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SEE ALL EAT WELL: Vietnam & Cambodia - 15 days

Vietnam and Cambodia are two of the most desirable destinations to visit in Southeast Asia and it’s easy to see why. With mind-blowing cuisine, long histories and extreme natural beauty it would be a mistake not to visit them when traveling to Southeast Asia. On this tour you will begin in the ancient city of Hanoi where you’ll see the Temple of Literature and some of Hanoi’s top and most fascinating museums. Next, you’ll be off to the beautiful, green Ninh Binh and enjoy a soothing boat trip and magical caves before heading to the famous Halong Bay, with its emerald water and jutting limestone pillars. You’ll make your way down to central Vietnam, stopping at all the most stunning places, like lantern-strewn Hoi An and eating delicious food before seeing all the sights in Ho Chi Minh City and skipping over the ditch to Siem Reap. In Siem Reap you’ll see the famed Angkor Wat, (the largest religious monument in the world) and its surrounding temples. You’ll also visit its best museums, a floating village, butterfly garden and see a scorching sunset overlooking Angkor Archeological Park. This will be a trip you’ll never forget.

Tour Price Includes:

  • 12 nights’ accommodation in twin or double room with daily breakfast (check in and check out around noontime)
  • 01 Night on cruise in twin or double cabin in Halong Bay
  • 01 night at homestay in Vinh Long (simple facilities with standard services)
  • All meals included at “Eat well” standard
  • All transfers with air-con vehicles
  • Local English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) as indicated in the program
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only
  • Complimentary visa letter to Vietnam (applied for some specific citizens from US, AUS, HKG,… )
  • Domestic and regional airfares Hanoi – Hue; Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh city; Ho Chi minh city – Siem reap (if you choose Package with domestic & regional airfares)

Tour Price Excludes:

  • International airfares
  • Domestic and regional airfares (if you choose Packages without domestic and regional airfares)
  • Single supplement
  • Visa stamping fee to Vietnam, Cambodia (if visa is required)
  • Pre and post arrangements (transfer, tour, accommodation and other services)
  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
  • Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Tipping Etiquette for tour guides and drivers which is an entirely personal gesture however we recommend you allow US$ 3 – US$ 6 per day per traveller)
  • Early check in or late check out
  • Insurances
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
  • All not mentioned above

Itinerary

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day 1
HANOI ARRIVAL

Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam! You are greeted at Noi Bai Airport for your transfer to the hotel.

Hanoi is one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society.

This evening, our guide will give you brief as well as some advices about safety precaution when you are on tours. This will be chance for you to know other members in group.

Meals: Nils

Accommodation: La Belle Vie Hotel – Deluxe Room

day 2
HANOI CITY TOUR

After breakfast at hotel, head out to Ba Dinh Square and start the day with President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and house-on-stilts plus the nearby One Pillar Pagoda.

Next is a visit to the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius, built in the 11th century. It was the first university in Vietnam and students still come here to burn incense. You will find a peaceful atmosphere tinged with incense smoke, and sunken lotus ponds populated by fish and turtles.

Lunch at at KOTO, a well-trained restaurant, with the slogan “Know One, Teach One”. KOTO is a non-profit center where disadvantaged youths are given job training.

Drive through the busy city to visit Ethnology Museum, the place gives an excellent overview of the country’s ethnic groups. The large outdoor area features genuine houses and compounds as built by the many different ethnic group.

Back to the Old Quarter in the mid afternoon, a place you must experience while in Hanoi. You will find shopping and cultural / historical sites all wrapped into one. Walk to the central lake, located at the heart of the city, Hoan Kiem Lake is a historical site and one of the symbols of Hanoi, with Tortoise Tower and Ngoc Son Temple on the lake’s two islands. Back to Hotel for refreshment before heading out for a cozy dinner at Lý Club.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: La Belle Vie Hotel – Deluxe Room 

day 3
HANOI – NINH BINH – HOA LU – TRANG AN BOAT TRIP

Continue with your journey to Ninh Binh.

