This tour is requested by most of the customers who would like to visit both Vietnam and Cambodia on a trip to Indochina. 18 days is a reasonable time for us to design a holiday for you to visit and explore Vietnam and Cambodia. During this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit most of the Vietnamese most famous destinations from North to South such as Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Hoi An Ancient Town.After traveling upstream of the Mekong River, you will come to the mysterious Kingdom of Cambodia to visit Phnom Penh capital and Angkor's Complex of Monuments which is the setting in the world famous movie, Tomb Raider and is one of three world’s tangible heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 1992. Before the tour ends, you will have a 2-night vacation at Sihanoukville, the beautiful beach in the south of Cambodia.
Highlights of 18-day Vietnam & Cambodia Tour
- Exploring Hanoi capital, the over 1000-year old city with many architectures from the French colonial period.
- Admiring the majestic scenery of the northwest mountains and learning about the life of ethnic minorities in Sapa.
- Enjoying the night on Ha Long Bay - the most beautiful limestone bay in the world, which was chosen as the film studio for the famous Hollywood movie "Kong: Skull Island".
- Learning about the last feudal dynasty of Vietnam at the Complex of Hue Monuments
- Having interesting experiences of the ancient and special architectural space and peaceful life in Hoi An Ancient town.
- Admiring and learning about Cham art and architecture in My Son Sanctuary with many traces from the 7th century.
- Enjoy an interesting experience when having 1 day of working as a farmer and fisherman with a "Farming & Fishing Life" tour.
- Admiring the beautiful scenery and experiencing the life of local people in the Mekong Delta River that well-known as the "Rice Basket of Vietnam".
- Exploring Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, with its peaceful life and unique architecture by mixing Khmer and 19th-century French architecture.
- Learning about the history and admiring the beautiful and mysterious Khmer architecture in the complex of Angkor temples built in the early years of the 9th century. This place was once chosen as the film studio for the famous Hollywood film called Tomb Raider.
- Having 2 nights of relaxing at the beautiful Sihanoukville beach in the south of Cambodia.
Itinerary in detail of 18-day Vietnam & Cambodia Tour
DAY 01: HANOI ARRIVAL
Arriving at Noi Bai airport, after clearing immigration and customs, you will be met and privately transferred to the hotel. Check in and relax after a long flight. Stay overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 02: HANOI CITY TOUR - TRAIN TO SAPA
In the early morning, meet your guide and start full day city tour exploring Hanoi. Start with the Mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh and the Presidential Palace, followed by the serene One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature known as the site of Vietnam's first university. Next, visit the National Museum of Vietnamese History - it has a total area of more than 2,200m2, displaying nearly 7,000 documents and objects. It also has over 100,000 specimens of precious objects from the cultures of Nui Don, Hoa Binh-Bac Son, and Dong Son. In the afternoon, walking around the Hanoi Old Quarter, ending at the historic Hoan Kiem Lake, visit Ngoc Son, enjoy the Water Puppet Show. In the evening, car transfer to the train station to catch your night train to Laocai. Overnight on the train (4-Berth Cabin).
DAY 03: SAPA SIGHTSEEINGS
The train arrives at the Laocai railway station in the early morning. Your guide and driver will meet you there and take you on the 40km drive to Sapa – Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then catch a few hours of rest before beginning your adventure in this beautiful mountain landscape and home to many minority hill tribe peoples. In the late morning, your guide will take you on a two hour trek through the terraced rice fields to visit the villages Cat Cat and Sin Chai, where you will learn about local traditions and daily life. Rest of the day, you are free at leisure or explore the town on your own. Overnight in Sapa.
DAY 04: SAPA - BUS BACK HANOI
Morning, trek up Ham Rong (Dragon’s Jaw) Mountain. There are several well tended flower gardens along the way. Going through two Heaven Gates, you will get the top of Ham Rong Mountain. Up here, you will have a sensational spectacular views of the Hoang Lien Son Mountains, including Vietnam’s highest peak - Fansipan. In the afternoon, Sapa Express Bus picks you up at the hotel and transfer back Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi center, meet our staff and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 05: HANOI - HALONG BAY – OVERNIGHT ON THE BAY
Morning, drive to Halong Bay - the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing 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 onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Tonkin Gulf (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
DAY 06: HALONG – HANOI – FLY TO HUE CITY
Waking up surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the bay, we have time for an early morning dip with joys and emotions for watching sunrise on sea followed by breakfast. The cruise continues to move around the bay for us to discover more secluded areas; we then take kayaking and swimming in the stunning bay. The junk will be near us at all times serving as a backup vessel for those that require it. At around midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 4-hour journey toward Noi Bai airport for flight to Hue City. Arrive in Hue City, transfer to city center for hotel check in. Stay overnight in Hue City.
