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Vietnam Highlights & Cambodia Through Mekong River

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Vietnam Highlights & Cambodia Through Mekong River

In this holiday you will be led on a well-combined itinerary of river cruise and land trips from Vietnam to Cambodia. Begin in Hanoi, enjoy a performance of traditional water puppetry. Cruise around Halong Bay on a legendary odyssey among thousands of limestone outcrop. The midpoint of the trip in central Vietnam will impress you with interesting historical, cultural sites of the grand imperial city of Hue, the ancient ruins of My Son and Hoi An town. Your Vietnam part will end at the verdant and tranquil Mekong Delta, one of the world’s great rice baskets. Despite not being as spectacularly beautiful as Halong or compellingly charming as Hoi An, here you will find yourself in touch with the heart and soul of Vietnam rural life. You then travel up the Mekong River by boat to Cambodia. Tour the major sightseeing highlights of the bustling old French colonial capital of Phnom Penh before exploring the ancient, jungle-fringed Khmer temples in Siem Reap with its crowning jewel at Angkor Wat. Vietnam and Cambodia are places you never seem to tire of. Let’s join us on one of the world's greatest waterways!

DAY 1

Hanoi Arrival

Arrival Hanoi airport, warm welcomed by our guide & driver then transfer to the city. Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia. Check in hotel then take an hour cycle tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi with its ancient streets representing traditional trades from the past. Read more

Hanoi
DAY 2

Hanoi Full Day City Tour

The city tour begins with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November), the colonial Presidential Palace, originally the French Governor Office and a fine example of French architecture in Hanoi, and the rural style Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars. Afternoon, continue the tour to one of the following museums of choice namely the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Museum of Revolution, the Museum of Military History or the Museum of Ethnology. Next, head for Hoan Kiem Lake, the center point of Hanoi whose name “The Return Sword Lake” originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species and visit Ngoc Son Temple on the lake. Finish the tour at the Thang Long Opera Theatre with a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Read more

Hanoi
DAY 3

Hanoi - Halong Bay

Morning pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Halong Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. The transfer is approximately 3 hours. You will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields and you may stop on the way to admire the local scenery. Arrive in Halong City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk when your journey across Halong Bay starts. Halong Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. 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. An optional kayaking trip is available weather permitting. Back onboard enjoy a lavish dinner and enjoy the bay view at sunset. Spend a night on board. Read more

Halong Bay
DAY 4

Halong - Hue

In the morning, refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Have tea and coffee onboard and continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. Normally, check out at 09:30, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Hanoi capital. One the way from Halong to Hanoi, you will stop to visit But Thap pagoda - the country’s cultural historic relic. The pagoda was built under the dynasty of King Tran Thanh Tong (1258-1278) and rebuilt in 1647 in the Le Dynasty. Admire magnificent architecture of the most typical pagoda in Vietnam with 4 hundreds year statues. When you arrive Hanoi International airport, check in broad and take fight to Hue Arrival Hue airport, meet our guide & driver then transfer to hotel in Hue for check in. Read more

Hue
DAY 5

Hue – Hoi An

Morning, take full day tour of Hue City, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam for the 1802-1945 period and the last refuge of Vietnamese feudalism. The city’s beauty is characterized by a natural scenic landscape and an extensive variety of historical relics. Begin with Hue Citadel, a well-known UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site which is a 520 ha fortress-like grand complex built in the early 1800s and featuring three enclosures separated by heavy ramparts namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner. Continue to Khai Dinh Tomb, the burial site of Vietnam’s second-to-last king, and the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style. Next, visit Tu Duc Tomb, one of the Nguyen Dynasty’s finest architectural works nested in a pine forest where the 4th emperor of the Nguyen family was laid to rest. We continue to take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to enjoy the open view of the river and its surroundings. Stop along the way and land on shore to visit two prominent historical landmarks namely the Minh Mang Tomb, where the 2nd Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty was buried, and Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery overlooking the river from a vantage point with its origin dating back to 1601. Afterwards, transfer to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass). Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Arrival Hoi An, check in hotel for overnight Read more

