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 - Danang flight - Hoian ancient town (B, L)
Day 6:Tra Que vegetable village – biking – cooking class Tour half day ( B, L )
Day 7: Hoian – Hue ( B, L )
Day 8: Hue – Ho chi minh ( B)
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu chi tunnel (B, L)
Day 10: Ho chi minh – Mekong delta – Ho chi minh – Siemreap flight( B, L )
Day 11: Siem Reap- Angkor tour (B, L)
Day 12: Siem reap – Phnompenh flight(B, L)
Day 13: Phnompenh city ( B, L )
Day 14: Phnompenh departure (B)
Itinerary in Details:
Day 1: Hanoi arrival - 30km , around 45 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 from outside. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on every Monday, Friday, and from 15th June to 15th August 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 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.
Optional- Street food tour including dinner
Time frame: Around 3 hours
At around 17:30, our tour guide will meet you again at your hotel lobby, then start walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and the old quarter "36 streets" to visit some famous and specialized- food families or stalls/ local restaurants, shops where they run their business everyday. Special thing that tour guide would like to introduce some popular authentic food in lovely mini restaurants (not luxury restaurants) where you feel comfortable to sit down and enjoy some favorite dishes and nice drinks too.
It's interesting to taste some local food stalls and mini restaurants in hidden alleys and sidewalks, to learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, people and language.
Street food tour will give you an unique experience to try the foods of the local Hanoi people, kow how a Hanoian cook the meals. What’s a great way to discover Vietnam culture.
Cost: 28 USD / person
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay cruise ( B, L, D )
Breakfast at hotel, 8:30 – 9:00 AM our bus will pick you up from your hotel, transfer to Halong bay. Our driver will take a 10 – 15 minutes break by a station for guests to rest on the way.
12:00 – 12:30 Embark on Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13:30 – 14:30 Savor a delectable lunch as cruises among the limestone islands.
15:00 – 16:00 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave - the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
16:00 – 17:00 Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
17:00 – 17:30 Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way.
17:30 – 19:00 Enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.
19:00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.
Overnight on board.
Day 4: Halong bay – Hanoi ( B, L )
06:30 – 07:15 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07:30 – 08:30 Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
09:00 – 10:00 Kayak around the Luon Cave.
10:15 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
10:15 – 11:00 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
11:00 – 12:15 While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
Our bus will transfer you back to Hanoi.
14:30 – 15:00 : Arrive back to your hotel in Hanoi, check in, relax.
Day 5: Hanoi – Danang flight – Hoian ancient town ( B, L )
This morning transfer to airport for flight to Danang. The guide in Danang will pick you up, transfer to Hoian ancient town.
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 6: Tra Que vegetable village – biking – cooking class Tour half day ( B, L )
If you can not bike, we can arrange car transfer as well.
• Transport: Bicycle
• Activities: Cycling, gardening activities, relaxing foot massage with medicinal herbs, cooking classes and lunch at local family
Spend a day leisurely cycling though the scenic countryside of Vietnam, the noise of the city a distant memory. After passing through town and along quiet roads, you will come to Tra Que vegetable village - About 150 farmers and 400 owners live here and cultivate about 20 types of vegetables and herbs including mint, lettuce, basil, cilantro, broccoli among others. More than 40 hectares of land and 8 tons of Tra Que vegetables are sold every year. The vegetable growers do not use pesticides or GMOs, instead they rely on a seaweed that is found in the local river that is harvested by boat every morning.
At Tra Que village you will be warmly welcomed by Mr. Minh and his family – a 3 generation with a refreshing 'basil juice, and after your welcome drink you can stroll through the village and meet local people who work in the garden. The local farmers will teach you their cultivation methods, and how to protect developing vegetables from the insects.
You will also join the farmers in gardening activities such as raking the ground, sowing, watering greens, transplanting, and tending greens.
After working on the farm you can relax by soaking your feet in a local herbal remedy, as well as Chinese traditional medicine to reduce your aches and pains.
Your next adventure is to prepare lunch with a local family. You will learn how to make Tam Huu, spring roll, Banh Xeo, pancake, which you will then be able to enjoy along with other local Vietnamese delicacies.
After lunch you will be able to rest before returning to your hotel.
Hoian Nem Hoian Crispy Pancakes Tam Huu: Port, shrimp, herbs Grilled fish with curcumas in banana leaf Sautéed Vegetables with the garlic Spinach Soup Steamed Rice Desert.
Banana flower Salad Spring rolls with shrimp White rose Caramel fish in clay pot Sautéed Vegetables with the garlic Spinach Soup Steamed Rice Desert.
