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AACI’s Kosher Vietnam and Cambodia – A deluxe and exotic tour.   

23 February 2019 - 07 March 2019
Locations: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An, Siem Reap Cambodia
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On this exotic and thrilling  12 day deluxe trip, you will discover the wonders of Southeast Asia with its tantalizing beauty and colors. Starting in Vietnam, famous for its lush vegetation, pagodas and bustling cities you will meet the juxtaposition of Buddhism and Communism.

Hanoi, the capital, has a rich culture with its Old Quarter, temples and market. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) pays homage to the nation’s Communist-era leader with a huge marble mausoleum, Vietnamese War history museum and the Cu Chi tunnels.

We will also visit Hue, a city in central Vietnam, and the Purple Forbidden City, once the emperor’s home, and Hoi An, a former port city on the central coast famous for its well-preserved Ancient Town cut through with canals, its diverse architecture with Chinese shop-houses and temples.

Siem Reap, a resort in Northwestern Cambodia, is the gateway to the Angkor ruins, intricate stone buildings include Angkor Wat, the main temple and mysterious faces carved into the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom.

Day 1 – Sunday, 24 February 2019 (Sun) : Arrival Bangkok
Upon our arrival we will enjoy a tour of Bangkok.Then on to Chao Phraya River where we’ll board a long-tail boat for a cruise along Bangkok’s canals, called ‘klongs’ in Thai language. The waterways are lined with houses and shops on stilts. We’ll catch a glimpse of life along the water while cruising past these charming small neighborhoods.

Before returning into the city, we’ll stop at Wat Arun to admire its distinctive architectural style and the views of the Chao Phraya River, then return to the boat and transfer to the Beit Elisheva Synagogue for the dinner and then transfer to our hotel. Overnight: Bangkok.
Dinner at Beit Elisheva Synagogue

Day 2 – Monday, 25 February 2019 (Mon) : Arrival Hanoi
After  breakfast, we’ll transfer to Suvarnabhumi International Airport for our flight to Hanoi  with a packed lunch from Chabad. Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport we’ll visit the Museum of Ethnography to learn of the various ethnic groups that make up the Vietnamese nation. Then on to our hotel and spend the next few hours relaxing and acclimatizing to the change in the clock. Later we’ll transfer to Chabad for dinner before returning to the hotel. Overnight: Ha Noi.
Dinner at Chabad of Hanoi

Day 3 – Tuesday, 26 February 2019 (Tue) : Hanoi Full day 
This morning we’ll head out to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and the Ho Chi Minh Museum – dedicated to the memory of “Uncle Ho” as he was fondly known by the people of North Vietnam prior to the unification of Vietnam. We’ll continue to visit the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison, a.k.a. the “Hanoi Hilton” where political prisoners were jailed, and also where select American USA POWs (among them the late Senator John McCain) were incarcerated during the Vietnam War. From there we’ll make our way to visit Hoan Kiem Lake and the ancient Ngoc Son Temple, after which we’ll relax a little as we sit down for a cyclo (the Vietnamese version of a rickshaw) tour to visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter. We’ll enjoy a typically Vietnamese form of entertainment at a Water Puppet Show before making our way to Chabad of Hanoi for dinner. At the end of a lengthy, fascinating and full day of experiences, we’ll’ transfer back to our hotel. Overnight: Hanoi.
Dinner at Chabad of Ha Noi

Day 4 – Wednesday, 27 February 2019 (Wed) : Ha Noi – Ha Long
After  an early breakfast at the hotel, we’ll drive to Ha Long Bay, surely one of the most spectacularly beautiful places in the world. Here we’ll board our cruise vessel for an overnight cruise in this enchanting place – a World Heritage Site with many beautiful landscapes and islets.
Overnight on cruise ship in Ha Long Bay.
Dinner on Board ship – from Chabad of Ha Noi

Day 5 – Thursday, 28 February 2019 (Thu) : Ha Long – Ha Noi – Da Nang – Hoi An
After breakfast we’ll continue our cruise to discover the nooks and crannies of Ha Long Bay. Our cruise will arrive back to the pier at the noon time. Upon disembarkation, we’ll transfer back to Ha Noi. Depending on time and traffic conditions, we might make a stop en-route to visit Dong Trieu pottery village.

We’ll proceed directly to Noi Bai International Airport for our flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival at Da Nang International Airport, we’ll travel through the city and make our way south along the coast (what was once known as “China Beach during the Vietnam War) to Hoi An – one of the ancient capitals of Vietnam. Dinner will be at Chabad of Hoi An, after which we’ll walk along the riverside where it is customary to drop lit floating lanterns in the river. Overnight: Hoi An.
Dinner at Chabad Hoi An

Day 6 – Friday, 01 March 2019 (Fri) : Hoi An
After breakfast today we will visit Hoi An Ancient Town to see the Japanese Bridge, and Phuc Kien Pagoda.  Afterwards we’ll head out of town to the village of Tra Que. The village is named after the sweet scented vegetables that spice up the everyday meals of the people of Hoi An. Tourists visiting Tra Que Vegetable Village are often fascinated by watching the farming procedures of local farmers, including: raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables and many other activities which are rarely seen in modern daily life. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the farms in the village before returning to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat. Overnight: Hoi
Dinner at Chabad Hoi An

