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Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia | 17 Days

Detailed itinerary for Vietnam Cambodia Tour Package, Book vacation packages to Vietnam and Cambodia. Reasonable price, No hide cost, Best services, Pro, Unique organized tour. Book Today! To get Special Price, Save cost. This program combines the hidden charm of Vietnam and the mystical treasures of Angkor in Cambodia with a unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty and traditional lifestyle found throughout the Mekong Delta...

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival to Hanoi International Airport (for Vietnamese people it called Noi Bai International Airport because it located in Noi Bai commune far from Hanoi centre around 35KM ), you will be warmly welcomed by tour experts of Rosanta Travel Company: an English speaking guide of us who holds a signboard with your name on it when you reach to gate-out at the airport lobby, you will meet him, and a driver of us. Then head to the old quarter in Hanoi city centre. The rest of the day is the time for a rest or you can walk around on streets nearby your hotel if you want.

The old quarter of Hanoi which is also known as the 36 streets and guilds, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the street’s names was related to the products being sold there. There are countless attraction sights; small shops; big markets; bars & pubs; restaurants; as well as Vietnam government and diplomatic institutions around charming Old Quarter of Hanoi, so Hanoi Old Quarter is the best attractive place for all foreign/overseas tourists to visiting Hanoi Capital City of Vietnam. We have many nice hotels in the old quarter of Hanoi, which will be dedicated to you if you book the tour with us! Surely that it will be a convenience extremely for you to go to the big markets or small shops for shopping at your leisure time if you want.

Accommodation: Hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 2: Full Day Hanoi City Tour

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and it is center of tradition, history and culture. The city is well-know with Hanoi Old Quarters - ancient-narrow streets where is lovely to walk around this area & an ideal place for travelers go shopping anything… You will have a chance to visit all highlights of Hanoi City such as: The Ho Chi Minh Complex; War Remnants Museum; the Temple of Literature; the Fine Arts Museum or Vietnam Ethnology Museum; Hoan Kiem Lake.

After breakfast, the guide and driver will pick up to take you to visiting the Ho Chi Minh complex, which includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, President Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969, Ho Chi Minh museum, the Presidential Palace, Vietnam National Assembly' Building, and the One Pillar Pagoda which was built in square water lake middle that is Hanoi’s oldest and finest pagoda, dating back to 1049.

Continuing your trip visiting War Remnants Museum in Hanoi City that is formerly known as the museum of war crimes, this is a poignant display the futility of war and you will also visit the underground hideout cellar relics of Vietnam Army headquarters "Hanoi tunnel of Vietnam Defense Department" during the war in Vietnam from 1945 to 1975.

Visiting the Imperial Citadel of Thanglong Hanoi which is one of the World Culture Heritage. (in Vietnamese: Hoàng thành Thăng Long) is the cultural complex comprising the royal enclosure first built during the Ly Dynasty (1010) and subsequently expanded by the Tran Dynasty, Le Dynasty and finally the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 - 1945).

After having lunch at a nice restaurant, you will visit Museum of Ethnology that is widely acknowledged as the best museum in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. As well as the comprehensive array of exhibits inside, there are also traditional tribal houses reconstructed within the ground.

Continue the trip, you will visit the Temple of Literature which was originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is also known as Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society place then and now on education.

Then you will continue to visit Hoa Lo prison, it were built in 1899. The French kept mainly political prisoners here along with those awaiting sentencing at the nearby Court of Justice,also where American pilots who had been shot down and captured were kept as prisoners of war. The pilots called it, sarcastically, the “Hanoi Hilton.” John McCain was held here at various times during his five and a half years as a POW.

Then, we back to the center of Hanoi to visit Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake: The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century. The temple is reached by crossing the The Huc Bridge which literally means the ‘Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams’. The Hoan Kiem Lake is the local point of the city and the source of many legends.

Continuing you will have a chance to riding on a cyclo for A 45 min Cyclo Tour through the Old Quarter: Also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the 36s names’ was related to the products being sold there. It’s a great place to explore on foot with numerous photo opportunities.

18:30PM enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show at the Thang Long Opera Theatre – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture. You will have a chance to experience an overview of daily life in Vietnam's rural areas in dramatic form. then the driver and tour guide will transfer you back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter

Day 3: Experience Life of Vietnamese Farmer - in Red River Delta in North Vietnam 

8:00AM our tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel then depart for the tour. It takes about 1.5 hours (65km) to drive to a village. You will drive through a lot of towns, villages and countryside and you will get a great views and insightfully about Vietnam country as well as day to day life of Vietnamese people on both sides of the way. You will see the farmers on the fields they are on busy on their rice field with traditional cultivation methods which have had since thousands years ago in Vietnam.

