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Vietnam and Cambodia Hanoi > Siem Reap - 14 Days

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Embark on a captivating journey through Vietnam and Cambodia, where ancient wonders and vibrant cultures await. Begin your adventure in the historic streets of Hanoi, where the old quarter's labyrinth of narrow lanes leads to hidden temples and bustling markets. Traverse the picturesque town of Hoi An, adorned with colorful lanterns and centuries-old architecture, a testament to its rich trading history. Immerse yourself in the dynamic rhythm of Ho Chi Minh City,  sail through the legendary beauty of Ha Long Bay, where limestone karsts rise majestically from the emerald waters, creating a scene straight out of a postcard. Continue your odyssey to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where the ancient wonders of Angkor await exploration. From the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat to the enigmatic faces of Bayon, delve into the heart of Khmer civilization and uncover the mysteries of Southeast Asia's most iconic landmarks. With a blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, this journey promises an unforgettable experience for the adventurous traveler.



Upon arrival into Hanoi, be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel and you will have a welcome dinner. Please note: * Estimated distance from hotels in the Old Quarter to the airport or v.v: ~25-30km Estimated driving time: ~30mins - 40mins. * International arrivals: Please proceed through immigration and customs, and make your way to the exterior arrivals area, using the exit indicated for your flight on the arrivals marquee (either exit A1 or A2). Our representative will be waiting here for you holding a Pick-up sign. He will then escort you to your vehicle to take you to your hotel. Meals: Dinner Hotel: La Siesta Premium Hang Be - Deluxe Room


Today you’ll experience the very best Hanoi has to offer with this full day tour of the city. Your morning begins with a to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum where you’ll hear everything about the man whose name adorns the museum and his leadership of Vietnam’s campaign for independence from French colonial rule. Ho Chi Minh dedicated his life to the liberation of his country from foreign rule before passing away in 1969. His body has been preserved for later generations. Each year the mausoleum closes it doors in October for upkeep. The grounds are well worth a wander, check out the one pillar pagoda and the presidential palace. Next, visit the 11th century relic, the Temple of Literature, which was built in homage to the Chinese scholar Confucius. This afternoon you will experience lunch like no other at the Koto Restaurant, a social enterprise that provides training to disadvantaged and street children. KOTO has trained over 700 students in Hanoi and Saigon, with 200 of them currently enrolled. Come on a culinary journey and enjoy the aroma and the flavors of Vietnamese and South-East Asian specialties, before sitting down to enjoy a three-course meal where you can try a selection of traditional dishes. Your next stop is B52 Lake which is the only place that still preserves a part of the B-52 remnants until now in Hanoi capital. People often call it “B-52 lake”. Go visit Huu Tiep Lake and hear the local people tell you historical stories about the victory and the aircraft B52. Finally, you’ll head over to Ngoc Son temple, famed for being set on a tiny island on the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake. Discover how the island got its name from the legend of an emperor, a magic sword, and a giant turtle. Please note: * Estimated pick-up time: 8.00AM - Estimated duration: 8hrs * A long waiting time in line is required to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum especially in high season (March and April) and on rainy days. You can’t visit other places in the complex without visiting the Mausoleum. * The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every afternoon as well as on Mondays and Fridays. During closure, the Ho Chi Minh Residence and other places in the complex can be visited as normal. * From 15th June to 14th August, the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum will be closed for the annual renovation. Presidential Palace and the Resident of the complex remain opened at normal schedule for your visit. Egg coffee has been woven into the fabric of Hanoian culture since its inception at the famous Hotel Metropole. More than just sampling a cup we will come to understand the significance of this drink through the eyes of our Local legend: Mr Khoa Heading down a narrow corridor and up an ancient stone staircase you will soon come into what was Mr Khoa's home and what is now the setting for his cafe. Take a moment away from the hectic street life below and enjoy a cup of Egg Coffee (Cà phê trứng) whilst Mr Khoa regales you with stories of times gone by. It is through these stories of hardship and devotion that your egg coffee experience will truly take on a unique quality. NOTE: Our Local legend Mr Khoa is not always available early mornings and on weekends' Black out date: 23 Jan 2023 to 27 Jan 2023 Optional Tour WHAT THE PHO This evening we will enjoy Pho - the famous Vietnamese soup dish for dinner. But tonight, we’ll have the chance to sample it in more ways than one! First off, we will head into the winding alleyways of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, here we will visit one of the many frequented Pho shops and try a bowl of this dish which is an essential must-try. A delicate slow-cooked stock ladled over rice noodles with sliced beef or shredded chicken piled on top amidst a handful of green onions; this is a dish made famous in Hanoi! Hunger banished it is now time to quench your thirst by sampling a local cocktail which has turned heads with its ability to replicate the delicate flavours of Pho. Watch the tiered tower of spices flicker in the flames as they infuse the spirits of your evening drink. Whilst sipping on your cocktail we will provide you with a sample of a local chocolate grown and produced in Vietnam. The after-dinner Pho chocolate and cocktail is the perfect way to pay homage to this famous dish. We will then head to a local Jazz club to sit back, relax and enjoy the music with a beverage in hand. Afterwards, we will return you to your accommodation. Start time: 18:00 Finish time: 22:00 Black Out Dates - Tet Holiday. Please Note: Tour starts at 6 PM and finishes around 10 PM. If you wish to stay at the evening venue longer please inform your guide and they can help you arrange a taxi. Meals: Breakfast / Lunch Hotel: La Siesta Premium Hang Be – Deluxe Room


