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Cambodia and Vietnam Essentials

Cambodia and Vietnam Essentials

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CVC06

|  Private Tour  | Duration: 14 Days

|  Pricing idea: $2,880 USD per person (based on 2 persons and 4-star hotels)  |

Embark on a 16-day adventure through the enchanting landscapes and rich histories of Vietnam and Cambodia. From the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City to the tranquil beauty of the Mekong Delta, the ancient charm of Hoi An, the vibrant culture of Hanoi, the breathtaking wonder of Halong Bay, the serene landscapes of Ninh Binh, the historical significance of Phnom Penh, the quaint allure of Battambang, and the majestic splendor of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, this tour offers a comprehensive exploration of Southeast Asia's most captivating destinations. Delve into diverse cultures, indulge in delicious cuisine, uncover ancient wonders, and create memories to last a lifetime. This unforgettable journey promises travelers an immersive and enlightening experience, revealing the true essence and beauty of Southeast Asia.

Overview

Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) - Overnight in HCMC

Day 2: City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels - Overnight in HCMC

Day 3: Mekong Delta - Fly to Danang for Hoi An - Overnight in Hoi An

Day 4: Hoi An Highlights - Overnight in Hoi An

Day 5: Hoi An - Fly to Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 6: Highlights of Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 7: Ninh Binh Day Tour - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay Overnight Cruise - Overnight in Halong Bay (on boat)

Day 9: Halong Bay - HanoiOvernight in Hanoi

Day 10: Hanoi - Fly to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) - Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 11: Highlights of Phnom Penh - Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 12: Phnom Penh - Battambang - Overnight in Battambang

Day 13: Battambang Essentials - Overnight in Battambang

Day 14: Battambang - Siem Reap - Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 15: Angkor Wat Complex - Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 16: Depart Siem Reap - Goodbye!

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Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HO CHI MINH CITY (HCMC)

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! You will arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, was once the capital of South Vietnam and is now the country's commercial capital. After your long flight, the remainder of this day is a great opportunity to rest and acclimate to the new time zone.

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DAY 2: CITY TOUR & CU CHI TUNNELS

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Wake up feeling energized after a restful night's sleep at your luxurious hotel and enjoy a delicious breakfast before embarking on a full day tour with your private guide. Explore the incredible underground network of Cu Chi, renowned for its tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, visit Ho Chi Minh City's top attractions including Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, War Remnants Museum, and the Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Presidential Palace of South Vietnam. End your day with a memorable experience either by admiring the spectacular sunset view from the top of the Bitexco Tower, the tallest building in Vietnam or by joining a night tour on a vintage Vespa to experience the vibrant culinary culture of Ho Chi Minh City. Rest up in the evening for the adventures to come.

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DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA - FLY TO DANANG FOR HOI AN

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Today, you will be granted an entire day to explore the magnificent Mekong Delta. Following a 2.5-hour car ride, you will reach Phong Nam, Ben Tre. Step onto your exclusive motorized boat and embark on a delightful cruise along the Chet Say River, one of the Mekong's tributaries. Along the way, make captivating stops at various local establishments like the coconut candy production site, a brick-making workshop, and a straw mat weaving facility. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to ride a motor cart, which will take you through picturesque fruit gardens brimming with vibrant greenery. For lunch, a tranquil garden restaurant awaits to serve you. Later, drifting along a small canal lined with nipa palm trees, before returning to your motorized boat at the dock.

In the afternoon, you will be chauffeured to the airport for a one-hour evening flight to Danang City, your gateway to Hoi An. Upon arrival at Danang airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An. Complete the check-in process and settle in for a restful night.

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DAY 4: HIGHLIGHTS OF HOI AN

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Spend the morning with your local guide for a delightful excursion to Hoi An! The tour starts at 8:00 a.m. Discover the charm of this well-preserved trading port as we explore its historic buildings, cultural exchanges, and local lifestyle. Marvel at the ancient Cam Pho communal house and iconic Japanese Covered Bridge. Immerse yourself in the authentic Quan Thang ancient house and vibrant Fujian Assembly Hall. Visit the bustling central market, where you'll witness the daily life of locals and find an array of delicious food.
But that's not all! As a special highlight, you'll also have the unique opportunity to learn the art of making traditional lanterns. Under the guidance of enthusiastic craftsmen, you'll experience each stage of lantern-making, from bending the frame to completing your very own lantern.
After this unforgettable experience, you're free for the remainder of the day to further explore the city or return to your hotel.

