Friday, December 14, 2012

Vietnam - Cambodia Holiday visiting the highlights

     Vietnam Travel | Vietnam Tour Packages

PRIVATE TOURS –Your tour is an individual tour with a flexible schedule. There is no other traveler on the tour. You will have a private English speaking tour guide and a private air-conditioned vehicle at each destination.

Ho Chi Minh –Cu Chi tunnels – Mekong delta – Siem Reap – Hanoi – Sapa – Halong – Hue – Hoi An – HCM

Price in USD per person (3 & 4 stars)

Price from $ 1850 - $ 2500 /PAX

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Day 1             Arrival Saigon
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, transfer to you hotel for check in. Ho Chi Minh, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam.
Free time at leisure. Overnight in Saigon.
Meals: None
Accommodation: Lan Lan Hotel / Superior

Day 2            Saigon City Tour
Today we will start a Ho Chi Minh City tour visiting the Thien Hau Temple, followed by the lively Binh Tay Market. As one of the spotlights for any Vietnam tours, Ho Chi Minh City lures worldwide Vietnam tour makers with its passion and magic. Have lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch, visit the War Remnants or History Museum and the former Presidential Palace. From there, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post OfficeDong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental HotelOpera House and City Hall are all within walking distance. Free at leisure and overnight in Saigon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Lan Lan Hotel / Superior

Day 3             Saigon – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon
After breakfast, enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the west of Vietnam. At Tay Ninh visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail. In the afternoon, visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a must see destination for any Vietnam tour, watch a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. Also on display are various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers. For those interested there's even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. Back in HCMC in the afternoon. Free at leisure and overnight in a hotel in Saigon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Lan Lan Hotel / Superior

Day 4              Saigon – Can Tho Homestay
Today, we start our Vietnam travel with the interesting visit to Cai be floating market.
6am: Pick up at your hotel in HCMC. Depart for Cai Be by private ca, stop to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields. On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Arrive in Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Take a delightful walk through the bonsai garden. Meet the car/van in Vinh Long and continue to Can Tho, the heart of Mekong delta in Vietnam. Transfer by motor boat to a small village in Cai Rang district. Check into your riverside cottage. In the afternoon, trekking around the village to experience the rural lifestyle of the Mekong Delta people. Join a family as they prepare dinner, then share the meal with them. Overnight in your riverside cottage.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay

Day 5              Can Tho – Saigon – Flight to Siem Reap
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 Mekong delta. Around noon, drive back to Saigon airport for your flight to Siem Reap VN  815  SGN 19:10 REP 20:10. Pick up on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Angkor Holiday hotel / Superior

Day 6              Angkor Tour
After breakfast at your hotel we continue our trip to: The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century)
See the South Gate, Bayon Temple – unique for its 54 towers decorated wwith over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, Baphuon temple lying just to the north of Bayon a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru, The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. We continue to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. After visiting Angkor temples, we drive back to your hotel, free and overnight in Siem Reap.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Angkor Holiday hotel / Superior

Day 7              Siem Reap – Tonle Sapa Lake – Flight to Hanoi
We will visit Tonle Sap floating village as school, crocodile and fish farm. You will find out about daily life of people on lake. The Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is an ecological hot spot that was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997.
The Tonle Sap is unusual for two reasons: its flow changes direction twice a year, and the portion that forms the lake expands and shrinks dramatically with the seasons. From November to May, Cambodia's dry season, the Tonle Sap drains into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh. However, when the year's heavy rains begin in June, the Tonle Sap backs up to form an enormous lake.
Visit Artisan de angkor & silk farm, the place are in the Ministry of Education was constructed in 1992 and this place renowned woodworking, stone carving and polychrome training center and workshops. Free tour of the classes and workshops offer a glimpse into the unique skills training program, teaching young artists in the techniques and styles of classic Cambodian artistry. After lunch (on own expenses), we drive you to the airport for the flight to Hanoi VN  836 REP 18:10 HAN 19:50. Upon arrival, our private Vietnam tour 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 Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Elegance Essance / Deluxe

Day 8              Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi
Depart your hotel this morning at 0800 for the 2-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam's first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit to the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometers.
Continue to Tam Coc through stunning limestone karst valleys surrounded by picturesque fields and villages, along the way stop where you wish to take photographs. On arrival in Tam Coc have a Vietnamese lunch. After lunch, board your private sampan for a leisurely 2.5-hour cruise. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields. After the boat trip, climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, dating to 1428 and comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order before returning to Hanoi by vehicle where you arrive in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Elegance Essance / Deluxe

Day 9              Hanoi City Tour – Train to Sapa
Hanoi without a doubt a beautiful start for your Vietnam Tours. Today we enjoy a full day 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 beautiful West Lake, the Tran Vu Pagoda, the peaceful lake of the Restored Sword.
Late 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 enjoy a fantastic traditional water puppet show.
In the evening, we take you to the train station for the overnight trin to Laos Cai (Sapa). Overnight on the train.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Train: Livitrans / Shared 4 berth cabin (2 cabins for 8 people)

