No extra cost 3 experiences already included in the price of your holiday. Choose your three custom experiences from the list below:
A. Ho Chi Minh City: Attend the beautiful A O Show at Saigon Opera House (day 2 evening)
“À Ố” is the name given to the show which is a new kind of art performance commonly acknowledged globally as “new circus”.
The main visuals of the show are bamboo basket boats and their use in the daily life of many Vietnamese. During 60 minutes of the show you are gently introduced to many different tones of emotion. After the show our guide will take you back to hotel.
B. Ho Chi Minh City: Explore Saigon at night by scooter – part night discovery tour part street food adventure (day 2 evening)
Take an evening drive through this hectic but beautiful city to discover how Saigon nightlife unfolds. From the chaotic traffic of the city centre to totally hidden corners; from famous tourist stops to the trendiest hang-out places for Saigonese people; you will travel through 4 central districts of Ho Chi Minh City. You’re your driver so scooter your way through the very small and typical alleys of District 4 until stopping at a popular local seafood streetside restaurant. Here taste trendy Vietnamese favourites such as fried pincers or steamed clams with lemongrass. Continue to a riverside park for a short walk to admire the views of this now modern city by night. The tour continues in a place frequented by locals and where you’ll have the chance to try the traditional Vietnamese pancakes called Banh Xeo. After the meal the driver will take you to a local coffee shop with live music and a cosy atmosphere. To finish the evening travel to a popular meeting point located on the rooftop of a building for views of vibrant Saigon by night and music.
C. Hoi An: Take a short cycling tour to a rural village followed by a cooking class (day 5 morning)
From Hoi An embark on a bike ride, or cyclo is also an option, to the market to learn about local produce and witness daily local life. After buying some necessary ingredients for your cooking class today, cycle to Tra Que village which is famous for its vegetable production. It offers unique herb, spice, and vegetable gardens. The chef will teach you to cook some traditional dishes and some combinations of tastes that you can use on your return home. With the balance between fresh herbs and meats and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, the cooking class will teach you not only how to make delicious dishes but also how to create flavoursome harmony. Lunch will be the opportunity to taste the dishes prepared by you in a peaceful place overlooking to the vegetable garden. After lunch you will be transferred back to Hoi An or your hotel.
D. Hoi An: Explore My Son Sanctuary by Jeep (day 5 afternoon)
This adventure off the beaten track will take you along a narrow and beautiful lane that normal tour buses cannot access. On the way you will have a chance to witness the fascinating lives of the local people: farmers who work in the rice fields, fishermen returning home from their boat trip, and merchants bringing their products to sell at vibrant and colourful markets. You can also chat with some locals when taking a break at a local coffee shop and see just how charming and friendly they are. The beautiful scenery of the region is another highlight of this activity with luxuriant green forests lush fields of rice and corn and slow flowing canals to see along the road. Eventually you will arrive at My Son, the holy land of Champa culture in Vietnam. The complex was the religious and cultural centre of this ancient Kingdom for many centuries with the oldest temples constructed in the 4th century. Partially ruined, My Son still has numerous exquisitely decorated and detailed temples and shrines and has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
E. Hoi An: Street food tour of Hoi An (day 5 afternoon)
Today explore the best street-food spots of Hoi An: Com Ga Ba Buoi (Ba Buoi’s Chicken Rice), Banh Mi Phuong (Phuong’s Baguette) - American Chef Anthony Bourdain sang his praises about this dish on his TV Serie “No Reservations”, and Cao Lau. Then have a cup of tea or coffee at Reaching Out Tea House - a very special and unique ancient house.
F. Hanoi: learn the ancient art of calligraphy (day 7 afternoon)
As in many other Asian countries, the art of calligraphy has been practised for hundreds of years in Vietnam. When it begins to express more than words, writing becomes an art and we are offering you the chance to meet one of these artists. He will tell you the history of calligraphy and will then demonstrate his talent. We invite you to interact with him; he will be delighted to answer all of your questions.
G. Hanoi: Join the locals and take part in a Tai Chi session in a park (day 7 or 8 morning)
This traditional art from China resembles dance as much as martial arts where the decelerated movements are derived from Kung Fu. Practised on a daily basis by Vietnamese people of all ages it is widely believed to bring beneficial health effects.
Don’t be worried about getting up early, to the contrary your Tai Chi class will be all the more enjoyable: the soft light and pleasant temperature at the start of the day are to be savoured. Moreover it is at this time of the day that most of the Vietnamese practise their sport (Tai Chi but also badminton aerobics or ballroom dancing) in the streets, a picturesque and motivating sight not to be missed!
H. Luang Prabang: Take a cooking class at a local house (day 10 morning)
The cooking school of Mrs. Vandara is just a few hundred meters from the Kuang Sy Waterfall. The place itself is wonderful, overlooking a small blue-water fall which provides a soothing sound of flowing water. The lush green area where the class takes place provides a relaxed atmosphere. As Mrs. Vandara grows all the ingredients herself there is no need to take a trip to the market beforehand. The table in the open air kitchen will be filled with unusual ingredients all selected to help you discover the best of Lao food such as banana flowers, mini-eggplants, sticky rice, exotic flowers, and more. After the preparation of four different dishes you will have lunch together. The cooking class and lunch ends at around 2.00pm.
