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Incredible 14 Day Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia Private Tour

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Overview

Join us as we travel into the heart and soul of Indochina. Starting off in Vietnam, be awed by the endless energy of Ho Chi Minh City, immerse yourself in rural Mekong Delta, cruise through dramatic karst scenery on a boat tour of Halong Bay, enjoy the stunning mountain scenery of Sapa. In Cambodia, discover the country's fascinating history and culture in the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor. Combining highlights of both countries, the Best of Vietnam and Cambodia tour will open your eyes to the delights of Indochina and leave you awe-struck by these magical locations. This holiday is destined to be unique and unforgettable for the contrasting beauty of Southeast Asia!
 
 

  • Destinations: HCMC - Mekong - Cu Chi - Hanoi - Halong - Sapa - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Tonle Sap Lake
  • Start: Ho Chi Minh
  • Finish: Siem Reap
  • Vietnam daily tour group size: from 2 to 15pax. Halong cruise group size: from 5 to 22pax. Cambodia private tour.

 
Trip at a glance
 
Day 1: Check in Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city and Free and easy (Meals: No)
Day 2: HCMC - Mekong Delta Deluxe Tour (B,L)
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels deluxe tour (B)
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh –fly to Hanoi (B)
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong – Halong cruise(B,L,D)
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B,L)
Day 7: Hanoi Food on foot tour (B,L or D)
Day 8: Hanoi – Bus to Sapa – LaoChai - Ta Van (B,L,D)
Day 9: Cat Cat Village – Hanoi (B,L)
Day 10: Hanoi –Free and easy (B)
Day 11: Hanoi- fly to Siem Reap (B)
Day 12: Angkor Wat tour (B,L)
Day 13: Tonle Sap Lake (B,L)
Day 14: Siem Reap departure (B)
 
 

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1: Check in Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city and Free and easy (Meals: No)

Arrival Ho Chi Minh city. Our driver will pick you up from the airport to the hotel for check-in. Then you will have free time to explore HCMC by yourself.
Night 1: Overnight at the hotel in HCMC

 

Day 2: HCMC - Mekong Delta Deluxe Tour (B,L)

A trip to Mekong Delta to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and the rich culture of the vibrant southern Delta region. Boating down the river to experience the local life, fishing port, fishing floating house, enjoy the local folk song music and seasonal fresh fruit.
7:30 - 8:30: Leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and start your trip to depart for My Tho, the town lies on the left side of the Mekong River. Upon arrival, visit Vinh Trang pagoda which sated back to the late 19th century. Then  boarding the sampan and cruising down the river around the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.
Stop over at Unicorn Island, go walking around country lane and seeing orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, folk song music which performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation.
Riding a hand-rowed sampan through Thoi Son canal and treat yourself in the beauty of the countryside, visit the family business, visit honey-bee farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy workshop.
Have lunch at local restaurant. Break time.
In the afternoon, time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, meet the local villagers to experience the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Hammock relaxing and enjoy cool breeze for those can’t join the cycling trip. 
17:30: Drop off at your hotel. Trip ends.
Night 2: Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh

 

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels deluxe tour (B)

7:45-8:30: Our tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and then start driving to Cu Chi which located 70 km from the Ho Chi Minh City Center to the Northwest.  Cu Chi was known as the “area of steel” in the war time, and the tunnel systems were over 200km, which was considered the unbreakable underground village in the Vietnam-American war. It is legendary for its network of tunnels, and is a popular destination for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors.
The trip to Cu Chi will take approximately one and a half hours bus driving. 
Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of the war time. Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. Besides, there are also many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war. Afterward, special tea and cassava (guerilla’s food during the war) will be served.
Break time for relax or time for those who want to try the real shooting gun.
13:00 Return to Saigon.
14:30: Drop off at your hotel. Trip ends.
Night 3: Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh

 

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh – fly to Hanoi (B)

You will have a breakfast at the hotel, free and easy till our driver comes to transfer to the airport to take flight to Hanoi. Arrival Hanoi, get picked up to the hotel from the airport.
Night 4: Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi

 

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong – Halong cruise(B,L,D)

7.45-8.30:  Pick-up at the hotel.
10.00:  Having short break at stopover in Hai Duong Province.
12.00 – 12.30: Embark on Lavender Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing and enjoy welcome-drink. Check in the cabin.
13.15:  Enjoy lunch with sampling regional fresh seafood while cruising on exquisite water, passing Incense Burner island, Fighting Cock islet, Stone Dog… Lavender Cruise will bring you to explore Ha Long Bay on the most wonderful route where just a few cruises go through.
15.00-16.30
Do kayaking through the magnificent landscape with Limestone Mountains, visit Titop Island and swimming or just relaxing on the sun-deck for fantastic views at The Bay
Back to Lavender Cruises and join sunset party
Pass by Soi Sim Beach, “Rang Dua” Island to sleeping area near The Surprising cave.
Join our Cooking Class in the restaurant. Let’s see how to make the fresh/fried spring rolls and mix fish-sauce.
19:30: Under the magnificent night sky, our set-menu dinner is served with a variety of Vietnamese and Asian foods.
Evening activities:
Join squid fishing on boat with our crews, playing card, karaoke or laze yourself with our happy-hour drinks at the bar.
Night 5: Overnight on Halong cruise

