OVERVIEW

Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia

This tour is an educational journey from Hanoi, the historic and colonial Capital; to Ha Long Bay, famed for its beautiful landscapes. Travel from the beautifully preserved streets of old Hoi An to the busy avenues of Saigon. Visit the very foundations of the revolution and some of the major historic sites of the Viet Nam War such as the Cu Chi Tunnels. Experience Vietnamese rural life of the Mekong Delta, meeting its people and villages. Visit the fabled temples of Angkor - the ancient capital of the Khmer empire.

ITINERARY

Hanoi | Halong Bay | Ninh Binh | Hue | Hoian | Ho Chi Minh | Siem Reap

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Day 01

Hanoi Arrival

Set off your trip in Hanoi Capital

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Not included

Upon arriving in Hanoi, your tour guide will personally meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

The rest of the day is time at leisure. 
Day 02

Hanoi City Tour

Enjoy a full guided tour with our expert

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Meet your tour guide at your hotel and visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One pillar pagoda and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first University.
 
Lunch in a local restaurant.
 
Continue your tour in the Museum of Ethnology, the best in the country, with a display of 54 Vietnames ethnic minorities. Back to the center of Hanoi, cross the Huc Bridge to reach Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island of Hoan Kiem Lake.
A 45 minute Cyclo Tour will take you through the bustling 36 streets of the Old Quarter.
 
Day 03

Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay

Travel from Hanoi to Halong bay by car and embark on a junk

Accommodation: Halong Bay Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, pick up at your hotel and embark on a traditional junk at Hon Gai harbor.
 
Have a lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long bay and admire the fascinating formations on the way.

Explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son cave.
Relax on a white sandy beach at Hon Co island, or swim, or kayak.

Return to the junk before dinner on board.
Day 04

Bai Tu Long Bay – Hanoi

Disembark at Hon Gai Harbor

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch

Ejoy the morning view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee and a breakfast in the fresh air.

Visit Vung Vieng fishing village on a traditional row-boat.

Start cruising towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served.
 
Your driver takes you back to Hanoi.
Day 05

Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An

Visit an ancient capital of Vietnam and Trang An, A World Heritage Site

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Asia Top Travel tour expert picks you up at your hotel and drives you to Hoa Lu. Along the way, photo stops and refreshment while enjoying a rural stunning scenery.

Arrival in Hoa Lu, the former capital of Vietnam (968 – 1009) under Dinh and Le dynasties, visit Dinh temple, Le temples and surroundings.

Have a lunch at a local restaurant.
 
Take a amazing boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam. While rowing through Trang An grotto in the quiet, fresh air of the highlands, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains upon which graze white goats, visitors enjoy a heaven on earth.
 
Leave Trang An and return to Hanoi to arrive late afternoon.
Day 06

Hanoi – Hue city tour

Heading to Hue City

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take an early morning flight to Hue.
 
Upon arrival in Hue city, visit the tomb and monument of King Tu Duc which is located in a very beautiful area. This is an opportunity to learn more about Nguyen Kings and to enjoy the spectacular landscape. 

Lunch at a local restaurant. 

Head to Hue Citadel. Here you will walk around and take a look into the special feudal relics of immense architectural and cultural values. Visit the major sites including the Imperial Citadel with Forbidden Royal City.
Finally, take a  boat trip along the poetic Perfume River to reach the ancient Thien Mu pagoda, a special cultural and historical site where is still preserved a legendary tale about the Heaven Fairy Lady since Nguyen Dynasty.

Back to hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 07

Hue – Danang – Hoi An city tour – Thanh Ha Pottery Village

Visit Hoian ancient town and Thanh Ha pottery village

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, drive over the mighty Hai Van Pass and admire the spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and famous Lang Co fishing village.  

Upon arrival in Hoi An, enjoy a walking tour around this enchanting port town. Follow the narrow lanes lined with centuries-old houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures, and visit its numerous places of interest including the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls and the local fish market. Around the town you will see numerous art galleries and tailor shops, and you can even get some tailor-made clothes if you like.

