From Halong Bay to Siem Reap

From Halong Bay to Siem Reap
Starts
Hanoi
Destinations
+ 10
Ends
Siem Reap
Hanoi → Hai Phong → Lan Ha Bay → Halong Bay → Hoi An → Can Tho → Mekong Delta → Ho Chi Minh City → Siem Reap

Highlights

  • Visit keysites of Hanoi - Vietnam's charming capital
  • Water puppet show in Hanoi
  • Enjoy the breathtaking lanscape of Sapa
  • Learning the culture of minoroty trible and local life
  • Experience Halong Bay on a cruise (2 days/ 1 night package)
  • Angkor Wat Sunrise tour with breakfast and coffee
  • Visit South East Asia's largest freshwater lake.
Age range
< 18 year olds +5 more
Accommodation
3 / 4 / 5
Transportation

A journey from Halong Bay to Siem Reap offers you the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia which takes you through the highlights, history and culture of two diverse countries. Begin your journey immersed in the history of Hanoi, then feast your eyes on stunning natural landscapes of Halong Bay, experience the charming riverside town of Hoian, the exotic of Mekong Delta to the jaw dropping temples of Angkor. This is an unforgettable holiday that Vietnam Travel designed for you & your loved ones!

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.
    Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.

    Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai International Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with Hanoi by visiting Hanoi’s main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening, savor a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese food at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants.
    Meals: Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

  2. Day 2: Hanoi City Tour.
    Day 2: Hanoi City Tour.
    Day 2: Hanoi City Tour.
    Day 2: Hanoi City Tour.
    Day 2: Hanoi City Tour.

    Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital; with its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas.
    Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature; the Quan Thanh Temple, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake; and one of the city's museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). In the late afternoon enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance
    – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

  3. Day 3: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay – Overnight on cruise.
    Day 3: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay – Overnight on cruise.
    Day 3: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay – Overnight on cruise.
    Day 3: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay – Overnight on cruise.

    After breakfast, meet your driver at the lobby of hotel then spend just about 2 hours on one of Vietnam’s the most modern highways and South East Asia's longest cross-sea bridge to Cat Hai Island in Hai Phong City, where your romantic cruise awaits for you.
    12h15: Transfer by tender to your cruise.
    12h30: Welcome aboard! Enjoy welcome drinks while you receive the cruise briefing, safety instructions and check in. Start cruising and explore Halong Bay – one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
    12h40: Your cruise proceeds to Da Chong islet where you will see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. Enjoy lunch on cruise before continuing your journey via the islets of Duck (Con Vit) and Gia Luan. These amazing limestone karst formations rise up out of the sea in an impressive manner. This area is untouched due to being a fair way from Halong City, not so many tourist boats venture here, meaning it has a more isolated appeal.
    14h15: Progress to Trung Trang cave by bus on Cat Ba island which is located in the middle of Cat Ba National Park with Kim Giao forest around the cave. Trung Trang Valley is the largest valley on Cat Ba Island. The valley covers an area of approximately 300 hectares, has a depth of 10m to 30m and is around 15km in the middle of Cat Ba National Park. Trung Trang Cave measures 300m lengthwise through the mountains. The cave was carved by nature for more than 2000 years. The cave has many stalactites that take on various shapes that will awe and inspire visitors to use their imagination.
    17h00: Cruise gets in the less populated area at Tra Bau where is located in Lan Ha Bay. You will enjoy the green emerald and cool water by swimming.
    17h45: Return to your boat. You may watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin (if weather permits) or join a traditional cooking class. The cruise’s chef will instruct you in the making of some Vietnamese dishes. Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu).
    19h30: Dinner is served. Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served by professional on-board catering staffs.
    21h30: Enjoy drinks at bar and the landscape of the bay at night on the top deck. Squid fishing is one of the most interesting evening activities that you may like to experience. Overnight on board.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: On Cruise.

