Discover Vietnam and Cambodia – 17 days

This tour takes you from Vietnam to Cambodia, discovering the greatest landscapes: Halong bay, Mai Chau villages, Hoi An ancient town, Mekong floating market, Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY

Day 1 – Hanoi: Arrival at airport in Hanoi. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi. –
Day 2 – Hanoi: Hanoi city tour, visit most famous and historical places in Hanoi. Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi. B,L
Day 3 – Mai Chau: Morning, transfer to Mai Chau. Upon arrival in Mai Chau, enjoy a traditional lunch. Visit Mai Chau Valley, biking for sightseeing and visit nearby villages in Mai Chau. Visit Thai living museum for Traditional BBQ dinner, watch Thai traditional dance. Overnight in at river bungalow. B,L,D
Day 4 – Mai Chau: Walk to Mai Chau market, meet the local people and see them trading their handmade products in the market. We steps up to 1000-step-cave to explore the cave. After lunch at a local restaurant, your leisure time until we transfer you back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi. B,L
Day 5 – Halong bay: Breakfast at hotel then transfer to Halong bay. Cruise through thousand of islands and islets in Halong bay. Visit famous attractions in Halong bay. Overnight on boat in Halong bay. B,L,D
Day 6 – Halong bay: Visit pearl farm village, relax and join many activities on Cat Ba island and Nam Cat island. Have a relaxing time on the private island with nice scenery surrounding. Overnight in Bungalow on Nam Cat island. B,L,D
Day 7 – Halong bay: Morning, breakfast on board. Continue cruising through many island and islet to explore the hidden charm of the bay. Lunch on board while going back to the prier. Get on bus to go back to Hanoi. Flight to Danang, transfer to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An. B,L
Day 8 – Hoi An: Hoi An city tour and visit My Son Sanctuary. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An. B,L

Day 9 –  Hue city tour. Visit most famous place in the city. Transfer back to Da Nang . Overnight at hotel in Da Nang. B,L
Day 10 – Ho Chi Minh: Morning, your leisure in Danang. Afternoon, flight to Ho Chi Minh. Evening, dinner and enjoy Vietnamese traditional music on Bon Sai Cruise, a restaurant boat. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. B,D
Day 11 – Ho Chi Minh: Morning, visit the most famous places in Ho Chi Minh. Afternoon, visit Cu Chi tunnel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. B,L
Day 12 – Mekong delta: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta. Heading to Ben Tre. Boat trip to handicraft village and much more. Overnight in Can Tho. B,L
Day 13 – Mekong delta: Explore Mekong delta. Visit floating markets. Overnight in Chau Doc. B,L
Day 14 – Phnom Penh: Speed boat from Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After a refrestment, visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Overnight in Phnom Penh. B,L
Day 15 – Siem Reap: Morning, transfer to Siem Reap. Afternoon, visit visit Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in Angkor. And visit Preah Khan temple. Overnight inSiem Reap. B,L
Day 16 – Siem Reap: Morning, visit Angkor Wat the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. Afternoon, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom. Overnight in Siem Reap. B,L
Day 17 – Siem Reap: Boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake for sightseeing. After then, transfer to airport for your departure flight home. B,L

OPTION
Hotel grade
Saver
2 star
Deluxe
3 star
Luxury
4 & 5 star
Group tour* 1399 1699 2399
Private tour** 1899 2199 2899

*Group tour: This option incluses group tour in Vietnam, private tour in Cambodia.

**Private tour: Whole the tour is private.

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

Domestic flights.
Accommodations mentioned in the itinerary.
Kayakking: Safe, clean and nice.
Room on boat with Air-conditioner in Halong bay.
Meals mentioned (B,L,D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Transfer and transport as per itinerary.
English speaking guide.
Entrance and sightseeing fees.

EXCLUDES:

Drinks.
Tips.
Personal expenses.

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL.
Pick you up at the airport then transfer to hotel in Old Quarter of Hanoi for your accommodation. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B,L)
After having breakfast the tour guide and shuttle bus will arrive to pick up you to join Hanoi city tour at 8.30am. You will start the tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-palace. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live in the past. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, built by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.

Continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam) – Vietnam’s first University constructed in 1070. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Have lunch at local restaurants. Proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum. After that we will take you to Hoan Kiem Lake, see the peaceful water, and visit Ngoc Son Temple.

An hours cyclo tour around the bustling old quarter to experience ordinary life in Hanoi. At 18.00, back to your hotel. It’s your free time now to have dinner and a short while to explore the streets of Hanoi.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

DAY 3: MAI CHAU (B,L,D)
Mai Chau is a mountainous area of outstanding natural beauty, inhabited by a Thai and H’mong ethnic minority groups. This trip offers an easy trekking combined with homestay in villages of Thai , where you have experienced with the local lifestyle of these minority people.

