10 DAY THEMED TOURS
Hanoi - Halong Bay - Puluong - Siem Reap
10 DAY THEMED TOURS
Hanoi - Halong Bay - Puluong - Siem Reap
Spectacular discovery into the highlights Vietnam and Cambodia offers tropical experiences everyone longs for
Itineary in Brief
Welcome to Hanoi – the charming capital city of Vietnam! Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, warmly welcomed by our tour guide and transfer to check in.
After a short rest, we visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, inclusive of Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, as well as his private residence from 1954 until 1969. The wooden ethnic minority style house, which was built on stilts, is surrounded by lovely peaceful gardens. In the same complex we will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Our next stop will be the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Later, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple then take a cyclo tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
- Hotel check-in time is around 14.00
After breakfast and check out hotel, we transfer to Pu Luong Nature Reserve via a breath taking mountain pass. Enjoy panoramic view of the whole valley along the way. We arrive at Pu Luong Retreat in time for a delicious lunch with local dishes. After lunch, check in the room and have some free time to explore the beautiful retreat, with its captivating views of the surrounding and tranquil setting.
This afternoon, drive to a suspension bridge over Cham River, where we begin our walk passing stunning water wheels to reach a local fisherman’s house. Have a short rest to gear up for the rafting adventure with the local expert team. Float along the calm river and enjoy the scenic views, learn how to paddle and steer the handcrafted rafts. Arrive at Tan Lap Bridge, disembark and drive back to Pu Luong Retreat for dinner. Overnight at Pu Luong Retreat.
Wake up early for our first Yoga exercise following the instruction of the local master (Vietnamese master or Indian master). After breakfast, take a light trek into the beautiful rice terraces, through small paths to a picturesque village sitting on the foot of a towering mountain. Trek through the villages, wild fields, ponds, rivers, mountains and open land until we reach our lunch spot. After picnic lunch, enjoy free time refreshing at a nearby river. Walk up to our pickup point and drive back to the Retreat. Dinner and overnight at Pu Luong Retreat.
Wake up early for our second Yoga exercise following the instruction of the local master (Vietnamese master or Indian master). After breakfast and check out the Retreat, let’s get closer to the village life and interact with locals living upon the hills above the Retreat. We get to know the daily life of the locals, walk around working farm land and rice fields and learn to make rice wine and weave colourful textiles. Lunch will be served at a local house with a local family. After lunch, we return to Hanoi with stop en route for The Quintessence of Tonkin Show. The Show draws inspiration from the spiritual history of the nearby Thay Pagoda. With years in the making, hundreds of performers, an interactive stage, state-of-the-art technology, and a stunning setting, this live spectacle is an unmissable highlight of any trip to Vietnam. A Buffet Dinner will be served before we enjoy the show. After the show, return to Hanoi and check in the hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
After breakfast and check out hotel, we journey east for 4 hour through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where we see every day Vietnamese village life to reach to Halong Bay, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO since 1994 and 2006.
12.30: Get on boat easily by private quay. Then you will be warmly welcomed by crew team, welcome drink will be served instantly during cruise briefing. Check in your cabin and take a rest.
13.30: Enjoy a nice set-menu lunch. By local flavors in each dish, it vitally helps to recuperate after a 4-hour-car drive. In the meantime, our cruise goes ahead to the Bay’s center. After lunch, you are free to relax on sundeck. While the light of afternoon decreases slightly, hundreds of islands with different shapes definitely amaze you by its natural beauty.
15:00: By tender, visit Titop Island. Have free choice of activities such as sunbathing; swimming; conquering the peak of the biggest island in Halong named of a Russian space hero and taking panoramic photos of Halong bay in the afternoon.
15.40: Arrive at Ong Cam floating house by tender – one of few existing houses (belong Lan Ha Bay) left after the regulation of Management to relocate the traditional floating village to mainland. You will discover the area’s tranquility by kayaking – an indispensable water activity in Halong, for those who love challenging themselves or sitting on bamboo boat, for those who love being gentle and sophisticated, to admire breathtaking scenes. No matter what you choose, you will have a very quick look at the ruin of floating village to understand how they survive in simple forms of floating houses. Centrally, the activity offers the serenity of escape, particularly in the late afternoon. From a distance, few small junks drift off into the sunset slowly. What cool and poetic moment!
17:30: Go back to our overnight boat for relaxation. Regain your energy by enjoying fantastic views of Halong on sundeck at dusk. Enjoy the mini sunset party with complimentary seasonal fruits and finger foods. To get memorable sunset moment, you should order some Halong styled glasses of cocktail by joining buy-one-get-one-free program, made by our skillful bartenders.
