- Private tour, depart daily
- Delve into Khmer history
- Sunset dinner on Mekong cruise
- Ride on the Bamboo train in Battambang
- Experience local people's life on floating village
- See the glorious Angkor Temples
- Cool off in a stunning waterfall and rock pools in Kbal Spean
- Visit all "must see" of Vietnam's capital
- Trekking in Mai Chau
- Relaxing on luxury cruise in Halong Bay
- Age range
- under 87 year olds
- 3 / 4 / 5
During this 11 day adventure, you’ll visit some of the wonders of the world – The Angkor Temples of Khmer Kingdom and the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, plus trekking to the Thail hill tribe villages in Mai Chau in Vietnam. This tour combines the highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam. Begin with a visit to the ancient Angkor temples of Khmer Kingdom and explore the legendary Angkor Wat. Then travel to North Vietnam to discover the colorful cultures of the hill tribe peoples and sail through the mystical and tranquil Halong Bay.
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Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival
Welcome to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s vibrant and bustling capital city. Despite its recent turbulent history, Phnom Penh’s wide tree-lined boulevards and faded colonial mansions hold an undeniable charm. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to the hotel for check in. Time for relaxation.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 2: Phnom Penh City tour
After having breakfast at the hotel, start the day learning about the Cambodia’s past tragedy with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Choeung Ek “Killing Fields.” Next, enjoy the introduction of the ancient Khmer art and civilization when browsing in the National Museum. Continue to the Royal Palace overlooking the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Rivers. Built in 1866 by King Norodom, the palace is now home to the royal family. Within the palace grounds you will find the Silver Pagoda, its floor covered by 5,000 silver tiles that give the pagoda its name.
Enjoy a short break to freshen up before driving to the dock where you will embark an evening boat to cruise along the Mekong River. Savor a welcome dinner on board as you watch the sunset over the shimmering lights of Phnom Penh.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 3: Phnom Penh - Battambang
After having breakfast at hotel, leave Phnom Penh for Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city. Get a taste for Cambodia’s rural life and stop en route at Kompong Chnang to visit the floating village in Kompong Luong. Once you reach Battambang in the afternoon, enjoy an orienting walking tour through the city’s bustling boulevards lined with quaint French colonial buildings to get acquainted with the city. Next, visit some of Battambang’s signature hilltop temples as well as the infamous cave, Phnom Sampov, used as an execution field under the Khmer Rouge. Take a relaxing 30min ride on the Bamboo train before transferring to your hotel where you will check in and relax then.
Accommodation: Hotel in Batambang.
Day 4: Battambang - Tonle Sap Lake- Siem Reap.
Today, you will take the most scenic drive from Battambang to Siem Reap, the provincial capital and gateway to the ancient Angkor Temples. Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Siem Reap is well known with dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Banteay Srei and the legendary Angkor Wat. On the way, you will see a large mulberry farm and once you reach the edge of the Tonle Sap Lake, embark on a cruise to Mechreay, an isolated Khmer community built on wooden stilts. The community has about 3,000 inhabitants who farm fish and vegetables on floating platforms. As the Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, this is home to a unique ecosystem. Immerse yourself in the nearby mangrove forests before heading toward Siem Reap where you will find your hotel to check in and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 5: Siem Reap - Angkor temples
Rise up early for a transfer by tuk tuk to the magnificent Angkor Wat. The trip is designed for you to see “the spiritual Temple reflex on the water” at dawn- the haunting, cooler and less crowded moment. As the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat where the Hindu God Vishnu is dedicated was constructed by Suryavarman II who reigned Cambodia from 1113 to 1152. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys and ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction.
After enjoying your breakfast box on site of the temple, continue to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its majestic doors and artifacts. Next, visit the monumental temple of Bayon, the heart of Angkor Thom and known for the hundreds of smiling faces that grace its towers. Move to the Terrace of the Elephants, a platform where King Jayavarman once surveyed his army. Close by is the Terrace of Leper Kings, which includes a statue depicting Yana, the Hindu god of death. Leaving Angkor Thom by its North Gate for Preah Khan (Sacred Sword), one of Angkor’s largest temples, constructed in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII. Then it’s a short drive to one of the most loved temples of all - Ta Prohm, a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty with its giant trees that have grown there for centuries.
Later this afternoon you will return to your hotel where you spend the rest of time at your leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 6: Siem Reap - Kbal Spean - Banteay Srei - Fly to Hanoi
Kbal Spean was the refuge of 11th – 13th century religious hermits and over the centuries they carved lingas stands, animals and sacral friezes into the surrounding rocks and riverbeds. Today, challenge yourself with a 45 minute walk- up path before being rewarded for your efforts by a stunning waterfall and rock pools in which to bath and cool off. This is also where the most of carvings are.
