EXPLORE THE BEST OF VIETNAM & CAMBODIA
14 Days 13 Nights
This 14 day itinerary takes you to the heart of Indochina. Stepping on the 2 hottest destinations in Asia, you will be attracted by their cultural diversity, stunning landscape, friendly local people and unique lifestyle. The “Explore the best of Vietnam Cambodia” is the combination of must-see highlights and leisure time to discover the countries your own.
Enjoy the overnight in spectacular Halong Bay, the Unesco world heritage sites
Walking tour in Hoi An dreamy ancient peaceful town
Navigate the waterways of mighty Mekong
Explore the mysterious Angkor complex
Visit Killing Field and learn more about the history of Khmer
Depart for Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, you will be greeted by our friendly tour guide and then get transferred to your hotel for check-in. After a short break, enjoy the welcome dinner at a finest restaurant with authentic cuisine.
Take a full-day city tour to Hanoi’s highlights including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (a monumental edifice commemorating the Vietnamese Revolutionary Leader), One Pillar Pagoda (Vietnam’s most iconic temple representing a lotus flower growing up out of the water) and Temple of Literature (known as the first university of Vietnam). In the afternoon, to explore historic Hanoi Old Quarter, hop on a “Cyclo” and go around the old streets. Granted, this is the best way to blend in the local life, to capture the most rustic pictures of Hanoians.
Next, you have a chance to enjoy a brilliant water puppet show featuring an array of traditional Vietnamese folklore and legends. Get ready to be whisked away into a watery world of years past as well as get a glimpse of the country life in Vietnam and understand the farmer’s happiness and grievances on the fields from the mist dawn to the sunset.
After breakfast, leave the chaotic life of Hanoi city behind as you will transfer by bus about 4 hours to Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site sculpted by nature. Stop en route at a local handicraft & lacquer workshop for shopping then head to Tuan Chau Harbour. Upon arrival, board Garden Bay Legend Cruise – a traditional wooden junk, check in your cabin and start a cruise trip toward Lan Ha Bay & Bai Tu Long. You will have a chance to contemplate the stunning scenery and take photographs of a myriad of mysterious caves of all shapes and sizes. Lunch is served on cruise.
In the afternoon, you will be taken to a secluded part of the bay where the water is perfect for swimming and kayaking around the limestone karsts. After that, you will return to your cruise just in time to watch the sunset from the top deck before enjoying the fresh seafood dinner. Spend your evening at your leisure.
Awake early and join a Tai Chi session on the top deck or simply relax, enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and watch the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands.
Later on, you have a free time to contemplate Halong Bay’s ethereal beauty one last time before checking out, disembarking and meeting your driver at Tuan Chau Harbour for a drive to Noi Bai International Airport.
We stop en route at the Pearl Factory for learning the process of creating the precious natural products before taking a flight to Hue.
The poetic beauty of imperial Hue was chosen to be capital of Vietnam under Nguyen Lord’s Dynasty. If you travel to Hue, the one that you have to visit is the Imperial Citadel – a UNESCO cultural heritage. The Hue Citadel was first constructed in 1805 under King Gia Long reign and through 27 years, it finally completed with more than 140 buildings under King Minh Mang reign. Located in the north bank of famous Perfume River, the massive complex contains three main circles of ramparts: Hue Capital Citadel, Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel.
Devote your morning time to discover all of the best sites in the citadel complex before taking an easy boat trip to Thien Mu Pagoda – the oldest pagoda in Hue.
This afternoon, you will depart from Hue to Hoi An, a long ride along the coastline of North Pacific Ocean with amazing views, you then pass Hai Van tunnel – the longest pass tunnel of South East Asia and Danang – a beautiful beach city with a long line of front beach resorts. Reach Hoi An, a lovely town with tranquil atmostphere, check in your hotel and stay at your leisure afterwards.
Wonderfully preserved and full of compelling sights, the small town of Hoi An exudes a laidback atmosphere and boasts a rich architectural fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European influences dating back to the sixteenth century.
This morning, you will take a walking tour to Hoi An’s highlights including Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Ancient House, Japanese Covered Bridge and Thang Loi Silk Workshop. After that, spend a remaining day at your leisure.
Today, you are free at your leisure time to wonder through the local streets, enjoy amazing local food on family-run vendor stores.
