Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary 16 days gives you the opportunity to enjoy your vacation in the best destinations of Vietnam and Cambodia. Starting from the North of Vietnam, discover the country’s bustling capital and its historic monuments before heading south for a visit in the Central and Southern with all its tropical delights. This tour is combined spectacular coastal scenery, colonial towns with evocative war memorials and lost temple cities.
Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi capital
Hanoi is famous for the huge of culture and long-time historical sites that attract a lot of tourists.
Ho Chi Minh complex includes the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, and one-pillar pagoda. These places are known for honoring the national hero: President Ho Chi Minh, where located in Ba Dinh Square, where our President read the Declaration of Independence on 2/9/1945, giving birth to Vietnam. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology concentrates on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.
You should take a cyclo tour of Hanoi Old Quarter will continue your trip to Hanoi. Hanoi Old Quarter is constructed both of old-styled and modern – styled streets to adapt to the dynamic atmosphere. Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the most popular which located inside a complex of Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge, and Pen Tower.
The Water Puppet show is a traditional show of Vietnamese people. The traditional activities include farming or legends like the golden turtle and the Emperor. Guests of the theater don’t need to brave the monsoon weather that would pour on outdoor audiences, but it can sit and enjoy a meal during discovering this ancient dramatic art.
Day 2- 3: Travel up to Sapa town
Sapa is famous for many beautiful scenes and the unique food of the Northwest forests.
Cat Cat village is the old village of ethnic groups which attracts many tourists from many countries for its distinctive customs and practices kept from a long time. Come here, you will approach the life of Black H’mong people where you can discover many interesting facts about their daily life as well as culture and architecture. In Shin Chai village, the woman wears the beautifully embroidered clothes with distinctive an enormous red turban and the silver jeweler so it is an attractive point. They will be around all the time, singing, dancing or anything to make you smile. Moreover, you can teach them songs, poems that you used to love when you were a child.
Sapa is famous for its markets, and on almost every day in the week. Therefore, you don’t worry about missed any markets during the coming time. For distance, Coc Ly Market opens on Tuesday which is a great place to buy traditional costumes and to learn more about the local culture. There are two largest markets organized in the weekend like Can Cau Market and Bac Ha market. Can Cau market is located only 7 kilometers from the Chinese border, and just like the other markets, a fascinating and authentic experience. The most famous market is Bac Ha. You can buy several products, such as handicrafts, traditional costumes, and food.
Ta Phin village is surrounded by mountains with the rice terraces. You come to Ta Phin can find many distinctively hand-made brocades made by ethnic people. All of the products has a numerous bright colors and patterns such as a bag, purse, skirt, and even backpack and coat. You will have a lunch cooked by the ethnic group.
Day 4-5: Discover Halong Bay
Vung Vieng is one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay, which is also an attractive destination in Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary. After climbing up the mother boat, you will be departed by rowing boats or kayaks to enter Vung Vieng village. This village offers a great opportunity for visitors to experience the villager’s daily life as well as observe the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen. Moreover, you have a short visit to Pearl Farm to learn how natural pearls are created and return to Paloma Cruise for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming and so on. Otherwise, you have another option in there, it is going kayaking by yourself at Ban Chan island. Ban Chan beach brings a unique masterpiece, bewitching any public mind had.
Thien Canh Son Cave called Dong Co by local is a wild cave located on Bai Tu Long Bay, in the center of Cong Do Island. The ceiling of the cave is covered with a shiny ‘gem carpet’ and a large number of sparkling stalactites like ’hanging lamps’. Stone of seals and flowers build a paradise in the world. Thien Canh Son Cave offers a wild and mysterious beauty. It attracts so many tourists both domestic and overseas by a rare natural beauty, pristine limestone stalactites and beautiful surrounding landscape.
Day 6: Explore Hue city
The beautiful riverside pagoda of Thien Mu and the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc are not to be missed. The Perfume River gives the scenic countryside and the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang. After an impressive boat trip we return to the town. Sightseeing tour takes us in the massive citadel, containing the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence is still fascinating to walk among the ruins and enjoy a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Along the way we pass by many fantastic eating spots, ideal places for visitors to sample some local delicacies.
