Day 1 title: Arrival Hanoi, drive to Halong Bay, check in hotel
Day 1 meals:
Day 1 overnight: Halong Plaza 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 back to Hanoi
Day 2 meals:
Day 2 overnight: Golden Rice Hotel - Premium Deluxe
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. Check in hotel.
Day 3 title: Hanoi city tour, flight Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh
Day 3 meals:
Day 3 overnight: Paragon Hotel - Premium Room
Day 3 description:
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 - theTemple 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 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.
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh!
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 4 title: Saigon City and Cu Chi Tunnels full day
Day 4 meals:
Day 4 overnight: Paragon Hotel - Premium Room
Day 4 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 Theatreand Notre Dame Cathedral. Following a tour of the Reunification Palace (formerly the Presidential Palace) then 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 5 title: Saigon to Mekong Cai Be and Can Tho
Day 5 meals:
Day 5 overnight: Iris Hotel - Superior Premium City View
Day 5 description: Meet and greet at your hotel at 8.00am. This morning travel south into the heart of theMekong 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 marketand the riverside Central Tourist Market. Free to finish the day with a cocktail by the river.
Day 6 title: Cai Rang floating market, Can Tho to Chau Doc
Day 6 meals:
Day 6 overnight: Victoria Nui Sam Lodge - Superior Room
Day 6 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 7 title: Chau Doc to Phnompenh, Phnompenh city
Day 7 meals:
Day 7 overnight: River Palace Hotel Phnom Penh - Deluxe Room (for package only)
Day 7 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 8 title: Phnompenh to Siem Riep by bus
Day 8 meals:
Day 8 overnight: Somadevi Angkor Hotel - Superior Room (for package only)
Day 8 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 9 title: Sunrise at Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat - Sunset at Angkor Wat
Day 9 meals:
Day 9 overnight: Somadevi Angkor Hotel - Superior Room (for package only)
Day 9 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 theTerraces 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 10 title: Departure Siem Riep
Day 10 meals:
Day 10 overnight: None of accommodation
Day 10 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.