14-Day Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia Tour
Product Code: 4846-340210
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Explore the floating markets of the Mekong
  • • Traverse the ancient temples of Angkor Wat
  • • Discover the wonders of Halong Bay
  • • Wander through the ancient city of Hoi An
Tour Code
4846-340210
Duration
14 days
Departure City
Hanoi
End City
Siem Reap
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Cultural, Historical, UNESCO, Nature, Marine

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the waters of the world by cruise, kayak or surf board

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Private group

Travel with a private group; no strangers

Quality: Deluxe, Standard

High quality service, meals, private transfers and/or accommodation; Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Hanoi

Hanoi Arrival

Hotel: Larosa Hotel (3 star) / La Casa Hanoi Hotel (4 star) / Pan Pacific Hotel (5 star) / Sofitel Metropole Hanoi (5 star luxury) or similar

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, meet your driver and transfer to your hotel.

The driving distance is approximately 45 minutes. Your visa should be pre-arranged, or be sure that your visa-on-arrival letter is in your carry-on luggage. Please go to custom desk as your first point of entry into the country and present these documents for visa upon arrival.

Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year- old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Hanoi

Hanoi Full Day City Tour

Hotel: Larosa Hotel (3 star) / La Casa Hanoi Hotel (4 star) / Pan Pacific Hotel (5 star) / Sofitel Metropole Hanoi (5 star luxury) or similar

The city tour begins with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder.

At the complex, visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November), the colonial Presidential Palace, originally the French Governor Office and a fine example of French architecture in Hanoi, and the rural style Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked.

Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond.

Next we'll visit the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars.

In the afternoon, we'll continue the tour to one of the following museums of choice namely the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Museum of Revolution, the Museum of Military History or the Museum of Ethnology.

Next, head for Hoan Kiem Lake, the center point of Hanoi. Its name, “The Return Sword Lake,” originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species and visit Ngoc Son Temple on the lake. Take a one-hour cycle tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi with its ancient streets representing traditional trades from the past.

Finish the tour at the Thang Long Opera Theatre with a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 03
Halong Bay

Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise

Hotel: V'Spirit Cruise (3 Star) / Pelican Cruise (4 Star) / Starlight Cruise (5 Star) / Paradise Cruise (5 Star Luxury) or similar

Morning pickup at 8:00am from your hotel for transfer to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. The transfer is approximately 3 hours. You will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields and you may stop on the way to admire the local scenery. 

Arrive in Ha Long City at 11:30am and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served. Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view.

Ha Long Bay, meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese, as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2.

After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck.

Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. An optional kayaking trip is available weather permitting. Back onboard enjoy a lavish dinner and enjoy the bay view at sunset. Spend a night on board.

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Hue

Halong Bay - Hue

Hotel: Asia Hue Hotel (3 star) / Eldora Hue (4 star) / Indochine Palace (5 star) / Pilgrimage Village (5 star luxury) or similar

In the morning, refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Have tea and coffee onboard and continue exploring Ha Long Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. Normally, check out at is 09:30am.

Have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore.

Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Hanoi. 

Free at leisure until our flight to Hue.

Upon arrival in Hue, you will be transferred by private car and guide to your hotel (20 minutes).

Tips:
Brunch is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Hoi An

Hue City Tour With River Cruise - Danang - Hoi An

Hotel: Lotus Hoi An Boutique (3 Star) / Hoi An Silk Marina (4 Star) / Palm Garden Resort (5 Star) / The Nam Hai (5 Star Luxury) or similar

In the morning we'll take a full day tour of Hue, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam for the 1802-1945 period and the last refuge of Vietnamese feudalism.

The city’s beauty is characterized by a natural scenic landscape and an extensive variety of historical relics. Begin with Hue Citadel, a well-known UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site which is a 520 ha fortress-like grand complex built in the early 1800s and featuring three enclosures separated by heavy ramparts namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner.

Continue to Khai Dinh Tomb, the burial site of Vietnam’s second-to-last king, and the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style.

