Cambodia Tour 18 days
Destination: Hanoi/Sapa/Ha Long
Bay/Hue/Danang/Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City/Tay Ninh/Cu Chi/Mekong Delta/Phnom Penh/Siem
Day 1: Hanoi arrival (D, G)
Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to
your hotel. You’ll have time to relax after your journey before a welcome dinner
at a colonial building. In the evening, you’ll have tickets for a performance of
traditional Water Puppetry (an art form unique to northern Viet Nam, and a good,
light-hearted introduction to its rural culture). Your overnight stay will be in
Day 2: Hanoi City tour/Lao Cai
(B, L, G)
An all day city tour, possibly including the Temple of
Literature, (the first university in Viet Nam dating back to the 11th C), the Ho
Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Ethnology Museum and the centre of Ha Noi, including the
Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ngoc Son temple and the bustling Old Quarter with a complex
of architecture - traditional tube houses, religious buildings and the colonial
In the late
afternoon, you’ll take a refreshment at a 2-star hotel. Then, you’ll be free
until the driver and guide come and take you to the station to take the night
train to Sapa. You’ll spend the night on train.
Day 3: Lao Cai/Sapa (B, L, G)
You’ll be met at the Lao Cai station and taken by a Jeep or a
Land Cruiser to visit an ethnic market. After a picnic lunch, you’ll return to
Lao Cai and continue your journey into the mountains to Sa Pa, a small town
perched on the mountainside opposite Mt. Fan Si Pan, Vietnam’s highest peak.
The trips to ethnic markets are a fascinating experience but must
be on Tuesday (Coc Ly Market), Saturday (Can Cau) or Sunday (Bac Ha or Muong Hum
Markets). Picnic lunch will be prepared in the morning from Sa Pa. You’ll arrive
in Sa Pa in the late afternoon, with time to relax before dinner
Day 4: Sapa/Lao Cai/Hanoi (B, L,
Morning stroll to the town busy market and then easy trek to
ethnic villages of H’mong in a scenic valley. After stream-side picnic lunch,
you’ll be picked up to visit other ethnic villages of the H’mong, Day and Red
Dao people. Return to Sa Pa and then back to Lao Cai station for an overnight
train to Ha Noi.
Day 5: Hanoi/Ha Long (B, L, D,
Arrive Hanoi in the
early morning, met and transferred to a 2-star hotel for refreshment and
breakfast. Then, you’ll drive to Ha Long Bay, (one of the most spectacular
UNESCO World Heritage Areas - the world’s largest marine ‘karst’ landscape).
Travel by traditional-style boat to some of the less well-known grottoes and
caves. Includes swimming, fishing, hill (not mountain) climbing for Bay
overviews, exploring sea level caves in a small sampan, etc. All meals will be
provided on board and your accommodation will be on the boat in a twin room with
en suite toilet and shower.
Day 6: Ha Long/Hanoi/Hue (B, L,
Morning cruising Ha Long Bay, followed by lunch and then return
to Ha Noi and transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue.
Day 7: Hue (B, L, G)
Morning visit to the Imperial Citadel of Hue and the Antiquity
Museum. Afternoon drive to visit King Tu Duc’s Tomb (the poet King, the simplest
Royal tomb set in a beautiful garden) and visit to Garden Houses - (a cultural
characteristic in Hue). In the evening you’ll be picked up to enjoy a Hue
musical show on a boat in the Perfume River for about one hour. Overnight in
Day 8: Hue/Hoi An (B, L, G)
Morning drive to Da Nang (excellent views from high mountain
pass). On arrival in Da Nang, you’ll have a brief visit to Cham Museum, then
continue to travel to Hoi An. After lunch, a guided visit to the Ancient Town.
Overnight stay in Hoi An.
The town is an ancient trading port, once the largest in
Indochina and a meeting point for many cultures that left their mark in the
different architectural features of its wooden buildings
Day 9: Hoi An/My Son (B, L, G)
Morning drive to My Son Sanctuary - World Heritage Area. Free
afternoon and overnight in Hoi An.
Once the My Son Sanctuary was the spiritual capital of the Cham
Kingdom that dominated SE Asia for nearly a thousand years. Its remarkable brick
towers were badly bombed by the Americans, but are still impressive as is its
remote valley setting
Day 10: Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City
tour (B, L, G)
You’ll be free
until the driver and guide come and take you to the airport for your flight to
Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for
In the afternoon, you’ll start your city tour including the
History Museum (special exhibition of the 5thC ‘Oc Eo’ civilisation), the Museum
of War Remnants (very partial, but riveting, recollections of the ‘American
War’: not for the squeamish). You will spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City/Tay
Ninh/Cu Chi (B, L, G)
Drive to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Holy See (in time to watch
the mid-day ceremony), Cu Chi (intricate network of underground passages and
bunkers that became legendary during the 1960’s for their role in the war of
liberation). Farewell dinner and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Cao Dai is a ‘new’ religion unique to Viet Nam with around a
million followers. Both its creed and its architecture are remarkable and exotic
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City/My
Tho/Can Tho (B, L, G)
At 8:00 you’ll be picked up at our hotel to travel to My Tho. On
arrival, boat cruise on Mekong river to the Thoi Son island: rowing through
small canals and walking along small village road to visit fruit gardens,
elementary school, spirits distilling house, and see the daily life of
villagers. On your visit you’ll have chance to enjoy some of tropical fruits and
traditional music show. After lunch at a local restaurant on island, you’ll
continue to cruise to visit a coconut candy workshop. In the afternoon, you’ll
drive to Can Tho for your overnight stay.
