Essential Cambodia and Vietnam (12 days/ 11 nights)
Transport: Car, flight
City & around
Phnom penh - Siem reap - HCMC - Mekong Delta - Danang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - halong Bay - Hanoi
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Day 1 - Phnom Penh Arrival After touching down in Cambodia's capital, take a city tour by cyclo to learn about the country's history and culture. Visit the historic displays at the National Museum and the glittering buildings of the Royal Palace before heading to Wat Phnom for sunset views of the city. Overnight in Phnom Penh. Day 2 - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B) A short flight today takes you to Siem Reap, the home of the Temples of Angkor. Begin this morning at Angkor Wat whose endless hallways of carvings and looming towers are sure to leave you awestruck. Continue to the Angkor Thom area and discover an ancient city of incredible proportions- perfectly planned and filled with impressive temples. Overnight in Siem Reap. Day 3 - Siem Reap (B) Set off this morning for a temple tour where your guide will introduce you to the great Khmer civilization of the 9-14th centuries as you visit ruins such as Preah Khan and Ta Phrom. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4 - Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City (B) Enjoy a morning at your leisure- to visit more temples, enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap Lake or relax in a chic town-center café. Fly to Vietnam and the dynamic southern city of Ho Chi Minh City. Also referred to as Saigon, this exciting city is a great place to begin your Vietnam journey.Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 5 - Ho Chi Minh City (B) Scratch the surface of Ho Chi Minh City with a full day tour of the cultural sites and hidden gems. This morning takes you to Chinatown to discover the area's markets and shops. Stop at the FITO Museum, with an amazing collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine. Head back to the city city for Ben Thanh Market. After lunch delve in to the history of the country with visits to the War Remnants Museum, Presidential Palace and buildings of old colonial Saigon. Note: History Museum is closed on Mondays.Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 6 - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L) Leave the city behind for a day trip to the Mekong Delta. Discover the most fertile region of Vietnam as you take boat journeys through some of the Delta's thousands of waterways, venturing to coconut plantations and local villages. After a horse cart ride through quiet rural laneways, return to Ho Chi Minh City for the evening.Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 7 - Ho Chi Minh City - Danang - Hoi An (B) This morning fly to the central Vietnamese town of Danang and continue by road to Hoi An. A walking tour introduces you to the rich blend of cultures that influence modern Hoi An's architecture and culture. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8 - Hoi An - Hue (B) Travel north along the scenic coast and over Hai Van Pass to Hue, the former imperial capital. Stop en route at the Cham Museum in Danang. This afternoon a guided tour takes to the Imperial Citadel where the influence and power of the once-mighty Nguyen dynasty is revealed, followed by a cyclo ride through the leafy side streets of Hue. Overnight in Hue.
Day 9 - Hue - Hanoi (B) Start your day with a visit to the city's vibrant Dong Ba Market to see it's abundance of fresh produce before jumping on a cyclo for a tour of the old city. Spend the afternoon exploring the tombs of the former Vietnemese Emperors Minh Mang and Khai Dinh, and the surrounding settings.Transfer to Hue airport for your flight to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10 - Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D) Journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay. Board a traditional wooden junk or The Emeraude, a steamship replica, for an overnight cruise. As the boat weaves its way past limestone karsts and turquoise waters, enjoy feasting on freshly-caught seafood and stop to swim, kayak or explore hidden caves.Overnight onboard in Halong Bay.
Day 11 - Halong Bay - Hanoi (B) Enjoy brunch on board as the boat weaves its way back to the harbor and continue by road back to Hanoi. As an optional extra, visit one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam 'But Thap' on the way back to Hanoi.Next, visit Hanoi's Old Quarter, strolling by Hoan Kiem Lake and Hang Be Market. Finish the day with a unique water puppet show performance. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 12 - Hanoi - Departure (B) This morning, complete your Hanoi experience with visits to the Temple of Literature, the One Pillar Pagodaand the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. Continue to picturesque West Lake, the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda and Quan Thanh Taoist temple. Enjoy the rest of your time at leisure before your departure flight.