PRIVATE TOUR – CODE: VIM07

If you got real and deeply interest in Southeast Asia but have a limited time, you can consider this itinerery. Lasting for 16 days, this route is the best way to step into the authentic Indochina with a kaleidoscopic fusion of cultures, cuisines, landscapes and religions in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand.

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Travel route: Bangkok – Siem Reap – Tongle Sap lake – Angkor Wat – Hochiminh – Cu Chi tunnels – My Tho – Nha Trang – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Halong bay – Hanoi – Departure

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
  • Day 2: Bangkok – Siem Reap – Tonle Sap (B,D)
  • Day 3: Siem Reap – Ta Prohm – Preah Khan (B,D)
  • Day 4: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat (B,D)
  • Day 5: Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh city (B,D)
  • Day 6: Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong Delta (My Tho) (B,L)
  • Day 7: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnels (B,D)
  • Day 8: Ho Chi Minh city – Hue (B,D)
  • Day 9: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B,D)
  • Day 10: Hoi An – Danang  free & easy (B)
  • Day 11: Da Nang Beach free & easy (B)
  • Day 12: Da Nang Beach – Hanoi free & easy (B)
  • Day 13: Hanoi – Halong bay – Overnight on boat (B,L,D)
  • Day 14: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B,L)
  • Day 15: Hanoi full day city tour (B,D)
  • Day 16: Hanoi – Departure (B)

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1: Bangkok Arrival

Upon arrival at the Airport, you will meet our guide and transfer to hotel for check-in. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 2: Bangkok – Siem Reap – Tonle Sap (B,D)

Morning, free at leisure until transferred to Airport for flight to Siem Reap.

Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport you will meet tour guide and transfer to hotel for check in.

Afternoon, start with visit to the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake (the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia) and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Siemreap. Here you will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is the same as a big village floating on the lake, and the “village” move from place to place following water levels and current. Next visit the Old Market where you can see the fresh locals’ produces being sold; browsing the souvenir stalls.

Day 3: Siem Reap – Ta Prohm – Preah Khan (B,D)

In the morning, visit the unique brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, and continue to Ta Prohm. As one of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been 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. Visit Takeo, Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon as well.

Afternoon, continue to visit Preah Khan temple (built by the King Jayavarman VII). Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulders-hanging corridors. However, Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts to maintain and even improve the heritage. Continue your visits to Neak Pean (a fountain built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake) and visit the temple of Ta Som as well as 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).

Day 4: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat (B,D)

In the morning, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 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 your rest, 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 and this 12th century 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.

Day 5: Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh city (B,D)

Morning, free at leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport, enjoy a private transfer with guide to hotel for check‐in.

Afternoon, take city tour to visit War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery; weapons; photos; and documentation of Vietnam’s wars with both the French and Americans. The tour continues to the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975. Afterwards, stop at Ben Thanh market for shopping. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong Delta (My Tho) (B,L)

Enjoy a full day tour traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the Delta is the most fertile region in the country, and the main producer of rice and tropical fruits. From My Tho, take a boat and travel to one of the islands located in the middle of the Mekong River. On the island visit a fruit orchard and sample some of the local produce, before boarding a smaller sampan that winds along narrow canals. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a local family’s house and enjoy their hospitality and share with them some tea or rice wine. After lunch in My Tho return to Saigon.

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnels (B,D)

Morning, meet our guide and drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi was an important base during the American War because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built a 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelters and weapon factories. Dug out of hard late‐rite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was never discovered. After lunch, continue to visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office, a neo‐Romanesque cathedral constructed between 1877 and 1883 using bricks from Marseilles and stained‐glass windows from Chartres, the Chinatown of the City with the Emperor Jade Pagoda (Phuoc Hai), one of the most interesting pagodas in Vietnam. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh city – Hue (B,D)

In the morning, transfer to the airport for flight to Hue. Arrive Hue visitthe Hue Royal City. Start to visit the Forbidden Purple City, The Nhan and Quang Duc Miradors, Palace of the Supreme Harmony, Noontime Gate, and The Mieu Temple – dedicated to ten Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, Royal Tomb of Tu Duc, and The Royal Theater.

Day 9: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B,D)

In the morning, transfer to Hoi An and Visit Museum of Cham Sculpture and stone carving villages at Marble Mountains. Then, continue your travel to Hoi An ancient town and visit The Japanese Covered Bridge, Ong Pagoda, Hoi An’s old quarter. Continue to Quan Thanh De Quan (Quan Van Truong). Fukinese Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Ancient House, and Hand-made Silk workshop

Day 10: Hoi An – Danang  free & easy (B)

Free until transfer to Danang city. Check in hotel and relax on Da Nang beach.

Day 11: Da Nang Beach free & easy (B)

Day 12: Da Nang Beach – Hanoi free & easy (B)

Free & easy until transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi, meet our tour guide and transfer to hotel for check in.

Day 13: Hanoi – Halong bay – Overnight on boat (B,L,D)

In the morning, transfer to the airport for morning flight to Hanoi. Meet with guide then transfer directly to Halong bay. This takes around 3 hours. We may stop enroute to admire the local scenery. Arrive at the port around 11:30 and board the ship. Begin sailing and pass through a magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. 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, visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board, enjoy a lavish dinner.

Day 14: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B,L)

Wake up with Tai Chi exercises (a kind of light exercises) on the sun deck and continue cruising the bays. Enjoy breakfast buffet in the restaurant, then visit the limestone grotto. Disembark in Halong City around 11 and get back to Hanoi with your private vehicle, guide and driver. When we arrive in Hanoi you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore the colorful streets of the Old Quarter, sip on coffee in the French Quarter

Arrive Hanoi, transfer to downtown and visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and take one hour Cyclo tour. Finish your day off at the Thang Long Opera Theatre for a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 15: Hanoi full day city tour (B,D)

Meet with guide then transfer to visit  Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his former residence ( Closed on Monday, Friday and the whole month of Oct & Nov ), One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature – the first University in Vietnam

In the afternoon, visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology – It contains more than 10,000 objects, 15,000 black and white photos and hundreds of video tapes and cassettes which depict all aspects of life, activities, customs, and habits of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Then, stop at West Lake to visit Tran Quoc pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple.

Day 16: Hanoi – Departure (B)

Free until transfer to the airport for flight departure. End of services.

INCLUSION

  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Halong Bay
  • 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 Hue, Siem Reap
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
  • Mineral water is available.

EXCLUSION

  • Domestic flight tickets in Vietnam, Siem Reap, Bangkok
  • International airfare and departure taxes
  • Vietnam visa stamping fee at the airport
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary