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Vietnam

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Vietnam is a very emotional tour in that you are travelling through places and locations that are very familiar to Americans as it was the first TV War. What we have managed to do is mix this in with stunning locations such as Ha Long Bay and Sapa. This is a very diverse tour that also includes Cambodia, which is a flight before the stay in Saigon.

Vietnam is amazing and the luxury accommodation makes for an amazing tour. We have Shabbat in Sapa and Saigon and these two locations are incredibly different and the most unique Shabbats you will have. The meals are absolutely spectacular and the variety is awesome.

The activities are varied and are suitable for the age of the people that travel on our tours. From Rice boats to Monkey Island every day you are doing something interesting. A train trip to Sapa to a cart ride to temples. Everyone enjoys the variety of this trip.

This tour requires a min of 10 pax.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

 

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All about the Vietnam.

Day 1 Arrival – Hanoi – Half-day city tour
Day 2 Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Lao Cai by train
Day 3 Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat Village – Lao Chai Ta Van Village
Day 4 Sapa – SHABBAT
Day 5 Sapa – Bac Ha market – Lao Cai by train
Day 6 Hanoi – Halong
Day 7 Halong – Hanoi – Siem Reap VN 835 HAN-REP 18:05 – 19:50
Day 8 Siem Reap
Day 9 Siem Reap – Phnom Penh Morning flight
Day 10 Phnom Penh – Saigon – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnel VN 3852 PNH-REP 06:50 – 07:50
Day 11- Saigon – SHABBAT
Day 12 Saigon – My Tho – Saigon
Day 13 Saigon – Departure

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Vietnam & Cambodia

  • FOC guide
    * Train – overnight
  • Local private excellent English speaking guides in each region
  • Charter bus, air-conditioned, Audio-Video system, 10 seats above the pax number with an experienced safe driver.
  • Entrance fees to all activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • Complimentary Vietnam visa pre- approval letter fast track in the airport where the company’s representative will wait for the group and will arrange the visas
  • Visa multiple entries to Vietnam
  • Visa One entry to Cambodia (US$40pp) (includes visa stamp fee and arrangement fee)
  • 9 nights at hotels double/twin sharing room (BB)
  • 2 nights on train (Private cabin for 2 pax)
  • 1 night on cruise at Ha Long Bay – double/twin rooms
  • Private room for prayers and breakfast (and dinner where provided) at all the hotels
  • Water Puppet show
  • Cyclo in Hanoi
  • Private boat sail in My Tho, Tonle Sap
  • 3 bottles of mineral water per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Porterage to the train in Hanoi and Lao Cai in each direction
  • Heating and serving services at all the hotels and cruise ships where Chabad food is provided including use for a private room for prayers –

 

13 Breakfasts – daily – at hotels – included.

3 Lunches:

Box lunch by hotel, vegetarian and fish

by the boat

vegetarian / fish at a local restaurant

 4 Dinners:

Vegetarian / fish dinner at Lao Cai hotel before overnight train

On the cruise (we order 2 meat types from Chabad to be cooked on board)

Siem Reap – by hotel; Fish / vegetarian

Siem Reap – by hotel; Fish / vegetarian (we can order meat from Chabad PP – at additional cost of meat and delivery)

 

 

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

10 Lunches:

7 Dinners:

Internal Flights :

The airfare can be changed depending on booking time

HAN-REP: 280 USD/pax/way by Vietnam Airlines

REP-PNH: 127 USD/pax/way by Cambodia Angkor Airlines

PNH-SGN: 220 USD/pax/way by Vietnam Airlines (no FOC)

 * Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, flood), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc…

* Other services which are not mentioned clearly in the “Including” item

 

 

  1. Day 1 Wed: Arrival – Hanoi – Half-day city tour

    Dinner – Chabad House
    Lunch – provided by Chabad to the airport

    Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa and clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide.
    Transfer to the centre and enjoy the visit to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology – miniaturized Vietnamese ethnic community’s life.
    Continue to the Temple of Literature (Vietnamese name is Quoc Tu Giam) – The Vietnam’s first University, which was built in 1070 in honor of Confucius, his followers and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education. Take a cyclo in Hanoi Old Quarter – 36 streets and guilds to discover the ancient feature of Hanoi and daily life. Stop to visit Ngoc Son Temple located at the northern end of Sword Lake (aka Hoan Kiem Lake).
    Early dinner at Chabad and evening Quintess Show. Or late dinner after the show
    Overnight in Hanoi

