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Best of Vietnam and Cambodia 19 Days

Hanoi - Mai Chau - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Temple - Saigon - Mekong Delta - Can Tho - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Banteay Sei

Hanoi Halong Bay Da Nang Saigon Siem Reap Angkor Wat

Day 1: Arrival - Hanoi

Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, Viet Bamboo Travel's guide and driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel for check in. Free and easy in the rest day. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

At 08: 00, Viet Bamboo Travel's guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and begin the full day city tour with Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and “House on stilt” at the same area with the Presidential Palace and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. We also make a visit to the Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam, which is now dedicated to Confucian worship and “Hanoi Hilton” - a nick name given by US pilots during the war. Enjoy lunch with authentic delicious Vietnamese cuisines, then we continue our day to the impressive Ethnologic Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. After that, the trip will be followed by one - hour cyclo tour through the busy Old Quarter where you can see peddlers are selling wares as if they have done that for centuries! In front of the peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake is the famous water puppet theatre where we will see a fantastic performance at the end of the day. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau (B, L, D)

Departing at 08: 00 from Hanoi for three and half hour journey through Hoa Binh Town, then gradually climb the begining of the Truong Son Mountain Range to Man Duc Town, a town with spectacular karst scenery. Upon arrival in Lac Village, Mai Chau, we will be greeted by friendly White Thai family. You will have a chance to communicate with Thai monority poeple and enjoy a simple lunch with them - The Thai has their own language, dress, customs, usages and singular blend of belief, worship and myth. After lunch, we will do a two and half hour trek to three White Thai villages of La Poon, La Thia and Poom Coong. In the afternoon, we get back to Lac Village for refreshment and overnight at Thai home. Overnight in Mai Chau.

Day 4: Mai Chau - Hanoi (B, L)

After breakfast, we start a 2 hour trekking to Van Village, one of the most beautiful villages in Mai Chau area. There you can see spectacular scenery of mountain, forest, waterfall and rice paddies combined. If time allowed, we will visit a local market before heading back to Hanoi. We will have a late lunch on the way. Arrive in Hanoi at around 16: 00. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

08: 00 Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta.
10: 30 Stopover on the way for short break
12: 30 Arrive at Hon Gai wharf - Meet the captain, crews and join us for a welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions and check-in cabins.
13: 00 Lunch with fresh seafood is served while cruising towards Vong Vieng floating village, passing through extraordinary shaped-islands.
15: 30 Drop anchor at Vong Vieng: visit local houses, fish farm, schools and have a chat with the friendly fish men. (You also swim here if you like) The other option is to travel by kayak (passenger row kayaks for themselves). The kayaking option is $10.00 per person unless pre-booked.
17: 00 Back on board, enjoy the sunset and continue cruising to Luom Bo for anchoring.
19: 00 Dinner is served.
21: 00 Enjoy the comfort in your cabin or night fishing…Overnight on junk.

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B, L) - by flight

06: 30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
07: 30 Lightly breakfast is served.
08: 30 Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
09: 30 Back on board, continue cruising, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and relax.
10: 30 Lunch is served on board while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier.
11: 30 Check-out
12: 00 Arrive Hon Gai wharf. Farewell.
12: 30 Return from Halong to Hanoi.
14: 30 Stop-over in Dong Trieu town to visit a ceramics workshop.
16: 30 Arrive in Hanoi.
17: 45 Then transfer to the airport for the flight (VN1519 - 20: 00 - 21: 15) to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, Viet Bamboo Travel's driver will transfer you to hotel. Overnight in Hue.

Day 7: Hue City Tour (B, L)

We start our day with guided touring around the Imperial Citadel, visiting the Noon Gate and Forbidden City; then followed with the Antiquity Museum for some view. After that, we will drive out Hue outskirt to visit Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. In the afternoon, after delicious lunch, we will be transferred to the boat quay for a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang Mausoleum. If time allowed, we can pay a visit at Dong Ba Market. Overnight in Hue.

