting Visnu and his consort, Laksmi. Next we head to Banteay Kdei, which is currently dilapidated due to faulty construction and poor quality of sandstone used in its buildings. We will then proceed to Sras Srang, and Ta Prohm. According to one French archaeologist, Sras Srang offers one of the most beautiful points to view the Park of Angkor during the last rays of the day. Ta Prohm was built about mid-12th century to early 13th century (1186) by the King Jayavarman VII in the Bayon style and dedicated to the mother of the king. Enjoy a 60-minute foot massage in the city (next to the hotel).
Day 13**Jan.21 | Siem Reap – Phnom Penh | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will visit Tonle Sap and the floating villages (boat cruise). Then we will visit Les Artisans D’Angkor, the handicraft and craftsmanship school and shopping place together with SRP Market. After lunch, we will transfer to Phnom Penh by a private bus. Phnom Penh is the capital and most populous city in Cambodia. It has been the national capital since the French colonization of Cambodia, and has grown to become the nation’s economic, industrial, and cultural center. Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, we will transfer to our hotel and enjoy dinner there.
Hotel Accommodation: Palace Gate or Similar 5* Hotel
Day 14**Jan.22 | Phnom Penh | (B, L, D)
A city tour will be arranged for today. Visit the Royal Palace, the present king’s residence, and Silver Pagoda, famous for its 5000 silver tiles inlaid on the floor. Next, we will visit Wat Phnom Hill, the historic site where the capital’s name is derived from. It is the tallest religious structure in the city. After lunch, we will visit the Genocide Museum and learn about Cambodia’s tumultuous past. Stop at Russian Market to shop for local handicraft products. After dinner, we will return to our hotel.
Day 15**Jan.23 | Phnom Penh – Honolulu | (B)
After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport and take a flight back to Honolulu via Taipei, taking home lasting memories of a magnificent cruise vacation to Vietnam and Cambodia.
We wish you a safe journey and have many wonderful memories to share with family and friends! ☺
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