A glance of Vietnam and Cambodia 11 days 10 nights

  • Duration: 11 days

Destinations: Hanoi icon-16 Ha Long Bay icon-16 Da Nang icon-16 Hoi An icon-16 Ho Chi Minh City icon-16 Ben Tre icon-16 Siem Reap (Cambodia)

It’s not an overstatement that this package gives you a complete grasp of the South East Asia spirit within just 1 trip. The spectacular nature that will definitely make you hold your breath comes from Ha Long Bay – One of 7 Natural Wonders of the World while the cultural value is highlighted in Angkor Wat (Siem Reap). With various local activities like farming, float shopping, traditional cooking,… you will have enough diverse experience to gain a true insight into the 2 countries.

Highlights of Vietnam – Cambodia tour trip:

Culture-rich experience:

  • Accompanied by our tour guide whose knowledge about history and culture is profound.
  • Traditional Cooking Class with national top chefs.
  • Participating in local activities at each stop.
  • An intense experience of culture at many famous historical sites in Cambodia.

Breath-taking Nature:

  • Sunset Party where Sky meets Water – on the edge of Ha Long Bay.
  • Cruise overnight among the limestone islands.
  • The tranquil of Mekong Delta.

Sufficient time for self-exploring

Why travel with us:

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– Experts on Indochina since 2009. 100% owned and based local firm.

– Money back guarantee. Relaxed & fair cancellation policies.

 100% tailor-made tour, flexible in organizing the trip to give you more freedom even changing in last minute.

 24/7 customer care service in the case of an emergency or for those unexpected events. Travel consultant keep in touch all the time during the trip.

 Responsible travel, contribute to a better social environment.

The TSA’s plus: Free Visa on arrival guarantee letter for some certain countries.

The mark of Vietnam and Cambodia on worldwide tourism map:

  • “Views of the horizon in Vietnam are magnificent, especially at sunset, all over the country. The mountainous vista is filled with sharp undulations, like shoulders standing side by side…” – Huffpost
  • From pho to banh mi, and spring rolls to steamboat, Vietnam’s cuisine is fascinating. Mark C O’Flaherty recently visited a market in Hanoi for Telegraph Travel: “We watched tofu being made and shaped into pliable white girders, ready to be cooked with tomato sauce. There were stalls heaving with tiny clams; baskets of colourful chillies and limes; delicious and sweet jackfruit (best fried in flour with coconut milk); plumes of banana flower; sacks of lotus seeds to make puddings, and giant live catfish that periodically made a bid for freedom from their giant bowls.” – Telegraph UK
  • “You don’t need a PHD in ancient civilisations to be wowed by Cambodia’s archaeological treasures. Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat — the sprawling temple complex dating back to the 12th century — draws the biggest crowds.”- Wanderlust UK
  • The Kingdom of Wonder comes coupled with a rich culture and heritage that runs through the veins of Cambodians. From magical apsara dancers, traditional music, elaborate ceremonies and stage shows, there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant local scene.” – Theculturetrip
Brief and Route map

Brief

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long

Day 4: Ha Long – Hanoi – Fly to Da Nang – Hoi An

Day 5: Hoi An – Tra Que Village

Day 6: Hoi An Free and Easy

Day 7: Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh – Ben Tre

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Fly to Siem Reap

Day 10: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat Tour

Day 11: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Departure

Itinerary

DAY 1 : HANOI ARRIVAL

Vietnam welcomes: After a long time on the airplane, you will reach Vietnam – the S-shaped land, where 54 different ethnic minorities inhabit. You will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city center of Hanoi.

Free on your own afterward.

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Meals included: __/__/__

Parameter: Driving: 30 km/45 minutes

Overnight in Hanoi 

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR: A THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD CITY

In the morning

  • At 08:30, our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel then you start your day to discover Hanoi City.
  • Firstly, you will pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, is a building to commemorate the merits of Ho Chi Minh Uncle – a great leader of Vietnam, and the surrounding sites of One Pillar Pagoda and his ancient house.
  • After 2 hours, you will go to the next site of the Temple of Literature, which is the first University of Vietnam and dedicated to Confucius (Khong Tu)

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In the afternoon

  • After saving energy with local lunch, you will leave for the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.
  • It is estimated to be 2 hours at the museum then you will be transferred back to the old quarter and visit the Hoan Kiem Lake.
  • Finally, you will sit in front of Cyclo to move around the Old Quarter and experience the local life in 45 minutes before coming back your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Today useful note(s):

  • Wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites.
  • Museum of Ethnology will close on Monday so Hoa Lo prison will be the alternative attraction.
  • The complex of Ho Chi Minh mausoleum will not open for worshiping on Monday or Monday so you just visit the surrounding parts on those days.

