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The Best of Vietnam & Cambodia Tour 21 Days/20 Nights

Destination: Hanoi, Sa Pa, Ha Long, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh
Duration: 21 Days/20 Nights
Highlight:

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.

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 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

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi (D)

Transfer via: International Flight on your own arrangement
Accommodations: Star View Hotel Hanoi
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)

Accommodation: Soft Sleeper Train
Sites visited: Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ba Dinh square, Temple of Literature, Museum of Ethnology, Cyclo in Hanoi old quarter
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

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.

Day 3: Lao Cai - Sa Pa (B)

Sites visited: China Border gate, Cat Cat village, Sa Pa town
Accommodation: Bamboo Hotel Sa Pa
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.

 Day 4: Sa Pa - Lao Cai - Overnight train to Hanoi (B) 

Site visited: Lao Chai Village, TaVan Village
Accommodation: Soft Sleeper Train – 4 berth Cabin with A/C
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.

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D) 

Accommodation: Bai Tho Deluxe Junk Cruise
Site visited: Halong Bay, Caves
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.

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L) 

Accommodation: Star View Hotel Hanoi
Site visited: Halong Bay, Hallow cave
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.

Day 7: Hanoi - Fly to Hue (B)

Transfer via: Vietnam Airline
Accommodation: Green Hue Hotel
Sites visited: Hue Citadel, Imperial City, Forbidden Purple City
This morning we catch a one-hour flight to Hue. 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.

Day 8: Hue (B, L)

Accommodation: Green Hue Hotel
Sites Visited: Thien Mu pagoda , Tu Duc tombs, Dong Ba market.
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.

 Day 9: Hue - Hoi An (B)

Accommodation: Thuy Duong 2 Hotel
Sites Visited: Hai Van Pass, Cham museum, East Sea, marble village, old town of Hoi An
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, East Sea 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. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An - Free day (B)

Accommodation: Thuy Duong 2 Hotel
Today we are free at our leisure.

Day 11: Hoi An - My Son (B)

Accommodation: Thuy Duong 2 Hotel
Sites Visited: My Son World Heritage site
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.

Day 12: Hoi An - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnel (B)

Transfer via: Vietnam Airline
Accommodation: Kingston Hotel
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.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Basic home stay
Sites visited: Vinh long town, cottage industries, and local houses
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.

Day 14: Mekong - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L) 

Sites visited: Cai Be Floating market, workshops
Accommodation: Kingston Hotel
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, and the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L) 

Accommodation: Kingston Hotel
Sites visited: Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office, Formal Presidential Palace, Museum of War Remnants, Ben Thanh market
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.

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Riep (B)

Transfer via: Vietnam Airline
Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap hotel
Sites visited: Rolous group of temple, Phnom Bakheng hill top temple
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.

Day 17: Angkor Temple complex (B) 

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap hotel
Sites visited: Temple: Pre Rup, East Mebon, Banteay Srey (the Woman temple), Angkor Wat
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.

Day 18: Siem Reap (B)

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap hotel
Sites visited: Ta Prohm (the Jungle Temple), Banteay Kdei, Sra Srang, Angkor Thom
This morning we visit the ruins of Taprohm (the Jungle Temple) before heading to Banteay Kdei and the nearby lake of Sra Srang. In the afternoon we explore the Angkor Thom.

Day 19: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh (B)

Accommodation: Castle hotel Phnom Penh
Site visited: Wat Phnom
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.

Day 20: Phnom Penh (B)

Accommodation: Castle Hotel Phnom Penh
Site visited: National museum, Royal Palace, Silver pagoda, Tuol Sleng museum, killing field, Russian market.
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.

Day 21: Departure (B)

Transfer via: International Flight on your own arrangement
Will be transfer for our flight out of Cambodia. The trip concludes.
 
Price Per Person
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Include:
  • 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 Soft 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 - Hue, Danang - Ho Chi Minh City
  • International airfares: Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap
  • Domestic airport tax in Vietnam

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