Vietnam & Cambodia Tour 14 Days

The Pearl of the East

A fascinating journey to countries where authenticity can still be felt: Vietnam, where green rice fields are cultivated by women in straw hats. Spectacular natural sites such as Ha Long Bay with limestone cliffs jutting out of the water. Fascinating cities like Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) – the most vibrant city in Vietnam. Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam, the beautiful city with heritage and the ancient imperial capital. Colorful minority tribes in the north and the Mekong River Delta in the south, where traditional daily life is still conducted, with markets floating on the water. The highlight in Cambodia is the visit to the famous ancient temples of Angkor, one of the most important temples in Southeast Asia, which are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


The visit will include watching a film describing the Vietnam War in the area, the bombings of the American B52 planes, the attempts of the villagers to escape to hiding, the communist guerrilla war. At the end of the visit, we will continue to visit Tai Ninh, a city sacred to the believers of the “Kau Dai”, a unique Vietnamese religion that combines Buddhist, Confucian and Christian elements. In the evening we will go to a spectacular show at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House.

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We will stop in one of the villages to visit tropical fruit plantations. We will continue along the small canals and enjoy the sights of the upper Mekong Delta. We will visit places where the locals run small family businesses of making coconut sweets and rice popcorn. Later we will reach the village of Vin Long – the green pearl of the area where you can feel the wonderful integration with nature. Enjoying authentic Vietnamese music inside a bonsai garden. In the afternoon we will go back to Ho Chi Minh City.

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You can watch the preparation process in one of the houses of the friendly residents. At the end of the tour we will go to the airport and fly to Siem Reap, which is located near the city of temples – Angkor. The temples of Angkor, which number about 100 in number, are the sacred remains of a large governmental and religious center that were built in the 9th-13th centuries to glorify the names of the kings of the Kingdom of Khmer. In the 15th century, Angkor was largely abandoned, and the forest covered the temples. About 100 years ago, the French naturalist, Henri Mouot, rediscovered it and from then until today, efforts are being made to clear the jungle vegetation that threatens to completely destroy the remains of the buildings.

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We will visit Bayon Temple, the last state temple built in Angkor at the end of the 12th century. The temple is known for its 200 peaceful and massive stone portraits, which are located on the 54 towers of the temple. The temple also has many reliefs, which present a unique variety of mythological and historical scenes alongside scenes from everyday life. We will visit the famous temple, the Angkor Temple, which is included in the list of UNESCO heritage sites. We will continue to the Bakhang Temple, which was built on top of a hill and from where we will watch the sunset. In the evening, we will enjoy a relaxing reflexology treatment.

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The name is related to a legend about a dragon that created the bay and the islands with its flapping tail. We will go on an experiential cruise in the gulf between the thousands of islands, of different sizes and heights, all of them made of karst rocks, jutting out of the turquoise water and creating a one-of-a-kind landscape.

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Vietnam is a culturally rich country housing almost 54 different ethnic groups in one place. The museum therefore gives insight into the cultural diversity of Vietnam and also helps promote socio-cultural harmony in the country. At the end of the tour we will return to the hotel for Shabbat preparations, Shabbat reception and Shabbat dinner.

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We will see the mausoleum where the body of the leader Ho Chi Minh was embalmed, one of the most important sites of Hanoi and an example of personality cult. We will visit the house where Ho Chi Minh lived and a museum named after him, built in the shape of a lotus flower. We will also see the opera house which reflects the influence of France on the architecture of Hanoi. We will visit the one column pagoda, which is just like its name – a wooden pagoda built around a single stone column that represents the stem of the holy lotus. We will continue on to the Prison Museum where the freedom fighters against French occupation were imprisoned- also called the Hilton Hanoi. The prison reminds us of the Underground Prison in Jerusalem. We will then set off for a bicycle trip in the ancient city of Thom to finish off our most interesting tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. We will say good-bye to Vietnam and travel to the airport for our flight back home.

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18 Nov 24
01 Dec 24

Guide: Mrs. Rona Michelson

* Price per person in USD double or twin room

** Supplement Price for single room


Price Includes:

Domestic Flights
Air-conditioned tourist coach
Half Board throughout plus supplies to make sandwiches for lunch
English-speaking local guides and a professional experienced guide from the staff of Shai Bar Ilan
Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
Tips for local service providers
4 &/or 5 star class hotels throughout

Price Excludes:

International flights
Private expenses (drinks laundry & dry cleaning shopping etc.)
Travel Insurance
Tip for our tour guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
Shows and evening entertainment not included in the itinerary
Visa for Vietnam (if necessary)
Visa for Cambodia: $40 (paid directly at Cambodia airport)

Important to Know:

There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:

Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.


It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 90 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 60 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 59-30 days prior to departure: 25% of total.
• 29-15 days prior to departure: 50% of total
• Less than 14 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

• We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.