Day 1: Phnom Penh - Arrival
Day 2: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Day 3: Angkor Explorations
Day 4: Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang - Hoi An
Day 7: Hoi An tour
Day 8: Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue
Day 9: Hue - Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day 12: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc
Day 13: Hanoi - Departure
Day 1: Phnom Penh - Arrival (D)
Arrival in Phnom Penh, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel to check in. This afternoon, enjoy time to relax from your flight, perhaps stroll the lovely streets around your centrally located hotel, or take a nap before dinner. If you aren't too tired and prefer to jump into sightseeing this afternoon, take advantage of an included bonus tour of Phnom Penh, beginning with an overview of the city from atop Wat Phnom. Proceed to the incredible Silver Pagoda in the Royal Palace complex where you find a dazzling green-crystal Buddha and a life-size Buddha made of solid gold and encrusted with 9, 500 diamonds, resting on a floor covered with 5, 000 silver tiles. Continue to the the National Museum, which has a wonderful collection of Khmer art and sculpture. Time permitting, pay a respectful visit to Tuol Sleng Museum, a Khmer Rouge prison and torture chamber from which only seven out of more than 30, 000 inmates survived. Return to your hotel and prepare to join your fellow travelers at a "Welcome to Cambodia" dinner.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 2: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B, L) - by flight
After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Siem Reap to begin your exploration of one of the largest religious sites in the world: Angkor Thom. You are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic gaze of those faces, through half-closed eyes, staring out from a remote time in history. Other sites you'll visit in this complex include the Baphoun, Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace and Royal Palace area. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Angkor Explorations (B, L)
This morning you will continue your exploration of the incredible ruins of Angkor, which consists of more than 30 temples and ancient buildings. All of the spectacular, carved-stone buildings were built between AD 800- 1400, the height of the Khmer empire. Among the ruins you'll visit is the beautiful Bantey Srei, small in scale but considered to be a jewel in Angkor's crown because of its well-preserved, highly detailed carvings. Continue to Ta Prohm, shrouded in jungle and left untouched among twisted banyan trees and stone pillars, it is has the most mysterious atmosphere of the temples in the greater Angkor area. This afternoon, visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat, built during the early years of the 12th century to honor the Hindu god Vishnu. Consisting of an enormous temple symbolizing the mythic Mt. Meru, its rectangular walls and moats represent chains of mountains and the cosmic ocean. Hundreds of fine carvings and scenes from Hindu mythology can still be viewed here. Later on, enjoy a spectacular view of the sun setting at Angkor Wat.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L) - by flight
This morning, drive to the Tonle Sap Lake, actually a combined lake and river system of huge importance to Cambodia, supporting over 3 million people and providing about 75% of Cambodia's annual inland fish. After a visit to the Floating Village, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, located in the heart of the city within easy access to shopping, touring and dining. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to experience for yourself the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
After breakfast, drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels. The incredible network of tunnels once stretched for 210 miles and contained extensive Viet Cong infrastructure including tactical quarters, storage rooms, kitchens, a school and even an underground hospital. Most entrances were so well disguised that only a small portion of the system was ever discovered during the war, despite the fact that some 125 mi/200 km ran under a U.S. military base. This afternoon, explore dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, including the former Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office and Thien Hau Pagoda in the city's bustling Chinatown.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang - Hoi An (B, L) - by flight
After breakfast, enjoy some free time for shopping, then transfer to the airport for your flight to Da Nang, a major port city in the South Central Coast of Vietnam, on the coast of the South East Sea. Upon arrival, board your touring coach and drive to Hoi An, on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore on your own. You might want to take advantage of Hoi An's world-famous tailors during your stay here. Anything you might want to wear can be made for you in Hoi An, all at bargain prices and with expert workmanship.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An tour (B, L)
This morning, set out on a walking tour of this World Heritage Site. Along the way visit the Japanese Covered Bridge which features a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side and the town's most famous landmark, a beautiful Chinese Assembly Hall built in 1740 as a meeting place for all Chinese residents of the town. The hall is lavishly decorated with murals and a replica of a Chinese ship, and Phuoc Kien Pagoda, also called Kim Son Pagoda, built in 1697 by Chinese Phuoc Kien merchants at Hoi An. Conclude your tour at the Central Market, where you will find everything from fruit and flowers to tailor-made clothes and silk lanterns, whose flexible bamboo frames are designed to collapse, so they're easily transported home as a souvenir. Enjoy lunch at a popular local restaurant, then spend the afternoon at leisure to explore further on your own. Time for a swim in the East Sea, shop for wood carvings from Kim Bong village for which Hoi An is famous. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue (B, L)
Board your touring coach this morning and drive to the coastal city of Da Nang, en route to Hue. Just south of Hue are the Marble Mountains, actually five marble hills, each said to represent one of the five elements of the universe - water, wood, fire, metal and earth. One of them, Thuy Son, is honeycombed with caves containing Cham, Buddhist, and Confucian relics, pagodas, and temples. En route stop at East Sea, a former U.S. recreation base, well known for its sparkling white-sand coast and excellent views of the nearby Marble Mountains, and the Cham Museum, containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. Drive over the Hai Van Pass with its spectacular views. Arrive in Hue and check in at your hotel.