Hoi An
DAY 6

Hoi An Ancient Town & My Son

Morning, meet our guide at your hotel and transfer about 40 km West of Hoi An to visit My Son Sanctuary, another UNESCO-recognized world heritage which was once a religious center of Cham people where royal ceremonies and burials were performed. The site now is a colony of partially ruined Hindu temples from the total of 70 constructed by Cham Kings between the 4th and the 14th Centuries in dedication to god Shiva. It is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is often compared with other temple heritages of Southeast Asia such as Angkor in Cambodia, Ayuthaya in Thailand or Borobudur in Java. Afternoon, discover the charm of Hoi An as a renowned World Heritage Site. Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town exemplifies a fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and the outside world including China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Highlights for sightseeing include the town’s iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence and the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice. Read more

Hoi An
DAY 7

Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City

Free at leisure until transfer to Da nang international airport for flight to... Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. Ho Chi Minh City formerly named Saigon is the largest city and economic center of Vietnam always bustled with activities of modern life. It is where businesses converge and shoppers indulge themselves into unlimited choices. However the city also carries with it a rich historical legacy in contrast with its dazzling glamor. We will start city tour to visit the War Remnants Museum, which features an extensive collection of exhibits including weaponry, photos and documentation on Vietnam’s wars with the French and Americans. Continue to the Reunification Palace, which was formerly the South Vietnam President’s residence and symbol of the Southern Administration’s reign until end of April 1975. Next, call in Sai Gon Post Office, a fine colonial building which was designed and built in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. Stop at Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built over 130 years ago by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles. Move on to Cho Lon or the city’s China Town where you will visit the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built in 1909 in dedication to the Lord of Heaven. Read more

Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 8

Cuchi Tunnels

Morning, meet your guide and transfer about 75 km North-west of downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Discover the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and the Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges. Return to the city at noon time for a restHave breakfast in your hotel then enjoy a free day in Ho Chi Minh. Read more

Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 9

Full Day My Tho – Can Tho

Morning, you will be picked up and travel past miles of flat rice fields, along a bustling road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho City, board a motorboat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on Thoi Son Island where you can listen to Southern traditional music performed by native artists. Next, you will change to a paddle boat to cruise through the narrow canals and visit households with traditional occupations of home-based coconut candy and rice-wine making. Continue travel by motorized boat to another island to visit a bee farm and taste tea with fresh honey from the beehives and enjoy fresh fruits. On the return to My Tho, stop to visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, a prominent local Buddhist structure built in 1850 with a unique architectural mixture of Vietnamese, Roman, Chinese and Cambodian styles characterized by a highly ornate façade. You might enjoy a lovely lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant. Afternoon, transfer to Can Tho, check in your hotel and spend time at leisure. Read more

Can Tho
DAY 10

Can Tho – Chau Doc

Morning, depart Ninh Kieu wharf by shuttle-boat, you can see bustling activities along Can Tho riverbanks. Particularly, you may know how local people go fishing with plenty of fish traps and how they transport passengers as well as products by the waterway. Approaching Cai Rang floating market, you witness the trading activities in the past using a traditional “offering pole” exchanging consumer goods hanging on the pole for Mekong fruit and vegetables with local sellers. Keep cruising and moving into the small canals called Rach Nho for more sightseeing and close observation of the Southern countryside lifestyle. Return to Ninh Kieu Quay. Then you are transferred to Chau Doc city, check in hotel & free in the rest of day Read more

Chau Doc
DAY 11

Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

Morning, transfer to Chau Doc Pier, take speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. The speed boat time is approximately 6 hours. Start from Chau Doc at 6:00 AM and arrive in Phnom Penh at 12:00AM Arrival in Phnom Penh, warm welcome by our tour guide then transfer to hotel for check in. Afternoon, take a half day city tour to visit Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Read more

Phnom Penh
DAY 12

Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

Morning, we today drive to Siem Reap. The driving distance is approximately 6 hours. En route, stop to see an ancient bridge called “Spean Kompong Kdei” that was built in the 13th century and it is 87 meters long. The balustrades are carved to look like the bodies of giant snakes. Upon arrive Siem Reap transfer to hotel for check in. Read more

