Day 1: Arrival Ho Chi Minh (dinner at local restaurant). Your private tour of Southern Vietnam starts on arrival at Tan San Nhat (Saigon) Airport you are met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour – Cu Chi tunnel (breakfast at hotel). Your luxury tour begins with breakfast in your hotel, followed by a guided tour of some of the most important attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, beginning with the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the Southern Vietnam President until the end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office.
You'll also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the best examples of Taoist temples in Vietnam. After lunch you'll be driven to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network of approximately 200km constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Viet Cong in the American War. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta (breakfast at hotel, lunch in the garden). Today, your exclusive tour of Southern Vietnam you'll head out of the city for the Mekong Delta. You'll travel by road to My Tho province about 1:30 drive, arriving in My Tho, where you board a boat navigating around the small canals in the Mekong Delta, and you'll have the chance to observe the local lifestyles close-up. Pass through the lush green vegetation to an orchard you can observe various fascinating local industries. After feasting on a huge lunch followed with Elephant ear fish, seasonal fruits, return to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh – Dalat (breakfast at hotel). Your vacation begins after breakfast with journey northwards passing through the tea and coffee plantations to the hill station of Dalat, sometimes known as the "City of Eternal Spring". The Journey takes about 6 hours drive but memorable views are worth it. On arrival you'll enjoy the cool climate and spend your time wandering around and exploring the town.
The influence of the French is prevalent since Dalat was founded as a hill retreat for the colonials to escape the oppressive heat of the coastal plains and the Mekong Delta. This charming and romantic town is set around a lake and surrounded by forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside. Dalat is the number 1 honeymoon destination for Vietnamese newlyweds. Overnight in Dalat.
Day 5: Dalat – Nha Trang (breakfast at hotel). After breakfast, you take a short drive past the charming pine hills to visit the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai, who was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. You'll follow this with a trip to the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and the Hang Nga Guesthouse, well known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture.
The central market and the old rail station are also on the itinerary this morning before we travel by road through the undulating terrains to the picturesque coastal town of Nha Trang. Along the way, you'll stop at the scenic Ngoan Muc Pass and the Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers. These amazing structures represent the heritage and culture of the Cham people. Your travel plan to Nha Trang about 6PM, Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 6: Nha Trang (breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant in the village). Your holiday you'll probably wake up to a beautiful sunny morning in romantic Nha Trang. The fabulous sunny weather, turquoise water surrounding a string of islands and white sandy beach stretching the whole length of the city make Nha Trang Vietnam's premier beach resort. You'll board a boat for a day trip around the coastal islands, stopping on at a local fishing village to observe the island life.
You'll also go to Mun Island where you can go snorkeling experience some spectacular coral. You'll also have lots of free time on the blue clear water to enjoy swimming and snorkeling or lazing on the beach. A seafood lunch is included. Arrive back in town late afternoon and visit the Long Son Pagoda and the impressive Ponagar Cham Towers, which overlook the colorful fishing port. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 7: Nha Trang – Siem Reap (breakfast at hotel). Depending on your flight time you'll have some free time to relax in Nha Trang before a transfer to airport for connecting flight to Ho Chi Minh city and Siem Reap about 2 hours flight time. On arrival at Siem Riep airport you are met and transferred to hotel.
Day 8: Angkor Tours (breakfast at hotel, dinner at local restaurant with traditional dance). Today we continue exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King. Enjoying a romantic sun set view form Bakheng Hills.
Today we also visit other temples as Banteay Kdei, Sra Srong, Ta Keo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevado. The grand circuit with Preah Khan, Kravan, Neak Pean, Krol Ko, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Rup Temples, is also visited this afternoon before we walk up to Phnom Bakheng Hill for a view of the spectacular sunset over these sandstone monuments, over view of Angkor Wat under sun setting from Bakheng Hills. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap
Day 9: Angkor Tours (breakfast at hotel). This morning we will visit the largest complex and impressive sand stone art here Angkor Wat. The temple constructed in the 12th century cover an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive structure, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple.
Continue our private tour in Siem Reap we visit incredible Ta Prohm temple settle among of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of mans creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Tonle Sap Lake and departure (breakfast at hotel). We embark to visiting the Khmer Village and enjoy view of the rice field and a lots of palm trees with great fresh air. We board on boat in Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Our trip ends after transfer to airport for departure.
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