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Indochina Family Adventure

Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16
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Cambodia, Vietnam, Asia | 17 days
Trip code: 
TVFC
Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
What's included: 

Transport - Boats, in country flights, sleeper train, cyclo (cycle rickshaw), minibus

Accommodation - Hotels (12nts),  sleeper train (1nt), cruise boat (1nt)

Meals - 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner

Trip Highlights: 
Sail in a traditional junk boat over emerald waters in Halong Bay
Eat with the locals in Ho Chi Minh City
Be awed by the ancient temples of Angkor Wat
Water park day!
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Trip Highlights: 
Sail in a traditional junk boat over emerald waters in Halong Bay
Eat with the locals in Ho Chi Minh City
Be awed by the ancient temples of Angkor Wat
Water park day!
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

Transport - Boats, in country flights, sleeper train, cyclo (cycle rickshaw), minibus

Accommodation - Hotels (12nts),  sleeper train (1nt), cruise boat (1nt)

Meals - 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner

Trip Overview: 

Combine the excitement of Vietnam with the friendly warmth of Cambodia for an exotic South East Asian family adventure holiday. Travelling through Vietnam you enjoy a relaxing cruise on beautiful Halong Bay, take an overnight train journey, visit the ancient town in Hoi An and spend the day cooling off at a water park in Ho Chi Minh City. Onwards to Cambodia where you take a Mekong River boat trip and for the finale what better than the magnificent ancient temples of Angkor Wat.

Itinerary: 
Day
1/2

Hanoi

An overnight flight will take you to Hanoi. On arrival you’ll transfer (approx 50 mins) to your first night’s accommodation. Hanoi is sometimes called the Paris of the Orient, with shaded boulevards, verdant parks and ochre buildings that retain an old-world charm.

Your welcome meeting takes place at 6pm this evening and you will meet your group leader and the rest of your group.

Thien Thai Hotel (AAA) - 2 nights (B)

Day
3
Hanoi city tour

Hanoi city tour

This morning you take breakfast at KOTO restuarant which is run in support of street kids to provide them with a better life and a career in the hospitality industry. You can rest assured you are helping improve lives here as you eat.

Then you take a tour of the ancient "39 streets" travelling by cyclo. You will discover great shopping opportunities on your way; silk, silver, enamel bracelets and embroidery are among the best buys and the street names bear testimony to the business conducted there; Silk Street, Rice Street, Vermicelli Street, and even Boiled Fish Street! Some of the galleries boast the works of painters from all over Vietnam.

This evening you’ll make a visit to one of the water-puppet theatres to enjoy a performance of this fantastic art form - unique to Vietnam and best seen in Hanoi. (B)

Day
4
Halong Bay

Halong Bay

From Hanoi you’ll travel (approx 4 hours) by charter minibus to the coast and beautiful Halong Bay, whose name means ‘descending dragon’. The name derives from a Vietnamese legend that the gods sent a dragon to protect the people there. Arriving around lunchtime (after a stop at the Sao Do Charity Centre, where you can buy crafts made by disabled youngsters), you’ll jump straight on a boat in this secluded bay, marvelling at the 2000 limestone peaks that emerge from the sea. You’ll have the opportunity to visit spectacular caves crammed with stalactites and stalagmites and, weather permitting, to swim from your boat, before spending the night on-board your airconditioned boat (with private facilities).

Cruise Boat - Berth in twin-cabin - 1 night (BLD)

Day
5
Overnight train

Overnight train

Today you return to Hanoi  (approx 3.5 hours). In the evening you board an overnight train to Da Nang. Conditions on the train are basic - but it's a great travel experience where you can mix with local people. The trains typically have four or six-berth soft sleeper compartments, a sheet, pillow and blanket are provided (you may prefer to bring your own sheet sleeping bag. You may be required to share with passengers from outside the group, or of the opposite sex. Most trains have dining facilities but you may prefer to bring your own supplies with you. 

