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The Vietnam 10 day trip is our most compact program that invites you to explore Vietnam’s culture and geography. Within 10 days of travel with us, from North to South, you will explore the Hanoi capital, The World Heritage site of Halong bay, Ancient citadel in Hue, Hoi an town and the Bustle of Saigon. Then extend your adventure for 4 more days by exploring Cambodia with us! Arrange your own air travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap and experience the beautiful Cambodian countryside and the grandeur of the Royal City of Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei and of course, Angkor Wat.
Return: Siem Reap
Hanoi: Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Presidential Palace, and Temple of Literature; Tran Quoc Pagoda; Ngoc Son temple.
Halong Bay: Overnight cruise in a traditional Junk boat, discover caves & fishing villages, explore the lagoon.
Hue: Take a dragon boat to visit pagodas; Visit the Imperial Citadel. Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh.
Hoi An: Visit ancient town Holan, My Son Sanctuary
Ho Chi Minh City: Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnels.
Mekong Delta: The sprawling city of My Tho, located on the banks of the Upper Mekong River, is one the closest cities in the mighty Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Enjoy a rowing boat ride in the shadows of the water-coconut palms along the tiny canals of Ben Tre Province.
Siem Reap: With this charming small colonial town with its lovely French colonial architecture as our home base you will spend the days visiting the amazing ancient temples and unique ruins that make Cambodia a must-see destination. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the largest lake in South East Asia and visit the famous floating village of Chong Kneas
Welcome to Hanoi. Our driver pick up from the Noi Bai (HAN) airport and then transfer you to the hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter – the most exciting place for tourist. Check in hotel, free time and overnight at hotel.
AM: 7.45 – 8.15: Free pick up at your hotel. Then visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 – the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Then continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West lake (One of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam). Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: After lunch proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum (apply on Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat), the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam, see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 – it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Take you past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters, and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. At the end, journey through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration. Tour ends around 15h30 – 16h00.
Morning departure to one of the most magnificent places in the world, Halong Bay. The trip takes about 3h30. Halong covers 577 square kilometers and this vast bay is filled with more than 3,000 limestone peaks or karsts that jut from the deep blue waters as far as the eye can see. We will spend a day and a half, including an evening with dinner and breakfast on board, exploring this amazing seascape from the deck of a Vietnamese traditional boat. Comfortable and intimate, your boat has wooden interior handmade, including a dining room and pleasant air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms. Since we are on the water at night, we can explore the most beautiful places in Ha Long Bay with time to swim and even visit some of the largest rock formations and caves. This promises to be one of your most memorable travel experiences in Asia. Overnight on the boat.
Note: The itinerary of the cruise is subject to change
Following the sound of the bay waters, we have time for a morning swim followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck of the boat, you can relax while enjoying the beauty breathtaking rocky islands that come out of the bay emerald waters. After breakfast, we explore Sung Sot cave and we’ll have time to swim and relax. With the boat in the direction back to the pier, brunch is served while you watch most fascinating formations. Check out of the boat.
Transfer to the airport to take flight to Danang. Upon arriving in Danang, our driver pick up and transfer to Hoian for check in. Overnight in Hoian.
7:30AM – Begin your day by being picked up by our driver and guide to begin the journey to My Son Sanctuary. The route is scenic and you will have the opportunity to stop for photos – just request to our driver!
8:30-9:00AM – Arrive at the previous Champa Kingdom, My Son Sanctuary which has now been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historical tourist attraction is located in a lush green valley, filled with dozens of red brick tours and structures dating between the 4th and 13th centuries. You will have the opportunity to explore and take photos as our knowledgeable guide explains the fascinating story of the Champa people who are deeply rooted in Vietnamese culture and history.
12:30-1:00PM – Arrive back in Hoi An to enjoy a delicious local lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants before heading into the famous Hoi An Ancient Town to begin the city tour!
1:30-2PM – Begin the tour and discover the various Ancient Houses of Hoi An with your guide. You’ll visit the native market which is always bustling, historic houses, Fu Jian Meeting Hall and perhaps the most famous attraction of Hoi An; the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge. You’ll finish by seeing how the locals produce the silk for Hoi Ans famous silk and textile trade!
3:30-4:00PM – Our driver and guide will take you back to your hotel in Hoi An. Overnight at hotel in Hoian.
07:00 local guide welcomes you at the hotel’s lobby and then depart for Hue. We drive across the spectacular Hai Van pass and the scenic fishing village of Lang Co. Once in Hue, visit Hue Citadel- the ancient capital before taking a boat to the beautiful Thien Mu pagoda. Have lunch in a local restaurant. Visit the royal tombs of Khai Dinh or Tu Duc. These are two among the 13 kings of the Nguyen’s dynasty which lasted from 1802 until 1945. Free time and overnight at hotel in Hue.
After breakfast, check out of hotel. Transfer to the airport to take flight to Ho Chi Minh. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh, our driver pick up and transfer to hotel for check in. Free time and overnight at hotel.
Morning Tour is Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh.
