DAY 1: PHNOM PENH ARRIVAL
Pick up at Phnom Penh Airport. Upon arrival, visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, Naga Casino & Resort and try your best luck. Overnight at 4-star Lux Riverside Hotel.
DAY 2: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP (B)
Morning: Shoping in Center Market (Phsar Thmey) or Russian market, visit ToulSleng Museum, we have lunch and go to Siem Reap
Afternoon: Income Siem Reap. We have dinner and check in hotel. Overnight at 4-star Smiling Hotel.
DAY 3: SIEM REAP – TOUR (B)
After breakfast, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom. A short stop at South Gate. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.
From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. Baphuon Temple, Phimean Akas Temple, Elephants Terrace & Leper King Terrace, Royal Palace, Woman and Man Pond) are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch, visit Ta-Prom Temple ~ built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. It has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination massive fig and silk cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors, offering some of the best ‘tree-in temple’. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.
After that, will visit the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, it is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer People. Dinner with Apsara dance show. Overnight at 4-star Smiling Hotel.
DAY 4: SIEM REAP - DA NANG (B)
After breakfast, proceed to the floating village by a traditional wooden boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake (The largest Freshwater Lake in Southeast Asia). At this floating village you can see floating – school, basketball field, church, houses and vendors selling their products door to door by boat. These floating village people make their living as fishermen. Late afternoon, check-out hotel. Having lunch at local Restaurant.
Afternoon: Shoping and dinner on your account. Transfer to Siem Reap airport for boarding to the city of Da Nang on flight no VN824 (20.00 – 21.50). Overnight at 3-star Lion Sea Hotel.
DAY 5: DA NANG – HOI AN – EVENING FOOD WALKING TOUR (B, L, D)
After breakfast, transfer to Hoi An. On arrival have a brief visit at Hoa Hai Stones Carving Village on the way to the ancient town. Have lunch at the local restaurant in Hoi An.
In the evening: Take part in the Hoi An Street Food Tour. Overnight at 3-star Like Hotel.
DAY 6: HOI AN – SILK VILLAGE - HUE (B, L, D)
Early wake up in the morning to breathe the peaceful atmosphere of Hoi An. After having breakfast, enjoy the Ancient Town on foot, past low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central market and the small harbour where colorfully painted boats are moored. The tour will include 5 places. Visit a private house, where members of the same family have lived continuously for centuries in a traditional setting; and to a typical assembly hall.
Continue to one of a museum in the heritage town. Visit a one of a temple and a Handicraft workshops in Hoi An where local products are being made by the industry itself.
* Visit to Hoi An Silk Village
Hoi An Silk village with traditional Quang Nam house and learn about the Vietnamese Ao Dai and customs from Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups. Have lunch in the local restaurant. Take a rest before travelling to Hue City.
From Hoi An, journey north pass Lang Co Bay, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the East Vietnam Sea, before arriving at Danang. Continue along steep mountainous roads with spectacular views of the coastline, crossing the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of north and southern Vietnam. Upon arrival, check in hotel.
Dinner. You have free time to discover the romance city. Overnight at 3-star Heritage Hotel.
DAY 7: HUE CITY TOUR – HANOI (B, L)
In the morning, have breakfast at your hotel before starting the city tour of Hue.
* Sightseeing in the Old Imperial City
Located in the heart of Hue is the Imperial Citadel, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking Flag Tower, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing Ngo Mon Gate, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure. Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and visit Dien Tho Residence (Dien Tho Palace) is where the Queen mother lived, visit Thai Hoa Palace, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the Halls of Mandarins, and the original nine dynastic urns, among other sites, including visit Hue Royal Antiquities Museum.
* Sightseeing Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc
Emperor Tu Duc, who ruled Hue more than 100 years ago, built his tomb when he was still alive and used it for meditation, reading and theater performances. There are pavilions in a tranquil setting of forested hills and lakes. The tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. Tu Duc, who was the longest reigning Emperor, lived a luxurious life.
