CODE: AAV-07

16-Day Essence of Vietnam & Cambodia

DURATION:           16 Days /15 Nights

DEPARTURE CITY:   Hanoi

ENDS IN:              Siem Reap

AVAILABILITY:            All year round

TOUR TYPE:               Private Group 

COUNTRIES VISITED:   Vietnam, Cambodia

FROM:

$ 1,263

Tour Overview

Day 01: Arrival in Hanoi

Day 02: Hanoi City Tour

Day 03: Hanoi - Bac Ninh

Day 04: Bac Ninh - Halong Bay

Day 05: Halong Bay - Hue

Day 06: City Tour of Hue

Day 07: Hue - Hoi An

Day 08: Hoi An

Day 09: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta

Day 12: Mekong Delta - Fly to Phnom Penh

Day 13: Tour of Phnom Penh

Day 14: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Day 15: Angkor Temples Discovery

Day 16: Departure from Siem Reap

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DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI

Hanoi is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the country's second largest city by population. This thousand-year-old city is considered one of the main cultural centres of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint. Even though some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still has many interesting cultural and historic monuments for visitors and residents alike.. The city hosts more cultural sites than any other city in Vietnam.

 

On arrival, you are welcomed and picked up by your guide and driver and transfer to the downtown of Hanoi for hotel check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure to recover from the jet lag. Overnight at a centrally located hotel

 

Meals included: N/a

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR

The city tour of the capital city occupies your whole day.
In the morning, the sites include Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university.

 

Lunch is served at a nice restaurant in town.

 

In the afternoon, the tour continues with a visit to one of the following museums, you can pick the one you like (the Ethnology Museum, Army Museum, National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi Hilton prison or Vietnam Women Museum). Followed by a short walk or a cyclo ride in the Old Quarter. End the day tour with a traditional Water Puppet show. Your family will spend the second night in Hanoi.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: HANOI - BAC NINH (Old Pagoda & traditional village)

After your breakfast at the hotel, at 8:30 a.m. set off for Bac Ninh province. After 30km drive, you will arrive at Phat Tich pagoda for the first visit of the day. Phat Tich is one of the oldest pagodas in Northern Vietnam. It's said that the pagoda was originally built in the 7th century. After visit the main pagoda, your tour guide will walk you up 200 stone steps to the Peak of Phat Tich Mountain to see a giant stone statue of Buddha. Thence continue on another 30 km through the delta to Phu Lao village where you will have a home-stay experience for tonight. Upon arrival, your host will welcome you with a cup of green tea. Refreshing and enjoy the local lunch with the family. In the afternoon, transfer to Phu Lang ceramic village. The visit to this village will absolutely amaze you while having some stops at family-owned workshops. Learning the local techniques of producing different types of ceramics. Get back to the home-stay, relax and enjoy the dinner and stay for the night.

 

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: BAC NINH - HALONG BAY

This morning, you may be woken up by the village roosters. To start the day, you may want to stroll around the village for a while before breakfast. About 9:00 AM, bid farewell to the host family and spend the morning drive to Halong Bay. The Bay is one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders and listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Upon arrival at the pier, you will board a boat for exploring the bay, the views that you get while navigating past thousands of limestone islands with rocky outcrops are incredible. Lunch and dinner are served on board. The activities of today include a swim in the bay in warmer months. You may have chance to do some as well. Overnight on board in Halong Bay.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: HALONG BAY - HUE

This morning get up early for some fresh-air on the open deck and join the Tai-chi class for some gentle moves if you wish. Otherwise, you are able to remain in your cabin until breakfast time. After breakfast, the crew will pull up the anchor, start the engine again for more cruising to other part of the bay. After visiting a big limestone cave, the boat is gently heading back to the pier. The early lunch (Brunch) will be served aboard. Around noon, you are ferried in and take the return drive toward the airport for the early evening flight to Hue city in the center of Vietnam. Get picked up and transferred to the hotel, check in and stay for the night.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: HUE CITY TOUR

Hue city is one of the most cultural and historical territories of the country, once ruled by Emperors of Nguyen dynasty. To start the day, you will embark a dragon boat at a little dock by the bank of the poetic Perfume River for a short cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda, constructed in 1601; the 21-meter stupa tower is the masterpiece of this charming pagoda. Thence getting back to your private vehicle and drive out of the city to visit Minh Mang King’s tomb. This imperial tomb is without doubt the best-combined natural landscape and architectural complex. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will be visiting the Royal Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Together with your personal guide, you will take a walk throughout the complex and enjoy the beautiful constructional works divided many sectors. Back to the hotel late in the afternoon.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7: HUE - HOI AN

The morning drive to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass will occupies half of your day. Arrive at Hoi An ancient town. Check into your hotel and then go for lunch at a nice restaurant in town
Nestled a couple of kilometers inland on Thu Bon river, Hoi An is typified by the 16th century Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese architecture. The afternoon walking tour offers you a chance to see how beautiful the Old Quarter of Hoian is. The sites include the Japanese Covered Bridge; Phuoc Kien Assembly; Tan Ky ancient house; Hoi An Culture and History Museum and Quan Cong temple. Evening is free on your own to chill out at a riverside café or enjoy shopping with tailor-made clothing, shoes and lanterns. Overnight in Hoi An

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8: HOI AN

Today is free for you to do your own things in this charming Old Town: You may be just easy at leisure to enjoy your accommodation facilities or go shopping at the center. If you fancy a swim, this is also the time for that. If your hotel in town you can easily reach a nice local beach by bicycle. Overnight in Hoi An.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9: HOI AN > HO CHI MINH CITY

