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Waterway wonders in 16 Days from Cambodia to Vietnam – Deluxe Private Tour

(4 Reviews)
  • Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnel - Hoi An - Ha Noi - Ba Vi - Ha Long Bay
  • 15 Days 14 Nights
  • Max People: 15
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 01’ - Dec 31'
  • Age range: 2 to 80
  • Pickup: Airport
Introduction

 Waterway wonders in 16 Days from Cambodia to Vietnam – Deluxe Private Tour is a unique and extraordinary way of travel. You will be immersed in the diverse cultures and ancient sightseeings as well as spend time with locals along the mighty Mekong River. Start the tour in Siem Reap – a region that holds the most marvellous remains of the capitals of the Khmer Empire. Then transfer to Phnom Penh – the current capital of Cambodia, and tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda. Boat on the Mekong River to the South of Vietnam, where you will be captivated by the unspoiled beauty of Tra Su Cajuput forest. Exploring local lives and underground network in Cu Chi Tunnels. Step into the old-time with Hoi An ancient town and see the tranquil Hanoi as the final destination of this tour. Take an excursion to Halong Bay to explore the masterpiece of nature, that considered one of the highlights of this tour. 

Places You’ll See
Itinerary
Start in Siem Reap and end in Hanoi! With the River Cruise tour Waterway wonders in 16 Days from Cambodia to Vietnam – Deluxe Private Tour, you have a 16 days tour package taking you through Siem Reap, Cambodia and 9 other destinations in Asia. Cambodia To Vietnam By Waterway In 16 Days – Deluxe Private Tour includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Day 1Welcome To Cambodia - Siem Reap Arrival

Your adventure begins with your arrival in Siem Reap. Your private driver will meet you at the airport, holding a signboard with your name. He will escort you to your accommodation right in the heart of the city. You can easily explore the city at your own pace or relax at the hotel after the flight.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 2 Explore The Magnificent Angkor Wat (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and start your sightseeing tour of the Angkor complex. Start your exploration with the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. Continue your sightseeing to the impressive Bayon Templethe Royal EnclosurePhimeanakasthe Elephant Terracethe Terrace of the Leper King, and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We will stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards, and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Then visit the famous jungle-covered temple of Ta Prohm. Here the enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 3Flight From Siem Reap To Phnom Penh (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and get ready for your transfer to the airport to take the flight to Phnom Penh. In the afternoon you will visit the Royal Palace, which is currently a residence of His Majesty, the King of Cambodia, and the royal family. The palace looks like a small town of royal dynasties. Continue to Silver Pagoda, which serves less as a functioning temple than a repository for cultural treasures such as 90 kg golden Buddha encrusted with 2086 diamonds. Finally visit Wat Phnom Temple, one of the most important pagodas in Phnom Penh It was built in 1373 on an artificial hill by the wealthy widow Daun Chi Penh.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 4Explore Phnom Penh (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel, then visit Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 prison). This former school was used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeng Ek to be executed. Drive to visit the “Killing Fields” of Choeng Ek (15 km south of Phnom Penh) to see and learn more about this extermination camp. 

Then visit Russian Market (Toul Tumpong Market). Here you can find everything: clothing, a large selection of Buddha images and woodcarvings, betel-nut boxes, silk, silver jewelry, and classic musical instrument. 

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 5Phnom Penh - Travel To Chau Doc By Speed Boat (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel, and meet your driver around 11 am, who will take you to the port to embark on the speedboat. 

At 12:00 pm, the speed boat will depart from Sisowath Quay – Kh Daun Penh (International floating port) to Chau Doc. You would cross the border between Cambodia and Vietnam and arrive at Chau Doc around 17:30. Our driver will meet you and take you to the hotel, where you can relax after the trip. 

Overnight in Chau Doc. 

Day 6Chau Doc - Cruise To Can Tho (B/L/D)

06:00 AM Have breakfast at the hotel and check out the room and transfer to Can Tho.

Boarding at Can Tho at Ninh Kieu pier. Welcome drink, introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins.

Departure downstream of the Hau river. Lunch on board while en route.

Turning into Nicolai canal, towards the Mang Thit and Co Chien rivers. Rest on the upper deck in a scenery of rice fields, sugar cane, woods on the near banks.

By mid-afternoon, the Bassac casts anchor for a visit on shore: past the first tree line, quiet discovery of the peaceful life in the delta’s countryside, of rice fields, fruit trees and the welcoming inhabitants, or, at your option, short cycling tour of the surrounding area.

Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck or around the bar enjoying the sunset.The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river.

The Bassac sets anchor for the night on Mang Thit river.

Overnight on a boat.

Day 7Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh (B)

Get up early as the cruise starts with the sunrise, just when the Mekong Delta comes back to life, breakfast will be served at 6:30 am. Check out your cabin and get to your next destination – Cai Rang by sampan. 

