Through this trip, travelers will gain a profound understanding of the countries, cultures, history and peoples of Vietnam and Cambodia.
DAY 1: HANOI
Arrival in Hanoi, the centuries-old beautiful capital of Vietnam, airport pick-up, hotel check-in, time at leisure. Enjoy a fantastic rickshaw ride through the bustle and hustle of Hanoi Old Quarter and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI
Full day for exploring the fascinating city of Hanoi where old and new things blend together, Vietnamese, Chinese and French cultures mix together. Activities: a pleasant walk around the peaceful Ho Chi Minh area, visit HCM Mausoleum, HCM’s stilt house and garden, the One Pillar pagoda. Take another pleasant walk at the beautiful Temple of Literature, and visit at the Fine Arts Museum. Finally take a fascinating walk through the famous 36 busy streets of the Old Quarter and shopping. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY
Morning check out the hotel, transfer to Halong Bay, a World Natural Heritage site. Upon arrival, check in aboard a deluxe junk and start cruising. Enjoy fabulous seafood, stunning sceneries, and water activities: swimming, kayaking (exclusive), and fishing. Overnight aboard Note: In case of small parties from 2 pax to 7 pax, we will not send a guide to Halong or on train to Lao Cai. We will use shuttle bus from the cruise company and share a junk with other guests. For any parties from 8 pax up, we will send a guide to Halong and on train to Lao Cai. Wee will arrange private transport and charter a junk in Halong. More options can be discussed case by case.
DAY 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI – LAO CAI BY NIGHT TRAIN
Morning continue the cruise along simply gorgeous sceneries including a very delicious lunch on board. Afternoon: drive back to Hanoi, boarding on the night train after dinner. Overnight on the train - 4 pax share a business air-conditioning cabin.
DAY 5: LAO CAI – MOUNTAIN MARKET – SAPA
Morning: early arrival at Lao Cai railway station, then take a scenic drive up the mountains to a colourful mountainous market of hill tribes in Muong Khuong/ Cao Son / Coc Ly etc. (depending on which date). Afternoon: drive back to Lao Cai and go on to Sapa, a tourist hub in North Vietnam. Hotel check-in and overnight in Sapa
DAY 6: SAPA
9:00 after breakfast, start a nice trekking day to Y Lin Ho village and Lao Chai village of Black H’mong people and Ta Van village of Giay people. Then transfer back to Sapa by coach. Have lunch in Sapa. Relaxation till dinner. Overnight in Sapa
DAY 7: SAPA – NIGHT TRAIN BACK TO HANOI
Morning: great soft trekking to Cat Cat village of the H’mong tribe After lunch, check out and transfer to Ta Phin village of Red Dao people. Enjoy a nice walk here. Then transfer to Lao Cai. Boarding the night train after dinner in Lao Cai. Overnight on the train - 4 pax share a business air-conditioning cabin.
