Vietnam and Cambodia Discovery
18 Days | 17 Nights

Tour Code : VNC-DCV18D
Depart at : Hanoi
Rate from :  $1695
Finish at : Siem Reap
Tour Highlights : Hanoi - Lao Cai - Halong - Hoian - Hue - Saigon - Mekong - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
You are expert travelers; you have more time for your holiday. “Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia” is one of the best trips for your family to relax, discover the people, culture in Vietnam and Cambodia. Immerse in the busy city of Hanoi, relax in the world heritage Halong Bay, Hoian beach. Uncover the Hoian town, the Forbidden City – Hue, life in Mekong River and the vibrant painful city – Phnom Penh. And take an adventure mysterious trip to Angkor temples city – Siem Reap.
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Day 1    Hanoi arrival
Day 2    Hanoi City Tour - Lao Cai
Day 3    Lao Cai - Sapa
Day 4    Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Day 5    Hanoi - Halong
Day 6    Halong - Hoian
Day 7    Hoian Tour
Day 8    Hoian - Hue
Day 9    Hue - Tour
Day 10    Hue - Saigon
Day 11    Saigon City Tour - Cu Chi
Day 12    Saigon - Mekong
Day 13    Mekong - Saigon - Phnom Penh
Day 14    Phnom Penh City Tour
Day 15    Phnom Penh - Fly to Siem Reap
Day 16    Siem Reap - Angkor Tour
Day 17    Siem Reap - Angkor Tour
Day 18    Siem Reap - Departure

Day 01: Hanoi arrival (D)
Upon arrival in Hanoi, welcomed by our tour guide and driver then transfer to your hotel in the city center. Check in and relax.
In the late afternoon, we enjoy a walking around the old quarter to see the local life in our capital.
Enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by Holiday Indochina at a nice restaurant.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 02: Hanoi City Tour (B)

Breakfast is at your hotel. This morning, we will start to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Presidential palace, one pillar pagoda, HCM museum and then to the temple of literature. This is the first university in Vietnam where "born" a lot of talent persons for our country.
To understand more about our culture life of 54 minority groups in Vietnam, we will visit the Ethnology museum. There are many photos, things; model houses illustrate our country’s culture and people.
Get back to the old quarter to visit Ngoc Son temple that located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake and enjoy the water puppet show in the afternoon. Late evening, transfer to Hanoi railway station for night train to Lao Cai. (Share 4 beds AC Cabin - private cabin is available on your request)

Day 03: Lao Cai station arrival – uphill to Sapa (B/L)
Wake early and marvel at the remarkable scenery as you roll into Lao Cai station - 30km from Sapa town. On arrival at around 5am, be picked up and transferred uphill to Sapa town, Enjoy breakfast before exploring this scenic and cultural area of French style town - Sapa. Today visit Sapa’s market to see traders selling their wares, journey to the top of Ham Rong Mountain and marvel at the scenic panorama from this hilltop location. Visit a local ethnic minority village – Ta Phin - to gain an insight into the life and culture of these unique hill tribes. Return to your hotel late afternoon and overnight. Overnight in one of Sapa's hotels

Day 04: Sapa’s villages tour or Colorful local market visit – night train to Hanoi (B/L)
Get up in the foggy morning and enjoy breakfast. The pure atmosphere and stunning scenery of highland town, Sapa will help you freshen up. Depends on the date we have two options: to visit ethnic minority villages around Sapa or drive to Bac Ha market on Sunday, Coc Ly market on Tuesday or Can Cau Market on Saturday. There, you can watch and even join trading activities of real hill-tribe people. Luncheon served at local restaurant. Say goodbye to peaceful and quite town, Sapa then transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station for a ride back to Hanoi.  (Share 4 beds AC Cabin - private cabin is available on your request)

Day 05: Hanoi - Ha Long  bay - overnight on cruise (B/L/D)
Arrival Hanoi early morning, check in the hotel by the gate of railway station, relax and enjoy breakfast there.
After breakfast, we will depart directly to the city of Quang Ninh and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Upon arrival of Halong bay port; check in to your private cabin on traditional Halong bay junk. The junk sets sail while you enjoy some welcome drink and see off the busy seaport. The cruise enters the bay with a short brief of cruise manager then you will have a sumptuous seafood lunch and spend the afternoon cruising pass the many limestone peaks and islands that form this picturesque Halong bay of Vietnam. Relax on deck of the cruise this afternoon and overnight onboard

Day 06: Halong bay – Danang – Hoian (B/L)
Wake early as the mist rises over the Halong bay, an ideal time to take pictures. Enjoy breakfast and continue your Halong cruise trip, after the brunch then clear bill while returning to shore. Our vehicle picks you up at the Halong port then transfer back to Hanoi, en route visit at Dong Trieu Ceramic Village to get some souvenirs handicrafts. Transfer directly to airport for a short flight to Danang.
On arrival, get a pick up and drive 30km along the coast to one of the world heritage in Vietnam : Hoian town. Check in hotel and relax
Overnight in Hoian town.

