15 Days Discover Southeast Asia Highlight Scenics
HANOI - HALONG - SAPA - HOA LU - TAM COC - DA NANG - HOI AN - HOCHIMINH - CU CHI - MEKONG - SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT
- Discover the spectacular sights, delectable cuisine and rich history of Vietnam and Cambodia, on a LUXURY journey from Hanoi and the limestone peaks of Halong Bay, to Siem Reap and the magnificent temples of Angkor. Visiting enchanting Sapa, Tam Coc, Hoi An, Saigon, Cu Chi and the Mekong en route.
- FLIGHTS INCLUDED: HANOI - DA NANG - HCMC - SIEM REAP
- Ninh Bình
- Lào Cai
- Hải Phòng
- Vịnh Lan Hạ
- Đà Nẵng
- tp. Hội An
- Hẻm 47/52 Đ
- Củ Chi
- tp. Mỹ Tho
- Xiêm Riệp
- Angkor Wat Basin
DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN HANOI
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. Stay overnight in Hanoi, 5* Hotel.
DAY 2 - HANOI
DAY TOUR & WATER PUPPET SHOW + OVERNIGHT SLEEPING BUS TO TAM COC
Have Breakfast at your hostel (Included)
Free day for you to rest or begin exploring the city. In the afternoon, take a 1-hour bike ride through the Old Quarter, enjoy Hanoi’s beautiful late-afternoon colors, and visit a traditional Vietnamese “long house”. In the evening watch a performance of the renowned Water Puppet Theater whose origins date back over a thousand years.
Take off from Hanoi on our PRIVATE CAR at 6PM to be in Tam Coc at 21.30.
Check-in at Tam Coc Ricefields Resort and have dinner (Incl.)
DAY 3 - HOA LU - TAM COC
7.30- 8.30 - Have breakfast and take in the mountain scenery as you get ready to explore the surrounding area.
9.00 - Take the early boat trip down to the Tam Coc River- rowed by the local people - in Hoang Long river to visit Tam Coc (three caves) on the way. You pass through three enormous caves that provide a brief respite from the intense summer sun. It takes approximately two hours to go up and down the river and along the way, you witness local fisherfolk, village life along the river and, of course, the striking limestone karst formations that Tam Coc is famous for.
12.00- 12.30 - Enjoy lunch at Duc Tuan Restaurant served with goat meat that the Ninh Binh province is famous for.
- After lunch, you connect the bicycles from the hostel and are then free to explore the local countryside and ancient temples that surround Tam Coc.
15.00 - Be back at Duc Tuan Restaurant, then the bus will pick up and transfer you back to Hanoi after two hours.
18.00 - Arrive in Hanoi
21.00 - Overnight Sleeping bus to Sapa
DAY 4 - SAPA
1ST DAY - 16KM TREK SAPA - SA SENG - HAU THAO - SU PAN - GIANG TA CHAI (B,L,D)
You have your breakfast at a hostel in Sapa town and then leave the big backpack there for free. Just take with you a small bag with necessary stuffs for 2 days trekking.
You will begin the trek to Villages such as Sa Seng, Hau Thao, Su Pan and Giang Ta Chai to see the famous rice terraces and mountains of Sapa. You will enjoy the lunch with local family and have a short break. You will be taken to local markets and introduced to our guide’s family to get some insight on the Black H’Mong people’s unique way of life. Our guide will answer any questions you may have about her people and the region. You will have dinner when you arrive at the Homestay in Giang Ta Chai village and rest up for tomorrow’s trek.
DAY 5 - SAPA
7KM TREK TA VAN - SEO MI TI - GIANG TA CHAI & BUS BACK TO HANOI (B,L,D)
Wake up to the morning mist and the sounds of the village as the locals start their day. You will have breakfast at your homestay then start the scene trek. You will trek to the bamboo forest, Seo Mi Ti village and Giang Ta Chai's waterfall to witness the daily life of the H'Mong and the Red Dao people. After a break to enjoy the fabulous view from the waterfall, you will trek back to Ta Van homestay to have lunch and pack up your gear head back to Sapa by a car. You will have 1 hour to pick up any last minute souvenirs before catching a 4PM TRAIN back to Hanoi.
ARRIVE IN HANOI AT APPROXIMATELY 10PM
Stay overnight in Hanoi, 5* Hotel.
DAY 6 - HALONG BAY 5* CRUISE
HON GAI HARBOUR - BAI TU LONG BAY - CONG DO - CAP LA ISLAND - TRA SAN
7.30 - 8.00 - Pick up at your hotel
11.30 - 12.15 - Arrival at Hon Gai International Harbour.
12.30 - 13.00 - Transfer by tender to boat, enjoy Welcome Drink, Depart to Bai Tu long Bay.
13.00 - 14.30 - Enjoy Lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admire the fascinating formations on the way.
15.30 - 16.30 - Transfer from boat to rowing boat to visit Vung Vieng Fishing Village.Rowers are local people wearing traditional costume. It’s the opportunity to see the fisher’s daily life with the primary features in the charming nature.
16.45 - 17.30 - Enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach at Ban Chan Beach.
