Deep discovery of Vietnam & Cambodia - 21 days | 20 nights

Start : Ha Noi
Finish : Siem Reap
Destinations: Ha Noi - HaLong Bay - Mai Chau - Hanoi - Da Nang - Hoi An - Tra Que village - Van Lang village - Hue - Thuy Bieu village - Sai Gon - My Tho - Mekong delta - Can Tho - Floating market Cai Rang - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Kampong Thom - Siem Reap - Tonle Sap - Rolous Group - Banteay Srei - Angkor temple

Day 1 : Arrive Hanoi  [D]
Day 2 : Hanoi - city Tour   [B ; L]
Day 3 : Hanoi – Halong Bay overnight on Junk  [B ; L ; D]
Day 4 : Halong Bay – Ninh Binh - Tam Coc  overnight at Homestay [B ; L]
Day 5 : Tam Coc - Cruise in Thung Nham – Mai Chau  overnight at Homestay [B ; L ; D]
Day 6 : Mai Chau – Hanoi - Danang / by plane - Hoi An [B ; L]
Day 7 : Hoi An - Cycling from Tra Que village to Van Lang village  [B ; L]
Day 8 : Hoi An - Free time  [B]
Day 9 : Hoi An – Hue  [B]
Day 10 : Hue - Thien Mu pagoda – Thuy Bieu village – Emperor Minh Mang’s Tomb  [B ; L]
Day 11 : Hue – Saigon / by plane - city tour  [B ; L]
Day 12 : Saigon - Mekong delta - My Tho  overnight at Homestay  [B ; L ; D]
Day 13 : My Tho – Cai Rang floating market - Can Tho   [B ; L]
Day 14 : Can Tho – Chau Doc   [B ; L]
Day 15 : Chau Doc – Phnom Penh / by speed boat  [B]
Day 16 : Phnom Penh  [B]
Day 17 : Phnom Penh – Kampong Thom  [B ; L]
Day 18: Kampong Thom – Tonle Sap – Siem Reap  [B ; L]
Day 19 : Siem Reap - Rolous Group - Banteay Srei [B ; L]
Day 20 : Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom  [B]
Day 21 : Siem Reap - Departure !  [B]

Day 1 : Arrive Hanoi (D)

  • When arriving, welcome at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel.
  • Early in the evening, join a water puppet show, a distinct Vietnamese art in which a split-bamboo screen obscures puppets which stand in water and are manipulated using long poles hidden beneath the water.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2 : Hanoi – City tour (B;L)

  • After breakfast, spend your day taking a tour around the capital and visiting such sites as
  • the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside),a large memorial in Hanoi, located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945.
  • his former residence,stilt house of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam, fondly known as “Uncle Ho”.
  • One Pillar Pagoda, the emperor Lý Thái Tông constructed the temple in gratitude for this in 1049 by erecting a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower
  • Tran Quoc Pagoda,  the oldest pagoda in the city,originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De, thus giving it an age of 1,400 years. With its harmonious architecture taking advantage of the watery landscape, the pagoda is a picturesque attraction. The sunset views from the temple grounds are renown.
  • Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first national university where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place. Built in 1070 at the time of King Lý Nhân Tông, it is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars.
  • Lunch in a restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, continue to the Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam
  • Discover Hoan Kiem Lake, meaning "Lake of the Returned Sword" , where emperor Lê Lợi was boating on the lake when his magic sword, Heaven's Will, was grabbed by a turtle who quickly disappeared into the depths
  • Ngoc Son Temple, being built on the Jade Islet and dedicated to Confucian and Taoist philosophers and the national hero, Trần Hưng Đạo
  • and enjoy a rickshaw tour in the Ancient Quarter with its antique shops.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3 : Hanoi – Halong Bay (B;L;D) / 160km - 3h30'

  • After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Halong Bay – the World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO.
  • Arrive around 12h30 and take a junk for a memorable cruise through the mystical Halong Bay.
  • Enjoy fresh seafood set lunch while our Halong Sail is peacefully passing Burn of Incense, Dog, Fighting Cock Island and Halong fishing village. 
  • Visit the most magical and beautiful cave – Sung Sot Cave, means Surprised Cave or Amazing Cave which is on Bo Hon Island and is one of the most spectacular and largest grottoes of Ha Long Bay. The mouth of the grotto is reached by ascending about a hundred stone steps.
  • Trek and swim at Titop Island, which gives you a chance to view panorama view of Halong bay from the top and do kayaking nearby.
  • Enjoy fresh seafood set dinner on the bay.
  • Enjoy films or squid fishing at night if requested.
  • Overnight on the junk.

