Vietnam & Cambodia 23 Days

Overnight flight

Day 1 DEPARTING CITY  (Meals  Served on plane)

Take the international flight from your departure city for destination to Hanoi airport Vietnam. (International air fare purchase separately with assistance of Allplace Travel)

Overnight at luxury hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2 ARRIVAL HANOI (D)

Upon arrival in Hanoi airport, meet with your guide for a private transfer 45-minutes to your hotel. Please note standard check-in time is at 14:00. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at luxury hotel in Hanoi.

Day 3 HANOI – CITY TOUR (B/L/D)

This city tour gives a glimpse and an introduction to the history and highlights of the nation’s capital.

In the morning,

  • Visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum to see the embalmed body of the nation’s hero, affectingly known by the people as ‘Uncle Ho’, and view his former residence, built on stilts and preserved just as Ho left it.
  • Visite one pillar pagoda
  • Take short walk through traditional local market streets to see the B52 crash site at the lake. This US bomber was shot down during the 1972 bombing raids of Hanoi, a poignant reminder of recent history.
  • Visit the Temple of Literature, a fine example of traditional Vietnamese architecture founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, and dedicated to Confucius to honor literary scholars. Vietnam’s first university was also established here in 1076.

In the afternoon

  • We begin with a visit to the museum of your choice, either Vietnamese women’s museum, the Ethnology Museum or the Army Museum.

Overnight at luxury hotel in Van Long

Day 4: HANOI – HOA LU & TAM COC – VAN LONG (B/L/D)

We leave Hanoi heading north to Hoa Lu the site of the country’s first capital (years968-1009) whose ancient citadel covered almost 3 sq kms. Although now mostly destroyed, ruminants remain today. The temples of Dinh Tien Hoang (restored in the 17th century) and Le Dai Hanh remain and the stunning views and scenery are worth the stop.

We then head for Tam Coc town. Known as ‘Halong Bay in the rice fields,’ the views and photographic opportunities are endless and it is truly one of the more beautiful places in the entire country.

After lunch break, we board small sampan and traverse the Ngo Dong River through the rice fields where huge rock formations rise from these green fields. The sampans are manned by locals who, incredibly, row with their feet. During this leisure trip the boats enter three sacred caves, Tam Coc Caves, after which the town itself was named. The boat trip takes approximately 2hrs and is a very peaceful and scenic time.

Ride a bike through the countryside to Thai Vi temple. Situated in the middle of rice paddies and limestone peaks, in a calm and serene atmosphere, its original architecture follows the principles of Eastern geomancy.

Continue on the bike towards Bich Dong Pagoda where, if timing allows, and you are brave enough, you may climb the stairs carved into the rock walls and access the pagoda. Your reward will be the amazing and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Overnight on board

Day 5: VAN LONG – HALONG BAY – CRUISE (B/L/D)           

Transfer from your hotel to Halong Bay by private car with tour guide.

Halong Bay, with its 1969 islands, is set in beautiful turquoise waters and was recognized for its natural beauty by UNESCO in 1994, and classified as a World Heritage Site.

Ha Long means “descending dragon” and according to legend, a dragon was lowered into the bay to harness the ocean currents. His violent tail movements disturbed and spread the mountain, and when he plunged into the sea the water level rose up, leaving only the highest peaks above the water.

Cruising in this spectacular seascape is mystical and magnificent!

Private junk – IN LUXURY CONDITIONS

EXCLUSIVELY DEDICATED TO YOUR GROUP, with no other passengers on board.

 A wonderful cruise on Halong Bay can be achieved with differing durations of programs.

On boarding receive a welcome drink

Installation in private cabins

Presentation of the crew by the captain

Start your cruise while enjoying lunch.

Lunch in the elegant dining room or on the outside deck, a delicious seafood menu, of food prepared with skill and dedication while passing by Chicken Rock, Finger Islet, and Frog Islet.

Admire the beautiful landscape that will impress everywhere you look. These islands with their striking shapes, allow your imagination to take over and “see” many different images amongst their formations, whilst cruising water the color of jade, which is so enchanting it never tires.

Discover the mysterious Tien Ong Cave which is not only a beauty spot but also an archaeological site. Covering an area of 1,000 m2 with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, the cave is one of the finest caves in Halong Bay.

Take your time to visit the Cua Van floating village which is voted as one of the 11 insanely beautiful small towns around the world by huffingtonpost.com. You can choose either kayak or traditional rowing boat to go around discovering local life on the waters.

Arrive at swimming area. It’s time to immserse youself in the emerald green water of Halong Bay.

