King Khai Dinh's tomb in Hue

Treasures of Vietnam and Cambodia - 20 Days

Treasures of Vietnam and Cambodia is designed to engage the travelers from one natural or cultural treasure to another of Vietnam and Cambodia in 20 days, 19 nights.

The tour starts in Ha Noi the charming capital city of Vietnam and finishes in Siem Reap, gateway to the celebrated Temples of Angkor, The Kingdom of Cambodia. We’ll tour the pristine mountains of Sapa and the fresh hill station of Da Lat, the ancient citadel of Hue and the Old Town of Hoi An, the exotic life-on-the-water on the Mekong River, the fabled temples of Angkor… some of which are must-sees and listed as the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO, some just offers the authentic life of the locals…Hanoi Vietnam

Activities include walking, soft trekking, culture-touring, sightseeing, sea-cruising, river-cruising, snorkeling. The tour pace is easy. All hotels can range from 3 star tourist standard to 5 star luxury  upon the travellers’ choice.

“The Treasures of Vietnam and Cambodia is to experience Vietnam and Cambodia thoroughly and creatively.”

Day1    Arrive in Ha Noi (no meal)
Day2    Ha Noi City Tour/Ha Noi – Hai Phong (B/L/D)
Day3    Hai Phong - Cat Ba – Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi/Night Train for Lao Cai (B/L)
Day4    Arrive at Lao Cai/Lao Cai – Sa Pa/Cat Cat Village and Waterfall (B)
Day5    Sa Pa - Ta Phin (Red Zao People) - Tram Ton Pass – Sa Pa (B)
Day6    Sa Pa - Ham Rong Mountain - Lao Chai Village - Ta Van Village- Lao Cai/Night Train for Ha Noi (B)
Day7    Arrive in Ha Noi/Ha Noi - Hue (VN 245: 1240 – 1350)/Hue River Cruise (B)
Day8    Hue Imperial Citadel & Royal Tombs (B/L)
Day9    Hue - Hoi An/Free at leisure (B)
Day10    Hoi An at leisure (B)
Day11    Hoi An at leisure (B)
Day12    Hoi An - Da Nang - Nha Trang (VN 337: 1410 – 1530)/Free at leisure (B)
Day13    Nha Trang at leisure (B)
Day14    Nha Trang - Da Lat (B)
Day15    Da Lat (B)
Day16    Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City/Tour of Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day17    Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
Day18    Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap (VN 827: 1140 – 1240)/Tour of Angkor Temples (B)
Day19    Siem Reap Angkor Temples (B)
Day20    Depart Siem Reap (B)

InclusionsHalong Bay Vietnam

  • English-speaking guide;
  • Accommodation with Run-of-House Double rooms as indicated in the program;
  • Economy air tickets for Ha Noi – Hue/Da Nang – Nha Trang/Sai Gon – Siem Reap as per itinerary;
  • Transportation with air-conditioned car/bus as indicated in the program;
  • Private cabin with air-conditioning and soft-sleepers on the local train for Ha Noi – Lao Cai – Ha Noi as per itinerary;
  • Boat cruise on Ha Long Bay, Hue Perfume river,  and the Mekong River as in the program;
  • Meals as indicated in the program ( B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • All admission fees during guided times in the program;

Exclusions

  • Insurance of any types;
  • Visa arrangements;
  • Other International airfares than Sai Gon - Siem Reap as mentioned above;
  • Drinks, laundry, bar or other personal expenses;
  • Others not clearly specified clearly in the inclusions;

Day1    Arrive in Ha Noi (no meal)
Paradissa Travel tour guide will welcome you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

Ha Noi was chosen to be the capital city of Vietnam from the 1010 A.D. The ruling King Ly Cong Uan that time knew that choosing the capital site would be vital to the kingdom’s prosperity. After coming into power he patrolled the kingdom looking for a suitable site for building the capital city.

