PRG 02: 17D16N VIETNAM IMPRESSION HANOI – NINH BINH – SAPA – HA LONG – HOI AN – HO CHI MINH – CHAU DOC – PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP

DAY 1: HA NOI ARRIVAL

Upon arrival Noi Bai airport, Hanoi, meet up our local tour guide and transfer to city centre.

Check in time after 2pm (early check in if room is available).

Free at night to explore Hanoi Old Quarters – the top special historical vestige and the streets have a nearly 1,000-year old history. Exploring the locals’ daily life, the old-style narrow streets and houses, the colorful souvenir shops, and of course trying some of the most tasty traditional foods.

Overnight in Hanoi

 

DAY 2: HA NOI – HOA LU & TAM COC – HANOI – NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAO PROVINCE   (B)

Our tour guide pick you at hotel and transfer to Ninh Binh which is located as far as 100 kilometers south of Hanoi, you can find a convergence of classical, historical values and captivating natural landscape – an ideal eco-spot tour.

Arriving in Ninh Binh city, first pay a visit to Hoa Lu – the ancient Royal Capital of Vietnam, visit the two temples: Temple of King Dinh and King Le, admire the unique architecture from ancient times.

Continue to boarding a small sampan to visit Tam Coc –known as Halong bay on landwhich, it means literally “three caves” for views of majestic limestone cliffs and mysterious caves, as well as countryside landscape like peaceful streams, rice paddies …

You will feel the fresh air and peaceful moments during 2hours boat trip, a very good opportunities for photo lovers.

Drive back to Hanoi in the afternoon. Free at your leisure in Old Quarters area.

In the evening, transfer to take the night train to Lao Cai province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km north-west of Hanoi.

Overnight on train (04pax in one cabin – soft sleeper with AC – without tour guide )

***Hanoi – Lao Cai: ETD 21:40 – ETA 05:35 by Sapaly Express Train or similar

 

DAY 3: LAO CAI – MINORITY LOCAL MARKET –  SAPA  HOMESTAY                        (B)

Arrival in Lao Cai station, picked up by our tour guide and have a breakfast at local restaurant.

Transfer to visit one of Local Markets in the region as below. Depending on the day of the week, the markets are operating in different villages. Meet various ethnic minorities who come to exchange not only their goods but also interesting everyday life stories from their own community.

In the afternoon, drive to Sapa, it is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity.

Hiking to Cat Cat Village is nestled at the bottom of Muong Hoa Valley, This village was formed in the 19th century, after various ethnic H’Mong and Dzao families came together from other mountainous areas in northern Vietnam. They started cultivating rice and corn in the region, as well as weaving fabric and creating handicrafts to get by.

You can get a glimpse of the residents’ traditional lifestyle by walking into any of the houses that are open for display. Stop at Cat Cat waterfall is one of the main attractions.

Walking through the village gives tourists a chance to glimpse into the daily lives of the local people and take part in traditional activities.

Overnight in homestay in Sapa

 

DAY 4: LAO CHAI & TAVAN VILLAGE       (B)

We embark on a lovely trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages Y Linh Ho –  Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H’mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by someof the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages.

Continue the road trip for some kilometers further to Heaven Gate and Tram Ton Pass. From here enjoy walking around for an hour for beautiful scenery of both two side of Hoang Lien Son mountain range.
Leaving the Heaven Gate for the way back downhill 7 km, then stop to pay visiting to some lush farm in O Quy Ho where different kind of vegetable, flower, fruit trees and even medicinal plants are grown for years which makes this part of Sapa ever green.

Overnight in Sapa

 

DAY 5: SAPA – MA TRA – TA PHIN – NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI   (B)

Today, start trekking to Matra-Ta Phin. Matra is the newly added location in a series of villages in Sapa that visitors can go to. The village is about 5km from the town of Sapa. This has around 50 households, resided by only H’Mong people. Ma Tra village has restored the traditional flax weaving loom, forging tools and carved silver production as part of tourism. There are also performances of traditional songs and dances. Lunch will then be after you are done visiting Matra village. After 2h walks from Matra, you will then reach Taphin village where the red Dao and H’mong reside. With this mix of ethnicity, the culture is this village is rather exciting and colorful. You will also have a chance to visit the unique caves in the Taphin area. This cave system is small and meandering, leading to all different direction but will eventually lead you to one point. The village also has an old monastery built during the French colonial period. There is also an arts and crafts house displaying and selling authentic jewelries made by the locals.

In the afternoon, transfer to Lao Cai station to cacth the night train to Hanoi.

Overnight on train (04pax in one cabin – soft sleeper with AC – without tour guide )

***Lao Cai – Hanoi: ETD 2140 – ETA 0530 by Sapaly Express Train or similar

 

DAY 6: HANOI – HALONG  BAY – OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE   (B)

Our tour guide pick you at railway station, have a breakfast & shower at local restaurant.

Transfer to Ha Long Bay – Recognized by Unesco as a World Heritage Site since 1994 for it thousands of natural islands and one of the most magnificent scenic spots in Vietnam as well.

