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Best Of Vietnam & Cambodia

Hanoi - Halong – Hue – Danang – Hoian – Cu Chi Tunnels – My Tho – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Banteay Srei
Highlights
From: $915
  • Angkor Wat
  • Cu Chi tunnels
  • Girl in Hoi An night under lantern light
  • Hue citadel
  • Halong Bay
  • Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum in Hanoi

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Overview
Tour Code: BTID05
With 15 days, you will have opportunity to see from a graceful Hanoi - capital of Vietnam; a charming Hue & Hoian including several famous UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Sites; a bustling Saigon to a mild Cambodia. Cruising on glimmering Halong Bay; discovering historical sites of Vietnam; visiting the difference of the south part of this country; fly to Phnom Penh and continuing with Seam Reap, Tonle Sap... to watch a peaceful & simple lifestyle of Cambodians... all will make this trip unforgetable. Combining Vietnam & Cambodia to make a trip is the travelers’ always wish. The two countries will bring wonderful feelings to travelers. Take the trip to see the difference yourself!
Itinerary Day by Day

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia.

Accommodation: Larosa Ha Noi Hotel or similar in Hanoi

Morning, start a city tour beginning with Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November), the colonial Presidential Palace, originally the French Governor Office and a fine example of French architecture in Hanoi, and the rural style Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars. Lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant

In the afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple located on an islet in the lake. Hoan Kiem Lake is the center point of Hanoi and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species. Its name “Returned Sword” comes from a legend of a sacred sword being lent to an ancient Vietnamese King by a holy turtle from the lake and later returned to the turtle. Discover special Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry as well as Vietnamese folklore through a compelling puppet show at Thang Long Theatre. Shop or walk at leisure in the Old Quarter of 36 ancient streets or return your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accommodation: Larosa Ha Noi Hotel or similar in Hanoi


Morning pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Halong Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. On the way, you will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields. Stop half way to visit a handicraft workshop of fine clothes and embroidered paintings. Arrive in Halong City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served. Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view. Halong Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. The bay cruise will continue with up close sighting of Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, a visit to Sung Sot Cave and swimming stop at Titov Beach. Relax to enjoy the bay view at sunset, have dinner after, go fishing at 09:00 PM and spend a night on board.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accommodation: overnight on Bai Tho Junks or similar in Ha Long Bay

Wake up at 06:30 AM and refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. Tai Chi is an ancient internal martial art often practiced in soft and gracefully slow moves to enhance internal harmony and vitality. Have tea and coffee onboard before proceeding to Titov Islet or Soi Sim Island to trek and swim. Check out at 09:30, have a brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for flight to Hue (lunch en route on the way to airport). Arrival Hue, enjoy a private transfer with guide to hotel for check in.

Fly from Ha Noi to Hue. Flight time is approximately 1 hour. Upon your arrival at Hue airport,  you meet your local guide for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Meals: Brunch
Accommodation: Thanh Lich Hotel or similar in Hue


Start a sightseeing tour of Hue City beginning with Hue Citadel, a well-known UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site which is a 520 ha fortress-like grand complex built in the early 1800s and featuring three enclosures separated by heavy ramparts namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner. Move on to Khai Dinh Tomb, the burial site of Khai Dinh, Vietnam’s second-to-last king, and the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style. Stop by Dong Ba market, the city’s traditional commercial center, for shopping.

Afternoon, take a boat cruise along the Perfume River for sightseeing and visiting two prominent historical landmarks namely Minh Mang Tomb, where Minh Mang, the 2nd Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty was buried, and Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery still in use with its origin dating back to 1601.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accommodation: Thanh Lich Hotel or similar in Hue

Morning, transfer to Hoi An Ancient Town in your private vehicle. The overland journey will take you through the most beautiful scenery in Vietnam as you traverse the Hai Van, or “Cloudy Pass”. Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and stops at beaches en route. Stop at Da Nang, meet our guide and go to visit the Cham Museum offering a glimpse of the ancient and artistic Kingdom of Champa that ruled Vietnam for a thousand years before driving southward to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kiman Hoi An or similar in Hoian

Morning, transfer about 40 km West of Hoi An to visit My Son Sanctuary, another UNESCO-recognized world heritage which was once a religious center of Cham people where royal ceremonies and burials were performed. The site now is a colony of partially ruined Hindu temples from the total of 70 constructed by Cham Kings between the 4th and the 14th Centuries in dedication to god Shiva. It is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is often compared with other temple heritages of Southeast Asia such as Angkor in Cambodia, Ayuthaya in Thailand or Borobudur in Java.

