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Vietnam and Cambodia 14 days from USD 1,555 per person

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INCLUSIVE:

  • Hotel accommodation in half twin/dbl room withdaily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast,L= Lunch, D= Dinner
  • English speaking local guide.
  • Domestic flights .
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by privateair-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentionedin the itinerary
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Vietnam map
  • Airport taxes

EXCLUDES   

  • Any other meals not mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks,tip...)
  • Travel insurance (*)
  • All other services which are not mentioned in INCLUDING.


DAY1: ARRIVE – HANOI      

Arrive in Hanoi you will be greeted by your guide andtransfer to your hotel for check in.

Overnight in Superior room at Sunway Hanoi

DAY2: HA NOI - FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B)

Afterbreakfast, depart your hotel for the Temple of Literature. In 1076 Quoc Tu Giam - Vietnam's firstuniversity, also referred to as Van Mieu,was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins andmembers of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years andits gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse intoVietnam’s past.

The One PillarPagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 will be visited next. This structureis one of Vietnam's most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of thehistoric figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh and the formerpresidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969, his former homeillustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary.

Continue topicturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. Fromhere transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) 700meters to the nearby Taoisttemple of Quan Thanh which is dedicated toTran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism

In the afternoonvisit the fascinating Ethnology Museum, which is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups ofVietnam.

At the endof the afternoon visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take awalking tour (orone hour Xic Lo ride) through charming Hang Be Market and aroundHoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home toliterally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place toexplore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you

Overnight in Superior room at Sunway Hanoi.

DAY3: HA NOI – NINH BINH – TAM COC – HOA LU (B, L)

Pick up at the hotel in Hanoi and depart early morningby private transport, it is a 2½ hour drive to the rural town of Ninh Binh. TheNinh Binh region is one of the most beautiful parts of Vietnam with itsdramatic scenery, historical intrigues, religious pilgrimage sites andendangered animal sanctuaries. The town of Ninh Binh itself does not overflowwith alluring sites, but it serves as an ideal place to venture out on smallday trips.

Arriving in Ninh Binh, discuss the day’s activitieswhilst enjoying a cool drink. You will then depart by car to Tam Coc. NinhBinh’s rice fields become other-worldly in the Tam Coc (Three Grottoes) area.The mountains have earned the area the nickname “Dry Halong Bay”, a monikerborne out by the limestone karsts which dominate the landscape. You will take aboat to and through the caves, past spectacular cliffs, Lilliputian villages,and lonely farming communities.

After included lunch, theguide will assist you with your bicycles (normal bike rent-out by the Hotel inNinh Binh) in preparation for your cycle tour of Hoa Lu. The bicycle tour is around trip of 24km through spectacular scenery of rice fields, the karstsformations and quaint rural villages. Leaving the restaurant you will passglowing lime kilns fed by the mining of the lime-

stone mountains.

Hoa Lu is the site of the former capital of theVietnamese state, post Chinese rule in the first millennium. The site waschosen for its geographic location, which made it virtually impenetrable andserved as the capital from AD 968 until it was moved to present day Hanoi in1011. Nothing remains of the capital; however, the attraction is the rawbeauty, temples dating back to the 17th Century, the King’s Tomb andthe simple life of the farmers in the region.

On completion of the cycle tour you will return toyour hotel and an opportunity to have a cool drink to refresh. You may want toask your guide for directions to Ninh Binh’s local markets where you will seetypical Vietnamese trading without the tourists. Overnight in Ninh Binh

Overnight in Superior room at Legend Ninh Binh

DAY4: NINH BINH – VAN LONG (B, L)

Breakfast at hotel.Yourguide will take you to Van Long. Once you arrive in the village of Van Longyour guide will organize a private boat. Van Long, covering an area of nearly3,000ha, is the largest wetland nature reserve in the north of Vietnam and a1.5 hour boat trip by traditional sampan is the perfect way to see thisarea.  Van Long’s fauna includes 39species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Some of these species havebeen classified as globally endangered animals such as the white-breechedlangur which can be seen occasionally in the early morning or late afternoon.Lunch is at a local restaurant in Van Long

Overnight in Superior room at Legend Ninh Binh

DAY5:  NINH BINH – HA LONG (B, L, D)

Your guide anddriver will meet you at hotel for an early departure to Halong. The 3.5 hourjourney takes you through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and thescenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.Arrive in Halong and check in at the Emeraude Café.  Feel as if you are stepping back in to FrenchIndochina as you board this wonderful replica of one of the classic steamshipsof the era. A welcome drink will be served as the boat leaves the harbour. Havelunch as you cruise among hundreds of islets to discover unspoilt pockets ofHalong Bay and visit ‘Sung Sot’, one of the most imposing grottos of the Bay.With luxurious air-conditioned cabins, a divine restaurant, two bars and asundeck this is the ultimate Halong Bay experience.

