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Highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam
Price from :  $1109

Style : Indochina Travel
Duration : 12 days/11 nights
Tour Route : Phnom Penh-Siem Reap-Saigon-Hoi An-Halong Bay-Hanoi

This tour explores key highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam during 12 days, starting from Phnom Penh and ending in Hanoi. In Phnom Penh, we will visit Wat Phnom Temple, the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, a Khmer Rouge pavilion, which is dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. Heading to Siem Reap to visit the Angkor Archaeological Park, just 6 kms away to the North of Siem Reap, stretching over some 400 square kilometers, including forested area contains the magnificent remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire in the past.

 

Take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City to visit its key historic sites including Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and the fascinating Notre Dame Cathedral. We then try to explore the stronghold of Cu Chi tunnel, crawling through tiny path to experience a guerrilla life. Take a flight to Da Nang and feel the past through a stay in the once prosperous trading port of Hoi An. It is a well preserved Asian port of cultural and economic exchanges between various countries. Then we head to Halong Bay, a World Heritage site and take a cruise boat in the spectacular Bay. Our vessel takes us to Limestone Mountains and caves and lagoons, all combined to make up one of the world’s most stunning landscapes. We explore the capital city of Hanoi with a city tour which will enrich your experiences and understanding by visiting its historic sites, busy shopping streets and cultural places.

Throughout the tour you will get to know cultural values and traditions of destinations and indulge yourself into daily life of visited destinations.

 

Highlights

-       Sightseeing at famous attractions of Phnom Penh including Wat Phnom Temple, the Silver Pagoda

-       Exploring Angkor Archaeological Park, with temples dating back hundreds of years

-       Enjoying an amateur scuba diving or snorkeling, discovering marine lives in Nha Trang

-       Feeling the past through ancient town of Hoi An: its unique architecture, art, silks

-       Appreciating Viet Nam longest tunnel at Cu Chi, seeing Saigon war remnants museum

-       Getting to know Hanoi’s rich cultural and historical values: its past and presence

-       Boat cruise through the limestone karsts of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay

Day 1: Phnom Penh

Depending on your arrival time, we plan for a visit to key attractions in the capital which sits by the Mekong and the Tonle Sap Lake. Most of the impressions will be the French colonial influence amidst the strong Khmer cultural values. We will visit Wat Phnom Temple, the Silver Pagoda, one of the richest shrines in the world. The floor is made of 5.000 silver tiles.

 

Day 2: Phnom Penh-Siem Reap

In the next day, we head to the Royal Palace, a magnificent example of Khmer architecture, which was built in 1866. We will see the Throne Hall and the Napoleon III Pavilion. In the afternoon, we visit the National Museum, a Khmer Rouge pavilion, which is dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority are from the Angkor period (9th to 15th century), and some from the 4th century. A dark period in the country’s history is depicted at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Then in the afternoon we take a flight to Siem Reap which is the tourist hub for the area.

 

Day 3: Siem Reap

Today we will visit Cambodia’s key tourist attraction the Angkor Archaeological Park, just 6 kms away to the North of Siem Reap. Stretching over some 400 square kilometers, including forested area, the Park contains the magnificent remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire of the 9th to the 15th centuries. The most famous are the Temple of Angkor Wat and the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom with its countless sculptural decorations. Our tour covers the famous Bayon Temple, Phimeanakas Temple within the Royal Palace enclosure, Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

Day 4: Siem Reap-Saigon

In the morning, we continue to explore other temples and sites at the Park including temples of Thommanon, Takeo, one of Angkor's great mountains temple, Ta Prohm who become part of the jungle, Banteay Kdei with attractive carvings, Srah Srang, Prasat Kravan unique brick sculptures. In the afternoon, we take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Day 5: Saigon

We start our city tour by visiting the War Remnants Museum to discover one chapter of the city, then head to Reunification Palace close by. Take a walk around Ben Thanh Market, Notre Dame Cathedral and the central Post Office. The afternoon is free for independent sightseeing, enjoying some coffee and ice cream, or shopping along the streets of central business districts.

