Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia

14 Days 13 Nights
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

Arrive at Hanoi airport, meet your local representative and transfer to hotel.

Accommodation: La Belle Vie Hotel or similar

Day 2: Hanoi (B/L)

Today you will have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. First visit the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum from outside and his modest stilt house where he chose to live and work. We continue our visit to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century. Nowadays, students come and pray for good luck in their exams. Next, experience the Street Cuisine by foot. You will see other facets of local life in its authenticity. Then, take a walk to the old quarter to discover the most charming area of the city to see how locals live by their traditional work, generation by generation. Next, pass by a road-side market where you will see many fresh herbs, the local ingredients are bought here early in the morning by the farmers from out-skirt areas.

 

Hanoi Street food tour is symbolized as a meal with appetizers, main course and deserts. You will be amazed by the tastes of the local cuisine. Owners of food stalls will tell you how they prepare the dishes. Your lunch today includes some specials of Ha Noi such as Bun Cha, Banh Cuon or Pho (noodle soup). Don’t forget to take a seat on a small chair and try a glass of Bia Hoi – local draught beer at a small corner, and watch the local life moving around you, conclude the tour in a little Hanoi Old Quarter. Next, hop on a traditional bicycle rickshaw that moves at leisure pace, perfect for photos and slow-moving sightseeing. Sit back and relax while your driver weaves through the busy streets, dodging speeding motorbikes and rolling past the French colonial houses.

 

As the locals do, sit down at a local café by the St. Joseph Church and enjoy a cup of ‘Tra Chanh’ – green tea with lemon and chat with the youth. Return to your hotel after the tour and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong bay (B/L/D)

After breakfast, pick up by local guide, depart from your hotel for a three and half hour transfer to Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site – where there are thousands of spectacular limestone islets and grottoes rising from the clear emerald Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival, you will be served a welcome drink on board prior to your check-in. Lunch with fresh seafood will be served while the boat is cruising through many stone islets, floating villages and small beaches. Visit a floating fishing village, talk and meet with local villagers. Next, go for a swim or enjoy free time on your own on the sundeck. Dinner will be served on board. Overnight stay on board in Halong Bay.

Accommodation: Huong Hai Sealife Cruise or similar

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hoi An (B)

Breakfast is served while the junk cruises around Ha Long Bay, passes by many islets named by their shapes. Stop for a while to explore one of the most beautiful ones of the bay. The junk then continues cruising towards the wharf. Ready to disembark at about 10.30am. Your vehicle is ready to take you back to Hanoi and then straight to the airport for a flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to Hoi An town. Check in to your hotel and overnight stay in Hoi An.

Accommodation: Hadana Hotel or similar

Day 5: Hoi An (B/L)

After breakfast, take a bike to a local farm in Tra Que village.  A short stroll will take you around the vegetable garden and then you can join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake. Following steps are raking the ground, sowing, watering, and picking vegetables and other gardening activities. After that, you will join the cooking demonstration with some local delicacies including ‘tam huu’ spring roll, banh xeo or local pancake of people in the middle region of Vietnam. Enjoy your lunch at Tra Que Village. In the afternoon, explore Hoi An Ancient Town, including the rich architectural fusion of a 300 years old Chinese temple, a 400 years old Japanese covered bridge, a 200 years old Vietnamese former merchant home influenced by visiting Hoi An narrow streets where each house façade dangles with lanterns. Return to your hotel after the tour and enjoy the evening at leisure

Day 6: Hoi An – Hue (B)

After breakfast, pick up by a local guide and take a land journey to Hue Imperial City via the cloudy Hai Van Pass. Get a panoramic view of Vietnam’s central coast from the top of the cloudy Hai Van Pass. Upon arrival, take a boat trip on Huong River, or better known as the perfume river. The boat drops us off at the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda which is also home to many young people who want to try out and learn from life as a monk. Continue the boat trip to visit Minh Mang Tomb.

Accommodation: Emm Hue Hotel or similar

Day 7: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (B)

After breakfast at hotel, you are free at leisure till check-out. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue – UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. After the tour, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Upon arrival, meet by local representative and transfer to your hotel in the city for an overnight.

Accommodation: Paragon Hotel or similar

Day 8: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City  – Mekong Delta (B/L)

Leave the bustling Saigon behind, head out to untouched areas not well-known by tourists in Ben Tre. Board the Apricot Cruise for a full day of interesting experiences: see how local traditional methods utilize every bit of the coconut, learn how to make local cakes, boat rowing through winding water-coconut canals, bike riding along the lush rural roads, sample tasty local cakes, tea with honey, and enjoy lunch served with Mekong specialties at Apricot Riverside Restaurant. Relax and enjoy the tour.

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

After breakfast, explore Ho Chi Minh City’s history starting with a visit to the War Remnants Museum – originally opened in September 1975, it displays old military equipments and other related items from the Vietnam War. We continue to visit the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the Indochina Governor General and late President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Saigon in Apr 30, 1975. Walk down to see the Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office which are beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period and the last stop at the bustling Ben Thanh Market for shopping. Return to your hotel about noon time and rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and morning at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, meet by local representative and transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation: Almond Head Bassac River or similar

Day 11: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B)

In the morning, enjoy visiting the cultural highlights of Phnom Penh including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the Toul Sleng Museum, also called Prison S21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979.

In the afternoon, transfer to Phnom Penh airport for a short flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, meet by representative and transfer to your hotel to check in. Enjoy free time in the evening or explore the exciting nightlife of Siem Reap.

Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel or similar

Day 12: Siem Reap (B)

Breakfast at hotel.  Pickup from your hotel to visit the famous temples. First visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) from the west gate which is undiscovered by mass tourist. See the South Gate, Bayon Temple – unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara Baphuon Temple, The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. We continue to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. In the afternoon, visit the famous temple Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a 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.

Day 13: Siem Reap (B)

Instead of more temple visit, this morning, we offer you a ride on a Tuk Tuk to explore one of the local villages where you will see the daily activities of the locals. Walk through the village and meet shy, but humble villagers. Plenty of children and adults will offer friendly smiles and “hello” welcoming you to their village.  Afterward, continue your exploration to the local market where you will discover an unfamiliar mixture of colors, odors and sounds while browsing through the small alleys, meet some of the friendliest Khmer people selling and buying a variety of food and households, it attracts a public of locals, expats and tourists for all their shopping needs. Later, you will be transferred to a local restaurant to enjoy lunch with Khmer cuisine. Return to your hotel to avoid the sun heat. Overnight stay at the hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 14: Siem Reap – Departure (B)

Enjoy leisure time until your transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner

Tour Price per Person Double Occupancy – minimum 2 persons

DAILY DEPARTURE Land Package Single Supp.
2020:  April, October – December 3030 760
2020:  May – September 2950 680
2021:  January – March 3100 780

LAND ONLY price includes Domestic airfare within Vietnam and Cambodia

HOTEL BLACK OUT DATES and FAIR/SEASONAL SURCHARGES MAY APPLY.

 ~~ ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE ~~

Your Tour Package Includes

• Domestic airfare within Vietnam and Cambodia
• Return transfer between airport and hotel.
• Superior hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
• Sightseeing tours with admission and meals as per itinerary.
• Professional English-speaking local guide service.

Your Tour Package Does NOT Include

• International airfare from Canada to Vietnam/Cambodia.
• Any applicable weekend and other surcharges imposed by airlines.
• Any taxes, airport fees and fuel surcharge.
• Travel/medical/cancellation insurance, travel visa and all personal expenses.
• Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers and hotel staff.
• Any items not specified as included.

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