Route: HANOI - NINH BINH - HALONG BAY - HUE - HOI AN - NHA TRANG - CU CHI TUNNEL - MEKONG DELTA - PHNOMPENH - SIEM REAP
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
Arrive at Noi Bai International airport. Welcome by our driver with your name on board. Then transfer you to Ha Noi Old Quarter. Lunch/dinner at your account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B, L)
AM : 08:00 - 08:30: After breakfast, Pick up at your hotel. Then visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. We then continue on to the Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist - dating from the Ly Dynasty) and the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on the West lake (One of the oldest pagoda in Vietnam). Then visit Bat Trang pottery village (apply on Mon, Wed & Fri). Lunch at local restaurant.
PM : After lunch we’ll proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum (apply on Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat), the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam. We’ll also see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 - it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. We will take you past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters, and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. For the last part of the tour we’ll journey through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration. Then enjoy Water Puppet show which is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century CE when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Back your hotel around 17h00. Dinner at your account. Overnight in your hotel.
DAY 3: HANOI - HOALU-TAMCOC - HANOI (B,L)
Breakfast & check-out, put your bags at hotel.
AM : 8:00 - 8:30. Our guide & driver will pick you up at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter, then leave by coach to Hoa Lu (2.5 hrs). Visit the historic capital of Vietnam and the famous ancient temples of Le and the Dinh Dynasties. Then our bus will transfer you from Hoa Lu to Tam Coc for lunch around at 12:30PM.
PM : After lunch, boat trip to visit Tam Coc to see the beauty of the karst formations as you pass along their base and row into one of the many caves carved through the limestone. Then, cycle for an hour on quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops in Tam Coc - Bich Dong (around 5 km). Dive back to Ha Noi and drop off at your hotel around at 18:00PM. Dinner at your account. 20:00 Our driver will transfer you to train station for departure to Sapa ( schedule: 21:15 - 06:15 ). Overnight on train at the A/C soft sleeper cabin.
DAY 4: LAO CAI - CAT CAT VILLAGE (B, L, D)
AM : 6h30 arrive Lao Cai, pick up at Lao Cai Station then transfer to Sapa. You will have breakfast and some time for R & R. 09h00 - 09h30 Trek to Cat Cat and Sin Chai villages of Black H'Mong tribe . Enjoy the waterfall in Cat Cat and beautiful scenery along the way. Then check-in hotel (check-in after 12:00PM). Enjoy lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon: free time to explore & discover Sapa market & Stone church. Back to hotel for dinner and enjoy the night in Sapa town .
DAY 5: LAO CHAI - TA VAN - MUONG HOA VALLEY - NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI (B,L)
After breakfast you will check out and leave your luggage in the hotel, get ready for the trip. Trek down to Lao Chai village to visit the Tay and Day tribes then keep going along the bottom of the Sapa valley to get to Ta Van village which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. Have a picnic lunch on the way. You go back to Sapa by motorbike/jeep. Back to Lao Cai Station by our car, then dinner at your account.
Overnight at the A/C soft sleeper cabin to Hanoi (schedule: 20:15 - 04:30).
DAY 6: HANOI - HALONG (L, D)
04:30AM Pick you up at the Station, transfer you to your hotel. Have breakfast at your account.
08:00 - 08:30 Our driver & guide will leave Hanoi for Halong City by a modern bus. Get on luxury junk boat and enjoy a welcome drink and lunch of savoury local sea food. Check into your cabin and start cruising around the bay to see the amazing karsts with different formations: Lion, Tea Pot, Toad, Dau Nguoi (Human Head) islet, and then stop for a walk through the Sung Sot cave "Amazing Cave" There will be plenty of time for kayaking, swimming and sunbathing (If weather permitted) after the boat anchors at a clean calm sea. Enjoy a wonderful sunset dinner in our beautiful restaurant before retiring to the comfort of your cabin. Dinner and overnight on Boat.
DAY 7: Ha Long – Hanoi (B,L)
07.15: Cakes, fruits, tea and coffee will be served. Continue the cruise through Halong Bay.
09.30 - 10.30: Enjoy the lunch after you pack your things and leave the cabin.