9:45AM you will reach in the village, having a cup of tea with the local family, have short rest… Then you will start to join on the activities on rice filed with some of suggestion of tour guide and local farmers. You will try to become a real Vietnamese farmer working on rice filed in authentic Vietnam farmer clothes with activities such as: (plowing the soil) plough/ plow a rice paddies; harrow a rice paddies with a big water buffalo … Just be prepared to get muddy! and you can also ride on a water buffalo if you want; to bail/take water into a rice paddies with a scoop; farming a small rice paddies with untimely rice (cultivating rice);…et … and listen to the farmer explains the farming process of the wet rice.

Come back the local family for a short biking around the villages to see some of traditional old houses, old temple, enjoying the peaceful lifestyle of the local people. This is a great way to interact, explore the rural Vietnamese architecture and traditional culture.

Return the local family, you will take part in cooking class, you will be tried making authentic Vietnamese’s dishes with some suggested recipes. You will also learn about the recipes and techniques that create this popular dish of Vietnamese people and you will enjoy products that you made them. The lunch is served at local family with plentiful food.

Afternoon, you will join on a net-fishing actvity with the nets & bamboo boats, you will meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing, casting-net "Chai". You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese boat while the water ways of litchee on two side of the river This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of both our farming and fishing communities. the guide and driver will take you come back to Hanoi. Arrival at Hanoi Old Quarter at about 18:00PM.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter

Day 4: Trang An Landscapes Complex full day tour

Trang An Landscapes Complex is one of the world's cultural and natural heritages, recognized by UNESCO on 25th June 2014

At 8:00AM our tour guide and driver will pick tourists up at the hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter to depart for Trang An (if your hotel is far from Hanoi Old Quarter >>> you please kindly go to the Hanoi Old Quarter, we will pick you up at any address in Hanoi Old Quarter). Along the way, we may take some stop-over for photo and refreshment while enjoying rural stunning scenery on the way.

Arrive in Ninh Binh City you will visit Bai Dinh Pagoda which is one of the biggest pagoda in Vietnam and also of the South East Asia with 500 La Han statues, biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters in height, 100 tons in weight. Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda and surroundings. Then have lunch in local restaurant with some local special dishes.

After lunch, depart to visit Trang An tourist attraction, get on rowing-boat trip to visit Trang An cave complex such as: Sang Cave (light cave) with 300 meter long, Toi Cave (dark cave) with 100 meter long, Nau Ruou cave (cooking wine) with 250 meter long, Ba Giot Cave … in mystery and wildness, see scenery of mountain and rivers. Every passage bring new surprises about the mystery hidden inside isolated valleys with the current world.

Trang An Landscapes Complex is one of the world's cultural and natural heritages, recognized by UNESCO on 25th June 2014. and Trang An is also considered as Ha Long bay on the land. Trang An grottoes which is a gathering which is a gathering of valleys, cross-water caves, and home to many kinds of flora and fauna. While rowing through Trang An grottoes with the quiet fresh air of mountain and rivers, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains upon which graze white goats, visitors enjoy a heaven on earth... Around 16:00 pm leave Trang An and drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around 18.30

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (joining tour)

8:00AM the driver and the guide will pick you up and take you to Halong Bay. It will take about 3.5 hours to drive to there (165km). The trip to Halong Bay from Hanoi is rather long but extremely interesting. You will go through lots of towns, villages and countryside and you get a great views and insight to the country and day to day life of Vietnamese people on both sides of the road.

12:00AM reach Halong harbor, you will get on the cruise welcome drink is served while enjoy the amazing scenery of Halong Bay and the cruise’s manager who will give you a short briefing and instruction about safety and notes before you start to check into your cabin,… you will then explore center area of the world natural heritage of Ha Long Bay - one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. We prepare a special delicious lunch (international cuisine) which will be served in the restaurant while you can enjoy the amazing scenery of Halong Bay. Cruising amongst the hundreds of islands, you will pass through floating villages and a lot of islands and islets highlighted with fanciful names: Fighting Cock islet (symbol of Halong Bay), Duck islet, Swan islet, Incense Burner islet, and Stone Dogs islet, Stone Cat islet, Finger Islet, and Frog Islet...

Stop at the center area of the World natural heritage of Halong Bay for kayaking around the breathtakingly beautiful limestone island formations or for a rowing boat trip to visiting a beautiful tunnel cave on the water “The Luon cave”. If you are lucky, you can see monkey herds/flocks on the limestone mountain in Halong Bay.

Then the boat will take you to a beautiful limestone island which named the Titop island. There you can swim on the Titop beach, and walk to the top of island to see the bay from the top of this mountain with a height of over 100 meters above sea level, you will have a panorama on Halong Bay. Get back the cruise and the cruise will take you to where the night’s anchorage of the cruise. While the cruise moving you will enjoy a sunset party with juices, cocktails, red vine and fruits on the sundeck of cruise and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set. or you can also enjoy everyday promotion HAPPY HOUR - BUY 2 GET 1 FREE for all other beverages at the bar of the cruise.

