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Patrick and I had a wonderful time in Vietnam - a holiday to remember. We loved the whole experience from the beautiful scenery, the delicious food, the friendly people and all the different modes of transport! By the end of the holiday we'd travelled by plane, boat (stunning trip around Halong Bay), train, car, horse & cart!!! The tour was very well organized. Our guides were always on time to meet us (this was especially good when arriving at stations after long train journeys) and were well informed. A special mention must go to our guide for the central region around Hue & Hoi An, Mr Chun (can't remember the correct spelling). He was exceptional. He had an amazing knowledge of the history, people and area and really impressed us. All the guides were friendly and helpful, however Mr Chun stood out for us.
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This program combines the hidden charm of Vietnam and the mystical treasures of Angkor in Cambodia with a unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty and traditional lifestyle found throughout the Mekong Delta. The whole tour is accompanied by experienced local guides.

 
Highlights: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Hoian, Hue, Ho Chi Minh,
    Mekong Delta, Cuchi- Tayninh, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat
Duration: 14 days/13 nights
Tour Type: Private Tour / Daily Departure
Cost from:
Start from: Hanoi or can be reverted.
 
 
BRIEF ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Hanoi (0)
Day 02: Hanoi city tour – Night train to Sapa (B)
Day 03: Sapa & the Hill tribe villages (B)
Day 04: Sapa – Market – Night train back to Hanoi (B)
Day 05: Hanoi – Cruise Halong Bay – O/n on boat (B/L/D)
Day 06: Halong – Hanoi – Danang – Hoian(B/L)
Day 07: Discover Hoian Charming Town (B)
Day 08: Hoian – Hue, visit Old Citadel (B)
Day 09: Hue – Saigon , city tour (B)
Day 10: Saigon – Day trip to Mekong Delta (B/L)
Day 11: Saigon – Cu Chi - Caodai Temple – Phnom Penh (B)
Day 12: Phnom Penh City tour – Siem Reap (B)
Day 13: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (B)
Day 14: Siem Reap – Departure (B)
 
 

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Hanoi
Upon arrival in our thousand years Capital – Hanoi City, our guide will welcome you at Noi Bai airport and then transfer you to your hotel in the city center. It is time for freshen up and a short rest after long journey. If time permits, take an orientation walking tour around to get to know our legend/history about Hoan Kiem Lake (the lake of the Restored Sword), our architectural and our way of with small streets and its name (Old quarter). Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.



Day 02: Hanoi city tour – Night train to Sapa (B)
Morning sightseeing of the most city's outstanding historical and cultural sites. The visit includes:
- The complex of Ho Chi Minh historical sites, also called the political center of Vietnam.
- One-pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature for the brief understanding about the two most popular religions in Vietnam (Buddhism and Confucianism).
- Visit one of the museums in Hanoi (Museum of History, Museum of Ethnology, Museum of Fine Art)
- Walking tour around the guild streets in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake, the Opera House.
Evening highlight is with Water Puppet Show- the traditional performance dated 11th century. You will have time for dinner then transfer to Railway station for night train to Sapa.
Overnight on the train in 4 soft berths cabin with A/C.
Note: If you wish to upgrade to the private cabin for 2 of you, please pay extra 60 US$/Person for the round trip.

Day 03: Sapa & the Hill tribe villages (B)
Early morning arrival at Lao Cai - The Chinese border town, then transfer uphill to Sapa town. Have breakfast in a local restaurant. Spend the rest of the day for exploring the charming town, visiting market and getting acquaint with the hill-tribal people such as H'mong, Red Zao, Zay...

Afternoon, discover the nature as well as different culture of hill tribal people with the local guide. Up and down hill from village to villages around Lao Chai and Ta Van area which is decorated by terraced-fields and the house of H'mong, Red Zao and Zay people
Great opportunity for taking photos of breathtaking landscapes, meeting friendly hill-tribe people at home and work...enjoy the great view of the magnificent Fansipan mountain range, deep valleys and terraced rice paddies at sunset.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa town.



Day 04: Sapa – Market – Night train back to Hanoi (B)
In this area there are some Fair Markets which can't be missed. (Can Cau on Saturday, Bac Ha on Sunday and Coc Ly on Tuesday)
You will check out hotel early and leave Sapa for about 3 hours driving to the market. Join in the colorful market of the tribal people in this region. On the fair market the H'mong, Dzao, Phu La people in their best traditional costumes go to the market for shopping and meeting friends and relatives
Say goodbye to the colorful market and drive to Chay River where you will get on a boat for a river adventure. You are bound to feel great and find yourselves smaller among high Rock Mountains and to be surprised at white and breathtakingly waterfalls while cruising along the river. Get off the boat to visit a village of the Tay Minority (Trung Do village) by the river. After the boat trip, we drive back to Laocai and pay a short visit to the Vietnam-Chinese border gate. You will have time for your own dinner at a local restaurant in the town before driving to the railways station for night train to Hanoi. Overnight on the train in 4 soft berths cabin with A/C.

Day 05: Hanoi – Cruise Halong Bay – O/n on boat (B/L/D)
The train arrives in Hanoi early in the morning. Meet the guide and driver at the main gate of the train station. Drive to visit the early wholesale flower market in Hanoi before getting to a fine local restaurant for breakfast.
After breakfast, we depart for Halong Bay – the World Heritage Site on a comfortable drive in 3 & a half hours passing the countryside of the Red River delta. There will be a stop on the way to relax or have a cup of coffee.
12h00: Arrive to Halong city, boarding the traditional junk for departure
12h45: Start cruise
13h00: Lunch is served with welcome wine
13h30: A Breath-Taking cruise in Ha Long bay. Great photo opportunities of shaped islands like Dog island, Incense Burner Island, Fighting Cock Island and so on. Visiting Sung Sot cave and have a swim at Titop beach. Enjoy sunset
Dinner is served on board.
Relax, drinking or fishing at your pleasure before spending a night on board.



