Vietnam and Cambodia Family Discovery - 15Days

Trip Code

VACFD-15D

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

15 days

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Maximum Seats

8

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Starts : Hanoi City , ends : Siem ReapCity

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1 Hanoi

Your tour commences today in Vietnam's capital; the fantastic jumble of styles and influences that is modern-day Hanoi. On arrival at Noi Bai International Airport you will be met and driven to your hotel. Your accommodation will be centrally located, allowing you to explore the surround streets, crammed with food stalls, markets and cafes independently. The rest of the day is at leisure after your flight. -VRT's Welcome Gift - The Travelers Revival Anti-Jetlag Body Massage Start your holiday with a top to toe circulation boost. The perfect treatment to overcome jet lag and to relieve stiffness, aches and pains. Let experience the soothing sounds, rejuvenating aromas, and relaxing touches of VRT's welcome gift , a sanctuary disconnected from the outside world—perfect for recharging the mind, body and soul. Let the journey begin!
Day 2

Day 2 : Hanoi Cultural Tour: Bat Trang (famed for pottery and ceramics), Dong Ky (wood carving) and Do Temple, Van Phuc (silk village)

Escape the morning rush hour as you depart Hanoi and travel approximately one hour through the local countryside to Bat Trang, a village world renowned for its ceramics. Wander through the village with your local guide and see the artisans at work. Witness the process of molding and carving clay pots, dishes and vases, before they are glazed and fired in a kiln, ready for sale. Afterward, travel to a ‘community house’ to get a glimpse into a former way of life. Community houses were an integral part of traditional life in Vietnam and served as a meeting place to discuss village-related matters – a tradition that has been phased out due to modernization. Next, visit a local family who specialize in making lacquerware. This ancient tradition of decorating wooden or bamboo objects takes skilled hands and patience, as many layers of lacquer are applied and sanded over and over to achieve a smooth, high-gloss surface. Then, visit Do Temple, which honors the eight Ly emperors of the Ly Dynasty, who brought an era of prosperity and independence to Vietnam. The temple has been restored several times and in 1989 was restored to its original architecture from the 17th century. Following lunch at a local Hanoi restaurant, travel to Van Phuc silk village where the local artisans have been weaving the finest quality silk for centuries. Your guide will take you through the village to meet the people and learn about their craft and lifestyles. Return to Hanoi for a Dinner with vietnamese cuisine and introduction to the Sapa region. After dinner, transfer to the train station and board a sleeper train bound for Sapa via the town of Lao Cai (approximately 8 hours). Please note that the train journey is unaccompanied and your driver will pick you up upon arrival in Lao Cai. Relax aboard the comfortable train car and get a good night's sleep in preparation for the next day's trek.
Day 3

Day 3 Ninh Binh

Depart your hotel early this morning for the two-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam's first capital, Hoa Lu. The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel once covered an area of three square kilometres, and take a half-hour walk up one of the surrounding limestone karst hills. The climb is tough but you are rewarded with spectacular views at the top. In the late morning depart for Tam Coc Town for a Vietnamese lunch, then board your private sampan for a boat trip through the idyllic Thung Nang Valley. Pass through a cave formations and fields of lotus and reach a quaint pagoda before returning on the same route. Later take a gentle cycle tour through spectacular scenery of rice fields, karsts formations and quaint rural villages, before meeting your vehicle and transferring to your hotel.
Day 4

Day 4 Ninh Binh

Following breakfast depart to Van Long Nature Reserve for a 1.5 hour boat trip by traditional sampan; the perfect way to see this beautiful area. Drive on to Cuc Phuong, the first national park in Vietnam and one of the few remaining tropical rain forests left in the country. On arrival take a tour around the interesting Visitors Centre to learn more about the unique environment of the park, before visiting the excellent Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue Center which homes species like the Delacour's Langur, Golden-headed Langur, Tonkin Snub-nosed Langur and Black Crested Gibbon. Have a simple, local style Vietnamese lunch at the National Park Headquarters, then in the afternoon don your explorer's hat and trek with your guide into the dense forest to seek out the flora and fauna of this wonderful part of Vietnam. Stay overnight in hotel - centre of Forest
Day 5

