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Vietnam & Cambodia at a Glance 10 days 9 nights

This itinerary is specially designed for travelers who wish to see the major Jewels of Vietnam with a short extension to Cambodia to taste the splendor of Angkor Wat. For decades off limits to all, but today Cambodia is an emerging destination for tourists. You will find yourself exploring friendly countries rich in history and beauty ranging from amazingly magnificent temples to abundance of breathtaking sights. Take our Jewels of Indochina tour and you will be provided in return with the memorable experience that touches your life forever.
  • Notre Dame Catheral Hochiminh city Vietnam
  • Angkor Wat Cambodia
  • Angor Temple Cambodia

Ouline itinerary

Day 1: Ha Noi arrival
Day 2: Ha Noi Full day city tour
Day 3: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay
Day 4: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi – Ho Chi Minh city by flight
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnel
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh city
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh city – Siem Reap
Day 8: Siem Reap – Angkor Complex
Day 9: Siem Reap Exploration
Day 10: Siem Reap departure

Detail of itinerary

DAY 1: HA NOI - ARRIVAL
Welcomed at Noi Bai International airport by our guide and transferred to your hotel. Relax after a long journey before we present you Vietnam daily life with a city walk that commences at the fountain at the north end of Hoan Kiem lake at the southern end of Hang Dao St. Travels through some of the streets of the Old Quarter, highlighting the concept of the ‘36 trade streets’ where each street is named after the original product or service of the individual trade guilds. We see examples of traditional, French and Art Deco architecture. We also visit a communal house and pagoda, the famous Bach Ma Temple and see the house where Ho Chi Minh drafted the Declaration of Independence.  Around the Hoan Kiem lake, visit Ngoc Son temple and Old quarter streets. Stop at Thang Long theatre for one hour Water Puppets shows.   
Note on big group up to 10 persons Aurora will offer a local touching mini water puppet shows at one of the most well-known artist’s house. Visit his house in the Ha Noi narrow alley, chat with the family to learn about the history of a water puppet.  
 
DAY 2: HANOI FULL DAY – THE CITY OF PEACE (B)
The full day tour commences with a cyclo to visit Hochiminh’s Mausoleum (view from outside on Mondays, Fridays and afternoons as it closed for maintenance), His House on Stilt, One Pillar Pagoda and the Westlake. Next up, continue by car to the Temple of Literature which regarded as the First University of Vietnam (Van Mieu- Quoc Tu Giam). Lunch on your expense. 
In the afternoon, depart for the hours drive to Bat Trang ceramic village which is located to the east of Hanoi along the Red River; here you can wander freely into any of the workshops or galleries inside the village. Records show that Bat Trang was an important centre for ceramic production in Vietnam and the region as far back as the 15th century. The style of the ceramics being made has changed little and the same traditional motifs are still being used.
Overnight in Hanoi.
 
DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
You are suggested to wake up early for enjoying the morning sound of Hanoi and walking around Hoan Kiem lake and doing Tai Chi exercise with locals. Back to hotel for freshen up and breakfast.
After breakfast, take 3.5 hours drive to Halong bay, a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. Upon arrival, transfer to a junk for a cruise around Ha Long Bay with a delicious local seafood lunch served on board. The cruise passes by many rocks and islets in many funny shapes. Again your dinner served on board. In the evening, enjoy the night fishing (optional) and later overnight on board.
 
DAY 4:  HALONG – HANOI – HO CHI MINH CITY (BRUNCH)
In the morning, your breakfast or brunch will be served while doing further cruise to explore the beauties of the Bay before returning to the Wharf. Disembark around 10:30-11.00am. On return, before heading to Noibai airport we take a short stop at Thanh Chuong Palace which shows you many things about Vietnam archaeology, antiques, history and many other culture values. This is a very special place in the suburb of Hanoi much like a museum but not a normal residence, where you have the recall of Vietnamese spirit through centuries. The harmonious display of the painter – owner is really the amazing work of art…
Then heading to Hanoi airport for evening flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
 
DAY 5:  HO CHI MINH CITY – CU CHI TUNNEL (B)
Morning excursion to Cu Chi tunnels and take a guided tour with a veteran guide to gain deep insight and personal accounts of the wartime era. On arrival he will meet the group and take them on a guided tour of the tunnels together with Aurora guide (his service is subject to availability). If desired (and not for the faint hearted and on own account) a round of bullets can be fired from anAK47 gun at a target range at the tunnels. Back to Hochiminh city for visiting the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh market.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
 
DAY 6: HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA (B/L)
In the morning, take 2 hour drive southwest of Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta which is known as the rice bowl of Vietnam. Upon arrival, take a boat cruise along islets and tropical orchards through the canal of Vam Xep to reach a small islet, followed by a relaxing walk along shady and palm fringed trails passing by local villages where you can see their peaceful daily life. Stop en route to sip special tea with honey and sample fruits with a local family and share their stories of life in the Mekong Delta. They will guide you on a walk through their orchard and explain how tropical fruits are grown. Then continue the journey with a paddled sampan through the narrow, tree-lined canals of Mekong River. Enjoy lunch at the islet then visit handicraft villages and a coconut candy factory before returning on shore for driving back to Ho Chi Minh City.
 
DAY 7: HO CHI MINH CITY -  SIEM REAP (B/D)
Morning free for shopping around.
In the afternoon, transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport flight to Siem Reap. Arrive Siem Reap, our guide and coach will pick up at Siem Reap airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Dinner at local restaurant with Apsaras show & overnight in Siem Reap.
 