We travel on to the mysterious. Halong Bay, which literally means 'where the dragon descends into the sea'. Optional Tour SCENIC FLIGHT OVER HALONG BAY Upon arrival, enjoy a breathtaking scenic flight over Halong bay. Taking off and landing on the water at Tuan Chau Marina, our 25-minute scenic flight showcases the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay, offering a completely different perspective than from a cruise ship. From the air, the many islands appear like mountain ranges, the embodiment of "Ha Long", meaning "descending dragon". Board your Halong bay overnight cruise, sit in your cabin, and follow cruise's itinerary. In the afternoon a boat trip through Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This beautiful nature reserve is the result of centuries of erosion and is unique in the world. Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Hotel: Emeraude Classic Cruise Halong - ROH Non Series 2D1N


Wake with the sun and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies on board as the horizon brightens. This morning if the weather permits, in the summer, visit a pearl farm to see how these precious 'stones' are farmed or in winter you can visit Ti Top Island. Back en route to the port, pass by Halong Bay and its stunning islets before disembarking and then heading back to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue. Please note: * Itinerary subject to change or cancellation due to weather conditions. * Set menu applies for cruise with 14 persons and below. * Estimated disembark time: 10.30AM On arrival in Hue, meet your guide and transfer by vehicle to your hotel for check in. The rest of your day is at leisure. Please note: Estimated distance from the airport to hotels in city center or vice versa: around 15km - 20 km - Estimated driving time: 30 - 45 minutes Meals: Breakfast Hotel: Spatel d'Annam Hotel - Superior


Explore markets laden with produce, hop in a cyclo and be peddled through Hue, enjoy a Royal White Lotus tea, and then head to a hidden restaurant where you will try to make your own Royal dishes of the Nguyen Court. A great way to spend half a day in Hue! On today's excursion, we will start at the famous Dong Ba Market. Here we will be able to explore the chaos within as sellers and buyers converge upon stands heaving with fresh fruit and vegetables, shelves of medicinal cures, China shops with dainty tea sets and fresh meals being cooked up for the hungry denizens. After exploring we will get on a cyclo (A reclining peddle-powered rickshaw) and be taken through central Hue enjoying the sights of the old city and its fortressed walls as we go. Our next stop will be a charming teahouse where we will stop and enjoy tea where the tea leaves are left overnight in White lotuses. Take a moment to yourself to enjoy this tea made famous by its association with the Nguyen dynasty. After our rest stop at this tranquil teahouse, we will hop back onto our cyclo and head to a charming garden restaurant where a family have dedicated themselves to creating the savory cakes of Hue. Anthony Bourdain tried these cassava & Rice flour-based sticky dishes and visited your gregarious hosts on his travels through Vietnam. We will put our skills to the test when we try to make some of these dishes ourselves. After learning and making we will then get to eat some of these royal dishes and combine them with some additional dishes from a nearby restaurant to enjoy a light lunch in this peaceful garden. Please Note - The dishes you will make feature Pork and shellfish. Black Out Dates - Tet Holiday, 4th September The you will visit to the former capital of the Nguyen Dynasty at the Imperial City, modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. The Imperial City is home to a number of palaces and temples which, although a number had been destroyed during war and conflict, have been restored to their former glory. Taking a short boat ride on the Perfume River to see the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda. Lunch included today. Return to your hotel. * Estimated pick-up time: 08.00AM - Estimated duration: 8hrs Optional Tour HUE STREET FOOD This evening embarks on a culinary journey and sample the best of street food in Hue with your expert guide. Meandering through the streets of Hue the many sights and sounds of food being prepared for evening dining can make the mouth water. Tonight, with your guide, you will get to sample some Vietnamese cuisine that is an absolute must-try! We will begin with a recent phenomenon here in Hue that is beginning to spread to the rest of the nation: Salt coffee. This almost salted caramel-like drink is the perfect way to kick-start your night and see where the Hue people like to spend their evenings. After a touch of the new, we make tracks for some more staple dishes synonymous with the region 'Banh Khoai' A crispy pancake stuffed with pork, shrimp and beansprouts dipped into a light peanut sauce. We will follow this with 'Nem Lui' which is a grilled pork dish wrapped in rice paper and combined with fresh herbs and sour fruits. We'll also stop to try a famous liquor of the region and sample a 'Banh Mi', a small pork sandwich packed full of flavour. Please Note: We cannot guarantee the exact dishes you will try as food stops may vary depending on availability. Black out Date: Tet Holiday Meals: Breakfast / Lunch Hotel: Spatel d'Annam Hotel - Superior


