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Vietnam - Cambodia Holiday 16 Days

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Vietnam - Cambodia Holiday 16 Days

Offering a wealth of attractions, both famed and off-the-beaten-track, this Vietnam – Cambodia Holiday is an exciting introduction to an amazing region. Cruise among majestic islands, or kayak into quiet corners in Halong Bay. Hanoi entices with the brash Old Quarter, famed street foods, fun water puppets, and an unforgettable opportunity for a meal and evening’s conversation with a local host family. In Central Vietnam’s well-preserved ancient town of Hoi An, get your hands dirty on a ‘Farmer to Fisherman’ tour, riding bicycle among the rice fields and joining local fishermen bobbing about on traditional ‘basket boats’. Tickle the taste buds with a cooking class, claim some of your overdue beach time, or simply stroll the quiet streets of this charming town. Explore a piece of the vast Mekong Delta, travelling labyrinthine canals to visit local communities. See the sights of central Ho Chi Minh City on a ‘Saigon by Vespa’ experience, and take a speedboat to the war history site at Cu Chi Tunnels. Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and explore the incredible temples of Angkor, including the famed Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Phnom Kulen, and many others.

DAY 1

Hanoi arrival

On arrival Noi Bai airport in Hanoi at 22.10, you will be welcomed by your local guide and driven to your hotel near Hoan Kiem lake.

Hanoi for 2 nights
DAY 2

City tour by motorbike & street food

You’ll have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city on the back of a motorbike. Your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century, and a popular attraction, as is Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his simple stilt house where he lived and worked and the museum dedicated to his memory. After that, you’ll visit the bustling Old Quarter with its eclectic mix of architectural styles - traditional ‘tube’ houses, religious buildings, colonial houses, vernacular dwellings and modern concrete edifices. The day also includes a ‘Street Life’ experience, also on the back of a motorbike. You’ll spend a couple of hours wandering around the back streets in and nearby the Old Quarter. A street food brunch is included – take your pick from traditional Hanoi Pho (beef noodle soup), Nom (green papaya salad with seasoned beef), Banh Goi (pillow-shaped rice pastry with minced pork and mushroom), Banh Cuon (hot rice paper with pork and fried onion) or Bun Cha (fresh noodle with grilled pork). If you’re hungry, try two or three varieties – they’re snacks rather than a meal. You’ll have time to relax after your journey before having tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture. You will spend the night in Hanoi. Read more

Hanoi for 2 nights
DAY 3

Hanoi/Halong Bay

, L, D, G) At 8.00am, you’ll leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you’ll board on the Paradise Luxury Cruise and discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water. While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of the cruise’s facilities & services. You will attend chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking. Defined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room. The vessel anchors at a very quiet location for your overnight stay For your two-day Ha Long excursion, you'll board the Paradise Luxury Cruise, the best wooden boat on the Bay. It’s a wooden junk based on the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with three barge sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure. The boat can accommodate a maximum of 34 people, so you're likely to be joining other travellers for the cruise. Read more

Halong Bay for 1 night
DAY 4

Ha Long/Hanoi//Hanoi local family dinner

You’ll wake in fresh air of the bay with a swim and/or a Tai Chi session on the large sundeck (beginners welcome!). You’ll spend the morning cruising Ha Long Bay, docking around eleven o’clock whereupon you’ll be picked up to return to Hanoi. You will arrive in Hanoi around 2.00pm and check in your hotel. In the late afternoon, you’ll be transferred to the home of a local family where you’ll spend the evening. On arrival, your host will welcome you, and usually introduce a bit about the family and the history of the house, particularly the ancestral altar and the worship room. As the family finishes the food preparation and arranging the setting for dinner; you can join in the cooking process or simply observe as your host makes and serves dinner. During dinner, your hosts will be happy to introduce the dishes on the menu, typically including traditional Vietnamese foods such as stir-fried vegetables, noodles & fresh vegetables, spring rolls, and soup with vegetables and pork or beef. After enjoying the meal, continue your conversation in the living room over traditional tea and sweets. Your hosts are usually happy to talk about Vietnamese culture and family traditions, and show you the family photo album, while you can also share your own story with them. At 21.00, bid your hosts farewell and transfer back to your hotel for overnight accommodation. Read more

Hanoi for 1 night
DAY 5

Hanoi/Danang/Hoi An

After breakfast, your guide and driver will arrive to take you to Noi Bai airport for the noon flight to Danang. On arrival, you will be picked up by a local guide and driven to your hotel in Hoi An. In the afternoon, your guide will meet you to show you the Ancient Town and explain its considerable significance in the history of Vietnam. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An. Read more

Hoi An for 4 nights
DAY 6

Hoi An – From Farmer to Fisherman Tour

The day starts with cycling the narrow roads through the countryside, passing by rice paddy fields, water buffalos, bamboo bridges and local farmers on their daily work. You’ll then board a boat to the mouth of the Thu Bon estuary where the river meets the Cua Dai Sea and cruise along the coastline observing the lives of the local fishermen. After joining the fisherman to try your hand at catching fish in a traditional ‘Thung Chai’ basket boat, you will meander through the water palm coconut canal. During the American War, Viet Cong soldiers made use of this area as a highly effective hiding place from enemy attacks through their long struggle. Following an insightful visit to a local fishing village, you’ll be free to relax and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch before cycling back to your hotel. Read more