DAY 8: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR COMPLEX (B/L)
We start on our bike and cycle (45 minutes for cycling) or drive to world heritage areas on the roads less traveled. Ride among the jungle passing local village and local shop. It’s a very special and acting day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass tourist.
The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century)
See the South Gate, Bayon Temple- unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara
The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas
The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King
The tour start with the visiting to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng hill.
Enjoy 1 hour foot massage before transfer to your hotel.
 
DAY 9: SIEM REAP EXPLORATION (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel, visit Kbal Spean, about 49km from Siem Reap Town and it is literally means "The head of the River.” It is one of the rivers in 1000 lingas that made up of unique lingas. Lingas stands into the riverbed of the Siem Reap River. It was believed that the lingas spiritually "fertilized” the waters that fed the Eastern bay and irrigated the rice fields. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, visit Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. Afterwards back to Siem Reap for overnight.
Evening is your free time for walking at busy pub street, dinner in one of many typical local food restaurant, pop up a bar for cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night Market.
 
DAY 10: SIEM REAP – MORNING ALMS GIVING -DEPARTURE (B)
Early morning we start witness sunrise over Angkor Wat temple and listening singing birds over the ancient land of Angkor area. About 6:45AM we walk to nearby Pagoda and offering food to monks. After monks finished breakfast we start enjoy our breakfast on the ground floor of pagoda, jasmine tea will be served in the peaceful of pagoda. Then transfer to visit Tonle Sap Great Lake for cruising, visiting fisherman’s life, floating fishing village dot the semi-submerged forest that lines the flood plant rim of the lake, back to , visit Chantier Ecole-Artisan d’Angkor, the place are in the Ministry of Education was constructed in 1992 and this place renowned woodworking, stone carving and polychrome training center and workshops. Free tour of the classes and workshops offer a glimpse into the unique skills training program, teaching young artists in the techniques and styles of classic Cambodian artistry before transfer for departure lunch at local restaurant in the town. Then visit old market for shopping until transfer to the airport for flight off.

 

Tour Price:

1139 USD per person ( apply for group of 2 people )  - First Class Hotel Option 

- 1259 USD per person ( apply for group of 2 people ) - Superior Hotel Option 

- 1599 USD per person ( apply for group of 2 people ) - Deluxe Hotel Option 

 If your group has more than 2 persons, pls contact us for a specific price (surely less then price for group of 2) base on the standard hotel option

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

INCLUSIVE

• Accommodations on Twin share basis with daily breakfast at selected hotels
• Meals as mentioned in the program(symbols B= Breakfast, Br=Brunch, L=lunch, D = dinner)
• English-speaking local guides during the whole trip (From airport pickup on arrival to airport see-off on departure date)
• Private air-conditioned vehicles during the whole trip
• Air ticket from Hanoi to Saigon on economy class
• Entrance fees for all mentioned visits
• Private boat trip in Mekong delta and Siemriep
• One night on a non-private junk in Halong bay
• Water puppet show and cyclo ride in Hanoi

EXCLUSIVE

• International flight tickets to Vietnam
• Air tickets Saigon to Siemriep (As mentioned below)
• Meals other than mentioned
• Vietnam visa (Guests who had visa approval letter needs to pay the visa stamping fee at 45 USD/person/single entry paid in cash for each person)
• Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
• Gratuity to guides, drivers, hotel porters..
• Any services other than mentioned

Accommodation 

HOTELS – FIRST CLASS (3 STAR HOTELS)

 

CITY

 

HOTEL

 

HOTEL CATEGORY

 

ROOM TYPE

 

HANOI

 

Medallion hotel

www.medallionhanoi.com 

 

Standard

 

Superior/Deluxe

 

HALONG

 

Image Halong

www.imagehalongcruise.com  

 

Standard

 

Deluxe

 

SAIGON

 

Elios hotel

www.elioshotel.vn   

 

Standard

 

Standard/Superior

 

SIEMRIEP

 

Angkor Paradise resort

www.angkorparadise.net

 

Standard

 

Superior

 

HOTELS – SUPERIOR OPTION :  4 STAR STANDARD

CITY

HOTEL

HOTEL CATEGORY

ROOM TYPE

 

 

HANOI

 

 

Lan Vien hotel

www.lanvienhotel.com.vn  

 

Superior

 

Superior

 

HALONG

 

 

Pelican cruise

www.pelicancruise.com

 

Superior

 

Superior/Dlx

 

 

SAIGON

 

Eden Saigon hotel

www.edensaigonhotel.com

 

Superior

 

 

Junior Dlx/Deluxe

 

SIEMRIEP

 

Tara Angkor hotel

www.taranagkorhotel.com

 

Superior

 

Superior

 

HOTELS – DELUXE OPTION : 5 STAR STANDARD

CITY

HOTEL

HOTEL CATEGORY

ROOM TYPE

 

 

HANOI

 

 

Melia hotel

www.meliahanoi.com

 

Deluxe

 

Deluxe

 

HALONG

 

 

Indochina Sails

www.indochinasails.com

 

Deluxe

 

Superior/Dlx

 

 

SAIGON

 

Pullman hotel Saigon

www.pullmanhotels.com

 

Deluxe

 

 

Deluxe

 

SIEMRIEP

 

Victoria Angkor resort

www.victoriahotels.asia

 

Deluxe

 

Superior

 

ADDITIONAL AIRFARES

ROUTE

AIRLINE

PRICE PER PERSON IN US$

 

Saigon-Siemriep

 

Vietnamairline (VN) or Angkor Air (K6)

 

199/ADULT (Incl taxes)

 

Saigon-Siemriep-Saigon

 

Vietnam airline (VN) or Angkor Air (K6)

 

369/ADULT (Incl taxes)

IMPORTANT: All airfares are subject to change without prior notice until ticket issuance.

 

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