Essence of Vietnam and Cambodia 15 days from Hanoi

30, November, 2016

Essence of Vietnam and Cambodia 15 days from Hanoi

Destinations: Hanoi - Halong – Sapa – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Mekong Delta – Siem Reap





Day 01 : Hanoi Arrival
Meals: None
Vietnam tops list of the most attractive destinations and tours of Vietnam are diversified. Moreover, your travel in Vietnam organised 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. Overnight in a Hanoi hotel.

Day 02 : Hanoi City Tour – Train to Lao Cai
Meals: B
Hanoi without a doubt a beautiful start for your Vietnam Tours. Today 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. Afternoon we take a cyclo tour for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. In the evening, we end Hanoi city tour with a fantastic traditional water puppet show. At 08:00pm we transfer to Hanoi train station, catch the train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Day 03 : Lao Cai – Sapa Tour
Meals: B
Arrive in the early morning in the border town of Lao Cai where it's a short transfer to Sapa. In the terraced hills and mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colours of its hill tribe population. It is here you will find hands stained with colour from fabric dyes and shades of blue, red and green intricately embroidered and stitched into jackets, waistcoats, pants, skirts, caps, purses and leggings.
Take a morning walking tour of Sapa for a visit to the busy market where Red Dao, Black & Flower H'Mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts, and to buy provisions. Afterwards, take a light trek to discover Sapa's quaint hill tribe villages. Overnight in a Sapa hotel.

Day 04 : Lao Chai – Ta Van – Sapa
Meals: B
Sapa - The Queen of the Mountains, overlooking a beautiful valley, lofty mountains towering over the town on all sides, Sapa Tour is gateway to another world of mysterious minority cultures and luscious landscapes and great choice for Vietnam Tours maker to arrange Vietnam Culture Tours, Vietnam Trekking Tours, Vietnam Homestay Tours... After breakfast, we will do one of the most beautiful Sapa Tours by driving to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van village of the Black H'mong and the Day people where you can enjoy fresh air, amazing scenery of the imposing mountain range, trek down world's most beautiful terraced rice fields, visit some local family on the way and learn unique culture and life of these ethnic groups. Back to Sapa by private car, free at leisure for the rest of the day. Overnight in Sapa.

Day 05 : Sapa – Market Tours – Train to Hanoi
Meals: B
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. Minority people come down from the mountains to sell their products, or just for catching up on the latest news, gossip, drinking away troubles or seeking for lover. In the morning, drive to visit one of the areas weekly markets;

Market days:
Can Cau Market - Saturdays
Bac Ha Market - Sundays
Cao Son Market - Wednesdays
Lung Khau Nhin Market - Thursdays
Coc Ly Market - Tuesdays
In the late afternoon, your Sapa tour guide and driver transfer you back to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to Hanoi. We hope that you have enjoyed your Sapa Tours with us. We say goodbye with sincere thanks and looking forward to welcoming you again for your coming Vietnam Tours and Sap Tours. Overnight on the train.

Day 06 : Hanoi – Halong Cruise
Meals: B, L, D
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Pick up from the train station, this morning, we have already arrange a room in a mini hotel for you to have shower and breakfast before driving to Halong Bay (165km), Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site and highlight of any Vietnam Tours. Upon arrival, board your traditional wooden junk. Welcome drink on board. After a relaxing break, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch while cruising through the wonderful Ha Long bay visiting its amazing grottoes and caves. Opportunity to dive off the boat and have a pleasant swimming in the deep blue water of East Sea before relaxing on your sun deck to view a Halong sunset. Dinner on board with excellent fresh seafood. Overnight on board.

Day 07 : Halong Cruise – Hanoi – Flight to Danang/ Hoi An
Meals: B
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It is said that your Vietnam Tours will not be complete without a trip to Halong Bay and spending one night on romantic Halong Cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. Imagine 3000 or more incredible islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty. Halong Bay is pure art, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature. It is absolutely true when you get up early to catch the sunrise on the bay, doing Ta Chi on sundeck and relax with a cup of hot coffee or tea when the boat cruising to explore more of Halong Bay. All make your Vietnam Holiday with full sweet memory. Back to Halong city at around noon where Vivutravel's private guide and driver are waiting for the transfer to Hanoi airport flight to Danang. Then transfer to Hoi an for check in. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 08 : Hoi An Farming & Fishing tour
Meals: B, L
This unique Hoi An tour provides you a truly experience about vietnamese daily life, help you to open the vietnamese culture window and understand more about the vietnamese rural culture. Today tour begins with a soft biking around the countryside of Hoian from your hotel with our guide ( 15' - 30' ). The biking takes you to Tra Que Vegetables Village, along the way you will stop and try a water buffalo riding in the middle of the rice paddy and take the photography. Arriving at Tra Que Vegetable Village, you will be welcomed by a farmer family, take the typical farmer's clothe and dress up as a farmer. Then get to the farming land near by with farming tools to practise all the different steps that a vegetable farmer usually does. Done the farming tour and continue on our biking tour along the narrow path to Cam Thanh village, stop at Bay Mau Water Palm forest, you will take a short walk around the small fishing hamlet along the river then board a Coracle - a typical rounded bamboo boat for fishing from local fishermen and enjoy a pleasant cruise along the small canal. Back to the hotel and free at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 09 : Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: B
In the afternoon, our private Vietnam tour guide in Hoi An will pick you up for the drive to Danang airport for the flight with Vietnam airlines to Ho Chi Minh, a nice stop of your travel in Vietnam. Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, welcome by our private Vietnam tour guide and driver and transfer to you hotel for check in. Overnight in a Ho Chi Minh hotel.

