Cambodia Vietnam Exploration
13 Days | 12 Nights

Tour Code : CAV-VEX13D
Depart at : Siem Reap
Rate from :  $1260
Finish at : Hanoi
Tour Highlights : Siem Reap - Angkor Temples - Phnom Penh - Saigon - Mekong - Hoian - Hue - Hanoi - Halong
This magical journey traverses from Cambodia to the south and up to the north of Vietnam. It is perfect for those seeking an in-depth tour of this charming and enigmatic Vietnam and Cambodia. Only one trip takes you all the best World Heritages of two countries highlights with: Halong bay, Hue, Hoi an and Angkor Wat
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Descriptif
TOUR BRIEFING:
Day 01: Siem Reap Arrival
Day 02: Siem Reap Exploration tour
Day 03: Siem Reap Exploration tour 
Day 04: Siem Reap – fly to Phnom Penh
Day 05: Phnom penh – Fly to Saigon
Day 06: Mekong Delta tour full day
Day 07: Saigon city tour - Fly to Hoian
Day 08: Hoian city tour
Day 09: Hoian – road transfer to Hue
Day 10: Hue city – Fly to Hanoi
Day 11: Hanoi – Drive to Halong Bay
Day 12: Halong – back to Hanoi
Day 13: Hanoi Departure



Day 01: Siem Reap Arrival (D)

Welcome you at the country of Angkor temples. Meet you at airport and transfer to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the welcome dinner at a nice restaurant.
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 02: Siem Reap Exploration tour (B)
Breakfast at hotel. This morning make a journey to the south gate of Angkor Thom city, in the eleventh century Angkor Thom was populated by more than one million people, yet at the same time it is estimated that London had a population of only 35,000 people.  We marvel at the eerie stone heads and evocative bas-reliefs of the Bayon temple, the central structure of Angkor Thom.  We move on to the Terrace of Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King. Then continue to visit the jungle-enveloped temple Ta Prohm, one of the most atmospheric of all temples in Angkor,  once home to 2,740 monks, Ta Prohm today looks much as it did in the early 1850s, when French explorer Henri Mouhot ‘rediscovered’ this crumbling site.
Afternoon continue to visit  Angkor Wat. The temples of Angkor represent six hundred  years (802-1432) of Khmer civilization - one of Asia’s greatest Kingdoms and Angkor Wat is one of its crowning glories. Soak up the atmosphere of Angkor from the edge of one of the ancient library pools.  We then explore the interior of the great temple, spending a thorough discovering the corridors, central chambers and upper terraces of this truly great temple.  Your expert local guide will decipher the myriad of stories behind the bas-relief carvings, and give you an insight into life during the height of the Khmer empire.   Finally visit Phnom Bakheng, the most popular sunset location in the area, offering a view of the Tonle Sap Lake and a distant Angkor Wat in the jungle.
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 03:  Siem Reap Exploration tour (B)
Breakfast at hotel Visit  Banteay Srei,  constructed at the late 10th century by a Brahmin counselor under a powerking Rajendarvarman. It was loosely translated to citadel of the woman, but it is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. En-route stop at Pre Rub (turn the body), was constructed in late 10th century dedicated to Hindu gods. This reflects the common belief among Cambodians that funerals were conducted at the temple.
Visit Preah Khan  temple, built by  King Jayavarman VII  dedicated to his father. It is a huge, highly exportable monastic complex, and served as a Buddhist monastery and school, engaging over 1000 monks. Continue to Neak Pean, a small island temple located in the middle of the last Baray.
Overnight in Siem Reap
 
Day 04: Siem Reap – Fly to Phnom penh (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Siem Reap International airport for flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival in Phnom Penh International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Visit National Museum, over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era status, lingas and other artifacts. Then visit Royal Palace is a royal residence now where His Majesty, the King of Cambodia, and the royal families live. it is like a small town of royal dynasties. Continue to Silver Pagoda Phnom Penh, serves less as a functioning temple than a repository for cultural treasures such as 90 kg golden Buddha encrusted with 2086 diamonds. Finally visit Wat Phnom Temple  is one of the most important pagodas in. Built in 1373 on an artificial hill by the wealthy widow Daun Chi Penh.
Overnight and accommodation in Phnom Penh
 
Day 05: Phnom Penh – Fly to Saigon (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Tuol Sleng Museum  (S-21 prison). This former school was used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeng Ek to be executed. Then drive to “Killing Fields” of Choeng Ek (15 km south of Phnom Penh). Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) were detained and tortured at the S-21 prison and transported to extermination camp of Choeng Ek
Visit Russian Market  (Toul Tumpong Market),  the Market has gained reputation for cheap clothing, a large selection of  Buddha  images and woodcarvings, betel-nut boxes, silk, silver jewelry, and classic music instrument.
Then transfer to Phnom Penh International airport forflight to the next destination. Warmly welcome on arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport by Holiday Indochina tour guide/representative. Transfer to center. Check in hotel and relax
Overnight in Saigon

Day 06: Mekong Delta tour full day ( B/L)

Mekong Delta is most highlights of South Vietnam which makes up the unique lifestyle of the entire reason. Exploring thoroughly this delta can take you up to 10 days and we know you don’t have time that much. Then this trip is offered in order to allow you capture the best part of this.
Drive two hours to My Tho, then enjoy a sampan ride on the Mekong River to a fruit orchard to see a rural cottage industry at work and enjoy a horse and cart ride through the village. Following lunch return to Saigon City. Free for your dinner.
Overnight in Saigon

Day 07: Saigon city tour - Fly to Hoian (B)
Take a short city tour to the most beautiful places of the bustling city including: Independent Palace, North Dame Cathedral and War Remnants museum. Take an afternoon flight to Vietnam Central. Upon arrival at Danang you will be greeted by our guide then proceed to the delightful town of Hoian and check into our hotel and have some free leisure time. Overnight in Hoian.

Day 08: Hoian city tour (B)
Wake up in the town. Hoian is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. However, some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. We enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancient house, and the Japanese Bridge. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoian.

Day 09: Hoian – road transfer to Hue (B)
Today we transfer to another Culrural World Heritage of Vietnam, Hue city through majestic Hai Van pass. Upon arrival, a guided city tour to Purple Forbidden Citadel will give you an eye-bird view of Royal family in the past. Free in the evening and overnight in Hue

Day 10: Hue city – Fly to Hanoi (B)
See more about Royal lives once reigned at Hue city which were even so extravagant in the life after death of Kings. A visit to King Khai Dinh and Tu Duc’s Tombs will show you this. After your own lunch, catch the afternoon flight to the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi. On arrival, get a pick up to your hotel in the city center. Check in and relax or walk around the old quarter for more exploration about the local life.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 11: Hanoi – drive to Halong Bay (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we depart directly to the city of Quang ninh and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Upon arrival enjoy breakfast and see a little of this busy seaport. Continue your journey to Halong Bay and board the traditional junk. Once onboard check into your cabin, enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch and spend the afternoon cruising past the many limestone peaks and islands that form this picturesque bay. Relax on deck this afternoon and overnight onboard. Stay overnight on the Junk Cruise

Day 12: Halong – back to Hanoi (B)
Wake early as the mist rises over the bay, an ideal time to take pictures. Enjoy breakfast and continue your cruise, later return to shore and transfer back to Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi at around 15.00, we pay a short visit to Temple of literature and Hochiminh Mausoleum (take photo outside) just nearby. Back to hotel for relax and dine at your own pace. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 13: Hanoi Departure (B)

We do believe this 13 day tour cannot show all beauty of our country but this is certainly can help you capture the most highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam. We are longing to see you coming back soon in a longer holiday as we have so many things to impress you.

End of our Cambodia – Vietnam exploring holiday

Flexibility: The sample itinerary below, can be easily modified to suit all your personal interests, budget as well as wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination. OR you can be free to cut and pick any part of the holiday which is best fit to your interests. Note: Tour can be reversed to start from Hanoi

Gratuities:Tips are often the main source of income for those working in the travel industry. Tipping in bars and restaurants is now customary and highly recommended if you find satisfactory with services received. Tip is personal matter between you and services suppliers. Holiday Indochina makes no interfere or set no rule for tips and gratuities