The permanent beauty of Ha Long is created by three factors: stone, water and sky.

Ha Long Bay includes its infinitely rich system of grottoes and caves such as: Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto), Dau Go (Driftwood Grotto), Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto), Tam Cung (Three Palace Grotto), Trinh Nu (Virgin Grotto)… Each is a grandiose and refined natural architectural creation.

While exploring the bay, tourists will feel lost in a legendary world of stone islands which shapes change depending on the angle and the light.

Welcomed and check-in boat at noon, your seafood lunch will be served while the cruise slowly slides on romantic waves of the sea.

Afternoon is time for many interesting activities such as: visiting the cave, kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, cooking class…

Enjoy special dinner dish and continuing night program with the crew.

Overnight on cruise

 

DAY 7: HALONG BAY – HANOI    (B)

Start-up your new day with Tai Chi instruction or just do sunbathing on sundeck and feeling the magnificent dawn scene surrounding, then having breakfast and following cruise’s itinerary (visit cave or floating village…).

Cruising on the deep and clear blue waters of the sea while marveling at the wonderful landscapes of mighty islands and green islets will surely make that vacation a special one.

Brunch/or lunch will be served on board before check out time around 11h00.

You will be returned to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle.

Overnight in Hanoi

Note: The itinerary to visit Halong Bay could be changed by weather and local authority. Program in detail: TBA

 

DAY 8: HANOI – FLY TO DANG NANG – HOI AN  (B)

Our tour guide pick you at railway station, have a breakfast at local restaurant.

Transfer to airport to take morning flight to Da Nang city.

Upon arrival, tour guide pick you at airport and  transfer to Da Nang city, on the way, stop to visit Marble Moutain is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Da Nang city. The five mountains are named after the five elements: Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth).

The mountain is a fairy land with a dreamlike scenery, pagodas, grottoes… Climb to the top of Marble Mountain for brilliant views of Da Nang city.

Drop in the very famous traditional carving village to to see skillful marble products by talent artists.

Check in hotel in Hoi An . Rest & relax at beach or in town.

Overnight in Hoi An

 

DAY 9: HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN & TRADITIONAL VILLAGES   (B)

Explore Hoi An Ancient Town – an Eastern oriental classic captivation. With the strategic location on the banks of the great river, with one seaside border (East), it used to be one of the major trading centers in Southeast Asia during the 16th century due to the early western trader occupying period.

Visit the traditional architecture and relaxed lifestyle, the centuries-old homes of merchants, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful, bustling market…

Enjoy a boat trip on Thu Bon River to visit Thanh Ha Pottery Village, you will visit a space of traditional occupational village preserved intact in cultural scenery. Continue to visit Kim Bong Carpentry Village – be the excellent combination of Cham kingdom, China, Japanese… and of course the talented hands of Vietnamese craftmen.

Free in the afternoon at beach & own activities.

Overnight in Hoi An

 

DAY 10: HOI AN – HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNELS        (B)

Check out hotel, transfer to airport to take morning flight to Ho Chi Minh city, commonly known as Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam which was once considered “Pearl of the Far East”.

Upon arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, our tour guide pick you and transfer to visit Cu Chi Tunnels is around 70 kilometers northwest of Saigon.

Cu Chi Tunnels is a huge network of underground tunnels in the Cu Chi district, and part of a larger tunnel network underlying much of Vietnam. It became legendary in the war for facilitating the local guerrillas to  win over the American troops. The tunnel network stretches over 250km in total length, and comprises numerous shelters, classes, sleeping chambers, kitchens and wells inside.

Cu Chi tunnels are considered one of the can-not-miss Ho Chi Minh tourist attractions with its historical value as a symbol for the iron will of Vietnamese during the war.

Free at night to become young with fun and exciting tours, theatre performances, and music clubs…

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

 

DAY 11: HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA – CAI BE – CAN THO     (B)

Start a day by a Mekong Delta Tour to Cai Be market on Tien River, one of the floating markets in the western region of southern Vietnam was formed since the 19th century. All the goods are transported to the market by rafts and boats.

Arrival Cai Be market and cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then stop at local workshops where you can learn how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn…you can try and taste all kinds of candies with their family.

After that, take the rowing boat deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Stop to visit  the most beautiful ancient house in Mekong delta with the fruits garden to enjoy the tropical fruits.Then back to the boat to have wonderful cruising along the canal to see the lively activities of local life.

We continue to cruise to visit Cai Quy ancient house, and stop to see another family workshop where they make noodle and the rice husking mill…

In the afternoon, transfer to Can Tho city – the land of honest people, friendly smiles, green fields, laden-fruit orchards and romantic rivers.

Overnight in Can Tho

 

DAY 12: CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET – CHAU DOC CITY                        (B)

Morning, we start the boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating market-the biggest floating market in the Mekong delta.where we can have chance to get the most colourful pictures.

After discovering Cai Rang floating market, get off the boat to walk around the An Binh market- this is the very lively farmer market, where we can see all things from Mekong delta farm…

Back to the boat then continue to Rau Ram canal for walking tour along the village road to see the activities of local life and stop to visit The rice noodle workshop to learn how to make rice noodle…  We are cruising to the other canal to enjoy the fresh air and peaceful atmosphere of countryside.

