Vietnam and Cambodia World Heritage Tour

A-14 Day explorer tour of two magnificent countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Start in Hanoi with its beautiful boulevards. Then head to the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay and the ancient capital of Hue. Whilst in Hoi An you have time to relax on the beach. Thereafter continue to Saigon and the Mekong Delta and experience its day-by-day life.  No doubt, the climax of the tour is Siem Reap (Cambodia); best known for the Angkor Wat Temple. And in between, spend a day with a local family for a homemade lunch.

Tour highlights

A fun ride through Hanoi on a Xich Lo ( tricycle)
Visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and watch a traditional water puppet show
Be mesmerized by the starlit night sky in Halong Bay
Stop at a Buddhist Centre in Hue
Step into a tailor shop Hoi An and have a suit/dress made for you
See the old and new sites in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Glide along small canals of the Mekong Delta and savor a tantalizing Seafood lunch
Best part of the tour is when arriving in Siem Reap; exploring the famous Angkor Wat temples

Picturesque Ta Prohm

At a Glance
Day 1    Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel
Day 2   Hanoi city tour
Day 3   Travel through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay
Day 4   Cruise the bay and onward to Hue by flight
Day 5   Hue City Tour
Day 6   Set out on our spectacular drive to Hoi An.
Day 7   Exploring Hoi An – Tra Que & Cooking Class
Day 8   Hoi An – Danang and flight to Saigon
Day 9   Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 10 Explore the Mekong River.
Day 11 Flight to Siem Reap & Floating Village tour
Day 12 Visit the Angkor Highlighted Temples
Day 13 Visit the Khmer ruins one of the most impressive
Day 14 Last day in Cambodia. Depart Siem Riep

Fascinating cultures

Explore the best part of Cambodia and its famous Angkor Wat. The World Heritage Sites of Vietnam: Ha Long Bay; Hoi An’s Ancient Town and the Red River & Mekong Delta …and so much more.

See Vietnam in one fascinating trip: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh and the monolithic islands of Halong Bay.
Enjoy insider moments like… rolling up your sleeves. Join local farmers in the vegetable fields surrounding Tra Que village. Meet a family at Ngoc Son Garden House, as they share its royal history over homemade delicacies.

After all, combining the highlights of both countries, will open your eyes to the delights of Indochina and leave you awe-struck by these magical locations.

Additional information

Hotel Rating3 Star, 4 Star, 5 Star

Day 1

Hanoi Arrival:
* Upon your arrival; you will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration. Transfer to the hotel; and check-in
* Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi

Day 2

Hanoi City Tour (B):
* This morning we embark on an exhilarating and unforgettable Xich Lo ride through the charming; yet bustling; 36 Street Old Quarter to Ba Dinh Square where we disembark to explore Ho Chi Minh’s Quarter.
* Hanoi is well known for its history; architecture; charm; tranquility and cuisine. Our first visit is to the most well-respected site of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum which includes the Presidential Palace; One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.
* We meet our bus for a short journey to visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and the 11th century Temple of Literature; Hanoi’s first University.
* After our exciting adventures we’ve all worked up a hunger! We cross the street for lunch (pay yourself) at famous KOTO restaurant.
* Afternoon; we drive approximately 25 minutes to the Ethnology Museum.
* Here you will learn of the traditional cultures of 54 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam through articles; stories; displays of traditional houses; costumes; hunting equipment and much more wares used in day to day life.
* Enjoy the famous traditional Water Puppets Show in the evening.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.

Day 3

Hanoi – Ha Long (B/L/D):
* Halong Bay is one of the most enchanting and memorable experiences in Vietnam. The postcard pictures you so often see of Halong Bay will become a memory to last a lifetime.
* We leave the city behind and drive through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay; taking around 3.5 hours. The beautiful countryside that awaits your imagination; takes us through local farming life and villages; providing us plenty of opportunities to stop and capture some spectacular photographs.
* Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing things the locals load onto their motorbikes!
* En-route; stop at one of our favorite organizations in Vietnam. Hong Ngoc Humanities center in Sao Do town This wonderful establishment has been set up to provide skill and employment to people from small villages throughout the north of Vietnam; creating jobs and providing accommodation to disadvantaged people. You have the opportunity to purchase some exquisite local handicrafts and wares or just watch and admire the amazing and intricate workmanship involved in the production.
* Arriving in Ha Long Bay; we board our boat and enjoy a spectacular seafood lunch as we sail off into Dragon Bay; gazing at the breathtaking karst formations within the bay.
* After lunch have some free time to relax and admire the beauty of the Bay as we cruise through hundreds of formations.
* Throughout our cruise today; you will have the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore Sung Sot cave; where you will learn how karsts were formed in this area millions of years ago. For beach lovers and swimmers; we make a stop at one of the sandy beaches for swimming or just relaxing.
* We continue cruising the bay until the late afternoon; before setting anchor for the night.
* Once anchored; there’s plenty of time for swimming or just relaxing to admire the scenery before settling into another scrumptious meal.
* After dinner; why not head to the top deck and enjoy a relaxing drink whilst admiring the peaceful ambiance and gazing at the millions of stars.
* Overnight at your hotel in Ha Long Bay.

Day 4

Ha Long – Hanoi – Hue by Flight (B/Brunch):
* This morning we take a small bamboo boat to visit Luon; a beautiful tunnel cave set within a lagoon.
* We re-board our boat and continue cruising the bay; through the old part of Ha Long City; known as the fishing town and the newly built harbor bridge; whilst we enjoy our seafood brunch before heading back to the pier for our return to Hanoi.
* Return to Hanoi; with time to relax or grab a last minute bargain before our late afternoon flight to Hue. Arrival Hue; you will transfer to hotel for check-in.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hue.

Day 5

Hue City Tour (B):
* We commence our exploration and head to one of the most serene and tranquil tombs in Hue; Minh Mang’s Tomb. Set back from the river bank and hidden within the luscious forest area; surrounded by a beautiful lake; this tomb has a peaceful ambiance like no other.
* A 20-minute drive takes us to the beautiful construction of Khai Dinh’s Tomb; where we see the intricate workmanship of the mosaic architecture within and gaze at the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
* En route we make a stop at a small workshop to see the interesting process of making traditional Hue Conical hats and incense sticks.
* We return to town and visit Hues oldest 19th Century Pagoda; ‘Thien Mu’ (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda; which is famous for it’s Buddhist Centre teachings.
* Boarding our dragon boat from the base of the Pagoda; we cruise down the Perfume River; watching local fisherman; whilst passing through the banks of Hue’s town.
* After disembarking our boat we enjoy a delicious lunch (pay yourself) at a nearby Garden Restaurant
* After lunch we visit the Citadel (Forbidden Purple City); located in Hues town. The Citadel is the former living place of the Royal family during the Nguyen dynasty; from the 19th century to mid 20th century.
* Here you will discover the history of Vietnam during this period of time; as well as the daily life of the Royal family and the typical architecture of this Imperial construction.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hue.

Day 6

Hue Hoi An (B):
* After a relaxing morning we set out on our spectacular drive to Hoi An.
* We pass through Lang Co fishing village; set within beautiful blue lagoons; before heading up and over the spectacular Hai Van Pass; where we stop at the highest point to immerse ourselves and gaze at the spectacular scenery at 980 meters above sea level.
* 20 minutes from the base of the pass we arrive in Da Nang where we visit Cham Museum; built-in 1915; which contains intricate ancient Champa sculptures.
* Continue driving to the stunning Marble Mountains; where we climb the marble stairs to reach the peak of the largest mountains of the 5 elements; Thuy Son or more commonly known as ‘Water Mountain’.
* We admire the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains; countryside and China Beach and continue on to ‘Huyen Khong’; an underground cave; which was a former hospital through the War.
* After stopping for lunch at China Beach; you will have time to take a refreshing dip in the ocean before heading to Hoi An.
* In Hoi An, stroll through the quaint streets of Hoi An; visiting an Ancient Chinese Temple; The Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese covered bridge.
* The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy the peaceful ambiance of this quaint ancient town or spend some time with the skillful tailors; treating yourself to tailor-made clothes; which Hoi An is renowned for.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 7

Exploring Hoi An – Tra Que / Cooking Class (B/L):
* Today’s incredible cultural experience will have you cropping a veggie patch in no time!
* We have the great privilege to be spending the day at a local family home within a small farming village; just outside of Hoi An town.
* Upon arrival we are welcomed by the family and enjoy a traditional herbal drink; before setting out on our guided walk through the local farmland. We learn about the history of the village; observe the processes of harvesting; and discover the many traditional uses; in both cooking and Vietnamese medicines; with the herbs and vegetables grown.
* For those who have a ‘green thumb’; join the farmers in preparing the land; seeding; watering, and picking the crops.
* After trying your hand in harvesting a crop; what better way then to take a rest; soaking your feet in a traditional lemongrass and rose petal foot bath; before sitting down for a delicious lunch of local delicacies; using the fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden.
* The family will love showing off their skills in whipping up your lunch; giving you a very creative cooking demonstration.
* In the afternoon; we bid farewell to the family and head back to town.
* Stop at a local fishing village; where we board a boat for a magical cruise down the Cua Dai estuary and enjoy the scenic view of life along the river.
* Rest of the day is free at leisure.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 8

Hoi An – Danang – Saigon by Flight (B):
* After a relaxing morning board the flight to Saigon.
* On arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport; you are met by your Tour guide and Driver and transferred to hotel for check-in
* Tonight is free to explore this bustling city of Saigon
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.

Day 9

Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L):
* Set out this morning to explore Saigon City; from Central Saigon to Chinatown; providing a general overview of this fascinating city with its history and culture.
* We explore the historical sights of the Reunification Palace; the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War; The War Remnants Museum; Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1877) and the City’s Post Office.
* Before our drive to Cu Chi; stop for a bite and a ‘slurp’; and experience eating Vietnam’s most traditional noodle soup dish ‘pho’.
* Our drive to Cu Chi Tunnels is around 70km. The famous Cu Chi Tunnel system was created to assist the Vietnamese Revolutionists against the French in 1948. It was an underground city with living areas; kitchens; storage; weapons factories; field hospitals; command centers etc and in certain areas; housed up to 10;000 people; who virtually lived underground for years.
* After a video introduction and a guided tour through the grounds; you can take part in the unique experience of guerillas living underground during the war; with a crawl through 20/30/50 meters of the tunnel system.
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.

Day 10

Saigon – Mekong Delta (B/L):
* Today we head to My Tho; to tour part of the Mekong River.
* Board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River passing local fishing port; where hundreds of fishing boat anchor to unload fresh fish. Disembark on Unicorn Island; where locals make a living from fruit trees.
* A family on the island will serve us local seasonal fruits and honey tea whilst performing traditional southern music; called Tai Tu music.
* Continue our exploration with a pleasant rowing trip down small canals and dense palm trees; experiencing the local villages between the islands to a small islet. We disembark and take a short walk through a local village set amongst a peaceful atmosphere and fruit trees and witness the unusual yet fascinating process of coconut candy in the making.
* After filling up on Coconut candy; we stroll through a local village to a family home and tantalize our taste buds with a magnificent seafood lunch prepared by the family; with a unique experience of tasting local delicacies including ‘Elephant Ear fish’ and traditional Vietnamese rice wine.
* We return to Saigon by the mid-afternoon.
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.

Day 11

Saigon – Siem Reap by Flight – Floating Village – Angkor National Museum (B):
* Breakfast at hotel and free time until your transfer to the Airport for a flight to Siem Reap.
* Arrive Siem Reap Airport; meet & greet by our local tour guide.
* Transfer for a city tour to visit local main shrine of Preah Ang Chheck/Chhom temple; and visit to Angkor National Museum which we can see the artifacts from the every part of Cambodia in the ancient time.
* Afternoon drive to southern party of Siem Reap to embark on a short cruise on Tonle Sap Lake; Cambodia’s biggest natural water body.
* The experience is wonderful as we pass by floating village; friendly children in small boats and fishermen at work and sunset at Phnom Krom
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 12

Siem Reap – Angkor Highlighted Temples (B/L):
* This morning we visit the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya which flourished in the late 9th and earlier 10th centuries.
* These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to the Rolous group (Lo Lei; Preah Koh and Bakhong Temples).
* Lunch with the local family and then we will continue to drive to the rural outskirt 35km from Angkor area to visit the smallest; but magnificent; Banteay Srei built in the 10th Century and dedicated to Shiva.
* The temple was the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture and the bas-relief work is the best example of Khmer classical art remaining.
* The pink sandstone structure bears a series of striking and beautiful sculptures; lintels; pediments and friezes. Khmers say the temple must have been carved by women for the details are too fine for the hands of a man.
* On the way back to Siem Reap we will visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive reliefs depicting scenes of Vishnu as well as Krishna legends.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 13

Siem Reap – Angkor Tours (B):
* Early morning; visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown; an oddly haunting and exotic scene.
* The magnificent roots of a tree; pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace; evoke feelings that you may remember forever.
* Continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat – one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.
* At 09am come back to hotel for breakfast and rest in the noon to avoid of the heats of the day until 15:00 continue exploring the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom. City & Bayon Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight.
* At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone; but further scrutiny reveals a face; and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent; heavy; enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes; staring out from a primitive and remote time.
* Further; visit to the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou; Elephant Terraces; Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place area and visit one more ruin in Angkor Area of Preah Khan temple; built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and it is the same style to Ta Prom Temple.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap

Day 14

Siem Reap Departure (B):
* After breakfast you have free time at your leisure until we depart for Saigon airport.
* On arrival at the airport you will board your flight for your onward destination.
* Services end at Saigon airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Vietnam experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter (Invitation Letter)
* Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
* Excellent English speaking guide
* Private air-conditioned transportation
* Accommodation shared in double/twin room as mentioned with daily breakfast
* Boat trips
* Meals as mentioned (B-Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
* All entrance fees
* Cycle & Bike tours
* Water Puppets show
* Tra Que & Cooking Class
* Water & tissue
* 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
* Domestic flights – subject to change

* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* Vietnam visa stamp fee on Arrival (25 USD/PP & 02 color passport photos per person)
* Cambodia visa fee on arrival 30 USD/PP & 02 color passport photos per person
* Tipping
* Peak season or Public holidays surcharge (if any)
* Services not stated in the itinerary

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS – departure & fuel taxes
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

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Rates valid for travel between 01 FEB and 30 APR 2018
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Vietnam Cambodia view of Angkor Wat with Buddhist monks in the foreground
Vietnam Cambodia view of Angkor Wat with Buddhist monks in the foreground
Vietnam Cambodia Banteay Srei temple
Vietnam Cambodia viewe of the Preah Ang Chek temple
Vietnam Cambodia My Tho floating market on the Mekong river with people selling fruits and vegetables from canoes
Vietnam Cambodia war remnants museum
Vietnam Cambodia Notre Dame cathedral
Vietnam Cambodia Tra Que cooking class showing instructor and learners
Vietnam Cambodia view of marble Mountain
Vietnam Cambodia view of the Citadel in Hue
Vietnam Cambodia view of Luon cave in Ha Long Bay
Vietnam Cambodia view of Ha Long Bay with boats on the water
Vietnam Cambodia water puppet show
Vietnam Cambodia bridge lit up in Hanoi