There is magic in Vietnamese mythology

Vietnam - Cambodia - Magic and Myth of Indochina

Trip No. 2807

Immerse yourself in the lively life of Indochina and discover a fascinating cultural landscape: Buddhist tradition, European influences in historic Hanoi and colonial Saigon and the moving history of Cambodia. Vietnam At the heart of this trip you will get to know Vietnam with its many facets. After exploring Vietnam's capital, take an impressive boat trip along the bizarre island rocks of Halong Bay. Then you will experience a night train ride and reach the coastal cities of Hué and Hoi An with their impressive old Chinese architecture as well as temples and pagodas of the Nguyen dynasty. A detour will take you to vibrant Saigon! You will explore the myriad waterways of the Mekong Delta with its lively villages and floating markets. Cambodia An exciting speedboat ride takes you to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. With the cycle rickshaw you can explore the various markets. In addition to visiting the sights, you will learn a lot about the eventful history of the country. The highlight of the trip awaits you in the mysterious Angkor - once the center and capital of the mighty Khmer Empire and now one of the largest archaeological sites on earth that will take you captive!

Vietnam - Cambodia - Magic and Myth of IndochinaVietnam - Cambodia - Magic and Myth of Indochina

Itinerary:

Day 1: arrival

Flight from Frankfurt to Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi (B / D)

Upon arrival in Hanoi, there is a transfer to the city center. You have the option to walk through the old town and around Hoan Kiem Lake. Then there is a healthy breakfast - Pho "rice noodle soup" near the lake. You have all day to explore the Vietnamese capital. You walk through the fantastic garden of the President's Palace, visit the humble wooden house of Ho Chi Minh, the one-pillar pagoda and the museum dedicated to the life of the first Vietnamese president. Then visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university, the History Museum, Ngoc Son Temple and the Lake of the Restored Sword. In the afternoon you will attend a performance of the famous Hanoi Water Puppet Theater. The stories reflect the daily life and dreams of the population and give people a break from their daily work. O in the hotel.

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B / L / D)

You leave Hanoi and drive north in about 4 hours to Halong Bay, where thousands of sandstone cliffs and islands protrude from the turquoise-green waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival in Halong, meet your crew and board. The traditionally built junk is very comfortably furnished. The boat consists of double cabins with private bathrooms and a spacious dining room where traditional Vietnamese food is served. The rest of the day you cruise on the junk through the island world and explore some beaches and grottoes that were once formed by wind and waves. There is also the possibility of swimming. At sunset your captain will anchor in a calm bay and you will spend the night on board the junk.

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B / L)

In the morning you leave your anchorage and continue your journey through the islands of Halong Bay. In another quiet bay you have the opportunity to explore the area by swimming or by kayak and discover some hidden caves and lagoons. Of course, you can also just lie on the junk's sun deck and let your mind wander. Then you start your return journey to Halong, where you will moor around noon. You say goodbye to Halong Bay and drive back to Hanoi. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to stroll a little through the old part of the city before you are driven to the train station. The reunification express train goes to Hue. Overnight stays are in 4-bed cabins on the train.

Day 5: Hue (B / D)

Arrival in Hue in the early morning and transfer to the hotel. Today you will spend the whole day discovering the interesting sights of this city. Hue was the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years and home to the last imperial dynasty to rule the country. Old temples, imperial structures and French-style buildings bear witness to this time. The old imperial city was built in the 19th century and is modeled on the "Forbidden City" in Beijing. You will visit the main entrance gate to the Imperial City - the Ngo Mon Gate, the Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarine, Nine Dynastic Urns, the Forbidden Purple City and the tombs of the rulers Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. O in the hotel.