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DAY 5: HOI AN - FLY TO HANOI

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Savor a relaxed morning in Hoi An, whether you choose to indulge in some final shopping at the ancient town or unwind on the sandy Cua Dai beach. Check out around noon and be whisked away to the airport for a short flight to Hanoi. Our team will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel, where you'll spend the night.

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DAY 6: HIGHLIGHGTS OF HANOI

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After breakfast, you will start your day by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Uncle Ho's house on stilts to learn about the life and legacy of Vietnam's beloved leader. Next, you will visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a unique temple built on a single stone pillar, and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university.
After a quick lunch break, you will head to the Hoa Lo Prison, known as the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War, to gain insight into the country's history of struggle and resistance.
Next, you will visit the Women's Museum, which showcases the important role of women in Vietnam's history and culture. You will then take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter to soak up the atmosphere and experience local life.
Your last stop of the day will be at Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son Temple, where you can learn about the legend of the lake and its significance to the people of Hanoi. To wrap up the day, you will attend a traditional water puppet show, a unique and entertaining art form that has been a part of Vietnam's cultural heritage for centuries.

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DAY 7: NINH BINH DAY TOUR

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8:00 AM: Get ready for an exciting day as we depart from your hotel in Hanoi and head to the charming province of Ninh Binh.
After 2 hour drive, we arrive in Ninh Binh and prepare for an enchanting experience at Tam Coc. Hop aboard a traditional sampan boat and let the local rowers guide you through the mesmerizing landscape. As you navigate the gentle waterways, you will pass through three tunnel-like caves, immersing yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Noontime: Indulge in a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of authentic Vietnamese cuisine and replenishing your energy for the rest of the day's adventures.
In the afternoon, Get ready for a delightful bicycling adventure along scenic back roads. Pedal your way through the countryside, immersing yourself in the tranquility and beauty of the surroundings. Along the way, we'll make a stop at the captivating Thai Vi Temple, where you can learn about its historical and cultural significance.
Continue your cycling journey to Bich Dong Pagoda, a hidden gem nestled amidst picturesque landscapes. Explore the ancient pagoda and marvel at its intricate architecture, while enjoying the serene ambiance of the surroundings.
About 4:30, bid farewell to Ninh Binh and begin your drive back to Hanoi for the night.

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DAY 8: HANOI - HALONG BAY

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi and driven to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the pier in Halong City, you will board the cruise ship. As you cruise through the mesmerizing limestone karsts and crystal-clear waters, a delicious lunch will be served on board. Take in the stunning scenery as you glide along the bay. You will have the opportunity to visit a fascinating cave, where a guided tour will unveil its impressive formations. In the afternoon, you can choose to swim, kayak, or simply relax on the sun deck. As the sun sets, enjoy a delectable dinner on the boat, surrounded by the breathtaking views of Halong Bay. You will spend the night on the cruise ship, immersed in the serene ambiance of the bay.

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DAY 9: HALONG BAY - HANOI

City of Saigon
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Wake up early to witness the captivating sunrise over the bay. Participate in a Tai Chi session on the sundeck to rejuvenate your body and mind. After a hearty breakfast, the cruise will continue to explore different areas of Halong Bay, allowing you to discover more hidden treasures and awe-inspiring landscapes. A delicious brunch will be served on board as the boat gradually returns to the pier. Upon disembarking, you will be transferred back to Hanoi. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Hanoi and be dropped off at your hotel, marking the end of this unforgettable Halong Bay experience.
Please note that the exact itinerary may vary depending on the chosen cruise company and weather conditions.