Overnight in Hanoi 

DAY 3: HANOI – HA LONG: A NIGHT ON A PEACEFUL BAY

The following program for Halong bay trip belongs to V-Spirit cruise

In the morning

  • 08:00 – 08:30: You will be picked up by the shuttle bus then transferred to Halong bay with 4-hour driving.

In the afternoon

  • 12:30 – 13:00: Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
  • 13:30 – 14:30: Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands.
  • 15:00 – 16:00: Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
  • 16:00 – 17:00: Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
  • 17:00 – 17:30: Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoying beautiful seascapes on the way.
  • 17:30 – 19:00: Enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.

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In the evening

  • 119:00: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Parameter: Hanoi – Halong Bay: 180km/Driving: 4 hours

Overnight on cruise 

DAY 4: HA LONG – HANOI – FLY TO DA NANG – HOI AN: FLAVOURS OF THE BAY

In the morning

  • 06:30 – 07:00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
  • 07:00 – 07:30: Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
  • 08:30 – 09:30: Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Drum Cave.
  • 09:45: Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
  • 10:00 – 10:30: Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
  • 10:30 – 11:30: While heading back to the harbour, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

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In the afternoon

  • 11:45 – 12:00: Disembark the cruise and you will be transferred back to Hanoi airport for the flight to Danang city.
  • Arriving in Danang, you will be picked up by our guide and driver then transferred to your hotel in Hoi An.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Flight information: VN 185  HAN-DAD Vietnam Airlines       18:30   19:50  

Parameter:  Hanoi – Danang/ Flight: 1.20 hours

Overnight in Danang

DAY 5: HOI AN WALKING TOUR – TRA QUE VILLAGE: FARMING AS THE LOCALS

In the morning

  • At 08:30, after enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you start riding your bicycle to Tra Que village (private car will be used if you cannot ride a bike).
  • You firstly will be introduced about the history of the village, the cultivation of the vegetables as well as discovering about the use of vegetables in traditional Vietnamese medicine.
  • Then you will take a trip around the vegetable garden and will join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake.
  • Continue doing activities such as raking, sowing, watering greens, picking greens and many more gardening activities before spending the rest of the morning working the land in the time honoured way.
  • After finishing all the activities, you will take a break and prepare lunch with a local family.
  • You will have lunch in a local house with many local delicacies including Tam Huu spring roll, Banh xeo or the local pancake of the people from the middle region.

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In the afternoon

  • At around 15:00, riding back to Hoi An town and you will start discovering this World Heritage site.
  • You will be introduced with many delights of Hoi An. From expert dressmakers and tailors, who will craft a complete outfit for you in a couple of days, to a dawn photo trip along the river or from a fun visit to Hoi An Local Market then following small alleys to see the Chinese Assembly Hall, the famous Japanese Covered Bridge and Tan Ky Ancient House and the China Town in the other side of the canal, you’ll find yourself miss that one-of-a-kind port town in every single road of your ahead travel.
  • At around 17:00, the tour will come to and end and you have free time on your own later

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 6: HOI AN FREE AND EASY

  • You have your own free day in Hoi An ancient town.

Meals included: Breakfast/__/__

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Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 7: HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR: THE DEPTHS OF THE UNDERGROUND

In the morning

  • 08:30, you will be transferred to the airport in Danang and take your flight to Ho Chi Minh city.
  • On your arrival in Ho Chi Minh city, our guide will warmly welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel and check in and have a rest (subject to the availability of room availability).
  • At noon time, you will have lunch in a local restaurant.

