JOIN IN GROUP TOUR VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA 13 DAYS 12 NIGHTS

We are running a join-in group tour in 13 days 12 nights including Vietnam and Cambodia from Dec 02nd to 14th 2009. For those who don’t have enough time can either take Vietnam portion or Cambodia one.

 

Please feel free to contact us at info@directravelasia.com for details.

 

 

Dec 02nd 2009: Arrive Hanoi and on to Halong

Take afternoon flight to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi from Bangkok, welcome by our English speaking guide and transfer to Halong. Overnight in Halong Spring Hotel.

 

 

 

Dec 03rd 2009: Halong-Bac Ninh-Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast take a 5-hour cruise through magnificent Halong Bay, a UNESCO designated World Heritage site. Enjoy a seafood lunch on board. Disembark and

return to Hanoi via Bac Ninh. Bac Ninh is the cradle of traditional Vietnamese music and theatre. On arrival take a horse-drawn cart through country lanes to visit the

Dinh Bang communal house and Do temple. Enjoy local folk songs before proceeding to Hanoi for the night at Hong Ngoc Hotel.

 

 

 

Dec 04th 2009: City tour (Breakfast)

A full day to explore the architecture and history of Hanoi. In the morning visit the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda and the

Temple of Literature. In the afternoon continue to the Museum of Ethnology and the Lake of the Restored Sword. Taking a one-hour cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter

is a relaxation way to end the day. In the evening enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

 

Dec 05th 2009: Hanoi-Hue (Breakfast)

Transfer to the airport for flight to Hue, the ancient capital of on VN245 at 10.10. Upon arrival in Hue at 11.20, welcome by our English speaking guide and transfer to hotel. Visit the Imperial Citadel and the elaborate tombs of Emperor Khai Dinh and Tu Duc. Stop en route at family businesses to learn how ’s famous conical hats and colourful incense are made. Overnight in Thanh Lich Hotel in Hue.

 

 

 

Dec 06th 2009: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (Breakfast)

After breakfast take a boat trip on the Perfume River to visit Hue[chr:39]s best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda. Then continue on to Danang by car. The three hour

drive along the coast, through emerald-green paddy fields and through the 6-km lenght Hai Van Tunnel. Arrive in Danang, visit the stone-cutters at the Marble Mountains, famed for being a “Viet Cong” guerillas hideout during the Vietnam War. Upon arrival in the ancient port town of Hoi An, transfer to hotel. Hoi An is a

UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. The rest of the day is free at leisure or exploring of Hoi An on your own pace. Overnight in Vinh Hung 2 Hotel in Hoi An.

 

 

 

Dec 07th 2009: Hoi An – Sightseeing (Breakfast)

Take a half-day walking tour of this quaint town, visiting ancient merchants’ houses, a Phuoc Kien temple, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and the colorful

riverside market. Afternoon drive to visit a workshop where artisans make Hoi An’s famous lanterns. Guests learn how the lanterns are made then have a chance to

create their own lanterns, from designing the frame to gluing the cloth. Rest of the time is free at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

 

 

Dec 08th 2009: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

Transfer to Danang Airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) on VN323 at 13.40. Arrive in HCMC at 14.50, welcome by our English speaking guide and transfer in. Overnight in Le Duy Hotel.

 

 

 

Dec 09th 2009: Cu Chi Tunnels & City tour (Breakfast)

After breakfast, visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters or “Viet Cong” guerillas

during the long struggle for independence. Return to Ho Chi Minh City for a city tour. Takes in the Notre Dame Cathedral, the city’s old Post Office, the War Remnants Museum and the Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

 

Dec 10th 2009: Day trip to Vinh Long (Breakfast, Lunch)

Depart Ho Chi Minh City for a scenic morning drive to Cai Be, 100km from Ho Chi Minh City. From Cai Be, take a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River and its

tributaries to view the daily lives of people who work and play on the waterways of the Mekong Delta. The trip includes a visit to the floating market at Cai Be, to an

old house, and to a family-run business producing rice paper – a key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. Lunch is on an ait, in a local house set amongst fruit orchards

and bonsai trees. A performance of traditional Vietnamese music is optional. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in late afternoon. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

 

Dec 11th 2009: Ho Chi Minh City-Siem Reap (Breakfast)

After breakfast transfer to Noi Bai Airport for onward flight to Siem Reap on VN827 at 11.40. Arrive in Siem Reap at 12.40, welcome by our English speaking guide and transfer in. Then, we start the tour to visit the earliest temples of the Angkor period at Roluos Group about 10km from Siem Reap lays the complex of Roluos, one of the first Khmer capitals built by Indravarman I and originally called Hariharalaya. Roluos Group includes Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei for a useful chronological perspective on Angkor’s development. Afternoon tour. Accommodation at CITY RIVER hotel, Siem Reap.

 

CITY RIVER HOTEL

#0511, Steung Siem Reap Street, Wat Bo, Siem Reap, .

Tel: (855.63) 763 000

Fax: (855.63) 963 963

www.CityRiverHotel.com

 

Dec 12nd 2009: Siem Reap [Breakfast]

We take an early trip to Angkor Wat to watch sunrise, before continuing north to visit the elegant temple of Banteay Srei built by a Brahman in the 10th Century, this temple was dedicated to Shiva. The famous pink sandstone structure bears a series of beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes. These it is said must have been carved by women as the detail is too fine for the hands of a man. This gives us the origin of the Khmer name, Fortress of the Women.  Continue to restored Banteay Samre. Accommodation at hotel, Siem Reap

 

 

Dec 13rd 2009: Siem Reap [Breakfast]

Breakfast at hotel. Tour of Siem Reap. Accommodation at hotel, Siem Reap

 

 

Dec 14th 2009: Siem Reap – Departure                  [Breakfast]

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, we travel to Phnom Krom for a cruise to visit the floating villages on the Tonle Sap, the largest lake in South-East Asia. Then we visit Les Artisans d’Angkor, a workshop of the craftsmanship to redevelop Khmer traditional artisan skills, retail Craft-center selling colorful, handcrafted Cambodian gifts and home wares.

 

Then, transfer to the airport for flight out.