- Get amongst the bustle of Vietnam’s capital. Hanoi Experience a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the laneways of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Catch a performance of Vietnam’s unique Water Puppets Observing rhythms of the peaceful life on Ha long Bay.
- Chill out in the amazing scenery of Hue. Journey over the dramatic Hai Van Pass, also called “the Pass of Ocean Clouds”. Explore the historical and cultural depth of Hoi An. Amazing Sunset Cocktail cruise on Thu Bon river Hands-on cooking classes that explore the fresh and unique tastes & flavours of Vietnamese food.
- Experience the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City Gently cruise on the Mekong Delta with its floating markets. Visiting the cultural highlights of Phnom Penh Explore the magnificent temple complexes of Angkor.
This 15-day journey focuses in the most wanted destinations of these two beautiful countries. Explore Vietnam in depth from the colonial villas of Hanoi capital and enjoy cyclo tour around the fascinating Old Quarter streets. Explore World Heritage listed Halong bay for an overnight cruise through thousands of limestone islands on a traditional junk. Discover the history of elegant Hue with Royal citadel and Forbidden citadel... Soak up the atmosphere in the picturesque town of Hoian, wander among historic homes and temples, gaze at exotic foods in the market, and enjoy one of Vietnam’s best cooking classes. Journey south to Saigon city. Explore the hidden canals and unique floating markets of the Mekong delta. Take a speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh, Cambodia where an insightful tour of the city's National museum and Royal palace gives you an introduction to Cambodia's history. Fly to Siem Reap to discover the magnificent temples of Angkor, a masterpiece of the ancient Khmer Empire, one of the modern wonders of the world….If you are looking for an unforgettable experience exploring the depth and beauty of these two gems of Indochina, this is the journey for you!
This 15-day journey focuses in the most wanted destinations of these two beautiful countries. Explore Vietnam in depth and discover details of Angkor Wat
- Day 1 - Hanoi Arrival.
You are welcomed by our guide and driver at Noi Bai international airport and then be transferred to your hotel for check in. Free your time at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
- Day 2 - Day 2: Hanoi City tour
Breakfast at hotel. Full day city tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh complex (Closed on Mondays and Fridays mornings and whole September and October for annual repairs). Visit One Pillar pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Our next stop will be the Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070. The temple is dedicated to one of the world’s most famous scholars, Confucius. Inside the temple grounds huge stone stele rest on the backs of even larger stone turtles (in Vietnamese culture the turtle represents longevity).
After lunch at Cha ca street with “Cha Ca La Vong”, a favorite dish of Hanoian - Listed in 1000 places to visit before you die, we continue to visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology - The museum has successfully recreated the daily life together with the religious rituals and the symbolic festivals of each ethnic group in Vietnam. Visitors have the opportunity to admire costumes, embroidery as well as outside stilt houses and habitats from the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam.
We will have a short walking to visit the oldest bridge of Hanoi “Long Bien bridge” to take photos and see the local life of Hanoi people before enjoying a cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as “36 streets.” This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you. We will travel around the famous Hoan Kiem lake (Lake of the Restored Sword.) - The heart of Hanoi Capital.
Start your evening with a traditional water puppet performance (Roi Nuoc). The stage is actually a large container of water where the characters (carved wooden puppets} “act” out the story. Most of the stories are whimsical and fun, and the puppeteers stand in waist deep water behind a screen controlling the puppets with rods that mostly are under the water. Have your dinner at Wild Lotus restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
- Day 3 - Hanoi - Halong Bay - a night cruise on Ha Long bay
Breakfast at hotel. We depart for Ha Long city (170 km), approximately three hours away to visit Halong bay (a World Natural Heritage site and a New World’s Wonder). Halong bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes with 1969 islets. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves, other support floating villages of fishermen. You have chance of observing scenic country side of Vietnam dominated by enormous lush rice field.
