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Best of Vietnam & Cambodia Tour 19 Days/18 Nights

Duration: 19 Days/18 Nights
Hanoi - Mai Chau - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Temple - Saigon - Mekong Delta - Can Tho - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Banteay Sei - Siem Reap
Price: from $1870
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Hanoi (D)

Upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. After check - in, you are free to stroll around the city and catch a first glimpse of this peaceful city. In the evening, a special dinner out at a stylic restaurant, where our guide will summarize the itinerary for coming days.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

Ngoc Son Temple - Hanoi - Viet Nam
At 8 am, our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and begin the full day city tour with Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and “House on stilt” at the same area with the Presidential Palace and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. We also make a visit to the Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam, which is now dedicated to Confucian worship and “Hanoi Hilton” - a nick name given by US pilots during the war.
Enjoy lunch with authentic delicious Vietnamese cuisines, then we continue our day to the impressive Ethnologic Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. After that, the trip will be followed by one - hour cyclo tour through the busy Old Quarter where you can see peddlers are selling wares as if they have done that for centuries! In front of the peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake is the famous water puppet theatre where we will see a fantastic performance at the end of the day.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau (B, L, D)

Departing at 8h30 am from Hanoi for three and half hour journey through Hoa Binh Town, then gradually climb the begining of the Truong Son Mountain Range to Man Duc Town, a town with spectacular karst scenery. Upon arrival in Lac Village, Mai Chau, we will be greeted by friendly White Thai family. You will have a chance to communicate with Thai monority poeple and enjoy a simple lunch with them - The Thai has their own language, dress, customs, usages and singular blend of belief, worship and myth.
After lunch, we will do a two and half hour trek to three White Thai villages of La Poon, La Thia and Poom Coong. In the afternoon, we get back to Lac Village for refreshment.


Overnight at Thai home.

Day 4: Mai Chau - Hanoi (B, L)

After breakfast, we start a 2 hour trekking to Van Village, one of the most beautiful villages in Mai Chau area. There you can see spectacular scenery of mountain, forest, waterfall and rice paddies combined. If time allowed, we will visit a local market before heading back to Hanoi. We will have a late lunch on the way. Arrive in Hanoi at around 4pm.


Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Halong Bay - Viet Nam
08:00 Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta.
10:30 Stopover on the way for short break
12:30 Arrive at Hon Gai wharf - Meet the captain, crews and join us for a welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions and check-in cabins.
13:00 Lunch with fresh seafood is served while cruising towards Vong Vieng floating village, passing through extraordinary shaped-islands.
15:30 Drop anchor at Vong Vieng: visit local houses, fish farm, schools and have a chat with the friendly fish men. (You also swim here if you like) The other option is to travel by kayak (passenger row kayaks for themselves). The kayaking option is $10.00 per person unless pre-booked.
17:00 Back on board, enjoy the sunset and continue cruising to Luom Bo for anchoring.
19:00 Dinner is served.
21:00 Enjoy the comfort in your cabin or night fishing…
Overnight on junk.

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B, L) - by flight

Imperial Citadel - Hue - Viet Nam
06:30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
07:30 Lightly breakfast is served.
08:30 Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
09:30 Back on board, continue cruising, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and relax.
10:30 Lunch is served on board while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier.
11:30 Check-out
12:00 Arrive Hon Gai wharf. Farewell.
12:30 Return from Halong to Hanoi.
14:30 Stop-over in Dong Trieu town to visit a ceramics workshop.
16:30 Arrive in Hanoi.
17:45 Then transfer to the airport for the flight (VN1519 - 20:00 - 21:15) to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, Viet Bamboo Travel's driver will transfer you to hotel.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 7: Hue City Tour (B, L)

Thien Mu Pagoda - Hue - Viet Nam
We start our day with guided touring around the Imperial Citadel, visiting the Noon Gate and Forbidden City; then followed with the Antiquity Museum for some view. After that, we will drive out Hue outskirt to visit Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. In the afternoon, after delicious lunch, we will be transferred to the boat quay for a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang Mausoleum. If time allowed, we can pay a visit at Dong Ba Market.
Overnight in Hue.

Day 8: Hue - Hoi An (B, L)

Ancient Town - Hoi An - Viet Nam
After breakfast, we will be on 4-hour journey to Hoi An. The winding road begins as we make our way up the Hai Van pass. The breath-taking view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. We also make stop for relaxation at charming Lang Co Beach. Our next stop is Da Nang City, famous for the Cham Museum and the East Sea, a place called R and R (Rest and Rehabilitation) where thousands of American GIs came for a break during the war in Vietnam. Also, we have a short sightseeing at the Marble Mountain, whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe.
Arriving in Hoi An in the early afternoon, we enjoy lunch, check in hotel and then start a walking tour through the Ancient Town. Here we can see the vestige of the mix combination of Chinese and Japanese architecture as well as traditional cultural values. In December, 1999 Hoi An is declared a Unesco World Heritage site. We will discover by ourselves interesting proper character.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An Cooking Class (B, L)

We start the day at 8.30 am with a drink at Hai Scout Café. Visit Hoi An's colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and know about special herbs and vegetables in Vietnamese cuisines. A leisurely cruise along the Hoi An River brings us to the restaurant where we will enjoy one - hour cooking class. After practicing dishes, you can enjoy your products. It is your rewarding lunch today.
Say goodbye to the chef, we come to the centre. This is your free time for shopping. Skillful tailors are willing to make any piece of clothing in any design and in any fabric to fit you. Why don’t we test their talent and test your bargaining skill?

