Vietnam & Cambodia Tour 15 days – 14 nights
This tour will show you Indochina's treasures, alternating discoveries with meetings in two enchanting countries.
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VIETNAM & CAMBODIA TOUR
15 DAYS - 14 NIGHTS
1 night aboard a junk in Halong Bay
2 domestic flights Hanoi - Hue and Danang - Saigon (Vietnam)
SAIL CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH BY FAST BOAT
1 DOMESTIC FLIGHT PHNOM PENH - SIEM REAP (CAMBODIA)
This tour will show you Indochina's treasures, alternating discoveries with meetings in two enchanting countries. From the poetic landscapes of Halong Bay to the magical site of Angkor, you will stroll about in mythic sites, in quality accommodation.
• The night aboard a junk in Halong Bay.
• The 4 sites inscribed on Unesco's World Heritage List: Halong Bay, the Imperial City in Hue, Hoi An city and the ruins of Angkor.
• The numerous artistic performances that you will watch, such as the Apsara dance.
• A tour with an unhurried pace which will give you time to enjoy the different atmospheres that you will discover and the services at your disposal.
• Cruising up the Mekong River is a pleasant transition between Vietnam and Cambodia.
Day 1 : Your country - Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi
After breakfast, your guide will welcome you and you will check into your hotel. You will have lunch in a local restaurant and will then discover Ho-Chi-Minh's mausoleum, the one-pillar pagoda, Ho-Chi-Minh's house, the Governor's Palace and the Temple of Literature where imperial exams took place. You will walk between the opera house and Ngoc Son temple which is located on the biggest islet of the Lake of the Restored Sword, before having dinner at Muong Thanh Hanoi 4* hotel.
Day 3 : Hanoi - Halong
You will go for a 160 km drive to Halong and will make a stopover in a ceramics workshop. You will then get on board for a cruise on Halong Sails junk where you will savour seafood, accompanied by a glass of white wine. You will discover several caves and islands and will have dinner and spend the night aboard.
Day 4 : Halong - Hue
You will sail in Halong Bay before disembarking to have lunch. You will then go to the airport to fly to Hue (flight VN274, take-off at 5.45 pm, arrival at 6.55 pm). You will have dinner and spend two nights at Green 4* hotel.
Day 5 : Hue
You will discover the former capital of Vietnam, inscribed on Unesco's World Heritage List. You will visit the Imperial Palace and listen to a concert of traditional music in the Imperial Theatre. You will go for a cyclo-ride to Dong Ba market, well known for its sellers with cone-shaped hats. You will have lunch in the old city, before visiting e-Emperors Tu Duc's and Khai Dinh's tombs. You will make a stopover in a village making incense and cone-shaped hats and will go to the theatre to watch a puppet show over the water. You will then attend a royal dinner wearing imperial clothes.
Day 6 : Hue - Hoi An
You will go for a sail on the Perfume River and will visit the Heaven Fairy Lady pagoda (Thien Mu). If the weather is nice, you will then go to Danang via Hai Van pass, which offers a magnificent view. You will have lunch in a local restaurant and will make a stopover in a marble workshop. You will have dinner and spend two nights at Glory 4* hotel, before enjoying a 45 minutes traditional massage.
Day 7 : Hoi An
After a Tai Chi lesson, you will discover the joys of ecotourism. You will sail on the river, meet fishermen, walk in a farmers' village and discover their plantations. You will have lunch at the hotel and will visit Hoi An, which has been inscribed on Unesco's World Heritage List. You will see Fujian Chinese temple, the Japanese bridge (1 953) and the beautiful Tan Ky house. You will have dinner at Tam Tam restaurant.
Day 8 : Hoi An - Saigon
From Danang, you will fly to Saigon (flight BLXXX, take-off at X.XX am, arrival at X.XX am. You will visit a lacquer factory and will walk in the town centre. You will discover the cathedral, the Post Office designed by Gustave Eiffel, the art nouveau city hall, the opera and the former street Catinat. After lunch, you will have some time to spare, before getting on board for a dining-cruise on the Bonsai. You will spend the night at Golden Saigon 4* hotel.
