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Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Highlights: Hanoi – Sapa -Halong Bay - Hue - Danang - Hoian - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Can Tho - Siemriep
  • The most prominent feature of the Vietnamese culture is that it was not assimilated by foreign cultures thanks to the strong local cultural foundations. On the contrary, it was able to utilize and localize those from abroad to enrich the national culture. The Vietnamese national culture emerged from a concrete living environment: a tropical country with many rivers and the confluence of great cultures.

Guest name: Mrs. Corrine Gunasekera & family from Austrailia
Group of 04 people
Travel date: From 31st of Aug to 15th of Sep 2013
Type of tour: Private tour ( except Halong bay tour )


Sent: Monday, October 14, 2013 6:46 AM
Sorry it took us awhile to get back to you on this
All five tour guides (including Halong Bay) were excellent. They had a good knowledge, very helpful and were enjoyable company. The drivers were all efficient and friendly and flexible. Transport was good. Water, rain coats, umbrellas etc were much appreciated. We enjoyed the different types of food and drinks. Accommodation was generally high standard. The hotel upgrades were excellent and we appreciated it. Very informative and enjoyable tour and would
recommend to friends and family.
Hope you are keeping well. It must be a busy time for you as it is the beginning of the tourist season in Vietnam. We will be recommending your tours to anyone we know who will be interested in visiting your beautiful country. We intend visiting Vietnam again in the future.
If at any time you wish to visit Australia or you need any information from us, please feel free to contact us. It was nice meeting up with you in Hanoi.
We wish you and Vietnam Travel all the very best in the future.
With warm regards
Corrine and Charles

Tour Program

Day 1 ( 31 Aug 2013 ): Arrival Hanoi Vietnam
21:00 VN0772: Land in Hanoi. Warmly welcome by Tour Guide & Car Driver at airport then transfer to Hanoi Downtown, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards, public parks, and the capital of Vietnam. Check into your hotel. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
Hotel confirmed: Maison d’Hanoi Hanova Hotel – deluxe city view room

Day 2 ( 1 Sep 2013 ): Hanoi Sightseeing full day – Night train to Sapa (B, L,D)

08h00: Our guide of Vietnam Tour Travel will pick up you from your hotel, car/van take you to Ba Dinh district, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh who was the president of Viet Nam in the year 1945. After that, you will come to visit One pillar pagoda, one of the most ancient pagoda of Vietnam.
10h00: Car/van take you to Museum of Ethnology where you can find the numourous and multy culture of Vietnam with 54 groups of people.
12h00: Have lunch in the restaurant.
14h00: You continue to visit Temple of Literature - the first University of Vietnam and Feudal system education had been built in 1010. The following is Ngoc Son temple.
16h00: End services and have shower at mini hotel before have dinner.
19.00: Pick up to have dinner at the local restaurant.
20.30PM: Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Hanoi train station to get a night train to Laocai. O/N on train.
Train confirmed: Sapaly Express/Deluxe cabin 4-berth soft sleeper with AC

Day 3 ( 2 Sep 2013 ): Laocai - Sa Pa – Love Waterfall & Muong Hoa valley ( B/L )
Arrive Lao Cai you will meet your local tour guide then drive uphill to Sa Pa. Check in to your hotel if room is available and enjoy buffet breakfast at hotel. 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. Overnight in Sa Pa.
Hotel confirmed: Victoria Sapa resort & Spa – upgrade to deluxe room ( superior room full )

Day 4 ( 3 Sep 3013 ): Sa Pa free day – Night train back to Hanoi ( B )
Free today at Sapa town.
In the late afternoon your driver is waiting to transport you back to Lao Cai station to catch the night train back to Ha Noi.
Train confirmed: Sapaly Express/Deluxe cabin 4-berth soft sleeper with AC

Day 5 ( 4 Sep 2013 ): Arrive to Hanoi – Halong bay. ( B,L,D )

