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tour
Highlights: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Danang – Hoian – Myson – Saigon – Cuchi – Mytho – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Saigon – Phan Thiet – Mui Ne Beach extension
Duration: 17 days/ 16 nights
Trip start: Hanoi
Trip end: Saigon
Price range: from US$ per person
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
DAY 2: HANOI - CITY TOUR
DAY 3: HANOI - HA LONG BAY
DAY 4: HA LONG BAY - HANOI - HUE
DAY 5: HUE - HOI AN
DAY 6: HOI AN - SAIGON
DAY 7: SAIGON - CU CHI TUNNELS - CITY TOUR
DAY 8: SAIGON - MY THO
DAY 9: SAIGON - PHNOMPENH
DAY 10: PHNOMPENH
DAY 11: PHNOMPENH - SIEM REAP - TONLE SAP
DAY 12: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT
DAY 13: SIEM REAP - BANTEAY - BANTEAY SAMRE
DAY 14: SIEM REAP - SAIGON - MUI NE - BEACH EXTENSION
DAY 15: MUI NE
DAY 16: MUI NE
DAY 17: LEAVE MUI NE - SAIGON

Tour prices:
Group of 2 persons: US$ / person
Group of 3 - 4 persons: US$ / person
Single supplement: US$

 * USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.


DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

On arrival Hanoi, You will be met and transferred between the airport to your hotel in a private vehicle with an English speaking guide. Check in & free at leisure.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Hanoi


DAY 2: HANOI - CITY TOUR ( B/L-)

Full day Hanoi city tour to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his former residence (Closed on Monday, Friday and the whole of Oct & Nov), One pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature. After lunch, continue city tour to one of the museums (Fine Art, History, Revolutionary, War, Ethnology Museum) of your choice (closed on Monday), Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Finish your day off at the Thang Long Opera Theatre for a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.

 

Overnight Stay at hotel in Hanoi


DAY 3: HANOI - HA LONG BAY
( B/L/D)

You will be picked up at 8am for your private transfer to Halong City. This takes roughly 3,5 hours. You may stop en route to admire the local scenery. Arrive at the port around 11:30am and board the ship. Begin sailing and pass through magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board enjoy a lavish dinner.

Overnight Stay on board in Ha Long 

 

DAY 4:  HA LONG BAY - HANOI – HUE ( B/L/-)

Wake up to Tai Chi exercises on the sun deck and continue cruising the bays. Breakfast buffet will be served in the restaurant, then you will visit the limestone grotto. Disembark in Halong City around 11am and transfer by private car back Hanoi – Airport flight to Hue by …

Arrival Hue, meet our guide and transfer to hotel for check in.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Hue

 

DAY 5: HUE - HOI AN ( B/L/-)

Morning, we transfer to visit the Hue Citadel - Vietnam’s former imperial capital and a recognized UNESCO World Heritage site. With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, this citadel is far more elaborate than those constructed by previous empires. Stop at Khai Dinh tomb and Tu Duc Tomb

After lunch (included), continue your tour with a boat cruise along the Perfume River. Enjoy this romantic cruise and visit the Minh Mang Tomb. Finish up at Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price).

Late afternoon, depart Hue for Hoi An. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Hoi An

 

DAY 6: HOI AN – SAIGON ( B/L/-)

Morning, meet you at hotel in Hoian then transfer out for city tour to visit the ancient architecture of Hoian is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence.  There are  plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are  the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, the vibrant market. Lunch  transfer to airport for flight to Saigon by …

Arrival Saigon, meet our guide and transfer to hotel for check in.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Saigon

 

DAY 7: SAIGON - CU CHI TUNNELS - CITY TOUR ( B/L/-)

Morning, transfer to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, Cu Chi was an important base during the American War, because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built a 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelters and weapon factories. Dug out of hard late-rite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was never discovered. Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon, continue city tour to visit War Crime Museum which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam's wars with the both the French and Americans, Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. We will stop to visit China Town including the Thien Hau Pagoda.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Saigon  

 

 DAY 8: SAIGON - MY THO ( B/L/-)

We today enjoy full day tour traveling south from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the Delta is the most fertile region in the country, and the main producer of rice and tropical fruits. From My Tho, you board your boat and travel to one of the islands located in the middle of the Mekong River. On the island visit a fruit orchard and sample some of the local produce, before boarding a smaller sampan that winds along narrow canals. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a local family’s house and enjoy their hospitality and share with them some tea or rice wine.

After lunch in My Tho return to Ho Chi Minh.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Saigon

 

DAY 9: SAIGON - PHNOM PENH ( B/L/-)

Morning, free at leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Phnom Penh - is the capital and largest city of Cambodia. It is also the capital of the Phnom Penh municipality. It is an economic, industrial, commercial, cultural, touristy and historical center. Once known as the "Pearl of Asia" in the 1920s, the city is a significant global and domestic tourist destination. Phnom Penh is known for its traditional Khmer and French influenced architecture. Arrival Phnom Penh, meet our guide and transfer to hotel for check in.

