Hanoi – Halong – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh – Mekong – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Phnom Penh - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh - Mui Ne Beach
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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Hanoi, the first stop for your Indochina tours. Upon arrival, our private Vietnam Tour guide and driver will welcome your Vietnam Holiday
to Hanoi, a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the
dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city
with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum
piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing
through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination
becomes reality. Free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Meals: B, L
Hanoi without a doubt is a beautiful stop for your Vietnam Travel.
Today, we enjoy a full day city tour of this charming capital city
including the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh (close on
Monday & Friday), the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh's house
on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the
impressive Ethnologic Museum (or Museum of Fine Arts, Army Museum,
History Museum, Woman Museum, Hoa Lo Prison), the beautiful West Lake,
the Tran Vu Pagoda, the peaceful lake of the Restored Sword.
Late afternoon we take a cyclo tour for a short excursion through the
bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once
offered for sale at these places. Enjoy a glass of "Bia Hoi - draught beer - included" at Ta Hien Street before we enjoy a fantastic traditional water puppet show.
Overnight in a Hanoi hotel.
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise
Meals: B, L, D
Halong tour must be the most beautiful tour in Vietnam for any Vietnam Holidays.
We start at 8.00 A.M for the 3 hour drive (170 km) through the Red
River Delta, which offers plenty of chances for taking photos of
Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy fields. At half way,
we'll have a visit to a handicraft workshop with fine clothes,
embroidered paintings, stone statuettes and all kinds of gems mined in
Vietnam such as star rubies or sapphires... Our destination is the World
Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. The bay offers some 3000 mountain
islands and islets towering in the Gulf of Tonkin in the East Vietnam
Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed on board our luxury junk and treated
with wine and fresh local seafood. As our junk gliding further into
the tranquility of Ha Long Bay amid the towering mountain cliffs and on
the emerald green water, you'll have relaxing time combining the fine
tastes of the wine and the freshness of Ha Long Bay. During the cruise,
we'll stop some times for visiting the amazing Sung Sot cave and the
Ti Top white sand beach before anchoring for the night. Overnight on
board the junk in the wild of Halong Bay.
Day 4: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi – Flight to Danang – Hoi An
It is said that your Vietnam Tours will not be complete without a tour to Halong Bay and spending one night on romantic Halong Cruise. People describe Halong Bay
as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone
cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay, a priceless
collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature.
After breakfast, we'll take a little sampan to visit a secret lagoon
of Ha Long Bay while the surrounding mountains are just waking up.
After that our cruise takes us further into the Bay of Bai Tu Long
traveling past the Human Head Island, the Turtle Island, and the Duck
Islet... to the studio site where the famous Indochine film was shot.
Around noon, our junk travels back to the harbor, pick up and drive
back to Hanoi. Stop in Hai Duong to visit the famous Con Son pagoda.
Transfer back to Hanoi Airport for your afternoon flight with Vietnam airlines to Danang. Pick up and transfer to your hotel, evening free at leisure in Hoi An.
Overnight in a hotel in Hoi An.
Day 5: Hoi An Free Day
Hoi An Ancient Town - highlight of any tour to Vietnam that no Vietnam tour maker
would skip, is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East
Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its
buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous
and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
Day free to cycle through rice paddies in the countryside of
Hoi An ancient town, shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art
galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the atmosphere of
this quaint town. Or relax on the white sandy beach of the famous Danang
Beach. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City – Flight to Siem Reap
Meals: B, L
After breakfast, our Vietnam tour guide and
driver in Hoi An will transfer you to the airport for your flight to
Ho Chi Minh city and connect with the flight to Siem Reap. Upon your
arrival, welcomed by your private tour guide and driver and transferred
to the hotel. Check in and free at leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 7: Siem Reap – Angkor Tour
Meals: B, L, D
morning Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the
churning of the ocean of milk) the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th
century) and then take elephant ride around 15 – 20 minute to Bayon
temple, you will enjoy beautiful natural view a long the road then visit
Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling
faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the
Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King then visit the
fabulous Ta Prohm Temple which is embraced by the roots of enormous fig
trees. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit the 7th world
heritage, Angkor Wat a unique and stunning blend of spirituality and
symmetry, an enduring example of man's devotion to his Gods. It is the
largest and undoubtedly the most breath taking of the monuments of
Angkor and it is widely believed that it is the largest religious
structure in the world. In the late afternoon, you will walk to the top
of Phnom Bakheng to view the amazing sunset over Angkor Wat and other
surrounding ruins. Dinner at local restaurant with Apsara dance show.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 8: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake
Meals: B, L
second day of your Indochina tour in Siem Reap, morning excursion to
visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south
of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap
Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia and
flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will
see a fishermen's "floating village" with floating schools, floating
police station,etc. It is same as abig village floating on the lake, and
the "village" move from place to place following water levels and
current. Next visit the Old Market where you can see the fresh local
produce being sold as well as browse the souvenir stalls. Back to your
hotel and free at leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 9: Siem Reap – Drive to Phnom Penh
Meals: B, L
After breakfast drive to Phnom Penh. En route you willcross an
ancient bridge called “Spean Kompong Kdei” it was built in the 13th
century and it is 87 meters long. The balustrades are carved to look
like the bodies of giant snakes. Lunch en route. Upon arrive Phnom Penh
transfer to hotel for check in. Afternoon, Visit the Central Market,
another landmark of the city of Phnom Penh. and then the Russian Market
(Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find
antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood
carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs. Overnight in
Day 10: Phnom Penh City Tour
Meals: B, L
morning, city tour includes Royal Place, built by King Norodom in 1866
on the site of theold town, and the Silver Pagoda, Raung Damrei Museum.
