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Vietnam – it’s a land of vivid colors, ancient traditions, incredible history, stunning pagodas, towering mountains, teeming markets and welcoming people. Not a country to be visited in a week, there is just so much to experience, see and learn. As part of Imperial China for over a millennium, from 111 BC to AD 938; ruled by a succession of royal dynasties while independent; and colonized by the French in the mid 19th century, Vietnam’s people, culture and architecture reflect its compelling and complex history. Navigating the narrow, winding streets of the Old Quarter in Hanoi is to experience the chaotic tempo of its urban cacophony. As exotic aromas entice the senses, avoiding the onslaught of motorbikes when attempting to cross a street vividly speaks to the coexistence of the traditional and the modern. Likewise, Ho Chi Minh is a city of contrasts. Tree lined modern boulevards replete with skyscrapers and sophisticated malls co-exist with ancient temples in back alleys and elegantly restored French Colonial villas. A trip to Hue (the former ancient capital) evokes the majesty of old imperial China with its formidable Citadel complex modeled after the Forbidden City, and the picturesque old port of Hoi An – considered by many to be the country’s most atmospheric town – has preserved its traditional ambiance. And, to experience a totally different Vietnam, one need only visit the hill tribes in the north where the minority ethnic communities continue to adhere to their unique traditions and dress.But Vietnam is not just about intriguing history and culture. Its people are delightful and the topography gorgeous. Your eye will feast on stunning landscapes blanketed by rice paddies, majestic mountains covered in lush tropical vegetation, pristine beaches, and the spectacular jagged limestone peaks soaring out of Halong Bay.And, of course, there is the food. A foodie’s delight, Vietnam rivals Thailand for top honors and is home to superb restaurants and delectable street fare.  All in all – this is a country that rewards visitors with an unforgettable immersion into a fascinating culture.

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Trip Highlights

January 10 – January 30th, 2018

  • Experience the chaotic, energetic and fascinating city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, visiting its memorable testimonials to the Khmer Rouge genocide.
  • Appreciate the complexity of Apsara dance traditions while enjoying young dancers exhibiting their skills.
  • Marvel at the magnificent ruins at Angkor Archeological Park – visiting the most famous temple, Angkor Wat at sunrise.
  • Immerse yourself in traditional Cambodian & Vietnamese cultures.
  • Enjoy Hanoi’s intoxicating Old Quarter with its narrow and colorful lanes filled with boutiques, tiny homes, and exotic aromas.
  • Relax on a traditional junk marveling at the limestone peaks and exploring the islands and caves of Halong Bay.
  • Wander the winding roads of ethnic minority mountain villages of northern Vietnam and experience a festive weekend market.
  • Relax in the charming and picturesque towns of Hue and Hoi An in Central Vietnam – shop ‘til you drop and possibly order some customized attire at one of the numerous tailoring shops.
  • Enjoy exquisite meals and charming accommodations and interact with hospitable and extremely friendly locals in both countries.

Itinerary in Brief

Departure USA                      Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Arrival   Phnom Penh           January 10, 2018


Day 1 Jan. 10                       Arrival Phnom Penh

Days 2&3 Jan. 11 & 12       Phnom Penh

Days 4 Jan. 13                      Depart for Siem Reap

Day 5 Jan. 14                       Siem Reap

Days 6, Jan. 15,                    Depart for Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) .

Day 7 Jan. 16                       Saigon

Days 8 Jan. 17                      Depart for Hoi An

Days 9 & 10 Jan. 18 & 19   Hoi An

Day 11 Jan. 20                      Depart for Hue

Day 12  Jan. 21                     Hue

Day 13 Jan. 22                      Depart for Hanoi

Day 14 Jan. 23                      Hanoi

Day 15 Jan. 24                      Depart for Halong Bay Cruise

Day 16 Jan. 25                      Return to Hanoi

Day 17 Jan. 26                      Depart for SaPa

Day 18 Jan. 27                      SaPa including Cat Cat and Ta Phin

Day 19 Jan. 28                      SaPa and Overnight Victoria Express Train

Day 20 Jan. 29                      Hanoi

Day 21 Jan. 30                      Departure

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