Cambodia & Vietnam – Luxury Private Tour & Beach Stay

Cambodia & Vietnam – Private Tour & Beach Stay

LUXURY PRIVATE TOUR

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 Day 1 (Wed, 6 Jun 2018): Phnom Penh arrival
You will be welcomed by your local guide at the airport, followed by a car transfer to the hotel for check-in.

 

Notes: Rooms will be at guests’ disposal from 14:00

Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

 

 Day 2 (Thu, 7 Jun 2018): Phnom Penh
Discover Phnom Penh City, the capital of Cambodia located at the meeting point of four branches of the Mekong River Chaktomuk, and historical capital for more than 600 years after Angkor. You will visit the Royal Palace built in 1866 and see the Silver Pagoda located within the Royal Palace compound, The majority of treasures on display have been supplied by the King of Cambodia and include gifts from various other countries. Among the treasures is a solid gold Buddha, weighing 90 kilos and encrusted with 9,584 diamonds as well as a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Visit the National Museum built in 1917-1918 and which is exclusively dedicated to Khmer arts. There are many artifacts, made of sandstone, bronze, silver, copper, wood, ceramic and other materials from the Pre-Angkor as well as Angkor Period on display. Continue to Wat Phnom, an ancient pagoda standing atop a hill, built by a wealthy Khmer woman named Penh in 1372 to house sacred relics. In the afternoon, you will visit Tuol Sleng, a historic school which was used as a prison during the Khmer Rouge period and then travel through the capital to visit the infamous Killing Fields. Peaceful today, this was one of the numerous sites where thousands of people were forced to take their last breath before being killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge communist regime. This is a part of the heritage of Cambodia and this regime ruled the country, as Democratic Kampuchea, from 1975 to 1979.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

 

 Day 3 (Fri, 8 Jun 2018): Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
At good time, transfer without guide to Phnom Penh Airport for the flight to Siem Reap. Arrival at Siem Reap Airport and transfer to the hotel to check in.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Flight: K6 107 REP PNH 11:50 12:40

 

 Day 4 (Sat, 9 Jun 2018): Siem Reap
This morning, you will travel on a road surrounded by hundred years old’s huge trees. All of a sudden, it will appear a majestic stone door, enter Angkor Thom called “the big city”. Magically emerging from nowhere, admire the massive curious smiling faces carved in stone – the Bayon Temple, built around the 12th – 13th century. This amazing edifice is surrounded by 54 towers, each of them adorned with 4 faces. After visiting the Bayon temple, you will travel to the Baphuon, a temple mountain built in the 11th century, whose restoration, lead by French architects ended not so long ago. Then, admire the Terrace of the Elephants, which with its length of 350 meters, was used for royal audiences and public ceremonies. Continue your visit to the Terrace of the Leper King, built in the 12th century, covered by magnificent Apsara sculptings.

In the afternoon, visit the most famous temple: Angkor Wat. Starting by the central aisle, you will realise soon how huge is it. The architectural achievement is also artistic, from the wonder of all the structure but also to the little details all over it. Finish the day by visiting Ta Prohm, a temple which has been eaten by the tropical nature.

Then transfer to the pier for a one hour trip on the Gondola boat. Take this chance to admire the stunning sunset view from the water to the jungle surrounding the area. A short stop to visit one of the beautiful Corner temple (Prasat Chrung) of Angkor Thom Wall where you will enjoy the tranquil atmophere away from the crowds.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Distance: 36 kilometers – 45 minutes

 

 Day 5 (Sun, 10 Jun 2018): Siem Reap
On a comfortable Italian Vespa with a professional driver at your service, get off the beaten track on this amazing full-day tour in the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Meet the Cambodian population throughout the day at each unique stop that will give you local insights into many aspects of the everyday life in Cambodia. These activities vary from witnessing the wondrous gathering of sugar palm juice to displays of exotic fruits and foods at a bustling local market, and from a spiritual blessing in a local pagoda to having your fortune told – Khmer style.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Distance: 40 kilometers

 

 Day 6 (Mon, 11 Jun 2018): Siem Reap – Hanoi
In good time, transfer without guide to Siem Reap Airport for the flight to Hanoi. You will be welcomed by your local guide at the airport, followed by a car transfer to the hotel for check-in.

 

Notes: Rooms will be at guests’ disposal from 14:00

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Flight VN 836 REP HAN 17:55 19:40.

 

 Day 7 (Tue, 12 Jun 2018): Hanoi
In the morning, you will begin your full day discovery of the capital with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – a tribute to the architecture of Lenin Mausoleum in Moscow, his traditional stilt house and the One-Pillar Pagoda – built in the 11th century. Later on, you will visit the Ethnology Museum. Created in November 1997 at the Francophonie Summit, it is both a research center and a public museum featuring the 54 ethnic groups found across Vietnam.

