Essential Vietnam Cambodia

Vietnam & Cambodia trip with a  fully guided tour of the highlights. Your journey includes Hanoi, Halong bay, the Imperial Citadel of Hue, My Son & ancient Hoi An. You will also  explore the awe-inspiring Angkorian temples,  the historical and religious heart of Cambodia.

 

Day 1: Hanoi- Arrival

Arriving in Hanoi, Vietnam. Our guide will be at the airport to welcome you & transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour includes Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Evening to see the world famous Vietnamese Water Puppet show in the theatre. (D)


Day 2: Hanoi

Full day city tour includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and the whole of October-November) and Residence, One-Pillar Pagoda, Army Museum. After lunch at a local restaurant we visit Temple of Literature, built in the 11th century as Vietnam’s first university, Fine Art Museum, Quan Thanh Temple. (B/L)         


Day 3: Hanoi — Haiphong –Halong

Enjoy the 100km journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to Haiphong, Vietnam's third largest city. Haiphong still has many impressive examples of classic European colonial architecture in its town centre. There is time for lunch and a visit to Hang Kenh tapestry factory and the Du Hang Pagoda, founded over three centuries ago, before continuing to Halong Bay. Transfer to hotel on arrival in Halong Bay. (B/L)    


Day 4: Halong – Hanoi

A morning cruise in a private junk on the emerald green waters of Halong Bay, among the 3,000 spectacular limestone islands. The cruise ends with a fresh seafood lunch on board. Return to Hanoi by road in the afternoon. (B/L)      


Day 5: Hanoi – Hue

Transfer to airport for your flight to Hue. Arriving in Hue, pick up & transfer to your hotel. Today our city tour includes the mausoleum of former emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. In the afternoon visit the elaborate mausoleums of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh and the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. (B/L)    


Day 6: Hue — Hoi An

This morning's tour starts with a boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River to visit Hue's best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda. Afterwards drive to Hoi An via Danang. The scenic route climbs over the Pass of Ocean Clouds before dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. On the road from Danang to Hoi An visit five sacred hills known as the Marble Mountains containing dozens of Buddhist shrines. On arrival in Hoi An in late afternoon, transfer to hotel & accommodation in HoiAn. (B/L)        


Day 7: Hoi An

Hoi An was a major Asian trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and its picturesque architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants' houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market. Afternoon trip to visit the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. Here, 40km southwest of Hoi An, in a lush green valley, are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the seventh and thirteenth centuries. Return to Hoi An & accommodation. (B/L)  


Day 8: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh

Drive to Danang & transfer to airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Pick up & transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour includes The Reunification Palace (former Presidential Palace), Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Lam Son Square, Ben Thanh Market, Thien Hau pagoda and Binh Tay market in the bustling China town. Evening dinner cruise along the famous Saigon River. The 2-3 hour cruise includes dinner, music & performance plus the lovely views of Saigon City on one side & the sleepy countryside on the other. (B/L/D)            


Day 9: Ho Chi Minh — Tay Ninh — Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh

Enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the west of Vietnam. At Tay Ninh visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail. In the afternoon visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. (B/L)    


Day 10: Ho Chi Minh — Mekong Delta

A full day trip to the watery world of the Mekong Delta, just a couple of hours by road from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City's streets. Depart for Vinh Long, 150km southwest Ho Chi Minh city. A motor-boat takes you along the Mekong river and follows small canals flowing sluggishly between banks of luxuriant vegetation to Cai Be floating market, one of the most typical floating markets of the Mekong Delta. Experience the exotic sights, sounds and smells. Lunch at a bonsai garden with speciality food — «Elephant's Ear» fish. Visit a ceramic tile factory, a tofu and fish sauce factory, a blacksmith's, a roof Thatcher’s and a rice husking factory. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Free time for your own explore. (B/L)        


Day 11: Ho Chi Minh — Siem Reap

Transfer to airport for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Pick up & transfer to hotel. After lunch at a local restaurant, take a boat trip & enjoy the wonderful views of Tonlesap Great Lake in the afternoon, also visit the beautiful Phnom Krom temple by the Tonle Sap Lake. Evening at local restaurant with traditional Cambodian dance performance on stage. (B/L)


Day 12: Siem Reap (Angkor)

Full day visit to the ancient royal capital of Angkor Thom: Bayon, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda, Terrace of Elephants and Leper king and Taprohm temple. Lunch at Tonlesap restaurant. Afternoon Visit to the 7th World heritage wonder of Angkor Wat temple, Ta Som, Ta Keo, Pre Rup temples before returning to town. (B/L)


Day 13: Siem Reap — Phnom Penh

Transfer to airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Pick up & transfer you to your hotel. Today city tour includes Royal Place, Silver Pagoda, Raung Damrei Museum and National Museum of Fine Arts, Independence monument, Central Market. (B/L)        


Day 14: Phnom Penh – Departure

A visit to Toul Sleng Museum of Genocide plus a trip to see the world famous Killing Fields (if time permits) and transfer to airport for your flight departure. (B)

 

 

Your Private Package Tour is included: Private transfers and tours as specified, all entrance fees and boat fees, English/French speaking guide, 13 breakfast, 12 lunches and 2 dinners, 13 nights at 4 star hotels Flight(s): Hanoi-Hue, Danang-HCMC, HCMC- Siem Reap and airport tax.
Drinks with provided meals, personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
For cancellation up to 3 days, a full refund will be given. For cancellation up to 1 days, 50% refund will be given.
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US$ 260 3 days
US$ 1,100 10 days