  4. Day 4: Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay – Overnight on cruise.
    Day 4: Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay – Overnight on cruise.

    Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Coffee, tea and pastries for light breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape, then continue your journey with the cruise's activities. Board on a day cruise, then you will take the bicycle trip along the village path and go through rain forests and dark tunnel at Viet Hai village. Enjoy stunning scenery of rice fields on the way. After lunch time, continue cruising, free kayaking and swimming on the crystal blue water with the all four sides enclosed by vertical cliffs (if the weather permits). Watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. Followed by a traditional cooking class & delicious dinner served for you by your wonderful onboard catering staff. The rest time of the day is yours to enjoy the landscape of the bay.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Overnight on cruise.

  5. Day 5: Halong Bay – Hai Phong – Hanoi – Fly to Danang – Hoian.
    Day 5: Halong Bay – Hai Phong – Hanoi – Fly to Danang – Hoian.

    6h00: Rise early to witness the bay at its very best whilst enjoying an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck. After breakfast, continue your journey and head out by canoes to explore the bay in the area where the Dark & Bright Cave is situated.
    9h45: Return to The Orchid for check-out procedures.
    10h15: Enjoy a delightful brunch as you are navigating back to Dinh Vu Pier.
    11h35: Disembark.
    12h10: Transfer to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport for your in-country flight to Danang. Upon arrival, your driver will meet you and take you to your hotel in Hoian, a sleepy riverside ancient town.
    Meals: Brunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.

  6. Day 6: Hoian City Tour.
    Day 6: Hoian City Tour.
    Day 6: Hoian City Tour.

    From the 16th to 18th centuries Hoian was a thriving international port frequented by Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders, who came to trade in the high quality silk still produced in the region. Today, Hoian is a relaxing resort popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, skilled tailors and numerous cafes. Take a morning walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient town, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. After lunch, take a short boat trip to a nearby island and visit a handicraft village specializing in ceramics. Return to the resort in the late afternoon and enjoy the free evening at your leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.

  7. Day 7: Hoian Ecotour.
    Day 7: Hoian Ecotour.
    Day 7: Hoian Ecotour.
    Day 7: Hoian Ecotour.

    * Wet Rice Farmer Tour (4.5 Hours): 8:00 AM: Pick up at hotel by bicycle. Take a leisurely bike ride to a local farm, passing through rice paddies and breathing in the fresh air. Meet the local farmer and learn about daily farm life. Enjoy a break while sipping a cup of tea in the rice fields before changing into your farming clothes! Change into farm clothes before getting into muddy rice fields: Authentic Vietnamese traditional farmer clothes, conical hat, boots (provided). Learn the traditional process of growing wet rice and what it entails including the agricultural water system and farming techniques such as using a water buffalo plough! Spend the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps on a sandy beach or explore the enchanting ancient town.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.

  8. Day 8: Hoian – Danang – Fly to Can Tho.
    Day 8: Hoian – Danang – Fly to Can Tho.

    After breakfast, you are free until transfering to Danang Airport then take a short flight to Can Tho, a city is famous for its floating markets, Buddhist pagodas, delicious food and fresh fruits and the beauty of the Mekong delta. The name “Can Tho” comes from "Cam Thi Giang" – river of poems, also referred to as "Tay Do" meaning "Western Capital". Drop off your luggage at the hotel then visit a 100-year old Vietnamese/ French style house in Binh Thuy ward, about five kilometers from downtown. This ancient house has been captured in many films such as "The Silt Ways", "The Bac Lieu", "Mandarin’s Son" and "The Lover" (L'amant) – based on the Marguerite Duras novel.
    This afternoon city tour of Can Tho also takes you to Muniwangsyaram Pagoda, a typical Khmer Buddhist pagoda boasting elegant gilded exterior and fine ornaments, and the nearby museum which is well laid out and informatively provides a review of the Mekong's history. Lastly, you wouldn't want to miss out on top attractions by a leisure walk along Ninh Kieu Quay and the pedestrian bridge which is perfect for a short stroll and a break from the busy streets.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho.