As the boatcruises through the limestone karsts and clear waters in the afternoon, severaloptions are available.  On-board kayaksare available for those wishing to go out for a paddle (guest’s account) orhave a swim off the boat’s platform.  Forthose seeking more culinary experience, take part in a Vietnamese spring rollcooking demonstration on the sundeck. 

After the sunsets, enjoy a scrumptious international / Vietnamese buffet dinner. Starting at2030, the Award Winning film Indochine will be screened on the sundeck shouldyou desire to watch a movie before retiring to your cabin for a good nightssleep.  

Overnight on DeluxeCabin on Emeraude Junk in Ha Long

DAY6: HA LONG – HA NOI    (B)

For earlyrisers complimentary tea and coffee are served on the sundeck followed by a TaiChi class. As you return to Halong City, enjoy a wholesome breakfast as yourboat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations.  Arrive back at Emeraude’s exclusive privatepier for disembarkation where your driver waits to take you back to your Hanoi.Arrive back in hotel in Ha Noi for check in.

Overnight in Superior room at Sunway Hanoi

DAY7: HA NOI - SAIGON – HALF DAY CITY TOUR                                                 (B)

The day is freeuntil your guide and private car pick you up at the lobby and transfer toairport for flight to Saigon. Arrive in Saigon, you will be greeted by yourguide and take you half day city tour of vibrant Saigon includes thelandmark Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. It wastowards this modern building that North Vietnamese resistance fighters tanks(Viet Cong) rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975 as Saigon fell. Thisfascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many.Your tour also includes the red-brick Catholic cathedral of Notre-Dame, thenearby 19th century Empire-style Post Office, and the next door ‘Hotel deVille’ or City Hall all look indomitably European, the Thien Hau Temple - aChinese temple in Cholon, the packed and bustling Chinatown of the city, andtime permitting visit the Binh Tay Market — the central market for the city andone of its liveliest and most colorful areas

Overnight in Deluxe room at Duxton Saigon

DAY8: SAIGON – CAI BE – VINH LONG – CAN THO                                             (B, L)

An early morningdeparture from your hotel takes you to Cai Be, deep in the heart of the MekongDelta. Embark on your private deluxe junk boat cruise to the colourful Cai Befloating market. Your tour continues with a visit to local home factory whichproduces rice paste, rice pop corn and coconut candies. Continue cruising tothe evergreen islands, located in the Mekong River, through large networks ofmeandering rivers which are crisscrossed with countless canals. Enjoy anincluded relaxing lunch in a local restaurant before boarding the boat againand slowly cruise to Vinh Long as you take in the beautiful landscapes andobserve typical rural life on the Mekong Delta. Disembark the boat and transfer to Can Tho forovernight.

Overnight in Deluxe room at Victoria Can Tho

DAY9: CAN THO – CHAU DOC                                                                         (B, L)

Can Tho is a university town on the confluence ofthree rivers in the heart of the delta. The Mekong Delta was once part of theKhmer Kingdom, and today many ethnic Khmers still live here. You make an earlystart this morning to visit the floating markets of Cai Rang which are in fullswing at 0700. You’ll take a small boat and explore the waterways, which arepacked with people who have come from the surrounding rural areas to sell allmanner of fruits and vegetables. It’s a lively and colorful scene. Upon arrival inCan Tho your guide will lead you on a two-hour biking tour of the countryside.After an include lunch at local restaurant, leave Can Tho for Chau Doc. ArriveChau Doc and if time permits, continue your tour by visiting the local market,which overlooks the confluence of three rivers, and later take a boat to ChauGiang District where a tiny mosque serves the local Cham community. The Chamminority who dominated coastal Vietnam from the 2nd to the 9th centuries wereoriginally Hindu, but became Muslim as a result of contact with Arab seafarersand merchants in the Middle Ages. In South-East Asia Islam was disseminatedprimarily by merchants who, following the monsoon winds

lived invarious coastal towns for months at a time. The Chams also practice silk weavingand you may have the opportunity to see them at work. The architecture here israther distinctive. You’ll visit a beautiful Khmer temple, and later visit thefloating houses that double as catfish farms, now a huge industry for thecountry. Time permitting late this afternoon visit Sam Mountain, an importantpilgrimage site that is frequently visited by pilgrims from all over the MekongDelta. Check in the hotel.

Overnightin Superior room at Victoria Chau Doc

DAY10: CHAU DOC – PHNOM PENH                                                                 (B, D)

After breakfast board the speedboat to the Cambodian border and afterclearing custom and immigration formalities with the Cambodian authorities,cruise along the Mekong River to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed by your local Englishspeaking guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in.

Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the mostbeautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, itstill retains a colonial charm. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city,majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong andTonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflectthe glorious days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Westerntraditions meet in a fascinating way.

After a short relaxing break, head to Wat Phnom temple,the founding place of the city on a small hilltop. Then continue along theriverfront to the RoyalPalace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named forthe over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name isWat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will viewa collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

Your next stopis the National Museum, built in traditionalKhmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmerartistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries.Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom'scultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony!

Tonight,you will be treated to a delicious welcome dinner at Mangosteen Restaurant& Bar, a comfortable Asian style restaurant and modern building.

Overnightin Deluxe room at Phnom Penh hotel

DAY11: PHNOM PENH          (B, L)

After breakfast, you willjoin with the experience the life alongthe quiet Tonlé Sap and Mekong waters. A full day trip on a wooden riverboatwith large sun deck and western amenities offers a unique insight into a partof Cambodia that travelers usually don’t have access to. 

PROGRAMDETAILS:

TravelNorth along Tonlé Sap River past the outskirts of Phnom Penh, passing manyfloating villages and fishing stations. After about 3 hours, reach Koh Chen.Silver cups, boxes and jewelry are produced here. Afterwards, return to PhnomPenh by boat. Duration: 6 hours.

Overnightin Deluxe room at Phnom Penh hotel

DAY12:  PHNOM PENH –SIEM REAP                                                                 (B, D)

After breakfast, we will transfer toPhnom Penh airport for departure flight to Siem Reap by K6103 @ 1010-1055.

Note: Dueto the flight is fully booked for all routes; we will arrange transfer fromPhnom Penh to Siem Reap by overland instead (Alternative Program: After breakfast, transfer to Siem Reap by overland,stop enroute at the Skun Spider Sanctuary, a spider breeding project has beenset up to educate kids and visitors alike on the typical Cambodia traditionalof eating tarantulas. Early afternoon, arrival in Siem Reap and meet yourEnglish speaking guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in. SiemReap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancientcapital of the Khmer empire).


Upon your arrivalSiem Reap airport, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guideand transferred to your hotel for check in. Siem Reap is the base for exploringthe fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire.

After a shortrelaxing break, head out to the early-Angkor era temples of the Roluos Group,about 15km outside of Siem Reap. Roluos is the site of the first town built bythe Angkorian kings in the 8th and 9th century and consists of three maintemples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko.The beautiful surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palmtrees is very typical for Cambodia – enjoy the beautyon a cow cart ride to Roluos Pagoda, a great and fun way to get in touch withrural Cambodia and its friendly people. Here, in a smallcontemporary pagoda, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony foryou, wishing you health and a safe journey – a very special experience!

Overnight in Superior room at Tara Angkor Siem Reap.

DAY13: SIEMRIEP CITY TOUR (B/_/_)

This morning, visitthe ancient city of Angkor Thom in an eco-friendly electric vehicle. AngkorThom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign ofJayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfectsquare. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gatecarved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path arow of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.

From here, continue toBayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece isa study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces ofthe Great Khmer Empire. Baphoun, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of theLeper King are also must-visits as they are known for their intricatebas-reliefs.

Next, explore the highlights of Ta Prohm temple,built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that ithas been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees

and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling tothe ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable ofthe Angkor temples.

Late afternoon, you will visit the famous Angkor Wat.Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, it isconstructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the MountMeru, home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stonecarvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman IIfought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to havetaken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured onCambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.

Duringsunset time, Angkor Wat is less visited, and the Apsaras will shine in the mostbeautiful light. Now you are standing in front of Angkor Wat – this is a reasonto cheer with a glass of Champagne, while the sun is setting on the temple.Return to the hotel just after sunset.

Tonight,farewell a special Khmer dinner will be served for you at Apsara Theatre, whereyour meal will be accompanied by traditional Khmer Apsara dance. The Apsarasare legendary characters from the ancient Khmer tale of Reamker, which isclosely related to the Hindu Ramayana. It takes years for the dancers to masterthe fine and elaborate gestures of the Apsara.
Overnight in Superior room at Tara Angkor Siem Reap.

DAY14: SIEM REAP - DEPARTURE                                                                       (B)

Spend morning time exploring SiemReap’s colorful markets. Visit Artisans d’Angkor, established in 1992 in orderto support Cambodian arts and crafts, and to help young people find work intheir local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Discoverhow wood and stone carvings, lacquering, gilding, and silk paintings arecreated.

Next, transferto Siem Reap airport for onward departure flight to ……

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