Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

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Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

14 Days Starting in Hanoi and ending in Siem Reap

Visiting: Hanoi, Siem Reap

Tour code:

VCB

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 12

Physical rating:

Low, Easy

Age range:

18-39 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Boat/Cruise Excursion

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Tour Overview

he serene Royal Tu Duc tomb, ensconced within walls, embraced by pine woods, and adorned with a lakeside pavilion adorned with lotus blossoms. Next, visit the venerable Thien Mu Pagoda, a revered structure for religious worship, standing tall with its seven-storied tower built in 1601. Immerse yourself in Hue's authentic culture and way of life, as the city's garden houses welcome you with nostalgic architecture

Highlights

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

  • Red River Delta.

  • Son Tra Peninsula.

  • Royal Tu Duc tomb.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Hanoi

Meet your guide and fellow tour companions in the hotel lobby at 6.

00pm for a relaxed and informal welcome gathering.

Following the meeting, immerse yourself in the bustling energy of Hanoi, where you have the option to join a tour group dinner or venture out to explore the lively night markets and vibrant streets that come alive after sundown! Rest comfortably as you spend the night in Hanoi, eager to embrace the adventures that lie ahead.

Day 2: Hanoi

Spend an entire day exploring Hanoi's iconic landmarks, beginning with a visit to the impressive Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the final resting place of Uncle Ho, where you'll gain valuable insights into his pure and noble way of life.



Trace the city's rich history with a quick stop at a nearby historical lake featuring a B-52 relic, and listen to an untold story at a witness's home, revealing the local community's resilience and recovery from the war.

Take a leisurely stroll through the charming side streets of "the village in town," immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and daily rhythm of life in this urban village.

Engage in conversations facilitated by your guide with locals, providing insights into their peaceful days before rapid industrialization.



Explore the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university, showcasing captivating 11th-century Vietnamese architecture.

Experience the lively and social atmosphere of Hanoi on cyclo (rickshaw) rides through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, known as the "36 streets of 36 wares.

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Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Today, embark on a scenic road journey to Ha Long Bay, a mesmerizing World Heritage Site renowned for its exceptional natural beauty, featuring 3,000 islands emerging from the crystal-clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.

Travel through the fertile farmlands of the Red River Delta, where rice fields, water buffalo, and the daily life of Vietnamese villages unfold before your eyes.



Upon reaching Ha Long, set foot on your cruise ship and savor a delightful lunch on board.

As the boat glides through the serene emerald waters, surrounded by a myriad of rugged islands and impressive limestone karsts, a range of tours and activities awaits (depending on the vessel's schedule), including visits to stunning caves.

As the day concludes, the boat finds its anchorage amidst the majestic karst formations, creating a tranquil and enchanting setting for the night.



Optional Experience: Seaplane scenic flight over Ha Long Bay







Embark on an exhilarating adventure to witness the captivating beauty of Halong Bay, a UNESCO-listed landscape, in a most thrilling manner.

Soar through the skies aboard a scenic seaplane, flying amid limestone karsts and over sparkling beaches, offering a unique and awe-inspiring perspective of this renowned heritage site.








Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang

Commence your day with a tranquil Tai Chi session that harmonizes deep breathing and relaxation alongside slow, gentle movements.

Relish a delightful breakfast in the dining room, offering a picturesque view of Ha Long Bay's landscape, complete with coffee, tea, and delectable pastries.

While enjoying the fresh air of this enchanting bay, the boat gracefully cruises through its most serene and beautiful areas, eventually leading you back to the wharf.



Around 10:30 am, prepare to disembark as your vehicle awaits, ready to transport you back to Ha Noi for your flight to Danang.

Upon arriving in Da Nang, we proceed to the Hoian ancient town, where our hotel awaits, offering a leisurely and comfortable stay for the night in this charming and historically-rich destination.

Day 5: Hoi An

Hoi An's Ancient Town, once a thriving port from the 15th to the 19th centuries, remains remarkably preserved, making it an essential destination to explore.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site captivates visitors with its charming old tile-roofed shops, serene pagodas, and vibrant community halls.