17.30 - Return to boat - Continue cruising through the bay.
18.30 - Anchor for overnight at Cong Do area.
18.30 - 19.00 - Cooking Demonstration in restaurant.
19.30 - 21.00 - Savor a delicious Set Dinner in dinning room.
21.00 - 22.30 - Activities: Relax on deck, Beauty Spa services, drink service available or night time fishing.
23.00 - Relax, enjoy fresh air & overnight on board.
DAY 7 - HALONG BAY 5* CRUISE - HANOI
06.30 - Enjoy sunrise over the Bay or take part in our morning Tai Chi session.
06.45 - 07.45 - Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in dining room.
08.00 - 08.30 - Explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son cave.
09.00 - 09.30 - Check-out cabins and settle bills – Luggage collection
09.30 - 10.30 - Having international Buffet Brunch served in dining room.
10.30 - 11.00 - Arrival at the pier. Farewell & Transfer to Noi Bai Airport
17.00 - ARRIVE AT NOI BAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
APROX. 18.00 - FLIGHT TO DA NANG & TRANSFER TO HOI AN
21.30 - CHECK-IN AT HOI AN 5* HOTEL
DAY 8 - HOI AN & MY SON
At 7:30 am: Our driver and Guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hoi An center and depart to My Son Holy Land to explore and research.
In My Son Holy Land, the towers and tombs have been dated from VII century to XIV century, but archaeological findings show us that the Cham kings were buried here since IV century. The total of buildings are more than 70 towers including small, normal and large towers. My Son Sanctuary supposedly is the religion center and culture of the Champa Ancient KinGdom.
Most of the buildings were built by wood, but they had been destroyed since the 6th century in fires. In the 7th century, My Son was restored by Sambhuvarman who rebuilt the temples with special bricks which have existed until now. Up to the 13th century, more than 70 similar temples had been built, establishing My Son as a sanctuary of Hinduism in the Champa Kingdom. Although scientists have been conducting researches for many years, they still do not know the secret of how to make those bricks and build those towers.
After visiting My Son Sanctuary, learn about its history as well as architecture, you will come back Hoi an boat.
You will then travel up the Thu Bon river by motorized boat , stop to visit the traditional Kim Bong carpentry village before returning to Hoi an center.
COME BACK TO HOI AN AT APPROXIMATELY 3PM.
DAY 9 - RELAX IN HOI AN - HCMC
After 9 days of active travelling this beautiful country you deserve a day to relax.
Stay at Hoi An 5* Hotel
Enjoy Hoi An, it’s beautiful people, architecture, beaches and incredible food. You can rent a bicycle or hire a taxi to move around.
Com ga, or chicken rice, is not exclusive to Hoi An, but locals have successfully improved on it, making it one of their signature dishes.
A dish of chicken rice is mouth-watering with its pleasantly yellowed rice topped with hand-shredded chicken and herbs. It is served with a small bowl of soup containing some chicken giblets like heart and liver.
It is said that to make the famous com ga, Hoi An people carefully choose rice and chicken of top quality. They season the rice before cooking it with chicken broth and pandan leaves on wood-fired clay ovens.
The most highly recommended com ga eateries are Ba Buoi at 22 Phan Chu Trinh Street and its next-door neighbor Ty. A street stall on Le Loi Street, named Huong, is also said to be good.
Cao lau is a rice noodle believed to have been invented in Hoi An. It is equally delicious but, for some reason, less popular than mi Quang.
In a way it has some things in common with Chinese and Japanese noodles. Its al dente noodles, for instance, look raw and thick like Japanese udon. Its toppings include slices of pork that look like char siu or Chinese barbecued pork.
Cao lau is eaten with lots of herbs and vegetables which greatly enhance its flavors.
One of the best places for cao lau is a food stall named Ba Be in a market opposite Ong Temple.
Trung Bac Restaurant at 87 Tran Phu is also said to sell original cao lau.
Tailor Made Clothes: There are more than 400 tailor shops around the town for everything: dress, skirts, shirts, bikinis, shoes, accessories and even jewelries. You can custom made whatever you want.
Get Lost: Though tourists seem to almost outnumber the locals in the town, Hoi An’s Old Town has lost none of its traditional charm. Life here moves in the slow lane, with this town seemingly still stuck in the old ages, in a good way.
Hoi An is famous for its hand-made lanterns, which adorn all the main streets in the Old Town. Found in an array of colours and designs, the brighten up the street during the day but look even better at night when they are all lit up.
There are numerous cultural attractions to spend your time in, including the Japanese Bridge and various old houses and assembly halls. If that’s not your thing, rent a bicycle or hire a cyclo driver and explore the streets and river banks whilst being accompanied by gentle music playing on loudspeakers throughout the town!
Evenings are a special time in Hoi An, when the town really comes to life. Everyone seems to come out to play once the sun goes down and the lanterns are lit, with lots of activities to be had. Check out local performances and get-togethers, munching on some street food or buy a floating lantern for luck (to send down the river).
Be sure to head over the bridge to the An Hoi peninsula for the night market and stunning views of the warmly lit up streets of Hoi An from the opposite bank.