Day 06: Halong – Hanoi – Danang – Hoian (B/L)
7h00: Breakfast is served
7h30: A morning cruise toward islets of Man’s head, Tortoise and visit Luon cave by a small bamboo row boat. Cruising through Bai Tu Long bay and heading back to Ha Long pier.
09h45: Check out
10h00: Enjoy brunch on board
11h45: Arrive at Ha Long pier. Meet our driver for the direct transfer to the airport for the late afternoon flight to Danang.
Arrival in Danang, transfer to hotel in Hoian for overnight.

Day 07: Discover Hoian Charming Town (B)
Today you will have a guided tour to see the interesting sights of this ancient city. Some hundreds years ago, this town thrived o­n trading with the Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. You will visit a historical Old House, Japanese Covered Bridge, Old Temple and Silk Factory. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.



Day 08: Hoian – Hue, visit Old Citadel (B)
After breakfast, we drive 4 hours northwards to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Take some stops on the way to see the spectacular view on the top of “Hai Van Pass”and the legend beach of Lang Co. Visit Marble Mountain, Cham Sculpture museum in Danang.

Afternoon, sightseeing in Hue to the Ancient Imperial Citadel, a complex of palaces and temples built by the Nguyen from early 19th Century for which Hue was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Drive to the countryside of Hue to visit King Minh Mang tomb (typical formal oriental style designed). Late in the afternoon, enjoy a leisure boat-ride along the scenic Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda. Overnight at hotel in Hue.



Day 09: Hue – Saigon, city tour (B)
Start the day the Vietnamese way! Take a walking tour of Hue before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Check out hotel and get the transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Saigon.
Briefing tour of Saigon to famous landmarks such as: the Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral - two of the city's architectural landmarks then onto China Town, Binh Tay market and Thien Hau pagoda.
Back to downtown and a short walk via Opera House, City Hall... Overnight at hotel in Saigon.



Day 10: Saigon – Day trip to Mekong delta (B/L)
Leaving the busy city, you are going to visit country side in the Mekong Delta. On arrival at MyTho. The only way for you to observe the local lifestyle is getting on a boat navigating around the small canals in the delta region. You will see the floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging their goods from their boats. Lunch at local restaurant or Vietnamese house. Roaming around and observe how the people make the living from fruit trees such as coconut, corn and other local products. You may love to enjoy tea and tropical fruits prepared by the locals. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon for overnight.



Day 11: Saigon – Cuchi - Tayninh – Phnom Penh (B)
Check out the hotel and depart the hotel in the morning for Cu Chi to visit the Tunnels. Cu Chi Tunnels are a network of underground tunnels begun in 1948 by the Viet Minh in their struggle against the French. These tunnels were expanded and used by the Viet Cong during the war between Vietnam and America. Americans called this the “Iron Triangle” and was a stronghold of the Vietcong for almost thirty years. Walk underground in the tunnels. From here you will continue on to see the Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh, where each day at noon a prayer service is held. It is a striking structure on a very large compound. The term Cao Dai (meaning higher tower or place) is a euphemism for God. Caodaism was found in the 1920’s by Ngo Minh Chieu, using a combination of teaching from Buddism, Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and other religions into one religion to promote peace. You’re your own lunch and drive directly to the airport in Saigon for the late afternoon flight to Phnom Penh.
Arrive in Phnom Penh, transfer to the hotel in city center for check in. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.



Day 12: Phnom Penh City tour – Siem Reap (B)
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.
Morning, take the sightseeing tour to visit the most highlights of cultural and historical sites of Phnom Penh. The visit includes: Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and War genocide museum - Toul Sleng or S21 Prison, Wat Phnom and Russian market.
Afternoon, transfer to airport in for the short flight to Siem Reap in late afternoon.
Arrive in Siem Reap, transfer to hotel in the city center for check in. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.



Day 13: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (B)
In the morning, 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 the 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.
Afternoon, Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara). Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.



Day 14: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake - Departure (B)
After breakfast, transfer to take the Tonlé Sap for a cruise on the lake with the visiting to floating village to explore the fishman’s life. Then visit Chantier Ecole-Artisant d’Angkor. Free time for shopping before the transfer to the airport for the departure flight to the next destination.

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TOUR COST:
The cost is quoted in US Dollars per Person (Pax) base on TWIN/DOUBLE share basic, and applied for private tour.
Peak season surcharge may be applied for Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, Tet Holiday.

Class

Cost/Person Cost inquiry
Standard (3 star hotels) from 1372 usd Contact
Superior (3+4 star hotels) from 1438 usd Contact
Deluxe (4 star hotels) from 1611 usd Contact
Luxury (5 star hotels) from 2048 usd Contact

Include:
Accommodation with daily breakfast bases on twin/double sharing room.
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
Transportation by private car with A/C
Overnight cruise on Halong bay 2 days/1 night
All 4 internal flights: Hanoi-Danang, Hue-Saigon, Saigon-PhnomPenh, PhnomPenh-SiemReap .
Return train tickets in soft 4 berth cabin with A/C: Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi
Boat trips as mentioned in the programs and excursions
Private local English speaking tour guides
All entrance fees and permits where applicable

Exclude:
Meals that not mentioned in the program
Travel insurance
Vietnam visa (Upon request: 15 US$/Person)
Cambodia visa (20 US$/Person, can get at airport by yourself)
International flight and departure tax
Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses 

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