Embark on a guided walking tour through Hoi An's Ancient Town, where you'll admire its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets, and delectable local cuisine.



This morning, pay a visit to a tea house that empowers individuals with disabilities, offering them meaningful employment and valuable social skills, fostering their integration into society.



Optional Experience: Exploring Hoi An's countryside in style


Get ready to experience Hoi An from a unique perspective.

Join your guide for an exciting vintage jeep ride, venturing into the lesser-known rural corners of this enchanting destination.

As you traverse the picturesque countryside, you may encounter farmers tending to their rice fields alongside cows and buffalos or enjoying a moment of relaxation under the soothing shade.

Discover the serenity of an island village, where the authentic Vietnamese way of life thrives.



Day 6: Hoi An - Hue City

Today, savor a picturesque coastal drive leading you to the Son Tra Peninsula.

This verdant mountain, gracing the horizon with its lush greenery and crowned by a magnificent white statue at its peak, offers breathtaking views.

As we journey around, keep an eye out for playful monkeys, while the coastal road treats you to sweeping vistas.



Experience the awe-inspiring Hai Van Pass, where you'll be enchanted by the sight of lush mountains, clear blue skies, and the stunning Lang Co beach.

Embark on a visit to a charming local fishing village, nestled between the deep mountains and the vast sky and ocean.



Arrive in Hue around noon, and the afternoon is yours to explore as you please.

Don't miss the renowned Dong Ba Market, where you can savor a delightful array of Hue's finest dishes in a casual yet sophisticated ambiance.

At night, Rest comfortably and delightfully in Hue.

Day 7: Hue

Discover the Imperial Citadel, the regal seat of Vietnam's last feudal dynasty from 1802 to 1945.

Step into a world of palaces, pavilions, ceremonial grounds, and official audiences with civil mandarins.

Your guide will unravel the historical events and captivating stories of the former royal court as you marvel at the exquisite royal architecture.



Journey to the serene Royal Tu Duc tomb, ensconced within walls, embraced by pine woods, and adorned with a lakeside pavilion adorned with lotus blossoms.

Next, visit the venerable Thien Mu Pagoda, a revered structure for religious worship, standing tall with its seven-storied tower built in 1601.



Immerse yourself in Hue's authentic culture and way of life, as the city's garden houses welcome you with nostalgic architecture, a warm family ambiance, delectable delicacies, and the essence of traditional etiquette.

Day 8: Hue - Ho Chi Minh City

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, complete the check-out process, and then proceed to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as "Saigon.

" Delve into the captivating history of the Cu Chi tunnels, an intricate underground network created by the Viet Cong to evade detection during the war.

Engage in a compelling conversation with a VC veteran who once resided in these tunnels, gaining insight into the challenging life underground, marked by scarcity of oxygen, food, and water.



To conclude the day with a thrill, embark on a speedboat adventure into town, traversing the canal that leads you through a picturesque journey.

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong

Experience the bountiful Mekong Delta, renowned as the "rice bowl of Vietnam," boasting a network of canals, lush paddy fields, tropical fruit orchards, and thriving fish farms.

This day trip transports you to Ben Tre, a gateway to the Mekong Delta, where you'll leave the bustling city behind and immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes of rice paddies and fruit plantations along the way.

Embark on a serene cruise down the Mekong River aboard the charming Apricot boat, a thoughtfully designed river barge inspired by local traditions.

As you sail, admire the idyllic countryside and the vibrant riverside communities.



Take delight in a tuk-tuk or bicycle ride through the tranquil village and experience a sampan ride along the labyrinth of small canals adorned with water coconut trees.

Greeted warmly by the locals with "xin chao" or "hi," you'll feel the authentic charm of the region.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh

With your knowledgeable guide, embark on an enriching journey to explore the city's prominent landmarks, including the War Remnants Museum, which houses a captivating collection of photos and artifacts from the past.