Hoi An for 4 nights
DAY 7

Hoi An Cooking Class at Vy’s Market Rest

Your day starts at (8.30 am) at Vy’s Market Restaurant, 3 Nguyen Hoang Street, An Hoi Islet, tel: 0510 2241555 / 2241556). You visit Hoi An's colourful and bustling central market by boat in small groups with an English speaking tour guide where participants learn about; the uses of different fresh noodles, how to recognise and buy fresh fish, fresh and dried spices, fresh herbs and their uses in our recipes and medicinal purposes, rice and different grains. You will also see and taste many exotic fruits. You then return to Vy’s Market Restaurant by boat where you will be guided around the many live food counters in this unique first-of-its-kind interactive dining venue in Vietnam. Here you can see, smell, hear, taste, touch and interact with many different food making processes. You can try samples from over 10 different food counters including banh mi, dumplings, pickles, weird & wonderful foods, our rationing foods in Vietnam that were in place for 45 years, sweet treats and many more. You can see rice paper being made from ground rice and water, laid out to dry on bamboo and then later roasted for rice crackers to eat with Hoi An chilli sauce and salads, various shapes and sizes of rice noodles. Experience our famous local noodle dish Cao Lau, see the noodles rolled out by hand and cut in the traditional way with a long knife and then steamed over an open fire. You may participate in many of the street food counters; cutting noodles, making rice paper and wontons, using the bun noodle machine and more. The cooking lesson runs about 2.5 hours – our cooking teachers first demonstrate each dish before you prepare the same dishes yourselves. After the lesson we all sit down and eat what we have cooked. You will receive a copy of the recipes and a Vietnamese cooking utensil to take home. Recipes: (Vegetarians are provided with replacement ingredients). 1. Cabbage leaf parcels shrimp mousse in broth 2. BBQ chicken & lime leaves 3. Mango salad with prawns 4. Crispy Hoi An Pancakes with pork, prawns & bean sprouts Read more

Hoi An for 4 nights
DAY 8

Free day in Hoi An

The day will be free for strolling in the town, lazing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Hoi An for 4 nights
DAY 9

Hoi An/Danang/Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, your day will be free until being picked up to Danang airport for your afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival you will be welcomed by your local guide and driven to your hotel for overnight accommodation.

Ho Chi Minh City for 4 night
DAY 10

Exploring the Mekong Delta in 1 day

After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl, you’ll travel to Cai Be district of Tien Giang. Arrive in Dong Phu Pier; you’ll take a boat to cruise along the Mekong River to see the peaceful beauty of the local people who spend most of their time on the boat looking for their earning life. You will disembark and walk along Cai Thia canal to visit the church, My Luong temple and a brick factory, followed by a boat cruise to visit a village where you can see how to make rice paper at a local house. You’ll then enjoy the hour biking trip to explore the village of Hoa Loc mango on the small beautiful roads which lead you to pass by the rural scenery and the tranquil creek to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to talk with them and you also can prepare some local cakes with the local people and taste it with hot tea. Lunch will be served on boat for a relax time cruising along the river. After that, you’ll arrive in Rach Tre where the rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. The trip will end at Cai Thia fishing village where you will be picked up by your car and driven back to Ho Chi Minh City for overnight accommodation. Read more

Ho Chi Minh City for 4 night
DAY 11

The Insider’s Saigon by Vespa ½ day

Hop aboard at 7.30am for our Vespa tour of modern-day Ho Chi Minh City, offering a view of greater Saigon unlike anything you'll see from the interior of a tour bus, and encompassing much more of the city than you could see on your own. You will have chance to visit the following sights while riding pillion a Vespa scooter: a Bird Club, Thich Quang Duc Monument, flower market, Ong Bon Pagoda, tailor’s accessories market, Chinese medicine market in Binh Tay Market (Cho Lon) and Chinatown, Van Phat Pagoda, Thu Thiem Tunnel to District 2, People’s Committee building, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Central Post Office, CIA building on Dong Khoi, and the city Opera House. The Vespa tour ends at around 12.00. Read more

Ho Chi Minh City for 4 night
DAY 12

Cu Chi tunnels by speedboat – Join in

In the morning, at 7.30am your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and drive you to your speedboat at Ho Chi Minh City’s central pier. Within 15 minutes cruising, the banks of the river change from city buildings to lush jungle. Fresh pastries and local fruits will be served with Vietnamese coffee on the boat as your guide explains rural traditions and aspects of riverbank life. Upon arrival at Cu Chi much earlier than people traveling by car, you will explore the quiet Cu Chi Tunnels site hours, a Byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly. After lunch you will return to return to Ho Chi Minh City for overnight accommodation. Read more

