Day 1 – Welcome to Vietnam – Arrive Hanoi
Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, our tour guide & driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. On your first day in Vietnam you have free at your leisure to rest or explore, discovering your own first impression of Vietnam with Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem lake … Overnight in Hanoi.
After breakfast, you will have full day to visit Hanoi city with rich history of cultures. Enjoy speacial in Hanoi Capital city and Old Quarter:
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, and his residental place.
Then visit Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, The Temple of Literature - where Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam is Vietnam’s first University, built in twenty century, to teach the royals the Confucius theory. Here you will also have a chance to see a traditional music performance.
12:00 am Taste of authentic Hanoi at local Restaurant for lunch.
13:30 pm Continue visiting Ethnology Museum, the miniature of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. The last place of city tour is Hoan Kiem Lake (Restored Sword Lake) with Ngoc Son Temple. Walk around Hanoi’s fascinating Old Quarter for some great fun, shopping and can try street side traditional food.
Evening highlight will be a Water Puppet Performance – the unique form of Vietnamese art derived from wet rice civilization of South East Asia at theater. It is an unforgetable experience of Hanoi culture and speacial thing. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Excursion to Halong Bay. Overnight on Board. (B/L/D)
Having two days trip on cruises in Halong bay to admire the magnificent and spectacular of this bay. Overnight on cruises to enjoy the wonderful experience on sea.
The journey to Halong Bay is the opportunity to discover the hidden charm of nature and take time to swim on blue water, kayak through lagoon to get more untouched charm in Halong Bay
Leave hotel at 7.30 am – 8.00 am and go ahead Halong City with pass through wonderful scenery en route for tranquil villages and buffalo on fields.
Cruise through islands and see its wonderful scenery of limestone, karts islands, caves, lagoon… Enjoy the seascape from the sundeck or even in your private cabin through glass window. Spending night on board in elegant cabin and handicraft wooden interiors with air-conditioning. Take swimming and visit caves on the island to get more experience. Enjoy the sunset over the bay. Overnight on board in Halong Bay.
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L)
More time to enjoy the sunrise, take swimming and sunbathing afterward having more discovery of Halong bay by visiting lagoon, islands, floating village before getting back Hanoi city. Have chance to enjoy the sunrise from the sundeck and experience wonderful scenery and view of landscapes. Have lunch on board, then back to harbor and rejoin car back to your hotel in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi – Vientiane (B/L)
Transfer to airport for flight to Vientiane/Laos. Welcome pick up you and transfer to hotel. There will be a tour of Vientiane. Although it is a capital city, Vientiane has the feel of a small provincial town. The wide boulevards are almost devoid of traffic and with its many temples, the city retains the feel of another age. Our tour includes visits to the major temples of Vat Sisaket, Vat Phrakeo and the impressive That Luang Stupa, the country's most important monument. We will also see the Arch of Triumph, the National Museum and shop at the Morning market. Overnight in Vientiane.
Morning flight to Luang Prabang, the oldest town and ancient capital of and today the World Heritage City . Upon arrival, visit the Former Royal Palace (now the National Museum ), Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Sen, Wat Visun. Take a half-hour drive to visit Kuang Sii waterfalls, where waters tumble over multi-tiered limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools.
Drive back to town, enjoy the sunset over the Mekong River and mountains beyond and a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside from the top of Mt. Phou Si.
Day 7: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (B)
For early-risers there is a very special (optional) dawn visit to witness the long lines of orange-robed monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from residents.
Take a full-day boat trip on the mighty Mekong River to the holy caves Pak Ou where thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues in various sizes are crammed into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff along the riverbank. Continue down river to Ban Xang Hai village, where villagers create a unique rice wine called “lao lao”. Back to the town to visit the typical Lao village at Ban Xang Khong, a weaving village where the traditional Lao textiles are woven on ancient wooden looms. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
You are free until transfer to airport for your morning flight to Siem Reap.
Upon arrival at airport, you are met and continue to visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon temple – a unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, Baphoun, the Terrace of Temple, Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. The tour start with the visiting to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. After that, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng hill (if time permit). Buffet Dinner with dance Apsaras show at Koulen II Restaurant.
Overnight in Seam Reap.
Day 9: Siem Reap (B/L)
We embark on elephant ride from South Gate of Angkor Thom into jungle of archeological area to the famous Bayon temple – a unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, Baphoun, the Terrace of Temple, Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch at Fou Nan Restaurant . We continue to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, Pre Rup, East Mebon, Krovan, Srah Srang, Banteay Kdei and Ta Keo. Overnight in Seam Reap.
After breakfast visit Banteay Srei temple nearly everyone's favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of it decorative carvings, visit Banteay Samre. We board on boat in Tonle Sap Lake . Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, hospitals, and visit the school of the "Les Artisans D' Angkor".
Transfer to airport for flight to Phnompenh. Warmly welcome on arrival Phnom Penh Airport . Meet and transfer to hotel. Free at your own time in Phnom Penh Capital of Cambodia .
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 11: Phnompenh (B/L)
Today you will visit the National Museum, the Royal Palace, and the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace. Then, you will continue your visit to the riverfront, to get a view of the confluence of Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. Next, you will visit Wat Phnom and Yeay Penh's Statue ("Grand other Penh"), located southwest of the hills.
You will then stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon you will continue the tour with a visit to the Victory Monument, the symbol of Cambodian independence, regained from the French in 1953. Then, you will explore the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (aka "S21 Prison") and the Cheung Ek Killing Field. You will surely be ready for a restful overnight stay in Phnom Penh.
Day 12: Phnompenh – HCMC (B/L)
Free at leisure until time of transferring to the airport for flight to HCMC.
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, our tour guide & driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. At leisure, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam with a population of 7 million people. Much of the daily life takes place on the streets, which are lined with shops, stalls and vendors with their wares spread out on the footpath. Welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in HCMC.
Day 13: HCMC (B/L)
Full day city tour Saigon including the Post Office, Cathedral Notre Dame, City Hall, reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum and colorful China town with temples, Pagodas and bustling Binh Tay Market. Overnight in HCMC
Day 14: Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L)
It is a great experience in Vietnam to get back America And Vietnam War when visiting Cu Chi Tunnel. At there, you can see all facilities for daily life including hospital, living room, kitchen, school…
Travel from Ho Chi Minh City at 8.00 am and on distance of 65km to reach Cu Chi District where you have chance to visit Cu Chi Tunnel – 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. It was great way for Vietcong to move around the countryside without realizing by American.
Back Ho Chi Minh city after the lunch at local restaurant.
The rest of time is your own free time to go shopping and more experience of Ho Chi Minh City at Ben Thanh Market as well as other markets in the city. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight in HCMC.
Day 15: Departure (B)
There are no activities planned for today. Enjoy your free time until transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Thanks for joining with Vietpower Travel !