14 DAYS - BEST OF VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

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  • Route: Hanoi - Halong – Hue – Danang – Hoian – Cu Chi Tunnels – My Tho – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom
  • Travel style: History & Culture
  • Duration: 14 Days/13 Nights
  • Tour Code: ACIND14D-2
  • Start: Hanoi
  • Finish: Siem Reap

 

OVERVIEW:

Discover the varied beauty of Vietnam from the fascinating Hanoi city to the dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy your time being in the best Vietnam heritages: Halong Bay, Hue Imperial, Hoi An, My Son. A cruise on the Mekong delta and the magnificent landscapes of Halong Bay, including a night on a traditional junk boat are all your lifetime travel experience. We also remember to include the best sites of Cambodia in our Best of Vietnam and Cambodia tour namely Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.  This superb tour takes you around the capital Phnom Penh before discovering the Angkor temples – the most significant sites of Khmer architecture.

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2: HANOI – FULL DAY HANOI CITY TOUR
  • DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE
  • DAY 4: HALONG – HANOI – HUE
  • DAY 5: HUE – HOIAN
  • DAY 6: HOIAN –CITY TOUR – MY SON
  • DAY 7: HOIAN – HOCHIMINH – CITY TOUR
  • DAY 8: HOCHIMINH – CU CHI TUNNELS – HOCHIMINH CITY TOUR
  • DAY 9: HOCHIMINH – MEKONG DELTA (MY THO)
  • DAY 10: HOCHIMINH – PHNOM PENH
  • DAY 11: PHNOM PENH – CITY TOUR – SIEM REAP
  • DAY 12: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT TOURS
  • DAY 13: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT TOURS
  • DAY 14: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore the 36 ancient streets of Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Overnight on a traditional junk in Halong Bay
  • Admire royal relics in the former capital of Hue
  • Live slowly in the peaceful town in Hoi An
  • Discover the ruined Hindu temples in My Son sanctuary
  • Hit the prominent landmarks of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Sail through the vibrant Mekong Delta
  • Go shopping at an lively outdoor market in Phnom Penh
  • Be amazed at the magnificent Angkor Wat

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
  • Private services & daily departure
  • Supplement for standard Vietnamese menu meals
  • Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve
  • Surcharge for booking during Peak season at hotel: Xmas, New Year, Chinese New Year
  • Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes:
    • Flight from Hanoi – Hue: US$ 108/ person
    • Flight from Danang – Hochiminh: US$ 108/ person
    • Flight from Hochiminh – Phnom Penh:
    • Flight from Phnom Penh – Siem Reap: US$ 210/ person

 

SPECIAL OFFER

  • [Free] Mineral water is available.
  • [Free] Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival
  • [Free] Vietnam Traditional Gift

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Halong Bay
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private board for sightseeing in My Tho
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary 

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamping fee at the airport
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary

HOTEL CATEGORY

Place

Standard (3*)

First class (4*)

Deluxe (5*)

Luxury (5*)

Hanoi

Adamas Hanoi Hanova

Superior  Room

www.adamashanoihotel.com

The Ann Hanoi Hotel

Superior room

www.theann.com.vn

Movenpick Hotel

Superior Deluxe room

www.moevenpick-hanoi.com

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Legend room

www.sofitel.com

Halong

V' Spirit Cruises

Superior cabin

www.vspiritcruises.com

Pelican Cruise

Deluxe  cabin

www.pelicancruise.com

Starlight Cruise

Deluxe Cabin

www.starlightcruiseshalong.com

Paradise Luxury Cruises

Superior cabin

www.paradisecruises.vn

Hue

Asia Hue Hotel

Deluxe room

www.asiahotel.com.vn

Muong Thanh Hotel

Deluxe cityview

www.muongthanh.vn

Indochine Palace

Deluxe room

www.bwp-indochinepalace.com

La Residence Hotel

Superior room

www.la-residence-hue.com

Hoian

Hoian Lantern Hotel

Standard room

www.hoianlanternhotel.com

Thanh Binh Riverside

Superior  room

www.thanhbinhriverside.com

Palm Garden Resort

Superior Garden room

www.palmgardenresort.com.vn 

Anantara HoiAn Resort

Deluxe room

www.hoi-an.anantara.com

Hochiminh

Thien Tung Saigon Hotel

Superior Room

www.thientunghotel.com.vn 

Aristo Saigon Hotel

Premier Deluxe Room

www.aristosaigonhotel.com

Majestic Saigon Hotel

Colonial Deluxe

www.majesticsaigon.com.vn

Caravelle Saigon Hotel

Deluxe Room

www.caravellehotel.com

Phnom Penh

Cardamom hotel

Standard room

www.cardamomhotel.com.vn

Phnom Penh hotel

Superior room

www.phnompenhhotel.com

Intercontinental hotel

Deluxe room

www.intercontinentalhotes

Sofitel Phnom Penh

Superior room

www.sofitel.com

Siem Reap

Angkor Holiday hotel

Superior room

 

Tara Angkor hotel

Superior room

www.taraangkorhotel.com

Sokha Angkor hotel

Deluxe (city view)

www.sokhahotels.com

Sofitel Angkor Resort

Superior room

www.sofitel.com/angkor

All other alternative hotels will be used in case the above mentioned hotels are fully booked

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia.

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

DAY 2: HANOI – FULL DAY HANOI CITY TOUR

Morning, start a full day city tour beginning with Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November) and the rural style house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars.

