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8 DAYS IN VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA
Welcome to Siem Reap, picked up by our driver and transferred to the hotel to check in (Check-in time at 02.00 PM earlier time will be up on arrival). Relax after a long flight at the hotel and have lunch and dinner on your own.
If time allows, in the afternoon, visit Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chorm shrine by yourself where local people pray for good luck, happiness, and a safe journey once they are traveling.
Overnight at the hotel.
Today, set off to encounter the beautiful temples which are considered Angkor’s jewels. The day starts with the visit to Ta Prohm, perhaps most popularly known as The Tomb Raider temple. This beautiful temple is overgrown with fig trees, giving it a haunting yet exotic atmosphere.
Get inside the reinforced city of Angkor Thom to admire the mysterious Bayon temple, crowned with a large number of serene faces sculpted on its towers. Also, take this chance to learn more about the intricate carvings of the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Make your way to Angkor Wat, one of the modern wonders of the world. Be amazed by the sheer size of the temple and learn how the Khmer Empire prospered between the 9th and 13th Centuries, around the time when the temple was built. Meal on your own arrangement.
Overnight at the hotel.
Today, drive 20-25 minutes South of Siem Reap along scenic roads to the floating village of Chong Kneas on the great Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Stop along the way to capture the peaceful countryside scenery or interact with the locals to gain insight into the rural lifestyle. Then, embark on a local wooden boat and set out on a relaxing and insightful cruise exploring the floating villages where more than a thousand families live and make their living. Observe the floating schools, markets, police stations, and the traditional way of living.
Next, we visit the Angkor Silk Farm 15 km west of Siem Reap, where you can witness the entire process of silk creation from the breeding process and life cycle of the silkworm to the spinning of the silk, the dying process, and the creation of beautiful silk weavings on wooden hand looms.
Enjoy your last moment in Siem Reap. Then transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Hanoi. Upon arriving in Hanoi, our driver will pick you up to transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
You will have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. Your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century, and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (close on Monday & Friday afternoon), his modest stilt house and the museum dedicated to his memory
Enjoy the street food walking tour. Get more information about Vietnamese traditional cuisines, its culture, and the eating habits of locals. Walk through the small streets of the Old Quarter, passing by roadside markets, and stop at a number of food stalls to see the sellers prepare the dishes and taste the food.
The tour also provides the opportunity to see Hanoi deeply by going through dark & tiny alleys with having width fit one medium Vietnamese only. Stopping at a family that has been living in the Old Quarter for over 50 years and having interesting chats about their daily routine, you will learn more about local tradition, culture, and lifestyle as well. Before finishing the day with a performance of the famous water puppets.
Overnight in Hanoi
Note: Shorts and tank tops are not allowed in Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & pagodas.
Today’s tour will begin at 8:30. Escape from Hanoi this morning after breakfast, leaving the busy streets of the capital behind and entering the quieter countryside.
After around 2.5 hours of driving, reach Hoa Lu. Join the guide for an in-depth exploration of the ruins of Vietnam’s first capital. Learn about the Dinh (968-980) and Le (980-1009) Dynasties and about the history of the site. See ancient tombs and the ruins of the once-imposing Citadel.
Return to the vehicle and drive to Tam Coc, crossing through local villages and stunning landscapes. Enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese dishes before continuing to the Tam Coc River. Board a private sampan for a journey through ‘Halong Bay on Land’. Admire the views of enormous limestone karsts jutting out of the green rice fields while the boat cruises along the calm waters. (note: other optional tours can be done in place of the Tam Coc sampan trip. Please see below)
There is an option for another adventurous climb, this one to Ngu Nhac Mountain. The path leads to three cave pagodas dating back to 1428 and offers more stunning views over the countryside.
After the boat journey, drive back to Hanoi arriving late this afternoon. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
The following breakfast leaves Hanoi for a 3-hour drive to Halong Bay including a 20-minutes stop on the way. Arrive at the jetty in Halong City towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities.
After the welcome onboard, be served lunch while cruising towards the bay.
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 cruise
Early risers can enjoy the sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of Halong Bay’s landscape. Continue cruising to explore more of the bay and enjoy the brunch breakfast before returning to the Jetty at noon time. Around 11.30 am, transfer back to Hanoi. Dinner on your own account.
Overnight at the hotel.
Free time for last minute shopping or optional visit before transferring to Noi Bai airport for departure flight
1. Cancellation policy:
– Any cancellation 35 days prior to arrival date: NO charge (except in case of deposit or issuing the flight tickets to guarantee the seats)
– Any cancellation between 35 days to 20 days prior to arrival date: 25% charge
– Any cancellation between 20 days to 10 days prior to arrival date: 50% charge
– Any cancellation less than 10 days: 100% charge
2. Payment policy:
– Full payment is required soonest possible & at the latest by 35 days prior to the arrival date (except in case we have a credit agreement)
– The deposit will be required in case we need to deposit to hotels or airlines
– The bank fees (transfer fees and correspondence fees are on the sender)
Method of payment:
• By credit card
• By bank transfer
Please note for any kind of payment: the bank fee is on the sender
Payment due: The special payment deadline will be applied and indicated in specific bookings in the tour confirmation. Generally, we request payment at 2 weeks in advance for FIT & 30 days in advance for GIT. In case, we have to deposit to the suppliers to guarantee the service availability, we will request you to settle the deposit to us accordingly
4. Booking process notes:
– Upon receipt of your request or booking, we will immediately send a short notice to acknowledge the receipt
– We will deal with your requests or bookings and send out our detailed proposal or tour confirmation within 24 hours (or soonest possible) with details of specific terms & conditions
5. Cancellation/ No show
The specific cancellation fee will be indicated in the tour confirmation for specific bookings. This is due to the fact that each hotel and each supplier apply a different cancellation policy.
Any cancellation due to irresistible reasons such as war, strikes, earthquakes, etc. will be subject to no charge.
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