 

Day 6: Saigon-Da Nang

In the morning we will explore an incredible network of underground tunnel designed and constructed to withstand fierce crack down of the external forces, the Cu Chi tunnel. No word could describe it better than experience it yourself. Come and see how Viet Nam won the war. You’ ve got to appreciate the talent of the country. In the afternoon, we head out to the airport for our flight to Da Nang, before getting transferred to our hotel in Hoi An.

 

Day 7: Hoi An

Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port, is an outstanding material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time in an international maritime commercial centre. Archaeological finds and excavations have shown that there was a port and trading centre of the local Sa Huynh people along the Thu Bon River as early as the 2nd century BC. This continued to expand, especially during its most flourishing period from the late 16th to the early 18th centuries. It was through Hoi An that Christianity penetrated Vietnam in the 17th century. we visit Japanese covered bridge, Tan Ky Old hose, Phuc Kien Pagoda, Cham Museum and Chinese Assembly Hall. Then get back for a great swim in Cua Dai beach. The beach is clean, shallow and often calm. Enjoy seafood and local delicacies by the beach or in a restaurant. In the evening we explore this ancient city on foot or on rickshaw.

 

Day 8: Hoi An-Danang - Hanoi

Wake up and do some morning exercises on Cua Dai beach. Enjoy a swim and relax on a sunbed. After lunch we transfer to Danang airport to take a flight to Hanoi. Check in our hotel in the Old Quarters. In the evening we enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s famous Water Puppets.

 

Day 9: Hanoi

We drive to Ho Chi Minh complex, spend a couple of hours to visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh museum.  We walk to the One Pillar Pagoda, the iconic Buddhist temple of Vietnam. We continue to the Temple of Literature originally built as a temple of Confucius. This is the site of the Vietnam first university dating back to 1070. The Temple highlights the importance of education. In the afternoon, we visit the Museum of ethnology, the most interesting museum in Vietnam, showing the diverse cultures of 54 ethnic groups in the country.

 

Day 10: Halong Bay

Halong Bay is known as a majestic and mysterious natural wonder. Imagine that around 3000 or more incredible islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin creating a breathtaking beauty. It is a pure art, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures given by the nature. We take a four hour drive to Halong Bay before boarding on our cruise boat. We will cruise through remarkable limestone formations of Halong Bay. We have the opportunities to enjoy a swim, visits to stunningly beautiful grottos and do some kayaking. Overnight on the cruise boat will be a memorable experience for your group.

 

Day 11: Halong Bay-Hanoi

In the morning, enjoy some guided Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. We continue sightseeing and cruising around Halong Bay, before turning to the harbor and driving back to Hanoi. Take your own time to discover Hanoi by night in the Old Quarter.  

 

Day 12: Hanoi

Enjoy some coffee and walk along the Old Quarter, do some shopping in Dong Xuan Market or along the 36 streets. We will have a small party to celebrate our trip before transferring to Noi Bai airport for the flight home.

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Indicative price: From 1109 USD/person. 

 

Tour price has included:

Accommodation with daily breakfast
Air-con transportation
Private English Speaking Guides
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
All domestic flights + any train tickets
Airport Taxes and Fuel charges
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Excursion boats and cruise boats
Service Charge & Government Taxes

 

Note

Prices vary frequently and significantly, depending on market factors, our specific discounts, your group size, hotel classes, full or half board basis, touring itinerary, and timing. So enquire now to get an instant cost estimate! 

 

Factors Group size Hotel classes Meals Touring itinerary Time of travel
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General price policy: 

Tour prices get cheaper and cheaper as group size gets bigger and bigger. More people traveling together will reduce the prices

Staying in three starred hotels will reduce tour prices significantly, as accommodation accounts for a big share of total costs. We generally use hotels from three stars upwards.

Meals can be selected based on bread& breakfast; half board or full board. It is quite cheaper if you let us take care of your meals. However you can take a half board basis to experience the cuisine yourself.

The more sights you visit, the more tickets are bought and the more miles are run.

Selecting to travel in high seasons is generally 15-25% more expensive than in low seasons. However if you book a tour well in advance you will get rid of the risk

 

Contact Person: Matthew Duong

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