  2. Day 2 Thu: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Lao Cai by train

    Meal provided: Breakfast – hotel
    Lunch provided by Chabad – additional cost
    Dinner at Chabad House – Hanoi – before embarking the train

    We will drive to Ninh Binh, located in the Red River Delta and will board a sampan – a small rowing boat to Trang An, A UNESCO World Heritage set of large limestone karst cliffs covered by forest, dozens of valleys and about 50 different caves. A rower will row the boat for you, the technique they use to maneuver the boat inside the underwater caves is truly amazing.
    We’ll have lunch in the open air
    We will continue to visit Hoa Long Temple and drive back to Hanoi

    In the afternoon, drive to visit Hoa Lu temple– The ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. Enjoying the 11th & 17th century architecture style, old sculpture – carving on wood & stone depicting the daily lives, dreams and wishes for peace, good life, etc.
    Back to Hanoi – dinner at Chabad house
    Note: we will need to collect the meals that we take with us from Chabad for Shabbat at Sapa on the train for Sapa.

    Stay overnight on train (02 pax per cabin)

  3. Day 3 Fri: Lao Cai – Sapa - Cat Cat Village – Lao Chai Ta Van Village

    Meal provided: Breakfast
    Lunch – boxed – Chabad
    Dinner – hotel

    Arrival Lao Cai Railway Station in the morning, pick up and transfer to the hotel for Shacharit and breakfast (Daniel – is breakfast at the hotel? They will arrive at the hotel early. Was this included?). Visit Ta Van villages. Continue to Cat Cat village where you can see the beautiful landscapes of the mountainous area. Back to Sapa Town and check in your hotel before 15:30.
    Overnight in Sapa

  4. Day 4 Sat: Sapa – Free day

    Meal provided: Breakfast
    Lunch + Dinner – hotel
    Shabbat in Sapa.

    Breakfast at hotel.
    Enjoy a walk to Ham Rong Mountain to see the orchid gardens and local ethnic show. Back to Sapa Town, visit local market.

  5. Day 5 Sun: Sapa – Bac Ha market – Lao Cai

    Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Lunch – box, by hotel. Vegetarian/fish.
    Dinner – at a restaurant before embarking the train = Vegetarian / Fish at hotel in Lao Cai

    After breakfast, travel by coach to Bac Ha district for Sunday market. Every Sunday, Bac Ha hosts the biggest fair near the mountainous highlands and the Chinese border. It is a trading centre and meeting place for couples, friends, and relatives, and it is a typical weekly activity for the H’Mong and other minority groups living in the locality. Local products for sale or barter are carried on horseback.

    From here we head to the Chay River – a short drive away. Sail down the gently flowing waters, lined by corn and vegetable fields, passing beautiful villages, impressive waterfalls, gorges and caves as you journey downriver. Stop halfway down the river to visit Trung Do, a village of the Tay minority people. Take time to explore the farms where they grow exotic chilly and jack fruit. Sail a further 15 minutes downstream to Bao Nhai village and disembark the boat.
    Transfer to Lao Cai for a night train to Hanoi. Stay overnight on train (02 pax per cabin)
    Dinner – at a restaurant before embarking the train

  6. Day 6 Mon: Hanoi - Halong

    Meal provided: Breakfast at Chabad House, Lunch & Dinner on cruise

    Pick up at the station and transfer to mini hotel or to Chabad House for breakfast.
    After breakfast, transfer to Halong for a cruise on Ha Long Bay, one of Vientnam’s greatest natural wonders and a World Heritage Park.
    Upon arrival enjoy 25 min seaplane flight.
    Note: we can take this flight before the cruise today or after the cruise tomorrow. Either fly onto the boat or fly out from the cruise to the shore.
    “From the exhilarating moments of the seaplane taking off or landing on the glimmering water at Tuan Chau Marina, to the breath-taking sights as the plane hovers above abundant islets, you will never be bored when traveling with our fun and talented pilots”.

    Check-in at Paradise Suites Hotel
    Tuan Chau Island
    After arriving at Tuan Chau Island and sampling light refreshments at Paradise Suites Hotel, you will be transferred to Paradise Elegance.

