10 DAYS VIET NAM AND CAMBODIA ESSENCE
- Tour code: IP02
- Duration: 10 DAYS
- Explore Ha Long Bay World Heritage, visit caves, visit islands Soi Sim beach. Kayak and swim to explore the beautiful landscape in here.
- Discover Ho Chi Minh City city, Cu Chi tunnel.
- Traveling to Mekong delta: enjoy the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music, explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River, takes to the Cai Rang floating market
- Welcome to Cambodia countries, discover Phnom Penh city spend the time to explore the Central Market, some famous temple.
Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
Upon your arrival, we will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Hanoi. For the remainder of the day, you can either explore the vicinity yourself, or simply take a good rest in the hotel for your adventures starting tomorrow.
Day 2: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B,L,D)
8:00- 8:30: We will pick you up at your hotel.
12:15: Arrive at the Tuan Chau harbour, and refresh at the Oasis Bay Lounge for about 20 minutes before boarding the cruise ship.
12:30: Transfer to the cruise to a refreshing welcome drink, followed by cruise briefing, safety instructions and then check in to your cabin. The program will start right after that.
13:00 - 14:30: While the cruising starts, lunch will be served on board as we pass by some famed islets, for instance, Dog islet, Fighting Cock islet (symbol of Halong Bay), Hoa Cuong fishing village, and Swan islet. After having lunch, the cruise ship will continue exploring the wonders of Halong bay, passing by countless islands, including Soi Sim beach, Coconut Tree Island. Then we will anchor the vessel at Frog Pond area.
15:45 – 16:45: Explore this beautiful water area by kayaking through the peaceful scenery or swimming in the clear emerald-coloured waters.
17:15 – 18:45: Relax on the sundeck with a few cocktails, complimented by a variety of tropical fruits and best local wines. Then attend a cooking demonstration with our chef to learn how to prepare one of the most popular cuisines in Vietnam, the spring rolls. If cooking is not your cup of tea, get into our Jacuzzi and simply relax yourself.
19:00 – 19:30: Enjoy a beautiful 11-course Vietnamese dinner.
21:00 – 23:00: After satisfying your stomach with a delicious dinner, take a rest to digest. Later on, you can even go for squid fishing or on board spa services.
Day 3: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B,L)
6:30: Wake up to a unique morning with an organized Tai Chi class, among the peaceful surroundings of Halong Bay.
7:00 – 7:30: After the morning activity, you will be served a light breakfast of assorted homemade pastries. You will also get to enjoy coffee, tea, or fruit juice of your choice.
7:30 – 8:30:Next, visit Sung Sot Cave, an important landmark not to be missed. Hike up and down 600 steps to the magnificent limestone formations of the most beautiful and biggest cave in Halong Bay.
9:30: At this time, you will have an early check out from your cabin as we prepare to return to the harbour. You will also settle any bill for additional alcoholic drinks or services that you might have ordered earlier on that are not included in the tour package.
10:00: Brunch will be served while the cruise ship gets on its way back to Halong Bay harbour.
12:30 – 12:45: Upon arrival at the harbour, we will pick you up and proceed to go back to Hanoi.
16:30 – 17:00: We will arrive in Hanoi approximately this time, but it depends on the traffic as well. Then you will go back to your hotel and take a rest before going out for your dinner. Overnight in your hotel.
Day 4: HANOI – HOCHIMINH – CU CHI TUNNELS (B,L)
In the morning, you will have your own free time to explore the last of Hanoi before we bring you to the domestic airport for the two-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City, you will be greeted and brought to the hotel to check in. Then we will start with a city tour 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.
We will have lunch before visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 60km from Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its strategic role during the American war in Vietnam. It is significant to Vietnam for its network of tunnels which extends over 220km, and is a popular destination for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors.
Today, Cu Chi is a tranquil place of rice paddy fields with ducks and water buffalo bathing in the rivers, alongside the road. But this peaceful rural scene belies the terrible destruction and defoliation caused by bombings and exploding mines when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone”, during the wartime. Cu Chi still contains obvious evidence of the fierce battles that took place before. Once we has explained and explored Cu Chi, we will bring you back to your hotel.
