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ID6: Vietnam Cambodia Experience 24 days

Destination: Hanoi – Halong – Danang - Hoian - My son - Hue - Ho chi minh – Mekong Delta – Cu chi tunnel - Siem reap – Phnompenh
Starts in: Ha Noi
Ends in: Phnompenh
Duration: 24D-23N
Tour code: ID6

Vietnam Cambodia Experience 24 days

Itinerary in Brief:
 
Day 1: Arrival Ha Noi
Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B, L)
Day 3: Ha Noi - Halong bay cruise (B, L, D)
Day 4: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (B, L )
Day 5: Hanoi – Hue ( B )
Day 6: Hue city ( B, L )
Day 7: Hue – Danang – Hoian ( B )
Day 8: Hoian ancient town (B, L)
Day 9: Hoian – My son sanctuary ( B )
Day 10: Hoian free ( B )
Day 11: Hoian – Nha trang flight ( B )
Day 12: Nha trang island tour ( B , L )
Day 13: Nha trang relaxation ( B )
Day 14: Nha trang – Dalat ( B )
Day 15: Dalat tour ( B, L )
Day 16: Dalat – Ho chi minh ( B )
Day 17: Ho chi minh city ( B, L )
Day 18: Ho chi minh – Mekong delta ( B, L )
Day 19: Mekong delta – Ho chi minh ( B, L )
Day 20: Ho chi minh - Cu chi tunnel – Siemreap flight( B, D )
Day 21: Siem Reap- Angkor tour (B, L)
Day 22: Siem Reap (B)
Day 23: Siem reap – Phnompenh (B, L)
Day 24: Phnompenh departure (B)
 
Itinerary in Brief:
 
Day 1: Hanoi arrival - 30km , around 50 minute drive
Arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to hotel by Asia View Travel’s guide with signboard, check in, relax. Today is free at your leisure to rest or explore, discovering your own first impressions of Vietnam. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 2: Hanoi city tour ( B, L )
Breakfast at hotel, This morning we start city tour  with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on Monday, Friday & October for annual maintenance ), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the impressive Ethnology Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. We continue to visit the Restored Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple, do a cyclo tour around around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. Enjoy water puppet show- a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
 
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong bay on board ( B, L,D ) – 180km around 3,5 hour drive
Breakfast at hotel, then 8:30 AM  start a 3. 5 hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Comfort stop en route for photos and coffee (by your own) before arriving to Ha Long City.
12:00–12:15: Arrive in Ha Long city, board our traditional wooden junk boat for an overnight journey. Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin your cruise through the bay.
13.00: Start sail from Bai Tu Long Bay area, Feast on a delicious lunch as you cruise among beautiful of islets (Tea pot islet, Mat Quy –Monster Face islet, Yen Ngua islet, Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet etc.) to discover unspoilt pockets of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sot - Amazing cave, one of the most imposing grottos of the Bay. Swim at Soi Sim beach or Titov beach or a short trek to the top of Titov mountain (426 Steps) for a magnificent panorama scenery.
17.30: Fresh fruits serve at lounge or sundeck
            Enjoy vegetable/fruit carving & Folding Napkin
19.30: Enjoy your dinner on board.
21.00: Squid fishing or relax and chatting with your partner, friends, family.
Overnight on Ha Long Bay aboard Junk.
 
Day 4: Halong – Hanoi ( B, L )
06.20: Tai Chi Exercise with an opportunity to admire the magnificent scenery of sunrise over the Bay.
07.00: For early riser complimentary tea, coffee and break fast are served.
08.00: Visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat paddle by out crew staff and enjoy the quiet atmosphere enclosed by high islets and mountains. Be back to our Junk. Sail past rock formations such as and passing Finger islet, Hoa Cuong fishing village area, Ga Choi – Fghting Cock islet, Dinh Huong Islet, Little Dog islet. Enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the way back to Ha Long city, etc.
09.00: Arrange your luggage and do the check out onboard.
10.15: Enjoy a lunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations.
11:30–12:00: We will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a drive back Hanoi, check in, relax.
 
Day 5: Hanoi – Hue ( B )
Breakfast at hotel, free until transfer to the airport for flight to Hue. The guide in Hue will pick you up, transfer to hotel in Hue, check in, relax.
This afternoon we then set out for the exploration of Hue's famous highlights, including the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945.
 
Day 6: Hue city ( B, L )
Breakfast at hotel, we embark on a boat for cruise upstream on the Perfume River, viewing the city and the tranquil villages on the riverbank. We will walk up to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, a nicely located pagoda, overlooks the Perfume River and the beautiful scenery beyond, where you get to learn more about the Buddhism in Vietnam. One of the most poignant displays here is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its treatment of Buddhists. Disembark the board for a visit the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Khai Dinh, built decades before its occupant's death the tomb was used as a palace retreat before the emperors final resting place. On return to the city, we then take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market and pass many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies.
 
