HA NOI - HA LONG - HUE - DA NANG - HOI AN - SAI GON - CU CHI - TAY NINH - MEKONG DELTA - PHNOM PENH - SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WATT
Day 1: Arrival - Hanoi Sightseeing Tour
Day 2: Hanoi Full Day City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi to Halong Bay - Halong Cruising Tour
Day 4: Halong Bay Tour to Hue Citadel - Hue City Tour
Day 5: Hue Sightseeing Tour to Hoian Ancient Town
Day 6: Hoian Full Day Sightseeing Tour
Day 7: Hoian - Danang - Saigon City Tour
Day 8: Saigon Package Tour to Tay Ninh - Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 9: Saigon Tour to Mekong Delta
Day 10: Saigon to Cambodia - Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour
Day 11: Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour to Siem Reap
Day 12: Angkor Wat Sightseeing Tour
Day 13: Angkor Wat Package Tour
Day 14: Siem Reap - Departure
DAY 1: ARRIVAL – HANOI (-/-/-)
On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met by our guide and transferred to hotel. The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia's most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks make for relaxing atmosphere. If time permits we enjoy a short cyclo ride through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places.
Overnight in Ha Noi.
DAY 2: HANOI FULL DAY TOUR (B/-/-)
Today we commence our exploration of Hanoi with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow it with a visit to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam and the History Museum with an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnamese history. Later on, we will take a short visit at Hilton Prison where Vietnamese soldiers did captured & detained American pilots from 1967 till 1973 to learn more about the history of Vietnam war against American Imperialists. In this afternoon, visiting the outlaying Ethnologic Museum is also a major part of our sightseeing. This gleaming mansion is dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic group s. Afterwards we drive to the Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. They are some major highlights set by the beautiful West Lake. We also visit the old quarters and the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple. In front of this lake is the famous water puppet theatre where we will see a fantastic performance.
Overnight in Ha Noi.
DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
After having breakfast at hotel, you will be picked by our guide & driver at hotel then driven to Halong Bay - 170km from the East of Hanoi. On the way, you will have chances to stop by green paddies to see the Vietnamese farmers working on their fields or you might get by a Humanity Center where we are nursing the disabled Children who are left behind the War & they are victims of Agent Oranges caused by American troops.
At around 12:00, you will reach to Halong Bay recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1994. The islands in Ha Long Bay are mainly limestone and schist islands most lying in the two main areas: the southeastern part of Bai Tu Long Bay and southwestern part of Ha Long Bay. They are the result of many times of rising and lowering processes of the continent to form a karst. The process of nearly full erosion and weathering of the karst created the unique Ha Long Bay in the world. In 2000, UNESCO recognized it as the World Heritage for the second time for its geographical and geomorphologic values.
On arrival at 12h30, We are welcome on the traditional boat and have welcome drink. Start the boat trip to visit Halong Bay with outstanding natural beauty of many Islands such as Con Cho Island, Dinh Huong Island, Canh Buom Island, Ga Choi Island and have fresh seafood lunch served on board.
In the afternoon, you will have opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful cave in Ha long Bay- Sung Sot Cave or Suprising Cave, then swimming on Titov or do kayaking to visit Luon Cave. Watching sunset, fishing with seine and owing bamboo boat (on request)
Dinner and Overnight on boat.
DAY 4: HA LONG – HANOI - HUE (B/-/-)
After having delicious breakfast, we will keep cruising to come back the port. Right here our car will be at disposal to pick you up then drive back to Hanoi. Arriving Hanoi, you will be transferred to Noi Bai airport for an afternoon flight to Hue VN1541 (08:50 – 10:00).. Upon arrival, you will be escorted by our guide & driver then driven to your hotel for a drop of your luggage.
By the end of the day, we will have one more chance to take a glancing tour of Hue with a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass many fantastic eating spots, all ideal for visitors to sample some local delicacies.
Overnight in in Hue
DAY 5: HUE CITY TOUR – DANANG - HOIAN SIGHTSEEING TOUR (B/L-/-)
After breakfast at hotel, we enjoy a boat trip on the Perfumes River to visit the beautiful riverside Thien Mu Pagoda - one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious work ship in Hue. Then we continue to discover Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City. The city tour in Hue includes with a chance to see a Royal musical performance of Hue (which is listed also as one of cultural UNESCO World Heritages). In the afternoon, we will departure to Danang. The scenic 4-hour drive via Hai Van Pass, which was originally one of major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages (we can choose the shorter way by driving through the tunnel). We will arrive to Hoian town which is now not only an UNESCO World Heritage, but a real live museum.
We starting visiting of Hoi An Town with its low tiled houses of Chinese appearance, Japanese covered bridge, brightly painted temples and pagodas make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam.
