Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia

8 days, 7 nights 16:11:32 | 3.30.2011

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Tour Code: VTL 03
Tour Route: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An town (Charming World Heritage site) Saigon - Ho Chi Minh city, Mekong Delta
Tour Duration: 15 Days15 Days - Discover Vietnam's Highlights Tour Map
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Starts/Ends: Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Type: Landscape and Nature, Cruise Holidays, and Folk Arts
Activity Level: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Day 1 Arrival Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi City tour
Day 3 Hanoi Halong Bay
Day 4 Halong bay - Hanoi
Day 5 Hanoi fly to Hue
Day 6 Hue
Day 7 Hue - Hoi An
Day 8 Hoi An
Day 9 Hoi An
Day 10 Hoi An - Da Nang fly to Saigon
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh tour
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Cao Dai
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh - Mekong
Day 14 Mekong - Ho Chi Minh
Day 15 Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL (-/-/-)
Upon arrival Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, the tour guide of Binhtours will be there holding a welcome board with your name on it to welcome and pick up you.
We drive 45 minutes to your hotel in the city center for checking in. Depends on your arrival time, you will be free at leisure to relax after the long flight or take an orientation tour to get to know the city.

We will visit Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son temple, Ma May Ancient House at 87 Ma May street. This is one of rare ancient house still preserved in Hanoi. The house was built at the end of the 19th century according to the structure of traditional house. Walk around the Old Quarter. This is a wonderful chance for you to get closer to the daily life of Hanoi people and take plenty of chances to capture your best shots. Later on, you will enjoy a show of Water Puppetry, a stage art created by the Vietnamese peasants. The show last more than an hour and is a wonderful opportunity to learn about some of Vietnam’s mythology, traditions and current customs. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: HANOI – HALONG overnight on boat (B/L/D)
After breakfast, at around 08.00am, we leave Hanoi for Halong Bay, a World Heritage with thousands of limestone and dolomite island and islets. It will take you roughly 3.5 hours to arrive Halong with stops en route for your refreshment. Upon arrival in Halong, check-in the Deluxe Junk where will spend your 2-day-1-night trip. Enjoy a lunch of fresch seafood while the boat goes about unusual seascape with thousands picturesque rocks and islets, beaches and hollow islands.

Within your time on boat, you will enjoy the visit to karst grottoes, swimming, and other activities as well as the magnificiant sunset on Halong Bay. Dinner and overnight on the boat.

Day 3: HALONG – HANOI – Evening flight to SAIGON (B/L/-) VN1149: 18.00-20.00 or VN1157: 18.30-20.30
The Vietnamese call the “South China Sea” by a point-oriented name “Eastern Sea”, so you may guess how miraculous seeing the sunrise over the islets of the Bay. Our boat will continue to cruise in marvelous areas, where almost each islet has its own name, adopting its shape or reminiscen like Sail island, Fisherman’s head rock, Butterfly rock or Turtle islet etc. Enjoy the brunch on board before back to Halong Wharf. The driver and car is waiting to bring you to the airport for the evening flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city), the biggest cities of Vietnam VN1149: 18.00-20.00 or VN1157: 18.30-20.30
Welcome by your new tour guide upon arrival and being transferred to hotel for checking-in. Overnight in Saigon.

Marvel at the pace of change in this youthful energetic city as we embark on a walking tour along historic Dong Khoi Street – the former Rue Catinat. Gain an insight into recent history with visits to the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum, and wow your senses on a walk through the Binh Tay wholesale market in Chinatown.

Afternoon, we leave Saigon for more than an hour driving to visit the amazing Cu Chi tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments to the Vietnam War. Beneath the ground lie 200 km of tunnels, dug by hand and inhabited by the forces of the Vietnamese guerillas during the conflict. At its peak, prior to the Tet Offensive in 1968, the tunnel complex was base to almost 10,000 troops. To this day, it remains one of the most impressive examples of how fierce the war was. Back to the city center late afternoon for your leisure evening. Overnight in Saigon.

We leave Saigon after breakfast for 2.5 hours driving to the Mekong Delta. Upon embarkation on Cai Be Princess sampan, you are welcomed with fresh cotton towels.
The tour will start with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market, cruising among local sampans coming from all provinces of the delta full of fruits and vegetables.  Your sampan will proceed to Dong Hoa Hiep island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be. During a 40 minutes cruise, you will be able to discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people.

Visit at an ancient mandarin house dating from the 19th century where the family will welcome you with a cup a tea. Back on board, we will lead to you to observe the activity of the biggest rice stock market. Further, others stops will allow you to see a traditional bricks and tiles factory and how locals are using palm leaves for houses. Cruising 20 minutes further to Phu An hamlet passing by Cai Be beautiful church, we will have a visit at some interesting home factories to see how rice paste is made, but also rice cookies, coco candies, as well as longan fruits drying process.
Lunch will await you at Le Longanier, a superb Indochinese villa located in a lush tropical garden by the river, surrounded by fruit orchards. After a short walk along a beautiful canal, the excursion will end at approx. 3.30pm at Ba Bon Bridge where your own private transportation vehicle will await you. Return to Saigon in the afternoon. Free evening for your own activities. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 6: SAIGON – SIEM REAP (B/-/D) VN827: 11.40-12.40
Free at leisure until being transferred to the airport for an one hour flight to Siem Reap. Welcome by the new tour guide of Binhtours upon arrival Siem Reap airport and being transferred to your hotel in the town for checking-in.

Photo by Veron Ang

After checking in and short break for your own lunch at local restaurant, start to explore south gate of Angkor Thom: the Bayon temple, the Baphuon, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to visit Preah Khan, Neak Prean & Pre Rup  temple and view sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hill. Enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance in your welcome dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap.


Monks at Ta Prohm
Monk at Angkor Wat

After breakfast visit the Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty. Giant trees have grown here for centuries. Turn to visit Ta keo, the  "Jewel of Crystal" dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva that was built at the end of the 10th century. Continue to visit the Thommanon, the Chau Say temples and the natural lake of Sras Srang.
Afternoon, visit Angkor Wat. The founder of the temple was Suryavarman II who reigned Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century to dedicate to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys, ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction. Back to the town for your leisure evening. Overnight in Siem Reap.

After breakfast, we visit Banteay Srei: nearly everyone's favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of it decorative carving.
Back to the town and you will then be free until being transferred to the airport to catch the departure flight leaving Siem Reap back home. End of services.

+ English or French speaking guides (Other languages available upon request)
+ Accommodation on Twin-shared basis at 3-star hotels or equivalent.
+ Packages joining overnight boat in Halong Bay with full board.
+ Other boat trips as mentioned in the program are on private basis.
+ Domestic air ticket: Hanoi – Saigon and airport tax.
+ International air ticket: Saigon (Vietnam) - Siem Reap (Cambodia) and airport tax.
+ Meals as indicated in the itinerary
+ Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
+ Mineral water and wet tissue during tour (One bottle of 500ml/person/day)

+ International flights to Vietnam and from Siem Reap and airport tax.
+ Travel insurance
+ Visa
+ Tips
+ Personal expenses

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