Begin with a visit to the Minh Mang Tomb which is the final resting place of the second emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Minh Mang Emperor, whose reign marks the culmination of the Nguyen Dynasty’s power throughout the country. Located on the Tam Tai Son mountain, Huong Tho commune, Huong Tra district, and away 12 km from Hue city center to the west. Today you will be meeting with one of our Vivu Local Legends. These are a collection of locally selected superstars each with a memorable story to share of their impressive lives, crafts, or cuisines. Please enjoy hearing their stories and feel free to ask questions directly or through your guide. Today's Local legend is a family of fisherfolk who own an Oyster farm on a tranquil Lagoon. Heading down an unassuming path we will stop by the banks of the shore and be taken out into the clear waters and head to the shelter on stilts where our gregarious hosts will meet and greet us, telling us about their lives. We will then explore the lagoon itself as our hosts demonstrate local fishing techniques and how they grow and harvest Oysters. Learn what it takes to grow Oysters naturally and, more importantly, what they taste like. Freshly shucked, Oysters don't get much fresher! After our exploration, we will then get to indulge in a seafood lunch with our hosts. Please Note: As the tour is based on a Lagoon if there are adverse weather conditions, we may have to cancel the program. You may wish to bring a raincoat just in case. Weather can be more unpredictable from September to November. Lunch is included but drinks are an additional charge. Please notify us of any dietary requirements and we will try to accommodate them if possible. Optional Tour HOI AN MEMORIES SHOW Take a 400-year journey through the history of Hoi An at this beautifully orchestrated show. We will pick you up from your accommodation and transport you to the setting for tonight’s performance in one of Central Hoi An’s islets. Here you will witness the Hoi An Memories production. Delivered in five acts by a cast of around 100, this 1-hour performance will be a beautifully choreographed story. At first, we are treated to the story of the birth of Hoi An, followed by its life under the Champa people through a famous Champa wedding. We will then embark on a different love story and into the tales of the sea-faring people of Hoi An and the subsequent busy trading port it became. The finale will focus on the mix of old and new with the traditional Ao Dai (Ow Zai) clothing that the women of Vietnam still wear, and which is synonymous with Vietnam. Awe struck by the impressive performers, stories, and choreography this is sure to be a lasting memory in Vietnam. Meals: Breakfast / Lunch Hotel: Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa - River View


