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Our Classic Collection features the main highlights of
Indochina and Thailand, perfect for first time visitors and
travellers who wish to ensure they experience the most popular
sites in each country. Be sure to check out our suggestions
and updates of what is new and different as well!
Our Classic Collection provides just a taste of what we
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ETHNIC MINORITY VILLAGES
MEKONG DELTA SAMPAN CRUISE
HO CHI MINH CITY
Chiang Mai VIENTIANE
THAILAND Hoi An
Experience Vietnam’s highlights in just twelve days with ﬂights between each city, enabling you to see as much as you can. From Hanoi, the ‘Paris of the Orient’,
venture north to the mountains of Sapa, where hill tribe villages, ethnic minorities and stunning scenery await you. Continue your journey to magniﬁcent Halong
Bay for an overnight cruise on a traditional junk, before ﬂying to the ancient capital of Hue. Chill out in Hoi An, a charming old ﬁshing town with fascinating
architecture and laid back atmosphere. End your holiday absorbing the bright lights of Saigon and venturing into the heart of the Mekong Delta..
DAY 1 way to soak up the sights and sounds. In the evening board an The ethnic hill tribes are proud of their culture and still maintain
HANOI overnight train to Lao Cai and Sapa near the Chinese border. their traditions and way of living, including their own language
Be greeted by your personal guide on arrival and transfer to and intricately embroidered, exotic clothing. In the evening you
have the option of staying overnight with a local host family
your hotel. Depending on arrival time optional activities can be DAY 3
arranged on this day. in Ta Van village or returning to the comfort of your hotel in
Arrive early in the morning and drive the remaining distance
DAY 2 to Sapa. Gentle walks to challenging hikes can be arranged
HANOI – SAPA depending on fitness levels. With an expert local guide, navigate DAY 4
small paths through terraced valleys of rice and corn fields, SAPA – HANOI
Enjoy a guided city tour of Hanoi (celebrating its 1000th year
passing by ethnic minority hill tribes ploughing their lands with Today visit the Red Dao people, stopping at a waterfall along
anniversary in 2010), where its rich history will be unraveled
water buffalo. the way. The Red Dao women wear colourful red embroidery
and local life revealed. A traditional cyclo tour through the
and coins sewn on their clothing, with giant red scarves
narrow ancient streets of the exotic Old Quarter is also a great
wrapped around their heads. Spend the afternoon at leisure in
Sapa before returning to Lao Cai to board the overnight sleeper
train back to Hanoi.
BAI TU LONG BAY HANOI – HALONG BAY
Arrive early into Hanoi and use a day room to shower and freshen
THE OFF THE BEATEN TRACK ALTERNATIVE TO HALONG BAY up before breakfast. Today you will drive east approximately four
hours with your guide to Halong Bay. With more than a thousand
The area immediately north east of Halong Bay is part of Bai Tu Long Bay National limestone peaks rising up from its emerald waters, this area
Park. Bai Tu Long Bay is every bit as beautiful as its famous neighbour and offers an off is one of five UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam. Cruise
the beaten track, less travelled route for those seeking privacy and remoteness. Have a onboard a traditional junk, explore limestone caves, relax on deck,
look at page 53 for information about our new Prince and Princess junk cruises in this kayak in secluded lagoons and visit local floating fishing villages.
region, available for private charter.
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DAY 6 DAY 9
HALONG BAY – HANOI HOI AN
Wake up to the sun rising over the Bay and enjoy an early Either spend the day at leisure on the beach or tailoring up
morning swim (during Summer), followed by breakfast as you a storm in town! For cooking enthusiasts we can arrange a
cruise through more spectacular scenery. In the afternoon drive fabulous day out exploring the local produce market and
back to Hanoi for one more evening to sample its fabulous receiving a cooking lesson in traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
cuisine, shop and relax. The best part is getting to enjoy your dishes afterwards!
DAY 7 DAY 10 green
HANOI - HUE HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to the ancient town Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and spend the afternoon on a guided city MAI CHAU – AN ALTERNATIVE TO SAPA
of Hue. This cultural capital of Vietnam is rich with history, tour taking in the highlights of this bustling, cosmopolitan town.
culture and religion. Spend the day exploring the Citadel, home In the evening you have the option of exploring on your own, A less touristy alternative to the more well known Sapa and
to the Royal Palace and Forbidden City and now a UNESCO sharing dinner with a Saigonese host family in their home, or only a four hour drive from Hanoi, Mai Chau Valley offers hiking
World Heritage site. even cruising down the Saigon River enjoying local entertainment and cycling opportunities through picturesque scenery, jungle
and a fantastic traditional and international buffet dinner. covered limestone mountains, waterfalls, markets and many
DAY 8 quiet ethnic minority villages.
HUE – HOI AN DAY 11
Drive south to Hoi An via scenic Hai Van Pass. Upon arrival Mai Chau Lodge is a boutique hotel offering the only
your guide will take you on a walking tour of Hoi An town and accommodation of its kind in the region. The lodge originally
Delve into the heart of the Mekong Delta on a traditional
the village communities surrounding the area, to get a feel for opened in 2008 with 16 rooms and provides an outdoor
sampan cruise in Cai Be. Pass by floating produce markets and
local life and culture. swimming pool, indoor Roman style Jacuzzi and sauna. Plans
get a feel for life in the Mekong. Dine at a superb Indochine
are in place over the coming year to open an additional six plus
restaurant on the banks of the river for lunch, the perfect way
deluxe stilt houses with superior interior design, overlooking
to spend your last day in Vietnam.
the rice paddy fields.
DAY 12 A giant stalagmite cave also belongs to the Lodge, where
Why not extend this Classic Highlights experience with a
DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY barbeques, cocktail parties, dinners and themed dance
few nights relaxing on the beach in Mui Ne or Phu Quoc
Your guide will accompany you to the airport to catch your performances are held.
Island, exploring the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia,
chilling out in Luang Prabang, shopping in Bangkok or
soaking up some sun on Koh Samui? See pages 57 - 68 Amongst other responsible travel initiatives, Mai Chau Lodge
for additional trip extension recommendations... employs its staff from the local ethnic hill tribes, providing
them with training and future prospects, in turn supporting the
many families in the area.
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