- Private and tailor-made trip
- Discover the most beautiful sites in Vietnam and Cambodia
- Contemplate the beauty of nature and landscapes.
- Discover the culture, traditional and local life
- Interact with local people
- Unforgettable cruise in Halong Bay in 2days 1night on board
- Discovery of the majestic temples of Angkor by tuk tuk
- Discovery of schools and meeting of Khmer children
- Visit the floating villages in Mekong Delta and Tonle Sap lake
- Enjoy sunrise at Angkor Temples
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The spirit of travel
While offering you the most beautiful sites of Vietnam and Cambodia, such as the 7th wonder of the world – the magical Ha Long Bay, the cities listed as World Heritage by UNESCO: Hue, Hoi An, Siem Reap. This program still invites you to an in-depth discovery of upper Tonkin: a land of the most colorful and smiling ethnic groups. You will enjoy at the end of 3 days of discovery of the majestic temples of Angkor Wat. The last one is dedicated to the famous Tonlé Sap lake!
Completing your circuit in this extremely exotic natural setting promises to leave you with the most memorable memories of Indochina!
Program in brief
Day 01: Hanoi arrival
Day 02: Hanoi – City discovery
Day 03: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 04: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh city (by flight)
Day 05: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu chi tunnel – City discovery
Day 06: Ho Chi Minh – Ben Tre – Mekong Delta
Day 07: Ho Chi Minh – Phnom penh – City discovery (by flight)
Day 08: Phnom Penh – City discovery – Siem Reap (by flight)
Day 09: Siem Reap – Full day Angkor temples
Day 10: Siem Reap – Full day Angkor temples
Day 11: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap lake – Departure
Day 01: Ha Noi - Arrival
On arrival at Ha Noi Airport, you are greeted by our guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer.
Ha Noi – The capital of Vietnam, also known that “The cradle of Vietnam’s culture”. Lies besides modern constructions are many hidden gems that still retain their charm and culture from thousands years ago.
Depending on your arrival flight schedule, you either have the opportunity to rest at your hotel if the room is available (please note the check-in time is at 14.00 pm), or take your own exploration of the town. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 02: Ha Noi - Discovery (B)
Today, we start our exploration of Ha Noi, seeing the most notable landmark of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (close on Mon. and Fri. and Oct. to Nov). This imposing marble and granite monument was built towards Ba Dinh Square. We follow the footpath to the One Pillar Pagoda rising from the center of a square lotus pond, ascending on a single pillar and resembling a blossoming lotus flower.
The next place will be the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed Mondays), which is both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. As an alternative to the Ethnology Museum, visit the highly acclaimed Hoa Lo Prison which was once known as “Ha Noi Hilton”
We continue the trip to the Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university, constructed in the 11th century, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam's past.
After that, visit Ha Noi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities.
The final touch of the day is a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 03: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay – Cruise (B/L/D)
After breakfast, take a 3.5 hour drive to Ha Long Bay, one of the World Natural Heritages recognized by UNESCO with thousands of spectacular limestone islands rising from the clear, emerald sea in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Upon arrival, welcome aboard. Enjoy a welcome drink before check-in your cabin. While the boat is passing many rocky islets, caves, floating villages and beaches, a tasty lunch will be served on board with fresh seafood. Relax on the sundeck.
Later on, the boat moves to a quiet area to dock for overnight stay. Dinner with Vietnamese food is served on board. Overnight stay on board.
Note: The itinerary of boat in Ha Long may change without prior notice depending on situation.
Day 04: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Fy to Ho Chi Minh City (Brunch)
The boat cruises around Ha Long Bay, passes by many islets named by their shapes such as Dog, Incense Urn, Fighting Cock, Finger, etc. Breakfast or brunch is served while the boat then continues cruising towards the wharf.
After disembarkation, travel back to Ha Noi city then go straight to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you are welcomed and driven to the hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 05: Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi Tunnel – City discovery by cyclo (B)
After breakfast, we depart to Cu Chi Tunnel and discover a vast network of underground passageways built and used by the Viet Cong to evade detection as they moved troops and supplies throughout Ho Chi Minh City’s northern districts. You will have chance to get a feel of the underground life and learn a little more about the guerrilla tactics of the Viet Cong. There are also possibilities to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Return to hotel in the early afternoon and have a short break.
