Vietnam and Cambodia attract most of tourists to South East Asia with their many world natural and cultural heritages
Route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue – Hoian – Saigon – Mekong Delta – Tay Ninh Cu Chi – Siemreap
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi – City tour
Day 4: Hanoi – Hue
Day 5: Hue – Hoian
Day 6: Hoian
Day 7: Hoian – Saigon
Day 8: Saigon – Mekong Delta
Day 9: Saigon – Tay Ninh Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 10: Saigon – Siemreap
Day 11: Siemreap – Angkor Complex
Day 12: Siemreap – Angkor Complex
Day 13: Siemreap – Departure
Upon arrival to Hanoi airport at 10:00pm, you will be pick up and transferred to our hotel in Hanoi. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
This morning we head out for a 3 hour drive through verdant Red River Delta to Halong bay where we board our own private sampan for a five-hour cruise around the secluded and majestic Ha Long Bay giving us the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site. Whilst on board a sumptuous fresh local seafood lunch will be served. There will be opportunities for a swim and time to explore some of the limestone caves in the area. Return Hanoi in the afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi
Today we will have a city tour by bike to visit Ho Chi Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh house, presidential palace, one pillar pagoda and Temple of literature – Vietnam’s first national university and wonderful Museum of Ethnology. Enjoy fish cake lunch at typical Hanoi restaurant, Chaca La Vong. Visit Fine Art Museum followed by walking tour through the mazes of old quarter Visit Hang Bong Street to purchase Communion party banners/badges. Visit Hanoi famous Art Galleries. Time permitting we will visit Ngoc Ha Village to see American B-52 in lake. Tonight we will attend the water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi
Transfer to airport for the flight Hanoi – Hue. Upon arrival to Hue, we start our city tour to visit Citadel and Imperial purple city, imposing Thien Mu pagoda and board the trip from here for a cruise on perfume river. Visit Honchen temple and Minh Mang tomb. We then disembark the board for a visit to Tuduc royal tomb , time permitting we visit Phu Cam and Notre Dame Cathedrals.
Overnight in Hue.
Head out on scenic driver over Cloudy Pass to Danang . Visit Cham Sculpture museum where display fine artifacts and sandstone statues of Cham people. Visit Marble mountain and crafting village before our drive to Hoian.
Overnight in Hoian.
Hoi An is a delightful small town easily explored by foot. More than any other place in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feeling of centuries past and is a favorite with all travelers. We will have a walking and cycling tour around the historic town soaking up the atmosphere, exploring the fascinating local market. Visit the old houses and temples and attend the cooking lesson at Caudo bridge.
Overnight in Hoian.
Breakfast at the hotel and then transfert to airport for the flight to HCM city. Afternoon visit Independent Palace, War Crime museum, Thien Hau pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City Museum and China town. Balance of the day will be at leisure. Overnight in HCM city.
The Mekong Delta is the southernmost region of Vietnam. Often referred to as the rice bowl of Vietnam, producing three crops of rice per year. The fertile Mekong Delta is also famous for its tropical fruits and flowers. The Delta area is the end of a 4500 km. journey the Mekong River makes after traveling through six countries. Traditional transportation in the Delta is by boat along a vast network of canals and channels. Boating along these canals and visiting the floating markets always proves to be a fascinating experience for all visitors. We drive to Vinhlong, boat through the lush green vegetation of the canals to a orchard, where we are treated to a lunch of delicious tropical fruits. Overnight at hotel in HCM city.
Drive to visit the Cuchi Tunnels. At the height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system stretched from the outskirts of Saigon all the way to the Cambodian border of over 250 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built over 25 years starting in the 1940s, let the Viet Minh and, later, the Viet Cong, control a huge rural area. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers.
In places, it was several stories deep and housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years…. getting married, giving birth,going to school. The ground here is hard clay, which made this whole thing possible. But even so, the planning and construction was incredible. People dug all this with hand tools, filling reed baskets and dumping the dirt into bomb craters. They installed large vents so they could hear approaching helicopters, smaller vents for air and baffled vents to dissipate cooking smoke. There were also hidden trap doors and gruesomely effective bamboo-stake booby traps. Today, the trees and bushes have grown back. And since 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors. After Cuchi Tunnels tour. Return Saigon. Overnight at hotel in HCM city.
Transfer to airport for the short morning flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon you will have a tour of the Angkor Wat Temple before making your way to the hilltop temple of Phnom Bakheng to watch the sunset over this ancient land.Diner at the hotel. Overnight in Siemreap.
Following breakfast you will visit Angkor Thom, the South Gate, Bayon, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. From here you will then make your way to visit Ta Prohm before an afternoon visit to Preah Khan, Neak Pean, East Mebon and Pre Rup temples. Diner at the hotel. Overnight in Siemreap.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning boat trip on Tonle Sap lake before proceeding further to Prasat Kravan, Bantaey Srei and Bantaey Kdei. This afternoon will find us at the Roulous Group of Temples – Preah Ko, Bakong Lole Temples until sunset. Diner at the hotel. Overnight in Siemreap.
Breakfast at the hotel, free at leisure until transfer to the airport to take departure flight.