Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand by Intrepid Travel

More catalogs by Intrepid Travel | Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand | 19 pages | 2006-12-06

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vietnam vietnam experience comfort 15 days ho chi minh city to hanoi departs every sun sep to mar selected sun apr to aug itinerary days 1-2 ho chi minh city the daily life of ho chi minh city is played out among the pagodas french-style cafes and streets teeming with motorcycles explore the war plus local payment us$200 physical culture shock remnants museum local markets and take a side trip to the extraordinary cu chi tunnels days 3-4 mekong delta the `rice bowl of vietnam is famous for its tropical fruits and flowers and of course rice cruise among floating markets and visit some cottage industries as we travel by private boat through the maze of waterways mix with the locals and learn more about the laid-back delta lifestyle on an overnight homestay days 5-6 nha trang with a harmonious blend of mountains islands and beautiful white sand beaches nha trang boasts one of vietnam s most attractive settings take a boat ride to nearby islands to swim snorkel and savour delicious seafood days 7-9 hoi an a major trading port during the 16th and 17th centuries hoi an still retains a distinct old world feel there are many optional activities here from a cooking course to riding a bicycle to cua dai beach or for the early risers a trip to the morning market to see locals haggling over fish spices and vegetables is an incredible spectacle days 10-11 hue the former imperial capital of hue is a quiet city renowned for its magnificent architecture take a guided tour through the citadel royal tombs pagodas and temples many of which were built during the reign of the nguyen dynasty day 12 hanoi despite the throngs of bicycles cyclos and motorbikes hanoi retains its french provincial air visit ho chi minh s mausoleum the temple of literature and the fine arts museum before an evening water puppet performance day 13-14 halong bay soak up the mystical atmosphere of halong bay on board a private boat the bay holds more than 3,000 limestone islands that tower over the emerald waters there are innumerable beaches and grottoes to explore spending the night on board gives us the chance to see the bay in the early morning light day 15 hanoi back in vibrant hanoi our vietnamese experience comes to an end · experience modern vietnam in ho chi minh city · get a taste of local life in a mekong delta homestay · get a new wardrobe tailored in hoi an · experience imperial vietnam in hue · enjoy a water puppet performance · cruise the aweinspiring halong bay darrell wade founder my first trip to vietnam in 1992 had a similar itinerary to this you still get a great cultural insight and all the highlights but you also get our best leaders and some comfort too above photography competition 2006 girl and dog jason pemberton below photography competition 2006 making friends jackie sevcik accommodation hotels 11 nts multishare homestay 1 nt overnight train 1 nt overnight boat 1 nt transport private bus train boat plane walking cyclo group size max 12 meals 14 breakfasts 4 lunches 3 dinners budget allow us$220 for meals not included departs every sun sep to mar and selected sun apr to aug notes 1 arrival airport transfer is included so please advise flight details at time of booking 2 some accommodation has shared bathroom facilities traveller rating 4.80 out of 5 trip code prefer an independent itinerary consider our highlights of vietnam cambodia vak online only vkt flavours of hanoi independent 4 days ex hanoi departs daily subject to availability itinerary day 1 hanoi vietnam s charming capital offers many culinary adventures historical sights and some fantastic shopping tonight savour an introduction to gourmet vietnamese food at one of the city s best restaurants day 2 physical culture shock cooking class visit a lively local market before learning to make a number of regional delicacies in a hands-on cooking class in the afternoon explore the old quarter by cyclo then enjoy dinner at a family-run restaurant that has served traditional vietnamese fare for five generations also take in a water puppet performance days 3-4 hanoi/noodle village start the day with breakfast at koto established to teach hanoi s street children hospitality skills travel out to the rural outskirts to visit a town famous for its arrowroot noodles after lunch spend the afternoon at another half-day cooking class photography competition 2006 making rice paper chris hrynevich accommodation tourist class hotel 3 nts transport air-conditioned vehicles meals 3 breakfasts 2 lunches 2 dinners budget allow us$50 for meals not included departs daily subject to availability notes round trip airport to hotel transfers are included please advise flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to departure traveller rating not applicable as this is a new itinerary trip code · learn the tricks of the trade in cooking classes · tour local markets vaf 26