It’s said that he arrived at the bank of the Red River a five-colored dragon appeared soaring into the sky. He researched the whole area and found out that it was perfect in terms of Feng Shui. The construction of the capital city was started right after that. That time it was called Thang Long which in Vietnamese means the “City of Ascending Dragons”. With the arrival of the French in the 19th century, new colonial styled architecture was added to the charming traditional architecture of Ha Noi.

Nowadays the travelers to Ha Noi know of the city as 3 main areas: The Former Citadel Area, the Old Quarter and the French Quarter. Of course the city has more areas to the north, to the south and to the west of central Ha Noi now where high-rise buildings are found to accommodate the growing economy. With much development going on in the fast growing economy of Vietnam, the old areas of Ha Noi are specially protected by the authority and still Ha Noi retains the charm like no others.

Day2    Ha Noi City Tour/Ha Noi – Hai Phong (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We check out of our hotel in the morning and start the city tour with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace. The whole recalls some of the most remembered moments of the Vietnamese modern history.

Then we’ll tour the legendary One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature (The Temple of Knowledge) – The First University of Vietnam. The king ordered the construction of the Temple since we wanted the people to appreciate knowledge and encouraged the study of Confucianism. After that the First University was built just to the back of the Temple of Literature to educate the talented students of the kingdom. The kings of Vietnam that time would choose the bests that passed the royal exams to serve the kingdom. Those passed the royal exams would be called Doctorate. This noble title was not awarded easily: conscientious study combined with talents was required. Visiting the Temple of Literature you’ll adore the learning tradition of the Vietnamese started by their visionary kings thousands of years ago...

After lunch we’ll visit Ngoc Son Temple and the West Lake area. Then our journey goes on with a scenic drive to Hai Phong Colonial Town. Arriving at Hai Phong, we'll check into our hotel and enjoy free time for the remainder of the day. Dinner is included at the hotel.
Overnight in Hai Phong.

Hai Phong is a port city of Vietnam. The city port was started in the 11th century by the royal court and expanded in the 19th century by the French. Nowadays the visitor can still see the charming colonial architecture in many corners of the city. Hai Phong is nicknamed the city of flame flowers as all the tree-lined boulevards are covered by the red colors of flame flowers in summer time. With the perfect combination of the weathered colonial structures, the street side cafes, the tree lined boulevards, the unique flower stands… Hai Phong retains the charm like no others.

Day3    Hai Phong - Cat Ba – Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi/Night Train for Lao Cai (B/L) Sapa Vietnam

Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning, we'll embark a speed boat for 1 hour journey to Cat Ba Island. Upon arrival, we’ll be transferred to the wharf for a 5-hour boat cruise amid towering mountain islands, floating villages… on the emerald water of Ha Long Bay. We’ll visit a limestone cave and have fresh local seafood for lunch before docking on the shore at Ha Long City where we rejoins our car for the trip back to Ha Noi. Arriving at Ha Noi, enjoy free time at leisure until we transfer you to the train station for the night train for Lao Cai.
Overnight on board the train.

Ha Long Bay is part of the Ton Kin Gulf bordered to the north by China, to the south by Cat Ba Island. The bay has over 3000 islands towering on the emerald water with many lagoons, limestone caves and amazing system of flora and fauna, of which many are unknown and some are listed as endangered species such as the oyster-like creatures, the white-headed black monkeys…

Ha Long Bay was first listed as the World Heritage Site twice by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization), the first time was in 1994 for the natural beauty and settings, the second time in 1999 for the limestone rock formations of the bay. Ha Long Bay offers boat cruise trips, overnight luxury junk cruise trips, kayaking tours, trekking adventure tours.

