Vietnam & Cambodia holiday - 16 days from Hanoi

22, February, 2016

Vietnam & Cambodia holiday - 16 days from Hanoi






Day 1:  Hanoi arrival / N/ G

Vietnam tops list of the most attractive destinations and tours of Vietnam are diversified. Moreover, your travel in Vietnam organized by Vivutravel, will definitely be the best holiday ever. Upon arrival, our private Vietnam Tours guide and driver will welcome your Vietnam Holiday, pick up and transfer to the hotel for check in. Hanoi, a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving    
in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality. Free at leisure and overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation: May De Ville Hotel / Deluxe room /

Day 2:  Hanoi city tour / B / L / G

After breakfast we enjoy a full day Hanoi city tour of this charming capital city including the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh (close on Monday & Friday), the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the impressive Ethnologic Museum, the peaceful lake of the Restored Sword. Late afternoon we take a walking tour for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. We     
end Hanoi city tour with a fantastic traditional water puppet show

Accommodation: May De Ville Hotel / Deluxe room /

Day 3: Nom ancient village - Hanoi street food tour - train to Lao Cai / B / L / G

After breakfast at hotel, our private tour guide and driver pick up at your hotel in Hanoi, drive to Nom ancient village.
Passing the sunny road and immense green rice fields in tow side to get to Nom village, visitors seem to step into a peaceful and ancient space of several hundred years ago. 200 Year Old Village Near Hanoi.
Upon arrival, we visit the Nom Market, it is organized 12 times per month on days with the end of number 1, 4, 6, and 9. In the past, the market was a central regulator a village trading copper.    
We continue keep walking to Nom temple which is described with the architectural tradition.No one remembers the exact date of its establishment. On two large steles here, the temple was rebuilt in 1680 and renovated several times afterwards.
The most special thing is more than 100 statues preserved in the Nom village. Through ups and downs of the history and major floods, such these statues still maintain the original beauty.

After visit Nom temple, we will get into the center of Nom village that is a beautiful architectural complex consisting of common house, an ancient well and banyan tree, the typical feature of the northern villages.
The superficial gateway was built over 200 years ago with four square columns that were finely carved. After the gate, the Nom village appears exactly like what one has to imagine about an ancient Vietnamese village.

The impressive thing in the Nom village is the simple and sincere way of life of villagers. All is remained unchanged and little affected by the “whirlwind” of urbanization.
On the way back to Hanoi, we will have lunch in the local restaurant. Upon arrival Hnaoi old town we will visit one of the local markets in the city to see all different kinds of food that used for a Vietnamese breakfast, lunch, dinner and understand more about life of Vietnamese.
Then we will try Pho – Nice Noodle, a must for many Vietnamese, highlight of Vietnamese cuisine and its name has been known all over the world. Sit down, enjoy the taste of Pho, taste of life and get to know about the history of Vietnamese culture, cuisine...
Next, we walk to explore everyday life of Hanoian, try some more different dishes which are very special, popular and favorite such as;
1. Banh Trung – sticky rice cake
2. Banh Ran - Sticky rice pancake
3. Banh Cuon – rolled sticky rice cake
4. Xoi – Sticky rice with pork
5. Fried Tofu and Vermicelli Shrimp Sauce
6. Bun Cha - Hanoi Style Vermicelli with Grilled Pork
7. Bia Hoi – Draught beer
8. Trung Vit Lon - Fertilized duck eggs
9. Banh Chuoi – Banana pancake
10. Vietnamese coffee
11. Mix fruits

20h30: we will transfer you to Hanoi train station to get night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train

Accommodation: TSC express train / Soft sleeper with A/C (Wooden cabin – 4 people sharing)

Day 4:  Lao Cai - Bac Ha colorful market – Sapa / B / L / G

The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the colorful meeting places for the hill tribes, spotlight for any Sapa Tours and of course, your unique Vietnam Tours experience. In the morning, our local tour guide and driver will pick you from Lao Cai train station then drive to visit Bac Ha colorful market on Sunday only where many ethnic minorities such as Flower H'mong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay and Nung minorities gather to buy and sell local products that cannot be found elsewhere. The maket is also a meeting place for men to drink away troubles, women to talk, the young to find lover.    
After lunch, if you wish, we take a walking visit to visit Ban Pho village of the Flower H'Mong  to see their dailiy life and learn about their customs and habits...Drive back to Lao Cai with a stop at Trung Do village of the Tay minoriry, explore the village before taking the photo and get a boat trip on Chay River to Bao Nhai where your car is waiting to pick you up and drive ahead to Sapa for check in hotel. Overnight in Sapa

