- Day 1: Hanoi / Arrival
- Day 2: Hanoi / City tour
- Day 3: Mai Chau / Countryside
- Day 4: Mai Chau / Back to Hanoi
- Day 5: Halong bay
- Day 6: Halong bay
- Day 7: Hue → Hoi An
- Day 8: Hoi An
- Day 9: Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh
- Day 10: Ho Chi Minh
- Day 11: Ho Chi Minh
- Day 12: Mekong delta
- Day 13: Mekong delta
- Day 14: Chau Doc → Phnom Penh
- Day 15: Phnom Penh → Siem Reap
- Day 16: Siem Reap
- Day 17: Siem Reap / Departure
Day 1: Hanoi / Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi / City tour
Day 3: Mai Chau / Countryside
Day 4: Mai Chau / Back to Hanoi
Alternative: A trip to Sapa instead of Mai Chau (B,L,D)
A journey from Hanoi to Sapa. Spend Day 3 & Day 4 to explore Sapa, fascinating destination, especially when local hill-tribe people fill the town with colour.
Day 5: Halong bay
Day 6: Halong bay
Day 7: Hue → Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An
Day 9: Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh
Day 12: Mekong delta
Day 13: Mekong delta
Day 14: Chau Doc → Phnom Penh
Day 15: Phnom Penh → Siem Reap
Day 16: Siem Reap
Day 17: Siem Reap / Departure
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL.
Arrival in Hanoi. We welcome you at the airport and transfer you to hotel. It’s your leisure time after check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B,L)
Morning, you will start the tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-palace. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live in the past. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, built by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.
Continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam) – Vietnam’s first University constructed in 1070. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Have lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum. After that we will take you to Hoan Kiem Lake, see the peaceful water, and visit Ngoc Son Temple. Take an hour cyclo tour around the bustling old quarter to see the ordinary life in Hanoi.
Read more about these attractions / Watch video
At 18.00, Back to your hotel. It’s your free time now to have dinner and a short while to explore the streets of Hanoi.
Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 3: MAI CHAU (B,L,D)
Mai Chau is a mountainous area of outstanding natural beauty, inhabited by a Thai and H’mong ethnic minority groups. This trip offers an easy trekking combined with homestay in villages of Thai , where you have experienced with the local lifestyle of these minority people. Watch Video of this tour.
Morning, at 08.00, pick up from your hotel and head west towards Hoa Binh to have refreshment. Leave Hoa Binh for Mai Chau Valley, about 2hrs away, stop for snapping pictures. Arrive in Mai Chau and have lunch in a family house in the local village around 12.00.
After lunch, riding bicycle around the surrounding villages of White Thai Ethnic people. Learn more about their lives and cultures as your guide can help answer any questions.
At 18.00, have dinner with the family, get a closer look into their real life. Drink “ruou can” (traditional alcohol) with your new family.
Sleep in the village, in a stilt house, the most interesting part of the trip. Stilt houses are unique to Mai Chau and you cannot find this experience in other tour.
OR staying overnight in a bungalow by your choice. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: MAI CHAU – HANOI (B, L)
The early morning is the most peaceful time to walk around the villages. Feeling the fresh air and seeing women prepare foods on the wooden fire while the sun is rising over the beautiful mountains which you can not feel in the crowed cities.
Breakfast in the village then walk to Mai Chau market. After breakfast, you will climb to 1000 Step Cave which is breathtaking and is the view of the area from the entrance of the cave. Have lunch in the village. The rest of time before getting back to Hanoi is your leisure. Going back to Hanoi at 17.00.
Arrival in Hanoi at 21.00.
Overnight in Hanoi. (B,L)
DAY 5: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B,L,D)
Around 8.00am, Our guide Pick you up at your hotel and go to Halong bay on a shuttle bus. Take a rest at Humanity center and enjoy local specialties after 2h. Arrival in Halong at 11.45. The captain and crew welcome you aboard. Savor the delicious lunch as boat pass through thousands of Islands and Islets with different shapes.
After the lunch, explore the biggest and the most amazing cave in Halong Bay – Surprise Cave. Then Kayaking for an hour around the fishing village and discover the life of community there. Then back to boat for Sunset Party, get to calm, clean water place for swimming. Enjoy delicious and romantic dinner with some barbecue courses.
In the evening, free time for entertainment with the funny plays such as squid fishing, karaoke program, stars watching on sundeck… Spend romantic night aboard.
