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March 14 to 24, 2024 or March 22 to April 1, 2025

From $6999

March 14 to 24, 2024 or March 22 to April 1, 2025


11 Days

We strongly suggest extending your stay with our pre-tour to Laos

Few countries in the world offer as much intrigue and surprise as Vietnam and Cambodia. While touring these destinations, one learns to expect the unexpected, and to simply be impressed at every turn.

These are countries that abound with superlatives. You will see some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, eat some of the world’s most inventive cuisine, and visit some of the world’s most mystifying archeological sites.

See firsthand ancient Angkor Wat (the largest religious building in the world), visit stunning China Beach, cruise picturesque Halong Bay, shop the silk lantern-lit streets of Hoi An and so much more.

  • Fully escorted with the services dedicated Zoom Vacations® Concierge guides throughout the trip
  • Accommodations at the finest 5 star hotels throughout
  • Visit the Angkor Archeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the world’s foremost treasures
  • See the mysteries of Angkor Wat unravel as Angkor’s best guide breathes life and meaning into the carvings, temples, and statues that comprise the 401 square kilometer site
  • Enjoy two days at famous China Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia
  • Receive two complimentary spa treatments per day during our stay in China Beach
  • Learn Vietnamese cooking at our class in Hoi An, where you will learn how to recreate some of the incredible dishes we will enjoy throughout our trip
  • Take an overnight cruise on Halong Bay, perhaps the most photographed spot in all of Vietnam, with its tremendous limestone peaks surrounded by traditional boats with brightly colored sails
  • Lunch and dinner while cruising Halong Bay
  • Explore Surprise Cave in Halong Bay
  • Breakfast daily in our five star hotels and resorts
  • Tour the historic imperial city of Hue
  • Cook dinner with a local family in Hue
  • Take our taste of Saigon city tour
  • See the military tunnels of Saigon from the Vietnam War
  • Enjoy a beautiful cruise through the Mekong Delta with lunch at a restaurant from the turn of the century
  • Learn about the ancient craft of making edible rice paper, coconut candies, popped rice, and more from local people living in the Mekong Delta
  • Take a cruise through the floating Cambodian Village of Chong Khnies
  • Explore the surprisingly vibrant gay nightlife of Siem Reap, Cambodia, just steps from our hotel
  • Explore the historic quarter of Hanoi from the comfort of your very own “chauffeur” ridden cyclo
  • End your tour at our magical surprise farewell dinner, a Zoom Vacations signature event

Space is limited. Call us today to book this tour:  773.772.9666

Sofitel Legend Metropole – Hanoi

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is an iconic award-winning colonial and neo-classical luxury hotel located in the heart of the old city. The hotel offers 364 rooms and suites together with three signature restaurants, three bars, seven function rooms, a heated swimming pool, the luxurious Le Spa du Metropole, complimentary WIFI and a fantastic gym.

Halong Bay Ginger Line

Ginger hosts only 12 large suites, all naturally light-flooded and with well-sized balconies. Ginger expresses her elegance with warm timber floors, marble bathrooms and distinguished design themes that interlace the long-lasting traditions of Northern Vietnam paired with contemporary accents.

Ginger’s uniqueness is expressed with a special culinary theme as well as a refreshing lifestyle atmosphere. The terrace deck is a marvelous public area. An almost 360-degree light-flooded restaurant offering live cooking is framed by an outdoor alfresco area. An indoor bar corner invites to relax before or after dinner.

Fusion Maia Resort – Da Nang

Fusion Maia is one of the most unique properties we use for our Zoom trips! 5-star everything will have you feeling like royalty. The resort is only a short walk from the world famous China Beach and the best part is we always include 4 complimentary spa treatments during the stay at Maia.

Azerai La Residence – Hue

Azerai La Residence, Hue is an enchanting luxury hotel situated on the fabled Perfume River, facing the Citadel – once home to emperors and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The former residence of the French Resident Superieure, Azerai La Residence, Hue combines art deco touches with a modern sensibility.

The Reverie – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

The Reverie Saigon is the ultimate luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, providing a one-of-a-kind modern lifestyle up to world’s finest standard in hospitality industry for both local and international travelers; by successfully combining Vietnam’s local warmth and familiar comforts of home with the luxurious pampering of a five-star hotel. The Hotel offers exceptional guest rooms and spacious suites in Ho Chi Minh City with breathtaking views of the Saigon River and that of the City. It is located on a prime area and provides easy access to international schools, consulates, hospitals and famous landmarks.