I. Luang Prabang: Attend a Baci Ceremony (day 10 afternoon)
Late afternoon attend a Baci ceremony one of the most popular traditions in Laos. Baci or Sou Khouan is a pre-Buddhist ceremony performed for significant events such as weddings and home comings. The Lao believe that each person inherits 32 souls which act as guardians over various parts of the body. Led by a respected village elder the Baci commences with everyone chanting around a sacred silver receptacle known as Pa Khouan adorned with folded banana leaves and fragrant flowers. A white cotton thread originating at the Pa Khouan encircles all participants. Candles are lit and all touch the silver receptacle while the Khouans are summoned and charmed to stay with sweet words and traditional offerings. A few Buddhist verses are chanted to reinforce the benefits of the ceremony. A white cotton thread is then cut into short lengths and tied around each family member’s wrists – a gesture that symbolically connects the souls.
J. Luang Prabang: Explore the city by bike (day 10 full day)
Hop on your bike and ride around the town to explore in the most eco-friendly way. The riding can be made in 1 full day or half day as per your request.
K. Siem Reap: Explore Angkor Temples by bike or E-bike (day 13 half or full day)
Please provide height & weight of travellers to select the Bike Size- 3 options are available:
Option A: West Baray and secret temples (43kms by bike – medium level)
This full-day tour is without any doubt one of the most amazing cycling experiences you could have in Cambodia. You will see beautiful landscapes including typical villages and other hidden gems along the way. Depart from Siem Reap in the direction of the temples and leave the road to take a tiny trail. Here starts a beautiful ride passing small houses green fields and herds of water buffalos. Maybe your feet are even going to get wet passing through the middle of some flowing streams. Along the way you'll explore the countryside see local people living in remote areas and discover places where no one is going to disturb your sense of escape. The landscapes are incredible and change a lot along the way from rice fields forests to some wide open spaces before arriving at West Baray. Located just west of the walled city of Angkor Thom, it is the largest Baray at Angkor rectangular in shape and measuring approximately 7.8 by 2.1 kilometres. Its construction began in the 11th century during the reign of King Suryavarman and its waters are contained by tall earthen dykes. Afterwards you will take a trail which brings you straight into the forest where you can discover some very charming and hidden small villages. Then you'll visit a succession of small temples Kok Po Prasat Cha and the last one a very charming place called Ta Uon temple. You then ride until Angkor Thom North Gate and go up the wall for an amazing ride in Angkor Park. Watch the sunset at Prasat Chrung, a little tower temple located at one of the corners of the wall before heading back to Siem Reap by transfer.
Option B: Rice & Lotus Fields (36kms by bike or E-bike – medium level)
Today set away from Siem Reap following a hidden trail. Houses become rare and you pedal between the fields before arriving to the little forgotten Angkor temple of Wat Athvea. You will probably be the only people visiting this place. Continue on a beautiful red soil track. On each side you will see a succession of beautiful rice fields and lotus fields. You discover the beauty of the Cambodian countryside, its farm life, and elegant sugar palms that characterize it. Arrival at Phnom Krom mount. The ascent can be done by foot with direct stairs reaching the top or by bike for the more sportive. At the top you discover a small temple but also a splendid panoramic view. Admire the landscapes and Sap Lake. This is a beautiful retreat from the bustle of the city and Angkor Site. On the way back we recommend you to stop for lunch in a Hammock restaurant. A 100% local experience! You will arrive at Siem Reap City in the afternoon.
Option C: Angkor complex “Petit Tour” (25kms by bike – easy level)
This tour is commonly referred to as the Angkor Petit Tour and is designed to provide access to the most famous Angkor temples. Passing through the wild forest areas the small villages and around the historical sites, you will get to know Cambodia's most beautiful attributes. Leave your hotel in the morning and start your trip by travelling along the riverside then pass through a little village before going deep into the forested area. Eventually you arrive at Angkor Thom South Gate for one of the most charming rides within the Angkor complex; then continue via Victory Gate. Afterwards you will visit a succession of historical sites located within Angkor Thom including the Elephant Terrace Royal Palace Baphuon and the unique architectural wonder of the Bayon temple. You have plenty of time to enjoy the countryside and look at the houses and the architecture along the way. To cap off the tour you will leave from Bayon to the main road and finish your biking adventure by visiting the impressive and beautiful Angkor Wat the largest religious monument in the world capital of the Khmer empire and now an iconic symbol of Cambodia.
Option D: Half day Angkor by E-bike
The E-bike is a new eco-friendly way to explore the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia. These electric bikes run on batteries and allow you to travel independently anywhere without effort pollution or noise. The e-bike can run about 40 kilometres per charge (if you ride an average of 20km /hour) and there are many places in town Angkor temples or in the countryside where you can recharge the e-bikes
L. Siem Reap: Have a picnic lunch in a remote temple followed by a foot massage (day 14)
At noon time have picnic lunch in a less known small temple with a special set up. After lunch have a relaxing foot massage.