Kosher Tour to Vietnam and Cambodia:
One of the most fascinating in Asian countries lies on the edge of the peninsula of Southeast Asia and the shores of the South China Sea – Vietnam. For many of us older, Vietnam brings bitter memories of a bloody war, communism, war casualties, but today a generation later – not any more. Vietnam is an amazing combination of coconut-lined beaches, azure bays dotted with rocky cliffs, sampan boats sailing among the coral islands, thousands of rice terraces shining in the sun, mountains and valleys, filled crowded and noisy by millions of motorcycles, old cars and rickshaws in front of new homes and new cars, pushing forward its economy towards a progressive and pink future.
Vietnam is an extraordinary mixture of long-standing history, ancient cultures and past kingdoms, a country once ruled by French colonialism, a tidal wave in human history, a rich texture of daily life in villages, straw-hats clad farmers, women selling their wares with baskets, children mounted on buffalos opposite the vibrant and progressive city. A country which moves among mythologies and legends, dragons and snakes, princes and gods, a country without a doubt fascinating, a pleasant and smiling people, modest and introverted, welcoming strangers and trying to emulate them.
Cambodia A country licking her wounds and trying to emerge from years of war and a prolonged isolation- Great rivers, forests, ancient fascinating temples like the temples of Ankor, Symbol of the state. The country that inherited the great culture and Empire of the Khmer and annexed its culture. A French-style Capital City, along with new cars and lots of tuk-tuks and rickshaws. A country that is rehabilitated and fascinating. A shy and kind people who learns from every person. Young people who rehabilitate themselves. Cambodia, a fascinating culture and more so, its people.
TOUR ITINERARY IN ASSOCIATION WITH ASIA TRAVEL
Day 01 (Tue) – Ha Noi
HaNoi; Vietnam's capital and the second largest city by population (7.7 million in 2015). The city mostly lies on the right bank of the Red River. Hanoi, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Đồng Xuân Market, selling household goods and street food.
After landing at Noa Bai International airport we will get to know the city riding on rickshaws, and enjoy the city's vibrant architecture and markets. We will see the opera house, the buildings from the days of colonialism, the mausoleum of the founder of Vietnam and the rich ethnological museum, which presents the lifestyle of the national minorities in Vietnam. Accommodation: Ha Noi
Day 02 (Wed) – Ha Noi – Halong Bay
Ha Long (Descending Dragon) Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin, is a beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam. The Bay is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands in various shapes and sizes, tiny islands and home to dozens of endemic animals. We will cruise (subject to weather conditions) along one of the most impressive scenic sites in Southeast Asia, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later we will visit an ancient and interesting stalactite cave. At the end of the cruise we will return to Hanoi. Accommodation: Hanoi.
Day 3 (Thu) Ha Noi –Sapa
This morning, we will complete our tour of Hanoi, visit the Hilton prison at Lake Huakin, in the area of Kuantan temple and in the One Pillar Pagoda. By the end of the tour we will travel through green landscapes to the fascinating town of Sa Pa. - Sapa established as a hill station by the French in 1922, is a magical border town in north-west Vietnam, overlooking a spectacular green valley with impressive mountains rising from all directions. This is a rural area of beautiful rice terraces and tiny villages of the hill tribes. Accommodation: Sapa.
Day 4 (Fri) Sapa and the Hill Tribes
When thick mist covers the tops of the peaks, the local hilltop tribes fill the town with paint. The town is home to ethnic groups, including five major groups: Hmong, Dao, Tai, Jai and Wushu Fu. It is reported that Safa was first occupied by the first four groups. We will take a walking tour among the impressive rice terraces, visit the village of the Mongong tribe, and (weather allowing) we shall take a cable car to the observation point overlooking the highest mountain and finish at Thac Bac, the magnificent "Silver Waterfall" which has long been famous in Sapa as one of the wonderful tourist attractions. Accommodation: Sapa.
Day 5 (Shabbat) Sapa
After prayers and breakfast our guide will takes us on a walking tour of Sapa Town. Accommodation: Sapa.
