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11 Days  Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh

Tour Overview:Photo
Revel in Vietnam’s energetic capital Hanoi, cruise an azure ocean pierced by surreal looking limestone islands in Ha Long Bay and enjoy the watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages along the Mekong Delta. While in Cambodia you’ll meander through fascinating Angkor Wat and interact with street vendors while you purchase fresh ingredients for your Khmer cooking class.

Day 1 - Arrive Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. You are welcomed at the airport and escorted to your hotel.

Day 2 - Hanoi
Start your day off by exploring Hanoi’s illustrious history. In the morning, visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays) before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. You will then explore the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature. In the afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple. A one-hour cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter allows you to catch a glimpse of ancient Hanoi, learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture and take a stop at an ancient Vietnamese
“long house.” In the evening, take delight in watching a traditional water puppet performance. (B)

Day 3 - Hanoi / Ha Long Bay
Drive through green rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay. You will board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a  seafood lunch and a swim (if weather permits) before visiting a grotto of gigantic stalactites and stalagmites. Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea. (BLD)

Day 4 - Ha Long Bay / Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
Spend the morning cruising through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before returning to the wharf. You will be returned to Hanoi and transferred to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. (B)

Day 5 - Ho Chi Minh City
In the morning you will visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels where Vietnamese guerrillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon for a half-day city tour. Highlights include the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Chinatown, the Binh Tay Market and either the Thien Hau Temple or the Quan Am Pagoda. (B)

Day 6 - Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta
Depart for the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival in My Tho, enjoy a boat cruise along the river. Experience an exciting horse-drawn cart ride to visit a local house where you will enjoy tea and taste home grown fruits. Board a sampan and drift along the narrow, tree-lined canals for further exploration of the Mekong Delta. After lunch, visit a family-run business making coconut candy before returning to My Tho. On the return trip to Ho Chi Minh City, visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda if time permits. Return to Ho Chi Minh City by the late afternoon. (BL)

Day 7 - Ho Chi Minh City / Siem Reap
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, enter Angkor Thom via the Southern Gate. Proceed to visit the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace and the Elephant Terrace. (B)

Day 8 - Siem Reap
After breakfast, visit the graceful 11th century Temple of Shiva – Banteay Srei – and the Banteay Samre Temple. On the way back, swing by the Ta Prohm Temple which is mystically enveloped in the jungle. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Angkor Wat. Explore its extraordinary  rchitecture for an opportunity to experience a spectacular sunset over the monuments. (B)

Day 9 - Siem Reap / Phnom Penh
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon,  visit some of the capital’s most impressive sites. End the tour with a rejuvenating traditional Khmer massage at La Rose Spa and indulge yourself with a Khmer welcome dinner. (BD)

Day 10 - Phnom Penh
You will have the opportunity to participate in a half day Khmer cuisine cooking class in a traditional Khmer setting. In the afternoon, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. On the way back, stop and witness the PSE (Pour Un Sourire d’Enfant), which provides support for underprivileged children. In the evening, visit the house of a local family for a home-cooked dinner. (BLD)

Day 11 - Phnom Penh / Departure
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight home. (B)

               
    2017          
      First Class Deluxe  
      Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
    Jan 10 - Apr 30 $3,025 $3,915 $3,945 $5,780  
    May 1 - 30 Sep $2,910 $3,695 $3,625 $5,155  
    Oct 01 - Dec 20 $3,025 $3,915 $3,945 $5,780  
               
    Hotels          
               
    Hanoi   Siem Reap      
    Silk Path Hotel (F)   Sokha Angkor Resort (F)  
    Melia hotel (D) Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra (D)  
               
    Halong Bay   Phnom Penh      
    Indochina Sails Junk (F) Sunway Hotel      
    Valentine Junk (D)   Sofitel Phnom Penh  
        Phokeetra      
               
    Ho Chi Minh City          
    Liberty Central (F)          
    Sofitel Saigon Plaza (D)        
SITA Exclusive:
As a guest of SITA, you will receive a cookbook on Vietnamese food as a souvenir of your unforgettable journey to Indochina.
 
Inclusions & Highlights:
  • Accommodation with private facilities
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner as listed
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • All sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to monuments and cultural events
  • Internal flights – Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City/Siem Reap / Phnom Penh
  • Baggage handling
  • Cyclo ride & water puppet show in Hanoi
  • Boat ride on Mekong Delta
  • Trishaw ride
  • Traditional Khmer massage at La Rose Spa
  • Khmer dinner in Phnom Pehn
  • Khmer cuisine cooking class in a traditional Khmer setting
  • Home visit and dinner with a local family
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