After lunch drive to Banteay Srei. Considered as the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art, Banteay Srei is cut from stone of a pinkish hue and includes some of the finest stone carving anywhere on earth.
Later, our driver takes you to the airport for your flight to Hanoi.
Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Arriving at the Noi Bai airport, another assigned local driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim to welcome and take you to your hotel in the city center.
Accommodations: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi City tour
This morning, depart your hotel by cyclo for the Temple of Literature, dedicating to Confucius and known as Vietnam’s first university. Established In 1076, this center had educated Vietnam's royalty, generations of mandarins and members of the elite. Your next visit will be the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049 under the rule of King Ly Thai To. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and his modest house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. (View the mausoleum from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov).
In the afternoon, continue to the fascinating Ethnology Museum to see the rich collection of artifacts about the 54 ethnic groups all over Vietnam. As an alternative to the Ethnology Museum, visit the highly acclaimed Vietnam Women’s Museum, offering wonderful insight into the significant role Vietnamese women play in Vietnamese society.
Later, time to walk along the historic Old Quarter- a series of guild streets where the locals still trade the old way. This refined area of Hanoi provides a wonderful shopping experience and has a choice of many excellent restaurants. Conclude the day with the enjoyment of the traditional Water Puppet Performance, a traditional unique art form created by farmers in the Red River Delta.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi - Mai Chau
Wake early and enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting off on your drive to Mai Chau – a yawning valley, cradling picturesque rice paddies and boarded by looming karst rock formations. Enjoy picturesque views of the scenic landscape, sown with pagodas and rural villages. Stop along the way at Thung Khe Pass for a spectacular view of Mai Chau Valley. After lunch, spend the afternoon trekking off the typical tourist track, along the Song Ma River. Trek through terraced rice paddies and small villages, discovering the natural beauty of the valley and encountering the culture of the White Thai people, living in the region. Stop at a Thai village for the night, having dinner with a local family and enjoying a homestay in their long house.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau.
Day 9: Mai Chau - Ninh Binh
Enjoy breakfast at homestay before journeying to Hoa Lu, Vietnam's first capital. Visit to temples and walk hundred steps up to top of a mountain for a panorama view of the old capital. After lunch, enjoy a leisure cruise to visit Trang An, a nature reserve similar to Tam Coc however less visited. Limestone hills surround a peaceful river which passes through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). It is an “eco-tourism” area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal clear river.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh.
Day 10: Ninh Binh - Halong Bay
(The below itinerary is a sample and it will be different between cruises. Our travel consultants will provide the exact schedule and program if you book other junks such as Halong Violet, Halong Jasmine, Paradise Luxury Cruises, Indochina Sails, Au Co Cruise, Starlight Cruise etc.)
Discovery of Halong Bay’s best of different formulas on a junk will take you to a ride amidst the magic archipelago; and depending on the length of the cruise, you’ll enjoy a global overview of different wonders that this UNESCO World Heritage site has to offer.
After breakfast at hotel, your driver will take you on a 4-hour drive passing the countryside of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay.
12:00 – 12:30 Embarkation.
13:00 – 13:30 Welcome on boat, enjoy welcome drink and follow Cruise Manager briefing safety on boat as your cruise heads to “Cho Da” Stone Dog, Ga Choi "Fighting Cock", Hoa Cuong village.
13:30 – 15:00 lunch.
16:00 – 17:15 Visit Bat cave by:
- The 1st option: Kayaking (included).
- The 2nd option: Visit Bat cave by bamboo boat (included).
17:15 – 18:15 Back to the cruise to find safety place for overnight. Free time on cruise.
Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu).
18:00 – 19:00 Cooking demonstrations on sundeck, Happy Hour (buy one drink, get one free).
19:30 – 21:30 Dinner.
21:30 – 23:00 Entertainment activities:
- The 1st option: Join squid fishing, film entertainment (included).
- The 2nd option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu).
23:00 Overnight on cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: on cruise.
Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi – Departure
06:15 – 06:45 Tai Chi instruction on sundeck.
07:00 – 07:45 Breakfast.
07:45 – 08:45 Exploring Surprise cave (about 60 minute on foot).
09:00 – 09:30 Check out, payment in reception area.
11:30 Back to Tuan Chau pier.
Your driver will transfer you to Noi Bai International Airport for your departure flight.
AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
English Speaking Guide (other language on request)
MealsRated Excellent by past passengers
Daily breakfast at hotel and 1 dinner
TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
Private car/ van with A/C
Siem Reap - Hanoi
Please note that airfares are subject to availability and to change without notice
• Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
• Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
• Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
• Service of English speaking guides in every location
• Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
• 1 flight: Siem Reap – Hanoi
• Boat Trips
• International flights
• Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
• Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
• Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
• Tips for guides and drivers
• Personal travel insurance
• Visa stamp fees
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