Day 3 : Halong Bay – Ninh Binh - Tam Coc (B;L) / 160km - 3h30'

  • Wake up in the next morning at sunrise.
  • Experience Tai Chi Lesson on the sundeck if request in advance.
  • Enjoy an energizing breakfast.
  • Visit Luon Cave by small boat and then the boat passes Man Head Island, Tortoise Island.
  • Check out the cabin and clear the bills.
  • Demonstration of cutting flowers from fruits and roots.
  • Check out the boat to transfer to Cua Vang for lunch or lunch at boat.
  • In the afternoon, transfer to Tam Coc Ninh Binh.
  • On the way, stop to taste green been cakes with fresh green tea.
  • Arrive in the afternoon and check in homestay.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in homestay chez Loan or similar.

Day 4 : Tam Coc - Thung Nham – Mai Chau (B, L,D) / 165km - 4h00'

  • After breakfast, transfer to Thung Nham where you take a small sampan for a spectacular cruise through numerous waterways to the stunning caves.
  • Discovery of Bich Dong cave near by Thung Nham.
  • Lunch in a local restaurant.
  • Transfer to Mai Chau, a mountainous region located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 65 km from Hoa Binh,  is well known for its stilt houses. The type of stilt houses, or pile dwellings, they construct are called Thai stilt houses and are made of bamboo and timber.
  • Arrive late in the afternoon. Lunch at homestay in the Pom Coong village.
  • In the afternoon, cycle to explore Mai Chau beautiful ethnic villages including Na Tang, Cha Long, Tòng Đậu, Van villages. Be welcomed by the friendly local people, talk with them and discover their traditional culture. Total cycling time is around 2 – 3 hours on flat village paths.
  • Dinner in homestay.
  • In the evening, Enjoy a traditional dance show and taste Ruou Can, a local rice wine of the White Thai People.
  • Overnight in a house on stilts in Mai Chau.

Day 6 : Mai Chau – Hanoi Airport - Danang / by plane - Hoi An (B;L)

  • After breakfast at homestay, beautiful ethnic villages including Na Thia, Nhot, Pom Coong, Lac and Chieng Chau villages on foot. Be welcomed by the friendly local people, talk with them and discover their traditional culture. Total walking time is around 2.5 – 3 hours on flat village paths. Take it all in: the spectacular scenery of Mai Chau and the relaxed rhythm of local life.
  • On school days there’s the option to visit a primary school.
  • Lunch local.
  • Transfer directly to the Hanoi airport for a flight to Danang, then transfer to your hotel in Hoi An.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7 : Hoi An - Cycling from Tra Que village to Van Lang village (B;L)

  • After breakfast at hotel, the guide will meet you in your hotel lobby, than you will cycle around Hoi An towards the Tra Que vegetable village - About 150 farmers and 400 owners live on there and cultivate about 20 types of vegetables and herbs such as mint, lettuce, basil, cilantro, broccoli and many more. From the more than 40 hectares of land 8 tons of Village Tra vegetables are sold every year. The vegetable growers do not use pesticides or GMOs, using natural fertilizers instead, including seaweed found in the river and harvested by gardeners every morning.
  • During the walk, you will cross vast rice fields in the countryside and quiet road, far away from the tourist trails. You will see the activities of the inhabitants through the villages of Hoian.
  • Walk in Tra Que vegetable village and meet local people working in the garden.
  • The local farmer will teach you all about cultivation methods and how to protect developing vegetable from the insects as well as join the farmers in preparing gardening activities such as raking the ground, sowing, watering greens, transplanting and tending greens.
  • Continue riding through paddy field, Ba Le market, kindergarten ... until reaching Van Lang fisherman village and Bay Mau coconut water forest - about 7 hectares, surrounded by mangrove forests, canals, houses covered by coconut water leaf . This place had ever been the refuge for people and local soldiers during the Vietnam War. Nowadays, it is famous for providing the most seafood products.
  • You will be warmly welcomed at Mr. Han – a 3 generations family, taste of green tea and stroll through the village. You will row a basket boat within the hands of skillful locals and discover their techniques of traditional fishery in water coconut forest.
  • Back Mr. Han’ family for enjoy a foot bath with medicinal herbs, traditional therapeutic practice before getting ready to prepare lunch with a local family. Lunch will feature many local delicacies, such as Tam Huu spring rolls, BanhXeo local pancakes, grilled fish in banana leaf and others.
  • After lunch, transfer back to Hoi An ancient town, walk around Hoi An ancient town and exploring its treasures :
  • Quan Cong temple – the brave and loyal Chinese General.
  • Phuc Kien pagoda, This is the most well-known assembly hall in the ancient town.Fukjianese were Chinese traders who first came to Hoi An in great number, at least in the XVII century. That was the reason why all above mentioned gods were worshipped in this pagoda after the collapse of the old pagoda.
  • The Japanese Bridge, Hoi An’s signature landmark used widely as an emblem of the town. It was built by Japanese merchants in the 16the century
  • Tan Ky ancient house, the most popular of Hoi An’s old houses.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8 : Hoi An - Free time (B)