Day 5 ninh Binh– Halong Bay

After a vietnamese breakfast ' Pho' ,then depart from the capital for Halong Bay – an approximate four-hour drive by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Upon arrival at Halong Bay around midday, you’ll be greeted by a tour representative and transferred to the traditional junk boat. Settle in with a complimentary welcome drink as you begin your cruise around majestic Halong Bay. Meet the expert crew and get acquainted with your small group while you dine on a delicious seafood lunch, including tea and coffee. After lunch, unwind and soak up the sun on the top deck – a great spot for photographing the natural wonders of the bay – as your captain finds a secluded area, perfect for swimming in the clear waters. You’ll have the chance to try your hand at kayaking and explore some of the ancient limestone caves dotting the bay. As you glide along the most secluded lagoons, admire the surrounding limestone karsts amid unforgettable scenery only accessible by kayak! The modern kayaks are lightweight and easy to maneuver, and all participants will be issued water buoyancy vests. The junk boat will be nearby at all times, serving as a back-up vessel for those who need it. After exploring, retire to the boat for more relaxation on the deck and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar if you'd like. In the evening, your cook will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood dishes as well as traditional Vietnamese fare as your crew weighs anchor in the heart of the bay. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to try some night fishing from the boat.
Day 6

Day 6 : Halong Bay - Hoi An

Relax with a morning tai chi class on the sundeck, following the fluid movements of your instructor as you practice this ancient martial art. Then unwind and soak up more sun on the top deck, a perfect spot for photographing the natural wonders of the bay as your light breakfast (think pastries, coffee, and fruit) is served on the boat. From there, visit the Cave of Surprises (Sung Sot Cave), located on Bo Hon Island, which is actually an array of linked limestone islets. Upon arrival, climb the hundred stone steps to the mouth of the cave and explore the lit paths inside on a guided walking tour. The cave is the widest grotto in Halong Bay and features multiple stalactites hanging from its high ceiling! See more stunning sights on your return to the Halong wharf as you enjoy a buffet brunch on the junk. When you arrive back at the Tuan Chau Marina, you'll be met by a vehicle for the four-hour journey back to Hanoi Airport. We arrive in time for our flight south to Danang, a popular coastal city home to China Beach, made famous as the GI R&R location during the Vietnam War. On arrival a coach will be waiting to transfer us down the coast to one of Vietnam's most magical destinations: the ancient trading port of Hoi An. Our hotel is located on the edge of the pedestrianised Old Town, making it an ideal spot for personal exploration.
Day 7

Day 7 Hoi An Walking & Cooking Day Trip

Discover the history and flavors of Vietnam during this walking and cooking tour in Hoi An. Oozing with charm and having largely escaped the destruction of successive wars, Hoi An is lined with streets and architecture that are a delight to explore. After meeting your guide, head straight for Ancient Town, ready to hit its enchanting streets. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ancient Town is packed with buildings of historical and cultural significance, and boasts a number of streets that are off-limits to cars. Stroll past the many Chinese assembly halls, from the Cantonese Chinese Congregation with its impressive main altar, to the Hainan Chinese Congregation, which serves as a memorial to 107 merchants from Hainan Island who were mistaken for pirates and killed during the reign of Emperor Tu Duc. Stop by the Japanese Covered Bridge, which was constructed in the 1590s by the town’s Japanese community to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream. At the end of the walking tour, head to a family-run restaurant for your Vietnamese cooking class. The chef will run through the range of delicious dishes that you will prepare, and then it’s time to hit the local market to stock up on all the fresh produce needed to create the feast. Learn how to choose the best supplies and discover some of the less-familiar ingredients before heading back to the restaurant, ready to cook. Under the watchful eye of your chef, make favorites like spring rolls and grilled tuna (see below for a sample menu), and grab some recipes to take home so you can wow your family and friends. Your experience ends as you sit down to feast on the delicious dishes you’ve created.
Day 8

