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Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Central, Saigon, Phnom Penh, Siem Riep 15 days 14 nights 3 star

Valid:

From 01 Sep 2017 to 30 Apr 2018

Price:

1 pax: 2,848.00
2 pax: 1,539.00
3 pax: 1,340.00
4 pax: 1,118.00
5 pax: 1,038.00
6 pax: 973.00
7 pax: 996.00
8 pax: 958.00
9 pax: 928.00
10 pax: 909.00

Itinerary:

Day 1 title: Arrival Hanoi, drive to Halong Bay, check in hotel

Day 1 meals: None

Day 1 overnight: City Bay Palace Hotel - Superior Room

Day 1 description:

Welcome to Hanoi!

Note: Please print “Visa on arrival approval letter” (provided by TiiM) and prepare 25 USD cash and a passport photo if you are planning on getting Vietnam visa on arrival.

Our local guide will meet you at the airport, holding a welcome sign on which your name is written. Then the guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel in Halong Bay. The journey east (approximately 170km or 4 hours) to Hon Gai, the gateway to amazing Halong Bay. Considered Vietnam's greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay boasts over 3,000 islands that rise out of the sea to provide a spectacular natural environment. En route enjoy the captivating rural scenery and see fields of busy workers farming their rice fields using traditional methods of cultivation.

Arrive Halong City. Check in hotel.

The rest of the day remains free for your leisure. 


Day 2 title: Cruise on Halong Bay, drive to Hanoi, overnight train to Lao Cai

Day 2 meals: B L

Day 2 overnight: King Train Hà Nội - Lào Cai oneway 4 berth cabin

Day 2 description:

This morning you will experience the beauty that is Halong Bay. Halong Bay achieved international fame as a key location in the French film ‘Indochine’ starring Catherine Deneuve. The bay has assumed an important position in Vietnamese legend for many centuries however and continues to capture the imagination of visitors. Transfer to the port for a magical four hours aboard your boat cruising around the bay. Considered Vietnam’s greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay boasts over 3,000 islands that rise out of the sea to provide a spectacular natural environment. Admire its beauty and scale before stopping at one of the many secluded bays for a refreshing swim (weather permitting) and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch on board your boat.

Note: Sailing itinerary subject to change by cruise management and weather.

This afternoon travel back to Hanoi.

You will be transferred to a day-use hotel for taking shower and short break.

Note: Day-use hotel may not up to your deluxe standard. We select day-use hotel just for short break.

Transfer to station for overnight train to Lao Cai, departure around 21:00pm.


Day 3 title: Lao Cai, Sapa, Trekking to Lao Chai, Ta Van

Day 3 meals: B

Day 3 overnight: Cosiana Sapa Hotel - Superior mountain view

Day 3 description:

On arrival at Lao Cai train station you will be met for the 35 km drive up to Sapa, passing spectacular mountain scenery to finally reach this charming town, set amongst the highest and most beautiful mountains in Vietnam. After breakfast on arrival, we drive the short distance south towards Muong Hoa Valley, and then descend by foot through the largest terraced rice paddy area in the Sapa region. Our walk takes us through the village of Lao Chai, home to the Black Hmong minority, then onto the village of Ta Van village, inhabited by the Giay minority. We have a great opportunity to observe the daily life and traditional hospitality of these people before returning to Sapa in time for a late lunch. The afternoon is free to relax or wander into town to explore the local life.

Note: Today breakfast will be serviced at local restaurant, not at hotel.


Day 4 title: Minority market, overnight train to Hanoi

Day 4 meals: B

Day 4 overnight: King Train Lào Cai - Hà Nội oneway 4 berth cabin

Day 4 description:

Meet and greet at your hotel at 7.30am for a trip to visit a local market: Ban Cam on Tuesday, Cao Son on Wednesday, Lung Khau Nhin on Thursday, Can Cau on Saturday, Bac Ha on Sunday. Here you’ll see mostly Flower Hmong however Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, Nung hill tribe groups also gather here. The market offers a variety of local products, which could not be found in others areas such as an interesting animal market where pot-bellied pigs, cows and buffalos can be seen. Continue your tour to have a short walk to a hill-tribe village. Here you’ll have the opportunity to visit some local homes to understand more on the daily life of these tribes as well as their culture and traditions.