Morning, at 08.00, pick up from your hotel and head west towards Hoa Binh to have refreshment. Leave Hoa Binh for Mai Chau Valley, about 2hrs away, stop for snapping pictures. Arrive in Mai Chau and have lunch in a family house in the local village around 12.00.

After lunch, riding bicycle around the surrounding villages of White Thai Ethnic people. Learn more about their lives and cultures as your guide can help answer any questions.

At 18.00, have dinner with the family, get a closer look into their real life. Drink “ruou can” (traditional alcohol) with your new family.

Sleep in the village, in the stilt house, the most interesting part of the trip. Stilt houses are unique to Mai Chau and you cannot find this experience in other tour. OR staying overnight in a bungalow by your choice.

DAY 4: MAI CHAU – HANOI (B, L)
The early morning is the most peaceful time to walk around the villages. Feeling the fresh air and seeing women prepare foods on the wooden fire while the sun is rising over the beautiful mountains which you can not feel in the crowed cities.

Breakfast in the village then walk to Mai Chau market. After breakfast, you will climb to 1000 Step Cave which is breathtaking and is the view of the area from the entrance of the cave. Have lunch in the village. The rest of time before getting back to Hanoi is your leisure. Going back to Hanoi at 17.00.

Arrival in Hanoi at 21.00 and stay overnight at Hotel in Hanoi.

DAY 5: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B,L,D)

Around 8.00am: Our guide Pick you up at your hotel and go to Halong bay on a shuttle bus.
12:00 – 12:15 On arrival at Halong city, you will board your boat and you are warmly welcomed by professional and friendly crew. Check into cabin.
13:00 Enjoy specially prepared lunch while cruising towards thousands of amazing limestone islands emerging from emerald water, passing by Stone Dog islet, floating fishing village, Incense Burner islet, Fighting Chicken islet,…
16:00 Kayaking for an hour or more through slide rock cliffs.
17:30 Swimming time, this is great chance to relax in water, jumping, diving, take a back flip, somersault.
18:15 Joint the sunset party on the sundeck in warm and romantic atmosphere, drinking wine, enjoy fresh fruits, listening soft, light music from the sundeck bar..
20:30 – The moment you choose your own way to relax after dinner, watching movies, listening to Vietnamese traditional music.
Besides, board games, squid fishing available for entertainment during the night time.

DAY 6 : HALONG BAY (B, L, D)

08:00 – Visit the Surprising Cave – the most beautiful one in Halong Bay
09:30 – Transfer to our daily boat, sailing through Lan Ha bay for 2 hours.
11:30 – Arrive at bungalow for check in.
12:00 – Lunch in the restaurant at the bungalow – Catba Sandy Beach.
13:00 – Enjoy your private time at leisure, relaxing, sunbathing on the beach or using some services available on the bungalow like playing football, volleyball, kayaking to explore untouched area nearby bungalow. Optional trip (biking trip to Viet Hai village 13:30-17:00) must be booked in advance, extra U.S. $5/ person.
18:30 – Having BBQ dinner in bungalow Catba Sandy Beach
20:30 – Relax at leisure on your own or joint some activities in Private bungalow – Catba Sandy Beach

DAY 7: HALONG BAY – HOI AN (B, L)

07:00 – Breakfast served at bungalow, check out time
08:15 – Pick-up at Bungalow by boat.
09:30 – Get on the cruise to attend the cooking class while cruising back Halong harbor
11:15 – Farewell lunch served on the cruise before you arrive at harbor around 12:00 and get on the bus back to Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi at 17h00.
Get transfer to the airport for the flight to Da Nang and get transfer to Hoi An town.

Stay overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

DAY 8: HOI AN MY SON SANCTUARY (B, L)

At 8.00, Our guide picks you up at hotel and leave Hoi An for visiting My Son Holly Land – the ruins of Cham people and was an imperial city during Cham dynasty. Here you can have more chance to explore and understand of technique of Old Cham people in making red bricks to build Tower which still now a secret to everyone, you can see a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 65 architectural works. It also surprises for those who are curious with architectural art. In 1999, UNESCO labeled the Cham architecture in My Son as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Moreover, you have chance to enjoy traditional music performed by Cham girls in their colorful uniforms.
12:00 AM: Leave My Son and transfer to boat – station, get on boat cruise along Thu Bon river to traditional craft village of Thanh Ha pottery and Kim Bong carpentry villages. A snack will be served on boat. Arrive Hoi An river dock at 3PM. Say goodbye.