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In the afternoon                                          

  • After lunch, you will start the tour of dynamic City, you will visit The Reunification Palace, whose architecture is a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, typical of the 60s’.
  • The central Post Office is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh. Being a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and French influences, this building fascinates tourists by its typical colonial French features, from exterior to interior decorations.
  • The next site is Notre Dame Cathedral, which is considered the symbol of this dynamic city, is located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh and reaches a height of up to 60 meters.
  • The last destination is Ben Thanh Local market (if time allows), which is a bustling market in the daytime and a social center after sunset.

Flight information:  Vietnam Airline VN117 DAD SGN 10:30 11:55

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Tan Son Nhat airport – Ho Chi Minh city center: 10 km/Driving: 30 minutes

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 8: HO CHI MINH – BEN TRE: TASTE OF MEKONG RIVER

In the morning

  • At 08.00, after enjoying breakfast at your hotel you will be met up with our guide and river then depart from Saigon for Ben Tre.
  • On arriving board a small boat to visit typical workplaces including small brick factories, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house.
  • Stop at a quiet village, take a short walk to witness local life and hop on a xe-lôi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) to reach a nice riverside restaurant for a local lunch.
  • At noon time, you will have lunch with delicious and unique local food.

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In the afternoon

  • After lunch, take a short cycling tour to explore the surrounding fields before boarding a sampan for a tranquil trip along the picturesque canals.
  • Come back to the port and continue to visit Ben Tre Local Market before heading back to Saigon and return to Saigon.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Ho Chi Minh – Ben Tre: 90 km/Driving: 2 hours

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh 

DAY 9: HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNELS – FLY TO SIEM REAP: BACK TO THE WAR TIME

In the morning 

  • At 08:00, you will be met up with our guide at the lobby of the hotel after you have breakfast, then transferred to Cu Chi tunnels.
  • Cu Chi tunnels are famed for its 200-kilometre-long tunnels, an incredible underground network built by Vietcong during the Vietnam war. By visiting this site, you will have a chance to look back to the War time of Vietnam and see how we fight the invaders.
  • After spending time visiting these long tunnels, you will go to the local restaurant for lunch.

Cu Chi - vietnam

In the afternoon

  • After having lunch in a local restaurant, you will go back to Saigon and pay a visit The War Remnants Museum is a war museum at 28 Vo Van Tan, in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists.
  • Around 16:00, you will be transferred to the airport then take flight to Siem Reap at 19:25.

In the evening

  • Reach Siem Reap, our tour guide and drive will welcome you at the airport then pick up you to your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi: 90km/Driving: 1.5 hour

Flight information:  Vietnam Airline VN815 SGN REP 19:25 20:35

Overnight in Siem Reap

DAY 10: TEMPLE OF ANGKOR: TREASURE OF ASIA

In the morning

  • At 08:00, after breakfast at hotel, you start your sightseeing tour of Angkor area by exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King
  • Then, you visit the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares.
  • Lunch will be served in a local restaurant at noon time.

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In the afternoon

  • After lunch, we stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple and the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight.
  • There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Today useful note(s): wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites

Overnight in Siem Reap

DAY 11: SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP LAKE – DEPARTURE: EXPERIENCE THE “FLOATING” CULTURE

In the morning

  • At 08:00, our guide and driver take you to Tonle Sap lake where you enjoy a boat ride. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh.
  • You will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is the same as a big village floating on the lake, and the “village” move from place to place following water levels
    • Lunch will be served in a local restaurant at noon time.

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In the afternoon

  • Depending on your flight, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__  

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What's Included & Excluded

Included:

  • The accommodation in twin/double basis with breakfast (central location, highly recommended on Trip Advisor)
  • Experienced English speaking local guide 
  • All entrance fee and sightseeing tickets as listed 
  • Delicious meals with local food and tastes as listed (others are upon your request) 
  • Air-conditioned transfer during the whole tour   
  • Complimentary 1 bottle of water each day
  • Service charges and government tax
  • 1 International flight: Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap
  • 2 Domestic flights: Hanoi – Danang; Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh

Excluded:

  • Meals, Beverages which are not specified in the program.
  • Any unclarified flight tickets.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Any gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide ($3-5/person/day for both guide and driver).
  • Bank fee.
  • Any surcharge for holiday.

