Travel Vietnam - Cambodia 19 Days

Duration: 19 Days
Destinations: Vietnam Tours, Vietnam Travel, Travel Vietnam & Cambodia
Tour Operator: dongtravel.com    cs@dongtravel.com    1st Floor

This 19-day trip takes you to the most interesting places in Vietnam. From breathtaking mountains, covered with terraced rice fields and inhabited by more than 54 colorful ethnic groups to the chaotic Vietnamese capital Hanoi, to the fantastic Hoi An, from the magic of Ha Long Bay, the Mekong Delta. Then discover the history of the Cambodian people and the magnificent temple complex of Angkor. A trip suitable for those seeking culture, nature and relaxation, suitable for a honeymoon .... these itineraries are adaptable to your every need and are just examples of the many options that this wonderful land offers.

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DAY 1: DEPART TO VIETNAM

Depart to Vietnam

DAY 2: ARRIVAL IN HANOI

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Transfer to the airport for international flights to Hanoi. After airport practices, transfer to hotel in Hanoi, visit of the city, the political capital of unified Vietnam. An orientation tour in cyclò to learn about this millenary city of peaceful lakes, the ancient quarter of the 36 streets, Hoan Kiem, (the lake of the returned sword), the temple of Ngoc Son (the temple of jade), the silk road. You can not miss to visit the Temple of Literature, which was declared the first Vietnamese university since the eleventh century. It was in this place that in the past, after passing the state exams, the mandarins were prepared to be sent to the various provinces of the kingdom to rule the people instead of the emperor. Now it is a delightful environment permeated with the symbols of Confucianism where the Confucius, the major teachers and the first graduates of the Confucian culture are venerated. For many, however, it is the temple of knowledge itself. Then visit the Cathedral of S. Giuseppe, the Ba Da pagoda and free time, letting you "enter" the living reality of the old quarter with shopping. Water puppets Dinner and overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

DAY 3: Hanoi - SAPA - visit of TA PHIN and the Silver Falls

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Departure to Lao Cai - Sapa by private car. Approximate journey time of about 4 hours and a half. Upon arrival: meeting with local guide and lunch in LAO CAI. In the afternoon: head towards Sapa, stop to visit the village of Ta Phin where Dzao rossi populations live. Then, after taking the rooms at the hotel in Sapa, we set off to visit the Silver Falls (Thac Bac), i and then return to Sapa. Overnight at hotel in Sapa. Lunch included free dinner.

DAY 4: SAPA – LAOCHAI – TAVAN – SAPA

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Day dedicated to visiting the villages of the ethnic groups living in the beautiful valley southeast of Sapa. We proceed with a pleasant walk through the villages of Lao Chai (inhabited by the ethnic Hmong Blacks), the village Tavan (inhabited by the Tay), and the Ban Ho (populated by Thai). Breathtaking panorama. Unique meetings with local populations. In the middle of the walk we could organize a typical lunch in one of the houses of the Tay ethnie in the village of TaVan. Part of the afternoon is reserved for the visit of the Sapa market, where all the ethnic minorities of the surrounding villages come to sell the products of their gardens or hunting. On the other hand, if you happen right on Saturday, you can have the opportunity to witness the love market, that is the boys and girls of different ethnic groups come to this market with the firm hope of finding their sweet half. Time for Dinner. Overnight in Sapa.

DAY 5: SA PA - BAC HA - HANOI

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It starts from Sapa in the direction of the market of Bac Ha, passing the town Lao Cai, you begin to enter a lost world where you will have the pleasant feeling that time had stopped. Arrival and visit of the Bac Ha ethnic market, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful ethnic markets in the world. You will have the opportunity to witness a huge variety of ethnic minorities, of bright colors of the typical costumes of the flowering H'mong, of the Phu La, of the La Chi, of the Dzao of the Coins, of the Dzao pon pon, of the Tay and so on ... in short you will have the certainty of living a unique experience of its kind. Lunch in a local restaurant along the way. Afternoon: return to Lao Cai where the train is resumed in the evening for Hanoi service bunks in cabins of 4 The arrival in Hanoi is scheduled around 5:30 the next morning.

