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Vietnam is rapidly developing but holds onto the charming traditions and culture which make it such a fascinating holiday destination. The capital city Hanoi bears the traces of centuries of change in its wide Parisian boulevards and colorful Vietnamese temples. Ha Long Bay is a magical sight; breathtaking rock pinnacles rise dramatically from the sea. In the central, the UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An uniquely well-preserved and its streets are lined with old shophouses, ancient temples, chic bars and fashionable restaurants. The thriving modern city of Da Nang showcases its fire-breathing Dragon Bridge and sits only a few kilometers away from a golden shoreline.
Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Cambodia is a world unto itself. The country’s natural beauty and rich heritage continue to blow one’s mind with its massive centuries-old temple complexes, diverse wildlife, ancient tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, picturesque rural landscapes and delightful urban life. Siem Reap stands out as a must-go city attraction in Asia with the legacy of the vast Angkor temple complex.
- Explore the culture, history and the colourful Old Quarters.
- Visit Trang An – an ecological tourist site with many amazingly nature blessed caves.
- Set sail on Ha Long Bay – an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Relaxing on the white sandy beaches.
- Experience the ancient beauty of Hoi An Town.
- Explore Angkor Wat – the biggest temple in the world which is famous for both harmony architecture and beautiful sunrise view.
- Visit floating village on Tonle Sap Lake – the biggest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia and richest fishing lake in the world with a special ecosystem.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Arrive at Noi Bai airport. The guide and car will warmly welcome and transfer you to hotel for check-in and relax. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour & Shopping (B/-/-)
Pick up and transfer for visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an important place of pilgrimage for Vietnamese, Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts, built in the style of Vietnam's ethnic minorities, surrounded by verdant and peaceful gardens, One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th century, of wood on a single stone pillar resembling a lotus blossom, symbol of purity, rising out of a sea of sorrow. After that, you will take a visit to the Old Quarters where you can experience the real daily life activities of local people in the oldest area of Hanoi for around one hour on the interesting electrical car with stopovers at Opera House is very famous site en route to take photos and enjoy the Old Quarters.
Transfer to shopping malls with international brands and high quality Vietnamese brands, some big shops with Made in Vietnam clothes where local people are regular; lacquer workshop (great traditional Vietnamese handicraft products). Back to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi (B/-/-)
Pick up and transfer to Hoa Lu – the ancient citadel of 3km2 – to visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh dynasty (968-980), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le dynasty (980-1009).
Continue to have a boat ride in Trang An – an ecological tourist site where the rowing boat brings you through many amazingly nature blessed caves and rice fields. Back to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong (B/L/D)
Travel from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay to cruise amongst the bay’s spectacular scenery. After check-in and security briefings, you will set sail, enjoying lunch while cruising through fishing village, visit a beach area and Bai Tu Long area. The vessel will stop at an island, you can feel free to go swimming during summer time, go kayaking (optional with small charge), at night, you can ask the cruise to go on squid fishing at night. Enjoy a cooking demonstration with the chef as he prepares traditional Vietnamese food. Dinner is served on board. Overnight on cruise.
Day 5: Ha Long – Hanoi – Da Nang – Hoi An (B/-/-)
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise and an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Ha Long Bay while cruising back to the dock. Back to the wharf. Say goodbye Ha Long Bay and transfer to Noi Bai airport for the domestic flight to Da Nang.
Upon arrival at Da Nang airport, you will be transferred to hotel in Hoi An for check-in and relax. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoi An City Tour (B/-/-)
Explore charming Hoi An Town along the narrow lanes with the ancient houses on both sides blending with Chinese, Japanese style and a bit of European. The 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Meeting Hall, and Tan Ky House are some quick suggestions for your plan to Hoi An. Besides numerous art galleries, museum and tailor shops, where you can get some quick made-to-measure clothes, are also the options to visit.
A night free in the ancient town. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7: Cam Thanh Village (B/L/-)
Today must be an exciting authentic day when you will experience fishing activities with local fishermen at Cam Thanh village. While listening to a brief introduce to the history of Cam Thanh coconut village, you will take on the basket boat along the water coconut river. Fishermen will teach you how to catch the crabs, learn how to make funny tools by water coconut leaf as watches, glasses...If you go in a large group, divide group into small teams for basket boat racing would be a lovely highlight of the itinerary. The winner will get a lovely gift. Visit a craftsman’s house in the village before transferring back the hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An - Da Nang – Siem Reap (B/-/-)
Free on your own until transfer to airport for international flight to Siem Reap. Goodbye Vietnam and see you soon in the near future. Upon arrival at airport, you will be met and welcome by local guide and transferred to hotel for short relax. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 9: Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom (B/-/-)
After breakfast, visit Angkor Wat – the most balanced, harmonious, and perfect Khmer temple, which shows Khmer art at its glory in the 12th century. This temple-mountain was built by King Suryavrman II and has become the symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and the prime attraction to visitors.
In the afternoon, visit south gate of Angkor Thom (The Great City) founded in late 12th century with two rows of its huge statues of demons and gods depicting the churning of the ocean of milk. Then, continue to Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of Leper King, and the amazing Ta Prohm temple. Climb up Bakheng hill to have bird’s-eye view of sunset, Angkor Wat and western Baray. Back to hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Floating Village – Killing Fields (B/-/-)
Explore floating village on Tonle Sap Lake (The Great Lake) – the biggest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia and richest fishing lake in the world with a special ecosystem. Most local people are fishermen living in their wooden houses built on small boats and rafts. They have created floating villages, towering stilted houses, huge fish traps and all of them made a beautiful picture of the harmony between nature and humans.
In the afternoon, visit Wat Thmei (The Killing Field) – the historical sites where more than a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979). There is a unique glass-walled stupa containing the victims’ bones of victims arranged by age and sex. Then, stop at the War Memorial Monument – which is dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives in the civil war. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 11: Siem Reap Departure (B/-/-)
Free on your own until transfer to airport for your international flight home. Goodbye Cambodia and see you soon in the near future.
- Hotel accommodation based with daily breakfast
- Traditional boat cruise on Ha Long Bay
- Meals as indicated on the program
- Private (A/C) transfers and transportation on tours
- Sightseeing and entrance fees on tour
- English speaking guide as indicated on the program
- Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
- VIP greet and meet service at the arrival airport
- Vietnam visa processing service
- Cambodia visa processing fee from USD120/pax
- Meals, drinks and other personal expenses
- International and domestic flights
- Payment transfer fee
- Others not mentioned in the itinerary