Discovery Vietnam – Cambodia in 15 Days
Exploring Vietnam and Cambodia in 15 days will help you understanding much more about both countries. You have the chance to live in nature and beauty of Halong Bay – World Natural Heritage, stunning terrace rice fields in Sapa, visit Hoa Lu ancient capital in 10th century, 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.
Enjoy welcome drink and check in the hotel.
Free time to visit Hanoi old quarter to see the local life, taste the local street foods…
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Hotel check-in time: 13:00
Day 2: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Cycling 1 Day (Meal: B,L)
8:00 – 8:30: Driver and tour guide will meet you at your hotel and depart the Hoa Lu – Tam Coc tour.
Bus will stop on the half way to get the break time after 1 hour and half in the bus. At this moment, you can stretch your legs and take some photos of countryside.
Keep heading to Hoa Lu – the ancient capital of Vietnam in 10th century under 2 Dynasties: Dinh and Le Empire. You will understand much more about Vietnam with King Dinh and King Le’s temple. Through this trip, you have the chance to find out about the history, culture, architecture, and development of Vietnam what is still maybe strange of you.
Then, bus will transfer you to the local restaurant where you have the buffet Lunch with a lot of local food. And one of most special and famous in Ninh Binh is goat meat.
After Lunch time, tour guide will help you understanding about Tam Coc before enjoy the rowing boat time on Ngo Dong River. Ngo Dong river meanders among the mountains and you will have the feeling that we are living in the most peaceful and beautiful place in the world. Boat takes you through the 3 caves ( Hang Ca, Hang Hai, Hang Ba ). You see not only the “Halong Bay on land”, but also you have the chance to meet the local farmers who is working in the rice field. Lovely time to understand more the local countryside’s life in Vietnam.
After rowing boat time in Tam Coc, you are riding bicycle to the paddy field and through the local village to discover the simple daily life of local people, you will have the awesome experience in the country.
16:00: Get back the bus and heading back to Hanoi. Saying goodbye the lovely point.
18:30: Arrive the hotel in Hanoi old quarter.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 3: 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.
08:00-08:30: After Breakfast at hotel, tour guide meets you and depart for Halong Bay trip. Arrive Halong harbor and get on the cruise. Check in the cabin before enjoy the delicious Vietnamese Lunch on cruise while cruising among the mountains in Halong Bay with stunning landscape. Visiting Sung Sot cave or Surprising cave-the biggest and most beautiful cave in Halong Bay. Stop at Titop island to hiking up to the top for awesome Halong Bay view point. Swimming on pure water on Titop beach. Feeling the peaceful Sunset in the by with fruit and local wine before Dinner be served.
Overnight on cruise.
Day 4: Halong Bay – Kayaking – Hanoi (Meal:B,L)
Beginning a new day with delicious Breakfast. Exploring how beautiful Halong Bay is by Kayaking time by your own. Learning how to make Vietnamese spring roll with Chef on cruise in Cooking Demonstration. Lunch will be served while cruising back to the harbor.
12:30: Get on the bus to come back Hanoi city.
17:00: Get off the bus at the hotel in Hanoi.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 5: 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 on the train.
Day 6: Da Nang arrival – Hoi An check in (Meal: No)
Our 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.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 7: Rice planting & Fishing Trip (Meal: B,L)
09:00-09:30 AM: Tour guide meet you at your hotel, cycle to a local farming village travelling along picturesque country roads, you have a chance to capture some amazing pictures with the farmers on the field, fishpond and the buffalo, you can also try to riding the water buffalo if you love it.
Keep riding to local home. Here, you will be welcome local water “En water”. Then, the farmer will take you to the boat station, boarding across the coconut-palm flanked waterways far from the traffic the motor scooters, and the noises the city to learn and try how to use the local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets and paddle the Vietnamese bamboo basket boats.
After that, you will be shared the daily work in the rural by local farmers, you will join in the activities of the farmers – collecting seaweed fertilizer, sowing, raking, watering and picking.
Leaving the garden, you will back to the farmer’s home and enjoy foot massage with the local herbal treatment.