After lunch in a local restaurant, you will enjoy a short boat ride to Thanh Ha pottery village which has a long historical legacy and it used to play an important role in the development of Hoi An ancient town.
Day 08

Hoi An – Cam Thanh Coconut village – Tra Que vegetable village

Put yourself in the shoes of a farmer and enjoy a cooking class in a village

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Ride along country lanes on a bicycle at a peaceful pace viewing local life and pausing to see farmers toiling in their rice fields using centuries of farming practices. Peddle your way through palm forests, across bridges and fields of water buffalo.
Meet a local family at Cam Thanh Village before enjoying 1.5 hours ride on Traditional Basket Boat (round boat) in the Water Coconut Palm Forest. Learn how to sail the basket boat and try to catch fishes and “purple crabs” in the Canal.
Continue to drive to Tra Que Organic Vegetable Village where a large variety of vegetable are produced for the local community. At the village, you will be shown the environmentally sustainable practices which the local villagers have used for centuries and is still being used extensively today.
 
Meet a local family and after a short, informative and fun cooking lesson, sit down for a delicious lunch.
 
Back to Hoi An and visit the temples of Phuoc Kien, Quang Dong and a 16th Century Japanese covered bridge.
You are free for the rest of the day.
 
Day 09

Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh

Take a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast

This morning is left free at your leisure.

In the afternoon, our driver will escort you to Danang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi minh city.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel for check in. 
Day 10

Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi tunnels – City tour

Explore the an incredible underground tunnel - A historical site from the US war

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, meet Asia Top Travel's tour guide at your hotel lobby and depart for driving through the pleasant countryside before arriving at Cu Chi
Explorie the maze of tunnels where the Vietnamese could escape from bombings, hide from enemy, and mount surprise attacks. 
 
Lunch at a local restaurant.

Head back to Ho Chi Minh City and take half day city tour. Start by looking at the Old Post Office a good example of French colonial architecture and is also the country’s largest post office. Move on to see the Reunification Palace. This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30th 1975 the ‘American War’ officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Continue to the War Remnants Museum (Museum of American War Crimes), is a poignant display about of the futility of war.
Day 11

Ho Chi Minh – Ben Tre – Siem Reap

Enjoy the peaceful day in Mekong delta before leaving Vietnam

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Your guide & driver will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the “Capital of Coconut" – Ben Tre.
On arrival in Hùng vương Pier (Bến Tre town) take a boat on Bến Tre river – one tributarie of the Mekong River and observe lively activities along the river as fishing, water transfering, etc. Stop at a brickwork to see how to make bricks in handy traditional style by printing and baking. Visit a coconut processing workshop located along Cái sơn canal. Turn on natural scissors creeks where they look smaller and smaller to go to Nhơn Thạnh village. Take a walk to a family workshop making sleepmats and enjoy some fruits. Take a tuk tuk or ride on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on realy life and find out  about tropical culture from Peasants.
 
Lunch at a local restaurant.
 
In the afternoonm, take a rowing-boat along water palm creek and boat along Cái Cối creek back to Hùng Vương Pier.

Transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for the evening flight to Siem Reap.
Upon arrival Siem Reap, you will be escosted to hotel for check-in.
Day 12

Angkor Temples Tour

Discovery of the architecture and history of Angkor

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast,

Start your sightseeing tour of Angkor area by exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. Visit the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. Stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple and the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight.

Depending on the timing, walk up to Phnom Bakheng Hill for a view of the spectacular sunset over these sandstone monuments.
Day 13

Banteay Srei – Tonle Sap Lake

Another sightseeing day in Siem Reap

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast

Heading out of town, make your way to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way stop-over at the Preah Dark village and visit of the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends.

In the afternoon, visit of the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia. Spend the rest of day visiting the "Chantiers Ecoles - Les Artisans d'Angkor" which provides training to young Cambodians in an effort to revive the ancient Khmer traditions of stone carving and wood sculpting.
Day 14

Siem Reap departure

Say goodbye to our team at Siem Reap airport

Accommodation: Not Included

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, free time and transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Note

Day 3: itinerary with Prince Junk

TOUR INCLUSIONS

For your peace of mind, our tours are designed to include as much as possible in the price, but also to
give you the freedom to find a special place to eat or to seek out an independent adventure that especially appeals to you.
Trip Inclusions
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Full transportation by private car except leisure time
  • English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Double/twin  room accommodation with daily breakfast (AC room)
  • Internal flight tickets are quoted separately
Trip Exclusions
  • International flight ticket
  • Visa fees
  • Airport taxes
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, tips, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, emergency

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