Join a gay group trip and discover the cultural wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia and, if you opt for our optional add-on, Laos. This is a great way to discover Southeast Asia in style. You’ll be staying in top hotels and wining and dining in excellent restaurants. The itinerary has been meticulously plotted out by destination experts. You just have to show up and enjoy the ride. You’ll visit the majestic Angkor Wat, sail down Halong Bay on a junk, cruise down the Mekong River and visit ancient temples submerged in the jungle. This gay group trip will be the adventure of a lifetime.
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- 3rd January 2020 Friday
Group Trip Breakdown
Day 1: Hanoi
Check into our centrally located hotel. Evening at leisure to recover from the long plane journey.
Day 2: Hanoi
After breakfast, we’ll set out on a city tour of hanoi. It’s packed with French, colonial-era architecture. At the Temple of Literature, you’ll see a temple dedicated to Confucius and scholarship. We’ll visit the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum where the remains of Vietnam’s revolutionary leader are buried.
At the West Lake we’ll visit the 1,400-year-old Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. After lunch, we’ll ride the streets of Hanoi on a vesper and then attend a famous water puppet theatre show.
Day 3: Overnight on a Halong Bay Junk
In the morning we’ll take a four hour drive to Halong Bay. Limestone outcroppings form a strange landscape of stone and water. We’ll sail around the bay on a Chinese junk. Overnight on Halong Bay.
Day 4: Hanoi
An early morning Tai Chi session will get the day off to a good start. We’ll stop to visit a natural cave on our way back to dry land. Yen Duc Village is worth a visit on the way back to Hanoi. We’ll have lunch at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hue
In the afternoon we’ll fly to Hue and transfer to our riverside hotel. In the evening we’ll go for a rickshaw ride around the old town.
Day 6: Hue
Our day begins with a short bike ride – a taxi is available if you’d prefer. In Kim Long Village we’ll see an ancient way of life that has been maintained to the present day. We’ll have lunch in one of the homes. After a tea break, we’ll visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. Dinner in the Forbidden City.
Day 7: Hoi An via Danang
We’ll visit the citadel from which the Nguyen Dynasty ruled their empire. Taking the scenic route to Danang, we’ll explore the Cham Museum which contains ancient sculptures from the Hindu Champa Kingdom.
Overnight in Hoi An in a beachfront hotel.
Day 8: Hoi An
At the My Son Sanctuary, we’ll see the thousand-year-old remains of the Champa Kingdom temples. We’ll return to Hoi An for lunch and explore the Old Quarter. This was a major mercantile hub for many years, and goods from all over the world were traded here. We’ll visit a lantern-making cottage and try our hand at making some lanterns.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
We’ll fly to Ho Chi Minh City from Danang Airport. When we’ve checked into our hotel we’ll visit the Colonial Residential Quarter and the Binh Tay Market. Dinner in town.
Day 11: Mekong Delta Touring
Today we’ll board a boat and sail the Mekong Delta Touring and cruise past little islands and villages. It’ll then be time to hop into a horse-drawn cart and explore some of the local villages. After lunch, we’ll see a performance by the AO Acrobats. Dinner on your own.
Day 12: Cambodia
The Cu Chi Tunnels are one of the most dramatic remnants of the Vietnam War. An underground city forming a vast network of tunnels, it was used by the Viet Cong to ship armaments and as a communication channel during the conflict.
We’ll explore more architecture from the colonial period and then fly to Cambodia.
Day 13: Angkor Wat
Today we’ll begin our exploration of the vast Angkor Wat temple complex. There’s nowhere else on earth quite like it. In the evening, we’ll see the Phare Cambodian Circus Show, a Cambodian take on rock music and acrobatics.
Day 14: Angkor Thom and Ta Phrom Temples
Today we’ll visit the famous Bayon Temple surrounded by 54 towers. The temple of Baphuon dates back to the 11th-century – it was recently restored by French archaeologists. We’ll also visit the Ta Phrom Temple which is surrounded – almost immersed, in fact! – in jungle.
We’ll have a farewell dinner to mark our last night in Cambodia.
Day 15: Lake Tonle Sap And Laos Extension
This morning we’ll drive to the Tonle Sap Lake communities just outside of Siem Reap. We’ll take a small boat around the lake and visit villages like Kompong Khleang. You’ll find stilt houses in places where the water levels are highest.
If you aren’t heading to Laos you’ll be transferred to Luang Prabang airport for your flight home.
Day 16 - 18: Laos
We’ll check into our hotel in Luang Prabang and begin our exploration of Laos, one of the most enigmatic countries in the world. Over four days we’ll visit Vat Xieng Thong Temple, sail the Mekong River, see the Buddha statues of Pak Ou and visit the Kuangsi Waterfalls. As well as attending a performance at the Royal Ballet Theatre, we’ll take a trip to the elephant village.
There’s nowhere else quite like Laos. It’s one of the world’s less visited countries and all the more fascinating for it.
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