18:00PM to18:30PM you will take part in cooking class at the restaurant of the cruise, you will be guided directly by Chef of the Cruise, you will be tried to making a authentic spring-roll dish of Vietnamese people with some suggested recipes. You will also learn about the recipes and techniques that create this popular dish of Vietnamese people. Then enjoy a happy hour (buy one drink gets more one Free) and It’s also the time for have a chat and relaxes…

19:30PM Dinner will be served with special foods (you can see more photos) at the restaurant of the cruise in middle romantic quite bay. The dining room is open so that guests could admire the views during meals.

21:00PM After dinner, it's time for entertainments, the activities included such as: Leisure time to enjoy a chat around the bar, watching movies and many sorts of Vietnam cultural films, relaxing, playing cards, chess are available,... or you can play your own favorite live music by yourself with a drum kit on the cruise, or you may also try your luck at squid fishing & fishing from the cruise.

Accommodation: Overnight on the cruise in Halong Bay

Day 6: Halong Bay - Back to Hanoi City - Hue Royal City (a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) (by a plane flight)

6:30AM early morning, enjoy landscape of Halong Bay and join on the Tai-Chi session on the sundeck of the cruise. The Tai-chi exercises combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and smooth movements. These exercises are so good for human health. 7:00AM the breakfast will be served at the restaurant with delicious foods and pastries, Coffee, tea...

After having breakfast, sailing to an impressive cave of Halong Bay, a long cave and large which named Sung Sot cave (Surprising cave) with amazing stalactites and stalagmites, everything are created by naturally. The Sung Sot cave is one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. This cave requires some moderate climbing. On exiting from the cave at the top, you'll not regret climbing as you are treated to a picture postcard view of Halong Bay.

Come back the cruise for relaxing and admire the stunning Halong Bay views once again when the sailing itinerary gets back to the harbor. The lunch will be served at restaurant on the cruise during cruising towards the harbor. Arrival at the harbor at approx 12:00PM and you will then get back to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi Old Quarter at approx 16:30PM. Heading to Noi Bai airport for your domestic flight to Hue city.

Upon arrival in Hue airport, our driver & tour guide will pick you up and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight at hotel.

Accommodation: at the Hotel in Hue city

Day 7:  Full Day Hue Royal Palace Tour

Hue City constituted the cultural, political and economic centre of Thua Thien Hue province and the central region of Vietnam, and was the old imperial city of Viet Nam under the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945.

The old capital of Vietnam has plenty of wonderful places to visit. The first place is Imperial City with many gates of the fortress, including the famous forbidden Gate of the Noon (Ngo Mon) and many temples and worship places (Trieu Mieu, Hung Mieu, Thai Mieu) inside the City. Moreover, the Purple Forbidden City is the home to many emperors, queens and royal families of Nguyen Dynasty in 19th century. Another notable place is the complex of mausoleum of Nguyen emperors, including Gia Long Mausoleum, Tu Duc Mausoleum, Minh Mang Mausoleum, Dong Khanh Mausoleum, Khai Dinh Mausoleum... and beautiful pagodas and temples. Visiting Hue City is synonymous with learnning more about life style from old times.

Complex of Hue's monuments lies along the Perfume River belonging in Hue City and some adjacent areas of Thua Thien Hue Province. December 11, 1993, UNESCO has come to the decision of recognizing the architectural ensemble of Hue as a world cultural heritage.

Upon arriving in Hue at 8:30AM, our tour guide and driver will pick you up at Hue bus station and transfer to your hotel in Hue city.

After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel for visiting Dong Ba Market which is one of Vietnam’s largest old market, a bustling trading centre of Hue city, and Hue Royal Palace and Hue citadel; some highlight mausoleums of Kings of Nguyen Dynasty in Vietnam.

Dong Ba Market is the biggest commercial center of Hue City as well as Thua Thien Hue Province and the adjacent regions (Dong Ba Market is usually very crowded/bustling in the morning daily). It is located on the north bank of Huong River, on Tran Hung Dao Street of Hue City.

This market was built in 1899. All of the most special cultural gifts and souvenirs of Thua Thien Hue that remain until today can be found in Dong Ba Market. They include “non la bai tho” (palm-leaf conical hats having poems woven into their design) from Phu Cam Village, which is made of latanier leaves; me xung (candies), Truoi berries, Tuan tea, tom chua (Hue Sour Shrimp), lotus seed of Tinh Tam Lake, etc. Traditional food such as mussel rice, beef vermicelli, leaves cakes, etc. can be purchased in the market, too.

It’s said that Dong Ba Market is where people can get most of Hue’s delicious dishes within a place – its food courts, and at a high quality standard. Don’t miss these street vendors on the ground of the market (under the stair). They’re really worth a try.

Nowadays, Dong Ba Market still holds an important position in the economy and trade of the city, though many supermarkets have been established. Apart from providing food and other goods for the cities, it’s also a must-stop of visitors to discover typical trading methods as well as buying some specialities of the local people.

