Jewels of Asia Tour

Hanoi ~ Halong Bay ~ Luang Prabang ~ Siem Reap ~ Angkor Wat

Home to some of the world’s oldest cultures, fascinating architecture, beautiful natural landscapes, delicious foods and friendly locals; colourful Asia ticks all the right boxes for a top holiday destination.

From the hustle bustle of Hanoi to the relaxed vibe of Luang Prabang and Halong Bay, a veritable feast for the senses is everywhere you turn on our “Jewels of Asia” tour. Each country is different; with a cuisine, culture and history all just as fascinating as the next. Join us on an unforgettable holiday through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia where we have chosen the gems you have to experience and magical moments you just won’t find anywhere else.

Hanoi

Vietnam’s capital races to make up for time lost to the ravages of war and a government that as recently as the 1990s kept the outside world at bay. Its streets surge with scooters vying for right of way amid the din of constantly blaring horns, and all around layers of history reveal periods of French and Chinese occupation – offering a glimpse into the resilience of ambitious, proud Hanoians.

Negotiate a passage past the ubiquitous knock-off merchants and you’ll find the original streets of the Old Quarter. Defiant real-deal farmers hawk their wares, while city folk breakfast on noodles, practise t’ai chi at dawn or play chess with goateed grandfathers.

Dine on the wild and wonderful at every corner, sample market wares, uncover an evolving arts scene, then sleep soundly in luxury for very little cost. Meet the people, delve into the past and witness the awakening of a Hanoi on the move.

Halong Bay

Towering limestone pillars and tiny islets topped by forest rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1994, Halong Bay’s scatter of islands, dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes, is a vision of ethereal beauty and, unsurprisingly, northern Vietnam’s number one-tourism hub.

Luang Prabang

Siem Reap

When the morning light washes over the overgrown temples and ruins of Angkor Wat, a simple Siem Reap sunrise becomes a profound event. The ancient structures are contained within one of the largest religious complexes in the world. The complex and the 12th century Angkor Thom royal city are considered the main reasons to visit Siem Reap. Get a lesson in national history at the Cambodian Cultural Village, and a lesson in bargaining at the Angkor Night Market, a bonanza of shopping stalls, food vendors, and bars.

This tour starts in Hanoi and ends in Siem Reap. These are your arrival and departure airports. *There are no direct flights to either of these places you will need to stop on the way. We usually recommend Singapore Airlines, however cheaper options are available

Trip Highlights

Your Host - Renae Johnson

Investment

This tour has a $500 deposit, the reminder is to be paid 75 days prior to departure. 

*Please note for twinshare rooms for one night on Halong Bay the cabin ensuite has just a roller blind for a bathroom door. There are other bathrooms available on the boat. 

Inclusions

What is not included

Requirements:

This tour has a lot of walking and requires a moderate level of fitness. There are steep stairs, uneven roads and getting on and off boats and buses. Sites are large and sometimes hot, you may need to walk several kilometres around a single site. You need to be fairly fit to attend this tour.

Itinerary

5/5
"I had a great time as usual. Tammie is the best organiser & host. She keeps us entertained and makes sure we are all enjoying ourselves. Even in these difficult times, nothing was a problem that couldn’t be solved. Food was the best I’ve had on any retreat thus far. I had a fabulous time and would highly recommend any of Tammie’s retreats or tours. She goes beyond!"
Chez
2022
5/5
"This trip was everything I hoped for. Definitely rest relax and replenish with a great group of women from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and lead by Tammie whose planning and good humour were endless. The food was fabulous and the accommodation excellent. I couldn't rate this trip highly enough."
Anne
2022
Arrival and Departure information
Arrival is the 3rd of January 2023 to  Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi, Vietnam. The hotel is a 1 hour drive from the airport. 
 
At the time of writing this there were no direct flights from Australia to Hanoi and usually require a stop in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Saigon or Bangkok on the way.  Prices were around $850 one way.
 
Accommodation on Arrival: Hanoi Pearl – AddressSố 6 Ng. Báo Khánh, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam Phone+84 24 3938 0666
*There is no reason to arrive early for this trip as there are no planned activities on the first day. It has been included just for you to arrive and settle in.

 

Departure is from Siem Reap International Airport. It is 30 minutes from the airport to the hotel. Siem Reap airport is small and easy to navigate. 

At the time of writing this there were no direct flights from Siem Reap to Australia and usually require a stop in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Saigon or Bangkok on the way.  Prices were around $900 one way.

Our Travel Manager Kerstin can help with flights pleas visit the details HERE

Up until 75 days before the start of the tour a $500 non-refundable deposit will be retained.  For between 75 days and 45 days,  50% of the final payment, this is in addition to the non refundable deposit will be forfeited.  For less than 45 days or for no shows the entire amount will be retained as we would have already had to pay for accommodation, transport, flights and activities, and this money will not be returned to us.  Once the tour has commenced no monies will be returned to you.  This is why travel insurance is compulsory.

HEARTPRINT

Heartprint is our chose charity for our January 2023 Jewels of Asia tour. $25 from each booking will go towards supporting Heartprint. We will also visit and have lunch and you can purchase items from their onsite shop that people Heartprint support have made. Get some great gifts to bring home.

Our team at Heartprint are dedicated to providing help to those in Cambodia who need it most. With a hands on working group of 8 members from Australia, with two of these members residing in Cambodia and the remaining members making regular visits to Cambodia, we are able to assure that all funds are distributed to those that need it most. Through regular audits the general public are able to keep track of where all funds are spent. You get to choose where you allocate your donation which means you know exactly where your money is being spent.

Emerging from a compassionate action or thought, a Heartprint is that which leaves a positive impression upon your heart. As an Australian based charity dedicated to raising funds and offering ground support in Cambodia, our goal is to leave an impression on the hearts of impoverished Cambodians.