Day 8 My Son - UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the 4th to the 13th centuries, the Champa Kingdom flourished on the coast of Vietnam with My Son as its religious and intellectual center. After your private guide picks you up at your hotel, head out on the 30-mile (50-km) drive to the stunning ancient temple complex, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Located in a valley of dramatic beauty, the monuments of My Son are the most important constructions of the Champa Kingdom. As your guide takes you through the complex, learn about the history, architectural styles and cultural significance of the temples. Some 20 remain out of more than 70 temples that once spread out over this beautiful valley; several are well-preserved while others are in ruins, some damaged during the Vietnam War. While you walk, get out your camera for photographs of the temples with dramatic mountain backdrops, and listen as your guide explains the influence of India and Hinduism on the Champa people and points out the Hindu deities memorialized at My Son. After a fascinating morning of exploring the My Son temples, depart around noon to return to your Hoi An hotel.
Day 9

Day 9 Hoi An - Hue

Traveling by minibus after breakfast, head south on a four-hour drive to Hue. Pass coastal rice paddies before crossing the scenic and mountainous Hai Van Pass, a 14-mile (21-km) stretch of road that winds through spectacular mountains and borders the sparkling South China Sea. After checking in to your hotel overlooking the Perfume River the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore
Day 10

Day 10 Hue

Begin your private tour of Hue with pickup from your hotel by private vehicle, and head out for a full day of sightseeing in Vietnam’s former capital. First, your private guide will take you on a 1to1.5-hour tour of Hue Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing the former Imperial Palace. Modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing, Hue Citadel consists of a royal palace, tombs, hallways and ornate temples that showcase the former capital city’s regal past. Walk around the complex, located inside high stone walls, with your guide and learn about Hue’s Nguyen Emperors who ruled the former capital of Vietnam until the early 20th century. Bombed by both French and American forces, and heavily damaged during the 1968 Tet Offensive, much of the Imperial City lies in ruins and is slowly being restored to its former glory. Once you’ve explored the grounds and discovered Hue’s royal treasures, enjoy a relaxing 45-minute cruise on the enchanting Perfume River. Disembark for a brief visit to the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda, the tallest pagoda in Vietnam, which stands on the northern bank of the meandering river. After a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, set out on a tour of the Emperor's residence, located about six miles (10 km) away from Hue in a surrounding countryside of lush pine forest. See two of the most impressive Royal Tombs – Tu Duc Tomb and Khai Dinh Tomb – the final resting place of the Nguyen Emperors. As you follow your guide around the beautiful complexes set amid temples, courtyards and pavilions, admire the ornate tombs built above ground to honor the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Day 11

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City

This morning we continue our journey south with a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's most energetic and electric city. After check-in hotel, follow your guide on a private group walking tour through the back streets of Chinatown. Visit Thien Hau Temple, built in the early 19th century and dedicated to the goddess of seafarers. Explore Chinatown’s bustling markets -- Cholon Market and Binh Tay Market – where street vendors spread out their wares, from soup to sophisticated electronics. Stop at a local café and relax over a delicious cup of Vietnamese coffee as you watch the fast pace of urban life pass by in Vietnam's largest city. Following your market visit, slurp up a bowl of traditional Vietnamese pho (noodle soup) for lunch before a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City's iconic buildings. First, learn about the ravages of the Vietnam War with a visit to the War Remnants Museum, where you’ll see displays of old military machinery including an F5A fighter jet and a UH1-Huey helicopter. Then, head on a walking tour to the Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Presidential Palace, the site of South Vietnam's surrender in 1975. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office and the Saigon Opera House – all beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period.
Day 12

Day 12 Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour

After pickup from your hotel, transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the town of Cai Be, located approximately 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Ho Chi Minh City. On the way, stop to take photos of the beautiful landscapes and typical farmers working in the rice fields. Upon arrival in Cai Be, hop on a motorboat with your small group and visit the Cai Be Floating Market, established in the 19th century on the Tien River. Observe locals trading fruit and other wholesale goods, hung from poles aboard boats and rafts, in the bustling floating market. Then, disembark for a short walk to a coconut candy factory and tour the facility to learn how the sweets are produced. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase some candy before meandering with your guide around the small villages of the Mekong Delta. Visit a fruit orchard and plantation, and listen to traditional southern Vietnamese music called don ca tai tu, which combines elements from court music and folk music. Afterward, cruise along the Mekong Delta to Tan Phong Island. Here, join your small group in a half-day cooking class with your guide. You’ll learn to prepare Vietnamese dishes from several regions as you discover the many cultural influences at play in Vietnamese cuisine. Try your hand at making savory specialties like fried elephant-ear fish, grilled steak cooked in a bamboo cylinder, grilled fish in banana leaf and fish braised in a clay pot. Enjoy your delicious creations with your fellow food lovers before hopping on a bicycle to ride along the village path. Pass fruit orchards and a bonsai garden as you explore the neighborhood with your guide and mingle with the local villagers. Your day trip ends with a boat ride back to Cai Be and return transport to your Ho Chi Minh City hotel.
Day 13

