$3745 per person in a shared room
Single supplement $750
ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE FROM LAX INCLUDED!!!
February 28 – March 12, 2018
Some exciting changes for this time.
- The cruise is now 3 nights in Vietnam instead of 2.
- On the last day in Vietnam, experience a countryside tour with a cooking class!
Because airfare is included in the package, we’ll need your name as it appears on your passport and your date of birth with a $1,200 deposit per person. We need to get non-refundable inner-Asia air tickets issued at deposit time.
***Important note. Not included in pricing are two visas you will need to get.
- Cambodia Visa- It’s easy. You get it on arrival in Cambodia, pay $30 on the spot and present 2 extra passport pictures.
- Vietnam Visa – a little more work – We recommend contacting the Travel Broker in Salt Lake City to get a Vietnam visa. Their phone number is 801-266-6464. You can start applying as early as September 1, 2017. Usually around $175 per person
Includes international airfare from Los Angeles and all inner-Asia flights per itinerary.
We only have 12 cabins to available.
February 28 – Take a late night flight to Bangkok from Los Angeles.
March 1 – Cross the international dateline.
March 2 – Welcome to Bangkok! Transfer to your hotel after your midday arrival and spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring on your own. Evening: International buffet dinner at the hotel (incl. thai food) (DINNER)
March 3 – After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll check out and drive to visit visit Bang Pa In, the former Royal Summer Residence of King Rama V. This site consists of a quaint mixture of European and Thai architecture. You will have a chance to visit the interior of the old Chinese Wehat Chamrun Palace. Then, cross a canal by cable car from Bang Pa In to visit Wat Nivat – one of the more intriguing Buddhist temples – and this is where well moor for the night. Wat Nivat was constructed at the command of King Rama V in 1878, in the style of an English Gothic church. The temple’s stained glass windows and unusual architecture make it one of the most distinctive Buddhist temples anywhere in Thailand. *** Lunch on own expense ** Continue by road to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former Thai capital for 417 years and one of Thailand’s major tourist attractions. Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in the city, which was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong. Overnight in Ayutthaya. (BREAKFAST)
March 4 – Back to Bangkok to tour the Grand Palace and emerald Buddha. This is the land of Anna and the King. The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s main tourist attraction. The temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand’s holiest religious statue and is carved from jade. Free time for shopping later today. (BREAKFAST)
March 5 – Take a short flight to Siem, Reap, Cambodia. .Siem Reap arrive – Boat trip (Lunch/Dinner)
Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, meets and transfers to hotel for check in
Lunch at local restaurant
In the afternoon, we will enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap lake at CHONG KNEAS VILLAGE. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the “village” move from place to place following water levels and current.
Dinner and Enjoy Khmer Traditional Dance Show at local restaurant and night at hotel
March 6: Siem Reap Angkor Wat tours – Saigon by flight (Breakfast/Lunch)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King, and Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery
Lunch at local restaurant
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.
You are warmly welcomed by our Tour Guide at Tan Son Nhat airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Saigon.
March 7: Saigon – Cai Be (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After breakfast at hotel. Tour guide and driver will be pick up you at 08:00AM at your hotel transfer Cai Be.
- Boarding at Cai Be at noon. Welcome drink, Introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins.
- Departure towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river.
- Lunch while en route. Rest on the deck.
- The Bassac slips into the Chợ Lách canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water.
- Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby.
- Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river.
- The Bassac sets anchor just downstream from Tra On for the night.
March 8: Cai Be – Can Tho (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Breakfast is available as early as 07:00, as the ship passes by Tra On, where you may see a small floating market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho.
- Arrival in Cai Rang floating market, transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, then a noodle factory and return to the Ninh Kieu pier by mid-morning.
- Boarding back, welcome drink and departure towards upstream river Bassac. Lunch is served on board while en route.
- Upon arrival at Thot Not, transfer on the longboat for a visit of a village.
- Boarding back before dusk, a welcome drink and the dinner are served on board while en route.
- Rest on the deck before the night. The Bassac drops anchor upstream of Long Xuyen for the night.
March 9: Can Tho – Chau Doc (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Breakfast is served from 6:30 AM, as the Bassac is on its way upstream the river towards Châu Đốc.
- Upon arrival in Chau Doc, transfer onto a local boat for the visit of a village of the Muslim Cham minority.
- Boarding at noon at the Chau Doc pier, welcome drink.
- Departure downstream on the Bassac river, as the crew serves lunch.
- We connect through river Vam Nao and around the district of Cho Moi to the First River.
- Mid-afternoon, we sail along a small tributary to Song Ho. Exploratory visit at Cho Moi: Village and old churches.
- Boarding back at dusk, welcome drink. Dinner is served en route.
- The Bassac drops anchor on the way in view of the My Thuan bridge for the night.
March 10: Chau Doc – Cai Be – Saigon (B)
- Breakfast is available from 6:30 on.
- The Bassac sets sail after sunrise towards Cai Be, through sceneries of sweet water mangroves on river My Tho.
- Arrival near Cai Be, check-out and transfer to a rowing boat for a quiet visit through a small canal.
- Rendez-vous with a local boat, which will take you to shore for a visit of Cai Be’s handicraft.
End of services by mid-morning on shore at Cái Bè.
Please note you will leave the Bassac for good upon boarding the small boat for the last visit, typically about 8:30.
The details of the program and the visits may vary depending on logistics or technical constraints.
Our tour guide and driver will be pick up you at Cai Be back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.
March 11: Saigon – Amazing Farm Trip with Healthy Cooking Class (Breakfast/Lunch)
After breakfast at hotel,
Start Saigon City at 8:00am to Hochiminh Agricultural Villages 8:45am
– Visiting HCM Agricultural Villages from 8:45am – 10:00am
- Visiting Cow areas
- Visiting Buffalo Areas
- Visiting Rice Fields
- Visiting Big Herbs, Spices, Vegetables and Mushrooms areas
- Challenges on the Garden Become real Vietnamese Farmer on Vietnamese Traditional Hat and Pick up a lot of Herbs, spices, Vegetables and Mushrooms on The Garden
– Cooking Challenges 10:00am -1:30pm
- Hands on cooking class with three dishes and 1 dessert and enjoy what they have done
- Enjoy Great Healthy Cooking Tips
- Congratulation with nice certificate, recipes, souvenirs
- Collect email and Update nice healthy recipes monthly
– Visiting Rice Paper Factory 1:30pm -2:00pm
- Understanding the whole process to make rice paper
- Surprise to see main ingredients to make rice paper
- See how we mixed the flour with water
- See how the fresh rice paper comes out after steam
- See How we handle it on the tray and how we dried it out
- See How we cut rice paper in the shape we want
- See How we pack the rice paper in the packages before selling or exporting
– Visit Cows Milk and animals farm 2:00pm pm -3:00pm
- Understand the whole the process to look after the Dairy Cow
- Get hands to milk the cow and Enjoyed to make the aroma Vietnamese coffee by your self
- See different kinds of animals such as baby chicken, duck, dogs, pigs …
The Journey will be the end at 4:00pm in Hotel Saigon City. Overnight in Saigon.
March 12 – Fly back to Los Angeles from Saigon.
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