Tour of Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights in 12 Days

Destinations: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Danang – Saigon – Siem Reap | Vietnam and Cambodia


Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore the 1,000-year-old capital city of Vietnam—Hanoi.
  • Luxury cruise through the world natural heritage site of Halong Bay.
  • Discover the 16th century Hoi An Ancient Port Town.
  • Relax on some of the best beaches in Asia.
  • Explore Saigon City and the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • An excursion into the Mekong Delta to see water coconut forests and natives.
  • Uncover the lost jungle civilization of Angkor.

 

 

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12 Days

Includes internal flights, twin shared accommodation, English speaking guides, private cars, sightseeing and meals listed, visa and travel documents.
Excludes travel insurance, international flights, local tipping, etc.

This Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary is to give you a flavor of what is possible. We can tailor this trip to suit your specific needs and expectations. Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation.
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Boat trip though coconut forest at Mekong Delta
Turtle Tower on Hoan Kiem Lake, Vietnam
Bayon temple, Cambodia
Hoi An ancient port town, Vietnam
Halong Bay

ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi | Welcome to Vietnam!

International Flight:On your own arrangement or request a quote from our travel specialist. 

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport. Next, you will transfer you to hotel for check-in. You’ll receive a short tour briefing in the lobby to start your Vietnam and Cambodia tour and then are at leisure for the evening.

Accommodation: Overnight in Hanoi City


Day 2: Hanoi | City Highlights of Vietnam’s Capital

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, it is the country’s cultural heart, bearing traces of centuries of changing dynasties.  Visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, a 1,400-year-old temple features ten tiers surrounded by gardens and which also hosts a Bodhi tree grown from a cutting of the original Buddhist tree under which Buddha sat. Next, you’ll take a stroll around the Hoan Kiem Lake where you can see the Tortoise Tower sitting on the water. Then you’ll enjoy a half hour cyclo tour through the Old Quarter in Hanoi.

In the afternoon, visit the One Pillar Pagoda. An emperor built the pagoda during the 9th century. He saw the structure in a dream and regarded this as a divine inspiration to recreate it. Then stop in front of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to see its unique architecture. Continue to visit the highlight of this tour – The Temple of Literature. The Vietnamese built the university almost a millennium ago. Also, many of the most prominent scholars through Vietnamese history have studied there.

At the end of the day, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppetry Show followed by a Vietnamese Welcome Dinner.

Turtle Tower on Hoan Kiem Lake, Vietnam

Accommodation: Overnight in Hanoi City


Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay | 2 Day 1 Night Luxury Halong Bay Cruise

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and escorted to Halong Bay, one of the Wonders of the Orient.

Your heavenly journey across Halong Bay starts around noon on Tuan Chau Island at the doorstep of Vietnam’s most fascinating wonder. During the afternoon, discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon with fascinating caves, pristine beaches, islets, picturesque floating villages, and fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water.

Halong Emerald Bay, Vietnam

Accommodation: Overnight on Halong Bay Cruise


Day 4: Hanoi – Danang | Halong Bay Cruise, Fly to Hoi An

Internal Flight: Included

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch

Wake up to Tai Chi exercises on the sun deck and continue cruising the bay. The crew will serve a breakfast buffet in the restaurant. Then you will visit the limestone grotto. Disembark in Halong City around noon and transfer back to Hanoi with your private vehicle, guide and driver.

During the afternoon, you will transfer by flight to Hoi An. Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport and then escort you to your hotel in Hoi An. Then the evening is at your leisure.

Accommodation: Overnight in Hoi An


Day 5: Danang | 4th Century Cham Ruins and Hoi An Ancient Town

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch

In the morning, you’ll transfer to My Son Holy Land. Tucked in the mountains up winding roads with serene views, lay the 4th century My Son ruins. The surrounding mountains are strictly forbidden from living or development. The ruins lay in a beautiful mountainous landscape. You’ll enter the temples while your tour guide gives you the history and stories of the Cham and the site.

During the afternoon, you’ll continue to visit Hoi An Ancient Town. This town features the 16th century once bustling port town in its preserved state. Visit the historical sites in the town, and enjoy a cyclo tour along the roads and lanes in this beautiful town.

Hoi An ancient port town, Vietnam

Accommodation: Overnight in Hoi An


Day 6: Danang – Saigon | Fly to Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels & Impressions of Saigon City

Internal Flight: Included

Meals: Breakfast , Dinner
Enjoy relaxing time at the beach in the morning. Then check out from the hotel and be transferred to Danang airport for flight to Saigon.

When you arrive Saigon, our guide and driver will greet you at the airport. Next, take your adventures underground for a lesson in history you won’t forget with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels . Discover these amazingly complex underground systems developed by the guerrillas fighting in the Vietnam War.

The rest of the day you’ll enjoy a city discovery in downtown Saigon for its signature sites, such as The Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office, and a walk to Ben Thanh Market to discover local daily life.

In the evening, enjoy dinner on a cruise along the Saigon river, one of the most relaxing ways to take in the Saigon city lights.