Afternoon, continue the tour to one of the following museums of choice namely the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Vietnamese, the Museum of Revolution, the Museum of Military History and the Museum of Ethnology. Go to Hoan Kiem Lake, the center point of Hanoi whose name “The Return Sword Lake” originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species and visit Ngoc Son Temple on the lake. Next, take a one-hour cycle tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi with its ancient streets representing traditional trades from the past. Finish the tour at the Thang Long Opera Theatre with a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE

Morning pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. On the way, you will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields. Stop half way to visit a handicraft workshop of fine clothes and embroidered paintings. Arrive in Ha Long City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served. Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view. Ha Long Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. The bay cruise will continue with up close sighting of Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, a visit to Sung Sot Cave and swimming stop at Titov Beach. Relax to enjoy the bay view at sunset, have dinner after, go fishing at 09:00 PM and spend a night on board.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: overnight on cruises in Ha Long Bay

DAY 4: HALONG – HANOI – HUE

Wake up at 06:30 AM and refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. Tai Chi is an ancient internal martial art often practiced in soft and gracefully slow moves to enhance internal harmony and vitality. Have tea and coffee onboard before proceeding to Titov Islet or Soi Sim Island to trek and swim. Check out at 09:30, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for flight to Hue.

Arrive in Hue, welcome by our guide and transfer to hotel for check-in and time at leisure.

Meals: Brunch

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hue

DAY 5: HUE – HOIAN

Morning, welcome by our guide and begin to sightsee the city. Begin with Hue Citadel, a well-known UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site, which is a 520 ha fortress-like grand complex built in the early 1800s which features three enclosures separated by heavy ramparts namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner. Move on to Khai Dinh Tomb, the burial site of Khai Dinh, Vietnam’s second-to-last king, which is the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style. Take an hour cyclo tour around the peaceful city. 

Afternoon, start sightseeing again with a boat cruise along the Perfume River for sightseeing and visiting two prominent historical landmarks namely Minh Mang Tomb, where Minh Mang, the 2nd Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty was buried, and Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery still in use with its origin dating back to 1601.

Late afternoon, transfer to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass). Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hoian

DAY 6: HOIAN –CITY TOUR – MY SON

Morning, meet our guide at your hotel and transfer about 40 km West of Hoi An to visit My Son Sanctuary, another UNESCO-recognized world heritage which was once a religious center of Cham people where royal ceremonies and burials were performed. The site now is a colony of partially ruined Hindu temples from the total of 70 constructed by Cham Kings between the 4th and the 14th Centuries in dedication to god Shiva. It is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is often compared with other temple heritages of Southeast Asia such as Angkor in Cambodia, Ayuthaya in Thailand or Borobudur in Java.

Afternoon, discover the charm of Hoi An as a renowned World Heritage Site. Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town exemplifies a fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and the outside world including China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Highlights for sightseeing include the town’s iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence and the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hoian

DAY 7: HOIAN – HOCHIMINH – CITY TOUR

Transfer to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for flight to Hochiminh.

Arrive in Hochiminh, welcome by our guide and transfer to hotel for check in and time at leisure.

Afternoon, take a city tour to visit the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica a neo-Roman cathedral built by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles, the Saigon Central Post Office, which was designed and constructed in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel, Cho Lon area or the city’s China Town and the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built by the Cantonese community in the area in 1909.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 8: HOCHIMINH – CU CHI TUNNELS – HOCHIMINH CITY TOUR

Morning, welcome by our guide and transfer to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels in Cu Chi district, 75 km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and later on Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate labyrinth-like network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity is beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges.

Afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City that includes the War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam War with the both the French and Americans, former Presidential Palace and Ben Thanh market. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 9: HOCHIMINH – MEKONG DELTA (MY THO)

Morning, travel by road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho City, capital of Tieng Giang Provine, embark on a boat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on the Unicorn Island to enjoy wandering through verdant orchards, tasting fresh fruits and listening to some Southern style traditional music. Move on to the second delta province, Ben Tre, where you will watch local villagers make coconut candy in a rural workshop, walk around briefly and try riding a horse-pulled carriage. More cruising to some bee-keeping households to taste fresh homegrown honey and honey tea. Go back Ho Chi Minh City and spend time at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 10: HOCHIMINH – PHNOM PENH

Morning, transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Hochiminh for flight to Phnom Penh.

Arrival Phnom Penh, meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. Check in your hotel and free at leisure.

Afternoon, Visit to Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace. Then continue to the National Museum, This is one of Phnom Penh's true architectural gems.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 11: PHNOM PENH – CITY TOUR – SIEM REAP

Morning, continue to visit to visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S 21), followed the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek (15Km from the city. We will visit as well Russian market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs.

Afternoon, meet our guide and transfer to Airport in Phnom Penh for flight to Siem Reap.

Arrival Siem Reap, meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. Check in your hotel and free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 12: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT TOURS

In the morning, visit the unique brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, and continue to Ta Prohm. One of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit as well Takeo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda. Lunch included at local restaurant. Visit Preah Khan temple. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Continue your visit to Neak Pean, a fountain (built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, Eastern Mebon, guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation, and Pre Rup, the mountain-temple until sunset. Then, back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 13: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT TOURS

In the morning, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century) the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King Lunch included at local restaurant., after your rest, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 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, the ocean beyond.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 14: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE 

Leisure time until transfer to Airport in Siem Reap for departure

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