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Saturday, 11.18.2017, 06:44pm (GMT+7)  
  22 days Complete Vietnam and Cambodia Tour

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi

Upon arrival to the airport in Hanoi. You will be transferred to the hotel for checking in.

Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi city tour  (B)

• Ho Chi Minh Complex: Completed in 1975 the complex contains Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh museum.

• The Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. Inside are the stone stele mounted on the backs of turtles, inscribed with the names of the university’s graduates. The complex is divided into five courtyards with different paths that would originally have been reserved for the Emperor and his mandarins. One of the courtyards contains the statue of Confucius guarded by two beautiful bronze storks standing on turtles. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education.

• Museum of Ethnology: This museum is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. As well as the comprehensive array of exhibits inside, there are also traditional tribal houses reconstructed within the grounds.

. Bat trang pottery villsages.

Located on the dykes of the Red River, Bat Trang is popular for being an ancient pottery handicrafts village. Most of the pottery kilns in the village still produce goods in the traditional way, which is similar to the ancient way dating back 700 years.

 

Evening enjoy water puppet show.  All puppets are made of woods, moving on the water following the rhythm of live folk music.  Fire crackers, smoke, fire and lights make it more picturesque.

Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi

 

Day 3: Hanoi cooking class (B,L)

08.30 – 8h45

Meeting our guide and chefs at Viet Kitchen Spring and enjoy a special “Banh Giay”, and Vietnamese welcome “Thai Nguyen” tea. After the welcomes, we will walk to see the “Hom” fresh market near by our center. The ‘Hom” market is divided into different sections such as Flower, Seafood, Dry herb, Vegetable which is very interesting to go through. It is also considered as one of the most typical market in the Old Quarter of Hanoi with the way of setting out,  where the local go and shop daily.

8h45– 9h30

In the market, our guide and chef will give you the chance to discover the traditional Vietnamese market and explain for you all different kinds of food and vegetable which you may see or not see them before. You have lots of opportunities to take photos and also chat with the local people. That is a great fun journey with chefs and us!

09h30 - 11h30

After shopping for our own food, We walk back to Viet Kitchen Spring Restaurant to prepare for your amazing experience with chefs. At get kitted out in your chef's outfit whilst our chef talks you through today's dishes. Then our chef will lead you through each dish, giving you plenty of opportunity to get involved in and hand on reproducing the flavors and enjoy on the dishes you have just prepared. We will also supply you with a recipe booklet containing all the information you need to reproduce an authentic taste back home as our slogan: Not only food but also local experience!

11.30

On completion of the cooking class, enjoy the meal with the food you have made and more!

13h30

Finish the meal.

You will receive gifts: Recipes of the cooking class,

 Pinafore with Vietkitchen Spring  Logo

Afternoon free time to discover the city.

Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi

 

Day 4: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc  (B,L)

Drive to Hoa Lu, (100 km south of Hanoi), famous as the so-called Dry-Halong Bay: the same limestone rocks as in Halong Bay but lying in rice fields with winding streams instead of the sea. Spectacular scenery during the boat

trip to Tam Coc caves. Lunch at local restaurant. Visit Bich Dong Pagoda and Temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties & return to Hanoi in the late afternoon.

Then we take night traint to Sapa.

The train departs at 20h35 /Overnight on board.

  

Day 5: Sapa (B)

Upon arrival at Lao Cai station, you will be pick up and transfer to Sapa. Sapa is 33 km far from Lao Cai, and situated at an altitude of 1,600 meters. Driving to the zik zac route around the moutains take you the stunning scenery with the moutains, stair paddle-fields.

We will have breakfast at the local restaurant before checking in the hotel and have refresh after the night on train.

The tour today will start at 13.00 pm.

We will walk to Cat cat village, to meet the local ethnic minorities on the way to and from Sapa for the market. If it is possible, we will visit a house of H’mong people, sharing experiences and witness the lives and cultures of this local people.

Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 6: Sapa – Hanoi (B)

Today, we will trek to several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, visit H'mong and Dzay people.

We will through the moutains and have chance to meet the local ethnic minorities, share

experience to this friend people and have lunch on the way to Ta van village.

