Vietnam & Cambodia Luxury Escapade – 10 Day

Southeast Asia > Vietnam and Cambodia

A luxury adventure exploring four spectacular UNESCO Heritage Sites – Halong Bay, Hoi An Old Town, My Son Sanctuary and Angkor Wat Temples.

 

For those on a tight schedule, we have you covered with this amazing trip that takes you around some of the most historic areas in South East Asia while getting pampered in luxury colonial era hotels.

Stroll along some of the best preserved French colonial era architecture in Asia, take breathtaking scenic helicopter rides over Halong Bay and Angkor Wat, and learn about the unknown history of Cham Kingdom that dominated Central Vietnam and Cambodia before the Angkor era.

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Day 1: ARRIVE IN HANOI

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel near the Old Quarters, about 45min drive from the airport. Rest of the day is free to rest up from your long flight.

Overnight at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Breakfast)

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Day 2: HANOI FULL DAY CITY TOUR

Take a morning walking tour around the Old Quarter, filled with local shops, residential areas and interesting local food vendors operating along the pavements. Explore narrow alleys and see how multiple families live together in this historic area. Stop by a famous café to enjoy a steaming cup of “Egg Coffee” while a local street artist demonstrates “To He”, a traditional art in making figurines with rice flour. Continue to the home of a local artist, a rare opportunity to see how multi-generations live together in the Old Quarter. For an authentic lunch experience, dine at the famous noodle shop where President Obama and the late Anthony Bourdain shared a meal of Bun Cha grilled pork with rice vermicelli in a cocktail of fish sauce. This afternoon, visit the charming French-colonial style buildings around the former French Quarter and discover why this city is called the “Paris of the East”. Other sites include the Presidential Garden, “His House on Stilts” and the famed Temple of Literature. If your visit falls over the weekends (Friday to Sunday), you can stroll easily on your own from your hotel to Hoan Kim Lake where the streets are converted to walking streets and lively night markets from 7pm.

Overnight at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Breakfast)

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Day 3: SCENIC HALONG BAY HELICOPTER FLIGHT & PRIVATE DAY CRUISE

End your trip with another exhilarating private helicopter ride over the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay. Departing from Hanoi Airport, your scenic ride takes about an hour over beautiful countryside to Halong where you will enjoy about 5 minutes of stunning panoramic views of rock formations dotted all over the bay. Continue your exploration with a private cruise around the bay where lunch is served, giving you some relaxing time on board before taking the helicopter back to Hanoi Airport and transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Breakfast)

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Day 4: FLY TO DANANG - DRIVE 30 MIN TO HOI AN

Transfer to Hanoi Airport for a flight to Danang. Upon arrival at Danang, you will be welcomed and transferred to the Old Town of Hoi An where your hotel is located, about 30min drive. Meet your guide later this afternoon for a walking tour of the old town of Hoi An, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include an ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market. After visiting the famous sites, you will get to feast at small local restaurants in the Old Town. Sample famous dishes like Cau Lau (rice noodle tossed with special sauce and stewed pork), White Rose (steamed dumplings) and other iconic dishes. This is a chance to sample very unique Vietnamese dishes found only in the town of Hoi An. After dinner, you can continue explore the vibrant night market on your own.

Overnight at Anantara Hoi An Resort (Breakfast)

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Day 5: MY SON HOLY LAND & TRA QUE HERB FARM

After breakfast, drive about an hour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of My Son. Known as the "Valley of Kings", My Son was the former capital and religious center of the Cham Kingdom. There are more than 20 well-preserved monuments from the 7th to 13th century. Afternoon, visit Tra Que Herb Village for a delicious local lunch prepared with fresh ingredients from its gardens. After lunch, you can visit the gardens with your host farmer before enjoying a relaxing herbal foot bath. Transfer back to your hotel, rest of the day is free to explore the old town on your own.

Overnight at Anantara Hoi An Resort (Breakfast)

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Day 6: FLY TO SIEM REAP (ANGKOR WAT)

Have a relaxing day to enjoy your resort spa or more shopping around the Old town of Hoi An. Later in the afternoon, transfer to Danang Airport for an evening direct flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at Raffles Grand Hotel D Angkor (Breakfast)

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Day 7: ANGKOR WAT & ANGKOR MUSEUM WITH ARCHAEOLOGIST

Take an early morning trip to Angkor Wat to beat the crowds and heat of the day. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, this temple was built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II. Return to your hotel for breakfast, then take a short drive to Kirimanon, a typical village located inside the Angkor Archaeological Park. Be welcomed by a local family, meet Angkor inhabitants and get to know their customs and cultures. If weather permits, take a walk for about a mile to reach the “Old Kirimanon”, picturesque houses shadowed by sugar palm trees. Walk across rice fields leading to various reservoirs, breeding ponds. This afternoon, visit Angkor National Museum with Mr. Soutif as an expert guide for 2 hours. Mr Soutif is the archeologist, epigraphist and head of “Ecole Francaise d’Extrême-Orient” (EFEO) in Siem Reap. The EFEO Center in Siem Reap has been for over a century a major actor in the restoration of the Angkor monuments and the development of Khmer studies. It was in 1907 that the EFEO was charged with the inventorying and preservation of the Angkor site. In 1992 the EFEO reopened the restoration sites that had been closed in 1975 under Khmer Rouge occupation. This evening, catch an exciting performance at 7:30pm by Phare, The Cambodian Circus. This highly popular show is an offshoot project of Phare Ponleu Selpak (Association), a non-profit organization that helps to build the careers of young Cambodian artists from disadvantaged backgrounds. The show is an amazing blend of traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatic, juggling and contortion artistically choreographed and performed. They have performed all around the world and known as the Cirque du Solei of Asia.

