This trip will immerse you in cultural and natural of Vietnam and Cambodia. In Vietnam we will cruise the secluded waters of Halong bay, explore the waterway of Mekong Delta, and relax on the beach of Hoi An, explore two biggest cities Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. The natural wonder of Vietnam is combined perfectly with some cultural highlight of Hue, Hoi An ancient town before going to the exquisite temple of Angkor and then the bustle city of Phnom Penh. This trip enables you to really discover as full range of sites that Vietnam and Cambodia have to offer.

 

Code: VTC 05
Tour route: Hanoi – Sa Pa – Ha Long – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap – Phnom Penh
Duration: 21 days
Date: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Start/End: Hanoi/Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Tour type: Landscape, Nature, History and Culture
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Active level: Regular itinerary, Moderate walking & Trekking

BRIEF ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi City tour – Overnight train to Lao Cai
Day 3: Sa Pa
Day 4: Sa Pa – Lao Cai – Overnight train to Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong bay
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi – Fly to Danang transfer to Hue
Day 8: Hue
Day 9: Hue – Hoi An
Day 10: Hoi An – My Son
Day 11: Hoi An – Free day
Day 12: Hoi An – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnel
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta
Day 14: Mekong – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Riep
Day 17: Angkor Temple complex
Day 18: Siem Riep
Day 19: Siem Riep – Phnom Penh
Day 20: Phnom Penh
Day 21: Phnom Penh Departure

 
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Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi (D)
After the flight you will be transferred to accommodation in our hotel. Tonight we will have a meal in one of the fine restaurants in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City tour (B, L)
In the morning we will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, His House on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the outside of the Presidential Palace and the Temple of Literature which was Vietnam’s first University. In the afternoon we will go to the intriguing Ethnology Museum followed by an hour on a cyclo (a pedal rickshaw) being taken round the old quarter of Hanoi. Tonight we will take comfortable our overnight train to Lao Cai.

Temple of Literature

Notes:
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum opening time: Open from Tuesday to Thursday and weekends from 8am to 11pm. Closed on Mondays and Fridays. The mausoleum is closed for two months of the year, usually October and November, when Ho Chi Minh’s body is maintenance by Russian expert.

Cyclo trip around the Old Quarters of Hanoi

Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa (B)
Upon arrival we will be welcome and we will make our way to the nearby China/Vietnam border gate where we can observe the start of early day trade taking place between the two countries. About one hour’s drive on a scenic route brings us to Sapa, an old French trading town set high on the mountainside with spectacular views all around.
Check in to the hotel, there will be free time to explore the market. After lunch we will take a 3 hour walk to Cat Cat village of the H’Mong people, and we will also see the waterfall. Then we will return to Sapa town to visit the local Market with its fresh vegetables and typical local food.

Local child on the back of water buffalo after field time, Sapa

Day 4: Sa Pa – Lao Cai – Overnight train to Hanoi (B)
Today after a short jeep journey overlooking beautiful, terraced rice paddies, we will arrive at the two villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van of the H’Mong and Giay hill people. We will take a 3 hour trek to visit them, returning to Sapa by jeep afterwards. The afternoon is free for exploration of this interesting town. In the late afternoon we leave by bus for Lao Cai Station to catch the overnight sleeper train back to Hanoi.

Ethnic people planting wet rice in harvest days, Lao Chai Village

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Upon arrival, you will transfer to hotel for breakfast and freshen up. Then we depart for Halong Bay. When we are there we cruise in this secluded bay, marveling at 3000 limestone peaks that emerge from the emerald water. We have opportunity to visit spectacular limestone cave, swim from our boat, and especially we can do kayaking to explore the hidden charm part of the bay. Overnight on boat.

Cruise along majestic Halong Bay

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
In the morning we do some more kayaking to explore Luon cave and from here we are kayaking toward Turtle islet, Human Head islet, and the Saddle islet. After having lunch on boat we are leaving Ha Long for Hanoi.

Morning Tai Chi in Halong Bay Cruise

Day 7: Hanoi – Fly to Danang transfer to Hue via Hai Van tunnel (B)
This morning we catch a one-hour flight to Danang. Then we transfer to Hue via Hai Van tunnel, we will stop at Lang Co beach on the way. Arriving Hue we can look forward to exploring the superb sights of the city. In the afternoon we explore the Citadel, the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City.

Hue Imperial City

Day 8: Hue (B, L)
This morning we make our way down to the Perfume River to embark on a riverboat journey. We visit the Thien Mu pagoda (the Pagoda of the Heavenly Lady). After that we continue to the elaborate Tu Duc tombs of the Nguyen emperors. On our return we visit Dong Ba market.

Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc

Day 9: Hue – Hoi An (B)
We travel through the high pass of Hai Van with its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean en route to Hoi An. On the way we also visit Cham museum, My Khe beach and the marble village. In the afternoon we will enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town with its narrow, winding streets, visiting the Fukien Assembly Hall, the 200 year old Tan Ky house, the Japanese covered bridge, the Hoi An Museum and the handicraft workshops. After that we are free to go shopping, go to the nearby beach, or even have some clothes made which can be picked up the very next day.

Tan Ky Old House

Day 10: Hoi An – Free day (B)
Today we are free at our leisure.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Day 11: Hoi An – My Son (B)
Today we visit My Son, a relic of the Cham civilization which dates back from the 4th to the 12th century. We will return at noon giving us more time to explore quaint Hoi An. We also can take part in a cooking class showing us how to prepare the best Vietnamese and Hoi An specialties.

The ruins of My Son Holy Land

Day 12: Hoi An – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnel (B)
We will take a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City early this morning, and after breakfast we will head for the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels. In the early afternoon we will return to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), a fascinating mix of old and new for us to explore at your leisure.

The guide try to get in and out of Cu Chi Tunnel

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta (B, L, D)
We head for the mighty Mekong delta today. At Vinh Long town we will board a local boat so we can zigzag through the intricate waterways of the Mekong. We will lunch at a local house, stop to visit cottage industries and spend the night at the simple lodging of a local family in the Mekong delta.

Boat trip in Vinh Long, Mekong Delta

Day 14: Mekong – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Our day will begin with a boat trip along the endless waterway of the mighty Mekong River to Cai Be floating market, one of the most beautiful floating markets in the region. After that we have chance to see how the local people making: pop corn, and rice paper. In the afternoon we go back to Ho Chi Minh City, and the rest of the day at leisure.

A boat full of banana in Cai Be Floating Market

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Today we tour around the city to visit the highlights of Saigon including: Notre Dame cathedral, General Post Office, Formal Presidential Palace, Museum of War Remnants, and Ben Thanh market.

US Aircraft on exhibition in War Remnants Museum

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Riep (B)
Today we bid farewell to Vietnam and after a short flight we arrive Siem Riep. In the afternoon we begin to explore Angkor with the Rolous group of temple before climbing to the hilltop temple of Phnom Bakheng for a spectacular sunset.

Sunset over Phnom Bakheng Temple

Day 17: Angkor Temple complex (B)
After breakfast we drive out to the Pre Rup and East Mebon visit Banteay Srey (the Woman temple). In the afternoon we explore the majestic Angkor Wat – The Wonder of the World – a truly memorable experience.

Sunrise over majestic Angkor Wat

Day 18: Siem Reap (B)
This morning we visit the ruins of Ta Prohm (the Jungle Temple) before heading to Banteay Kdei and the nearby lake of Sra Srang. In the afternoon we explore the Angkor Thom.

The ruins of Ta Prohm Temple

Day 19: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (B)
In the morning we travel by hydrofoil to Phnom Penh. In the afternoon we will visit the Wat Phnom the pagoda is dedicated to the founder of the city, Madam Penh.

Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh

Day 20: Phnom Penh (B)
Today there is a full-day sightseeing in the national capital including the National museum, the Royal Palace, the Silver pagoda, the Tuol Sleng, the horrific killing field, and the Russian market.

Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

Day 21: Departure (B)
Will be transfer for our flight out of Cambodia. The trip concludes.

Price: Please contact us for your special price.

What’s included?

  • English speaking guide/s (other languages upon requests)
  • All accommodation based on twin share basis: 16 nights at three star hotels, 1 night at 4 star hotel, 2 nights on oft sleeper Train with A/C, 1 night at local home stay
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (18 breakfast, 7 lunches, 3 dinners)
  • En-suite cabin on deluxe cruise in Halong Bay
  • All transfer & transports by private A/C coaches or cars
  • Sightseeing as indicated entrance fees and permits
  • Domestic flights: Hanoi – Danang, Danang – Ho Chi Minh City
  • International airfares: Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap
  • Domestic airport tax in Vietnam

Notes: We choose only centrally located hotels with Western standard service & breakfast. However, we can also arrange good location and clean local hotel with lower prices. Please inquiry for details

 
 

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