18days Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnel - Mekong Delta - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

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Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Fly to Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi Sightseeing Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Halong Bay - Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Hanoi - Fly to Da Nang - Hoi An Breakfast
Day 6 Hoi An - Tra que village Breakfast
Day 7 Hoi An Breakfast
Day 8 Hoi An - Da Nang - Fly to Ho Chi Minh Breakfast
Day 9 Ho Chi Minh Sightseeing - Cu Chi Tunnel Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be - Sa Dec Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Sa Dec – Long Xuyen – Phu Tan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Phu Tan – Chau Doc Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Chau Doc – Speedboat Phnom Penh Breakfast
Day 14 Phnom Penh city Tour Breakfast, Lunch
Day 15 Phnom Penh – Fly to Siem Reap - Angkor Tour day 1 Breakfast
Day 16 Angkor Tour day 2 Breakfast, Lunch
Day 17 Siem Reap - Walking Tour - Tonle Sap lake Breakfast
Day 18 Siem Reap departure Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Hanoi

Fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, our driver will welcome you up at Noi Bai airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Meals:

Day 2

Hanoi Sightseeing

After breakfast, our guide pick up at hotel at 8.00AM. Sightseeing today includes explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, start a Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). End the day’s explorations enjoy a traditional water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

After breakfast, 08.00-8.20AM, our guide will pick you up at hotel lobby, then start journey east to Halong Bay, a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Enjoy dinner at cruise’ restaurant then free for relax, chit chat with other. Overnight on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Halong Bay - Hanoi

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier to transfer back to Hanoi.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Hanoi - Fly to Da Nang - Hoi An

Free until transferred to airport for fly to Da Nang. Upon arrival, our driver will pick you up at airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Rest of the day, free at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Hoi An - Tra que village

Travel to the countryside of Hoi An where you will stroll through Tra Que Organic Village, joining the farmers to learn about how they work with the land. Afterwards you will be shown traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food at local Cooking School.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Hoi An

Today, free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Hoi An - Da Nang - Fly to Ho Chi Minh

Morning flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Ho Chi Minh Sightseeing - Cu Chi Tunnel

A tour visiting many of Saigon’s historic landmarks, including the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. Then, Tour Cu Chi Tunnels, stopping at the Tropic Lightning, HQ of the 25th Infantry Division en route.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be - Sa Dec

Be picked up at your hotel at 8h00am and transfer to Cai Be by road. Start with a bicycle ride around this remote area, ending up at Le Longanier Restaurant. Lunch is served in this exquisite colonial-style villa set in a lush tropical garden by the river. After lunch, start your leisurely cruise on the busy waterways, with stops along the way for glimpses of local cottage industries that provide a living for the river people. Before arriving at Sa Dec, stop to visit a traditional pottery factory where everything is made by hand. Dinner is served on board. Enjoy your first night on board Song Xanh on the Mekong River.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Sa Dec – Long Xuyen – Phu Tan

After breakfast served on board step ashore and take a stroll to the outdoor market. Visit the historic house of the real-life character in the novel and film The Lover by Marguerite Duras. Back on board cruise up towards Long Xuyen along a narrow canal, passing several monkey bridges. Lunch is served on board. Upon arrival in Long Xuyen, visit Tiger Island. Dinner is served at a local house. The owner welcomes you and a candlelit dinner is served in this authentic environment. After dinner, return on board and resume your cruise towards Chau Doc. Your boat sails until around 10:00 pm before anchoring for the night. Overnight on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Phu Tan – Chau Doc

Breakfast is served on board while your sampan cruises towards Chau Doc. Close to the border with Cambodia, Chau Doc is the gateway to Phnom Penh. Known throughout Vietnam for its pagodas and temples it is also famous for Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, a superb eucalyptus mangrove. Disembark at Victoria Chau Doc private pier and Overnight at Victoria Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13

Chau Doc – Speedboat Phnom Penh

transfer to Con Tien floating market - Tran Hung Dao Street for speedboat to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, meet our tour guide with driver and then transfer to hotel for check-in. Free your own leisure time and stay overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14

Phnom Penh city Tour

Phnom Penh offers up an array of adventures. Take a cyclo ride from your hotel to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, which astound in their majesty. The National Museum is a fascinating look at Cambodia’s history with art and artifacts dating back to prehistoric times. Reflect on the Khmer Rouge legacy at Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields and gain fascinating insights into Cambodia’s confronting past. End your day at the central market observing the lives of the locals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15

Phnom Penh – Fly to Siem Reap - Angkor Tour day 1

we will drive to the rural outskirt 35km from Angkor area to visit the smallest, but magnificent, Banteay Srei built in the 10th Century and dedicated to Shiva. The temple was the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture and the bas-relief work is the best example of Khmer classical art remaining. The pink sandstone structure bears a series of striking and beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes. Khmers say the temple must have been carved by women for the details are too fine for the hands of a man. On the way back to Siem Reap we will visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive reliefs depicting scenes of Vishnu as well as Krishna legends. Return back and overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 16

Angkor Tour day 2

To avoid the big crowd, you will have early breakfast and start at 0730am to visit picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. Then continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat - one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art. Lunch at local restaruant (own account). After lunch continue exploring the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom. City & Bayon Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit to the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou, Elephant Terraces, Lipper King Terrace and Royal Palace Enclosure area. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17

Siem Reap - Walking Tour - Tonle Sap lake

After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred by our local guide and private car to Krabei Riel Village where will enjoy walking and ride the ox-cart to visit the daily life and daily activities of the villagers. A short stop to one of the local house, enjoy the fresh seasonal fruits and coconut juice. Transfer back to Siem Reap and check out. In the afternoon you will transfer to southern part of Siem Reap through local villages and along the rice paddy fields to Chong Kneas Floating Village where is home to hundreds of families living on the water. Embark on a local boat for about an hour to visit this floating village. You will have a chance to see the real-life of local people and see how they make for a living. End of the tour, free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast

Day 18

Siem Reap Departure

Free at leisure until transfer to airport 

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Notes

Inclusions

Accommodation with daily breakfast

English speaking guide [Other languages are available as well]

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

All transfers / Transportation

Daily bottle water on coach

Boat Trip

Exclusions

Visa

International or Domestic flights

Tips or anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Hanoi

La Beaute De Hotel

Tirant Hotel

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Halong Bay

Swan Cruise

Huong Hai Sealife Cruise

Dragon Legend Cruise

Hoi An

Calla Villa

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

Palm Garden Resort

Ho Chi Minh

GK Central Hotel

Grand Silverland Hotel

Rex Hotel

Can Tho

Anh Dao Mekong 2 Hotel

West Hotel

Vicroria Can Tho Resort

Siem Reap

Sokha Roth Hotel

Saem Siem Reap Hotel

Sokha Angkor Resort

Phnom Penh

Le Mont Hotel

Hamorny Hotel

Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel

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