Essential Vietnam and Cambodia 17 days

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17 days



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What's Included?

All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour


Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Can Tho – Chau Doc – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

Embark on a journey to explore the genuine charm of two nations renowned for their rich cultural tapestry and remarkable history: Vietnam and Cambodia. Our tour introduces a culinary adventure that unveils a myriad of new flavors, offering an explosion of experiences and sensations beyond your imagination. The Vietnam segment of the itinerary seamlessly weaves through the timeless and contemporary ambiance of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the cultural heritage of Hue, the scenic beauty of the Mekong Delta, and the breathtaking landscapes of Sapa. Meanwhile, the tour unfolds the best of Cambodia, encompassing the ancient temples of Angkor and the colonial architectural elegance of Phnom Penh in a comprehensive and enriching journey.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Morning: Upon arrival at Hanoi airport, our representatives will be there to welcome you. Meet our tour guide at the designated meeting point and receive a brief orientation. Transfer directly to your hotel in Hanoi. Utilize your free time while awaiting lunch. Afternoon/ Night: Explore various cultural shows, such as the Water Puppet Show, Vietnamese Cooking Class, or Foodie Tours, which are detailed in the provided links below: Hanoi Street Food Tour: Indulge in delectable Hanoi street food, including Banh Mi, Bun Cha, Banh Cuon, Egg Coffee, and discover unique local spots not found in guidebooks. Hanoi Cooking Class Half Day: Hone your bargaining skills at the market to procure flavorful condiments. Engage in hands-on cooking, guided by our expert, to prepare both non-vegetarian and vegetarian Vietnamese dishes. Meals: Not Applicable Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Activities: Arrival in Hanoi Enjoy cultural performances Relax at the hotel in Hanoi Kindly note that both international and domestic terminals may experience occasional crowding during the day. In case you have difficulty locating our representatives upon arrival, please proceed to Pole No.10 (Outside the Terminal Gate) and contact us for assistance. Standard hotel check-in time is at 2 pm. If you wish to check in earlier, you may do so by paying a surcharge. Feel free to contact our travel consultant 24/7 for further assistance and information on additional services.
Day 2

Day 2: Hanoi City tour half-day – Night train to Lao Cai

Morning: Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Choose between a car or motorbike for transportation, depending on your preference. The route can also be customized based on your interests. Commence the day at 8:00 am with a visit to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s inaugural university, the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, the solemn Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh, and his humble stilt house (Please note: Sites are observed from the outside, closed on Mon and Fri, and during Jun - Aug). Stroll along the picturesque West Lake and explore the Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda dating back to the sixth century. Relish lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. Afternoon: Return to your hotel, ideally located near the train station, in preparation for the night train journey to Lao Cai. Enjoy some free time for last-minute exploration of Hanoi. Night: At around 21:00, our tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the train station for the night train bound for Lao Cai. The train is scheduled to depart at approximately 21:35. Note that the compartments are designed for shared sleeping, with two lower and two upper berths in each compartment. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Overnight on the train Activities: - Discover Hanoi's historical landmarks. Prepare for the night train journey to Lao Cai. During the train journey, our tour guide will not accompany you. Train schedules are subject to change. Private compartments are available upon request with an additional charge. Train journeys provide an authentic local experience, as cabins are shared with other passengers (unless a private cabin is requested and fully paid for with a supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.
Day 3

Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van

Morning/ Afternoon: Arrival at Lao Cai train station is expected between 5:30 - 6:00. Our driver will be ready to pick you up at the train station and transfer you to Sapa on the shared tourist bus. Take some time to relax and enjoy breakfast at the hotel until the local tour guide arrives for today's trekking adventure. The local guide will pick you up at around 9:30 to commence the trek. Embark on a trek to Y Linh Ho village, nestled by the Muong Hoa River, and explore the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai. Continue the trek to Ta Van village (1,200 m) to interact with the Zay people. The Zay is a relatively small minority group, with around 38,000 members, residing primarily in the mountains of Northwest Vietnam. Return to Sapa by car. Night: Enjoy free time at your leisure for the remainder of the day. Overnight stay at Sapa Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa Activities: Trek to Y Linh Ho village in Lao Chai. Trek to Ta Van village to visit the Zay people. Relax and unwind in Sapa. Early check-in is available upon room availability in Sapa, subject to an additional charge.
Day 4