You first visit Hoa Lu, the capital under the Dinh and Early Le dynasties in Vietnam in the 10th and 11th century. Its palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions, built by different dynasties, still carry the features of an ancient imperial capital.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon, board a sampan for an extended journey along the winding river lined with trees and Trang An’s limestone mountains. You will stop at several small, historic temples which are the pride of the area’s inhabitants. The lush forests, clear river water, fresh air, magical caves and dramatic mountains will charm you from first glance.

Back to your hotel and spend your leisure time to explore the surrounding.

Dinner on your own at Buffalo Restaurant, time is from 19.00 to 22.00.The restaurant is located in the middle of garden and lake which is divided into indoor and outdoor spaces. The restaurant a la carte menus offer tasty European and authentic oriented dishes which you can feel the cozy and home-like ambiance. If you don’t feel convenient to go out for the meal, the Restaurant of the hotel offers room service as a comfortable alternative.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Buffalo Eco Garden Hotel – Deluxe Garden View Room

day 4
NINH BINH – HALONG BAY

After breakfast, depart for Halong Bay, one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world, a picturesque blend of harmonious transition between the mountains and the sea.

On arrival, board a traditional junk and head out into the Gulf of Tonkin amongst the huge limestone outcrops and emerald waters. You spend the rest of the day cruising the myriad of tiny islands and many grottoes created by wind and the waves over the centuries.

You will get to visit a cave and participates several activities on board such as “Master Chef Competition” and fruit carving demonstration.

Lunch and dinner on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Bhaya Classic Cruise – Deluxe Cabin 

day 5
HALONG BAY – HANOI – FLY TO HUE

Start off your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee being served. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay.

Light breakfast is served onboard. The boat weighs anchor to sail to Cua Van floating village, you will take your time to visit the village which is voted as one of the 11 insanely beautiful small towns around the world by huffingtonpost.com. You can choose either kayak or traditional rowing boat to go around discovering local life on the waters.

Return to your boat and relax. Enjoy the brunch before checking out.

Back at the dock at around 11 am, you will be met and transferred to a village where you will enjoy the water puppet show by local artirst, a traditional art form springing from rural society of the Red River Delta. Performed in a pool of water, the water surface is the stage, while the puppeteers stand behind a screen and manipulate the lacquered wooden puppets using bamboo rods and strings beneath the water surface. Enjoy the show, straight your legs and get to know the local life.

After the show, you will straight transfer to Noi Bai airport where you will take a flight and continue your trip to Hue.

Upon arrival, you are greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch

Accommodation: Eldora Hotel – Deluxe City View Room

day 6
HUE CITY TOUR

This morning, you will take a boat ride up the romantic Perfume River, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the river. The boat takes you to Thien Mu Pagoda, this 7-storey octagonal tower is a symbol of Hue. Behind the pagoda are peaceful gardens and, somewhat incongruously, the old Austin car which transported Thich Quang Duc to Saigon in 1963 for his self-immolation.

Next, you visit King Tu Duc’s Tomb which is a sprawling compound centred around a lake and including numerous separate memorials connected by pleasant walkways. The major portions of the tomb complex were completed from 1864-67, along with future temple buildings that served as a retreat for Tu Duc and his many wives during his lifetime.

Lunch at the restaurant that located near the ancient citadel in a peaceful suburb of Hue and surrounding by beautiful garden.

This afternoon, visit the Imperial City at Hue is the remnant of a vast citadel. Here you can see the ravages of time and war on what was the carefully designed capital of the Nguyen Dynasty.