DAY 8: HANOI – HUE
5:00 Early morning arrival in Hanoi, go to observe the Hanoi people doing exercises around the Hoan Kiem lake, and enjoy breakfast at the restaurant by the lake. 9:00 transfer to the airport to take a flight to Hue at 1100 - 1210, the last Royal capital of Vietnam, a World Cultural Heritage Site. Transfer to check in a hotel and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit the Royal Citadel of Hue, enjoy a pleasant walk in this interesting area, then visit the amazingly full Dong Ba market. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Hue
DAY 9: HUE
Full day enjoy Hue’s typical features: peaceful, traditional and beautiful. Activities: lovely boat trip on the Perfume River to the beautiful Thien Mu pagoda, King Tu Duc’s tomb, King Khai Dinh’s tomb. Afternoon: excellent motorbike trip with drivers to interesting traditional villages and beautiful sceneries around Hue. Dinner at a local restaurant and Overnight in Hue
DAY 10: HUE – HOIAN
Morning check out the hotel and enjoy scenic drive to Hoi An via Danang, stop at the Fine Arts Cham museum and Marble Mountains in Danang. Arrival in Hoian, a very charming ancient town, another World Heritage site in Vietnam, check in a hotel and rest till dinner. Dinner and overnight in Hoian
DAY 11: HOIAN – MY SON
Morning excursion to My Son, the former Religious capital of the Cham people, a world cultural heritage site. Enjoy the scenic landscapes and mysterious Cham arts and architecture Back to Hoian for lunch. Then enjoy a relaxing city walk to more than 200 years-old temples and houses: Hoian History Museum, Fujien temple, Japanese Pagoda bridge, Phung Hung Ancient house. Transfer back to the hotel for relaxation. Overnight in Hoian
DAY 12: HOI AN – HCMC
Morning transfer back to Danang airport to take a flight to HCMC. Upon arrival, meet our gudie and drivers and transfer to check in hotel, have lunch at the popular Pho 2000 restaurant where Bill Clinton had enjoyed local specialties: noodle soup, spring rolls, etc. Afternoon city tour, visit China town, Cho Lon market, Thien Hau temple, the Reunification Hall, the War Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral (1880) and Old Post Office (1886), and the Ben Thanh market. Dinner cruise on the Saigon River. Evening optional treatment with wonderful massage and spa, or shopping in the city center. Overnight in HCMC.
DAY 13: HCMC – TAY NINH – CU CHI
Full day excursion to visit two contrast sites: the colourful Cao Dai Holy See of the most egalitarian religion combining 5 religions (Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Catholicism, and Islam) and the impressive Cu Chi tunnels system, one of the most violent battlefields of the Vietnam War. Overnight in HCMC.
DAY 14: HCMC – CAI BE – CAN THO
Breakfast at hotel, check out and transfer to Cai Be located on the Upper Branch of the Mighty Mekong River. Enjoy boating on the river, observing the fruit whole sale market in Cai Be, and see the locals producing pop rice, popcorn and other sweets. Lunch will be served at Mr. Muoi Huong’s local restaurant in a nice garden In the afternoon continue along fruit orchards in narrow canals to the city of Vinh Long on the other side of the Mekong River. Stop at a ceramic village by the river Transfer to Can Tho and check in a hotel. Overnight in Can Tho
DAY 15: CAN THO – CHAU DOC
Early morning, check out the hotel and enjoy the boat trip to the floating market of Cai Rang and cruising along small canals to see how the locals live. Have a walk through My Khanh fruit orchard and learn about farming and gardening in South Vietnam. Then transfer to Chau Doc by road. Have lunch in Long Xuyen. In the afternoon, arrival in Chau Doc, check in a hotel. Then enjoy another boat trip to visit the Cham village, floating fish farms, Vinh Te canal. Then drive to visit the Sam Mountain and temples around the mountain. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
DAY 16: CHAU DOC – PHNOM PENH
Morning join an express boat trip with Hang Chau boat to the border, cross the border and continue to Phnom Penh. Arrival in Phnom Penh in the afternoon, check in a hotel After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Wat Phnom, the Royal palace and Silver pagoda, the National Museum and the Russian market (time permitting). Dinner and overnight in Phnom Penh.
DAY 17: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP
Morning check out the hotel and take a flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, meet your guide and start sightseeing at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the Bayon and Baksei Chamkrong, the Elephant terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Then transfer to check in a hotel. Afternoon tour enjoy the amazing Angkor Wat till sunset Overnight in Siem Reap
DAY 18: SIEM REAP
Visit more temples: Ban Tey Srey, Bantey Samre, Ta Prohm, Eastern Mebon, admiring the sun rise, the sun set, etc. Enjoy Apsara Dance show at Apsara theater. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 19: SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE
Morning take boat trip on Tonle Sap river and visit a charity vocational school Have lunch at a restaurant. Then transfer to the airport for departure to Home Sweet home End of service.