14 Days Real Vietnam and Cambodia
14 Days Real Vietnam & Cambodia bring you the real what you are expecting. You have the chance to explore the nature and beauty of Halong Bay – World Natural Heritage, Hoi An old town with colourful lanterns, floating daily life in Mekong River. Start from the charming city – capital of Cambodia. Visiting the highlights of city as following: Old building of post office, Royal Palace and Wat Phnom and then Toul Sleng and continue to discover Cambodia’s mystical Angkor Wat temple – The cultural heritage site of the World.
Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Airport pick up – Hotel check in (Meal: No)
Welcome you to Vietnam. Our driver will pick you up at Noi Bai airport and transfer you to the hotel in Hanoi old quarter – more exciting for tourist.
Check in the hotel and your your own free time to see how lovely Hanoi old quarter is.
Hotel check in time: 13:00
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise (Meal:B,L,D)
Please check out the room and you can leave your luggage at the hotel. You can only bring hand bag with something for the trip: passport, clothes, camera, walking shoes, sandals, and any thing you need for trip.
07:50 – 08:10: Tour guide and bus pick you up at the hotel. Heading to Halong Bay with short break time on the haft way.
12:45: Arrive Halong harbor. Crews welcome you on boat with Welcome Drink. Check in the cabin and enjoy the traditional Vietnamese Lunch. Lunch will be served while cruising among the islands to the center of Halong Bay.
After lunch time, free time to sunbathing on the sundeck, photo hunting time of peaceful view, local fisherman’s daily life.
15:00: Cruise anchors in the center of Halong Bay. Visiting the Amazing cave – one of the biggest and most beautiful grottos in Halong Bay.
16:00: Heading to Ti-Tov island where you can hike up to the top to view whole bay. From the top of this island, you can see a stunning seascape and sightseeing. Also you can do sunbathing on the sandy beach, swimming in the pure water.
17:15: Back to the boat. Enjoy the Sunset time with fruit and local Wine.
19:00: Dinner will be served with a lot of delicious Vietnamese foods.
After dinner, free time to watch movie, playing the card, or attend the Squid fishing game. Or simply, sharing the story with other people in your group.
Overnight on cruise
Day 3: Halong Bay – Kayaking – Hanoi (Meal:B,L)
You should wake up a little early to enjoy the Sunrise in Halong Bay – the nice moment during the trip.
7:00: Enjoy the breakfast with Tea & Coffee.
8:15: Going to do Kayaking among mountains, exploring the beauty of Halong Bay by your own.
9:30: Get back to cruise, check out the cabin.
Our chef on board will share with you how to make Vietnamese spring roll during the Cooking Demonstration, and you can make Spring Roll by yourself.
Then, take the leisurely time to rest on sundeck to view the bay.
11:00: Lunch will be served. Enjoy the meal while cruising back to Halong harbor
12:30: Get on the bus back to Hanoi with short break time on half way.
16:30 – 17:00: Arrive your hotel in Hanoi city.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi free day – Overnight train to Da Nang (Meal: B)
Hanoi old quarter – the most interesting area in the capital of Vietnam. You can spend today to walking around to visit Hoan Kiem Lake, tasting the street food, Egg coffee. Participating the Cooking Class to learn how to cook Vietnamese food. Experiencing the local life at local Thanh Ha Market, or just walk around shopping souvenir.
Until the transferred time to the train station, driver will pick you up at your hotel and drive to Hanoi train station for the train to Da Nang.
Train takes about 16 hours, along the train trip, you have the chance to see how beautiful is Vietnam with countryside scenery, local farmer’s life, simple and warmly villages…
Overnight in the train.
Day 5: Da Nang arrival – Train station pick-up – Hoi An check in (Meal: No)
Upon arrival Da Nang train station, your driver will pick you up at Da Nang train station and transfer you to Hoi An.
Check in the hotel in Hoi An.
Free time to exploring Hoi An old town by your own. Hoi An is an old town with the mixed Japaness, Chinesse and Vietnamese culture, architecture. It is also a nice place to make the tailor clothe with Vietnamese traditional silk.
Tasting some local food and drink on the riverside and enjoy the peaceful life.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoi An – My Son sanctuary Full Day (Meal: B, L)
8:00 – 8:30: The bus and tour guide pick you up at your hotel for My Son trip. Leaving Hoi An for My Son HolyLand. After one hours driving, arrive in My Son – the Holyland surrounded by the marvelous mountains, 48km west of Hoi An. My Son was chosen as a religious center, built in the late 4th century under the Cham’s King Bhadravaman. As a tower garden, My Son is a huge religious complex with over 70 towers and temples of different architectures. Wander through the elaborate carvings and sculptures of the Cham people, tourists are welcomed at the Old Tower of the Cham. Not only visit an interesting place, but also you can understand much more about the culture and civilization of ancient Champa people. Spending about 2 hours to enjoy and discover the beauty of Ancient buildings at of the Champa Kingdom with our tour guide.
12.00: Leaving My Son, get on the boat at boat station and taking a boat trip on Thu Bon River. All the local life of local people will appear on your eyes. You could visit the living of the local people and feeling the fresh air. You will have soft lunch on the boat and see the beautiful views along the river
13:30: The boat trip will finish at Bach Dang Boat station. Our driver will pick you up to local restaurant for lunch. Back to your hotel after lunch & End your trip!
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An – Da Nang airport – Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Meal: B )
Driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer to Da Nang airport for flight to HCM city.
