HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOUR
Day 1: ARRIVAL – HANOI SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Day 2: HANOI FULL-DAY SIGHTSEEING TOURS - WATER PUPPET SHOW
Day 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY CRUISE TOURS - OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE
Day 4: HA LONG CRUISE TOURS - FLIGHT TO HUE - HUE SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Day 5: HUE CITY TOURS OF IMPERIAL CITADEL AND BOAT TRIP ON PERFUME RIVER - OVERLAND TOURS TO DANANG - HOIAN SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Day 6: HOI AN FULL-DAY OF SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Day 7: HOI AN OVERLAND TOURS TO DA NANG - FLIGHT TO SAI GON - SAIGON SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Day 8: SAI GON SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO CU CHI TUNNELS AND TAY NINH
Day 9: SAI GON SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO MEKONG DELTA - SAI GON
Day 10: SAI GON - FLIGHT TO PHNOM PENH - PHNOM PENH SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Day 11: PHNOM PENH SIGHTSEEING TOURS AT NATIONAL MUSEUM + KILLING FIELDS - FLIGHT TO SIEM REAP
Day 12: ANGKOR WATT SIGHTSEEING TOURS AT SOUTH GATE OF ANGKOR THOM AND BAYON TEMPLES - DINNER WITH KHMER DANCE
Day 13: ANGKOR WATT SIGHTSEEING TOURS AT TAPROHM AND BANTEAY KDEI TEMPLES
Day 14: SIEM REAP TOURS TO TONLE SAP LAKE - DEPARTURE
DAY 1: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: ARRIVAL – HANOI SIGHTSEEING TOURS(-/-/-)
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.
O/N in Ha Noi.
DAY 2: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: HANOI FULL-DAY SIGHTSEEING TOURS - WATER PUPPET SHOW (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.
O/N in Ha Noi.
DAY 3: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: HANOI - HALONG BAY CRUISE TOURS (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 wimming on Titop or do kayak to visit Luon Cave. Watching sunset. Fishing with seine and owing bamboo boat (on request)
Dinner and overnight on boat.
DAY 4: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: HA LONG CRUISE TOURS - FLIGHT TO HUE - HUE SIGHTSEEING TOURS
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. 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.
O/N in Hue
DAY 5: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: HUE CITY TOURS OF IMPERIAL CITADEL AND BOAT TRIP ON PERFUME RIVER - OVERLAND TOURS TO DANANG - HOIAN SIGHTSEEING TOURS (B/-/-)
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 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 Hoi An, which was which was originally one of major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoian town 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.
O/N in Hoi An
DAY 6: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: HOI AN FULL-DAY OF SIGHTSEEING TOURS (B/-/-)
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
O/N in Hoi An
DAY 7: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: HOI AN OVERLAND TOURS TO DA NANG - FLIGHT TO SAI GON - SAIGON SIGHTSEEING TOURS (B/-/-)
After having breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to Da Nang airport for a short morning flight to Ho Chi Minh. 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!.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 8: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: SAI GON SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO CU CHI TUNNELS AND TAY NINH (B/-/-)
The incredible underground network in Cu Chi stretched over 200 kilometres 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.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 9: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: SAI GON SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO MEKONG DELTA - SAI GON (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 Ving Trang Pagoda and the Saigon's Chinatown, locally named Cho Lon. This bustling area is crammed with sacred temples and mysterious, narrow lanes.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 10: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: SAI GON - FLIGHT TO PHNOM PENH - PHNOM PENH SIGHTSEEING TOURS (B/-/-)
After morning breakfast, we take you to the airport for flight to Phnom Penh. On arrival at Po Chen Tong Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel.
In the afernoon, we have a half day city tour to discover Phnom Penh - capital city of Phnom Penh was once considered the loveliest city of Indochina. Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerable charm. A city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are now home to the royal family and are therefore very close to the public. At the northern area of the palace grounds is Silver Pagoda, the most sacred shrine in the country. We visit both structures as well as the legendary temple of Wat Phnom, which provides an interesting view over the environs.
O/N in Phnom Penh.
DAY 11: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: PHNOM PENH SIGHTSEEING TOURS AT NATIONAL MUSEUM + KILLING FIELDS - FLIGHT TO SIEM REAP (B/-/D)
Phnom Penh is famous for history begins with Lady Penh who discovered five Buddha images concealed in a tree and had a pagoda named Wat Phnom Don Penh built on that spot. The city that took its name from the pagoda was founded nearly a century later, becoming the capital in 1866.
Today we continue seeing Phnom Penh with the Royal University of Fine Arts, where the young Cambodians learn the ancient arts of their ancestors. A view of numerous children practicing the graceful movements of the beautiful national dances is impressive. The next stop of our trip is the National Museum, exclusively dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from 9th to 15th centuries, but some date from as early as the 4th century. Heading out of town we visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek, which will give us a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. We have time for an exploration of Psar Toul Tom Pong, also called the “Russian Market”, where anything and everything is for sales.
In the afternoon, You have lunch (your own account) before we transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for short flight to Siem Reap. On arrival met and transfer to hotel for check in. Dinner at local restaurant,
O/N at Siem Reap.
DAY 12: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: ANGKOR WATT SIGHTSEEING TOURS AT SOUTH GATE OF ANGKOR THOM AND BAYON TEMPLES - DINNER WITH KHMER DANCE (B/-/-)
Upon arrival in Siem Reap airport, met and welcome by our friendly guide, then transfer direct to hotel. Check in. visit to South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphoun, the Terrace of Temple, Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King.
It is time to visit the Angkor National Museum and visit one of the great wonders of the world and symbol of the heart and soul of the Cambodia, Angkor Wat and view wonderful sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hills. Tonight you will enjoy dinner with Khmer Apsara Dance Show.
* Optional for elephant riding at Bayon temple or ride up/down at Bakheng
O/N at Siem Reap.
DAY 13: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: ANGKOR WATT SIGHTSEEING TOURS AT TAPROHM AND BANTEAY KDEI TEMPLES (B/L/-)
Optional for view sunrise (early morning)
Breakfast at the hotel
We continue to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, Pre Rup, East Mebon, and Neak Poan.
Visit Krovan, Royal Bath of Srah Srang and Banteay Kdei temples. Lunch at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel
O/N at Siem Reap.
DAY 14: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA TOURS: SIEM REAP TOURS TO TONLE SAP LAKE - DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel
We board on boat in Tonle Sap Lake. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals.
Free leisure for your own time for rolling at local market for shopping until transfer to Siem Reap International airport departure flight
• Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• 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
• Visa Approval Letter to Vietnam
International flights (Saigon - Phnom Penh), Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room, personal expenses, insurance,...
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