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Start/Finish
Hanoi / Siem Reap
Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Private
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Full Itinerary

- This itinerary is designed for your kind reference, and it can totally be personalized to match your time, budget and interests. Feel free to let us know your expectations for the trip and we take care of them for you.

- Trips are personally tailor-made, with basic standards of daily JOIN-GROUP TOURS where-ever possible, while accommodations and your time of leisure are at your own choice. If your budget allows, we recommend you upgrade to PRIVATE TOURS, when you are personally taken care of and be able to enjoy more private time on your own. Certainly, your trip can be a good mix of PRIVATE DAY TOURS and JOIN-GROUP DAY TOURS as you wish, just simply let us know!

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted and transferred in a private vehicle to the hotel. Dinner will be on your own account (with the recommendation from your Travel Specialists if you wish).

Meals included: No

Overnight in Hanoi



Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, dive into the sights sounds and aromas of Hanoi. Start with Ho Chi Minh Complex including his Mausoleum (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all afternoon, every Monday & Friday, and from late September until December), the Presidential Palace, the historic Stilt house, and the One Pillar Pagoda.

Continue on our journey through Hanoi, we’ll drive to Tran Quoc Pagoda (which means “Stabilizing the Nation”), the oldest pagoda constructed in the sixth century in the Westlake and also a famous attraction for pilgrims.

From there we will head to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honor of Confucius by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong in 1070, a university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or “mandarins”.

Around 12.30: you will have lunch at a restaurant. Afterward, you’ll visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi. We’ll then take a short drive to visit the Museum of Ethnology, a museum of the 54 officially recognized Ethnic Groups in Vietnam (Ethnology Museum is closed every Monday). Afterward, take a cycle rickshaw ride through the Old Quarter then enjoy a Water Puppet show, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.

From 17.30 – 18.00, return to your hotel, the rest of the day will be free.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi



Day 3: Hanoi – Halong – Overnight on Boat

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll leave Hanoi for Halong Bay. The journey is through the rich farmlands where you can observe the everyday life of Vietnamese villagers. Arriving in Halong Bay in the late morning and you will board a traditional “junk” boat. You will begin a relaxing and unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone karsts and islets. A delicious fresh seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay, a UNESCO listed site.

Notes: The program may differ slightly based on the junk cruise’s itinerary.

Towards the end of the day, the boat will set anchor for the night. As the sun sets over the bay, dinner will be served with fresh seafood, salad, and fruit. You will spend the night in your private cabin aboard the Junk in Halong Bay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on boat, private en-suite cabin



Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Evening Flight to Danang – Transfer to Hoi An

Early risers can enjoy an unforgettable sunrise over the bay. On a clear day, you will have a chance to see the sunrise over the spectacular horizon, reflecting in the pristine waters of the bay.
Enjoy breakfast while the boat slowly cruises back to the jetty. Disembark at around noontime and take your vehicle back Hanoi then you will be transferred to Hanoi airport for a late afternoon flight to Danang.
Upon arrival at Danang airport, welcomed by our driver and transferred to the hotel in Hoi An. Dinner will be at your own expense. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals included: Brunch on Cruise
Overnight in Hoi An


Day 5: Hoi An Walking tour - PM: Free time

After breakfast at the hotel, we will take a walking tour through the winding narrow streets of the Ancient Quarter, visits Chua Ong Pagoda, The Assembly Hall, The 200-year-old Tam Ky house and the Japanese Covered Bridge. You will also attend a traditional music show and explore the Lantern making factories, a traditional hand-made product of Hoi An.

The afternoon will be your free time to explore Hoi An by yourself. As a quiet charming town, Hoi An is perfect for you to spend a day wandering and hanging around, exploring things by yourself. You can have some clothes tailor-made and completed within 24hrs at a reasonable price, or relax on the beautiful Cua Dai beach or An Bang beach.