After city tour, transfer to Phu Bai Airport for boarding to Hanoi City on flight VN1542 at 18.20 – 19.30. Overnight at 3-star Medallion Boutique Hotel.
DAY 8: HANOI – HALONG (B, L, D)
Following breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3hr 30mins drive to Halong Bay including a 20-minutes stop on the way. Arrive at your jetty in Halong City towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities. After your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board. Overnight on Halong Signature Cruise.
DAY 9: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B, L, D)
Enjoy your fresh morning in the middle of the bay, the sun rises on Halong in the morning and breakfast is served (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight at 3-star Medallion Boutique Hotel.
DAY 10: HANOI CITY TOUR + COOKING CLASS TOUR (B, L, D)
In the morning:
08:00 - 08:30: Pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi (join tours will free pick up all points in Hoan Kiem, Hanoi). Then visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. We then continue on to the Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist - dating from the Ly Dynasty) and the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on the West Lake (One of the oldest pagoda in Vietnam). Continue to the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam. We’ll also see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 - it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon:
14.30: Meet at Hanoi Cooking Centre (HCC). Collection can be arranged but extra charge will be made.
*enjoy a special “La Han” Vietnamese welcome tea.
14.40: Brief introduction to Vietnamese cuisine, highlighting the contents of tradition meal.
14.50: Take a little walk to the Chau Long Market, you will be fascinated with every step by the color, noise and the smells of the foods. Stroll around to visit distinct food sections with their variety of herbs, vegetables, meat and sea food which brings you very close to the simple life, with Tracey Lister and/or HCC chefs
*lots of opportunities to take photos
15.30: Back to HCC for a little rest. Cooking methods and utensils will be placed properly on each table.
You will prepare and cook by yourself under the instruction of HCC chef and/or Tracey Lister from the beginning to the end, learning how to marinate and to spice will be the most crucial lesson. You will also enjoy decorating dishes with carrot flowers, lemon grass stems, banana leaves and curved chili.
The authentic magical sauce mixed from fish sauce, water, sugar, lime, chili, garlic and herbs is very easy to make.
* take home printed recipes as well as samples of some local fruit, green bean cake, quail eggs, etc.
17.00: On completion of the cooking class, enjoy the meal and a chance to chat with Tracey Lister and Dinh Phung Linh
* relax in the comfort of the HCC dining area and enjoy free flow local beer or wine or lemon juice.
18.00: Finish Class
* receive going home gift and visit the HCC shop with Vietnamese Culinary tools, books, spices etc available for purchase
Overnight at 3-star Medallion Boutique Hotel.
DAY 11: HANOI - TRANG AN ECO COMPLEX - BAI DINH PAGODA FULL DAY TOUR (B, L)
07:40 – 08:30 Get picked up by Amity Smile Travel's tour guide and bus at your addresses around Hanoi Center then depart for Bai Dinh pagoda and Trang an eco-tourism attraction area (120kms south of Hanoi).
10:30 Arrive in Buddha Sanctuary place of Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest one in Vietnam with 500 Arhan statues. You can see a biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters in height, 100 tons in weight. Tour guide also gives you an introduction of beliefs and religions in Vietnam.
12:30 Have lunch in a local restaurant with some special dishes such as goat meat, pork storage vessel….
13:30 Leave for Trang An eco-tourism attraction. You will be amazed by neglected area while having boat trip through cave chains: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Sinh Cave…experiencing mysterious views of the so-called “Ha Long Bay in land”
16:00 Get back to the bus and then return to Hanoi.
18:30 Back in Hanoi, you get dropped off at your hotel. Having dinner. Overnight at 3-star Medallion Boutique Hotel.
DAY 12: HANOI DEPARTURE (B)
Enjoy some leisure time to stroll around quaint Hanoi before your transfer for your departure. End of services. Finish the Cambodia - Vietnam tour 12 days.
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- VAT tax
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- Children under 5 years old: Free of charge. Sharing the services with parents
- Children from 5 - 9 years old: 50% of adult cost
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