This comprehensive 17-day tour features private cultural touring in two of Southeast Asia's most enticing destinations of Vietnam and Cambodia. Experience Asia's most elegant city of Hanoi with numerous colonial villas and bustling narrow streets, stunning Halong Bay and then next to the atmospheric Hoi An ancient town. Watch the sun sets over the vast temple network of Angkor Wat, find yourself a bend in the ancient maze and soak up all the serene magic of this spiritual land, then Phnom Penh is a graceful capital that was once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’. The tour also bring you a rare opportunity to explore the mighty and vivid Mekong Delta by cruising on a private sampan, The tour concludes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's most dynamic city. With an expert private guide and driver, learn about the city's history while touring French colonial-era landmarks.
Meet and greet upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport. Private transfer on your own vehicle to Apricot Hanoi Hotel. Check-in the hotel - Asia's most impressive an award-winning colonial and neo-classical luxury hotels that located in the heart of the old city. If time permits, you are invited to delve into the heritage of the city at the hotels own Path to History highlighted by the newly rediscovered bomb shelter hidden at its depth. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
- Apricot Hanoi Hotel
Breakfast at the hotel and then today you will enjoy a comprehensive orientation city tour of Hanoi. Hanoi is the country’s cultural heart, bearing traces of centuries of changing dynasties. You will visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace and the historic complex including Ho Chi Minh's stilt house, One Pillar Pagoda, dating back to the first Vietnamese empire independent from China. Also visit the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison, where American prisoners of war were once confined; the Temple of Literature and the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts or History Museum at your choice.
Break time for lunch at a local restaurant and then later, travel by cyclo as a local would through the Old Quarter. This evening, see a traditional Vietnamese roi nuoc (water puppetry) performance. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi city.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and our tour guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel's lobby to drive to enchanting Halong Bay for an overnight cruise. This exciting cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Stay overnight aboard the junk boat.
- Paradise Luxury Elegance Cruise
- Au Co Cruise
For early risers complimentary tea, coffee and pastries are served in the restaurant followed by-if you so desire – a Tai Chi Class on the Sundeck (07:00 am). A great morning activity to feel one with this natural wonder.
Then it is time for an early morning swim – in the Bay. By tender boat we bring the guests to a natural white sandy stretch. Sporty ones can also climb up to a hill top to have a last view from above over Halong Bay before we return to the boat and cruise slowly back to Halong City, passing picturesque areas like the Tam Cung Cave and Poem Mountain.
During our trundle breakfast is served before we arrive at the shore at around 11:00 am. The crew will bid you farewell and you disembark with our tender boat to the jetty. Driving back to Hanoi and then straightly transfer to the airport to catch 1-hour flight to Danang City. Meet and greet by a local reprentative and transfer to hotel in Hoi An. Check-in the hotel and rest of time will be at your leisure.
- Hotel Royal Hoi An
- Victoria Hoi An Resort
Set out on a day trip to discover lovely Hoi An. At first you will visit colorful and bustling fish market where you will interact with local buyers and sellers. A cooking class shall be added if you are food lovers. Then, we will enjoy a walking tour to visit the ancient Hoi An town and its incredible legacy of tottering Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples and ancient tea warehouses – though, of course, residents and rice fields have been gradually replaced by tourist businesses. Touring the town and you will be free at leisure to make your own exploration to the town or free shopping. Back to the hotel and rest of the day will be at your own leisure.
Optional: We have a wide range of signature experience like escapes packages to the countryside by bicycles, by Jeep or by Vintage Vespas, even if a exclusive golf round at nearby courses. Please contact our sales team for more information.
Walking tour in Hoi An Ancient Town, joining cooking class
Free at leisure to relax at the beach or make your own exploration to the town for shopping. Hoi An is well know for souvenir shopping with great prices and also famous for its large number of tailor shops, so if you want to get a cloth tailor made to measure, this is the time to do it. Overnight in Hoi An.
Optional: Danang & Hoi An offers two great golf courses designed by Colin Montgomery and Australian golf legend Greg Norman. If you are interested in one round of golf today. Please contact us for golf booking.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free at leisure until you will be brought back to the airport to catch a short flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Meet and greet upon arrival and transfer to the hotel in Siem Reap. Check-in and rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap City.
We rise early to travel to Ta Prohm in the dawn light. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhot in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones. After soaking up the unique atmosphere of Ta Prohm, we continue to the giant pyramid of Takeo, one of the highest temples in the Angkor area. Built at the end of the 10th century, it was never completed. We walk to the first great Buddhist monastery in Cambodia, Banteay Kdei, built in 1186 by Jayavarman VII. Exploring its extensive corridors and elegant sculptures.
