Day 1 Siem Reap
Welcome at the Siem Reap airport – one of the most elegant airport in Southeast Asia. Our guide and driver will meet you and transfer to hotel in town. Late afternoon, we will take the orientation tour of the Siem Reap, walking around the Old market and our guide will give you the brief information about this city.
Day 2 Visit Angkor Wat + Angkor Thom
Breakfast at hotel, Start to Visit South gate of Angkor Thom with its majestic doors, monumental temple of Bayon facing the tropical forest and Baphuon and Phimeanakas mountains, elephant terrace and Terrect of the Liper King, Takeo “Jewel of Crystal” is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and was erected at the end of the 10th century and Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty. Giant trees have grown there for centuries.
Return to town for lunch at Tonle sap restaurant. In the evening, Visit Angkor Wat: the 7th World heritage wonder, the founder was Suryavarman II who reigned Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century and dedicated them to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys, ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction.
Day 3 Travel to Phnom Penh
For early birds and photographers: We have early morning tours for those who want to see the Sun rise on Angkor Temples from 4.30 AM till 6A M, then get back to town. After breakfast you check out hotel and be ready for private car transfer to Phnom Penh. This city was once considered one of the most beautiful in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains a colonial charm.
Visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek are not to be missed. A visit to these sights provides a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. Later in the afternoon, we visit the Russian market – a good place for bargain hunting and see how local people prepare for the daily use.
Day 4 Move to Chau Doc in Vietnam
After breakfast just enjoy morning with the Royal Palace where now is home of the royal family otherwise it’s very close to the public and 10.00 we check out hotel for the speed boat trip along Mekong River down the way to southern Vietnam. Visa formalities take about 45 minutes at the border. Continue by river boat to Chau Doc. Meet our guide and transfer to hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own exploration. Overnight Chau Doc
Day 5 Mekong Delta – Saigon
We leave hotel early in the morning crossing Mekong Delta to Cai Be. From here the group will see the Mekong Delta (“Nine Dragon River Delta). This is special experience of Mekong Delta. We will visit the Candy factory, orchard garden, listen to traditional music and have lunch in the ancient house. We cross the island in the middle of Mekong River by oars boats and get to know more about the living of local people along this magic river. latter in the afternoon we drive to Saigon for an overnight stay
Day 6 Tour of Saigon + flight to Hoi An
Have breakfast in the hotel and check out hotel in Saigon. Briefing tour of Saigon to famous landmarks such as: the Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral – two of the city’s architectural landmarks then drive to the airport for the flight to Da Nang and continue the drive to hotel in Hoi an
Day 7 Hoi An ancient town
Have breakfast in the morning and our guide will take you to the ancient town of Hoi An and visit the local market. take the walking tour to explore Hoi An town. We will visit Hoi An museum, Old merchants’ house, Assembly hall, Japanese covered bridge. Walk along the bank of the lively Thu Bon River, once prosperous and famous as a trading port.
Day 8 Hue
Leave Hoi An in the morning, drive northward to Hue over the 500m high HaiVan pass with a stop at scenic beach of Lang Co for a drink before proceeding to Hue.
Afternoon sightseeing in Hue –the ancient capital city of Vietnam include:
- Royal Citadel and imperial Purple Citadel
- Thien Mu pagoda
- Mausoleum of King Tu Duc –a replica of the king palace build purposely for the next carnation of the King.
Day 9 Hue – Hanoi
Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to airport for the flight to Hanoi. On arrival, driver will pick you up from the airport and drive straight to Hanoi for check in and overnight stay
Day 10 Hanoi tour + Overnight train to Sapa
Have breakfast in the hotel and enjoy a full day City Tour in Hanoi. The visit includes most of the City’s outstanding historical and cultural sites.
- Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake
- Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
- The complex of Ho Chi Minh historical sites, also called the political center of Vietnam
- HCM’s Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda
- Visit one of the museums in Hanoi (Museum of History, Museum of Ethnology,
Museum of Fine Art, Hoa Lo prison which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”)
- Evening highlight is Water Puppet Show – the traditional performance dated 11th century. You will have time for dinner then transfer to railway station for night train to Sapa
Day 11 Sapa tour
Your train arrives at the Lao Cai station in the early morning. Transfer to Sapa to enjoy a local breakfast before our guide will take you to one of the local markets (Bac Ha Fair market on Sun/ Coc Ly on Tue and Can Cau on Sat). Wander through the stalls packed with hand-crafted goods peddled by the various hill tribe peoples who come here to buy and sell their wares. In the afternoon, continue on your way to Sapa: Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination, famous for its breathtaking views of cloud-woven mountaintops and gaping valleys.
Day 12 Trekking in Sapa
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty. Take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. We have three trekking options to choose from: Soft trek (~ 3 km), medium trek (~ 6km) and long trek (~12km). Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. Drive back to Sapa in the late afternoon.
Day 13 Sapa – overnight train back to Hanoi
Spend the morning exploring the charming town of Sapa. Visit the market and get acquainted with the local hill tribe peoples—mostly Black H’mong. Enjoy a free afternoon at your leisure. We recommend a Jeep tour over Tram Ton Pass to Heaven‘s Gate – The highest Pass in Vietnam (over 2000m). Admire the spectacular views from the top and visit the nearby Silver Waterfall. In the late afternoon drive back to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to Hanoi.
Day 14 Halong Bay with overnight cruise stay
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Our driver and guide will meet you at the train station and take you to breakfast at a local restaurant, before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site: Halong Bay. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing Halong Bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk.
Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood on board as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands. We will visit one of the most beautiful caves on Halong Bay. Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (weather permitting). Pass the night on the junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters. Find out more options in Halong Bay cruise
Day 15 Halong Bay – Hanoi
Wake up early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as we navigate back to Halong City. Returning to Halong pier. Our driver will meet you at the dock and take you to Hanoi for an overnight stay
Day 16 Hanoi departure
Free time at your own leisure until our driver meet and transfer you to airport for the departure flight. Thank you for traveling with CambodianPrivateTours.com