North, Central Vietnam & Angkor Wat in 13 days Posted date 23/03/2007 at 10:53:45 (Viewed 25112 time)
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (-/-/-) Welcomed by driver at Noi Bai Airport ( Ha noi ) and transfer to your hotel. The rest of your time is at leisure before starting your trip the next day. Dinner will be arranged on your own to have your leisure time. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi. Day 2: Hanoi City tour (B/L/-) Today, we have full-day tour of Vietnam’s capital city. You will visit the house on - stilts of Ho Chi Minh ( this is where our uncle Ho spent the rest of his life ) and the One Pillar Pagoda ( it was constructed in 1049) and the Litterature Temple ( a habitual symbol of Hanoi ), the Museum of Ethnology. After lunch, pay a visit to the Hoan Kiem lake with its Ngoc Son temple. Continue to visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi by cyclo. Enjoy a kind of traditional Vietnamese stage-art: a Water Puppet Show in the evening. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong (B/L/D) Your guide with your driver will come to pick you up at your hotel about 8.00 am and take you to Halong bay. Enjoy the journey through the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and daily village life of the Red River Delta. Arrive in Halong we will embark on the boat for a cruising amongst the stunning Halong bay. We visit the cave and explore countless ilsands rising out from the emerald water. We visit the beach and have opportunity to swim. Diner and overnight on the junk boat.
Day 4: Halong – Hanoi (B/L/-) After breakfast, you will be transferred to Halong Wharf to board your private boat for 5 hours to discover Halong Bay, the World Heritage designated since 1994, with 3000 spectacular limestone islands emerged from the emerald water. Your boat will stop at Thien Cung cave, one of the most spectacular caves in Halong bay and nearby, the Dau Go cave for you to discover the magnificient beauty of the nature. Kayaking in Halong about 01 hours to discover the beautiful islets and continue boat trip to enjoy scenery, take photos. Fresh seafood will be served on the boat. Afternoon back to Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure until pick - up at your hotel at 21.30 pm by your tourguide who will take the same train with you to Lao Cai Station (310km northwest of Hanoi) . Overnight at hotel in Hanoi. Note : A/C soft - sleeper cabin with wooden wall is used for night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai and vice - versa, one of the best train to Sapa at the present.
Day 5: Lao Cai - Sapa (B/L/-) Arrive at Lao Cai Station at 06.00. Have a breakfast of local foods before departing to Sapa ( about 40 km from Lao Cai ). Arrival in Sapa and leave your luggage at the hotel. We will have breakfast and embark on a lovely walk to Cat Cat stream and waterfall ,visit Cat Cat village of the Black H'Mong to explore their routine life, walk around the village to enjoy the scenery of forests and continue to Sinchai village where we enjoy folk music by local people. Return to Sapa. At leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Sapa.
Day 6: Sapa – Lao Chai – Tavan –Lao Cai – O/n on the train (B/L/-) After breakfast we will take a jeep along the valley to Rose Garden. From here we will trek into the verdant villages and rice field to Lao Chai and Tavan villages. Ta Van is the village in northern Vietnam inhabited by the colourfully-dressed Dzay ethnic minority. Opportunity to learn and see H’mong people working with natural weaving and dying .This village is supposed to be one of the most beautiful area in this regions. Your car will pick you up at Tavan and take you back to Sapa Lunch will be at Hoasu restaurant, afternoon walk to Hamrong mountain for a birth eye view to Moung Hoa valley and Fansipan mountain. Transfer to to Lao Cai station for night train back to Hanoi at 21.15. Overnight on soft sleeper train. Day 7: Hanoi – Hue (B/L/-) Arrive in Hanoi about 6.00 am. Transfer to the hotel for breakfast. The rest of your time is at leisure until transfer to the airport for afternoon flight to Hue. On arrival to Hue, welcomed and transfer to the hotel in the city centre. Afternoon visit the old Royal Citadel of the Nguyen dynasty, who ruled in Vietnam between 1802 and 1945, Hue Royal Museum and Dong Ba market (the biggest market in the city ). Overnight in Hue.