Cai Rang Floating Market is the biggest and most colourful floating market in the Mekong Delta region. In the very early morning, the river becomes a busy commercial site where hundreds of boats packed with fruits, vegetables, and plants line along the river and are ready for trading. Sellers will hang samples of what they are selling on the top of a long pole on their boats so the buyers can see their products from a distance. Enjoy your shopping and then visit the workshop where a local family produces noodles

Afterward, you will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh, check in the hotel, and have some free time for rest. 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 8Explore The Mysterious Cu Chi Tunnels (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and depart for Cu Chi tunnels. The trip will take approximately one and a half hours drive. Upon arrival, you will have a short introduction followed by an introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed, and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of wartime. 

Then, spend your time exploring the remaining area and tunnel systems, which included the living areas, kitchens, and bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers. All this was to help people living inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. Besides, there are many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purposes during the war. Afterwards, special tea and cassava (guerilla food during the war) will be served.

Then you will return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 9Ho Chi Minh - Travel To Hoi An (B) - flight included

Relish the remaining moment in Ho Chi Minh before your private driver escorts you to the airport to take the flight to Da Nang. When you arrive at Da Nang Airport, your driver will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation in Hoi An. The rest of the time is free at leisure. 

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10Hoi An Leisure (B)

Have a free day to explore Hoi An at your own pace. The best way to explore this charming town is to rent a bicycle at the hotel and cycle around the town towards the riverside or the beach. At the beach, you will find many small cafes where you could relax with a fresh fruit drink after swimming. The water in the sea is warm and calm.

You could visit a tailor-shop which could make you and your loved ones a new piece of clothes, bag or shoes overnight.

In the evening we recommend you to walk around the Old Town area, which looks charming when the shops light their lanterns. You and would really feel like being in a fairy-tale. And don’t skip the colourful performances organized on the street in the evening.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 11Hoi An Free Day (B)

Have your breakfast at the hotel and then enjoy your free day in your own way. 

Day 12Hoi An - Travel To Hanoi (B) - flight included

Relish the remaining moment in Hoi An before your private driver escorts you to Da Nang airport to take the flight to Hanoi. When you arrive at Noi Bai Airport, your driver will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation in the Old Quarter. The rest of the time is free at leisure. 

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 13Ba Vi Eco Tour (B/L)

Duration: 01 day

Location:  Moc village, Ba Vi district, Hanoi (About 68km from central Hanoi city, about 1.5 hours by car)

Highlight:

Harvesting tea leaves on a traditional, 30-year-old Tea Plantation

Cooking with a friendly local host

Visiting local workshops in the village

Cycling across the rice field and villages

Traditional Foot Soak with herbs following the traditional recipes of Muong ethnic minority

08:00 – Private guide and car pick you up at your hotel/residence.

09:30 – Arrive to Ri village where you will start the trip at your host’s house with a welcome drink. Meet Duoc (Mr.) – a Vietnam War veteran and tea-farm owner who tells historical stories with his own experience.

10:00 – Follow Duoc to his vast tea-farm and learn how to harvest tea leaves. This is a green and peaceful place where you can enjoy beautiful scenery of the village. You may then help him pick tea leaves, and be shown how to collect the best part of the tea tree to make the most wonderful beverage of Vietnam – the traditional tea. Carry on with the process of producing tea at his small workshop, most of the works there are manual.

11:15 – Have a ten-minute drive to visit another host family in Moc village where you will enjoy a fun cooking class with Chin (Mrs.). She will show you how to cook some Vietnamese dishes and you will then enjoy lunch with food you helped cook.

13:30 – Stroll around the village and visit some local families to understand rural lifestyle and learn how tofu, conical hat and other local products are made.

14:45 – Enjoy a cycling trip through beautiful paddy fields and interact with local farmers by chance.

15:30 – Wrap up your countryside tour by a traditional foot bathing in warm water with herbs, following the traditional recipes of Muong ethnic minority. This will relay you (and your feet!) after cycling around the village.

16:00 – Drive back to your hotel/residence in Hanoi.

Day 14Cruising To The Spectacular Halong Bay (B/L/D)- shared cruise

In the morning, check out of the hotel, and get picked up by the Cruise team. Take the most scenic route to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. 

On arrival at the pier, you will board the cruise and enjoy the fantastic views of limestone rocks and the karst grottoes. Have an utterly delicious seafood lunch and enjoy the time at the sundeck exploring the Bay. 

The cruise will stop in a secret place where you will spend time kayaking or swimming, so you can explore the karst grottoes closer. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can optionally attend the activities taking part on the boat or just relax.

Overnight on cruise.

Note: In case of bad weather (the boat is not allowed to push off or not allowed to overnight in the sea), the Ha Long bay tour could be cancelled without notice. We will consider other replacement tours or the refund based on the specific circumstances.

Day 15Wake Up With The Dragon In The Bay - Back To Hanoi (B/L)

Rise early today to view the sunrise at the wonder of nature with breakfast served in the dining room. A Tai Chi class on the sun deck will awake your mind and muscles.

Then head off to visit the limestone cave full of stalagmites and stalactites. After your exploration return to the boat to check out and enjoy the brunch while the cruise is sailing back to the harbor. Later you will be transferred to your accommodation in Hanoi. 

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 16 Time To Say Goodbye - Hanoi Departure (B)

Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. Complete the hotel check-out formalities, after which you can visit the local markets to buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later your private driver will transfer you to the airport to take your flight back home.