Next, visit Tu Duc Tomb, one of the Nguyen Dynasty’s finest architectural works nested in a pine forest where the 4th emperor of the Nguyen family was laid to rest.

We'll continue to take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to enjoy the open view of the river and its surroundings. Stop along the way and land on shore to visit two prominent historical landmarks namely the Minh Mang Tomb, where the 2nd Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty was buried, and Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery overlooking the river from a vantage point with its origin dating back to 1601.

Afterwards, transfer to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass). Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Then we'll arrive in Hoi An, check in at the hotel for overnight.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 06
Hoi An

Hoi An City Tour

Hotel: Lotus Hoi An Boutique (3 Star) / Hoi An Silk Marina (4 Star) / Palm Garden Resort (5 Star) / The Nam Hai (5 Star Luxury) or similar

In the morning, we'll take a city tour to discover the charm of Hoi An as a renowned World Heritage Site.

Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions.

After receiving a brief introduction to the history, shape, and color of traditional lanterns, start a walking tour around the town to see its highlight sightseeing including. the town’s iconic 400-year- old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture.

Next we'll see the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year- old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice and the local market vibrant with colors and activities. 

In the afternoon, take a cruise on the Thu Bon River to enjoy the countryside landscapes and land on Kim Bong village where carpentry has been practiced since the 16th Century as the village’s trademark to visit some old-fashioned boatyards using timber as the main material.

Afterwards, move on to Thanh Ha village to see its traditional ceramic production trade still alive and thriving despite the 500-year passage of time. 

Return to the hotel.

Note: Hoi An is famous for speed tailor-made clothes that can be made in 4 to 24 hours for tourists who visit their shops.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

Hotel: Bong Sen Hotel Saigon (3 Star) / Aristo Saigon Hotel (4 Star) / Majestic Saigon Hotel (5 Star) / Park Hyatt Hotel (5 Star Luxury) or similar

Free time at leisure until transfer to Da Nang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and guide. The transfer distance is approximately 30 minutes

In the afternoon, we'll start the tour with a visit to the War Remnants Museum which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam War with the both the French and Americans.

Next we'll visit the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Last, stop for shopping at the French-built Ben Thanh Market which dates back to 1870 and whose main entrance clock tower has become a city’s symbol.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 08
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City W/ Cu Chi Tunnels

Hotel: Bong Sen Hotel Saigon (3 Star) / Aristo Saigon Hotel (4 Star) / Majestic Saigon Hotel (5 Star) / Park Hyatt Hotel (5 Star Luxury) or similar

Today you'll meet your guide and transfer about 75 km North-west of downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Discover the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and the Americans.

The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare.

The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges.

In the afternoon we'll enjoy our Saigon city tour, starting with the Reunification Palace, which was formerly the South Vietnam President’s residence and symbol of the Southern Administration’s reign until end of April 1975.

Next, stop at Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built over 130 years ago by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles. Visit the Sai Gon Post Office, a fine colonial building which was designed and built in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel.

Move on to Cho Lon or the city’s China Town where you will stop off at the Thien Hau temple. The Thien Hau temple was built in the early 19th Century dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of seafarers.

A short stop will be made at Ben Thanh Market to buy fruits, souvenir if you want before transfer back to hotel.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 09
Mekong Delta

Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Cai Be - Can Tho

Hotel: Vat Phat Fortuneland (3-4 star) / Victoria Can Tho Resort (5 star) or similar

Int he morning we'll pick you up at your hotel and transfer about 136km to Vinh Long, a riverside town located in the Mekong Delta.

Enjoy a boat cruise to the Cai Be floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging goods from their boats.

Then head to Hoa Binh Phuoc islet where the maze of shady creeks will surely fascinate you. You will have a change to mingle with local peasants, learn the secrets of their bonsai gardening. Visit local homes where the families produce tiles and ceramics; drop into rice-paper kiln and coconut-candy kiln; and observe daily country life.

