Vietnam & Angkor Wat with Maine International Adventure and Not Your Grandma's Travel Groups

with Bangkok extension
Jan 5-19, 2019 / 15 DAYS

Witness the dramatic history of a storied region reinventing itself.

Commemorate the war in Vietnam, peruse its markets, and soak up the country’s contemporary culture. Then, cruise amidst the staggering seascapes of Ha…

Your package includes

  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 7 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 cooking lesson
  • 7 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Reunification Palace, Hôi An’s Japanese covered bridge, Vietnamese cooking class, Huê Imperial City, Temple of Literature, Ha Long Bay cruise, Angkor …

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 3.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads, dirt paths, and stairs.

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Jan 05: Overnight flight to Vietnam

Board your flight to Hô Chi Minh City.

Hô Chi Minh City / 3 NIGHTS

Jan 06: Arrival in Hô Chi Minh City

Welcome to Vietnam! Transfer to your hotel to settle in.

Jan 07: Sightseeing tour of Hô Chi Minh City

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take in the sights of the largest city in Vietnam on a guided tour this afternoon. • Witness Vietnam’s progression from French colony to unified, independent nation as you view Reunification Palace and the General Post Office • See the War Remnants Museum, City Hall, and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica  • Stroll along Lê Công Kiêu, a street known for its treasure trove of antiques Get to know your group at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Jan 08: Free day in Hô Chi Minh City

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Hô Chi Minh City or add an excursion.

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Mekong Delta Cruise
8 hours
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Journey south to the Mekong Delta town of Cái Bè to board a motorized sampan for a winding introduction to life on the river. Cái Bè is known for its large floating market, where locally grown produce hangs from bamboo poles over the market’s boats. From here, your sampan will traverse the upper tributaries of the river. You’ll pass by numerous fruit plantations and stop for an included lunch, with a sample of tropical fruit, in the shade of a local farmer’s home. Then, rejoin your craft for a leisurely cruise back to Cái Bè. You’ll return to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon. Please note: Travel time by road to the Mekong Delta is approximately 3 hours each way.8 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Hôi An / 2 NIGHTS

Jan 09: Flight to Hôi An

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning in Hô Chi Minh City or add an excursion. This afternoon, board a flight to Dà Nang and transfer to your hotel in Hôi An.

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Cù Chi Tunnels
5 hours
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At Cù Chi, you’ll visit the vast underground network of tunnels built as a defense against the French and expanded during the Vietnam War. From here, the North Vietnamese waged guerrilla warfare against the South. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. The more adventurous may explore the deeper-level tunnels. Those preferring to remain above ground will have ample opportunity to view excavated areas. Some tunnels are easily accessed by stairs. Your guide will advise you of the length and level of difficulty of each tunnel before entering. Please note: Good walking shoes and sun protection are recommended, as are clothes that can get slightly dirty.5 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jan 10: Thu Bôn River cruise & sightseeing tour of Hôi An

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Explore Hôi An on a guided tour to shop its local markets and sample its cuisine. • Cruise the Thu Bôn River, a highlight of central Vietnam, with a local guide  • Select ingredients from a local market and try your hand at making authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a cooking class and lunch • Discover Hôi An’s landmarks, including the Japanese covered bridge and Old Town

Huê / 1 NIGHT

Jan 11: Sightseeing tour of Huê

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through the Hài Vân Pass to Huê for a guided tour of this former capital. • Cruise down the Perfume River, so named due to the amount of heavenly scented flowers that fall into the river each autumn  • Explore the Thiên Mu Pagoda, Vietnam’s tallest religious building • Visit the walled fortress and palace known as the Imperial City

Hanoi / 2 NIGHTS

Jan 12: Flight to Hanoi

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free morning in Huê or add an excursion. This evening, board your flight to Hanoi.

