The 07D HANOI-SIEM REAP TOUR ticks all the right boxes if your bucket list consists of heritage and cultural architecture locations in far east Asia. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is the cultural centre of Vietnam and offers you a glimpse of the centuries-old architecture and the footprint of social revolution. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. Continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West Lake and the Bat Trang pottery village. Visit the Ethnology Museum, the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam, see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070. Stroll past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. Final journey through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll have a chance for some shopping.
Take three and a half hour drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf to board the cruise sailing along the Bai Tu Long Bay. Visit the Vung Vieng Fishing village and the Thien Canh Son cave and spend a night on the Cruise.
Siem Reap is the gateway to the famous archaeological ruins of Angkor with its UNESCO Heritage tag and mega stone sculptures. The pubs and the boutique hotels of this resort town shall offer the perfect opportunity for music and revelry.
3 star Hotels
Airport & Hotel Transfers
Breakfast and all meals on the Cruise only.
Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise
04 Nights in Hanoi
01 Night on Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise
01 Nights in Siem Reap
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Đồng Xuân Market, selling household goods and street food.
Other landmarks include One Pillar Pagoda, a tiny temple atop a stone pillar, and the 11th-century Temple of Literature, once home to a Confucian academy. French colonial buildings dot the city, from the neoclassical Opera House to the Gothic Revival St. Joseph’s Cathedral. The mausoleum of Communist leader Ho Chi Minh and a museum at Hoa Lo Prison (also known as the Hanoi Hilton, which held prisoners of war) recall the Vietnam War. Cultural activities range from tai chi martial arts around Hoàn Kiếm Lake to traditional chamber music and water puppetry.
WHEN TO VISIT:
Most visitors come in Nov–Dec & Mar-Apr, when the weather is generally warm and clear. The tropical climate is humid year-round, with a hot and rainy monsoon season May-Sep. Important holidays include Tết, or Vietnamese New Year (Jan/Feb, dates vary); the Full Moon/Mid-Autumn Festival (Aug/Sep, dates vary); and National Day (Sep 2), celebrated with fireworks and boat races on the lake.
Siem Reap, a resort town in northwestern Cambodia, is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th–15th centuries. Angkor’s vast complex of intricate stone buildings includes preserved Angkor Wat, the main temple, which is pictured on Cambodia’s flag. Giant, mysterious faces are carved into the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom.
As a low-key but modern gateway to the archaeological site, Siem Reap has boutique hotels, large resorts, and numerous galleries and spas. The Angkor National Museum features Khmer artifacts, including a display of 1,000 Buddha statues and images. The Old Market and the Angkor Night Market sell wares like souvenirs, books, and spices. The Old French Quarter offers trendy restaurants serving takes on international and Cambodian fare (which focuses on ingredients like rice and fish). And Pub Street is lively after dark.
When to Visit:
Peak travel season is Dec-Mar. The weather is tropical, with a rainy season Jun-Oct and the hottest period Apr-May. Key events include the Giant Puppet Parade (Feb), Khmer New Year (Apr), and the Bon Om Touk Water Festival (Angkor, Nov), with longboat races, music, and dancing.
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Upon arrival at the airport, get transferred to the hotel. The capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered as the cultural center of Vietnam, where every dynasty left their imprint behind. Rest of the day is on leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay
(The program can be changed based on the cruise we choose)
After breakfast, get transferred from the hotel and start the 3-and-a-half-hour drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf. Enjoy the cruise sailing along the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay, heading to Vung Vieng fishing village – one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see the life of local fishermen.
– Option 1: Take a bamboo rowing boat trip around Vung Vieng Fishing Village
– Option 2: Take a kayak and go kayaking by yourself with help and instruction of tour guide around the Village.
In the evening, return to the cruise and relax as the sun starts to set. Enjoy at the bar until dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, night squid fishing or just laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available till 22.00 hrs. Overnight on board the cruise.
Day 3: Halong – Hanoi
Catch the morning view of seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee, have breakfast while cruising toward Thien Canh Son Cave. Visit Thien Canh Son Cave – the medium size and less visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay. Check-out. Head back to the Harbor. Disembark Oriental Sails at around 12h00. Transfer back to Hanoi and the trip finishes at the hotel around 16h30. Opt. for the Water Puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi full day city tour
After breakfast, proceed to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Then continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West Lake(One of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam). Then visit Bat Trang pottery village (on Mon, Wed & Fri).
After lunch proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum (on Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat), the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam, see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 Stroll past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. Final journey through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll have a chance for some shopping. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi – Siem Reap by flight – Siem Reap Arrival
After breakfast, get transferred to the airport for flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, get transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is free on leisure. Overnight at Siem Reap
Day 6: Siem Reap –Tour to Angkor
You can choose any one from the following available tours:
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 7: Departure
Half day sightseeing of Tonle Sap Lake, Kampong Pluk Floating Village or Chong Kneas floating village (Availability depends on the level of water in the lake).
Later transfer to the airport to catch your return flight.