Day 6: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B)

This morning you leave Hue and continue your journey south to the ancient trading town of Hoi An. On the way, you will stop at Lang Co Beach, where you can have some refreshment. Then it goes over the Hai Van Pass. From here you have an overwhelming view of Lang Co Beach and Danang City. The ride takes you back down to Danang. Here you visit the Cham Museum, which has the best collection of Cham sculptures in the world. We continue to the Marble Mountains, five marble rock cones. Each of these hills is assigned to one of the five elements of the universe (water, metal, wood, fire, earth). The highest and most famous is the Son Thuy with a multitude of natural grottos in which Buddhist shrines were built over centuries. Before you travel on to Hoi An you have the opportunity to take a refreshing swim at the famous "China Beach". Overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Hoi An (B)

Hoi An is probably the most beautiful city in Vietnam and was an important seaport in the Middle Ages. Untouched by all wars, Hoi An has preserved the influences of Chinese, Japanese, French, Portuguese and British traders who stopped here on their way between China and India. This morning, take a stroll through the narrow streets and take time to admire the architecture of the old quarter and visit a Chinese community hall or one of the pagodas. In the afternoon there is the option of shopping, strolling through town or driving to the nearby beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Hoi An (B)

Free time in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An - Danang - Saigon (B)

After breakfast, drive to Danang Airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City (approx. 1 hour), formerly known as Saigon. Once there, check into the hotel. Saigon is an alluring city filled with landmarks left by its former settlers. Around noon you start your sightseeing tour and visit Cholon, Saigon's Chinatown and home of Vietnam's largest market, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels (B)

You leave Saigon and drive through an interesting, picturesque landscape before arriving in Cu Chi. Before you go to the tunnels, you get a short introductory film showing how the tunnels were built. Then you begin to explore the tunnel labyrinth. There are also numerous human traps and the remains of an American tanker on display, as well as numerous bomb craters made from 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers. After leaving Ho Chi Minh City, a two-hour drive through pristine and picturesque landscapes awaits you before you finally reach the Cu Chi Tunnels. To get you in the mood, you will first be shown a video about the formation of the tunnels. In the following hour you will discover the mazes of the tunnel system. Your guide will also show you various traps, an American tank, and numerous bomb craters created by 500-pound B52 bombers. For all interested parties there is the opportunity to shoot with an AK47 or an MK16 at a nearby shooting range. Afterward, drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, where your tour ends around 2pm.

Day 11: Saigon - Cai Be - Can Tho (B / L)

This morning you drive to the small town of Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta. From here, board a traditional wooden boat and take a trip to the tributaries of the vast Mekong River. The boat is stylishly furnished with bamboo chairs and cozy pillows. On your boat tour you will visit the colorful floating market of Cai Be. Each boat usually only sells one product, be it pumpkin, pineapple or sugar cane, and in a row so the buyer knows where to stop. On the way you will stop at a historic Mandarin house from the 19th century and travel on to the unspoilt area of ​​Phu An, where life largely continues undisturbed. Explore the small canals and backwaters, past traditional bamboo bridges and fishing nets. The canals carry everything from human cargo to boats loaded with huge sacks of rice. The cruise ends near Cai Lay. Continue to Can Tho. O in the hotel.

Day 12: Can Tho - Chau Doc (B)

Today you will travel to the Cai Rang floating market in the early hours of the morning. It is the largest and most visited market in the Mekong Delta. Fruit and fruit traders from all over the world gather here and present their goods. Buyers on smaller boats cavort between the large boats. Glide through the market and watch the locals trade and haggle, and take the opportunity to try some fruit for yourself. At 9am the spectacle ends and you return to the pier through canals. Then drive northwest to Chau Doc on the Cambodian border. Upon arrival in Chau Doc, transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon you go on a trip to Sam Mountain. The Sam Mountain rises from the surrounding rice fields. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Vietnam. The mountain is equipped with pagodas, temples and many caves. Visit the Lady Chua Xu Pagoda at the foot of the mountain and follow the stairs further up the mountain (strenuous ascent). From the Hang Pagoda you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view over the surrounding landscape to the border with Cambodia. O in the hotel.

Day 13: Chau Doc- Phnom Penh (B)

Today you say goodbye to Vietnam. Take the speedboat to Cambodia (5 hours), to the capital Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free for your own exploration. O in the hotel.

