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Cambodia Vietnam Discovery
This program combines the hidden charm of Vietnam and the mystical treasures of Angkor in Cambodia with a unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty and traditional lifestyle found throughout the Mekong Delta...

TOUR BRIEF

Start city: Siem Reap (Cambodia)        Departure city: Hanoi (Vietnam)
Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Cai Be – Saigon - Hue- Hoian - Halong Bay - Sapa - Hanoi
Duration: 16 days/15 nights
Private Tour; Depart: Daily upon your request. 

RATE: Our rate is quoted in US dollars per person based o­n Twin/Dbl shared occupancy. Applied for the Private Tour.

 Group size 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons Single supp
 Land Tour/pp 1,872 1,430 1,242 490
 2 Flights/pp   206 206  206  
 Total 2,078 1,636 1,448 490

Included
- 2 Domestic flights: Saigon - Danang, Hue - Hanoi
- Accommodations with 3 star hotels
- 1 Night on Halong Bay Cruise
- Meals which indicated in the itinerary
- Transportation by A/C car per itinerary
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees, boat trips & excursions

Excluded
- Visa to Cambodia and Vietnam (Get in advance)
- Meals and drinks, except those mentioned
- International flights
- Insurance, Tipping and other personal expenses

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DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Siem ReapVietnamCambodiaDiscovery
Welcome at the Siem Reap airport – one of the most elegant airport in Southeast Asia. Our guide and driver will meet you and transfer to hotel in town.
Late afternoon, we will take the orientation tour of the Siem Reap, walking around the Old market and our guide will give you the brief information about this city.
Meals: N/A.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 2: Angkor Tours: Visiting Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat
For the early birds and photographers, we offer morning tours for those who want to see the sunrise upon the Angkor Temples. This takes place from 4:30 AM till 6:00AM and after sunrise we’ll return to town for breakfast.
After breakfast at the hotel your day starts with visiting South Gate of Angkor Thom, with its majestic doors, monumental temple of Bayon facing the tropical forest and Baphuon and Phimeanakas Mountains.  Later, visit the Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and Takeo "Jewel of Crystal", which is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and was erected at the end of the 10th century. You won’t miss Ta Prohm Temple, which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty with its giant trees that have grown there for centuries. After lunch, visit Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was constructed by Suryavarman II who reined Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century and dedicated them to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys and ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh
After breakfast you will depart for Phonm Penh by the private car. This city was once considered one of the most beautiful in the Orient and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains a colonial charm.
The journey offers an excellent opportunity to observe Cambodian rural life up-close. Stop along the way and visit a market, where every assortment of street food is available, including the Khmer favorite: deep-fried spiders, where we will offer you a complimentary spider snack! Once we arrive in Phnom Penh you will check in have some time for refreshments. The rest of the afternoon will be filled with visits to the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek. A visit to these sights provides deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge.
Round up this busy day with a visit the Russian Market – a good place for bargain hunting and good spot to observe Cambodia daily life.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 4: Phnom Penh – Chau Doc
After breakfast, enjoy the morning visiting the Royal Palace which now is a home to the royal family, around 10am check out and board the speed boat trip along Mekong River to Vietnam. Visa formalities may take up to 45 minutes at the border. Continue by river to Chau Doc, where you will meet up with our guide and you will be taken to the hotel.
Later in the afternoon, time permitting, feel free to take some time and explore the area surrounding the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chau Doc.
Day 5: Chau Doc – Mekong Delta Tour – Saigon
We leave hotel early in the morning crossing Mekong Delta to Cai Be. From here the group will see the Mekong Delta (Nine Dragon River Delta). This is special experience of Mekong Delta. We will visit the Candy factory, orchard garden, listen to traditional music and have lunch in the ancient house.
We cross the island in the middle of Mekong River by oars boats and get to know more about the living of local people along this magic river.
Later in the afternoon, drive to Saigon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 6: Saigon City Tour – Fly to Danang - Hoian
Have breakfast in the hotel and check out hotel in Saigon. Briefing tour of Saigon to famous landmarks such as: the Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral - two of the city's architectural landmarks then drive to the airport for the flight to Danang and continue the drive to hotel in Hoian.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
