18 Days 17 Nights Cambodia Tour from Siem Reap to Hanoi

18 Days 17 Nights Cambodia Tour from Siem Reap to Hanoi

Tour price: Contact us
Length: 18 Days
City: from Siem Reap
Tour code: VI-MUL16
Highlight: The tour cover all places of interest in Cambodia and Vietnam such as Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom complex, Phnom Penh, killing field, Royal palace, Mekong river delta, Ho Chi Minh city, Cuchi tunnels, Nha Trang beach, Hoi an ancient town, My Son holyland, Hue, Halong bay and Hanoi capital of Vietnam.

Inclusions

Include:

- Accommodation with daily breakfast based on double/twin sharing

- 2 nights on private boat cruise in Mekong

- 1 night on boat cruise in Halong Bay (sharing boat)

- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

- Transportation by private vehicle with A/C

- 3 domestic flights: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh, Saigon – Nhatrang, Nhatrang – Danang (Y Class)

- Night train in soft sleeper A/C cabin from Hue to Hanoi

- Boat trips as in the program

- Local English speaking tour guides

- All entrance fees and permits where applicable
 

Exclude:

- Meals that not mentioned in the program

- Travel insurance

- Vietnam visa must be obtained before the tour

- Cambodia visa (can get at the airport on arrival at 20 USD/Person)

- International flight and departure tax

- Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses

Price& Available

Tour Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Siem Reap - Welcome to Cambodia

On your arrival in Siem Reap, you are met by our guide and driver at the airport for the transfer to the hotel in town center. Free time to rest. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 02: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Tour (B) 

In the morning, 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. 
Afternoon, Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset at Angkor Wat. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 03: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Tour (B)

Morning, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery.
In the afternoon, you continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khanis, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Prea Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som and Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the ensemble. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 04: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh, City Tour (B)

Early morning transfer to the boat station in the Tonle Sap Lake for the express boat trip to PhnomPenh. The 5 hour boat trip will take you through the floating villages and you will see the local life on the Tonle Sap Lake, the biggest lake in Asia, and along the Mekong River where you will see the real countryside of Cambodia. Arrive in Phnom Penh at around 12.00 at noon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon, we will visit this charming city of Phnom Penh: The Tuol Sleng PrisonMuseum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek are not to be missed. A visit to these sights provides a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. VisitWat Phnom temple. Before ending the tour of today, we enjoy the Cyclo ride along the Mekong River side to visit Children Khmer Dancing School. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 05: Phnom Penh Tour - Chau Doc - Vietnam (B)

Morning, visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Visit to the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - from throughout the ages. We continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Toul Tom Pong, all called the “Russian Market”, where anything and everything is for sales.

Early afternoon, you will be transfer to the boat station for the express boat trip to Chau Doc, the border town of Vietnam. To enter Vietnam at border with Cambodia, you will need to have Vietnam visa in advance. Arrive Chau Doc in late afternoon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Chau Doc.

Day 06: Chau Doc - Mekong on Private Sampan (B/L/D)

Located on the upper Mekong Delta, Chau Doc town is 280 km (174 miles) south-west of Ho Chi Minh City close to the Cambodian border. With such proximity to Cambodia, the local population is an eclectic mix of Cham, Khmer, Chinese and Vietnamese, sharing different cultures and historical richness.

Your cruise journey on the private sampan will start at noon in Chau Doc or Long Xuyen. We will be cruising the Mekong river and see the floating fish farming villages, floating markets and Cham villages, an ancient Muslim ethnic population with their kingdom covering Cambodia and south Vietnam during the 10th century. We will continue our cruise to Cho Moi on such a beautiful river, little arm of the Mekong, where several traditional activities can be observed on the banks (artisanal boat factories, bamboo baskets making, palm leaves cutting, net fishing), as well as old Vietnamese temples dating from late 19th century.

In the evening, we will organize for you an exciting experience in a village located in the suburbs of Cho Moi, where your dinner will be arranged at some typical local house. You will be able to share experiences with family members and learn about traditional Southern Vietnam lifestyle, one of the highlights of your journey on the Mekong which should not be forgotten! Back on board your private sampan for your first night on the boat on the river.