Overnight in Hoi An
DAY 6: HOI AN FULL DAY OF SIGHTSEEING TOURS (B/L/-)
Hoi An, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There are plenty to see in this tranquil and delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. We include these sites in an enchanting walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past
The rest of time, you will be free on your own
Overnight in in Hoi An
DAY 7: HOI AN PACKAGE TOURS - DA NANG - SAI GON CITY TOURS (B/L/-)
After having breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to Da Nang airport for a short morning flight to Ho Chi Minh VN1305 (08:00 09:15). On arrival you are met by our guide and transferred to hotel. This metropolis, contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping areas and sidewalk cafes. An afternoon will acquaints us with some major sights of Ho Chi Minh. We drive past many lively streets on our way to the Reunification Palace. This mansion was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We follow these with a visit to the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War remnant exhibit. The final stop is Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale!.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 8: SAI GON - CU CHI - TAY NINH (B/L/-)
The incredible underground network in Cu Chi stretched over 200 kilometers and became legendary during the American war. The extensive tunnels have been specially constructed with living areas, weapon factories, filed hospitals, command centres, plus accommodation. Today we have an excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels to visit an exposition hall and a widened section of the tunnels to get a feel of the underground life. There are also possibilities to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. Upon leaving Cu Chi we drive a short distance to Tay Ninh, the headquarters of Cao Dai Sect . This religion was founded in 1923 and now numbers over 2 million members. We arrive in time to see the ornate temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes. These costumes are a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 9: SAI GON – BEN TRE – MY THO (B/L/-)
Heading out of town, we travel by roads to the Mekong Delta. This plain region boasts the largest rice bowl of Vietnam. On arrival in My Tho, we board a boat navigating around the intricate small canals, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view dotted by many islands. The exciting river trip will pass by the lush green vegetation towards the famous Unicorn Island where we have a chance to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and see farmers at work. We navigate some narrower canals using small rowing boats to Ben Tre Province for an interesting visit to some local industries. The extra enjoyment is a lunch at one of the famous local eating spots. We drive back to Ho Chi Minh, stopping off en route to see the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda and the Saigon's Chinatown, locally named Cho Lon. This bustling area is crammed with sacred temples and mysterious, narrow lanes.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 10: SAI GON - PHNOM PENH SIGHTSEEING TOURS (B/-/-)
After morning breakfast, we take you to the airport for flight to Phnom Penh VN3819 (12:00 13:00). On arrival at Airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel (room may ready at noon). This afternoon, discover the Phnom Penh City, visit Wat Phnom, an ancient pagoda stand up on the hill, Independence Monument commemorates the end of Cambodia's ruled by France in 1953, Wat Unalom, the oldest Buddhist foundation in the city, probably predating the abandonment of the capital at Angkor in the 15th century. Continue your visit to the National Museum built in 1917-18 is exclusively dedicated to Khmer arts. Royal Palace built in 1866 and Silver Pagoda located within the Royal Palace compound. Dinner at local restaurant
Overnight in Phnom Penh
DAY 11: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP (B/L) – PUBLIC BUS
After breakfast – Visit the famous Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek, better known as the Killing Fields, where large numbers of people were killed and buried in mass graves. We back to city and if time permit we will visit to Russian market before go for lunch and then transfer to Mekong Bus station for departure to Siem Reap (12.30pm – 18.30pm). On arrival your will be met our guide, then transfer direct to hotel for overnight.
Overnight in Siem Riep
DAY 12: SIEM REAP – TEMPLES (B/D)
Breakfast at hotel – Visit the Rolous group, the monuments of Rolous which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89), are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art, Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples, with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor. Continue your visit to the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We explore this masterpiece as well as some of the surrounding temples including Banteay Kdei, Sra Srong, Ta Keo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevado.
Overnight in Siem Riep
DAY 13: SIEM REAP – TEMPLES (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel - Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century); See the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the Angkor plain: Angkor Wat. The temple complex, cover 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. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks, the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat symbolizes the ocean beyond Sunset from Phnom Bakheng, one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat.
Overnight in Siem Riep
DAY 14: SIEM REAP – BANTEY SREI – TONLE SAP LAKE (B/L)
An early morning - we drive to visit the famous Banteay Srei (Citadel of Women) about 35 km from Siem Reap town, Visit to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art. Then continue your visit to Banteay Samre, build in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompany by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. We go back to Siem Reap and continue your visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Visit the village and take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia, and Les Artisan D' Angkor. Free until transfer to Siem Reap Int’s Airport for departure. End of service
• Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Mekong public bus Phnom Penh - Siem Riep (Surcharge to be applied for transfer by flight or boat)
• Domestic Air-tickets: Hanoi - Hue, Da Nang - Saigon
• Accommodation in hotels (Twin / Double shared room)
• Meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch & D = Dinner
• Regional English or French speaking guide
• Entrance fee to indicated sights
• Water puppet show
• Cyclo trip in the Old Quarters in Hanoi
• Boat trip in Mekong Delta.
• Cruising trip in Halong Bay
• Pure bottled water & wipes
International flights (Saigon - Phnom Penh), other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room, personal expenses, insurance
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