Vietnam and Cambodia
14 Nights 15 Days
Take a captivating journey across Vietnam and Cambodia from Hanoi to Siem Reap. Experience the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and Saigon, cruise breathtaking Halong Bay and the fascinating Mekong Delta, wander through charming Hoi An, visit poignant reminders of the past in Phnom Penh and explore the incredible temples of Angkor. Visit the major sights of Vietnam and Cambodia, the very essence of Indo China, experiencing the captivating blend of French Colonial history, unique local culture and beautiful rural scenery.
Welcome to Vietnam’s capital! Upon arrival, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Refresh yourself.
In the afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple. A one-hour cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter allows you to catch a glimpse of ancient Hanoi and learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture. The tour includes a stop at an ancient Vietnamese "long house."
Browse the sprawling Dong Xuan market - where you can find almost everything from fresh vegetables to pets and household utilities.
Today, take a full day tour to explore Hanoi’s illustrious history. In the morning, visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (CLOSED ON MONDAYS & FRIDAYS) before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda.
Follow this with Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and later explore the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature.
In the evening, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet Show – a fantastic art form originating in the northern Vietnam, best seen in Hanoi.
This morning depart from Hanoi and travel by air-conditioned bus through the Red River Delta to beautiful Ha Long Bay. Drive through rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay. The scenic drive will pass through some of the rural landscape before arriving in the afternoon to the World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay.
You will board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay. Set sail through the bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons' teeth.
After lunch, we cruise to the inside of magical landscape of Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Binh Phong mountain, Sung Sot Cave. Round over Titov Beach. Enjoy sunset on the top of the Titov mountain or you take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnels with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon.
Back on board Junk, enjoy dinner on boat.
Rise to the sound of the ocean coming to life for another lovely day and have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. Take a delightful morning cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay with a Tai Chi lessons.
Today you will have about 5 hours cruise to explore the mystery and beauty of Ha Long Bay. Return to Hanoi following lunch of freshly caught seafood served on board.
Visit Dong Trieu pottery village on the way to Hanoi.
Morning transfer to the airport for your Hue flight.
Upon arrival visit Hue with Imperial Citadel, Forbidden Purple City 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 - built in the 19th century for the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty - last feudal dynasty in Vietnam.
Visit to Tu Duc Tomb & Khai Dinh Tomb which is fascinating remaining of old architecture styles
Later, embark on a local boat and cruise down the Perfume River to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, an elegant seven- tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue's most widely recognizable monument. During the early 1960s, this became a center of anti-government protest, and the site of the famous self-immolation of the monk Thich Quang Duc, Dong Ba Market.
Morning drive down the coast road passing over the spectacular sea cloud pass to Danang - the biggest port in central Vietnam. Half way between Danang and Hue lies the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of North and South Vietnam.
Upon Da Nang arrival, visit Cham Museum - an elegant colonial building of the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world and stone carving village at the foothill of Marble Mountains - five stone hillocks, once islands, that now rise sharply from the surrounding ricefields. Riddled with caves and shrines, they are said to each represent one of the five elements of the universe
Proceed to Hoian - a picturesque riverside town South of Danang, very charming ancient town by the Thu Bon river.
A free afternoon to laze by the pool or perhaps take a walk through the shaded streets by the river or relaxing at Cua Dai Beach.
A morning walking tour to visit Hoi An. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Highlights include an ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market.
Explore the Japanese covered bridge, Sa Hunyh Museum, Tran Family Chapel.
In the afternoon visit Hoi An Lantern Workshop & boat trip to Than Ha Pottery Village.
Transfer to airport for your morning flight to Saigon. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel.
Today we’ll have Saigon City tour which includes Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office, Historical Museum where you can view some interesting displays and photographs following the path of the revolution and photo stop at Reunification Palace; a glimpse into the lifestyle of the democratic regime of former South Vietnam.
Later visit to War Remnants Museum followed by visit to Ben Thanh Market.
A full day tour to Cu Chi located about 70km from Ho Chi Minh City, where you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Continue drive another 70 km to Tay Ninh province to visit Cao Dai temple, a colourful temple where its followers worship all religions of the world in a temple.
Later drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, visit brick kilns on the way.
Morning depart from Saigon and drive overland to Cai Be, in the heart of the Mekong Delta. On arrival, board a sampan for a cruise on the Mekong River and its multiple canals to Vinh Long.
Visit Cai Be floating market, an old colonial house, a rice corn factory and taste local specialties for lunch.
Stop en route to visit some thriving cottage industries and observe how rice paper and rice cake are made
Return to Saigon in the afternoon. Check in Hotel & Relax.
Morning free leisure time for shopping or sightseeing.
PM: Flight SGN-PNH.
Upon arrival picked up at Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel.
Cambodia itself remained a quiet, undisturbed backwater for much of the last century. Now emerging from years of isolation, the country offers a true taste of Southeast Asia before the arrival of mass tourism and rampant commercialization. Phnom Penh is a surprisingly large city, and each of its quarters has a remarkably different character.. The most attractive part of the city is the long riverfront with bars and restaurants where visitors and locals gather to watch the sunset.
In the afternoon, visit some of the capital’s most impressive sites including the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda containing the Emerald Buddha statue, the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s oldest shrine.
End the tour with a rejuvenating traditional Khmer massage.
Today you will visit Toul Sieng Museum and Khmer Rouge prison and Wat Phnom.
In the afternoon visit Central market Visit Killing Field of Choeung Eik. a take a boat cruise along Mekong and Tonle Sap River.
Fly to Siem Riep
Upon Siem Riep arrival, you will be pick up at airport and transfer to hotel.
Afterwards, explore Khmer temples from the early Angkorian period. Visit the Roluos group of temples dating from the 9th and 10th centuries, including the Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei Temples. In the afternoon, we enter Angkor Thom via the Southern Gate and explore this ancient city.
Then proceed to visit the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace
Visit the graceful 11th century Temple of Shiva – Banteay Srei – and the Banteay Samre Temple. On the way back, swing by the Ta Prohm Temple which is mystically enveloped in the jungle.
Ending the tour by relaxing after a long day of climbing around temple ruins as you get pampered with a rejuvenating traditional an-hour Khmer or foot massage.
Morning: free to explore Siem Riep. Free until transfer to the airport for departure flight.