On the trip, you will experience from narrow alleyways lined with shop houses selling traditional handicrafts and arts in Hanoi to the Craggy islands rising from green Halong Bay, beautiful beaches in Hoi An and bustling city of Saigon, to others the former ‘Paris of the East’. This is what Vietnam is known for.
Continue to Siem Reap in Cambodia where you visit Angkor Wat, one of the world’s most impressive temple complexes, Angkor.
Day 01 Arrive Hanoi, transfer to hotel
Upon arriva in Hanoi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.
Day 02 Tour Hanoi
Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, HANOI still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shop houses invite an exciting exploration by walking, while its many beautiful public spaces - lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards and monuments - give the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals.
Begin your day visiting the HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM, where visitors can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. The Mausoleum is closed on every Mondays and Fridays and closes annually in October and November for restoration. Continue through the park to HO CHI MINH'S STILT HOUSE,the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days (1969). Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows.
Continue to the miniature ONE PILLAR PAGODA. Also dating from the 11th century, this monument was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. Today it stands near the vast HO CHI MINH MEMORIAL COMPLEX, a lovely park setting which is home to Ho Chi Minh's final resting place, as well as a museum and other memorials. The TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and one of the best serving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to
Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university.
Afterwards head to visit one of Hanoi's famous museums, the MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY (Closed on Mondays and Vietnam New Year), which brings to life the astonishing ethnic diversity in Vietnam, with art and artifacts from the 54 different ethnic groups that inhabit
the country. Inside the museum are detailed descriptions of minority groups, with examples of their traditional clothing and way of life. Outside are faithful reconstructions of traditional longhouses, cemeteries and other distinctive ethnic buildings.
Continue to HOAN KIEM LAKE and NGOC SON TEMPLE, located in heart of Hanoi, which contains an islet with the tiny TORTOISE PAGODA. En route, pass other colonial landmarks such as the magnificent OPERA HOUSE (may be seen from the outside only) and ST JOSEPH'S CATHEDRAL.
HANOI is a blend of long established traditions and modern imprints of Western colonization. Tree-lined boulevards and colonial buildings give the city a touch of Western elegance, while
crowded blocks of tiny old houses and narrow lanes full of daily life bear the charms of the past centuries.
Visit Temple of Literature then take a 1-hour cyclo ride to explore Hanoi your way along the main streets of the city.
Special Note: Ho Chi Minnh Mausoleum is closed every Mon and Fri.
Day 03 Overland to Halong Bay. Transfer to Tuan Chau Marina Port
Cruise aboard the Bhaya Classic Cruise through Halong Bay. Check in at Tuan Chau Marina Port. Embark on Bhaya Classic for a Welcome Cocktail followed by a cruise briefing. Savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch as Bhaya Classic heads to Bai Tu Long Bay passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Viengfishing village. Visit the fishing village by local rowing boat (01 hour) then return to the vessel for free time at your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Kayak into the village or swim near the boat;
Optional onboard activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, etc.; Trip by tender to an isolated pristine beach for swimming, etc. Bhaya Classic cruises through the Bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien. Happy Hour and Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the Sundeck. Sumptuous Seafood Set dinner onboard. Retire to your cabin or join the fishing program.
Overnight onboard Bhaya Classic.
Day 04 Halong -Hanoi, fly to -Danang and trasnfer to Hoi An
Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea and coffee are served. Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc. Explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot). Return to Bhaya Classic. Buffet brunch is served onboard. The vessel cruises leisurely back to harbor. Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina Port. End of services.
By vehicle from Halong to Hanoi (Noi Bai Airport)
Flight from Hanoi to Danang. Transfer from Danang airport to Hoi An
Overnight Hoi An.
Day 05 Tour Hoi An
Sightseeing in Hoi An. Hoi An is a picturesque riverside town south of Danang. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Now, this beautifully preserved historic city is best seen on foot.
The walking tour includes: JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE PAGODA: the first bridge on this site was constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. The bridge was provided with a roof so it could be used as a shelter from rain and sun. SA HUYNH MUSEUM: located near the Japanese Covered Bridge, it contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. TRAN FAMILY CHAPEL: this house for worshipping ancestors was built about 200 years ago with donations from family members. The Tran family traces its origins to China and moved to Vietnam around 1700. The architecture of the building reflects the influence of Chinese and Japanese styles.
PHUOC KIEN ASSEMBLY HALL: Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and then restored and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of the Chinese clans that were established in the Hoi An area. The temple is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau (Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen). LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP: Visit one of the lantern workshop in Hoi An. The framework of lantern will be made by the industry itself and clients can observe locals making silk cloth on the lantern.
Afternoon at leisure
Overnight Hoi An.
Day 06 Transfer to Danang airport. Fly to Saigon.
Sightseeing in Saigon. A vibrant metropolis, SAIGON teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorbikes, chatting on cell phones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshippers pray amidst clouds of incense.
Begin your tour into modern history with a tour of the REUNIFICATION PALACE. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.
Continue to the historic center to visit EMPEROR OF JADE PAGODA, one of Saigon's most interesting pagoda. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and the CENTRAL POST OFFICE. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate CITY HALL (HOTEL DE VILLE), the old OPERA HOUSE (both may only be viewed from the outside).
Finally, visit central BEN THANH MARKET, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.
Day 07 At leisure in Saigon
All day at leisure for your own activities.
Day 08 Saigon- continue to free 3 days package extension to Siem Reap with the flight
Continue to Siem Reap with our Complimentary 3 Days Angkor Package - (INCLUDING FLIGHT SAIGON-SIEM REAP)
Transfer to airport andf ly to Siem. You will be met and transferred to hotel.
Overnight Siem Reap.
Day 09 Tour Angkor Wat
Sightseeing in Angkor.
Visit Angkor Thom, the fortified city of ANGKOR THOM covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats; the city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. Enter by the monumental SOUTH GATE over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga.
Continue to theTERRACE OF THE ELEPHANTS and the TERRACE OF THE LEPER KINGS, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined BAPHUON, ROYAL ENCLOSURE and PHIMEANAKAS before continuing to the mysterious BAYON TEMPLE. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where you will find giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down at you from every angle.
Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight Siem Reap.
Day 10 Siem Reap - U.S. or an extension
After breakfast, transfer to airport and fly back home, or extend your trip to Laos or Myanmar.