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 18 Days / 17 Nights

Vietnam and Cambodia 18 Days Tour

This trip itinerary encompasses all major sightseeing from the north to the central and south of Vietnam, including some most beautiful beaches before heading to Cambodia to see all the highlights from Phnom Penh’s capital to the Angkor Wat and Angkor Complex

 

Special Features

  • Discover Ho Chi Minh City, the largest and most bustling city in Vietnam
  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels – View historical relics and experience the underground tunnels from the Vietnamese- American conflict
  • Boat throughout My Tho, Ben Tre of Mekong River Delta to learn about the water-river life of the region’s local
  • Experience Nha Trang Beach City and appreciate the beaches, islands, resorts, spas, and seafood
  • Tour Hoi An, UNESCO listed site with an old town and the beautiful beaches
  • Explore Hue, UNESCO listed site with the Imperial City and 19th-century Citadel, and take a riverboat trip
  • Enjoy highlights of Hanoi – the old town, street food, natural lakes, ancient pagodas, and top museums
  • Discover Sapa with mountain trekking opportunities, ethnic homestays, and beautiful views
  • Visit the Bac Ha Ethnic Market which still maintains many of the locals’ traditional habits and customs
  • Experience Ha Long Bay, UNESCO listed site with thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea
  • Travel to Siem Reap, home to UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat, the amazing Angkor Complex, and the natural Tonle Sap Lake “Great Lake”
  • Touring Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital and bustling city of Cambodia

 

The itinerary is flexible to change anything to suit your needs

Day 1 / Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): Arrival Saigon – Pick up & Check in hotel – Welcome Dinner (D)

Day 2 / Saigon: Saigon City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon (B)

Day 3 / Saigon: Saigon – Mekong Delta Boat trip – Saigon (B)

Day 4  / Nha Trang: Saigon – Fly to Nhatrang Beach City (a 1hr flight) – Relaxing (B)

Day 5 / Nha Trang: Nhatrang Island & Snorkeling Tour (B, L)

Day 6 / Hoi An: Nhatrang – Fly to Danang (a 50min flight) – Hoi An Walking Tour (B)

Day 7 / Hue: Tour Hoi An Cycling, Boat, Fishing & Cooking Class – Hue (B, L)

Day 8 / Hue: Hue City Tour & Boat Trip (B)

Day 9 / Hanoi: Hue – Fly to Hanoi (a 1hr flight) – Hanoi Half Day Tour (B)

Day 10 / Night Train: Hanoi Full Day City Tour – Catch night train to Sapa (B)

Day 11 / Sapa: Arrival Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai Village (B, L)

Day 12 / Night Train: Sin Chai – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van Village – Night train back Hanoi (B, L)

Day 13 / Halong Bay: Arrival Hanoi – Halong Bay – Cruise & Overnight on a 5-star Cruise Ship (B, L, D)

Day 14 / Siem Reap: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Siem Reap (a 1hr 45min flight) (B, L)

Day 15 / Siem Reap: Angkor Wat – Angkor Temple Complex (B, D)

Day 16 / Phnom Penh: Angkor Temple Complex – Fly to Phnom Penh (a 1hr flight) (B)

Day 17 / Phnom Penh: Phnom Penh Tour (B)

Day 18 / Departure: Phnom Penh – Departure (B)

Trip Package Includes

•  A/C private transfers indicated in the program
•  All intra-flights (all airline taxes & service charges included)
     ∗  HO CHI MINH CITY/SAIGON (SGN) – NHA TRANG (CXR): a 1hr flight
     ∗   NHA TRANG (CXR) – DANANG (DAD): a 50min flight

     ∗  HUE (HUI) – HANOI (HAN): a 1hr flight
     ∗  HANOI (HAN) – SIEM REAP (REP): a 1hr 45min flight

     ∗  SIEM REAP (REP) – PHNOM PENH (PNH): a 1hr flight
•  17 nights of accommodations
    ∗  3 nights Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

    ∗  2 nights Nha Trang
    ∗  1 night Hoi An
    ∗  2 nights Hue
    ∗  1 night Hanoi
    ∗  2 nights on Return Train (Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi)

    ∗  1 night Sapa 
    ∗  1 night Halong Bay on the cruise ship

    ∗  2 nights Siem Reap

    ∗  2 nights Phnom Penh
•  Meal as indicated in the program: B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner
•  Cruise & Overnight on a 5-star cruise ship in Halong Bay (A/C private cabin for 02 persons on the cruise ship)
•  Private boat to cruise at all places as indicated in the program
•  All admission costs at places mentioned in the itinerary
•  English-speaking tour guide
•  All entrance fees
•  All taxes & service charges
•  Local sim card for cell phone

