Day 01: Arrive Siem Reap – Welcome to Cambodia
On your arrival in Siem Reap, meet our driver at the
airport for the transfer to your hotel in City
center. You will be free at leisure in the rest of
the day to explore this small town and visit the
local market in the morning.
Afternoon, visit Banteay Srei temple (10th c),
regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical
Khmer Art. Continue to visit Banteay Samre, one of
the most complete complexes at Angkor due to
restoration using the method of "anastylosis". The
name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain
people, who inhabited the region at the base of
Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers.
No inscriptions have been found for this temple, but
the style of most of the architecture is of the
classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor
Wat. The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid.
A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite
paving, which when filled with water must have given
an ethereal atmosphere to the temple. Overnight at
hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 02: Siem Reap – Angkor Tour (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
Afternoon, visit the South Gate (with its huge
statues depicting the churning of the ocean of
milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th
century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers
decorated with over 200 smiling faces of
Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas,
the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper
King. Sunset at Angkor Wat. Overnight at hotel in
Day 03: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh, City Tour (B)
Early morning transfer to the boat station in the
Tonle Sap Lake for the express boat trip to
PhnomPenh. The 5 hour boat trip will take you
through the floating villages and you will see the
local life on the Tonle Sap Lake, the biggest lake
in Asia, and along the Mekong River where you will
see the real countryside of Cambodia.
Arrive in Phnom Penh at around 12.00 at noon, you
will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Afternoon, we will visit this charming city of Phnom
Penh: The Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious
‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek are not to be missed.
A visit to these sights provides a deep insight into
the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. Visit
Wat Phnom temple. Before ending the tour of today,
we enjoy the Cyclo ride along the Mekong River side
to visit Children Khmer Dancing School. Overnight at
hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 04: Phnom Penh Tour – Chau Doc – Vietnam (B)
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 Silver Pagoda is so named because
of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles.
The treasures found inside include a solid gold
Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a
small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal
Buddha. Visit to the National Museum, also called
Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and
painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer
style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of
Khmer art - notably sculptures - from throughout the
ages. We continue to one of the city’s lively open
markets, Psar Toul Tom Pong, all called the “Russian
Market”, where anything and everything is for sales.
Early afternoon, you will be transfer to the boat
station for the express boat trip to Chau Doc, the
border town of Vietnam. To enter Vietnam at border
with Cambodia, you will need to have Vietnam visa in
advance. Arrive Chau Doc in late afternoon, you will
be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at
hotel in Chau Doc.
Day 05: Chau Doc – Mekong on Private Sampan
Located on the upper Mekong Delta, Chau Doc town is
280 km (174 miles) south-west of Ho Chi Minh City
close to the Cambodian border. With such proximity
to Cambodia, the local population is an eclectic mix
of Cham, Khmer, Chinese and Vietnamese, sharing
different cultures and historical richness.
Your cruise journey on the private sampan will start
at noon in Chau Doc or Long Xuyen. We will be
cruising the Mekong river and see the floating fish
farming villages, floating markets and Cham
villages, an ancient Muslim ethnic population with
their kingdom covering Cambodia and south Vietnam
during the 10th century. We will continue our cruise
to Cho Moi on such a beautiful river, little arm of
the Mekong, where several traditional activities can
be observed on the banks (artisanal boat factories,
bamboo baskets making, palm leaves cutting, net
fishing), as well as old Vietnamese temples dating
from late 19th century.
In the evening, we will organize for you an exciting
experience in a village located in the suburbs of
Cho Moi, where your dinner will be arranged at some
typical local house. You will be able to share
experiences with family members and learn about
traditional Southern Vietnam lifestyle, one of the
highlights of your journey on the Mekong which
should not be forgotten! Back on board your private
sampan for your first night on the boat on the
Day 06: Discover Mekong on Private Sampan (B/L/D)
The breakfast will be served on board at 07am.Your
Sampan will slowly leave Cho Moi for Sa Dec and
proceed the cruise downstream the river to Long
Xuyen, a peaceful provincial town located on the
Mekong’s banks. We will pass by several luxuriant
islands, crossing countless sampan boats carrying
sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fishes, showing
an intense activity on the river. Approaching Long
Xuyen, your lunch will be served on board. Later,
you will have a quick tour of Long Xuyen typical
center before cruising further to “Cu Lao Ong Ho”
(The Tiger Island) for a visit at Ton Duc Thang
museum, second president of Vietnam…We will proceed
downstream on the Mekong river to Sa Dec. Some stops
on the banks will be possible for cycling tours to
discover deeper the inhabitants’ life style.
Back on board your sampan, you will enjoy a romantic
dinner served on the deck during the sunset. Second
night on board on the Mekong River…
Day 07: Mekong – Saigon (B)
Early morning, your breakfast will be served on
board while cruising. Further, Sa Dec town will
appear like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow
canals…You will disembark for a guided visit of this
charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow
streets where beautiful French old houses and
Chinese temples dating from the last century are
numerous… You will visit the local market and the
Trung Vuong primary school where well known writer
Marguerite Duras spent her childhood (see her famous
novel turned into the movie “The Lover”).
After lunch, your sampan will proceed to Vinh Long,
cruising by Dong Phu and An Binh islets famous for
their fruit orchards. These evergreen islands among
the Mekong River bring about large networks of
meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless
arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people.
