Day 1: Arrival - Siem Reap
Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 2: Siem Reap tour (B, L)
08:00 Rise early to beat the crowds at the photogenic of Ta Prohm "Tomb Raider" fame. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy. We visit Ta Prohm early to avoid the masses of crowds and provide a unique visit in this incredible temple.
We walk to nearby Pagoda and offering food to monks. After monks finished breakfast we start enjoy our breakfast box on the ground floor of pagoda, jasmine tea will be served in the peaceful of pagoda or we return to your hotel for breakfast.
- Prasat Kravan - with its unique brick sculptures.
- Thommanon Temple - temple which mirrors Chau Say Tevoda (just to the north), as it was built around the same time and has a similar plan. It is also dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.
- Chao Say Tevorda temple - built during the second quarter of the 12th century opposite of Thommanon, it was dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.
- Ta Keo - by Jayavarman V who ruled from 968 to 1001, it was the first Angkorian monument built entirely of sandst one and was dedicated to Shiva. The summit of the central tower is 50 met ers high and is surrounded by four lower towers.
- Srah Srang - The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing.
- Banteay Kdei - surrounded by four concentric walls, the outer walls measuring 500 by 700 meters.
Visit Eastern Mebon used to be in the middle the waters of the large Oriental Baray that is presently filled with rice-fields.
Neak Poan was supposed to be a symbol of the Universe.
Preah Khan built in 1191 according to the tradition on a spot where the king fought a crucial battle against the Cham.
In the evening, comes the moment for the relaxing view from the Phnom Bakheng Hill. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh city (B, L) - by flight
Breasfast at the hotel. Then we will visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. The Palace is a magnificent example of Khmer architecture, it was built in 1866. You will see the Throne Hall and the Napoleon III Pavilion. Silver Pagoda is one of the richest shrines in the world. The floor is made of 5.000 silver tiles.
Afternoon, visit of the National Museum, a Khmer red pavilion, which is dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority are from the Angkor period (9th to 15th century), and some from the 4th century. Then transfer to the airport for a flight (REP 3819 (AAT7) 19:20 - 20:40) to Ho Chi Minh city. Pick up and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh city tour (B, L)
At 08:30am, you will be a picked up from your hotel.
In the morning we visit:
- The Reunification Palace: This is one of the most important buildings in the city.
- War Remnants Museum: Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes
- Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office: Built between 1877 and 1883 this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture.
After lunch at local restaurant we continue to visit:
- Giac Lam Pagoda: This is HCMC's oldest pagoda, dating back to 1744 and one of the finest in Vietnam.
- Cholon, including the Thien Hau Pagoda: Cholon actually means Big Market - a claim that is well justified as Vietnam 's largest market, the Binh Tay, is located here.
- Ben Thanh Market: This bustling and well-organized market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Ao Dais.
Back to hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Temple (B, L)
08:00 am. Our guide will pick you up at the hotel. This morning you take a drive to Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh to observe the midday service. Following lunch we will drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels and then return to Ho Chi Minh city at approximately 18:00 pm.
Tay Ninh, near the Cambodian border, is home to the unique Cao Dai sect, whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill to name a few. The religion is a hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. The Cao Dai Temple at Tay Ninh has been described as a Walt Disney fantasia of the East. The temple's exterior is decorated with multi-colored dragons of all shapes and sizes competing for space with a number of Buddhist symbols. Above the main entrance is the all-seeing holy eye, the symbol of the Cao Dai sect. The interior is just as engaging as statues of Jesus Christ, Buddha and the Hindu god, Brahma, stand side by side.
The trip to Tay Ninh is combined with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250km. from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.- Vietnam American must have been like. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh city - Can Tho (B, L)
08:00 Our guide will pick you up at the hotel and depart to Cai Be. On the way you can see green rice paddy fields stretching towards the horizon. After arrival in Cai Be, a boat takes you to the floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging their goods from their boats. This market nowadays is not as busy as before because after the two huge bridges named My Thuan & Can Tho finished, so almost of things are transferred by road. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how rice paste, coconut candy and pop-rice, popcorn is made. It is so interesting to visit the handicraft village, where you can see how they make some special products as: Making rice-net for spring rolls, fish sauce & Soya sauce, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage proof...
