Kosher Luxury tour to Vietnam and Cambodia 2017

Vietnam & Cambodia 2017 Tour, DeLuXe tour, from start to finish

Tuesday, Feb 7 – Sunday Feb 19, 2017
13 days, 12 nights



If you wish to continue after the tour to Thailand, Singapore or Hong Kong for a few days, we are happy to help
organize this.



The tour offers a balance combining opulence with fresh kosher cuisine, relaxation with “different” touring modes – cycles (with& without driver),
scooters (with driver), boats and helicopters and the occasional bus!
Just 3 moves from one Paradise accommodation to another:

  • Sofitel Metropole, Hanoi 5*, 3 nights
  • Fusion Maia Resort, Da Nang 5*, 3 nights
  • Reverie, Saigon 5*, 2 nights
  • Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap 5*, 4 nights
Te’udat Hechsher of Rabbanut Efrat, with Rav Machshir and full time Mashgiach, Rabbi Menahem Fogel (himself from Efrat – hence their Teudah)



Itinerary

Day 1: Tuesday, Feb 7
Hanoi Arrival
Arrival Noi Bai airport. Whatever time you arrive is fine – we start the day with dinner….. how else??.... but someone will be there to look after you also if you come earlier. You will be collected and transferred to the hotel, the award-winning Sofitel Metropole 5* deluxe. This is one of the world’s finest hotels - a French colonial-style hotel located in the heart of Hanoi. We will be here for 3 glorious nights!


Day 2: Wednesday, Feb 8: Hanoi

After breakfast at the hotel, we don’t want to “work” you too hard on this first day.
We’ll visit some of the major Hanoi sights: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hilton Prison, and the Ethnic Museum.
We’ll also do some extreme activities – like learning how to cross a Hanoi road between thousands of scooters and for the hard-core extremists, a chance to ride through Hanoi traffic during rush-hour!


Day 3: Thursday Feb 9: Hanoi - HaLong Bay Cruise – Hanoi

Like royalty, we will take a helicopter to Ha Long Bay. This is a real treat, enabling you to see the landscape from above and avoiding the traffic – at least one way. In bad visibility, we’ll go by bus!! On our private vessel, we’ll cruise for several hours between the limestone outcrops and long corridors and visit famous caves and lagoons that helped earn Ha-Long Bay its place among the 7 Wonders of the World. Lunch as we sail!
Later, you can choose to return to Hanoi by bus so as to enjoy the countryside sights and the local handicrafts centre en route. Alternatively, those wishing to return directly can take the helicopter and have time to enjoy the hotel’s facilities or walk in Hanoi before dinner.



Day 4: Friday Feb10: Hanoi – Hue - Da Nang
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll catch an early flight to Hue, tour the Forbidden City and marvel at the opulence of the Khai Dinh tombs.
We’ll enjoy lunch in the former governor’s residence, now a 5* hotel, before setting off to reach our beautiful SPA resort … 5* Fusion Maia in Da Nang.
You won’t have time for a SPA treatment before Shabbat but we’ll certainly give you time over the weekend to enjoy massages and all the other facilities of this gorgeous resort.
Candle-lighting is at 17.30.
Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner are at the Hotel.



Day 5: Shabbat Feb 11: Da Nang
Shabbat on our tours is always special. In this incredible resort we will have the benefit of being able to learn all sorts of relaxation techniques, something we could all do with in the frantic world in which we live. A speaker about life during the war will keep us real!!
Davening and late Breakfast (Seuda II) will be followed by a menu of Shabbat friendly activities – or an invitation to chill by your private pool. Late lunch will be seuda III. Havdala is early (18.25) so we’ll have time to go to town before returning for a light late dinner.



Day 6: Sunday Feb 12: Hoi An
A beautiful day, starting in Hoi An with its lovely ancient town, its Japanese bridge and Phuc Kien Pagoda. We’ll also visit a silk factory and local market.
Then off to a pastoral picnic lunch and a very unique tour of the countryside around – so much to see and enjoy!! Back in our hotel there will be time to enjoy the facilities before dinner.