18.30: Join cooking class on the sundeck. The chef shows you how to make Spring Roll - an authentic specialty, which is voted for World's 50 best foods by CNN.
19.30: A sophisticated dinner that gives you an appetite will be dedicatedly served in romantic ambience, especially with BBQ fresh seafood and a variety of Vietnamese and Western foods.
21:00: Evening activities: watching film at the outdoor bar; playing board, guitar and card games; going fishing squid on tender. Enjoy squid cooked after fishing.
22:00: Overnight at the quietest sleeping area. End of the first day in Halong.
06.30: Wake up at dawn for morning exercise with body warm up, Tai Chi Quan… on sundeck or enjoy beautiful spectacles that a blazing sunrise breaks the clouds of the island on the bay!
07.30: Have a light breakfast with coffee, tea and bakeries while enjoy the bay view.
08.30: Explore Me Cung (Maze) cave. This least known cave locates on a remote island, which is rare in cave-lake seascape. Climb up several rugged stone stairs to admire the miracle of stalactites in a very complex structure, then overlooking gradually to the west, a great lake will appear in front of you, considered as a royal garden surrounding by natural mountain walls. You will be seemingly isolated on the bay. Its water looks blue all year round and breathtaking from high above.
9:30: Come back to the cruise. It's time to check out our cabin, relax among grand views.
11:00: Farewell lunch is deliciously served at restaurant and say ‘’goodbye’’ to the crew.
11:45: Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina. Transfer back to Hanoi.
On arrival, check in hotel and relax for the rest of the day. Overnight in Hanoi.
Wake up early for our third Yoga exercise following the instruction of the local master (Vietnamese master or Indian master). After breakfast, enjoy an relaxing morning in the capital city. Check out hotel at noon time then transfer to the airport for flight to Siem Reap – Treasure of Cambodia Kingdom. Upon arrival, pick up by our local tour guide and transfer to check in our hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
After breakfast, we explore South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, 3km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire, The famous Bayon Temple was an architectural muddle, in part because it was constructed in a somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century. Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and gradual that spans the heart of Angkor Thom in front of Baphuon - huge temple mountain in the heart of Angkor Thom, Royal Palace Area and Phimeanakas - impressive rite and sandstone pyramid. Terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants, a double terrace wall with deeply carved nag as, demons and other mythological beings. Last visit Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty! Giant trees have grown here for centuries!
This afternoon we visit Angkor Wat temple, the Cambodia's ancient temple is one of the wonders of the oriental world. Masterpieces of decorative details as well as of architectural style, its awe-inspiring ruins survive as testament to the spectacular achievements of Southeast Asia's greatest civilization. It is a replica of the universe according to the Hindu mythology. It is composed by the Mount Meru, surrounded by the continents and the oceans. Its extraordinary bas-reliefs, describe some Khmer epics and myths. Angkor Wat's five famous towers rise into the sky, a geometrical arrangement of numerous galleries, adorned with beliefs and the stone images of celestial Apsara dancers, as well as portals, chambers and courtyards. Last we visit Pre Rup was built in the 10th Century by Rajendravarman and enjoy sunset here. Evening enjoy buffet dinner with Apsara dance show – a taste of classical Khmer culture. Overnight in Seam Reap.
Wake up early for our four and last Yoga exercise at Phnom Krom Pagoda, following the instruction of the local master (Khmer master). After the exercise, return to the hotel for breakfast and a short rest. This morning, we visit Wat Thmei (Killing Field) contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some of the bones were recovered from a nearby well while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield. Continue to visit the "Les Artisans d'Angkor – Chantiers Ecole" the Finest Authentic Khmer Arts and Crafts.
This afternoon we visit Floating Villages, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a ride in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia and the largest in Asia. Here we will see plenty of examples of the Khmer way of life on the Tonle Sap. Then visit Wat Bo, a highly respected pagoda founded in the 18th century, contains very unique wall paintings of the Reamker (Ramayana) that are said to be from late 19th century. We continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Chars, also called the “Old Market”, where anything and everything is for sale. Overnight in Seam Reap.
After breakfast, at leisure until check out hotel (standard check out time is 12h00) and transfer to the airport for our onward flight. On the way if time permits, we visit Puok, the real and original place of the Artisans d’Angkor silk, where we see the full process of silk producing, from the silk worms munch on the Mulberry leaves to spin their cocoons which used to make silk warp. Continue to Siem Reap Airport for our departure flight. End of services.
- Hotel check-out time is around 12.00
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