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Discover the best of Vietnam and Cambodia through the cultural tour to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, an old communal house, the Cham Museum, and Marble Mountain, etc. Also, the culinary vacation including cycling around Hoi An towards the Tra Que Vegetable Village where about 150 farmers and 400 owners live on there and cultivate about 20 types of vegetables and herbs. This is an interesting opportunity that can’t be missed!
You will be accommodated in Gondola Hotel (superior room) in Hanoi, The Vietbeauty Cruise (deluxe room) in Ha Long, Asia Hotel Hue (deluxe room) in Hue, Sea and Sand Hotel (deluxe sea view) in Hoi An, Le Duy Hotel (deluxe room) in Saigon, and Central Boutique Angkor (boutique room) in Siem Reap.
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. This is Vietnam's capital and celebrated its anniversary of 1,000 years in 2010. Historical emphasis on the arts and learning stipulates that buildings in Hanoi remain small, simple, and in harmony with nature. You will have the afternoon at your leisure before an evening welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight will be in Hanoi.
After breakfast, spend your day taking a tour around the capital and visiting several sites such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and Temple of Literature.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside) is a large memorial in Hanoi located in the center of Ba Dinh Square which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. His former residence is a stilt house of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam, which is fondly known as “Uncle Ho”.
The emperor Lý Thái Tông constructed the One Pillar Pagoda Temple. In 1049, he erected a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream when he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower.
Temple of Literature is Vietnam's first national university where the offering ceremonies, study sessions, and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place. Built in 1070, at the time of King Lý Nhân Tông, it is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius, sages, and scholars.
Later, you will have lunch at a restaurant. In the afternoon, continue to the Museum of Ethnology which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. Then, you will enjoy a very interesting walking tour around the old quarter within 1,5 hours. Firstly, the trip starts from the head of Cao Thang street where local people sell all traditional cooking spices of Vietnam such as onions, garlic, mushrooms, black mushrooms, peppers, lemongrass, ginger, and galangal. Then, move to Dong Xuan market, the biggest market in Hanoi, originally built by the French administration and surrounded by different streets. You will go through the market and turn right to Hang Ma street. The road is shimmered by decorating stuff, Chinese toys, the colorful lanterns, paper goods, and in particular paper votive offerings.
Passing by Luong Van Can, Lan Ong, you arrive at Hang Buom Street located at the oldest temple of Hanoi - Bach Ma Temple. You will take some rest to admire the temple before continue walking through Ta Hien, Dinh Liet Street to the most peaceful small alley of Hanoi - Trung Yen. On the way, you have a chance to explore the daily life of local people who live and share their life in the confined spaces. You continue to Hang Be Street - used to be one of the best well-known outdoor markets in town dating from medieval, with famous food ”Mam Tep Chung Thit” which some years ago was disintegrated. At the end of this road, there is a coffee shop named Cafe market where Nhat Long Travel will invite you for a cup of coffee egg or iced fruit smoothies and it's included in the package.
The end of trip will be at Hoan Kiem Lake in front of a water puppet show theatre. From here, you can continue your walking or back to your hotel. Discover Hoan Kiem Lake, meaning "Lake of the Returned Sword", where emperor Lê Lợi was boating on the lake when his magic sword, Heaven's Will, was grabbed by a turtle who quickly disappeared into the depths. Take a beautiful picture on the The Huc red bridge to Ngoc Son Temple. Then, come back to your hotel. Dinner will be on your own. Overnight will be in Hanoi.
Suggest flight: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) - Phu Bai International Airport (HUI) (08:45 - 09:55) by Vietnam Airline or similar - charge from 99 USD / pax / ticket
Following breakfast, you will be free until transfer to the airport for a flight to the ancient imperial capital of Hue. In Hue, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Overnight will be in Hue.
After breakfast and pick up at your hotel, take a boat for a cruise on the gentle Huong River. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, built in 1601 on the order of the first Nguyen lords, Nguyen Hoang, who at that time was the governor of Hue. Continue to a quiet Thuy Bieu Village - 6.5 kilometers from the city center - a laidback village famous for growing the Thanh Tra fruit (a kind of small pomelo), visit many garden houses, a unique feature of Hue countryside, and enjoy a nice walking and biking around the village.
