Experience the rich and fascinating history and culture of Vietnam on this vacation as you explore ancient temples, bustling night and floating markets, and witness centuries-old crafts. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Trang An, Halong Bay, and the Hue Monuments and the serene rural landscape of Ninh Binh. The soft sandy beaches of Sihanoukville in Cambodia provide the perfect conclusion to an enriching and memorable vacation.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3HanoiColonial Buildings, Water Puppet Show, Cyclo Ride, Hanoian Culture, Ancient ArchitectureSofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
3 - 5Ninh BinhLocal Villages, Limestone Karsts and Caves, Dry Halong BayEmeralda Ninh Binh Resort & Spa
5 - 6Halong BayUNESCO World Heritage Site, Limestone Formations, Kayak PaddlingGinger Cruise Halong Bay
6 - 8HuéPerfume River, UNESCO World Heritage Site Imperial Citadel, Tombs and Pagodas, Incense Stick-Making HousePilgrimage Village
8 - 10Ho Chi Minh City/SaigonFrench Colonial Buildings, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau TempleVilla Song
10 - 14SihanoukvilleNew Cambodian City, Densely Forested Mountain Ranges, White Sandy BeachesAlila Villas Koh Russey

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Transfer from Hanoi airport to your hotel

Hanoi

2 Days

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.

Included Activities

Evening Water Puppet Show (One Hour)
Delve into the traditional Vietnamese art form of water puppetry, with an entertaining performance at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. Water puppetry is believed to have begun over a 1,000 years ago, as a means of recreational entertainment in the flooded rice fields. Not much has changed since then and you can still witness the puppeteers standing in waist-high water as they skillfully manipulate their puppet people and animals, which are attached to long bamboo poles and use a system of pulleys and silk strings. Each of the short performances highlight stories and legends involved in the daily lives of local people. (30 min outdoor show; Total duration: 1 hr; Timings: 1700/1830/2000 hrs)

Temple and City Tour of 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).

Hotel Options
RoomPremium Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 3 - 5

Drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh (110 kms, 2.5 hrs)

Ninh Binh

2 Days

Ninh Binh is a small town deep in the Red River Delta, 93 km south of Hanoi.

Included Activities

Spectacular Landscapes of Hoa Lu & Tam Coc
Discover the spectacular limestone landscapes and verdant countryside of northern Vietnam on this day tour. Set off early in the morning from your hotel for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Trang An. Watch the famed karst limestone peaks and grottoes of Trang An emerge across the horizon. Marvel at the stunning complex of sheer rock walls, craggy cliffs and caves covered by lush tropical rainforests. This amazing karst limestone formation overlooks yet another picturesque landscape of meandering rivers and emerald rice paddies. Visit the region’s ancient capital city of Hoa Lu, parts of which continues to stand among this precious limestone eco-system. Stop by the ancient temples of northern Vietnam’s Dinh and Le dynasties, which stand in the middle of velvety rice paddies. Drive up to yet another impressive natural landscape of the region at Tam Coc. Also called ‘Halong Bay on Land’, explore the limestone caves and grottoes of Tam Coc on a leisurely boat ride along the meandering river and its canals. Stop by the beautiful Thai Vi temple before returning to Tam Coc. After your lunch at Tam Coc, return to your hotel in Ninh Binh. (Full Day; Time of Departure: 0730 hrs; Duration: 9.5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable walking shoes)

Highlights of Ninh Binh & Boat Ride
Throw yourself into the ancient capital of Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh province, where you can experience life’s fragility and the ravage nature of time first-hand, amidst the many rice paddies of the region. Much of what once existed no longer stands, aside from a few temples, such as Lê Đại Hành and 17the century Đinh Tiên Hoàng Temple and are well worth exploring. Take a drive to Van Long, an eco tourism area where you can enjoy a two hour boat trip as you are rowed along Van Long River. As the oars are swished, you can hear children’s laughter from distant villages and witness the stunning scenery of local villages dotted among the limestone karsts and caves. Kindly note that the boat trip is not recommended during the colder months of January and February. (Best Time to Visit: Oct – Mar;Avoid: Jan – Feb (since it is very cold);Total Duration: 7 hrs;Timings: 09:00 – 16:00;Included: 2 hrs Boat ride.;Private Activity)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 5 - 6

Drive from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay (185 kms, 4 hrs)

Halong Bay

1 Day

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.

Included Activities

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.)

Hotel Options
RoomJunior Suite
MealsFull Board
StyleCruise
Day 6 - 8

Drive from Halong Bay to Hanoi via new highway road (160 kms, 2.5 hrs)

Flight from Hanoi to Hue

Transfer from Hue Airport to Hotel

Hué

2 Days

The ancient Imperial Capital of Hué, 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.

Included Activities

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, the seven-storied structure stands atop a hill by the Perfume River. Afterward, 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).

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 8 - 10

Transfer from Hotel to Hue Airport

Flight from Hue to Ho Chi Minh / Saigon

Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon Airport to Hotel without guide

Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

2 Days

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.

Included Activities

Half Day Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon
Explore the commercial capital of Vietnam! Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City has more than eight million people and four million motorbikes and yet retains its old world charm. A half day tour takes you to the Notre Dame Cathedral – a replica of the Parisian marvel across the square from which lies the Central Post Office – designed by French architect Gustave Eiffel. The former Presidential Palace and the War Remnants Museum tell the story of Saigon’s turbulent past. Enjoy a break with your guide at a local coffee shop, to see the city’s famed street coffee culture and learn interesting tidbits about life in Saigon.

Hotel Options
Villa Song – Opt 1
RoomWriters Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 10 - 14

Transfer from Hotel to Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon Airport

Flight from Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon to Siem Reap

Flight from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville

Transfer from Sihanoukville Airport to Hotel

Sihanoukville

4 Days

As a new Cambodian city, Sihanoukville doesn’t have a long history.

Hotel Options
RoomGarden Pool Villa
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort

Transfer to the airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 5,420 /person

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.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 14 days / 13 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Hanoi – Hue
    • Hue – Ho Chi Minh / Saigon
    • Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon – Siem Reap
    • Siem Reap – Sihanoukville
  • All activities as listed :
    • Hanoi: Evening Water Puppet Show (One Hour)
    • Hanoi: Temple and City Tour of Hanoi
    • Ninh Binh: Spectacular Landscapes of Hoa Lu & Tam Coc
    • Ninh Binh: Highlights of Ninh Binh & Boat Ride
    • Halong Bay: Hidden World Cruise on Halong Bay: 2D/1N
    • Hue: Imperial Vietnam by the Banks of the Perfume River
    • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Half Day Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon
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Vietnam and Cambodia: Of Legends and Islands

14 days $ 5,420 / person

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