Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1 UK – SIEM REAP
Fly to Siem Reap
DAY 2 SIEM REAP
On arrival at Siem Reap you will be welcomed and transferred to hotel Tara Angkor.
DAY 3 SIEM REAP (B/D)
After breakfast we explore the complex of the Angkor Temples. We visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom with various colossal human faces carved in stone, Bayon Temple, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King. The sightseeing tour also includes the Angkor Wat Temple with many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds.
DAY 4 SIEM REAP (B/D)
Today visit to the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Sra Srong, Ta Keo, Thommanon,Chau Say Tevado are some major temples of the small circuit. We walk to Phnom Bakheng Hill to enjoy the spectacular sunset.
DAY 5 SIEM REAP (B/D)
Heading out of town we drive beyond the Angkor Complex to visit the intricately Banteay Srei Temple. This beautiful landmark which was designed to leave no space undecorated. We also visit the scenes of Vishunu and Krishna legends at Banteay Samre Temples before we enjoy a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake, seeing the floating village, friendly children and fishermen at work.
DAY 6 SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH (B/D)
After breakfast transfer to Siem Reap airport to board your flight to Phnom Penh. On arrival check in at hotel Sunway.
DAY 7 PHNOM PENH (B/D)
After breakfast, Your full day city tour will include entrance to the Royal Palace compound where the Royal Family still reside today and to the Silver Pagoda, with its flooring made up of silver tiles. Continue to the National Museum, a pleasant building in Khmer traditional style, which houses sculptures and other artefacts. In the afternoon you will visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide housed in the notorious S-21 detention centre itself. Take a journey into the peaceful countryside at the city limits to the equally chilling Choeung Ek memorial, on the site of one of several ‘killing fields’ to be found around the whole country.
DAY 8 PHNOM PENH – HANOI (B)
After breakfast, we take a local moto-remork (Cambodia tuk tuk), you will explore local Cambodian life on a sunset island visit and boat cruise. Then in the evening transfer to Phnom Penh airport to board your flight to Hanoi. On arrival check in at hotel Hilton Opera.
DAY 9 HANOI (B/D)
Today we commence our exploration of Hanoi with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We drive to the Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. They are some major highlights set by the beautiful West Lake. We also visit the old quarters and the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple. Enjoy the puppet show in the evening.
DAY 10 HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/D)
After breakfast transfer to Halong Bay to board Pelican cruise luxury boat. Check in and enjoy Welcome Drink, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions. You sail toward Da Chong Islet, passing Vung Dai, Ba Cua, Con Vit islet. Pass over Soi Sim beach. By mid-afternoon, you will have a chance to venture to Surprise cave and swim by Titop Island. Anchor nearby Ho Dong Tien or Trong Cave. Spend overnight on board.
DAY 11 HALONG BAY – HANOI – HOI AN (B/L)
Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck 07:00 -Have breakfast while cruising towards Luon Cave, passing by Dau Nguoi islet (Men head islet), Con Rua islet (Tortoise islet). Back to the boat, relax before checking out round 09:30 while passing by Hoa Cuong area, Ngon Tay islet (Finger Islet), Ga Choi islet, Lu Huong islet, Ba Hang area, Dog islet. 10:45 Lunch is served in the restaurant. 11:30 Disembark at the harbor. Take our shuttle bus to return to Hanoi. You will get back to Hanoi at 4:00PM approximately. Then transfer to Hanoi airport to board your flight to Hoi An. On arrival Hoi An check in at hotel Sun rise Beach Resort.
DAY 12 HOI AN – MY SON – HOI AN (B/D)
Today we set off on a short drive to My Son which was once the sacred holy land of the Cham people. This sanctuary has left its legacy in the form of some towers, each one nearly a thousand years old. On arrival we stroll around these amazing structures representing an interesting culture and history of the Cham people. By mid afternoon we enjoy a boat trip on the Thu Bon River, catching a chance to admire the countryside and visit Thanh Ha Pottery Village as well as the boat construction. The remainder of day will be free for your own exploration or simply relaxation on a beach.
DAY 13 HOI AN (B/D)
Free for your own leisure to relax on the beach.
DAY 14 HOI AN – HO CHI MINH (B/D)
Morning is free for your own leisure and other activities. Transfer to airport to board your flight to Ho Chi Minh . On arrival Ho Chi Minh and check in at hotel Eden.
DAY 15 HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH (B/L/D)
We set off for My Tho, a port city on the Mekong Delta. Approximately half of Vietnam’s total agricultural output comes from this incredibly fertile delta. Life for villagers here revolves around rivers and canals. Upon arrival board a private boat for a cruise along the river. Visit an island with lush tropical gardens and sample tropical fruit accompanied by a traditional music performance. Continue to another island to see coconut candy being made. We have a chance to visit local villages in the area and learn more about traditional lifestyles, culture and customs. Continue by Xe Loi (motorised cart) to an apiary where we transfer to smaller rowing boats allowing us to get deeper into the narrow canals.
DAY 16 HO CHI MINH (B/D)
After breakfast, Leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City behind journey into the countryside bound for the Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels were built by local fighters during the Indochina conflict as a base from which the Viet Cong could covertly operate from close to the Southern Vietnamese capital. Before arriving at the tunnel visit some local friends and get an insight into life in the area, past and present. The local guide will take you on a fascinating trip underground to learn more about the conditions the people lived in, the hardships they faced and the amazing ingenuity employed to make the tunnels habitable. Then we visit Reunification Palace, originally built in 1865 on the grounds of Norodom Palace as a residence for the French Governor General, Continue to Notre Dame Cathedral. Then we visit the old Central Post Office.
DAY 17 HO CHI MINH (B)
After breakfast, the day is free for your own leisure and other shopping activities. Then in the evening transfer to Saigon International airport to board your flight to UK
DAY 18 UK
Arrive home today