Continuing you will visit Hue Royal Palace and Hue citadel. Hue citadel which’s within 21 metres-thick and 10 kilometres-long walls that you’ll find several of the city’s best sites, from the many ornate pagodas to the Forbidden Purple City. Most of the buildings were destroyed by bombs during the French War and American War, and nowadays they are under restoration.

Hue Royal Palace and Hue citadel which is one of the World Culture Heritages. This construction stared in 1805 under the reign of Emperor Gia Long and completed in 1832 under the reign of Emperor Ming Mang. Under Nguyen' reign, Kings have ordered to build ramparts, palaces and constructional works of royal. Over 200 years to now, it is still original with nearly 140 small and large constructions. The Citadel, square in shape and almost 10 km in circumference, 6 m high, 21 m thick and 10 entrances. On the top of the walls that surround it, 24 bastions are established for defensive purposes.

Royal Palace consists of more 100 beautiful constructional works divided many sectors: From the Ngo Mon to the Thai Hoa Palace: This is the place for setting up various grand ceremonies; Sector for worship shrines of the Kings of the Nguyen dynasty: Trieu Mieu, Thai Mieu, Hung Mieu, The Mieu and Phung Tien place; Sector for internal affairs office: Storehouse for precious objects, workshop for manufacturing various useful articles; Sectors for the Kham Van palace and the Co Ha garden: place where the princes are studying or enjoying…

Then you will have short walk to Hue traditional crafts village (Luc Bo Cultural Center) to learn more about how to make Hue’s palm-leaf conical hats; kites; paper flowers, paintings...

Continuing the trip, you will have short Dragon-Boat cruise trip around 5km along poetic Perfume River to enjoy beautiful views of Hue City  and visiting Thien Mu Pagoda and beautiful temples complex that is located on a hill overlooking out the poetic Perfume River. The driver will then pick you up to back for visiting some highlight mausoleums of Kings of Nguyen Dynasty in Vietnam (since 1802 to 1945) such as:

+ The most majestic mausoleum of King Minh Mang – This majestic tomb is well-known for its architecture and sublime forest setting in beautiful quite area. This mausoleum was planned during his reign (since 1820–1840) but built by his successor, King Thieu Tri (since 1841-1843).

+ The most picturesque mausoleum of King Tu Duc which is considered as one of the most beautiful and picturesque mausoleums. its architectures looks like his dynasty royal palace.

+ The most elaborate mausoleum of King Khai Dinh, the mausoleum’s area is much smaller than other mausoleums. However, this mausoleum is far more elaborately designed than others of its era, being a mix of a number of architectural styles: Vietnamese, Indian and European Architectures.

Then you enjoy 2 hours street food tour to learn more day to day life of local people.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue Royal City

Day 8: Hue - Hoi An Old Quarter walking tour

After breakfast, our tour guide and driver will pick you up and departs for Hoi An - one of the World Culture Heritages. Arrival in Hoian, check in the hotel in Hoian city.

In the afternoon, you will have a walking tour in Hoi An town, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because of its unusually well-preserved ancient streets and homes. You’ll walk through the narrow winding streets of the ancient town centre, visiting highlights of Hoian Old Quarter. Coming there, you can see a series of old-architecture lanes and houses with nearly 100% left from their initial buildings with moss-grown walls, deeply plain roofs, old furniture in their original past arrangement etc. Most premium oriental and western style of architecture meet together here, making a unique ancient Hoi An, absorbing all tourists who are eager for classic beauty! Even you are not classic styled, you still want to see by yourself how a lively ancient world can survive in this new modern and high-tech era! Sites include Chua Ong Pagoda, Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the Japanese Bridge...

Having dinner and free and relax at your leisure time.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian City

Day 9: Biking Cam Thanh, Tra Que villages & Traditional Basket Boat trip

“Hoi An is an old  downtown located on riverside of the Thu Bon River  in Quang Nam Province Vietnam approx 130km from Hue. Hoi An is surrounded by peaceful villages that has crafts such as carpentry, ceramic, bronze making,... Hoi An used to be known on the international market with many different names such as Faifo, Hoai Pho, Lam Ap, and Hoi An.

From the 16th to 18th centuries Hoian was a thriving international port frequented by Dutch, Portuguese, French, Japanese and Arab... traders, who came to trade in the high quality silk.\; ceramic, bronze... Nowadays, Hoian is a famous relaxing resort for tourists for its architecture. Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Cham Towers have been recognized as the World Cultural Heritages by UNESCO since 12/1999”.

After the tour guide meets you at your hotel, a short bicycle competence test will be given. For those who uncomfortable with a push-bike, then other methods of transport can be arranged. The tour starts by cycling along level ground to the Thu Bon River to visit a local fishing village.

Biking along country lanes at a peaceful pace viewing local life and pause to see farmers toiling in their rice fields using centuries of farming practices. Peddle your way through palm forests, across bridges, fields of water buffalo....

