FROM MOUNT SAPA TO ANGKOR WAT TEMPLE IN 16DAYS Posted date 23/03/2007 at 11:02:01 (Viewed 28931 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: Tonight we will take the train to Lao Cai Station (310km northwest of 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 3: 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 4: Sapa - Lao Chai - Tavan - Lao Cai - Ovenright 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 at 21.15. Overnight on soft sleeper train.
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong (B,L,D) Pick up from the station and transfer to the hotel for breakfast. We then drive 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 your private boat for 5 hours cruise amongst the stunning Halong bay to discover the World Heritage of Halong bay designated since 1994, with 3000 spectacular limestone islands emerged from the emerald water.. We visit the cave and explore countless ilsands rising out from the emerald water. We visit the beach and have opportunity to swim. Afternoon back to Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. Tonight we will attend the Water Puppet Show .Overnight at hotel in Hanoi. Day 6: Hanoi - Nhatrang (B) Transfer to airport for the flight to Nhatrang. Arrival transfer to Vinpearl resort in Hontre island sourrounded by prime beaches. At leisure. Overnight at Vinpearl resort.
Day 7: Nhatrang(B) At leisure. Overnight at Vinpearl resort. Day 8: Nhatrang - Saigon city tour (B) Transfer to airport for the flight to Saigon. On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Ho Chi Minh City, a bustling metropolis ,contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk caf?. The afternoon we stroll around Sai gon down town. At leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city
Day 9: Saigon - Cuchi Tunnels (B) Am: explore Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city. AM: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the city and shopping shopping
Day 10: Saigon - Mekong River Cruise (B,L,D) Transfer to Mekong Delta. Board LE COCHINCHINE boat. Enjoy welcome drink - Explore the lively Cai Be floating market. Cruising amongst the mazes of waterway to visit the handicraft villages and meet with local people. Sightseeing the old house and sample various tropical fruits. - Arrive in Vinh Long island we then embark on a walk or bike for sightseeing tour of the Culao BINH HOA PHUOC - Le Cochinchine sets sail to Cantho via Cho LACH and TRAON. - Disembark Cho LACH village. Embark on a pleasant walking or biking on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities. Enroute to visit a cottage industry , a local farm and sample seasonal fruits. - Cruise to continue to Mang Thit . Enjoy the magnificent sunset on the river. Leisurely cruise up the Mekong River while enyoying the beautiful scenery and the aperitifs, sunset cruise . - A wonderful day with picturesque ferry crossings over Mekong River branches . Dinner and nite Le Cochinchine boat in TRAON.
Day 11: Mekong River Cruise - Chaudoc (B) - Rising up to the sound of River and Mekong Delta coming to life for another lovely day we enjoy the sunset. - After breakfast, we cruise along the cannels and visit a village on the bank of Co Chien or, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life of the local inhabitants, and their hospitality - Leisurely cruise up the Hau river while enjoying the beautiful scenery - Arriving Cantho, we explore the CaiRang market, one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats ladden fruits barging and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. Boat through the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards,ship building yards, local markets in full swing. Check out and disembark the boat. Continue our way to Chaudoc. Overnight at Victoria hotel in Chaudoc Day 12: Chaudoc - Phnompenh (B) This morning we board our speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. The boat takes us along the Mekong River. It continues on to the Vietnamese (Vinh Xuong) - Cambodian (Kaom Samnar) border and then to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. The journey takes approximately 4 hours. Arrival transfer our hotel in Phnompenh, the capital of Kingdom of Cambodia. A visit to Phnom Penh is a very interesting experience indeed. It is a city with an interesting pulse and it gives you a very true taste of Asia. We will visit the Wats Phnom, National museum, silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. Overnight at Sunway hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 13: Phnompenh - Siemreap (B,L) Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to airport for the flight to Siemreap . Arrival transfer to the hotel. Visit 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 14: Siemreap (B) 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 15: 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. Day 16: Siemreap departure (B) Free at leisure before transfer to the airport for your next flight to Bangkok .The trip concludes. Trip includes * All accommodation on double/twin basis with daily breakfast * Meals as indicated (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Diner). Special requirements (vegetarian, diet etc.) could be arranged upon request * All transfers/ transport * Tours with entrance fees, boat cruise, transfers and English speaking during guided time * Halong Junk cruise & Dragon boat in Hue, Le Cochinchine Cruise in Mekong * Flight tickets from: Hanoi - Nhatrang - Saigon; Phnompenh - Siemreap Trip excludes * International airfares & airport taxes * Pre/post trip arrangement * Visa and visa arrangement * Travel insurance * Meals not indicated * Other personal expenses * Tips and gratuities