BEST OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA

BEST OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA
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Overview

Astonishingly exotic and utterly compelling, Vietnam is a country of breathtaking natural beauty with a unique heritage, where travel quickly becomes addictive. Hanoi is approx 8 hrs flight from India. Unforgettable experiences are everywhere in Vietnam. There’s - The sublime: gazing over a surreal seascape of limestone islands from the deck of a traditional junk in Halong Bay, The ridiculous: taking 10 minutes just to cross the street through a tsunami of motorbikes in Hanoi, The comical: watching a moped loaded with honking pigs weave a wobbly route along a country lane and the contemplative: witnessing a solitary grave in a cemetery of thousands of war victims. Ascend to the realm of the gods, Angkor Wat, descend into hell at Tuol Sleng Prison with a history both inspiring and depressing, Cambodia delivers an intoxicating present. Siem Reap is just approximately 1 hr 10 mins flight from Vietnam. Just as Angkor is more than its wat, so too is Cambodia more than its temples and its urban areas can surprise with their sophistication. City of Siem Reap with cosmopolitan cafes and a diverse nightlife is as much a destination as the nearby iconic Angkor temples. Come and enjoy Vietnam and Cambodia with our “Best of Vietnam and Cambodia “package. A fun filled 14 days in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Day 1

Arrive Hanoi

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-years-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2

Hanoi - Full Day City Tour

In the morning post breakfast, start a full day city tour beginning with Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November) and the rural style house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. 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. Continue to 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. In the afternoon, continue the tour to one of the following museums as per your choice namely the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Vietnamese, the Museum of Revolution, the Museum of Military History and the Museum of Ethnology. Go to 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. Next, take a one-hour cycle tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi with its ancient streets representing traditional trades from the past. Finish the tour at the Thang Long Opera Theatre with a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Meals: Breakfast. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 3

Hanoi - Halong – Unesco World heritage

In the morning post breakfast, pick-up at around 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 kms or 3.5-hours drive away. On the way, 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. Stop half way to visit a handicraft workshop of fine clothes and embroidered paintings. 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. Ha Long Bay which means Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend is a place where a holy dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back to 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km square. The bay cruise will continue with close sighting of Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, a visit to Sung Sot Cave and swimming stop at Titov Beach. Relax to enjoy the bay view at sunset, have dinner and go for fishing at around 09:00 PM and spend a night on board. Meals: Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner. Overnight stay at the cruise in Ha Long Bay.

Day 4

Halong – Hanoi – Hue

Wake up at 06:30 AM and refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. Tai Chi is an ancient internal martial art often practiced in soft and gracefully slow moves to enhance internal harmony and vitality. Have tea and coffee onboard before proceeding to Titov Islet or Soi Sim Island to trek and swim. Check out at 09:30, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for your flight to Hue. Arrive Hue, welcome by our guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in and spend rest of the day at leisure. Meals: Brunch. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hue.

Day 5

Hue – Hoi An

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, you will be welcomed by our guide and begin your tour of the city. Begin with Hue Citadel, a well-known UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site, which is a 520 ha fortress-like grand complex built in the early 1800s which features three enclosures separated by heavy ramparts namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner. Move on to Khai Dinh Tomb, the burial site of Khai Dinh, Vietnam’s second-to-last king, which is the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style. Take an hour cycle tour around the peaceful city. In the afternoon, start your sightseeing again with a boat cruise along the Perfume River for sightseeing and visit two prominent historical landmarks namely Minh Mang Tomb, where Minh Mang, the 2nd Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty was buried, and Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery still in use with its origin dating back to 1601. Late afternoon, transfer to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass). Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Meals: Breakfast. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hoi An.

Day 6

Hoi An –City Tour – My Son

Enjoy a yummy breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, meet our guide at your hotel and transfer about 40 kms West of Hoi An to visit My Son Sanctuary, another UNESCO-recognized world heritage which was once a religious center of Cham people where royal ceremonies and burials were performed. The site now is a colony of partially ruined Hindu temples from the total of 70 constructed by Cham Kings between the 4th and the 14th Centuries in dedication to god Shiva. It is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is often compared with other temple heritages of Southeast Asia such as Angkor in Cambodia, Ayuthaya in Thailand or Borobudur in Java. In the afternoon, discover the charm of Hoi An as a renowned World Heritage Site. Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town exemplifies a fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and the outside world including China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Highlights for sightseeing include the town’s iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to the one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-years-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence and the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice. Meals: Breakfast. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hoi An.