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
Overnight in Hoi An

Optional tour: Hoi An Cooking Class at Red Bridge Cooking Centre (join-open class)

Time: From 08.15am – 01.00pm

We will start the day (8.15am) with a welcome drink at Hai Café – meeting point (98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Ancient Town)
Visit Hoi An colorful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds, and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.
We’ll board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.
On arrival, we’ll explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we will sit down and eat what we have cooked.
Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy the free use of our 20 meters swimming pool – towels and showers provided.

Price: Upon Request

Inclusions: Cooking course as described with Lunch
Clients can easily take a taxi from hotel to meeting point and back, the cost is about $3-$5 each way depending on the location of your hotel.



Day 6: Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

Free time in Hoi An in the morning for your own exploring. Check out hotel at 12.00, then you will be transferred to Danang airport for your flight to HCMC in the afternoon.
Arrive in HCMC, you will be picked up by our driver and driven in a private vehicle to your hotel for check-in (check-in time at the hotel is normally 14.00). Time will be on your own and overnight in HCMC.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in HCMC


Day 7: HCMC – Cu Chi Tunnels – Free Time

After breakfast at the hotel, at around 8.30am, we’ll depart from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi Tunnels, that’s about 80km from Ho Chi Minh city. The tunnel system was built by the Viet Cong in the war battles in the South of Vietnam. The tunnels are a sobering insight into the dedication of the Viet Cong who lived almost entirely underground in the narrow and claustrophobic tunnels, for up to 10 years! Upon arrival, you will have a chance to watch a brief video that will introduce you to the Cu Chi tunnels, followed by a walk through the reserve. In this walk, you can see the Secret Entrance to the tunnels, workshops for the handmade weapons, the clinic bunker, the commander bunker, the meeting bunker and the kitchen bunkers, which are all open and above ground. Nearby is a chilling exhibition of the traps and weapons used against the American GIs. You also can experience the Cu Chi tunnels by crawling inside to see how difficult life must have been, and discover the 3 levels underground.
For those who do not like the claustrophobic atmosphere, you do not have to crawl into these tunnels! The small replica displayed outside will give you a perfect example of what the interior looked like
We will return to HCMC around early afternoon. The rest of the day will be your free time.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in HCMC

Optional tour: Explore “HCMC after Dark” on Vespa scooters where you are the passenger!  (Group tour)

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Time: 06.30pm – 10.30pm

A foodie night out on the town.

This HCMC night tour is part night excursion, part street food adventure. Experience HCMC nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter.

To start off this HCMC night tour, enjoy drinks at our Vespa-themed café, Café Zoom, to watch “as the world goes by” (as said in the Lonely Planet guidebook). Throughout the night, try a variety of food and drinks at 2 local restaurants and samplings of HCMC’s best authentic local food. Zoom past the famous must-see sights of Ho Chi Minh City while in the bustling traffic. We’ll also go to a Vietnamese-style coffee shop with special live music, and then wrap up the evening at an exciting music bar where the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique styles.

Guests ride pillion behind our drivers to enjoy and experience the Vietnamese nightlife with friends. This tour includes free-flowing drinks and all you can eat, so come with an appetite!

Price: Upon Request.

Inclusion: Vespas, drivers, English speaking tour guide, dinners (2 stops), local music venues and café (3 stops),  one drink provided at each stop.



Day 8: HCMC – Mekong Delta (Cai Be – Vinh Long) – HCMC

After Breakfast at your hotel, around 7:30 AM, we’ll depart for Cai Be. During the 2-hour ride, you will pass through the picturesque rice fields and enjoy the peaceful scenery.

Cai Be offers many exciting attractions, activities, and excursions. Nature lovers will enjoy the lush natural landscape and those interested in local culture will love meeting the very hospitable local people and discovering the way of life in this region.

9:30 AM. Arrive in Cai Be, take a boat trip to cruise along the Mekong river, pass through a small floating market, where the vendors and purchasers floating in their small boats selling and buying their agricultural products. Disembark to visit the craft village where you can witness how the local products are made.

10:30 AM. Continue cruising on the boat. Get off at the fruit orchards comprising many kinds of fruits such as jack-fruit, durian, guava, rambutan, longan, etc… drink hot tea, eat fresh fruits and enjoy live local music performance.

11:30 AM.  Head to the local restaurant by boat, attend a cooking class with the local chef, then enjoy your Lunch.

1:30 PM. After lunch, take a rest, or Biking along the countryside road to get to know the locals going about their day.

2:40 PM. Say goodbye and depart for HCMC.

5:00 PM. Arrive in HCMC.

The rest of the day will be on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in HCMC



Day 9: HCMC – Overland to Phnom Penh – Phnom Penh City Tour

Early breakfast today then you will be transferred to the bus station to take Mekong Express Limousine Bus to Phnom Penh. This VIP bus has 3 rows with only 28 seats in total to create a more spacious traveling experience. Every seat is equipped with lap seat belts for your safety, leg rest to support your leg and soft sleeping bed to provide a good sleep. Wifi is provided free on the bus. Water and napkin are available and free. There are breaks on the way for you to stretch your legs or have some snacks (at your own expense). Stop at the Vietnam/Cambodia border for visa processing and then continue to Phnom Penh. This journey may take 5-6hrs depending on Visa process at the border.

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be picked up by your driver at the bus station and transferred to the hotel for check-in. This afternoon we’ll have a short tour of Phnom Penh city. First, we will stroll along the riverfront to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5,000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple, view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

Continue to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum was one of the hundreds of detention and interrogation centers created all over Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge who gave the former high school the sinisterly innocuous name S-21 where countless thousands of Cambodians were ruthlessly processed until they were dead.

Then we’ll head to Wat Phnom Temple, the founding place of the city on a small hilltop and enjoy the sunset from here.

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
Overnight in Phnom Penh


Day 10: Phnom Penh – Overland to Siemreap

Breakfast at the hotel. Time will be on your own till check out hotel. You will be transferred to the bus station to take the express bus to Siemreap (bus leaves at around 12.30pm, travel time approximately 06 hours). You will pass through provincial towns, villages and roadside hamlets giving you some insights into life in the Cambodian countryside.
Arrive in Siemreap at around late afternoon, you will be picked up by private car and transfer to the hotel. Check in hotel. Dinner will be your own account. Overnight in Siemreap.

*** Note: Those who are not interested in a road trip, flight Phnom Penh – Siemreap can be arranged with the surcharge

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
Overnight in Siem Reap



Day 11: Siemreap – Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Ta Promh Temple

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning we will visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path – a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. Continue on to the incredible Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground.

Lunch at a local restaurant (at your expense)
In the afternoon, visit the legendary Angkor Wat. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-relief depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple.
We’ll end the day with a beautiful sunset view from the top of Phnom Bakheng hill. Once the sun has set, we’ll head back to town. Time will be on your own in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siemreap



Day 12: Siemreap – Tonle Sap Lake – Local Village Walk & Talk

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning you will embark on an interesting boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake (Kampong Phluk area), where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season, as it swells to about four times its size during the wet season. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake swells. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water.

Return to Siem Reap town for Lunch and to rest a while.
In the afternoon, you will be taken on a drive through the countryside to a local village, a beautiful small farming village where life revolves around the seasons and family, located approximately 15 minutes outside of Siem Reap. Here you will be taken on an incredible walking tour through the village and local community, learning about their simple way of life, meet local people and you probably want to chat with them or help them with gardening works or help grow vegetables in the gardens, you will be welcomed by kids saying “Hello” to you. The village tour guide will explain to you about Cambodian daily lifestyle, customers, cultures, and superstitions. Then we will also stop at a local pagoda for an intimate monk blessing (water blessing), wishing you good health and a safe journey – a very special experience!