Day 8: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B/L/-) This morning, we will have a boat trip to on Perfume river to visit Thien Mu pagoda. Continuing our way to will visit the Tombs of Kings Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. After lunch, departure by car for Danang via the scenic Hai Van Pass (or the Pass of Ocean Clouds). The road passes by vivid green fields of rice. Stop at Lang Co beach. Before arriving to Danang, you will visit the Non Nuoc beach (famous as the China beach). Upon arrival in Danang, transfer to Cham Museum where reserves the biggest collection on the history and culture of the Cham Pa Kingdom which ended at the 16th century to view some of the best-preserved statues. Arrival to Hoi An. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Hoian (B/L/-) We leave Hoian early in the morning and drive to Myson. Enjoy the peaceful beautiful scenery of Myson valley and mountain. Visit the My Son sancturary, one of the most stunning sights in the Hoi An area. It is about 40 km from Hoi An. My Son was the site of the most important Cham intellectual and religious centre during the centuries when Tra Kieu( then known as Simhapura ) served as the political of Champa. Though some of the monuments were destroyed by the war or thieves, but what remains is still considerable. Many of the structures are overgrown with dense vegetation but you can get inside some of them. Back to Hoian for lunch. Afternoon you will visit the ancient town and explore the old port town's narrow cobblestone streets. Pay a visit to historic sites including the traditional Chinese trading houses and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. At leisure for shopping or enjoying the charming township of Hoian. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 10 : Hoi An – Danang – Saigon – Siemreap (B/L/-) At leisure until transfer to Danang to take flight to Saigon ( 8.20 – 9.30 ). Arrival in Tan Son Nhat airport and take next flight to Siemreap ( 11.40 – 12.40 ). After lunch, we will visit the famous Angkor Wat Temple, the largest and undoubtedly the most breathtaking of the monuments of the Angkor Archeological Park. It was constructed as a funerary temple for Suryavarman ll ( ruled 1112-52) to honor Vishnu, the Hindu deity who the king identified with. Continue to visit the Ta Prohm, the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor. Enjoy the sunset over the Angkor complex on the top of Phnom Bakheng Mt. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap
Day 11: Siemreap (B/L/-) Wake up early to view sunrise from Phnom Bakheng, one of the two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and the surrounding plain. Return to the hotel. Breakfast at hotel and continue to visit of Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Phrom temple, oriental Mebon, Pre Rup temples. Lunch between visit. In the afternoon, we will visit to group of Rolous temples: Lolei, Preahko, Bakong. Overnight in Siemreap
Day 12: Siem reap (B/D) After breakfast, visit Floating Village of Chong Khneans and take a boat trip to Tonle Sap. Then, back to the hotel. The rest of your time is at leisure with your own activities to have spa at your hotel or hang around Siemreap etc or visit craft weaving village. Evening enjoy typical traditional Apsara dance performane with diner. Overnight at hotel in Siemreap. NOTE : Spa services at Hotel de la Paix are not inclusive of our package rate. Day 13 : Siemreap departure (B/-/-) Free at leisure before transfer to the airport for your next flight to Bangkok . End of the trip.
Trip includes üAll accommodation on double/twin basis with daily breakfast üMeals as indicated (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Diner). Special requirements (vegetarian, diet etc.) could be arranged upon request üAll transfers/ transport üTours with entrance fees, boat cruise, transfers and English speaking during guided time üPrivate boat trip in Halong Bay for your use only + kayaking & Dragon boat in Hue üFlight tickets from: Hanoi – Hue; Danang – Saigon üInternational ticket: Saigon – Siemreap by Vietnam Airlines üA/ C soft sleeper ticket ( 2 ways ) from Hanoi to Sa pa and vice versa
Trip excludes üInternational airfares & airport taxes üPre/post trip arrangement üVisa and visa arrangement ü Travel insurance üMeals not indicated ü Other personal expenses ü Tips and gratuities