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Suggest an itinerary for Vietnam and Cambodia?

edited October 2010 in - Vietnam
Please suggest an itinerary for 10 days covering vietnam and cambodia, keeping in mind i am travelling with my senior mother. Any good organised tour for these places but at a leisurely space.


  • As per Request program vietnam and cambodia 10 Days. Pls reference it.

    Day 1: Arrival Hanoi Vietnam

    Today you’ll land in Hanoi. Warmly welcome by Tour Guide & Car Driver at airport then transfer to Hanoi Downtown, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards, public parks, and the capital of Vietnam. Check into your hotel. Stay overnight in Hanoi. ( Can join City Tour 1 Day, If Flight early)

    Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise (Brunch included)

    08.30 approx: Our guide will meet you at your hotel. Mini bus or private car pick up.
    Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta. You will have a chance to take photos.
    Comfort break.
    The distance from Hanoi to Halong bay is approximately 3 ½ hours.
    12 noon approx: Arrive Halong Bay. Welcome aboard The Paloma. Meet the captain and crew and join us for a welcome cocktail as we tell you about life onboard.
    Check into your cabin. Time to refresh and unwind.
    Set sail as lunch is prepared by our chef.
    Join us for a relaxing lunch in the restaurant or on the outdoor dining area. Enjoy the stunning views of the Bay, its dramatic limestone islands as we sail through the calm waters.
    While we make our way to Bai Tu Long Bay, relax on the sundeck and watch the world go by or take an afternoon nap in your cabin. Early afternoon arrive at Vong Vieng floating fishing village
    Drop anchor.
    Our guide will give you some information and interesting facts about this fascinating village and its local community.
    Disembark and travel on the sampans rowed by the local people. They will be your guides through their fishing village where you can meet the locals, visit the school and pearl farms. See at first-hand what life is like living on the water. We are proud of our working partnership with, and support of, this community.
    Back on board The Paloma we head towards Halong Bay.
    We drop anchor in the calm waters surrounded by islets
    Opportunity to go swimming in the clear warm waters or go kayaking. Kayaking is suitable for all levels and ages. Our expert will run through the safety procedures and after a basic paddling lesson our experienced guide will lead you to explore the Bay, its lagoons and beaches.
    For those who prefer a relaxing afternoon, make the most of sunbathing on deck or pamper yourself with a massage and sauna in our luxurious spa.
    Early evening
    Back on board, enjoy the sunset with evening cocktails and fresh fruit.
    Take an opportunity to refresh and then join friends for a pre-dinner drink in the bar.
    Dinner is served in the restaurant or outdoor dining area, which is a gastronomic delight.After dinner, unwind in the bar where there is a selection of books, magazines and board games or relax in the spa; watch a movie on our plasma TV; join some of our team to go cuttle fishing at night or take a late night swim under the stars.

    Day 3: Hanoi Conclude/ Departure. (B & L)
    06:30: For the early risers join us for a Tai Chi session on the sun deck. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body and there is no better environment to practice this than amongst the limestone peaks and islands.
    Take an opportunity to view the sunrise over the Bay or have an early morning swim.
    Breakfast, coffee and tea and served.
    After breakfast we sail through the waters and pass by a number of caves including Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu (Virgin) cave, Coc Ngoi (Toad) cave and we drop anchor at Surprise (Sung Sot) Cave.
    Disembark and visit Surprise Cave located on Bo Hon Island. It is one of the widest grottoes in Ha Long Bay with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites.
    10:00: We board The Paloma again. Take time to refresh and relax before checking out. Bags can be left in the luggage store.
    An early lunch is served.
    12 noon: Return to the shore and disembark from The Paloma as our crew say farewell.
    Transfer to minibus or private and return to Hanoi.
    Arrival back at Hanoi Airportl approximately 17:00. Take the flight to Hue by VN (20.00 - 21.10)
    Transfer to the hotel. Over in Hue Hotel

    DAY 4: Hue/ Hoi An (B,L)
    Take a boat ride on the Perfume river to Thien Mu pagoda with a 21-metre-high octagonal tower regarded as the symbol of Hue. Then visit to the Imperial citadel, built in 1804 on a site chosen in accordance with the principles of geomancy, A royal performance of ancient dancing and court music, a world intangible heritage recognized by UNESCO in 2003, is presented in the citadel. Visit the tomb of King Khai Dinh (ruled 1916 – 1925). Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer to Danang (110km) with a stop-over on the Hai Van Pass overlooking the scenic Lang Co lagoon. Then pay a visit to the Marble sculpture village. Transfer to Hoi An. O/N in Hoi An.