Day 7: Hue – Danang – Hoian ( B ) -  150km, around 4 hours traveling by road
This morning say good bye Hue and embark on southern bound journey to  Hoian – the old trading town. Along the way though we will stop at Lang Co beach for coffee ( by your own ) and refreshments. From here we head up to the Hai Van pass, stopping at the top to take in the stunning views north over Lang Co beach and south over Danang city. Continuing on our way down the other side and into Da nang, where we will stop at the beautiful Non Nuoc Beach and Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. We also visit the Marble Mountains, five sacred hills containing dozens of Buddhist shrines. Arrive in Hoian ancient town , check in, relax.
 
Day 8: Hoian ancient town (B, L)
Today there are a lot of time to explore Hoian ancient town, once a major Asian trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Hoi An’s architecture and relaxed lifestyle have changed little over the years. Take a leisurely walking tour of the ancient town center and visit the sites of former merchants’ homes, a 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and a Chinese Communal Hall. Believed to have been settled no less than 2,200 years ago, Hoi An was known as Faifo to early Western traders.  Hoi An was one of the major ports of Southeast Asia from the 17th to 19th centuries. Chinese, Japanese, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and other traders had small communities here, and the old wooden houses, bridges and temples that remain are reminiscent of a Vietnam of centuries past. This unique old trading town slowly became isolated due to its river silting up and by destroyed rail lines, leaving it untouched by war and frozen in time. Nowadays, this absolutely charming and relaxed town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is also famous for it's shops in particular  it's large number of tailors. If you wanted, you could  have a whole new wardrobe made for you here!Overnight at hotel in Hoian.
 
Day 9: Hoian – My son sanctuary ( B )
Breakfast in the hotel. This morning we drive to visit holly land My Son. This is a former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled central Vietnam between the second and thirteenth centuries. Hinduism from India heavily influenced their religion. Located 60 km. from Danang, My Son is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a must-see for those who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations. It is one of four World Heritage listed sites in Vietnam. 
 
Day 10: Hoian free ( B )
All day free to discover Hoi An  by yourself. You can spend your time  walking around exploring the many Chinese  assembly halls and  fascinating ancestral homes, some of which have been occupied by the same family for fifteen genera ions. You might like to take a boat ride with one of the local women across the Thu Bon River. Perhaps you would like to hire a bicycle and head off on a scenic ride to the town, about 4 km away. There's even the chance to improve your culinary skills with a Vietnamese cooking lesson! One thing is for sure - there is no shortage of things to do in this town .
 
Day 11: Hoian –Danang -  Nha trang flight ( B )
Free to discover Hoian by yourself.
Afternoon transfer to Danang airport for afternoon fligh tto Nha trang. Pick up at Cam Ranh airport, transfer to hotel, check in, relax. Free at leisure and relax at beautiful Nha trang beach.
 
Day 12: Nha trang island tour ( B , L )
Start from your hotel to Cau Da port. Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island is the first place to visit, many sea species of Nha Trang/Khanh Hoa province make a small ocean world there. Mun Island is the best island for snorkeling where you can see lots of lives colorful corals and fish. Visit a fishing village and taking a fresh lunch at the island. On the way back you will be able to see caves in which the sea swallows make their nest.
 
Day 13: Nha trang relaxation ( B )
All day free and relax at beautiful Nha trang beach.
 
Day 14: Nha trang – Dalat ( B ) - 150 km
Free until the time we drive up to Dalat and see its waterfalls, cathedral, key pagodas, Lang Biang ethnic village and the lovely old French colonialhouses. It takes you around 4.5 hours to travel from Nha trang to Dalat. Check in hotel up on arrival in Dalat and then visit the visit Emperor Bao Dai's Summer Palace that is indicative of Bao Dai's status as the puppet ruler of an occupied country. Time is on your own to explore Dalat by yourself. Remember that coffee and cake in Dalat are some of the best in Vietnam and easily to be found in any finer cafes. Overnight at hotel in Dalat.
 
Day 15: Dalat tour ( B, L )
Breakfast at hotel, we spend full day to discover Dalat city. We take the cable car to visit Truc Lam Buddhist Meditation Monastery to visit attractive Flower Garden. We continue with Hang Nga Crazy House, the romantic Love Valley. You'll be taken to have a look at an embroidery workshop in an attractive garden setting called “XQ Su Quan” then visit Prenn waterfalls. This evening free for shopping at central Dalat market. Overnight at hotel in Da Lat.
 
Day 16: Dalat – Ho chi minh ( B )
Transfer to the airport for flight to Ho chi minh city, pick up at Tan Son Nhat airport, transfer to hotel in city center, check in, relax.
This afternoon, free to discover Ho chi minh by yourself.
 
Day 17: Ho chi minh city ( B, L )
We spend the whole day to discover Ho chi minh, visiting the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office, Opera House before we shall see the exhibition on Vietnam War to the famous War Museum. We pass a place with its famous lacquers and the city's finest shopping street, Dong Khoi Street and the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. Overnight at hotel in Ho chi minh.
 
