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18 Day Vietnam & Cambodia: Hanoi-Halong Bay-Hue-Hoi An-Saigon-Phnom Penh-Siem Reap

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Explore dynamic Ho Chi Minh City (the Pearl of The Far East – Saigon), and Historic 1000th year old Hanoi, walking ancient paths of Hoi An and admire majestic royal tombs of Vietnam last dynasty – The Nguyen, the glorious civilization of Cham Kingdom in My Son, overnight on cruise ship right in the breathtaking natural wonder of HaLong bay, enjoy local hospitality and much more !
HIGHLIGHTS
  • 18 days exploring Vietnam and Cambodia
  • 16 Comfortable stays at well-selected hotels, 1 cruise overnight
  • 2 Domestic flights: Hanoi to Hue, Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City
  • All transfers, pick-ups and drop offs, cruising in Halong Bay
  • Entrance fees to all attractions
  • Mineral water supplied to keep you refreshed
  • Meals noted in itinerary–daily breakfasts plus 8 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Chauffeured transfers to each sight in the comfort of an air-conditioned mini bus
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  • Travel period: 2018 - 2019
  • Blackout period: 1/02/2019 - 15/2/2019
  • Booking must be made at least 10 days prior to departure
  • Tour starts every day in the mentioned periods (subject to availability)
TOUR OVERVIEW

Day
Activity
Accommodation
Meal
1
Hanoi Arrival. Airport pickup
Legacy Hang Bac hotel
No
2
Hanoi City Tour
Legacy Hang Bac hotel
B, L
3
Hanoi - Halong Bay
Majestic cruise
B, L, D
4
Halong Bay - Hanoi
Legacy Hang Bac hotel
B, L
5
Hanoi fly to Hue
Cherish Hue hotel
B
6
Hue City Tour
Cherish Hue hotel
B, L
7
Hue transfer to Hoi An
Vinh Hung 2 City hotel
B
8
Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary
Vinh Hung 2 City hotel
B, L
9
Hoi An free day
Vinh Hung 2 City hotel
B
10
Hoi An/Da Nang fly to Saigon
Ruby River hotel
B
11
Visit Cu Chi Tunnels
Ruby River hotel
B, L
12
Saigon free day
Ruby River hotel
B
13
Bus to Phnom Penh  - Free time
Vacation Boutique hotel
B
14
Phnom Penh City Tour
Vacation Boutique hotel
B, L
15
Bus to Siem Reap - Free time
Cheathata Angkor hotel
B
16
Siem Reap Tour
Cheathata Angkor hotel
B, L
17
Siem Reap free day
Cheathata Angkor hotel
B
18
Siem Reap Departure
 
B
 

ITINERARY


Day 1 – Hanoi arrival
On arrival, you will be picked up and transfer to your hotel for checking in. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2 – Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
You will be picked up for Hanoi city tour at around 08:00 - 08:30 am, then visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just nextdoor is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Then continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West lake (One of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam). 12:00: Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, the Guide will take you to visit either Bat Trang pottery village (applied on Mon, Wed & Fri) or the Ethnology Museum (apply on Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat). Then, visiting the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam, see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 - it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Take you past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters, and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. At the end, journey through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration. Tour ends around 16h00 - 17h00.

Day 3 – Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
After having breakfast at hotel we depart to Halong City. On the way we stop at a handicraft workshop for a short break. Enjoy the journey through Red River Delta with lush rice fields, water buffalos and everyday Vietnamese rural life. After we arrive in Halong, check-in on cruise and relax for a while. Then we lift anchor and sail to visit Sung Sot caves, then have time for kayaking (optional). We will be cruising between the many lime stones and set anchor at beautiful spot. As the sun sets over the bay, dinner is served on board. In the evening there will also be a cooking demonstration of one or two typical Vietnamese dishes. Leisure time for squid fishing and/or karaoke. Overnight in Ha Long Bay at the cruise ship.

Day 4 – Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L)
The beautiful sunrise in Halong bay should never be missed, especially if you are into photography. The breaking of a new day could start with a Tai chi session (if you are keen on early morning exercise). Breakfast will be served on the boat and you will then have time to enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through the magnificent limestone karst formations on your return towards Halong City. Upon disembarkation, you will be transferred back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at around 16:30. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5 – Hanoi fly to Hue (B)
After breakfast, you have free time until airport transfer for your flight to Hue. On arrival, our driver will pick you up to hotel. Overnight in Hue.

Day 6 – Hue City Tour (B, L)
hue-citadel-vietnam-holiday-Oriental-Colours.jpgYou will be picked up at 8:00 AM then transferred to visit the Imperial Citadel,, this was the center of power for Nguyen Dynasty who ruled between 1802 - 1945. Here, we visit Flag tower, Noon gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa palace and the Forbidden Purple City. We will board a boat for a wonderful trip on the Perfume river and a visit to Thien Mu pagoda where you will enjoy a vegetarian meal prepared by the local nuns. the afternoon continues with a visit to the fantastic tombs of the emperors Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. Our guides will give you a deep understanding of the King's philosophy of geomancy and how this affected royal life. You will be dropped off at hotel around 5:00 PM. Overnight in Hue.

