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Luxury Halong Bay & Mekong River Cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia

HANOI - HAI PHONG - VIET HAI - BA HAM LAKE - HA LONG BAY - HO CHI MINH CITY - CHO GAO - MY THO - VINH LONG -CAI BE - SA DEC - CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH - KOH CHEN - KAMLON TRALACH - KAMPONG CHHNANG - LAKE TONLE - SIEM REAP

Experience the very best that Vietnam and Cambodia has to offer on this 15-day of Vietnam and Cambodia River cruise. Before explore boarding the Mekong River Cruise, you will experience  2 nights on the World Heritage site of Halong Bay and enjoy all of the activities on offer on 5-star Era Cruise. Explore the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City then boarding our premium ship RV Indochine II, it's dock in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City for your 9 day cruise along the Mekong River to Cambodia. Visiting local sites en-route and engage in local life in My Tho and Koh Chen and pass through the city of Phnom Penh with its Royal Palace and bustling markets before finally disembarking on the doorstep of the Angkor temple complex: home of the world-famous Angkor Wat, the 7th Wonder of the Ancient World where you will visit before departure home.

Trip code : TT3971KC

Duration : 15 days

Destination : Vietnam - Cambodia

Travel Dates : 2019/2020

  • Ship dock in the hart of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Headsets for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Tour leader or cruise director on board
  • Crossing through the splendid Cho Gao canal
  • Discover historical cities: Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh
  • Explore Cu Chi Tunnel, an underground city constructed by Vietnamese guerrilla during Vietnam War
  • Witness  the daily life of people along  the Mekong Delta
  • Meet the locals and learn about their daily lives in Koh Chen, My Tho
  • Discover the breath-taking UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay on cruise
  • Explore the Stately Capital of Vietnam
On your arrival in Hanoi our local driver and tour guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

In the afternoon you will enjoy a Half Day City Tour of Hanoi. You will visit the Temple of Literature; Women's Museum; the infamous Hoa Loa Prison Museum & the Museum of Ethnology.
09:00 – 09:30: Your transfer vehicle will collect you from your hotel in Hanoi and convey you to Hai Phong around 11h30.

12:00: You will be taken on our tender from the wharf and make your way out onto the bay to board our luxurious craft, Era Cruise. You will be welcome aboard and greeted with a complimentary drink. Our Crew will conduct a compulsory safety procedures session and then you are free to check into your cabin and freshen up. Take some time to have a look around the vessel or watch the magical landscape go by.

13:15: A special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing favorites will be served. Dining on a luxury junk with fine food and drinks doesn't come much better than this. We set sail for Lan Ha Bay passing to Da Chong islet where you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago.

15:00: When lunch is about to finish, it is just nice that the Cruise complete its entry through Cua Van area to Lan Ha Bay (as part of Halong Bay). The area is surrounding of a lot extraordinary limestone karst landscapes. Guests can start their journey to explore Ba Trai Dao beach, doing the kayak to immersed in the crystal clear waters of the bay and/or enjoy swimming.

17:00: Back to main boat, and cruising to a place for staying overnight

17:30 – 18:30: Happy hour with special drink menu (Buy one get another one for free).

18:00: Our Vietnamese cooking demonstration is a great way to learn how to prepare delicious appetizers and we will guide you through the process.

19:15: Relish special Signature Dinner in restaurant.

20:45 - 12:00: Your free time to relax with an exotic cocktail or whatever takes your fancy. Our bar has a wide range of wines, beers and liquors and is always a welcome sight for guests after a day on Bay. Order a Spa service or take any activities on boat cruise such as watching documentary movies, squid fishing or simply relax on our roof top deck under the cover of a star filled sky.

06:30: Early birds are welcome to attend sunrise Tai Chi on our upper deck and it's an excellent way to get your energy levels up for today's adventures. You will be fascinated by the exquisiteness in the early hours as you enjoy a coffee, tea.

08:00: Enjoy a buffet breakfast with best local coffee brand and freshly fruit juices.

09:00: Next we board our Era Day Boat to head to Viet Hai Village. You will take the bicycle trip along the village path and go through rain forests and dark tunnel. Enjoy stunning scenery of rice fields on the way. Stop at the village to relax. Visit an ancient local house, made from straw, mud, bamboo…you will have chance to see the local life on a valley of local people. Optional electric car service is available (at an extra cost).

12:00: Have lunch with Signature set menu on our day boat.

13:45: Free kayaking and swimming at Ba Ham Lake area situated in the middle of a narrow, rectangular area, with the all four sides enclosed by vertical cliffs. (if the weather permit)

16:00: Back on board Era Cruise, take some time to freshen up, take a nap or just relax at your leisure as we cruise to our overnight area. Witness one of the most brilliant sunsets you will ever see.