Visit the historic Reunification Palace, once the residence of the Indochina Governor-General and later the President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam.

Enjoy the freedom to wander through the renowned Dong Khoi area, where you'll find the legendary Continental Hotel, immortalized by Graham Greene in his novel "The Quiet American," along with an array of popular restaurants, bars, and boutiques.



Take a moment to unwind at a coffee shop that once served as a safe haven and weapon chamber during the Vietnam War, immersing yourself in the rich history of the location.

Not far from downtown Ho Chi Minh lies Cho Lon, a vibrant and culturally significant Chinatown.

Stroll through bustling streets, catching glimpses of daily life, and experience the authentic street atmosphere as you navigate through Cho Lon's busiest areas.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Siem Reap

Depart from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city and head to the airport for a brief flight to Siem Reap.



Siem Reap is renowned for its trendy boutiques and artistic studios and awaits your exploration this afternoon.

Immerse yourself in the world of traditional Cambodian art at Artisan d'Angkor, a social enterprise empowering young people from rural areas with training in Cambodian arts and crafts.



Later, experience a serene and sacred moment by receiving blessings from the monks at a tranquil riverside pagoda.

As they chant blessings and sprinkle holy water and flowers, a sacred thread will be tied around your wrist, offering protection from evil spirits and accidents.

At night, est and unwind overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 12: Siem Reap

The Angkor Archaeological Park holds immense cultural significance in Cambodia.

Today, seize every moment to explore the wonders of the Angkor complex alongside your knowledgeable guide, who will lead you through remote trails to avoid the crowds.



Discover the modern wonder of the world, Angkor Wat, masterfully constructed by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as a dedication to the Hindu god Vishnu.

The bas-reliefs adorned with hundreds of exquisite carvings depicting Hindu mythology are a must-see.



At Ta Prohm, famously featured in Tomb Raider, be mesmerized by the enchanting combination of ruins entwined with the lush jungle.



Optional Experience: Sunset cruise on Royal Gondola boat




Later today, head to the discreet bank situated within the ancient moat of Angkor Thom, where you'll embark on a distinctive waterway journey aboard an Angkor Gondola boat.

Glide over the serene and enchanting lake of the South Gate, savoring a leisurely experience that grants you insights into the untouched historical and cultural treasures of centuries past.








Optional Experience: Khmer food tasting experience






Tonight, reserve your appetite for an exclusive street food excursion led by a knowledgeable local food enthusiast, allowing you to delve into the world of Khmer cuisine.

Hop on a local tuk-tuk and make your way to the bustling night market, where you'll be treated to a delightful array of sights, aromas, and tastes, featuring an enticing selection of authentic local delicacies.







Day 13: Siem Reap

Embark on an off-the-beaten-path expedition today, venturing to the remote outer temples to escape the crowds.

First on the itinerary is the Citadel of Women, a significant 10th-century red sandstone temple dedicated to Shiva.

Adorned with intricate carvings, this temple stands as one of Angkor's most important and well-preserved structures.



Next, we'll make a stop at the Hindu temple of Banteay Samre, often likened to a miniature version of Angkor Wat, showcasing its unique 12th-century architecture.

Prepare for a one-of-a-kind historical journey as we delve into the tumultuous period of Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia (from 1975 to 1979).



Engage in conversations with native Khmers in their remote village homes, listening to firsthand accounts of life during and after the Pol Pot era.

Day 14: Siem Reap

After a satisfying breakfast, the day is yours to explore and savor the last moments of your unforgettable journey before we arrange your smooth transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    <strong>8</strong> Nights in 4 & 5 Star Hotels. <a href="http://www.traveltalktours.com">See hotels</a><br><strong>3</strong> Nights in Traditional Turkish Gulet

  • Fully Guided

    Yes.

  • Meals

    <strong>10</strong> Breakfasts, <strong>3</strong> Lunches,<strong> 3</strong> Dinner<br> <strong> </strong>

  • Transportation

    Modern Air-conditioned Coaches with Wi-Fi, Traditional Turkish Gulet

  • Airport Transfer(s)

    Arrival Airport transfer on first day of the tour.