This is a wonderful village tour that provides a lot of photo opportunities and local experiences. End of the trip, we’ll enjoy seasonal fruits & fresh coconut juice at a host family’s house before we transfer you back to the hotel. The rest of the day will be on your own.

*** Note: Today we recommend you to have proper clothes if you want to join the monk blessing at the local temple.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siemreap

Optional 1: Phare Circus show

https://pharecircus.org/

Set up by refugees of the Khmer Rouge era, Phare promotes performing arts as a way to cope with trauma. Over the years they have not only helped hundreds of Cambodians but also helped to promote traditional Khmer culture.

Price (no guide escort): Upon Request.

*** Remark: You can take a taxi or tuk-tuk to the Phare Circus Compound

Inclusion: Vespas, drivers, English speaking tour guide, dinners (2 stops), local music venues and café (3 stops),  one drink provided at each stop.

Optional 2: Balloon Over Siemreap

Standard Balloon for Sunset (10 mins, up then down only): Upon Request.
Premier Balloon (30-45 mins): Upon Request.



Day 13: Siemreap – Departure

Time will be on your own. Depending on the time of your departure flight, your private driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport for your outbound flight Say goodbye and we wish you a safe flight departure.

Meals included: Breakfast

End of tour.

Pricing

The price of this trip varies according to selected airlines, the number of people in your party, dates of departure, hotel standard, and availability of ground services. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we would be more than happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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What’s Included?

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City & Phnom Penh with highlights
  • Halong Bay Cruise 2 days/1 night
  • Leisure time in Hoi An
  • Spectacular maze of Cu Chi tunnels
  • Mekong Delta discovery

  • An overland drive from Saigon to Phnom Penh
  • An overland drive from Phnom Penh to Siemreap
  • Angkor Temple Complex discovery
  • Boat trip on Great Tonle Sap Lake
  • Walk & Talk in the local village, interact with local people

Travel Services

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All Excursions
  • Transportation in AC vehicles
  • English speaking guide(s)
  • Domestic flights

  • Local boats
  • Local train ride
  • Comfortable tourist express buses
  • Admission fee
  • Meals as stated in the program

Travel Highlights

  • Complimentary Vietnam Visa Approval Letter
  • An open choice for join-group tour or private tour with maximum flexibility
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
  • Transfer in good and high qualified transportation vehicles

  • Hand-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Accompanied by Experienced and friendly local guides
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour

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Celia Guido
India

Wonderful Indochina Tour!

I absolutely loved the tour that Helen crafted for me! She paid attention to what I wanted and the type of places and activities I enjoy, and she came up with the perfectly balanced itinerary, with time on my own, individualised tours with a guide and group activities also. It was just perfect!

 

July 26, 2019
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Susan Wong
USA

Beautiful trip!

We had the best time on this trip. My mom, sister and I traveled together and we joined their group tours for Vietnam and Angkor Temples. We actually loved this tour a lot, we joined in group for some days to save cost and we had chances to meet new friends, but we still could have flexibility in the hotel choices and time for private sightseeing for some days.

Some of the accommodations were a little bit tight as we did have 3 of us in a room but it was fine as we weren’t spending much time in the room overall, all the hotels were good and centrally located. The group tours were mostly small size, the average age on our bus was early 30’s to one lady that was in her 70’s, it was a good mix and they managed the tour very well. We highly recommend this tour!!

July 18, 2019
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Australia

Super flexible itinerary and great service!

My family and I used Asia Trip Deals for our vacation in Thailand. They took care of every last detail. The only thing we have to do is get our flight to and from our destination and the rest is taken care of. I told them how many days and they came up with a customized vacation. The best thing, if there is something on the itinerary that we don’t want, we can tell them and they have another option. They are very flexible and detail-oriented. They have great and informative tour guides and safe and courteous drivers. We couldn’t have asked for a better time in Thailand. We will continue to use Asia Trip Deals for our next vacations in Asia. Excellent! Lam is a great guy too!!

July 6, 2019
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