17:30-18:30: Bar opens for Happy Hour "Buy one get one free ".

18:00: Enjoy cooking demonstration to discover our Vietnamese cuisine of traditional spring rolls.

19:15: A special dinner will be served offering you outstanding food and quality service.

20:45 – 00:00: This evening is yours to enjoy whatever you please. Tonight we will hold a movie night with a selection of films available. We also have a selection of board games for your entertainment. Our bar is always open and is an ideal place to meet new people and share stories about your adventures.

06:30: The nicest time of the day on Lan Ha Bay is the morning. Head to the upper deck to participate in our daily Tai Chi sessions. Relax with an early morning cup of tea, coffee or juice anywhere you wish on the boat and watch the never ending miraculous scenery unfold before you.

07:00: Light breakfast will be served in our restaurant (pastries, tea, coffee)

7:30 - 9:15: Enjoy the last stage of your trip to Dark & Bright cave and islets by local rowing boats which is a wild and mysterious beauty in the middle of the World Heritage. Back to our main board afterwards.

09:30: Check out of your cabin as we draw closer to the mainland. After a final early brunch and a last goodbye from our crew at 11:30, you will board our tender and head back to the wharf where you will be met by your return trip vehicle to transfer you to Hanoi.

12:10-12:30: Get on luxury van and get back to Hanoi.

On arrival you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy.

Ho Chi Minh City built by the French in 1859, at the beginning of the colonial era, the town has retained some of its French atmosphere which characterises it.

In the afternoon we have a tour of the city: Reunification palace, Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post office. We board our ship and then have a welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight on board in Ho Chi Minh City port.
After breakfast, we devote our morning to visiting Cholon, whose name means “Great market”, a district crawling with people, where almost half the population of the city lives and where trade reigns supreme. We visit the market and the Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea.

We have lunch onboard before our afternoon visit of the National History museum then a visit to a lacquer-ware factory.

We return on board and set sail for the navigation channel of Chao Gao. Dinner and overnight on board and we drop anchor and moor for the night at Nha Be.
Very early this morning, we continue our cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal, which passes from the Saigon River to the Mekong Delta. The Delta is made up of four main arms and thousands of canals, both large and small.

We have breakfast as we arrive in My Tho. The town is named after the river My Tho which means “beautiful reed”, and it is peaceful and prosperous. Known for its many vegetable gardens, and its fruit orchards, the climate here is hot and pleasant all year long. The surrounding countryside includes one of the most luxuriant gardens in Vietnam with coconut, banana mango and longan trees. We visit My Tho islands in small boats. Along the maze that makes up the network of small canals, pretty country villages appear and we see the local craftsmen at work. We return on board for lunch and continue our cruise to Vinh Long, and Caï Be. The town is located in the middle of the delta region, between two arms of the Mekong. We set off in small boats through the arroyos and gardens which lead to Caï Be's colonial church. Vinh Long, a land made rich by alluvium, is the country of mandarins and oranges. All of life is organised around the water and we see houses built on stilts and hundreds of small boats that criss-cross in all directions. We then set sail for Sac Dec. Dinner and overnight stop at our mooring point.
Early this morning we visit Sa Dec, famous for its horticulture and known as the “Garden of the Cochin Chine” in colonial times. We have a tour of the small town where a few colonial mansions are still in existence.Discover the local market and visit the former dwelling place of Huynh Thuy Le, former lover of the French novelist Marguerite Duras who spent part of her childhood in Sa Dec.

We return on board for a hearty breakfast and continue our cruise to Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago.

We have lunch on board and arrive in Chau Doc in the early afternoon. Situated in the heart of a gigantic grid of rice fields, the city of Chau Doc embraces both banks of the Mekong and the floating farms overspill into the waters. Chau Doc is a very prosperous town which developed around fishing and farming. Inside the town, a few colonial buildings with their old fashioned charm still remain. The market which surrounds them is the vibrant heart of the city and a multitude of colours.Transfer by small boat to visit a Cham village, a village of silk weavers and fish farms. Dinner and overnight stop in Chau Doc.
We spend the day afloat today, first heading for the Cambodian border, where we complete customs during the morning and continue our journey. Lunch and dinner are taken on board as we arrive towards the end of the day in Phnom Penh. After dinner we have a “tuk tuk” trip, a motorised tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh. We moor for the night in the port of Phnom Penh.
Founded in 1434, the capital of Cambodia retaines much of its colonial charm, thanks to the rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage. We visit the Silver Pagoda, constructed in wood in 1892 then rebuilt in 1962, and the Royal palace, symbolic heart of the nation and one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture in classical Khmer style. Then we visit the National museum housing the Fine Arts museum, built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style.

