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16 Day Best of Vietnam and Cambodia (2017)

 

 

Stopover Programs

4 Day/3 Night Post-Trip Taipei Stopover Program ($330 per person, Taipei) - Post Tour - New York (JFK)
 
Extension tour in Taipei

Take advantage of China Airlines (CI) flights via Taipei and visit Taiwan, one of Asia' s hidden gems, on the return leg of your journey.

World Spree' s Taiwan Stopover Program offers three-night hotel accommodations in a 4-star hotel within Taipei' s bustling business district. We include buffet breakfasts, and airline stopover change fees. We do not include airport transfers as it is easy to arrange those by yourself; it costs about $30-$40 per cab ride from Taipei Taoyuan Airport (TPE) to your hotel.

Price based on twin sharing basis.
3 Day/2 Night Post-Trip Taipei Stopover Program ($220 per person, Taipei) - Post Tour
 
Extension tour in Taipei

Take advantage of China Airlines (CI) flights and visit Taiwan, one of Asia's hidden gems.

World Spree's Taiwan Stopover Program offers two-night hotel accommodations in a 4-star hotel within Taipei' s bustling business district. We include buffet breakfasts and airline stopover change fees. We do not include airport transfers as it is easy to arrange those by yourself. It costs about $30-$40 per cab ride from Taipei Taoyuan Airport (TPE) to your hotel.

Price based on twin sharing basis.
 

 

Extensions

5 Day/4 Night Pre trip Sapa Minority Village ($649 per person, Sapa) - Pre Tour
 
Extension tour in Sapa

Discovering Sapa is the perfect way to begin experiencing the beauty and mystery of Vietnam.

Sapa is the gateway to a world of fascinating cultures, luscious landscapes, and is a real retreat after the hustle and bustle of city life. Around Sapa are gorgeous valleys with quilt-design rice terraces, lofty mountains and authentic hill minority homes.

Our 5-day Sapa program is a privately guided pre-trip tour that features deluxe accommodation in a French Colonial hotel; 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner; all transportation including an overnight train experience to Hanoi; unique home visits to the minorities' villages; authentic, rural insights into the local life including the colorful Bac Ha Market, and more!

Subject to availability of air booking class, space on train and hotel, and seasonality. Price based on twin sharing basis.
Day 3: Overnight Train Private Cabin Upgrade ($45 per person, Sapa)
 
Optional tour in Sapa

The Fanxipan Express is a fully-equipped train with wooden paneled cabins that have 4 berths which feature air-condition, soft sleepers, and basic necessities like reading lights, baggage storage and bottled water. Upgrade your overnight train journey to a more private cabin for 2.
Day 3: Victoria Express Train Upgrade ($90 per person, Sapa)
 
Optional tour in Sapa

Upgrade your overnight train journey to Hanoi with the elegant Victoria Express Train. Inspired by the Romantic Era and tastefully decorated, each deluxe sleeping cabin is air-conditioned, wood paneled, with individual reading lights, baggage storage, complimentary snacks and bottled water, and oversized windows.
6 Day/5 Night Pre trip Sapa Minority Village ($699 per person, Sapa) - Pre Tour
 
Extension tour in Sapa

Travelers from JFK must book this unique Sapa extension that includes our Culture Insights Program!

Sapa is the gateway to a world of fascinating minority cultures, luscious landscapes, and is a real retreat after the hustle and bustle of city life. Around Sapa are gorgeous valleys with quilt-design rice terraces, lofty mountains and authentic hill minority homes, making it the perfect start to discovering the beauty and mystery of Vietnam.

Our 6-day Sapa program is a privately guided pre-trip tour that features deluxe accommodations in a French Colonial hotel; 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner; all transportation including an overnight train experience to Hanoi; unique home visits to the minorities' villages; authentic, rural insights into the local life including the colorful Bac Ha Market, and more!

Price based on twin sharing basis.
Day 2: Ninh Binh - The Halong on Land ($85 per person, Hanoi)
 
Optional tour in Hanoi

The reserve in Ninh Binh Province is a primeval tropical forest with spectacularly shaped limestone mountains surrounding the north's largest wetland, an area described as an "inland Ha Long Bay". With its rural villages, vast green paddy fields, expanding mountains and a poetic river that flows into the horizon, Ninh Binh is the scenic quintessence of Vietnam as a whole. Its history is also worth mentioning - the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century, Ninh Binh is a venue of relics that reflect its 1000 years of history and development.

Upon arrival, you get on small rowing boats to travel along the canals amid local villages and green fields. Enjoy the beauty of Tam Coc by rowing through the caves, and then ride the ox cart through the peaceful village. After lunch, you cycle to Bich Dong, which is known to be “Vietnam's second most beautiful grotto”. Climb up the Ngu Nhac Son (Buddha's Palm Mountain) and be charmed by the marvelous scenery offered by the mountains, rivers and pagodas.
Day 4: Overnight Train Private Cabin Upgrade ($45 per person, Sapa)
 
Optional tour in Sapa

The Fanxipan Express is a fully-equipped train with wooden paneled cabins that have 4 berths which feature air-condition, soft sleepers, and basic necessities like reading lights, baggage storage and bottled water. Upgrade your overnight train journey to a more private cabin for 2.
Day 4: Victoria Express Train Upgrade ($90 per person, Sapa)
 
Optional tour in Sapa

Upgrade your overnight train journey to Hanoi with the elegant Victoria Express Train. Inspired by the Romantic Era and tastefully decorated, each deluxe sleeping cabin is air-conditioned, wood paneled, with individual reading lights, baggage storage, complimentary snacks and bottled water, and oversized windows.
 