    Embark on Paradise Elegance
    Once you have been transferred to Paradise Elegance, you will be checked-in and given a short briefing about your cruise while sipping your welcome drink at Le Marin Restaurant.

    Lunch at Le Marin Restaurant
    Lunch will be served in Le Marin Restaurant while Paradise Elegance cruises toward Halong Bay – Daniel – what are we serving then? What lunch? What do you normally do? .
    You will pass the famous Fighting Cocks Islet, and Thien Cung and Dau Go Caves.

    Visit Tung Sau Pearl Farm or kayak*.
    Your first excursion is a visit to Tung Sau Pearl Farm, an area in Halong Bay dedicated to growing pearls and practicing a handmade technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology. This is also an ideal destination for kayaking. If this excursion doesn’t take your fancy, stay on board and treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea.

    Visit Sung Sot Cave (Surprise cave)
    Your second stop of the day is the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, where you can take in the panoramic views across Halong Bay after visiting the cave.
    Alternatively, you can opt for an afternoon of pampering at Le Parfum Spa* or an afternoon tea in Le Piano Bar.

    Cooking Demonstration and Pre-Dinner Sunset Cocktails*
    At sunset, Paradise Elegance will anchor overnight at Coconut Tree Island. Watch a cooking demonstration on the L’Odyssée Sundeck while enjoying Pre-Dinner Sunset Cocktails* at the bar.

    Dinner at Le Marin Restaurant
    Savour a delicious dinner at Le Marin Restaurant (we will be at an area designated to our group).

    After dinner – free evening
    Also available additional Massage & Spa services at additional cost

    Daniel: we added massage 30 min pp here. Where is this done? At the spa or on the deck?

  7. Day 7 Tue: Halong – Hanoi – Siem Reap VN 835 HAN-REP 18:05 – 19:50

    Meal provided: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

    6.30: Welcome a new day with an amazing dawn on Ha Long Bay.
    Opportunity to join in Tai-chi session on the deck to refresh your body and soul.

    Enjoy light breakfast – hot drink and cookies

    Visit to Titov Island
    You will visit popular Titov Island, where you can go swimming or hike to the top for another stunning, panoramic view of the Bay.

    Breakfast Buffet at Le Marin Restaurant Back on board, an à la carte breakfast will be served as we once again cruise past Thien Cung and Dau Go Caves and Fighting Cocks Islet before your bill settlement

    Check-out and return to Tuan Chau Island. Disembark at the Tuan Chau Marina

    Notes: Due to cruising conditions, itineraries may change without prior notice.
    Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant/bar area, but internet connectivity is limited due to the geography of Halong.

    Travel back to Hanoi.
    Transfer to the airport for flight to Siem Reap VN 835 HAN-REP 18:05 – 19:50
    On arrival transfer to hotel.
    Stay 2 nights in Siem Reap.
    Dinner – at hotel, by hotel – fish/vegetarian; no additional cost.
    if we get meat from Chabad – additional cost of meat and delivery

  8. Day 8 Wed: Siem Reap

    Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lunch – by hotel, Fish/vegetarian
    Dinner –by hotel

    In the morning, Early rise to view the sunrise against Angkor Wat. visit Angkor Wat. Return to hotel for breakfast.
    We travel to Angkor by midi buses and while in Angkor – we tour the area by Remork – extra $15 (Cambodian tuk-tuk). Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks – the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.

    After lunch we will continue through rural countryside to the small but beautiful temple of Banteay Srei. This temple is largely built of pink sandstone. We then take a Quad bike ride – extra $25 (2 pax per bike) during sunset through Cambodian sites. If time allows – visit Artisan d’Angkor.

    Back at the hotel, dinner and Aspara show at the hotel.

  9. Day 9 Thu: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh Morning flight

    Meal provided: Breakfast

    Lunch – Chabad

    Dinner – Chabad

    This morning, heading to the airport for flight to Phnom Penh.

    On arrival, meet your personal guide and drive to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek (16 km south of Phnom Penh). Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) detained and tortured at S-21 prison were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek. They were often bludgeoned to death to avoid wasting precious bullets. Fragments of human bone and bits of cloth are scattered around the disinterred pits. Over 8,000 skulls, arranged by sex and age, are visible behind the clear glass panels of the Memorial Stupa, which was erected in 1988.

