VIETNAM-CAMBODIA-HIGHLIGHTS 10DAYS/9NIGHTS

Hanoi / Ha Long Bay/ Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta / Siem Reap

TRIP OVERVIEW

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An introduction to the best places of Vietnam (Hanoi, Ha Long, Ho Chi Minh City) and Cambodia (Siem Reap) for your very first by impressive experiences.
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Vietnam’s rich culture from the north to the south

  • Be amazed by the breathtaking nature or forget the time going by when in peaceful villages

  • Have great local interactions: drink their drinks, eat with chopstick as they do every day and use the boat ridden by them.

  • Getting lost in the mysterious Angkor Temples which have been covered secretly by the jungle till late 20 century that found out by a French adventure explorer.

ITINERARY

Vietnam Cambodia – 10 Days / 9 Nights

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Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Flight to Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital with rich values of culture, culinary and history! Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are greeted by your tour guide and travel to hotel in city center for check-in.
Stay at leisure till the rest of the day for refreshment.

Meals included: None
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Remark: Hotel standard check-in time is 02:00pm. Early check-in is based on room availability.

Optional Activity: Are you a food lover? Don’t hesitate to book: Hanoi Street Food Tour.

Day 2: HANOI CITY

Hanoi City Full Day

After breakfast at hotel, you will delve into the marvelous city tour discovering Hanoi. You will begin with the Tran Quoc Pagoda sited at the peninsula on West Lake – the biggest lake in Hanoi (around 5.3sqm). Apart from its remarkable location, Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest pagoda in Vietnam. You will find the solemn ambience and peaceful feeling when staying here, especially in the morning with fresh air.
Moving on to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum sited right at the Ba Dinh Square where preserves Ho Chi Minh President’s embalmed body by technique of Soviet Union. Nearby the mausoleum, you also have chance to visit Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts where he stayed at the last eleven years of his life; and the President Palace where still is functioned for politic receives and working place of the incumbent leader.

Thereupon, let’s stop at a local restaurant and have delicious lunch of authentic dishes of Vietnam and Hanoi.

After the lunch, you then will discover Hanoi Old Quarter by strolling around the matrix of small but crowded alleys and streets. The place used to the busiest commercial hub between Vietnamese and Chinese traders which made every single street’s names unique and typical by one meaning. The tour guide will help you break the mysteries here. During the walking tour, you will stop at a local café for a cup of traditional Vietnamese coffee (Nau da – Iced coffee/ Ca phe trung  – Egg Coffee or Tra da – Vietnamese iced tea, etc.)

When you are refilled after the walk, let’s carry on exploring the last one: Temple of Literature built since 1070 well-known as the first university of Vietnam. Finish the trip; you will travel back to hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Remarks: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every Monday and Friday (exterior visit only).

Optional Activity: Below cultural shows are recommended for your further understand of Vietnamese cultures:

  • Water Puppet Show (with private round trip transfer & tour guide)
  • My Village Show (with private round trip transfer; no tour guide)
Day 3: HANOI – HA LONG BAY

Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

After breakfast at hotel, you will check-out the rooms and travel to Ha Long Bay passing the Red River Delta of villages and towns. En route, you will have chance to contemplate further scenes of Vietnam beside the hustle and bustle city Hanoi such as factories, rivers, plantations, rice fields, buffalos, etc.

After around 3.5 hours, you will reach the marina harbor and embark the cruise and set the sails toward captivating Ha Long Bay with thousands karst islands merging up from the ocean. The sails will takes a couple of hours till you reach the center for activities like kayaking in the lagoon and visiting the cave.

In the evening, the boat will anchor down for overnight. You are free on board at night.

Recommendation: relaxing on the sundeck, going fishing for squid by local fishing rods, playing games available on board.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on the junk
Remarks: Driving distance – 170km (2.5 hours) 

Day 4: HA LONG BAY – HANOI – HO CHI MINH CITY

Morning Tai Chi on Halong Bay

For morning risers, you are encouraged to wake up early at around 6:00am to practice the Tai Chi exercise on the top deck with the master on board.

After your breakfast, you will have time to go swimming on the Titop Island and walking up to the peak for Ha Long Panorama view. Then, you will get back to the main land. Spend your last time to enjoy the fantastic scenes of Ha Long Bay. You will check out, and have lunch/ or brunch then.