Overnight at Raffles Grand Hotel D Angkor (Breakfast)

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Day 8: BANTAEY SREI AND ARTISAN WORKSHOPS

This morning head south to Banteay Srei, a petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’. Then continue to the Golden Silk Pheach Preservation Center, one of the rare remaining fully integrated silk producers in the world. They strive to restore and safeguard intricate Khmer traditional methods and techniques of silk making. At the center, you will be given a guided in-house tour to learn about the process of silk harvesting and various traditional weaving techniques. Mulberry bushes are also grown on site where silk worms are cultivated. At the end of the tour, you can visit their boutique shop to view some of the most intricate and unique fabrics produced in the country. From here, it’s about an hour’s drive back to in town. In town, stop by the Eric & Thierry Stocker Angkor Artwork. Discover this unique workshop of natural lacquer in Cambodia where two brothers work with local communities to produce high quality decorative art works. In promoting and preserving traditional Khmer skills, they specialize in using natural lacquer and textures to produce custom Buddha images and various decorative pieces. This evening you will enjoy a very special photography presentation by an expert historian and anthropologist. (available only on Fridays) 150 years ago, in 1866, the Scottish photographer John Thomson and the Frenchman Emille Giselle took the first images of Angkor Wat and of the royal family in the palace in Phnom Penh. Using that as an impetus, the Bambu Stage show directors spent months sifting through photographic libraries to assemble a montage of images and short archival film clips that trace Cambodia’s recent history. Using themes of Angkor temples, entertainment and politics and war, this forty minute show unearths rare and powerful images, mashing the archival with the popular. Doors and the bar open at 6:30pm, with the show starting at 7pm.

Overnight at Raffles Grand Hotel D Angkor (Breakfast)

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Day 9: SCENIC HELICOPTER RIDE & ANGKOR THOM TEMPLES

This morning, indulge in a private deluxe champagne breakfast in bed at your hotel, followed by a stunning private helicopter ride. Your flight begins from Siem Reap International Airport, then onwards to Angkor Wat. Depending on your choice of flight duration from approximately 20, 36 or 48 minutes, your scenic flight can also cover other temples, floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake or surrounding mountains. This afternoon, you will a spiritual experience with the Jayavarman 7th city of Angkor Thom. Beginning with a traditional Buddhist blessing at one of the small pagodas, you will get a glimpse of monastic life and undertake a simple water blessing before touring the 11th century city. The city is full of temples of varying size and majesty, topped off by enigmatic and enchanting temple of the Bayon. As you unravel its mysteries, with its massive stone faces and intricate wall carvings of everyday life in ancient times, you also peer into the future with a fortune reading by one of the achars, or lay people at the temple. This is a popular past time for local Cambodian visitors to the temple.

Overnight at Raffles Grand Hotel D Angkor (Breakfast)

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Day 10: DEPART SIEM REAP

Transfer to airport for your onward journey.

(Breakfast)

Accommodations

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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi was first opened at the turn of the 20th century. Standing the test of time, the hotel has been recognized as Hanoi’s legendary landmark for its contribution to the history and heritage of city. The hotel features 364 rooms & suites, in which the original colonial grandeur is preserved in the historical Metropole Wing, while the newer Opera Wing offers a stylish neo-classical elegance. All accommodations are equipped with Sofitel’s MyBed, broadband Internet, LCD televisions as well as Hermes & Lanvin bathroom amenities.

ANANTARA HOI AN RESORT

Anantara Hoi An Resort boasts an enviable setting, about half a mile from the historic quarter of Hoi An, in lush gardens fronting the Thu Bon River. Boutique luxury offers 94 rooms with riverfront dining, blissful spa journeys, and sunset river cruises. Stroll along the promenade past small cafes, and into the charming UNESCO World Heritage Site.

RAFFLES GRAND HOTEL D ANGKOR

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is a landmark historic hotel of Indochina, having welcomed travellers since 1932. With 15 acres of gardens, Cambodia’s most iconic swimming pool and original features like its timber elevator, the hotel also features fine dinning options, a casual bar and spa facilities. Each of the spacious 119 guestrooms, suites and villas are tastefully appointed with Cambodian object d’art style furnishings some retained from when the hotel opened its doors in 1932. Every room has stunning views of either the magnificent pool or the expansive gardens.

  • Meet & assist at airports with transfers between the airports and hotels
  • Accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis
  • Surface transportation per itinerary by air-conditioned vehicle with driver
  • Private tours per the itinerary with the services of local English-speaking guides unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to listed sights and activities
  • Meals per itinerary
  • In-country flights in Business Class including 30kg (66 lbs) check-in luggage per person
  • Hanoi to Danang
  • Danang to Siem Reap
  • Visa fees and visa arrangement for Vietnam & Cambodia
  • International airfare to Vietnam & from Cambodia
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverage during meals
  • Tipping
  • Personal expenses (like laundry and internet connection at hotels)