Ho Chi Minh City for 4 night
DAY 13

Ho Chi Minh City/Siem Reap

Your day will be free at your own leisure till being transfer to the airport for the afternoon flight to Siem Reap. On arrival you will be picked up and driven to your hotel. You will spend the night in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap for 3 nights
DAY 14

Siem Reap/Sunrise/Angkor Wat/Angkor Thom

Wake up early and head out to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat, followed by a traditional breakfast of noodle soup with the locals at a local stall. After breakfast you will head to Angkor Wat in an air-conditioned car with your guide. Explore this majestic temple throughout the morning while it is still cool and has fewer tourists. Enjoy lunch in local restaurant near Sra Srang After lunch, continue to visit Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm, two of the prettiest temples in the complex and followed by a visit to Angkor Thom, starting with the Bayon, a bizarre structure of several architectural changes reflecting a switch from Hinduism (the foundations) to Buddhism (the superstructure). Your next visit will be to the Elephant and Leper King Terraces followed by the Baphoun Temple, which is now finishing an eight-year multi-million dollar restoration programme. You will then return to your hotel for refreshment. Read more

Siem Reap for 3 nights
DAY 15

Phnom Kulen/Banteay Srei temple

You will be picked up from hotel early morning and driven about 60km to the National Park of Phnom Kulen that is the most sacred mountain in Cambodia. When you reach the top of the mountain, you will visit the monastery which contains a reclined Buddha carved on the top of the mountain. Enjoy your time with the waterfalls. You can swim if you want. Picnic lunch at Kulen Mountain. Afternoon, you will return to Siem Reap town and on the way, you will visit the famous temple of Bantey Srey “the Citadel of Women”. This small pink sandstone temple (late 10th century) is considered as the crown jewel of classical Khmer art with the delicate beauty of its carvings. . You will spend the night in Siem Reap. Read more

Siem Reap for 3 nights
DAY 16

Siem Reap Departure

Time free on your own till transfer to Siem Reap airport for your departure flight.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Hanoi
Day 3
Location Halong
Day 5
Location Hoi An
Day 9
Location Ho Chi Minh city
Day 13
Location Siem Reap

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • Flight ticket Hanoi - Danang – Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap , economy class, include airport tax
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available.
  • VAT and other taxes

Package excludes

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visa
  • Dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance.
  • Surcharge for peak season (if any)

REVIEWS

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Tina, United States

Was awesome. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and definitely made sure things ran smoothly. The travel agents were especially helpful for getting my friends and I approved for our updated visas on such a short notice. Overall great trip and will def recommend it.

Seth, United States

The trip went smoothly and the women who organized the trip, was extremely responsive by email and was able to make numerous changes to the proposed itinerary without issue. Overall the trip was moderately priced and there were no major snags. I have two main complaints. First was that we spent two nights sleeping on a train. I have spent many nights on a train and do not have issue with this in itself. However, when my brother and I arrived to the train, I was surprised to see that instead of having a private cabin, we were booked into a small cabin that slept 4 people and we had both an upper and lower bunk. This is a mode of travel usually reserved for back-packers and that constituted the other 98% of people on the train. Fortunately, the people who we shared the train with on both legs of the trip were nice but this does not constitute "luxury" travel which is what I expect when booking on this site and is what I specified to our agent when I set up the trip with her. Although my brother and I are in our early 40s and can easily hop up and down from the top bunk in the middle of the night, this may be a major issue with many people. In retrospect, this information was buried in the fine print, but I would have been more than happy to spend the extra $75-$100 each way for a private cabin if I was given that option. In addition, when were arriving to Lo Cai, we were told that we had an area to shower and refresh. To do so, we were directed to a room just above the restaurant in which we were having breakfast. The room that we were sent to was filthy and dingy. I have travelled to many parts of the world and have showered in many places but this was truly nasty. In addition, the towels that we were provided were little more than falling apart rags, but at least they were dry. My brother, who is relatively adventurous, refused to use the facilities. Again, this would have been fine when I was 20 and backpacking, but when I book a luxury vacation, this is not acceptable. The kicker is that Hanoi to Sapa is only 3.5 hours by car and I would have been much happier to sleep in a nice hotel and drive instead of taking the train. Other than that, the tour was fine. I was happy that I booked my own hotel rooms. Read more

Amy, United States

Our tour operator was very responsive and accommodating throughout the entire planning process. She incorporated our requests flawlessly into the itinerary and worked with us on changes until we were satisfied with the final itinerary. She was also available to assist us with last minute flight changes/delays/cancellations by contacting our tour guide to inform of changes and make sure that we had someone waiting for us at the airport when we arrived. She made sure we had all the information needed before the trip including the names and contact numbers of the tour guides assigned to our trip and the names and addresses of the hotel we would be staying. Our tour operator also contacted us after the trip to inquire about our trip and to make sure that everything went as expected and planned. She was very responsive to our comments and suggestions and worked expeditiously to resolve our concerns. We look forward to working with her again to plan our next trip. Read more

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