Luxury of Siem Reap & North Vietnam

Luxury of Siem Reap & North Vietnam
Starts
Siem Reap
Destinations
+ 2
Ends
Hanoi
Siem Reap → Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Hai Phong

Highlights

  • Enjoy a tuk-tuk ride to visit the magnificent Angkor Wat at sunrise.
  • Watch Phare Show - Siem Reap’s top rated evening entertainment unlike any other circus in the world.
  • Get an authentic taste of the real Khmer life at floating villages in Tonle Sap.
  • Marvel at Khmer craftsmanship at Angkor Silk Farm.
  • Learn about the history of Hanoi - Vietnam's elegant capital city.
  • Cast away on a cruising through hundreds of limestone karsts that rise dramatically from the emerald waters of Halong Bay.
  • Enjoy the peaceful boat ride on the Tam Coc River – a true treat for budding nature photographers.
  • Luxury accommodation & top-notch services throughout the trip.
Age range
under 87 year olds
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In this 8 day trip you will visit the magnificent ancient ruins of Angkor in Cambodia – Kingdom of Wonder and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, Ninh Binh – the home of  the film set for “The Kong: Skull Island” in Vietnam. This tour combines the most highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as selects the luxury accommodation and top-notch services. Start 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 spectacular landscape of Red River Delta and sail through the mystical Halong Bay. This luxury private trip could start from Siem Reap and end in Hanoi or vice versa.

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  1. Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival - Phare Show

    Welcome to Siem Reap, the provincial capital and gateway to the ancient Angkor temples. Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Banteay Srei and the legendary Angkor Wat. Upon arrival, your Siem Reap local guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for a check in.
    Orientation walking around the hotel area followed by the Phare show at Cambodia Circus Centre to expect the unexpected. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent.
    Meals: N/A.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  2. Day 2: Siem Reap - Angkor Tour

    Rise early to pick up the best moment at dawn to see the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. Take the tuk tuk ride to the site where you will stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple.
    Transfer back to your hotel for the tasty breakfast and a short break then continue the excursion to explore the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King.
    Conclude your day with a visit to the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone before transferring back to the hotel.
    Meal: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  3. Day 3: Ox Cart Ride - Tonle Sap Lake - Angkor Silk Farm - Fly to Hanoi

    The unique Angkor Temples are truly impressive. However, Cambodia has more to offer. It is worth taking a closer look at the city of Siem Reap, its surrounding area and its people.
    Following the breakfast, drive straight to Kam Pem village. Walk through this lovely village to see rural Khmer life. Experience an ox cart ride and try to make palm leave before a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake to see floating villages and get a taste of life ruled by monsoonal rains and water-based agriculture. One of the most productive bodies of fresh water in the world, Tonle Sap was classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1997.
    Later, our guide takes you to Silk Farm. You will be guided to see the process from the mulberry bushes cultivation to the production of silk fabrics and accessories. During your visit, our local guide will give you more details on the mulberry trees, silkworm farming, cocoon unwinding, preparation of the silk threads, ikat technique (tie-dyeing of the threads) and silk weaving. We are sure that you will be impressed by the dexterity of our artisans with silk threads.
    The Angkor Silk Farm also features a large showroom where you can buy high-quality silk products that were made in the workshops you just visited.
    Then your driver will take you to the Siem Reap airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, your Hanoi local guide and driver will pick up and transfer you to the hotel in city center to check in.
    Meal: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

  4. Day 4: Hanoi City Tour

    Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature; the Quan Thanh Temple, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake; and one of the city's museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture
    Meal: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

  5. Day 5: Hanoi - Ninh Binh Day Trip

    After having breakfast at hotel, take the pleasant 2 hour drive to Ninh Binh province which is best known as “Halong Bay on land”. On arrival, embark a leisurely ninety-minute sampan cruise through the caves of Tam Coc, a photographer’s dream with opportunities at every turn. The area is where the movie 'Indochine' was filmed. Next, visit Bich Dong ancient pagoda which offers spectacular views of the surrounding area before going back to the pier and enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant.
    The afternoon tour continue with the exploration of Hoa Lu - the ancient capital of Vietnam during the Dinh and Le dynasties to learn more about the country’s history. Besides, vibrant green rice fields dotted with limestone outcrops will bring you the great impression to the area.
    In the late afternoon, drive back to Hanoi and spend the rest of your day at leisure.
    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

  6. Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on cruise.

