Amazing Vietnam and Cambodia
14 days highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia tour. Upon arrival at Hanoi, visit the 11th-century wooden temple, the One Pillar Pagoda. Exploring the remains of Dinh & Le Kings’ Temples in Hoa Lu. Experience more on our trip by visiting Hoi An Ancient Town, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, and Siem Reap.
Day 1 – Arrival in Hanoi
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by our driver and transferred to downtown. Check into your hotel and refresh after a long-haul flight. (Hanoi Hotel: Adamas Hotel )
Day 2 – Hanoi – Orientation (B)
After breakfast, visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum before exploring his house on stilts and lush gardens. A short walk from the mausoleum is one of the great symbols of Hanoi, the One Pillar Pagoda, an 11th-century wooden temple built on a single stone pillar in the water. It was designed to resemble a blooming lotus. Pass by the Presidential Palace to the West Lake where you will visit Tran Quoc, one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam, meaning “protecting the country”.
In the afternoon, visit the venerable Temple of Literature built in 1077 – Vietnam’s first university. Continue with the Museum of Ethnology where displays artifacts of 54 minority groups in Vietnam.
Late afternoon, take a rickshaw ride (cyclo) around the Old Streets which were named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Stop at Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple to learn about the legend of the lake. Browse through art galleries, handicraft shops, and cafes. Enjoy a Water Puppet Show, a typical traditional performance created by Vietnamese wet-rice farmers in the Red River Delta in the 10th century.
Day 3 – Hanoi – Limousine Bus to Sapa – Trekking to Ma Tra & Ta Phin Village (B)
After breakfast, you will be picked up by limousine bus with big, comfortable seats (max. 9 people in one bus) and travel along the highway to Sapa. This route goes through the amazing scenery of mountains, rivers, and rice fields.
Arrival in Sapa, check-in your hotel, and you’re greeted by your local guide. Time for own lunch before transfer 4km out of Sa Pa to Ma Tra. This valley is close to the town but very quiet and the peoples here are still living their own way without the influence of tourism. Walkthrough for 2 hours through several hamlets of the Hmong scattering on hill-sides. Continue gradually downhill 1 hour to Ta Phin village which is home to Red Dzao people. The car picks up and transfers you back to Sa Pa in the late afternoon. (Sapa Hotel: The View Hotel )
Day 4 – Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van Villages (B, L)
After breakfast, you will take a short transfer to Y Linh Ho Village of Black H’ mong Hill Tribe. You will commence the excursion today with a walk through the town of Sapa and along a dirt trail through vegetable gardens and rice paddy terraces. The spectacular scenery of Muong Hoa valley gradually appears within your eyesight. Keep hiking and you will reach Lao Chai village of the Black H’ mong minority on the hillsides. The view of the valley is more and more extending and stretching to the horizon.
You make a stop at Lao Chai village to visit a local house and a picnic lunch. After lunch, follow the dirt path linking the village with Ta Van village, the only one in the valley inhabited by the Giay minority. From Ta Van, you will have a transfer back to Sapa by a car overnight. (Sapa Hotel: The View Hotel )
Day 5 – Sapa – Limousine bus to Hanoi (B, L)
Free time in Sapa to explore the town, the town center market, the stone church, take a cable car to Fanxipan, or enjoy a foot massage. Mid-afternoon, you’re picked up by limousine bus and travel back to Hanoi along the highway. (Hanoi Hotel: Adamas Hotel )
Day 6 – Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay (B, L, D)
After breakfast, depart by road to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. Travel through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the landscape of rice fields, water buffalo, the daily life of the Vietnamese village. Board a traditional Junk. Lunch on board. The cruise passes by many rocks and islets in many funny shapes. The cruise may stop for a while for visiting one of the best caves on the bay. Later on, the Junk will anchor in a peaceful bay for relaxing and overnight. Dinner and overnight on board. (Ha Long Bay Hotel: Oriental Sails Cruise )
Day 7 – Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Hoi An (B, L)
Breakfast is served while the Junk cruises around Ha Long Bay, passing by many islets named by their shapes such as Dog, Incense Urn, Fighting Cock, Finger, etc. Stop for a while to explore a cave – one of the most beautiful caves of the bay. The Junk then continues cruising towards the wharf. Ready to disembark about 10:30 AM. Drive back to Hanoi and continue to Noi Bai Airport for a flight to Danang. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our guide and drive to Hoi An, around 35 kilometers away. (Hoi An Hotel: Venus Hotel)
Remarks: Domestic flights from Hanoi to Danang is not included.