Cat Ba is the biggest island in the south of Ha Long Bay, 41km from Hai Phong. The island is 354 square km, half of which and 90 square km of surrounding water was declared as a national park in 1986. The national park is a system of forest, mountains, islands, lagoons and caves which is home to some rare floras and faunas such as Kim Giao trees, oyster-like creatures(Tu Hai)… Near Cat Ba Town there are some fine white sand beaches. Cat Ba National Park offers trekking and hiking tours, adventure tours, boat cruise tours…

Day4    Arrive at Lao Cai/Lao Cai – Sa Pa/Cat Cat Village and Waterfall (B)
Arriving at Lao Cai train station early in the morning, we'll be welcomed by our driver and transferred to Sa Pa.

Lao Cai border town is where you can gaze across the Red River to China which is just on the other side. From Lao Cai the road winds up the terraced hillsides to Sa Pa, which offers the stunning mountain views of the North West of Vietnam. We arrive in Sa Pa and enjoy the rest of the morning free at leisure. Alternatively we can have a walking tour of Sa Pa colorful market.

In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy the walking tour to the breathtaking valley of Sa Pa to visit Cat Cat village (of the Black H’Mong people) and Cat Cat waterfall. We’ll enjoy a soft adventure trekking our way on the terraces in the Muong Hoa Valley.
Overnight in Sapa.

Sapa is a town in cloud. This hill station is 1500 m above sea level. Sa Pa is home to 7 groups of ethnic peoples including The Kinh (Viet), The Black H’Mong, The Red Zao, The Giay, The Tay, The Xa Pho. Sa Pa offers the travelers relaxing holidays, adventure tours with home staying or mountain trekking and hiking. For the travelers who love conquering challenges, there’s the Fan Si Pan Peak which is over 3000 m elevation. This is the summit of Indochina and it can easily be adored from Sapa Town.

Day5    Sa Pa - Ta Phin (Red Zao People) - Tram Ton Pass – Sa Pa (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We head out for our morning tour to Ta Phin village visiting the Red Zao people. In Ta Phin we’ll enjoy the stunning nature settings and learn how the Zao live their life. After the tour, we’ll travel past the town to Tram Ton Pass which is nick-named the Gate Way to Heaven and the Silver Waterfall.

On Tram Ton Pass, we’ll feel small by the 360-degree view of the fresh surrounding nature: the ranges of high mountains above, the green valleys with terraces below, dotted in the nature are hill tribe villages and the hill tribe colorful costumes. On a clear day with the sun shining across, we are quite sure that it’s no different from heaven. We cherish the nature beauty for a moment and tour back to town. You have free time at leisure for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Sapa.

Day6    Sa Pa - Ham Rong Mountain - Lao Chai Village - Ta Van Village- Lao Cai/Night Train for Ha Noi (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We start our tour to the wild orchid of Ham Rong Mountain. The mountain is just close to Sapa Town. Climbing the mountain is not a real adventure, but it requires a bit of effort. Once here we’ll be rewarded with the beautiful orchid flowers, the panoramic view of Sapa surroundings and the traditional ethnic minority music performed by the local boys and girls.

Descending the mountain, we’ll travel by jeep further into the Sa Pa Valley and have a walking tour of Lao Chai and Ta Van Villages which are home to the Black H’Mong and the Giay People. We’ll engage ourselves into the real life of the local hill tribes by visiting their houses and walking through their villages. We travel back to Sa Pa town and have some moments free at leisure.

In late afternoon, we’ll transfer back to Lao Cai Train Station for the overnight train bound for Ha Noi.
Overnight on board the train.

Day7    Arrive in Ha Noi/Ha Noi - Hue (VN 245: 1240 – 1350)/Hue River Cruise (B) Hue Vietnam

Arriving at Ha Noi early in the morning, you'll be transferred to the hotel with room for a couple of hours for refreshment.

At 10:30 A.M, our driver calls back at your hotel and transfers you back to the airport for your flight to Hue, the capital city of Vietnam from 1802 – 1945. Arriving in Hue, welcomed by our local tour guide and driver, and transferred to the city. Then embark on a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and the tomb of King Tu Duc.
Overnight in Hue.