Day 10              Lao Cai – Coc Ly Market – Sapa
Pick up at Lao Cai train station by our private Sapa tour guide and driver. After breakfast in a local restaurant, we drive to visit famous Coc Ly Market where many ethnic minorities come to town for trading their local products. The maket is also a meeting place for men to drink away troubles, women to talk, the young to find lover. Around noon, take a beautiful boat trip on Chay River to enjoy stunning scenery. After picnic lunch on boat, we can walk to visit some ethnic villages on the way to learn about their life and culture. Boat trip ended in Bao Nhai where our vehicles waiting for the transfer to Sapa. Stop at Lao Cai border gate for a short break to walk to Thuong Temple or take some memorial photos. Check in on arrival. Free at leisure. Overnight in Sapa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Sapa Luxury / Deluxe

Day 11             Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van Village – Lao Cai – Train to Hanoi
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 with the drive 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 until we drive you back to the train station for the overnight train to Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Train: Livitrans / Shared 4 berth cabin (2 cabins for 8 people)

Day 12              Hanoi – Halong Bay
Upon arrival back in Hanoi in the early morning, our private tour guide and bus pick you up, drive to visit the flower market in the early morning, have breakfast in a local restaurant then drive to Halong.
11.30 - 12.15     Arrival at Hon Gai international harbor and welcome  at  Victory cafe
12.30    Transfer to cruise ship Welcome Drink – Cruise Briefing, safety instructions, check-in cabins - Depart to Halong Bay
13.00    Enjoy local seafood at set – lunch
15.00    Transfer from Victory Cruise  to rowing boat to visit Vung Vieng fishing village – Visit the Floating village and the pearl farm. Rowers are local girls wearing traditional costume.
It’s the opportunity to see the fisher’s daily life with the primary features in the charming nature
16.30    Return to Victory Cruise- Relaxing on the deck, kayaking & swimming…in the clear water, beautiful and calm nature
17.00    Continue cruising through the bay
18.00    Anchor for overnight at Ho Dong Tien area
18.30    Cooking show
19.30    Savor a delicious five course Set-dinner in dinning room
21.00    Activities: Relax on deck, drink service available or night time fishing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cruise: Victory Cruise / Superior

Day 13              Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Hue
06.30    Enjoy sunrise over the Bay or take part in our morning Tai Chi class
07.00    Light breakfast: cakes, coffee, tea….
08.00    Arrive at Surprise Cave. Explore the most famous grotto in entire Halong Bay
09.30    Check out cabins – Luggage collection
10.00    Having international buffet brunch served and settle bills while the boat continues cruising through Bai Tu Long bay, Bai Tho moutain and Halong market ...
10.30    Arrival at the pier. Transfer back to Hanoi airport for the short flight to Hue VN  1545  HAN 16:25 HUI 17:35. Upon arrival in Hue, pick up by Vivutravel's private tour guide and bus and transfer to your hotel. Check in and free at leisure. Overnight in Hue.
Meals: Brunch
Accommodation: Romance Hotel / Deluxe

Day 14              Hue City Tour
Located in the central of Vietnam, Hue was the capital city of the last Dynasty of Vietnam. Hue is the only place where many historic, cultural, architectural, artistic values are preserved. Tangible cultural heritage- the system of historic monuments and intangible cultural heritage- the Imperial court music have their own national and international values that were acknowledged as World Cultural Heritages.  Hue is also the site where the northern and southern ecosystem meets each other, the area of river-hills, greenery and beautiful landscapes. People here are famous for their elegance, mildness and ethical behavior. Hue is also known as one of the religion centers of Vietnam with its many ancient pagodas and churches…. All fall in line together, making Hue one of the most beautiful Vietnam tour destinations.
Our Hue City Tour:
Our private guide and driver pick you up at 8:00 AM and drive to visit Emperor Minh Mang; Emperor Khai Dinh or Emperor Tu Duc ’s Mausoleums & picturesque Vong Canh Hill. Stop on the way to see how conical hats and incense sticks are made. Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit Imperial capital during Nguyen Dynasty, the seven – storey Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Return by boat on the gentle Perfume River. Tour ends at your hotel around 5:00 PM. After dinner, enjoy the traditional music show on boat. Overnight in a hotel in Hue.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Romance Hotel / Deluxe

Day 15              Hue – Hoi An
After breakfast, we drive to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years and for sure, Hoi An is a nice break during your Vietnam holiday, and actually a must – see destination of all Vietnam tours. This scenic drive passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the scenic Pass of Ocean Clouds. Along the way, stop in Danang to visit the Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. Upon arrival in Hoi An, free to take walking tour of the Hoi An ancient town centre. Overnight in a hotel in Hoi An.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Golden sand Resort / Superior Garden View

Day 16 - 19              Hoi An Free Days
Hoi An, highlight of any tour to Vietnam, Days are free at leisure on the beach or having clothes made by one of the expert, inexpensive tailors Hoi An is famous for. If you like to cook, you can spend a fabulous day exploring the local produce market with an expert chef who will teach you the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine. Overnight in a hotel in Hoi An.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Golden sand Resort / Superior Garden View

Day 20              Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Saigon and departure (B)
Free morning at leisure (check out at noon) until we drive you to Danang airport for your flight to Saigon VN  1329 DAD 21:40 SGN 22:50. Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, and wait for your departure flight. Vivutravel thanks you so much for traveling with us. We wish you all the best! Goodbye and see you again.