9:00AM We stop at the beautiful water palm area and visit a local fisherman and his family to chat to them about their lives, at Cam Thanh Village before enjoying 1.5 hours ride on Traditional Basket Boat (round boat) in the famous Water Coconut Palm forest where the Viet Cong used to hide during the Vietnam war. Learn how to sail the basket boat and spend your time to catch fishes and “purple crabs” in the Canal.

10:30 Continue to drive to Tra Que organic-vegetable village where a large variety of vegetable are produced for the local community. At the village, you will be shown the environmentally sustainable practices which the local villagers have used for centuries and is still being used extensively today. Visit a local family and after a short, informative and fun cooking lesson, you will enjoy a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon it will be a half day FREE of you to do your own things.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian City

Day 10: Hoi An - Da Nang airport – fly to Ho Chi Minh City @14.30 – 15.55 VN127 - Sai Gon Jeep car tour in the evening.

In the morning, it will be a half day FREE of you to do your own things in Hoi An Old Quarter .

11.00AM the guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel to depart fof Da Nang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh.

Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh city airport, you will be warmly welcomed by tour experts of Rosanta Travel Company: an English speaking guide of us who holds a signboard with your name on it when you reach to gate-out at the airport lobby, you will meet him, and a driver of us. Then head to Ho Chi Minh city (former Sai Gon) centre. Check in the hotel and free time relax

In the evening, after dinner, at 19:45 our guide and driver will pick up you at your hotel lobby for an exciting Jeep tour to visiting Ho Chi Minh City by night.

20:00 We’ll start Saigon by night tour where we will admire the most magnificent French colonial monuments of the city such as Opera House, City Hall, Notre Dame, Post Office and Walking street…

20:30 We’ll take you to explore the local night market where we can stop for shopping if you would like. After that you will visit the streets known for their vibrant night life, a very busy and exciting area of the city.

21:00 We’ll head for the suburbs of the city to chill out with some fresh air and see the city from a different perspective.

21:15 End up at a Rooftop bar to enjoy panorama view of Saigon with a free drink

22:00 : Guide will take you back to hotel by Jeep car.

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 11: Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh city tour

Breakfast is severed at the hotel. This morning, you will leave Saigon for driving through pleasant countryside to visiting Cu Chi tunnels. We then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels where the Vietnamese could escape bombings, hide from enemy, and mount surprise attacks in the Vietnam war. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.

“Cu Chi Tunnels is a defense system in the ground in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City approx 70 km to the Northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. Cu Chi tunnels has been used by the Vietnamese during the war between Vietnam and American in Southern Vietnam. The tunnels were the key part of guerilla warfare during the Vietnam war. Stretching hundreds of miles under the bushes, the tunnels were dug by local people using shovels. Cu Chi Tunnels were built on the land known as the "land of steel", located at the end of the Ho Chi Minh trail. During Tet 1968 Campaign (in 1968), National Liberation Front of South Vietnam have used these tunnels system to attack into Saigon.

The network included innumerable traps, traps-doors... Specially constructed living areas: the medical stations; field hospitals; storage, weapons factories, working rooms, command centers, kitchens, and many rooms for stay... inside the tunnels system underground.

Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the American war must have been like. This secret underground life will give you an unique experience as exploring one of the greatest invention that had ever been created by human strength”.

Upon arrival in Cu Chi, start your tour of the tunnels by watching a movie about the Vietnam War. Then, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels site, including the tiny entrance gates, traps, underground hospitals, worships, kitchens and bunkers. Crawl through a section of the tunnels to experience first hand what life was like under the ground for the Viet Cong… and you will also be given the chance to fire with an M-16, AK-47 or a carbine (own expense). After that, transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City for Having lunch.

in the afternoon, you enjoy a half day city tour and street food tour of Ho Chi Minh city. The tour guide and driver will take you to visiting some of the best highlight places of Ho Chi Minh City such as: the Saigon Notre-Dame basilica, the same as a famous cathedral located in Paris square that was built between 1877 and 1883. This is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture.

Nearby is the Old Post Office that is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country’s largest post office and it is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. Admire the neoclassical-style of the post office interior as your guide points out the painted maps of former Saigon, once the capital of South Vietnam.

Continuing visiting the century-old Reunification Palace, this is one of the most important buildings in this city. Here on 30th April 1975 the ‘American - Vietnam War’ officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of this building, at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of South Vietnam. There you will be witnessed the growth of Ho Chi Minh City during peacetime and throughout the Vietnam War until its end on 30th April 1975 at 11:30AM.

Continuing to visiting the War Remnants Museum which relates to war phase of American & Vietnam, see displays of old military equipment and other related objects as well as larger exhibits including an F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter. Formerly known as the Museum of War Crimes, this is a poignant display of the futility of the war; then visiting the Museum of History in Ho Chi Minh City to learn more about the history of the Vietnamese people.