Day 10 : Ho Chi Minh City tour & – Cu Chi Tunnels
Meals: B
On this full-day program, you’ll depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08:00 for a pleasant drive through the countryside to Cu Chi.
Before entering the tunnels you’ll see a short introductory video about their construction. Spend the next hour exploring the tunnel maze. Also on display are various mantraps, the remains of an American tank, and numerous bomb craters created by 500-pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.
Afterwards, you’ll head back to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at around 13:00.
In the afternoon your Ho Chi Minh City tour begins with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office, fine examples of classical French colonial architecture.
See the Reunification Palace, one of the city’s most important buildings. Here on 30 April 1975 the American War officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.
Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum features poignant displays of the futility of war. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks, and cannons captured from the American military machine.
Visit the bustling Ben Thanh Market, which is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk ao dais, the traditional costume for women.
The tour ends at approximately 18:00 and you’ll be transferred back to your hotel. Note that you have the option of staying on at Ben Thanh Market and making your own way back to the hotel. Overnight in HCMC.

Day 11 : Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong - Can Tho Homestay
Meals: B, L, D
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Today we will start our exploration of the Mekong Delta, a major rice producing area. This must be one of the most fascinating riverine deltas in the world. The Mekong splits into nine major arteries. A vast network of rivers and waterways with thousands of ships of all sizes plowing the waters gives the Mekong Delta a very special atmosphere and no double one of the most favorite destinations for Vietnam Tours. On arrival,we will make a boat trip to the Cai Be floating Market, visit villages and meet the people of the Mekong Delta. Continue your boat trip to An Binh Island for Lunch in a local family and bike trip in the afternoon. Continue to Can Tho – the heart of Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Continue to Can Tho and transfer from Ninh Kieu wharf to local people’s house for homestay by shuttle boat. Visit local homes & orchards and participate in local activities such as gardening, fishing, ploughing. Have dinner and tonight, we spend the unique night in a homestay with local family.

Day 12 : Cai Rang Floating market – HCMC – Flight to Siem Reap
Meals: B
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In the morning, we make a the boat cruise to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats), the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill, a rice noodles making shop which are nice chances to discover the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. Afternoon, drive back to Ho Chi Minh airport, flight to Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 13 : Siem Reap Tour (Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat)
Meals: B
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After breakfast, you set out to Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Continue to the Elephant terrace and the Leper King terrace, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Next, visit to the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon temple. Here, you will also visit Ta Prohm temple, one of the most beautiful temples in the area. After, visit to the Angkor Wat where is the largest & most impressive of all the temples and its one of the 7 wonders of the world. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 14 : Siem Reap Tour (Banteay Srey & Tonle Sap Lake, Oxcart)
Meals: B
+ Guide
Today we will spend the whole morning to explore the greatest fine-art of Angkor Empire at Banteay-Srey temple where built in pink sandstone and the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Take a boat trip to the Tonle Sap Lake. This is a great opportunity to learn about the life of the people in this village. Here, you can observe life in the Khmer stilt villages from the banks of the river as the local fisherman count their catch and prepare it for the markets. Return to ride oxcart before get back to hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 15 : Siem Reap Departure
Meals: B
Morning, we transfer to airport for your departure flight to home. Vivutravel hopes that you have enjoyed your Vietnam travel with us and look forward to organizing your next Vietnam & Cambodia tours.


  • Economy Class/ 02 Domestic flights (HANOI - DANANG – HO CHI MINH CITY)
  • Economy Class/ 01 International flight (HO CHI MINH CITY – SIEM REAP)
  • Hotel accommodation as specific or similar, base on twin sharing
  • Private car/mini van
  • Train to Lao Cai (private cabin)
  • All entrance fees
  • Boat Trip in Halong, Can Tho
  • Meals as per program
  • English speaking guide


  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Visa on arrival