Accommodation: Sunny Mountain hotel / Deluxe room

Day 5: Sapa trekking – night train back to Hanoi / B / L / G

After breakfast at hotel, left the busy Sapa town by driving to the small road where we start trekking to Ma Tra of Black Hmong people, the beautiful walk through the terraced rice filed and it is very interesting to experience the daily life of the locals when you stop for visit to one of the families. Picnic lunch on the way then we continue to Ta Phin village of the Red Dao people. Explore the village then private bus back to Sapa. Free at leisure until our tour guide and driver transfer you to Lao Cai train station to get night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on train.

Accommodation: TSC express train / Soft sleeper with A/C ( Wooden cabin – 4 people sharing)    

Day 6: Hanoi - Halong / B / L / D / G

Early morning, we will pick you from train station to mini hotel for relax and breakfast before going to Halong bay.
08.00: Pick up at your hotel in Ha Noi to Halong bay
12.00 – 12.30 : Embark at Hon Gai International harbor.
12.30 – 13.00 : Check-in, enjoy welcome drink & cruise briefing.
13.30 – 15.00 : Have lunch while cruising to magnificent BaiTu Long Bay; admire the fascinating formations on the way.        
15.15 – 15.40 : Explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son Cave.
15.45 – 18:00 : Enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach at Hon Coi sland, swimming or kayaking.
18:00 – 19.00 : Back to junk for refreshing before having dinner on board.
20.00 – 21.00 : Relax, enjoy fresh air & overnight on board.

Accommodation: Dragon’s Pearl Junk

Day 7:   Halong – Cat Ba island / B / L / G

7.30 – 08.00 : Morning view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in the fresh air.
08.30 – 09.30 : Visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and fish farms.
10.00 : Check out of the cabin. Start cruising towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served.
11.45 – 12.00 : Disembark. Where our private car and tour guide transfer you to the other day cruise to Cat Ba island. Arrival Gia Luan harbor, the other private car is waiting for you and transfer you to Cat Ba town. Check in hotel and overnight to Cat Ba island

Accommodation: Cat Ba Beach resort / Sea View Bungalow A

Day 8: Cat Ba - Hai Phong – Hanoi - flight to Danang VN 179     20:30     21:50 / B / G

Free time at leisure until check out time at 12:00 then get the speed boat from Cat ba habor at 13:10 to Hai Phong city. After 1 hour, we arrival Hai Phong city where our private car is waiting and transfer you to Noi Bai airport for flight to Danang. Arrival Danang, our local tour guide and driver will welcome you and transfer  you to Hoian. Check in hotel and overnight in Hoian.

Accommodation: River beach resort / Deluxe

Day 9: Hoian – Tra Que vegetable village tour / B / L / G

08:30 Local guide pick up guests and drive to An Bang village. (3 km from Hoi An) .
09’30 Here you will have a brief introduction to the history , daily life of fisherman here such at casting net , mending net..
11:00  Join in the fishing activities  at Co Co River such at casting net,, catch fish with fisher man here ( 02 people/01 small wooden boat + life vest )
12:00 Continue to Tra Que village by bicycle.    
12:15  Gather at  Tra Que Vegetable village, there you can enjoy local welcome drink ( mixed of basil, honey, ginger...)    
12:30 Local farmer take you around the garden with more than 20 kinds of herbs- most of them have various special smell. Once there, you can get to know each of herds as well as its usefulness for disease treatment.
Experience once day living and working with the local people at Tra Que vegetable village where you can have a chance to discover the daily life of farmers.
13:30 Take a short rest and enjoy foot soaking with lacal herb before getting to enjoy the cooking show with “ Tam Huu “ spring roll, Banh Xeo and luch with Vietnamese local food.
Get back to hotel for relax and overnight in Hoian.

Accommodation: River beach resort / Deluxe

Day 10:  Hoian - drive to Hue / B / G

After breakfast, leave Hoi An for Hue, the last imperial capital of Vietnam, well-known for magnificent architecture, pagodas and royal tombs laid in small villages and surrounding hills and one of the most popular cities for all the Vietnam Tours. En route have a look at the famous Danang Beach and visit Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world.