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DAY 10: HANOI - FLY TO PHNOM PENH (CAMBODIA)

City of Saigon
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After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by the Cambodian team and transferred to your hotel for a midday rest. In the afternoon, embark on a guided cyclo tour, a quintessentially Cambodian way to explore the city. Visit the bustling Psar Thmei (Central Market), an iconic art deco structure where vendors offer a wide range of goods. Conclude the tour at Wat Phnom, a hilltop pagoda surrounded by beautiful gardens, known as a popular spot for locals to seek good luck through prayers.
In the evening, indulge in a dining experience at Kroeung Garden, one of Phnom Penh's renowned contemporary restaurants. Enjoy a Signature Menu curated by Master Chef Luu Meng, featuring nouvelle Cambodian dishes crafted with quality local aromatic spices at their freshest.

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DAY 11: HIGHLIGHTS OF PHNOM PENH

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This morning, delve into Cambodia's history with visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, known as the "Killing Fields." In the afternoon, explore the National Museum and Royal Palace complex, including the Silver Pagoda. Later, enjoy a tranquil cruise along the Mekong River and Tonlé Sap River, witnessing the floating villages and sunset views over Phnom Penh's skyline. The evening is yours to explore Phnom Penh's emerging culinary scene.

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DAY 12: PHNOM PENH - BATTAMBANG

City of Saigon
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Embark on a six-hour drive to Battambang, a peaceful provincial capital. Along the way, stop at Andong Rossey village to observe traditional pottery making. After lunch, visit the floating village of Kompong Luong on Tonlé Sap Lake, where you'll experience the unique lifestyle of Cham Muslim Vietnamese-Cambodians. Arrive in Battambang and witness the enchanting sunset illuminating the old colonial buildings. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, exploring Battambang's dining and nightlife options.

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DAY 13: BATTAMBANG ESSENTIALS

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Embark on a morning cycling adventure to explore Battambang's countryside villages and local artisanal industries. Try your hand at rice paper making, rice wine distilling, and savor bamboo rice cakes. After a siesta, enjoy a thrilling "train ride" on a nori, a bamboo platform propelled by a motorcycle engine. Visit Phnom Sampeau, an impressive limestone outcrop with Buddhist temples and a memorial cave for Khmer Rouge victims. Witness the mesmerizing bat exodus at dusk. Conclude the day with dinner at Jaan Bai Restaurant, empowering underprivileged youth through social enterprise.

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DAY 14: BATTAMBANG - SIEM REAP

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

Depart Battambang this morning, passing through the wildlife-rich Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve en route to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor's magnificent temple complex. After lunch, explore the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site, focusing on Angkor Thom—a vast capital surrounded by colossal rampart walls. Visit the iconic Bayon Temple with its majestic stone faces, the Terrace of the Elephants, and the impressive Baphuon Temple. Return to your hotel to freshen up and relax before indulging in a delectable Khmer dinner. Enjoy a mesmerizing Apsara dance performance, reminiscent of the celestial nymphs who once graced the courts of Angkor's kings. 


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DAY 15: ANGKOR WAT COMPLEX

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

Wake up early to witness the captivating sunrise at Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious monument. Find a serene spot by the reflecting pond and marvel at the breathtaking view as the sun emerges behind the temple's five majestic towers. Take your time to explore the intricate carvings and vast complex of Angkor Wat, adorned with over 3,000 bas-relief apsara.

Return to your hotel for a leisurely late breakfast and some relaxation. In the afternoon, embark on a tuk-tuk adventure to the enchanting Ta Prohm temple, famously known as the "Tomb Raider" temple. Discover its mystical beauty as ancient stone corridors and courtyards intertwine with the sprawling roots of ancient banyan trees. Immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere of this iconic site.

As evening falls, be captivated by the Phare Cambodian Circus, a mesmerizing performance that combines theater, music, dance, and traditional circus acts. Delve into unique Cambodian stories brought to life through an extraordinary artistic display.


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DAY 16: DEPART SIEM REAP

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

If your departing flight allows, take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local markets and boutiques, where you can find unique souvenirs and gifts to commemorate your time in the destination.
When the time comes, transportation will be provided to the airport for your individual onward flight, marking the end of our services.
Depart with fond memories of your journey and the desire to return for more captivating adventures in the future.