  9. Day 9: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City.
    Day 9: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City.
    Day 9: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City.

    Wake early and take a motorized boat to see the famous Cai Rang floating market where hundreds of vessels congregate with a pieces of fruits or a vegetables attached to a pole at the bow signifying what is for sale on each. Continue the boat ride to visit the Mekong Delta’s famous fruit orchards and sample the fresh, exotic fruit. Then venture deeper into the country-side, passing traditional houses made of wood and palm leaves as you observe the activities of the local people. Return to Can Tho then drive to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s modern metropolis.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

  10. Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels & Ho Chi Minh City Tour.
    Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels & Ho Chi Minh City Tour.
    Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels & Ho Chi Minh City Tour.
    Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels & Ho Chi Minh City Tour.

    After breakfast at the hotel, travel to the outskirts of Saigon to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels are an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. In the afternoon you will visit such sites as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Post Office and Ben Thanh Market.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

  11. Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Siem Reap.
    Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Siem Reap.
    Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Siem Reap.

    Enjoy a free morning in Ho Chi Minh City transferring to Tan Son Nhat International Airport to catch a regional flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor. Begin your guided tour at Angkor National Museum for a brief introduction to the history. The modern museum showcases artifacts from the Golden Era of the Khmer Empire by use of multimedia technology. Later in the afternoon, wander the old market of Siem Reap with its labyrinth of lanes filled with boutiques, galleries, cafes and small bars.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

  12. Day 12: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples.
    Day 12: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples.
    Day 12: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples.
    Day 12: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples.
    Day 12: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples.
    Day 12: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples.

    Enjoy an entire day dedicated to discovering the mysterious Angkor temples. Wake before dawn and take a “tuk-tuk” ride to visit the magnificent Angkor Wat - the largest Khmer temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architecture. Return to hotel for breakfast then set back out on the tour to visit the jungle-entwined temple, Ta Prohm. From there you will proceed to Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Next, visit Bayon Temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Drive back to your hotel in the late afternoon and spend rest of the day at your leisure for personal shopping at the markets or to relax at your hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  13. Day 13: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Horse Ride.
    Day 13: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Horse Ride.
    Day 13: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Horse Ride.

    This morning, take a short walk through a tranquil Siem Reap neighborhood to learn about the local way of life before driving to Tonle Sap Lake, South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season. A boat trip on the lake reveals rural Cambodian life as it co-exists with the seasonal floods, with floating and stilted villages where communities dwell in an aquatic world. Return to town for lunch. At 2:00pm head to the Happy Ranch Horse Farm. Horses will take you on a journey to places that are otherwise unreachable, through local countryside villages, scenic rice fields and tourist-free temple ruins, all waiting to be explored; an authentic taste of the real Khmer lifestyle viewed from horseback. Spend rest of the day by your hotel’s swimming pool.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  14. Day 14: Siem Reap Departure.
    Day 14: Siem Reap Departure.

    Have breakfast at hotel then enjoy a free morning before driving to Siem Reap International Airport to catch your departure flight home.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: N/A.

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      All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
    1. Guide

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      English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request) 
    2. Meals

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      Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: 1 brunch, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

       

    3. Transport

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      Private Car/Van with Air-Conditioning.
      Bus: Hoi An Eco Tour

       

    • Flights

      Hanoi - Danang by Vietnam Airline 
      Danang - Can Tho by Vietjet 
      Saigon - Siem Reap by Vietnam Airline 

       


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    Price Includes

    • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
    • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • 3 flights (Hanoi – Danang, Danang – Can Tho, HCMC – Siem Reap).
    • Halong Bay cruise package (3 days/ 2 nights).
    • Services of private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles.
    • Service of English speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

    Price Excludes

    • International flight into Vietnam and out Cambodia.
    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
    • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
    • Tips for guides and drivers.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • Visa fee.


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