Sample the ancient heritage of Southeast Asia! From an Angkor Wat trip in Cambodia to street food tours in Hanoi, cultural Hoi An, and modern Ho Chi Minh City, experience the beauty and the bounty of Vietnam and Cambodia.
Hanoi has served as an erstwhile capital city and the seat of government for over a thousand years. Explore exotic ancient monuments and remnants of colonial imperialism as well as affable merchants at Hanoi’s night markets and at bustling street food stalls.
Temple and City Discovery in Hanoi Explore the heritage of Vietnam’s capital by the Red River delta, on a leisurely cyclos ride through the city. Learn about the nation’s beloved revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh and visit the simple little house where he lived during his years in Hanoi. Explore the historic building that showcases the great leader’s personal artifacts and items of everyday use. Stop by a small island on Hanoi’s West Lake to see the sixth century Tran Quoc Pagoda, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. Ride over to visit the resplendent 11th-century Taoist temple, Quan Thanh, which stands in the shade of a giant banyan tree. An old shrine nearby houses a beautiful statue of Tran Vu, a principal Tao deity. Later in the afternoon, visit Vietnam’s first national university, the 11th century Temple of Literature that is known for its traditional Vietnamese architecture. Get an insight into Vietnam’s colonial and modern history at the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ or Hoa Lo Prison, where the French incarcerated Vietnamese political prisoners. Visit the remnants of the old complex and walk through the moving display of photographs and writings. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy).
Halong Bay in the Gulf of Tonkins is a dazzling world. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can witness the dense cluster of over 3,000 limestone islands as they rise spectacularly from the ocean. Geologically an extension, Lan Ha Bay is just as beautiful as Halong Bay but a lot more isolated.
Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Dragon Pearl) Enjoy a marvellous one night cruise aboard the Dragon Pearl! From your hotel you will be taken to the harbor where you can check-in, meet your crew and receive a safety briefing. The you can set sail to the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay and Cap La, where the astonishing formations of Halong Bay await you. Enjoy a delicious lunch en route. If you wish, you can disembark and visit the local fishing village or go kayaking. Back on board, relax and unwind or have a swim before dinner. The following day you can cruise through an incredible panorama of grottos and explore Thien Canh Son cave. Enjoy a swim and another delicious lunch aboard the junk before a smooth cruise back to the harbor at Hanoi. (Open all year; Best Time to Travel: March – May, October – November; Full Day; Duration: Overnight; Shared Activity; Private Transfer; Meal included; Fitness level: Easy)
Hidden World Cruise on Halong Bay: 2D/1N The Ginger Cruise offers an intimate sailing experience on the idyllic La Han Bay, Vietnam. Day 01: Set sail around noon with a welcome drink in hand, soaking in the sight of the bay around you. Gather for lunch, and watch the beautiful scenery pass by. Enjoy various facilities available onboard – swim in the rooftop pool as you pass by towering limestone karsts or check into the spa for a unique massage out at sea! Bask on the sundeck that offers panoramic views of limestone pillars and lush islets around. Stop by at Cat Ba Island, the largest in this archipelago, and explore the island on bikes or electric cars, absorbing the lifestyle of the islanders. Learn about local cuisine during an interactive cooking class onboard. As night falls, enjoy a fine selection of drinks under a starlit sky. After a hearty dinner, watch a cinema with aperitifs by your side, or join the staff to fish for squids before retiring to your suite! Day 02: Wake up early for Tai Chi sessions on the sundeck, followed by morning beverages and pastries. Cruise to Tra Bau and discover the scenic emerald-green bay on kayaks and bamboo rafts. Enjoy the magnificent setting of tree-topped islands amid shimmering waters. After breakfast onboard, reminisce about your experience as you head to shore and bid farewell! (2D/1N; Private Transfer; Meals included: Full board; Fitness level: Moderate. Please note that this ship cruises only in Lan Ha Bay and does not include visits to Halong Bay or any caves.)
The ancient Imperial Capital of Hue, lies at the mouth of the Perfume River and is considered the fulcrum of Vietnam’s two rice baskets – the Red River Delta and the Mekong River Delta.
Imperial Vietnam by the Banks of the Perfume River Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s rich imperial heritage on this tour of historic Hué. The town is dotted with ancient pagodas, royal tombs, and the remains of an imperial stronghold. Set off after breakfast to visit Hué’s iconic, 17th century monument of Thien Mu Pagoda, whose narrow, seven-storied structure stands atop a hill by the Perfume River. Afterwards, you could either explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hué Monuments centered on the Imperial Citadel, or the royal tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. At the Imperial Citadel, be dazzled by the regal architecture and royal gardens. Set amid a forested area, the Royal Tomb is equally spectacular. In the afternoon, drive down to the charming little village of Duong No, which was home to the young Ho Chi Minh. Walk over to the ornate Thanh Toan Covered Bridge spanning the Perfume River, featuring traditional Asian design and a timber arch dotted with ceramic elements and elaborate calligraphy. (Best Time to Travel : Oct – Mar;Times : 9 AM – 3 PM;Duration – 5 hours;Private Activity;Fitness level: Easy).
Hoi An pays testament to its remarkable history as a major port town, booming with grand architecture of old Japanese merchant houses, pale yellow houses draped in bougainvillea, shopfronts lit with glowing silk lanterns, and ageing tea warehouses.