Hue is a charming imperial city with combination of the new and the old. The Perfume River bisects the city into the northern and southern parts. To the north is the ancient citadel surrounded by moats which were home to the royal court of Vietnam in the 19th century. Visiting the ancient citadel you can visit the Palace where the king lived, the quarter for the royal family and concubines, the royal library….Lots of damages during the war are still found here though. To the south is where hotels and fine dining restaurants are located and meager night life is found.

Hue is no doubt the city of harmony with the encircling green mountains, the meandering rivers; the architecture nestled in trees…. Everything of Hue seems to be just in the right place and in perfect combination. To the western side is where the royal tombs are found. The Vietnamese kings thought that the west is the direction of sunset and permanent rest. That was why they built different royal tombs in the western part of Hue city. Here the kings would rest permanently in complete peace and tranquility.
 
Each of the royal tombs was designed by the king himself and the architecture of each tomb shows a lot about the king and the context of Vietnam at the time. Many tombs were constructed, completed and used by the king when they were still in reign. The royal tombs of Hue are for sure the fine pieces of arts.

Day8    Hue Imperial Citadel & Royal Tombs (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning, we’ll visit the Imperial Citadel – A World Heritage Site and the Dong Ba exotic market on the Perfume River Bank. Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we’ll continue our tour to King Khai Dinh’s Tomb and King Minh Mang’s Tomb.
Overnight in Hue.

Day9    Hue - Hoi An/Free at leisure (B) Hoi An Vietnam

Breakfast at the hotel.
Our journey today brings us through the scenic country side of the Central Region with white sand on one side and green mountains on the other. We’ll stop at the top of Hai Van (Sea Cloud) Pass to get the panoramic view of the mountains and the sea. Our destination is Hoi An Ancient Port Town.


Arriving in Hoi An, we’ll have an oriented walking tour of Hoi An Ancient Town for 30 minutes. We can recall the times when the narrow streets were busy with merchants from around the world who exchanged in different languages; push-cart carrying loads of cargo traveling back and forth…. This evening we’ll be on our own.
Overnight in Hoi An Ancient Town.

Hoi An was a famous trading port back to the 16 – 19th centuries. Hoi An was visited by merchants from China, Japan, Persia, Europe….at the times. Hoi An residents are composed of Vietnamese, Chinese. Hoi An’s architecture is the perfect combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese styles. Hoi An nowadays still retains the ambiance of the old town dating back to the heyday which never fails to charm the visitors.

Apart from the cozy ancient town, Hoi An also offers the pristine white sand Cua Dai Beach which claimed one of the most charming beaches in the world. Hoi An has always been unforgettable memory for our dear travelers.  

Day10    Hoi An at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
You have full day free at leisure for exploring the old town yourselves or for relaxing on the pristine Cua Dai Beach.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day11    Hoi An at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
You have full day free at leisure for exploring the old town yourselves or for relaxing on the pristine Cua Dai Beach.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day12    Hoi An - Da Nang - Nha Trang (VN 337: 1410 – 1530)/Free at leisure (B) Nha Trang Vietnam

Breakfast at the hotel.
You have free time at leisure until we transfer you back to Da Nang Airport for your flight to Nha Trang Beach City. Meet our local tour guide at Nha Trang – Cam Ranh Airport, we’ll enjoy a trip to Nha Trang city by the coast of the blue ocean and white sand. Arriving at the hotel, you’ll enjoy free time at leisure for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Nha Trang.

Nha Trang has been claimed one of the 29th most beautiful bays in the World. Possessing fine white sand beaches, turquoise almost transparent water, many clean offshore islands and superb corals, Nha Trang is certainly excellent for relaxing, snorkeling and scuba diving tours.

Day13    Nha Trang at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
You have full day free at leisure.
Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day14    Nha Trang - Da Lat (B) Dalat Vietnam

Breakfast at the hotel.
We continue our journey along the blue ocean through the arid south central area of Vietnam. Drive 4 hours (205 km) from Nha Trang to Da Lat. We’ll visit  Po Klong Giarai Cham tower, Chicken village and Prenn waterfall on the way. We’ll also stop the take a 360 degree view of the stunning natural beauty around Ngoan Muc Pass.

