Day 1: New Zealand –– Bangkok.
Board a flight heading to Bangkok, Thailand. You will be transferred to your hotel upon arrival.
Day 2: Bangkok (B,L)
Enjoy a city and temple tour of Bangkok following breakfast at the hotel. This tour takes you through Chinatown and the Indian Market, and you will also see Wat Po, Royal Avenue and the King’s Palace.
Day 3: Bangkok (B)
A free day to explore as you like.
Day 4: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Bridge over River Kwai (B,L)
Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market this morning to take in this iconic fixture of Bangkok. The group then travels out of the city and to Kanchanaburi, a quiet provincial capital. Here, visitors can walk over the bridge at the River Kwai, a recognisable site of the Burma Railway.
Day 5: Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya – Bangkok – – Hanoi (B,L)
This morning’s early start takes you to Ayutthaya, a former capital of Thailand (then known as Siam). It is now an important archaeological site where visitors can explore ruins and the remains of palaces and monasteries. Continue to Wat Chai Wattanaram temple after lunch and then head back to Bangkok in time to catch your flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. A transfer meets you at the airport and takes you to the hotel.
Day 6: Hanoi (B)
Welcome to Vietnam! Get to know Hanoi on an orientation walk of the city that includes seeing the Ho Chi Minh Complex, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Tonight, experience traditional Vietnamese folk music at a water puppet performance.
Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Journey through the rich farmland of the Red River Delta and arrive at Halong Bay. This location is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its limestone islands, caves and grottoes. You may also recognise it from the collection of sails, belonging to the Vietnamese junk boats that float atop the bay’s waters. Board your own junk boat and head out for your overnight cruise.
Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B,L)
Early birds can rise with the sun and practice Tai chi on the junk boat’s deck. Then, explore some of the smaller islands around the bay in a rowboat. Breakfast and lunch are both served on-board. A driver meets the group at the jetty when it is time to disembark, and the group travels back to Hanoi in the afternoon.
Optional: Halong Sea Plane
Take in the beauty of Halong Bay from a birds’ eye view with a scenic tour in a sea plane. Additional cost applies.
Optional Hanoi Street Food Tour
Get a taste for the flavours of authentic Vietnamese cuisine on a food tour around Hanoi. This excursion includes dinner and fare sampled may include stuffed pancake and egg coffee. Additional cost applies.
Day 9: Hanoi –– Hoi An (B)
Board a flight to Danang and then drive to Hoi An.
Day 10: Hoi An (B,L)
Explore Hoi An, an UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed town, on foot and visit its temples, ancient structures and covered Japanese bridge. Lunch is enjoyed at a local restaurant and this afternoon is free time.
Day 11: Hoi An – Danang –– Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
A transfer takes you from Hoi An to Danang and you then catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. A half-day tour of the city awaits once you are transferred from the airport and checked in at the hotel. Sights on the tour include Saigon Central Post Office, the War Remnants Museum and Ben Thanh Market.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City (B)
A free day.
Optional: Mekong Delta
Travel to Ben Tre to get an insight into what life is like for the people that live alongside the powerful Mekong river. Stops on this excursion include brickworks, a coconut-processing workshop and the location of a family-run sleeping-mat operation. Lunch is taken at a riverside restaurant. There is also a rowboat journey along the river to Hung Vuong Pier.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City –– Siem Reap (B,L)
Visit Cu Chi Tunnels this morning. While here, you will learn about how this tunnel system was used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. The group then heads to the airport and boards a flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Day 14: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (B,L)
A full day is dedicated to discovering the complex of the Angkor Temples. It begins by seeing Angkor Wat and continues at Ta Prohm monastery. You will also see Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace.
Day 15: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Phnom Penh (B)
Travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by bus. This drive takes you past farmlands and the Tonle Sap lake. Set out on boat excursion to see the lake and the fishing villages perched on its banks.
Day 16: Phnom Penh (B,L)
This morning, take in everything Phnom Penh offers such as the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Wat Ounalom. Shop for souvenirs at the Central Market, watch a royal dance rehearsal at Aspara Arts Association, and learn about recent Cambodian history by visiting several Khmer Rouge sites.
Day 17: Phnom Penh –– New Zealand (B)
There is some free time before a transfer takes you to the airport and you board a return flight to New Zealand.
Day 18: New Zealand
Arrive home today.