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VIETNAM CAMBODIA CUTURAL TOUR
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(12 Days - 11 Nights)

Day 1 : Hanoi City tour [-/L/-]
Airport transfer to Hanoi for check-in the hotel ( Option hotels ).
Visit the miniature ONE-PILLAR PAGODA. Also dating from the 11th century, this monument was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. Begin at the HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM, where visitors can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. The Mausoleum is closed in the afternoons, on Mondays and Friday. It is also loses annually in October and November for restoration (can only view from the outside). Stroll through the park to HO CHI MINH STILT HOUSE, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1948 until his final days.
Visit the MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY: This museum 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.
Lunch at restaurant.
Afternoon:
15h30 we take a cyclo ride around the trading area in the Old Quarter for one hour. At 16h30 stop at Hoan Kiem Lake Ngoc Son Temple and learn more about the legend of the. Then enjoy one hour of Water puppet Shoat Thang Long Theatre.
Tour end at 19:30.
Overnight in Hanoi ( option hotels )

Day 2 : Ha Noi - Ha Long [B/L/-]
Transfer by vehicle from Hanoi to Halong Bay.
Excursion by boat through Halong Bay including lunch (4hours), lunch on board. Cruise on a traditional wooden boat among the emerald waters and craggy limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, stopping to explore one of the many caves in this area. Sail past picturesque islands, floating villages, fishermen casting their nets and pearl fisheries and observe the rhythms of daily life on the bay. Return to Halong pier & Drive back Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi ( option hotel )

Day 3 : Take early morning flight to Danang [B/L/-]
Transfer to the Noi Bai Airport for flight from Hanoi to Da Nang
Visit CHAM MUSEUM in Danang .
This houses probably the best collection of Cham art to be found anywhere in the world. There are more than 300 artifacts in the museum, many dating to the 4th century. There are beautiful sculptures reflecting the 1000 year Cham period.
Transfer by vehicle from Danang to Hoi An
Journey south past the Marble Mountains and small villages.
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.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Overnight in Hoi An (Option hotels)

Day 4 : Hoi An - Hue [B/L/-]
By vehicle from Hoi An to Hue .
Stop en route on the top of HAI VAN PASS, take a break at LANG CO beach before arriving in Hue.
Journey from Hoi An over scenic mountainous roads with spectacular views over the coastline. Halfway between Danang and Hue lies the dramatic HAI VAN PASS, the high dividing line between the climate zones of north and south Vietnam. Continue southwards passing LANG CO, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the South China Sea, and the large coastal city of DANANG before arriving in Hue.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Sightseeing in the Old Imperial City
Located in the heart of Hue is the IMPERIAL CITADEL, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modelled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking FLAG TOWER, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing NGO MON GATE, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure. Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and visit DIEN THO Residence ( Dien Tho palace) is where the Queen mother lived, visit THAI HOA PALACE, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the HALLS OF THE MANDARINS, and the original NINE DYNASTIC URNS, among other sites.
Visit DONG BA MARKET: a local market near the Imperial City
Overnight in Hue .(Option hotels)

Day 5 : Hue – Sai Gon [B/L/-]
Sightseeing in Hue
Enjoy a leisurely boat ride down the PERFUME RIVER, stopping first at the iconic THIEN MU PAGODA, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue's most widely recognizable monument. Continue cruising into the countryside to the IMPERIAL TOMB OF MINH MANG, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions and temples in a beautiful natural setting.
Hue served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices. It was established in the 17th century.
Visit the Imperial TOMB OF KHAI DINH
Lunch before transfer to airport.
Flight from Hue to Saigon.
Overnight in Saigon ( option hotels )

Day 6 : Saigon city tour [B/L/-]
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 motorcyles, chatting on cellphones; 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 harrowing WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, which comprehensively documents the travails of the long Vietnam- American War. Inside are detailed photographic exhibitions; outside is a collection of tanks, planes and weapons. A powerful experience, this museum is guaranteed to provoke strong emotions.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Afterwards driving 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, end up at the central BEN THANH MARKET, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.
Overnight in Saigon ( Option Hotels)

