Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery
|Resort:||Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery|
|Operator:||Wendy Wu Tours|
21 Day Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery Tour Itinerary
DAYS 1-2 FLY TO HANOI
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s colonially influenced atmospheric capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.
DAY 3 DISCOVER LOCAL HANOI
Start your day with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh complex and the Ethnology Museum to learn about the country’s ethnic groups. Next, stop at the Confucian Temple of Literature, before taking a walking tour of the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, and then visiting Ngoc Son temple, perched on an island in Hoan Kiem Lake. This evening, stroll amongst the city’s unique street-side night life and food vendors. Taste the varied flavours of Vietnamese street food such as Pho Cuon and Banh Xeo.
DAY 4 HOANG SU PHI
Travel to Hoang Su Phi, an area of emerald green rice terraces. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin exploring.
DAYS 5-6 LUSH RICE TERRACES
Take an unforgettable journey on foot through the epic rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi. As you turn every corner, a new view of this outstanding landscape of lush, mist-wreathed terraces will unfold in front of you, providing a plethora of unreal photo opportunities. You’ll make stops at a Red Dao village to learn about local life in the area, a Tay village to have lunch in a family home and a colourful local market.
DAY 7 RETURN TO HANOI
Travel back to Hanoi and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
DAYS 8-9 CRUISE HALONG BAY
Depart for Halong Bay. Board your vessel for a serene and unforgettable cruise on the glassy, limestone-studded waters. Pass by quaint fishing towns, taste freshly caught seafood and admire the ever-changing vistas of the bay. On day 9, rise early to catch the sunrise over the karst peaks of the bay and practice Tai Chi on deck. Return to Hanoi and fly to Danang, driving onto Hoi An.
DAY 10 FARMER AND FISHERMAN EXPERIENCE
Hop on your bike today and wheel through the scenic rice paddies outside Hoi An. Pay a visit to local farmers where you can try your hand at traditional farming techniques look out for water buffalo! Enjoy a calming boat ride to a peaceful fishing village, where you can try making a fishing net and go paddling in unique bamboo basket boats.
DAY 11 CHARMING HOI AN
Enjoy a leisurely walk past Chinese traders’ homes, visit local artists and tailors and walk through the 16th-century Japanese Bridge. Drive to Hue, stopping en route at the Museum of Cham Sculpture. Spend the afternoon wandering the beautiful, flower covered streets of this ancient town..
DAY 12 IMPERIAL HUE BY BICYCLE
Cycle through Hue for a tour of the imperial sights. Start at the Imperial City, then continue to Phu Mong Garden House, part of Hue’s legacy from the Nguyen Dynasty. Stop by Thien Mu Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River before driving to Tu Duc Tomb. From here, take a cyclo tour along the banks of the Perfume River.
DAY 13 SAIGON VESPA TOUR
Enjoy some free time before flying to Saigon in the late afternoon. This evening take an exhilarating ride on the back of a vintage Vespa, classic Saigon pillion style. Stop for a cocktail before continuing to a favourite local eating spot. Wind up your night with drinks, accompanied by a live band.
DAY 14 SAIGON OLD AND NEW
This morning discover the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels. On the way back to Saigon there is an option to visit a Wildlife Rescue Station, that aims to stop the endangered wildlife trade in Vietnam. Continue to Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum.
DAY 15 BEN TRE BY BICYCLE
Drive to Ben Tre and set out on a boat trip through winding, palm tree-lined canals. Cycle through rice fields and coconut groves and visit Mr. Sau Khanh’s house who has collected a lot of ancient ceramics, potteries like bowls, vases and sculptures originally from Asia. Spend the night in a riverside resort.
DAY 16 MEKONG DELTA
This morning visit Vinh Bac bonsai and flower village. Pay a visit to Cai Nhum Cathedral before returning to Saigon.
DAY 17 CAMBODIAN CIRCUS
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. There is a special treat that awaits in the form of a performance from the PHARE Cambodian Circus, an NGO that teaches street children to become internationally renowned circus artists.
DAY 18 ANGKOR BY TUK TUK
What better way to see the world famous Angkor temple complex than from the back of a traditional tuk tuk? You’ll explore Angkor Wat, the centrepiece of Siem Reap’s famous temples, before riding your tuk tuk to Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple, a 12th-century masterpiece. Lastly, buried deep in the jungle, you will find Ta Prohm; a photogenic and atmospheric array of trees wound through temple ruins.
DAY 19 TONLE SAP LAKE
High water season (Aug-Feb) Visit Kompong Kleang, a settlement of over 20,000 people housed in wooden structures on stilts, suspended up to ten metres above the water. Greeted by waves of friendly locals, here you can glimpse Cambodia’s countryside culture and easy going family lifestyle. After lunch, head out into the dense forest and find the hidden temple of Beng Mealea. Low water season (Mar-Jul) Journey into rural Cambodia and visit a local village where you will ride an ox cart through the fields before touring the village where you can participate in fishing or farming; learning more about the way of life here. Return to Siem Reap, visiting Beng Mealea on the way.
DAYS 20-21 FLY SIEM REAL TO UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.