Day 07: Discover Mekong on Private Sampan (B/L/D)

The breakfast will be served on board at 07am.Your Sampan will slowly leave Cho Moi for Sa Dec and proceed the cruise downstream the river to Long Xuyen, a peaceful provincial town located on the Mekong’s banks. We will pass by several luxuriant islands, crossing countless sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fishes, showing an intense activity on the river. Approaching Long Xuyen, your lunch will be served on board. Later, you will have a quick tour of Long Xuyen typical center before cruising further to “Cu Lao Ong Ho” (The Tiger Island) for a visit at Ton Duc Thang museum, second president of Vietnam…We will proceed downstream on the Mekong river to Sa Dec. Some stops on the banks will be possible for cycling tours to discover deeper the inhabitants’ life style. 
Back on board your sampan, you will enjoy a romantic dinner served on the deck during the sunset. Second night on board on the Mekong River…

Day 08: Mekong - Saigon (B)

Early morning, your breakfast will be served on board while cruising. Further, Sa Dec town will appear like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals…You will disembark for a guided visit of this charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses and Chinese temples dating from the last century are numerous… You will visit the local market and the Trung Vuong primary school where well known writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood (see her famous novel turned into the movie “The Lover”).

After lunch, your sampan will proceed to Vinh Long, cruising by Dong Phu and An Binh islets famous for their fruit orchards. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people. Crossing the large Co Chien River we will pass under the spectacular My Thuan Bridge. On the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the largest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit.

We will proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer. A delicious lunch will await you at "Le Longanier", a superb Indochinese villa located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations.

Our cruise continues on to Cai Be where you will visit Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Visits will be made at an ancient mandarin house dating from 1890 where you will we welcomed by the owner. Another stop at some local home factories will allow you to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other specialties are traditionally made.

We will finish our Mekong River adventure on private sampan in Cai Be where will take our car for the trip to Saigon. Transfer to your own hotel in Saigon. Overnight in Saigon. 

Day 09: Saigon - Cuchi Tunnels (B)

Depart this morning for the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels begun in 1948 by the Viet Minh in their struggle against the French. These tunnels were expanded and used by the Viet Cong during the war between Vietnam and America. American called this area the “Iron Triangle” and was a Viet Cong strong hold for almost thirty years. You may walk underground in the tunnels. Return to the city before lunch time.

Afternoon, you will explore this cosmopolitan city o­n a guided tour. High lights are the famed Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum, Ben Thanh Market. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 10: Saigon - Nhatrang (B)

Take the early morning flight to Nhatrang. You will be met at the airport by your guide for the transfer to your hotel.
Nha Trang has o­ne of the most popular beaches in all of Vietnam, with clear turquoise water and mountains backdrop. The coconut palms provide shelter along most of the 6 km beachfront. Today, enjoy free time on the beach. Overnight at hotel in Nhatrang.

Day 11: Nhatrang - Boat trip to Island (B/L)

You will have one day boat trip. Firstly we will go to Mun Island, the best site for snorkeling where you will see lots of live colorful corals and fish. Relax, sunbath and swim at Tam island. Then visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island where you will have chance to see the life of the many sea species of Nhatrang Ocean in this aquarium. Return to Nha Trang at about 16.00. Overnight in Nha trang.

Day 12: Nha Trang - Fly to Danang - Hoian (B)

You will take a morning flight to Da Nang. On arrival at Da Nang Airport, you are transferred to a local restaurant in the city for lunch, and then visit to Cham Museum (rich collection of Cham sculptures from in 14-15 century back with Indian influences) before transferring to Hoian town, which was originally one of major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Visit of Hoian Town with mixed the culture of Vietnam/Chinese/Japanese with Chinese tiled houses, Chinese temples, Japanese covered bridge. Overnight in Hoian town.

Day 13: Hoian - Myson - Hue (B)

Morning, take a discovery trip to My Son, 40km from Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered being in the same league as some of Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7 to 13 centuries. Admiring great architectural and art works of the Cham lost Kingdom. Having a brief understanding of the history, culture for which My Son was recognized the World Cultural Heritage.
Afternoon, we drive 4 hours northwards to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Take some stops on the way to see the spectacular view on the top of “Hai Van Pass”and the legend beach of Lang Co.  
Late in the afternoon, enjoy a leisure boat-ride along the scenic Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Day 14: Visit Hue - Night Train to Hanoi (B)

Today, take the sightseeing in Hue to the Ancient Imperial Citadel, a complex of palaces and temples built by the Nguyen from early 19th Century for which Hue was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Then you will embark on a drive to Hue’s countryside, through scenic villages and green rice fields to reach the Emperor Ming Mang’s tomb. It is one of the most beautiful of all Emperors tombs, in a complex of pavilions, temple, courtyards and lakes.

