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Angkor Wat & Northern Vietnam

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Highlights: Siem Reap - Hanoi - Sapa - Halong bay
  • This program combines the hidden charm of Vietnam and the mystical treasures of Angkor in Cambodia with a unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty and traditional lifestyle found throughout the Mekong Delta... The tour is flexible can start in Hanoi (Vietnam) and end in Siem Reap (Cambodia) or vice versa.

Guest name: Ms. Verena Roduner from USA
No. of pax: 03

Travel date: From 20 to 28 Sep 2013

Day 1 ( 20 Sep )- Arrive Siem Reap
On arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. After one or some hours relax, you will drive to Angkor area for watching the sun set at Phnom Bakheng and get brief information about this area.
Accommodation:Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 2 ( 21 Sep )- Siem Reap –Angkor Temples ( B/L )
Early morning, we enjoy the Tuk Tuk to the jungle-covered temple of Ta Phrom and come back to hotel for breakfast at 07:30. One hour later, begin your temple exploration today at Angkor Thom City by west gate. From the enigmatic faces of Bayon temple to the intricate bas reliefs of the Terrace of the Elephants, Angkor Thom is filled with fabulous monuments. Lunch at local restaurant on your own account. After lunch we drive to Banteay Srei, it is also one of the most beautiful. Built in 967 AD by Jayavarman V's guru,it showcases the most exquisite, deep and complex carvings in all Khmer architecture,
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
Hotel confirmed: TARA ANGKOR HOTEL – Deluxe pool View room

Day 3 ( 22 Sep )- Siem Reap –Tonle Sap Lake – Hanoi ( B/L )
After breakfast, you will enjoy a short walk through a tranquil and typical Siem Reap neighborhood before take a drive to Tonle Sap Lake to board a local boat for a cruise through the floating villages (best from July to February). Return to the town before lunch time.
Afternoon, fly to Hanoi.
Our guide and driver will meet you on arrival and take you to hotel in Hanoi.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Hotel confirmed: Maison d’Hanoi Boutique Hotel – Superior room



Day 4 ( 23 Sep ) - Hanoi City Tour –Night train to Lao Cai ( B/L )
For the early risers, may we suggest a stroll along the picturesque Hoa Kiem Lake. Where each early morning, groups of locals gather to do their exercises along the lovely tree lined promenade. You may cross over the red bridge at the north end to Ngoc Son Temple and the Tortoise Tower on a small island.
After breakfast, you will have a full day of your own to see the city so good walking shoes are a must. You will have many options to choose from:
- Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
- Ho Chi Minh’s (HCM) Mausoleum and Presidential Palace
- HCM’s Stilt House
- One Pillar Pagoda
- Ethnology Museum
- Opera House
- Hoa Lo prison which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”
- West Lake &Pagoda
- Enjoy water puppet show in Thang Long theatre.
- Have a leisurely dinner ( by guest’s account ) while waiting for the 20:35 departure on the deluxe Night train to LaoCai.
Overnight on train in air conditioned cabin.
Train confirmed: Livitran Express - Soft Sleeper Cabin with AC

Day 5 ( 24 Sep ) – Laocai - Sa Pa – Love Waterfall & Muong Hoa valley ( B )
Arrive Lao Cai you will meet guide and driver then drive uphill to Sa Pa. Check in to your hotel and enjoy breakfast. A 40 minute drive takes you to Tram Ton Pass at the height of 2047 meters above sea level (the highest pass in Vietnam) where great views are offered of the surrounding mountains and lush forests of the Hoang Lien National Park. From there you will trek 30 minutes through forest. Along the way you have many chances to see wild flowers. Trekking along the stream you will arrive the Love Waterfall . It is the best place for relax in Sa Pa then return Tram Ton and drive back to Sa Pa. In the afternoon you will visit Muong Hoa valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in northwest Viet Nam. Descending into the valley by foot you will see the largest terraced rice paddy in the Sa Pa area (If you visit the valley between May and October, there is a chance to experience and observe how the locals plant and harvest rice). The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of the Black H'mong minority to Ta Van village of the Zay minority, providing the opportunity to see the different traditions and costumes of the two ethnic minority groups. Return to Sa Pa by car. O/N at hotel in Sapa.
Trekking distance: 7km
Hotel confirmed: Chau long hotel – New Wing ( ROH room )

Day 6 ( 25 Sep )- Sapa –Cat Cat – Ta Phin villages –Laocai night train to Hanoi ( B/L )
Have breakfast and relax before exploring Sapa Town. Take a 2km trek to Cat Cat Village, home of H’mong Ethnics. Meet & talk with locals to learn more about their daily life. Lunch at local restaurant on your own, In the afternoon, continue the ride to Tafin village (12km from Sapa) home to the Red Dzao minority. Visit Tafin Cave, Tafin handicraft shops and explore the daily life of Red Dzao. Here you have good choice to buy woven and textile brocades, which are hand made by ethnic people. Visit a small hamlet of Black H'mong people here too. Later in the afternoon a car will take you back to Lao Cai for the night train to Hanoi.
Trekking distance: 6 km
Train confirmed: Livitran Express - Soft Sleeper Cabin with AC



