Cambodia and Vietnam in Luxury (21n/22d)

The seaside town of Nha Trang

The seaside town of Nha Trang

Day 1.  Arrive in Siem Reap – Rest of day leisure
Warm welcome upon your  arrival in Siem Reap. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel. Rest of day leisure. Overnight in Sofitel Royal Angkor Resort – Luxury room.

Day 2. Angkor Tour (B/D)
In the morning you will visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks – the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. In the afternoon you continue to visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara). Dinner and enjoy watching Khmer Folk of charming Apsara dance show at Koulen II restaurant. Overnight in Sofitel Royal Angkor Resort – Luxury room.

Day 3. Fly HCMC – Rest of day leisure (B)
In the morning you visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, Pre Rup, East Mebon, and NeakPoan. Transfer to airport for flight to HCMC. Pick up and transfer to hotel. Rest of day leisure. Overnight in Park Hyatt  Saigon – Park Deluxe Gardenview with terrace.

Day 4. HCMC full-day tour (B/L)
You will have a full day to explore HCMC, including visits to Chinatown, Thien Hau Pagoda and Giac Lam Pagoda, which is HCMC’s oldest pagoda, dating back to 1744. After lunch at local restaurant, you will continue exploring, visiting the Reunification Palace, the Opera House, the Hotel de Ville, the War Remnants Museum and end the day at Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Park Hyatt  Saigon – Park Deluxe Gardenview with terrace.

Day 5. Cu Chi Underground Tunnels (B)
In the morning, you will enjoy a half-day private excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Very famous in the wartime with its smart and complicated system including underground meeting room, kitchen, food, weapon caches, hospital. This underground complex played a major role in the Vietnamese winning the war and is a must-see when you are in Saigon. You are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system or try a shooting range where you can fire a number of assault rifles, such as the M16 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60. Back to Saigon. Afternoon is your free time for relaxing or souvenir shopping at the city downtown. Overnight in Park Hyatt  Saigon – Park Deluxe Garden-view with terrace.

Day 6. HCMC – My Tho – Can Tho (B/D)
Today you will drive out toward the South-Western Vietnam to Mekong Delta or “Nine Dragon River Delta”. Surrounded by thousands of crisscrossed canals, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, most of villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road. After two-hour drive you will arrive My Tho. Upon arrival you will take a sampan motor-boat on the Tien river to the Thoi Son ( Unicorn) islet, one of the four famous islets ( Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise, Phoenix). From here you follow a village path passing local houses, visiting some family-run coconut candy mill, take a horse-cart from village to village or enjoy a sampan rowing along small canals. Lunch with local dishes will be served right in the garden restaurant. You also have a chance to experience “Southern Vietnamese folk music “, a common art activity in the Mekong Delta performed by local people. Rejoin your car continue to Can Tho, the heart of Mekong Delta. Hotel check in and enjoy your leisure. Dinner will be at local restaurant. Overnight in Victoria  Can Tho – Deluxe room.

Day 7. Floating market – Delta biking – HCMC (B/L/-)
An early wake up today and ready to join in the Mekong Delta floating market, one of the most exciting activities you should do when you are in this area. You will have breakfast on the Lady Hau cruise. You then have a motorized boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating market, experience how people exchange goods, fruit and many other commodities on their vessels. You easily find the wholesaler big boats which hang the goods she buys/sells on the pole – a mark for reseller small boats knowing where they have to go from a certain distance. You also find floating restaurants, floating bars, floating gas stations, and many other floating shops. After sampling some local fruits at the market, you will be back to the shore and take a bike cycling from village to village on path, over monkey bridges, get in touch with local people. Lunch is at local restaurant before driving back to HCMC. Overnight in Park Hyatt  Saigon – Park Deluxe Garden-view with terrace.

Day 8. Fly Nha Trang (B)
Today you have free time until transfer to Hanoi airport for flight to Nha Trangto start your beach vacations. Voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Nha Trang boasts a six-mile stretch of fine white sand, quiet and warm waters, and stunning archipelagos. Time to relax. Overnight stay in Anna Mandara Nha Trang – Deluxe Beach Front room.

Day 9. Nha Trang (B)
You will be free to relax and enjoy the facilities offered by the resort. Try some water sports like snorkeling or diving among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters, hike nature trails, cool off in your private plunge pool, indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views before retiring for the evening.

Day 10. Nha Trang (B)
You will be free to relax and enjoy the facilities offered by the resort. Try some water sports like snorkeling or diving among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters, hike nature trails, cool off in your private plunge pool, indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views before retiring for the evening.

Day 11. Fly Danang – Hoi An – Rest of day leisure (B)
Today you have free time until transfer to Hanoi airport for flight to Danang. Upon arrive in Danang your local guide will meet and transfer you to your resort in Hoi An. Rest of day leisure. Overnight stay in The Nam Hai – One bedroom Villa Beachfront.

Day 12. Hoi An & Fish & Farm Life (B/D)
This morning you will have a walking tour to explore the old houses, narrow streets, moss-grown walls, lantern makers. You will stop to visit some of the most interesting sights of the town including Japanese Covered Bridge, House of Tụy Tiên Đường, Quan Công Temple, Old houses, Chinese Assembly Halls and handicraft workshop and traditional arts performance. In the afternoon, you will bike along country roads to experience Vietnamese rural life and get in touch with local farmers. You’ll also take a sampan ride on the Thu Bon River to meet and interact with local fishermen, as well as enjoy the hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat. After cycling back to town, you will have free time to relax at a local pub, do some shopping or visit the local tailors who make quality clothes in a flash. Overnight stay in The Nam Hai – One bedroom Villa Beachfront.