We drive downhill towards Lao Cai to come to the train station for the overnight train back to Hanoi.

Note: The market visit may be on your arrival day depending on the market day.


Day 5 title: Arrival Hanoi, city tour, flight Hanoi to Hue, dragon boat

Day 5 meals: B

Day 5 overnight: Crown Hotel - Standard Room

Day 5 description:

On arrival at Hanoi Railway Station early this morning you will be met and transferred to your hotel with some hours day use for breakfast and short break.

Note: Day-use hotel may not up to your deluxe standard. We select day-use hotel just for short break.

Today we discover Hanoi, Vietnam's gracious capital. Hanoi has been the political and historical centre of Vietnam for almost 1000 years and has a wealth of sights to explore. Heavily influenced by French colonial architecture, Hanoi is both historically beautiful and a vibrant capital city sure to entice you. We begin our Hanoi experience at the Old Quarter, cycling along beautiful tree-lined boulevards until we get to Ba Dinh Square, site of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and where Ho Chi Minh first declared independence from French rule in 1945. Ho Chi Minh is without question one of the great figures of twentieth century history and this morning we'll take time to visit the 'Ho Chi Minh Quarter' for a look at the life of the father of modern Vietnam. We visit the humble house on stilts from which 'Uncle Ho', as he is affectionately known, ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. We'll also view the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda and continue our tour by visiting Hanoi's first university - the Temple of Literature - dating back to 1070. This historical centre of learning is dedicated to Confucian worship.

You will be transferred to Hanoi airport for your flight from Hanoi to Hue.

Note: Flight ticket is not included in the price. We are delighted to book flight ticket with price varied from 60usd - 100usd or more per oneway economy ticket. Subject to availability and airfare subject to change.

Welcome to Hue!

Our local guide will meet you at the airport, holding a welcome sign on which your name is written. Then the guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel in the city center and help you with the check-in procedure. On the way from the airport to the hotel, the guide will provide you some information on Hue, the citadel of Vietnam.

Explore the home of the Emperors citadel and the imperial tombs and see why this city has been an inspiration to Vietnam's most respected poets.

Late afternoon travel by dragon boat along the Perfume River to the much-revered Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s oldest and most beautiful. Return to your hotel.


Day 6 title: Citadel, Tombs, Hue to Hoi An

Day 6 meals: B

Day 6 overnight: Van Loi Hotel - Standard Room

Day 6 description:

Meet and greet at your hotel at 8.00am for a visit to the tomb of the fourth emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, Tu Duc and the second last emperor, Khai Dinh. Visit the impressive home of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors - the Citadel. Much of the Citadel was destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968 but is gradually being restored.

In the afternoon, drive from Hue to Hoi An via lush rice fields and pretty coastal views, stop at Lang Co Beach, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the sea, then drive over the famous Hai Van Pass. Arrive Hoi An, check in your hotel.


Day 7 title: Local for a day (Tra Que Village), walking tour

Day 7 meals: B L

Day 7 overnight: Van Loi Hotel - Standard Room

Day 7 description:

Today become a Hoi An “local for a day” and join local farmers to learn about their cultivation techniques with some fun, hands-on experience.

Meet and greet at your hotel at 8.00am. Start on a short cycle out of Hoi An through picturesque countryside to the quaint village of Tra Que. Join a local family for the morning and get 'hands-on' to learn about some of the unique farming methods native to Vietnam. You will have a chance to interact closely with the people of this region, experiencing a side to Vietnam few tourists get to see. Lunch with the family. Return to your hotel.

In the afternoon, start on walking tour through the quite streets of enchanting Hoi An. The narrow lanes are ideal for a walking tour to visit the old merchants’ house with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture, then visit the Hoi An Museum, the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. Also have a look at the colorful market with stalls brimming with tropical specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day.


Day 8 title: Hoi An, Da Nang visit, flight to Ho Chi Minh

Day 8 meals: B

Day 8 overnight: La Felix Hotel - Deluxe city view

Day 8 description:

You will be transferred to Da Nang airport for your flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh.