Belmond La Residence D’angkor – Siem Reap

La Residence D’angkor is a spectacular property that fully captures Cambodia’s character while blending modern luxury throughout. It is perfectly located in Siem Reap. Close to Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage site, you will have every opportunity to explore the rest of the city’s markets, galleries, thriving culinary scene and vibrant nightlife. Just like all Belmond properties, the service is top-notch and the amenities are wonderful.

We strongly suggest extending your stay with our post-tour to Laos

Day One – Arrive Ha Noi

Arrival:  Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be met by our local guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in.

Evening: Welcome Dinner and Cocktails
This evening we welcome you to Ha Noi with a special dinner at one of the city’s most special venues.

Accommodations:  Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day Two – Ha Noi Sightseeing

7:00 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel.

You will begin your sightseeing with a visit to Ba Dinh Square and the Ho Chi Minh complex. The tomb is monumental, built of marble, granite and precious wood.

Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh’s house. The simple house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked is made of wood and enjoys a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond.

Lunch at one of the best restaurants in town— a favorite of prior Zoom Vacations guests

After lunch, you will continue visiting Hanoi and cyclo tour.

Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital and is described by almost all who go there as ‘an old-fashioned city’. Old-fashioned in style, it is a city of lakes, parks, trees, villas, mansions and an area called the Old French Quarter where crumbling houses are crammed into narrow alleyways that are still named after the goods that were traded there – Silk Street, Gold Street, even Fried Fish Street! Hanoi has sidewalk cafes, sidewalk barbers, tree-lined bicycle-filled boulevards, and elegant colonial French mansions.

This afternoon enjoy the tree-lined streets of Hanoi with its French colonial architecture, including the recently restored Opera House.

Take to the streets of the Ancient Quarter or 36 Streets District by cyclo – Vietnam’s most traditional form of transport.  Enjoy weaving through the narrow streets and tree-lined avenues. Your personal cyclo rider will take you along some of Hanoi’s boulevards in the center of the town to Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Lake of the Restored Sword from the legend that surrounds it. The Old Quarter is a densely populated corner of the city which was once a centre of commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild, with ancient homes and temples interspersed throughout.

Accommodations:  Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day Three – Hanoi – Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

7:00 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel.

After breakfast, load our bags on our vehicle and depart Hanoi to transfer by road to Lan Ha Bay, located within Ha Long Bay, north of Hanoi (approx. 2.5 hours), which is considered Vietnam’s eighth wonder of the world – and on arrival it is easy to see why. Three thousand spectacular chalk and limestone outcroppings, cliffs, arches, and coves form a dragon’s tail across the bay.

Your luxurious floating home sets sail around noontime. Enjoy a welcome drink upon boarding while being acquainted with the facilities on board during the welcome briefing. We start our unique journey of exploring one of the new wonders of nature. We enjoy lunch in Ginger’s light-flooded dining room offering panoramic views of the passing scenery.

Along the cruise we can see an ancient lighthouse, built by the French over 100 years ago. We head deeper and further south into the maze of Lan Ha Bay. Lan Ha Bay is actually a part of Ha Long Bay which was just recently opened to the public. Relax on the sun deck and soak in the aura of the fascinating scenery that emanates from surreal seascape. During this cruising time there is enough time to enjoy onboard activities. Take a plunge in the pool or get pampered with a selection of fine treatments and massages in the large Lady Ginger spa.

We reach the landing spot of Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba Island where we hop on bikes (electric car available) for an active tour along small paved roads towards a village nestled in a valley. Meet and greet local inhabitants doing their daily work, plus see their homes and the village school.

Back on board, our chef is ready and prepared for an interactive cooking class in the open kitchen at the restaurant. Learn about local ingredients, preparation and cooking of particular dishes to imitate easily at home. We arrive at a tranquil anchor spot for the night. A hidden place to reminisce on the day’s adventures and enjoy cocktails under the stars. Dinner is served in the dining room.

You may like to hang out at our bar after with a digestif or pay a visit to the evening cinema which is set up in the dining area. Kick back with your favorite drink in probably the most unusual cinema you have ever visited. Or – have some fun squid fishing before retiring to your room.

