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Jewel of Vietnam and Cambodia

19/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 HanoiMai ChauPu LuongNinh BinhHalong BayHueHoi AnHo Chi MinhMekongSiem ReapPhnom Penh
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This 19-day tour package is all about exploring the history, architecture, culture and local life of both Vietnam and Cambodia at the most enchanting sites that the two countries have to offer. You will cruise the magnificent beauty of Halong Bay, relax at the retreats of Pu Luong, feel the tranquil atmosphere at ancient streets of Hoi An, discover the past brutal war in Cu Chi and Phnom Penh, or get closer to local people in Mekong Delta and Tonle Sap Lake in nearly three weeks. Let us show you the best parts of Vietnam and Cambodia on this wonderful holiday with unforgettable moments.

Highlights

  Explore all the best of Vietnam and Cambodia in a 19-day journey

  Follow the World Heritage road through famous cities and sites: Halong Bay, Hue Imperial city, Hoi An ancient town, Angkor Temples complex, Beng Mealea temple

  Immerse in the old charm of Hanoi capital at its highlights: Water puppet show, cyclo ride around the Old Quater, Literature Temple, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum...

  Stay close to nature and the tranquil life of ethnic minorities in Mai Chau & Pu Luong

  Get on a boat trip to admire the picturesque limestone mountains in Trang An eco-tourism complex

  Visit a local family in the rural village of Hoi An for a mini cooking class and delicious lunch

  Join the vibrant and bustling life pace of Ho Chi Minh city

  Take a look at the impressive Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the Vietnam War

  Meet friendly local peole in the Mekong Delta and experience their rustic daily life

  Partake in a historical tour around the heritage city Siem Reap

  Discover about the cruelty of Khmer Rouge when visiting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields

  Board a boat trip around Tonle Sap Lake and view the floating life of communities

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Hanoi Arrive in Hanoi, Watch Water Puppet Show, Enjoy Welcome Dinner at... D
Day 2 Hanoi Join city tour: Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, Museum of Ethnology,... B, L
Day 3 Hanoi, Mai Chau, Pu Luong Drive to Mai Chau; Visit the real local Thai traditional Stilt House;... B, L
Day 4 Pu Luong Visit remote rural villages of Thai Ethnic; Experience the Bamboo... B
Day 5 Pu Luong, Ninh Binh Drive from Pu Luong to Ninh Binh, visit Hoa Lu ancient capital and... B, L
Day 6 Ninh Binh, Halong Bay Transfer to Halong Bay, Explore the World Natural Heritage, Stay... B, L, D
Day 7 Halong Bay, Hanoi, Hue Enjoy the sightseeing in Halong Bay, Fly from Hanoi to Hue, Free time... B, Br
Day 8 Hue Enjoy a boat trip on romantic Perfume River, visit Hue with Lady... B, L
Day 9 Hue, Hoi An Drive from Hue to Hoian. Walking tour around the ancient town to... B
Day 10 Hoi An Cycle from Hoi An to Tra Que Herb Village Van lang fisherman village... B, L
Day 11 Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh Fly to Ho Chi Minh City B
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh Visit Cu Chi Tunnels in the countryside and the highlights in the... B, L
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh, Mekong, Ho Chi Minh Explore Mekong Delta B, L
Day 14 Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap Free day in Ho Chi Minh city, Fly to Siem Reap, Enjoy dinner with... B, D
Day 15 Siem Reap Explore the Angkor Templex B, L
Day 16 Siem Reap, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap Explore the ancient Koh Ker & Beng Mealea Temples B, L
Day 17 Siem Reap, Phnom Penh Take a boat trip to visit Tonle Sap Lake. Fly from Siem Reap to Phnom... B
Day 18 Phnom Penh Visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum & Killing Fields. Experience Tuk Tuk... B, L
Day 19 Phnom Penh Be transfered to the airport to take your onward flight B
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    Arrive in Hanoi, Watch Water Puppet Show, Enjoy Welcome Dinner at local restaurant

Welcome to Hanoi, the heart of Vietnam which is considered as a blend between the traditional and the modern beauties. 

At Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome then take you to your hotel to do check-in. 

After relaxation, our guide will take you walk to the theatre and you will enjoy Water Puppet Show – A traditional art performance of Vietnam. After that, you will enjoy a welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

Watching authentic Water Puppet Show in Hanoi

Vietnamese Water Puppet Show is a traditional folk art which dates back several centuries. Watching the exceptional show with the puppet moving through water by the skillful puppeters will be a special way to discover the ancient art and the countryside stories in your holiday in Hanoi. The authentic Vietnamese Water Puppet Show will take you through Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture, a good insight to farming and historical legends with colorful animated puppet and rhythmic melody from traditional instruments.