Afternoon, explore more of Vietnam life with the effected of Royal life, garden house in Hue is one of them. "Garden house" is a typical and unique characteristic of Hue city. You will visit the traditional handicraft village: Thuy Xuan Hat - Incense making village, you will see how Hue Hat (non Hue) - a symbolized for the beauty of Hue lady. 
Late afternoon, visit Dong Ba, the local market in Hue, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local seller. Then transfer to the train station for the night train to Hanoi SE4 leaving Hue at 17:06. Overnight on the train in soft berth A/C cabin. 

Day 15: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise (B/L/D)

The train arrives in Hanoi around 5am, you are met and transferred to a day use hotel for few hours resting and having breakfast. 
8AM: You will leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you will board your boat, a wooden junk built from the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure, that will take you first to the busy World Heritage area and then to some of the less well-known grottoes and caves. Weather permitting, you will be able to swim, fish, climb a hill for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable seascape, or venture into some of the sea level caves in a small sampan. All your meals will be provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood. Overnight on boat. 

Day 16: Halong Bay Cruise - Hanoi (B/L)

Participate in Tai Chi o­n the top deck or simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or juice before setting out to the near- by cave by row boat. Watch for monkeys high on the cliff tops. Return back to the junk, where breakfast is served, while sailing around Bay Tu Long bay where the movie “Indochine” was filmed.
Your cruise will end at noon and you will be met by your driver for the transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around 4pm, check in hotel and leisure time. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Day 17: Hanoi City Tour (B)

Today we will take a sightseeing of the most Hanoi's outstanding historical and cultural sites. The visit includes:
- The complex of Ho Chi Minh historical sites, also called the political center of Vietnam.
- One-pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature for the brief understanding about the two most popular religions in Vietnam (Buddhism and Confucianism).
- Visit one of the museums in Hanoi (Museum of History, Museum of Ethnology, Museum of Fine Art, or Hoa Lo Prison musuem).
- You will know our legend/history about Hoan Kiem Lake (the lake of the Restored Sword), our architectural and our way of with small streets and its name (Old quarter) on a cyclo ride. 
-  Late afternoon, enjoy our welcome show of northern rural of Vietnam – Water Puppet show.
Overnight in Hanoi. 

Day 18: Hanoi - Departure (B)

Free time until the pick up from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight. End of the trip. 

Day 01: Arrive in Siem Reap - Welcome to Cambodia

On your arrival in Siem Reap, you are met by our guide and driver at the airport for the transfer to the hotel in town center. Free time to rest. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 02: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Tour (B) 

In the morning, 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. 
Afternoon, Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset at Angkor Wat. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 03: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Tour (B)

Morning, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery.
In the afternoon, you continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khanis, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Prea Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som and Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the ensemble. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 04: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh, City Tour (B)

Early morning transfer to the boat station in the Tonle Sap Lake for the express boat trip to PhnomPenh. The 5 hour boat trip will take you through the floating villages and you will see the local life on the Tonle Sap Lake, the biggest lake in Asia, and along the Mekong River where you will see the real countryside of Cambodia. Arrive in Phnom Penh at around 12.00 at noon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon, we will visit this charming city of Phnom Penh: The Tuol Sleng PrisonMuseum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek are not to be missed. A visit to these sights provides a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. VisitWat Phnom temple. Before ending the tour of today, we enjoy the Cyclo ride along the Mekong River side to visit Children Khmer Dancing School. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 05: Phnom Penh Tour - Chau Doc - Vietnam (B)

Morning, visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Visit to the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - from throughout the ages. We continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Toul Tom Pong, all called the “Russian Market”, where anything and everything is for sales.