We then enjoy the cyclo tour visiting the Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor General and later, of the President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Ho Chi Minh city on Apr 30, 1975. Walk down to see Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office which are beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 06: Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
After breakfast, drive south of the city to the Mekong Delta, a remarkable agricultural area referred to as ‘the rice bowl of Vietnam’.
On arrival in Ben Tre province, we board a private boat to explore the Mekong Delta. Cruise among the river islands which have whimsical names such as Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix Islands. We make some stops at local houses to taste seasonal fruits, listen to traditional music performed by a villager ensemble, and sample honey tea. The interlaced canals are truly a lifeblood of the Mekong Delta; however, many channels can be accessed only by small boats.
We enjoy a short sampan trip rowing under the palm grove to venture into this maze of canals before we continue our motorboat to the coconut kingdom of Ben Tre. We will either take a horse cart or motorbike pulling cart to discover the traditional lifestyles, culture, and history of local people and visit some industry cottages. They may be brick-kiln ceramics, coconut candy and coconut handicrafts, etc.
Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy your free time. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 07: Ho Chi Minh city - Fly to Phnom Penh - City discovery (B)
The next destination of our trip today will be Phnom penh via a short flight from Ho Chi Minh city.
Upon arrival at the airport, meet our guide who is waiting for us right outside of the arrival terminal. Transferring to our hotel and checking into hotel’s room.
(the check in time at hotel: 14.00pm)
From the hotel, we depart on a city tour in a typical cyclo. First, visit Wat Phnom, which dates back to 1372 and contains some excellent examples of Khmer architecture and statues.
Next pay a visit to the Khmer-style National Museum, which houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer archaeological, religious, and artistic artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries.
Continue on foot to the Royal Palace, originally built in 1866s by the grandfather of the current Cambodian King. It includes the official residence of the royal family with parts of the massive palace compound, partially opened to the public. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 08: Phnom Penh – City discovery - Fly to Siem Reap (B)
Start your day with the visit to the killing fields of Choeung Ek Genocide Center – 9 miles away south of Phnom Penh. The painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge still can be seen at the memorial stupa.
Return to Phnom Penh to visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21), a former high school turned into a centre for interrogation, torture, and death by the Khmer Rouge.
We round off our day with a walk in the Central Market, a showcase of the local product richness. This flagship trade center of Phnom Penh was built in shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways crammed with countless stalls of goods
Then board on afternoon flight to Siem Reap. On arrival, you are met and driven to hotel. Free time to explore the town after checking in.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Optional tour: Khmer Street Food Discovery
This evening, enjoy a leisure walk around the town at night and discover many vendors offering a large variety of Khmer foods, snacks, and fruits as well. The tour takes you to the busy night market for a unique glimpse into the nightly life of this busy city and discovers unforgettable street dishes. You can choose to taste what might seem scary and not so appetizing to many such as grasshoppers, spiders, cockroaches, or crickets. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells while your guide explains the various ingredients and cooking methods used in Khmer cuisine. Continue to a well-known local restaurant to taste the local dishes. Allow your guide to recommend some of the restaurant’s specialties and help with the ordering.
Overnight in Phnom penh.
Day 09: Siem Reap – Full day Angkor temples (B)
We start this day tour with Angkor Thom, an epic collection of striking structures encompassed in quadrangle area. The walkway leads us to the Royal Enclosure where remains some mysterious ruins, including the Royal Palace, Phimeanakas Temple, and Royal Terraces. These structures built from perishable materials have long vanished. The memorable climax of our visit is Bayon Temple built in the centre of Angkor Thom. This enigmatic complex contains 54 towers, each topped off with the four faces of Compassion Buddha.
Upon leaving Angkor Thom Area , we take a short drive to the architectural masterpiece of 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 Century, around the time when the temple was built.
