11-Day Cambodia and Vietnam with Halong Bay Cruise

Tour Type: Private tour

Destinations: Siem Reap, Hanoi

Featured Highlights:

Discover Cambodia's bustling capital city followed by the mysterious temples of Angkor in Siem Reap. Experience the beauty of Vietnam, beginning with a visit to its charming cultural capital, Hanoi. Explore the stunning countryside of Sapa with its picturesque hill-tribe villages and rolling fields of rice terraces. Take a mystical cruise through Halong Bay, an ethereal wonder of limestone islets along the coast.

 

Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival

Day 2: Culture in The Capital 

Day 3: Phnom Penh-Siem Reap 

Day 4: Explore The Secrets of Angkor 

Day 5: Angkor Wat- Banteay Srei 

Day 6: Tonle Sap Lake- Hanoi

Day 7: Hanoi Highlights

Day 8: Discover Sapa

Day 9: Sapa- Hanoi 

Day 10: Hanoi-Halong Bay Cruise

Day 11: Halong Bay- Hanoi Departure 


 

1
Phnom Penh Arrival

Welcome to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's industrious capital! Upon arrival, a friendly local guide will greet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this bustling and cultural city.


 

2
Culture In the Capital
                       

After breakfast, your experience of this city rich in history begins with a stroll around the pristine gardens of the Royal Residence, before taking in the impressive collection of sculpture, relics and prehistoric artefacts in the National Museum of Cambodia. Next you’ll marvel at the soaring spires and golden nagas of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, glinting in the mid-morning sun.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll spend a reflective afternoon touring the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Cambodia’s recent tragic history is well-known, yet you can’t truly appreciate the great strides forward this quaint Kingdom has made without understanding the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge, committed less than 40 years ago. The evening is your own to indulge in all this now rejuvenated city has to offer.


 

3
Phnom Penh-Siem Reap
                      

Today you’re free to explore this lively city on your own, soaking in the breathtaking natural scenery and the rich culture. Indulge your senses with the fascinating new sounds, smells, and sights of the capital. When it’s time to leave, your guide will collect you and take you to the airport for your ongoing flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to the enigmatic jungle temples of Angkor. 

Upon arrival, a friendly local guide will greet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the quaint yet bustling town of Siem Reap, a hidden gem of word-class wining and dining, kind locals, and charming markets.



4
Explore The Secrets of Angkor
                        

After breakfast at your hotel, your awe-inspiring tour of Angkor begins. Entering through the grand South Gate, you’ll explore Angkor Thom, the last capital of the once great Khmer Empire, with the 216 enigmatic faces of The Bayon at its centre. Still within the ancient city walls, you’ll marvel at the view from the summit of Baphuon, the enormous temple mountain, affording unspoiled views over the surrounding ruins. You’ll round off the morning poring over the intricate bas-relief of the Elephant Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King, before having lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you’ll venture deeper into the jungle to the crumbling ruins of Ta Prohm. Here you’ll witness the monstrous jungle vines and sprawling tree roots that seem intent on claiming the ruins as their own. We cap off our day of adventuring with a delicious welcome dinner at a traditional Apsara dance performance at Angkor Village Resort.


 

5
Angkor Wat-Banteay Srei
                              

After breakfast, you will witness the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site,  Angkor Wat, in all its glory. This incredible twelfth century monument stands testament to the dedication and skill of the ancient Khmer people and is truly a wonder of the world.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll savour the remote peace of Banteay Srei, or the ‘Citadel of Beauty,’ some 20 km away. This less-frequented woodland temple is beautifully preserved and is incomparable with any other in Angkor. En route to your hotel, we stop at a rural Khmer village to give you insight into the everyday lives of the friendly local people. The evening is yours to explore Siem Reap some more.


 

6
Tonle Sap Lake-Hanoi
                              

After breakfast you’ll head for the Tonlé Sap, dominating the map of Cambodia as the largest freshwater lake in southeast asia. While here, you’ll observe life on the lake for the fishermen and their families who make their homes on the stilt-housing in the water. Once back on dry land, you’ll have the chance to stroll through Psar Chas, a bustling old market, where you’ll find your pick of souvenirs to treat loved-ones back at home.

After lunch, you’ll be taken to the airport for your short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, your friendly local guide will greet you at airport and then take you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is yours to relax, settle in and, if jet lag permits, do a little exploring on your own. An irresistible balance of big city and cultural charm, this lively city is the heart and soul of Vietnam.


 

7
Hanoi Highlights
                           

After breakfast, you will enjoy a lovely morning touring around Hanoi city. You will begin with a visit to The Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Stilt House, Presidential Palace and Museum. Then, you will discover the One Pillar Pagoda, a temple which rises from the centre of one pillar and is said to be have been built in the shape of a lotus. Finish your day with a stroll around the Fine Arts Museum; showcasing pieces from a range of historical periods.

Following a delicious local lunch, your afternoon will be spent at the fascinating Ethnologic Museum, where you can learn a bit about the many different ethnic minorities in Vietnam. After this, you'll be taken to visit the ancient Hoan Kiem Lake, where locals enjoy practicing their Tai Chi and Vietnamese aerobics. Today’s tour ends with a special tour where you may discover the picturesque Old Quarter by cyclo or rickshaw.