After that, you will enjoy a visit to Ben Thanh Market which is one of largest market in Saigon, there is a wide selection of goods at Ben Thanh Market - a bustling trading centre of the city where sellers display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, your guide can help you barter for goods.

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Day 12: Mekong River Delta  Full Day Tour.

After the breakfast at the hotel, the tour guide and driver will pick you up for a visiting to the Mekong River Delta to exploring lush fluvial landscape in the Mekong River Delta. You will visit Ben Tre coconut area in Ben Tre province which is a wildest area in the Mekong River Delta currently.

Ben Tre is situated in the Mekong River Delta approx 85KM to Southwest of Ho Chi Minh City. It shares its border with Tien Giang in the north, Vinh Long in the west and south - west, and Tra Vinh in the south. The four main rivers are Tien Giang, Ba Lai, Ham Luong, and Co Chien. Ben Tre has complex network of rivers and canals, so Ben Tre is the granary and fruits depot of Mekong Delta. There are agriculture productions such as rice, corn, pineapple, custard-apple, star apple, durian, mango, longan, and many more. Industrial trees are tobacco, sugar-cane, and cotton. Especially, Ben Tre is homeland of coconut. It is well known with special fresh coconuts candy in Vietnam.

Upon your arrival at Hung Vuong harbor in Ben Tre City you will get on the boat and you will cruise along the Ham Luong River (a branch of the Mekong) (30 - 40 minutes) through a lot of villages in countryside and you will have a great views and insight about day to day life of local people; fruit orchards with hundreds of hectares coconut, mango, pineapple, custard-apple, star-apple, durian, longan, corn… of Mekong Delta on both sides of the river banks.

Then the boat will stop at a traditional handicraft village with coconut candy located riverside, you will visit processing workshops of coconut, coconut candy, other produce from coconut, rice… enjoy local special fruits of Mekong Delta like coconut, mango, pineapple, custard-apple, star-apple, durian, longan, corn…

Get back the boat continuing cruising along river (30 minutes) to other traditional handicraft villages with workshops making sedge mat, making brick-clay, all of them are still painstakingly made traditional style by hands, and going local market see one sale agriculture productions as custard-apple, star-apple, durian, longan, coconut, mango, pineapple… you can have chat with local people; trying local special fruits of Mekong River Delta.

Then, you can choose biking a short way (4KM) or get on the Tuk Tuk (cart-motor) to go to a local restaurant, the lunch will be served with local special foods of Mekong River Delta such as river-fish; river-shrimp, vegetable, fruits…

After lunch you will visit a typical forest region of Mekong River Delta by rowing-boat on narrow creeks/canals, it'll be a great experience to you. Then getting back the boat and the boat will take you back to Hung Vung harbor and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 13: Saigon – fly to Phnom Penh City in Cambodia - Phnom Penh City Tour

Free time at leisure until time to meet for transfer to the Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight to Phnom Penh city in Cambodia.

Upon arrival to Phnom Penh Airport in Cambodia, you will be warmly welcomed by tour experts of Rosanta Travel Company: an English speaking guide of us who holds a signboard with your name on it when you reach to gate-out at the airport lobby, you will meet him, and a driver of us. Then head to Siem Reap City centre. Check in the hotel.

In the afternoon: Phnom Penh City Tour, you will visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. we visit the Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek-both grim reminders of Cambodia's bloody past under Pol Pot. It is almost inconceivable to confront the nature of true evil here in this gentle land, but the Buddhist memorial at Choeung Ek, commemorates the 1.7 million victims of the 1975-79 Pol Pot regime. This excursion may prove distressing for some. It is, however, an important piece of this country’s historical and cultural puzzle.

Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh City

Day 14: Phnom Penh City – fly to Sieam Reap

Free time at leisure until time to meet for transfer to the Phnom Penh City airport for your flight to Sieam Reap city in Cambodia.

Upon arrival to Siem Reap Airport in Cambodia, you will be warmly welcomed by tour experts of Rosanta Travel Company: an English speaking guide of us who holds a signboard with your name on it when you reach to gate-out at the airport lobby, you will meet him, and a driver of us. Then head to Siem Reap City centre. Check in the hotel. The rest of the day is the time for a rest.

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap city

Day 15: South Gate of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat in Siem Reap City

Today, you will spend a full day exploring the South Gate of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat.

In the morning visiting Angkor Thom area: You will visit some highlight architectures of Angkor Thom area such as: the impressive Bayon Temple, Royal Enclosures, The Terrace of the Elephants, The Terrace of the Leper King, Phimeanakas Temple,  Ta Prohm Temple…

Angkor Thom is a temples complex at Angkor, located in Siem Reap City, present-day Cambodia which lies on the west bank of the Siem Reap River, a tributary of Tonle Sap, about a quarter of a mile from the river. The south gate of Angkor Thom is 7.2 km north of Siem Reap City, and 1.7 km north of the entrance to Angkor Wat. It was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. It was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII.