DAY 6: Ha Noi - Halong Bay

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After breakfast, departure to Ha Long Bay by minibus. The route involves crossing part of the delta of the Red River.  During the journey you can admire the life of the farmers of the delta of the great Red River, typical small markets of rural villages etc ...  Arrived in Ha Long, embark on one of the junk, allocation of reserved cabins and move towards the bay. You will have the opportunity to explore and experience the picturesque scenery of over 3000 limestone islands that stand out vertically from the green waters of the bay. Lunch on board with fish and shrimps Stop for a visit to the caves or take a dip in the emerald waters of the beautiful bay! Ha Long means place where the dragon has descended, which according to the legend, with strokes of the tail, had raised these fantastic mountains, making them become one of the natural wonders of the world. None of the islands is inhabited by man, today the bay is considered a natural heritage of humanity and is under UNESCO protection. After the excursion, for those who want, you can participate in relaxation activities to enjoy the sunset over the bay or squid fishing. Dinner and overnight on board the junk, stopped in a quiet basin in the middle of the bay.

DAY 7: HALONG BAY - HANOI

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Early in the morning, for those who want, Tai Qi exercises at dawn on the Giunca terrace.   After breakfast on board, continue the excursion on the bay, "early" lunch and return to the pier. Transfer by minibus to Ha Noi. Arrival is scheduled for late afternoon. Arrival in Hanoi and accommodation in Hotel for overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 8: HANOI - FLIGHT TO HUE

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Breakfast, transfer to the airport and flight to Hue, the capital of Vietnam under the dynasty of the Nguyen, the last feudal family that reigned in Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. Upon arrival transfer by car to the city and the visits. In the morning the visits begin with an excursion on the romantic river Huong (river of the Perfumes) that in the past has been the source of inspiration for many poets. We continue with the visit of Thien Mu, the pagoda symbol of Central Vietnam and the Imperial Citadel with inside the Forbidden City. Time for lunch. And room delivery. In the afternoon visit the Imperial Mausoleums. After the visits, a walk to the Dong Ba market and return to the hotel. Time for dinner. Overnight at the hotel booked in Hue.

DAY 9: HUE - HOI AN

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Breakfast and depart for Hoi An, passing the HaiVan Pass of the Clouds. Upon arrival at the city of danang, visit the Cham civilization museum. Lunch in Danang and transfer to Hoi An. Delivery of rooms and depart for the guided tour of Hoi An. Currently HoiAn is the only town in Vietnam that still retains its authentic aspects of past centuries and since 1998 was declared by UNESCO, cultural heritage of humanity. The complete knowledge of the town is realized by making stops during the visit, in the most representative points of the ancient center. You will be able to see some ancient houses, the Japanese bridge, one of the congregation rooms of the various communities (Fujì, Cantonese, Japanese), the handicraft center and the popular market of HoiAn. Time for Dinner. Free time to enjoy the evening in the ancient town. Overnight at Hoi An.

DAY 10: Free day in Hoi An

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Free day in Hoi An, You can: - relax at the beaches by the sea, - go by bike through villages and countryside around Hoi An, - book a tour of the ruins of the Champa civilization (35 km from Hoi An) - or wander the ancient city of Hoi An itself. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An. Services included: hotel, Breakfast

DAY 11: HOI AN - DANANG – SAIGON (HO CHI MINH).

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Breakfast. Departure for Da Nang Airport for Vietnam Airlines flight to Ho Chi Minh. The City of Ho Chi Minh, or Saigon, as many locals still call it by its ancient name, is Vietnam's most important financial-economic center. It is said that if you look for something and do not find it here, you will not find it anywhere else in Vietnam! You will be infected by its radiance, marveled by the industriousness of the people, and, why not, impressed by the movements of its over seven million scooters! Upon arrival, transfer to the center, visit the war crimes museum. Lunch is served in a local restaurant in the city, the assignment of the rooms and then we visit the city of HoChiMinh. We proceed to visit the "colonial" part of Saigon: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Post Office designed by Gustave Eiffel, the same architect who built the Eiffel Tower in Paris and a view of the US embassy. Participation in the unique show of its kind, the water puppets. Free time for dinner. Overnight at hotel in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh).