Go to visit Binh Thuy Ancient House, the rare and perfect house preserved with the specific character of Cuu Long Delta in the past century. Finally, we stop at a local fruit garden. Then taste and enjoy fresh tropical fruits and green tea with their family.

Tranfer to Chau Doc city. If time permitted, we come to visit Cham Village –  ancient largest Mosques of Cham community in An Giang and to show a clear distinctive architecture and customs of residents.

Stop at Nui Sam mountain to enjoy a great green view & fresh air . Check in hotel. Rest & relax.

Overnight in Chau Doc

DAY 13: CHAU DOC – SPEEDBOAT TO PHNOM PENH – CITY TOUR    (B) 

After breakfast, transfer you to take the speedboat to Phnom Penh city, Cambodia.

At noon, arrival Phnom Penh and transfer to city centre.

In the afternoon, visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. Visit to the National Museum, This is one of Phnom Penh’s true architectural gems. The Museum is instantly recognizable with its warm red terracotta and its gracefully cured roof topped by dozens of guardian nagas. Then continue your visit at Wat Phnom Temple, a small hill crowned by an active Wat (Pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom Penh. We end the tour with sunset at Independence Monument commemorates the end of Cambodia’s ruled by France in 1953.

Overnight in Phnom Penh

 

DAY 14: PHNOM PENH –  FLIGHT TO SIEM REAP             (B)

After meeting our tour guide, we will learn about the dark side of Cambodia – Its more recent turbulent and harrowing history. Initially you visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S21), ironically a former school, located in a quiet Phnom Penh suburb, this was the infamous Khmer Rouge prison / torture centre. Once you have gained an initial insight of the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime you will be driven 15km from Phnom Penh to visit the ‘Killing Fields’. This is where Toul Sleng prisoners were forcibly marched and then executed; it is now a memorial site located in a beautiful tranquil setting. We will stop at Central Market is located in the heart of the Phnom Penh. The Khmer name of the market is Phsar Thmei, which translates to “new market”. The Central Market was built in 1937 during the French colonial period, in Art Deco style, and is painted bright ochre.

Transfer to Phnom Penh airport for flight to Siem Reap. Arrive in Siem Reap, meet our guide and transfer to hotel for check in.

Overnight in Siem Reap

 

DAY 15: SIEM REAP TOUR        (B)

After breakfast, then we drive to Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the new king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire. We begin to visit Bayon Temple. At the exact center of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), which bear more than a passing resemblance to the king himself. Next, we visit Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium and the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death. We continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances and traditional sports. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the reign of Uditayavarman 1 in the 11th century.

We continue to visit of Ta Prohm “Tomb Raider” fame. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy. We 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. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is most famous temple at Angkor.

Overnight in Siem Reap

 

DAY 16: SIEM REAP TOUR – FLY TO HO CHI MINH/HA NOI    (B)  

We will enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap Lake. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the “village” move from place to place following water levels and current. Return to Siem Reap and stop at the Artisan Art School of Angkor, Senteur Dangkors and leisure at the local market of Phsar Chas.

 

Transfer to airport to take flight return to Ho Chi Minh/Ha Noi (it depends on your international flight). Our driver pick you and transfer to hotel.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh/Ha Noi

 

DAY 17: HO CHI MINH/HA NOI DEPARTURE    (B)    

Transfer the airport for departure to next destination. It’s time to say goodbye, we thank you for traveling with us and warmly welcome you to come again.

 

*** ENJOY A WONDERFUL JOURNEY ***

 

PRICE INCLUDE:

  • Professional & helpful local English speaking guides during the tour
  • Accommodation based on TWN/DBL sharing room with daily breakfast
  • Private cabin on sharing cruise in Ha Long Bay with in-house English speaking guide
  • Vietnamese meals as mentioned in the program
  • Transportation by mordern vehicle-AC with experienced driver
  • All entrance fee & sightseeing as mentioned on program
  • Boat trip as mentioned
  • Speedboat Chau Doc – Phnom Penh
  • 02 bottles (500 ml) of drinking water for each pax per day tour

 

 

PRICE EXCLUDE:

  • International flight ticket & airport tax (if have).
  • Domestic flight:
    • Ha Noi – Da Nang & Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh
    • Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
    • Siem Reap – Ha Noi or Ho Chi Minh
  • Visa arrangement: Visa approver letter & Visa stamp fee
  • Personal expenses: Tel, Fax, Mini Bar, Laundry, etc…
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional serives or optional tours
  • Tippings for tour guides & drivers
  • Peak Season & public holiday surcharge with compulsory dinner if any: TBA

 

CHILD POLICY (accompanied by group of 02 adults up)

  • Under 4 years: Free of charge landtour ( parents pay domestic flight, extra breakfast and other services if any)
  • From 04 – under 11 year old
  • Child no bed: 60%
  • Child with bed: 75%
  • Child from 11 year old: considered as a adult

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