Bar opens for the Happy Hour “Buy one get one free”. Take the chance to get more delicious drinks and fun.

Join exciting “Master-Chef Competition” and fruit carving demonstration, learn and try your hands with authentic Vietnamese food. The winner or the Master-Chef of Bhaya Cruise would be awarded surprising gifts. It’s also time to admire the sunset over enchanting Halong Bay while the boat anchors for an overnight stay.

Enjoy set-menu dinner on board while your Cruise Manager introduces the following day program.

Overnight at luxury hotel in Hanoi

Day 6: HALONG BAY – CRUISE – HANOI (B/L/D)

Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea and coffee are served.

Light breakfast is served onboard. The boat weighs anchor to sail to Cua Van floating village.

Enjoy Vietnamese traditonal tea as well as drink it in Vietnamese way with our Tea Ceremony onboard.

Brunch is served in the restaurant while the boat cruises through Lom Bo Islet, Soi Sim Island, Hoa Cuong Islet, Chicken Cock Islet, and Ba Hang Village.

By early afternoon you will return to the harbor. After disembarking from the junk at Tuan Chau Marina, our driver will welcome you back to dry land, and the return journey to Hanoi begins.

On the way back, we visit the But Thap pagoda.

Arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon.

Overnight at luxury hotel in Hue.

Day 7: HANOI – HUE – HALF DAY CITY TOUR (B/L/D)         

Transfer by private car to the airport for the flight to Hue

Met and welcome by our guide and then transferred to the center of Hue for your ½ day city tour.

Best known as the old capital, Hue has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its ancient relics, historical monuments and fine examples of local culture. Many of these are surprisingly well preserved and intact and journeys to this historical city hold promise of great times and lasting memories.

As the nation’s capital from 1802 to 1945 there are many sites that reflect Hue’s rich history, and many others that allow relaxation while absorbing the area’s natural beauty.

  • Visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Then visit tomb of Khai Dinh.
  • Visit a Thien Mu pagoda – the symbol of Hue city.
  • Visit An Hien Garden House – the most typical and oldest garden house with traditional architecture in Hue
  • Visit traditional kite-making

Overnight at luxury hotel in Hoian

Day 8: HUE – THUY BIEU – COOKING CLASS (B/L/D)          

Best known as the old capital, Hue has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its ancient relics, historical monuments and fine examples of local culture. Many of these are surprisingly well preserved and intact and journeys to this historical city hold promise of great times and lasting memories.

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to Toa Kham wharf for a cruise on Perfume River.

  • Stop at Dong Ba Market and buy necessary ingredients for cooking class with our chief.
  • Visit a Thien Mu pagoda – the symbol of Hue city.

Back to the boat for a scenic cruise to Thuy Bieu Village – famous for Green Tea fruit!

Upon arrival at Thuy Bieu village, go for a nice walking or biking around the village.

  • Visit the garden – house, ancestral temple and communicate with local people.
  • Visit an incense making family to discover the daily life of local people while they are working strenuously with joy and enthusiasm.

Come back to Thuy Bieu restaurant for cooking class, you will prepare lunch by yourself with our chief’s instruction. Have lunch with Hue traditional dishes you have just cooked.

Relax by steeping your feet in medicinal herb water – a traditional therapeutic practice.

Enjoy excellent massage by blind people.

Transfer back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Overnight at luxury hotel in Hoian

Day 9: HUE – HAI VAN PASS – HOI AN – CITY TOUR (B/L/D)                                  

Drive to Hoi An from Hue via the Mandarin Road, crossing  the Hai Van Pass whose elevation has led to it being known as “the pass in the clouds” and it commands spectacular views.

Detour to Da Nang to visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture, which was created in 1919 and houses sculptures from archaeological sites from the region. The Cham inhabited much of the area between the 7th and 15th centuries, and many of sculptures are inspired by Hindu art, from whom the inhabitants of the time descended.

Discover the marble mountains, known as “the five mountain hills” each bearing the name of one of the components of our planet, Water, Iron, Earth, Wood, Fire.

Beautiful marble is extracted from the mountains, in various colors and you can admire the sculptures and the artists at work.

Marble Mountain is home to Buddhist and Taoist deities.

Take a delightful stroll around Hoian, an ancient trading port, situated in the central region of Vietnam, and see the century old buildings that remain today.  Its random alleys, charming old houses with their wooden balconies fascinating architectural features, and other influences left by visiting sailors in bygone days.

See the beautiful temples, pagodas, museums and the famous, covered Japanese Bridge.

Next, visit a lantern factory where you can make your own lantern.

