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July 10 to July 27 2013

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Flight from Wgtn to Auckland to Singapore.
Overnight in Singapore.

Peninsula Excelsior Hotel


Grey day in Wellington 

Flight from Singapore to Siem Reap. Boat ride to see the fishing village on Tonle Sap Lake. Check into hotel. A visit to the Cambodia Cultural Centre.

In the late afternoon enjoy seeing the sunset on Phnom Bakheng hill.

Angkor Holiday Hotel
Tel: 063966777
Siem Reap

Singapore orchids Singapore airport orchids
July 12 Friday DAY 3: SIEM REAP

Start touring with a visit to Angkor Thorn city (the South Gate of Angkor Thorn, Bayon, Baphoun, the Royal enclosure, the Leper King, and Prasat Sour Proat and the fabulous Ta Prohm, embraced by the roots of the enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers.)

In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat temple, the most renowned Khmer temple. Buffet dinner with APSARA show at a local restaurant.


Cambodian dancer Chinese style dance in Cambodia Monsoon weather, Siem Reap  Breakfast near the pool

July 13 Saturday DAY 4: SIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH

We depart early to Kampong Thorn and onto Phnom Penh. After lunch we visit Wat Phnom and the Independence Monument.

River Palace Hotel
TEL: 023 988 777
Phnom Penh


Yesterday we visited temples; this is Angkor Thom  We travelled by bus but the elephants were magnificent
Tonle Sap
July 14 Sunday DAY 5: PHNOM PENH
Visit the National Museum, Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. After lunch visit Toul Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields. This tour is graphic showing the result of Pol Pot and his Kymer Rouges' extermination of the Cambodian people.
July 15 Monday DAY 6: PNHOM PENH - SAIGON
Today we travel to the border, cross the Mekong by ferry, change buses and continue on to Saigon.
Orientation of Saigon and dinner in local restaurants.

Liberty 4 Hotel,
265 Pham Ngu Lao St
Tel: 0084 8 8369522


Flowers at the market Visiting King's palace Cambodia Beautiful vine? Tree?  Epiphyte? King's Palace Cambodia
SpidersCambodian child
July 16 Tuesday DAY 7: SAIGON
We then take in a short city tour of dynamic Saigon, visiting the colonial-style Old Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, China Town with Thien Hau pagoda, and Ben Thanh Market.


Cambodian flowers for you 
July 17 Wednesday DAY 8: SAIGON - MY THO
Excursion to My Tho and the Mekong Delta. Cruise on the Tien River and visit Thoi Son Islet, where we enjoy tropical fruit with local tea, honey and coconut candy. Relax as we experience a sampan cruise through the small canals. Today we went to the Mekong again and visited places that served us fruit and served honey tea and then had a large lunch of fish, spring rolls and soup, spring rolls again and fried rice. We eat so well that I'm sure I will weigh even more when I get home.

The weather has been has been cooler with a breeze which has been great.
Python Fruit snack of rambutans and longons Vietnamese flower 
Dragon fruit tree A special post for Charlotte Lunch
A sampan cruise through the small canals of the Mekong Delta
A sampan cruise through the small canals of the Mekong Delta
Saigon from breakfast room on 9th floor
Saigon from breakfast room on 9th floor
Buddha in Chinese temple in Saigon Dragon Warrior worshipped in temple Turtles galore - But it's turtles all the way down!
A show in Saigon
A show we saw in Saigon 
July 18 Thursday DAY 9: SGN - CU CHI TUNNEL
Travel through rural countryside to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels: the amazing tunnel system where the Viet Cong lived and operated underground during the Vietnam War. We return to Saigon to visit the War Remnants Museum.  
Making rise paper Lotus Saigon 
July 19 Friday DAY 10: SAIGON - HOI AN

Fly to Danang and onto Hoi An by bus.

Hoi An Hotel,
10 Tran Hung Dao Street
Tel.: (0510) 914 444

July 20 Saturday DAY 11: HOI AN
Today is free to shop and explore. Hoi An is famous for its clothing, art and silk markets and its magnificent Chinese and Japanese architecture. Options of having clothes made, cooking classes, shopping & relaxing.  
The Pool at Hoi An Hetitage Hotel
The Pool at Hoi An Heritage Hotel
A lily (for Lily 
July 21 Sunday DAY 12: HOI AN
Option of attending an art workshop at an Aid Agency. Free day.  
Fish with lemon sauce in banana leaf  View from a restaurant in Hoi An
Pool at Hoi An - thinking of Wellington and earthquakes
Pool at Hoi An - thinking of Wellington and earthquakes
July 22 Monday DAY 13: HOI AN
Half day tour to Marble Mountain.  
Cave on Marble Mountain In the cave
Path at hotel over fish pond - listen for the toads
Path at hotel over fish pond - listen for the toads
Scene from boat ride on Hoi An river Fishing nets Hoi An River
Swallows at dusk, Hoi An
Swallows at dusk, Hoi An
July 23 Tuesday DAY 14: HOI AN-HANOI

Flight from Danang to Hanoi. After checking into our hotel we take an orientation walk around Hoan Kiem Lake. We venture into the fantastic shopping (silk clothing, DVD's and electronic goods) and eating area of the old French Quarter. Visit Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and Hoa Lu Prison.

Thang Long Opera Hotel,
lC Ton Dan St.,
Tel.: 0084 (4) 824 4766

Blue blue in Hoi An No bombs grenades or guns allowed, not to mention knives or fire extinguishers Danang airport showing USA hangars
Power lines in Hanoi Pagoda in the lake 
July 24 Wednesday DAY 15: HANOI - HALONG BAY

Day trip to Halong Bay. We take a cruise through the bay, where over 2000 islands rise dramatically out of the South China Sea. A fresh seafood lunch is served on board. We drive back to Hanoi, stopping at a ceramics centre along the way.

Ha Long Bay  Caves at Ha Long Bay 
July 25 Thursday DAY 16: HANOI-HALONG

Free day for last minute shopping. Attend the Water Puppet Theatre show.

Lake in central Hanoi Mango smoothie 
July 26 Friday DAY 17: HANOI-SINGAPORE

Leave mid morning to airport. Flight to Singapore. Evening flight to NZ (Chch)
SQ1751:05pm / 5:30pm
SQ297 7:45pm I 9:30am (Sat)

July 27 Saturday DAY 18: SINGAPORE-NZ

Arrive Christchurch. Transfer to flight to Wgtn.

NZ5316 12:00pm /12:55pm

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This Tour Itinerary is correct at time of printing but may be subject to change given weather or road conditions in Vietnam.