Upon arrival, we check into our hotel and go out for the tour of this romantic “Honeymoon” city. We’ll visit the Valley of Love and the central market, the famous Crazy house and former king Bao Dai’s summer villa.
Overnight in Dalat.  

Da Lat is a temperate climate city, famous for its scenic natural settings, the French Colonial Architecture, the pine hill forests dotted with lakes and waterfall, the flowers and the green vegetables. Da Lat is the destination for Vietnamese artists and honeymooners.

Day15    Da Lat (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We’ll start our today tour with a sightseeing and soft adventure trip to Lang Biang Mountain from where we’ll adore the panoramic view of chaste beauty around Da Lat which is the perfect combination of pine hill forest, waterfall, lakes, flower fields and colonial architecture.

Travelling down the Lang Biang Mountain, we’ll continue our tour to the Old Da Lat Train Station, Trai Mat, Linh Phuoc Pagoda and Tuyen Lam Lake. We enjoy our evening free at leisure.
Overnight in Da Lat.

Day16    Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City (morning flight)/Tour of Ho Chi Minh City (B) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transferred to the airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by the local people. Upon arrival, we’ll have a city tour of Saigon. We’ll visit the Cathedral, the General Post Office, the Re-unification Palace (from outside), the former US Embassy, the Municipal Theater and the Ben Thanh Market. Then we check into our hotel and enjoy free time at leisure.
Overnight in Saigon.  

Day17    Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we’ll travel into the verdant Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. Upon arrival, we’ll enjoy a boat ride through the Bao Dinh natural canal with the stilt houses and the fruit plantation along the river sides.

We’ll have a tour of My Tho wholesale fruit market, then proceed our journey to the Tortoise Island. Lunch is served in the canopy an orchard.

After that our boat trip brings us on the Tan Thach natural canal in Ben Tre, under the shadow of the water coconut trees. We’ll visit a family where you can learn about the agricultural lifestyle; travel through the fruit plantation in Thoi Son Island and enjoy a rowing boat trip on the creeks before cruising back to My Tho where we rejoin our car and travel back to Saigon.
Overnight in Saigon.Mekong Delta Vietnam

Day18    Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap (VN 827: 1140 – 1240)/Tour of Angkor Temples (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
You have free time at leisure until our car transfers you back to the Tan Son Nhat Airport for your flight to Siem Reap, The Kingdom of Cambodia. Arriving in Siem Reap, meet our Cambodia tour guide and we’ll have a tour of the Angkor Temples: Ta Prohm temple embraced by gigantic trees and creepers, the terrace of Sras Srang, Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei and Takeo.

In late afternoon, we’ll climb the Phnom Bakheng Hill to the hilltop temple and adore the stunning sunset view over the countryside and the fabled Angkor Wat.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day19    Siem Reap Angkor Temples (B) Siem Reap Cambodia
Breakfast at the hotel.
Our morning tour starts with Angkor Thom the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). Tour the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), Bayon Temple(unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Return to Siem Reap for refreshment.

In the afternoon, we’ll enter the legendary world of Angkor Wat. We’ll have 2 to 3 hours for a guided tour which we’ll learn about the magical works of the Khmer to build these unrivalled structures. Then we’ll have some brief moments for self-exploring the upper levels of Angkor Wat. Since the top levels are vertically steep, it’s necessary we clamber them with good care.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Angkor Wat complex covers 81 hectares. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer arts and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks, the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat symbolizes the ocean beyond.

Day20    Depart Siem Reap (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
You have free time until we transfer you back to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure flight. Time to bid farewell to the fabled temples of Angkor. We trust you had a wonderful tour to Vietnam and Cambodia with Paradissa Travel.