Day 7: Monday Feb 13: Da Nang – Saigon (HCMC)
After breakfast you’ll have a last chance to lie on the beach, swim in the pool or visit the SPA (remember all treatments are included). We’ll either have an early lunch or take a picnic with us to the airport where we catch our early afternoon flight to Saigon/HCMC, arriving in time for an overview tour of this fast-moving, modern pulsating metropolis. Dinner is in our hotel - the totally OTT 5* Reverie. HCMC is the opposite of Hanoi. Where Hanoi is all old-world, clinging tenuously to its traditions, HCMC is racing into the 21st century, embracing modernity, capitalism and the benefits of material wealth.



Day 8: Tuesday Feb 14: HCMC – Saigon & the Mekong Delta
We leave the hotel, back to old Vietnam as we drive to the Mekong Delta. Here we’ll tour the Cai Be floating market, take an easy bicycle ride to
visit a fruit farmer and taste his delicious fruits. Then back to our hotel in Saigon for our final Vietnam dinner !!



Day 9: Wednesday
Feb 15: Saigon –Siem Reap
Breakfast is at the hotel. Before we leave town we must see the old city highlights – the Re-Unification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. If someone wishes to visit the infamous Cu Chi tunnels they can do so this morning but 90% of guests felt that the 150km round trip was not the best possible use of our time in the region. Back to the hotel for lunch and to check our luggage! A short flight will bring us to our final destination, Siem Reap, and to the wonderful 5* Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel for Dinner and 4 nights of culture and relaxation. This iconic colonial hotel boasts the biggest pool in Indo China!!Days 10 & 11: Thursday & Friday Feb 16-17: Siem Reap, Cambodia
These days we’ll tour the great Angkor temples complex. In the afternoons, we’ll come to our hotel for lunch and Relaxation.
Friday - Candles 17.50. Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner will be in our hotel.



Day 12: Shabbat Feb 18: Siem Reap
Davening and breakfast at the hotel.
During the day we’ll not only relax, but also take a walking tour and visit the Angkor Museum and a local temple. All meals will be in the hotel.
After Shabbat ends at 18.45 we’ll go into the old town to enjoy the world class Phare circus and later ….. the nightlife of this very cosmopolitan,
modern, buzzing town.



Day 13: Sunday Feb 19 Ton le Sap Lake – Afternoon Departure from Siem Reap (REP)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Our finale will be an excursion by boat on Tonlé Sap Lake to watch the floating village and the surrounding rice fields on the way. (See what the boy standing has around his neck?) Return to the city and visit Artisans d’Angkor artists school for traditional crafts. We’ll then eat a late lunch / early
dinner before we transfer to the airport for departing flights.


Price: $13,990 pp sharing: single room supp: $3,600



DeLuXe upgrades available – POA –details later for those requesting
Please note – we live in a world where things can change – and this includes our itinerary. Where forced to change service providers, we promise to use others of the same or higher standard to those listed.



Jewish matters:

Minyan 3 times per day - Sefer Torah
full-time experienced Mashgiach, certified by Rabbanut Efrat
regular approved milk – glatt meat
no dress code,
totally informal


Tour Cost includes:

All accommodations in the 5* DLX hotels named or equivalent
Full transportations as tour program indicated by a/c bus
Cruises in Ha Long bay, Hue Perfume River, and Mekong Delta
Helicopter to Ha Long Bay.
Domestic flights : Hanoi- Hue, Da Nang- Ho Chi Minh City
Flight HCMC - Siem Reap
Full board meals (kosher food, Israeli mashgiach tmidi) and local cooks
All entrance fees
Airport transfers
Excellent Israeli English speaking guide specializing in the region



Tour excludes:

our Cost excludes: International airfare
Visas and airport taxes
Travel insurance
Personal expenses
Emergency transfers
Tips ($350 pp recommended)
Please note – the program can change for any reason at any time