PRIVATE TOUR – TOUR CODE: CPK11
The 2-week Vietnam Cambodia holiday includes visit to the most popular sites in both countries. It’s an easy leisure tour with 4 UNESCO World heritages of Halong bay, Hue, Hoi An and Siem Reap – Angkor Wat inclusive. Superior junk cruise on the legendary Ha Long Bay. Discovery the poetic city Hue & the ancient town Hoi An, especially with a night culinary exploration in Hue. Experience the heart of the Mekong the majestic river in Mekong delta Vietnam and Tonle Sap lake Siem Reap.
TRAVEL ROUTE: Hanoi – Halong bay – Hanoi – Hoi An – Hue – Saigon – Cu Chi – Mekong delta – Siem Reap – Departure
PRICE (Exclusive of airfares & option tours)
|Price (US$) per person
- Hanoi to Da Nang flight ticket: US$ 106 per person
- Hue to Ho Chi Minh city flight ticket: US$ 106 per person
- Ho Chi Minh city – Siem Reap flight ticket: US$ 200 per person
DAY 1 HANOI ARRIVAL (D)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai international airport, you will meet our guide and transfer to hotel for check-in. Enjoy welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2 HANOI (B,L) GROUP TOUR
Enjoy Hanoi city tour today to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his former residence, One-pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature – the first University in Vietnam, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or Bat Trang ceramic village, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and take one hour Cyclo tour around Hanoi Old quarter. Finish your day off at the Thang Long Opera Theatre for a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 3 HANOI – HALONG BAY – OVERNIGHT ON JUNK (B,L,D) GROUP TOUR
Start at 8am with shuttle bus transfer to Halong City. This takes around 3 hours. We may stop enroute to admire the local scenery. Arrive at the port around 11:30 and board the ship. Begin sailing and pass through a magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board, enjoy a lavish dinner.
DAY 4 HALONG – HANOI – FLIGHT TO DA NANG – HOI AN (B,L)
Wake up with Tai Chi exercises (a kind of light exercises) on the sun deck and continue cruising the bays. Enjoy breakfast buffet in the restaurant, then visit the limestone grotto. Disembark in Halong City around 11 and get back to Hanoi with your shuttle bus vehicle, guide and driver. When we arrive in Hanoi you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore the colorful streets of the Old Quarter, sip on coffee in the French Quarter and admire the architecture of the city before transferring to Airport for flight to Danang. Arriving at Da Nang, enjoy a private transfer with your local guide to Hoi An Ancient Town.
DAY 5 HOI AN (B)
Morning, take a half day walking tour of Hoi An, discover the historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries. Visit Hoi An’s colourful local market, Tan Ky old house, Fukian Assembly Hall, and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. You can also see local residents raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry.
Afternoon, free leisure in Hoi An ancient town and relax at Cua Dai Beach.
DAY 6 HOI AN – MY SON (B) GROUP TOUR
Depart from Hoi An at 8am by shuttle bus for My Son sanctuary UNESCO World Heritage, a chain of 70 Champa temples, in a valley roughly two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in South East Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. Though the complex has been destroyed over time, we still see many majestic ancient ruins of temples in the area. Upon arrival, you walk around with your guide for 2 hours to see the historic and cultural ruins of the 16th century, you will be brought back to the glorious time of the Champa civilization. Then leave My Son for Cau Lau boat station. Take a motorized boat excursion to visit Kim Bong carpentry village, 3km west of Hoi An. Have a soft lunch and drink on boat. Tour ends at Hoi An dock at around 2pm. You should come back hotel by your own.
Afternoon, free leisure in Hoi An ancient town and relax at Cua Dai Beach.
DAY 7 HOI AN – HUE – NIGHT LIFE FOOD DISCOVERY (B,L,D)
Morning, transfer to Hue in your private vehicle. The overland journey will take you through one of the most beautiful scenery of Vietnam when you traverse the Hai Van (Cloudy Pass). There will be plenty of photo opportunities and stops at beaches en route. Arriving at Hue, you will start the day visiting the Forbidden City and the Imperial Citadel, the magnificent tomb of Vietnam’s last monarch Khai Dinh and the romantic tomb of the poet-king Tu Duc. Enjoy this romantic cruise along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue.
In the evening, you start the memorial culinary evening with at the restaurant “Hang Me” located on Vo Thi Sau street to enjoy 5 specical cakes of Hue (Banh beo, nam, loc, ram it, banh cuon…). Followed by a visit to “Hen island” Con Hen village to enjoy clam dishes such as clam rice, clam noodles.