Note: Flight ticket is not included in the price. We are delighted to book flight ticket with price varied from 60usd - 100usd or more per oneway economy ticket. Subject to availability and airfare subject to change.

In Da Nang, we’ll stop to visit the Marble Mountains. The mountains consist of five sizeable formations which are said to present a natural element Water, Wood, Fire, Metal or Gold and Earth. Our next stop in Da Nang is the Museum of Cham Sculpture where you can see the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world.

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh (so-called Saigon)!

Our local guide will meet you at the airport, holding a welcome sign on which your name is written. Then the guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel in the city center and help you with the check-in procedure. On the way from the airport to the hotel, the guide will provide you some information on Ho Chi Minh, the biggest city of Vietnam. The rest of the day remains free for your leisure.


Day 9 title: Saigon City and Cu Chi Tunnels full day

Day 9 meals: B

Day 9 overnight: La Felix Hotel - Deluxe city view

Day 9 description:

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's commercial capital and a city of extraordinary energy. Nowhere is Vietnam's rush to modernize more visible. Despite its rush to modernity, Saigon, as it is still known, is a friendly and welcoming place with many reminders of its turbulent past and a palpable momentum towards the future.

Meet and greet at your hotel at 8.00am. This morning begin a walking tour of Saigon's famous and historic city landmarks. The tour will take you through the heart of the city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), past the Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh Square, Municipal Theatre and Notre Dame Cathedral. Following a tour of the Reunification Palace (formerly the Presidential Palace). Make a short visit to Long Beach Pearl and Ben Thanh Market, stop for lunch at a 'pho' restaurant for a delicious bowl of the noodle soup that Vietnam is famous for. We then travel to the Cu Chi tunnels located in an area known during the Vietnam War as the 'Iron Triangle' on account of the strength of its communist insurgency. The Cu Chi tunnel network was established as a means of waging guerrilla war against superior French and later American fire power. The network stretches over 250km and extends to three levels underground providing a remarkable insight into the method and determination of communist forces during the Vietnam War. Return to your hotel.


Day 10 title: Saigon to Mekong Cai Be and Can Tho

Day 10 meals: B

Day 10 overnight: Saigon Can Tho Hotel - Superior Room

Day 10 description:

Meet and greet at your hotel at 8.00am. This morning travel south into the heart of the Mekong Delta. En route, visit a unique Cao Dai Temple and pass farmers tending their fields and drying their produce on the sides of the road. Arriving at Cai Be Port, board your boat for your first look at Delta life as you pass traditional house boats and a small floating market. Visit a local coconut candy workshop then continue along the narrow waterways, stopping to admire the impressive architecture of a century-old house. Stop for lunch with a local family and visit a nursery before disembarking and continuing onto Can Tho. After checking in at your hotel, enjoy a late afternoon walking tour including a visit to the bustling local market and the riverside Central Tourist Market. Free to finish the day with a cocktail by the river.


Day 11 title: Cai Rang floating market, Can Tho to Chau Doc

Day 11 meals: B

Day 11 overnight: Halong Chau Doc Hotel - Superior Room

Day 11 description:

Take an early boat cruise to the biggest floating market in the delta - Cai Rang floating market. Our boat will make its way slowly through the colorful commercial mayhem for fantastic photo opportunities amidst the huge variety of agricultural bounty on sale here. Farmers boats big and small trade seasonal fruits and an array of other goods in a chorus of sights and smells. After returning to your hotel to freshen up and check out, continue your journey to Chau Doc (120km) with stop at the bamboo basket making hamlet of Long Thanh. Upon arrival Chau Doc, after checking into your hotel, visit to Sam Mountain, with its breathtaking views over the rice paddies to the Cambodian border. Finish the day with a boat trip to fishing village and visit local Cham community. Return to your hotel.


Day 12 title: Chau Doc to Phnompenh, Phnompenh city

Day 12 meals: B

Day 12 overnight: Salita Hotel - Superior Room (for package only)

Day 12 description:

This morning rise early for a visit to the bustling riverside market of Chau Doc. Return to your hotel and after checking out, board your boat and cross the border from Vietnam into Cambodia. The boat journey to Phnom Penh takes approximately 4 hours by Join in Speedboat and until recently was closed to tourists. Speedboat ticket is included.