Then, you will visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu in Vietnamese), situated in the place once known as the first university of Vietnam. Built in 1070 by emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the university was first opened for princes and mandarins exclusively. With its ancient courtyards, altars and roofs, Van Mieu is a very fine example of Vietnamese architecture. Then, continue your way to the Old Quarter and the surroundings of the Sword Lake.

In the late afternoon, you will have a chance to understand what makes the Old Quarter of Hanoi such a captivating place. Here, you will be able to try many Vietnamese specialties such as banh cuon (steamed rolled rice pancake) and banh mi (the famous Vietnamese sandwich that even appears in the Oxford Dictionary). Then stop at a bia hoi (beer club) on Ta Hien Street and taste the fresh Vietnamese beer that is so popular with locals and travelers. After that, you will head to a pho restaurant where you will be able to choose between regular pho or pho tron (pho noodle mixed with chicken without soup). Then, continue your way along Hoan Kiem Lake for a tasty ice cream. You will then say goodbye to your guide and go on to explore Hanoi by night on your own.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Notes:

– The Mausoleum is closed on Monday – outside visit will be arranged
– To be allowed to enter the mausoleum, you must cover your legs, stand in pairs in silence without crossing your arms, or putting your hands in your pockets

– Street food: The route may change in case of rain. During the tour, food will be served enough, dinner might not be necessary

 

 
 Day 8 (Wed, 13 Jun 2018): Hanoi – Lan Ha Bay
You will leave in the direction of Hai Phong where you will arrive at the end of the morning. Upon arrival, you will board the Orchid Cruise to discover a different route to Halong Bay from Hai Phong (via Got Ferry Terminal – Cat Hai Town). Then, continue your way through to Cat Ba island and Lan Ha Bay.

Meals included: Lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on the junk

Distance: 122 kilometers – 1h 45 min Local guide on board only

 

 Day 9 (Thu, 14 Jun 2018): Lan Ha Bay – Haiphong – Hanoi – Hoi An
In the early morning, you will enjoy a Tai Chi class before breakfast. Then, you will have time to go kayaking before returning to Got Ferry Terminal – Cat Hai Town. You will disembark at the end of the morning and head back to Hanoi Airport for the flight to Danang. Welcome on arrival and transfer to your hotel in Hoi An for check in. Spend the rest of evening free at leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast , brunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Distance: Halong – Hanoi: 180 kilometers – 3h 30min to 4 hours

 

 Day 10 (Fri, 15 Jun 2018): Hoi An
In the morning, you will take a walk to explore Hoi An ancient town, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site for its well-preserved century-old streets and houses. Then you will go on a bicycle ride through the rural scenery of Hoi An to Tra Que herb village, known for its aromatic herbs. Join in with the local farmers and observe their daily work of planting and picking vegetables. At lunch, you will have a chance to enjoy the village specialities: tam huu (small skewers of pork and prawns), various kinds of shrimps, pork and herbs, as well as six other dishes of the region.

You will return to Hoi An in the early afternoon and have the rest of the day at your leisure to further discover the old streets or relax on the beach.

When the sun is going down, you will be picked up to begin your adventure in a bamboo basket boat for about 25 minutes on Coco River to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the river before reaching The Field restaurant located in Hoi An’s peaceful countryside. After a nice welcome at the restaurant, you will be invited to sit down on a bamboo raft placed on the surface of the river bank. Fresh food and a daily catch from the surrounding river is cooked and served right to you in this romantic setting. Enjoy your quiet private time with delicious dessert before coming back to your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Distance and duration of the cycling: 4 kilometers – 20 minutes

In case of bad weather, you will be transferred directly to the restaurant and the dinner will be served under the bamboo gazebo on the lake located in The Field restaurant’s garden.

 

 Day 11 (Sat, 16 Jun 2018): Hoi An
In the morning, you are picked up at the hotel and then go to the market with a cuisine expert living in Hoi An who loves to share her passion for food, especially Central Vietnam food, to everyone. The morning market is where you can be in the thick of the actions and get explanations for local ingredients, as well as witness daily local life. After that, you can enjoy ice coffee before go to her home for the cooking session. In the kitchen, she will demonstrate to you how to cook a dish of your choice. Her fun, enthusiast nature and her dedication will surely make the class more special than many others. And when you have finished cooking your meal, it is time to enjoy it with all others classmates. After the meal, back to your hotel and spend your day freely at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

 

