Vietnam and Cambodia Grand Discovery 22 days

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Summary

Hanoi – Sapa – Ninh Binh – Hue – Hoi An – Can Tho – Chau Doc – Phnom Penh – Battambang – Siem Reap – Indochina

The 22-day tour of Vietnam and Cambodia’s Grand Discovery presents an adventure across prime destinations from Hanoi to Siem Reap. The journey seamlessly integrates breathtaking coastal landscapes and historic towns with poignant war memorials and ancient temple complexes. This experience encapsulates a fusion of antiquity and modernity, exploring both traditional and contemporary facets, unveiling the cultural richness and scenic allure of the region. From the magnificent ancient temples of Angkor to the bustling streets and vibrant markets of Vietnam, delve into an exploration that spans time and culture.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Morning: Arrive at Hanoi airport. Our tour guide will meet you at the designated spot and provide a brief overview. Direct transfer to your hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy some leisure time until lunch. Afternoon/Night: Delve into cultural experiences like the Water Puppet Show and Vietnamese Cooking Class or Foodie Tours. Check the links below for more information: Water Puppet Show: Immerse yourself in Vietnamese historical art and daily life through puppetry performed in a water-filled stage. Hanoi Street Food Tour: Indulge in delectable Hanoi street foods like Banh Mi, Bun Cha, Banh Cuon, Egg Coffee, and explore hidden local spots beyond guidebooks. Hanoi Cooking Class Half Day: Learn bargaining skills at the market to buy fresh condiments and cook your own non-vegetarian and vegetarian Vietnamese dishes guided by our experts. Meals: Not Included Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Activities: If you can't find our representatives upon arrival, please proceed to Pole No.10 (Outside the Terminal Gate) and contact us for assistance. Hotel check-in is typically at 2 pm, but early check-in is available with a surcharge. Contact our travel consultant for any inquiries or service bookings; we're available 24/7 to assist you.
Day 2

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

Morning: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Explore Hanoi's attractions guided by our tour guide. The itinerary can be adjusted based on the client’s preferences. Afternoon: Visit Vietnam's first university, the Temple of Literature, followed by the One Pillar Pagoda, an iconic Vietnamese temple. Proceed to the Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh and his modest stilt house. Stroll around the scenic West Lake and explore the Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda dating back to the sixth century. Relish lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. Return on foot to the hotel, ideally located near the train station for the night train journey to Lao Cai. Utilize free time for last-minute exploration of Hanoi. Night: At 9:00 PM, our tour guide will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to the train station for the night train to Lao Cai. The sleeping compartment is communal, shared with other passengers, featuring 2 lower and 2 upper berths. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Overnight train to Lao Cai Please note that our tour guide won't accompany you on the train. Train schedules may be subject to changes. Private compartments are available upon request for an additional charge. Train journeys offer an authentic local experience. Cabins are shared with local passengers unless a private cabin is requested and paid for in full. Restrooms are available at each end of the carriages, providing a local travel experience.
Day 3

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

Morning/Afternoon: Between 5:30 to 6:00, the arrival at Lao Cai train station is scheduled. Proceed to Sapa on a shared tourist bus, where our driver will be waiting to pick you up upon your arrival at the train station. The journey to Sapa typically takes an hour. Check-in at the hotel in Sapa. At approximately 9:30, our local tour guide will meet you to commence the trek. Embark on a trek to Y Linh Ho village, located near the Muong Hoa River, followed by a visit to the Lao Chai Black H’mong village to explore both areas. Trek to Ta Van village situated at an altitude of 1,200 meters to visit the Zay people, a relatively small ethnic group of approximately 38,000 individuals residing predominantly in the mountainous regions of Northwest Vietnam. Return to Sapa by car. Night: The rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight stay at the Sapa Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa Activities: Early check-in options are available in Sapa for an additional fee, subject to room availability.
Day 4

Day 4: Sapa - Cat Cat - Sin Chai Village - Hanoi - Road transfer

Morning: Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel, then proceed to check out. Around 9:00, our tour guide will pick you up for the day's itinerary. Embark on a walk towards the South-west of Sapa, heading to Cat Cat Village, a notable settlement of the Black H’mong, one of Sapa's prominent ethnic communities. Take in the beauty of a stunning waterfall, a remnant of a hydroelectric power station constructed by the French during their colonial era in Vietnam. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the riverbank. Afternoon/Night: Around 13:30, continue a 3-kilometer trek to Sin Chai Village, situated at the base of Fansipan Mountain, often referred to as the "Roof of Indochina." Revel in the breathtaking mountain landscapes. Return to the main road and transfer back to Sapa town via a 3-kilometer jeep ride. Between 15:00 and 15:30, head back to Hanoi via shuttle bus. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 5

