|ARRIVAL VIETNAM||Pick Up at airport in Ho Chi Minh City by our guide and driver.|
|DEPARTURE CAMBODIA||We will bring you back to airport in Siem Reap for flight back to your destination.|
|All inclusions and exclusions will be spesified in your quotation.|
DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY (Saigon) – Arrival
You are arriving in the biggest & busiest city of Vietnam, the Ho Chi Minh City which was well known as “the pearl of Far East” before 1975 under the name SAIGON. Now it is the major center of politics, economy, culture and education, and tourism of the Vietnam.
Upon arrival at airport, meet and transfer from airport to hotel in city Central
Rest of day is your relax time after a long flight
Overnight in Saigon
DAY 2: HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA (B, L)
After breakfast, depart from your hotel at 08:00, it takes only 2 hours pleasant drive to Ben Tre province. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a motorized boat on Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of Mekong river while sight-seeing lively activities along river as fishing, water transferring. Our first stop is at brick kiln to see how to make bricks traditionally by printing and baking. Continue to visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. Return to the boat and go through natural scissors creeks to a village and see some local houses making sleeping mats and enjoying some fruits.
Take a motorized cart (tuk tuk) or bicycle on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from peasants. Have lunch at local a riverside restaurant.
After lunch, we take a rowing-boat along beautiful water palm creek before meeting up the motorized boat and transfer you back to the pier. Return to hotel after a memorable day merging in Mekong Delta local living.
Overnight in Saigon
DAY 3: HO CHI MINH CITY – DA NANG – HOI AN (B)
After breakfast at hotel, depart to visit the moving War Remnants Museum which presents a partial, but riveting, view of the American War, as it is known in Vietnam. Continue to the Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor General and later President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Saigon in April 30, 1975. Continue to visit to Notre Dame Cathedral; Central Post Office and the last stop at the bustling Ben Thanh Market.
In the afternoon, transfers to airport for short flight to Da Nang city.
On arrival, meet and transfer 30km to your hotel in Hoi An town, check-in and have free time
Overnight in Hoi An
DAY 4: HOI AN (B)
After your breakfast, we explore the Hoi An ancient town on foot.
The Japanese Covered Bridge where retains a harmony of architectural styles, combining Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese cultural characteristics. Ong Pagoda is one of the typical pagodas in Hoi An’s old quarter, built in 1653 and is dedicated to Quan Thanh De Quan (Quan Van Truong).
Fukienese Assembly Hall was built in 1692 by Chinese Phuoc Kien merchants, is architecturally unique with its artistic ornaments and beautiful statues, Chinese architectural style combined with Vietnamese workmanship has enriched it with Hoi An’s cultural character.
Tan Ky Ancient House, constructed almost two centuries ago as the house of a Vietnamese merchant. It has always been lovingly preserved and now looks almost exactly as it did in the early 19th century.
Enjoy your free time in the afternoon for further exploration.
Overnight in Hoi An
DAY 5: HOI AN COUNTRYSIDE TOUR- FLIGHT TO HA NOI (B, L)
Have breakfast at your hotel
The morning excursion offers you a closer look into the countryside life in the outskirt of Hoi An Ancient town. Such an amazing experience with first easy bike through picturesque villages, rice fields, graveyard, see water buffalos, water coconut gardens, then meet & talk with local villagers as you meet. Continuing with an exciting basket boat rowing on the water coconut river and learn how to catch crabs. Later on, we take boat ride on a stunning river to see how local fishermen catch fish, reach Tra Que organic village for a cooking demonstration and enjoy tasty lunch prepared by your host. After lunch, transfer to Danang airport for a short flight to Hanoi Capital city
On arrival, meet and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 6: HANOI TRISHAW and FOODIE HIGHLIGHTS (B, L)
The city visits commence after your breakfast.
The city tour included Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh, Temple of Literature and the First University of Vietnam (Van Mieu- Quoc Tu Giam), and the Army Museum & Hanoi Flag Tower.
Highlights the tour is street food and trishaw ride: Explore the most busy small streets and long narrow lanes in the old quarter that trishaws, taxi, electric cars inaccessible. Get more interesting information about traditional cuisines of Vietnam, its culture and the eating habits of locals. Taste different kinds of local foods (by the way locals do) that are not be seen at luxurious restaurants.
In the afternoon, we experience a cyclo (trishaws) ride to explore the old streets of Hanoi.
After the “cyclo” trip, enjoy the most relaxed moment at “bia hoi” shop by the street. Have some cups of Hanoi draught beer (bia hoi) with peanut, snacks while chatting with your fellow or watch the lifeline goes…
In the evening, enjoy the famous “water puppets” show which specializes in northern Vietnam.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 7: HANOI – HA LONG BAY – Overnight onboard (B, L, D)
Goodbye Ha Noi after your breakfast. The land journey to Ha Long Bay takes almost 4 hours with one stopover for restroom.