Visit an old communal house, pass by several ancient ancestral temples and communicate with local people. Visit an incense making family and discover the daily life of local people while they are working strenuously with joy and enthusiasm. You may also join their activities: gardening, talking and drinking tea with them.
Back to Thuy Bieu restaurant, relax by steeping your foot in medicinal herb water - a traditional therapeutic practice and enjoy an excellent massage by blind people for free. Lunch will be at Thuy Bieu restaurant.
In the afternoon, the discovery of Emperor Minh Mang’s tomb, ponds and gardens are known for its perfect harmony between architecture and its natural environment. It began to be built during his reign (1820-1841) and was completed only in 1843, two years after his death by his successor Thieu Tri. Dinner will be on your own and overnight will be in Hue.
After breakfast and pick up at your hotel, visit the Imperial Citadel, city of the Nguyen Dynasty (1804-1945), visit some of the most highly revered sites in this World Heritage area; The Flag Tower, South Door, Edict Pavilion, Supreme Harmony Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City. Transfer to Da Nang through Hai Van Pass and through the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co.
When arriving in Da Nang, visit the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain, (Ngu Hanh Son) is about eight kilometers southeast of Da Nang City. This is a cluster of five marble mountains lying close to the sea. That is why, it is dubbed Hon Non Nuoc, which means Mountain and Water in Vietnamese. Lunch will be at a local restaurant.
Continue to the riverside town of Hoi An, an important trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries and officially listed as a World Heritage Site. Dinner will be on your own and overnight will be in Hoi An. In the afternoon, walk around Hoi An ancient town and exploring its treasures:
After breakfast at the hotel, the guide will meet you in your hotel lobby, then you will cycle around Hoi An towards the Tra Que vegetable Village - about 150 farmers and 400 owners live on there and cultivate about 20 types of vegetables and herbs such as mint, lettuce, basil, cilantro, broccoli, and many more. From more than 40 hectares of land eight tons of Village Tra vegetables are sold every year. The vegetable growers do not use pesticides or GMOs, using natural fertilizers instead, including seaweed found in the river and harvested by gardeners every morning.
During the walk, you will cross vast rice fields in the countryside and quiet road, far away from the tourist trails. You will see the activities of the inhabitants through the villages of Hoi An. Walk in Tra Que Vegetable Village and meet local people working in the garden. The local farmer will teach you all about cultivation methods and how to protect developing vegetable from the insects as well as join the farmers in preparing gardening activities such as raking the ground, sowing, watering greens, transplanting, and tending greens. Lunch will be on your own. Then, return to the hotel. Following the tour, there will be free time for shopping or relaxing in the Hoi An beach. Dinner will be on your own and overnight will be in Hoi An.
Suggest flight: Da Nang International Airport (DAD) - Ho Chi Minh City Airport (SGN) (8:45 -10:10) by Vietnam Airline or similar - charge from 116 USD / pax / ticket
After breakfast at the hotel and leaving Hoi An, you will drive to Da Nang International Airport (DAD). From Da Nang, you will take the one-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City (a.k.a Saigon), where you will transfer directly to your centrally located hotel. Lunch will be at a local restaurant.
You will embark on a city tour of Saigon, including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral (visit outside), The Old Post Office, the War Remnants Museum, and bustling Ben Thanh Market. Dinner will be on your own and overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up and then drive to My Tho which is is the capital city, the center of economics, education, and technology of Tien Giang Province, located in the Mekong Region of South Vietnam. The majority ethnic is the Viet and some of the Chinese, the Cham and the Khmer. Boat rides on the MỹTho River are popular with tourists and the city is known for hủtiếuMỹTho, a type of soup. After two hours arrival in My Tho, take a boat trip along the Mekong River and around a fishing village and some islands. Cross the Mekong River, turn into Vam Xep canal to see the daily life of local inhabitants in Ben Tre Province (so-called Coconut village).