Day 5: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi

Morning: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel in Hanoi. Between 7:15 and 7:45, our driver will pick you up for the journey to Ninh Binh. Take a brief stop at Dong Van - Ha Nam for a break before continuing towards Tam Coc. Commence a full-day boat excursion, where a local will row the boat along the Ngo Dong River. Capture serene moments of mountains, rice fields, and temples throughout the journey. Have some free time to explore the rural surroundings as scheduled for the day. Reach Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, an integral part of Vietnamese history dating back a thousand years, while our guide narrates its significance. Night: Return to Hanoi, unwind, and enjoy dinner. Spend the remaining time at leisure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 6

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay - Overnight on cruise

Morning: Indulge in breakfast at the hotel in Hanoi. Our driver will be ready to transfer you to Halong Bay. Cruise through magnificent spots in the bay, including Tuan Chau, Titop Islands, Dau Go, Luon caves, among others. Afternoon: Engage in various onboard activities, such as cave exploration, kayaking, or swimming (subject to the cruise's schedule). Night: Unwind and relish a delightful dinner onboard. Spend the night on the cruise ship. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Overnight on board Activities: - Transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Exploration of the scenic Halong Bay through diverse activities.
Day 7

Day 7: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - take flight to Da Nang

Morning/Afternoon: Begin the day in Halong Bay with a Tai Chi session. Enjoy breakfast aboard the cruise. Discover breathtaking caves during the final exploration. Indulge in an early lunch while heading back to the main dock. Take the shuttle bus to the airport for the flight to Danang. Night: Our driver will pick you up at the Danang airport and transfer you to the Hoi An hotel for check-in. Relax and unwind for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast, Brunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 8

Day 8: Half day Hoi An Ancient Town

Morning: Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a half-day walking tour of Hoi An at 8:00 a.m., observing well-preserved ancient constructions in their pristine state. Stroll through the old streets, admiring the local houses, witnessing the town's daily life, and experiencing the blend of historical essence and contemporary elements. Explore the town's ancient monuments, such as the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Fujian Assembly Hall, reflecting diverse cultural influences. Pause at a local street-side shop to savor a refreshing drink, capturing the authentic taste of Hoi An. Afternoon/Night: Utilize your free time to explore Hoi An at your leisure for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 9

Day 9: Free at leisure in Hoi An

Enjoy your leisure time exploring Hoi An at your own pace or consider engaging in one of our optional activities: My Son Holly Land Half-day Discovery: Discover the ancient My Son Sanctuary, a site showcasing Champa ruins situated amidst the mountains in Quang Nam province's geological basin. Experience Life as a Farmer in Cam Thanh Village: Participate in the farmers' daily activities, including land preparation and fertilization, gaining insights into their traditional routines. Hoi An Vespa Tour: Venture into the outskirts of Hoi An on a thrilling motorbike exploration. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 10

Day 10: Hoi An - Hue road transfer

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Later, our driver will collect you for the journey to Hue, traveling via Cloudy Pass using our shuttle bus service. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hue Activities: The transfer may include a shuttle bus or private car. Throughout the journey, there will be designated stops for sightseeing and photo opportunities (admission fees are not included).
Day 11

Day 11: Half day Hue City tour

Morning/Afternoon Begin the day with a satisfying breakfast at the hotel. (The morning excursion starts at 8:00 while the afternoon tour commences at 13:30.) Commence your visit at Thien Mu Pagoda, an esteemed Buddhist site located along the serene Perfume River. Continue onward to the Imperial Citadel, the historic residence of the Nguyen Royal Family, Vietnam's final dynasty. Explore the grandeur of the front gate, the Flag Tower, The King’s Palace, and the Royal Antiquities Museums. Pause at Dong Ba Market, Hue City’s largest traditional marketplace. Gain insights into the local vendors’ daily activities, business practices, and find captivating souvenirs. Night Return to the hotel with our designated driver. Enjoy your leisure time. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 12

Day 12: Hue - take flight to Ho Chi Minh - Half day City tour

Morning Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Our driver will take you to Hue Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Afternoon Upon landing at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, about a 1.5-hour flight, explore the city’s landmarks. Visit attractions like the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace. Discover the architectural marvels of Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built in 1880, and the Old Post Office, erected between 1886 and 1891, showcasing exquisite French colonial architecture. Night Engage in bargaining for souvenirs at a local market and soak in the bustling atmosphere. Check-in to your hotel. Enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace or simply relax. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 13

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Can Tho

Morning Indulge in a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Commence your day at 8:00 am by embarking on a journey to the Mekong Delta. Immerse yourself in the daily life of the local villages situated along the rivers and canals of the delta. Witness the rich diversity and serenity of the untouched countryside, away from the tourism trail. Explore the fish farms, indulge in the flavors of exotic fruit farms, and venture into the orchards, paddy fields, and swamplands of the mesmerizing Mekong Delta. Afternoon/ Night Later, be transferred to Can Tho for your overnight stay. Enjoy leisure time to unwind and relax in Can Tho. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho
Day 14