Day 8 – Hoi An Ancient Town – Walking tour (B)
After breakfast, you will walk around the tiny town of Hoi An with your guide to visit a 400-year-old Japanese Bridge, a 300-year-old Chinese temple, and a 200-year-old Vietnamese former merchants’ house, local market. There are numerous art galleries, souvenir and tailor shops where you can get some express made-to-order clothes if you like! (Hoi An Hotel: Venus Hotel)
Day 9 – Hoi An – Hue (B)
After breakfast, you will drive along the most beautiful coast of Vietnam to Hue. Stop at Hai Van pass for a panoramic view of white sand beach, blue sea, and green mountains. Arrival in Hue, visit the Imperial Citadel where Kings of Vietnam’s last feudal dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945, including Flag Tower, Nine Holy Cannons, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Dynastic Urns, Forbidden Purple City, etc.
In the afternoon, take a Dragon boat Cruise upstream of the peaceful Perfume River (Huong River) to Thien Mu Pagoda. Our car will pick you up there to King Tu Duc Tomb. The tomb is set in an elegant garden with a magnificent lake and pavilion complex. (Hue Hotel: Rosaleen Hotel )
Day 10 – Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Breakfast at your hotel and then drive to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon landing, you’re met by our guide and visit the moving War Remnants Museum which presents a partial, but riveting, view of the American War, as it is known in Vietnam. Continue to the Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor-General and later President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. The day ends with visits to the charming Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office, one of the oldest buildings Ho Chi Minh City built around 1886-1891, the elegant Saigon Opera House, and the bustling Ben Thanh Market. (Ho Chi Minh City Hotel: Ha Hien Signature Hotel)
Remarks: Domestic flight from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City is not included.
Day 11 – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B, L)
After breakfast, it is a 2-hour pleasant drive to Ben Tre province crossing the cable-stayed Rach Mieu bridge. As you cross the bridge and have a panoramic view towards the South Sea, you may see the four islets of Ben Tre: Long (Dragon), Lan (Unicorn), Quy (Turtle), Phung (Phoenix) gathering together, known as “Tu Linh” or The Four Holy Beasts of Vietnam. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a motorized boat on the Ben Tre River – one of the tributaries of the mighty Mekong river – while sight-seeing lively activities along the river such as fishing and boats transferring fruits, flowers, and rice to local markets. Our first stop is at a brick kiln to see how to make bricks traditionally by printing and baking. Those brick kilns are open in the summertime only when there is enough sunshine to dry the bricks. Continuing on, we’ll visit a coconut processing workshop located along the canals. When we return to the boat, we’ll motor through natural scissors creeks to a village and see some local houses, sleeping mat making, and enjoy some local fruits.
Take a Tuk-Tuk (motorized cart) or bicycle along shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life in the delta, and find out about tropical culture from peasants. Lunch will be at a local riverside restaurant.
After lunch, we’ll take a rowing-boat along a beautiful water palm creek before meeting the motorized boat and transferring you back to the pier, where your car will take you back to Ho Chi Minh City overnight. (Ho Chi Minh City Hotel: Ha Hien Signature Hotel)
Day 12 – Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, you’re met by our guide and transferred to the hotel for check-in. (Siem Reap Hotel: Angkor Holiday Hotel )
Remarks: Domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap is not included.
Day 13 – Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom (B)
Breakfast at hotel and then visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Next, visit Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery.
Afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th-century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Enjoy wonderful sunset from the top of the Pre Rup Temple. (Siem Reap Hotel: Angkor Holiday Hotel )
Day 14 – Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and we will enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap Lake at Kampong Phluk Village. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is the same as a big village floating on the lake, and the “village” moves from place to place following water levels and current.
Back to your hotel for a shower and check out. Next, transfer to Siem Reap airport for flight to the next destination.
Specification: Amazing Vietnam and Cambodia
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