(9D/8N) LUXURIOUS VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

A truly unique experience in the heart of Indochina. Gaze across green lush Experience the mixture of two unique Indochina countries. Stay in the busy and fast paced Ho Chi Minh City and end up in the historically preserved Siem Reap.

Highlights

  • Explore the sacred and fascinating Phnom Penh pagodas and temples 
  • Understand Cambodia’s past and pay homage to a turbulent past 
  •  Get lost in the crazily fun city of Ho Chi Minh, through its secret cafes and never ending alleyways of anything you are looking for. 
  • Quietly stroll the bustling city of Saigon, with its shimmering city skyscrapers by the riverside. 
  • Spice up your diet with mystery and mouth watering cuisines from the best of Cambodia and Vietnam.

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  • Duration

    9D/8N

  • Destinations

    Hanoi - HCMC - Phnom Penh

  • Best Time to Travel

    Nov - Sept

Our Services Include:
  • Hotels accommodation in double or twin sharing with breakfast
  • Ground operation with vehicle (with Air-con), horse cart & boats
  • Activities and sightseeing mentioned in the program
  • English speaking station guide (not throughout guide)
  • Entrance fee in all destination
  • Porter fee at the airport only
Our Services Exclude:
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa Fee for Vietnam and Cambodia 
  • Gratuities generally guides, driver and other suppliers
  • Any other services/items not mentioned in inclusions
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ITINERARY/SCHEDULE

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai airport, our driver will be waiting at the arrival entrance and holding a welcome sign. He will accompany you to the hotel to check in (transfer without a tour guide; official check-in time is from 14.00 o’clock; early check-in can be booked with surcharge).

3 overnights in Hanoi. Hotel is booked and handled by clients.

Notes: should you wish to have a tour guide during transfer, surcharge will be applied.

Start exploring the charming Hanoi by visiting some of its iconic sites with the 1st visit at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Mondays, Fridays and every afternoon; visit only from outside). The locals who come here often dress in their finest outfits to see “Uncle Ho” who, like his Communist counterparts such as Mao, Stalin and Lenin, is embalmed and entombed in state in a glass coffin.

Continue to Ho Chi Minh's House, a simple wooden stilt house which sets in a tranquil background and displays some of his belongings. Swing your way to the one pillar pagoda, a pilgrimage site for Vietnamese couples praying for the birth of a son. This small shrine by Emperor Ly Thai Tong in 1049 and Propped up by a single stone pillar. Next, head the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university built in the late 11th century and one of Hanoi’s best-preserved buildings, this is the most important of the so-called Temples of Literature to be found throughout Vietnam. Continue to Hanoi Hilton (or Hoa Lo prison), one of the most notorious sites from the Vietnam War, it was used by the French between 1896-1954 to imprison Vietnamese political prisoners before it housed American POWs. During the Vietnam War, American pilots and soldiers were detained and tortured here, including Douglas Peter Peterson, who later became the first US Ambassador to Viet Nam and John McCain, a US Senator. 

Later, drive back to Hanoi center for a 1-hour cyclo tour to explore the bustling streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter which is known for its ‘36 alleyways of 36 wares’ named after the original 36 artisan guilds that date as far back as the 13th century. Return to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure.

Free time at your leisure (no guide and no transfer).

Hanoi - Saigon (2hrs)

Morning breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Noi Bai Airport for a flight to Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City ). 

Upon your arrival at the Tan Son Nhat airport, our driver will be waiting at the exit entrance and holding a welcome sign. He will accompany you to the hotel to check in (transfer without a tour guide; official check-in time is from 14.00 o’clock; early check-in can be booked with surcharge).

04 overnights in Saigon

Notes: should you wish to have a tour guide during transfer, surcharge will be applied.

Saigon, the largest commercial city in Vietnam, is also a scientific, technological and industrial Centre of the country. Today, follow our tour director and discover some of its historic landmarks, including the former Presidential Palace, which was built on the compound of Norodom mansion and used to be the headquarter of the Saigon Government before 1975. Next, drive to the Notre Dame Cathedral (only outside), one of the most famous colonial constructions built in 1891 by the architect J. Bourard with all the materials imported from France then followed by the old Post Office just a few minutes’ walk before heading to the ChinaTown in district 5. We will visit the Thien Hau temple, a Chinese folk temple built in 1979. It had a very important role in the religion and culture of the Vietnamese – Chinese community. 

Conclude your highlight tour at a local market before returning to Saigon.

Depart from your hotel for a 2 hour drive to Cu Chi where you will explore an incredible network of hundreds of miles of narrow tunnels that were built during resistance to the French colonisation and utilised extensively during the Vietnam War. The tunnels showcase an amazing insight into life during the war and it also served as the living quarters, communication and supply routes, and housed hospitals, food and weapons storages.

HCMC - Phnom Penh 1hr flight

Depart from your hotel for a 2 hour drive to Ben Tre, located in the Mekong River Delta and known as a kingdom of coconut. Upon arrival, embark on a traditional wooden boat, start sailing along Ben Tre river and make a first visit to the bricks-kiln where you will learn about how bricks were made by using centuries-old traditional methods. Wind your way to the coconut candy workshop nearby to observe the process making this delicious candy by hand. 

Return to our boat and cruise to the small creek where you  will be led to the local garden for a coconut drink while tasting some tropical fruit.

Later, experience the rowing sampan which goes along the narrow canals lined by nipa palms then cycle to the local restaurant for a tasty lunch. Afterwards, continue the cycling trip through the countryside by passing the fruit orchard, local houses followed by a stop at the local business for a sugar cane juice or the wooden coconut factory (subject to availability) before heading back to our pick-up point and driving to Saigon.

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Phnom Penh (no late check-out; transfer without tour guide).

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, our driver will pick you up and accompany you to the hotel to check in. Free time at your own leisure (transfer without a tour guide).

We start our day with the Tuol Sleng museum that is the site of a former high school that was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. 

The National Museum houses the world’s most important collection of Khmer sculpture and carvings. Inaugurated in 1920 during the heyday of French colonial rule, its architect and first curator, George Groslier, was determined to collect and preserve Cambodia’s rich past and then we explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda which were both built in 1866 under King Norodom. The Royal Palace is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the King of Cambodia. The 'Silver Pagoda' sits next to the Royal Palace, separated by a walled walkway, but within the same larger walled compound.

Leisure time at your own expense until transfer to the airport for your next destination.