Day 18: Ho chi minh – Mekong delta – My tho – Ben tre – Can tho ( B, L )
Pick up at hotel, transfer to My tho, the first bustling town of the Mekong Delta. This trip provides a look at a wide variety of the life and scenery on Vietnam River from the peaceful Delta. The huge ships, which come from many different countries moving slowly, quietly along the river is what you will see at the Saigon River. Do not miss this sight! On the way you will see daily activities of local people along the river sellers and buyers bargaining, exchanging fish, the products that they got from their working on the sea. From My Tho, you will ride on a local motor boat around Dragon Island, Unicorn Island, Phoenix Island, Turtle Island and stop at the famous Unicorn Island. While at the Unicorn Island, you will take a short trek and go for a rowing boat trip. You will also enjoy lunch, tropical fruit and free time  bike ride in the rural village.
From there, you will continue your motor boat trip to Ben Tre province to visit a handmade coconut candy workshop. Then transfer to a small motor boat and travel along the lush, green canals that are so beautiful for photography. Continue to Can tho, check in, relax. Overnight at the hotel in Can Tho.
 
Day 19: Mekong delta – Ho chi minh ( B, L )
Cruising along the small and picturesque tributaries by local boat, we will see the Cai Rang floating market (The nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). Take in the beautiful scenery and daily activities of locals who live along the Mekong canals and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. Stops at Can Tho market where the car/ van will drive you back to Sai Gon.
 
Day 20: Ho chi minh - Cu chi tunnel - Ho chi minh – Siemreap flight ( B, D )
Breakfast at hotel, driver to Cu chi tunnel. Cu Chi used to be a bitter battleground for many years during the Vietnam War. Visitors to our country should not miss a visit to this underground village with us intricate network of over 200 km of tunnels at Ben Dinh, 50 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Don"t miss the experience a short, exciting trip through this labyrinth of interlaced tunnels. In addition, green paddy fields along the road to Cu Chi, and see local peasants at work and buffaloes led by children…These are really pleasant sights and will offer you some insights into Vietnamese agriculture as well .
Transfer back Ho chi minh and directly to the airport for flight to Siemreap. The guide in Siemreap will welcome you, transfer to hotel in city center, check in, relax. Dinner at local restaurant and enjoy Apsara show.
 
Day 21: Siem reap – Angkor tour (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel.
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.
Lunch at restaurant.   
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).
 
Day 22: Siem reap – Angkor tour (B)
After breakfast, visit the graceful 11th century Temple of Shiva – Banteay Srei – and the Banteay Samre Temple. On the return trip, experience the impressive Ta Prohm Temple which is mystically enveloped by the jungle.
In the afternoon, visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia.
 
Day 23: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for flight to Phnom penh. The guide in Phnompenh will pick up you, transfer to city center.  Phnom Penh city tour: Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within 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 Central Market ( or Russian market ), end your afternoon with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset.
 
Day 24: Phnom Penh - Departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Then take a half-day city tour at the Killing Field and Toul Sleng Museum of the genocide Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide): former Tuol Svay Prey High School, in 1975 it became the Khmer Rouge's main torture and interrogation center. It was known as Security Prison 21 - or just S-21.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of tour.

Accommodation Options

Location Standard 3* Superior 3 * First class 4 * Deluxe 5 *
Hanoi Le Carnot 3* Le Carnot 3** Lan Vien 4* De L’ Opera 5*
Halong boat V Spirit 3* V Spirit 3* Pelican 4* Starlight 5*
Hue Hue Serene 3* Asia hotel 3* Moonlight 4* Imperial 5*
Hoian Vinh hung II 3* Vinh Hung Emerald 3* Hoian Beach resort 4* Palm Garden 5*
Nhatrang Ruby 3* Ruby 3* The light 4* Sunrise Nhatrang 5*
Dalat Best Western Plaza 3* Best Western Plaza 3* Ngoc Lan 4* AnaMandara 5*
Ho chi minh Ruby River 3* Tan Hai long hotel &spa 3* Grand Silverland 4* Majestic 5*
Can tho Hau giang 3* Kim tho 3* Ninh kieu II 4* Victoria Cantho 4*
Phnompenh Cardamom 3* King grand  Boutique 3* White Maison 4* Sofitel 5*
Siem reap Casa angkor 3* Central Boutique 3* Prince D'angkor 4* Borei Angkor 5*

Tour includes:
  • All accommodation in double / twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • 2 days 1 night cruise in Halong Bay ( private cabin – sharing boat )
  • All tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Private English or French speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary with local foods (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • Boat cruise as stated
  • Airfare & aiport taxes: Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Nha trang, Dalat – Ho chi minh, Ho chi minh - Siem reap, Siem reap - Phnompenh.
  • Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
  • Mineral water & towel
  • Government taxes & Service charges
 
Tour excludes:
  • International flights that not mentioned above
  • Vietnam visa arrangement (We can apply Visa on arrival if you request)
  • Cambodia Visa (available at the airport at 20 USD/person)
  • Kayak in Halong Bay
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Surcharge on 24,31 December and Lunar New Year
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills, drink during meals
  • Tips and gratuities
 
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