Before coming back to the hotel, you will visit the only-in-Vietnam Royal arena names Ho Quyen. This is the only Royal Arena in Asia where fights between tigers and elephants were organized during the Nguyen Dynasty. A visit to the Elephant Shrine will tell you about the legends of the honored Elephants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Eldora Hotel – Deluxe city View Room

day 7
HUE – HOI AN-EXPLORE THE ANCIENT STREETS

After breakfast, check out Hue hotel and head out to Hoi An. The route south from Hue hugs the coast before climbing Hai Van Pass. Stop to admire stunning views over Lang Co Beach and Da Nang City and continue along My Khe Beach to Hoi An.

Lunch at a restaurant by the river side.

After check in hotel and have refreshment, you spend the afternoon to walk the ancient streets of Hoi An, lined with Chinese traders’ homes and wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés, and outlets for local artists, craftsmen and tailors. Explore the beautiful 16th century Japanese Bridge. Hoi An’s unique fusion of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture is well displayed here, in what is arguably Vietnam’s most tourist-friendly town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort – Superior Garden View Room

day 8
HOI AN FREE

Today will be free at your own leisure to discover the town. You can cycle to the beach and relax or wander around the town with many choices of shopping and spa. Hoi An is a paradise for custom made silk, fashionable clothing and accessories.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort – Superior Garden View Room

Some tips for the day: Hoi An has so many nice spot to spend your time

  • Have a Tea break at Reaching out tea house at the ancient town, 131 Trần Phú
  • Ancient Faifo is the Coffee and restaurant with best town view. Recommended for dinner as well
  • Spend time at Precious Heritage Art Gallery – Museum, 26 Phan Boi Chau
  • Enjoy a coctail or lunch by the beach at Soul kitchen, An Bang Beach
  • The Original Taste Of Hoi An Food Tour with Neville Dean
day 9
HOI AN – DA NANG – HO CHI MINH CITY

Have early breakfast this morning then check out, transfer to Da Nang airport for your onward flight to Ho Chi minh city. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by local guide and driver.

Transfer to your hotel for check in.

This afternoon, you will visit the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam. You can visit the “War Room” from where the South Vietnamese forces were controlled, and where the North Vietnamese army finally took control in the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.

Walk to the central square where you will see all Saigon iconic buildings. Built between 1877 and 1883, Saigon’s Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral is a centre of Catholicism in modern Vietnam, and one of the city’s major landmarks.

The Saigon Post Office, a classic French colonial structure, is still a functioning post office today and features huge ceilings, a giant portrait of Uncle Ho, and many beautiful details.

The rest of the day is free at leisure. You may wish to visit various shopping centers or some of the many nightime entertainment venues.

Enjoy a special dinner – a feast for senses. Take away your sight senses, and experience a culinary journey through taste, smell, touch and sound. This is not simply dining, but rather a uniquely mind-altering experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Silverland Yen Hotel – Premier Deluxe Room

day 10
HO CHI MINH CITY – VINH LONG - HOMESTAY

This morning, drive to the land of rivers, the Mekong Delta.

The program will start with a visit of Vinh Long market. This is the best choice for you to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, vegetable… Next stop will be the brick kilns where you can see how the local people create beautiful potteries. Your boat will go along the floating village, there you will learn how to farm catfish on Mekong river.

Lunch will be served at local house, have a cup of tea when enjoying the traditional music.

Check in your homestay for the night.

In the afternoon, walk along the village to the local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn…

Come back homestay for a fresh shower and cooking some dishes with the owners. You enjoy diner & overnight at local house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay

day 11
HOMESTAY – CAI BE – HO CHI MINH CITY

Bid farewell to your host after breakfast, get on board to cruise to Cai Be floating market. Get on land at Tan Phong island for a biking / walking on village paths where you are surrounded by local farms, houses, fruit farm, the daily life of Mekong Delta habitants just lively and peacefuly as it is for you to encount. You can learnt how they make rice-net for spring-rolls, sew coconut-leaves for cottage roof and specially see how they wave the dried water-hyacinth to make many products: baskets, bags, hats, wallets, shoes…

The rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. Your boat journey ends at Cai Be town where you transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city, lunch en route at local restaurant.

