10-day Customized Hanoi, Angkor Wat, and Saigon Tour
Day 1: Depart USA for Vietnam. The adventure begins!
Day2: In Flight. Due to the international dateline you will lose this day. You will regain it on the return.
Day 3: You will arrive in Hanoi. We will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. We will put your hotel in the midst of the Old Quarter, which is where you still see signs of the historic life of Hanoi. You can still see some women wearing san pan hats going down the street with baskets on poles.
Day 4: Hanoi: We will start your day you on a bicycle rickshaw tour of the Old Quarter. We will also use the rickshaws to take you to your next site, the Confucius Temple of Literature, which was the first University. This is a delightful set of buildings and grounds. In the back there is an excellent traditional VN music performance with the bamboo marimbas and other unique instruments. After lunch we will take you to the Museum of Ethnology. This is a fascinating museum which features the myriad of ethnic groups found in VN. The museum contains authentic costumes, artifacts, tools and even miniature replicas of their burial sites, homes and meetings buildings. However, one of the most unique features of this museum is that the grounds behind the museum there are full-size authentic minorities homes, long houses, stilted houses, etc. which you can enter and explore. There are often museum staffs in the buildings to answer your questions.
Evening option: Water Puppets. B, L
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay: Today you will be driven north through the Hanoi Delta up to the Halong Bay area. You will have your own small fleet to explore this unbelievably beautiful bay of beauty. Your group will take a Halong Bay cruise through the spectacular islands, have lunch in the midst of the beautiful areas and visit the caves. Possibly swim in bay. You will sleep on the ship. B, L, D
Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi – Siem Reap: You will wake up in the morning in one of the most beautiful places on earth! You can kayak around the bay area where you will be in the midst of the fantasy-shaped islands (or you can go on a small boat into the bay into the local caves!) Your cruise will continue and will then return to Halong Bay port. Then you will be driven back to Hanoi airport and flown to Siem Reap. There your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. B, L
Optional Kayaking ($15 for 2 persons)
Day 7: Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)- The tour begins with Angkor Thom, the ancient capital city. We will take you to the South Gate, the Bayon Temple with its many pillars of the incredible carvings of the Godheads, facing in all four directions as well as the Elephant Terrace and much more. After this tour is done, due to the extreme heat, we will take you back to your hotel for a time of refreshment. You can take a nap, swim in the pool or shower. But you will find that this small break helps you maximize your day while you are in this SE Asian heat and humidity. In the afternoon you will be taken to Angkor Wat, the main temple area. Here you will see the majestic ancient stone buildings and the religious and historic stories carved into the walls! In the late afternoon, we will take you to hillside temple, Phnom Bakeng, where you can view the sunset over Angkor Wat. B, D.
NOTE: You can walk up the hill, OR for an extra fee you can ride an elephant up the hill.
Day 8: Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) - Ho Chi Minh City: Today you will go out of the area to visit Bantay Srei, which is the pink stone temple area. The 10th centurey intricate carvings over the arches of the doorways are incredible and very well preserved to this day. On the way to Siem Reap you can stop at a local Cambodian village and meet the people. They have some woven baskets to sell and some delicious sugar cane candy. Then we will take you to lunch. After lunch and a brief time of refreshment you will see the Ta Prohm, which is the remarkable site where the trees and the monastery intertwine in intriguing ways. This is an amazing area, where nature and ancient ruins combine in a dramatic display of beauty and grandeur! Then you will be taken to to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). There your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. B, L
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City:
EVENING OPTION: drinks, snacks and live music at the famous, Saigon, Saigon Bar
Day 10: Return flight: Today we will take you to the airport for your flight back to the USA with many wonderful lifetime memories. B
End of tour
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