  • If time permits, you can also go behind the scenes of kite making. (check with your guide)

Overnight at luxury hotel in Hoian

Day 10: HOI AN (B/L/D)        

From your hotel, you will cycle through the rice paddy fields, rivers and some small villages with the beautiful countryside landscape to Tra Que Organic Village. Here you’ll get a chance to visit the herbal farm and enjoy a special local drink made of the village herbs. The journey is pleasurable and what you experience is definitely rewarding. Small cooking class and enjoy lunch in village.

After lunch, you will then be taken to the pier to get on a special traditional wooden long-tail boat and start a lovely trip on the Thu Bon River down to Cam Thanh village. You can choose to either paddle like local people or just sit down and enjoy the beauty of the river with small islets, farmers planting vegetables and fishermen in their attractive casting net. After being lost for a while in the water coconut farm, you’ll arrive at Cam Thanh village and here you’ll have a chance to visit a family that makes a lot of bamboo things such as bamboo chairs, bamboo tables, bamboo lamps, bamboo telephones and even bamboo bicycles!

Then you’ll start kayaking with our local guide to the palm islets, enjoy amazing landscapes and the moment of the sunset.

A warm dinner with a local family and lovely stories will bring you much emotion and great feelings that you’ll never forget. A small bamboo gift before leaving will remind you of all the lovely things you’ve experienced on the trip.

Overnight at luxury hotel in Saigon

Day 11: HOIAN  – SAIGON – CITY TOUR (B/L/D)                  

Transfer by private car to the airport for a flight to Saigon.

Upon arrival, met and welcome by our guide and then being transferred to your hotel.

Our full day tour of Saigon begins in the morning with a

  • Visit the War Reminants Museum, housing a history of the local perspective of the Vietnam War.
  • Visit the old Presidential Palace, where victory was declared after years of fighting, and preserved as it was found, including vehicles in the garages.
  • Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Saigon Post Office, both magnificent displays of architecture of bygone days.
  • Visit the Beaux-Arts Museum and wander through the art galleries in the area or FITO museum – Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine

Overnight on boat

Day 12: HCM CITY – MEKONG – CRUISE (B/L/D)

Departing from your hotel in the morning, we travel by road to Cai Be, and board the Bassac at noon.

The Bassac is a wonderful boat cruise, aboard a boat that has been purposefully rebuilt for your comfort.

This traditional rice barge has been transformed, with nicely furnished private cabins, with bathrooms,air-conditioning and tastefully decorated by Vietnamese artisans. It has direct access to the deck, an open restaurant, and the food is prepared on board by a qualified chef who serves perfectly cooked traditional dishes.

  • After boarding, you will meet the crew, have a presentation of the boat and be assigned your cabin. A “welcome aboard” drink will then be offered.
  • Cruise downstream on the Tien Giang River to Cho Lach.
  • Lunch will be served during the cruise, and you can rest on the upper deck or around the bar.

You see the activity of the many sand and rice barges on the river and will surely be impressed by the number of boats, bearing their loads of colorful fruits and vegetables. 

  • Enjoy a visit, and meet the inhabitants of a village on the banks of the Mang Thit River, an opportunity to see the lifestyle, and receive their generous hospitality.
  • Visit the lush, productive orchards or nearby rice fields.
  • Back on board and cruising towards the Mang Thit, you enjoy a refreshing drink, while watching the sunset before dinner.

The Bassac then sets anchor for the night in the small floating market, downstream from Tra On.

Overnight at luxury hotel in Chau Doc.

Day 13 : CRUISE – MEKONG – CHAU DOC (B/L/D)

Breakfast is served at 6.30 am as the Bassac navigates its way through Tra On floating market, in the direction of Can Tho.

After arrival at Cai Rang floating market, you leave your cabin, and transfer to a lighter boat to visit the market, on radiating canals, and discover the people whose life is maintained around these wonderful markets on water.

Navigation of the smaller waterways will lead you to a colonial house and orchard planted with durian, oranges and mangosteen, where you can taste these exotic fruits. This part of the tour will allow you to enjoy the peaceful setting in which some people live in the Delta region.

After landing at the pier in Ninh Kieu, Can Tho you enjoy a stroll around the covered market in Can Tho before heading to Chau Doc.

Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 14:  CHAU DOC – PHNOM PENH (B/L/D)

In the morning tour, we will leave for Phnom Penh, by boat. The cruise will take approximately 4hrs and border customs requirements will be applied whilst on board. Upon arrival at Phnom Penh pier, transfer to local restaurant for lunch and then going to check in at hotel, free time.

Evening, our guide will pick up for transfer to local restaurant for dinner.