    Day 5: Hoi An (B,L)
    Take a leisurely walk through the ancient town, a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1999, to feast your eyes on antique structures: residential houses, assembly halls, pagodas, markets, etc. and watch local daily activities, handicraftsmen at work. You can learn how to make the lantern . Lunch in a local restaurant. Relex some hours and transferred to Airport for departure HCM City. Overnight in HCM City

    Day 6 Vietnam: Hochiminh - Cuchi
    Morning, City tour to Reunification Hall, Historical Museum, War Crime Exhibition House, and drive to Cu Chi to visit the underground tunnel built by the Vietcong during Vietnam War. Return to Saigon.

    Day 7 Vietnam: Hochiminh - Phnom Penh
    Free at leisure till departure flight to Phnompenh. Free at leisure till departure flight to Phnompenh. Transfer to airport for departure. Afternoon City tour including renowned Wat Phnom, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and renowned Central Market.

    Day 8 Cambodia: Phnom Penh - Siemreap (Angkor Wat)
    Morning journey by speed boat on Great Lake Tonle Sap to Phnom Penh. (5 hours boat trip). Visit to Bayon, Baphoun, and Terrace Elephant. Afternoon visit to Angkor Wat. Late afternoon watching sunset at Phnom Bakheng.

    Day 9 Cambodia: Angkor Wat
    Early morning watching sunrise at Angkor Wat, then return to hotel for breakfast. The same morning tour to Small Circuit including Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang, Ta Prohm, Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda, Afternoon visit to Grand Circuit including Prasat Kravan, East Mebon, Pre Rup, Beksei Chamkrong and South Gate of Angkor Thom.

    Day 10 Depart Cambodia: Siemreap - Bangkok
    Free day at your own leisure until transfer for departure flight. Transfer to Siemreap Airport for departure.

    Best Cruises Halong Co.,Ltd

    Address: No 129, Le Loi Street, Halong City, Hanoi, Vietnam
    Email: [email protected]
    Tel: + 84.988.600.388, +844.815.919
    Fax: + 84.3629.030, + 843.815.919
  • edited 8:09AM
    Hiya, it's great to hear that you're planning on travelling through Vietnam and Cambodia. As oyu are limited to only 10 days to travel through both of these countries, it would probably be best to stick to touring South Vietnam. I would suggest the following itinerary:

    Day 1 -HCMC
    Day 2 - Cu Chi tunnels
    Day 3 - Along the Mekong to Cambodia (3 day, 2 night trip)
    Day 4 - Mekong trip
    Day 5 - Mekong trip, arrive Phnom Penh
    Day 6 - Phnom Penh (Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng)
    Day 7 - Boat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
    Day 8 - Siem Reap and angkor Wat
    Day 9 - Siem Reap and Angkor Wat
    Day 10 - Siem Reap

    I hope this helps!
  • Hi there,

    Please reference program 10 days.

    Day 1: Arrival Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Today you’ll land in Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport). Warmly welcome by Tour Guide & Car Driver at airport then transfer to hotel for check in. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)

    Today you will visit the largest Vietnamese city. There are street markets, sidewalk cafes and sleek new bars. This teeming metropolis offers 300 years of timeless traditions and the beauty of an ancient culture. To the west of the city is the huge Chinese neighborhood called Cho lon, which means "Big Market." Notre Dame Cathedral, in the heart of Saigon's government quarter, is of neo- Romanesque architecture with two high square tower and iron spires. The Central Post Office is French-style and City Hall, known as "Hotel de Ville," is typical of the French architecture that would be seen in any village in France. Visit the War Remnants Museum, featuring collections of weapons and photographs from the two Indochina wars. Leave Saigon for Cu Chi Tunnels to learn about Vietnam history & Vietnam War. Over in Hotel

    Day 3, Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Can Tho (L)

    7:30 A.M. our car will pick up at your hotel in Saigon- Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival at My Tho, cruising along small creek to Mekong River estuary, to Con Phung (Phoenix Island) and stop over a garden restaurant at a local house for Vietnamese lunch. The motorized boat cruise more along natural creeks and quiet village in Ben Tre Province. Visit orchards, bee - keeping farm, taste natural honey and honey wine, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music, see round a distillery, explore the local coconut candy production process, taste candy & coconut pulp. Then transferring to Can Tho. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Can Tho

    Day 4: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Chau Doc (B/L)Mekong Delta Market

    Cruising along the small and picturesque tributaries by rowing boat, we will see the Cai Rang - Phong Dien floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. Then continue going to Chau Doc via Long Xuyen. Check in on arrival. Visit the Sam mountain to enjoy the a breath-taking view on the Vietnamese-Cambodian border with flat rice fields and nice canals, visit caved pagoda. Over night in Chau Doc.