  • A day at leisure. (B)
  • Meals on your own.
  • Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9 : Hoi An – Hue (B) / 100km - 2h00'

  • After breakfast at hotel, leave Hoi An then drive for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam.
  • The route passes through Danang before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderful photogenic fishing village of Lang Co.
  • Arrive in Hue in late afternoon and transfer to hotel.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, discovery of the Imperial Citadel, city of the Nguyen Dynasty (1804-1945), Visit some of the most highly revered site in this World Heritage area; The Flag Tower, South Door, Edict Pavilion, Supreme Harmony Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Hue.

Day 10 : Hue - Thien Mu pagoda – Thuy Bieu village – Emperor Minh Mang’s Tomb (B ; L)

  • After breakfast at hotel, pick up at your hotel, take a boat for a cruise on the gentle Huong River.
  • Visit Thien Mu pagoda, built in 1601 on the order of the first Nguyen lords, Nguyen Hoang, who at that time was the governor of Hue.
  • Continue to a quiet Thuy Bieu village – 6.5 km from the city centre – a laidback village famous for growing the Thanh Tra fruit (a kind of small pomelo), visit many garden houses, a unique feature of Hue countryside, and enjoy a nice walking and biking around the village.
  • Visit an old communal house, pass by several ancient ancestral temples and communicate with local people.
  • Visit an incense making family and discover the daily life of local people while they are working strenuously with joy and enthusiasm. You may also join their activities: gardening, talking and drinking tea with them. 
  • Back to Thuy Bieu restaurant, relax by steeping your foot in medicinal herb water – a traditional therapeutic practice and enjoy excellent massage by blind people.
  • Lunch at Thuy Bieu restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, discovery of Emperor Minh Mang’s tomb, ponds and gardens is known for its perfect harmony between architecture and its natural environment. It began to be built during his reign (1820-1841) and was completed only in 1843, two years after his death by his successor Thieu Tri.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Hue.

Day 11 : Hue – Saigon / by plane – city tour (B;L)

  • After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh, under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochin-china and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam from 1955–75. On 2 July 1976, Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City, name of Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader who was prime minister (1945–1955) and president (1945–1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).
  • When arriving in Ho Chi Minh, transfer to your selected hotel.
  • In the same morning, discover a busy Saigon, enjoy a tour in the Old Colonial Residential Quarte and visit:
  • the City’s old Hotel, a palace built by the French architect Paul Gardès of 1902-19081 in the center of Saigon in Indochina at the time.
  • the Opera House, inspired by the architecture of the Opera Garnier in Paris, which was built in 1900. The facade of the opera is a replica of the Petit Palais in Paris
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral, The famous central Saigon Cathedral, built in 1877, is one of HCMC's architectural marvels, built with materials imported from France.
  • Post Office signed by Gustave Eiffel.
  • Lunch in a restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, discover the Chinese quarter “Cho Lon” and its impressive Binh Tay market.
  • End of the day with a visit to a lacquerware factory.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Saigon.

Day 12 : Saigon - Mekong delta - My Tho (B;L;D)

  • After breakfast at hotel, In the morning, depart from Ho Chi Minh City and drive to My Tho, located in the heart of the Mekong  Delta.
  • When arriving in My Tho, take a boat for a cruise on the Mekong River and its multiple canals to Ben Tre.
  • Visit a coco candy factory where you can taste local specialties.
  • Take a coach to visit a garden house and enjoy tea with honey and fresh tropical fruits and listening to traditional music.
  • Take rowing-boat along water palm creek.
  • Retake the car then transfer to Mr.Hai's House. Lunch in M.Hai’s house.
  • In the afternoon, walk around the Hai’s village.
  • Dinner and overnight in homestay.