Afternoon, take a town tour of Hoi An to see its beauty up close. Included for your sightseeing will be the town’s iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice. Enjoy strolling the small streets of antique low tile-roofed houses, which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kiman Hoi An Hotel or similar in Hoi An

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.
Fly from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, transfer to the city center for check-in at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Elios Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh


Morning, drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, Cu Chi was an important base during the American War, because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built a 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelters and weapon factories. Dug out of hard late-rite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was never discovered.

In the afternoon begin with visiting the War Remnants Museum, which features an extensive collection of exhibits including weaponry, photos and documentation on Vietnam’s wars with the French and Americans, and a quick photo stop at the Reunification Palace which was formerly the South Vietnam President’s residence and symbol of the Southern Administration’s reign until end of April 1975. Afterwards, stroll around Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles, Saigon Central Post Office, former US Embassy, Cho Lon or the city’s China Town with its Quan Am Pagoda. Proceed to visit the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built in 1909.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accommodation: Elios Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh

Morning, after breakfast, travel by road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho City, capital of Tien Giang Province, embark on a boat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on the Unicorn Island to enjoy wandering through verdant orchards, tasting fresh fruits and listening to some Southern style traditional music. Move on to the second delta province, Ben Tre, where you will watch local villagers make coconut candy in a rural workshop, walk around briefly and try riding a horse-pulled carriage. More cruising to some bee-keeping households to taste fresh homegrown honey and honey tea.  Go back Ho Chi Minh City and take a stroll through the French-built Ben Thanh Market which dates back to 1870 and whose main entrance clock tower has become a city’s symbol. Conclude the day with a cup of Vietnamese coffee or beer on the street while watching the commotions of city life.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accommodation:
Elios Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.
Fly from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh. Flight time is approximately 50 minutes.
Upon arrival, meet our guide and transfer to hotel for check-in and refreshment.

Afternoon start a half day city tour including the Victory Monument, and the National Museum (called as Musee des Beaux-Arts). Next, you’ll visit a French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures – from throughout the ages. You’ll also discover the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside includes a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. End of day stop at the Central market and in right time to views over the tree-lined avenues of the city during sunset.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accommodation: Cardamom Hotel or similar in Phnom Penh

Morning, transfer to Phnom Penh Airport and departure to Siem Reap
Upon arrival, meet our guide and transfer to the hotel for check in.

In the afternoon you begin to visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and Ta Prohm.  One of the area's most remarkable temples, Ta Prohm had been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. It reveals the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, similar the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Walk around to visit as well Takeo, Chau SayTevoda and Thommanon.  Continue to visit  Preah Khan temple, built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulders-hanging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.  If time permit, you visit Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake and visit the temple of Ta Som as well as Srah Srang ("The Royal Baths"), undoubtedly used in the past for ritual bathing before return to hotel. .

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accommodation: Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar in Siem Reap

Today you'll visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: The temple complex covers 81 hectares and as wide as the size of the Imperial Palce in Beijing. You'll explore its distinctive five towers considered to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and surrounding moat and the ocean beyond. You'll visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century masterpices), you'll encounter the South Gate with its huge statues, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the LeperKingandBayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara). Afterwards, drive back to Prasat BeyTemple located in the north of Phnom Bakheng south gate of Angkor Thom in TONLE OUM behind Prasat Bey temple, you'll depart from ports visits south gate of Angkor Thom and the wall along the Tonle Oum while listening romantic traditional music and histories of the Khmer. End of day take a relaxing stopover at Prasat Chrung visiting Tadev Hole and temple with the best Sunset

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accommodation: Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar in Siem Reap

Today you start tour at 8:00 AM to visit an ancient Hindu temple at the countryside called BANEAY SREY - the citadel of women. It is 35KM north of Siem Reap and built from 968-1001AD, dedicated to Shiva God.
It is considered to be the most beautiful and unique temples with pink sandstone and very deep carvings in  Cambodia

In the afternoon visit Beng Mealea - very old temple built in the 12 cetury, the layout and style of Beng Mealea is very similar to Angkor Wat. This ancient capital of Kmer Empire of Rolouse group such as Lolei, Bakong and Preah Ko. You need to climb up to approach the temple in the jungle


Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar in Siem Reap




Morning, free until transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination

Meals: Breakfast
Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
What's included
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private board for sightseeing as mentioned in the program
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
What's excluded
  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Visa stamping fee at the airport
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary
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Hotels Used in This Tour
Larosa hotel Hanoi tours Hanoi: Larosa Hanoi hotel or similar

Address: 34-36 Nguyen Khuyen Str., Dong Da Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam
 
Description: The recently-built Larosa Hotel is located in the heart of the Old Quarter in close proximity to some of the most popular attractions including Hoan Kiem Lake and the nearby Thang Long Theatre, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi railway station as well as restaurants and shopping center within a few meters. Designed with European Classical style, the hotel gives a wide selection of 72 rooms with essential amenities, an elegant spa and a fitness center of latest equipment. Larosa is an ideal place for both leisure and business tourists.