    Tuol Sleng Museum – OK

    Continue to discover the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom. See the different structures of this pagoda-style compound and stroll in its beautiful garden. Visit the Silver Pagoda so named because of its floor that is comprised of 5,000 silver tiles. A gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha are also housed here. Next, visit the National Museum. Built in 1917 it is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both pre-and post-Angkorian pieces. Finish your tour at the city’s namesake, Wat Phnom. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. Later this afternoon enjoy one-hour sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. The boat will pass past floating villages, providing great views of the city’s rapidly changing skyline.

    Stay overnight in Phnom Penh

    Dinner – Chabad house

     

  10. Day 10 -Fri: Phnom Penh – Saigon – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnel VN 3852 PNH-SGN 06:50 – 07:50

    Meal provided: Breakfast box
    Shabbat Dinner at Chabad House

    Early departure today to Saigon. Boxed breakfast provided by the hotel.
    On arrival at Saigon, meet our local guide and drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the west of Vietnam. At Tay Ninh visit the Cao Dai Great Temple which was begun in 1933 in a unique architectural style that reflects its blended traditions. The three principal colors of Cao Dai are yellow (for Buddhism), blue (for Taoism), and red (for Christianity), and these appear in worshippers’ robes as well as the temple.
    In the afternoon, we continue to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French. And it was continuing built over 25 years later. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years…. getting married, giving birth. During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a free fire zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors.
    Transfer to Saigon – arrival by 15:30. Check in hotel. Stay overnight in Saigon.
    Shabbat dinner – Chabad house

  11. Day 11 Sat: Saigon – Shabbat

    Meal provided: Breakfast
    Lunch & Dinner at Chabad House

    Afternoon enjoy guided tour with our local guide to some of the city sights, including Ho Chi Minh Monument and Central Post Office which was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. Right nearby, you can see Notre Dame Cathedral, a magnificent building located in the heart of the city and was established by French colonists.
    Back to Chabad house for Mincha, arvit and seuda shlishit.

  12. Day 12 Sun: Saigon – My Tho – Saigon

    Meal provided: Breakfast
    Lunch – by Chabad
    Dinner at Chabad House

    In the morning, we leave Saigon behind and head to Vietnam’s rice basket of Mekong Delta. We will pass through idyllic, rural scenes until we arrive at My Tho, a peaceful town on the bank of the Mekong River, where we will visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda.
    Take a leisurely boat ride along the river, and view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet and then enjoy a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music“, performed by locals.
    Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village
    Back to Saigon.
    Enjoy a shopping at Ben Thanh market, one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and one of symbols of Hochiminh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, ao dai, and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine. Back to the hotel. Stay overnight in Saigon

    Evening: AO Show (duration: 60 minutes) @Saigon Opera House
    À Ố Show, phonetically understood as the Ahhh! Ohhh! Show, has its meaning derived from the word ‘village’ and ‘city’ in Vietnamese. It depicts the charming beauty and richness in culture of Vietnamese lives in the countryside versus the country’s racing urbanization
    The show is a mix of bamboo cirque, acrobatic acts, contemporary dance and theatrical visual art. Mesmerizing live music, which echoes Southern work songs, scenic lighting design, and unique bamboo creatures make this performance a must-see during anyone’s visit to Ho Chi Minh City.
    Overnight in Saigon.

  13. Day 13 Mon: Saigon - Departure

    Meal provided: Breakfast

    Transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for departure flight back home or to Yangon, Myanmar..

    Not Included:
    Internal Flights :
    The airfare can be changed depending on booking time
    HAN-REP: 280 USD/pax/way by Vietnam Airlines (no FOC)
    REP-PNH: 127 USD/pax/way by Cambodia Angkor Airlines (no FOC)
    PNH-SGN: 220 USD/pax/way by Vietnam Airlines (no FOC)

    * Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, flood), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc…
    * Other services which are not mentioned clearly in the “Including” item

Hotels

Hanoi : Sheraton hotel (deluxe room) / Somerset West Point (executive room) 

Sapa : Victoria Sapa Resort (deluxe room)

Siem Reap :Empress Angkor Hotel – studio room

Phnom Penh : Sofitel (superior room)

Ho Chi Minh : Sofitel Plaza hotel (superior room)

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Overnight train

Fanxipan train.
40 double cabins.

Ha Long Bay cruise – overnight

Paradise Elegance cruise – double rooms