Day 07: Hoian Tour (B)
Today take a short walking tour of Hoi An. Visit the local market, Tan Ky old house, the Fukien Assembly Hall and the 400 year old Japanese Bridge. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to explore at your own pace. Overnight in Hoian

Day 08: Hoian – Hue (B)
Free after your breakfast and meet our driver for transfer  to Hue – the former capital of Vietnam. The highlight is the Hai Van (Cloud) pass and Lang Co beach on the way. We will stop for relaxing or for nice photo from the peak of Hai Van pass. Arrive in Hue, Check in hotel and relax.
Overnight in Hue

Day 09: Hue – City Tour (B)
We have visited the first citadel of Vietnamese feudal. Today we move to central to visit the last citadel in Hue city. Different from Hoalu, Royal palace in Hue is persevered quite well as listed in Cultural World Heritages and it existed just over 200 years ago. This morning, we will go out for the visit the only citadel left in South East Asia called the Forbidden Citadel. Enjoy a boat trip along Huong River to see Thien Mu Pagoda just located on river bank. After your own dinner, we are free to wander around the old city that depends on your choice. Overnight in Hue
Day 10: Hue – Saigon (B)
Breakfast at your hotel and free till transfer to airport for flight to Saigon.
On arrival, get a pick up to your hotel in the city center.
Take a short orientation tour of the city that includes the former Presidential Palace and History Museum. Overnight in Saigon

Day 11: Saigon – Cu Chi (B)
Cu chi tunnel is a well-known place to show an important part of Vietnam history. In the morning, we drive to the tunnel complex. Arrive in the tunnel after 1 hour drive, we start our exploration. Forget all about wrong/right sides in a painful war or opposite political views, we are here just to see and admire surviving ability of human beings in under basic living conditions and learn a little more about one pace in Vietnam history.
In the afternoon. We drive to back to your hotel. Overnight in Saigon

Day 12: Saigon – Mekong (B/L)
After your breakfast, we will go ahead to Mekong delta. Arrive in Cai be at noon, embark the private boat to visit the local life through the waterways and canals. Have lunch at the local restaurant then continue to visit the vegetable farm, boat building, coconut candy, and rice paper. Back to our car for a transfer to Can Tho city. Check in hotel and relax.
Overnight in Can Tho

Day 13: Can Tho – Floating market – Saigon (B)
Get a little bit earlier to join in the Cai Rang – a local floating market. This is the most famous and exciting floating market in the Mekong delta. You have chance to see the local life this area. How their lives is, how they sell their products. Back to your hotel for your breakfast and go back to Saigon for a short flight to Phnom Penh. On arrival, get a pick up to hotel.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 14:  Phnom Penh City Tour (B)
A visit to S21 prison and Killing field will lead you to the painful history under the Polpot regime. Back to the city center at noon to visit Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Enjoy the cyclo ride down Sihanouk Boulevard to visit the National Museum.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 15: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B)
Check out of your hotel after breakfast,  free till take a short flight to Siem Reap. On the way, there are a lot of places for you to stop for nice photos and do not miss the Kampong Thom stop for traditional khmer food: fried spiders. Arrive in Siem Reap in the afternoon. Check in hotel and lazy at swimming pool.
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 16: Siem Reap – Angkor Tour (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Angkor Thom, the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, built from the late 12th century to the early 13th century by King Jayavarman VII and consists of 54 towers, the Royal Enclosure, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King, then visit Ta Prohm, surrounded by jungle.
Visit Angkor Wat, the largest temples in world and covers an area of 200 hectares and surrounded by moat and an exterior wall measuring 1300 meters x 1500 meters.
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 17: Siem Reap – Angkor Tour (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Banteay Srei, constructed at the late 10th century by a Brahmin counselor under a power king 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, constructed by a Khmer king in the Angkor area.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 18: Siem Reap Departure (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Free at the "Old market" to understand about the local life and get back to your hotel in time for a transfer to airport for flight to the next destination

End of  the Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights 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.

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