Vietnam & Cambodia Connection
7 Nights / 8 Days
Hanoi 2N – Halong 1N - Ho Chi Minh 2N-Siem Reap 2N
Destinations: Hanoi, Halong, Ho Chi Minh, Siem reap
|Arrival||Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai International Airport)|
|Departure||Siem Reap (Angkor International Airport)|
|Day 1||Hanoi Arrival|
|Day 2||Hanoi Full Day City Tour|
|Day 3||Hanoi - Halong Over Night On Boat - Unesco World Heritage|
|Day 4||Halong - Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City Arrival: By Flight|
|Day 5||Ho Chi Minh City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels – Story Of War|
|Day 6||Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap Arrival: By Flight|
|Day 7||Siem Reap full day Angkor|
|Day 8||Siem Reap departure|
DAY 1: HANOI (NOI BAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT) ARRIVAL –HOTEL (35 km/1hr)
Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. Your visa should be pre-arranged, or be sure that your visa-on-arrival letter is in your carry-on luggage. Please go to custom desk as your first point of entry into the country and present these documents for visa upon arrival. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 2: FULL DAY HANOI CITY TOUR
Morning, take a full day city tour beginning with the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam, built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars, established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Head to Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (view from outside; closed on Mon, Fri and through from Oct - Nov), the colonial Presidential Palace, originally the French Governor Office and a fine example of French architecture in Hanoi, and the rural style Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked.
Afternoon, continue the tour to one of the following museums of choice namely the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Museum of Revolution, the Museum of Military History or the Museum of Ethnology. Next, head for Hoan Kiem Lake, the center point of Hanoi whose name “The Return Sword Lake” originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species and visit Ngoc Son Temple on the lake. Take a one-hour cycle tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi with its ancient streets representing traditional trades from the past. End the tour by relaxing over a cup of coffee at a rooftop café and enjoying the full panoramic view of the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake (The Returned Sword Lake whose name comes from a legend of a sacred sword) at sunset. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 3 : HANOI – HA LONG OVERNIGHT ON BOAT – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE (135km/3.5hrs)
Morning pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. The transfer is approximately 3 hours. You will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields and you may stop on the way to admire the local scenery.
Arrive in Ha Long City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served. Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view.
Arrive in Ha Long City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk when your journey across Ha Long Bay starts. Ha Long Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. An optional kayaking trip is available weather permitting. Back onboard enjoy a lavish dinner and enjoy the bay view at sunset. Spend a night on board. Overnight on cruises in Ha Long Bay
DAY 4 : HA LONG – HANOI – SAIGON ARRIVAL (HO CHI MINH):BY FLIGHT
Halong to Noi Bai international Airport (135km/ 3.5hrs) / Tan Son Nhat International Airport to town (8km/ 25mins)
In the morning, refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Have tea and coffee onboard and continue exploring Ha Long Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. Normally, check out at 09:30, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Hanoi capital.
Free at leisure until meet our guide then transfer to airport for flight to Saigon.
Arrival Tan Son Nhat international airport, you are transferred to town by private car. The transfer from airport to hotel is approximately 25 minutes. Check in & relax. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh .
DAY 5 : HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR & CU CHI TUNNELS – STORY OF WAR (75km / 1.5 hrs)
Morning, meet your guide and transfer about 75 km North-west of downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Discover the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and the Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges. Return to the city at noon time for a rest
Afternoon, tour in the city starting with Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built over 130 years ago by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles and stained-glass windows from Chartres. Next, visit Sai Gon Post Office, a fine colonial building which was designed and built in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. Move on to Cho Lon or the city’s China Town where you will visit the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built in 1909 in dedication to the Lord of Heaven. It’s filled with smoky incense and fantastic carved figurines and still buzzing with worshipers, many lounging in the front gardens.
Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 6 : SAIGON(HO CHI MINH) – SIEM REAP ARRIVAL:BY FLIGHT
Hotel to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (8 km/ 25mins) / Siem Reap airport to downtown (6km/ 15 minutes)
Meet our driver at the hotel lobby then transfer to Saigon airport for flight to Siem Reap. The flight time is estimated 1.5 hour. Upon arrival at airport, our guide will meet you and transfer you to hotel for check in. We will have a brief City Tour of Siem Reap riverside, and visit the local main shrine of Yeay Teap, watch the fruit bat. Special welcome buffet dinner with Apsara dancing show is arranged. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap
DAY 7 : ANGKOR TEMPLES
Today,visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom, built in the 12th century: the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
After a short your rest, you will visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag. This masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. End of day take a relaxing stopover at Prasat Chrung visiting Tadev Hole and temple with the best Sunset. Return to your hotel and end of the tour. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap
DAY 8: SIEM REAP (ANGKOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT)– DEPARTURE
Drop to Angkor International Airport ( Siem Reap) at any time today for your onward journey .