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Indochina Bay to Temples Tour 12 Days

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival (D)

Arrival in Hanoi. Our drive pick you up and transfer to hotel. Free time and relax.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong (B, L, D)

Pick up and travel to Halong city. Upon arrival, transfer to a junk for a cruise around Halong bay with a delicious local seafood lunch served on board. Passing Dog Island, Incense Urn Island, Ga Choi Island, Finger Island, Hoa Cuong Island, and visit Surprise Cave and short swim at Titov beach (if weather permited). Have a dinner on board. In the evening, enjoy the night fishing and later overnight on board.

Day 3: Halong - Hanoi (B, L)

In the morning, cruising to Bai Tu Long, Fire Island, Bo Nau Island, fishing village. Having lunch on boat and arrive at Halong wharf. Return to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi city tour (B, L)

Full day sightseeing in Hanoi, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and public parks, is the capital of Vietnam. It is a very attractive city with French style buildings and less traffic than other cities in Asia.
We visit:  One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of literature,  Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Opera house, ST Joseph Cathedral, Bao tang lich.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi Temple of Literature - Vietnam

Halong Bay - Vietnam

Hue - Vietnam

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Day 5: Hanoi - Hue (B, L)

Transfer to the airport. Flight from Hanoi to Hue and transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing Old Imperial City.
We visit:  Imperial City, Ngo Mon gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Halls of the Mandarins, Nine Dynastic Urns, Forbidden Purple City.
Visit Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, once the Royal Palace of Tu Duc, who ruled Hue more than 100 years ago, this tomb consists of pavilions in a tranquil setting of forested hills and lakes. The tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. Tu Duc, who was the longest reigning Emperor, lived a luxurious life. Visit Dong Ba Market, a local market near the Imperial City.
Overnight in Hue.

Day 6: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi Aan (B, L)

Excursion on Huong Giang River to the Thien Mu Pagoda with boat trip.
We visit:  Thien Mu pagoda - just outside of Hue, on the bank of the Perfume River, this was a hotbed of anti-government protest during the early 1960s. Behind the main sanctuary of the pagoda is the Austin motorcar which transported the monk Thich Quang Duc to the site of his 1963 self-immolation.
By vehicle from Hue to Da Nang. Journey south along Highway 1 past the Hai Van Pass and Lang Co.
Sightseeing in Da Nang, Vietnam's fourth largest city marks the northern limits of Vietnam's tropical zone, boasting a pleasant year-round climate. We visit:  Cham Museum and Marble mountains
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An - Da Nang - Saigon (B, L)

Excursion to Hoi An, a picturesque riverside town south of Danang. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Sightseeing is best done on foot or by cyclo, and will include at least five of the following sights.
We visit:  Quan Cong Temple, Phuoc Kien Pagoda, Japanese covered bridge, Diep Dong Nguyen house, Tran family chapel, Sa Huynh Museum, Trading ceramics museum, Phung Hung house, Quang Dong Pagoda, Chua Chuc Thanh Pagoda
Transfer to the airport. Flight from Da Nang to Saigon. Arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 8: Saigon city tour (B, L)

Full day sightseeing in Saigon and Cho Lon (Chinatown). Saigon is the largest of Vietnamese cities, with the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life visible everywhere. There are street markets, sidewalk cafes and sleek new bars. The city churns and bubbles. Yet within this teeming metropolis are 300 years of timeless traditions and the beauty of an ancient culture. To the west of the city is District 5, the huge Chinese neighborhood called Cholon, which means 'Big Market'.
We visit:  Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, City Hall, Opera House, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Ben Thanh Market, Giac Lam Pagoda, Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Pagoda.
Overnight in Saigon.

Saigon - Vietnam

Da Nang - Vietnam

Da Nang - Vietnam

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Day 9: Saigon - Phnom Penh (B, L)

Transfer to the airport. Flight from Saigon to Phnom Penh. Arrival in Phnom Penh and transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital sitting at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers. Considered the loveliest of the French-built cities of Indochina, it was founded as a small monastery in 1372 by a rich Khmer woman called Penh after she found four Buddha statues in a tree trunk on the banks of the Mekong. She set up the monastery on a nearby hill ' or ''phnom'' in Cambodian.
We visit:  Wat Phnom, Wat Ounalom, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Tuol Sleng Museum,  Central Market
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 10: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B, L)

Transfer to the airport. Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Arrival transfer and sightseeing of Angkor. Visit Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1150. It was constructed over a period of 30 years and is world famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. In 1992 the UNESCO declared the monument and the whole city of Angkor a World Heritage Site.
Visit Angkor Thom, a fortified Royal City (10 square kilometers) built by King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181 to 1201. The city has five monumental gates and is encircled by a moat 100 meters wide. In the center of the walled city are the city's most important monuments including Bayon, Baphuon, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas with Royal Enclosure.

Day 11: Siem Reap - Angkor temples (B, L)

Continue the sightseeing Angkor with a visit to Banteay Srei Temple, built in the late 10th century, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. The temple is square with entrances on the east and west. Of main interest are the three central towers which are decorated with male and female divinities and beautiful filigree relief work. Visit Banteay Samre, built in the middle of the 12th century under Suryavarman II, and dedicated to the god Vishnu. Visit Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei, Ta Prohm, Ta Keo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 12: Depart Siem Reap (B)

Free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to Siem Reap airport for flight back home.
End of services.

Angkor Wat - Siem Reap

Royal Palace - Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

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Trip included

  • Accommodation and meals as described (please note that some hotels provide only CBF)
  • All transfers within the journey, including pick-up at airport
  • Economy class flights
  • All entrance fees
  • English, French or German speaking guides (other languages available upon request

Trip excluded

  • Visa fees and Airport taxes
  • Tips and expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry etc.
  • Other tours & meals not mentioned in the program

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