Day 14: Phnom Penh (B / L)

The cycle rickshaw takes you to the various markets on the shores of Lake Tonlé Sap. Discover Phnom Penh, a fascinating city. Graceful avenues and promenades directly on the river are reminiscent of times gone by and now radiate a lot of life into this place. You will visit the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Then stroll through the central market, which is located in a characteristic Art Deco building, and the Russian market, where everything from CDs to silk to handicrafts and jewelry can be found. In the Tuol Sleng Museum you will learn a lot about Cambodia's moving past. O in the hotel.

Day 15: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B)

In the morning you will drive from Phnom Penh to the city of Angkor. The journey takes 6 hours (314km). You will drive the most private tours around Tonle Sap Lake and have the chance to see the life of the people, rice fields and. And then you check into the hotel.

Day 16: Siem Reap (B)

Visit the temples in Angkor. You drive through beautiful countryside to the magnificent Banteay Srei Temple, the citadel of women. The temple is like a miniature temple and is one of the jewels of Khmer art. Built from red sandstone, the temple walls show exceptionally well-preserved and filigree relief work. King Suryavarman II dedicated the Angkor Wat temple to the Hindu god Vishnu. It took 30 years to build and is one of the largest and most perfect sacred structures in the world. Angkor Wat has the longest continuous bas-reliefs in the world, which adorn the entire length of the outer gallery and provide insights into the history of Hindu mythology. Together with other temples, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992.

Day 17: Siem Reap (B)

Today you have another whole day to visit the temples of Angkor. Angkor Thom is surrounded by a long wall and a deep moat. In the center of the temple is the elephant terrace. You will also visit the Buddhist temple Banteay Kdei, the temples Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda, which are dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. Ta Prohm is one of the main attractions. The buildings of the Roluos group mark the beginning of classical art and are among the earliest great temples built by the Khmer. The Lolei Temple has very noteworthy sandstone work. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18: Siem Reap - Excursion Tonlé Sap - Siem Reap (B)

Before you leave Cambodia, take a trip to Tonlé Sap Lake. Your interesting boat tour on the largest inland lake in Southeast Asia begins in Kampong Kleang. Tonlé Sap has an unusual water system that expands to five times its size during the rainy season. When the tide is high, the mighty Mekong pushes the water back, reversing the direction of flow of the Tonlé Sap. During your boat trip you will visit floating villages and the village of Kampong Kleang, which is built entirely on stilts. Return to Siem Reap and transfer to the airport. Return flight to Germany.

Day 19: Arrival in Frankfurt.

Highlights:

  • Historic setting and colonial flair in Hanoi
  • Traditional Vietnamese water puppet show
  • By junk through Halong Bay (UNESCO)
  • Imperial city of Hué (UNESCO) on the "River of Fragrances"
  • Over the cloud pass to the port city of Hoi An (UNESCO)
  • Saigon - the lively metropolis of Vietnam
  • Boat tour and floating markets in the Mekong Delta
  • By speedboat from the Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh
  • Impressive Angkor Wat with the jungle temple Ta Prohm (UNESCO)

Hints:

Included in the tour price

  • Scheduled flight from / to Frankfurt with Vietnam Airlines or another airline in economy class including tax and fuel surcharges (as of 1.8.13)
  • changing German-speaking tour guide
  • Domestic flight Danang - Saigon in economy class including tax and fuel surcharges (as of 1.8.13)
  • all trips in private vehicles and in private and public boats
  • Train journey Hanoi - Hué
  • all entrance fees according to the program
  • 13 nights in hotels in a double room
  • 1 night on the junk in a double cabin
  • 1 night on the train in a 4-person compartment
  • Meals: 15xF, 4xM, 4xA
  • Travel literature

Not included in the tour price

Meals and drinks not mentioned; Visa Vietnam (approx. 48 €), Cambodia (approx. 25 US $ upon entry); possibly airport charges in the country of travel; Photo and video permits in museums and monuments; optional excursions; possible increase in fees and / or kerosene surcharges after 1.5.14; Tips; Personal

Desired services

  • Rail & Fly (only valid when booking): € 40
  • Feeder flight from D / A / CH: € 0

  • Minimum number of participants: 4
  • Maximum number of participants: 12