Reaching Tan Son Nhat airport in HCM city, meeting driver at the airport and going to the hotel in HCM city.
Overnight at hotel in HCM city.
Day 8: Mekong Delta Discovery My Tho – Ben Tre Full Day (Meal: B,L)
07:30 – 08:00: Driver and tour guide will pick you up at your totel and leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and start your trip to depart for My Tho, the town lies on the left side of the Mekong River. Boarding the sampan and cruising down the river around the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.
Stop over at Unicorn Island, go walking around country lane and seeing orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, folk song music which performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation.
Riding a hand-rowed sampan through Thoi Son canal and treat yourself in the beauty of the countryside, visit the family business, visit honey-bee farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy workshop.
Have lunch at local restaurant. Break time.
In the afternoon, time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, meet the local villagers to experience the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Hammock relaxing and enjoy cool breeze for those can’t join the cycling trip. Return to Ho Chi Minh City.
17:00: Drop you off at your hotel.
Overnight at hotel in HCM city
Day 9: Cu Chi tunnel tour (Meal: B, L)
07:45-08:15 am: Tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in District 1 in Ho Chi Minh city and depart for Cu Chi tunnels trip. The trip to Cu Chi will take approximately one and a half hours bus driving.
Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of the war time. Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. Besides, there are also many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war. Afterward, special tea and cassava (guerilla’s food during the war) will be served.
Break time for relax or time for those who want to try the real shooting gun.
14:30: Bus drop you off at your hotel in HCM city.
Overnight at hotel in HCM city.
Day 10: HCMC – Bus to Phnom Penh Cambodia – Check in hotel (Meal: B )
07:30 am: Driver will pick you up from the hotel to bus station, Bus starts at 8.00 am and drive to Moc Bai border gate to enter Cambodia (bus time 6 – 7 hours). You will get visa on arrival with the help of bus crew (on request) for you to pass Cambodia.
Upon arrival Phnom Penh at early afternoon, meeting your driver (no guide) and transfer to hotel for check in.
The balance of the day free for your own times in capital.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh
Day 11: Phnom Penh – Killing Fields Choeung Ek – Russian Market (Meal: B, L)
08:30 am: Meeting driver and tour guide, then start visiting the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek, which will give us a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. Lunch at local restaurant. We will have time this afternoon to explore Psar Toul Tom Pong, also called the “Russian Market”, where anything and everything is for sales. Later this afternoon, we will take one hour boat cruise on the Mekong river.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 12: Phnom Penh – Bus to Siem Reap – Check in hotel (Meal: B )
Pick up by bus company and we take shuttle bus to Siem Reap and it takes 6 hours to arrive Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap bus station, we meet our driver (no guide) and transfer to hotel for check in.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 13: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat Temple Full Day (Meal : B,L)
After breakfast, meeting tour guide and driver then we drive to Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII.
We 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.
We continue to visit Terrace of the Leper King. 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.
After lunch, we continue to 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.
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.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap
Day 14: Siem Reap Departure (Meal: B)
Driver picks you up at your hotel according to your flight’s time, and transfer to Siem Reap airport for your flight out. Trip ends. Not included flight out ticket.
13 night’s accommodation included:
– 2 nights at hotel in Hanoi
– 1 night on Halong Bay cruise
– 1 night on the train
– 2 night at hotel in Hoi An
– 3 nights at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city
– 2 nights at hotel in Phnom Penh
– 2 nights at hotel in Siem Reap
All meals as mentioned: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
English speaking tour guide in Hoa Lu – Tam Coc tour, Halong Bay tour, Hoi An – My Son tour, Rice planting & Fishing trip, Mekong Delta – Cai Be floating village tour, Phnom Penh Past & Present trip, Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat Temple tour
Private airport pick up and transfer in Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh
Train ticket from Hanoi – Da Nang with soft sleeper berth, 4 berths per share cabin in train
Flight ticket from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh city with 20 kg check baggage and 7kg hand check
Transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
All entrance fees in itinerary
Kayaking Or Bamboo rowing boat trip in Halong bay
Photo hunting time
Welcome drink on board
Swimming time in Halong bay
Sunset time on cruise
My Son sanctuary visiting
Boat trip in Mekong River
Floating village visiting
Cu Chi tunnel visiting
Killing Fields visit in Phnom Penh
Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom temple in Siem Reap
Shuttle bus ticket Ho Chi Minh city – Phnom Penh
Shuttle bus ticket Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
Bus station pick-up and transfer in Ho Chi Minh city, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
Return international airfares to Vietnam and from Combodia
Beverages, Tips, and Personal Expenses
Tax and service charge
Other things not mentioned clearly in the packages
Visa to Vietnam & Cambodia
Child under 5 year old: free charge
Child from 5 to 9 year old: 75% of adult
Child above 9 year old: full charge
If you want to travel with opposite route, please advise!
If you want to upgrade into 4 or 5 star package, please advise!
If you want to travel as Private tour, please advise!
You want to extend your trip, please advise !
Itinerary can be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions
What to bring:
Please bring the lightweight, quick-dry clothing on summer, sun-cream, sun-glasses, long clothes covering the knees while visiting the temple and pagoda.
Bring the flashlight, alarm clock, Insect repellent, Sun block, sport shoes, cash for personal expenses, and hat or umbrella.
Prepare footwear: Sandals, hiking shoes, walking shoes, etc.
Double check your camera and photography equipment.
Warmer comfy clothes from October to March!