We round out day tour with a walk up the Pre Rup Temple to enjoy the spectacular sunset over these sandstone monuments. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Siem Reap – Full day Angkor temples (B)
Today, drive out to visit the Banteay Srei that translates to “the Citadel of the Women”. Originally constructed in the 10th Century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, this red sand-stone temple is one of Angkor’s most significant structures as its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings which have been remarkably well preserved.
Continue on your exploration of the famous jungle temple of Ta Prohm where several shots of the adventure movie “The Tomb Raider” were filmed. This beautiful Buddhist temple was not restored and looks just as it did when French explorers stumbled it in the 1860s. The magnificent tree roots have merged over the centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks, emphasizing a ‘forgotten city’ feeling.
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. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 11: Siem Reap - Tonle Sap lake - Departure (B)
Today, drive around 1 hour toward the west of Siem Reap to visit the off the beaten track floating village of Me Chrey on the great Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. This is one of Siem Reap’s little known floating villages where life is simple and slow with people living on the water, close to nature.
Board a local boat for a relaxing cruise to discover the daily life of the Khmer community that largely depends on fishing for survival all year round. This fishing community also boats small shops, a school and a medical centre on the water. It is possible to make a stop along the waterway to have a chat with the local villagers to learn more about how this floating community lives, works, and trades. One thing to be sure, life on land is very different from life on the water!
However, the activities of the boat trip will depend on your scheduled flight. Trip ends after being transferred to airport for your next destination.
List of our hotels:
The hotels offered by Horizon Vietnam Travel are classified from 02 to 05 stars at the international standard, and comfortable with all the required services.
+ Standard Category: 2 stars. The rooms are correct, clean, and equipped with a bathroom, satellite television, and air conditioning.
+ Superior category 3 stars. The rooms are generally spacious, and the services and facilities are more numerous.
+ First class category: 4 stars. The rooms are luxurious and spacious and have a wide choice of quality services.
+ Deluxe Category: 4-5 stars. Hotels are of excellent comfort and have a wide range of excellent services. (swimming pool, spa, jacuzzi…).
+ On the other hand, we have developed fair tourism, through contact with the local population, the possibility of sleeping with the locals and sharing their daily life. The conditions of these accommodations that we offer you are well insured and with the best possible conditions.
Our services include:
- Private transportation with air-conditioned vehicle
- Accommodation in the planned hotels or similar in the program with daily breakfast as mentioned
- Meals are provided in local restaurants of typical Vietnamese cuisine (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner included)
- The English-speaking guide for each city.
- All entry fees to tourist sites
- All the permission to enter the tourist areas
- Boat tours as described in the program
- 02 bottles of mineral water of 0,5 (l)/person/day
- Other services as mentioned in the program (bicycle, boat trip, etc...)
- All fees for all other services as clearly described in the program above.
Our services exclude:
- Airfare on all domestic and international flights (quote separately)
- Drinks and surcharge for special requests on foods and meals
- Entrance fees, guide service during free time & other personal expenses
- Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
- Surcharge for other language-speaking tour guides (upon request)
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam visa stamping fees
- All other services are not stated in the program.
Horizon Vietnam Travel gives you an estimated price per person on our website for the group of six people in low season with standard 2 and 3-star hotels.
The price of this trip varies according to the services chosen (category of accommodation, activities during the trip,...), the tourist seasonality of the year (Christmas and end of year holiday, Lunar New Year holiday in Vietnam), the booking delays and especially the number of participants of your group you wish to travel with.
Please note that Horizon Vietnam Travel only organizes private "tailor-made" trips for groups from 2 persons. We generally propose an offer including all the services on the spot from your arrival until your departure.
Depending on your wishes and your budget, this tour can be adapted and modified in terms of duration, content and departure date.
HORIZON VIETNAM TRAVEL calculates its prices as closely as possible in order to guarantee you the best price/quality ratio.
Our advice: the earlier you book, the better your chances of getting good rates, especially for air services, think about it!
Note: The price of international flights is not included in this estimate.
Please note that this tour is only a first draft and you can also customize it according to your wishes. We remain at your disposal to build your trip perfectly to your expectations and your budget
To obtain a detailed and personalized estimate, please contact us to request an estimate.