Day 1 Hanoi (D)
Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam’s charming capital. Upon arrival you’ll be meet and greet by your guide and transfer to your hotel for refreshing after a long flight. Tonight, your first introduction to Vietnam’s lively culinary scene comes in the form of be bia hoi. This is a foamy, light beer made fresh each day and served in basic, open-walled ‘brew halls’. Take up a brightly coloured plastic chair and sip your tasty brew. Banana flower salad (nom hoa chuoi), barbecued chicken (ga nuong) and fried rice (com rang) are common dishes on the menu.
Day 2 Sightseeing in Hanoi (B-L)
In the morning, our tour guide will meet you in the hotel and you will betaken out for a guided tour including a 20 minute-drive from your hotel to the very impressive Museum of Ethnology, that is ranked among the finest of Vietnam’s museums. You will see many exhibits, photographs and actual houses inhabited by some of the 54 ethnic people in Vietnam. After, we enjoy one hour cyclo tour of Hanoi ‘s vibrant Old Quarter and the serene Hoan Kiem Lake. In the late afternoon, you will be enchanted by the legends and stories told at the Thang Long Water Puppet show that no one should miss while visiting Hanoi. Tonight you’ll get on transferred to the train station to board a train to Lao Cai, Sapa
Day 3 + 4 Sapa: Markets & Ethnic minorities (B-L)
You’ll be a bit bleary-eyed when we drag you off the train at five in the morning, but the drive up to Sapa, the crisp fresh air and the prospect of breakfast will wake you up. Then it’s off with an expert local guide to visit the colourful ethnic villages with its welcoming minorities along the verdant valley beside Mt. Fansipan, Vietnam’s highest peak.
Next, off to an ethnic market in the morning – quite a drive, but the scenery and the market makes it well worth the journey. You’ll arrive back in Lao Cai with several hours before the train arrives, but we’ll arrange for you to freshen up in a hotel and have dinner in a local restaurant before you board the overnight sleeper back to Hanoi.
Day 5 + 6 Halong Bay and the scenic cruising (B-L-D)
Arrive in Hanoi early in the morning, pick up and time for a rest and breakfast before your car arrives to take you to Halong Bay for an about 3 to 4 hours drive through the lush countryside.
The Halong Bay experience is difficult to describe – suffice it to say that most of our customers rate it as their most durable memory. If you’re a seafood fan, arrive and welcome aboard the luxury cruise, check in and enjoy the lunch while vessel is sailing through the magical Bay. Activities includes: Kayaking, Swimming, visit caves and grottoes and more.
Day 7 Flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia (B)
After breakfast you wave goodbye to Hanoi and transfer to airport to take a flight to Phnom Penh. Arrive in and find a city that maintains its historic grace. The Sisowath Quay is a pleasant brick promenade that runs alongside the river. The French architecture looks out over the water, palm trees, and grass. In the afternoon, you will have a guided tour visiting Royal Palace and the Silver pagoda and if time permits we make our way to the tranquil Choeung Ek Memorial to visit the country’s indescribable history. Overnight Phnom Penh
Day 8 + 9 Sihanoukville with beach stay (B)
Spend the morning on a tour visiting markets and city in action. In the afternoon you will journey to Sihanoukville and indulge in the quiet, romantic atmosphere of Cambodia’s premier beach destination. The day is yours to indulge in the beauty of Sihanoukville, from relaxing alongside the lapping water to venturing out onto the sea on a kayak. When the tide is low on Independence Beach the sandy shore extends over a third of a mile.
Day 10 + 11 Angkor Wat temple touring (B)
Transfer to the airport for an hour and half long flight to Siem Reap. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and takes you to your luxury hotel. After you check-in your private guide will escort you to the Small Circuit of temples that will introduce you to the famous Khmer Empire. Ta Prohm reached cinematic fame in the move Tomb Raider, with Angelina Jolie. The space continues to enthrall with its romantic display of nature overtaking manmade structures. The 12th century temple sits in the jungle, surrounded by fertile grass, towering ficus, and silk trees.
You find private niches and hidden corners that make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon your own romantic temple. At the eastern entrance pavilion you find tree roots wrapping around the stone and almost covering the rotunda. The tree stands tall on the support of the edifice as the forest reclaims the structure. Thirty-nine separate towers continue to rise above the jungle. Jayavarman faces decorate the entrance gates; the slight smiles have intrigued archeologists for centuries. The balance of nature and civilization is stunning. The image is nothing less than romantic.
Nest: Banteay Srei is a sensational complex of temples filled with treasures of Angkorian art. The area is known as the “Citadel of Women,” due to the intricate relief carvings that tell scenes of ancient and mythological Hindu stories. The temples were constructed in the 10th century and continue to mystify and captivate people with its beauty. The central tower was devoted to Shiva but the northern towers were devoted to Vishnu. You traverse portions of the jungle before you arrive at the citadel. Suddenly the trees drift apart and you come to a clearing. Small niches are carved into the walls and contain carvings of devatas, deities, and dvarapalas, a gate guardian. A causeway almost 220 feet connects two separate corridors. The more you explore the complex the more detail you find in each edifice. The romance of each detailed image charms and delights you.
Day 12 Siem Reap departure (B)
The journey of discovery , the Tour of North Vietnam, Angkor Wat & Beaches has come to an end. A private transfer take you to the airport for the departure flight
Prices for Tour of North Vietnam, Angkor Wat & Beaches
|Price tag per person||High seasons||Low seasons|
|2 Persons||US$ 3020||US$ 2760|
|3-4 Persons||US$ 2781||US$ 2547|
|5-6 Persons||US$ 2670||US$ 2450|
Prices are valid throughout 2017 except during Christmas & Vietnam Lunar New Year, around Feb.
High season month: 1,2,3,4,10,11,12
Low season month: 5,6,7,8,9