Upon arrival at Tuan Chau Port for boarding your overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay, the World Nature Heritage. Lunch served on board. The cruise passes by many rocks and islets with different shapes. Join some interesting activities such as visiting fishing village by rowing boat and swimming…. Again, your dinner will be served in dining room.
Overnight on board.
Note: The cruise itinerary is subject to change due to weather condition and each cruise itself. Detailed cruise itineraries with timing will be provided once the booking confirmed.
DAY 8: HALONG BAY – NOI BAI AIRPORT – FLIGHT TO LUANG PRABANG (Breakfast & Brunch)
Early get up for Tai Chi practice on sun deck
Next, your breakfast or brunch will be served while doing further cruise to explore the beauty of the bay before returning to the Wharf. After breakfast or brunch, disembark and transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Luang Prabang, Laos
Upon arrive in Luang Prabang, meet and transfer to your hotel in the tranquil city of Luang Prabang
Overnight stay in Luan Prabang
DAY 9: LUANG PHRABANG – PAK OU CAVE (B, L)
For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting the alms. As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk barefoot down the streets collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents. It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Laos people. Visit Morning Market where you can find all ingredients for local food. Return to your hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, you board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes.
Then in the afternoon, visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. Continue to visit the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. Then you will climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River.
In the evening, at your leisure time you may explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
DAY 10: LUANG PRABANG – KUANGXI WATERFALL (B)
In the morning, you will drive through the Luang Prabang countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls. Along the way by the Mekong River you will see gorgeous landscapes of many rice fields, hills and villages. You will visit an ethnic minority at a village where their local culture has remained unchanged for centuries. Upon reaching Kuang Si Waterfalls, relax and enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings
Afternoon is your free time. Overnight in Luang Prabang
DAY 11: LUANG PRABANG – SIEM REAP (B)
After breakfast, you will be free until a good time drive to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Upon arrive at Siem Reap airport, meet and transfer to hotel in city central.
Overnight in Siem Reap
DAY 12: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR HERITAGE SITES (B)
We start a very special and busy day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass tourist. Continue to visit Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire with its centre piece; the Bayon temple. Although it may look like a shapeless mass of stone, further scrutiny reveals towers with enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army and the Terrace of the Leper King, which holds perfect carvings winding along a narrow passage way that leads to the Baphuon complex. Continue to Ta Prohm, considered to be one of Angkor’s jewels with is overgrown fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of the trees have merged itself over the centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks, emphasizing a ‘forgotten city’ feeling.
In the afternoon, continue to Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology.
We finish by experiencing sunset over the rice fields from the royal crematorium of Pre Rup, a classic view of the Cambodian countryside. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 13: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR RUINS- TONLE SAP LAKE (B)
After breakfast, you will start to explore the most highlights of Angkor Complex with:
Banteay Srei: nearly everyone’s favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of its decorative carving
Banteay Samre: Its rose-colored sandstone walls are decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs, which are among the most accomplished Angkor has to offer.
In the midafternoon, take short excursion to Tonle Sap Lake for a short boat trip to floating village to explore local life there, enjoy amazing sunset view on the lake. Go back to your hotel in the city.
Overnight in Siem Reap
DAY 14: SIEM REAP – Departure (B)
Free time until your departure flight.
Pick up time depends on your flight schedule.
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A. IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Based on your tour request, Saigon Tours Vietnam will send you the proposal and the rates. This proposal and these rates are proposed for your information only and valid 30 days (unless otherwise mentioned) from the date of offer. We will not launch any reservation before we receive your confirmation. After 30 days the proposed rates and the accompanying offer are not valid anymore and rates may be revised.
The rates may be different between the high season holiday which is from 1st of October to 30 April and low season holiday which is from 1st May to 30th September.
During holiday and special occasions, surcharge may be applied –Xmas, New Year and peak seasons (20th December to 10 January) – and these will be designated as surcharges subject to our notifying you and your agreement on these surcharges.
Transfers – non arrival on booked day will mean any extra transfer services will result in extra charges being applied.
B. CANCELLATION POLICY:
The cancellation charges below refer to the non-transferable fee that is charged to the group member who has cancelled their tour:
More than 45 days before departure: No cancellation charge
Between 45 and 30 days before departure: 10% of total tour cost
Between 30 days and 15 days before departure: 25% of total tour cost
Between 15 days and 7 days before departure: 50% of total tour cost
Less than 7 days before departure: 90% of total tour cost
No-show at the airport on the day of arrival/departure: 100% of total tour cost
C. CHILDREN POLICY (land service only)
Child from 1- 4 yrs: Free of charge if sharing bed with parents
Child from 5 – 6 yrs: charge 30% of adult price if sharing existing bed(s) with parents
Child from 5 – 6 yrs: charge 50% of adult price if using extra bed/mattress in parents’ room
Child from 7 – 11 yrs: charge 75% of adult price if using extra bed/mattress in parents’ room
Child from 12 yrs up: pay as adult rate