This afternoon, explore Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Visit the Imperial Citadel, the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty which ruled Vietnam between 1802 and 1945. A boat trip on the Perfume River takes you past Hue's best-known religious site. End the day with a visit to the popular Dong Ba Market, one of the must-see sites in Hue, where fruit, vegetables, fish, rice and other staples of the traditional Vietnamese diet are sold along with foods made from these ingredients. Join your fellow tour members at Y Thao Restaurant for dinner this evening.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 9: Hue - Hanoi (B, L) - by flight
Transfer to the airport this morning for the short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to visit the Maison Centrale (Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the Hanoi Hilton during the American War). Later this afternoon, you'll enjoy a tour by cyclo, a chauffeur-pedaled tricycle, through the city's Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets. Continue to the theater to enjoy a unique, ancient form of Vietnamese entertainment known as Mua Roi Nuoc, or Water Puppets, where puppeteers control their puppets using long bamboo rods and string mechanisms hidden beneath the water's surface.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
08:00 Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta. 10:30 Stopover on the way for short break 12:30 Arrive at Hon Gai wharf - Meet the captain, crews and join us for a welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions and check-in cabins. 13:00 Lunch with fresh seafood is served while cruising towards Vong Vieng floating village, passing through extraordinary shaped-islands. 15:30 Drop anchor at Vong Vieng: visit local houses, fish farm, schools and have a chat with the friendly fish men. (You also swim here if you like) The other option is to travel by kayak (passenger row kayaks for themselves). The kayaking option is $10.00 per person unless pre-booked. 17:00 Back on board, enjoy the sunset and continue cruising to Luom Bo for anchoring. 19:00 Dinner is served. 21:00 Enjoy the comfort in your cabin or night fishing…
Overnight on junk.
Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)
06:30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. 07:30 Lightly breakfast is served. 08:30 Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. 09:30 Back on board, continue cruising, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and relax. 10:30 Lunch is served on board while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier. 11:30 Check-out 12:00 Arrive Hon Gai wharf. Farewell. 12:30 Return from Halong to Hanoi. 14:30 Stop-over in Dong Trieu town to visit a ceramics workshop. 16:30 Arrive in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 12: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc (B, L)
08:00: Viet Bamboo Travel's guide will pick you up at hotel and leave Hanoi Capital for Ninh Binh, enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the rural areas on the way. About 10:00 arrive Hoa Lu, visit the the two temples of King Dinh and King Le in the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of this two Kings in Chinese Wars. After that, we go to Tam Coc (10 km far from Hoa Lu). Have lunch at local restaurant. After lunch you will get on bamboo boat - rowed by the local people - in Hoang Long river to visit Tam Coc (three caves) on the way, you also have chance to see the paddy field if you visit Tam Coc in April or September. 15:30: Back to the Harbour for the transfer to Hanoi. 17:45: Arrive in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 13: Hanoi - Departure (B)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Later today, transfer to the airport to check in for your return flight to your home.
End of services. Our staff will give you the warmest goodbye and hope to see you again.