Siem Reap
DAY 13

Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat

Today, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom, built in the 12th century: the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. After a short your rest, you will visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag. This 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. End of day take a relaxing stopover at Prasat Chrung visiting Tadev Hole and temple with the best Sunset. Return to your hotel and end of the tour Read more

Siem Reap
DAY 14

Beng Mealea – Banteay Srei

Morning, start your tour at 8:00AM, visit an ancient Hindu temple at the countryside, BANTEAY SREY (citadel of women, 35Km north of Siem Reap), building began in the year 968- and was competed in the year 1,001 AD. Dedicated to Shiva God. In Cambodia, it is a unique pink sandstone temple which has most beautiful deep carvings. Afternoon, visit Beng Mealea built in the 12th century, the layout and style of Beng Mealea is very similar to Angkor Wat. It’s current state, however, is dominated by jungle. Trees have grown out of the towers and vines entangle columns. Lintels and others building blocks lay around in a tumble and require visitors to climb up and down as they approach the completely collapsed central towers. Ancient capital of Khmer Empire of Rolouse group such as Lolei, Bakong and Preah Ko temples. Read more

Siem Reap
DAY 15

Siem Reap – Departure

Morning time, after breakfast in hotel restaurant, free for own leisure until transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for flight departure.

ACCOMMODATIONS

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Ha Long Bay
  • Speed boat ticket from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast/ L=Lunch/ D=Dinner)
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
  • Experienced English speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private board for sightseeing as mentioned in the program,
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Mineral water is available as complementary

Package excludes

  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Visa stamping fee at the airport (US$ 30 in Cambodia)
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc. All other services not specified in the itinerary
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Tipping for guides, drivers, hotel staff, restaurant staff, boat rider, etc.
  • Surcharge for Peak season, Tet Lunar New year holidays and compulsory dinner at some hotel & resort on Xmas and New year’s Eve
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance).
  • Not included VAT

REVIEWS

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Don, United States

In February, my wife and I spent 12 days in Vietnam and Cambodia. 365 Travel made all the arrangements, and Daisy Trang was magnificent in her guidance and her attention to detail. She made things quite easy for us, in that we had absolutely no glitches anywhere along the line. Our guides and drivers were great, and we felt that they were truly interested in pointing out things that they felt would be of special interest to us as Americans. Our hotels and restaurants were all top shelf, and we highly recommend 367Travel to anyone considering a "tailor-made" experience. Read more

Gregory, United States

We spent a total of 19 days visiting Vietnam and Cambodia. I planned the trip with fairly short notice and rather individualized. Daisy was super accommodating with our requests even after our arrival. She showed great concern for our well-being when the weather turned cold as we were heading toward Sapa in the mountains. We purchased the ubiquitous "North Face" jackets for the experience of snow in Vietnam. Our trip had numerous guides and every form of travel. Never once were we stranded by our hosts. Our favorite parts of the trip were Sapa, Ha Long Bay (boat), Hoi An (beach), and Angkor Wat. In these and the other locations we always felt well taken care of in excellent hotels and on the arranged tours. The vacation using 365 Travel met our expectations and then some. I would highly recommend using 365 for your Southeast Asia travels. Read more

Shiva Mallapur, India

Vietnam tour arranged by 365 Travel: Mrs. Daisy Trang Hi Dear All, 365 Travel had arranged an excellent and well organised tailor made tour to me and my wife to north, middle and south Vietnam. Special thanks to Mrs.Daisy Trang of 365 Travel who made it possible. She understands very well the needs of people and accordingly organises the trip. The guides, hotels and travel within Vietnam by air and dedicated car were perfectly arranged to my taste. The people of Vietnam are kind, generous and warm hearted. It was indeed a great memorable trip and experience to visit Vietnam specially Hanoi, Halong bay, Da Nang, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City also called as Saigon. I strongly recommend 365 Travel as your travel agent. Read more

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