Day 7 ( 26 Sep ) Hanoi –Halong bay Cruise ( B/L/D ) – group tour

5.00AM: You will be met by your guide early this morning at Hanoi’s railway station and transfer to your hotel to have breakfast at wait for shuttle bus pick up to Halong bay around 8.00 – 8.30AM.
12:00 Check-in at Tuan Chau Marina, Tuan Chau Island.
Embark on Bhaya Classic for a Welcome drink followed by a cruise briefing.
13:00 Savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch as Bhaya Classic heads to Bai Tu Long Bay and Vung Vieng fishing village.
15:30
Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boat (1 hour) then return to the vessel for free time at your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Kayak into the floating village or swim near the Bhaya.
Optional onboard activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, etc.
17:00 Bhaya Classic cruises through the Bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien.
Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the Sundeck.
19:30 Sumptuous set-menu seafood dinner onboard.
21:00 Take in the movie on the Lounge Deck or retire to your cabin.
Overnight onboard Bhaya Classic.
Cruise confirmed: Bhaya Classic cruise – Deluxe cabin

Day 8 ( 27 Sep ) - Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi ( B/L ) - group tour
06:15 Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea and coffee are served.
07:00 Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc.
08:30 Explore Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave.
09:30 Return to Bhaya Classic. Buffet brunch is served onboard.
The vessel cruises leisurely back to harbor.
11:00 Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina. Return to Hanoi.
15:00 Arrive in Hanoi. End of program.
Hotel confirmed: Maison d’Hanoi Boutique Hotel – Superior room

Day 9 ( 28 Sep )-Hanoi–Departure ( B )
Have breakfast in the hotel.
7.30AM: Driver will transfer you from hotel to the airport for departure at 10.30AM/ HAN - SIN Flight # 661

Trip Includes:
* Accommodation with daily breakfast: One twin & one single bed rooms
* Transportation by A/C car as itinerary
* English speaking guide.
* Meals as mentioned in the Itinerary: B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner
* Entrance fees, boat trips, performance &excursions
* Approval of letter for Vietnam visa on arrival ( offer free )
* Train ticket to Laocai & return in private deluxe cabin 4 berths.
* International air ticket from Siemriep to Hanoi with airport tax
* Tuk tuk in Siemriep
* Boat trip as mention

Trip Excludes
* Early check – in/ late check - out
* Cambodia visa: 20 USD; Vietnam visa fee: USD45
* Drinks, except others mentioned
* Insurance, tipping
* Other personal expenses
* International flight from Singapore to Siemriep & from Hanoi to Singapore


Feedback

From: vreni3
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2013 11:39 AM
To: Tailor Made Vietnam
Subject: Angkor Wat & Northern Vietnam 9 days/ 8 nights
Tour destinations: Siem Reap, Hanoi, Halong, Sapa

Dear Ms. Hai Yen,

We arrived home this week and I am sorry I did not get to the computer immediately.

It was great meeting you and I love the beautiful purse and the cards we split amongst us. Michael really loved the very nice Tie and cufflink set. Thank you so much, and also for booking such a great trip for us. It was full of action, never a dull moment and such diverse sights, especially in Vietnam. all the details were well taken care of. We all had a wonderful time, minus the bag situation.

The entry to Vietnam was easy - thanks of all your directions and the form, it went quickly. We only needed 1 photo for both entries.

Angkor Wat:
The guide and the driver were professional and polite and well spoken with a good English vocabulary and an immense knowledge for the area and so much details. He suggested very good dinner places and the night market; the driver took us there and back as well. The Hotel was fantastic and the breakfast buffet superb. The car was spacious and clean.

Hanoi: What a busy city, uhhhh - so many motor-cycles, from all directions at once. (a little to busy for some of us) but an interesting experience nevertheless, I liked it. Lots to see, I went for Tai-chi early morning, when it was calmer.
The hotel was very accommodating and clean, a little tight for one of the group. Good Breakfast.

The guide and driver were very professional, good driver in that traffic. The guide was very knowledgeable and had a good English vocabulary. Unfortunately 2 of the places were closed, but we saw the outside. Many interesting sites to see.
The car was spacious and clean, except the taxi to the airport was almost too small to take the suitcases on the last day.

The train was clean, the bunks comfortable, but riding to Lao Cai was very noisy (car 12) also on the many flat areas, may be it was an old car, it was always rattling, as on the way back it was much quieter, so we could sleep better. We never heard the locomotive in both directions. Also the aircon. was working much better on the return ride, (car 11). I felt bad for the guide who picked us up, who apperantly was not given the time of our arrival and was waiting already 2 hrs. from the first train arriving. We felt bad for that. The Sapa agency did not give her the time of our train's arrival, I think.

Sapa Hotel was clean and very good, spacious and serviceable, also in a in a good location.

Our young Sapa Guide Maya was simply the BEST, she was truly a wonderful guide, cheerful, extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, while being calm. She spoke good English and made the trip a lot of fun, as it was raining, except the first morning no rain. We missed seeing the mountains, they were hiding under the clouds. The walks to the villages and the waterfall were still great. She also took us to the local market as well. We were able to meet several village ladies and see homes.

All the provided meals were excellent in all the places, and very generous in size, including Cambodia.

Bhaya Cruises was a nice boat with very curtious staff, especially the cruise director Mr. Huang....was extremely attentive.
The cabins were clean and very nice with a little balcony and they served wonderful food. Very nice and good organized outings to the floating villages and the very impressive huge old caves.
Thanks for a great trip.

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