Day 7 : Sai Gon – Mytho – Cantho  [B/L/-]
Visit Chinatown before transfer by vehicle from Saigon to Can Tho with sightseeing in My Tho
From Saigon, transfer to My Tho, a bustling town in the rich agricultural region of the Mekong Delta and visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, a beautiful temple and a sanctuary for orphans and other needy children. Afterwards board a local boat to explore the islands of the Mekong, stopping at a fruit orchard to enjoy fruit and tea while listening to local music. The trip also includes a brief sampan ride through the tiny waterways that thread the island.
Lunch at local restaurant.
From My Tho, continue onwards through the Mekong Delta to Can Tho.
Overnight in Can Tho (Victoria Can Tho)

Day 8 : Can Tho - Chau Doc [B/L/-]
Excursion by boat to Cai Rang Floating Market
In the early morning, set out by boat to explore CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET, the biggest and most bustling of the Mekong Delta markets, which attracts fruit and vegetable vendors from all over the region. Buyers on smaller boats weave between the large barges selling wholesale produce. Each vendor advertises fresh samples of their wares on long poles that tower overhead above the colorful boats. Sail through the market, watching people haggle and trade, and possibly sample some of the fruit yourself. By 9 am, the activity has died down and it is time to return to the pier, after exploring some of the backwaters and canals.
By vehicle from Can Tho to Chau Doc.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Excursion to Sam Mountain
SAM MOUNTAIN rises sharply from the surrounding rice paddies. Considered one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Vietnam, the mountain is dotted with pagodes and temples, many of them inside caves. Visit LADY CHUA XU PAGODA at the base of the mountain.
Note: This program is not recommended for old people to climp up the mountain due to safety reason.
Excursion by boat to the floating villages
Explore bustling river life around Chau Doc, visiting the FLOATING VILLAGES, whose inhabitants live and work all their lives on the river. Visit a local floating market and stop at one of the typical houses, and see how they raise fish in nets directly under the house itself. Continue to the distinctive CHAM VILLAGE, on the other side of the river, with its thriving Muslim community.
Overnight in Chau Doc ( Victoria Chau Doc )

Day 9 : Chau Doc – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap   [B/-/D]
Take early speedboat to Phnompenh - Arrive around 12:30 - 13:00
Arrive Phnom Penh in afternoon by boat from Chau Doc, Phnom Penh – the city retains its traditional Khmer and colonial charm. French villas along tree-lined boulevards remind the visitor that the city was once considered the gem of Southeast Asia. Recent political changes have triggered an economic boom of sorts, with new hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs springing up around the city.
Transfer to Airport for flight from Phnompenh to Siem Reap
Upon arrival at airport you are met and transfer to your hotel for check in hotel ( Victoria Angkor )
Welcome dinner with Apsara Dance show at local restaurant.
For those travelers thirsting for cultural highlights of Cambodia, No visit to Cambodia is complete without attending at least one traditional Khmer dance performance, often referred to as 'Apsara Dance' after one of the most popular Classical dance pieces. Traditional Khmer dance better described as 'dance-drama' in that the dances are not merely dance but also meant to convey a story or message.
Overnight in Siem Reap ( Victoria Angkor ).

Day 10 : Siem Reap - Sightseeing in Angkor [B/L/-]
Full day Visit Angkor Thom
Start on our bike and cycle (45 minutes for cycling is optional) to world heritage areas on the roads less travelled. Ride among the jungle passing local village and local shop. It’s a very special and acting day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass tourist.
* The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century)
* See the South Gate, Bayon Temple- unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara
* Baphuon temple lying just to the north of Bayon a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru
* The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas
* The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King
The tour start with the visiting to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng hill.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Enjoy foot massage 1hour and walking at busy pub street where you can find many bars for cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night Market.
Overnight in Siem Reap ( Victoria Angkor ).

Day 11 ( 25 Mar ): Siem Reap - Sightseeing in Angkor    [B/L/-]
Full day visit Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei Temple
* We continue to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers
* Banteay Srei: nearly everyone's favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of it decorative carving
* Banteay Samre: Its rose-colored sandstone walls are decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs, which are among the most accomplished Angkor has to offer.
Visit Chantier Ecole-Artisan d’angkor, the place are in the Ministry of Education was constructed in 1992 and this place renowned woodworking, stone carving and polychrome training center and workshops. Free tour of the classes and workshops offer a glimpse into the unique skills training program, teaching young artists in the techniques and styles of classic Cambodian artistry.
Overnight in Siem Reap ( Victoria Angkor ).

Day 12 : Siem Reap - Phnompenh [B/-/-]
Free until transfer to Siem Reap airport.
Fly to Phnompenh for Transit/ Fly out at Phnompenh airport.


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