Crossing the large Co Chien River we will pass under
the spectacular My Thuan Bridge. On the banks, some
dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the
largest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where you
will have an interesting visit.
We will proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched
beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights
the Mekong Delta can offer. A delicious lunch will
await you at "Le Longanier", a superb Indochinese
villa located by the river, in a lush tropical
garden surrounded by fruit plantations.
Our cruise continues on to Cai Be where you will
visit Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among
local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Visits
will be made at an ancient mandarin house dating
from 1890 where you will we welcomed by the owner.
Another stop at some local home factories will allow
you to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and
other specialties are traditionally made.
We will finish our Mekong River adventure on private
sampan in Cai Be where will take our car for the
trip to Saigon. Transfer to your own hotel in
Day 08: Saigon – Cuchi Tunnels (B)
Depart this morning for the Cu Chi Tunnels, 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.
American called this area the “Iron Triangle” and
was a Viet Cong strong hold for almost thirty years.
You may walk underground in the tunnels. Return to
the city before lunch time.
Afternoon, you will explore this cosmopolitan city
on a guided tour. High lights are the famed Notre
Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification
Palace, Municipal Theater, Ben Thanh Market, Cho Lon
and a Buddhist Temple. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Day 09: Saigon – Nhatrang Beach (B)
Take the early morning flight to Nhatrang. You will
be met at the airport by your guide for the transfer
to your hotel.
Nha Trang has one of the most popular beaches in
all of Vietnam, with clear turquoise water and
mountains backdrop. The coconut palms provide
shelter along most of the 6 km beachfront. Today,
enjoy free time on the beach. Overnight at hotel in
Day 10: Nhatrang – Boat trip to Island (B/L)
You will have one day boat trip. Firstly we will go
to Mun Island, the best site for snorkeling where
you will see lots of live colorful corals and fish.
Relax, sunbath and swim at Tam island. Then visit
Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island where you will
have chance to see the life of the many sea species
of Nhatrang Ocean in this aquarium. Return to Nha
Trang at about 16.00. Overnight in Nha trang.
Day 11: Nhatrang – Danang - Hoian (B)
You will take a morning flight to Da Nang. On
arrival at Da Nang Airport, you are transferred to a
local restaurant in the city for lunch, and then
visit to Cham Museum (rich collection of Cham
sculptures from in 14-15 century back with Indian
influences) before transferring to Hoian town, which
was originally one of major trading centers of
Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Visit of Hoian
Town with mixed the culture of
Vietnam/Chinese/Japanese with Chinese tiled houses,
Chinese temples, Japanese covered bridge. Overnight
in Hoian town.
Day 12: Hoian - Myson - Hue (B)
Morning, take a discovery trip to My Son, 40km from
Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a
capital and religious center of Cham people, now
remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My
Son, considered being in the same league as some of
Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites,
including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar,
Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia.
These towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7
to 13 centuries. Admiring great architectural and
art works of the Cham lost Kingdom. Having a brief
understanding of the history, culture for which My
Son was recognized the World Cultural Heritage.
Afternoon, 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.
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 13: Hue, visit old citadel – Hanoi – Halong
Morning, take a 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).
Early afternoon, transfer to the airport for the
short flight to Hanoi. From aiport in Hanoi we take
a 3 hour drive passing the nice countryside of the
Red river delta to Halong city. Overnight in Halong
Day 14: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi (B/L)
Morning we will board a traditional junk to discover
Halong Bay – the World Heritage Site. Cruising
around the Bay with famous sites such as: Fighting
cock's islet, Stone dog or Joss stick bowl islet.
Visit Thien Cung cave, one of the most beautiful
caves on the bay and take a round walking to visit
beautiful stalactites and stalagmites inside which
have been formed millions of years ago. Back to the
Junk boat and keep cruising to view fabulous scenery
of Halong bay. Lunch will be served on board. After
a 5 hour boat trip, we will take our private car for
the trip back to Hanoi. Free in the rest of the day
to wander around or just relax in the hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 15: Hanoi City Tour (B)
Today we will take a sightseeing of the most Hanoi's
outstanding historical and cultural sites. The visit
- 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).
- You will 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) on a cyclo ride.
- Late afternoon, enjoy our welcome show of northern
rural of Vietnam – Water Puppet show. Overnight in
Day 16: Hanoi – Departure (B)
You will be free until the departure time. Our
driver will meet you at the hotel and take you to
the airport for the departure flight home or to the
The cost is quoted in US Dollars per Person (Pax)
base on TWIN/DOUBLE share basic, and applied for
Peak season surcharge may be applied for Christmas
Eve, New Year's Eve, Tet Holiday.
Standard (3 star hotels)
Deluxe (4 star
Luxury (5 star
Accommodation with daily breakfast bases on
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
Transportation by private vehicle with A/C
3 domestic flights: Saigon – Nhatrang, Nhatrang –
Danang, Hue – Hanoi (Y Class)
2 nights on Private sampan in Mekong
Boat trips in Mekong Delta and Halong Bay as in the
Local English/French speaking tour guides
All entrance fees and permits where applicable
Meals that not mentioned in the program
Vietnam visa for this trip must be obtained in
Cambodia visa (20 US$/Person, can get at airport by
International flight and departure tax
Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses
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