19 DAYS VIETNAM-CAMBODIA TOUR

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Go on an exotic and authentic adventure tour as you travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Tour popular locations such as Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Hue. Experience the rural life of local villages and see the beautiful fresh scenery along the way. Learn history as you go to Hue-the capital of the last imperial dynasty- and the famous Cu Chi tunnels-a remnant of the Vietnam War. So many things to discover and see in real life. On this 19 days tour with Vietnam Travel, you will get an excellent experience of what Vietnam and Cambodia has to offer.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Noi Bai International Airport / Siem Reap International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED

Accommodation English speaking guide Entrance fees
Transportation Meals as included in itinerary
NOT INCLUDED
Travel insurance Guide gratuity
Visa stamping fee Meals as not included in itinerary

We cater to single travelers, couples, families and extended families with curated professional tour services. All of our tours and services are tailored to your specific needs. You get to chose how you want to travel and make arrangements on your terms. Each tour is carefully planned by our travel designers so that you have the best possible time while travelling. Your safety and comfort are the first priority. We provide only the best licensed English speaking guides. Let’s go with Vietnam Travel to explore the highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia tour package!

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Day 1: Ha Noi – Arrival

Arrival at Vietnam airport, our driver will meet outside with a meeting board showing your name to transfer you to hotel in Hanoi.
Overnight at Hotel in Hanoi

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Day 2: Hanoi exploring (B, L, D)

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel for a city tour. Highlighted tourist attractions in Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, President Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilt, One-pillar Pagoda, Van Mieu Temple (the first University in Vietnam), Ethnology Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake, Water puppet show, Cyclo trip.

After dinner take a night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train to Lao Cai.

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Day 3: Lao Cai arrival – Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B, L, D)

An early morning arrive Lao Cai station. Transfer to Sapa town.
We start 12 km of trekking, visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority.

After lunch at a local family in Lao Chai or in a drinking shop nearby the river bank, we keep on hiking to Ta Van village of the Dzay where we stay overnight in a local family. Here you have opportunity to experience their daily life and custom.

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Day 4: Trekking Ta Van – Su Pan – Sapa (B, L, D)

Today we have 14 km trip to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong (Giang Ta Chai & Su Pan). Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes… through bamboo forest on the way to the main road to get the car to return to Sapa.

Overnight at Hotel, Sapa.

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Day 5: (Sunday) Sapa – Bac Ha – Lao Cai – Hanoi (B, L, D)

Upon leaving Sapa we set off on our scenic drive through the border town of Lao Cai to the colorful Sunday Market at Bac Ha.
Located at 110km from Sapa, Bac Ha mountain town is well-known by travelers with the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam.

This every-Sunday-market attended by at least 8 ethnic groups and last from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. It is also chance for tourists to discover the H’mong King’s palace (old building built by the
French & Chinese).
In the afternoon, we go for a light trek to visit Ban Pho, the village is home to flower H’mong minority.

Afternoon transfer to Lao Cai city. 20:30 pm take the train back to Hanoi.
Overnight on the train to Hanoi.

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Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Our guide will pick-up and take you to hotel in Hanoi by taxi for refreshing before joining the trip to Halong Bay.
Upon arrival in Halong, we transfer by tender to the boat. We will enjoy Vietnamese and International set menu while cruising on the bay.

The boat will have a short stop in beach, island, cave, … back to the boat for dinner.
Dinner is served at around 19.00. After that, we will play some board game together, join squid fishing, socialize with others, making friends or just laze around.

Overnight on board (private, AC, twin cabin with bathroom).

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Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue (Brunch)

Let’s get up early to catch the sunrise, a wonderful moment for nice photo shooting. Warm up your body with our Tai Chi exercises on sundeck to be ready for more activities later. Have breakfast at the dining room while the boat starts cruising to the Natural Preservation Zone. Finally, it’s time for you to enjoy wonderful kayaking on the Bay, you can choose to explore yourself the surrounding areas or visit floating house to learn about the daily life of the fisherman who live there.

After that, return to the main boat to cruise back to the harbor. Have farewell lunch and last chance to enjoy the scenic beauty of Halong Bay.

Get on shuttle bus to return to Hanoi, arrive at your hotel at around 16.30-17.00. You will be dropped off in the Old Quarter and have some time for dinner then manage yourself to go to the train station for night train to Hue.

Overnight on train in 4-soft berth cabin with air conditioner.

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Day 8: Hue – The Last Dynasty (B)

Arrive in Hue station at around 10am. Meet your tour guide and be transferred to hotel for some relaxing. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel Complex of Hue located on the north bank of Perfume River. It is a huge complex covering an area of 520ha and comprising three circles of ramparts: Hue Capital Citadel, Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel.

This is a good chance to learn about Vietnamese feudalism as well as the history of the last feudal dynasty of Vietnam.
If time permit, we will spend sometimes at Dong Ba market before returning you back to your hotel. Free in the evening.

Overnight at the hotel in Hue.

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Day 9: Hue – countryside and royal tomb (B, L)

After breakfast at hotel, we head to Bao Vinh old wharf for a nice boat cruise on Perfume river. Then by bike to visit Sinh village which is famous for traditional painting, followed by Thanh Tien paper flower making village.
Return to the boat and continue cruising along the river. We will then stop at Thien Mu pagoda erected during the reign of the first Lord Nguyen Hoang, lays on the bank of the river.