Day 13. World Heritage site My Son (B)
Morning you will take a trip to discover another World Heritage site My Son – the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century and is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham areas in Vietnam. The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a must-see for those people who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations and is now one of five UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam. Back to the town.Rest of day leisure. Overnight stay in The Nam Hai – One bedroom Villa Beachfront.

Day 14. Hoi An . Free. At leisure (B)
Enjoy your full day leisure. Overnight stay in The Nam Hai – One bedroom Villa Beachfront.

Day 15. Drive to Hue –  Rest of day leisure (B)
Late in the morning you will leave Hoi An for Hue. Located in central Vietnam, Hue used to be the Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945 and is recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Your guide’s welcome speech will give you  overall information about the city of Hue. After check in you will have free time to relax. Overnight stay in the La Residence Hue. Deluxe Riverview rom.

Day 16. Hue (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel then you will have a private trip on the Dragon boat cruising on the Perfume river to visit the Thien Mu pagoda-built in 1601 and, one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in the country. From there you rejoin your car to visit the Nguyen Dynasty king Minh Mang’s tomb and king Tu Duc’s tomb. Afternoon you will have a private tour to explore the Hue Citadel. It is a huge complex covering an area of 520ha and comprising three circles of ramparts, Hue Capital Citadel, Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel. End of the day you will visit the local Dong Ba market built in 1899 on a bank of the Perfume river – a paradise for snapshots of daily activities.In the evening you will have a chance to enjoy a Hue Citadel Royal style dinner tasting some Royal cuisines at local restaurant. Overnight stay in the La Residence Hue. Deluxe Riverview room.

Day 17. Fly Hanoi – At leisure (B/D)
Again you take a one-hour flight to Hanoi. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the Hanoi downtown. Your guide’s welcome speech will give you  overall information about  this one-thousand-year old city and now is the capital of Vietnam. After check in you will have free time to relax, then your guide will see you again for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Your first day will be completed by a water puppet show – a unique art performance in Vietnam – before you return to your hotel for overnight stay in Hanoi. Overnight stay in Sofitel Metropole – Grand Luxury room.

Day 18. Hanoi Old Quarter & Bat Trang Ceramic (B)
In the morning you will have free time to explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquer ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. You’ll enjoy people watching at stylish cafes and be able to shop for impressive modern art in the city’s myriad galleries. In the afternoon you will be taken to the Bat Trang ceramics village, a 500-year-old village, located on the left bank of the Red River. There you will not only see how ceramic products are made, but you’ll be able to try your hand at making your own work of art. Back to your hotel.  Overnight stay in Sofitel Metropole – Grand Luxury room.

Day 19. Hanoi – Halong Bay – Private chartered Paradise Privilege Junk (B/L/D)
Warmly pick up at your hotel lobby and leave Hanoi for Halong Bay.  Your  heavenly  journey  across  Halong  Bay  starts  around  noon  on  Tuan  Chau  Island  at  the doorstep of Vietnam’s most fascinating wonder. Welcome on board. Paradise Privilege gives you the unique opportunity to create your own cruise in Halong bay with a flexible itinerary. Your crew listens to your requests and create a new program which best suit to your demands. From the list, you will just have to pre-select 03 options. Our experts will then take care of your itinerary, maximising your cruising time in the bay and ensuring you can fully enjoy your relaxing and sightseeing time onboard Paradise Privilege. Below is the best suggestion: Your heavenly journey across Halong Bay starts around noon on Tuan Chau Island at the doorstep of Vietnam’s most fascinating wonder. As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by Paradise Crew and Cruise Manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for a pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard our luxury facilities in the stunning surroundings. Discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water. While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of our Spa, Beauty & Massage services1; surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, you will attend our chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking. Defined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world. Overnight on the private chartered Paradise Privilege Junk

Day 20. Halong Bay – Ninh Binh (Brunch/D)
Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some Paradise delights with a colourful buffet breakfast. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. Your Paradise Cruise will come to an end on Tuan Chau Island between 10.30am and 11.00am. Rejoin your car for a private transfer to Ninh Binh. Rest of day leisure. Overnight stay in the Emeralda resort – Deluxe room.

Day 21. Ninh Binh Biking (B/L)
You will first visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest pagoda in Vietnam. From here you will start cycling on the countryside road, headed to the ancient Hoa Lu Citadel. You can explore the temples of King Dinh and King Le. Then you will continue riding through the limestone peaks to Tam Coc, passing the rice paddies of Red River Delta. You will have lunch in Tam Coc, near the sampan pier, followed by a 3-hour sampan trip along the Boi river to visit the Tam Coc caves. After the sampan ride, you will continue biking to the Bich Dong Pagoda., before rejoining your car and returning to Ninh Binh for an overnight stay. Overnight stay in the Emeralda resort – Deluxe room.

Day 22. Departure (B)
Enjoy your free time in the Red River Delta until transfer directly to Hanoi airport for your home flight.

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