Day 9 : Saigon - Can Tho
You will go for a drive to the Mekong Delta and will sail to Phoenix Island where you will savour local specialities such as elephant ear fish in Diem Phuong restaurant. You will then savour exotic fruits, before going to Can Tho. You will spend the night in Ninh Kieu 4* hotel and have dinner in Nam Bo or in Soa Hom restaurant.
Day 10 : Can Tho - Chau Doc
Early this morning, you will have breakfast on Mystic boat and will discover Cai Rang floating market, the most lively in the delta. You will have lunch in a local restaurant and will go for a drive to Chau Doc through the rice fields of the delta. You will visit the floating houses of fishermen, before having dinner and spending the night at Chau Pho 3* hotel.
Day 11 : Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
Once the required procedures to enter Cambodia fulfilled, you will sail to Phnom Penh in a fast boat (about 4 hours). After lunch, you will discover the magnificent capital: the Royal Palace and its famous Silver Pagoda, the Khmers treasures of the National Museum and the Phnom Hill. You will have dinner in a local restaurant (buffet), before spending the night at Castle 3* hotel.
Day 12 : Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
You will go for a drive to Kompong Thom where you will have lunch in a local restaurant. You will then go to Sambor Prei Kuk pre-Angkorian site whose Hindu towers hide in the forest. You will then go to Siem Reap and will make a stopover to admire Spean Preah Tuos Khmer Bridge dating from the 13th century. You will spend three nights at the charming Angkor Riviera 4* hotel and will have dinner at the restaurant.
Day 13 : Siem Reap – Angkor site
You will discover Angkor Thom, the last Khmer capital (13th century), the Bayon and its famous towers with enigmatic faces, the imposing Baphuon, the Terrace of the Elephants, the Royal Palace relics and the terrace of the leper king. After lunch, you will discover Ta Prom, still overrun by jungle, Banteay Kdei, Sra Srang terraces and Prasat Kravan with its beautiful brick sculptures. You will then have dinner watching a puppet show.
Day 14 : Siem Reap – Angkor site
You will visit Preah Khan labyrinth temple with its long wall-sculpted galleries and Neak Pean charming round temple. After lunch, you will discover the huge temple of Angkor Vat, the most spectacular, and famous for its Apsara sculptures. From the summit of Phnom Bakeng, you will admire the sunset and will then have dinner while watching an Apsara dance performance.
Day 15 : Siem Reap - Paris or additional stay
You will go for a drive to Banteay Srei, a delightful temple made of pink stone, located at 25 km from Siem Reap and well known for the delicacy of its adornment. After lunch, you will fly to Phnom Penh where you will take a connecting flight to Paris (with a layover). You will have dinner and spend the night aboard.
Day 16 : Your country
After breakfast, you will go to airport then fly.
Additional stay 4 days - 3 nights
Additional stay in Siem Reap :
You will be able to extend your trip and to spend three more nights, breakfast included, at Angkor Riviera 4* hotel. You will thus have time to discover Tonle Sap Lake or to explore the surrounding sites and temples.
Additional stay in Phnom Penh:
You will be able to extend your trip in the Cambodian capital and to spend three more nights, breakfast included, at Phnom Penh Castle 3* hotel. You will thus have time to stroll about in the alleys of the markets and to explore the surrounding sites and temples.
Additional stay in Sihanoukville :
You will be able to extend your trip and to spend three more nights, breakfast included, in Sihanoukville, located at a three-hour drive. You will stay in one of these two hotels.
HOTEL INDEPENDANCE 4* :
Built in 1962, recently renovated, the hotel has 52 rooms on 7 floors and faces the sea. Air-cond, telephone ($), television, mini-bar, tea service, coffee, safe and bathroom with hairdryer are at your disposal. The hotel also has 2 restaurants, 3 bars, spa (sauna, jacuzzi, massage), gymnasium, kindergarten, tennis, fine sand beach, swimming pool (with paddling pool) and a big tropical garden.
HOTEL SOKHA BEACH 5* :
Inaugurated in 2004, this Khmer style hotel has 166 rooms with air-cond, telephone ($), television, mini-bar, tea service, coffee, safe, bathroom with hairdryer and balconies. The hotel has also 2 restaurants, 4 bars, 1 spa (massage, sauna, Turkish bath, jacuzzi, yoga), gymnasium, kindergarten, tennis, lagoon swimming pool (with paddling pool), animation, fine sand beach and a 25 hectares tropical garden.