Early afternoon, you will be transfer to the boat station for the express boat trip to Chau Doc, the border town of Vietnam. To enter Vietnam at border with Cambodia, you will need to have Vietnam visa in advance. Arrive Chau Doc in late afternoon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Chau Doc.

Day 06: Chau Doc - Mekong on Private Sampan (B/L/D)

Located on the upper Mekong Delta, Chau Doc town is 280 km (174 miles) south-west of Ho Chi Minh City close to the Cambodian border. With such proximity to Cambodia, the local population is an eclectic mix of Cham, Khmer, Chinese and Vietnamese, sharing different cultures and historical richness.

Your cruise journey on the private sampan will start at noon in Chau Doc or Long Xuyen. We will be cruising the Mekong river and see the floating fish farming villages, floating markets and Cham villages, an ancient Muslim ethnic population with their kingdom covering Cambodia and south Vietnam during the 10th century. We will continue our cruise to Cho Moi on such a beautiful river, little arm of the Mekong, where several traditional activities can be observed on the banks (artisanal boat factories, bamboo baskets making, palm leaves cutting, net fishing), as well as old Vietnamese temples dating from late 19th century.

In the evening, we will organize for you an exciting experience in a village located in the suburbs of Cho Moi, where your dinner will be arranged at some typical local house. You will be able to share experiences with family members and learn about traditional Southern Vietnam lifestyle, one of the highlights of your journey on the Mekong which should not be forgotten! Back on board your private sampan for your first night on the boat on the river.

Day 07: Discover Mekong on Private Sampan (B/L/D)

The breakfast will be served on board at 07am.Your Sampan will slowly leave Cho Moi for Sa Dec and proceed the cruise downstream the river to Long Xuyen, a peaceful provincial town located on the Mekong’s banks. We will pass by several luxuriant islands, crossing countless sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fishes, showing an intense activity on the river. Approaching Long Xuyen, your lunch will be served on board. Later, you will have a quick tour of Long Xuyen typical center before cruising further to “Cu Lao Ong Ho” (The Tiger Island) for a visit at Ton Duc Thang museum, second president of Vietnam…We will proceed downstream on the Mekong river to Sa Dec. Some stops on the banks will be possible for cycling tours to discover deeper the inhabitants’ life style. 
Back on board your sampan, you will enjoy a romantic dinner served on the deck during the sunset. Second night on board on the Mekong River…

Day 08: Mekong - Saigon (B)

Early morning, your breakfast will be served on board while cruising. Further, Sa Dec town will appear like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals…You will disembark for a guided visit of this charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses and Chinese temples dating from the last century are numerous… You will visit the local market and the Trung Vuong primary school where well known writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood (see her famous novel turned into the movie “The Lover”).

After lunch, your sampan will proceed to Vinh Long, cruising by Dong Phu and An Binh islets famous for their fruit orchards. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people. Crossing the large Co Chien River we will pass under the spectacular My Thuan Bridge. On the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the largest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit.

We will proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer. A delicious lunch will await you at "Le Longanier", a superb Indochinese villa located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations.

Our cruise continues on to Cai Be where you will visit Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Visits will be made at an ancient mandarin house dating from 1890 where you will we welcomed by the owner. Another stop at some local home factories will allow you to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other specialties are traditionally made.

We will finish our Mekong River adventure on private sampan in Cai Be where will take our car for the trip to Saigon. Transfer to your own hotel in Saigon. Overnight in Saigon. 

Day 09: Saigon - Cuchi Tunnels (B)

Depart this morning for the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels begun in 1948 by the Viet Minh in their struggle against the French. These tunnels were expanded and used by the Viet Cong during the war between Vietnam and America. American called this area the “Iron Triangle” and was a Viet Cong strong hold for almost thirty years. You may walk underground in the tunnels. Return to the city before lunch time.

Afternoon, you will explore this cosmopolitan city o­n a guided tour. High lights are the famed Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum, Ben Thanh Market. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 10: Saigon - Nhatrang (B)

Take the early morning flight to Nhatrang. You will be met at the airport by your guide for the transfer to your hotel.
Nha Trang has o­ne of the most popular beaches in all of Vietnam, with clear turquoise water and mountains backdrop. The coconut palms provide shelter along most of the 6 km beachfront. Today, enjoy free time on the beach. Overnight at hotel in Nhatrang.