Afternoon free at leisure and discover Hoian by yourself. 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 Cua Dai beach, 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 7: Hoian – Hue ( B, L ) - 150km, around 3,5 hours traveling by road
This morning say good bye Hoian and embark on northern bound journey to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Stop en route at the beautiful Non Nuoc Beach and the Marble Mountains, five sacred hills containing dozens of Buddhist shrines. The guide and driver will take you over the beautiful Hai Van Pass - Vietnam's geographical and psychological boundary between north and south. The peak of the pass lies perpetually shrouded in clouds. Arrival Hue, check in, relax.
Afternoon we 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. 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.
Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Day 8: Hue – Ho chi minh flight ( B )
After breakfast, 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 emperor final resting place.
Transfer to the airport for flight to Ho chi minh city. The guide in Ho chi minh city will pick you up, transfer the city center, check in, relax.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu chi tunnel (B, L)
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 .
Back Ho chi minh city at noon time.
Afternoon explore the city: visit 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 and the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale.
Overnight at hotel in Ho chi minh.
Day 10: Ho chi minh – Mekong delta – Ho chi minh – Siemreap flight ( B, L )
You will be picked up at your hotel, transfer to My Tho, 80 km from Ho chi minh city. It takes you around 2 hours to get the area. This trip provides a look at a wide variety of the life and scenery on Vietnam River from the peaceful Delta.
On arrival at My Tho, you will take the leisurely motorized boat on the Tien River through the four beautiful islands known as Dragon Island, Unicorn Island, Phoenix Island, Turtle Island.
On the way, you will see the fishing port, stilt houses, floating fishing village.
The boat trip will lead you to Thoi Son island, walk into the village, visit fruit garden, enjoy the tropical fruits while listening "Southern Vietnamese folk music". Here we also can join the daily activities of the local people and enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside, taste the relaxing honey tea, local jam, visit coconut candy factory, specialties of Mekong river area. Time for you to ride a horse cart under shadow of lush fruits orchards, lines of green coconut trees in calm village. Then take an amazing rowing boat trip on the small canal - fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut’s tree and cool breezes.
Lunch will be served in the heart of the orchard garden, where you will enjoy countryside delicacies.
All make you feel like living in the past in peaceful and beautiful Mekong delta, forget all difficulties in life and relax totally.
Your expectations will be fulfilled by final boat trip back to My Tho on the Tan Thach natural canal.
Take 2 hour drive back Ho chi minh city, transfer directly to the airport for flight to Siemreap. The guide in Siemreap will welcome you, transfer to hotel in city center, check in, relax.
Day 11: Siem reap – Angkor tour (B, L)
Early wake up in the morning for a transfer to enjoy the sunrise over the Angkor Temple. Back to hotel for breakfast
After breakfast, drive to visit Angkor Thom, the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, built from the late 12th century to the early 13th century by King Jayavarman VII and consists of 54 towers, the Royal Enclosure, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King, then visit Ta Prohm, surrounded by jungle.
Afternoon, continue to visit Angkor Wat, the largest temples in world and covers an area of 200 hectares and surrounded by moat and an exterior wall measuring 1300 meters x 1500 meters.
Early evening, you will be taken by Tuk Tuk, a small open-sided taxi common in Cambodia, to cruise around the suburb of Siem Reap town and for a blessing ritual by Buddhist monks for happiness, prosperity and safety for your journey.
Day 13: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh flight (B, L)
Today is the last day in Siem Reap. We will spend our last morning visiting the Floating Village on Tonle Sap Lake, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. We take boat trip to see the daily life on the village. The natural wonder of Tonle Sap offers an insight into the old tradition of riparian life and the natural splendor of the countryside.
Transfer to airport for your short flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to the hotel check in.
Day 14: Phnompenh ( B, L )
Breakfast at the hotel. We visit Independence Monument. Continue to 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. Continue to visit the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh.
Afternoon, we visit the Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek-both grim reminders of Cambodia's bloody past under Pol Pot. It is almost inconceivable to confront the nature of true evil here in this gentle land, but the Buddhist memorial at Choeung Ek, commemorates the 1.7 million victims of the 1975-79 Pol Pot regime. This excursion may prove distressing for some. It is, however, an important piece of this country’s historical and cultural
Day 15: Phnompenh departure ( B )
Free until transfer to the airport for your home flight. End of tour.
We offer different price for different travel period and quote from budget travel to luxury highen, no hidden cost.
• 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 speaking guide ( Sharing tour guide on Halong bay cruise )
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary with local foods (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
• Boat cruise as stated
• Flight ticket: Hanoi – Danang, Hue – 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
• International flights to Vietnam and from Cambodia
• Vietnam visa
• Cambodia Visa (available at the airport at 30 USD/person)
• Meals not indicated in the itinerary
• Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and our Lunar New Year ( from 20th to 27th January 2023 )
• Early check in or Late check out
• Personal travel insurance
• Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills, drink during meals
• Tips and gratuities