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Essential Vietnam & Combodia
08 Nights / 09 Days

Essential Vietnam & Combodia

Day 01: Arrival – Hanoi

Arrive to Noi Bai airport, picked up and transfer to your hotel for check in. Free to discover Hanoi city by walking in the afternoon to visit: Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple, walking around Hanoi Old Quarter, enjoy water puppet show (water puppet ticket including). Overnight at Hanoi.

Day 02: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An grottoes

After breakfast, drive you to Ninh Binh, visit Hoa Lu ancient capital where the royal citadel of King Dinh and King Le used to be placed. Listen to the tour guide describe heroic history of Vietnam war defending country from mighty Chinese army.

Have lunch at a local restaurant, then get on a sampan rowing along Ngo Dong river, through nine caves (Trang An Grottoes). While enjoying the sounds of soaring birds overhead and paddling along the crystal-clear waters of the river,  jagged limestone hills jutting skyward out of electric green rice paddies will be sure to bring out the photographer in you.

Day 03: Hanoi – Halong Bay

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Haling Bay. On the way to Halong city enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong Bay, embark the cruise. Lunch is served with a welcome drink while the boat cruises the bay to enjoy the beautiful limestone seascape. Visit an islane and go kayaking to Luon cave to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the bay. Overnight on board.

Day 04: Halong – Hanoi – Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Brunch)

Sunrise breakfast and cruise around the clear & emerald water to another part of Halong bay with a close up view of stunning limestone peaks. such as Drum cave, Man’s head Islet….Heading to Van Gia fishing village you will have the opportunity to understand more about the fishermen’s daily life. Having lunch on board with a variety of local foods, enjoying the rest of the boat trip before back to Halong dock. Have a short break before en route to Hanoi.

Tour finishes at your hotel around 17.30. And then other driver picks you up and transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 05: Ho Chi Minh city half day – Cu Chi half day tour

After breakfast, proceed for city tour. We start the trip 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, (optional Ben Thanh Market – only drop off).

Afternoon visit Cu Chi tunnels – an incredible system including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. Visiting here, you will find out why Vietnam was the winner in the war. Return to Sai Gon.

Day 06: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta – My Tho full day

After breakfast depart Saigon by road for Mekong Delta and its gateway city of My Tho, located 72 km south west of the city. Board a riverboat for an excursion across the Mekong through islands covered with lush flora and small rural communities. Cruise to Thoi Son Island where you will have the opportunity to visit a local house and taste some of the fruits that are grown locally in the orchards. Parkway in orchards, tasting tropical fruits. Lunch is at a local restaurant where you will have the chance to sample a local specialty: ‘elephant ear’ fish. Conclude your tour of the Mekong with a stop at Vinh Trang pagoda, the largest and most remarkable pagoda in the delta. Return to Saigon.

Day 07: Ho Chi Minh – fly to Siem Reap

Breakfast at hotel. Later transferred to Tan Son Nhat airport to get a short flight to Siem Riep.

On arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. After one or some hours relax, you will drive to Angkor area for watching the sunset at Phnom Bakheng and get brief information about this area. Overnight at Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 08: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples

Early morning, we enjoy the Tuk Tuk to the jungle-covered temple of Ta Phrom and come back to hotel for breakfast at 07:30. One hour later, begin your temple exploration today at Angkor Thom City by west gate. From the enigmatic faces of Bayon temple to the intricate bas reliefs of the Terrace of the Elephants, Angkor Thom is filled with fabulous monuments. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch we drive to Banteay Srei, it is also one of the most beautiful. Built in 967 AD by Jayavarman V’s guru, it showcases the most exquisite, deep and complex carvings in all Khmer architecture. Overnight at Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 09: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Departure

After breakfast, you will enjoy a short walk through a tranquil and typical Siem Reap neighborhood before take a drive to Tonle Sap Lake to board a local boat for a cruise through the floating villages (best from July to February). Return to the town before lunch time.

Afternoon, depart to airport to board your home bound flight.

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