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BEST OF VIETNAM & CAMBODIA (8DAYS/7NIGHTS)

  • 8days/7nights
  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Siem Reap
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1.410 $
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  • Day 1: Hanoi arrival (D)
    Day 1: Hanoi arrival (D)

    Meals: Dinner at local restaurant

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: You are warmly welcomed by our Tour Guide at Noi Bai airport and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, start a Hanoi sightseeing tour. You are presented the Vietnam daily life in the past and present within 1 hour cyclo tour around the Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple and Old quarter streets. Attend the Water Puppet Show and enjoy welcome dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.

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    + Hoan Kiem Lake ("Lake of the Returned Sword" or "Lake of the Restored Sword"), also known as Hồ Gươm (Sword Lake), is a fresh water lake, measuring some 12 ha in the historical center of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam.

    + Water Puppet Show: It is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century CE when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam.

  • Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (B/L/)
    Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (B/L/)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch on cruise

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: After breakfast at hotel, leave Hanoi at 8:00 for Halong Bay, The World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty on the Ocean. Upon arrival, get on the private boat cruising around the islands, islets, caves and grottos. Enjoy seafood lunch on boat and take a short excursion to Thien Cung cave Or Dau Go cave. Drive back to Hanoi & overnight in Hanoi.

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    + HaLong Bay (Vịnh Hạ Long) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular travel destination in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam.

    Ha Long Bay has an area of around 1,553 km2 (600 sq mi), including 1,960–2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2 (129 sq mi) with a high density of 775 islets. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate. The geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity, including a tropical evergreen bio system, oceanic and sea shore bio system. Ha Long Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species.

    + Thien Cung cave: It is situated on the south-west side the bay, 4 km from the wharf outside of Ha Long City. The way to Thiên Cung is a perilous one, covered on both sides by thick forest. After entering a narrow gate, the grotto’s 130-meter-long girth opens up. Getting in we are more astonished in front of the very animated and splendid beauty which is made from stalactite. On the east wall of the grotto, there is a grandiose and imposing picture with characters of tales.

    Going out of the Thiên Cung Grotto, we have a sensation of just watching a unique, meticulous, interesting fine-art museum which is made by nature, get out of the imagine, ability and intellect of man.

    This grotto is recently discovered, one of the most beautiful grottoes in Ha Long Bay.

    + Dau Go Cave: The grotto is on Driftwood Island. Seen from afar, the entrance to the grotto appears to be blue, and has a shape similar to that of a jellyfish. After 90 steps up the island, the entrance is reached. The ceiling of the grotto is about 25 m. Hundreds of stalactites falling down from the roof of the grotto look like a waterfall. The grotto is divided into three main parts.

    The exterior is a room with a vault full of natural light. Many forms may be seen in the rock formations of the chamber, depending on the imagination of the visitor of course.

    Crossing the first chamber, one enters the second chamber through a narrow passage. The light here is mysterious, and new images appear in the stone. It makes us having a fear and be inquisitive.

    The third chamber of the grotto is widely opened. At the end of the grotto is a well of clear water. Looking up in the dim light we recognize that surrounded is the image of an ancient citadel and a scuffle of elephants, horses, man with bristly sword and spear. All are making a rush and be petrified suddenly.

  • Day 3: Hanoi city tour - Ho Chi Minh by flight (B/L/)
    Day 3: Hanoi city tour - Ho Chi Minh by flight (B/L/)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch local restaurant

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: This morning, spent some leisure time on Ba Dinh Square, site of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Later, visit Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda, Templeof Literature-the first university of Vietnam. Lunch and Take the afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

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    Note: Please note that the HCM Mausoleum is closed on Fridays and Mondays and most museums are closed on Mondays.

    + Ba Dinh Square: It is the name of a famous square in Hanoi where president Ho Chi Minh read the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1945. It is named after the Ba Dình Uprising, an anti-French rebellion that occurred in Vietnam in 1886–1887 as part of the Can Vuong movement. When Ho Chi Minh died, the granite Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was built here to display his embalmed body. It remains a major site of tourism and pilgrimage.

    + Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: It holds the embalmed remains of Ho Chi Minh. Visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a highlight for many locals' visits to the capital, and very few Vietnamese visiting Hanoi pass up a chance for a pilgrimage to the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence. It is closed every Monday and Friday, November and December closed for maintain.

    + Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts: It is the house president Ho Chi Minh lived on and off from 1958 to 1969. It was constructed by the official French architect for Vietnam. Like most French Colonial architecture, the palace is pointedly European. The house is an interpretation of a traditional rural dwelling, and has been preserved just as Ho left it.

    + One Pillar Pagoda: It is a Buddhist temple in the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex near Ba Dinh Square, a replica of an older temple that was built in 1049 and destroyed in 1954.It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples.

    + Temple of Literature: It is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi. The temple hosts the "Imperial Academy", Vietnam's first national university. The various pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of doctors are places where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place.

  • Day 4: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnel – City tour (B/L/)
    Day 4: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnel – City tour (B/L/)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: After breakfast at hotel, 08:00 drive to visit Cu Chi tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the Vietnam War. After tour drive back to Hochiminh for lunch, then tour begins with a visit to Reunification Palace, War Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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    + Cu Chi Tunnels: This tunnel system was established and used by the Vietcong during the war of independence. From 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for Vietnam tours visitors. This gigantic underground network connects villages around, making it a wonderful destination for all kinds of Vietnam tours.

    + Reunification Palace: Reunification Palace formerly known as Independence Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, is a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City. It was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

    + War Museum: War Remnants operated by the Vietnamese government, the museum was opened in September 1975. The museum comprises a series of eight themed rooms in several buildings, with period military equipment located within a walled yard.

    + Notre Dame Cathedral: Constructed by the French in the 1800s, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City appears strangely out of place with its Gothic and Roman-style architecture. Twin towers reaching to 190 feet capture the interest of people strolling by.

    + Ben Thanh Market: The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and one of symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.

  • Day 5: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta (B/L/D)
    Day 5: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta (B/L/D)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch and Dinner at local restaurant

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle and private boat trip

    Activities for today: Have breakfast at hotel, 08:00AM drive to My Tho (about 70-75km), on arrival, get on a private boat cruising along small creek to Mekong River estuary, to Phoenix Island. The motorized boat cruises more along natural creeks and quiet village in Ben Tre Province. Visit orchards, bee - keeping farm, taste natural honey and honey wine, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music, wonder around a distillery, explore the local coconut candy production process, taste candy & coconut pulp. Have dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

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    + My Tho is the capital city, center of economics, education and technology of Tiền Giang Province, located in the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam. The majority ethnic group is the Kinh, and some of the Chinese, the Cham and the Khmer. Boat rides on the Mỹ Tho River are popular with tourists, and the city is known for hủ tiếu Mỹ Tho, a type of rice noodle soup.

  • Day 6: Ho Chi Minh - Siem Reap by flight (B/L/D)
    Day 6: Ho Chi Minh - Siem Reap by flight (B/L/D)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch and Dinner at local restaurant

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle and Vietnam airline 

    Activities for today: After breakfast we fly to Siem Reap – gateway to Angkor. After check in at our hotel we will have lunch – our first taste of Khmer cuisine. Afternoon transfer for our first experience of the world famous antiquities of Cambodia – monumental Angkor Wat - an expansive fortified temple city dating as far back as the 9th century. Relaxing evening spent at a Dinner and Khmer Traditional Dance (Apsara) Show. Overnight in Siem Reap.

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    + Angkor Wat: Angkor Wat is the largest and most breathtaking monument at Angkor. Built as the funerary temple for Suryavarman II, who ruled from 1112 to 1152, Angkor never fails to reward the Cambodia tour fans with its grand scale, surreal bas reliefs and unbelievable attention to detail.