Day 7 – Hue Transfer to Hoi An (B)
12:00 Today, leave Hue for Hoi An. Today trip takes you over the famous Hai Van Pass. The Hai Van Pass crosses over a spur of the Annamite Range that emerges from the west and just into the South China Sea, forming the Hai Van Peninsula and the adjoining Son Tra Island.The Pass, which once formed the boundary between the Kingdom of Dai Viet and Champa, also forms a boundary between the climates of Northern and Southern of Vietnam, sheltering the city of Da Nang from the "Chinese Winds" that blow in from the Northwest. During the winter months (November - March), for instance, weather on the North side of the Pass might be wet and cold, while the South side might be warm and dry. On the other side of the Pass, find yourself in the charming ancient town of Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8 – Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary (B, L)
My-Son-Sanctuary---Hoi-An-Tour---Oriental-Colours--2-.jpgOur guide picks you up at around 8:15 AM and takes you to My Son, a World Heritage site, 50 km Southwest of Hoi An. You will learn about the Cham history and how this massive Sanctuary was built. My Son is a complex consisting of more than 65 architectural towers and temples dating back to 4th century. The site was used for religious ceremonies for Kings of the ruling dynasty as well as burial site for national heroes and royal family up to the 19th century. My Son is considered to be of same historical significance as Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. After the visit, you will be taken about 30 km by bus and embark on the boat for the trip along the Thu Bon River back to Hoi An. You will have a short break and visit Kim Bong, a carpenter village, which is famous for wooden products. You can buy some souvenirs for your family and friends there. Back to Hoi An around 2:00 PM. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9 – Hoi An free day (B)
Today is at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10 – Hoi An/Da Nang fly to Ho Chi Minh City (B)
At the pick up time, you will be picked up to airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival in Saigon, our driver will transfer you to hotel for check in. The rest of your day is free. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 11 – Visit Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
We start our tour at 8 am from hotel and head to Cu Chi tunnels which is about a 1.5 hour drive. Cu Chi is acu-chi-tunnel-vietnam-holiday-Oriental-Colours--1-.jpg network of more than 120 km under the ground and were built by sweat and blood of Vietnamese guerrillas to hide and fight against the rival forces. You will be introduced to many kinds of booby traps used during the Vietnam war. We will take time to explain the methods of creating, maintaining and living in these tunnels as well as the special technique of hiding smoke invented by the guerrillas. The visit also includes visiting different type of underground halls, secret working, meeting rooms. You will spend an hour experiencing the tunnels with a guide. Afterwards, enjoy tea and cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Before finishing the tour, you can watch a short (15 minutes) documentary about the tunnel. Return to Ho Chi Minh City Centre for lunch at around 2.30 pm. Tour comes to a close with a drop-off at your hotel.

Day 12 – Ho Chi Minh City free day (B)
Today is at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 13 – Bus to Phnom Penh (08:30 - 15:45) - Leisure (B)
You will be picked up from your hotel to Bus station going to Phnom Penh (8:30 - 15:30). On arrival to Phnom Penh, our driver will transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 14 – Phnom Penh City Tour (B, L)
Royal-Palace-Phnom-Penh-Cambodia-Holiday-Oriental-Colours--1-.jpg
Today we will discover the Phnom City including: Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21), the National Museum built in 1917-18 is exclusively dedicated to Khmer arts. Royal Palace built in 1866, Silver Pagoda located within the Royal Palace compound and then Wat Phnom, an ancient pagoda stand up on the hill. Have lunch at your own account. We can continue exploring the city or get back to your hotel upon request. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 15 – Bus to Siem Reap (08:45 - 14:30) - Leisure (B)
Breakfast at hotel - transfer to Bus Station for departure to Siem Reap. Free time on your own.  Overnight in Siem Reap.
 
Day 16 – Siem Reap Tour (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel – In the morning departure to visit the most famous of all the temples on the Angkor plain:Angkor-Wat-Siem-Reap-Cambodia-holiday-Oriental-Colours.jpg Angkor Wat. The temple complex, cover 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 symbolizes the ocean. Continue your visit to the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We explore this masterpiece as well as some of the surrounding temples including Banteay Kdei, Sra Srong, Ta Keo, Thommanon and Chau Say
Tevado. 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), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 17 – Siem Reap free day (B)
You have a free day to explore Siem Reap at your own pace. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 18 – Siem Reap departure (B)
After breakfast, you have free time until airport transfer for your homeward flight.

Tour price (USD/person)

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Tour includes
  • 2 Domestic flight Hanoi - Hue, Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City (7 kg hand luggage, 20kg check in luggage)
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Bus tickets (Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh - Siem Reap) by Giantibis bus (http://www.giantibis.com/schedule.php)
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English speaking guide 
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
Tour excludes
  • International flights
  • Visa to Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Laundry, telephone calls and personal expenses
  • Drinks and Tips 
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