Day 4: Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai - Hanoi

Morning/ Afternoon: Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel and complete the check-out process. Our tour guide will pick you up for the day's excursion at approximately 9:00. Begin a scenic walk towards the South-western part of Sapa to explore Cat Cat Village, inhabited by the Black H’mong community, one of the well-known ethnic villages in the region. Witness the breathtaking waterfall, a historic vestige of a hydroelectric power station constructed by the French during the colonial era in Vietnam. Enjoy a delightful picnic lunch beside the river. Continue the trek for 3 km to reach Sin Chai Village, situated at the base of Fansipan Mountain, also known as "the Roof of Indochina," offering captivating mountain landscapes. Return to the main road and transfer back to Sapa town on a jeep for a 3 km journey. Night: Take a shared limousine for the transfer back to Hanoi. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Activities: Discover Cat Cat village. Trek to Sin Chai Village.
Day 5

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay - Overnight on cruise

Morning: Start your day with a satisfying breakfast at the hotel in Hanoi. At 8:00 am, our driver will pick you up for a scenic transfer to Halong Bay. Upon arrival, receive a warm welcome from the boat crew and complete the check-in process. Indulge in a delectable local seafood lunch served on board. Afternoon: Engage in various boat activities to unveil the bay's splendor, such as cave exploration, kayaking, or refreshing sea swimming, depending on the specific itinerary of your chosen cruise. Night: Return to the cruise, unwind, and savor a delightful dinner. Spend the night on board. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: On-board accommodation in Halong Bay Activities: - Journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Experience the enchanting beauty of Halong Bay through engaging activities.
Day 6

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Da Nang

Morning/ Afternoon: Engage in a Tai Chi lesson or simply relish the breathtaking sunrise over the bay. Delight in a delightful breakfast served on the cruise. Uncover the enchanting caves in Halong. Enjoy an early lunch while cruising back to the main dock. Our driver will seamlessly transfer you to the airport for your flight to Danang. Night: Be greeted by our driver who will take you to the hotel in Hoi An for check-in. Relax and unwind for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast, Brunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An Activities: Explore captivating caves in Halong. Journey to Danang.
Day 7

Day 7: Half day Hoi An Ancient Town

Morning Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a half-day walking tour of Hoi An at 8:00 am. Stroll through ancient streets, passing by well-preserved old houses, gaining insights into the daily lives of locals, and witnessing the seamless blend of historical charm with modernity. Explore notable ancient landmarks in the town, such as the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Fujian Assembly Hall of Chinese. Take a break at a local street-side shop, savoring a refreshing drink and relishing the authentic flavors of Hoi An. If time permits, visit handicraft stores, pick up distinctive souvenirs, and carry a piece of Hoi An back to your hometown. Afternoon/ Night: Dedicate the afternoon and evening to leisurely exploration of Hoi An. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An Activities: Wander through the charming streets of Hoi An. Explore ancient landmarks in Hoi An. Consider purchasing souvenirs during your free time.
Day 8

Day 8: Hoi An - Hue road transfer

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Our designated driver will be ready to pick you up for a scenic journey to Hue through the captivating Cloudy Pass. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hue Activities: Proceed with the transfer to Hue. Whether you choose a shuttle bus or opt for a private car, the journey may include stops at notable sights along the way, offering opportunities for sightseeing and photography (please note that admission fees are not included).
Day 9

Day 9: Hue Half day City tour

Morning/ Afternoon: Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a captivating half-day city tour in Hue. At 8:00 am, visit Thien Mu Pagoda, a renowned Buddhist attraction situated along the picturesque Perfume River. Proceed to explore the Imperial Citadel, including the front gate, the Flag Tower, The King’s Palace, and the Museums of Royal Antiquities. Take a stop at Dong Ba Market, the city's largest traditional trading hub. Engage in shopping, where you can observe the local sellers in action, gaining insights into their daily business activities and acquiring interesting souvenirs. Night: Our dedicated driver will transfer you back to the hotel. Enjoy some leisure time. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hue Activities: - Immerse yourself in the vibrancy of Hue city while exploring and shopping at the traditional Dong Ba Market.
Day 10

Day 10: Hue - take flight to Ho Chi Minh

Morning: Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Our driver will escort you to Hue airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Afternoon/ Night: Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, approximately a 1.5-hour flight, our driver will be ready to transfer you to hotels in the city center. Check in at the hotel. Enjoy the freedom to explore the city at your own pace or take some time for relaxation. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City Activities: Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City. Engage in leisurely exploration of the vibrant city.
Day 11

Day 11: Full day Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City

Morning: Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a comprehensive full-day tour to explore Ho Chi Minh City and its outskirts. At 8:00 am, board a car for a 70 km journey outside Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi Tunnels. Gain insights into the Vietnam War as you navigate through some of the tunnels, or opt for the firing-gun services to handle a real gun (additional charges apply). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant while returning to Ho Chi Minh City. Afternoon: Engage in a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Visit prominent landmarks including the War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, and the Old Post Office. Take a break at a local market to practice your bargaining skills, shop for souvenirs, and immerse yourself in local life and culture. Night: Return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City Activities: Explore Cu Chi Tunnels. Discover the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta - Can Tho

