Hanoi (1), Ha Long Bay (1), Ho Chi Minh City (3), Siem Reap (3)
Arrival (Hanoi) Departure (Siem Reap)
Couple (On the Move)
This 9-day classic Vietnam and Cambodia tour is perfected for couples who are looking to spend some time exploring beautiful landscapes and learning about ancient history and traditions. While on this romantic trip, you visit the cities of Hanoi and Saigon in Vietnam and even spend a night aboard the Halong Bay cruise, as well as Siem Reap in Cambodia. The trip takes you through some beautiful lands, emerald green waters, ancient monuments and temples too. There are boat rides, cruises, and loads of sightseeing to do while on this trip.
On Day 1, you arrive in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and after you check in to the hotel, you go on a Hanoi city tour visiting important landmarks, temples and exploring the old city. This also includes a not to be missed, cyclo ride.
On Day 2 and Day 3, go on a Halong Bay cruise and stay aboard overnight, a truly memorable experience. Go sightseeing in and around the Halong Bay and also engage in some interesting experiences.
On Day 3, after you disembark from the Halong Bay cruise, you head to the airport to fly to your next destination, the historically famous city of Vietnam, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), where you spend the rest of the day on your own.
On Day 4, you get to see the mighty Mekong River up, close and personal. It is the largest river in all of South East Asia and while here, you go on a river cruise along the Mekong.
On Day 5, you get to see how a city was built underground during the Vietnam War by visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels. Later, you go around Ho Chi Minh City visiting local markets.
From Day 6 to Day 8, you now move to Siem Reap in Cambodia, where you have a full day for the UNESCO nominated World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat Temple and you also visit many ancient monuments, temples and places of interest.
On Day 9, your trip comes to a close, and from the Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport, you are homeward bound.
Day 1: Arrival Hanoi On arrival, the tour guide and driver will welcome you at the Noi Bai International Airport and drive you to the hotel and you check into the hotel.
Later, you proceed on a Hanoi city tour. As part of this, you visit the Temple of Literature and continue to the Ba Dinh Square - the biggest Square in Hanoi, you make a photo stop at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Later, get an overall view of the capital by going on a “cyclo” visit. A cyclo ride in Hanoi is not to be missed. It will start around the Old Quarter of Hanoi, and you will stop at Ngoc Son Temple located on the Hoan Kiem Lake (the “Sword” Lake).
You stay overnight in a hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay After breakfast, you check out from the hotel. You head East by a shuttle bus to Halong Bay. Upon arrival in Halong Bay, you will go on a cruise around the Bay to discover the magnificent beauty of this “Descending-dragon” bay, created by thousands of odd-shaped limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After a nice lunch on board, visit the Surprising Grotto, stop for a round of swimming or kayaking, passing floating villages and approach islets and savor and enjoy their beauty at close distance. Later, transfer to the boat for dinner and attend activities organized on the boat.
You stay overnight on the boat docked near the Titop Beach.
Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Saigon After breakfast, you go on a boat ride to Luon Cave situated on Bo Hon Island. The ring-shaped cave is only accessible by a small boat or kayak. The changing tides impact the height of the caves. While here, enjoy the beautiful fresh air and quietness of this absolutely tranquil landscape and emerald green water. For this, you arrive at the Halong Bay wharf around 1100 hrs. After your visit, you return to Hanoi and transfer to the airport to take a flight to your next destination, Saigon.
On arrival in Saigon, an airport transfer takes you to the hotel. You check in to the hotel. The rest of the day you spend in leisure. You stay overnight in a hotel in Saigon.
Day 4: Saigon After breakfast, you proceed on a drive to My Tho, the homeland of rice and coconut factories that make local products like coconut candy, and rice paper. Upon arrival, you embark on a boat cruising down the largest River in South East Asia, the mighty Mekong River and learn a lot about the local life and culture and learn about how people live by the riverside.
Later, enjoy a horse-cart trip through the tranquil roads in the village. Enjoy a light lunch at a local restaurant by the Mekong River. In the afternoon, you drive back to Saigon. Enroute visit the Vinh Trang pagoda. It is known for its art and architecture which is a good mix of Chinese, Cambodian, and French cultures. You return to the hotel and stay overnight in Saigon.