Stay overnight on boat in Halong bay.
ADD-ON: Spend one more night onboard.
08:15, Transfer to a smaller daily boat, hiking up to the peak of Titop island, this is great chance to have a panoramic view of Halong Bay. Scenic cruising for hours to the most tranquil areas of Halong Bay. After that, you will have time for swimming, sunbathing…
Enjoy lunch before discovering the exceptional beauty of nature in the tranquil bay.
Around 17:00, get back to the mother boat to refresh and relax. Having dinner and spend the night aboard.
Stay overnight aboard.
DAY 6: HALONG BAY – HUE (B,L)
In the morning, breakfast, fruits, coffee and tea are served on board. Cruise further and stop-over at a pearl farm to sea real peace cultivated by local fisherman. After that, we continue cruising further, go throught many islands and islets to discover the hidden charm of the bay.
Join a cooking class opened right on the cruise for all the people are interested in cooking, especially cooking Vietnamese food. Cruise back to the prier while having lunch. Say goodbye to the crew and disembark. Get on bus to go back to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi around 04.30pm.
Transfer straight to airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, we transfer you to hotel for your stay.
Stay overnight in Hue.
DAY 7: HUE CITY TOUR – HOI AN (B,L)
Around 8.15, you will start the tour by visiting Thien Mu Pagoda. To visit this pagoda, you will get a boat trip on Perfume River (called “Huong” River in Vietnamese). After the boat trip which takes around 45 minute, you arrive the Pagoda. Thien Mu Pagoda was built on a hillock overlooking the Perfume river. This pagoda is an icon of Vietnam and the symbol of Hue city.
9.30, finish your visit at Thien Mu Pagoda, get on the car waiting outside to visit the Citadel (also called “The Imperial City”). It is a walled palace within the citadel of the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The building was built in 1362, and took 203 years to complete.
10.45, your next visit will be at Hue Royal Antiques museum. The Royal Antiquities Museum displays a huge collection of ornaments, furniture, jewelry, clothing, and other items relating to royal life during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945). It is housed in the former Long An Palace, which is widely considered to be one of Vietnam’s most beautiful palaces.
You have 20 minute for exploring the Museum before visit Dong Ba Market. This is Hue’s largest market, selling anything and everything.
12.45, arrival at a nice local restaurant. Enjoy your lunch and take a rest.
13.45, we leave the restaurant for the tomb of King “Minh Mang”. King “Minh Mang” was the second emperor of the Nguyen dynasty of Vietnam, reigning from 14 February 1820 until his death, on 20 January 1841.
15.00, Continue your visit at the Tomb of King “Khai Dinh”. King “Khai Dinh” was the 12th Emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty in Vietnam, reigning from 1916 to 1925.
16.00, we leave the the Tomb of King “Khai Dinh” to visit a nearby village where people making incense stick and conical hat.
16.30, we go back to Hue city and drop you off at your hotel. Check-out at hotel, our driver transfers you to Hoi An.
Stay overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
DAY 8: HOI AN CITY TOUR AND VISIT MY SON SANCTUARY (B,L)
At 8.00, Our guide picks you up at hotel and leave Hoi An for visiting My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This tour is a must-see for those who are interested in architecture and ancientcivilizations. My Son sanctuary was an imperial city during the Champa civilization,between the 4th and the 12th.
You can have more chance to explore and understand of technique of Old Cham people in making red bricks to build Tower which still now a secret to everyone, you can see a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 65 architectural works. It also surprises for those who are curious with architectural art.
In 1999, UNESCO labeled the Cham architecture in My Son as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Moreover, you have chance to enjoy traditional music performed by Cham girls in their colorful uniforms.
Afternoon, your leisure time to discover the city of Hoi An by foot by yourself. The historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city from the 16th to 18th centuries is now a beautiful city that can’t be missed while touring the South East Asian region.
While walking through the city, you can will visit some famous places yourself:
- Hoi An’s Colorful Local Market
- Tan Ky Old House
- Fu Jian Assembly Hall
- The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge
Also, you will have chance to see local residents raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry.
Stay overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
DAY 9: HOI AN – LEISURE TIME (B)
Breakfast at hotel. You’re free at leisure in Hoi An for walking around to explore the ancient town on your own and shopping.
Stay overnight in Hoi An
DAY 10: HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY (B,D)
Morning, your leisure time to go around Hoi An for sight-seeing and shopping.