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    Join city tour: Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, Museum of Ethnology, Temple of Literature

08.00 AM: After breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will come to the hotel and pick you up, then you will start the Hanoi city tour 

You will start with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here you can visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the corpse of Uncle Ho kept there. Next you will visit the Presidential Palace - a nice French architecture in the garden and Ho Chi Minh House on stilt. Visiting the house you will see the simple life of Ho Chi Minh - the president in Vietnamese's spirit forever. You will finish this area with One Pillar Pagoda - one of the most attractions in Hanoi you cannot miss with the special in architecture.

Having lunch and you will continue to the Temple of Literature - The first University of Vietnam. The next destination will be Museum of Ethnology to learn more about Vietnam Culture. Next you will explore Hanoi by traveling through the Old Quarter with 36 ancient streets in a traditional cyclo. This slow - speed tour will give your great chance to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital. The tour will end at about 04.00 PM then it is your free time to go shopping, relax in Hanoi.

Traditional Cyclo Trip around the Old Quarter

To epxlore the Old Quarter in Hanoi, nothing can compare to a trip by the traditional cyclo. Traditional cyclo driver will transport you around the streets at a very leisurely pace whilst the busy traffic flows around you. Through the fascinating experience of rickshaws driving around the Old Quarter, you will experience the daily life of the local. It will be a very relaxing way to see the inner city and old quarter as well as travelling around the lake and french quarter. This slow - speed tour with extremely comfortable cyclo in good condition will give your great memory for you holiday to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital.

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Great time to exploring the rich history and culture of Capital Hanoi

Hanoi - a blend between the traditional and the modern beauties - a sedate capital with rich history and the unique architecture from East to West welcomes you. Ho Chi Minh complex with the Mausoleum, Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda, etc is one of the most important sites which will help you to learn more about history, arts and architecture. Don't miss the trip to Temple of Literature - the first university in Vietnam and you will have chance to learn more about the education and history of Vietnam. If you are interested in the rich culture of the minorities, how about visiting Museum of Ethnology. The lively exhibition, informative messages and many interesting stories of traditions and costume will give you a fascinating glimpse into  many ethnic groups. Your visit will surely be an ideal choice in the holiday in Vietnam to to calm down from the hustle and bustle Hanoi.

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Drive to Mai Chau; Visit the real local Thai traditional Stilt House; Cycling to visit villages of the Thai Ethnic Minority, Drive to Pu Luong

08h00am: Pick-up at Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to go to Mai Chau by our private car. Have a short break in Luong Son (Outside of Hanoi).
Stop at the local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority; enjoy the beautiful scenery of ThungKhe Pass (One of the 10 most beautiful passes in Vietnam).
Arrive in Mai Chau Valley for lunch. (Vegetarian is available).

Visit the real local Thai traditional Stilt House before cycling to visit villages of the Thai Ethnic Minority and learn about their daily live and culture. Stop by the handcraft village to learn about weaving in traditional way and support them by buying their local products.
After that, drive to Pu Luong which is located 45km from Mai Chau. Pu Luong, a Nature Reserve, is picture perfect. Vast forests, sharp mountains, stunning bamboo expanses, picturesque villages, and of course, terraced rice paddies nestled in deep valleys. The people are just wonderful, with beautiful "ethnic minorities" clothes and their own languages. This is a truely pure delight and great for non-touristic place.

Upon arrival, do check-in and free time to relax. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Pu Luong.

Cycling on the scenic route in Mai Chau

Cycling is an ideal choice to watch and witness the fascinating and visually stunning part of Mai Chau. You will first start from Pom Coong village and then cycle along the alluring rice paddies on either side to Cha Long and Tong Dau villages to a true example of authentic experience. In addition, you will have a unique opportunity to observe the local way of life of Thai ethnic minority and get away from a hustle and bustle street life in Hanoi. 

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Visit remote rural villages of Thai Ethnic; Experience the Bamboo Raft on Cham stream

08h30am: After having breakfast, we board the car to the starting point. Following the small road through the terrace rice and sugar cane fields, cross the Hanging Bridges to visit other remote rural villages of Thai Ethnic. Stop at the giant waterwheels, ducks farm to learn about the agriculture before getting on the Bamboo Raft for a relaxing cruise on Cham stream (cruise depending on weather conditions). 