Day 13: Can Tho/Chau Doc (B, L,
cruise to Cai Rang floating market on the Mekong Delta (views of rural
lifestyle). Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon, drive to Chau Doc where
you’ll board a small sailing boat to visit floating houses farming Basa fish,
Cham ethnic minority villages and a mosque. Overnight stay in Chau Doc
Day 14: Chau Doc/Phnom Penh (B,
After breakfast, you’ll take a hydrofoil trip to Phnom Penh.
On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to the hotel for check
The same afternoon,
visit Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town,
and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the
Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver
tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and
weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal
Buddha and the genocidal
museum of Toulsleng (also know as S21). Overnight in Phnom Penh
Day 15: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap
(B, L, G) by Mekong Express bus
Breakfast at hotel: Transfer to the bus station to take the bus
for journey to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to the hotel for
check in. The same afternoon, take the boat to Kompung Pluk, where you will also
visit the house on still and the flooded forest. By the end of the day, your car
will be expecting. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 16: Siem Reap tour (B, L, G)
Breakfast at hotel: We start the sightseeing tour of Angkor area
we spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with 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, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the
most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was
constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We
stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with colums,
libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering
temple. We visit jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There
are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the
stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being
reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 17: Siem Reap tour (B, L, G)
Breakfast at hotel, Heading out
of town we make our way by traveling on a newly paved road to the intricately
carved and well preserved
temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way we make stopover at the
Preah Dark village and we follow these with a visit the Banteay Samre Temple
adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna
legends. Afternoon, we spend the rest of the visiting at the "Chantiers Ecoles -
Les Artisans d'Angkor" which provides training to young Cambodians in an effort
to revive the ancient Khmer traditions of stone carving and wood sculpting and
continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Chars, also called the
“Old Market”, surrounded by elegant French Colonial colonnades. Then continue to
Wat Bo, a large, highly respected pagoda, founded in the 18th Century. Like the
Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, the vihear of Wat Bo contains unique wall paintings
of the Reamker that are said to be late 19th Century. Look for the daily-life
market scenes such as an opium smoking Chinese merchant, the colonial era French
officer at the market and the French soldiers attending a traditional dance
performance. Also of interest is the large collection of Buddha statues located
behind the main Buddha. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 18: Siem Reap departure (B,
Breakfast at hotel: Transfer to the airport for the flight
departure. Overnight in Siem Reap
Price in US$ per
for single occupancy
Validity until: September 30, 2011
Our price includes:
Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the
way domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Ho Chi Minh City, including
domestic airport taxes.
Return train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi, air-conditioned soft four-berth
cabin, good local standard four-berth cabin.
cruise as programme. For Ha Long Bay, you’ll join other passengers on a high
quality wooden boat.
Hydrofoil tickets: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh
Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.
services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants and full board
on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
and other taxes
Our price does not
International flight tickets and airport tax.
ticket: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
Dinners, except as specified above.
Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
Hotel list for Three
Hanoi: Thang Long Opera Hotel (*** city centre, Innova Superior Room) or similar
Holiday Sapa Hotel (*** good location, Standard Room) or similar
Long Bay: Ha Long sails boat
Ideal Hotel (*** city centre, Ideal Superior Room) or similar
An: Lotus Hotel (*** with swimming pool, 2km from town centre, Standard Room) or
Chi Minh City: Saigon Hotel (*** city centre, Superior Room) or similar
Tho: Saigon Can Tho Hotel (*** comfortable local hotel, conveniently located,
Superior Room) or similar
Doc: Chau Pho Hotel (*** well located, Standard Room) or similar
Penh: Cardamom Hotel (*** good location, Deluxe Room) or similar
Reap: Casa Angkor Hotel (*** city centre, Standard Room) or similar
Hotel list for Four
Hanoi: Sunway Hotel (**** comfortable boutique hotel 15 minute’s walk from the
city centre, Superior Room) or similar
Chau Long Hotel (**** the best hotel in Sapa, indoor swimming pool/fitness
centre in separate building) or similar
Long Bay: Ha Long sails boat
Huong Giang Hotel (**** on the bank of the Perfume River, Deluxe ROH room)
An: Hoi An Trails Resort (**** near Cua Dai Beach, Superior Room) or similar
Chi Minh City: Oscar Hotel (**** good location, Oscar Cosy Room) or similar
Tho: Golf Hotel (**** high-rise building in the city centre on the banks of Hau
River, Deluxe River View Room) or similar
Victoria Chau Doc Hotel (**** French Colonial architecture, on the banks of the
Bassac River, Superior Room)
Penh: Hotel Castle (**** situated very close to the Mekong River, Deluxe Room)
Reap: Tara Angkor Hotel (**** conveniently located on the road to Angkor,
Superior Room) or similar