Upon arrival Hue, you have free time at leisure and overnight in Hue

Accommodation: Romance Hue hotel / Deluxe

Day 11: Hue tour - flight to Ho Chi Minh VN 1375 18:10     19:30 / B / L / G

Meet at your hotel and drive to Gia Long Tomb. Gia Long was the first emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, who reigned until 1820. Surrounded by old pine forests on the west bank of the Perfume River, this tomb has a regal atmosphere and classic design. Spectacular views complement this significant monument. En route we stop for a visit Nam Giao Temple. We will pass by rice paddy fields and see the lives of the local people. After some hours to visit Gia Long Tomb, we return to hotel for check out. Have lunch by your own.     

Afternoon, we transfer you to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh. Arrival Ho Chi Minh, we will welcome and transfer you to hotel for check in. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Accommodation: Sunland hotel / Deluxe

Day 12:  Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh / B / L / G

Around 08:00 Tour guide pick you up in your hotel lobby, then driving 90Km (2hrs) to Ben Tre. The boat will cruise along the Ham Luong river (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces including a brick works, a salt refinery, a coconut processing workshop and a mat weaving house. The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life, boarding your Xe Loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) and stopping at a riverside restaurant for a delicious and filling lunch, featuring such local specialties as elephant-ear fish and     
river shrimp.
After lunch, it’s time to board a sampan for a relaxing trip along narrow canals. You will back to the river to board your boat. Then, we will head back to Saigon and arrive at your hotel at around 17:00.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Accommodation: Sunland hotel / Deluxe

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - flight to Siem Reap VN 813 16:30 17:30 / B / G

After breakfast at hotel, we drive to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence where you will understand more about the Vietnam War or American War, a must see Vietnam Tour for any tourists to learn about Vietnam past and present days.
Drive bac to Ho Chi Minh for lunch then go ahead to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Pick up by tour guide and driver to hotel for check in and overnight in Siem Reap.    

Accommodation: Tara Angkor hotel / Superior

Day 14:  Siem Reap – Angkor Temples / B / L / G

This morning we will get up early morning to catch up Sunrise at Angkor Wat by car and then back to hotel for breakfast at hotel, after we will start our visit full day to Angkor Thom temples: Victory Gate, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimean Akas, Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace, Takeo and Ta Prohm.
Afternoon enjoy the spectacular architecture and sculpture of the World Heritage at Angkor Wat. View the sunset over the Angkor complex on the top of Phnom Bakheng & Overnight in Siem Reap    

Accommodation: Tara Angkor hotel / Superior

Day 15:  Siem Reap - flight to Hanoi VN 836 18:00 19:40 / B / G

After breakfast, continue the other site of angkor temples and will enjoy a boat excursion to view wonderful landscape of Tonle Sap Great Lake and explore local fishermen’s floating villages. Then back to visit Chantie Ecole-Artisan D’Angkor and Old Market.  Afternoon we will visit Angkor national museum where display about Khmer art and history to the local community. Then we transfer to airport for your departure flight back Hanoi. Pick up to hotel for check in and overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation: May De Ville Hotel / Deluxe room

Day 16:  Hanoi departure / B / G

Free time at leisure for you to wrap until Vivutravel's private guide will see you off at the airport with the sincere thanks for traveling with Vivutravel. We hope that you have enjoyed your time with us and look forward to your next Vietnam Holiday. Vivutravel says goodbye and see you again!!!


•    02 domestic flights: Hanoi – Danang, Hue – Ho Chi Minh (Economy class)
•    02 International Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap, Siem Reap – Hanoi  ( Economy class)
•    Return train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai - Hanoi
•    All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
•    Hotel accommodation in twin / double share room
•    1 night on board in Ha Long
•    Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
•    English speaking guide (except free days)
•    Entrance fees to indicated sights
•    Motorbike in Hue
•    Water puppet show, cyclo ride in Hanoi
•    Bottled mineral water during touring days
•    Visa approval letter on arrival Vietnam (Except stamp fee at the airport = usd $ 50 per person for multi visa entry)

•    International FLIGHTS in/ out Vietnam
•    Stamp fee at the airport of Vietnam
•    Visa to Cambodia = USD 30 per person
•    Drinks
•    Other meals
•    Insurance
•    Personal expenses
•    Expenses for any optional tours or activities during free time
•    Others not mention in the itinerary