Soft adventure with charming Asian delights

An excursion to a remote hillside village and a walk through an ancient stone forest are among a host of exciting highlights on Helen Wong’s Tours’ comprehensive 25-day Charms of Vietnam and China guided tour.

The leading Asian tour specialist also includes a cultural show with dinner at the Tang Dynasty Theatre in China’s Xian along with a family-style lunch inside an authentic Chinese courtyard home. The tour priced from $6600 per person, twin share, includes return air fare from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane (travellers from Perth pay an extra $100 for the air fare).

The Charms of Vietnam and China tour, included in Helen Wong’s Tours Vietnam program, has regular departures throughout the year, one leaving Australia at the start of the northern autumn – September 1.

Beginning with a flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the tour escorted by an English-speaking guide, calls on Tay Ninh and the Cu Chi Tunnels before heading to My Tho and a return to Saigon. It then heads north to charming Hoi An, historic Hue and the capital, Hanoi, before venturing by overnight train into the mountainous north of Sapa, where travellers have the chance to sample life in the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai.

An exciting moment occurs on the twelfth day when everyone walks across the Chinese border to little known Hekou where you are met and transferred to Yuanyang. Hekou is 1800 metres above sea level and is home to a number of ethnic minority groups. From here the tour moves to the old town of Jianshui before heading further north to the Yunnan provincial capital of Kunming and an ultimate walk through the famous Stone Forest.

Another highlight is a visit to Xian’s Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the archaeological find of the 1970s. Guests also have the chance to climb the Great Wall of China as tour through the Forbidden City during the stay in Beijing.

The tour price includes:
• domestic air fares
• accommodation
• one night on the “Fanxipan” train to Sapa
• daily breakfast, lunch and 14 evening meals
• evening cultural shows with transfers
• entrance fees
• Vietnam and China visas for Australian passport holders
• departure taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges (subject to change),
• travel kit and cabin bag.

For more details contact Helen Wong’s Tours on 1300 788 328, (02) 9267 7833 or visit www.helenwongstours.com.

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