Leave loads of work behind and pamper yourself with a private vacation to quaint villages and historic towns in Vietnam and Cambodia. This Vietnam and Cambodia Family Highlight Tour is designed for your family to visit notable landscapes and soak up interesting indigenous culture in two weeks. Listen our experienced tour guide to acquire educational and insightful narrative about generous locals and traditional customs of these two countries. After a visit to a series of exotic destinations in Vietnam such as Ha Long Bay – a paradise of amazing limestone islands, Da Nang City – “worth-living” city of Vietnam and floating market in Cai Be Town, you will transfer to Siem Riep and admire ancient Angkor’s Complex like  Angkor Archaeological Park with the South Gate of Angkor Thom. It is a precious occasion for both adults and children to gain profound insight into southeast countries’ culture and history. Meanwhile, you also have a chance to participate in several interesting cooking classes as well as savor the culinary delights of Vietnam and Cambodia.
 

Tour route: Ha Noi -Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) – Siem Riep

14-Day Vietnam and Cambodia Family Highlight Tour - Map

14-Day Vietnam and Cambodia Family Highlight Tour – Map

Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Date: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish
Start/End: Hanoi/Siem Reap
Group size: Private only
Tour type: Landscape, Culture and Nature
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Category: Vietnam family tours

BRIEF ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi City tour & Vespa riding
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (overnight on deluxe junk cruise)
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Night train to Hue
Day 5: Hue City tour & Boat trip
Day 6: Hue – Hoi An – Walking tour
Day 7: Hoi An – My Son Holly Land
Day 8: Hoian – Cooking class – Danang – Fly to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh city tour & Cu Chi tunnels
Day 10: Mekong Delta (Home-stay)
Day 11: Cai Be Floating market – Ho Chi Minh city
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) – Fly to Siem Riep (Cambodia)
Day 13: Siem Reap/ Angkor Temple Tour
Day 14: Siem Reap Departure

 
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Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (D)
Arriving at the airport, the family will meet tour guide and driver at outside security gate. It’s easy to find out the tour guide with the welcome board with the name of the family. Later, we will transfer to hotel in the city. Relax after a long flight journey and we enjoy our delicious dinner in local family, this can be your sales’ or your tour guide’s house. This will be a highlight of the trip, especially for the children as Vietnamese are all friendly and extremely hospitable. If you’re interested in cooking, we can join the host and also learn how to make some traditional Vietnamese food. We, Vietnamese people, normally watch TV while having dinner, let’s experience this and talk about anything you’re interested in. After dinner, our car will take us back to the hotel for overnight accommodation.

Temple of literature

Temple of literature

Day 2: Hanoi City tour & Vespa riding (B, L)
Today, we explore the capital city of Hanoi right after breakfast. Meeting time with the private tour guide is at 8h00 or 8h30am depends on our schedule, then we take a short driving to Ba Dinh Square to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, outside of new National Assembly House, The Reunification Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh’s House on stilt and his goldfish pond…. Later, we stop at the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam and now is a temple. We spend almost one hour in the place before walking to the K.O.T.O restaurant nearby for our lunch. This is a nice restaurant with its Australian Vietnamese owner, who is very kind-hearted. He collects many poor young boys and girls or street boys in Vietnam and trains them as a waiter and waitress then send them to hotels, resorts or restaurants in all over Vietnam. The restaurant staff can contact with customers in English well and they are very friendly.

In the afternoon, we are riding pillion behind Vespa driver and touring outside of Hanoi with city gate, the over 100 years old Long Bien bridge, Westlake area, Tay Ho Temple, Van Nien pagoda and new Hanoi city. This half-day Vespa tour gives family another experience in Hanoi and modern life. The Vespa driver will drop us in front of the theater where will we enjoy one hour Water Puppet show. After the show, we will go back to the hotel with tour guide then free time for dinner and overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi , Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (overnight on deluxe junk cruise)(B, L, D)
The family checks out this morning for the two-day boat trip in Halong Bay and night train to Hue the night after. The main luggage should be left at hotel’s store and we will get back to pick up on next day. This excursion is recommended to take necessary followings for 1 night only due to the junk’s cabin space. The journey lasts 3.5 hour driving along Red River Delta. However, it’s not tired thanks to a stop in the middle of way; or we can ask the driver to stop at anywhere we want (for private transfer only). The crew team will welcome us at midday at the pier. We take the tender to the junk cruise with escorted by staff and our luggage is also carried by them after that.
We will enjoy delicious two lunches, one breakfast and one dinner at the restaurant on a cruise. The food in the cruise is always excellent; it’s always hot, good smell and fresh. All cruise passengers will experience many amazing activities such as visiting the cave, kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, photo hunting, spa services…. The tour guide on a cruise will take us from this activity to another, step by step and we feel as we are at home. The cruise will take a route around the World Nature Heritage, from this part to another part of the tranquil Bay. Overnight on junk cruise.

