day 1 SAIGON ARRIVAL
Arrival at Ho Chi Minh airport, and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Day free at leisure to explore bustling markets and sampling local iced coffee at one of the sidewalk cafÃ©s. Overnight at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, still popularly called Saigon.
day 2 SAIGON - CU CHI TUNNELS & MEKONG DELTA
Breakfast at hotel, followed by a tour that includes visit to Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta area. The constricted Cu Chi Tunnels will leave you in amazement as to how humans survived in these conditions, and fought a war. Then head to Mekong Delta area and enroute have a local lunch. Cruise on a small boat and mingle with some locals on an island in the Mekong Delta area. Return back to Saigon by evening, overnight at your hotel.
day 3 CYCLO & WATER PUPPET SHOW + DINNER CRUISE
Breakfast at hotel. First half of the day at leisure to explore local markets for shopping and enjoying local snacks and drinks. Later in the evening, you will witness a colorful puppet show performed on water as the stage and puppeteers controlling the puppets using long bamboo rods and string mechanism hidden beneath the water surface, accompanied by traditional music. Continue to the harbor by cyclo and traditional form of transportation that is a cycle-rickshaw with passenger seating in front. At the harbor board a cruise and enjoy panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City illuminated at night. Enjoy a delectable Vietnamese dinner aboard the cruise boat. Later, return to your hotel for overnight stay.
day 4 SAIGON TO HANOI BY FLIGHT
Breakfast at hotel. Then take a morning flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. On arrival, check-in at hotel. Later in the evening set out for a half-day walking tour. Pass through the narrow alley of Yen Phu village, visit an ancient Temple and witness how incense sticks are made. Also see how the local shopkeepers scramble, when a train passes through the tight alley. Then make a stop at the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius, before stopping at Ngoc Son Temple (located on Jade Island & connected with a wooden red colored bridge) near the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
day 5 HANOI - BOAT CRUISE
Breakfast at hotel. Followed by a day filled with activities and an exciting overnight cruise. Transfer to Tuan Chau Marina Pier, stop enroute to witness how Vietnamese handicrafts are made. Board the cruise, check-in, and enjoy lunch on board while passing by an Hoa Cuong floating village. The highlight of the tour is exploring the renowned Halong Bay, passing by Soi Sim Beach & Coconut Three Island, before arriving at the area of Surprising Cave. Indulge in kayaking, swimming, or climb up to the mountain to get a panoramic view of Halong Bay at Titov Beach. Later head back to your boat for a sunset party followed by drinks & dinner. There is also an option of taking part in a cooking class or learning squid fishing. Overnight in your cabin aboard the cruise boat.
day 6 HALONG BAY - HANOI
Breakfast aboard the cruise. Early risers can take a Tai Chi class on the sun-deck. Today you explore the natural geological wonder of Hang Sung Sot, popularly known as the Surprising Cave. Relax and bask on the sun-deck. Before returning to Tuan Chau Pier in Hanoi, have a farewell lunch aboard. On arrival at the pier, transfer to your hotel in Hanoi for overnight stay.
day 7 HANOI - SPA (MASSAGE)
Breakfast at hotel. Today you will have a relaxing massage with mystical oriental lotions. Rejuvenate yourself for the next leg of the journey to Cambodia. Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
day 8 HANOI - SIEM REAP
Breakfast at hotel. Depending upon flight time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. On arrival at airport, transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Visit the popular Pub Street to get a vibe of the city. Later, enjoy a local Khmer dinner.
day 9 SIEM REAP - PRIVATE ANGKOR TOUR
Breakfast at hotel, followed by a private tour of Angkor Wat temple complex area. Transfer to the South Gate of Angkor Thom by tuk-tuk. Reach the Bayon temple via big Banyan trees, and marvel at the rock-carved faces of deities. Thereafter head to the famous Angkor Wat Temple complex which is spread over a huge area and consists of many smaller temple ruins, in addition to the main temple, that is slowly being taken over by nature. View a beautiful sunset, before heading back to your hotel in Siem Reap for overnight stay.
day 10 SIEM REAP - TONLE SAP CRUISE
Have a relaxed breakfast at the hotel. Later today you head to the Tonle Sap Lake for a relaxing cruise and some sightseeing. The huge freshwater lake (meaning of Tonle Sap) connects to the mighty Mekong River and its ecosystem harbors marine life that provides livelihood to many locals, as does the fertile land. Head to the port, and enroute pass by rice paddies and lotus fields (seasonal). Board your cruise boat and make stops at Crocodile & Fish farm. Visit a floating village and see how local Cambodians are going about their daily lives. Enjoy a buffet dinner before returning back to port and transfer back to your hotel in Siem Reap.
day 11 SIEM REAP DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel. Depending on the flight timing, transfer to the airport to catch your return flight.