Day 7: Hue – Hoian
To approach Hoian, the tour needs to through some destinations such as Lang Co beach and Hai Van pass. These places are very attractive tourists as the particular points. The winding road begins as we make our way up the spectacular Hai Van pass.
Day 8: Hoian – Danang
In Hoian, the ancient architecture is the fascinating Vietnamese traditional characters. You will see the delightful and tranquil town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tam Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, the vibrant market.
Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountain) which is the attractive destination. It is a complex of five mountains with the names like metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. In history, they were used as hiding places and important basis for the Vietnam revolutionaries.
Day 9: Visit to Danang
Bana Hills is one of the most attractive destination. Sitting on Carbin, you can see the mountains, streams… which is very impressive. Free for joining game in Fantasy Park which is the largest state in Vietnam and satisfies the entertainment demands of all ages. If you come here, of course, you shouldn’t miss an entertainment paradise with all kinds of game: 4 – 5D film, skiver, the death race, dinosaur park…
My Khe is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world which always welcome you with all harmonious facilities supplied for tourism. The weather and wave in My Khe beach are very suitable for swimming or takes place the water sports like diving, water-skiing, diving, and yacht race. Besides, you should try many special kinds of seafood like shrimp, crab, squid, and abalone.
Day 10: Come to Ho Chi Minh City
Being a tourist city, Ho Chi Minh has systems of infrastructure and tourism service developmentally. The first place you should come to is Duc Ba church because of its design, apart from the intention to create a religious look, aims at showing the influence of French architecture. You should go to Saigon Central Post Office to admire its interior. The office can provide many services for visitors such as sending letters, changing money, selling stamps and coins. Next, Ben Thanh market in district one is a great place to find local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. However, you should bargain the price of goods you want. There are the popular products such as clothes, textiles, luggage, watches and an assortment of electronic goods.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta
You have a chance to visit one of the largest floating markets of the Mekong is Cai Rang market. In the market, tourist has the experience the sight of thousands of small boats from the local villages selling tropical fruits and vegetables. Next, the trip will stop in a village known for producing rice noodles, and see the rice husking mill to watch how the rice is cultivated for consumption. In the afternoon, you continue by boat around the picturesque countryside of Can Tho, passing Monkey Bridge, built out of a single bamboo tree.
Day 12: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh
Cambodia’s energetic capital is one of the most popular in Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary. Vibrant city on a guided tour includes the fascinating Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. You can climb the hill to Wat Phnom, the city’s main temple, where you’ll find throngs of worshippers and troops of monkeys.
Day 13: Discover Phnom Penh
South gate of Angkor Thom has the majestic doors, monumental temple of Bayon facing the tropical forest and Baphuon. Takeo “Jewel of Crystal” is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and was erected at the end of the 10th century and Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty. Giant trees have grown there for centuries. Return to town for lunch at Tonlesap restaurant. The founder of Angkor Watthe reined Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century and dedicated them to the Hindu God Vishnu.
Day 14: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
Siem Reap is an ideal base to explore Cambodia’s Angkor Temple complex. One of another place in Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary is Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. Starting at the South Gate, take a walk along the ancient city wall to see the lost temple of Prasat Chroung. Continue on to the spectacular Bayon temple, where you are surrounded by the smiling faces of numerous Buddhas.
Day 15: Explore Siem Reap
Time to explore more of the Angkor Temple Complex, undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites! Next, the spectacular Angkor Wat temple is the world’s largest religious building and Cambodia’s number one attraction! Enjoy a guided tour around this huge structure and learn about the glories of the Kingdom of Angkor before returning to the hotel for a late breakfast and a rest. Continue sightseeing this afternoon with a visit to the temple of Banteay Srei or ‘Citadel of the Women’. On your way back to Siem Reap, enjoy the sunset from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup.
Day 16: Tonle Sap Lake and Goodbye Cambodia
Tonle Sap Lake is a huge history northwest of the country. Board a boat and spend the rest of the morning at one of the largest floating villages on the lake which is called Kompong Phluk. In the village you will witness the fascinating daily lives of the local people who live on the water. The boat service is provided by local people, and the profit goes directly back to the community. The rest of the day is at leisure.