Day 5: Saigon After breakfast, you visit the architectural marvel built underground, the Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi Tunnels is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign tourists - it is a network of over 200km of tunnels which has become legendary because of the role it played during the Vietnam War. During the war, the tunnels were functioning as underground cities. It had trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers, and kitchens.
You return to Saigon and drop off at the hotel. In the afternoon, free to do things on your own. And you can go sightseeing or shopping in the downtown area.
You stay overnight in the hotel in Saigon.
Day 6: Saigon - Siem Reap After breakfast, transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for a midday flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, you are welcomed by the tour guide in Siem Reap. You transfer to the hotel and check in to the hotel. Later, you proceed on a visit to West Baray Big Pond. A “baray” is a water reservoir built many centuries ago by the ancient Khmer people. You also visit Wat Thmei (Killing Fields), a unique glass-walled stupa containing bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge war. Your next stop is Wat Bo founded in the 18th century, a highly respected pagoda containing unique wall paintings of the Reamker (Ramayana) that are said to be late 19th century.
You stay overnight in the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 7: Siem Reap
After breakfast at the hotel, you set out to explore the South Gate of Angkor Thom which is regarded as Big Angkor. Angkor Thom served as the last capital of the Khmer Empire and it is spread over 10km. The Bayon Temple which was the State temple of King Jayavarman VII is situated in the heart, in the centre. In the centre, the monuments include the Bayon temple, the Royal Enclosure, the Baphuon - the tower of bronze, the Phimeanakas - a temple mountain and the Terrace of Elephants.
In the afternoon, you visit the world-famous, UNESCO nominated World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat Temple, situated just south of Angkor Thom. It is one of the largest religious complexes in the world. The temple flanked by 5 towers is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is filled with carvings of apsaras or fairies and you can find over 3,000 apsara carvings here.
In the evening, visit Angkor night market and you stay overnight in the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 8: Siem Reap After breakfast, a tour of the Small Circuit is arranged. This includes a visit Ta Prohm temple which is a neat blend of intellect and natural beauty, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu.
In the afternoon, the highlights of the Grand Circuit tour include a visit to Preah Khan temple - meaning The Sacred Sword, a visit to the Neak Pean temple which highlights and showcases the delicate intricacies of the Khmer art. Lastly, you visit the Pre Rup temple which was built in the 10th century and while here you can get a view of the lovely sunset. You stay overnight in a hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 9: Departure from Siem Reap After breakfast, you have the remainder of the day at leisure, till it is time to depart to the airport. An airport transfer takes you to the Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport and you are homeward bound.
While on your Cambodia and Vietnam diaries vacation you get to see and visit:
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex
Hoan Kiem Lake
Ngoc Son Temple
Hanoi Old Quarter
Ba Dinh Square
In the Halong Bay
Visit the Luon Cave
Relax by the Titop Beach
Visit the Sung Sot Cave
In Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City
Cu Chi Tunnels
Mekong River cruise
Vinh Trang Pagoda
In Siem Reap
West Baray Big Pond
Wat Thmei stupa
Wat Bo Pagoda
Ta Prohm Temple
Neak Pean Temple
Preah Khan Temple
Pre Rup Temple
When to Go
With a tropical monsoon climate, Vietnam is a little different from its Asian sisters. The best time to visit Vietnam is from February to April when Vietnam welcomes spring and August to October when Vietnam ushers in the fall season. The temperature is pleasant especially in Northern Vietnam and the rains won’t ruin your vacation as it is light and refreshing. In short, you can travel to Vietnam anytime without hesitation!
The weather in Cambodia is almost similar to Vietnam and it also qualifies as an anytime in the year destination! It is warm all through the year and primarily the seasons here are classified as dry season and wet season. Ideally, the tourist season is from May to October.
1 Night accommodation on twin sharing basis with daily breakfast in Hanoi
1 Night accommodation on twin sharing basis with all meals in Halong Bay cruise
3 Nights accommodation on twin sharing basis with daily breakfast in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh)
3 Nights accommodation on twin sharing basis with daily breakfast in Siem Reap
Hanoi City Tour
Mekong Delta tour on shared basis
Cu Chi Tunnel tour on shared basis
Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi transfers on shared basis
Full day Angkor Wat Temple Tour
All tours & transfers based on shared basis
Not included: Airfare, Visa, GST, any internal domestic flights, Tips & surcharges
Hanoi (1), Ha Long Bay (1), Ho Chi Minh City (3), Siem Reap (3)