Overnight at luxury hotel in Phnom Penh

Day 15: PHNOM PENH – FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Royal Palace situated on the site of the former citadel. Besides the Royal Residence (closed to the public), the Throne Hall or Vinichhay Temple (the place where kings are enthroned) and the Chan Chaya Pavillon (where traditional dances took place), it includes Wat Preah Keo, better known as the Silver Pagoda.

This amazing place, which floor is covered with 5000 silver plates, houses the Preah Keo or emerald Buddha made of Baccarat crystal. In front stands a 90 kg gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds. After this, we will walk about 10 minutes to the National Museum. Built around a central courtyard, the galleries, arranged chronologically, present a collection of Khmer art, mostly sculptures and then visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the site is a former high school which was used as a prison by the communist Khmer Rouge.

Next, visit to the Killing Fields where large numbers of people were killed & buried by the communist Khmer Rouge. End our visit to Wat Phnom Doun Penh before letting you shopping at the Central Market.

Overnight in Battambang

Day 16: PHNOM PENH – BATTAMBANG (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will take the private transfer to Battamang. The journey takes about 4-5 hours to reach the final destination. We are stopping at Kampong Luang floating village on the way for seeing daily life activities of the people living on the water of Tonle Sap Lake.
Arrival in Battambang and after check in at the hotel and then we visit Battambang is the provincial capital of Battambang province and is the second biggest town of Cambodia. However it still has a very local, unnourished, provincial atmosphere.

In the afternoon, we will stroll around the city to see the old colonial buildings, the small museum and Wat Kampheng, a colorful temple in a peaceful garden. Then, we will drive 11 km along the Sang Ker River to reach Wat Ek Phnom temple (built by Suryavarman I in the 11th century).

Overnight at luxury hotel in Battambang.

Day 17: BATTAMBANG (B/L/D)

This morning after breakfast at your hotel, we will visit to Wat Damrei Sor (White Elephant pagoda) and then visit to the Prahok market. The Prahok being a fermented fish meat paste used in recipes Khmer cooking.  Continue to the well preserved 11th century Prasat Phnom Banan, located on top of a hill bearing the same name.

After climbing the 350 steps you are treated to a peaceful setting with superb views across the surrounding countryside. Small villages are dotted in and around the endless rice paddies, punctuated with the characteristic sugar palm trees.

Experience with Bamboo train ride as it is unique local transportation in Cambodia. Continue to the last visit the striking hilltop pagoda of Phnom Sampeau. This massive limestone outcrop is dissected by a number of caves with some containing unexpected reminders of Cambodia’s turbulent history. Wait to view Sunset and visit Bats flying out from the cave of this mountain.

Overnight at luxury hotel in Siem Reap

Day 18: BATTAMBANG – BANTEAY CHHMAR – SIEM REAP (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. You will leave Battambang depart to the north towards the city of Svay Sisophon. You will sink in the province of Banteay Chhmar to discover the temple of the same name, Banteay Chhmar ( ‘Citadel of Cats), famous for his depictions of the face of Jayavarman VII. You progress along beautiful countryside to the enigmatic Khmer temple of Banteay Top.

The central tower has collapsed here, and there is no longer a gigantic heap of ruins. There is still this temple original wooden supports, which is rare in a country with a tropical climate. Can you then launch in the careful exploration of the temple of Banteay Chhmar, and can appreciate the sublime sculptures Lokesvara with 32 arms, including Khmer nickname Lok Sam Pi means “Mr. 32”.

These sculptures are similar to the wonders of the Hall of Preah Khan temple dancers. You will climb this sleeping giant, and then visit the outdoor complex, with the door of Ta Prohm encircled by a moat replica of the imposing gates of Angkor Thom cited.

Transfer direct to your hotel in Siem Reap for check in and free time.

Overnight at luxury hotel in Siem Reap

Day 19: SIEM REAP – FULL DAY ANGKOR (B/L/D)

Today get up early morning with packed breakfast for sunrise and explore Angkor Wat and then the Angkor complex. Start with local transportation (Tuk Tuk) to Angkor Thom, the fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enter by the monumental South Gate (over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant Naga) to visit Bayon Temple and continue to the Terrace of the Elephants.

And then we continue to visit Ta Phrom – it has been controversially left to the destructive power of the jungle by French archaeologists to demonstrate the awesome power of nature. 

In the afternoon we continue to the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat – is the largest and most impressive of all the temples and also the 7th wonder of the world.

