Travel Vietnam : Angkor Wat & North Vietnam – 9 Days

9 Days trip you’ll visit this Wonder of the World – Angkor Temples and The World Heritage Site of Halong Bay plus trekking to the hill tribe villages in Sapa,Vietnam…This tour combines the highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam on a trip that takes you from South to North. Start with a visit to the ancient Angkor temples and explore the legendary Angkor Wat. Then travel to North Vietnam to discover the colorful cultures of the hill tribe peoples and sail through the mystical Halong Bay. This private trip could start from Siem Reap and end in Hanoi or vice versa…

Start City : Siem Riep
End city: Hanoi
Siem Riep – Hanoi -Sapa – Halong Bay – Hanoi or vice versa
Duration: 9 days 8 nights
Private Tour.Departure: Daily, upon your request
Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap
Welcome to Siem Reap, the gateway into the Angkor temples. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Banteay Srei and the legendary Angkor Wat. Upon arrival, our tour guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and drive you to the hotel to check in. you will spend the afternoon on a relaxing walking tour, exploring the town then drive to the Archeological Park in the evening to watch the sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Mountain.
Meals: N/A
Accommodationa: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 2: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples
Enjoy an entire day dedicated to discovering the mysterious Angkor temples. Wake before dawn and take a “tuk-tuk” ride to visit the jungle-entwined temple, Ta Prohm. Sunrise is one of the most beautiful and haunting times to visit the temples, whose ancient sandstone blocks are gilded gold by the early morning rays. Return to the hotel for breakfast then set back again on a full day temple tour. Starting with the magnificent Angkor Wat – the largest Khmer temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architecture, we proceed to Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Next, visit Bayon temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 3: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Hanoi
Immerse yourself in the rich culture surrounding Siem Reap on a boat tour along Tonle Sap Lake. After breakfast at the hotel, we will take a short walk through a tranquil Siem Reap neighborhood to learn about the local way of life before driving to Tonle Sap Lake to board a local boat for a cruise through the floating villages. Return to Siem Reap for lunch then drive to the airport to catch your flight to Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, where our driver and guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for check in.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai
Today we have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, french colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas; Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Our city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house); the Presidential Palace; the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Old Quarter; the Temple of Literature; West Lake; the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet performance – an unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture before heading to the train station to catch your night train to Lao Cai.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Soft Sleeper Cabin with AC
Day 5: Lao Cai – Sapa
Your train arrives at the Lao Cai station in the early morning. Lao Cai is a charming hilltop town near the Chinese border. Explore downtown Lao Cai and have breakfast at a local noodle house. After breakfast our driver and guide will take you to one of the local markets (Bac Ha Fair market on Sun/ Coc Ly on Tue and Can Cau on Sat). Wander through the stalls packed with hand-crafted goods peddled by the various hill tribe people who come here to buy and sell their wares. In the afternoon, continue on your way to Sapa: Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination, famous for its breathtaking views of cloud-woven mountaintops and gaping valleys.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Hotel in Sapa
Day 6: Sapa – Trekking to Hill tribe villages – Night train to Hanoi
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty. You will take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. We have three trekking options to choose from: Soft trek (~ 3 km), medium trek (~ 6km) and long trek (~12km). Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. Lunch at a hill tribe village and then we drive back to Lao Cai to catch your return night train to Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast& Lunch
Accommodations: Soft Sleeper Cabin with AC
Day 7: Hanoi – Halong bay Cruise
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Our driver and guide will meet you at the train station and take you for a breakfast at a local restaurant before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site: Halong Bay. Here you will spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing Halong Bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, we will cruise around some of Halong’s numerous islands. We will visit one of the most beautiful caves on Halong Bay. Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (if the weather will allow us to). Spend the night on the junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: On board
Day 8: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi excercises on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as we will navigate back to Halong City. Your cruise ends at noon and our driver will meet you at Halong Pier to take you back to Hanoi.
Meals: Brunch
Accommodations: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi – Departure
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: N/A
Tour excludes:
Travel insurance coverage
Extraordinary food item and also drinks
Tips and tricks and also personal expenses
Tour Notes:
Take care of your baggage and money
Inform in advance incase you are vegetarian.
Just take hat, raincoat, water and funds.
All customers must follow the order of your guide for your safety.
Passengers are advised not to take along big luggage for convenience.
source : travelvietnam.com

Travel Vietnam : Angkor Wat & North Vietnam – 9 Days
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