DAY 07: HUE FULL DAY CITY TOUR
Today we will do full-day city tour. Starting by boat trip on Perfume River to visit the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda, and then visit Minh Mang King Tomb. Transfer back to Hue center for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, take a visit to the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. After that, walking around and visiting in Dong Ba Market. Stay overnight in Hue City.
DAY 08: HUE - DANANG – HOIAN ANCIENT TOWN
After having breakfast, drive to Hoi An ancient town. The scenery on the way is very beautiful, do not forget bring your camera, taking a lot of pictures. Stop at Lang Co beach for coffee and refreshments before winding our way up the spectacular Hai Van Pass to admire the stunning views north to Lang Co beach and south to Da Nang City. Continue on our way down to the other side and head to Da Nang where we will stop at the Cham Museum, the famed Vietnam Beach. Stay overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 9: MYSON - HOIAN CITY TOUR
Morning, have breakfast. Then guide and car pick you up to 4th century Cham religious sanctuary of My Son, located in a beautiful green valley surrounded by impressive mountains. In the afternoon, do ½ day Hoi An city tour, visit Temple Kwan, Phuc Kien Temple, Tan Ky Ancient House, Phung Hung house, Japanese Bridge and cultural show rooms in Hoi An. Stay overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 10: HOIAN FARMING AND FISHING TOUR
“Farming & Fishing Life” tour provides you with a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities. Accompanied by your tour guide, you commence the day leisurely cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand, discovering all manner of photo opportunities - coming and visiting a beautiful organic vegetable village, watering and planting vegetable, hoeing a soil with local farmer, riding a water buffalo in a rice paddy field; seeing ducks swimming along the rice farm or farmers tending their crops. The photo opportunities are endless. As well you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. Later you will board our Jack Tran's boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat while the waterways of coconut palm paradise. This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of both our farming and fishing communities.
DAY 11: HOIAN – FLY TO HO CHI MINH CITY – CITY TOUR
Transfer to Danang airport (DAD) for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, car and guide pick up for half day city tour visit: Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office, Dong Khoi Street, Ben Thanh Market. Free at the rest of day. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 12: HO CHI MINH - MEKONG HOME STAY
In the morning, car and guide transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be (Tien Giang Province). Arrive in Cai Be, transfer toward the tourist boat station, you will be welcomed with cold towels, fresh coconut. Boating and enjoying the fresh air on the Mekong river, the tourists visit the floating market, the original style of commerce on the Mekong river, will be dizzy of boats on the river. Visiting the local poprice, coconut candy workshop and knowing the ways bee-breeding tasting honey tea by breezy river.
Crossing the Mekong river to An Binh island visiting a hundred year ancient house (Mr.Cai Cuong), a landlord’s one in the past, a combination between Vietnamese-French architecture in the Mekong delta (if low tide, tourists will visit another local house, knowing about the daily activities of the locals). Taking about 20 minutes for rowing sampan or cycling along the village paths with discovery feelings. Boating to the local family. In the afternoon, walking to village paths, stop at the local house to know the real rural life in the early evening. Preparing and having dinner, is the wonderful things for tourist in cosy evening with the local ones. Overnight in local family home.
DAY 13: MEKONG - HO CHI MINH - FLY TO SIEM REAP
In the early morning, having breakfast, say goodbye to the family. Boating to An Binh Garden, enjoying a cup of tea and some of the local tropical fruits and listening to the traditional music, is the best chance for relaxation. Cruising along Co Chien river, visiting brick & pottery kilns where the tourist know how to make the brick and the pottery from the local clay and styles with the traditional technique. Visiting Tien Chau, a national cutural relic. FInish at An Binh ferry station. Drive back Ho Chi Minh City for flight to Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap (Cambodia).
DAY 14: ANGKOR TEMPLES TOUR
Beat the crowd early morning by 7am, visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. And continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat - one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art. Lunch is own account. Afternoon, explore the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom. City & Bayon Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit to the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou, Elephant Terraces, Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place area and visit one more ruin in Angkor Area of Preah Khan temple, built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and it is the same style to Ta Prom Temple.
DAY 15: SIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH
Morning, transfer to Siem Reap airport for flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, meet your guide, transfer to the hotel in Phnom Penh. In the afternoon, visit to Toul Sleng Museum, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Stay overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.
DAY 16: PHOM PENH – SIHANOUKVILLE
After breakfast, check out the hotel and drive to Sihanoukville beach. Arrive in Sihanoukville at noon, check in the hotel and relax. Overnight in Sihanoukville.
DAY 17: SIHANOUKVILLE
Free at leisure in Sihanoukville beach.
DAY 18: SIHANOUKVILLE - PHNOM PENH – DEPARTURE
Free until the car pick you up at the hotel and transfer back Phnom Penh for flight back home or next destinations. Arrive in Phnome Penh airport. End of our services.
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