Halong bay: Bai Tho Junks or similarBai Tho Junk Halong bay

Address:
 C15 - Tuan Chau Island - Halong City - Quang Ninh
 
Description: With a fleet of nearly 30 traditional junks, Bai Tho is the first company offer cruises on Ha Long Bay since 1990 with a wide selection both day and overnight cruise from standard to VIP class. Unique itinerary on two bays of Ha Long and Bai Tu Long with plentiful activities, fresh sea food will surely bring you unforgettable moments.



Thanh Lich Hue HotelHue: Thanh Lich Hotel or similar

Address: 33 Hai Ba Trung, Hue, Vietnam

Description: Well-positioned in Hue City Central, Thanh Lich Hotel Hue is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Hue. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. This modern hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as Central Hospital, Notre Dame Cathedral, Perfume River.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Thanh Lich Hotel Hue is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like Wi-Fi in public areas, express check-in/check-out, dry cleaning, 24-hour room service, laundry service.

The ambiance of Thanh Lich Hotel Hue is reflected in every guestroom. blackout curtains, shower, toiletries, bathrobes, clothes dryer are just some of the facilities that can be found throughout the property. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the fitness center, garden, massage, indoor pool. Thanh Lich Hotel Hue is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Hue.



Kiman Hoi An Hotel in tourHoi An: Kiman Hoi An Hotel or similar 

Address
461-463 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Viet Nam

DescriptionKiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa is discreetly located in the centre of the world Heritage town of hoi an ancient town. This central location offers visitors the opportunity to experience the grace and elegance of Hoi An while staying in luxury hoi an accommodation. Kiman Hotel in Hoi An is the ideal accommodation choice for a weekend break, mid-week indulgence, business trip to Hoi An or an overnight stopover.








Elios Hotel Saigon Ho Chi MinhHo Chi Minh city: Elios Hotel or similar

Address: 233 Pham Ngu Lao, Dist 1 Saigon, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city

Description: Elios Hotel has 81 elegant designed rooms with a panoramic park-view rooftop restaurant.
In addition to a uniquely Saigon night life experience with bars, restaurants, music and a variety of shops, Elios Hotel are within walking distance from the famous Ben Thanh Market and other places of interest in the city.



cardamom hotel Phnom Penh CambodiaPhnom Penh: Cardamom Hotel or similar

Address: No 69, St. 174, Sangkat Phsar Thmey III, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh

Description: Opened in 2010, the stylish hotel is designed to show the exquisite of Khmer architectures. The facilities and services provided by the hotel ensure guests take delights in their stay with variety of guest rooms including 4 apartment suites, business center, onsite restaurant serving Asian and Western food.  Placed right on the central market area, adjacent to interesting places of Royal Palace, National Museum, Wat Phnom, this is a superb place to unwind in Phnom Penh.










angkor holiday hotel siem reap cambodiaSiem Reap: Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar

Address: Corner of Sivutha Blvd and National Road No.6, Siem Reap Angkor

Description: Nearly 10 years of experience, Angkor Holiday achieves high service quality on attending to every customer’s need. Owning a convenient position along the national road which is only 10 minute drive to the temple complex of Angkor Wat and Siem Reap International airport while the Royal Palace is two minutes away, every room is equipped with air-conditioner, satellite TV, IDD phone, and coffee-making facilities.  For business, two meeting rooms are available with other modern facilities.
Service Details During the Trip
Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes: 
   o Flight from Hanoi – Hue: US$ 110/ person
   o Flight from Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh: US$ 110/ person
   o Flight from Ho Chi Minh – Phnom Penh: US$ 185/ person
   o Flight from Phnom Penh – Siem Reap: US$ 110/ person


IMPORTANT NOTE:

• All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
• Supplement for standard Vietnamese menu meals: US$ 10 for lunch & US$ 15 for dinner 
• Private services & daily departure
• Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve
• Surcharge for booking during Chinese New Year from 18 – 24 Feb 2015: 25% of adult prices


SPECIAL OFFER
• [Free] Mineral water is available.
• [Free] Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival
• [Free] Vietnam Traditional Gift In every tour we handle, we always try our best to create the best travel experience for you in Indochina region. We take care every little details so that there is no problem on your dream vacation. 

tour guide servicePrivate Local Tour Guide
To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

We also can arrange facilities for the disabled (upon on request)




Featured Local Flavor Dinning
Don’t worry about meals, we select both restaurants and menus for you.

We will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customers. Menu is also carefully selected by us with attentions to details to ensure you try different flavor food every meal. We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. If you do not like it, please tell us. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of our local tour guide, he/she will be very helpful.


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Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast. We consider all high-rated hotels in Tripadvisors and Lonely Planet to use in our services.

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