Return to your hotel to freshen up and relax. This evening, enjoy a cultural treat! You will be attending a famous Water Puppet Show at the theatre. After the performance, you will be transferred by your local guide to the train station for an overnight train to Sapa, a bewitching mountain town famous for it's fine, rugged scenery and it's cultural diversity. Overnight aboard the train to Sapa.


 

8
Discover Sapa
                    

In the early morning, you will arrive at Lao Cai train station. Here, you will be met by your private guide who will kindly transfer you to your hotel. After checking in, you'll have the chance to eat some breakfast and have a short rest.

Once you feel rested and refreshed, you will begin your tour of this breathtaking city. The first stop will be a visit to a hill-tribe village and the stunning surrounding paddy terraced fields. Your guide will happily teach you about their rich and unique culture.

After lunch, you will have the opportunity to take a trek through this amazing pastoral region and visit a small local market. Marvel at the water buffalo as they graze and relax in the distance. You may spend the rest of the day hiking or exploring on your own. Overnight in Sapa.


 

9
Sapa-Hanoi
                          

The morning is yours to fully admire and appreciate the tranquil and awe-inspiring natural beauty that surrounds you. Today you will continue on into the hills to discover the ethnic minority villages such as the Black H’mong villages of Sin Chai and Cat Cat, Ta Van village of the Dzay.

Next, hidden amongst the majestic mountains, you will find the dramatic Thac Bac Waterfall, also known as Silver Falls. Wander over to the gorgeous waters, and marvel at its beauty. You will then enjoy a lovely last meal in Sapa before returning to your hotel to gather your belongings. This evening, you’ll be taken back to Lao Cai train station for your overnight train to Hanoi.


 

10
Hanoi-Halong Bay Cruise
                            

Today, you will be whisked away early in the morning to Halong Bay where you will board your Bhaya Cruise!  Settle into your cabin and prepare for a breathtaking day-long journey. After a brief check-in and orientation, enjoy a refreshing welcome drink as we set sail into the mystical Halong Bay.

You will be given a buffet lunch as the boat cruises southeast, passing by Trong Mai Islet and Titov Island. You will then transfer to a small local sampan boat to discover the floating village of Vung Vieng. Once returning to the ship, if weather permits, you will be given kayaks to further explore the surrounding area.

Next, you will enjoy a traditional Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the sundeck. The bar opens at 17:30 with a “buy one get one free” happy hour. A set menu dinner will be served in the restaurant. The rest of the evening is yours to relax, watch a movie in the restaurant, or enjoy a 30% discount at the bar. Overnight on cruise at Halong Bay.


 

11
Halong Bay-Hanoi Departure
                               

Today, you will begin your early morning with some spiritual and relaxing Tai Chi on the sundeck. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served as your ship cruises through the mysterious and majestic caves of Trong, Trinh Nu, Me Cung, and Sung Sot, along with the islet of Coc Ngoi.A buffet brunch will be served on board as the ship cruises back towards the harbour. You will disembark at Tuan Chau Marinawhere you will be transferred back to Hanoi by your private guide.When the time comes, your guide will take you to the airport to continue your onward journey. Vietnam is a unique cultural experience and hopefully you will have a newfound appreciation for this incredible country and it's people.

 

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        Inclusions:

  • Entrance and sightseeing fees  as listed;

  • All meals as listed;

  • Transportation as listed;

  • Accommodations as listed;

  • Domestic flights, car transfers as listed;

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide.

        Exclusions:

  • Visa Fees;
  • International Airfares;
  • Tips and other Personal Expenses;
  • All other services not clearly mentioned.

Passion Indochina Travel will provide you with a dynamic professional local private tour guide, a private chauffeur and a transportation that suits your style and gives you pleasure, comfort and security through every points of your destination. All our tour guides in our company are registered English Speaking Guides, they are passionate about their city and they take pride in sharing it with others.With our private local tour guide, you’d get the chance to see and learn more among the historic places in the world and their cultures. Be amazed with the breathtaking scenery of Asia and enjoy some once in a lifetime adventure!

 Private Tour Guide

The tour guide is always punctual on every destination he/she is needed. You will be picked up at the airport and will be escorted to your hotel and tend to your stuff til their services is needed again. They will also assist you at the airport at every departure, seeing to it that you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint. All the tour guides in all your choices of destination are Locals. Since they know all the areas of the tours you're taking, they make sure that they share to you all the information may it be historical facts, dates and anecdotes or tell stories about the tour sites to make it more interesting and entertaining. They would also suggest the best spots for picture taking.Our tour guides are also flexible when it comes to the itinerary changes if there's any unexpected reason and will be more than accommodating to any alternative suggestions just to ensure that you will have an incredible experience.

Private Chauffeur Services

Arrive in the comfort of your style. Depending on the group size, and the tour packages of your choice, we would accommodate you with the best transportation and a professional Chauffeur to assist you wherever and whenever you need. They would be happy to transport you.