Day 13 : My Tho – Can Tho (B;L)

  • After breakfast at homestay, cycling around the village to discovery the real life of local people.
  • Lunch in a local house.
  • In the afternoon, continue to Can Tho, the main town of the Mekong Delta,  is the fourth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest city in the Mekong Delta. It is noted for its floating market, rice paper-making village, and picturesque rural canals. It had a population of 1.2 million as of 2011, and is located on the south bank of the Hau River, a branch of the Mekong.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 14 : Can Tho – Chau Doc (B;L)

  • Another early start, this time to cruise to the large floating market Cai Rang with traders busily bargaining and exchanging goods on their colourful boats.
  • Visit a noodle factory,  the fruits and vegetables garden Ba Hien.
  • Leave the boat at Cai Rang and travel by private vehicle, with your guide, to Chau Doc on the Cambodian Border.
  • Discovery of Binh Thuy ancient house was built in 1870 with French style in architecture but still remained trational features of Southern style.
  • On the way, visit of the crocodile farm.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Arrive in Chau Doc in the afternoon, check in Hotel and dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Chau Doc.

Day 15 : Chau Doc – Phnom Penh by speed boat (B)

  • An exciting journey this morning on the speed boat upriver to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital.
  • Pick up at border and transfer to hotel.
  • Meals on your own.
  • Overnight in Phnom Penh. 

Day 16 : Phnom Penh (B)

  • A tour of the city includes visits to the Central Market, the National Museum, Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom, the Toung Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields. 
  • Meals on your own.
  • Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 17 : Phnom Penh – Kampong Thom (B;L)

  • Drive to Kampong Thom. Visit a silk farm and Sambour Prei Kuk.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Kampong Thom.

Day 18: Kampong Thom – Tonle Sap – Siem Reap - Angkor National Museum (B;L)

  • Take a boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake, cambodia’s biggest natural water body. The experience is wonderful as we pass by floating village, friendly children in small boats and fishermen at work.
  • Lunch at Local Restaurant.
  • Afternoon visit to Angkor National Museum which we can see the artifacts from the every part of Cambodia in the ancient time. Visit to the Ganesha which is a boutique shop selling all Cambodian products and is 100% real from Cambodia.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 19 : Siem Reap - Rolous Group - Banteay Srei (B;L) 

  • This morning we visit the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya which flourished in the late 9th and earlier 10th centuries. These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to the Rolous group (Lo Lei, Preah Koh, and Bakhong Temples).
  • Lunch with the local family and then we will continue to drive to the rural outskirt 35km from Angkor area to visit the smallest, but magnificent, Banteay Srei built in the 10th Century and dedicated to Shiva. The temple was the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture and the bas-relief work is the best example of Khmer classical art remaining. The pink sandstone structure bears a series of striking and beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes. Khmers say the temple must have been carved by women for the details are too fine for the hands of a man.
  • On the way back to Siem Reap we will visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive reliefs depicting scenes of Vishnu as well as Krishna legends.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 20 : Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom (B)

  • Early morning, visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. And continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat - one of the world’s most impressive ruins. 
  • The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.. At 09am come back to hotel for breakfast and rest in the noon to avoid of the heats of the day until 15:00 continue exploring the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom. City & Bayon Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit to the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou, Elephant Terraces, Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place area and visit one more ruin in Angkor Area of Preah Khan temple, built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and it is the same style to Ta Prom Temple.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lunch & Dinner on your own.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 21 : Depart Siem Reap (B)

  • Free until private guided transfer to your exit flight. 
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Price include

  • Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in twin or double shared rooms including breakfasts.
  • Luxurious boats for cruises
  • Entrance fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program
  • Lunches and dinners (L/D) mentioned
  • Government taxes (VAT, etc.)
  • Flights (Hanoi - Danang ; Hue - Saigon )including airport taxes

Price exclude

  •  International flights and airport taxes
  • Visa for Vietnam. Cambodia.
  • Insurance of traveler (obligatory)
  • Personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned : Beverage, tips, etc.