We have lunch in a local restaurant and this afternoon we have the option to visit the Tuol Svay Prey S21 school, former centre of detention, torture and execution used by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. There is free time in the “Central Market” - crammed full with all types of businesses. This evening we have a Apsara dance show by student dancers and musicians. Dinner and overnight on board, in the port of Phnom Penh.
We set sail early morning, have breakfast on board before we visit Koh Chen, a small village where the inhabitants are experts in silverwork and copper work. Here are made the ornaments and decorations used during traditional ceremonies in the pagoda or for weddings. Visit the private school of Mr. Thom Umson, a bright French teacher.We have lunch on board and arrive in Kampong Tralach to visit the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tarlach Leu Pagoda. We cross through the village of Kampong Tralach by oxcart to reach the pagoda on a small path running perpendicular to the river amidst a magnificent landscape of rice fields. The Vihara dates back to the beginning of last century and has many magnificent wall paintings which are starting to suffer from the effects of time. Completely isolated in the middle of the rice fields, the pagoda is quite unassuming and does not receive many visitors, so its isolation makes it a truly magnificent spot. We return on board and continue our cruise to Kampong Chhnang. Dinner and overnight stop.
We have breakfast on board and then visit Kampong Chhnang. Located some 90km from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Here they also have many fish farms. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country, and the region's very name Kampong Chhnang means “the port of the pottery” in Khmer. We visit a traditional grove of palm trees and taste some palm sugar before a visit to a traditional pottery. Next we visit a floating village using small local boats. All the buildings here are afloat - the school, the shops and so on, and life develops along the canal network. We return on board for lunch then continue our cruise to lake Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia which forms the heart of the hydraulic system of the Mekong. Cocktail and gala dinner tonight. Overnight stop.
We spend the morning cruising, taking breakfast on board. Disembark the cruise at noon. Our driver will transfer you to your hotel in Siem Reap. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy.
After breakfast you will visit the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphuon, and Phimeanakas temples, plus Terraces of the Elephant and Leper King. Lunch will be at a famous local restaurant. In the afternoon visit Ta Prohm then explore the Angkor Wat temple, the 7th Wonder of the Ancient World. You will climb up to Bakheng Hill to watch the sunset over Angkor Wat and the surrounding area.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel today before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

***Important Note***

For operational reasons and passenger safety, Tweet World Travel and its suppliers reserve the right to change, vary, modify or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation to the tour/cruise as considered necessary.

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DOMESTIC FLIGHTS FROM HANOI/HAIPHONG TO HO CHI MINH CITY

HANOI
  • Hanoi City Tour
  • 1 nights accommodation in 4* hotel
HALONG BAY - ON BOARD 5* ERA CRUISE
  •  Welcome drinks with warm/cold tissues
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Accommodation in luxury air-conditioned en-suite cabin with standing shower and private Jacuzzi bathtub.
  • In house English speaking guide.
  • Full board meals: 3 days - 02 lunches, 02 dinners, 01 morning snack, 02 brunches.
  •  Fresh flowers setup
  • Fruits setup in cabin
  • Taichi session, bamboo boat in Dark & Bright Cave, kayaking in Ba Trai Dao beach, cooking demonstration, night squid fishing.
  • A bottle of wine in Garden-Sea Family Suite & The Era Suite
MEKONG CRUISE
  • Vietnam and Cambodia E-visa
  •  8- nights on Luxury RV Indochine II Mekong River cruise
  • Return Airport Transfers from/to port
  • Full board meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages: Coffee, tea and drinking water, 1 soft drink or 1 local beer every lunch and dinner
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Comprehensive sightseeing & entrance fees at monument
  • All shore excursions touring & transfers in air-conditioned
ANGKOR WAT
  • 2 nights in accommodation in 4* hotel
  • Angkor temples Tour

Sightseeing with English speaking guides

Private transfers and transportation on tour

Tours provided

Meals as indicated in itinerary

Water and cold towel on tour

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. BOOKING

Passenger names must be provided exactly as per passport at the time of booking. Any spelling corrections made after a deposit is paid must be sent in writing and will incur additional fees, including local suppliers’ fees, admin fees, any ticket/voucher re‐issue fees, etc.

Tweet World Travel reserves the right to correct any errors in rates quoted/invoice or calculated, or any omissions made at any time during your booking. Any verbal quote given is an indication only of the final price and is subject to confirmation in writing. Even once payment has been paid in full but an error in price has been found, Tweet World Travel reserve the right to correct any error of outstanding amount.

Any booking valued at or less than $1,300 must be paid in full amount after booking confirmation. Some airfares or services must be paid in full at the time of booking.