  • Tour Guiding

    Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

  • Free Wi-Fi

    Complimentary hotel and coach Wi-Fi ( where available )

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

    Not Included.

Add Ons

Local Payment: £0

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    20 People.

  • Can I arrange accommodation before or after my tour?

    Pre and post-tour accommodation is available on most of our tours with our improved rates, depending on the availability. You can add pre or post accommodation during the booking process online

  • Do I need to get a visa in advance or can I get it on arrival at the destination?

    You are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Please consult your travel agent or the relevant consulate in advance to determine if or which visas are required and how to obtain them. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could result in your rejection to enter the destination, and could result in considerable expenses and inconvenience. More information about visas is also available on the pre-departure files of each tour.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Most of our guests are seasoned travellers with years of experience, looking to discover a culture in exquisite style. They are passionate to explore new things, connect with the local fabric and spend quality time on a comfortable adventure. The majority of our guests are from the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and Europe.

  • What are the optional experiences?

    Optional experiences are activities that you can do on your own or are provided by third parties. These activities are not part of the itinerary or tour price, but suggested to you as popular attractions at your destination.

  • How am I protected when booking a tour with Ciconia?

    We are a member of ABTA, Association of British Travel Agents, Travel Talk Adventures Membership number Y600X. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. ABTA also offers you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of this contract. The scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered independently. It is a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on you for cost. We also reflect our customer-oriented values to our policies, assisting all our guests to our utmost ability in case of changes. Our website is secured via 128-bit encryption, safeguarding your holiday is important to us.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    There are always solo travellers on our tours. If you don’t mind staying with another single traveller of the same gender, then you do not need to pay the single supplement. The single supplement is for guests who would like to stay in a private room for the duration of their tour. You can arrange a single room when booking online or by contacting us. Please note this option is not always available for certain tours.

  • What does the tour price include?

    Ciconia tours generally cover top quality accommodation and premium transportation, all breakfasts and most dinners, services of expert Travel Director and local guides at some sites, all entrance fees to all sites on tour, airport transfers, and all taxes, tips and porterage fees.

Reviews of this Operator

Dexter Dunworth  

The tour was exceptional!

07-Nov-2022

The tour was exceptional! And the guide exceed expectations with his vast and in depth knowledge of local culture and Anatolia history . Coupled with his exceptional good looks and personality. With the driver we felt safe and the coach was comfortable.

Linda T.  

The tour of Turkey was amazing

07-Nov-2022

The tour of Turkey was amazing. The itinerary was well thought out with lots of great sites visited and very comfortable accommodation at the end of the day. We always felt very comfortable with our bus driver Oral and were able to spread out on the bus with our small tour. Very important for busy days. Our tour guide Aykut was brilliant. He has great information to share about the sites and Turkey in general, was always cheerful and worked hard to ensure everyone’s needs were met. 5 star :))

Adam Hannant  

Our tour guide was outstanding

13-Nov-2022

Our tour guide, Mohammad Shaarawy, was outstanding. He made us feel safe and kept us informed throughout our trip to Egypt. He taught us so much about Egypt and its history. We feel blessed to have met him and for having him as our guide. Thank you Mohammed. We hope to see you again.🙏🏻🇪🇬 Adam & Laura

Linda Hockton  

What a wonderful experience

26-Oct-2022

What a wonderful experience we have had with Ciconia. Such amazing sights and Turkish experiences - truly unforgettable. And thank goodness for Aykut. Best guide EVER!!! So knowledgeable, patient, thoughtful and absolutely hilarious. We loved every minute with Aykut and the long bus rides would have been very difficult without him on board. BRAVO Aykut

Elaine Chan  

The 11 day Turkey tour is amazing

25-Oct-2022

The 11 day Turkey tour is amazing. Our tour guide looked after us so well, the stories he told of the history and places we visited were the highlights of the tour. The next time I return to Turkey I want him to be the tour guide!!!

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    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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