    After having breakfast at hotel, take the 2 hour drive to Hai Phong where you will embark the Orchid Junk - the first 5 star cruise line that offers the most comprehensive itinerary- to explore the Bays of wonders: Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. When cruising, you will enjoy the wonderful landscapes, fresh and tasty seafood, peaceful atmosphere. This will surely be a vacation of a lifetime!
    12h00: Transfer by tender to the Orchid Cruise.
    12h15: Welcome aboard! Enjoy a complimentary drink while you checking and review safety instructions. Your exploration of Halong Bay begins - one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
    12h40: Your Orchid Cruise proceeds to Da Chong islet where you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. Enjoy lunch on-board before continuing your journey via the islets of Duck (Con Vit) and Gia Luan. These amazing limestone karst formations rise up out of the sea in an impressive manner. This area is untouched due to being a fair way from Halong City, not so many tourist boats venture here, meaning it has a more isolated appeal.
    14h45: Progress to Ba Trai Dao beach area of Lan Ha Bay, a separate part of Halong Bay. Geologically, Lan Ha is an extension of Halong Bay but sits in a different province of Vietnam. The region is known for its pristine beaches and spectacular beauty with about 400 fascinating karst islands and limestone outcrops. Unlike Ha Long Bay, the islands of Lan Ha Bay are forested, and most are small in stature.
    15h00: Experience the small coracles that used by fishermen for centuries. You will learn how they go to trade or to cast fishing nets whilst navigating the waters in their tiny craft.
    Alternatively, you may prefer to kayak amongst the jutting karsts or simply enjoy a swim in the crystal waters of the bay. (This program offered April through November)
    In the winter months, (December to March) you may visit Viet Hai village. Bike along the village path and go through lush forests. Enjoy stunning scenery of rice fields on the way. Optional electric cart service is available (at an extra cost).
    17h45: Return to your ship. You may watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin or join a traditional cooking class. The ship’s chef will instruct you in the making of some Vietnamese dishes.
    Option: Massage service available, please book with Cruise Manager directly.
    19h30: Dinner is served. Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served by professional on-board catering staff.
    21h30: Watch the water glistening in the moonlight as you lounge on the top deck sipping a cocktail of choice or try your hand at squid fishing- one of the most interesting evening activities that you may experience. Overnight on board.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Overnight on cruise.

  7. Day 7: Halong Bay - Drive to Hanoi

    6h00: Rise early to witness the bay at its very best whilst enjoying an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck. After breakfast, continue your journey and head out by canoes to explore the bay in the area where the Dark & Bright Cave is situated.
    9h45: Return to The Orchid for check-out procedures.
    10h15: Enjoy a delightful brunch as you are navigating back to Dinh Vu Pier.
    11h35: Disembark.
    Private driver will escort you back to Hanoi for overnight stay. 
    Meals: Breakfast & Brunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

  8. Day 8: Hanoi Departure

    Have breakfast at hotel then enjoy a free morning before driving to Noi Bai International Airport to catch your departure flight home.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: N/A.

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      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.
    1. Guide

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      English Speaking Guide (other language on request)

    2. Meals

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      As mentioned in the itinerary: Daily breakfast at hotel

    3. Transport

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      Private car/ van with A/C

    • Flights

      1 flight (Siemreap - Hanoi)


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    Price Includes

    • One regional flight: Siem Reap – Hanoi.
    • 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.

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