Overnight in Hoian

Day 10: Hoi An - Nha Trang (B, L) - by flight

A transfer to Danang Airport for a short flight to Nha Trang, the most famous seaside resort-town of Vietnam and home to one of the most beautiful beaches. After check - in at hotel, rest of the day is free to explore the beach.

Overnight in Nha Trang

Day 11: Nha Trang free day (B)

You are free to enjoy the hotel facilities or lazing on the beach.

Overnight in Nha Trang

Day 12: Nha Trang - Saigon (B, L) - by flight

Notre Dame Cathedral - Saigon - Viet Nam
Free time until transfer to the airport for a short flight to Saigon. Saigon is a fast growing city, which is changing day by day and recognized by high buildings and big roads. The ongoing changes in economy have given the city a really cosmopolitan and dynamic character. Today, we will visit the highlights of Saigon including the Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace and the War Museum. Rest of the time, you can have a look at bustling Ben Thanh Market for an appreciation of local life.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 13: Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple (B, L)

Cu Chi Tunels - Saigon - Viet Nam
In the morning our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and then depart for Tay Ninh to visit the famous Cao Dai Temple. There you witness a colorful service. After the service you have lunch at a local restaurant. Then you go to Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi Tunnels are an impressive network of tunnels with a length of over 250 km. This strategic place was used by 15,000 Viet Cong fighters during the war. In the afternoon you return to Saigon approximately at 5pm.
 

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 14: Saigon - My Tho - Can Tho (B, L)

Can Tho - Viet Nam
At 8 hours, you will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to My Tho. Around 9h30, arriving in My Tho, you will enjoy different type of boat trip (motorized boat trip, rowing boat trip) to islands where you can visit local houses, see how they make delicious coconut caramels and enjoy lunch. You will also stop over the Unicorn Island for a traditional music performance, “cai luong” by local people. Enjoy some tropical fruit here. Especially, you will have a chance to be on horse-drawn carriage or local transport “Xe loi” (nowadays, it is often seen on movies).
In the afternoon, you will take a drive to Can Tho City, across Vinh Long, My Thuan Suspension Bridge and cross the Hau River by ferry. Upon arrival, you check in the hotel and relax after a long journey.
 

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 15: Can Tho - Saigon (B, L)

Cai Rang Floating Market - Viet Nam
Today, you will get up very early for breakfast so that we will be on time to catch amazing scene of Cai Rang Floating Market. The guide will pick you up at 6:30 hours, check out and transfer you to the boat quay. Now you start a cruise to the floating markets. At 7:30 hours, arrive at Cai Rang floating market, you will take slow running for nice pictures. We will stop for a while and you can buy some fruit or contact with local people. Leaving the market, you will take another boat trip along the river bank and cannels to see how people there live, visit another orchard for relaxation. After that, you will boat to big river and have lunch at a floating restaurant docking at Can Tho River. In the afternoon, after lunch, you will have a transfer back to Saigon.
 

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 16: Saigon - Siem Reap (B, L)

Angkor Wat - Siem Reap
Today, we will take a morning flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, will be met and greeting by our guide then transferred to your hotel. Spend the full afternoon exploring the main Angkor Wat Temple and enjoy sunset at the temple top of Pre Rup.
 

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 17: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat (B, L)

Taporhm Temple - Siem Reap
Early this morning, enjoy a sunrise tour of Angkor Wat with great photographing opportunities. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Continue to explore Angkor Thom, the site of the ancient capital of the Khmer period. Visit the South Gate, Bayon, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, which many deemed the most charming of all the temples.
This afternoon, take a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake to observe the local’s life on water. Stop by at the Artisan D’Angkor and Old market for some shopping.
 

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 18: Siem Reap - Banteay Sei (B, L)

Banteay Srey - Siem Reap
In the morning, drive through the lovely countryside to visit Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre, which many consider Bantaey Srei to be the prettiest temple was built with pink sand stone.
In the afternoon, visit Preah Khan, Neak Pean and Ta Som temples. Also, have some time for a re-visit of Angkor Wat and wander around on your own. Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

Day 19: Siem Reap departure (B)

Free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to airport for flight back home.

End of services. Our staff will give you the warmest goodbye and hope to see you again.
Prices
Class
Number of Person in Group/Pax
Tour cost per Person (in $US)
2 pax
3 pax
4 pax
5 pax
3 star
2395
2165
1980
1870
4 star
2725
2456
2305
2172
5 star
3515
3185
3080
2915

Included:

  • All transfers and transportation as per the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guides on day trips & excursions
  • All accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfast
  • Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi - Hue; Danang - Nha Trang -Saigon (economy class)
  • International flight tickets: Saigon - Siem Reap (economy class)
  • Additional meals as clearly mentioned (B: breakfast, L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Boat cruises as per the itinerary
  • Cooking class in Hoi An (joining groups)
  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time

Not Included:

  • Other airfares
  • Airport taxes in Cambodia
  • Visas & visa fees
  • Other meals not clearly described in the program
  • Tips and Personal expenses such as drinks, telephone, laundry

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