 

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B,L)

06:15: Morning exercises on the Sun-deck.
07:15: Have breakfast with Coffee, tea and Bakeries on board.
08:00: Visit the Surprising Cave (Hang Sung Sot) discovered by the French in 1901. Opened for tourists since 1936, now it is a must-to-see and a symbol for geology value of Halong.
09:30: Check out time. Then relax on the sun-deck or inside the restaurant to enjoy the bay’s scenery.
10h15: Enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch while cruising back to the pier.
12:00: Check out cruise. Our car will be at your disposal to pick you up then drive back to Hanoi.
16:30: Arrive in Hanoi. End of the trip!
Night 6: Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi

 

Day 7: Hanoi Food on foot tour(B,L or D)

"Tour starts from 11.30- 14.30/ or 18.00- 21.00"
At 11.30/or 18.00, our tour guide will welcome you at your hotel lobby, then start walking around 4Km in old quarter "36 streets" to visit some famous and specialized- food families or stalls/ local restaurants, shops where they run their business everyday, certainly you will watch and taste some particular dishes, we can customize vegetarian or special food too.
Special thing that tour guide would like to introduce some popular authentic food in lovely mini restaurants (not luxury restaurants) where you feel comfortable to sit down and enjoy some favorite dishes and nice drinks too.
It's interesting to hear from tour guide about the history of the old quarter in Hanoi, it is thousand years old and today retains much of the old flavor that made the area special in earlier times, each street was the exclusive domain of one trade (guilds) so there are whole streets of blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers and more. Originally there were just 36 streets in the old quarter but today there are more than 50 streets. 
It is very difficult to find some local food stalls and mini restaurants on your own in hidden alleys and sidewalks, certainly the best way to make it easy is joining with Swallow Travel, taking part in this special tour to learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, people and language.
After all. Food on Foot Tour will give you an unique experience to try the foods of the local Hanoi people, we ensure the food is handled hygienically and provide a comfortable venue for the tastings. The benefit also goes back to the vendors or restaurants/ families as we buy directly from them.
At 14.30/or 21.00, our tour guide will take you back to the hotel. Trip ends.
Night 7: Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi

 

Day 8: Hanoi – Bus to Sapa – LaoChai-Ta Van (B,L,D)

6:30 – 7:00 Tour guide pick you up at your hotel, departure to Lao Cai city.Travelling on new Highway Noi Bai, It will take around 5 hours.
Arrival in Sapa town at noon, then enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch, bus will take you to the gate of Lao chai village start trekking to Ta Van and Giang Ta Chai village, exploring the local ethnic minorities life, admire the spectacular natural scenery with the terraced rice fields at Muong Hoa valley. Journey will stop at Giang Ta Chai village.
17:00 Come back to Sapa Town, having dinner and overnigh in hotel. End of the first day.
Night 8: Overnight at the hotel in Sapa

 

Day 9: Cat Cat Village – Hanoi (B,L)

7:00   Have breakfast at hotel. 
9:00  Trekking from hotel to Exploring Cat Cat  village of H’mong – It is named Cat Cat Village, you have a chance to visit a waterfall and the hydroelectric power station built by the French, learning about the culture, customs and unique people here with traditional crafts such as weaving, carved silver, hand forged agricultural tools.
12:30 Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant in Sapa Town.
15:00 Driver take you back to Hanoi. 
21:00 Drop you off at Hotel
Night 9: Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi

 

Day 10:  Hanoi –Free and easy (B)

You have breakfast at the hotel then have the whole day free in Hanoi to relax, go shopping and explore this city by yourself. Check out your reflection in beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake, wander along shaded. Museum-wise, why not visit the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, drop into the serene Temple of Literature or get arty at the city's Fine Arts Museum.  
Please contact us if you want to join any daily tours with us.
Night 10: Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi

 

Day 11: Hanoi - fly to Siem Reap (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel then free and easy until our driver comes and transfers you to the airport. You will catch the flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, get picked up and transferred to hotel for check in. Free at your own. 
Night 11: Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Day 12: Angkor Wat tour (B,L)

Breakfast at hotel.
8:00: We drive to visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue your visit Thommanan, ChaosayTevoda, Takeo and the fabulous Ta Prohm.
 
12:00: Time for Lunch
 
Spend your last afternoon, visit to the World Heritage Site; the Heart & Soul of Cambodia, Angkor Wat, the biggest Buddhist temple on the World. seeing the architectural masterpiece of Angkor Wat and stroll around this massive monument, exploring the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. 
Night 12: Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Day 13: Tonle Sap Lake (B,L)

Breakfast at hotel.
Option 1: Our tour guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel then move to Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. You can enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals. If your energy level still permit, before returning back to hotel  stop by atArtisan D’Angkor home of handicraft center or Old Market, a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, Kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs. 