Farewell dinner will be a cozy restaurant lococated in a lane of Saigon which was a French villa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Silverland Yen Hotel – Premier Deluxe Room

day 12
HO CHI MINH CITY - SIEM REAP

The day is free at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City for some last minute shopping.

Check out hotel by noon then you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Siem Reap.

Arrive in Siem Reap, your guide and transfer to your hotel. Free at your leisure for the rest of the day.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:The Aviary Hotel – Tailorbird Standard Room 

day 13
SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT – GREAT ANGKOR THOM – TA PROHM

Begin your day to explore the famed Angkor Wat Temple. The largest and best preserved among the many temples in the area, Angkor Wat is the highlight of most all Cambodia holiday packages, and the experience of walking its sacred grounds is not to be forgotten.

Afternoon you will enter the South Gate of Angkor Thom, then view the massive stone faces on the towers of the Bayon. Continue to Ta Prohm which has been left just as it was when rediscovered: a photogenic and atmospheric maze of jungle growing up through temple ruins.

You will enjoy the first dinner in Siem Reap in a stylish contemporary restaurant with the set menu from elegance décor dishes including the best of Cambodian flavors. The Apsara dance show is one of the more sophisticated on offer and is an affordable way to get a cultural fix in Siem Reap.

Optional Evening (subjects to additional surcharge) Enjoy PHARE circus in the evening. The Cambodian Circus has long been famous for their performances, and this NGO teaching street kids to become circus artists is a regular at international circus conventions worldwide. Enjoy their interpretations of modern life and issues in Cambodian society.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Apsara Dance show

Accommodation: The Aviary Hotel – Tailorbird Standard Room 

day 14
SIEM REAP LOCAL TOUCH – ANGKOR MUSEUM - BANTAEY SREI – SUNSET VIEW

After breakfast you will transfer to the local market of Siem Reap. The local market is full of fresh fish, meat, vegetables and fruit; here you can observe traditional ways of life and meet many friendly local people.

Continue to visit the Angkor National Museum, this world class museum introducing the profound cultural landmarks of Siem Reap spreads over 20,000 sq.m and reveals the legends of the Golden Era of the Khmer empire. The museum is a landmark providing complete facilities and recreation services for both tourists and the local community.

Enjoy lunch time at a unique community-based tourism site that offers a genuine surrounding and the chance to immerse you into the real atmosphere of Cambodia’s countryside.

After lunch, explore Banteay Srei (known as the Women citadel), a smaller temple which nevertheless stands out for its ornate red sandstone design.

On the way back, stop to visit the Butterfly Garden where you can see and touch to thousand butterflies. This was started to help the ecology and stimulate the local people to think about the environment and hence creating work opportunity. You can walk in the enclosure, and you can see how the process starts with a caterpillar. This place offers a slice of peace and tranquillity between temple visits. It is fun to learn the names of the species that we’d been seeing on our hikes around the temples. You are able to sit for a short while after the tour, just enjoy the environment and a cool drink surrounded by the butterflies.

Finally, find what may be the most memorable image of your trip to Cambodia at Pre Rup, with a spectacular sunset view over the Angkor Archaeological Park.

The last dinner in Siem Reap is well served at a fusion themed contemporary restaurant for the whole group. The restaurant has a trendy garden lounge bar where you can unwind while listening to selected music, after dinner and hangout for the last night here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: The Aviary Hotel – Tailorbird Standard Room

day 15
SIEM REAP - TONLE SAP – DEPARTURE

After breakfast and check-out, you will head out to Kompong Kleang “floating village”, which is, in fact, a stilt house settlement of over 20,000 people where structures can tower up to ten meters above the water. Greeted by waves of the friendly locals, here you can glimpse Cambodia’s countryside culture and traditional family lifestyle.

Back to Siem Reap for lunch. Free at your own leisure until the transfer to the airport for your home flight departure. We wish you a pleasant and enjoyable trip with Sens Asia Travel!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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