Upon arrival in Halong. Check-in between 11:30 - 12:00 at the boat port. Enjoy a refreshing “Welcome cocktail” upon check-in on the sun deck. Enjoy your lunch as the vessel sails to Halong Bay passing the Fighting cocks islet, the Elephant leg islet, the Castle islet, the Soi Sim island. Arrive at Surprise grotto - one of the most famous grotto in the entire Halong, we will visit the cave by Tender. After taking a lot of photos and admire the beauty of the cave we will visit the fishing village by local rowing boat with the opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations then we return to the vessel for free time at your leisure. You can swim in the clear emerald waters, soak up the sun over a cool beer on the top deck sun lounge or try your hand at some kayaking (your account) amongst the huge limestone outcrops that surround us. We retire to the junk and relax on the top deck and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar. Enjoy and learn the Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the sundeck. Your delicious seafood dinner will be served at the restaurant. Stay overnight on cruise for a more in-depth experience.
(The itinerary above may be changed depending on the cruise we choose and weather permitting).
We suggest 03 options for your cruise.
- Day 4 - Ha Long Bay - Fly to Da Nang - Hoian
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. Sitting on the upper desk we can enjoy the breath - taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. We can hear the birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze.
International brunch buffet served in the restaurant. Check-out on board and disembarkation at boat port, Halong city.
Our tour guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to Noi Bai airport to take a short domestic flight to Da Nang (01 hour). Upon arrival, you are welcome and then be transferred to Hoian ancient town (35km) - an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Hoian has 1,068 ancients houses, 19 pagodas, 43 temples, 23 communal houses, 38 family temples, 5 assembly halls, 11 old wells, one bridge, 44 ancient tombs. In old quarter, there are more than 1000 relic sites. Free your time at leisure. Overnight in Hoian.
- Day 5 - Hoi An ancient town - Cooking class
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Hoian’s colorful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.
Cruise on Thu Bon river to Tra Que village - a charming little village on the edge of Hoian, the village is famous for its sweet scented & green vegetables that spice up on the daily meals of Hoi An people: Cao Lau and Quang noodles. Come here, you will have a chance to discover the art of cultivating and water plants, tasting and doing a cooking class with local dishes…Walking through the market gardens where local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago. Arriving at Tra Que’s Family House we have a chance to freshen up before beginning our class. Working together with our Family Chef we learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food from scratch. After the lesson, sit down and enjoy the dishes that you have created.
After your lunch, walking around the historic town soaking up the atmosphere, exploring the many Chinese assembly halls and fascinating ancestral homes, some of which have been occupied by the same family for fifteen generations. One of the most spectacular Assembly Halls is the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, built in 1690. The pagoda inside contains intricate statues and artwork, in part dedicated to Thien Hau Than Mau, the Goddess of the Sea and protector of fishermen.
Walking tour of the ancient town center takes us to the sites of former merchants’ homes, the 400-year old Japanese Covered bridge - The symbol of Hoian. The Japanese Covered bridge was the first bridge in Hoian and was constructed in 1593. It was built by the Japanese community of Hoian to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream.
The town is also famous for its shops in particular it’s large number of tailors. If you wanted, you could have a whole new wardrobe made for you here. You can enjoy browsing and shopping in one of the most colorful local marketplaces in all of Southeast Asia. Free your time to relax or discover the hidden charm of Hoian town. Overnight in Hoian.
- • 01 FOC in half twin for group of every 15+1 paying pax. (Excluding air tickets, train tickets, visa). • Knowledgeable English-speaking local guides (Escorted tour guide for group of 20 pax up). • All accommodation twin/double share with daily breakfast. • 15 superb meals including 07 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 02 Highlight Lunches (HL), 03 Lunches (L), 02 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 01 Dinner (D). • All road transport by private air-conditioned vehicles. • Private airport arrival & departure transfers.• Cyclor tour & water puppet show in Hanoi. • Private boat on Mekong delta. • All entrance fees & permits during guided time.• Free cell phone card throughout your trip for local calling. • Domestic gov’t tax and service charge. • Luggage handling and complementary Vietnam map. • Complementary mineral water on sightseeing days.
- International air tickets/Domestic air tickets. Departure airport tax. Passport & visa fees, visa stamping. Travel Insurance in all kinds. Single room (quoted separately). Child or adult in triple sharing room. Other language (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese…) may be on request. Vegetable meals may be on request. Peak tourist season or special event rates. Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others not stated.
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