    + Apsara dance show - the traditional dance of Khmer people arrived in Cambodia about 2000 years ago (century 1) along with Hinduism. Both were developing rapidly in Angkor era. Apsara quickly became indispensible in every special occasion and event to honor Hinduism Gods. It’s estimated there were about 3000 Apsara dancers during Jayavarman Empire. This was an incredible number in comparison with the country’s population at that time. Nowadays, Apsara dance performances are shorter, opener and more comfortable than the classic ones but they still keep their perfect movements and the sensitive soul of the classic dances. Apsara dancers who are charming and full are symbols of Khmer spirit. As a famous dance of elegance, nobility and softness, every movement displays a balance in soul, no frustration or rush. In performances, Apsara dancers wear tight shirts in bright colors, traditional sampot skirts, and hat in temple-shape which is golden and decorated very sophisticatedly. To be Apsara dancers, women must have fit body, not too skinny or too fat. Especially, their hands and fingers should be small, long and tapering, lung should be straight, and waist should be small.

    + Vietnam Airlines (Vietnamese: Hãng Hàng không Quốc gia Việt Nam) is the flag carrier of Vietnam. The airline was founded in 1956 and later established as a state-owned enterprise in April 1989. Vietnam Airlines is headquartered in Long Biên District, Hanoi, with hubs at Noi Bai International Airport and Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The airline flies to 64 destinations in 17 countries, excluding codeshared services.

    Vietnam Airlines became a member of SkyTeam in June 2010, making it the first Southeast Asian carrier to have joined that alliance

  • Day 7: Siem Reap Tours (B/L)
    Day 7: Siem Reap Tours (B/L)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: Breakfast at hotel, transfer to continue our exploration of Angkor - visit the famous South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon temple, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of Leper King and Phimean Akas temple. After lunch other Angkor Ruins such as Chao Say Tevoda, Takeo and Ta prhom temple. Overnight in Siem Reap.

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    + South Gate of Angkor Thom: The south gate of Angkor Thom is 7.2 km north of Siem Reap, and 1.7 km north of the entrance to Angkor Wat. The walls, 8 m high and flanked by a moat, are each 3 km long, enclosing an area of 9 km2. You can see the giant statues in line at the both sides of the gate, gods in a line and the other are devils.

    + Bayon Temple: It is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. The temple is known also for two impressive sets of bas-reliefs, which present an unusual combination of mythological, historical, and mundane scenes.

    + Elephants Terrace: Elephants Terrace was used by Angkor's king Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army. It was attached to the palace of Phimeanakas, which only a few ruins remain.

    + Ta Keo Temple: It is a temple-mountain, possibly the first to be built entirely of sandstone by Khmers. Like Pre Rup, it has five sanctuary towers arranged in a quincunx, built on the uppermost level of five-tier pyramid consisting of overlapping terraces (a step pyramid ), surrounded by moat, as a symbolic depiction of Mount Meru. Its particularly massive appearance is due to the absence of external decorations, as carving had just begun when the works stopped, besides an elaborate use of perspective effects. It is considered an example of the so-called Khleang style.

    + Ta Prohm Temple: The photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors. It is famous because of the film "Tomb Raider" also.

  • Day 8: Siem Reap - Departure (B)
    Day 8: Siem Reap - Departure (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel 

    Accommodations: N/A

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: Breakfast at hotel, We board on boat in Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals. Free & leisure at your own time for rolling at local markets or shopping until transfer to Siem Reap Airport for departure.

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    + Tonle Sap Lake: It is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is an ecological hot spot that was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997. You can see the real life of fishmen in this area, floating school, floating houses, local kids play with big snake...etc, the temples in Siem Reap tell the history and the lake area tell the nature.

Rates vary frequently depending on group size, travel time, accommodation level, transportation and special touring requirements! Please contact us at info@handetour.com to get the best possible price.

Inclusion
  • Private transfers
  • Private VIP boat in Halong
  • English Speaking guide
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast (Check in at 14:00; check out at 12:00)
  • 02 flight tickets (Hanoi –Saigon – Siem Reap) by Vietnam airline 
  • Airport tax
  • All entrance fees
  • All meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Daily bottle of mineral water
  • All activities mentioned
  • All service charge and government tax
Exclusion
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tip
  • Drink
  • Other not mentioned
  • Visa fee
  • International flight in Vietnam/out Cambodia
  • Early check in and late checkout at hotels
  • Single room

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