    Day 5: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B)

    Wake up early morning to transfer to Chau Doc harbor and take an express boat to Phnom Phenh, Cambodia. 12:30 arriving Phnom Penh. End services.

    Day 6: Cycle the 'Killing Fields' & Tonle Bati (L)

    Cycle CambodiaYour guide, cycle guide and support vehicle will meet you at your hotel at 07:00 and your bike will be adjusted to ensure a comfortable fit. Once you are ready your cycle guide will lead you through the early morning hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh streets as you ride the 15km to Cheoung Ek, more commonly known as the 'Killing Fields' (if you do not feel comfortable cycling in Phnom Penh you can ride in the support vehicle to the outskirts of the city). The ‘Killing Fields’ are where Toul Sleng prisoners were forcibly marched and then executed; it is now a memorial site located in a beautiful tranquil setting (a visit to the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum on the way to the ‘Killing Fields’ is an option). After some contemplation you continue pedalling south through small traditional villages. After a short combination of almost traffic free dirt roads and some lightly trafficked tarmac roads you will arrive at Tonle Bati, a riverside location where we will have time to explore the small, yet picturesque Angkorian temples of Ta Prohm and Yeay Peau. This is a very pleasant spot for enjoying your picnic lunch. It is thought that via a network of waterways Ta Prohm was an important trading port linking the Angkor temples of Siem Reap in the north to the southern Angkorian / Funan sea ports in what is now Vietnam. Fertility was, and still is, the temple’s main focus, and a statue of the Hindu fertility goddess Preah Noreay is still popular with childless women who come to offer gifts to her headless torso. On the banks of the nearby river are a line of bamboo shacks with hammocks, a great place for a relaxing drink. After a couple of hours taking it easy you can choose whether you want to cycle back to Phnom Penh or take the support vehicle. On arrival back in Phnom Penh you will be returned to your hotel having had a great days cycling!


    Morning : Meet you at the airport or boat port then transfer to have lunch at local restaurant. Hotel check in then visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Central Market.
    Everning : Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh.


    Morning : After breakfast, send you to airport or boat port going to Siem Reap City.Siem Reap Town is small gateway to ruins of Angkor, it is 250 northwest of Phnom Penh and 15 km north of Tonle Sap. Arrival in the city of World Heritage, Angkor Wat! Our car and guide will pick you up at the airport or boat port, then transfer to hotel for check in.
    Everning : Free leisure. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap.


    Morning : After breakfast at the hotel, visit the famous old palace, Angkor Thom within Angkor Thom are Bayon – Baphoun,, Terrace of Elephant, Phemean Akas, Terrace of Leper king. Afterwards visit Taprom Temple. Back to Siem Reap town and have lunch at local restaurant.
    Afternoon : Visit the amazing Angkor Wat . Watch sunset from the top of Bakheng hill.
    Everning : Dinner at local restaurant with buffet and traditional Apsara Show. O/N in Siem Reap


    Morning : Visit the Angkor National Museum a profound cultural landmark in Siem Reap placing in the area of 20,000 Sq.m. which combined together The Museum: The world-class museum that reveals the legend of Golden Era of Khmer Kingdom, and The Museum Mall: The lifestyle landmark providing completed facilities and recreation services for both tourists and local community. Forward, visit Chantier Ecole-Artisan d’angkor, the place is in the Ministry of Education that was constructed in 1992, this place renowned woodworking, stone carving and polychrome training center and workshops. Free tour of different classes and workshops offer a glimpse into the unique skills training program, teaching young artists about the techniques and styles of classic Cambodian Artistry. Lunch at local restaurant.
    Afternoon : Visit Old Market for shopping then transfer to the airport for flight off.
    End of Tours.

    Best Cruises Halong Co.,Ltd

    Address: No 129, Le Loi Street, Halong City, Hanoi, Vietnam
    Email: [email protected]
    Tel: + 84.988.600.388, +844.815.919
    Fax: + 84.3629.030, + 843.815.919
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