Vietnam Discovery with Siem Reap - Angkor Wat- 17days

Trip Code

VD-WSRAW-17D

Departure Date

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Duration

17 days

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Maximum Seats

7

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
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Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Starts : Hanoi City , ends : Ho Chi Minh City

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1 Hanoi Arrival

Arrive in bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.Today is arrival day so no activities are planned. Guide & Driver welcome and pick you up at Airport and be transfered to your Hotel If you arrive early, take time to discover Hanoi, known as the ‘Paris of the East,’ a charming city, famous for its shaded boulevards, beautiful public parks and thriving Old Quarter. -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 city tour - Evening Train to Sapa

Start your full-day private tour of Hanoi with early pickup from your hotel. Then hop in a cyclo to the undisputed heart of the city with your friendly and informative guide. Observe people practicing tai chi, playing badminton and doing other popular activities as you receive an overview of daily life and witness how locals occupy their mornings. Weave through Hanoi’s Old Quarter in the historical center of the capital, known for its 36 old streets and artisan guilds that date back to the 13th century. You’ll end up at St Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon), whose structure has changed little since it was built in 1886. Stop for a quintessential Vietnamese breakfast of pho bo (beef noodle soup) and enjoy a relaxing conversation with the locals over a cup of delicious coffee — a great way to immerse in the culture of Hanoi. Test your language skills as your guide teaches you to order ca phe nong (hot black coffee, usually with sugar) or ca phe sua nong (hot coffee with sweetened condensed milk). Afterward, continue sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned, private vehicle with a visit to Ba Dinh Square, where your guide points out significant buildings such as the President’s Palace and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Learn about President Ho Chi Minh’s life and his career at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and discover the role of Buddhism in Hanoi at the historical One Pillar Pagoda, considered one of Vietnam's most iconic temples with its typical architecture, originally built in 1049. Before a traditional Vietnamese lunch at Ngon restaurant, you’ll gain an appreciation for Vietnamese architecture at the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam, and view Long Bien Bridge, built during the French occupation. In the afternoon, discover the many customs of more than 50 ethnic minorities in Vietnam at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Then enjoy the beautiful environs of Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake), stopping by Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain), situated on a small islet in the lake. Finally, your guide accompanies you to see a water puppet show. This delightful stage performance delves into Vietnam’s mythology and traditions for a little over an hour. Your local guide picks you up from water puppet theater for a vietnamese dinner 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. Overnight trains are the best way to travel long distances and experience travel as the locals do! Sleeper trains typically have four-berth compartments (occasionally six-berth depending on seasonal variations) of which two are bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travelers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. You will be sharing the basic quarters with local people. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but some travelers take the opportunity to stock up on fresh bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure.
Day 3

Day 3 : Sapa

Your minibus and guide will pick you up when you arrive in Lao Cai in the early morning and take you to Sapa, a quiet mountain town that is home to a number of ethnic minority hill tribes. See stunning vistas of tall mountains scalloped with rice fields and topped by morning mists. In Sapa, you have a free morning to relax and explore this fascinating hillside town. In the afternoon, head off with your experienced guide on a moderate 1-mile (2-km) trek to the hill tribe village of Cat Cat, home to the Hmong people. The Hmong migrated south from China about 300 years ago and are easily recognizable by their dark-blue or black clothing, the color coming from homemade indigo plant dye. Hmong women wear long aprons with embroidered waist-coats, their hair rolled up into turban-like hats, while the men wear a black skullcap. Be sure to bring your camera for photos of village life and the gorgeous scenery. In the late afternoon, return to Sapa where you spend the night in a hotel and have free time in the evening.
Day 4

Day 4 : Sapa Sightseeing - Homestay

After breakfast, set off on a six-hour guided trek along footpaths that wind through stunning scenes of brilliant green rice paddy terraces scalloped into the steep mountainsides. Pass through several Red Zao and Tay villages where you can socialize with the friendly local people and see the village life, complete with water buffalo, chickens, pigs and other animals. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a picturesque rest stop along the way before arriving in Ta Van Village. At Ta Van, meet the family who will host you in their simple traditional home. Enjoy an authentic home-cooked dinner with the family and experience their way of life as you spend the night in their home. A day pack is recommended for the trek and overnight in the homestay, as your main luggage can be left at your hotel in Sapa.
Day 5

Day 5: Sapa - Evening train back Hanoi

After saying your goodbyes to your host family, set off on a scenic 2- to 3-hour walk to Giang Ta Chai Village where your vehicle picks you up for the 30-minute drive back to Sapa. In Sapa you have a free afternoon to explore the town before transferring to the train station where you catch the overnight train to Hanoi.
Day 6

Day 6 : Halong Bay - Sleep on Boat

After early morning pickup from Hanoi train station in the early morning (around 5am). Enjoy all that vibrant Hanoi has to offer and have Pho for your breakfast, we 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 7

Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay, there’s time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Then, head to the Cave of Surprises – the biggest cave in Halong Bay – where you’ll discover magnificent stalagmites and stalactites as you walk along the lit paths on a guided tour. After another delectable lunch around midday, start your cruise back to the main harbor before transferring to your awaiting vehicle for the four-hour journey back to Hanoi. End your tour with hotel drop-off upon arrival in the capital.
Day 8

Day 8 : Hanoi - Hue

We flight in this morning to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. After checking in to our hotel, Start out with a visit to the colorful and energetic Dong Ba market, an ideal place to soak up everyday Vietnamese life. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the market as your guide introduces your small group to some of the traditional foods and local vendors who sell produce and other ingredients. After sampling enough Vietnamese delights to fill you up, meander to the Hue Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Vietnam’s former capital. Within the high stone walls that measure 6 miles (10 km) long and 6 feet (2 meters) thick, explore the massive palace complex of this Imperial City with your guide. Find decorative pagodas and temples amid hundreds of ornate royal tombs where Hue’s Nguyen Emperors ruled until the early 20th century. Marvel at the ruins overgrown with foliage inside the Forbidden Purple City, located in the center of the vast compound. Badly damaged during the Vietnam War, this former royal residence was only accessible to the emperor and his royal concubines, as well as eunuch servants who posed no threat. Once you’ve seen the best sites of The Citadel, stop for a small-group lunch at a local nunnery for a traditional meal. Enjoy the chance to chat with the nuns and discuss the finer points of Buddhism as you gain insight into their daily lives. After lunch, take a short minibus ride through the Hue’s gorgeous surroundings, passing rice paddies and traditional towns en route to a village that specializes in incense production. Learn all about this ancient art before continuing on to see an impressive royal tomb. Visit the 17th-century sprawling temple complex of Bao Quoc Pagoda, perched on a hill overlooking the Perfume River. Upon entering the triple-gated hall, view the seven-tiered pagoda before walking to the Tiger Arena. Here, duels between elephants and tigers were arranged for the emperor’s entertainment until 1904! Complete your day tour with a relaxing afternoon cruise along the enchanting Perfume River, taking in the natural splendor of the area as you meander past. Afterward, your guide will transfer you back to your hotel in Hue’s city center, where you can spend your evening at leisure.
Day 9

Day 9 Hue - Hoi An - Cooking class

Traveling by minibus after breakfast, head south on a four-hour drive to Hoi An. 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. Arrive at Hoi An after a brief stop at the lovely China Beach and settle in at your hotel. After lunch (own expense), embark on a guided walking tour of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which largely escaped the destruction of successive wars. Follow your guide through the charming, pedestrian-only streets and explore the delightful architecture of the buildings as you learn about their historical and cultural significance. Stroll past the many Chinese assembly halls, admiring the impressive main altar of the Cantonese Chinese Congregation and the memorial of the Hainan Chinese Congregation – in remembrance of 107 merchants from Hainan Island who were killed during the reign of Emperor Tu Duc when mistaken for pirates. Stop by the Japanese Covered Bridge, constructed in the 1590s by the town’s Japanese community to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream. After your walking tour is complete, your guide will accompany you to a family-run restaurant for a small-group cooking class. Uncover the culinary secrets of Vietnamese cooking as a professional chef discusses the delicious dishes you will create. First, head to the local market to stock up on fresh produce necessary for your feast. You’ll learn how to choose the best ingredients and discover new flavors before returning to the restaurant ready to cook. As you cook up a storm, discover some tricks to making legendary Vietnamese dishes and pick up recipes that are sure to wow your family and friends back home. End the day by sitting down with newfound friends and feasting on the tasty dishes you’ve made together.
Day 10

Day 10: Hoi An – Thu Bon River – Hoi An

After breakfast, spend your morning free to explore the town of Hoi An, known for its lantern-lit streets, vibrant markets, skilled tailors and artisan shops. After lunch (own expense), take to the streets and waterways on a unique boat and bike tour with your small group. Weave through Hoi An’s back streets on your bicycle to reach the country lanes beyond the city, and follow your guide through a stunning landscape filled with emerald-green rice paddies and winding waterways. Stop in several towns in the area, talking with local villagers as you learn more about the lifestyle and culture in this region of Vietnam. Head to the banks of the Thu Bon River for a boat cruise and get a different perspective of rural Vietnamese life from the waterway. Take in the lovely views of the region as you cruise to a small island in the middle of the river for a delicious barbecue feast. Enjoy your fill of the local specialties as you watch a breathtaking sunset over the river while fishing boats bob in the water. Afterward, jump back in the boat and cruise along the river as the last of the sun’s rays disappear behind the rice paddies. Catch the twinkling lights of Hoi An as you approach the dock before weaving through the bustling waterfront crowds back into town, where your stay last night in Hoi An.
Day 11