11.30 - 12.00: Sail back Halong pier and take a van back to Hanoi.
16:15 Arrive in Hanoi. Free time there with dinner at your account.
Flight to Hue. Overnight in Hue
DAY 8: HUE CITY TOUR FULL DAY (B,L)
8:00 Driver pick you up at hotel, join Hue city Tour, visit Emperor Minh Mang’s Mausoleum, Emperor Khai Dinh’s Mausoleum, Performing Programs Of VO KINH VAN AN – Vietnam Traditional Kung-fu and Emperor Tu Duc ’s Mausoleums. Stop on the way to see how conical hats and incense sticks are made. Enjoy buffet lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Imperial capital during Nguyen Dynasty and the seven – storey Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Return by boat on the gentle Perfume River and do not miss the sunset on the river. Overnight in Hue Hotel
DAY 9: HUE - DANANG - HOI AN (B)
Breakfast at hotel. 8:00 Take bus to Hoi An, 12:00 arrive in Hoi An Hotel, Check in. Free time to explore Hoi An Town. Overnight in Hoi An Hotel
DAY 10: HOI AN - MY SON SANCTUARY (B,L)
Breakfast and check-out. AM: 8.00 We travel about 50km from Hoi An to My Son sanctuary. It comprises many Champa temples, in a valley roughly two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in South East Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in . Though the complex has been destroyed over time, we still see many majestic ancient ruins of temples in the area. We also spend time to visit a silk handicraft village along the Thu Bon River on the way back to Hoi An.
DAY 11: HOI AN - DANANG - NHA TRANG (B)
After breakfast, you will free time until driver take you to Danang Airport.
Overnight in Nha Trang city.
DAY 12: NHA TRANG BAY (B,L)
08:00 - 8:30 am: Pick you up at your hotel to the harbor. 9:30 am: Visit bamboo island . Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. 11:30am: Visit mot island , have lunch with fresh seafood After lunch, enjoy the floating bar with red wine and pineapple. 2:30pm: Head to Tranh Beach. Then have seasonal fruit on the boat. 3:45pm: Visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium where you see different kinds of fish, marine wildlife. You can buy some souvenirs gift for your trip. 4:00pm: Return to the harbor. 4:30pm: Back to the hotel. Dinner at your account. Overnight in Nha Trang city.
DAY 13: NHA TRANG FREE AT LEISURE - HCM City (B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Flight to HCM city in the afternoon. Overnight in HCM
DAY 14: HCM CITY TOUR - CU CHI TUNNEL FULL DAY (B,L)
Breakfast at your hotel.
7:45-8:00 Pick up you at meeting point, start to downtown of Ho Chi Minh for touring along the famous Dong Khoi street , passing by the Opera House, Town Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral & central Post Office and Independent Palace. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we are heading to Hoc Mon District to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, is 70 kilometers Northwest of down-town Ho Chi Minh City. The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French. Back to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY 15: HO CHI MINH - MY THO - BEN TRE - CAN THO (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel.
08:00 - 08:30, Pick up & start to Mekong delta tour.
9:30am - 10.00am, arrive in My Tho. Board a wooden motor boat (20 minutes) to Unicorn Island. On this boat along the river’s bank, you’ll be passing through natural creeks, interesting fisherman's port, stilt houses (half on land, half on water).
From there, we’ll take you to a bee farm where you have a chance to taste a tasteful cup of authentic honey tea. After that we walk around quiet villages and watch the life of rural people in Mekong Delta.
Things get small and personal now. We are divided into many groups and get on small row boats. During this 15 minutes trip, you’ll witness all kind of interesting transportation modes that local people use to move around, while enjoying the fresh air along the canal and beautiful water coconut tree scenery. Away from the city, that is it all about!
Next, let's get back to the large motor boat for something different. You'll cruise a canal whose 2 long sides are orchards. After that, we cruise to a village where the sweat smell coconut candies are in the air. To satisfy your curiosity, we'll get to a village that has many small shops that make coconut candy and handcrafted items from coconut trees of Mekong Delta. You might learn that those people can amazingly make dozens of useful products out of coconut trees. It is indeed inseparable from the villagers' life.
Have a lunch at the restaurant in Mekong Delta.