Afternoon, transfer back to Lao Cai for the train to Hanoi that departs at 21.15pm

 

Day 7: Hanoi – Halong (B,L,D)

You will be pick up at the railway station. Then Depart Hanoi to Ha Long Bay by road through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields (harvest time: 5th month and 10th month of Lunar New Year), water buffalos and everyday Vietnamese village life on both side of the highway No.18.

12.15 pm: Arrive in Ha Long city, board our traditional wooden junk boat, for an overnight journey. Ship on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin your cruise through the bay. Feast on a delicious lunch as you cruise among hundreds of islets (Dinh Huong islet, Ga Choi – Fighting Cock islet, Dog islet, Finger islet, etc.) to discover unspoilt pockets of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sot cave, one of the most imposing grottos of the Bay. Swim at Soi Sim beach or Titov beach or a short trek to the top of Titov mountain for a magnificent panorama scenery.

7.30pm: Enjoy your dinner with fresh seafood on board. 

9.00pm: Squid fishing or relax and chatting with your partner, friends, family.

Overnight on Ha Long Bay aboard Junk.

 

Day 8: Hanoi - take flight  to Hue (B)

7.00am: For early risers complimentary tea, coffee, fruit and cake are served.

8.00am: Visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat paddle by out crew staff and enjoy the quiet atmosphere enclosed by high islets and mountains. Be back to Junk. Sail past rock formations such as Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet, Butterfly cave, Lion islet, Bai Tho mountain, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the way back to Ha Long city, etc. Arrange your luggage and do the check out onboard at around 9.00 am. Enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations.

11.45am: Arrive back at Ha Long city for disembarkation where your driver waits to take you back to your Hanoi airport for flight to Hue

Overnight at the hotel in Hue

 

Day 9: Hue city tour (B)

In the morning, a sightseeing tour includes: boat ride on Perfume River visit to Thien Mu Pagoda. Then drive to visit the Imperial Citadel built in 1804 on a site chosen in accordance with the principles of geomancy, and the Dong Ba Market, famous for its best conical hats in Vietnam. In the afternoon, visit the tomb of King Tu Duc (ruled 1848-1883) and King Khai Dinh (ruled 1916-1925). The monuments, designed by the kings themselves, were also used as holiday retreats during their lifetime.  Then drive to Hoian

Overnight at the hotel in oian.

 

Day 10: Hoian city tour -My Son Holland (world heritage site ) (B)

Hoi An was a major Asian trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and its picturesque architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants' houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market.

Afternoon trip to visit the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. Here, 40km southwest of Hoi An, in a lush green valley, are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the seventh and thirteenth centuries. Return and overnight at the hotel in Hoian.

Overnight at the hotel in Hoian.

 

Day 11: Hoian beach leisure (B)

Beach leisure.

Overnight at the hotel in Hoian.

 

Day 12: Hoian - take flight to Saigon (B)

Beach leisure.

This afternoon we will take flight to Saigon

Overnight at the hotel in Saigon.

 

Day 13: Cu chi tunnel - Saigon city tour (B)

Drive to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. At the height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system stretched from the outskirts of Saigon  all the way to the Cambodian border of over 250 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built over 25 years starting in the 1940s,  let the Viet Minh  and, later, the Viet Cong, control a huge rural area.  It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers.  In places, it was several  stories deep and housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth, going to school. The ground here is hard clay, which made this whole thing possible.  But even so, the planning and construction was incredible.  People dug all this with hand tools, filling reed baskets and dumping the dirt into bomb craters.  They installed large vents so they could hear approaching helicopters, smaller vents for air and baffled vents to dissipate cooking smoke.  There were also hidden  trap doors and gruesomely effective bamboo-stake booby traps. Today, the trees and bushes have grown back.  And since 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors

Drive back to Sai Gon.  Afternoon city tour includes The Reunification Palace (former Presidential Palace), Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Lam Son Square, Ben Thanh Market, Thien Hau pagoda, War Remnant Museum.

Overnight at the hotel in Saigon.

