So, if you’re planning a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, you definitely don’t want to miss out on the must-visit places like Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap. Starting from the charming city of Hanoi with its ancient temples and bustling Old Quarter, you can embark on a scenic boat ride through the picturesque Ninh Binh region known as “Halong Bay on land.” Next stop is breathtaking Halong Bay itself where you can cruise through thousands of limestone islands rising from emerald waters. Heading down south to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), visit the historic landmark Cu Chi Tunnels used during the Vietnam War. Experience local life in the Mekong Delta with its floating markets and lush greenery before crossing over into Cambodia. Explore the capital city Phnom Penh’s rich history and then head further west to Siem Reap for an unforgettable visit to Angkor Wat – a magnificent temple complex that will leave you awe-struck.
Welcome to Hanoi, you will be collected by our local driver at Hanoi Airport and transfer to hotel for check-in. The room is at your disposal from 02:00 PM onwards. Balance of the day as your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
08:15 – 08:30 AM: Meet your tour guide at your suggested places around Hanoi Old Quarter including: Tran Quoc pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake. Ho Chi Minh complex, the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father; his house-on-stilt and One pillar pagoda – modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi. Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 dedicating to Confucius, sages, and scholars. It was also the first university of Viet Nam once. 12:30 PM: Relax and have lunch at a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter. In the afternoon, spend time to explore: The traditional ceramics village of Bat Trang. Visit showrooms and see how they model the products. Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Tran Hung Dao – General Commander for his struggle against Mongolians. 03:30 PM: Drop you off at your hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight at the hotel.
07:45 – 08:30 AM: You will be picked up at the hotel and then depart for Ninh Binh province. Have a break 20 minutes en-route to free your legs. – Arrive at Hoa Lu, which was once depicted the ancient capital of Viet Nam, settling up in the 10th century. – Visit temples of two dynasties of Dinh and Le with very unique architecture in the old time. – Learn about ancient culture through an excavation of vestiges of Royal Palaces ground dated 10th century. 12:30 PM: Relax and enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant. – Board the sampan boats in Tam Coc going along river among the villages, mountains and rice fields. Passing through 3 caves “Hang Ca – First cave, Hang Hai – Second cave, Hang Ba – Third cave” to get a wonderful feeling. The boat returns to the dock for bus drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi. Drop off at the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
07:30 – 08:30 AM: Meet our tour guide and bus then take a 3.5-hour bus drive through fertile rice fields to Halong Bay. Have a break en-route in Hai Duong City to free your legs. Board our Dragon Cruise and start cruising among limestone islands and photograph of stunning landscapes of Halong. 01:00 PM: Savor your lunch on board while passing by beautiful Stone Dog, Incense Burner Islet. Stop at a fishing village to see the local fish-men community and know more about their life. Cruising further to take photos of Halong Bay symbol, a “Fighting cock” rock. Visit Thien Cung “Heavenly Palace” cave, the most beautiful in Halong Bay. Get back and cruise more around emerald water. Stop at the harbor again to catch the bus to Hanoi. 08:00 PM: Arrive back in Hanoi. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. At the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Noibai airport (without tour guide) for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh – the largest city of Vietnam. Upon your arrival at the airport, our driver will meet and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. The balance of the day is at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
08:00 – 08:30 AM: Pick up at your hotel and start the city tour included: Independence Palace (the Reunification Palace) was built on the sight of the former Norodom palace. War Remnants Museum which has a vast display of the both the Indochina wars. Notre Dame Cathedral & Central Post Office the beautiful structures from the French Colonial times Jade Emperor Pagoda with the peaceful atmosphere &o many stories behind each detail of the pagoda. 12:30 PM: Lunchtime with a famous Phở restaurant (Vietnamese noodle soup). 02:00 PM: Depart around 1,5 hours through the pleasant countryside before arriving at Cu Chi Tunnels – the historic site where Vietnamese soldiers used as a shelter during wartime. This fantastic network stretches over 250 km and is the shelter of Vietnamese soldiers during the wars. 06:00 – 07:00 PM: Be dropped off at your hotel. Dinner on your own account. Overnight at the hotel.
08:30 – 09:00 AM Depart from your hotel for My Tho, the town lies on the left side of the Mekong River. Boarding the sampan and cruising down the river around the four beautiful islands: Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands. Stopover at Unicorn Island, go walking around country lane and seeing orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, folk song music. Visit the fruit plantation. Riding a hand-rowed sampan through Thoi Son canal Visit the family business, visit honey-bee farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy workshop. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Cycling around the Tan Thach village, meet the local villagers to experience the local daily life in the Mekong delta. 05:00 – 05:30 PM Drop off at your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Upon your arrival at the airport in Phnom Penh, transfer you to the hotel for checking in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning, you’ll be pick up from your hotel’s lobby and bring you to meet other passengers or your new friend at the meeting point. After self-introduced, our tour guide will brief about schedule today, then we start your full-day journey by visiting the most important places in Phnom Penh. We begin from Wat Ounaloam Monastery, the oldest Buddhist pagoda which has been established in 1443 and consists of 44 structures. Located along Sisowat Quay near the Royal Palace and facing to the Tonle Charktomuk “4 Face River”. The Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace. The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a complex of buildings although it is generally understood to be the royal abode of the King of Cambodia. Wat Phnom, the central point and the most significant of all the temples in Phnom Penh. The Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town. Spend your last morning by visiting the Central Market (Psar 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, books, flowers, food, fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, seafood, and countless other products. 12:00 – 01:20 PM Lunch break After lunch, we continue to 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. If time permitted, have quick look at Phsar Toul Tom Phuong “Russian Market”, then head out to the south around 15km to visit the notorious Killing Fields “Choeung Ek” 15km southwest of Phnom Penh. This one is the site of brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of who first suffered through interrogations, torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison during Pol Pot regime (From 1975–1979). Drop off at your hotel around 05:00 – 05:30 PM. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Once arrival, meet your driver and transfer to the hotel to check-in. The room is at your disposal from 02:00 PM onward. The balance of the day will be free on your own. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning, our tour guide and driver will come to pick you up to transfer to Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the new king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire. We begin to visit Bayon Temple with many other relics which offer a great chance to observe ancient sculptures. Continue to visit Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium and the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death. Afterward, we will pay a visit to the Terrace of Elephants with 300 meters long through the core of Angkor Thom. Then, visit Ta Prohm “Tomb Raider” fame. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy. We journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat – the most famous and largest temple complex in Cambodia and in the world as well. The complex is considered the architectural masterpiece thanks to its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief, and sculpture. Back to the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
At a good time in the morning, you will be picked up from the hotel (without guide) to the airport for your departure flight. The room will be at your disposal until noon time only. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.