View from bird eyes point on Titop island

View from bird eyes point on Titop island

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Night train to Hue (B, L)
One of the highlights this excursion is to enjoy the sunrise time in the middle of Halong Bay. So the family is recommended to get up the little bit early (around 5h30 or 6h00am) and walk to the sundeck. We may join Tai Chi Session with Master or just relax on the chair with a cup of morning coffee or tea. Each of us will have the great moment in a very private place.

Later, we enjoy a breakfast and join some other activities that cruise team built for in-house guests. We check out cabin at around 10h00am this morning and leave the cruise at midday after our early lunch. Our awaiting vehicle and tour guide will take the family back to Hanoi where will pick up the luggage at the hotel and take the night train to Hue in the evening. Overnight on train.

Remarks:
– Family will take private cabin with 4 berths
– Vietnamese standard cabin with air conditioning, water, mattress, blanket….
– No tour guide on train but tour guide see off and welcome upon arrival
– It’s safe for family to stay one night on train
– Train time from 7h00pm tonight to 8h30am next morning

The wonderful shape of Stalagmites & Stalaties in Amazing Caves in Halong Bay

The wonderful shape of Stalagmites & Stalaties in Amazing Caves in Halong Bay

Day 5: Hue City tour & Boat trip (B, L)
We arrive in Hue in the morning, enjoy local breakfast at Bun Bo Gio Heo (rice noodle with beef and pork) restaurant then starting the tour. We experience dragon boat trip along a part of Perfume River, then stop at Thien Mu Pagoda which is located on the top of the hill looking over the Citadel. In this history pagoda, the tour guide will lead family back to the Vietnam War history time with many stories about people, life and how the Vietnamese people against the American personally. The monk Thich Quang Duc fired himself in Saigon to show the American army that how much he did not agree with their invasion.

After the pagoda, we take a short driving to Emperor Tu Duc’s tomb to explore his palace which was built for himself after death. This is a complex with the tomb, palace, summer palace, lake as well as the forest of pine trees and many other bonsais….

Rest of the day, we visit some handicraft villages of the Colonial hat, incense, Citadel, Forbidden City and Dong Ba market. We will enjoy delicious Hue food in our lunch today. Overnight in Hue.

The Khai Dinh king's tomb scenery

The Khai Dinh king’s tomb scenery

Day 6: Hue – Hoi An – Walking tour (B)
Today, we travel southward to Hoi An via Danang city where we have a shortstop on the top of Hai Van Pass, Lang Co beautiful beach, and Non Nuoc stone village. We will take an open lift to the Marble Mountain to get the panorama of Danang city as well as one the most beautiful beaches on the planet, Danang beach.

In the afternoon, we spend our almost two hours for our walking tour to visit all the highlight places in Hoi an Ancient town. They are the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance. Later, we will explore this wonderful town by own or back to the hotel for relax. Overnight in Hoi An.

Hoi An , Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

Day 7: Hoi An – My Son Holly Land (B)
My Son Holly Land was an ancient city of Cham people from many centuries ago, where is about 70 km far from Hoi An. Following the provincial roads, we come closer to the forest and feeling the Cham culture through the traditional music performance which is showing by Cham artists. There are five parts in the complex named by archeologists and family will take a tour from A complex to the end. My Son Holly land was destroyed much during the American war but it was still recognized as one of the World Cultural Heritage Sites of Vietnam. We are back to Hoi An at noon for our own time shopping, swimming, relaxing, biking…. Overnight in Hoi An.

The fishman near Fish market in Hoi An

The fisherman near Fish market in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoian – Cooking class – Danang – Fly to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) (B)
Before farewell this wonderful town, we will experience a good activity that is very famous in Vietnam, Cooking class with the chef. We first meet the chef at the restaurant then do the market tour for shopping all the ingredients that chef says to use during the cooking class. Later, we join the hands-on cooking course, prepare and cook some dishes with guiding of the chef. There will be a lot of fun and we will enjoy all the food that we cooked before.

In the afternoon, we transfer back to Danang city for our short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) with airport pick up on arrival. Tonight, the family is free for dinner and shopping in the night market in Ben Thanh area. Overnight in Saigon.

Ben Thanh market

Ben Thanh market

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City tour & Cu Chi tunnels (B, L)
Today is divided into two parts, inner city and outside the city. We venture Saigon in the morning; visit all the highlights of the vibrant city with Reunification Palace, the War Remnant Museum, Cathedral and Post Office. Family can ask the tour guide to skip the War Remnant museum if it’s not suitable for children then we will explore China Town, Giac Lam pagoda instead of.