One of the boat’s stops during this trip is at a seasonable orchard that has many different types of tasty tropical fruits for your enjoyments. You can enjoy the fruits for free while checking out the folk music that is typical to only the people in Southern Vietnam.
As your journey ends, you will return to My Tho by motorized boat and then travel to Can Tho.
Overnight in Can Tho.
DAY 16: CAN THO - CAI RANG FLOATING VILLAGE - CHAU DOC (B,L)
Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to Cai Rang floating markets (Alt: Visit Phong Dien floating market) which are the liveliest in the whole religion.
Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to pass a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch.
Proceed to Chau Doc, continue the tour to visit Tra Su, getting to the wild birds Sanctuary, cruising smoothly with small boats to discover the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest, watching storks, cranes and other tropical birds. Back to the Town, hotel check in.
Stay overnight at hotel in Chau Doc.
Overnight in Chau Doc.
DAY 17: CHAU DOC - PHNOMPENH (B)
After breakfast. 07:30 take boat trip to Cambodia – Phnom Penh.
13:00 Arrive Phnom Penh Port.
Our driver will pick you up there with your name on board. Then transfer you to our proposed hotel. Lunch & dinner at your account.
Overnight in Phnom Penh city
DAY 18: PHNOM PENH - SIEM REAP (B,L)
Morning, visit to the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town. Visit the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles.
You then continue your visit at The notorious Choeung Ek Killing Field and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum afterward.
· Choeung Ek Killing Fields, 15km southwest of Phnom Penh, is the site of brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of whom first suffered through interrogations, torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison during Pol Pot regime (From 1975–1979).
· Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison). This prison was a high school, and used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge.
You can visit Wat Phnom, the most famous buddhist temple in Phnom Penh, instead of Choeung Ek Killing Field and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, if you feel they are not suitable to you. Wat Phnom was built in 1373, and stands 27 metres above the ground. It is the tallest religious structure in the city. The pagoda was given the name of Wat Preah Chedey Borapaut.
Afternoon, get a transfer to Siem Reap. The transfer takes approximately 6 hours.
DAY 19: SIEM REAP (B,L)
In the morning, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (literally: “Great City”), located in present day Cambodia, was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Continue your visit at 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 Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Continue your visit to Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in Angkor. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic.
In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. 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.
Before ending the tour today, enjoy a wonderful sunset scenery from the Top of Phnom Bakhen Hill.
In the evening, enjoy a delicous dinner at a nice local restaurant in Seam Reap. Watch a Apsara dance show while dining.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
DAY 20: SIEM REAP (B,L)
Morning, visit 5 famous temples in Siem Reap including: East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Panan, Preah Khan, Pre Rup.
· The East Mebon is a 10th Century temple at Angkor, Cambodia. Built during the reign of King Rajendravarman, it stands on what was an artificial island at the center of the now dry East Baray reservoir.
· Ta Som is a small temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built at the end of the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII. It is located north east of Angkor Thom and just east of Neak Pean.
· Neak Pean at Angkor, Cambodia is an artificial island with a Buddhist temple on a circular island in Preah Khan Baray built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. It is the “Mebon” of the Preah Khan baray.
· Preah Khan is a temple at Angkor, built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. However, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.
· Pre Rup is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built as the state temple of Khmer king Rajendravarman and dedicated in 961 or early 962. It is a temple mountain of combined brick, laterite and sandstone construction.
Afternoon, visit Beng Mealea. A spectacular sight to behold, Beng Mealea. located 40 km east of the main group of temples at Angkor, Beng Mealea is one of the most mysterious temples at Angkor, as nature has well and truly run riot. Exploring this titanic of temples, built to the same floorplan as Angkor Wat, is the ultimate Indiana Jones experience. Built in the 12th century under Suryavarman II, Beng Mealea is enclosed by a massive moat measuring 1.2km by 900m.
DAY 21: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE (B)
Today bid farewell to Cambodia. After breakfast, free on own leisure till time for departure to your next destination.
Tour end here.
NOTE: All rates are in US$ per person
* The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
* Special request (diet or vegetarian, …) should be sent before your departure date.
|Tour type/ Class||Price US$/per person|
Hotel 2+, 3+
Hotel 4++ & 5+