 

Trip Package Excludes

•  Other meals and personal expenses that are not noted in the program

•  Trip insurance

Day 1:

Arrival Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Pick up & Check in hotel - Welcome Dinner

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Welcome Dinner · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Saigon

Highlights:

Ho Chi Minh City

Activities:

Upon your arrival at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City or still known as Saigon, look for a greeting board with your name, and our tour guide will escort and transfer you to your hotel in the city center. Today, if time permits, you will have a welcome meeting with the salesperson who contacted you directly via email to go over any questions or changes to your itinerary…and IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS, PLEASE ASK HIM/HER THAT DAY…, followed by dinner at a traditional local restaurant in the heart of Saigon
Overnight in Saigon

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Day 2:

Saigon City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels - Saigon

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Saigon

Activities:

Breakfast at the hotel. 8 AM pickup to begin a full-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City and the Cu Chi Tunnels. Pass by the now-demolished wartime American Embassy and then visit the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 1975. Notice the  French colonial structures such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. Visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda, and the War Remnant Museum, and continue to the bustling Ben Thanh Market. 

Lunch at a local restaurant in Saigon and then explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network built by Vietnamese fighters during their long struggle for independence. Return to Saigon hotel around 5:30 PM for free time. This evening, stroll through the outdoor night market of  Ben Thanh for unique souvenirs and street food.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

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Day 3:

Saigon – Boat Trip in My Tho & Ben Tre of Mekong River Delta

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Boat · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Saigon

Activities:

8 AM Pick up in hotel lobby. Mekong Delta boat trip to My Tho and Ben Tre, famous for small wooden boats, sweet candy, and local folk songs. The tour ends at 5P with drop-off at your hotel.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

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Day 4:

Saigon – Fly to Nha Trang Beach - Relaxing

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Tour guide · Internal airfare Saigon-Nha Trang · Hotel in Nha Trang

Highlights:

Nha Trang

Activities:

After breakfast at the hotel, we leave Saigon for Nhatrang, one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in Vietnam. Upon arrival at Nhatrang airport, you are met and transferred to the hotel for check-in. PM: Relaxing and swimming on the beach.
Overnight in Nhatrang

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Day 5:

Nha Trang Islands & Snorkeling Tour

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Lunch · Tour guide · Boat · All entrance fees · Hotel in Nha Trang

Activities:

After breakfast, depart for Cau Da port around 8 AM. The first stop is Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island, where many sea species from Nha Trang/Khanh Hoa province create a miniature ocean world. Then stop at Mun Island, a great island for snorkeling because of the abundance of colorful coral and fish. You can even see caves where sea swallows build their nests. Then relax, swim, and participate in watersports or other activities at Mot Island, Tranh beach, or what is still known as “Mini beach.” Enjoy lunch on the island. Before returning to your hotel, you will stop in a fishing village.
Overnight in Nha Trang

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Day 6:

Nha Trang – Fly to Danang – Hoi An Walking Tour

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Internal airfare Nha Trang-Danang · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Hoi An

Activities:

This morning, your driver will take you to the airport for a short flight to Danang. Upon arrival in Danang, transfer to the hotel in Hoi An for lunch. This afternoon,  take a walking tour of Hoi An’s old town and visit the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, and the vibrant market. On the walking tour, you will see many low-tiled houses scattered along the small streets.
Overnight in Hoi An

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Day 7:

Tour Local Tour Half Day by Cycling - Fishing - Boat - Cooking Class - Free Time

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Lunch · Boat · Boat · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Hoi An

Activities:

After breakfast, a short bicycle competency test will be given. For those uncomfortable with a pushbike, then other methods of transport can be arranged. The tour starts by cycling along level ground to the Thu Bon River to visit a local fishing village. Ride along country lanes viewing local life and pause to see farmers toiling in their rice fields. Peddle your way through palm forests, across bridges and fields of water buffalo…Take a short break with a local family at Cam Thanh Village before enjoying a 30-45 minute ride on a Traditional Basket Boat (round boat) in the Water Coconut Palm Forest. Learn how to sail the basket boat and spend your time catching fish and “purple crabs” in the canal. Continue biking to Tra Que Organic Vegetable Village where a large variety of vegetables are produced for the local community. At the village, you will be shown environmentally sustainable practices which the local villagers have used for centuries.  Have lunch with a local family. Transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Hoi An

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Day 8:

Hue City Tour & Boat Trip (B)

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Boat · Hotel in Hanoi

Activities:

Hue is an ancient historical capital city. There are more than 100 architectural works reflecting the life of emperors and mandarins under Nguyen’s reign. Situated in the middle of hills on the southern bank of the Perfume River are very beautiful tombs of Nguyen Kings.