After lunch at a Vietnamese cuisine restaurant, we travel to heroic history area of Cu Chi Tunnel. We first see the video in the showroom to have an overview of this place then craw along some tourist permitted parts. To be an old people by enjoy some special food of boiled cassava, sweet potatoes, and local tea or try to experience the old soldiers by buying real bullets for some shootings in the shooting range which was built only for tourists. There will be guiding the soldiers in range.
Overnight in Saigon.

Viet cong and tourist

Viet Cong and tourist

Day 10: Mekong Delta (Home-stay) (B, L, D)
Mekong Delta nowadays is a popular place for the home-stay services. This is an unforgettable experience during our family vacation in Vietnam. We bid farewell the busy Saigon in the morning and boat to home-stay in the afternoon after approximately 2-hour driving. During the day trip, we stop at Vinh Long local market, brick kilns and many agriculture production workshops. We also take sampans closer to villages along the smaller canals where will see and contact them by our way. At the end of the day, we check in home-stay, join cooking demonstration with host and have dinner with them. We will enjoy the traditional music performance by local people and overnight in Mekong Delta.

Visiting a local work shop to make coconut leaf roof in Mekong Delta Vietnam

Visiting a local workshop to make coconut leaf roof in Mekong Delta Vietnam

Day 11: Cai Be Floating market – Ho Chi Minh city (B, L)
We have breakfast with host then boat to Cai Be colorful floating market. We depart a little bit early this morning to join the busiest time of the market. The floating markets in Mekong delta usually start at 6h00 am and end around 10h00. But for Cai Be wholesale floating market, the best time is from 6h00am to 8h00am every day. The boat will take us among the barges of fruits, vegetable and agriculture products. We will see how the people here selling and buying products. We also have a chance to buy something that we want with tour guide’s help; or we just relax on the boat and see their friendly smile, conversations and do the most important thing of the trip, photo hunting.

The trip continues by visiting some local workshops and handicraft villages where we will be free for shopping or seeing. End of the morning, the boat takes us back to Cai Be Town where we meet the driver for our journey to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) – Fly to Siem Riep (Cambodia) (B)
Today you visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century), the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Today, we take a midday flight to Siem Reap, the Kingdom of Cambodia with airport pick up services.
In the afternoon, we discover the Angkor Archeological Park with the South Gate of Angkor Thom. This is a complex of the moat, stone figures, statues of guardian god, snakes….It’s a legend about a famous Hindu, and the tour guide will lead us back to history with many interesting stories.
It’s the best moment to see the sunset from Prasat Chrung where is recognized to be the best corner to view the setting sun. After that, we enjoy a short royal boat along the ancient moat then back to the hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple

Day 13: Siem Reap/ Angkor Temple Tour (B, L)
Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat are the places that visitors must see while traveling in Siem Reap. Angkor Thom is an ancient city, it’s known as the last capital city of the ancient Khmer Empire while Angkor Wat is a jewel of the Khmer Empire with the rest now is the sandstone carved bas-reliefs, gables, and lintels. We firstly visit Ta Prohm temple where ancient stones and massive tree roots engulf the ruins, then we take a short walk to Angkor Thom, the mystical Bayon temple, Baphoun, the Elephant and Leper king terraces, the royal enclosure temple of Phimean Akas and the serene Preah Pithu groups of smaller temples. After lunch, we visit Angkor Wat and back to the center city for our modern busy life with local market, restaurants and friendly people contacting. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Taphrom Temple

Taphrom Temple

Day 14: Exploring floating village – Siem Reap Departure(B)
This morning today, we have an option for seeing the sunrise at the Angkor Archeological Park or we spend our last morning in the city. Depending on our departure time, we will take a short boat trip to visit the floating market of Kompong Phluk or Kompong Khleang. We will explore a part of Siem Reap the waterway then back to the hotel for our packing luggage for our journey to home. Trip ends.

Price: Please contact us for your special price.

What is included?

  • Private ground transfers and transportations
  • Expert English speaking guide (other languages up on request)
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast, rooms based on 2 people per room, extra bed up on request
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (authentic Vietnamese food)
  • Vespa tour in Hanoi
  • Junk cruise in Halong Bay
  • Kayaking
  • Cooking demonstrations on boat
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Water puppet show in Hanoi
  • Boat excursions
  • Cooking class in Hoi An
  • Train tickets
  • Domestic flight ticket Hanoi – Danang; Danang – Saigon; Saigon – Siem Reap
  • Airport tax
  • Bottle during the trip
  • Government tax and service charge
  • Many opportunities for photos

What’s excluded?

  • International flight tickets
  • Airport tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not indicated
  • Visa and visa fee – http://www.itvietnamvisa.com/
  • Tips for tour guides, drivers and others

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Mekong Delta Home-stay Home-stay Mekong Lodge
Siem Reap New Riverside hotel Seam Siem Reap Hotel Sokha Angkor Resort