Hoi An Ancient Town’s impeccable preservation has earned it recognition as a UNESCO heritage site. On today’s walking tour we will gain an insight into the kaleidoscope of cultures that have shaped this former port city and what keeps it thriving today. Your guide will start by taking you to the iconic 16th Century Japanese covered bridge with pagoda (Chùa Cầu). If you are experiencing déjà vu, this bridge is an important symbol of Vietnam’s history and is featured on the 20,000VND note. We will then come to learn the history behind the bridge's origin and how it still functions as a place of worship today. Meandering through the Ancient town towards our next stop your guide will help you to recognise all the cultures that have influenced the designs of the building, both indigenous and foreign. We will then get the opportunity to go into one of Hoi An’s ancient homes where we will meet the 14th generation still living in this house. From vibrant past to bright future, we will finish our tour by visiting Ms. Quynh's tailor shop, we will come to learn how she set about starting a tailor shop, the mistakes she made along the way and the school she has set up to help support those wanting to start a career in the industry. More than just meeting the owner we will get to see where the magic happens and meet the faces behind the incredible clothing. Start time: 09:00 or 13:30 Finish time: 12:00 or 16:30 Black Out Dates: Tet Holiday, 4th November, only runs Mon & Thurs Yaly Couture Fashion Show Optional Tour KY ANH TUNNELS & RUM TASTING Today you will be meeting with one of our Vivu Local Legends. These are a collection of locally selected superstars each with a memorable story to share of their impressive lives, crafts, or cuisines. Please enjoy hearing their stories and feel free to ask questions directly or through your guide. Today you will follow in the footsteps of the veteran Mr Ta at the Ky Anh Tunnels. One of the witnesses to the war, Mr. Ta will share his story with us. After, we will return to Hoi An via a world-renowned Rum distillery. This picturesque beachfront property is an idyllic setting for rum tasting! The Ky Anh Tunnel network sits underneath the village of Thach Tan in Quang Nam province 45 minutes or so from Hoi An and while there are numerous entrances to the network of tunnels scattered throughout local villages, the main access is found here. In the past, as many as 32 kilometers of tunnels stretched through the area, but now the restored sections are much shorter. Take a trip into the past and learn about village life during the war through the eyes of someone who lived through this period in Vietnam. After an educational authentic experience, we will head to Hoi An via the Distillerie d'Indochine. This picturesque beachfront distillery located in South Hoi An is the humble home of world-renowned Sampan Rum. On today's tour, start with a welcome Mojito before going behind the scenes to discover how the facility uses centuries-old distillation techniques to transform local, freshly pressed sugarcane into award-winning white rhums and dark rhums. After our tour, we will then indulge in a White Rhum tasting with our gregarious hosts. Please Note - - Closed on Mondays - Closed Tet holiday Meals: Breakfast Hotel: Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa - River View


Be met by your guide and transfer by road to the airport for your onward flight. Please note: Estimated distance from the airport to hotels in Hoi An old town or vice versa: around 30 - 35 km - Estimated driving time: appx. 45 - 50 minutes. Upon arrival into Ho Chi Minh, a guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Optional Tour Sidecar Bike Experience Soak up the stunning countryside scenery surrounding Hoi An as you board your vintage Ural motorbike and sidecar. On this one-hour tour, depart Hoi An into the countryside as you cruise past endless emerald-green paddy fields, farmers working in the fields and frolicking water buffalos. The perfect way to soak up the Vietnamese countryside. Please notes: Pick up is from Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa * Pick up time is flexible upon client's request - Estimated duration: appx. 1 hour Meals: Breakfast Hotel: Alagon D'Antique Hotel - Deluxe Room with window


Immerse yourself in the lush beauty of the Mekong Delta and discover the enchanting world of cacao farming with a visit to a local cacao farm. This unique tour combines the serene experience of sailing through the Mekong Delta on the Cai Be Princess with the fascinating process of cacao cultivation and chocolate production. After exploring the waterways, traditional workshops, and a colonial-style lunch at Le Longanier Restaurant, the journey takes a sweet turn towards a local cacao farm. Here, you'll meet the farmers, learn about the cacao growing process, and see how the beans are turned into chocolate. The visit to the cacao farm adds a rich, educational layer to your Mekong Delta exploration, making for an unforgettable day of adventure and indulgence. Please Note: The tour begins at 8:00 AM and concludes around 6:00 PM Meals: Breakfast / Lunch Hotel: Victoria Can Tho - Superior