The Bayon Temple was built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Angkor Thom.

The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. The temple is known also for two impressive sets of bas-reliefs, which present an unusual combination of mythological, historical, and mundane scenes.

The Terrace of the Elephants is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom. The terrace was used by Angkor's king Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army. The terrace is named for the carvings of elephants on its eastern face. The 350m-long Terrace of Elephants was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king's grand audience hall. It has five outworks extending towards the Central Square-three in the centre and one at each end. The middle section of the retaining wall is decorated with life size garuda and lions; towards either end are the two parts of the famous parade of elephants complete with their Khmer mahouts.

The Terrace of the Leper King is located in the northwest corner of the Royal Square of Angkor Thom. It was built in the Bayon style under Jayavarman VII, though its modern name derives from a 15th-century sculpture discovered at the site.

Phimeanakas Temple (celestial temple) is a Hindu temple in the Khleang style, built at the end of the 10th century, during the reign of Rajendravarman II (from 941-968), then completed by Suryavarman II in the shape of a three tier pyramid as a Hindu temple. On top of the pyramid there was a tower, while on the edge of top platform there are galleries. Phimeanakas is located inside the walled enclosure of the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom north of Baphuon Temple. The tower must originally have been crowned with a golden pinnacle, as Zhou Daguan described it in his report. According to legend, the king spent the first watch of every night with a woman thought to represent a Nāga in the tower, during that time, not even the queen was permitted to intrude. Only in the second watch the king returned to his palace with the queen. If the naga who was the supreme land owner of Khmer land did not show up for a night, the king's day would be numbered, if the king did not show up, calamity would strike his land.

Ta Prohm Temple was built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara. Located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors. UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm Temple on the World Heritage List in 1992. Today, it is one of the most visited complexes in Cambodia’s Angkor region. There are enormous Fig Trees and gigantic Creepers which embraces themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of Ta Prohm Temples.

In the afternoon visiting Angkor Wat area: You will visit largest Hindu Temple on earth as well as most of temples of Angkor Wat. You will have a stroll around this massive edifice to learn more about Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat is a temples complex at Angkor, located in Siem Reap City present-day Cambodia. which lies 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) north of Siem Reap City and 1.7 km from Angkor Thom. It is the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres). As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation — first Hindu, dedicated to the god Shiva, then Buddhist. It was established in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II.

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap City

Day 16: Visit Temples of North-east Angkor Wat & Chong Khneas floating village on Tonle Sap Lake

Today, you will spend a full day to visiting some temples in north-east Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom.

In the morning visiting some temples in north-east Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.

You will visit some highlight architectures such as: Banteay Srei Temple, Eastern Mebon Temple, Pre Rup Temple, Banteay Kdei Temple, Prasat Kravan Temple, Srah Srang reservoir/lake

Banteay Srei Temple was built in 10th-century, located in north-east of Angkor Thom, around 30km from Angkor Thom. This temple dedicated to the Hindu God - Shiva. Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a "precious gem", or the "jewel of Khmer art".

Eastern Mebon Temple is located in north-east of Angkor Wat, around 10km from Angkor War. This temple was dedicated to the Hindu god - Shiva and honors the parents of the king. Its location reflects Khmer architects’ concern with orientation and cardinal directions.

Eastern Mebon Temple was built in 10th-century during the reign of King Rajendravarman. The materials includes the full beautiful durable construction materials of Khmer people such as: sandstone, brick, laterite and stucco. At the top is a central tower on a square platform, surrounded by four smaller towers at the platform’s corners.

The sculptures at the Eastern Mebon Temple are varied and exceptionality, carving is particularly elegant, including two-meter-high free-standing stone elephants at corners of the first and second tiers. Religious scenes include the god Indra atop his three-headed elephant....

Pre Rup Temple is located in north-east of Angkor Wat, around 9km from Angkor War. This temple was built in the mid-10th-century. It is a temple mountain of combined brick, laterite and sandstone construction.The temple’s name is a comparatively modern one meaning "turn the body".

Srah Srang Reservoir is located in north-east of Angkor Wat, around 8km from Angkor War. Srah Srang Reservoir was dug in the mid-10th century, by initiative of Kavindrarimathana, Buddhist minister of Rajendravarman II. Srah Srang was also amended in 1200 by Jayavarman VII who also added the laterite landing-stage at its western side.

Banteay Kdei Temple is located in north-east of Angkor Wat, around 7km from Angkor War. This temple was built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries AD during the reign of Jayavarman VII (who was posthumously given the title "Maha paramasangata pada"), it is in the Bayon architectural style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller. Its structures are contained within two successive enclosure walls, and consist of two concentric galleries from which emerge towers, preceded to the east by a cloister. This temple is a Buddhist temple (Khmer language: Prasat Banteay Kdei means "A Citadel of Chambers", and also known as "Citadel of Monks' cells".