Day 7:  Hoian – Visit ancient town
Have breakfast in the morning and our guide will take you to the ancient town of Hoian and visit the local market.
take the walking tour to explore Hoi An town. We will visit Hoi An museum, Old merchants' house, Assembly hall, Japanese covered bridge. Walk along the bank of the lively Thu Bon River, once prosperous and famous as a trading port.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
Day 8: Hoian – Hue
Leave HoiAn in the morning, drive northward to Hue over the 500m high HaiVan pass with a stop at scenic beach of Lang Co for a drink before proceeding to Hue.
Afternoon sightseeing in Hue - the ancient capital city of Vietnam include:
- Royal Citadel and imperial Purple Citadel
- Thien Mu pagoda.
- Mausoleum of King Tu Duc - a replica of the king palace build purposely for the next carnation of the King.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.
Day 9: Hue – Fly to Hanoi
Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to airport for the flight to Hanoi. On arrival, the driver will pick you up from the airport and drive straight to Hanoi.
Check in hotel and relax.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai
Have breakfast in the hotel and enjoy a full day City Tour. The visit includes most of the City’s outstanding historical and cultural sites.
- Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake
- Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
- The complex of Ho Chi Minh historical sites, also called the political center of Vietnam.
- HCM’s Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda
- Visit one of the museums in Hanoi (Museum of History, Museum of Ethnology,
Museum of Fine Art, Hoa Lo prison which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”)
Evening highlight is Water Puppet Show – the traditional performance dated 11th century. You will have time for dinner then transfer to railway station for night train to Sapa.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: On Train (Share 4 berths A/C cabin).
Day 11: Lao Cai – Market
Your train arrives at the Lao Cai station in the early morning. Lao Cai is a charming hilltop town near the Chinese border. Explore downtown Lao Cai and have breakfast at a local noodle house. After breakfast our driver and guide will take you to one of the local markets (Bac Ha Fair market on Sun/ Coc Ly on Tue and Can Cau on Sat). Wander through the stalls packed with hand-crafted goods peddled by the various hill tribe peoples who come here to buy and sell their wares. In the afternoon, continue on your way to Sapa: Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination, famous for its breathtaking views of cloud-woven mountaintops and gaping valleys.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.
Day 12: Sapa Trekking
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty.  Take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. We have three trekking options to choose from: Soft trek (~ 3 km), medium trek (~ 6km) and long trek (~12km). Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. Drive back to Sapa in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.
Day 13: Sapa – Lao Cai – Night train back to Hanoi
Spend the morning exploring the charming town of Sapa. Visit the market and get acquainted with the local hill tribe peoples - mostly Black H’mong. Enjoy a free afternoon at your leisure. We recommend a Jeep tour over Tram Ton Pass to Heaven‘s Gate – The highest Pass in Vietnam (over 2000m). Admire the spectacular views from the top and visit the nearby Silver Waterfall. In the late afternoon drive back to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: On train (Share 4 berths A/C Cabin).
Day 14: Hanoi – Halong
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Our driver and guide will meet you at the train station and take you to breakfast at a local restaurant, before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site: Halong Bay.
*The following Halong Bay itinerary is a sample for our standard service on a 3 star junk/ cruise. Different programs are available through our luxury cruise itineraries on the Violet, Jasmine, Ginger, or Paradise. Please contact us for more details.*
Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing Halong Bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands. We will visit one of the most beautiful caves on Halong Bay. Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (weather permitting). Pass the night on the junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: On cruise.
Day 15: Halong – Hanoi
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as we navigate back to Halong City. Returning to Halong pier. Our driver will meet you at the dock and take you to Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 16: Hanoi – Departure
Breakfast at hotel, you are free on your own for shopping or relaxing until transfer to airport for departure.
Meals: Breakfast.
Note: Please be aware that flight times, hotels and all other logistics, services and days of travel are subject to availability. If the listed hotel is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be offered.
All hotels are rated according to local standards.
All itineraries are flexible and can easily be altered to suit your needs and interests. Contact one of our travel consultants for more information.
 
 

 

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