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  • Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia

    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.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Discover the Hanoi Capital in depth.
    • Cruise along the boat then admire the beauty of Halong Bay, Mekong Delta.
    • Explore Ben Tre Town - where the Vietnam War began.
    • Climb inside the narrow passageways utilized during the war in Cu Chi.
    • Relax seaside on the soft white-sand beaches in Hoi An.
    • See the last of the Nguyen Dynasty as you visit the beautiful, well-preserved Citadel.
    • Indulge in the best highlights of Cambodia at the leisure pace with luxury services.

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    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.

    Hanoi Hotel:

    - Apricot Hanoi Hotel


    Day 2

    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.

     “Hanoi Hilton” prison, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi Old Quarter


    Day 3

    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.

    Best Halong Bay Cruises

    - Paradise Luxury Elegance Cruise
    - Au Co Cruise


    Day 4

    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.

    Recommended Hoi An Town Hotels:

    - Hotel Royal Hoi An
    Victoria Hoi An Resort


    Day 5

    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.

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    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


    Day 6

    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.


    Day 7

    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.

    Recommended Hotels in Siem Reap:

    - Shinta Mani Hotel
    - Sala Lodges


    Day 8

    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


    Day 9

    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.

    Recommended Phnom Penh Hotels:

    - Raffles Hotel Le Royal
    - IroHa Garden Hotel & Resort

     Angkor Wat (Siem Reap), Royal Palace (Phnom Penh)


    Day 10

    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


    Day 11

    Breakfast at the hotel and enjoy a 6-hour leisure cruise along the Bassac river and crossing the border to Chau Doc town, An Giang province in Vietnam. Check-in the Victoria Chau Doc resort.

    Recommended Hotels in Chau Doc:

    - Victoria Chau Doc Hotel
    - Victoria Nui Sam Lodge


    D12, 13

    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.


    Day 14

    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.

    Recommended Ho Chi Minh City Hotels:

    - An Lam Saigon River
    Park Hyatt Saigon

      Cai Rang floating market, Saigon Opera House


    Day 15

    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


    Day 16

    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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    Notes:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Vietnam Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Vietnam Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    HANOI
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    Apricot Hotel Hanoi

    • Accommodation comprises of spacious rooms and suites, with views over either the hotel courtyard or the nearby lake.
    • Room interiors are clean and airy, cleverly fusing neo classical design with a local touch in the form of original paintings and sculptures designed by Vietnamese artists, and room categories are aptly named in keeping with the art theme, such as ‘Sketch’ and ‘Canvas’.
    • The hotel actually showcases the work of local artists throughout the property, ranging from traditional in style to the more contemporary, which gives the unique sensation of sleeping in an art gallery! It also offers an insight into Vietnamese art and culture without having to step foot in a museum.

    HALONG BAY
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    Bhaya Legend 1 Cruise


      • Bhaya Classic Cruise

    • Style: Modern + traditional Vietnamese.
    • Be the maximum of privacy during trip, which is an awesome option for honeymooners, family and close members.
    • Service is recognized as the 4 star quality standard.
    • Decoration is bright, impressive.
    • Food and drinks are so lovely.
    • Staff is professional, helpful and friendly.
    • Be a perfect day which includes all must-see sites: Cave, beach, fishing village.

    Paradise Luxury Elegance Cruise


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    • Modern combined with traditional Vietnamese-style.
    • One of the newest and most luxurious cruise in Halong Bay.
    • One of the most biggest cruise in Halong bay. Guarantee no rolling of the boat at all for sea-sick passengers.
    • Private balcony guarantee in each cabin.
    • Perfect care-service: : cater customers 24/24 any time throughout the cruise.
    • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015.
    • Spectacular facilities: the most spacious spa facilities with a varied list of unparalleled spa therapies.

    Au Co Cruise


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    • Modern, bright and impressive on white design.
    • Newly operated, spacious, clean and elegant cruise.
    • A fully adventurous journey: The only cruise to discover 3 bays in Ha Long: Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay.
    • Outstanding staffs, efficient and hospital crew.
    • Comfortable and spacious cabin- with a balcony which affords great views.
    • Delicious food - something to look forward to.
    • Plenty of interesting activities: explore Cat Ba island, visit the fishing village, kayaking, swimming.

    HOI AN DA NANG
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    Hotel Royal Hoi An

    • Guest room interiors are a unique fusion of contemporary Asian and Art Deco style: expect black & white photography on the wall contrasting with Asian birdcage inspired lighting. Bathrooms are modern and feature a large free-standing bath tub. This sophisticated vibe echoes throughout the property: from the fashionable Japanese restaurant to the spa. Even the riverside swimming pool is somewhat glamorous with a delicate floral design running across the bottom of the pool.
    • In addition to chic surrounds, the Hotel Royal boasts an enviable setting. Located on the banks of the Thu Bon River, the hotel offers the best of both worlds: within strolling (and cycling) distance of the ancient town of Hoi An, but far enough away to enjoy a peaceful and tranquil ambiance.

    Almanity Hoi An

    • Yes – a complimentary 90-minute daily ‘wellness journey’ (a 50-minute massage and more) is included in your stay and is a welcome treat in the midst of a busy touring schedule. With 40 treatment rooms and opening hours until 10pm, getting an appointment at the My Chi Spa shouldn’t be an issue!
    • After your spa treatment if heading into town for dinner seems like too much of an effort, despite it being just a 10 minute walk away, the Four Plates Restaurant offers a varied menu of – you guessed it – four different cuisine offerings (Vietnamese, Italian, Japanese and a Grill Kitchen) cooked up in four interactive show kitchens. And bar ‘wizards’ are on hand to create cocktails in the Blue Bottle Bar.
    • The hotel’s wellness theme is echoed in the guest room categories, with room types such as My Heart, My Mind and My Energy to select from. Set around the courtyard gardens, décor is light and contemporary, minimalist yet comfortable and most feature a balcony.

    CHAU DOC
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    Victoria Chau Doc Hotel

    • The hotel's thoughtful design blends faultlessly with its surroundings, and you are guaranteed a fantastic backdrop to your stay, especially when dining on the poolside terrace, which overlooks the river. Even the spa, located on the hotel's rooftop terrace, has superb panoramic views.
    • All guestrooms are well sized, bright with natural light, and feature dark woods combined with comfortable Colonial-era style furnishings. As with all Victoria properties, the facilities are of a high standard (you don't see many swimming pools in these parts!) and the service is faultless.

    CAN THO
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    Victoria Can Tho Resort

    • Location: The Victoria Can Tho is based in the center of the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam, where the gargantuan river ends and empties into the sea.
    • History: The first settlers in this region are believed to have set up camp as early as 4th century BCE.
    • Service: Here at the Victoria Can Tho, the staff strive to give the best possible service and advice, whether it’s sights and sounds guests are after or just a glass of champagne, they will accommodate it all here.

    SAIGON
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    An Lam Saigon River

    • Service is everything: on arrival, there’s no sign of a check-in process, or tedious paperwork to complete, instead your personal butler will take you directly to your room and is then on call to attend to your every whim.
    • The rooms and villas are scattered throughout the tropical gardens, with the Riverfront Pool Villas boasting enviable river side settings. Asian style interiors are elegant and luxurious, with large sitting areas, contemporary bathrooms and either a balcony or terrace. Some additionally feature an outdoor bathtub or private plunge pool. For those without a private pool, there’s a wonderfully tranquil main swimming pool in the centre of the property overlooked by frangipani trees.
    • The riverfront restaurant serves a delicious selection of Vietnamese-French fusion dishes: bag one of the three tables on the terrace for uninterrupted river views.