 Day 12 (Sun, 17 Jun 2018): Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City
At good time, transfer without guide to Danang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrival at Ho Chi Minh City Airport and transfer to the hotel to check in.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: VN 123 DAD SGN 12:15 13:40

 

 Day 13 (Mon, 18 Jun 2018): Ho Chi Minh City
You will leave early in the morning heading towards the Cu Chi Tunnels, located one hour from Ho Chi Minh City. Originally dug by hand by the Viet Minh (Resistance force) during the French Indochina War, this network of underground tunnels was expanded during the Vietnam War. At its peak, it was 200-kilometers long, 3-to-4-meters deep and was very well equipped, including meeting rooms and medical and sanitary posts. Today it is one of the largest historical sites of the Vietnam War. You will begin the visit by watching a documentary on the tunnels and the war in the 60s-70s, then you can pass through various narrow underground ducts in order to discover the rooms: offices, kitchens, meeting rooms, weapons stores and even hospitals. At the end of the tour you will have the chance to taste the specialty of Cu Chi, the khoai my luoc (boiled cassava), a Vietnamese dish eaten daily during the war. After your visit, you will return to Ho Chi Minh City.

As you embark on the tour today, very soon you will notice that the architecture in the centre of Saigon is still representative of the colonial era and Chinese influence. Your discovery of the capital of the South would not be complete without a visit to the city’s main historical sites: the central post office, whose metal structure was designed by Gustave Eiffel; Notre-Dame Cathedral, constructed from red bricks and resembling Notre-Dame in Paris; the Reunification Palace and Dong Khoi Street.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Distance: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi: 75 kilometers – 1h 30min

Note:

– Cu Chi is not recommended for people with claustrophobia

– Notre-Dame Cathedral is closed for renovations until early 2020

 

 Day 14 (Tue, 19 Jun 2018): Mekong Delta
In the morning you will depart from Ho Chi Minh City to explore Ben Tre in the Mekong delta, also known as the “Green Venice” of Vietnam. After visiting a brick factory in Phong Nam where bricks are still hand-made, step onto a boat for a cruise along the Chet Say river (one of the Mekong’s arms). You will make several stops along the way to discover different local workshops, allowing you to understand better the specialities of the local economy. The boat will then cross a small canal and stop at a small village, where you will continue your discovery of the delta by visiting a workshop specializing in carpet-weaving. You will even be able to try this activity yourself, before hopping in a xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) or on a bicycle to wander around the village. You will see traditional farms, rice fields and vegetable plants, before stopping at a small local restaurant to taste a delicious (and generous) lunch made of regional specialties, such as “elephant-ear fish” and freshwater shrimps.

In the afternoon you will get back on the sampan for some leisure time along the narrow canals. You will travel back to Ho Chi Minh City by car.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Distance: 90 kilometers – 2 hours (one way)

 

 Day 15 (Wed, 20 Jun 2018): Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang
In the morning, you will depart to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for the flight to Nha Trang. Arrival and transfer to the hotel to check in (Hotel check-in is 2pm or later)

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Resort in Nha Trang

Room is at your disposal until noon time only

 

 Day 16 – 21 (21 – 26 Jun 2018): Nha Trang
You spend your day freely at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Resort in Nha Trang

 

 

 Day 22 (Wed, 27 Jun 2018): Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City departure
In the morning, you will travel to Nha Trang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrival at the airport and make your own way to international terminal for your departure flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Room is at your disposal until noon time only.

 

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B: Breakfast
L: Lunch
D: Dinner

Rates include/ These prices include

  • All International and Domestic flights
  • Accommodation in the category chosen or similar (subject to availability)
  • Meals as mentioned in the program. B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D:
  • All local boat rental and cycling as mentioned in the program. Cruise 01 night on non-private junk in Ha Long Bay.
  • Transfer from and to the airports by private vehicle with A/C. Transportation by private vehicle with A/C.
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program.
  • Local English speaking guide(s) as mentioned

 

Hotels:

Phnom Penh – 4* La Rose Boutique, La Rose Deluxe Dbl
Siam Reap – 5* Heritage Suite, Bungalow Suite
Ha Noi – 5* Hotel de L Opera Hanoi, Opera Deluxe
Hai Phong – 4* Orchid Cruise, 1N; Suite Balcony
Hoi An – 5* Palm Garden Resort, Superior Garden View
Hi Chi Minh – 4* Hotel Des Arts Saigon, Deluxe
Nha Trang – 5* Mia Resort Nha Trang, Garden View Condos

Cost: €3989pp

To book your luxury tour please call 059 8633 836

IAN WALSH
Travel Counsellors
059 8633 836
ian.walsh@travelcounsellors.com
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