5.30AM: Arrive to Hanoi train station, you are pick up and transfer to mini hotel for have shower and have breakfast at hotel and wait for Halong bay tour.
08h00 – 08h30 Pick-up at hotel and start the 3 hour-and-a-half drive to Halong Bay
12h00 – 12h30 Embark on Calypso Cruiser followed by cruise briefing
13h00 – 15h30 Savor a sumptuous lunch as Calypso Cruiser cruise further along the limestone islands of Fighting Cock, Dog Rock and Incense Burner…
15h30 – 17h30 Visit Amazing Cave
17h30 – 19h00 Enjoy drinks on Sundeck, snap photos the overview of Halong Bay, go swimming or just relax as the sun starts to set. Those who like some experience in cooking Vietnamese dishes can join in our brief Vietnamese cooking course on board while having some free wine.
19h00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests or just laze around. Overnight on board in a tranquil area. (Evening activities available: night squid fishing, karaoke, dancing…)
Cruise confirmed: Calypso Cruise – deluxe cabin

Day 6 ( 5 Sep 2013 ): Halong – Hanoi ( B/L/D )

06h30 – 07h00 Start your day with Tai Chi exercise on sundeck.
07h00 – 11h00 Have breakfast at sunrise. Get your hand on some kayaking, visiting Luon cave, swimming.
Option: For those who do not fancy kayaking can visit Titop Island to enjoy the panorama view of Halong Bay or just relax, swim at the beach.
Head back to the Harbor.
Have lunch at around 11h00
12h00 – 16h30 Transfer back to Hanoi and trip finishes at the hotel around 16h30
18.00 – 18.30: Have welcome dinner at the restaurant of hotel.
20.00 – 20.30: Walking to Thang Theatre to enjoy water puppet show ( 5 minutes walking from your hotel )
Hotel confirmed: Maison d’Hanoi Hanova Hotel – deluxe city view room

Day 7 ( 6 Sep 2013 ): Hanoi free for leisure – Depart to Danang at 1100 - 1215 / VN1515 – Transfer to Hue (B/L)
Have breakfast at your hotel.
9.00AM: Ready at the lobby of hotel to be picked up and transfer to Noi Bai Airport to take a flight to Danang at 11.00.
12.15: Up on arrival, you are picked up and transfer to Hue by car.
Arrive to Hue, you are picked up and transfer to your hotel to leave your luggage and start to visit to major attraction in town. and take a boat trip along Huong river, visiting Thien Mu Pagoda. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Hotel confirmed: ROMANCE HOTEL – Deluxe city view room

Day 8 ( 7 Sep 2013 ): Hue city tour full day ( B/L )
AM: Your guide and car will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to visit the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City and Thien Mu pagoda. Have lunch at a local restaurant.
PM: Drive to visit the royal tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, Tu Duc Mausoleum and Dong Ba market. End the tour at your hotel about 5h30 pm.
Hotel confirmed: ROMANCE HOTEL – Deluxe city view room

Day 9 ( 8 Sep 2013 ): Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B, L)
Have breakfast at your hotel. We drive south to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. Along the way we can break the journey in Lang Co Beach for a leisurely swim and an enjoyable visit to a nearby fishing village. The winding road begins as we make our way up the spectacular Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam's most impressive panoramic scenes. The next stop of our trip is Da Nang which is famous for the Cham Museum. After seeing this sight we continue to the MyKhe Beach and the Marble Mountain, whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe.
PM: Enjoying the half day walking tour of Hoi An Town to visit Phuc Kien hall, Japanese covered bridge, Tan ky old house. O/N in Hoi An
O/N in Hoi An.
Hotel confirmed: Vinh Hung riverside resort – Upgrade to deluxe garden view room ( superior room full )

Day 10 ( 9 Sep 2013 ): Hoi An free in Cua Dai Beach ( B )
Check out your hotel in Hoi An town you are picked up and transfer to Cua Dai beach for a new hotel.
Free in the beach. O/N at hotel in Hoi An.
Hotel confirmed: Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort - Deluxe Ocean view room

Day 11 ( 10 Sep 2013 ): Hoi An - Danang – fly to Saigon at 1115 – 1225/ VN1313 – ½ day city tour ( B/L)