Accommodations:  Halong Bay Ginger Line
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Four – Halong Bay to Da Nang/Hoi An

Morning: Breakfast and Optional Sunrise Tai Chi

Wake up early and join our Tai Chi session on the sun deck to ease mind and muscles with the first rays of the sun touching the water. Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries await you in the dining room to start the new day.

Ginger anchors up and we cruise to Tra Bau, a secluded spot which is perfect for our morning excursion. In kayaks or bamboo boats we enjoy a close encounter and discovery of the bay. Paddling through the dreamlike landscape with tree-topped islands, you will feel a sense of freedom and harmony with nature that you have never experienced before.

Back on board a hearty breakfast is served in the dining room (or on request served to your room) before we start our journey back to the pier where we arrive around 11 o’clock in the morning. Savor the last cruise moments of this unique journey relaxing on comfy sun beds on the terrace deck. We hope you enjoyed cruising with us in the Hidden World of Lan Ha Bay.

Light lunch box on route

Arrive at Ha Noi/ Noi Bai airport, and take flight to Da Nang

Upon arrival, meet our guide and transfer to hotel.

One of the most ancient cities in Vietnam, Da Nang was the centre of the Cham Dynasty from the 2nd century and today boasts the largest and most impressive collection of Cham artifacts anywhere in the world.  Close by Da Nang is Cua Dai Beach, immortalized for many by the US television show and still one of the most spectacular beaches in Asia.

On arrival in Da Nang we transfer the short distance to our resort, which is located right on the renowned Da Nang Beach – just a short drive from historic Hoi An town.

Tonight, enjoy your choice of two spa treatments, included!

Accommodations:  Fusion Maia, Da Nang – Pool Suite Rooms
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day Five – Da Nang and Hoi An

6:30 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Walking tour in Hoi An

This exquisitely preserved merchant town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and its streets are best explored on foot. Wander with your guide past low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central market and the riverfront where colorfully painted boats are moored.

Visit a private home, where members of the same family have lived continuously for centuries. See one of the family chapels built as a center for worship of one’s ancestors. Continue on to a typical Chinese-style communal hall and on to the Japanese covered bridge.

Return to your hotel.

Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the beach.

Receive two additional spa treatments, included!

Fusion Maia, Da Nang – Pool Suite Rooms
Meals:  Breakfast

Day Six – Da Nang and Hue

6:30 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Morning at leisure to enjoy the beach

Lunch on own account

12h00 Transfer to Hue city via Hai Van Pass Approx. 3hours

Upon arrival, drop off at hotel for check-in and refresh.

Enjoy an afternoon scenic drive and leisurely guided walk in the countryside of Hue, stopping by some local handicrafts workshop, hidden cultural relics if time permits

Evening: Authentic home-dining – You are invited to a private ancient house to learn about family traditions and cultural practice  We will join the family to cook a special dinner together in a family atmosphere.

Indulge with a herbal foot bath and relax as you wish

After dinner, transfer back to the hotel

Accommodations:  Azerai La Residence – Superior river
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven – Hue to Ho Chi Minh City

In the morning, visit the splendid Imperial city from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 to 1945.

Continue to visit the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc – one of the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen dynasty. The tomb lies in a boundless pine forest, 8 km from Hue.

Lunch on own account

Transfer to Hue airport for departure afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh city

Upon arrival, meet our guide and transfer to hotel.

Accommodations:  The Reverie hotel
Meals included:  Breakfast, Boxed Lunch

Day Eight – Ho Chi Minh City

7:00 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel.

This morning, you will enjoy tour of the highlights of this exciting city. Visit the former Presidential Palace, which is now preserved as a museum, including the underground communications bunkers, headquarters for the Saigon Government during the Vietnam War.

Visit Notre Dame, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral in the centre of city, the ‘wedding cake’ styled Hotel d’Ville and Dong Khoi Street – formerly the centre of haute couture in Saigon when it was known as Rue Catinat.

Visit the bustling Ben Thanh central market.

Lunch at HOI AN restaurant (included)

Return to hotel to freshen up.  Afternoon at leisure to enjoy a bit of shopping, or ta

Vietnam Cooking Party and Cocktail challenge:  This evening, we will learn how to make several Vietnamese dishes in a relaxed and fund atmosphere.

Accommodation:  The Reverie hotel
Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day Nine – Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

7:00 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Transfer to Saigon Airport for flight to Siem Reap

Welcome to the Kingdom of Cambodia

Included: Express check out on arrival

Note: The service is subject to automatically cancel if there are delegations arriving by the same flight or time than our clients. The money will refund.

On arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, you will be met at the arrival gate by your Zoom Vacations tour guide, and transferred by air-conditioned vehicle on the scenic route to Siem Reap Town giving you a sneak peak of Angkor Wat. Continue on to your hotel to check-in and freshen-up.

The Kingdom of Cambodia remains one of Asia’s most enthralling destinations, deeply enriched by history and culture that never fails to impress. From the deserted beaches on the Gulf of Thailand to city streets of Phnom Penh where the senses are heightened, from the deep jungles and indigenous tribes of the northwest, to the final mystique and grandeur of the Angkorian period in all its glory, Cambodia is a land as yet untouched by commercialism and development. In its place lie a warm, enigmatic people maintaining the richness of their culture, now for the entire world to see.

Siem Reap is a quaint and peaceful town in the north of the Kingdom of Cambodia; rich in charm and retaining the feel of a ‘big country town’, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the regions’ Wonders. The city thrives in the shadow of the largest religious building in the world, Angkor Wat; and on the edge of the largest fresh-water Lake in South-East Asia, the Tonle Sap. Beyond the archaeological attractions, lush green countryside rich with culture and tradition and shy but friendly locals welcome you with their warm smiles. Lose yourself in remote ‘jungle temples’, trek to the holy mountain of Phnom Kulen and experience an innovative but challenging way of life on a boat trip through a floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake.

Take the time to treat yourself with 1 hour massage treatment, shop at a socially responsible enterprise, local market or an exclusive atelier or enjoy the city’s growing cultural and arts scene.

Accommodation:  Belmond La Résidence D’angkor, Siem Reap – Junior Suite
Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day Ten – Siem Reap and Temples: Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom City, Angkor Wat
ngkor Wat for Sunrise.

After sunrise, we will visit the amazing 12th Century, Hindu inspired temple of Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is arguably the largest religious building in the world and has a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. Conceived by Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat took around 37 years to build and it is generally believed to have been a funeral temple for the king.

It has been occupied continuously by Buddhist monks and is well preserved with ongoing restoration taking place. Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides, and each tells a story, but the most celebrated of all is the Churning of the Sea of Milk, which is located on the east wing.  Your guide will explain the mystical tale… There are also more than 2000 stunning Apsaras throughout the temple and no two are identical.  Keep your entry tickets.

Head back to the hotel for breakfast.

 After breakfast you will go back to Angkor Wat to continue your temple exploration. In order to avoid the crowds you will start with Ta Prohm, also known as the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ as some scenes from the movie were filmed here. In the dry season it is possible to enter from the spectacular Northern Gate where you will be guaranteed not to see any other tourists. As you trek along jungle paths used only by locals, you will feel like an early explorer; closer to Ta Prohm you will cross the ancient moat and soon after the dense jungle opens to reveal this stunning 12th Century Jungle Temple.

Continue on to Angkor Thom City, the last Capital of the Great Khmer Empire, abandoned in the 17th Century. The high city walls are surrounded by a magnificent 3km x 3km man made moat; you will stop to walk through the Victory gate to appreciate its enormity before continuing by car. Admire the Terrace of the Leper King and the Elephant Terrace before continuing on to the exact center of this great city, which happens to be marked by the marvelous Bayon Temple.

This 12th Century masterpiece is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive and detailed bas-reliefs but the main features are the 49 remaining towers, each with three or four gently smiling faces pointing to the four Cardinal points.

Lunch at a nice local restaurant

After lunch, we will proceed to the hotel to enjoy some pool time before tonight’s event

Evening: Zoom Vacations “Until Next Time” Event

Accommodation:  Belmond La Résidence D’angkor, Siem Reap – Junior Suite
Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day Eleven – Siem Reap

7:00 AM to 11:00 AM:  Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Mid-morning: Tour of the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake
Today we will have a chance to visit the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia. It is the heart of the Cambodian fishing industry and the lifeblood for millions of Khmers living on and around it. Every year during the monsoon season, the flow of water from the Mekong River changes direction forcing water back into the Tonle Sap, bringing nutrients that fertilize the rice fields and support the breeding of over 200 fish species and other life. You will board a boat to see the true way of life in one of the floating villages of the Tonle Sap, where you can see how the Khmer and the Vietnamese live and work side by side.

Lunch is included at the hotel

Afternoon: Transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your flight home

Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch

Get ready to be inspired!

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