Eat Your way Through Hoi An on a Vespa Hop onto a vintage Vespa scooter to experience the vibrant nightlife as well as the rich street food culture of Hoi An. First make your way to Café Zoom Hoi An for some Banh Can – a fried snack stuffed with quail egg – with chilled beer or cocktails. After this, enjoy the ride on the Vespa that takes you through Hoi An’s busy lanes. Stop by for some shrimp dumpling, known locally as ‘white rose’. While you’re at it, you could taste some fried wontons too. Then it’s time to head to An Hoi islet, from where you go on a boat cruise to Cam Nam Island. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy delectable seafood starter and drinks. Once done, return to the Vespa for a ride along River Thu Bon which takes you to a local restaurant. You could sample some of the steaming Hot Pot and also discover the art of Vietnamese ‘Wrap n Roll’. Resume your ride and end your food tour with DIY barbeques accompanied by a dessert called Banh Flan – this time at a tranquil restaurant surrounded by lush paddy fields. (Time of the Day: Evening, 1730 hrs; Duration: 4 hrs; Shared activity; Fitness level: Moderate).
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), still often referred to as Saigon, was a Khmer seaport in the 17th century before becoming a French colony. Rapid and thrilling and, even with the maddening traffic as cyclo drivers speed under vast neon billboards, you can immerse yourselves in variety at HCMC.
Visit Cu Chi Tunnels by Road Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense world famous tunnel complex that was first constructed in 1948 as a means to protect the Viet Cong guerillas from their French enemy. The tunnel system network grew as the need arose during the Vietnam War (1955 – 1975), becoming not just a communication route and food and weapon storage facilities, but also the guerilla’s living quarters. In fact, they even housed hospitals. The Americans conducted several military campaigns against the tunnels throughout the last decade of combat. Dubbed the Black Echo due to the hardship of this underground life that was rife with insect infestations and disease, this unique tour provides you with an opportunity to witness the resilience of the Vietnamese. (Total Duration: 5 hrs;Travel Time to Activity Type : 2 hrs;Timings: 08:30 hrs – 13:30 hrs; Private Activity)
Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City Explore Saigon, a city that never sleeps! With its vibrant, exciting energy and brimming with people, you’ll quickly notice how modernity has collided with its rich history. The best way to explore Saigon is by foot, as you wander along and witness quaint yet sure French colonial buildings on Dong Khoi Street, also known as Rue Catinat. Witness many other historic landmarks, including the Opera House, the former Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) and the spectacular Presidential Palace. Visit the central Post Office, not to send your postcards home but to witness a magnificent feat of architecture. Want to make a wish? Visit Thien Hau Temple in District 5, where it is the local custom to attach your dreams to an incense coil. Kindly note that it is not possible to visit inside the Notre Dame during church services. (Timings:08:30 hrs- 17:30 hrs ; Private Activity)
Phnom Penh offers a heady mix of bustling city life and a sincere cultural experience. It’s a harmonious blend of the past and present, tempered with delicious Khmer and French cuisine.
Highlights of Phnom Penh Explore the finest examples of Khmer architecture with this marvellous city tour. The Royal Palace is a grand building overlooking a tranquil plaza and still houses Cambodia’s royalty, King Sihamoni. On the south side of the palace lies the Silver Pagoda, which is aptly named as it has been crafted out of 5,329 solid silver tiles. Wander along to Wat Preah Keo Morakot, the Buddhist temple where Royal ceremonies are performed, or Wat Phnom, the namesake of the city. You can also visit The National Museum, which houses many fascinating and historical relics, and King Ang Duong Stupa, the burial site of King Norodom Sihanouk, the 20th century monarch. To respect local customs, please dress conservatively.
Siem Reap is a most marvellous window to the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Temple complex, with its fascinating Khmer architecture in varying states of preservation.
Tonle Sap Lake Boat Ride Drive out of the city for about 45 minutes into the countryside, for a unique lake-living experience! Stop off on the way at a local village. Arriving at the quay you will board a local boat that will take you on a 1.5 hour cruise of Tonle Sap Lake, known as the Great Lake of Cambodia, and home to the unique floating villages. Discover how communities live and work on the lake – with floating schools, churches, stores and markets! You can observe how crocodiles farming forms an important part of this culture. This half day experience is best enjoyed from July to February when water levels are high.
Private Tour of Angkor’s Temples Discover the important temples within the magnificent Angkor Archaeological Park on this fascinating tour. Soak in the gorgeous views of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the temple complex that comprises five spectacular towers and a vast gallery. Stroll to the imposing Angkor Wat temple, a fine example of Khmer architecture, built in the 12th century. At sunrise and sunset, you can see a surreal reflection of this temple in the nearby pool of water! After exploring this gorgeous temple, make your way to the walled city of Angkor Thom where you can find the splendid Bayon temple and other monuments. Saunter on to the Ta Phrom temple that sits tucked within huge fig and silk cotton trees and is known as the jungle temple. Capture stunning images of the ancient ruins with trees growing out, the most distinctive feature of this site. (Full Day; Time: 0700 hrs; Private Activity and Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy. Please dress appropriately for temple visits.)
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 15 days / 14 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Hanoi – Hue (Business Class)
Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (Business Class)
Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon – Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
All activities as listed :
Hanoi: Temple and City Discovery in Hanoi
Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay: Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Dragon Pearl)
Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay: Hidden World Cruise on Halong Bay: 2D/1N
Hue: Imperial Vietnam by the Banks of the Perfume River
Hoi An: Eat your way through Hoi An on a Vespa
Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Visit Cu Chi Tunnels (by Road)
Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City
Phnom Penh: Highlights of Phnom Penh
Siem Reap: Tonle Sap Lake Boat Ride
Siem Reap: Private Tour of Angkor’s Temples
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
Fees and taxes
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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