Day 11 : Siem Reap Arrival – Angkor Thom – Siem Reap

We 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, we meet our local guide and drive the short distance to town where we check in and freshen up before our afternoon adventure commences. Hop in a private remork (tuk-tuk) for the 15-minute ride to the South Gate and walk along the ancient city wall with your guide, stopping for photos of magnificent demons lining the causeway. Explore the lost temple of Prasat Chrung for approximately one hour before continuing to the 12th-century Bayon Temple, surrounded by 51 stone towers; each features four serene faces of a smiling bodhisattva. Your knowledgeable guide then accompanies you the Terrace of the Elephants, the Royal Palace and the Terrace of the Leper King, where you can spend up to two hours. Hear fascinating stories about the Khmer kings that once ruled the ancient city. After your private tour, spend your evening at your leisure. If you're feeling social, take a dip in the outdoor pool that hosts a happy hour. Otherwise head to your air-conditioned room and enjoy dinner and drinks ordered from the room service menu.
Day 12

Day 12: Siem Reap – Ta Prohm – Angkor Wat– Banteay Srei – Pre Rup – Siem Reap

Rise early and depart from your hotel approximately 30 minutes before sunrise, traveling by remork to the jungle-covered temple of Ta Prohm. The UNESCO-listed temple complex is one of the most popular at Angkor. The monuments have been left in the same condition in which they were discovered in the 19th century. Return to your hotel for breakfast, after which you visit the world-famous Angkor Wat, another UNESCO World Heritage site and the best preserved of all the temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Your private tour around this magnificent 12th-century structure lasts a few hours. Discover numerous surviving stone temples, once surrounded by wood palaces, public buildings and houses that have since disappeared. Following lunch at a local restaurant in the afternoon, drive to the temple of Banteay Srei, built in the 10th century. Located 19 miles (32 km) from Siem Reap, the small UNESCO-listed temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, but is dubbed ‘Citadel of Women’ for its ornate sandstone carvings, a crown jewel of Angkor art. After your 1.5-hour private tour, take some time to explore on your own and enjoy a provided lunch. When it's time to head back to Siem Reap, you might even catch the sunset descending behind prongs of Pre Rup.
Day 13

Day 13 : Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Siem Reap

Following breakfast, take a 30-minute morning drive by remork to the edge of Siem Reap for a 15-minute ox-cart ride through the countryside. Then continue by air-conditioned vehicle to reach Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap. Classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the lake feeds the Mekong River during the dry season and swells during monsoons. Board a local boat at the riverbank for an approximate 30-minute ride to Kompong Phluk, the largest floating village on the lake, where you’ll spend the rest of the morning. Here, observe the fascinating daily activities of the Cambodian villagers who reside along the shore, gaining a better sense of how their lives are shaped by the water’s rhythms. After lunch at a local restaurant, the rest of your day is free to spend as you like.
Day 14

Day 14 Ho Chi Minh city

This morning your guide will collect you from your hotel for the flight onward to Ho Chi Minh City, the energetic heart of modern Vietnam. We start out with 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 15

Day 15 Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta Tour

The next two days are dedicated to our Mekong Delta tour. The Mekong River, with its vast fertile delta, is the backbone of the economy in the south. It produces one of Vietnam's most important exports - rice. At around 7:30am, the minibus will pick you up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and take you to Cai Be. From here, you'll hop onto a boat and sail in a small group (anywhere between 10-20 pax) during your Mekong Delta tour. In Cai Be you'll sail past colourful floating markets, where vendors will offer their wares from their boats jammed with produce, dangling their goods in the air from a long pole. You'll also sail through canals inhabited by the people of the Mekong Delta. As your Mekong Delta tour continues, you'll quickly understand why the people of the south are renowned for their friendliness, as they smile and wave from their houses when you pass by. While sailing through the maze of canals, you'll visit one of the many islands on the Mekong - Vinh Long Island. During the afternoon you'll sail to Can Tho, where you'll arrive in time for sunset. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, for instance low water levels, this entire portion of our Mekong Delta tour will be conducted by mini bus. The boat will then take you to a simple but charming hotel in Can Tho on the banks of the Mekong, where you can relax in the evening with a cool drink and watch the delta sunset.
Day 16

Day 16 Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh

Today you'll leave your hotel at 7.30 sharp and the local boat will take you to the floating market of Cai Rang, which is the largest, most important, and probably the noisiest floating market in the Mekong Delta. In order to get close to all of the excitement of the floating market, you'll transfer into a bamboo rowboat. You'll sail amidst all of the boats peddling their wares. Naturally you yourself won't have to row during this journey and therefore you'll have plenty of time to negotiate and purchase goods, such as a pineapple for 50 cents. At the end of our Mekong Delta tour you'll have a pretty good impression of life on this important river. Eventually you'll take the comfortable air-conditioned coach back to Ho Chi Minh, and after a quick stop at Can Tho market, you'll arrive back in Ho Chi Minh City at around 3-5pm.
Day 17

Day 17 Ho Chi Minh city Departure

After a final breakfast your trip reaches its end, and your guide and driver will be there to transfer you to the airport to start your journey back home.

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 2250 USD 1850 USD 3 & 4star
Deluxe/Superior 2450 USD 2050 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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– 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

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  • 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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