Day 14: Cai Rang Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh

Morning Commence the day with an early breakfast at the hotel. Begin at 8:00 am with a visit to the vibrant Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho, an enthralling hub of trading activities on the Mekong River. Engage in the local atmosphere, sampling seasonal fruits fresh from the orchards, mingling with the amiable locals, and experiencing the lively trading scene at the floating markets. Savor a delightful bowl of Hu Tieu, the traditional rice noodle of the Mekong delta, and relish the flavors of durian. Afternoon/ Night Disembark at Ninh Kieu. After lunch in Can Tho, journey back to Ho Chi Minh City. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Day 15

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh - take flight to Phnom Penh

Morning/Afternoon Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to the airport to board a flight bound for Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, our tour guide will meet you and provide transfer to your hotel in Phnom Penh. Night Enjoy leisure time. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh
Day 16

Day 16: Full day Phnom Penh City tour

Morning Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel. At 8:00 am, our tour guide will pick you up for a city tour in Phnom Penh. Discover the Royal Palace, home to the Silver Pagoda. Then, proceed to explore the National Museum, dedicated entirely to Khmer art and sculpture. Afternoon Around 1:30 pm, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison), a significant site used as a prison by Pol Pot's security forces, marking a harrowing part of Khmer Rouge history. Explore the Central Market (Psar Thmei), a grand market built in 1937 with a unique dome-shaped structure housing numerous stalls. Visit Wat Phnom, an ancient pagoda situated on a hill, considered the legendary founding site of the city. Night Enjoy your free time in Phnom Penh. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh
Day 17

Day 17: Phnom Penh - road transfer to Battambang

Morning Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. Be collected by our driver for your transfer to Battambang. Afternoon Check-in at your hotel in Battambang. Night Relax and enjoy your free time in Battambang. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang
Day 18

Day 18: Battambang - Cooking class - Bamboo train

Morning Commence the day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a journey with our local guide to participate in Nary’s Cambodian Food Cooking Class. Discover the secrets of traditional Cambodian cuisine and receive a recipe leaflet to recreate these dishes at home. Afternoon Experience a thrilling ride on the Bamboo Train, enjoying the scenic countryside, and perhaps catch a beautiful sunset view. Explore Phnom Sampov, witnessing millions of bats emerging from the cave at dusk. Night Indulge in leisure time, unwinding at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang
Day 19

Day 19: Ek Phnom temple - Battambang road transfer to Siem Reap

Morning Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. Commence the morning with a brief visit to the provincial museum to glimpse at archaeological artifacts before heading to Ek Phnom temple and exploring the colonial-style houses along the Sangke River. Delve into the world of traditional Cambodian houses and witness the craftsmanship at a rice flaky cake artisan factory. Enjoy lunch at your leisure. Afternoon Board a bus for the 3-hour journey to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at the hotel in Siem Reap, transfer via car with our driver, without a tour guide. Night Relax and unwind, enjoying leisure time in Siem Reap. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 20

Day 20: Siem Reap - Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat

Morning Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. At 8:30, your tour guide will be ready at the hotel lobby. Explore the historic capital of Angkor Thom, featuring the South Gate adorned with imposing statues, the Bayon Temple renowned for its 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon Venture to Angkor Wat, recognized as a World Heritage Site since 1992 for its remarkable beauty and grandeur. Visit Bakheng Temple and relish the breathtaking sunset vista from Bakheng Hills. Night Delight in a buffet dinner complemented by an Apsara Dance Show at Koulen Restaurant. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 21

Day 21: Siem Reap – Ta Prohm – Tonle Sap – Artisan D’Angkor

Morning Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. At 8:00 am, embark on a visit to Ta Prohm Temple, renowned for its stunning beauty among the area's temples. Explore nearby temples such as Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang, and Chau Say Tevoda. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon At 1:30 pm, discover Tonle Sap (BoeungTonle Sap) - Cambodia's vast lake. Experience a brief cruise through floating villages adorned with schools, restaurants, churches, and hospitals. If time permits, pause to visit Artisan D’Angkor and witness the remarkable skills behind Cambodian traditional handicrafts. Night Take the evening to unwind and relax in Siem Reap. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 22

Day 22: Depart

There is leisure time available to explore Siem Reap until the driver arrives for the airport transfer, marking the conclusion of the tour. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Not Applicable

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 2870 USD 2470 USD 3star
Deluxe 3070 USD 2670 USD 4star
INCLUDES:

* All nights hotel accommodation
* Breakfast daily & Meals as specified in the program .
* All transfers and transport in modern air-conditioned vehicles.

*Boat trips on the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay.

* Domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides
throughout.

EXCLUDES:
  • 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

Children Policy

  • 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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