This morning, take a rustic cycling tour to the nearby countryside. View the daily life of the locals along the ride and it is also a good chance to learn some local traditional works such as noodle making and rice processing… Back to town for lunch on your own account. In the afternoon, transfer to Danang airport for a short flight (VN121 at 16:20) to Ho Chi Minh City in the South of Vietnam. The evening is yours. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10: HO CHI MINH CITY & CU CHI TUNNELS

After your breakfast in the hotel, start the day by visiting War Remnants Museum and the former Presidential Palace. Thence walk to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office. After lunch, the car will take you out of the bustling city for Cu Chi District, locates approximately 70 km northwest of Saigon. This is a beautiful green land with fruit gardens, rice paddies and plantations. Cu Chi Tunnels are like a spider web in the soil of Cu Chi District. It consists of more than 200km of narrow underground tunnels that connecting half or total covered hideouts, shelters, fighting bunkers, hospital, school, living rooms and so on… All was built and used by Viet Cong for resistance against their enemy during the French and American war. Thence we will drive back to the city in the late afternoon. Overnight in HCMC

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA

At 8.00 AM, pick-up from your hotel and depart for Ben Tre, a nice province of Mekong Delta. The drive takes about 2,5 hours. On arrival, get on a motorized boat and cruise along the Chet Say River (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces to give you a picture of how the local economy works, including coconut activated charcoal factory; a coconut processing workshop.
The boat goes on cruising through a small canal, discover the local life. Next stop is at a quiet village, walking through peaceful land and pay a visit to a mat weaving house. Watching straw mats are woven using a hand loom – you can have a go at weaving yourself. After that, board a "xe loi" (a kind of motorized rickshaw) to another village where you can see lush farms, rice fields and vegetable gardens. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, board a sampan boat for a relaxing ride along narrow canals, then take your motorized boat back to the pier. Continue on your day to Can Tho City. Overnight in Can Tho.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12: MEKONG DELTA - PHNOM PENH

The watery world of the Mekong Delta is home to many bustling floating markets. This day, you take a boat trip and exploring the vibrant floating market of Cai Rang. Visiting the market, you will be impressed by the trading way as it is unique: each boat usually sells one particular item, whether it be pumpkins, pineapples, sugar canes…
After an impressive boat trip, disembark at Ninh Kieu quay then visit an ancient house in Binh Thuy 10 km from Can Tho city. Lunch at local restaurant on the way back to HCMC.
The afternoon drive continue on to Tan Son Nhat airport for your short flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Get picked up on arrival and transferred to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Phnom Penh

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13: TOUR OF PHNOM PENH

This morning, gain some insight into Cambodia’s recent dark history on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Taken over by the Khmer Rouge, this former high school was converted into a detention and torture center known as ‘S-21’. Equally as harrowing are the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Both are grim. After learning about some of Cambodia’s tragic past, getting back to the city and go to visit the hilltop Wat Phnom Temple, the founding place of the city. Lunch is served at a nice restaurant around noon.

After lunch, embark on a cyclo tour through the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh. Begin first with a visit to the Royal Palace, followed by the Silver Pagoda. Continue on to the National Museum, housing the world's foremost collection (over 5,000 pieces). Wrap up the tour with a boat ride for the late-afternoon refreshment. Get back to your hotel after the sunset. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14: PHNOM PENH > SIEM REAP (Angkor Thom Visit)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. On arrival in Siem Reap, meet with the local guide and head to the hotel for check in.
The afternoon starts with a visit to Angkor. First, visit the incredible temple of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive carved stone gate. From here, continue to Bayon Temple, in the exact center of the city. This temple is extremely distinct, with 54 towers, each with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. After an incredible first encounter with the historical wonders of Angkor, return to the hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15: ANGKOR TEMPLES DISCOVERY (Ta Prom, Banteay Kdei, Angkor Wat)

After breakfast, explore the temples of the Small Circuit by ‘remork’ (similar to Thai Tuk Tuk). Begin the day with a visit to Ta Prohm Temple. Ta Prohm has been left largely as it was found overgrown by jungle trees and vines. The visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. Lunch is served at a restaurant in town.
In the afternoon, continue on with a very special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed to symbolize Mount Meru, home of the gods. Angkor Wat is well-known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 16: DEPARTURE FROM SIEM REAP

Free at leisure or do some last shopping until getting picked up and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. End of service.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

INCLUSIONS

  • 13 nights at hotels (twin/ double/ triple share)

  • 1 nights at home-stays (1night at a dormitry, 1 night at a private room)

  • 1 night on an overnight boat (twin/ double/ extra bed)

  • Private vehicles with air-condition, all entrance fee per itinerary

  • In-tour flights: (Hanoi - Hue; Danang - HCMC; HCMC - Phnom Penh; Phnom Penh - Siem Reap)

  • English speaking tour guides (Other language on request)

  • 15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 2 Dinners as mentioned on each day

  • Sightseeing tickets & permits during the guided time

  • Boat cruise in Halong Bay

  • Sampan boat rides in Mekong

  • Motorized boat ride in Perfume River & Mekong River

  • Two bottles of mineral water/person/day

EXCLUSIONS

  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory)

  • International flight tickets

  • Compulsory dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec surcharge will be advised and added by CAT's travel specialist

  • Drinks and other meals

  • Visas (Approval Letter is on request)

  • Tips and gratuities (See Tipping Guidance)

  • Others that are not mentioned clearly in the INCLUSION list

 

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