Trip Ends.

Accommodation

Hotel list

4 – Stars hotels

  • Siem Reap: Saem Siem Reap or similar
  • Phnom Penh: Ohana Hotel or similar
  • Chau Doc – Victoria Nui Sam or similar 
  • Mekong Delta Cruise: Bassac Cruise or similar
  • Ho Chi Minh: Alagon Sai Gon Hotel or similar
  • Hoi An: Sikotel Hoi An or similar
  • Halong Bay: La Pandora Cruise or similar
  • Hanoi: Tirant Hotel or similar

5 – Stars hotels

  • Siem Reap: Borei Angkor or similar
  • Phnom Penh: Palace Gate Hotel Resortor similar
  • Chau Doc – Victoria Nui Sam or similar 
  • Mekong Delta Cruise: Bassac Cruise or similar
  • Ho Chi Minh: The Myst Dong Khoi or similar 
  • Hoi An: Palm Garden Hoi An or similar
  • Halong Bay: Doris Cruise or similar
  • Hanoi: Apricot Hotel and Spa or similar

Check-in room at 14:00 // Check-out room at 12:00 noon (Except Early check-in or Late check-out mentioned in the program)

What's Included
Inclusive

Flights

  • Domestic flight from Siem Reap to Phom Penh (with 20 kg luggage allowance)
  • Domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang (with 20 kg luggage allowance)
  • Domestic flight from Da Nang to Hanoi (with 20kg luggage allowance)

Guide

  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • French/German/Spanish/Russian/Chinese speaking guides are available upon request. The surcharge will be applied

Meals

As per the tour program:

B=breakfast

L-Lunch

D-Dinner

 

This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let Vietnam Tour Fun know the food option that you prefer.

Transport

– Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services by private car

– Air-conditioned bus from Chau Doc to Cai Be 

– Air-conditioned bus between Hanoi and Halong Bay (2-way)

– Private cars for the excursions

Additional Services

– All sightseeing tickets according to the itinerary

– Tissues and water on coach

– Service charges and government tax

– 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Exclusive

International flights & Departure taxes

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We recommend World Nomads, a company recommended by LonelyPlanet

E-Visa

Others excluded

X Beverage, Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities

X Early check-in and late check-out (If not mentioned)

X Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec, 31 Dec, and 21 Jan (Tet)

X Public holiday surcharge (Christmas and New Year, Tet holiday in Vietnam, Cambodian New Year) if applicable

X Surcharge for airport cabs from 12:00 am – 05:00 am

X Services not mentioned in inclusion part

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FAQ

Any policies are in place for children?

The rate for children applicable for child sharing a room or cabin with two adults:

  • For infant (<02 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost.
  • 02 – 11 years old: 85% adult rate.
  • Child from 12 years old and above will pay as adult.

All tickets: Based on each airlines policy, the price for children will be applied at time of booking.

What are the typical steps in the payment process?

Deposit: In order to secure your spot for the tour, an amount 10% of land service are required to pay (the amount vary based each on tour basis). The amount should be made via bank transfer or our online payment method. After receiving the deposit of your tour, a voucher confirmation will be sent to you within 24-48 hours. Some airfares or services must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Final payment: The balance of your tour will be made one month before the travel date. Payment by bank transfer or online payment is accepted.

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

All prices are based on per adult, in Double/Twin sharing

Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

Will be there any alterations of the itinerary?

Alterations to your itinerary before the booking is processed are happily processed free of charge. We want to provide the best tour possible for you.

Alterations, after you have received your booking confirmation letter, will attract a fee of $10 USD per request.

Vietnam Tour Fun reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the tour if air schedule or surface transportation changes, and/or events beyond its control make such alteration necessary.

In this event, any of the increase or reduction of the tour cost will be calculated and charged accordingly.

If the tour is to be changed at the request of the client(s), the client will be required to pay any additional cost in advance.

What are the cancellation policies and how can I change mine?

We would deeply regret your decision to cancel your trip to Vietnam & Indochina; however, we realize that there are many reasons for this event.
In the event of cancellation, we will refund any payment made to Vietnam Tour Fun given that a cancellation fee is applicable.

The cancellation fee will be calculated as follows:

  • 31 days and more before departure: 10% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 15-30 days before departure: 30% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 14 days and less before departure: 100% of the full payment.
  • No-show travelers will be charged 100% of the full payment.

After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

4 Reviews
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Rosa

Solo Traveller

Fantastic itinerary, great organization for picking up and transfer.

October 11, 2019

Bob

Family Traveller

Cambodia is magnificent and temples are wonderful site to be hold and Vietnam is such a lovely country. I visited Tra Su Cajuput forest which I found really fascinating

September 20, 2019

Meg

Solo Traveller

We have an amazing trip! Thank you Irina and Vietnam Tour Fun Team!

December 14, 2018

Administrator

Family Traveller

Vietnam was a revelation, and so was Vietnam Tour Fun! Hannah, who handled the itinerary and the travel plans for our family of 6, was an absolute delight to communicate with and the organization was inch-perfect. I would recommend Vietnam Tour Fun to anyone traveling to South east Asia.

January 17, 2018
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