DAY 10 - HOI AN - HCMC
7.00: TRANSFER TO DA NANG AIRPORT & FLIGHT TO HCMC
11.30: Transfer to HCMC & Check-in Saigon 5* Hotel
FREE TIME: We highly recommend to go to the War Museum today to have enough historical and cultural background to fully appreciate the trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
DAY 11 - HCMC - MEKONG DELTA - HCMC
8.00AM: PICK UP AT YOUR HOTEL
Escape the city for a tour of the Mekong Delta, where you'll see what life is like beyond the urban centre of the south. About 2.5 hours away is the city of My Tho, a former naval base that is now a bustling port city in the Mekong Delta.
The area is the final destination of the mighty Mekong River, which winds its way from Tibet, through China, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, and finally into Vietnam. An incredibly fertile region, the Mekong Delta's prime industry is food production, producing approximately half of Vietnam's total agricultural output. Local life for villages in the area revolves around the rivers and canals that make up the delta, so much so that people are more likely to transport by river than road.
Upon arrival into My Tho, we board our private boat for a cruise on the Mekong River. Our first stop is at a fish farm, to gain an insight into one of the cottage industries in the region. On our Mekong tour, we'll visit an island with lush tropical gardens where we have a chance to sample tropical fruit. Continuing to another island in the Mekong Delta, we'll learn more about another cottage industry, coconut candy. Your local guide will take you to a factory and explain the process of making the sweet. As we meander down the Mekong, we'll have a chance to visit local villages in the area and learn more about the traditional lifestyles, culture, and customs of people who call the Delta their home.
Continuing on our Mekong discover, we'll travel by Xe Loi (motorised cart), and visit a bee farm, from where we'll transfer to a smaller rowing boat to help us get deeper into the smaller canals of the Delta. For lunch, we'll hit up Diem Phuong restaurant, where your local guide will provide you with some advice on the finer points of local cuisine and assist with ordering some of these delicacies.
After lunch, our Ho Chi Minh City river tour will come to an end, and we'll head back to My Tho for the journey back to Ho Chi Minh City where you will be dropped off at your hotel.
DAY 12 - HCMC - SIEM REAP
CU CHI TUNNELS
8.00: Pick up at your hotel & Transfer to Cu Chi where you will spend half day.
The Cu Chi Tunnels, which highlight the dedication and ingenuity of Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War, are a must-see destination in Southern Vietnam. On your Cu Chi Tunnels half-day tour, you’ll spend the morning wandering this vast underground complex that was once buzzing with thousands of soldiers. The site is a startling contrast to today’s Vietnam, a fast-developing country where the legacy of war is almost forgotten.
17.00: Transfer to HCMC International Airport & Flight to Siem Reap
20.30: Transfer to Siem Reap & check-in at Siem Reap 5* Hotel
FREE TIME FOR YOU TO EXPLORE THE CITY
DAY 13 - SIEM REAP
ANGKOR WAT - Ta Prohm / Ta Nei / Takeo / Angkor Thom / Bayon (L/D)
08:30: Depart from your hotel in Siem Reap and drive to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm. Embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees, it is well-known as the location for the Tomb Raider movies, and was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery in the late 12th century.
Trek through thick jungle to the remote and peaceful temple of Ta Nei and walk along the west gate through the forest until you reach the east entrance of the sandstone Ta Keo Temple. Enjoy superb jungle views, before heading to a local restaurant for lunch.
14:00: Continue your Angkor Thom tour at Victoria Gate, one of the 5 gates of the old city. Walk to Elephant Terrace, from where Angkor rulers would view their returning armies. Continue to the Terrace of the Leper King. Admire the enclosure of the Royal Palace, and the Hindu temple of Phimean Akas (Celestial Temple).
Continue to the 3-tiered mountain temple of Baphuon, and the richly-decorated Bayon Temple, known for its impressive bas-reliefs. Return to the hotel and freshen up for dinner at a local restaurant, where you will watch a traditional Apsara performance recounting the myths of the cloud and water spirits.
DAY 14 - SIEM REAP
Angkor Wat / Preah Khan / Banteay Srei / Banteay Samre (B,L)
08:30: Depart from your hotel to visit Angkor Wat. Built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th-Century, it is one of the most extraordinary structures in the world. A prime example of the classical style of Khmer architecture, explore the temple complex, before heading for the ancient Buddhist University of Preah Khan. Continue to Neak Pean, an island temple sitting in the tranquil pools of an ancient reservoir. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
14:00: Continue your tour at Banteay Srei, the exquisite “Women’s Citadel” near the hill of Phnom Dei. En route, watch the daily life of sugar palm farmers, and visit the 12th-century Hindu temple of Banteay Samre.
Drive back to Siem Reap at the end of your extraordinary 2-day adventure. The tour ends with a hotel drop-off at approximately 17:00.
FREE TIME FOR YOU TO EXPLORE THE CITY AND BUY LAST MINUTE SOUVENIRS
Day 15 - SIEM REAP & FAREWELL
TRANSFER TO SIEM REAP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 3H BEFORE DEPARTURE.
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