Pickup at  08:00 AM in the lobby of the hotel. Transfer to the wharf to cruise along the Perfume River to visit: 

– Thien Mu Pagoda (The Heavenly Lady pagoda) with a good view of the Perfume River and its surroundings.

– Tu Duc King’s tomb, one of the most beautiful works of Royal Architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty

 Transfer back to the city to lunch at a fine local restaurant. That afternoon, visit the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City; Tinh Gia Vien Garden house, and Dong Ba market. The tour ends around 06:00 PM. Transfer to hotel in Hue.
Overnight in Hue

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Day 9:

Hue – Fly to Hanoi – Relaxing (B)

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Internal airfare Hue-Hanoi · Hotel in Hanoi

Highlights:

Hanoi

Activities:

After breakfast, transfer to Hue airport to catch a short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 10:

Hanoi City Tour – Catch night train to Lao Cai/Sapa

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Dinner · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Accommodation on train

Activities:

A one-day city tour of Hanoi –  drive to Ho Chi Minh, where we will spend a couple of hours visiting: Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh museum, and one pillar pagoda. Next,  see the Temple of Literature, originally built as a temple to Confucius. It is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education. Lunch will be at a fine local restaurant in Hanoi.

In the afternoon, we will visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam: the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minorities. Next, tour the city by car to see the real life of the Hanoi locals as well as the different parts of the city.

Then enjoy a memorable one-hour cyclo ride around the Old Quarter, known as the 36 streets. Have your cameras ready! This bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally, the 36 street names were related to the products being sold there.

Before we go back to the hotel, we will have a chance to enjoy the unique Water Puppet show. Hear the Vietnamese traditional instruments and songs from the live musicians who play throughout the show. Enjoy our dinner at the fine restaurant before escorting you to Lao Cai Railway Station to catch our night train to Lao Cai/ Sapa.
Overnight on the train.

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Day 11:

Lao Cai - Sapa - Trek to Lao Chai & Ta Van Village

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Lunch · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Sapa

Activities:

This morning,  arrive at Lao Cai Railway Station around 6 am. After the r=train ride,  the tour guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel in Sapa to check in and have breakfast. Relax until around 11:30 am when the tour guide escorts you to lunch in Sapa town. Next, take a trekking tour to Lao Chai and Ta Van Village via the valley of Muong Hoa. Trek to these two villages to learn about the Black Hmong people, Black Hmong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigo-blue clothing. Then continue to Ta Van village to visit the Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in northwestern Vietnam. Some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue, or green color. The Zay houses are built of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. Return to the hotel in the center of Sapa town. In the evening, you can explore Sapa Love market situated near the hotel. Overnight in Sapa.

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Day 12:

Sapa – Bac Ha Sunday Market – Catch night train back Hanoi

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Lunch · Dinner · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Accommodation on train

Highlights:

Bac Ha Market

Activities:

After your breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Bac Ha Market. It takes us 2.5 hours driving to get there. This is the largest market in the region, a place where many ethnic groups gather to buy and sell, eat and drink together. There are 10 minority groups in the Bac Ha region. You can buy homemade handicrafts and clothes. In the afternoon we will have a 2-hour trek to Ban Pho village (Flower H’Mong people). In the village, we can have a look at their house and understand a little more about their lifestyle and traditional customs. Especially, we can try homemade wine from corn. In the late afternoon, transfer back to  Lao Cai Railway Station to have dinner before catching a night train back to Hanoi.
Overnight on a night train.

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Day 13:

Arrival Hanoi – Halong Bay – Cruise & Overnight on a 5-star Cruise Ship

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Lunch · Dinner · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Overnight on a 5-star cruise ship in Halong Bay

Activities:

At around 5 AM, the train arrives at Hanoi Railway Station. The tour guide will escort you to the hotel to relax until having breakfast.
Around 7:15 am – 7:30 am, our driver will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel to move to Halong Bay.
12:00 Receptionists welcome guests at the Hạ Long International Harbour.
12:30 Captain welcomes guests to cruises by tender. Check-in cruise, whilst enjoying a welcome drink, safety briefing, and check-in cabin.
12:45 Leaving Hạ Long International harbor, discover the Halong Bay – natural wonders of
the world. Have lunch with special foods while cruising through famous sights by
limestone karsts…
14:45 Cruises stops at Bo Nau cave, the core area of the world’s natural heritage. Transfer by
tender to Suprise cave – one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
15:45 Leaving Suprise cave, transfer by tender to the Ti Top island was named by Uncle Ho,
after Gherman Stepanovich Ti Top – the Soviet astronaut who visited in 1962 Enjoy
swimming, relaxing on the beach, or climbing the steps of the Rock to the top of the island.
On the top of the mountain, you can see the corner of magical Halong Bay …
17:00 Back to the cruise. Relax and enjoy the sunset on the sun deck.
Go to the overnight place – Titop 587.
18:00-19:00 HAPPY HOUR – Buy 1 drink get 1 free (wine excluded)
18:30 Enjoy the Vietnamese cooking demonstration
19:00 Have set menu dinner
20:30 Evening activities include: film entertainment, mini-games (in the dining room), squid
fishing, massage (contact with Cruise manager for service price).
Overnight on a 5-star cruise ship in Halong Bay

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Day 14:

Halong Bay Cruise – Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Lunch · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Internal airfare Hanoi-Siem Reap · Hotel in Siem Reap

Activities:

06:00 Morning call (if you request).
06:30 Enjoy Tai Chi instructions on the sundeck in 30 minutes whilst cruising to Luon cave.
07:00 Enjoy a light breakfast in the restaurant.
08:00 Visit Luon cave by kayak, one of the caves open to the form of beautiful endemic vegetation of Halong Bay. Visit Luon cave by a traditionally woven (bamboo) boat
rowed by a local boatman (public ticket 50.000đ/person).
09:00 Then come back to Athena cruise, relax and check out of the cabin. Please put your luggage outside the door. Our porters will collect and get them ready on the Pier for you. Finally, the cruise disembarks from Hạ Long International harbor.
09:30 Check out the cabin. Enjoy the brunch buffet menu served in the dining room. Settle bills in the dining room after brunch (if you have one).
10:45 Transfer by tender back to Hạ Long International Harbour and disembarkation, then the driver picks you up and transfers you to Hanoi airport to catch a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Arriving in Hue, our driver and tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to your central hotel in Siem Reap Town.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 15:

Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Angkor Temple Complex

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Siem Reap

Highlights:

Angkor Thom  Ta Phrohm Angkor Wat

Activities:

Today we will have a full day to explore the best highlights at Angkor Temple Complex, including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Phrohn Temple Complex.
Overnight in Siem Reap

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Day 16:

Tonle Sap Lake Boat Trip – Fly to Phnom Penh

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Boat · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Internal airfare Siem Reap-Phnom Penh · Hotel in Phnom Penh

Highlights:

Tonle Sap Lake Phnom Penh

Activities:

We’ll take a boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake this morning. This is South East Asia’s largest permanent freshwater lake, and it flows into the Tonle Sap River before joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We’ll see a fishermen’s “floating village” complete with floating schools, a floating police station, and so on. It’s like a large village floating on the lake, and the “village” moves around according to water levels and currents. This afternoon, we take a short flight to Phnom Penh, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel to check-in. The rest period is for you to relax and explore Phnom Penh on your own. Stay in a hotel in Phnom Penh for the night.

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Day 17:

Phnom Penh Tour

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Phnom Penh

Highlights:

Choeung Ek Memorial  National Museum  Royal Palace ▸  Silver pagoda  Tuol Sleng Museum Wat Phnom  Victory Monument Russian Market

Activities:

In the morning we start the tour with the Choeung Ek Memorial, then the Silver Pagoda located in the Royal Palace Enclosure, and the Royal Garden, the Silver Pagoda, After that we visit The National Museum, built in the Khmer style in the 1920s has an extensive collection of Khmer art. Before lunch, we also visit Wat Phnom, widely acknowledged as the site of the foundation of Phnom Penh. We have lunch in the restaurant. In the afternoon we visit The Tuol Sleng Museum, follow by that we visit the Victory Monument, and the Russian Market.
Overnight in Phnom Penh

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Day 18:

Phnom Penh – Departure

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast 

Highlights:

Airport transfer

Activities:

Free time for you to explore Phnom Penh until it is time for our driver to pick up and transfer you to the airport to catch your flight back home or your next destination.