Start your morning in the Mekong Delta with a vivid exploration of Can Tho's floating markets, where the day begins with the river's flow and the hustle of vibrant trade. As dawn breaks, journey to the heart of the river life with a visit to the lively fish market, a hub of freshness and local activity. The experience continues as you navigate towards the Phong Dien floating market, a smaller yet authentically vibrant marketplace. Here, amidst the soft morning light, savour a breakfast of Hu Tieu, enjoying the serene river views. The tour offers a unique window into the traditions and culinary delights of the Delta, contrasting the bustling scenes at Phong Dien with the more tourist-frequented Cai Rang market. Witness the traditional noodle-making process at a local noodle house, adding a cultural depth to your morning adventure. Please Note: Tour starts at 4:30 AM and finishes at 9:00 AM. This tour is not operated on the Tet Holiday or Liberation Day. Phong Dien market is a smaller and more intimate market, and the volume of boats cannot be guaranteed. We will transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city. Then we will take a visit War Remnants Museum is the place where the Vietnamese memories of the Vietnam war are stored. The Vietnam War ended in 1975, and the museum was opened to the public the first time on September 4, 1975. And the next stop is FITO Medicine Museum. The Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine stands in a nice part of town in District 10 It gives visitors the full story of the development of traditional medicine throughout the course of its long history. The beginnings of Chinese and Vietnamese traditional medicine were in the Stone Age. There are more than 3000 exhibits here, displayed to look as though in a traditional style medicine shop. Optional Tour A O SHOW & DINNER Culture and performance art take center stage for this evening’s tour. The wonderful Saigon Opera House is the venue for the A O Show - a spectacular display of Vietnamese culture and performance art and combines both modern and classical elements. The A O show is an exploration of the Vietnamese people, their lives and the traditions through an array of creative performances. The cities most talented performance artists, traditional musicians, and circus-like choreography, combined with traditional props made from bamboo and wood, recreate the peaceful serenity of the Vietnamese countryside, the rise and fall of the coastal waves or the frenetic traffic in Hanoi and Saigon. The show lasts for an hour, after which you will take a stroll through the wide Boulevards of central Saigon to Hoa Tuc Restaurant - a real culinary and architectural gem. Once an Opium refinery, you can choose to dine wither within the restaurant of Al Fresco. After dinner you’ll transfer back to your hotel. Estimated pick-up time:05.00PM - Estimated duration: 4hrs Meals: Breakfast Hotel: Alagon D'Antique Hotel (Deluxe Room with window)


Welcome to Cambodia! Arrive Siem Reap, your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant. Evening show, get a taste of both contemporary and historic Cambodia with an evening under the big top in downtown Siem Reap. Phare Cambodian Circus, an NGO that supports disadvantaged Khmer youth with art and performance training, is a show without animals that showcases a talented cast accomplished in acrobatics, contortion, aerial ballet, tightrope walking, juggling, mime, drama, and comedy. Cambodia has a long history of circus tradition, dating back as far as the 6th century from temple carvings depicting circus performances for ceremonies and festivals. While the show is fully modern, it draws on Cambodian tradition, folk stories, and folk music. Meals: Breakfast / Dinner Hotel: The Aviary Hotel - Tailorbird Standard


Start your visit at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, where statues of the gods of good and evil line the entrance. Your next stop is Bayon, a richly decorated temple. Its most distinctive feature is the hundreds of smiling faces that grace the towers. Impressive bas-reliefs tell stories of daily life and of the great battles that were fought between the Khmers and ancient Thais. Take a short drive to Ta Prohm, one of Cambodia’s most beloved temples. Unusually, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found. The combination of large trees growing out of the ruins and the surrounding jungle give the temple a truly magical feel. Return to Siem Reap for lunch at SPOON restaurant, a social enterprise who support underprivileged Cambodian young adults to become self-supporting through education, training, and employment opportunities in the hospitality industry. Visit APOPO Center and experience the realities of humanitarian demining and how we train rats to save lives. You will learn about landmines, how we clear them, and see a live demo of HeroRATs. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and best-preserved temple in the complex. This visually spectacular massive three-tiered pyramid has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its flag. Admire the grandeur of its architecture and its extensive decoration of bas-relief friezes. End your day with a relaxing sunset cruise along the moat of Angkor Thom. Glide quietly along in your gondola to the small temple of Prasat Chrung in the southwest corner of Angkor Thom that is difficult to reach by walking. Take along a few cold beers, kick back, and enjoy as the sun sets on the majestic temples of Angkor. Meals: Breakfast / Lunch Hotel: The Aviary Hotel - Tailorbird Standard


Today you will immerse in traditional Cambodian culture and take home some great memories. This morning, depart from your hotel and head to the Kok Sangke Community. Begin your tour with a visit to a local family home who will make bamboo sticky rice and traditional Khmer desserts. Next, heading out to see the local farms. And have a delicious Khmer lunch, cooked by the local community before visiting Wat Luam Proleung, an ancient pagoda, where you will see locals perform a traditional dance called Chhayam. Explore the pagoda and receive a water monk blessing, said to bring you good luck. Next, head through beautiful rural countryside and picturesque small villages to Kampong Khleang, a village built on high stilts on Tonle Sap Lake. Home to approximately 10,000 people, Kampong Khleang’s residence’s main income comes mainly from fishing. Depending on the time and season you visit Kampong Khleang, you will see a very different landscape, as the lake is tidal. Enjoy an evening filled with traditional Aspara dance. The show brings ancient Khmer culture to life while you enjoy a dinner of traditional Cambodian cuisine. Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Hotel: The Aviary Hotel - Tailorbird Standard


Goodbye, Cambodia! Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport. Meals: Breakfast