You have a free time in the morning for wandering around Hoi An Ancient town one last time before checking out the hotel and heading to Da Nang Airport for a flight to Saigon. On arrival in Saigon, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Afterward, take a half-day city tour to Saigon’s highlights including Notre Dame Cathedral,an iconic Saigon landmark built in neo-Romanesque style by the French between 1863 and 1880; Post Office, designed and built by the renowned architect Gustave Eiffel; War Remnants Museum, where you will listen to the city’s darkest and most severe hours during the Vietnam war and have fun shopping at Ben Thanh Market, one of Saigon’s oldest market selling full of things. Dinner is served at Viet Heritage Restaurant.
You will have a full day excursion in Mekong Delta, the water world home of indigenous peoples that grow rice and tropical fruit for their livelihoods. A 2-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre, you then board a charming wooden boat to navigate the waterways of the mighty Mekong.
Get a chance to closer to the agricultural life before pay visits to some local industries including a coconut candy workshop and a rice paper making workshop at Unicorn Island. You also visit a fruit garden for a taste of best tropical fruits while listening to folk music, which is performed by local elders.
Enjoy your local lunch before cycling around Tan Thach Village. Afterwards, return to the car and head back to Ho Chi Minh City after a fun day in Mekong Delta.
If time permits, this morning you will visit Cu Chi Tunnels complex – an underground shelter that was digged by communist forces under the jungle terrain in the late 1940s.
This afternoon, transfer you to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh – the capital of Cambodia. On arrival, local tour guide will welcome and take you to a local restaurant. Check in your hotel afterwards.
You will have a full day tour to explore the bustling capital Phnom Penh. Gleaming in gold, the Royal Palace is a splendid architectural monument of Cambodia. Among various building inspired by traditional Khmer architecture you then admire the Throne Hall – a tower 59 meter height that is used in special occasions.
Nearby the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda or known as Temple of Emerald Buddha. The name was derived from its floor, which is covered with five tons of silver. Next, make your way to National Museum – the largest archaeological and cultural museum that offers wide range of Cambodian history dating back to the 4th Century through a circle exhibition those comprising bronze, wood sculptures, ceramic items, stone and ethnographic items.
Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant and have a quick rest before touring to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school served as Khmer Rouge prison. For further historic stories under PoiPot Regime, review the Cheung Ek or called the Killing Field. The Cheung Ek Monument was the only structure standing throughout the time and now memorial ceremony is held annually here.
Afterwards, return to your hotel for a break. The evening is free time for you to wander around the city by night.
After breakfast, depart from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. You can choose to take a flight or express bus transferring between two destinations. Arrive in Siem Reap, meet your local tour guide and be transferred to your hotel for a leisure fresh up. Siem Reap is a charming town, offering a glimpse of sleepy countryside atmosphere with magnificent preservation of Khmer Kingdom architecture.
This evening, enjoy your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant with the traditional Apsara Dance performance.
A day with full of joys and excited to discovery the World Heritage Angkor. Follow your tour guide to The Great City of Angkor Thom, the last Khmer Empire via the South Gate. Exist and visit Bayon Temple, known as the “face temple” with 54 Gothic towers, is decorated with 216 enormous smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. After Bayon, you continue visit Terrace of Leper King and the Elephant Terrace before having a local lunch.
In the afternoon, go east from Angkor Thom and make your way to Ta Prohm temple – the undisputed capital that has been left untouched. Prohm’s state of ruin is shrouded in dense of fig, banyan and kapok trees gigantic roots. Ta Prohm is widely known after the blockbuster Lara Croft: Tom Raider was filmed here. The last visit takes at a famous monument – the temple complex of Angkor Wat which covering 600 square kilometers was destroyed by Siamese troops in 1431. In year 1992, after a long time of rediscovery by French naturalist Henri Mouhot, the territory of Angkor was protected under UNESCO.
Check out your hotel and then be transferred to the airport for your return flight.
Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in the program
Transfer by vehicle with A/C
All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program
Local English speaking guide
All local taxes and service charges
Visa approved letter if needed
Not mentioned international, regional and domestic
Personal Travel insurance (Highly recommended)
Tips for tour guide and driver
Optional tours and extra services
Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
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