Day 8: Hue - Hoi An (B, L)

After breakfast, we will be on 4 - hour journey to Hoi An. The winding road begins as we make our way up the Hai Van pass. The breath -taking view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. We also make stop for relaxation at charming Lang Co Beach. Our next stop is Da Nang City, famous for the Cham Museum and the East Sea, a place called R and R (Rest and Rehabilitation) where thousands of American GIs came for a break during the war in Vietnam. Also, we have a short sightseeing at the Marble Mountain, whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe. Arriving in Hoi An in the early afternoon, we enjoy lunch, check in hotel and then start a walking tour through the Ancient Town. Here we can see the vestige of the mix combination of Chinese and Japanese architecture as well as traditional cultural values. In December, 1999 Hoi An is declared a Unesco World Heritage site. We will discover by ourselves interesting proper character. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An Cooking Class (B, L)

We start the day at 08.30 with a drink at Hai Scout Café. Visit Hoi An's colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and know about special herbs and vegetables in Vietnamese cuisines. A leisurely cruise along the Hoi An River brings us to the restaurant where we will enjoy one-hour cooking class. After practicing dishes, you can enjoy your products. It is your rewarding lunch today. Say goodbye to the chef, we come to the centre. This is your free time for shopping. Skillful tailors are willing to make any piece of clothing in any design and in any fabric to fit you. Why don’t we test their talent and test your bargaining skill? Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An - Nha Trang (B) - by flight

A transfer to Da Nang Airport for a short flight to Nha Trang, the most famous seaside resort-town of Vietnam and home to one of the most beautiful beaches. After check - in at hotel, rest of the day is free to explore the beach. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 11: Nha Trang free day (B)

You are free to enjoy the hotel facilities or lazing on the beach. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 12: Nha Trang - Saigon (B, L) - by flight

Free time until transfer to the airport for a short flight to Saigon. Saigon is a fast growing city, which is changing day by day and recognized by high buildings and big roads. The ongoing changes in economy have given the city a really cosmopolitan and dynamic character. Today, we will visit the highlights of Saigon including the Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace and the War Museum. Rest of the time, you can have a look at bustling Ben Thanh Market for an appreciation of local life. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 13: Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple (B, L)

In the morning Viet Bamboo Travel's guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and then depart for Tay Ninh to visit the famous Cao Dai Temple. There you witness a colorful service. After the service you have lunch at a local restaurant. Then you go to Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi Tunnels are an impressive network of tunnels with a length of over 250 km. This strategic place was used by 15, 000 Viet Cong fighters during the war. In the afternoon you return to Saigon approximately at 17: 00. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 14: Saigon - My Tho - Can Tho (B, L)

Leave Saigon, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh - a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Have a short cycling tour then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 15: Can Tho - Saigon (B, L)

Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to Cai Rang floating markets, which are the liveliest in the whole religion.Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to cross a "Monkey bridge" which is built by only o­ne stem of bamboo. Stop for lunch. On the way back to Saigon by bus the last stop is to visit to Mangrove forest which was a former Viet Cong base used by the guerillas during the War. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 16: Saigon - Siem Reap (B, L) - by flight

Today, we will take a morning flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, will be met and greeting by our guide then transferred to your hotel. Spend the full afternoon exploring the main Angkor Wat Temple and enjoy sunset at the temple top of Pre Rup. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 17: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat (B, L)

Early this morning, enjoy a sunrise tour of Angkor Wat with great photographing opportunities. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Continue to explore Angkor Thom, the site of the ancient capital of the Khmer period. Visit the South Gate, Bayon, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, which many deemed the most charming of all the temples. This afternoon, take a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake to observe the local’s life on water. Stop by at the Artisan D’Angkor and Old market for some shopping. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 18: Siem Reap - Banteay Sei (B, L)

In the morning, drive through the lovely countryside to visit Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre, which many consider Bantaey Srei to be the prettiest temple was built with pink sand stone. In the afternoon, visit Preah Khan, Neak Pean and Ta Som temples. Also, have some time for a re-visit of Angkor Wat and wander around on your own. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 19: Siem Reap - Departure (B)

Free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to airport for flight back home. End of service!
Price per person in $US
Class
2 Pax
3 Pax
4 Pax
5 Pax
3 Star 2, 395 2, 165 1, 980 1, 870
4 Star 2, 725 2, 456 2, 305 2, 170
5 Star 3, 515 3, 185 3, 080 2, 195

Trip includes:

  • Private tour (Except joining boat in Halong Bay)
  • Accommodation at specified or similar hotels with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation as indicated in program
  • All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • English or French speaking tour guide at places as indicated in program
  • Boat trip as indicated in program
  • Air tickets: Economy class: Hanoi - Hue; Da Nang - Nha Trang; Nha Trang - Saigon; Saigon - Siem Reap

Trip excludes:

  • Surcharge on Chirstmas Eve and New Year Eve
  • VISA to Vietnam (Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity. We can help for visa on arrival if request)
  • VISA to Cambodia
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
  • Other meals and drinks Late check out or early check in at all places (Normally check in at 14: 00 and check out at 12: 00/ surcharge if request)
  • Insurance travel
  • Tips & gratuities
  • All other services are not made on the written form

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