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Essential Cambodia & Vietnam

Essential Cambodia & Vietnam
Trip length:14 days
Trip style:Multi Countries Comfort Tours
Trip themes:Heritages, Local life & Culture, Explore
Physical rating:*****
Start / End cities:Phnompenh / Hanoi
Price from:Upon request
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Day 1: Arrive in Phnom Penh
 
 
 
independence monument phnompenh
Welcome to Phnom Penh!
Upon arrival the airport, met and greeted by our tour guide & driver and transfer to hotel for check in.
Afternoon: We will take a tour for the city's featured sights including: the Royal Palace - built by King Norodom in 1866, the Silver Pagoda with its floor made up of 5000 silver tiles and where you can see the solid golden Buddha statue. We will also visit Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset. 

Summary:
Transportation: Private AC modern Car / Van
Activities: Phnom Penh tour of highlights
Meal inclusions: Welcome Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh center

Day 2: Phnom Penh historical sites - Fly to Siem Reap
 
 
 
angkor thom
Breakfast is at hotel.
8.00AM: We head out of to 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.
Also, we spend some time to explore Psar Toul Tom Pong, a local market with huge variety of local products.
Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Siem Reap. Check in hotel and rest of the day is at leisure. 

Summary:
Transportation: Private AC modern Car / Van, Flight
Activities: Phnom Penh historical sites discovery
Meal inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siam Reap center

Day 3: Angkor discovery
 
 
 
angkor wat
Breakfast is at the hotel
8.00AM: Start our full day tour to explore the wondrous Angkor with visit to 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 and of course, the amazing Angkor Wat - the largest work and masterpiece of the area.
Also, we will have chance to discover the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm that is known in scenes of the Holywood movie 'Tomb Raider' with the play of Angelina Jolie.
Early this evening, we will take Tuk Tuk to cruise around the Siem Reap town and have a blessing ceremony by Buddhist monks for happiness, prosperity and safety. 

Summary:
Transportation: Private AC modern Car / Van, Tuk Tuk
Activities: Angkor complex exploring, Buddhist blessing ceremony
Meal inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siam Reap center

Day 4: Siam Reap - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
 
 
 
Tonle Sap Lake
Morning: After breakfast we head out for the Tonle Sap Lake. We take traditional wooden boat cruise on the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Visit the floating village of Chong Khneas and learn bout the lake as well as local life.
Also, we will have a visit to the "Chantiers Ecoles - Les Artisans d'Angkor" which provides training to young Cambodians in an effort to revive the ancient Khmer traditions of stone carving and wood sculpting.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City. Airport transfer then check in hotel upon arrival and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Summary:
Transportation: Private AC modern Car / Van, Boat, Flight
Activities: Tonle Sap Lake & floating village
Meal inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho City Minh City center

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing
 
 
 
thien hau pagoda cho lon
Morning: After breakfast we head to Cholon, the city’s Chinatown district, where we discover the busy and colorful scenes of the area and visit to Thien Hau Pagoda. Continue with a visit to the FITO Museum, Vietnam's first traditional medicine museum where you can learn all facts about traditional medicine in Vietnam.
Afternoon: We visit other higlights including: the War Remnants Museum (or History Museum), Reunification Palace - Presidential Palace of South Vietnam, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the colonial style Central Post Office, formerly Rue Catinat in the book 'The quiet American', Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. Later, spend time to wander around the city central market of Ben Thanh.  

Summary:
Transportation: Private AC modern Car / Van
Activities: Ho Chi Minh City explore
Meal inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho City Minh City center

Day 6: Mekong Delta & Floating Market
 
 
 
cai be floating market
8.00AM: Leave the bustling Saigon for the 2 hour drive to Cai Be town in the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival board our long tail boat for a cruise on Mekong River to visit the fascinating Cai Be floating market. Following with a visit to local cottage industries where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Also, we take sampan rowing on meandering creeks to visit to typical local house in Mekong area and orchards and learn more about local life. Get back to Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon.

Summary:
Transportation: Private AC modern Car / Van, Boats
Activities: Visit Cai Be floating market, Local villages, orchards and cottage industires
Meal inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City center

Day 7: Hoi An ancient town
 
 
 
japanese bridge hoi an
Morning: Transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the short flight to Danang. Private transfer to Hoi An and check in hotel.
Afternoon: Take a walking tour of the Hoi An town to visit ancient merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, communal halls and the colorful Hoi An market. Along the walk we also have chance to sample some Hoi An specialties such as Wonton, 'White roses', Cao lau and some other stree delicacies that Hoi An famous for.