After lunch, take a cycling back to you hotel.
13:30-14:00: Arrive your hotel. You get the free time to walk around exploring the beauty of Hoi An old town.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An free and easy (Meal: B)
Hoi An old town is a lovely place to relax and find out the traditional custom and architecture. Leisurely time walking around the town, taking photo of old house with Chinese and Japanese combination; Tasting a nice coffee on river side…All will be very memorable.
If you want to swim on the white and yellow sandy beach, it is a good time to relax on the beach in Hoi An. Sunbathing on the sunny beach, diving in the pure water, taste some local foods on the beach. It is hard to have the second time in our life.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An
Day 9: Hoi An – Da Nang airport – Ho Chi Minh city (Meals:B)
Today, you have free time to visit Hoi An town until the time Driver pick you up at the hotel and transfer you 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 10: Mekong Delta Discovery My Tho – Ben Tre Full Day (Meal: B,L)
07:30 – 08:15: 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 11: HCMC – Bus to Phnom Penh Cambodia – Check in hotel (Meal: B )
Pick up from the hotel to bus station, Bus starts at 7.00 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.
Arrive Phnom Penh. We meet our 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 12: Phnom Penh’s Past & Present (Meal: B,L)
Breakfast at hotel, visit to The Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek are not to be missed. A visit to these sights provides a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. Travelers will proceed to visit Independence Monument, which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony. We’ll visit Phsar Thmey “The Central Market”, a large market constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. The four wings of this gigantic yellow dome are teeming with stalls that sell goods ranging from gold and silver, antique coins, money exchange, books, flowers, food, fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, seafood and countless other products.
Later this afternoon, we will take one hour join boat cruise on the Mekong river.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 13: 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 14: Angkor Highlight (Meal: B,L)
Enjoy breakfast at hotel.
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.
Photo stop at 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.
Visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever.
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 in Siem Reap.
Day 15: Siem Reap – Departure (Meal: B)
Transfer SIEM REAP airport (no guide) 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.
Have a good flight!
Hotel check-out time: 12:00
14 night’s accommodation included:
– 3 nights at hotel in Hanoi
– 1 night on Halong Bay cruise
– 1 night on the train
– 3 night at hotel in Hoi An
– 2 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
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
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
Transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
Rowing boat in Tam Coc
Cycling time in Tam Coc
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
Rice planting time in Hoi An
Fishing time in Hoi An
Boat rip in Mekong River
Floating village 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
International flight into Vietnam and from Cambodia
All meals & beverages not specifically mentioned.
Tips, Personal Expenses & those not clearly mentioned above
Visa application (where applicable) and personal travel documents are the sole responsibility of travelers.
* If you want to upgrade from the train to flight, please let us know. As the train takes about 14 -16 hours, and the cabin has 4 beds for 4 people sharing. You might share this cabin with other people.
* We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance ( covering emergency medical evaluation ) for trips to Vietnam
* All accommodation is based on 3* option. Please advise if you wish to upgrade to 4* or 5*
* Hotel room might have no window which is very popular in the big city inVietnam. Please advise if you wish to stay at hotel room with window and extra cost is 10 usd/ 1 room/ 1 night.
* Please check out for Halong Bay cruise, Sapa 2 days trip or any 2 days trip in the package. I suggest you to leave your luggage at the hotel. You only need to bring a small bag with your passport, a few clothes and any thing you need for trip
* All the tour is group tour joining tour with different group in each city. If you would like to upgrade to Private tour, please inform us!
* Itinerary can be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions
The internal flight included 20kg checked luggage and 7kg hand luggage
* If need to bring with you your passport for overnight registration on sites
* Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. Past this date price and conditions may be readjusted
* The cost of air tickets is subject to chance without prior notice by the airline company.
* Reservation during peak season ( Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays ) may be subject to supplementary charges
* Rooms at hotel are available only from 14:00 on arrival day till 12:00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
* Your passport must be valid at least 6 months to the arrival date.
Child under 5 year old: free charge
Child from 5 to 9 year old: 75% of adult
Child above 9 year old: full charge