Prasat Kravan Temple was built in 10th-century, located in north-east of Angkor Wat, around 5km from Angkor War, consisting of five reddish brick towers. The temple was dedicated to Vishnu God according to an inscription on doorjambs.

The sanctuary's interiors are remarkable for the large bas-relief depictions of Vishnu and Lakshmi that have been carved into the walls of reddish brick, connected by a vegetable compound. This type of sculptured artwork is rather common in Cham temples, but rare in known Khmer monuments

In the afternoon you will visit Chong Khneas’s floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, located 10 kilometers to the south of Siem Reap City.

Tonle Sap Lake is a largest fresh-water lake in Combodia and South East Asia, and it is also one of the largest lakes in Asia. its water flows into the Tonle Sap River and it will be incorporated with the great Mekong River in Phnom Penh City, Cambodia.

Our tour guide and driver will take you to Chong Khneas then you will get on a motorized wooden-boat (private boat and guide) to visiting Chong Khneas’s floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake.

You will cruise through the fishing villages of Chong Khneas on the Tonle Sap Lake to discover the natural splendor and old lifestyle of this area. You can see fishermens, floating schools, fish farm, crocodile farm etc... it look like a big village on land floating on a big lake.

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap City

Day 17: Siem Reap City - Departure

After breakfast, it’s free time until transfer to airport to departure for your international flight to next destination of you.

Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights | 17 Days

Destinations included: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue city, Da Nang City - My Son Sanctuary - Hoi An Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong River Delta (Ben Tre) in Vietnam | Phnom Penh city, Siem Reap City, South Gate of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat in Siem Reap City, North-east Angkor Wat & Chong Khneas floating village on Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia.

Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Type of trip: Private Tour

Trip Duration: 17 days 16 nights

Starting: Hanoi city in Northern Vietnam

Finishing: Siem Reap city in Cambodia

Flexibility: This sample itinerary can be amended longer or shorter, more or less activities accordingly to meet your expectation. Please feel free to ask for more details.

Highlights: Discover the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia on a journey that will take you through the history and culture of two diverse countries. Begin your travels in bustling Hanoi to understand the deep connection between the glorious past ; explore secret places that make this city the artistic and cultural capital of Vietnam. With the stunning natural landscapes of Halong Bay to the charming riverside town of Hoian, from the magic of Mekong to the inspiring temples of Angkor, this is an remarkable journey to experience the natural beauty and traditional lifestyles found throughout Indochina...

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Accommodation: Hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 2: Full Day Hanoi City Tour

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter

Day 3: Experience Life of Vietnamese Farmer - in Red River Delta in North Vietnam

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter

Day 4: Trang An Landscapes Complex full day tour

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (joining tour)

Accommodation: Overnight on the cruise in Halong Bay

Day 6: Halong Bay - Back to Hanoi City - Hue Royal City (a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) (by a plane flight)

Accommodation: at the Hotel in Hue city

Day 7:  Full Day Hue Royal Palace Tour

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue Royal City

Day 8: Hue - Hoi An Old Quarter walking tour

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian City

Day 9: Biking Cam Thanh, Tra Que villages & Traditional Basket Boat trip

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian City

Day 10: Hoi An - Da Nang airport – fly to Ho Chi Minh City @14.30 – 15.55 VN127 - Sai Gon Jeep car tour in the evening.

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 11: Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh city tour

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Day 12: Mekong River Delta  Full Day Tour.

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 13: Saigon – fly to Phnom Penh City in Cambodia - Phnom Penh City Tour

Day 14: Saigon – fly to Sieam Reap

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap city

Day 15: South Gate of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat in Siem Reap City

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap City

Day 16: Visit Temples of North-east Angkor Wat & Chong Khneas floating village on Tonle Sap Lake

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap City

Day 17: Siem Reap City - Departure

The trip cost depends on your group size. The trip price is available upon your request. So please feel free to send us an enquiry for availability & the most updated price. Please click the yellow button Send Enquiryand fill out the enquiry form to let us know your specific requirements as well as your contact information. Rosanta Travel 's tour consultant team will send you our special offers or customize a new tour program on your requests !!!

Trip cost inclusive of:

- Hotel accommodations as stated in the program

- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

- Transport by Private comfortable car or MiniVan with AC

- English-speaking guides

- Domestic flights tickets in Vietnam

- Flights tickets from Sai Gon city to Phnom Penh in  Cambodia

Domestic flights tickets from Phnom Penh City to Siem Reap in Cambodia

- All entrance fees per tour program, performances, boat trips & excursions.

Complementary water during the trip

Trip cost exclusive of:

- International flights tickets to Vietnam

- International flights tickets from Siem Reap in Cambodia back to your home

- Your personal travel insurance

- Vietnam Visa fee

- Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers

- Beverages & other personal expenses

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