Option 2: Visiting Angkor National Museum with thousands of Art galleries and reveal legend of Angkor. Then continue to visit the killing fields at WatThmey before spending your last trip to Artisan D’Angkor home of handicraft center or Old Market, a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, Kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs. 
Night 13: Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Day 14: Siem Reap departure (B)

Breakfast at hotel then you will have free time at your own leisure till our driver comes and  transfers you to airport. Trip ends. Please let us know if you want to extend some extra days in Siem Reap

PACKAGE INCLUDED

•    Domestic flight from HCMC to Hanoi and international flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap(Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, Bamboo airway or Vietjet - max 20kg baggage+7 Kg hand luggage per person) 
•    Airport transfers private car in Hanoi and HCMC, Siem Reap
•    Transportation with A/C during tour
•    English speaking guide during tour
•    Meal as mentioned: B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
•    Guided private tours with English speaking guide for the entire trip except leisure time in Siem Reap
•    Boat cruise a mentioned
•    Deluxe accommodation with A/C, bathtub & shower onboard
•    All entrance fees during the tour
•    Kayaking in Halong Bay
•    Insurance on-board.
•    Cooking class onboard
•    Tax and service charges.

PACKAGE EXCLUDED

•    Beverages, International Insurance 
•    Tips(not compulsory), Personal Expenses & Others not clearly mentioned above
•    Return airfares from your country to Vietnam

•    Surcharge for Christmas, New Year and Khmer Tet holiday

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

•    Valid from 11 Aug 2017  to 31 Dec 2018. Tour departs daily.
•    Block out date from 13 Feb 2018 to 20 Feb 2018( Tet holiday in Vietnam)
•  Single travelers can travel for an extra $420USD per person (3-star option), $690USD per person (4-star option) or $1150USD per person (5-star option)
•    High season surcharge of $40USD for the 3 star package, $50USD for 4 star package, $60USD for 5 star package applies p/p for bookings from 1 Oct 2017 to 1 May 2018 and 1 Oct 2018 to 31 Dec 2018
•    Surcharge of $15USD for the 3 star package, $25USD for 4 star package, $45USD for 5 star package applies p/p for gala dinner on Halong cruise on  24 Dec and 31 December 2017/ 2018.
•    Children policies

•    Children under 2 years old sharing the bed with parents is free of charge (no extra bed provided). Surcharge of $120USD per child for the internal flight from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi and international flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap.
•   Children from 2 – 4 years old sharing the bed with parents is free of charge (no extra bed provided). Surcharge of $275USD per child 
•    Children from 5 – 8 years old will be required to pay 75% of tour price, sharing the bed with parents or pay full price to have an extra bed.

NOTE

•  Itinerary may be changed due to unexpected weather conditions
•  Hotel and cruise will be replaced by similar standard option only in case of full booking.

• Daily small group tours from 2pax to 15pax
•  Visiting Tonle Sap Lake from March to August is not really interesting because water level is very low and smelly. You can choose to visit Angkor National Museum &The Killing Fields of WatThmey instead of visting Tonle Sap Lake. 

3 star

Place Accommodation Room Type
Hanoi               King Palace hotel/HM Boutique Hotel/La Santé Hotel & Spa   Deluxe room
Halong Lavender cruise Deluxe room
Sapa
Eden Boutique Hotel
Deluxe room
Ho Chi Minh Cititel Central Hotel/Elios Hotel/Bel Ami Hotel Deluxe room/Senior Superior/ Suite City View
Siem Reap Cheathata Angkor Hotel /  Mekong Angkor Palace Hotel            Deluxe room / Superior           

4 star

Place Accommodation Room Type
Hanoi Golden Silk Boutique/Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel /Silk Queen Grand Hotel     Deluxe Room/Lotus Deluxe/Deluxe Room
Halong Flamingo cruise/Renea Cruise/Lavender Elegance Deluxe room
Sapa Sapa Relax Hotel/ Sapa Charm/ Amazing Sapa Hotel  Deluxe/Superior
Ho Chi Minh Millennium Boutique Hotel/Northern Hotel SaiGon Junior Deluxe/ Premium Deluxe
Siem Reap Saem Siem Reap Hotel / Somadevi Angkor Hotel  Deluxe room / Superior 

5 star

Place Accommodation Room Type
Hanoi Apricot Hanoi hotel      Sketch King room
Halong Athena cruise/Margaret Cruise/ La Regina  Suite Ocean View/Deluxe Room With Ocean View/ Princess Room
Ho Chi Minh Majestic Saigon hotel Colonial deluxe room
Siem Reap Angkor Palace resort Deluxe room
NOTE: We can customize the tour as per your request. Please contact us if you do not like the above listed accommodation. We can make a new itinerary at your preferred accommodation and will guarantee the best available price.
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