DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
Pick you up on arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in and free time at leisure on your own of exploration the city. Overnight Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI FULL DAY CITY TOUR
At 9.00 AM, pick you up the hotel, our city tour including visit Hochiminh President Complex (Hochiminh Mausoleum, the house on stilts, presidential palace, the One Pillar Pagoda). Our next stop is the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam. Before having lunch, we visit the National fine arts museum.
Your lunch will be served at one of the best local restaurants with special of Hanoi cuisine. After lunch, continue our visit to Hoa Lo or Hanoi Hilton prison where all US pilots was captured during the war years to the north Vietnam from 1964-1972. Next, you will enjoy one hour of Cycling trip for sightseeing Hanoi old quarters. Taking this mean of transportation is the best way to have a close look at the 36 streets in Hanoi. At late afternoon, we will see the special water puppet show for one hour and Overnight Hanoi. (B/L)
DAY 3: HANOI-HALONG BAY CRUISES (aboard)
This morning, we will check out the hotel and depart for Halong bay, some 165 km away from Hanoi. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.
Arrive in Halong and board the traditional sailing junk (Deluxe Boat Bhaya: www.bhayacruises.com). Whilst cruise the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.(B/L/D)
DAY 4: HALONG BAY-HANOI-HUE/ Flight
Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even General de Gaulle’s nose! After another wonderful fresh seafood lunch on board disembark at the dock at Halong City. Transfer back to Hanoi by road to Noi Bai airport for flying to Hue (some 1hour fly),
Pick up at Phu Bai airport to transfer to Hue Hotel for check in before sightseeing the city, Hue was once the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty of Emperors from 1802-1945. There are many mausoleums to visit as well as the fascinating Dong Ba market, famous for selling the best conical hats in Vietnam, transfer back your hotel. Overnight in hotel in Hue (B/L)
DAY 5: HUE-HOIAN ANCIENT TOWN
Have breakfast in hotel before checking out, start our sightseeing Hue included the Imperial Citadel and the King tombs of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh, tour ends, we will heading for Hoi an ancient town, Hoi an is some 140km away and the town is just 35km from biggest city of central part of vietnam named Danang. We will pass the fishing village of Lang co before arrival in Da Nang visit Cham museum, one of the 5 oldest museums in The ASIA, containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures and visit marble mountains before continuing to hoi an ancient town.
Check in the hotel on arrival and free time for your own shopping or dinner. Overnight in Hoi An.(B/L)
DAY 6: HOIAN WALKING TOUR - HALF DAY
Have breakfast in the hotel before start our walking tour ( at 08.00 am) to visit Hoi an ancient town, From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. Some places that not to be missed in town are the former merchants’homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market.
Transfer back the hotel at 12.00 am (noon) and free time your own at Pm. Overnight Hoian.(B/L)
DAY 7: HOIAN- DANANG- SAIGON / FLIGHT
After breakfast, free at leisure and next will be transfered to the airport for flying to Saigon (some 2 hours fly).
Meet our local guide and car at Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer to hotel in downtown. Free time on your own of exploration the Saigon city and Overnight in Saigon (B)
DAY 8: SAIGON CUCHI TUNNLES- CITY
After breakfast at hotel, this morning, we will depart for Cu Chi tunnels. By 1965, 250 km of tunnels criss-crossed Cu Chi and surrounding areas -just across the Saigon River was the notorious guerrilla power base known as the IRON TRIANGLE.
The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the American war in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life in the American War must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Return back to Saigon for lunch, next will be visiting the Reunification Palace, war Museum, China Town and Notre Dame Cathedral. At early this afternoon, tour will be finished at your hotel at 5.00 PM, overnight Saigon. (B/L)
DAY 9: SAIGON DEPARTURE-SIEMREAP/FLIGHT
Free time at leisure until our car and driver come to pick up and transfer back Tan Son Nhat International airport for flight to Siemreap city of Cambodia.
Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, meets and transfers to hotel for check in Lunch not included Visit to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang ("The Royal Baths" was once used or ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake) and Preah Khan temple, Built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Dinner not included and night at hotel.(B)
DAY 10: ANGKOR TEMPLE TOURS
Breakfast at hotel Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch not included Visit to the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Enjoy wonderful sunset from the top of Pre Rup Temple. Dinner not included and night at hotel.(B)
DAY 11: SIEMREAP DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel In the morning, we will enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap lake at KAMPONG PHLUK VILLAGE. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen's "floating village" with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the "village" move from place to place following water levels and current. Lunch not included Transfer to Siem Reap airport for flight to next destination (B)