A delicious lunch will be served at Mr. Kiet an ancient house over 170 years old or under the shade of local orchards on the An Binh Island. After lunch, the rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside to enjoy the peaceful time on smaller canals. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish or pick up fruits by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta. Visiting Mr Ba Duc’s ancient house - landlord’s one in the past, farming tool display, rice planting line - the miniature pictures of the Mekong delta. Enjoy tea with some of the local tropical fruits and listening to the traditional music is the best chance for relaxation if possible (depends on the water level of Mekong delta).
Boating to Vinh Long town then transfer by land to the city of Can Tho, the heart of the Mekong Delta. Check in on arrival and relax. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 7: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh city (B, L)
Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river ( Bassac River), then proceed to Cai Rang floating markets, which are the liveliest in the whole religion.
Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to cross a "Monkey bridge" which is built by only o¬ne stem of bamboo. Visit Binh Thuy temples. Back to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh city - Da Nang - Hoi An (B) - by flight
After breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to the airport for a flight (VN 116 - 09:30 - 10:50) to Da Nang. Pick up and drive to hotel. Check in and overnight in Hoi An.
Day 9: Hoi An (B)
Free at leisure at the hotel and then discover Hoi An city by yourself or relax on beach. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 10: Hoi An - Hue (B, L)
Breakfast and check-out. Leaving Hoian for the old capital of Hue, en route, photo stop at the top of Cloud - Ocean pass and Lang Co fishing village. Orientation tour of Hue by car with stop at the Imperial Citadel - The grand palace of the last dynasty of Nguyen. Check-in Luncheon.
Afternoon visits Thien Mu pagoda - the symbol of Hue tourism and Dong Ba local market. Overnight in Hue.
Day 11: Hue - Hanoi (B, L) - by flight
Breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to the airport of Hue for Hanoi (VN 1542 - 10:35 - 11:50). Our guide and driver will pick you up and check in at hotel. Have lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, we drive for another 20km. to the village of Dong Ho to visit the home of traditional folk paintings in Vietnam. These artisans have been producing fine woodblock prints for centuries. We conclude our trip with a visit to But Thap pagoda before returning to Hanoi by 17:00 pm. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 12: Hanoi city tour (B, L)
You are met at 08:30 am in the hotel lobby. There is a morning and afternoon schedule, as well as an organised lunch.
- Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum
- The Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070
- A local Vietnamese lunch
- Hanoi Hilton museum (Hoa Lo prison)
- Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake - the Ngoc Son Temple is set on a tiny island on Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century
- A one-hour cyclo tour through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi!
- A traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets
Back to hotel and relax. Overnight in Hanoi.
Please note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all day on Monday and Fridays, as well as from 1st October to 30th November (approx.) for annual conservation.
Day 13 : Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
05:00 Our guide and driver will pick up from Hanoi train station and visit the flower market at Quang Ba and see people exercise Tai Chi and the life of people in the early morning at Ho Guom Lake. Have breakfast at local restaurant.
7.30 - 12.00 Pick up and drive to Halong City through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta.
Stopover at Hai Duong province for refreshment about 20 - 30 minutes.
12.00 - 13.00 Arrive in Tuan Chau Wharf - Breaking and taking photo at Glory Legend Private Lounge. Transfer by tender to the boat.
13.00 - 15.30 Check in and enjoy Welcome Drink, receive cruise brief and safety instruction by crew member and Cruise Manager. Start cruising. Enjoy set menu lunch while cruising to magnificent Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay, admire the fascinating formations on the way. You will have opportunity to see the famous such as: Perfume Rock, Fighting Cock, Lonely Rock, Saddle Rock…. before arrives to “Vung Viêng” village.
15.30 - 17.30 Visit “Vung Viêng” village by a rustic – row boat, meet the local people who will help you row the boat for sightseeing. Enjoy quiet space and fresh air, you will feel truly relaxing. Free optional swimming and kayaking around many small and big islands at emerald Bai Tu Long water.
17.30 - 19.30 Back to the boat and free time for relax.
Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu).
Cooking class on sundeck - How to make spring rolls. Then enjoy spring rolls you make together and Happy Hour (buy one drink, get one free). It is time for chatting and relaxing.
19.30 - 23.00 Deluxe Vietnamese Dinner will be served.
Evening activities include: Leisure time for chatting around the bar, watching many sorts of Vietnam cultural films. Relaxing and spending a romantic night on Glory Legend Cruises’ music. Reading magazines in room and dining room. Passengers may also try their luck with squid fishing on the boat.
Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu).
23.00 End of Day One program. Overnight on board.
Day 14: Halong Bay - Hanoi (BR)
06.30 - 7.45 Before enjoying the breakfast with cookies and tea, café at the restaurant of the cruise, tourists can try the taichi session on the sundeck at the break of dawn on Bai Tu Long Bay.
7.45 - 8.45 Explore the area of Hon Co Island and Co Cave (Grass Cave, also known as Thien Canh Son). You can revel in the breathtaking view of Bai Tu Long bay from above, as well as the glorious long white sand of Hon Co Island.
Tourists can relax on the white sand beach of Co Island, enjoy swimming on the area of Co Island. With the long white sand beaches and the crystal-like green water, definitely, tourists would have the fantastic moments after exploring the cave.
8.45 Tourists come back to the cruise by tender.
9.15 Tourists arrange the luggage and check out.
9.30 - 10.30 Tourists can enjoy the light lunch (brunch) in Sealife Cruise while the cruise departs from Hon Co Island back to Vinashin dock.
11.15 Arrive back at Vinashin dock, Halong city for disembarkation where your driver waits to take you back to your Hanoi
16:30 Arrive in Hanoi. Check in hotel and relax. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 15: Hanoi - Sapa - Cat Cat (B, L) - by car
Breakfast at hotel.
07:15 Our guide and driver will pick you up at hotel and depart to Sapa, following Noi Bai - Lao Cai high-way. Along the way, you will have chance to contemplate the beauty of northwest mountains that terraced fields are sparkling in sunlight or dim in thick fog.
12.15: Arrive in Sapa. Check in hotel and have lunch.
In the afternoon, we start the trip in Sapa. You first sneak through the Sapa market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before continuing the trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river. Relax and overnight in Sapa.
Day 16: Sapa - Fansipan - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B, L)
After breakfast, we drive to Silver Waterfall. The Silver Waterfall is located about a half hour from Sapa town which offers stunning views over surrounding mountains and lush forests belonging to Hoang Lien National Park. You are advised to stop by a farm for a cup of tea and talk with people to understand their local life. Then we continue our drive uphill to the Heavens Gate, the highest stretch of road in Vietnam as well as the provincial border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces. Enjoy fantastic view over the valley!
Then take a cable car to Fansipan mountain. Currently the highest point of Fansipan is at 3,143m high. As you know the cable car in Sapa is the world’s longest and highest cable car, running up from sleepy Sapa Town in Lao Cai Province to the peak of Fansipan Mountain, known as Indochina’s rooftop. Enjoy the view from the highest point of this incredible mountain. The lush green and subtropical vegetation makes this mountain really very beautiful. Take some pictures for unforgettable experience from the top. After taking scenery then get cable car back to Sapa.
Then we start trekking. The first part is on the road but we soon turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigio blue clothing. After this you continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. The development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green color. The Zay houses are build of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 17: Sapa - Bac Ha market - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B, L) - by car
After the breakfast, we go to the Bac Ha market for two hours by a private car (AC). This is the largest market in the region, a place where many ethnic groups gather to buy and sell, eat and drink together. There are 10 minority groups in the Bac Ha region. You can buy homemade handicrafts and clothes. In the afternoon we will have a 2 hour trek to Ban Pho village (Flower H’Mong people). In the village we can have a look in their house and understand little more about their lifestyle and traditional customs. Especially, we can try homemade wine from corn. Then take a bus back to Hanoi.
You will arrive in Hanoi around 22:00pm. Check in hotel and relax. Overnight in Hanoi.
Note: Bac Ha market only takes place on Sunday. This itinerary can be changed upon your departure date.
Day 18: Hanoi - Departure (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Then our driver will pick you up and drive to the airport for your flight. End of services.