At noon, disembark the boat and travel back to Hanoi. En route, you will head directly to the Noi Bai Airport and board the domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Upon you arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, welcomed by the local tour guide and driver and travel to hotel in city center for check-in.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch/ or brunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Note: The schedule order might change slightly depending on chosen cruise (as hereinafter)

Day 5: HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNELS

Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City Day Trip

After breakfast at hotel, you will travel to Cu Chi Tunnels which most of lie deep down to the ground for very interesting and detail information about Vietnam War.

Finishing the exploration, you will get back to the city center for lunch. After lunch, you will visit main symbolic sites of the Ho Chi Minh City including War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, Reunification Palace and Nguyen Hue Street.

This evening is at your leisure.

Meals included:  Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Driving distance: 75km from Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels (1.5 – 2 hours)

Day 6: MEKONG DELTA

Mekong Delta Boat Trip

After breakfast at hotel, you will depart to the south of city reaching Mekong delta regions. The amazing trip will bring to you most authentic experiences of the countryside, fruity orchids and local floating inhabitants.

You will travel to Ben Tre – famous and hometown of coconuts, and reach the Phong Nam Pier to board a boat along An Hoa River for further exploration with stops to visit the brick kiln, handicrafts and coconut candies making workshop.

Next have a Vietnamese tuk tuk ride passing coconut and fruit plantations. You then will stop for lunch at a local house sited nearby the river. After lunch, you will have time relaxing on the hammock or walk around and see the fruit orchids.

Thereupon, get on the sampan row and then motor-boat to return to mainland where your driver is awaited. Travel back to Ho Chi Minh City; and you will reach the hotel this late afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Driving distance: 90km – 2 hours

Day 7: HO CHI MINH - SIEM REAP

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

You will have breakfast at hotel and have leisure time at your own for shopping or getting around the town. After check-out, your tour guide and driver will greet you at hotel lobby and travel to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your departure to Siem Reap.

Welcome to Siem Reap!

You are greeted by your local driver and tour guide and travel to hotel for check-in. Have free time at leisure till the rest of the day.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 8: SIEM REAP

Angkor Temple One Day Trip

This morning, you will travel through the greenish forest to enter the Angkor complex. Let’s begin with Angkor Wat – the biggest temple of the area, built in 12th century.

This afternoon, you will enter the Angkor Thom via the south gate. The first one comes out is Bayon Temple of 54 pillars topped by four facet stone heads. Then Bakheng Temples, Terraces of Elephants, etc. Finish the day at Ta Prohm Temple called “Tomb Raider Temple” which is swallowed by the huge trees’ roots.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 9: TONLE SAP LAKE

Tonle Sap Boat Trip

This morning you will drive around 40 km (01 hour) to the Tonle Sap Lake to visit the floating village by boat ride to learn more about the livings of the local people. Return to Siem Reap at late noon.

This evening, transfer to see the show Phare – The Cambodian Circus. Cambodian cultural stories will be told by the creative combination of theater, music, dance and circus arts.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 10: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE

Flight out Siem Reap

After check-out, travel to airport with tour guide and driver for your outbound flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: NA

Remarks: Hotel check-out time is 12:00

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ACOMMODATION LIST

City3 Star4 Star5 Star
HanoiMedallion Hanoi
Classic room
May De Ville Old Quarter
Deluxe room
Melia Hanoi
Deluxe room
Ha LongV’ Sprit Cruise
Deluxe cabin
Grayline Cruise
Superior cabin
Pelican Cruise
Deluxe cabin
Ho Chi MinhAsian Ruby Select
Deluxe room
Harmony Hotel
Deluxe room
Grand Hotel
Deluxe room
Siem ReapLotus Blanc Angkor
Superior room
The Aviary
Tailorbird Standard
Heritage Suite
Bungalow Suite

INCLUSION

  • Accommodations with daily breakfast

  • Private air-conditioned transfer

  • Professional local English speaking tour guide

  • Meals mentioned in program

  • Entrance fees

  • 02 bottles of water (500ml each) per person per full day tour

EXCLUSION

  • Vietnam visa authorization letter/ stamping fee

  • Food/beverage not mentioned in program

  • International and domestic air-fares

  • Tips & gratuities

  • Services not mentioned in program

 

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