Day 6 (Sunday) Sapa – Bac Ha Market – Ha Noi
On every Sunday is held the Bac Ha Market; One of the best ethnic markets in all of Southeast Asia! On this day, the ethnic minorities from the surrounding villages and hills come to Bac Ha by foot, by motor-scooter, by horse, and/or by water-buffalo for a chance to socialize, eat, drink, smoke, get a haircut, and buy produce and meat. We shall then proceed and visit some minority villages before returning to Ha Noi.Accommodation: Ha Noi
Day 7 (Monday) Ha Noi – Hue
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue; Hue is a city in central Vietnam, once the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the National Capital from 1802 to 1945. She is a major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Đại Nội Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls, which encompasses the Imperial City (Hoang Thanh), its palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City (Tu Cam Thanh), once the emperor’s home; and a replica of the Royal Theater. Despite its location in a mountainous valley that creates a natural barrier to enemies, the city was severely damaged during the Vietnam War and was recognized as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then we will take a cruise along the famous Perfume River that will lead us to the unique Thien Mu Pagoda. Built on a hill overlooking the Song Huong (Perfume River), 4km southwest of the Citadel, the Thien Mu Pagoda (Pagoda of the Celestial Lady) is an icon of Vietnam and as potent a symbol of Hue as the Citadel. Accommodation: Hue
|Day 8 (Tue) Hue – Hoi An|
|Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique UNESCI World Heritage Site.|
|We will then visit the famous marble hills; Nestled near the coastline between Da Nang and Hoi An is the magical set of 5 cave mountains that are known as the Marble Mountains. Five (5) in number they are named metal, water, wood, fire, and earth followed by the visit of the Old Town, the Japanese Quarter, and one of its oldest houses.Accommodation: Hoi An|
Day 9 (Wed) Hoi An
After breakfast we will take a leisurely cruise in Cam Thanh Coconut Village with traditional boat rides along the Thu Bon River. We will continue to visit Tra Que Herb Village, named after the sweet scented vegetables that spice up the everyday meals of the Hoi An people, and where we will see the traditional cultivation methods of the local farmers and learn how they process their fields using traditional methods for hundreds of years. After lunch, enjoy a traditional foot massage. After dinner free time in the picturesque alleys of Hoi An.
Day 10 (Thu) Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels
This morning we will fly to Ho Chi Minh City, known as Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam. It is a vibrant and exciting city with a fascinating history that blends two worlds, new and old together, ancient alleys and temples alongside skyscrapers and designer shopping malls. After our arrival, we will go to one of the compounds that symbolize the Vietcong, the communist underground, surrounding Saigon. In Ku Chi, we will visit the tunnels through doors and traps that helped thwart the American army in the Vietnam War. At the end of the visit we will return to the city for a rickshaw tour and visit one of the city's bustling markets. Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh.
Day 11 (Fri) Ho Chi Minh – The Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh
The Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam is a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands, home to floating markets, Khmer pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies. Boats are the main means of transportation and we will enjoy in the area, cross the river and visit markets and local Rice-Paper factories and local products. At the end of the visit we will return to Ho Chi Minh to prepare for Shabbat. Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh.
Day 12 (Shabbat) Ho Chi Minh
After prayers and a light meal our guide will takes us on a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh historical Center. We will visit Notre Dame Cathedral- Built between1863 & 1880 by French colonists, the Cathedral is the most impressive in Vietnam; It was Modeled on Notre Dame de Paris, and built with materials shipped over from France, as well as Saigon Central Post Office, impressive buildings built in a beautiful French style. Saturday night will be given free time to spend in the city. Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh.