Visit Quoi An Village to see a bee farm and some handicraft workshops to enjoy some honey-tea and see how people make things from coconut wood. Take the horse-cart on village path and stop at Mr Nam Ngo orchard, taste honey with tea or wine. See bees-breeding in wooden boxes under longans tree. Visit Muoi Hai orchard. Enjoy seasonal fruits and listening to traditional music. Take rowing-boat along water palm creek. Boat to see local people make coconut candy, taste candy (special products of Ben Tre province). Lunch will be on islets at Mientay Riverside restaurant. You will feel relax and enjoy local foods good menu in a nice restaurant on the river bank. After lunch, back to My Tho city by boat to next visit or next destination.
Vinh Trang Pagoda is located three kilometers from the city center. It was built in 1849. The pagoda contains both Asian and European architecture. The pagoda resembles the five-tower Angkor Temple. A monk and his architect traveled to Cambodia prior to building the pagoda for inspiration and eventually combined Khmer architecture with European styles for the pagoda.
Dong Tam Snake Farm is located about 10 kilometers from My Tho in the direction of Vinh Long. The snake farm is really to be recommended to those truly charmed by snakes. Dong Tam also has a collection of mutant turtles and fish on display. The cause of their genetic deformities is almost certainly the spraying of Agent Orange during the American War, which was particularly intensive in the forested parts of the Mekong Delta. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner will be on your own and overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.
Get up in the early morning, ride Tuk-Tuk to visit sunrise in front of Angkor Wat Temple and then come back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, you continue with the vehicle to visit South Gate of Angkor Thom City and then exploring the mysterious Royal City Angkor Thom. Bayon, its 50-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance, it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic, and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit the surroundings of the complex including the Baphoun, Elephant Terraces, Leper King Terrace, and Royal Enclosure area. Lunch will be at a local restaurant on your own account
In the afternoon, you continue to visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. In the late afternoon, visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat - one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art. In the evening, you will enjoy dinner with Apsara Dance Show and overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Suggest flight: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) - Siem Reap International Airport (REP) (08:10-09:20) by Vietnam Airline combine Cambodia Angkor Air - charge from 209 USD / pax / ticket
In the morning, you will take a flight to Siem Reap in Northern Cambodia to visit the fabulous ancient sites of Angkor, one of the wonders of the world. You will visit Angkor Thom (or " Great City"), which is in some ways even more spectacular than the colossal Angkor Wat, as it has nearly disappeared into the jungle. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met and transferred to your comfortable hotel for check-in (subject to availability).
The tour starts by visiting the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat has been a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. After that, you will visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sunset view from Bakheng hill. Dinner will be on your own and overnight will be in Siem Reap.
Today, you will embark on an elephant ride from the South Gate of Angkor Thom into the jungle to see famous Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphoun, the Elephant Terrace, and Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch will be on your own.
In the afternoon, you will continue to visit fabulous Ta Prohm (embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers) Pre Rup, East Mebon, Krovan, Srah Srang, Banteay Srei, and Ta Keo. At dinner, you will be treated to a charming Apsara dance show at a local restaurant. Overnight will be in Siem Reap.
You will board a boat on Tonle Sap Lake and cruise past floating villages, complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals. You will also visit the school know as “Les Artisans d’Angkor” before transfer to Siem Reap International Airport (REP) for your departure. Meals on your own. End of services.
This vacation will take place in Vietnam including Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ha Long, Titop Island, Me Cung Cave, Hue, Thien Mu Pagoda, Huong River, The Imperial Citadel, Da Nang, Hoi An, Tra Que Vegetable Village, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, My Tho, Quoi An Village, Vinh Trang Pagoda, Cao Dai Temples, Angkor Wat Temple, Bayon, and Ta Prohm, also in Cambodia including Siem Reap, Angkor Thom City, and Tonle Sap Lake.
You will be served 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 3 dinners. All breakfasts are at the hotel. Nhat Long Travel will arrange a set up menu, If you need vegetarian or non vegetarian, please inform Nhat Long Travel to arrange the food.
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