Summary:
Transportation: Private AC modern Car / Van
Activities: Hoi An walking and food tour
Meal inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An country experience
 
 
 
country cycling hoi an
Morning: free at your leisure for relaxing or swimming on Hoi An beach.
Afternoon: We will take a bicycle ride through stunning villages and green farm lands. Visit to Tra Que - a vegetable growing village - and join with locals at farm work, visit local homes to learn about their life. Later, we enjoy a round bamboo boat rowing and playing in the water coconut forest before boarding a sunset cruise on the Thu Bon River back to Hoi An town.

Summary:
Transportation: Bicyle, Boat
Activities: Hoi An country experience
Meal inclusions: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Day 9: Hue Royal city discovery
 
 
 
lang co beach
8.00AM: Leave Hoi An for Hue, former imperial capital of Vietnam. Along the way we have stops to visit Cham Musuem in Da Nang which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures, the Hai Van Pass and wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co.
Check in hotel upon arrival in Hue and this afternoon we take a guided tour to visit the Imperial Citadel and Royal Forbidden City that reflects pomps and ceremonies of dynastic rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Continue with a visit to Dong Ba market before getting back to hotel. 

Summary of inclusions:
Transportation: Private AC modern Car / Van
Activities: Sightseeing en route, Hue Citadel and Forbidden City
Meal inclusions: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue center

Day 10: Hue - Hanoi
 
 
 
khai dinh tomb in hue
Breakfast is at the hotel.
8.00AM: Start our sightseeing tour with a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of Hue’s most iconic landmarks that was constructed in 1601. Continue to the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc that is like a romantic park within stunning natural setings and following strict Fengshui principles. The place was used as summer retreat for the emperor decade before his death. Continue to Khai Dinh Emperor Tomb which is traditional Vietnamese in design with a European touch making it unique from the other emperor tombs in Hue.
Afternoon: Transfer to the air port for the short flight to Hanoi. Transfer to hotel for check in and the remainder of the day is at leisure. .

Summary of inclusions:
Transportation: Private AC modern Car / Van, Flight
Activities: Tour of Royal monuments
Meal inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi center

Day 11: Hanoi city tour
 
 
 
local life in hanoi
8.00AM: Start our full day tour to explore the capital city and its featured sights include Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho's house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university that built from 1076, one of the following museums (the Ethnology Museum, Army Museum, National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi Hilton prison or Vietnam Women Museum). Later, we take a short walk around the Old Quarter for observing busy local life and finish the day with a Water Puppet show. (Today is open for you, activities are also flexible so you could follow our suggestions or just talk with the tour guide and customize the day). 

Summary:
Transportation: Private AC modern Car / Van
Activities: Hanoi full day sightseeing
Meal inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi center

Day 12: Hanoi – Halong Bay cruise - Night on board
 
 
 
halong bay view
8.15AM: Leave bustling Hanoi for a 3.5-hour drive through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay with a stop at the midway to visit at a humanity center.
Arrive in Halong at noon. Board your overnight boat for a cruise among the spectacular limestone islands. Lunch is served as you wind your way through the bay of dramatic rock formations and floating villages.
Afternoon: we spend time to explore a natural karst cave, swim in emerald water and relax on little pristine beach. Rest of the afternoon is to relax on the sundeck, enjoy a cooking demonstration and watch the sun setting down over the bay. Dinner and overnight on board.

Summary:
Transportation: Bus, Boat
Activities: Halong Bay cruise
Meal inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Private en suit room on board

Day 13: Halong Bay more cruise – Hanoi
 
 
 
halong bay scenery
Enjoy a morning Taichi class on the top deck with view of the bay at sunrise. After breakfast, cruise further for visit to another part of Halong bay and take a rowing boat to visit a floating village and a pearl oyster farm. Lunch is served aboard before you reach quay around at noon. Drive back to Hanoi. Check in hotel and remainder of the day is at leisure.

Summary:
Transportation: Boat, Bus
Activities: Halong Bay cruise
Meal inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi center

Day 14: Hanoi - Departure
 
 
 
Today is departure day so no activity planed. Free at your leisure for relax or last minute sightseeing and shopping until your transfer to Noi Bai Airport for onward flight.

Summary of inclusions:
Transportation: Private AC modern Car / Van
Activities: N/A
Meal inclusions: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A


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