Day 13 : Siem Reap

Wave farewell to Vietnam this morning and take the short flight over the border to Siem Reap in Cambodia. After completing customs and immigration procedures, meet your local guide and drive the short distance to town where you check in and freshen up before your afternoon adventure commences. Travel in local style by tuk tuk, the local motorbike taxi to your first stop the iconic Angkor Wat, built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The image of Angkor Wat forms the centrepiece of Cambodia's national flag, such is its symbolic power. Visit during the late afternoon, when there are fewer visitors and the carvings of the beautiful Apsara dancers glow in the late sunlight. Conclude your first day in Siem Reap with dinner entertained by traditional dancers.
Day 14

Day 14 : Siem Reap

After breakfast, head out on a wonderful exploration of the Angkor sites on a leisurely bicycle ride - the perfect way to escape the crowds and make your own discoveries. First, head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom; enter the city from the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces, and cycle to the remarkable Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits, and explore the grounds of the former Royal Palace to discover some small hidden temples that are rarely visited. Later this morning visit the famous Ta Prohm temple, the atmospheric jungle-clad temple that featured in the Tomb Raider film. Continue to Sra Srang, a water basin that was only used by the king in former times. Here, in the shade of the eucalyptus trees and surrounded by the tranquility of the lake, a delicious picnic lunch will await you. Cycle back to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 15

Day 15 : Siem Reap - Departure

The adventure concludes today - your guide will take you back to the airport in time for your onward flight home.

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 2050 USD 1650 USD 3 & 4star
Deluxe/Superior 2250 USD 1850 USD 4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with Indochina Royal Travel an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .

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HotelAll accommodations (with Twin/Double rooms) while on tour
The tour price includes all hotel accommodations with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available accommodations without sacrificing value. Although the quality may vary slightly from one hotel to another, our commitment to your comfort is unwavering. Two-bedded rooms and One-beded with Queen size rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are accommodated in two-bedded rooms plus a rollaway cot where available, and are not recommended for comfort.

TransportAll transfers and road transport in modern, air-conditioned vehicles
 For a private smaller groups (2pax -10pax), modern sedan cars and minibuses are used.
– For tour groups of 11pax or more travelers, air-conditioned Hyundai with 19- 25-35 seats are used on all road journeys. These vehicles are designed with excellent viewing windows and a high roof. All our vehicles are modern, spacious, comfortable, well-maintained, and safe

Complimentary airport transfer on arrival and on departure days

MealsMeals as mentioned in the program.
 Breakfast – Is always included on all Indochina Royal Travel – European Continental breakfasts are supplied at the hotels where you stay. The Continental style usually consists of rolls, butter, jams, tea or coffee and juices.
• Lunch – Your Lunch meals are included and generally served at a local restaurant
• Dinner – is not included and is always up to you – allows you the freedom to eat what you want and enjoy the local flavors.

Please note: If you have special dietary requirements (eg Vegetarian), let us know so we can notify restaurants and prepare appropriate food for you.

tour guideExperienced, friendly and knowledgeable guides.
Your tour guide is a professional, fully trained employee of Indochina Royal Travel

 

entrance feeEntrance fees
All sightseeing as specified including entrance fees

 

Air faresAirfare While on Tour
– All on-tour flights must be purchased through Indochina Royal Travel as part of your tour package From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us.
– The cost of international flights from your country to Asia (starting city) is not included in our prices. We believe we are giving all our customers, wherever you live, the flexibility to travel from regional airports, in any class of travel and include a stopover en route if you so wish. It also allows you the opportunity to use your frequent flyer points if you so wish

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– After approval, we will fax or email you a copy of the Approval letter as an attachment
– Our Service do not include the Stamping Fee of about US$25-65/ 1pax to be submitted directly to the Embassy or Consulate (the stamping fee vary from Embassy to Embassy) or pay at Airport for Visa on Arrival

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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