This journey immerses you in two very distinct cultures traveling from Hanoi in North Vietnam to a cruise on Halong Bay before a stop in Central Vietnam to explore an ancient merchant town and an old Imperial capital. Travel to Ho Chi Minh City and discover the bustling commercial capital, including a trip to see the wartime Cu Chi Tunnels. Head into the lush Mekong Delta region and take boat rides along narrow canals and explore rural communities, and then take the speedboat across the border into Cambodia. Stroll Phnom Penh's waterfront quay, admire the colonial buildings and Royal Palace, and then fly to Siem Reap to explore the mighty temples of Angkor.
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Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide holding a name-board. After a warm welcome and brief introduction, take a private airport transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy a full day tour of Hanoi’s illustrious history including a tour of the Old Quarter by cyclo. Highlights include Ba Dinh Square, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison Museum, and the Old Quarter.
This morning you will meet your guide and then drive to Halong Bay where you will board a traditional wooden junk for your overnight cruise. A delectable buffet lunch is served shortly upon boarding and you find yourself getting acquainted with the facilities of the boat. The boat starts to cruise into the Bay and within the first hour you can enjoy this World Heritage Site. During your cruise, enjoy different excursions off of the boat including floating village visits, kayaking, cave walks, and more.
Enjoy the morning on the ship and continue your cruise through the 1000's of limestone islets rising from the bay. Upon your return to the pier in Halong, you will be met for your return transportation to the airport in Hanoi for your departure flight to Hue in Central Vietnam. On arrival, meet your local guide and then transfer to your hotel for check-in and have the evening at your leisure.
Today’s tour showcases Hue’s ancient to modern history on a full day tour. Discover the Imperial Citadel, venture into the countryside to see tombs of Emperor’s past, take a boat ride on the Perfume River, visit the historic Thien Mu Pagoda, and more.
After breakfast at your hotel, journey from Hue over the scenic Hai Van Pass to Danang where you will visit the Cham Museum, an elegant colonial building which now houses the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. Briefly pass My Khe Beach, the famed R & R location during the war, and then continue south to Hoi An, and then enjoy a walking tour of the old town. The walking tour includes a visit to the Japanese Covered Bridge, an ancient merchant home, the Phuc Kien local assembly hall, and the vibrant riverside market.
Enjoy the full day free at your leisure, or opt to join an optional excursion.
Enjoy some time at your leisure before flying south to Ho Chi Minh City where you will check-in to your hotel for three nights.
Today, enjoy a city tour with stops at the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Chinatown, and the War Remnants Museum and then head to the countryside for a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Travel to My Tho, a bustling town in the rich agricultural region of the Mekong Delta. Board a local boat to explore the islands of the Mekong, stopping at a fruit orchard to enjoy fruit and tea while listening to local music. The trip also includes a sampan ride through the tiny waterways that thread the island. From My Tho, cruise on the Tien River & visit the My Tho fish market, villages, and more, and then continue the scenic trip along the river through small canals back to My Tho for disembarkation. Continue onward to the largest city in the Mekong Delta region, Can Tho.
In the early morning, set out by boat to explore the Cai Rang Floating Market, the biggest and most bustling of the Mekong Delta markets, which attracts fruit and vegetable vendors from all over the region. Sail through the market, watching people haggle and trade, and possibly sample some of the fruit yourself. By 9 am, the activity has died down and it is time to return to the pier after exploring some of the backwaters, canals and a fruit plantation. Afterwards, travel to Chau Doc. Visit a traditional house and enjoy an excursion to floating villages. Explore bustling river life and then check-in to your hotel.
In the early morning, board a speedboat for your exciting journey from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. On arrival in Phnom Penh, enjoy a tour of the city including some time at local markets.
Head just outside Phnom Penh to a peaceful rural setting for a tour of the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, a stark reminder of the atrocities under the Pol Pot regime. Later, visit the Tuol Sleng (S-21) Museum and learn more about a chapter from Cambodia's more recent, tragic, past. Afterwards, fly to Siem Reap, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for assistance with check-in. This evening, enjoy dinner & a Khmer dance performance at a local restaurant.
Begin your tour of the Angkor archaeological park with a sunrise visit. Continue the day at the fortified city of Angkor Thom enclosed by a wall and wide moats; the city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure, and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In the afternoon, visit the crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat.
Today, visit the Banteay Srei Temple, built in the 10th century and cut from pinkish stone, and then stop at Banteay Samre Temple before a visit to Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments may have appeared to European explorers upon their first discovery. In the afternoon, take a boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake to see floating villages and rural communities. The evening is at your leisure.
Meet at the appointed time for transportation to the airport.
Days 3 & 4: Cruise among the 1000's of limestone islets of Halong Bay on an overnight cruise.
Days 14 & 15: Explore the Temples of Angkor in Siem Reap.
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