Have breakfast at your hotel.
9.15Am: Our driver picks up and transfer to Danang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city at 11.15AM.
12.25: Up on arrival, you are picked up and transfer to your hotel for check in. Have lunch at the restaurant.
PM: Visit the Reunification palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office, the Jade Emperor pagoda and Handycraft Workshop. Have lunch at local restaurant.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh city
Hotel confirmed: Grand Saigon hotel – Junior deluxe room

Day 12 ( 11 Sep 2013 ): Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be floating market – Ho Chi Minh( B/L )
Cai Be Floating Market is a famous place in Mekong Delta, here the Tien River forms the border between Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre Provinces. Every day, approximately 400 -500 boats filled with fruits, vegetables and other products anchor along the banks of the river, waiting for traders and customers.
Tour guide and driver of Vietnam Tour Travel will pick you up at your hotel in early morning 7.30AM then drive to Cai Be. Upon arrival at Cai Be, embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people being selling, buying, and exchanging goods from their boats. Visit local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisped producing process, etc.. After lunch cruising along river to see peaceful tranquil life of villagers, admire marvelous natural setting of Mekong Delta region. About 3 pm, the boat will arrive at Vinh Long Market, walking around to explore Vinh Long Market. Transfer back to Saigon. O/N at hotel.
Hotel confirmed: Grand Saigon hotel – Junior deluxe room

Day 13 ( 12 Sep 2013 ): Ho Chi Minh ½ day Cu Chi tunnel – fly to Siemriep at 1630 – 1730/ VN 813 ( B/L/D )

Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists - the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.
Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone".
Start our tour in the morning, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Have lunch and return to Sai Gon.
And then transfer directly to Tan Son Nhat airport to caught the last flight to Siemriep at 16.30
17.30: Up on arrival, you are picked up and transfer to your hotel for check in. Have dinner at local restaurant and O/N at hotel in Siemriep.
Hotel confirmed: Tara Angkor - Superior room

Day 14 ( 13 Sep 2013 ): Siem Reap Tours (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel - Breakfast at hotel, Heading out of town we make our way by traveling on a newly paved road to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way we make stopover at the Preah Dark village and we follow these with a visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends. Afternoon, we explore the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We also explore the grand circuit with Preah Khan, Kravan, Neak Pean, Krol Ko, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Rup Temples where we will view the sunset for the end of the day. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Hotel confirmed: Tara Angkor - Superior room

Day 15 ( 14 Sep 2013 ): Siemriep tours ( B/L )

An early bird special: Transfer to Angkor for sunrise earlier in the morning. Return for breakfast at the hotel. Continue your visit to the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with Colums, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Early evening, you will be taken by Tuk Tuk, a small open-sided taxi common in Cambodia, to cruise around the suburb of Siem Reap town and for a blessing ceremony by Buddhist monks for happiness, prosperity and safety for your journey. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Hotel confirmed: Tara Angkor - Superior room

Day 16 ( 15 Sep 2013 ): Siem Reap Departure - 18:20 VN0812 to Ho Chi Minh then VN0773 to Sydney (B)

Breakfast at the hotel - drive to Choueng Kneas village, where you will take the boat to visit the way of life Cambodian poor people along with schools, restaurants, hospitals and much more floating on the great lake of Tonle sap. Transfer to the airport for the flight departure.

* Accommodation on Twin sharing with daily buffet breakfast
* Flight tickets: Hanoi – Danang; Danang – Ho Chi Minh; Ho Chi Minh – Siemriep/ Vietnam airline
* Meals as mentioned in the itineraries: B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner ( L & D: Asia set menu )
* All landed transfers within the tour by air-conditioned vehicle, including pick-up and drop-off at airports on arrival and departure days
* English speaking tour guide
* Boat trips as mention in tour program
* All entrance and sightseeing fees
* Package tour in Halong bay – sharing cruise
* Tuk Tuk ride to the blessing ceremony
* Train ticket to Laocai and return – deluxe cabin 4-berth soft sleeper with AC
* Kayaking in Halong bay tour for one hour
* Approval of letter for Vietnam Visa on arrival – one month single entry
* Mini hotel for shower before and after Sapa trip

* International airfare and airport taxes in Vietnam that not mention
* Visa application fee to Vietnam & Cambodia
* Personal expenses
* Insurance
* Early check-in/ late check out
* Tips

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