Cambodia and Vietnam in Style (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)
About Hanoi, Papua New Guinea
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
- Angkor Wat: See Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, Ta Phrom, Ta Nei and Ta Keo.
- Siem Reap: Join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception with drinks.
- Siem Reap: The mouth-watering dinner with drinks features the best of Cambodian cuisine.
- Hue: Join a private dinner fit for royalty! At the Ancient Hue Restaurant, dress in traditional royal costume and savour an unforgettable dinner of dishes typically served to royalty.
- Hue: Visit Dong Thuyen pagoda and dine on a delicious vegetarian lunch prepared by the Buddhist nuns. Chat with them and learn about their beliefs and practices.
- Hoi An: Meet a local chef who will lead a hands-on cooking class, learn how to create some of the local specialities.
- Hanoi: Join a local foodie to experience the best of Hanoi's street-food vendors on a walking tour of some of the most interesting areas of the city. Try local tastes, such as rice paper rolls and com cake.
- Hanoi: Your Celebration Dinner will take place at the History Museum after it closes to the public, with a cocktail reception in the museum itself, before heading to the elegant courtyard to toast your newfound friends and enjoy dinner.
- 13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Continental Breakfast (CB), 4 Lunches (L), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Dinner (D); plus 1 Welcome Reception (WR), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee
- Angkor Wat: With a renowned Khmer scholar from the Angkor Temple Conservation Institution, explore the Angkor Temple and surrounding complex. See the Bayon temple, visit the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and hear fascinating insights into the history of the Khmer Empire. Have all that you see, brought to life, as you imagine what life was like when Angkor was bigger than any European city.
- Siem Reap: With an amazing vibe and such energy, the Phare Circus is transforming the lives of disadvantaged Cambodian Youth. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their emotion, enthusiasm and talent. After the show, meet one of the performers to hear how their lives have changed since joining the circus.
- Saigon: See the major landmarks of Saigon, as well as local side-streets and a presentation on Vietnamese coffee culture.
- Mekong Delta: Meet Mr Sau Tuong, a former soldier who survived 4 years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Hear his tale and see how he and his wife make their living making rice paper.
- Hue: Before it opens to the public, visit the UNESCO listed Imperial Citadel with a renowned historian. Hear about the architecture that makes it truly unique.
- Hue: Meet the headmaster of the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts and learn about what it takes to become a practitioner of this standard. See a performance of different martial arts techniques.
- Dao Thuc: With a live orchestra accompaniment, enjoy a water puppet performance, set in a lotus pond. Meet the artisan who makes the puppets in his workshop and see how the Vietnamese have been bringing performances of this nature to life since the 10th century.
- Hanoi: Meet a renowned scholar at the Temple of Literature and learn about Hanoian culture and Vietnamese architecture, before touring the temple grounds.
- Siem Reap: Set across from the Royal Palace, the Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor is one of the landmark historic hotels of the region. After careful restoration, the hotel offers beautifully landscaped gardens and the country's largest swimming pool, a peaceful oasis near the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Angkor.
- Ho Chi Minh City: The Reverie Saigon is a luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Renowned for its beautiful interior designs, The Reverie Saigon also raises the bar for services and accommodations in Vietnam.
- Hue: Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside, within a rustic village setting, surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet still near famous historical landmarks. The resort embodies the subtle connection of traditional, stylish and modern art concepts.
- Halong Bay: Jasmine Cruise Halong Bay sets the standard for services and amenities on the bay. Fitted out in the 1930′s Indochine style, the Halong Jasmine features spacious cabins, restaurant, lounge and uninterrupted views of the bay.
- Hanoi: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is an award-winning colonial and neo-classical luxury hotel, located in the heart of the old city, near Hoan Kiem Lake and the magnificent Opera House.
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Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Vietnam's history is one of war, colonisation and rebellion. Few years back since the savagery and slaughter of the American War, this resilient nation is buoyant with hope. It is a country on the move: access is now easier than ever, roads are being upgraded, hotels are springing up and Vietnam’s raucous entrepreneurial spirit is once again alive and well as the old-style Communist system gives way to a socialist market economy. The country have transformed from one of the poorest in the world, with per capita income around $100, to lower middle income status within a quarter of a century with per capita income of over $2,000 by the end of 2014. It's colour, chaos and natural beauty bring a new adventure every day!
Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. It was once known as the Khmer Empire. With a population of over 15 million, Cambodia is the 70th most populous country in the world. It's busy capital, Phnom Penh, is the political, economic, and cultural centre of the country. Now a modest player on the world stage, Cambodia was once the seat of one of Asia’s most magnificent early civilizations - the mighty Khmer empire of Angkor, whose legendary temples continue to provide a touchstone of national identity as well as attracting millions of visitors every year.