 

Day 14: Saigon - Can tho (B,L)

Morning departure from Ho Chi Minh City and drive overland to Cai Be, in the heart of the Mekong Delta. On arrival board a sampan for a cruise on the Mekong River and its multiple canals to Vinh Long. Visit an old colonial house, a rice corn factory and taste local specialties for lunch. In the afternoon, continue to Can Tho, the main town of the Mekong Delta.

Over night in Can Tho. 

 

Day 15: Can Tho - Chau Doc (B,L)

After breakfast. We first take the boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river ( Bassac river ) . The boat trip later takes you to the Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets, which are the most origianl ones and bustling places of the region.

Then we will visit the Mt. Sam, in particular the pilgrimage site of Buddhist monks

Over night in Chau Doc. 

 

Day 16: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B);

Boat schedule to Phnom Penh:

Departure: 08:30

Arrival: 13:30

Pick up and transfer to hotel. After a short rest, & lunch, we start sightseeing around the busiest city of Cambodia and pay a visit to the National Museum, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Independence Monument, Russian Market, & Wat Phnom. Then it's back to the hotel for dinner, then a free night to explore the city yourself or relax.

Over night in Phnom Penh. 

 

Day 17: Phnom Penh morning - vist other interesting sites  (B)

Leave Phnom Penh at 08:00am. We travel about 15km toward southwest of Phnom Penh we will arrive at Choeung Ek. The memorial at Choeung Ek just outside Phnom Penh was an orchard! And a Chinese cemetery prior to 1975. During the Khmer Rouge regime, it became one of the killing fields the site of the brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of whom first suffered through torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison. Choeung Ek is now a group of mass graves and a memorial stupa containing thousands of skulls.

The Tuol Sleng Museum is a sight that brings back a not too distant past: the terror of the Khmer Rouge. The building was a Khmer Rouge prison and torture chamber - very few of the prisoners survived. More than 30,000 died here.

Over night in Phnom Penh. 

 

Day 18: Phnom Penh – fly to Siem Reap ( B)

Free time till transfer to the airport for flight to Siem Reap

Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Day 19: Siem Reap Angkor Thom tour. (B)

Visit Angkor Thom temples: Victory Gate, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimean Akas, Elephant Terrace and Leper King Terrace, Takeo and TaProhm. Lunch served at local restaurant. Afternoon enjoy the spectacular architecture and sculprure of the World Heritage at Angkor Wat and view the sunset over the Angkor complex on the top of Phnom Bakheng Mt.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Day 20: Siem Reap Angkor Wat tour  (B)

Enjoy Angkor Wat Sunrise and spend the whole morning to explore the greatest fine-art of Angkor Empire at Banteay-Srey temple. Lunch at local Restaurant. Afternoon visit the grand circuit of temples: Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei, Sras Srong, Neak Poan, Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup and Preah Khan.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Day 21: Siem Reap - tonlesap river (B)

Morning, we board on boat in Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals.

Transfer back to Siem Reap.

Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Day 22: departure (B)

Free time till transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

End tour.

 

 

Trip inclusive:

Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast

All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: Dinner)

Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles

Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program

Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary

Train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi – Private cabin

Speedboat: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh

 

Exclusive:

Flight tickets: Hanoi – Hue// Danang – Saigon // Phnom Penh – Siem Reap// : USD 360 per person.

Vietnam  and Cambodia visa stamping fee

Any kind of drinks

International airport departure taxes

International flights to Hanoi/from Saigon

Camera/video entrance fees

Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)

 

 

Hotel Grade

Standard package

Superior package

Deluxe package

Hanoi

Asia Palace  hotel

Medallion hotel 3*++

Sunway hotel 4*

Halong

Deluxe junk

Deluxe junk

Deluxe junk

Hue

New star hotel

Romance hotel 4*

Celadon hotel 5*

Hoian

Golf Hoian hotel

Hoian hotel 4*

Goldendsand resort 5*

Saigon

Tan Hai Long 3 hotel

Ocar hotel 4*

Carravelle hotel 5*

Phnom Penh

New York hotel

Sunway hotel 4*

FCC Phom Penh hotel 4*++

Siem Reap

Cassa Angkor hotel

Prince D’Angkor hotel 4*

FCC Angkor hotel 4*++

Cost per person

USD 2279

USD 2859

USD 3659

 

 


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