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Tu Dúc & Khài Dinh Tombs
3.5 hours
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The hills surrounding Huê are dotted with the tombs of the Nguyen dynasty emperors. You’ll visit the two most impressive tombs, designed in contrasting styles. First, you’ll behold the tomb of Emperor Tu Dúc, resplendent in traditional architecture, paved walkways, resting pavilions overlooking tranquil lotus ponds and a small forest for hunting. The tomb of Emperor Khài Dinh, who is remembered as the “Puppet Emperor” because of his affiliation with the French, exemplifies colonial flair. A glass mosaic frieze dominates this tomb’s interior.3.5 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jan 13: Sightseeing tour of Hanoi

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the local highlights. • Pass Ba Dinh Square, where Hô Chi Minh read the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam • Enter the soaring Hô Chi Minh Mausoleum • See the Governor’s Residence  • Examine the lotus-like One Pillar Pagoda • Wander through the Temple of Literature, a walled complex dedicated to Confucius • Admire Hoàn Kiém Lake, a focal point for Hanoi public life Enjoy a free evening in Hanoi or add an excursion.

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Vietnamese Home-Hosted Dinner
3.5 hours
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Get a taste of authentic local flavors with a home-hosted dinner at Ms. Nga's house in Hanoi. Listen to her stories of everyday life and enjoy the opportunity to tour her home. Then, dine on regional specialties like Vietnamese vegetable soup, spring rolls, fried fish or chicken, sautéed vegetables and papaya salad. Finish the meal with tea and peanut candy before saying your goodbyes.3.5 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Ha Long Bay / 1 NIGHT

Jan 14: Ha Long Bay cruise

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to Ha Long Bay and embark on a luxurious overnight cruise. You’ll pass by 3,000 limestone towers, cliffs, and arches, as well as local fishing villages.

Siem Reap / 3 NIGHTS

Jan 15: Flight to Cambodia

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Disembark your cruise ship this morning and transfer to Hanoi for your flight to Siem Reap.

Jan 16: Sightseeing tour of Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, you’ll experience some of Southeast Asia’s most iconic sites. • Begin the day by watching the sun rise over the sprawling Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments in the world • Step inside Angkor Thom, the ruined capital of the Khmer Empire  • View the Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King Please note: The sunrise tour of Angkor Wat may take place on the morning of day 13.

Jan 17: Tonlé Sap Lake cruise, Ta Prohm & Preah Khan

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue your exploration of Siem Reap with your Tour Director as your guide. • Take a cruise past the floating villages of Tonlé Sap lake • Visit Ta Prohm, a temple largely reclaimed by the jungle, now well-known as the setting of the “Tomb Raider” movie • Wander among the ruins of the Preah Khan temple • Tonight, you’ll see a performance of traditional Apsara dance during dinner

Bangkok / 1 NIGHT

Jan 18: Sightseeing tour of Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board your flight to Bangkok this morning. Upon arrival, join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of the city.  • See the city’s vast array of Buddha statues at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Po) and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) • Explore the sprawling Grand Palace complex, built in 1782 for the king of Siam  Later, celebrate your adventures with your group at a farewell dinner.

Jan 19: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your early morning flight home or continue your tour in Bangkok.

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Bangkok / 2 NIGHTS

Bangkok is a feast for the senses. Start your Southeast Asian tour early with two nights in "The City of Angels.” Wander through ornate palaces and Buddhist temples, explore the quaint canals and floating markets, and savor delicious Thai cuisine.

Jan 19: Bangkok canal tour

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning exploring Bangkok or add an excursion. Then, tour the city’s canals, called klongs, on a speedboat that takes you to the outer reaches of the city.

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Bangkok Market Visit & Cooking Class
5.5 hours
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Pay a visit to a bustling market where your guide will introduce you to a wide variety of fresh produce. Then, step off Bangkok’s busy streets and head over to Baipai, a charming home-style culinary school where you’ll try your hand at preparing traditional Thai recipes. In a relaxed and cozy environment, seasoned local chefs will show you the tricks of the trade as you craft authentic cuisine. Then, enjoy your freshly prepared lunch.5.5 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jan 20: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, transfer outside of Bangkok to experience the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where locals sell produce from their small boats. Stop along the way to visit a local Thai family's home. Then, board a traditional longboat and float past the many villages surrounding the famous market.

Jan 21: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your early morning flight home.

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