Next stop is Thuy Bieu village, famous for its plantation of high quality grapefruits. The village contains many centenarian houses hidden among fruit trees. The characteristics of these houses – gardens contribute to the preservation of the customs and traditions of Vietnamese culture and architecture of Nguyen Dynasty. We will have chance to enjoy the tranquility of the village by cycling around to visit local temples, school, houses, market…, and observe the local daily life.

Lunch is served in a local family and you will also enjoy some foot massage with medicinal herbs.
Afternoon program is to visit the Royal Tomb of Tu Duc, then visit incense making and conical hat making workshops. Return by car to Hue city center, drop off at your hotel. Stay overnight in Hue.

Overnight at hotel in Hue.

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Day 10: Hue – Hoi An (B)

The coastal drive from Hue to Hoi An is viewed as the most beautiful drive in Central Vietnam. It takes you through the unique combination of rural, mountainous and coastal settings. Within a day we will travel from Hue to Hoi An town with visits to Lang Co beach, Hai Van pass and stop to visit Cham museum and Marble Mountain. Arrival in Hoi An, drop off at your hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

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Day 11: Hoi An – My Son (B, L)

Today we will join group tour to visit My Son Sanctuary, the “Valley of Kings” as described by French historians and was once the capital of Champa Kingdom from 4th to 15th century.

Following a traditional dance performance, your walking tour to the Cham ruins begins with a short ascent along a jungle bordered track. While you explore the area your guide will explain the history of the religious site which served as a burial place for the Cham monarchs centuries ago.

Drive back to Hoi An to start our boat trip on Thu Bon river. Departing from Nguyen Hoang dock, your boat journey of approximately two hours will take you past Duy Hai fishing village, Tra Nhieu – weaving village, Kim Bong carpentry village and Cam Thanh coconut jungle village.

The boat trip will finish at Nguyen Hoang dock in the old town. You will be free to explore the old town or return to your hotel by your own means.

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

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Day 12: Hoi An – HCM City (B)

Enjoy your free morning in the charming Hoi An town until pick-up time to go to the airport for flight to HCMC.
Upon arrival, get your private transfer to go to your hotel in city center. Free for your own activities.
Overnight at hotel in HCM City.

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Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi (B, L)

Join a group to have a city tour and visit Cu Chi tunnels.
In the morning, we will visit the most famous tourist attractions in city center including Notre Dame Cathedral, Center Post Office Building, Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. Ben Thanh market is optional in this morning if time permit.
In the afternoon, we leave the city center for Cu Chi commune. Located 60km from HCMC, 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”.

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). Return to HCMC.

Overnight at hotel in HCM City.

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Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho (B, L, D)

Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the way bordered by green rice fields. On arrived 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. Proceed to Can Tho. Free time to visit bustling Can Tho market.

Overnight at homestay

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Day 15: Can Tho – Chau Doc – Tra Su Bird Sanctuary (B, L)

Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river ( Bassac River), then proceed to visit Cai Răng floating market (& Phong Dien is optional), 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 cross 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.

Overnight at hotel in Chau Doc.

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Day 16: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh (B, D)

Breakfast at hotel then get transfer to the wharf for Speed boat to Phnom Penh (boat depart at 7.30am and arrive PP. at 13.00). Don’t forget to bring small photos and some cash in USD to settle Cambodia visa at border gate.

Upon arrival at Sisowath pier, get transfer to hotel in city center, check-in and have lunch at your own cost. This afternoon, discover the Phnom City including: Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21), the National Museum built in 1917-18 is exclusively dedicated to Khmer arts. Royal Palace built in 1866, Silver Pagoda located within the Royal Palace compound and then Wat Phnom, an ancient pagoda stand up on the hill.

Dinner at Bopha Phnom Penh Restaurant and overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

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Day 17: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B, D)

Breakfast at hotel – transfer to Mekong Bus for departure to Siem Reap (07.30am – 13.30pm), on arrival your will be met and then transferred direct to hotel for refreshment.

This afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the Angkor plain: Angkor Wat. The temple complex, cover 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. 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 symbolizes the ocean. Tonight enjoy buffet dinner with Apsara Dance Show at local restaurant.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

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Day 18: Siem Reap (B, L)

Breakfast at hotel – Continue your visit to the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature.

We explore this masterpiece as well as some of the surrounding temples including Banteay Kdei, Sra Srong, Ta Keo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevado. Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century); See the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

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Day 19: Siem Reap – Bantey Srei – Tonle Sap departure (B)

An early morning – we drive 35 km out of town to visit the famous Banteay Srei (Citadel of Women), we drive back to the South by visit to Bakong Temple one of among Rolous Group before continue your last trip to Kompong Phluk, one of natural tourisms and a mangroves for hundreds species of fresh water fishes and birds and decorated with ethnic stilted houses line over the water surface up to the air.

The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3000 inhabitants between them, most of who live in stilted houses. The people depend largely on fishing and tourism for their incomes. We embark on the traditional wooden boat through the flooded forests of the Great Tonle Sap Lake, habitat of many bird species it will bring you to Kampong Phluk. This amazing floating village is built on 8 to 10 m high stilts. We visit an island pagoda, a school and traditional stilt houses to interact with the local families.

Return to Siem Reap for relax and then transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure.

 

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