Stay overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

DAY 9: HOI AN – HUE CITY TOUR (B, L)

7 am, In the morning, you will be picked up at the hotel, then we start Hue city tour. On the way to Hue, you will pass through Hai Van tunnel, the longest tunnel in Southeast Asia.
Besides that, you will have some time to enjoy the golden sandy beach of Lang Co Bay – one of the most beautiful bay in the planet.
9h30 am, Visiting Hue Citadel
After arriving Hue citadel, you will visit Khai Dinh Tomb – the combination of Asian and European cultural structure, embodying the beauty of this ancient city.
Thien Mu Pagoda – the most beautiful pagoda of Hue, which is considered as the National pagoda of The Nguyen Dynasty, is your next destination after Khai Dinh Tomb. You can find the relics of Monk Thich Quang Duc – his private car, an eloquent witness of the Buddhist era in Vietnam.
12h30: At lunch time, we will introduces to you Hue specialties – the featured local dishes of this ancient city, in onevof Hue’s famous restaurants.
1h30 pm: We will take you to Hue Imperial city – the former administrative center as well as the accommodation of 13 Kings of the Nguyen Dynasty – the last feudatory Empire of Vietnam. The Imperial city is preserved as new for hundreds years, and tourists are allowed to visit many places such as Meridian Gate, Thai Hoa Palace and Duyet Thi duong theatre. Our tour guide will tell you the secret stories of the Royal family, of the Kings and the Queens’ lives.
3h30 pm: Going back to Danang

Stay overnight at hotel in Da Nang.

DAY 10: Da Nang – HO CHI MINH CITY (B,D)
Morning, your leisure time to go around Da Nang for sight-seeing swimming at beach.

Afternoon, transfer to Danang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Transfer to hotel. Checkin the room and take a rest before go out for street exploring and shopping in Ho Chi Minh city.

Evening, enjoy your dinner on Bon Sai Cruise, a restaurant boat, and listening to Vietnamese traditional music while dining.

Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.

DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR – CU CHI TUNNEL (B, L)
Morning, Ho Chi Minh City tour. We start the trip by visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum.

Afternoon, visit Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 60km from Ho Chi Minh city, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.

Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.

DAY 12: HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA (B, L)
At 8.00, Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the way bordered by green rice fields. On arrival at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho. Overnight in the hotel (family home-stay with dinner can be arranged on request). Free time to visit the bustling Can Tho market.

Overnight at hotel in Can Tho.

DAY 13: CAN THO – Chau Doc – TRA SU SANCTUARY (B, L)Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to Cai Rang floating markets (& Phong Dien is optional), which are the liveliest in the whole religion.
Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to pass a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch. Proceed to Chau Doc, continue the tour to visit Tra Su, getting to the wild birds Sanctuary, cruising smoothly with small boats to discover the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest, watching storks, cranes and other tropical birds. Back to the Town, hotel check in. Overnight in Chau Doc.

DAY 14: CHAU DOC, VIETNAM – PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (B,L)
After breakfast, take a nice boat trip through the floating village to visit a fish farm to see how the Mekong Delta people raise fish in their floating houses. Visit the Cham minority with their traditional weaving village, followed by a local Islamic Mosque.Transfer to a speed boat for the final part of the journey to Phnom Penh. Arrive at Sisowath tourist dock in Phnom Penh around 02.00pm.

After your rest, visit to the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town. Visit 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.

Continue your visit at the National Museum. This is one of Phnom Penh’s true architectural gems. The Museum is instantly recognizable with its warm red terracotta and its gracefully cured roof topped by dozens of guardian nagas. It was designed in Khmer style in 1917 by famed French architect Georges Groslier & Ecole Des Arts Cambodgiens.

Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.

DAY 15: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP (B,L)
Morning, transfer to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, check-in the hotel and have lunch.

Afternoon, visit Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in Angkor. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic.

Continue your visit to Preah Khan temple, built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. However, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

DAY 16: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR THOM – ANGKOR WAT (B,L)
In the morning, visit Angkor Wat the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Continue to view a wonderful sunset from the Top of Phnom Bakhen Hill.

In the afternoon, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (literally: “Great City”), located in present day Cambodia, was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Continue your visit at the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

DAY 17: SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP LAKE – DEPARTURE(B,L)
After breakfast at hotel, take a boat trip for sight-seeing on Tonle Sap Lake, the Great Lake of Cambodia. It is one of the largest lakes in Asia. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals.

Transfer to Siem Reap airport for your departure flight.

End Of The Tour!