North Vietnam and Siem Reap 7 day trip will take you to the Northern of Vietnam and Siem Reap in Cambodia. Start a visit with all the must-see attractions in Hanoi Capital and enjoy the stunning views in magnificent The World Heritage Site of Halong Bay by boat. Then travel to the ancient Angkor temples of Khmer Kingdom and explore the legendary Angkor Wat.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Upon arrival to Hanoi airport, after clearing custom, you will be warmly welcomed by Asia Great Tours guide or driver and transfer to hotel, approximately a 35-minute drive from the airport.
The afternoon is at leisure to recover from the long trip.
After breakfast, we start Vietnam Highlight Tour today by transfer to Halong Bay – designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 1994. Traveling through the scenic fertile Red River Delta countryside, we get to Ha Long Bay by noon. The natural world heritage site Ha Long Bay is truly one of the most impressive scenery that should not be missed if someone ever comes to the north.
Upon arrival at Ha Long, we embark on cruise for an exploration of the legendary Ha Long Bay. This exciting hours cruise passing by the evocatively shaped islets will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands and islets rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. Enjoy a Sea food lunch while you cruising through the bay.
Arriving at Trinh Nu Cave area, you will take part in kayaking activitie here. To get to Trinh Nu beach, you need to kayak around thousand-year-old limestone formations and then walk for 5 minutes through Trinh Nu cave. Trinh Nu beach will amaze you with its white sand, emerald water and mild pleasant weather condition.
Back the cruise and relax, free fresh fruits are served. You’ll join cooking class guided directly by Chef of the Cruise. You have chance to practice Vietnamese traditional dishes such as spring roll or famous cuisine of Vietnam.
After time for dinner enjoying seafood on the cruise, you will be free for evening entertainments: play game on the cruise: cards game, chess, karaoke, squid fishing.
Wake up in the morning to the calming sound of the waves crashing on the nearby islands, enjoy Tai Chi lesson on sundeck. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and relax. Sitting on the upper deck, you can enjoy the breath – taking beauty of the rocky Islands rising from the crystal-clear waters of the Bay. The quiet is almost eerie; in summer you can hear birds singing, even that cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze.
Arrive Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave) and joining with guide to visiting and explore the cave.
Our boat start cruising back and brunch will be served on the way. Check out and arrive at the harbor by 11:30. You get back on our car and go back to Hanoi.
After breakfast, you will 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. We then continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on the West lake (One of the oldest pagoda in Vietnam and the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam. We’ll also see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 – it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
After lunch, you will take a flight to Siem Reap. Arrival in Siem Reap and transfer to the hotel for check in, free at your leisure time.
After breakfast at hotel, start your sightseeing tour of Angkor area we spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins. First up is a visit to the Angkor Thom complex. Inside these great walls you’ll explore the fascinating beauty of Bayon and the world-famous Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider) Temple.
Next up, satisfy your hunger at one of the many local restaurants within the Angkor Complex with some tasty Cambodian eats!
Your last two stops will be at the enormous and beautiful Angkor Wat, followed by a beautiful sunset view from the top of Phnom Bakheng. The temples on this tour are among the biggest in the Angkor Complex and Phnom Bakheng has a 300 person limit at the peak, so we keep the temple count small to ensure enough time at each marvelous stop!
Once the sun has set, around 6:30 pm, and your legs have gone sore, we’ll head back to town.
Start off your day easy with the small and charming Pre Rup Temple. Next up, you’ll visit the highly-intricate pink coloured Banteay Srei Temple – which translates beautifully to “The Citadel of Women”.
You’ll be hungry after that long drive, so settle into one of the restaurants nearby, and dig into some traditional Cambodian curries, soups and stir-fries.
Spend your afternoon exploring the completely unique East Mebon, Ta Som and Preah Khan Temples, all built for different reasons at different times. Keep an eye out for the detail in these ancient walls. Around 4pm, settle in for a nice A/C ride back to the city!
Free at leisure until transferring to the airport to take departure flight for next destination.