Day 7 – Saturday, 02 March 2019 (Sat) : Hoi An Walking Tour
Shabbat services, Kiddush and lunch will be at Chabad of Hoi An, after which our guide will lead us on a walking tour of the area. We’ll return to the hotel for some R&R before going back to Chabad for Seudah Shlishit (dinner)and Maariv. After Havdalah everyone is free to go out on the town, sip some amazing Vietnamese coffee in one of the coffee shops, wander through the stores and generally have a relaxing evening. Overnight: Hoi An.
Lunch a& dinner (Seudat Shlishit) at Chabad House

Day 8 – Sunday, 03 March 2019 (Sun) : Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast at the hotel we’ll board our coach and transfer to the airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon). Ho Chi Minh City is a mass of hustle and bustle, a city of over 8,000,000residents and about 5,000,000 motor bikes! Our tour of the city today will encompass some of the city’s main sites and sights: Notre Dame Cathedral, Re-Unification Palace (formerly the US Embassy), the Central Post Office, the War Museum and Ben Thanh Market. Then we’ll go to Chabad of Saigon for dinner after which we’ll check in at our hotel. Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City.
Dinner at Chabad House

Day 9 – Monday, 04 March 2019 (Mon) : Ho Chi Minh – Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh
Breakfast at the hotel will be followed by a drive south of the city into the Mekong Delta to visit Vinh Long via a stop at the Vinh Trang Pagoda. Upon our arrival at Vinh Long, we’ll take a boat trip to the Cai Be floating market or some of the local villages where we’ll experience some village life, see cottage industries and simply walk through this jungle-like area. When our day in the Mekong Delta comes to an end we’ll return to Ho Chi Minh City for dinner. We will take a stroll downtown to the roof-bar of the Rex hotel for a drink and a beautiful view of the city. (The Rex is where foreign correspondents stayed and reported from during the war). Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City.
Dinner at Chabad house

Day 10 – Tuesday, 05 March 2019 (Tue) : Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi – Siem Reap
Today we leave Vietnam, but before doing so we’ll travel some 75km out of the city to visit the Cu Chi tunnels. This is not an easy site to visit, because it is here that we truly come face-to-face with the Vietnam War. The tunnel system enabled the soldiers of the North to penetrate far into Southern Vietnam and wreak havoc among the American and South Vietnamese forces. Afterwards we’ll transfer to Ho Chi Minh City International Airport for our flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia by VN813/16:20-17:30. Upon arrival we’ll transfer to check in at our hotel. Overnight: Siem Reap.
Dinner at hotel.

Day 11 – Wednesday, 06 March 2019 (Wed) : Siem Reap
Breakfast at the hotel. We’ll spend the day visiting the main Angkor Temples (there are literally hundreds in the area). In the morning we’ll start at the visitors’ center to obtain our passes to enter the complex (which is larger than the entire city of Siem Reap) via the South Gate and visit two temples: Bayon and Ta Phrom. In the afternoon we’ll visit the huge main temple, Angkor Wat. After spending these hours mainly on our feet, we’ll all go into town for a soothing and relaxing foot massage at a local spa. Afterwards there will be a choice: those who wish to return to the hotel to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities and its amazing swimming pool (the largest hotel pool in Asia) are welcome to do so. For those who are up for a little more adventure are welcome to enjoy a quad-bike ride through the villages and fields on the outskirts of Siem Reap to watch the sunset. No special license is required and this is a simple and fun vehicle to operate. There is a wonderful folklore show at the hotel. Overnight: Siem Reap.
Dinner at hotel. Enjoy Apsara Dance Show.

Day 12 – Thursday, 07 March 2019 (Thu) : Siem Reap
After breakfast at the hotel we’ll drive out to Tonle Sap Lake to visit the floating villages on the lake and view the waterborne life the residents lead. We’ll return to Siem Reap to spend some time in the city’s markets and if time allows maybe pay a visit to Artisans D’Angkor. In the late afternoon we’ll transfer to the airport for our flights back to our home gateway arriving in Israel March 8th.

Price for AACI members $6540 per person in a double/twin room                        currency converter
Price for non-AACI members $6590 per person in a double/twin room.
Single Supplement: US$ 1255

The above rates INCLUDE: 

  • International flights, El Al to/from Bangkok and Bangkok Airways and Thai Air to Hanoi and from Siem Reap.
  • Deluxe Hotels
  • 3 Domestic/Regional Flights: Hanoi- Danang-Saigon-Siem Reap
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus with English speaking guide.
  • Boat fee and entrance fees as mentioned in the above program
  • Visas for Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Meals as mentioned in program (half board)
  • Lunch packs daily in Vietnam
  • Water puppet show ticket
  • Water on bus during trip
  • Porterage at hotels (1 suitcase per person)

The above rates EXCLUDE:

  • Personal Travel insurance
  • All personal items
  • All items not listed above as included
  • All services, accommodation and meals not mentioned above

Vietnam and Cambodia Registration Form 2019

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Carole Kremer: info@aaci.org.il /02-5600910 or Diesenhaus: 02-6254326