Arrival at Sisowath Squay International Port Phnom Penh (arrival time may vary due to current and immigration formalities). Upon arriving in Phnom Penh, pick up and transfer to the hotel. In late evening, transfer to take boat ride on Chaktomouk River (four faces river) for sunset. Return to your hotel.

Note: Please prepare 30 USD cash and a passport photo if you are planning on getting Cambodia visa on arrival.


Day 13 title: Phnompenh to Siem Riep by bus

Day 13 meals: B

Day 13 overnight: Mother Home Inn Hotel Angkor - Superior Room (for package only)

Day 13 description:

This morning visit the 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. The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a complex of buildings although it is generally understood to be the royal abode of the King of Cambodia. Then continue to visit the National Museum. This is one of Phnom Penh's true architectural gems. It house more than 14,000 items, the World’s largest collection of Khmer Art, including sculptures, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects dating from prehistoric times to periods before, during and after the Khmer Empire. Last to view sunset at Wat Phnom. Is the most significant of all the temples in Phnom Penh. This effect is a sanctuary founded by Daun Penh (Grandma Penh), a wealthy window who in 1372. The 27 meters high man-made hill became as Wat Phnom Daun Penh.

In early the afternoon transfer to Siem Riep by private car/van/bus with guide escorted (314km, 7 hours). Arrive Siem Riep, check in hotel.


Day 14 title: Sunrise at Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat - Sunset at Angkor Wat

Day 14 meals: B

Day 14 overnight: Mother Home Inn Hotel Angkor - Superior Room (for package only)

Day 14 description:

The temples of Angkor represent six hundred years (802-1432) of Khmer civilisation - one of Asia's greatest kingdoms. You will dedicate the whole day to exploring the most magnificent of the Angkor temples.

The adventure begins with a pre dawn departure from the hotel (4.30 to 5.00am depending on the time of year) for sunrise outside Angkor Wat. You will board your tuk-tuks (this is a form of local transport with a small motorised cart, a roof and comfortable seating) for the short ride to Angkor Wat and the little visited Eastern side of the great temple. Creep through the temple in darkness (please bring a torch) past the longest stretch of bas-relief carvings in the world before soaking up the atmosphere of dawn at Angkor from the edge of one of the ancient library pools. Then you will venture deep into the central chambers and up to the upper terraces of this truly great temple, spending a thorough two hours exploring here. Conclude your touring at Angkor with breakfast outside the temple (take away from your hotel), and a short rest. Then move onto the West gate of the walled city of Angkor Thom and marvel at the eerie stone heads and evocative bas-reliefs of the Bayon temple and the Terraces of the Elephants and Leper King. Lunch break and then set out again by Tuk-Tuk to jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm, one of the most atmospheric of all temples in Angkor. Once home to 2,740 monks, Ta Prohm today looks much as it did in the early 1850's, when French explorer Henri Mouhot rediscovered this crumbling site. The jungle enshrouded ruins at this special temple are reminiscent of Indiana Jones and were used in the filming of Tomb Raider. The corridors and temple buildings make a great place for a wander or a game of hide and seek! Spend the rest of the afternoon at Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, renowned for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. Angkor Wat was a temple dedicated to the Hindu God - Vishnu. It was constructed over a period of 30 years by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1151. Depending on your choice, we can view sunset from Angkor Wat or Bakheng. Return to your hotel.


Day 15 title: Departure Siem Riep

Day 15 meals: B

Day 15 overnight: None of accommodation

Day 15 description:

This is the last day of your Vietnam and Cambodia trip. We know that you will have many beautiful memories of Vietnam and Cambodia. Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time according to your flight schedule and transfer you to the airport for your onward journey or flight back home.

Inclusion:

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast, tax and service charge, at selected hotels
  • Meal plan as specified in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited, including boat trip
  • Local English/French speaking guide
  • Welcome kit upon arrival
  • Mineral water and tissue served on coach
  • Vietnam visa on arrival approval letter for tourist 1 month single entry (free of charge)