Day 7

Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh – City Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, transfer to the International Airport in Da Nang for your flight to Ho Chi Minh. Arrive Ho Chi Minh, welcome by our guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free to relax. In the afternoon, take a city tour to visit the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica a neo-Roman cathedral built by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles, the Saigon Central Post Office, which was designed and constructed in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel, Cho Lon area or the city’s China Town and the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built by the Cantonese community in the area in 1909. Meals: Breakfast. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 8

Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City Tour

After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, in the morning, welcome by our guide and transfer to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels in Cu Chi district, 75 kms Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and later on Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate labyrinth-like network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 kms in length. Its complexity is 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. In the afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh city that includes the War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos and documentation of Vietnam War with both the French and the Americans, former Presidential Palace and Ben Thanh market. Meals: Breakfast. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 9

Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta (My Tho)

Post breakfast at the hotel, in the morning travel by road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho City, capital of Tieng Giang Provine, embark on a boat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on the Unicorn Island to enjoy wandering through verdant orchards, tasting fresh fruits and listening to some Southern style traditional music. Move on to the second delta province, Ben Tre, where you will watch local villagers make coconut candy in a rural workshop, walk around briefly and try riding a horse-pulled carriage. More cruising to some bee-keeping households to taste fresh homegrown honey and honey tea. Go back Ho Chi Minh city and spend rest of the day at leisure. Meals: Breakfast. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 10

Ho Chi Minh – Phnom Penh

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh to take your flight to Phnom Penh. Arrive Phnom Penh, meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. Check-in your hotel and rest of the day is free at leisure. In the afternoon, visit Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace. Then continue to the National Museum, this is one of Phnom Penh's true architectural gems. Meals: Breakfast. Overnight stay at the hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 11

Phnom Penh – City Tour – Siem Reap

After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, continue your visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S 21), the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek (15Kms from the city). We will visit 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. In the afternoon, meet our guide and transfer to the airport in Phnom Penh for your flight to Siem Reap. Arrive Siem Reap, meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. Check-in the hotel and rest of the day is free at leisure. Meals: Breakfast. Overnight stay at the hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 12

Siem Reap – Angkor Wat Tours

Enjoy a yummy breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, visit the unique brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan with the visit to Ta Prohm. One of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit Takeo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda. Lunch included at local restaurant. Visit Preah Khan temple. built by the King Jayavarman VII, visit Preah Khan which is like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts are maintained. Continue your visit to Neak Pean, a fountain (built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, Eastern Mebon, guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation, and Pre Rup, the mountain-temple until sunset. Then back to the hotel. Meals: Breakfast. Overnight stay at the hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 13

Full Day Beng Mealta and Banteay Srei

In the morning, post breakfast start your tour at 8:00AM, visit an ancient Hindu temple at the countryside, BANTEAY SREY (citadel of women, 35Kms north of Siem Reap), building began in the year 968 and was competed in the year 1,001 AD and is dedicated to God Shiva. In Cambodia, it is a unique pink sandstone temple which has most beautiful deep carvings. In the afternoon, visit Beng Mealea built in the 12th century. The layout and style of Beng Mealea is very similar to Angkor Wat. It’s current state, however, is dominated by jungle. Trees have grown out of the towers and vines entangle columns. Lintels and others building blocks lay around in a tumble and require visitors to climb up and down as they approach the completely collapsed central towers. Ancient capital of Khmer Empire of Rolouse group such as Lolei, Bakong and Preah Ko temples. Meal: Breakfast. Overnight stay at the hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 14

Depart Siem Reap

Today our trip ends. Post breakfast, check – out from the hotel and proceed for the airport to take your flight back to home. Hope you have enjoyed your trip.

Inclusions

  • Return airfare with taxes (Delhi - Hanoi; Siem Reap - Delhi).
  • 2 Nights stay in Hanoi.
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Halong Bay.
  • 1 Night stay in Hue.
  • 2 Nights stay in Hoi An.
  • 3 Nights stay in Ho Chi Minh.
  • 1 Night stay in Phnom Penh.
  • 3 Nights stay in Siem Reap.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers.
  • Private board for sightseeing in My Tho.
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary.

Exclusions

  • Domestic flight tickets.
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary.
  • Tipping for guides, drivers, hotel staff, restaurant staff, boat people, trishaw men etc.
  • Visa stamping fee at the airport (25US$ for single visa to Vietnam, 30US$ for visa to Cambodia, paid by cash at the airport).
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance).
  • Surcharge for Tet Lunar New year holidays, Xmas and New year’s Eve.
  • Goods & Service Tax : 5%.

Important Information

  • Rates are not valid during peak periods, Christmas, New Year and Festival periods.

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Accommodation

City Name Hotel Name
Hue Asia Hue Hotel or similar
Phnom Penh Cardamom hotel or similar
Siem Reap Angkor Holiday hotel or similar
Note : Hotels are subject to change due to availability reasons, and may be substituted with others of similar category and star rating.

Terms & Conditions

  • Price mentioned is on per person basis for two persons travelling together and sharing same room.
  • Bookings are subject to availability of rooms with the hotels.
  • The above package rate is not valid during national holidays, festivals & long weekends. Surcharges applicable.
  • In case of unavailability in the listed hotels, alternate accommodation will be made in a hotel of similar standard.
  • Rates are valid for Indian Nationals only.

Cancellation Charges

No of days prior to departure Charges Applied On
0-7 Days 100 % Package price per person
8-14 Days 75 % Package price per person
15-29 Days 50 % Package price per person
30-45 Days 25 % Package price per person
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