Berth on overnight sleeper train - 1 night (B)

Day
6-8
Hoi An

Hoi An

Arriving in Danang you take a mini bus (approx 1 hour) to Hoi An.  The port of Hoi An is a relaxed and laid-back place, where cars are prohibited from the narrow streets of the old town, preserving the atmosphere in the centre as it would have been in colonial times. Settled over the years by a variety of nationalities, including the Spanish and Portuguese, the old town is a fascinating place to visit. The fading beauty of the beautiful shops, houses and cafés add to the charm; Hoi An is bound to be a highlight of the trip. Walking or cycling are the only ways to soak up the atmosphere of the old streets and a walking tour with your guide is included. You can walk down to the riverside market where fresh fish are unloaded and through the backstreets of this colourful town, past temples to the covered Japanese Bridge. You will visit the Children's Hope in Action Centre, which is a community based project, and meet some local kids here.

The rest of your time is left free to relax in this beautiful area. You could take a taxi or make the easy five-kilometre bicycle ride through the rice paddies and shrimp ponds to Cua Dai beach. Alternatively Hoi An is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs, especially if you’re looking for t-shirts, paintings or ceramics. For those interested in getting clothes tailored, this is definitely the place to shop – see Top Tips.  You may also arrange a cooking lesson to learn some new dishes to cook back home.

Van Loi Hotel (AAA) - 3 nights - Swimming Pool (Bx3)

Day
9/10

Ho Chi Minh

A short flight (approx 1 hour) takes you to Ho Chi Minh city. Previously know as Saigon, the cosmopolitan powerhouse of the south and a fascinating mixture of old and new. Take a welcome break from the heat and have some family fun at the Dam Sen Water Park. There is plenty of time to explore the city. Riding by cyclo is a great way to get around and explore the sights, including the War Remnants Museum.  

Victory Hotel (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (Bx2)

Day
11/12
Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Take a flight to Phnom Penh in Cambodia this morning and say farewell to your Vietamese group leader who leaves you today and on arrival in Cambodia you will be met by a new Cambodian leader. After checking into your hotel you will take a boat cruise on the Mekong River. There is plenty to watch as a plethora of floating craft of all shapes and sizes go about their daily business, you may see a floating market, life along the river bank is also interesting viewing. No doubt many local children will wave to you as you pass them by. The following day is free for exploring, there are some great markets to visit, or you can see the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

Ohana Hotel (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (Bx2)

Day
13-15
Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Another short flight (approx 1 hour) takes you to your final destination of Siem Reap. This town is the gateway to Angkor Wat. Explore the temples with a guide and learn the history from the Khmer Empire long ago in the 9th - 12th centuries. The temples were meant to represent the cosmic world and as such are perfectly aligned in balance and symmetry. Sunrise or sunset visits will give you spectacular photographic opportunities. You have a 3 day pass into the temple complex, so there is plenty of time to explore the site, as well as a chance to visit local markets and try some delicous street food or let the kids take a refreshing dip in the hotel pool. 

Angkor Holiday Hotel (AAA) - 3 nights - Swimming Pool (Bx3)

 

 

Day
16/17

Flight home

Your tour ends today. Clients travelling on our group flights transfer to airport for your overnight flight home. (B)

Video highlights

Get a taste for Vietnam on this trip. Watch this video and see the many wonders this country has to offer from Halong Bay to the Mekong Delta

Vibrant Vietnam

Your family adventure beings in the charming old city of Hanoi, with colourful markets and bustling backstreets. Then you make an exciting overnight boat trip amongst towering limestone cliffs and tiny islands which make for a fairytale setting. The old port of Hoi An is great for exploring with everything from riverside markets and lively streets to quiet secluded beaches. In Ho Chi Minh city there is a welcome chance for the kids to let off some steam and cool down at the water park.

Colourful Cambodia

On your boat trip along the Mekong River you discover fascinating floating markets, a plethora of floating craft in all shapes and sizes and no doubt plenty of local children waving as you pass them by. The ancient temples of Angkor Wat are one of the world's greatest wonders and a fitting finale to this South East Asian adventure. As you discover the atmospheric temples hiden in the jungle, giant carved faces and intricate towers you will be spell bound.

This Indochina Family Adventure is just one of our many Asia Family tours. To find out more visit our Asia holidays page.