DAY 12: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta - Caibe – Can Tho

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Breakfast. Transfer by car towards Del Delta del Fiume. The day is entirely dedicated to the visit of the great delta of the Mekong river and its canals. From the center of Saigon, it will take about two hours to penetrate the heart of the Mekong Delta. Along the way you can already admire the landscape and the life of the peasants, huts, houses and tombs scattered in the emerald green of the palms and rice fields, the horticulture that take care of the plants of the orchards. Arriving at the Great River, we will embark on an excursion on the river, we will perceive the rhythm of the typical life of the people who live on the Rive and on the River itself. You make several stops on the banks to visit the activities of the people of the great river, a farm of rice cakes, the artisan production of puffed rice, the production of coconut candies ... You have the typical lunch in a house of a former -owner landowner of the delta, we continue with the excursion on the great river. Afterwards, you return to the pier and drive to Can Tho where you stay at the hotel booked. Lunch included, free dinner.

DAY 13: FLOATING MARKET CHAU DOC

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Breakfast. Departure from Can Tho Pier in a private boat to visit the floating market of Cai Rang (2 hours), the largest floating market in the Mekong Delta. Lunch in a local restaurant and departure towards An Giang, we go towards Tra Su for excursion in the forest of the mangroves, after which we proceed towards Chau Doc, the last town on the border with Cambodia. Upon arrival, delivery of the reserved rooms. Overnight at hotel in Chau Doc.

DAY 14: CHAU DOC – PHNOM PENH (VIA FIUME MEKONG)

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After breakfast, departure by fast boat to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. During the journey, there will be an assistant for obtaining the Cambodian visa. Various stops on the banks on the borders between the two countries for the procedures to leave Vietnam and enter Cambodia. Arrival in Phnom Penh mid-morning: meeting with the local guide. Lunch and guided tour of Phnom Penh (Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum where many artifacts of Angkor are held). Dinner and overnight in Phnom Penh.

DAY 15: PHNOM PENH – ANGKOR (SIEM REAP)

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Breakfast. Departure for Siem Reap by hydrofoil or by car, depending on the condition of the river's waters. Upon arrival, meeting with the local guide and lunch. After lunch, included, we visit the temples of the Rolous group, considered pre-Angorian temples as each of them (PreahKo, Bakong and Lolei), will serve as models for the temples of Angkor in the following centuries. In the late afternoon, visit to know the local handicraft production (Siem Reap Central Market, NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) center where the beautiful Cambodian silk is produced Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight in hotel in Siem Reap.

DAY 16: VISIT SIEM REAP

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Breakfast and tour of the city of Angkor: the capital of Angkor Thom, the South Gate, the famous Bayon temple, the Phimeanakas area, the terrace of the Elephants and the leper King. Lunch. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent temple of the enveloping roots of Ta Phrom and finally the most famous site of the whole complex: the Angkor Vat. Following, you can climb the temple of Mount Bakheng to watch the sunset on the legendary site of the temples d'Angkor. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 17: VISIT SIEM REAP

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Second day dedicated to the visit of the city of Angkor. Visit of Banteay Srey, the citadel of women. Then, visit the temples of Preh Rupi, Mebon Est and Kravan. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon, continue the visit to the temple area of Preah Khan and Neak Pen Prasat Kravan. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 18: DEPARTURE FROM SIEM REAP

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Breakfast. Free day until transfer to the airport. possibility of last purchases with a shopping tour or relax with a relaxing walk through the small streets and restaurants of Siem Reap. Transfer to the airport for the return flight to your country.

DAY 19: ARRIVAL IN YOUR HOME

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Arrival in your home

IN ITALY: WITH GREAT MEMORY

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