Afternoon, transfer to Danang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Transfer to hotel. Checkin the room and take a rest before go out for street exploring and shopping in Ho Chi Minh city.
Evening, enjoy your dinner on a restaurant boat. Enjoy Vietnamese traditional music show while dining.
Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY 11: HO CHI MINH – CITY TOUR & CU CHI TUNNEL (B,L)
Morning, Ho Chi Minh City tour. We start the trip by these famous places: Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum. (Drop you off at Ben Thanh Market for shopping if we have enough time).
Afternoon, we drive 60km to Cu Chi. Take in the peaceful rural scenery as we drive between rice paddies, look out for ducks and water buffalos swimming in the rivers alongside the road.
Arrival at Cu Chi tunnel, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war).
Located 60km from Ho Chi Minh city, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.
Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone”.
Go back to the city.
Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 12: HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA (B,L)
Around 8.00am, leave Ho Chi Minh city and head to Can Tho, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrival at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank.
Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a 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 & 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 candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Transfer to Can Tho city.
Stay overnight at hotel in Can Tho.
(Family home-stay with dinner can be arranged on request).
DAY 13: MEKONG DELTA: CAN THO – LONG XUYEN – CHAU DOC (B,L)
Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to Cai Rang floating markets (Alt: Visit Phong Dien floating market) which are the liveliest in the whole religion.
Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to pass a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch.
Proceed to Chau Doc, continue the tour to visit Tra Su, getting to the wild birds Sanctuary, cruising smoothly with small boats to discover the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest, watching storks, cranes and other tropical birds. Back to the Town, hotel check in.
Stay overnight at hotel in Chau Doc.
DAY 14: CHAU DOC, VIETNAM – PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (B,L)
After breakfast, take a rowing boat trip through the floating village and visit the fish farm to see how the Mekong Delta people raise fish from their floating houses. Visit the Cham minority in their traditional weaving village. Transfer to a speed boat for the final part of the journey to Phnom Penh. Arrive at Sisowath tourist dock in Phnom Penh around 02.00pm.
Our car is waiting to pick you up and transfer you to a local restaurant in Phnom Penh for your lunch.
After lunch, reach your hotel and check-in. Rest of the day is your leisure time in Phnom Penh.
Stay overnight in Phnom Penh.
DAY 15: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP (B,L)
Morning, visit to the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town. Visit the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles.
You then continue your visit at The notorious Choeung Ek Killing Field and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum afterward.
- Choeung Ek Killing Fields, 15km southwest of Phnom Penh, is the site of brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of whom first suffered through interrogations, torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison during Pol Pot regime (From 1975–1979).
- Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison). This prison was a high school, and used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge.
You can visit Wat Phnom, the most famous buddhist temple in Phnom Penh, instead of Choeung Ek Killing Field and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, if you feel they are not suitable to you. Wat Phnom was built in 1373, and stands 27 metres above the ground. It is the tallest religious structure in the city. The pagoda was given the name of Wat Preah Chedey Borapaut.
Afternoon, get a transfer to Siem Reap. The transfer takes approximately 6 hours.
Stay overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 16: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR THOM – ANGKOR WAT (B,L,D)
In the morning, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (literally: “Great City”), located in present day Cambodia, was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Continue your visit at the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Continue our visit to Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in Angkor. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic.
In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
We continue our visit at Banteay srei. Located away from the main monuments is the Banteay Srei temple, one of Angkor’s highlights. This temple contains the finest, most intricate carvings to be found in Angkor.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap. (B,L)
DAY 17: SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP LAKE – DEPARTURE(B,L)
Morning, enjoy breakfast at hotel. After that, take a boat trip for sight-seeing on Tonle Sap Lake, the Great Lake of Cambodia. It is one of the largest lakes in Asia. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals.
Leave the lake and head to downtown to visit Artisan’s D’angkor, the caving art school.
Transfer to Siem Reap airport for your departure flight.
End Of The Tour!
PRICE IN USD
|Options||Group tour||Small group||Private tour|
5 star ++
*Group tour: This option incluses group tour in Vietnam, private tour in Cambodia.
**Private tour: Whole the tour is private.
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
- Domestic flights.
- Accommodations mentioned in the itinerary.
- Kayakking: Safe, clean and nice.
- Room on boat with Air-conditioner in Halong bay.
- Meals mentioned (B,L,D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
- Transfer and transport as per itinerary.
- English speaking guide.
- Entrance and sightseeing fees.
- Personal expenses.