Afternoon, we visit the Central Market, another landmark of the city of Phnom Penh. and then the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Phnom Penh 

 

 DAY 10: PHNOMPENH ( B/L/-)

This morning, city tour includes Royal Place, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, Raung Damrei Museum. The Palace building and Silver Pagoda are located within the same walled ground. The Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilos and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. And then move to National Museum of Fine Arts, next to the Royal Palace was dedicated by king Sisowath in 1920. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts, most notably the legendary statue of the “Leper King” Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special exhibition pf post-Angkorian Buddha figures. Then visit Wat Phnom, a small hill crowned by an active wat (pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom Penh. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, Visit Toul Sleng Museum of Genocide and then continue to visit Cheung-Ek Killing Fields. Independence Monument was inaugurated in November 9, 1962 to celebrate Cambodia’s independence from foreign rule. And continue to the National Garden Park.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Phnom Penh

 

DAY 11: PHNOMPENH - SIEM REAP - TONLE SAP ( B/L/-)

Transfer to Pochentong Airport for flight for Siem Reap. Arrive in Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. Transfer to & check in at your hotel.

Lunch at local restaurant then transfer to visit Wat Thmie, The Killing field of Siem Reap. Visit Les Artisans d’Angkor to discover the traditional Khmer techniques used for stone and wood carving, lacquering and gilding. A complete tour of the workshops will take you from raw materials to splendid craft-wares, local Market for souvenir shopping as a local handicraft or stone carving. Visit Tonle Sap tour (the Great Lake) visit Floating Village and sunset on the great lake. Then transfer you back to hotel.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Siem Reap


DAY 12: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT ( B/L/D)

After breakfast visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, the Terrance of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King, the Phimeanakas and Baphoun. Visit the creepers. In the afternoon visit Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is 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. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks-the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Dinner with Apsara Dance Show at Restaurant.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Siem Reap

 

 DAY 13: SIEM REAP - BANTEAY - BANTEAY SAMRE ( B/L/-)

Watch the sunrise while enjoy Phnom Bakheng Breakfast at hotel.

Visit the Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the wall is covered exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Because of this small size, fairy-like atmosphere and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture, this temple is often the favorite with visitors. Visit Banteay Samre is a mid-12th century temple dedicated to the god Vishnu. Visit Pre Rup Temple built by Rajendravarman II (ruled 944 to968), it consists of pyramid shaped temple with the upper-most of the three tiers carrying five square shrines arranged as a quincunx. The name means turning the body and refers to the traditional method of cremation. Visit the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Siem Reap 

 

 DAY 14: SIEM REAP - SAIGON - MUI NE - BEACH EXTENSTION (FLIGHT & DRIVE) ( B/-/-)

Today you are transferred to Siem Reap airport to board flight for HO Chi Minh.

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, you are met our driver and transferred to Mui Ne beach. (No guide)
Upon arrival in Muine beach, check-in at your resort. Rest of the day at Leisure

Overnight Stay at hotel in Mui Ne 


DAY 15: MUI NE
( B/-/-)

Full day Free at your own leisure at the beach

Overnight Stay at hotel in Mui Ne


DAY 16: LEAVE MUI NE – SAIGON
( B/-/-)

Today you are transferred to Saigon for your flight for Onward Journey. (No guide)


Note: During the dry season (March- July), the low level of the Tonle Sap Lake does not permit visits to the floating villages. This excursion will be replaced with the visit to the pagodas of Siem Reap.Bottom of Form



Price Include:

  • 18 nights accommodations at 3 stars standard hotel with daily breakfast based on twin sharing
  • One night accommodation on board in Halong based on twin sharing.
  • Two ways train ticket from Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi by Tulico Express, Sapaly Express or similar
  • Domestic & International airfare with taxes for flights:

             - Hanoi (HAN) – Hue (Hui)
             - Danang (DAN)– Saigon (SGN)    
             - Saigon (SGN) – Phnom Penh (PNH)
             - Phnom Penh (PNH) - Siem Reap (REP)
             - Siem Reap (REP) – Saigon (SGN)

  • Private transportation with English speaking guide.
  • Private boat for sightseeing as stated in the program.
  • Entrances fees + sightseeing as indicated.
  • Meals as mentioned in the program.
  • Gov’t tax and service charge.
  • Mineral water is available.
  • Vietnam Traditional Gift (free)
  • Visa approval letter (free)

Price Exclude:

  • Visa, Insurance, drinks, personal expenses, others not mentioned in details, tips are welcome!
  • Surcharge for booking during Chinese New Years from 20 – 30 Jan 2012: US$ 15/ pax/ day

Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve