Glimpses of Vietnam & Cambodia 11 days
ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY:
- Visit Ha Long Bay
- Experience Citadel of Hue and Hoi An ancient town
- Saigon commercial city
- Mekong Delta countryside
- Angkor Wat
Ho Chi Minh Arrival
On arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, be welcomed by your guide with the driver, and be taken to the city centre to check in at the hotel. Ho Chi Minh is the most extensive and commercial centre of Vietnam. Spend the rest of the day exploring the Saigon dynamic city with your guide. Ho Chi Minh is known as Saigon formerly, and today locals often called it the city centre. It's one of the country's leading commercial city centres. The city offers tourists so much to see and do with entertainment, terrific foods, day trips to enjoy livelily streets, historic sightseeing; Reunification Palace, General Post Office, War Museum, ancient pagodas and endless short trips from Saigon.
Saigon – Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple
Depart early for a fantastic day to explore Cu Chi tunnels and the incredible Cao Dai religion so that you can be at Cao Dai Temple before the followers attending noon mass. After breakfast, be met at the hotel and travel by car to Cu Chi tunnel, the famous underground tunnel network located outside Saigon. The tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network and were used for hiding and fighting during combat and served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches, and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were important to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces and helped counter the growing American military effort. Arrive around 9:00 am, watch a documentary film, then explore the renowned fighting tunnels on foot, traps, bunkers, trenches and experience crawling a piece of the underground tunnels. Then continues your journey to Cao Dai to Tay Ninh where you attend noon mass at the beautiful temple. Cao Dai is an indigenous religion encompassing Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, and Taoism. Followers of the religion hold several documents as holy, and they have to wear the long dress at noon to pray. This belief practice began in 1921 when a man received a vision of the Divine Eye, a powerful symbol of Cao Daism. Most followers are white at noon mass, and the pope, archbishop, cardinal, and priest are colourful. After watching the noon mass, you will have a chance to take plenty of photos before you enjoy lunch at one of the famous local restaurants. Then return to Saigon by vehicle in the afternoon.
Ho Chi Minh – Can Tho
Be ready to go at 8:00 am from the hotel for a couple of vehicle drives on the freeway to Cai Be. Cai Be is a small town located by the Mekong Lower River. It is a gateway to Vinh Long and into the heart of the Mekong Delta by waterways and by land. Enjoy the rustic farmlands and endless rice paddies to My Tho then to Cai Be. Arrive around 10:00 am at the waterfront, board on the Cai Be Princess Boat and cruise through the Cai Be floating market before going along the river. The boat turns on a small branch to the village where locals live mainly on cottage industries, handicraft villages, and small business belongs to local families. On the boat journey, enjoy scenic landscapes, quaint villages along the river banks. Visit one of the oldest houses with traditional Vietnamese design. Stop at some workshops make local snacks; sweets, rice paper and handicraft workshops. Enjoy seasonal tropical fruits and meet friendly people in the villages. Have delicious lunch at a family-run small business. After lunch, the boat continues its journey, cross the Mekong River to An Binh Island. Watch the vibrant waterway with several boats travel through and experience the local life along Dong Phu canals; enjoy the boat cruise across the Island to Vinh Long town, where your private vehicle is waist. Have a transfer to Can Tho City in the late afternoon.
Can Tho – Floating Market – Tra Su Forest – Chau Doc
After breakfast, take a 40-minute boat trip from Ninh Kieu Pier to Cai Rang. Can Tho City is the Capital City of Vietnam's Mekong Delta Region and is famous for its bustling floating market. Take a boat trip to the busiest floating market... We will get a boat ride along the lively river to the most active floating market, where hundreds of small boats exchange farm products, from boat to boat. The boat gets through the market slowly, so we watch locals exchange farm products from boat to boat, and it is also an excellent time to capture the market in action. The boat will get through the floating market slowly, so all things on your sight. Every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale hung on the bamboo sticks with bananas, pineapple, sweet potatoes, watermelons and so on. Each product for sale is easy to recognize because it's hung up with a bamboo pole. Then return to the hotel, check out, and continue travelling to Tra Su Cajuput Forest. It's not far from Sam Mountain and Chau Doc. Lunch en route. Arrive around 2:00 pm, have an hour combine trip of motorboat and sampan rowing boat through Tra Su Forest, learn about the wildlife of various birds in the wetlands; storks, egrets, cormorants, peafowl and water cocks. We'll have sampan boast rowed through an area that the homes of various birds. The motorboats can scare birds with noisy engines. We will see many baby birds in the nests if we are there in the bird's breeding period. Finally, have a pleasure driving to Chau Doc.
Chau Doc – speed boat - Phnom Penh
After breakfast, say goodbye to the team and board on the speed boat to leave Vietnam for Cambodia. The boat journey is upstream of the Mekong River, and it takes about 4 hours and a half. It is the perfect time to watch locals living, several small routine ferry boats cross through, and floating villages along the river banks. Enjoy a healthily packed lunch on board with the crews. A local guide accompanies the group to help you with some visa documents at Vinh Xuong Water Border Gate and then the visa procedure at Kaamsamnor Border Gate before the boat journey to Phnom Penh- the Capital City of Cambodia. You are welcomed at the dock by Vietnam Backroads Team and taken to the hotel to check-in. Take city tour in the afternoon.
Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Ha Noi by Air
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Siem Reap Airport for an international flight to Ha Noi to explore one more UNCO World Heritage Site- Ha Long Bay. Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, your guide and driver welcome you and take you to the city centre to check-in hotel. Enjoy a guided tour walking through Ha Noi's Old Quarter, with 36 narrow streets named what product for sales. Enjoy beautiful Hoa Kiem Lake, visit Ngoc Son temple. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is situated in northern Vietnam on the western Red Riverbank. The capital city offers a charming blend of ancient and colonial buildings. It would be best if you undoubtedly missed many things in Hanoi, with its rich culture and history of ancient Thang Long capital, and colonial' historic influenced sites, and modern historic achievements. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Ha Noi - Ha Long
Ha Noi – Ha Long by Halong Bay is a recognized UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, and it's world well-known and attracts a million travellers worldwide. The bay is beautiful and famous for its stunning landscapes, with spectacular limestone mountains rising from emerald waters formed from thousand years ago. There are thousands of Islands with many famous caves, caverns and sandy coves. We depart from the Hanoi capital at 8:00 am for Ha Long Bay, and it takes 3.5 hours drives. There are some stops at the Sao Dao center for a coffee break. Sao Dao is a handicapped workshop. With a short break at this workshop, we could see how different patient job is upon arrival at Ha Long Bay, welcomed by captain and cruisers to check-in. Enjoy seafood lunch when the cruise is starting its journey—view Ha Long's spectacular World Heritage site located in the Gulf of Tonkin
Ha Long – Ha Noi
Enjoy Sunset on board with coffee, tea, and breakfast. Then you take a bamboo rowed trip, visit Vung Vieng floating fishing village, and visit Pearl Farm and others around. Then you return to Paloma Cruise for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional foot massage etc. Followed by the itinerary as planned, the cruise journey will back to the harbour at 11: 45 am, say goodbye to the crew and enjoy private car drives back to Ha Noi. Check in the hotel and relax on your own before you watch the famous Water Puppet Show in the evening.
Ha Noi - Departure