Day 1: Hanoi arrival
You will be warmly welcomed at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
On this afternoon, you will take a 20-minute drive from your hotel to the very impressive Museum of Ethnology, among the finest of Vietnam’s museums. You will see many exhibits, photographs and actual houses inhabited by some of the 54-ethnic people in Vietnam. It will offer a truly colorful introduction to these ethnic tribes. From here, you will enjoy a one hour cyclo tour of Hanoi’s vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, the focal point of the city. Lastly, in the late afternoon, you will be enchanted by the legends and stories told at the Thang Long Water Puppet Show that no one should miss while visiting Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
You leave Hanoi in a private vehicle at 8:00 am. Upon arrival at the jetty around 12:30 pm, welcome aboard. Enjoy a welcome drink and check-in to your cabin. A fresh seafood lunch will be served while you begin your 3.5 hours’ cruise through mystic Halong Bay to see the amazing karsts with different formations: Mat Qui (Monster’s face) islet, But Moc islet, Cap De islet, Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu cave, floating fishing village, with its unique way of life. Then head to Luon cave, enjoy swimming, sun bathing at Ti Top beach or climb the peak of the mountain for a breath-taking panorama view of Halong Bay. Enjoy another seafood feast for dinner and for the night owls, there is an option of night fishing. Overnight on the junk.
Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Brunch)
Rising to the sound of lapping bay waters, you have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emeraude water of the bay. After breakfast, you explore Sung Sot cave, swim and relax at Soi Sim beach. The boat cruises back to the jetty while brunch is served. Your boat arrives at the harbor by noon. Rejoin your car drive back to your hotel in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
On this morning city tour will have you drive to Ho Chi Minh’s complex, including the mausoleum of the nation’s founder and leader. The Presidential Palace and Uncle Ho’s wooden stilt house can also be seen here. One of must-see places in the complex is the One Pillar pagoda dating back to the 11th century. The next stop is the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam’s oldest university and dedicated to one of the world’s most famous scholars, Confucius.
Flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You will be greeted by your guide upon arrival at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat International airport. You will then be escorted to your hotel in town for a three-night stay. You’ll then have a relaxing overnight stay in HCMC.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel (B)
In the morning, you will take a drive to visit Cu Chi tunnels – At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250km. from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam American must have been like. Back to HCMC.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Reunification Palace, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville. If desired, you can also visit the moving War Remnants Museum. You’ll also be able to explore colorful outdoor markets and Dong Khoi Street, the city’s main shopping boulevard with shops selling clothes and accessories by new Vietnamese designers, hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and housewares. Overnight in HCMC.
Day 6: Mekong Delta Exploring (B/L)
You will leave HCMC to My Tho where you’ll cruise on a private boat through the green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where you are treated to a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the heart of the Mekong, complete with tropical fruits. You will also visit VinhTrang pagoda. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll have free time until transferring to the airport for your onward flight to Siem Reap.
Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport, you will be greeted by our friendly tour guide, then you will be transferred directly to hotel (room may ready by noon upon availability). Drive to the village of Chong Khneasand, board on the boat to Tonle Sap Lake. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia which flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floating schools, floating police station, etc. Dinner at The Indian Restaurant, Overnight at hotel
Day 8: World Heritage Sites (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel
Start your visit to the World Heritage Site; visit 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 and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to see the architectural masterpiece of Angkor Wat. We stroll around this massive monument, exploring the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple.
Lunch at Curry Walla Restaurant
Dinner at Taj Mahal Restaurant
Overnight at hotel
Day 9: Small Circuit – Citadel of Women (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel
Continue to the small circuit, visit the unique brick sculptures of PrasatKravan, and continue to Ta Prohm. One of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, and most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit Takeo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda.
Lunch at Maharajah Restaurant
Afternoon, drive to visit the famous BanteaySrei Temple (Citadel of Women), 35km from town. On the way back stop at Pradark Village, where you will see the villagers making palm sugar, handicraft for selling to tourist. It’s a nice chance for you to see the local people living at the country side with their struggling for daily life. Dinner at Little India Restaurant, Overnight at hotel
Day 10: Siem Reap –Departure (B)
Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to airport for onward flight to next destination. End of Service!
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