07:45am – 08:15am, Driver and tour guide pick you up then start from Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon to Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh – a province 95 kms South East of HCMC, close to Cambodia border. The Cao Dai Temple is like a Walt Disney fantasia of the East. Its exterior is decorated with multi-colored dragons of all shapes and sizes competing for space with a number of swastikas. Above the main entrance is the all-seeing holy eye, the symbol of the Cao Dai sect. The interior is just as engaging as statues of Jesus Christ, Buddha and the Hindu god, Brahma, stand side by side.
Cao Dai Temple is the eclectic mix of colours and the amazing use of architecture create a space of beauty, spirituality with a somewhat surreal flavour to western palates!
For the midday service which was unbelievable in Cao Dai Temple – do not miss this!
Afternoon tour is Cu Chi Tunnel Tour.
13.00 pm, after you have a lunch, we will leave Tay Ninh and travel to Cu Chi Tunnel. Once in Vietnam, you must visit this spot. This is where guerilla warfare optimized and exemplified. You’ll learn the clever design of the tunnels and the strategic use of trap doors. Even with B-52 bombers dropping 30-ton loads of explosive, turning the jungle into a pockmarked moonscape, 30 thousand American troops failed to conquered the area! You’ll have a chance to crawl around a portion of the 121 km long, multiple-layered tunnel. You’ll learn how thousands of guerillas managed to stay underground many days at a time, also their great technique to conceal smoke from their cooking. There’re a lot more to enjoy, even a chance to fire real AK bullets…
Finish Cao Dai Temple – Cu Chi Tunnels 1 Day Tour. Arriving Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City at 06.00pm – 07.00pm.
07:45 – 08:00 Pick up at meeting point or your hotel, travel by shuttle bus to My Tho – 9:30 AM, board a wooden motor boat to Unicorn Island. On this boat along the river’s bank, you’ll be passing through natural creeks and quiet villages and watch rural people going to work. You will see an interesting fishermen’s port,stilt houses. One of the boat’s stops during this trip is at a large orchard that has many different types of tasty tropical fruits for your enjoyments. Another boat stop is for the Turtle Island 1 hr from the previous one. Here, on a small row boat, you’ll see interesting transportation modes that local people use to move around. From there, we’ll take you to a bee farm where you have a chance to taste a tasteful cup of authentic honey tea while checking out the folk music that is typical to only the people in Southern Vietnam.
After that we’ll take you to a village where you can smell the flavor of coconut candies being made many yards away. This is a great chance to witness how village people make candy and handcrafted items from coconuts. You might learn that those people can amazingly make dozens of useful products out of coconut trees. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh, finish around 19.00 pm.
After breakfast, check out of hotel. Our driver picks up and transfers to the airport to take your previously arranged flight to Siem Reap Cambodia
Welcome to Siem Reap, the center of Angkor!
Siem Reap is a small colonial town, charming and pleasant enough to roam around with some fine examples of French colonial architecture.
Enjoy your welcome dinner with Khmer Traitional Show at restaurant.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Breakfast at hotel,
Initially you will explore the Small Circuit. This tour includes the huge pyramid of Takeo, and the jungle-clad Ta Prohm, made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Tomb Raider’. move on to explore the impressive Royal City of Angkor Thom, where you will find the Bayon, a temple famed for its many gigantic carved faces smiling beguilingly down at you. You will also visit other important sites in this immense walled city, including the pyramid of Baphuon, Phimeanakas, and the royal viewing stands known as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Afternoon, it is time to further discover the magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building. If you have the time your guide will take you to an excellent spot for watching a mesmerizing Angkor Wat sunset.
In the evening we will take you to PHARE, the Cambodian circus where you will enjoy a 3 course dinner before the show. Overnight in Siem Reap, at your selected hotel
Breakfast at hotel.
This morning you head 30km north to visit the captivating and beautiful temple of Banteay Srei or ‘Fortress of the Women’. The journey allows you to experience the beautiful Cambodian countryside as you pass through small typical villages, on-route you will visit Banteay Samre. Banteay Samre is an elaborately decorated temple, embellished with floral motifs and scenes from the Ramayana, all carved from pink sandstone. It is said the carvings must have been done by women as the detail is too fine for the hands of a man. After lunch you continue your Angkor encounter with a visit to the spectacular temples of the Grand Circuit, beginning with Preah Khan or ‘Sacred Sword’, one of the largest temples at Angkor. You continue to Neak Pean surrounded by fountains and ponds. Next is Ta Som and its famous strangler fig tree. Finally, you arrive at Pre Rup, a pleasant spot to experience another Angkor sunset if you wish. Return to hotel and overnight.
Sunrise at Angkor Wat You may choose to rise early today to catch the sun rising from behind Angkor Wat’s five carved towers – after being awed you return to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast it is time to further discover the magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building. After lunch Then you take a short 15km drive to Phnom Krom the large hill that looms closer, and enjoy a relaxing cruise on the on the Tonle Sap lake, the largest lake in South East Asia. You will see the traditional floating village of Chong Kneas and witness the residents going about their daily life – it is quite a sight seeing a whole bamboo village complete with homes, gas stations, schools, hair dressers, and even karaoke bars floating on a lake. On the way back to Siem Reap you will call in at Artisans d’Angkor, an interesting boutique workshop where you can observe young Cambodians learning traditional Khmer handicraft techniques, such as stone & wood carving, and lacquering & gilding – a great opportunity for last minute quality souvenirs.
Transfer to airport for your departure flight.