The Palace building and Silver Pagoda are located with in the same
walled ground. The Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which
is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures include a solid gold
Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilos and a small 17th century emerald
and baccarat crystal Buddha. And then move to National Museum of Fine
Arts, next to the Royal Palce was dedicated by king Sisowath in 1920.
Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas
and other artifacts, most notabley the legentary statue of the “Leper
King” Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a
good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special
exhibition pf post-Angkorian Buddha figures. Then visit Wat Phnom, a
small hill crowned by an active wat (pagoda) marks the legendary
founding place of the Phnom Penh. Lunch at local restaurant. In the
afternoon, Visit Toul Sleng Museum of Genocide and then continue to
visit Cheung-Ek Killing Fields. Independence Monument was inaugurated in
November 9, 1962 to celebrate Cambodia’s independence from foreign
rule. And continue to the National Garden Park. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 11: Phnom Penh – Chau Doc by boat
Breakfast at hotel and until we transfer you to the boat pier for
your boat departure to Chau Doc at 12.30pm. Upon your arrival, pick up
and overnight in Chau Doc.
Day 12: Chau Doc – Can Tho
Meals: B, L
After breakfast, we take the boat trip to explore the floating and
fishing village of Chau Doc then a unique Cham ethnic minority village
before driving to Can Tho. Stop on the way to see famous Sam
Mountain and enjoy a great view from the summit. Continue to Can Tho,
the heart of Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Check in and free at leisure.
Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 13: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh
Meals: B, L
the morning, we make the boat cruise to see the Cai Rang floating
market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats), truly highlights of
any Vietnam Tours where you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and see
the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals
and later, you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking
mill, a rice noodles making shop which are nice chances to discover
the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. Around noon,
transfer to Ho Chi Minh. Check in and free at leisure. Overnight in Ho
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho chi Minh
Meals: B, L
Morning pick up from the hotel for Cu Chi Tunnels tour, en route
to visit the bustling market at Thu Dao Mot. Upon arrival in Cu Chi,
we visit the incredible underground tunnel network of approximately
200 kilometres hand-constructed by Vietnamese guerillas during the
long struggle for independence where you will understand more about
the Vietnam War or American War, a must see Vietnam Tour for any tourists to learn about Vietnam past and present days. Afternoon drive back to Ho Chi Minh. After lunch, visit the War Remnants or History Museum and the former Presidential Palace. From there, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall are all within walking distance and absolutely nice choices for a free stroll.
Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 15: Ho chi Minh – Muine Beach (Phan Thiet)
Morning transfer to Phan Thiet (5 hours drive, a perfect place to end your Vietnam Holiday) – Once a part of the Cham Kingdom, it’s now a perfect stop for Vietnam beach holidays,
an unremarkable town with a reasonable beach, some decent hotels, and a
very good golf course. In a nice setting with white sand beaches and
coconut trees, the beach resort of Phan Thiet is also endowed with
amazing spots such as sand dunes, natural lakes and astonishing red
canyons. Phan Thiet still has sizeable populations of Cham and Raglai
ethnic minority groups. The former are a part of the area’s Cham
heritage. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel, free time at leisure.
Overnight in a Phan Thiet hotel.
Day 16 & 17: Muine Beach (Phan Thiet) Free Days
Days are free at leisure for you to write about your Vietnam Tours experience
or to explore the area including the fishing village of Mui Ne which
locates at the far end of the beach, the village and several hectares of
massive rolling sand dunes make a pleasant diversion from relaxing on
the beach, swimming and windsurfing. The village is worth a visit for
three reasons – firstly, very few tourists go further than the dunes,
secondly, the small harbour is picturesque (there’s an excellent view
from where the dunes road turns off) and thirdly, there’s an interesting
pagoda where followers of Vietnam’s whale cult hold services and store
skeletons of the massive sea mammals.
Overnight in a Phan Thiet hotel.
Day 18: Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh Departure
Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorial Vietnam Holiday until Vivutravel's
private guide and driver will transfer you back to Ho Chi Minh
airport for your departure flight with the sincere thanks for
traveling with Vivutravel. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam Tours with us and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tours, goodbye and see you again!!!
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