 

Price

Price: Price is different in different period of time so please contact us for the best price for your travel time

Children Policy: 

AGE RANGE ROOM SHARING  BED REQUEST CHARGE
Kid < 5 years old 2 adults Existing bed FOC
Kid < 5 years old 2 adults Extra bed 50% tour price
5 =< kid =< 12 years old 2 adults Existing bed 50% tour price
5 =< kid =< 12 years old 2 adults Extra bed 75 % tour price
Kid =< 12 years old 1 adult Existing bed 95% tour price
Kid >= 12 years old Any Existing bed 100% tour price
Policy for flight tickets will be issued by the Airlines


*S.R.S: Single Room Supplement. If you want to have your own room, you will pay extra amount for this.

*At the time of quotation, Travel Sense Asia reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

 

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Useful information for travel in Vietnam and Cambodia

What’s the difference between 3, 4, and 5 -star hotels?

We usually arrange centrally-located and Western-standard hotels. Five-star hotels are usually palatial with huge lobbies and comfortable rooms, their standards not quite matching the best of Paris or New York, but very close. Four-star hotels have quality facilities, but not as luxurious as five-star hotels. Three-star hotels meet the needs of most Westerners, but breakfasts have less choice. We also recommend some courtyard hotels or Vietnamese-style hotels with local features and architecture. These hotels have a good ranking, or positive feedback from our customers, and TripAdvisor. Usually, hotels in big cities, small cities, and rural areas are a bit different, even if they have the same star level. We try to use the best available hotel in each place.

Passport & Visa Requirements

You may be required for visa to Vietnam and Cambodia. Please check the list of countries which need visa to Vietnam and Cambodia in this links: Who need visa to Vietnam? Vietnam Visa is issued by Vietnam Embassy in your country or “Visa on arrival”. Travel Sense Asia will offer free visa to Vietnam for you (except some difficult countries). Cambodia visa can be issued upon arrival at the airport or border gate. You will need one clear page (per visa) in a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your departure from Vietnam or Cambodia.

Currency Exchange

Vietnam – The Vietnamese Dong is the local currency.

As currency exchange rates in Vietnam fluctuate, we suggest you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com or www.vietcombank.com In 2015 the USD & VND has been around 22.500VND per USD. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card, but these are limited to cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2–4% transaction fee.

Cambodia – The Cambodian Riel is the local currency.

In tourist areas U.S. currency in widely accepted in cities. It is best to carry both Cambodian and U.S. currency in small denominations. Credit cards can generally be used at hotels, but smaller business may not accept them or may charge a service fee for their use. It is recommended to carry cash in small denominations in local currency or in US $1 bills to make tipping and minor expenses easier. It is recommended to carry new or like new banknotes as older, torn or poor condition notes may not be accepted locally.

Tipping

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service. In additionally, you will sometimes use rolling boat, cyclo riding, porter which you should give a small tip to these local people.

Food

Eating is an important part of your Vietnam experience. Generally, breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. Travel Sense Asia recommend local Vietnam restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities. If you are vegetarian or you are looking for e.g. halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor, who can arrange a restaurant to fit your needs.

While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

Vehicle

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles. Our car and van are always available space for a comfortable trip. Luggage – All clients are limited to two items of luggage each; a suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg. It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage. Bottles in hand luggage may be confiscated.

Electric

In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / C / G. In Cambodia – The voltage used is 230 volts. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency.

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Climate – You will find a complete packing list and a helpful climate chart in the ‘Suggested Packing List’, which is included in the pre-departure information link sent within your deposit documentation. Seasonal weather patterns can be quite unpredictable. Up to the minute information on worldwide weather can be found on www.weather.com.

  •  Vietnam – Southern Vietnam has two seasons, the wet season from May to November and the dry season from December to April. Northern regions also have two seasons with cool and damp conditions from November to April and generally hot, dry conditions from May through October. Bring appropriate clothing depending on the season during which you are traveling. Comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket are recommended. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).
  • Cambodia – Cambodia has three seasons. The dry season is from November to March. The hot season is from March to June. The wet season is from July to October. Comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket are recommended. A hat and sunscreen lotion are especially recommended during the hot season. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

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“Road are made to travel” as some say and I will create the best and amazing road for you to walk on here in Vietnam.

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