Back to your accommodation and have lunch. Then you will have free afternoon to take a rest. In the evening, have a quiet night in the middle of nature of the Reserve. 

Overnight in Pu Luong.

Discover amazing Pu Luong Nature Reserve

The Pu Luong limestone landscape is an area of outstanding beauty, culture interest and high biodiversity value stretching from Mai Chau in the North to West to Cuc Phuong national park in the South East. It is blessed with rich forest, limestone panoramas, magnificent rice terraces and breathtaking scenery. On this tour, you will experience the everyday life and culture of Thai and Muong people, stay in scenic villages and in traditional homestay accommodation.Pu Luong Nature Reserve offers opportunities for easy to moderate trekking, ranging from one to several days’ visits. Visit the bat cave at Kho Muong, raft on Ma River, journey to pleasant Thai villages or camp on the Pu luong mountain for stunning panorama are waiting for you to experience.

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    Drive from Pu Luong to Ninh Binh, visit Hoa Lu ancient capital and Trang An eco-tourism complex

08.00 AM: After breakfast at your hotel, our tour guide and driver will pick you up and drive about 3.5 hours to Ninh Binh Province. 

We will visit Hoa Lu, a historical place and associated with the foundation of the Dinh, Early Le and Ly dynasties in the 10th and 11th century. Within an area of 13 square kilometers, the Hoa Lu ancient Capital contains important parts in the history of Vietnam you can visit the Dinh-Le sanctuary, statues of the Emperors. After that, we transfer to restaurant for our lunch.

In the afternoon, we take amazing rowing boat to visit Trang An Eco-Tourism area. Trang An Eco-Tourism complex is a home of 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna that many of them in the Red book of Vietnam. It is also a gathering of 31 valleys, 48 cross-water caves and we will visit 3 to 6 of them. On the rowing boat, we can enjoy the fresh air, clean and clear water with under water grass. Experience ourselves the feeling and emotion when we are on the water caves….

After the tour, we will drive to your accommodation in Ninh Binh. Do check-in and free time. Dinner on your own.
Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Explore Hoa Lu - The first ancient capital of Vietnam

Situated in Truong Yen commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province, far about 100 km from Hanoi capital to the south, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is specially the national-level important cultural-historical relics. This is also the first capital of the centralized feudal state in Vietnam with numerous historical landmarks. Though having been chosen as the capital of Dai Co Viet (an old name of Vietnam) for a short time - within 42 years, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital witnessed such significantly important events related to the destiny of the country.

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Breathtaking scenery with tranquil boat ride in Trang An Landscape Complex

Situated in in Ninh Binh Province (02.5 hours driving from Hanoi), Trang An Landscape Complex is well know as a beautiful combination of cultural and natural beauty. A bamboo boat trip rowed by a local along the river will take you through multiple caves and a few short stops to visit some pagodas. Moreover, it will be such a romantic experience that you have chance to relax in the beautiful scenery. On the tranquil rowing boat, you will enjoy the fresh air, stunning view of mountains, valleys clean and crystal clear water with under water grass and travel with a peace of mind along your journey. In addition, you may prepare yourself for a work out to try to paddle the boat. It will be an exciting and memorable experience for your holiday in Vietnam.

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    Transfer to Halong Bay, Explore the World Natural Heritage, Stay overnight on cruise

08.30 AM: The driver will pick you up at the hotel, departing 3 hours to Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO twice. Upon arrival, embark the cruise and enjoy welcome drink while having tour briefing. A sumptuous lunch will be served on board while the ship sailing further to the Bay, make your time to admire its dramatic limestone islands. 

You can rest at your leisure on the sundeck or relax in your cabin. In the afternoon, you will have time to swim in the warm and calm water or get on kayaks of your choice. Kayaking is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. After 01 hour exploring the bay, you will get back to the cruise for relaxation before attending Cooking class in the late afternoon.

Enjoy the superb dinner and stay overnight on board.

Experiencing kayaking in beautiful Halong Bay

When in Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO, you should not miss the chance to join the outdoor activities to explore the beautiful nature in exciting experience. Kayaking - one of the most attractive choice, is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay.

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Relaxing in Halong Bay with excellent Cruise Accommodation

Known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Halong bay is must for visitors when going to Vietnam. Speding time on your holiday to join to a cruise trip in the spectacular bay, you will  have chance to relax in the beautiful bay scenery with the excellent cruise accommodation. Moreover, when relaxing at your cabin or sitting on the upper deck; you can sight-seeing gladly, let all the worry and busy life go away while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. 

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner