Hanoi-Ninh Binh-Halong Bay-Sapa- Saigon-Chau Doc-

Trip Start Jul 21, 2011
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Hanoi-Ninh Binh-Halong Bay-Sapa- Saigon-Chau Doc- Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
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Hanoi-Ninh Binh-Halong Bay-Sapa- Saigon-Chau Doc- Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Flag of Vietnam  , Dac Lac,
Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Sapa - Saigon - Chau Doc - Cambodia6/23/2011 10:09:19 AM
Duration  16 Days/ 15 Nights Depart from:  Hanoi Return to:  Siem Reap Itinerary:
Hanoi-Ninh Binh-Halong Bay-Sapa- Saigon-Chau Doc- Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Tour ProgramThis tour takes in two of South East Asia's most
diverse and fascinating countries. Commencing in Hanoi we head along
Vietnam and through the rice bowl and the Mekong Delta to Cambodia...
Highlight: Boating, walking, kayaking, trekking, and cultural experience.

Day 1:  Hanoi and Arrival

Arriving Noi Bai airport. Our car and tour guide will meet the
group at the airport then transfer to hotel in Hanoi to check in.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi - Tam Coc - Bich Dong - Ninh Binh (B / L)
Breakfast in the hotel in Hanoi. Together with Our car and
tour guide leaving Hanoi in the morning for a 2-hour drive to Ninh
Binh, 100km South of Hanoi, you will reach the old capital city of
Vietnam in 10th century, before Hanoi took over this role. Very few
traces of the citadel and palace remain here after fierce battles of
every century, but the natural landscape is outstanding with mountain
ranges running along a small riverway, where you must have a boat trip
rowed by the locals to go thru long caves formed by the water erosion
to enjoy the scenery and relax. The official name of the area “TAM-COC”
(three caves or grottoes) comes from these three caves, but the site
is very often compared with Guilin (China) and Halong Bay (Vietnam) by
every visitor. Going on to Bich Dong charming pagoda, which leans in a
mountain cliff. In the afternoon, you will overland to Phat Diem
Cathedral, an unique Catholic church built by wood and stone in
traditional style of a Vietnamese communal house. Back to Ninh Binh for
overnight.


 

Day 3:  Ninh Binh - Nam Dinh - Halong (B/L/D)

Breakfast in the hotel. You will be on the way to circle the
Red River Delta today. The landscape along the trans-provincial ways
are remarkable with green vast fields, hardworking peasants scooping
water or transplanting the rice seedling, water buffaloes ploughing on
the fields or swimming happily in muddy canals, and vendors cycling
with stacks of bamboo fishing nets or pigs and chickens behind their
bikes. The sights are spectacular in October, the harvest time.
On the way, visiting numerous temples and shrines
dedicated to the Vietnamese legendary and historical heroes to visit en
route, among which Pho Minh Tower in the Tran Dynasty temple and Keo
Pagoda in Thai Binh are most important. Crossing rivers by Binh and Bach
Dang ferryboats afterwards will give you exciting experience of the
Vietnam daily life. Arrive Halong City late afternoon. Overnight in
Halong.

Day 4: Halong - Hanoi (B / LBreakfast in hotel then transfer to Halong Wharf for a
cruise the bay for at least 5 hours, you will reach the breathtaking
views of Halong seascape and discover the magnificent beauty of this
“Descending-dragon” bay. The shapes of the dragons, and the different
ways they landed have granted the neighbouring areas several poetic
names relating to Dragon (or “Long” in Vietnamese) – Ha Long, Bai Tu
Long, and Bach Long Vy. Having lunch on boat with fresh seafood. After
the cruise, back to Halong Wharf then transfer to Hanoi for for
overnight.

Day 5: Hanoi City Tour - Night Train to Lao Cai (B / L)
Breakfast in the hotel. The minibus and tour guide will meet
the group at hotel then transfer to Ho Chi Minh Complex to visit Ho Chi
Minh Museum, His Old House and One-Pillar Pagoda nearby, the Temple of
Literature - the first university of Vietnam, the West Lake with
charming temples on its bank like Quan Thanh Taoist Temple, and
Vietnamese Fine Art Museum. In the afternoon, visiting the Ethnology
Museum where displays the lives of all 54 Vietnamese peoples. Touring
the famous Old Quarter by cyclo to Hang Duong (Sugar street), Hang Buom
(Sails street) where you find various kinds of candied fruits and
jams. Stoping at Dong Xuan market, the biggest and oldest market and
locating in the centre of the city, in old Quarter of Hanoi, Dong Xuan
market is a rich exchanging, transaction, selling place of the capital.
Refeshing at the hotel. Leaving luggage in the security room of the
hotel then transfer to the Hanoi train station at 20.00 for the night
train to Lao Cai station. Overnight on train.

 

Day 6: Lao Cai - Bac Ha - Sapa (B/L)

Arriving Lao Cai train station early in the morning. The
minibus will pick you up then transfer to have breakfast in a
restaurant nearby the station. Continuing to Bac Ha Market which held
on Sundays by the Flower H’mong, Phu La and Black H’mong. With a dozen
of tribes living in the surroundings, including Flower H’Mong, Chinese,
Nhang, Dzao, Nung, Phu la, Thai and King (or Viet), the Sunday market
of Bac Ha is extremely exciting esp. Not a unique in the Northern
mountains of Vietnam but one of the very few places whose
infrastructure allow the car to reach, Bac Ha soon became a captivating
destination. Anyhow, the difficult road helps maintain the colours
(literal and figurative sense) of the area. Enjoy the colorful life of
the hill tribes until end of the market. Short walk to discover some
surrounding villages. Taking a boat trip on Chay river to Bao Nhai and
the car will pick guests up there to continue the trip back to Sapa in
the afternoon. Overnight in Sapa.

 

Day 7:  Sapa - Lao Cai train station - night train to Hanoi (B/L)

Breakfast in the hotel. From Sapa, drive 15km northeast to
Taphin, hike thru paddy fields and an old seminary in Taphin Valley,
you will reach the villages of the H’mong and Red Zao people, who are
skillful in dying and making clothes and embroidery by traditional, old
silk thread. The women’s outfits here vary with silver-colored beads
and coins, and it’s said that the health of a woman is equal to the
weight of the counts she carries. Back to Sapa for a rest before
heading south to another remarkable area at Lao Chai (10km from Sapa)
and walk thru 3km to Tavan with visits to the villages of the tribal
people H’mong, Tay and Dzay en route. Take your car to be back to Lao
Cai Station for the train at 20.00. O/N on the train.

Note: The late surcharge for check-out has been already included in the tour quotation.

 

Day 8:   Arriving Hanoi - Van Phuc Silk Village – Saigon (B / L)

Arriving Hanoi in early morning. Our car will pick up the
guests at the train station then transfer to hotel in Hanoi for
breakfast and having a rest. The car will transfer the guests to visit
But Thap pagoda - one of the most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam with the
system of rich Buddhist statues. Then, we'll visit Dau pagoda, one of
the most ancient pagoda in Vietnam, was built since 3rd century. In
that time, it was one of the National Buddhist centre and worshipped
one of four dharmas, Goddess of Cloud with a large statue sitting on
lotus flower. It remains ancient 3 storey tower and stone sheep.
Continuing to visit Van Phuc silk village, renowned for mulberry
feeding and making different kinds of silk then continuing to visit
heading on Noi Bai airport for the flight to Saigon (Hochiminh City) at
15.00. Arriving Tan Son Nhat Airport at 17.00, Driver will pick the
guests at Tan Son Nhat Airport and transfer to the hotel for checkin.
O/N in Saigon.
Day 9:  Saigon City Tour (B/L)
Breakfast in your hotel then our driver and tour guide will
meet the guests at the hotel and start the tour with the Reunification
Palace, the witness of the dramatical Vietnam War end in 1975, if you
wish to learn something about the peculiar War that split the USA
citizens’ ideas during 1960-1970th. The grand building today is a
Museum and Hall of official receptions. Nearby the Palace is the Post
Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and
one of the city’s major landmarks. Neo-Romanesque in form, the Notre
Dame is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam. You
can end your tour in Cho Lon – The Big Market, the name of a grandiose
market in the centre of the bustling China town that does not exist in
any other city in Vietnam, where every board is in two languages –
Chinese and Vietnamese, so are the communication languages of the
inhabitants. A lot of Chinese are being successful in Saigon with their
trading know-hows, wisdom and dynamic. Stoping to visit Lacquer Shop.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 10:  Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels - Tay Ninh (B/L)
Breaksfast in the morning. Together with our car and tour
guide, your day begins with a visit to Tayninh, the centre of Caodaism,
a local sect of Buddhism founded by a Vietnamese countryman in early
20th century. Arriving at noontime, you will have the chance to witness
the daily ceremony at the temple of Cao Dai called Tayninh Holysee.
The eye over the main entrance and on the inside ceiling is
characteristic of every Cao Dai church, and is a reminder of the
Creator of the Universe. Yet, the midday mass is very solumn and
respectful. They are known for their sťances and communications with
the spirit world. On the way back to Saigon is located Cu Chi Tunnels,
one of the few remaining monuments to the Vietnam War. Beneath the
ground lie 200 km of tunnels, dug by hand and inhabited by the forces
of the Vietnamese guerillas during the conflict. At its peak, prior to
the Tet Offensive in 1968, the tunnel complex was base to almost 10,
000 troops. To this day, it remains one of the most impressive examples
of how fierce the war was. Return to Saigon in late afternoon.
Overnight in Saigon.

 

Day 11:  Saigon - Chau Doc (B/L)

Early breakfast in the hotel. As you should reach the floating
market in Cai Be as early as possible today, try your best to start in
Saigon at 07.00 am and take your car to travel southwest for nearly 3
hours, reach Vinh Long province which is famous for tropical fruits in
the Mekong Delta. Reach Cai Be floating market and board your boat
along the market to enjoy trading activities of the peasants of the
Mekong Delta, who travel to the market in the boats full of fruits and
farming products. Continue to Long Xuyen, explore the village making
incense stick before heading onto Chau Doc. O/N in Chau Doc.

Day 12:  Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B/L)Early breakfast in the hotel at 07.00 am board the
Express boat of Victoria hotel to reach Phnom Penh. Upon arrival at
13.30, welcome at the port by our tour guide and car in Phnom Penh and
transfer to your hotel. City tour to visit the Royal Palace, the Silver
Pagoda and The National Museum. Visit the Central and Russian Markets
and the Wat Phnom, the oldest monument in the city from which Phnom Penh
derived its name. Short trip to Toul Sleng Memorial and Killing
Fields. Overnight in Phnompenh.
Day 13:  Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat (B/L)
After breakfast, at leisure until being transfer to
the Wharf to take the express boat to Siem Reap. Welcome by your tour
guide in Siem Reap and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Start the
trip to visit the World Heritage of Angkor Wat, the founder was
Suryavarman II who reigned Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five
towers in the 12th century and dedicated them to the Hindu God Vishnu.
Viewing Sunset wonderful views at from Phnom Bakheng. O/N Siem Reap.


Day 14:  Siem Reap - Angkor Thom (B/L)

After breakfast, starting your exploration of Angkor with a
visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom: the Bayon temple, the
Baphuan, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King,
Thommanon, Chau Say Thevada and the natural lake of Sras Srang. In the
afternoon, visiting Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre
Rup temples, Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human
genius and natural beauty, Ta Keo "Jewel of Crystal" is dedicated to
the Hindu God Shiva and was erected at the end of the 10th century. O/N
in Siem Reap.


Day 15:  Siemreap - Bantey Srey (B/D)
After breakfast, spend the entire morning in one of
the jewels of Angkor, the Banteay Srey Temple which means "Citadel of
Women". This temple is built of pink sandstone and presents the most
graceful carvings in stone you might ever seen in your life. The temple
is dedicated to the god Shiva. Continuing to Kbal Spean, the river of
thousand Lingas, the phallic symbol of the God Shiva. Arrival near the
site, walk for an hour through the forest to arrive at Kbal Spean.
Return to Siem Reap for dinner and your last night there.
Day 16:  Depart Siem Reap (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. At leisure until transferring to the airport for departure flight. End of the tour.
Include & Exclude
Trip includes:    * English speaking tour guides

    * Double rooms at 4 star hotels

    * 1 lunch in Halong Bay

    * Land transfer spacious A/C car

    * Domestic air tickets Hanoi - Saigon and airport tax

    * Private Boat trip in Halong Bay, Mekong Delta in Vietnam

    * Train tickets from Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi (02 people in a private cabin - ROYAL TRAIN)

    * Victoria boat from Chau Doc to Phnompenh

    * Express boat from Phnompenh to Siemreap

    * Late check-out (hotel in Hanoi)

    * Late check-out (hotel in Sapa)

    * Day-use room in Hanoi

    * Admission fees

    * Visa arrangements to Cambodia and Vietnam (including visa stamp fee for visa to Vietnam)Trip excludes:    * Meals (USD 8/ set menu lunch; USD 10 / set menu dinner, USD 19 / person for dinner with Apsara Dance)

    * International flights to/from Vietnam and Cambodia and airport tax.

    * Drinks and personal expenses (laundry and phone calls)Tour Prices info@lvptravel.com
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