 

Optional Tours

Day 3: Half-day Hanoi "Old Quarters", "Hanoi Hilton" and Water Puppet show ($50 per person, Hanoi)
 
Optional tour in Hanoi

Enjoy our optional tour for an unforgettable opportunity to explore the narrow, chaotic streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter on electrical carts. Also known as 36 Streets, this maze of streets dates to the 13th century and the street names, such as Tinsmith Street, Silk Street and Dried Fish Street, are indicative of the original trades that flourished here. There are plenty of photo opportunities as you pass street vendors selling various foods and produce.

We then visit the infamous Hoa Lo Prison. Originally used by the French to hold political prisoners, it gained the ironic nickname the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War due to its harsh and unsanitary conditions. While most of the prison has been demolished, the old gatehouse remains and is now a museum housing exhibits from the two eras.

The tour concludes with a water puppet show. This traditional Vietnamese art form dates to the 11th century where it developed in the paddy fields of North Vietnam. Today, the water of the paddy field is replaced by a large pool which acts as a stage for the puppets who are expertly guided by puppeteers hidden behind a bamboo screen. Accompanied by music, the puppets depict rural tales and historic stories.

The popular half-day tour includes the private tour, entrance fees and lunch. Approximate tour duration is 4-5 hours.
Day 7: Cyclo Tour with royal dinner at Imperial Citadel ($45 per person, Hue)
 
Optional tour in Hue

Our particular highlight of today's tour is the opportunity to explore the old town of Hue on cyclos (three- wheeled cycle rickshaws, pedaled by a driver with passengers in the front). The cyclo is a very common mode of transport in Vietnam. Riding through the city's cobbled stone streets provides a great way to experience the colorful ancient town, the attractive French Quarter, and its bustling local markets in a very intimate way.

We start from the French Quarter with French-colonial style architectures and old houses. Pass by the school where Ho Chi Minh was educated. Continue along the colorful markets where the locals shop and bargain to a local restaurant inside the Citadel. Hue is renowned for its cuisine and tonight we enjoy a special banquet with traditional Nguyen Royal Cuisine.
Day 8: Full-day Hue Perfume River Boat Trip, Royal Tombs and pagoda with lunch ($60 per person, Hue)
 
Optional tour in Hue

After breakfast, we will enjoy boat cruise up the scenic Perfume River to visit the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda, set atop Ha Khe Hill. Local legend says that an old woman foretold that a great leader would visit and erect a pagoda to bring peace and prosperity to the country. Upon visiting the site in 1601 and hearing this story, Nguyen Hoang, the first of the Nguyen dynasty, ordered the construction of this temple, the name of which translates to "celestial lady" in honor of the lady whose prophecy he fulfilled. On our return to Hue, we visit the tomb of Khai Dinh. This elaborate tomb is interesting as it combines a mix of Asian and French influences. Khai Dinh ruled from 1916 to 1925 by which time the Nguyen dynasty only really retained symbolic power as much of its real control had been ceded to the French colonialists. This close relationship gave him the opportunity to visit France, and it is clear from the design of his mausoleum that he was influenced by the architecture he witnessed on this trip. Our tour concludes with a visit to the popular Dong Ba Market, where local fresh produce, fish, flowers and cosmetics are sold.
Day 10: Full day Mekong Delta tour and cruise ($85 per person, Saigon)
 
Optional tour in Saigon

Enjoy our optional cruise and land tour to the Mekong Delta. Known as Vietnam's "rice basket.' The verdant landscapes of the Mekong Delta offer an enjoyable excursion away from the busy streets and bustle of Saigon.
Our tour starts with a drive out to the town of Ben Tre, situated in the heart of the Mekong Delta and being well-known as "the land of coconut".
Upon arrival, we board a traditional boat for a short leisure trip on the river, enjoy the Delta's amazing scenery while being served some refreshing fruits on board.
Next, we stop at a brickwork to get to know how the locals make the bricks by their traditional handy method. We continue our boat trip to visit a coconut workshop which is located along the canal; here we can sample some fresh coconut and see how every single part of the coconut could be turned into the other products such as food, daily utensils, musical instruments...
Following, we arrive at a tranquil village for a short walk to experience the daily life of the villagers in the Mekong Delta area. We stop at a local place to see how the local wave the mat by hand, this traditional way has been remained since the old time. We can give a try, weaving by ourselves while enjoying the seasonal tropical fruits and tea, chatting with local people.
We then hop on the moto-cart for a short ride, passing by the green gardens, the fields or the vegetable plains. We stop at the local restaurant for our lunch, served with the local specialties. Afterwards, we walk to the nearby pier and getting on the sampan for a short rowing boat trip till we arrive at the meeting point, where the driver is waiting and ready to take us back to Saigon.

Unlike most other Mekong cruises offered by our competitors, our comprehensive people-to-people program features both a cruise on the Mekong River and the visits around the less touristy areas for a complete insight about the real life of the locals - a genuine experience for an eye-opening journey.
Day 11: Half-day Cu Chi Tunnels ($40 per person, Saigon)
 
Optional tour in Saigon

Enjoy our optional excursion to the famous Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels. Originally built by the Viet Minh during their struggles with the French, they were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and the base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968. Some 75 miles of the complex have been preserved by the government of Vietnam and turned into a war memorial park. Our excursion allows us to enter this once secretive complex of tunnels. A testament to Vietnamese ingenuity, they housed an incredible infrastructure including kitchens, a school and even a hospital and were protected from enemy intrusion by secret entrances and booby traps. Travel back to Saigon.

The half-day trip includes a private tour and entrance fee. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.