1.1 Deposit

  • You will be required to pay deposit of 30% total price after booking confirmed. A Booking will be cancelled if deposit is not received by the due date on the invoice
  • If you cancel your cruise booking at any time, an amount of $450 per person from your deposit is non-refundable, or depend on each package's terms & conditions
  1. Receipt of Deposit

By sending/paid a deposit the client agrees to be bound by the terms, conditions and responsibilities set forth in this booking. The client also agrees that:

  • All persons are fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.
  • All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.
  • All parties understand that any medical or dietary information provided to us does not, under any circumstances, make Tweet World Travel liable if a particular condition exacerbates while on tour or cruise which might affect their ability to participate in any portion of the tour or cruise

1.2 Final balance

Final balance will be due 110 days before departure date. If the outstanding payment is not received by the due date, your booking will automatically be cancelled. Then the cancellation rate will be applied.

  1. PAYMENT
  • All airfares must be paid in full at the time of booking confirmation
  • Deposit will due immediately or within three day of your booking confirmed. It will be applied based on the specific product
  • Final balance will be due 110 days before departure date
    • You can make a payment by Enett, Bank Transfer, Cheque, Credit Card

Credit Card Fee

  • The following Card Fees apply:
  • Visa Credit Card - 1.8% fee and MasterCard Credit Card ‐ 1.76% fee applies.
  • American Express (Amex) ‐ 2.8% fee applies.
  • For late payment or urgent bookings, please notify us via email at payments@tweetworldtravel.com.au

3. LATE BOOKING

Any booking made within 110 days before departure will require payment in full when the booking is confirmed.

Bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure will incur a late booking fee of $120 per person and must be paid in full at the time of booking.

4. AMENDMENTS FEES

After bookings are deposited, any amendment has to be requested in writing and incurs $69 fee per person, plus any additional costs and administrative expenses incurred in arranging the alteration.

Alterations will be made at our discretion and may not always be possible.

5. SAFETY NET PROTECTION

  • Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $95 per person will occur. This is only valid for one-time use (claim).
  • Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 15 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise on the same destination departing in the same year (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties. The new tour must be at the same cost or higher, but cannot be at lower cost than the initial tour booked. If the passengers choose the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 15 days prior to departure.
  • Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable  
  • Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares, or third-party fees and charges.
  • Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.

6. TRAVEL VOUCHER

Your travel voucher will be issue and send that to you or your travel agent from 15 -30 days before your departure. Make sure you have your travel voucher before you travel.

7. CANCELLATION

Please check with your consultant, your travel insurance provider or read our cancellation policy carefully before cancelling or amending your booking. For a specific tour / cruise package, a separate cancellation policy might be set out and applied to your booking.

Please see the below for our general cancellation policy.

7.1 Cancellation by customer

Before the travel date, the following fees will be applied:

  • Cancel at any time: $450 per person is non-refundable
  • From 110 days to 91 days before departure: 45% of total price
  • Between 91 and 61 days prior to departure: 55% of total price
  • Between 61 and 45 days prior to departure: 65% of total price
  • Between 45 and 35 days prior to departure: 75% of total price
  • Within 35 days prior to departure: 100% of total price
  • Any 'no show' – 100%

After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your unwillingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on cruise.

If your cruise package includes international/domestic flights the airlines cancellation policies will be apply.

7.2 Cancellation by Tweet World Travel

For group set departure, if the minimum number of the group is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel or vary the cruise 110 days prior to departure. If this event occurs, an alternative guaranteed travel date will be offered. Should these options not be acceptable by you, Tweet World Travel will refund the full price paid.

If a cruise booking is cancelled or varied prior to departure due to unforeseeable circumstances such as, but not restricted to, severe weather conditions or force majeure, Tweet World Travel will refund all monies prior to departure.

7.3 Cancellation by Cruise Company or Third-Party Provider

If the Cruise Company or Third Party Travel Provider changes any part of your booking for reasons beyond its control, for example, if a Cruise Company or Third Party Travel Provider changes its schedules, overbooks, or if there are any changes in applicable surcharges, fees or taxes, we will use our reasonable endeavours to notify you.

If any such changes result in your Travel Product costing more or otherwise being materially different, then you may cancel the Travel Product and we will refund any monies already paid less any fees charged by us under these terms and conditions and by the Cruise Company or Third Party Travel Provider under the terms and conditions you agreed with them.

8. PUBLICITY

When you book with Tweet World Travel, you agree that we may use images of you taken during the trip and any comments made in writing by you regarding the trip, without recourse to you and without compensation to you, for publicity and promotion purposes only through whatever medium we choose.

If you do not want your images to be displayed, you have to advise us in writing at the time of booking, or when you collect your travel documents.

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