Overnight at luxury hotel in Siem Reap

Day 20: SIEM REAP – KBAL SPEAN TREKKING – BANTEAY SREI – BANTEAY SAMRE (B/L/D)

Today, we will head to Kbal Spean, after a 30 mins trekking in the forest, we will arrive at Sahasralina, the River of a Thousand Lingas. The remarkable 11th-century riverbed rock carvings display a gallery of gods and celestial beings including Vishnu reclining on the serpent Anata, Shiva, Brahma, Lakshmi, Rama and Hanuman. Continue to Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), where the centre wildlife is rescued near the temples of Angkor originates.

Afternoon explore the greatest fine-art of Angkor Empire at Banteay-Srey temple where built in pink sandstone and the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. On the way back visit Preah Dak Village is one of the famous villages along the way to Banteay Srei Temple. It is located on the way just off from the large circle if you visit that area then you should stop by and see the villager activities like, collecting the palm juice from the palm tree top, making handicraft, making sugar palm, making a ring for sugar palm, especially, you can taste the Cambodian Rice Noodle there are the Best place to eat. The visit is combined with the discovery of Banteay Samre.

Overnight at luxury hotel in Siem Reap

Day 21: SIEM REAP – ROLOUS GROUP – GRAND CIRCUIT (B/L/D)

Morning, visit Roluos Group temple, a collection of monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire. The Angkor period was inaugurating  in 802 with the establishment  of the first capital on Phnom Kulen by king Jayavarman II. Nearly 50 years after, he moved the capital to Hariharalaya,   probably for defensive   reasons. Four successive kings reigned at this site for over 70 years before Yasovarman built Phnom Bakheng and moved the capital to the Angkor area 905.  We  will  visit  the  three  main  temples  of  this  site,  Prasat  Bakong,  the  oldest  temple mountain of the Angkor-era, Prasat Preah Ko, with beautiful preserved carvings and Prasat Lolei, 4 tours built in the middle of a now dry baray

Afternoon you will visit the Grand Circuit of temples: Preah Khan, Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang, Neak Poan and Ta Som. Late afternoon, you will enjoy sunset at Pre Rup temple.

Overnight at luxury hotel in Siem Reap

Day 22: SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP LAKE – CITY TOUR (B/L/D)

Today, we will leave a boat excursion to view wonderful landscape of Tonle Sap Great Lake called Kampong Khleang is located on the northern lake-edge about 35 km east of Siem Reap town, more remote and less touristic than Kampong Phluk. Visitors to Kampong Khleang during the dry season are universally awestruck by the forest of stilted houses rising up to 10 meters in the air. In the wet season the waters rise to within one or two meters of the buildings. Like Kampong Phluk, Kampong Khleang is a permanent community within the floodplain of the Lake, with an economy based in fishing and surrounded by flooded forest. But Kampong Khleang is significantly larger with near 10 times the population of Kampong Phluk, making it the largest community on the Lake.

Afternoon, we will visit to Silk Farm, you will witness the way how local people producing Khmer Silk such as Phamung, Lboeuk and Holm using traditional method. Vsit Le Artisan D’Angkor Center, a place where traditional handicrafts and sculptures are made. we will visit to workshop of Senteurs d’Ankgor in Siem Reap, Cambodia. As you can observe the coloring of sugar palm leaves and their weaving to produce boxes made from natural fibers.

Day 23: RETURN BACK TO HOME (B)

Free on own leisure until time for our driver pick up for transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight. Trip end here!

VIETNAM & CAMBODIA 23 DAYS

DEPARTURE DATE LAND TOUR ONLY (2 OCCP.) CAD P.P  SINGLE SUPPLEMENT CAD P.P
NOV 12, 2019  CAD6295.00  CAD2595.00

**Prices valid until Nov 30, 2018

**Prices exclude international air fare, please speak with us for accurate quotation.

**Prices are based on double occupancy, and per each guest.

**Payment by cheque or cash only.

**Credit card not accepted except for deposit.

What the tour price includes:
*All luxury hotels & special style hotel accommodations.
*All airport transfers
*Tipping tour guides and driver
*All ground private transport during tours as specified (air, cruise, and coach).
*Daily meals mentioned in the itinerary and featuring regional specialities.
*All the entertainment and shows mentioned in the program
*Guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary.
*Air tickets for flights: Hanoi – Hue & Danang – HCM City
*English-speaking guides throughout tour.

What the tour price not includes:
*Vietnam Visa (If any applicable)
*Cambodia Visa & Visa Fees (if any applicable)
*Travel Insurance
*Gratuities for tour leader where applicable
*Optional admission charges
*Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call
*Late checkout / early check in (check in at 2 pm, check out at 12 noon)