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Jay M

Date of Experience: Mar 2023

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We highly recommend Custom Asia Travel for your trip to Southeast Asia! They provided a great combination of visiting historical and religious sites, temples, and also cultural connections in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia that we could have never made on our own. Our local guides were informative, and shared personal experiences that made our journey meaningful. We asked for an active trip, and Custom Asia Travel tailored our request with biking, kayaking and hiking. We enjoyed local cuisine in Laos, and were amazed by the history and significance of the temples in Cambodia, experienced via a beautiful bike tour.

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Date of Experience: Mar 2023

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We did a day trip in a Jeep in Ninh Binh with Thu, which included Trang An, Hang Mua, Bich Dong and Tam Coc. Thu was an amazing tour guide and was extremely helpful throughout the whole day, organising everything from start to finish and giving us insightful information about the things we saw, as well as life in Vietnam and it’s history more generally! The lunch was also great and the day turned out to be one of the best days of our trip! Couldn’t recommend Thu enough 😊

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Nadine

Date of Experience: Mar 2023

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We had an amazing time! Me and my friends visited the Halong/Lan Ha Bay and the Dry Halong Bay. Everything was perfectly organized & all the pick-ups were punctual. The guide and driver were very nice. The cruise ship and the eco lodge, in which we stayed, were great. The staff was very friendly and everything was clean. We can definitely recommend booking a trip with Custom Asia Travel! The organisation and contact with the company was great before, during and after the trip.

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Whitney B

Date of Experience: Dec 2022

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I cannot say enough positives about Custom Asia Travel! We visited Vietnam in December/January 2023 and had an amazing trip with our 3 teens. The itinerary exceeded our expectations! We travelled to Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, and Nha Trang. We had no issues with any of our transportation around the country - our drivers and guides were always there on time (early, actually), friendly and helpful. The accommodations were excellent and our guides were fantastic (Tanh, Tanh, and Viet - they were awesome!). Every place we stayed put our rooms right next to each other, often adjoining, and the kids’ room always had two twin beds and a cot, while my husband and I had a king bed. This was perfect as our teenagers did not want to share beds, lol! The activities were super fun and appealed to all of us. So many highlights - the kids loved the rice farm tour (riding the water Buffalo elicited the biggest smile we’ve ever seen from our 16 year old!), seeing the caves in Ninh Binh, the cooking class in Hoi An, and Ha Long Bay. I really appreciated that some of our itinerary was focused on less crowded activities - a couple of the temples we saw were practically empty, allowing us to enjoy and experience these beautiful sites on our own. We did a couple of bike rides which were also highlights, such a great way to explore and see the area! Minh was available and responsive while planning the trip and while we were there. I agree with others reviews about whether she ever sleeps! She was able to coordinate our luggage getting dropped off as it did not arrive with us, and contacted one of the hotels about a ring that had been left, and arranged for us to pick it up. She was warm, friendly, knowledgeable, and so helpful. We truly had a relaxing and stress free trip because of the excellent customer service from Minh and our guides. With only having 12 days to visit we were so grateful to be able to enjoy the travel and know that Minh and her team were there if and when needed. I highly recommend using this company, you will not regret it! Now I am dreaming of how quickly we can make it back!! Thank you thank you to Minh and the team, our trip was unforgettable!

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Date of Experience: Feb 2022

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We are over 60 yers old and for eficiency we decided to organise our trips in Vietnam with a local agency. Custom Asia Travel is the wright agency. We decided to visit Hanoi, Tam Coc, Ha Long, Da Nang, Hoi An, My son Sanctuary and Ho Chi Minh City with help of this agency. The organisation and planing of the tours, the selection of the places to visit, hotels, restaurants,cars ( clean and comfortable), drivers and guides was perfect. The drivers and guides where friendly and polite. The guides ( Cường Xi,in Hanoi and Tam Coc, Tran Thanh Binh in Ho Chi Minh as also the guide in Da Nang area) where perfect. They gave us many interesting information about the visited places, organized perfect the details of the trips. The boat arrangement done by Custom Asia Travel in Ha Long Bay - Peony 1 was perfect. The prices for the offered services are fair. We kindly recommend this agency for tailor made trips.

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