In the afternoon, we'll drive to Can Tho and check into our hotel.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 10
Mekong Delta

Can Tho - Cai Rang Market - Ho Chi Minh City

Hotel: Bong Sen Hotel Saigon (3 Star) / Aristo Saigon Hotel (4 Star) / Majestic Saigon Hotel (5 Star) / Park Hyatt Hotel (5 Star Luxury) or similar

Today we'll depart Ninh Kieu wharf by shuttle-boat and see bustling activities along Can Tho riverbanks in the morning. See how local people go fishing with plenty of fish traps and how they transport passengers as well as products by the waterway.

Approaching Cai Rang floating market, you'll discover another lively market where goods are exchanged with traditional “offering poles,” including Mekong fruit and vegetables with local sellers. To understand more about lifestyle over here,continue into the small creeks called Rach Nho and clearly see the southern countryside before cruising back to Ninh Kieu Wharf.

Then our guide and driver will transfer you back to Ho Chi Minh city.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 11
Siem Reap

Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap

Hotel: Monoreach Angkor (3 Star) / Royal Empire Hotel (4 Star) / Royal Ankor Resort (5 Star) / Raffle Grand Hotel D'Angkor (5 Star Luxury) or similar

Today you'll check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap.

Upon arrival at the Siem Reap airport, you'll be welcomed by your local guide and transferred to your hotel.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 12
Siem Reap

Angkor Wat Tour

Hotel: Monoreach Angkor (3 Star) / Royal Empire Hotel (4 Star) / Royal Ankor Resort (5 Star) / Raffle Grand Hotel D'Angkor (5 Star Luxury) or similar

After breakfast at hotel, today start your visit at Angkor Thom by starting from the Southgate to the famous Bayon temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara.

Next, head to the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Continue visit to the temple of Ta Prohm, with enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers embracing themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature is an incredible sight.

Afternoon, continue tour to the most famous temple Angkor Wat, the World Heritage Site since 1992, famous 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. Evening, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a spectacular sunset view from Bakheng Hills.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 13
Siem Reap

Banteay Srei - Tonle Sap Lake

Hotel: Monoreach Angkor (3 Star) / Royal Empire Hotel (4 Star) / Royal Ankor Resort (5 Star) / Raffle Grand Hotel D'Angkor (5 Star Luxury) or similar

In the morning we'll continue our Angkor Wat tour with a visit to Banteay Srei Temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art.

Then we'll visit Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved.

In the afternoon travle by boat to Chong Kneas Floating Village where we'll take a ride by traditional wooden boat on Tonle Sap Lake to experience the fishermen life. In the wet season, the Tonle Sap Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia.

Transfer back to hotel.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 14
Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Enjoy one last breakfast as our Vietnam and Cambodia tour comes to an end and we transfer you to the airport.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 12-Night Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • 1-Night cruise on a wooden junk in Ha Long Bay
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private boat for sightseeing as mentioned in the program
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Mineral water is available as complementary

Package Excludes

  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Visa stamping fee at the airport (25US$ in Vietnam & US$ 30 in Cambodia, paid by cash at the airport)
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc. All other services not specified in the itinerary
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Surcharge for Peak season, Tet Lunar New Year holidays, and compulsory dinner at some hotel & resort on Xmas and New year’s Eve
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance).
Special Notes
    For meals not specified in the itinerary, we can arrange standard local set menus (surcharge $ 15.00/per person/per meal) or standard western set menus (surcharge $ 18.00/per person/per meal) for you. If you like, please contact us when you make a reservation.
  • Depending on your arrival time, your hotel room may not be available until the afternoon. Most hotels allow check-in between 1:00pm-3:00pm, however some charge a fee for early check-in. Please check at the hotel desk to see if you may store your luggage at the hotel if you wish to explore the city on your own before check-in.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

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*Adult: 10 and older.
*Child: 2-9.
  • Infant below 2 years old sharing same room with parents is free of charge.
  • Child below 10 yrs old sharing same room with 1 ADL is charged for 90%.
  • Child below 10 yrs old with extra bed and sharing same room with parents is charged for 75%.
  • Child below 10 yrs old No extra bed & sharing same room with parents is charged for 65%
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      2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
      3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
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      - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
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