Day 11: Nhatrang - Boat trip to Island (B/L)

You will have one day boat trip. Firstly we will go to Mun Island, the best site for snorkeling where you will see lots of live colorful corals and fish. Relax, sunbath and swim at Tam island. Then visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island where you will have chance to see the life of the many sea species of Nhatrang Ocean in this aquarium. Return to Nha Trang at about 16.00. Overnight in Nha trang.

Day 12: Nha Trang - Fly to Danang - Hoian (B)

You will take a morning flight to Da Nang. On arrival at Da Nang Airport, you are transferred to a local restaurant in the city for lunch, and then visit to Cham Museum (rich collection of Cham sculptures from in 14-15 century back with Indian influences) before transferring to Hoian town, which was originally one of major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Visit of Hoian Town with mixed the culture of Vietnam/Chinese/Japanese with Chinese tiled houses, Chinese temples, Japanese covered bridge. Overnight in Hoian town.

Day 13: Hoian - Myson - Hue (B)

Morning, take a discovery trip to My Son, 40km from Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered being in the same league as some of Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7 to 13 centuries. Admiring great architectural and art works of the Cham lost Kingdom. Having a brief understanding of the history, culture for which My Son was recognized the World Cultural Heritage.
Afternoon, we drive 4 hours northwards to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Take some stops on the way to see the spectacular view on the top of “Hai Van Pass”and the legend beach of Lang Co.  
Late in the afternoon, enjoy a leisure boat-ride along the scenic Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Day 14: Visit Hue - Night Train to Hanoi (B)

Today, take the sightseeing in Hue to the Ancient Imperial Citadel, a complex of palaces and temples built by the Nguyen from early 19th Century for which Hue was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Then you will embark on a drive to Hue’s countryside, through scenic villages and green rice fields to reach the Emperor Ming Mang’s tomb. It is one of the most beautiful of all Emperors tombs, in a complex of pavilions, temple, courtyards and lakes.

Afternoon, explore more of Vietnam life with the effected of Royal life, garden house in Hue is one of them. "Garden house" is a typical and unique characteristic of Hue city. You will visit the traditional handicraft village: Thuy Xuan Hat - Incense making village, you will see how Hue Hat (non Hue) - a symbolized for the beauty of Hue lady. 
Late afternoon, visit Dong Ba, the local market in Hue, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local seller. Then transfer to the train station for the night train to Hanoi SE4 leaving Hue at 17:06. Overnight on the train in soft berth A/C cabin. 

Day 15: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise (B/L/D)

The train arrives in Hanoi around 5am, you are met and transferred to a day use hotel for few hours resting and having breakfast. 
8AM: You will leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you will board your boat, a wooden junk built from the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure, that will take you first to the busy World Heritage area and then to some of the less well-known grottoes and caves. Weather permitting, you will be able to swim, fish, climb a hill for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable seascape, or venture into some of the sea level caves in a small sampan. All your meals will be provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood. Overnight on boat. 

Day 16: Halong Bay Cruise - Hanoi (B/L)

Participate in Tai Chi o­n the top deck or simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or juice before setting out to the near- by cave by row boat. Watch for monkeys high on the cliff tops. Return back to the junk, where breakfast is served, while sailing around Bay Tu Long bay where the movie “Indochine” was filmed.
Your cruise will end at noon and you will be met by your driver for the transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around 4pm, check in hotel and leisure time. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Day 17: Hanoi City Tour (B)

Today we will take a sightseeing of the most Hanoi's outstanding historical and cultural sites. The visit includes:
- The complex of Ho Chi Minh historical sites, also called the political center of Vietnam.
- One-pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature for the brief understanding about the two most popular religions in Vietnam (Buddhism and Confucianism).
- Visit one of the museums in Hanoi (Museum of History, Museum of Ethnology, Museum of Fine Art, or Hoa Lo Prison musuem).
- You will know our legend/history about Hoan Kiem Lake (the lake of the Restored Sword), our architectural and our way of with small streets and its name (Old quarter) on a cyclo ride. 
-  Late afternoon, enjoy our welcome show of northern rural of Vietnam – Water Puppet show.
Overnight in Hanoi. 

Day 18: Hanoi - Departure (B)

Free time until the pick up from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight. End of the trip.