Day 5: HOCHIMINH – MY THO – BEN TRE – CAN THO (B,L)
8:00: After breakfast in the hotel, we will leave Ho Chi Minh city for the next adventure. Enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway, bordered by green rice fields. Upon arrival at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda. Take a leisurely boat ride along the river, see stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank.
Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then take another boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre. Enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit and 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 candies and observe the pastoral life as you wander through the fruit plantations and villages.
Proceed to Can Tho where you will spend the night.
Day 6: CAN THO – CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET – CHAU DOC (B,L)
After breakfast, you take the boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River. The boat takes you to the Cai Rang floating market, which is the most original local and bustling markets of the region. Here, you can also see how Vietnamese vermicelli noodle is made.
Afternoon: Get back into the car, proceed to Chau Doc, and continue the tour to visit Tra Su. This nature reserve covers a massive area that is home to the rich diverse species of water birds, fishes, reptiles, bats, and some endangered species. The lush vegetation, florals and fauna create an amazing haven for the wildlife. Take a motorized boat, followed by a rowing boat deep into the forest, passing through the waterways. Then take a short walk to the observation tower to enjoy the panoramic view or the area. You will return to the town and stay overnight in Chau Doc.
Day 7: CHAU DOC – PHNOM PENH (B,L)
After breakfast, transfer to a speed boat at about 7am for the final part of the journey to Phnom Penh. Arrive at Sisowath tourist dock in Phnom Penh at around 12pm.
Pick up from the pier boat and transfer to a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, drop off from the hotel for check in. In the same afternoon, we will visit Independence Monument and Wat Phnom Temple, a Phnom Penh's namesake, where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of the city during sunset.
We spend the rest of the time to explore the Central Market (Phsar Thmei), a large market constructed in 1937, in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. The four wings of this gigantic yellow dome are teeming with stalls that sell goods ranging from gold and silver, antique coins, money exchange, men's and women's apparel, clocks, books, flowers, food, fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, fish, seafood, dessert, luggage, and other products
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 8: PHNOM PENH – CITY TOUR (B,L)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 at the site of the old town and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is named as it is because of its floor that is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha weighing 90kg, and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha.
We continue to visit the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter Georges Groslier designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - that ranges throughout the ages.
You will have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 prison). This former school was used as a prison, by Pol Pot’s security forces. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeng Ek to be executed. We spend the remaining time at Phnom Penh’s Psar Toul Tom Pong, also known as Russian Market. It is a great place to hunt for souvenirs, fabrics, and silks. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 9: PHNOM PENH – CITY TOUR (B,L)
After breakfast at the hotel, you depart for Takeo province, to visit Tonle Bati, Ta Prohm temple and Yeay Peau temple. Visit the Prasat Neang Khmao, the temple of the Black Virgin, followed by a silk weaving village.
Have lunch at a local restaurant. On the way back,you will visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek – a grim reminder of Cambodia's bloody past, under the Pol Pot regime. It is almost inconceivable to confront the nature of the true evil here in this gentle land, as the Buddhist memorial at Choeung Ek commemorates the 1.7 million victims of the 1975-79 Pol Pot regime.
This excursion may prove distressing for some. It is, however, an important piece of this country’s historical and cultural puzzle. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 10: DEPARTURE (B)
On the last day, you will have some free time to do your last minute shopping before our driver picks you up at the hotel, to bring you to the airport for your flight back home
- Private vehicle with AC for airport transfer & private tour
- Transfer by bus for group tour
- Carefully selected accommodation with daily breakfast
- Meals at local restaurant as indicated (B:Breakfast, L: Lunch, D:Dinner)
- English-speaking local guide
- Tour activity as mentioned
- Speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
- Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
- Domestic flight : Hanoi –Hochiminh
- Boat cruises as mentioned
- Vietnam & Cambodia visa
- International flights
- Compulsory dinner for New Year & Christmas
- Travel insurance
- Late checkout, early check-in
- Drinks, laundry, tips, personal expenses
- Other not stated above