Traditional cuisine is an indispensable experience when visiting Hue. With its original and distinctive taste, Hue food reflects the values of culture, history, traditional custom, and art and had become an attractive trade mark of Vietnamese culinary art.
20:00 Wander on Le Loi Street at line of poetric jouney, we take you to sweetsoup shop with a name to the ondinary people to enjoy sweet soup “che Hue”.
20:30 On the way you will visit Imperial Citadel and Truong Tien bridge on the night of sparkling night. At the end, our guide takes you around streets admire the romantic at night. You can also purchase special products souvenir such as: sesame candies, conical hats, sour shrimps, long dress (Ao Dai) even for men, Minh Mang wines.
22h00 Ending the tour at your hotel. Overnight in Hue.
Notes: All dishes mentioned above are included in the tour price.
DAY 8 HUE – FLIGHT TO SAIGON (HO CHI MINH CITY) (B,L)
Morning, free at leisure until transfer to airport for flight from Hue to Saigon. Upon arrival at Saigon, enjoy a private transfer with local guide to hotel for check-in a central hotel.
Afternoon, take city tour to visit War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery; weapons; photos; and documentation of Vietnam’s wars with both the French and Americans. The tour continues to the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975. Afterwards, stop at Ben Thanh market for shopping.
DAY 9 SAIGON – CU CHI TUNNELS – CITY TOUR (B,L)
Morning, meet our guide and drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi was an important base during the American War because of its strategic location. The Viet Cong built a 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelters and weapon factories. Dug out of hard late-rite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was never discovered. After lunch, continue to visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office, a neo-Romanesque cathedral constructed between 1877 and 1883 using bricks from Marseilles and stained-glass windows from Chartres, the Chinatown of the City with the Emperor Jade Pagoda (Phuoc Hai), one of the most interesting pagodas in Vietnam. Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 10 SAIGON – MY THO (MEKONG DELTA) (B,L)
Enjoy a full day tour traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the Delta is the most fertile region in the country, and the main producer of rice and tropical fruits. From My Tho, take a boat and travel to one of the islands located in the middle of the Mekong River. On the island visit a fruit orchard and sample some of the local produce, before boarding a smaller sampan that winds along narrow canals. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a local family’s house and enjoy their hospitality and share with them some tea or rice wine. After lunch in My Tho return to Saigon.
DAY 11 SAIGON – FLIGHT TO SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP LAKE (B,L)
Morning, free at leisure until transferred to Tan Son Nhat airport for flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport you will meet tour guide and transfer to local restaurant for lunch. Afternoon, start with visit to the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake (the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia) and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Siemreap. Here you will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is the same as a big village floating on the lake, and the “village” move from place to place following water levels and current. Next visit the Old Market where you can see the fresh locals’ produces being sold; browsing the souvenir stalls. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 12 SIEM REAP – TA PROHM – PREAH KHAN (B,L)
In the morning, visit the unique brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, and continue to Ta Prohm. As one of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been 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. Visit Takeo, Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon as well.
Afternoon, continue to visit Preah Khan temple (built by the King Jayavarman VII). Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulders-hanging corridors. However, Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts to maintain and even improve the heritage. Continue your visits to Neak Pean (a fountain built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake) and visit the temple of Ta Som as well as 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. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
DAY 13 SIEM REAP – ANGKOR THOM – ANGKOR WAT (B,L)
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.
In the afternoon, you 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 this 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. Then, back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
DAY 14 SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE (B)
You’ll have the rest of the time before private transfer from your hotel to Siem Reap international airport for your onward flight. End of Services.
- 12 nights hotel accommodation as listed below.
- 1 night on Bai Tu Long Bay cruise (4-star).
- Local English speaking guides in different cities.
- Transfer and sightseeing with air-conditioned car as mentioned in the program.
- Meals as indicated: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner.
- Boat arrangment in My Tho and Tonle Sap lake.
- Mineral water during transfers.
- Meals, drinks and personal expenses (eg. laundry, telephone call etc).
- Vietnam & Cambodia visa arrangement
- Early check in and Late check out from hotel
- Tips (eg. Driver, guide,..)
- Services not mentioned in our itinerary
Centrally located hotels, or other similar hotels
||500m from Hoan Kiem lake
||Halong Dragon Cruise
||Kim An Hotel
||Hotel with swimming pool.
|Saigon/Ho Chi Minh city
||Thien Tung hotel
||Hotel with swimming pool
300m from Ben Thanh market
||Rumahmu Boutique Hotel
||Hotel with swimming pool.
10 minute walk from
Pub Street and the Night Market