Accommodation: Overnight in Saigon City


Day 7: Saigon | Mekong Delta Discovery

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch

Today, you will explore the Mekong Delta around My Tho. This burgeoning capital rests in the center of the delta and is surrounded by a beautiful countryside known as the “rice basket of Vietnam”.

First, you’ll visit Vinh Trang Pagoda which is decorated with mosaics made from broken pottery. Overlooked by a tall white Buddha, it is set amongst lovely gardens packed with flowers, shrubs, lotus pools and tombs and ornate gates which provide entry.

Next, you’ll take a boat ride along the Mekong river to view the stilted houses, fruit plantations, and fishing villages. After lunch, you’ll visit An Khanh, a small village that specializes in fruit orchards and coconut sweets. If time permits, you can take a short cycling trip through the island. Then enjoy seasonal fruit, honey tea, and delicious coconut candies all to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by locals.

Mekong Delta Mytho, Vietnam

Accommodation: Overnight in Saigon City


Day 8: Saigon – Siem Reap | Fly to Siem Reap, Traditional Dance of Apsara

Internal Flight: Included

Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

Enjoy some leisure time until your flight. Our guide will escort you to the airport for your onward flight to Siem Reap

Upon arrival in Siem Reap, the historical city of Cambodia, our guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to hotel for check in.

During the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with fine Cambodian cuisine, and the traditional Apsara Dancing show during dinner.

Accommodation: Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 9: Siem Reap | Ancient City of Angkor Thom and Historical Relics

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch

Today begins your exploration to the legendary lost civilization of Angkor.

You will first visit the Temple of Ta Prohm, the ‘jungle temple’ of ‘Tomb Raider’ fame. Then continue your visit to the ancient capital city of Angkor Thom, a large walled city complex which includes the Terrace of the ElephantsTerrace of the Leper KingPreah Palilay, Phimeanakas(Royal Palace)Baphuon, and the famous Bayon Temple with its captivating stone faces.

Return to the hotel to rest and escape the heat of the afternoon. Later continue to visit Banteay Kdei (“Citadel of Chambers”) followed by sunset drinks on the top of Pre Rup Pyramid.

monks-at-Bayon-temples, Cambodia

Accommodation: Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 10: Siem Reap | Untouched Temples of Banteay Srei & Beng Mealea, Tonle Sap Lake

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch

During the morning visit Banteay Srei Temple, which translates as ‘Citadel of Women’. Be amazed by its beautiful carvings on the pink color stones. Then take a journey of discovery on an ox-cart through the villages and rice fields. Visit a local villager’s house next where you will discover their daily life and work. You may also visit a local rice noodle workshop to see how the local rice noodles are made.

Have lunch in a dragon fruit farm of Cambodian cuisine. Then continue your exploration to the jungle-clad Beng Mealea Temple. One of the most mysterious temples at Angkor, it used to be utterly consumed by jungle, but nowadays uncovered and opened for visiting. However, it still has kept it’s jungle appearance as when it was first discovered.

On the way back to Siem Reap, stop to visit Asia’s largest freshwater lake—Tonle Sap Lake. Then visit the floating fishing village and witness the life of locals who live in stilted houses on the water. It is also part of a conservation area for many endangered birds during the winter time.

Banteay srei temple

Accommodation: Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 11: Siem Reap | Crowning Gem of Southeast Asia: Angkor Wat Temple

Meals: Breakfast

Rise up early before the sun rises and enjoy a ride on Tuk Tuk through the jungles to Angkor Wat Temple. Marvel at one of the most magnificent sunrises in the world as the sun illuminates the ancient enormous temple. Angkor Wat is the largest religious complex in the world, over four times the size of the Vatican City in Rome. After sunrise, enjoy a light picnic breakfast in front of the ancient monument. Then continue to explore the vast stone complex with its intricate carvings, hallways, and tiers.

Return to the hotel for leisure time. If you are energetic, continue to explore more temples at the temple complex.

During the evening, enjoy a creative and energetic Cambodian circus show – Phare Circus Show.

Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia

Accommodation: Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 12: Siem Reap | Life of Cambodian & Handicraft Arts, Departure

Meals: Breakfast

Explore the Old Market for souvenirs and local shopping experiences. Then enjoy a visit to Artisans D’angkor workshop to see the traditional Khmer arts of stone-carving, pottery, gold-leaf and much more.

Enjoy some leisure time until your flight. Our guide will escort you to the airport and bid you a fond farewell.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Hanoi
The Ann Hotel

Halong Bay
Paloma Cruise

Hoi An
Boutique Hoi An Resort

Saigon
Eden Saigon Hotel

Siem Reap
Tara Angkor Hotel

Hanoi
Sofitel Plaza Hanoi

Halong Bay
Paradise Luxury Cruise

Hoi An
Hotel Royal Hoi An by M Gallery

Saigon
Pullman Saigon Centre

Siem Reap
Shinta Mani Resort

Hanoi
Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake

Halong Bay
Paradise Luxury Cruise

Hoi An
Fusion Maia Resort

Saigon
Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon

Siem Reap
Shinta Mani Club

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