In the afternoon, we visit the immense walled city of Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. The visit will take you to Terrace of the Leper King, Terrace of Elephants, and then Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the 11th century. We will visit enchanting temple of the Bayon. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion). We unravel the mysteries of the temple’s bas-reliefs, with their intricate scenes of ancient battles against the Chams and their snapshot of daily life during the Angkor period.
City of Angkor Thom, Terrace of the Leper King, Terrace of Elephants and Bayon Temple
Waking up early and we will start our journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. We venture into Angkor Wat to enjoy its magnificence in peace and quiet, beginning at the bas-reliefs that tell of tales from Hindu mythology and of the glories of the Khmer empire.
In the afternoon, you will take a short flight to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Kingdom of Cambodia - A riverfront city that’s home to the Royal Palace, French colonial-style architecture. Meet your local tour guide upon arrival and you will be transferred on our private vehicle to the hotel in the city centre. Check-in and rest of the day will be at your leisure. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
- Raffles Hotel Le Royal
- IroHa Garden Hotel & Resort
Angkor Wat (Siem Reap), Royal Palace (Phnom Penh)
In the morning, we explore the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family and we will continue to the Silver Pagoda where there is also a delicate emerald Buddha made of baccarat crystal, which gives the temple its Khmer name of Wat Preah Keo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). We leave the Royal Palace and continue to the nearby National Museum, home to the world's finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. The exquisite building was completed in 1920 and features collections from the pre-Angkor, Angkor and post-Angkor periods. We concentrate on the incredible sandstone sculpture from Angkor, as well as the intricate bronzes.
In the afternoon, we will come face to face with the horrific crimes of the Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng was a former high school that the Khmer Rouge turned into a centre for interrogation, torture and death. Today it is a museum of torture and serves to remind visitors of the terrible atrocities that came to pass in Cambodia. We then travel out of town to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Prisoners from Tuol Sleng followed this same route to their fate. An old Chinese cemetery, Choeung Ek was turned into an extermination camp for political prisoners. Despite the horrors of the past, it is a peaceful place to go and a tranquil spot to reflect on the tragic events that engulfed Cambodia and its people. Back to the hotel and you will be free at your own leisure. Overnight in Phnom Penh City.
Silver Pagoda, Wat Preah Keo, Cambodia National Museum, Tuol Slen Prison
Check-out the hotel and embark the traditional sampan and enjoy 2-night downriver cruising along the Mekong rivers to experience the Mekong Delta for a unique insight into the Mekong people’s life. Houses are built on stilts to withstand the foods, ferries carry people and vehicles between banks, boats ply their fares on the watery highway and children spend all their free time splashing about. The sheer variety in color and products promises spectacular photos and memories of a lifetime.
Breakfast is served and continue cruising to Can Tho, passing Cai Rang floating market. Check-out and disembark and then our private vehicle awaits and transfer you to Ho Chi Minh City - Ho Chi Minh, formerly Saigon city. You will be met and greeted by a local representative. Private transfer on our own vehicle to hotel which is located in the heart of the city, close to the Opera House and Dong Khoi high-end shopping areas. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
- An Lam Saigon River
- Park Hyatt Saigon
Cai Rang floating market, Saigon Opera House
In the morning, we begin exploring the sights of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. You will have great opportunities to learn about the legacy of war at the dramatic War Remnants Museum. The Requiem photo exhibition showcases the work of the era's most famous combat photographers and is a must. You will also visit Reunification Hall, formerly the Presidential Palace of South Vietnam. It was here that a North Vietnamese tank famously crashed through the gates bringing an end to the long Vietnam War and the building has been preserved exactly as it was in 1975. You will then take a stroll around the impressive old French-built post office and Notre Dame Cathedral before continuing to the City Hall area, another grand old colonial-era relic. Break time for lunch at PHO 2000 and then we will proceed to China town where you will visit Thien Hau Temple. Back to the city centre and you will be free to go shopping at Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
War Remnants Museum, Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral
Get a first-hand look at the Vietnam-American war history with this half-day morning tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Travel 1.5-hours northwest of Ho Chi Minh City where you will be led through the jungle as your guide explains the history of the war, the ingenuity of the Cu Chi residents and the daily activities of the people. You will even have a chance to crawl through the tunnels before returning to the city. Back to the hotel and then we will transfer you to the airport to catch your outbound flight to next destination. Goodbye Vietnam and see you again.
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