Morning: Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Check out and ensure all your belongings are packed. Embark on a journey to the Mekong Delta at 8:00 am. Immerse yourself in the local life of villages nestled around the intricate network of rivers and canals that define the delta. Enrich your experience by navigating the diverse waterways of the Mekong on a boat. Discover fish farms, exotic fruit plantations, orchards, paddy fields, and the captivating swamplands of the Mekong Delta. Afternoon/ Night: Proceed to Can Tho for your overnight stay. Enjoy leisure time to unwind in Can Tho. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho Activities: Discover the charms of the Mekong Delta. Engage in exciting activities along the waterways of the Mekong.
Day 13

Day 13: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Chau Doc

Morning: Begin your day with an early breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a visit to the vibrant Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho at 8:00 am. Cruise along the Mekong and its intricate network of canals via a motorboat and sampan, shaded by water coconut trees. Delight in tasting seasonal fruits directly from the orchards, engage with friendly locals, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the floating markets. Afternoon/ Night: At 13:30 pm, enjoy a road transfer to Chau Doc. Unwind and spend a peaceful night in this charming town. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Chau Doc Activities: - Experience the local hustle and bustle at Cai Rang floating market.
Day 14

Day 14: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh

Morning/ Afternoon: Start your day with a satisfying breakfast at the hotel. At 8:00 am, make your way to the boat station for a speed boat journey to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, our tour guide will be ready for your pickup and transfer to the hotel. Complete the check-in process at your Phnom Penh accommodation. Night: Enjoy a leisurely evening with free time at your disposal. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh Activities: - Travel to Phnom Penh. Utilize free time to unwind or independently explore Cambodia's capital.
Day 15

Day 15: Half day Phnom Penh City tour – road transfer to Siem Reap

Morning: Begin your day with a delightful breakfast served at the hotel. At 8:00 am, our tour guide will pick you up from the hotel for an insightful city tour in Phnom Penh. Explore prominent tourist destinations in Phnom Penh, including the Independence Monument, Royal Palace compound, Silver Pagoda (home to the Emerald Buddha temple), and the National Museum. Pay a visit to Wat Phnom, the only hill in the city with sacred sites. Ascend the stairs to the hilltop for breathtaking views of the cityscape. Afternoon: At 1:30 pm, our driver will be ready to transfer you to the Mekong Bus station for your journey to Siem Reap. The bus will make a stop at Arunras Restaurant, providing a break for restroom use and a chance to purchase meals or snacks. Upon reaching Siem Reap, meet your guide at Borei Seang Nam station and proceed to check-in at the hotel for a refreshing break. Night: Enjoy free time in Siem Reap. Explore the vibrant night markets, indulge in Khmer massage and spa treatments, and savor drinks and meals at the diverse selection of cafes and restaurants. Unwind and prepare for the much-anticipated visit to Angkor tomorrow. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap Activities: - Explore renowned attractions in Phnom Penh. Travel to Siem Reap and spend the rest of the day at leisure. The bus journey from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes approximately 6 hours, and your guide will meet you upon arrival in Siem Reap.
Day 16

Day 16: Angkor Wat Complex Full day tour

Morning: Begin your day with a delightful breakfast served at the hotel. Embark on a full-day tour to explore the Angkor complex. At 8:00 am, commence your visit to Ta Prohm Temple, embraced by the roots of massive fig trees and colossal creepers. Explore the ancient capital of Angkor Thom, commencing from the South Gate adorned with statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk. Continue to the Bayon Temple, renowned for its 54 towers adorned with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King. Afternoon: At 1:30 pm, immerse yourself in the wonders of Angkor Wat, the most iconic temple on the plain of Angkor. Delight in the magnificent view of the sunset from Angkor Wat or another suitable vantage point. Night: Indulge in a buffet dinner featuring a Khmer Traditional Dance Show at either Amazon or Kulen II restaurant. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap Activities: - Explore Ta Prohm Temple. Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom. Discover the splendor of Angkor Wat temple
Day 17

Day 17: Siem Reap – Departure

Morning: Enjoy leisure time to discover Siem Reap at your own pace until the arranged transportation takes you to the airport. This concludes the tour. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Not Applicable

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Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 2276 USD 1876 USD 3star
Deluxe 2476 USD 2076 USD 4star

* All nights hotel accommodation.
* Meals as mentioned in the program.
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.

*Boat trips on the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay

* Domestic flight
* Sightseeing as specified .
* Expert Vietnamese local guides
* Boat trips as specified.

  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

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  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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