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Best of Vietnam and Cambodia 15 days

Posted by on December 26, 2013

An epic adventure encompassing Vietnam and Cambodia, experience the magic of the Mekong to the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor. This is an unforgettable journey of history and culture that can be tailored to different levels of accommodation.

DAY 1: AUSTRALIA – HANOI
hoan kiem lake in hanoiFly to Hanoi with Vietnam Airlines. You are welcome at Noi Bai airport and then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Balance of the day is free time. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

 

 

DAY 2: HANOI CITY EXCURSION
hanoi in autumnThe colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples. This full day tour takes you around Hanoi’s most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his Stilts House, Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda nearby, the Lake of the Restored Sword and Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, peaceful West Lake with lovers street Thanh Nien, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda. Take 01 hour cyclo tour around the Old Quarter to enjoy the soul and sound of Hanoi. End the day with a show of Water Puppet.

DAY 3: HANOI – HA LONG
halong bayAfter breakfast, drive to Ha Long Bay with 4 hours travelling for the overnight cruise on a deluxe junk. Begin with a seafood lunch then explore some limestone caves. In the afternoon enjoy a swim or relax in the sun on the top deck or try your hand at some kayaking.

 

 

DAY 4: HA LONG BAY – HANOI
kayak on Ha Long BayThis morning continue to move around the bay to find more secluded areas to either swim or kayak. At around midday, the boat will return to the main harbour before transferring to an awaiting vehicle for the journey back to Hanoi to spend the night.

 

 

DAY 5: HANOI – FLY TO HUE
truong tien bridgeFly to Hue in the morning with 01 hour fly.
On arrival, we board on a private boat for cruising on the romantic Perfume River. This time we head out for the countryside. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient tombs of emperors past, and a visit to some of these tombs will be on the itinerary for today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day. Setting in the converge of rivers, and gives you a great view on the Perfume River and surrounding area.
This afternoon we embark on a tour of Hue City including the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial Museum and the Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue .

DAY 6: HUE – HOI AN
lang co beachFree time in the morning.
In the afternoon, drive to Hoi An via Danang. Stop over at the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before a scenic route climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds (Hai Van Pass).
On arrival in Hoi An in late afternoon, transfer to hotel. Spend overnight in Hoi An.

 

DAY 7: HOI AN – MY SON EXCURSION
my sonIn the morning, drive to My Son, a World Heritage, 40 kms southwest of Hoi An. My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered being in the same league as some of Southeast Asia’s greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7 to 13 centuries.
Back to Hoi An for lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the tranquility and charm of Hoi An Town with its low tiled houses of Chinese appearance, Japanese covered bridge, brightly painted temples and pagodas make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 8: HOI AN – FLY TO SAIGON
ben thanh market in saigonFly to Ho Chi Minh City and spend the afternoon on a guided tour of the highlights of this bustling, cosmopolitan city including the Reunification Palace, the former palace of President Thieu and his predecessors. Nearby are the Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

 

 

DAY 9: HO CHI MINH – MY THO – CAN THO
vinh trang pagodaLeave HCMC to lush My Tho where we cruise on a private boat through the green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where we are treated to a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the heart of the Mekong, complete with tropical fruits. We also visit the snake farm Dong Tam that breeds snakes for, among other things, snake wine and visit VinhTrang pagoda, a combination of Asian and European pagoda before heading Can Tho city, heart of the Mekong Delta. Overnight in Can Tho.

 

DAY 10: CAN THO – CHAU DOC
floating market in mekong deltaAfter breakfast, take a boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River (Bassac River), then visit the Cai Rang floating market, which are the best in the region. You will probably have tried Vietnamese vermicelli soup, so now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and talk with the local people. Learn how to cross a “monkey bridge” which is built from a single bamboo. Break for lunch. Proceed to Chau Doc, stopping off at Long Xuyen to visit the Thot Not Bird Sanctuary. From the summit of the Sam Mountain, admire the beautiful landscape around the Vietnamese-Cambodian border.

DAY 11: CHAU DOC – SPEED BOAT TO PHNOM PENH
phnom penhAfter breakfast, transfer to a speed boat at 07.30 AM for the final part of the journey to Phnom Penh. Arrive at Sisowath tourist dock in Phnom Penh at around 12pm.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Royal Place, Silver Pagoda, Tol Sleng and the Central Market.

 

 

DAY 12: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP
angkor templeIn the morning, take a private car transfer to Siem Reap with 5 hours traveling.
In the afternoon, visit Chantier Ecole-Artisan d’angkor, the place are in the Ministry of Education was constructed in 1992 and this place renowned woodworking, stone carving and polychrome training center and workshops. Free tour of the classes and workshops offer a glimpse into the unique skills training program, teaching young artists in the techniques and styles of classic Cambodian artistry.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 13: SIEM REAP
angkor templeToday we start to world heritage areas on the roads less travelled. Ride among the jungle passing local village and local shop. It’s a very special and acting day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass tourists.
The tour start with the visiting to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng hill.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 14: SIEM REAP
ta prohmThis morning, we start to visit Banteay Srei: nearly everyone’s favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of it decorative carving. Continue to visit Banteay Samré, the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, Prasat Kravan – with its unique brick sculptures, Srah Srang – The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing, Banteay Kdei (surrounded by four concentric walls).

 

DAY 15: SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE
angkor templeTime at your own leisure until get transferred to the airport for your flight departure. End of our services.

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