Day 13 (Sun) Ho Chi Minh - Siem Reap
Early morning we will drive to Ho Chi Minh’s airport and fly to the city of Siem Reap, Cambodia, a magical country that offers its visitors an authentic adventure with ancient worlds and a temple empire. The city has one of the most important archaeological sites in South Central Asia - Angkor Wat built on a huge area that includes a wooded area and an archaeological park. They were originally built as a Hindu temple and have over the years become a Buddhist temple and display cultural, religious, symbolic and artistic values. After arrival we will go to the Angkor temples and visit its various sites such as: Ta Frum, Bayonne, Elephant Stage and the Leper King. We will be impressed by the dozens of meters of heroism engraved in the walls of the Temple. In the evening we will have the pleasure to watch an extraordinary show.Accommodation: Siem Reap
Day 14 (Mon) Siem Reap – Departure…..
Today, we will continue our tour of Angkor Wat, selected as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We will visit the Women's Temple, Tonti Kadai, Tepharum. We will take a cruise on Lake Tonle Sapp (Also called Great Lake); Tonle Sap refers to a seasonally inundated freshwater lake, the Tonlé Sap Lake and an attached river, that connects the lake to the Mekong River; We will also visit the floating market, whose residents live on the water, in houses on stilts.Our trip has come to an end; after an early dinner, transfer to the airport for our return home….
Vietnam & Cambodia Tour
|Price for land only||$4,775|
|Pre/Post night||$220 twin share BB|
|Arrival/departure transfers||$50 per person|
Air-conditioned tourist coach
Accommodation in Tourist Class or First Class hotels
Half-board throughout plus added supplies for the confection of sandwiches for Lunch
English speaking local guides
Entrance fees to all sites mentioned while on tour
Tips to local service providers
Professional Experienced Guides
Price does not include:
Taxes & Surcharges
Private expenses of any kind (Room Service, Laundry, Use of the Mini-Bar in Room, etc…)
Insurance of any kind. (Highly recommended to purchase)
Tips for the Guide ($5 per person per day – Recommended)
Although every effort will be made to visit each and every site mentioned in the itinerary, some changes might occur in the order of the sites visited.
Kosher Travelers has no control over the Airlines services; Services such as seating arrangements, special meals requests, departure times &/or delays, which are and remain the sole and total Airline(s) Company’s responsibility.
Kashrut & Meals:
Kashrut being of the utmost importance Kosher Travelers, we take all necessary measures to ensure that strictly Kosher Food is being provided to our guests on all our tours;
Prepared using our utensils, local fresh fruits & vegetables, kosher Cereals, and whenever possible Halav Israel & Pat Israel (Or Bread considered as Kosher)– Hard boiled eggs are served as well as omelets/scrambled eggs (Using our own frying pan)
Sandwiches are prepared during breakfast time using additional staples such as Tuna, Cheese, Halva, etc… brought especially from Israel for that purpose.
Either Fish or Meat/Chicken is generally served during this main course, together with a soup, salads, freshly prepared vegetables and staples such as rice, pasta etc.. ending with fresh fruits as dessert.
Disposable Crockery & cutlery are generally being used, as well as our own cutting knives/boards, pots, pans, cooking implements and disposable trays whenever we prepare dinners in certain hotels’ kitchens (Preparations made on strictly covered surfaces under the supervision of our staff/Mashgihim)
Most of our chosen hotels are First Class hotels, except under certain circumstances when we are not allowed to use either part of the general kitchen, or even enter the kitchen in order to prepare or supervise the preparation of our meals. Some hotels simply refuse, point-blank, our entering/using their kitchen, or bringing in our own cooking equipment. In these cases we have no other choice but to accept a hotel willing to meet our requirements.
Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:
Deposit: The amount of $500 per person is required at the time of your reservation in order to ensure it. Full payment is to be settled 90 days (3 months) prior to departure date.
A minimum number of participants (the number being different according to destination) is required in order to operate each and every tour. Should this number not be reached close to departure date, the tour might be cancelled;
In this particular instance, a full refund will apply.
60 Days prior to departure Full refund, Minus $100.- Administration fees.
59-30 Days prior to departure 25% refund of the total cost.
29-15 Days prior to departure 50% refund of the total cost.
14 working days prior to departure: 100% cancellation fees.
We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.