- Duration: 14 Days
- Location: VIETNAM - CAMBODIA (HANOI/ MAI CHAU/ NINH BINH/ HALONG BAY/ SIEM REAP/ BATTAMBANG/ PHNOM PENH)
- Places: PRIVATE TOUR
- Prix: Adventure
Let’s exert your sweat during 14-days trip in both rising stars in Southeast Asia – Vietnam and Cambodia. As the kick-off for the chain of discovery activities, Bavi Eco Tour will bring its new fellows plenty of sweet and "sweat" memories. Joining cycling, tea-leave harvesting, cooking, etc. are sounds hectic but surprisingly comfortable. Then, Mai Chau is awaited for the pioneers-to-be, arranged a table of its dishes such as kayaking, hiking, etc. Then, a tailor-made route will be ready for your next destination, Ninh Binh. Cycle along with the rice fields and rivers Tam Coc – Binh Dong, visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital with some vestige of Vietnamese feudal dynasties. A must-have item in the bucket list of any travelers to Vietnam must be awarded to Halong Bay. You will be proven the reasons for its beauty and attractiveness. Finish your journey in Vietnam, flight to the country of temples, Cambodia, you will meet the symbol of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat with famous series of colossal human faces carved in stone. To continue this flow of stunning architectural masterpieces, discover the mysterious appealing of this area with a Banteay Srei with the delicate beauty of the carvings, a Battambang town with French Colonial architectures and other modern temples. Taste the special steam-sticky rice cooked in bamboo there and walk in a small local market. The trip will end with a pagoda built up with 5000 silver tiles, Royal Palace, the treasure of this country capital, and Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake.
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL – VIP FAST TRACK MEET AND GREET
Welcome to Vietnam, upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport, you will be welcome by our representative holding a sign with your name and our company logo on it. Our representative will guide you through fast-track security and visa services. After obtaining your visa and collected your luggage, it will lead the way to your awaiting guide and driver. You will be privately transferred to your luxury accommodations by our professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Stay right in the heart of the city next to the central Hoan Kiem Lake, with the fascinating Old Quarter right at your fingertips, you can easily explore the city at your own pace.
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI – BAVI ECO TOUR – MAI CHAU - IMMERSE IN VIETNAMESE COUNTRYSIDE (B/L)
Have a hearty breakfast at the hotel then you will be escorted by an experienced English-speaking guide, a countryside located at the outskirt of Hanoi. The approximate travel time is one hour and 30 minutes. Then arriving at Mr. Duoc’s house, you will be welcomed with fresh honey tea and green lentils or lotus seeds that made by his family. Imagine a Vietnam in the old time of war through stories of Mr. Duoc, who is not only a veteran who lives during those hard times but also a green tea expert. You will visit his tea plantation which is one of the largest in Ri village and join with locals in green tea processing. Afterward, have a Vietnamese cooking demonstration with another local host and then enjoy a home-cooked lunch in a lovely garden.
Relaxing time under the big tree before heading to Mai Chau.
Overnight in Mai Chau.
DAY 3: MAI CHAU – KAYAKING TRIP (B/L)
The trip offers a great opportunity to discover Da River ( Black River) as the Halong Bay on the mountain with 47 limestone and dolomite islets sprinkled over an area of 2.760.000 square meters. During the tour, you could get Da River closer to feel and touch. Kayaking is the best way to explore the beauty of the River. You paddle through islets, visit a fishing village, meet and talk with local fisherman, exploring fairy pond.
9:00 am: Kayak on the River and exploring fairy pond in the morning
12:30 pm: Having lunch, relax then Kayak in the afternoon
4:00 pm: Back to Mai Chau HideAway
Duration: 4-5 hrs
Transfer: up to 2h round trip
Level: Easy to moderate
Altitude: 500m -> 300m
Overnight in Mai Chau.
DAY 4: MAI CHAU – BIKING AT LUSH GREEN MOUNTAINSIDE (B/L)
The captivating journey will depart from Mai Chau, cycle around the valley; explore the beautiful landscape and unique Thai culture in the villages: Lac, nhot, Chiềng Sại, Cha , Cha Long, and Tong Dau Village. Soak up the tranquil daily life by seeing the farmers working on their lush green paddy fields: growing rice, vegetable, and grazing livestock depending on the seasons.
Transfer to Mai Chau Ecolodge.
Overnight in Mai Chau Ecolodge.
Duration: 2 – 2,5hrs
Transfer: up to 1,5h round trip
Level: Easy to moderate
DAY 5: MAI CHAU – HIKING (B/L)
After breakfast at Mai Chau Ecolodge, you will be picked up and transferred to Mai Ha village.
Your hike starts at 9:00 am with a walk through local Kha village and along the dirt trail through forest with tropical trees that covers Pu Poc sacred mountain of Thai ethnic minority in May Chau. The spectacular landscape gradually appears before you. You will be rich te - a charming little village is next to the forest and rarely visited by tourists. Local lunch will be served at the local home stay.
After your dinner, the walk between the villages of the Thai ethnic minority Pu and Khoe follows the concrete path. You can meet the child at home and enjoy the peaceful mountain scenery and paddy terraces at the yard.
From Khoe village, you will take a transfer to Mai Chau Ecolodge. Here you have your time to swim or enjoy the view of the valley and the surrounding mountains.
Stay overnight at May Chau Ecolodge.
Duration: 4 – 5hrs
Level: Easy to moderate
DAY 6: MAI CHAU – NINH BINH (B)
After breakfast, depart to Ninh Binh for exploring Hoa Lu – Tam Coc one day tour. Upon arrival, you will visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history. After lunch, depart to the dock for a boat ride to visit Tam Coc and see the beauty of the karst formations. Then, spend times on cycling through the quiet roads along the rice fields and rivers Tam Coc – Bich Dong (around 5 km). Biking around the hotel.
Overnight in Tam Coc.
DAY 7: NINH BINH – HALONG BAY – (B/L/D)
Have a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Today you will make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. We leave the greeny rice fields of Ninh Binh behind, bound for the serenity of Halong Bay where we'll board a traditional-style Vietnamese Junk boat. Get acquainted with the facilities on board as we set sail and cruise into the bay. Savour your first hours in Halong Bay on the sun deck and simply let your eyes wander over the breathtaking scenery. We arrive at Cua Van, one of the last remaining floating fishing village in Halong Bay which some families and fishermen still use as a base for their fishing and aquacultural activities. With a small bamboo boat rowed by locals, we have a look at the floating structures in this calm and secluded area to gain some insight into village life. If you prefer to be more active, rent a kayak (extra fee) and paddle around by yourself. This is the perfect way to freely move about and explore this part of the bay. The fishing village also hosts the Cua Van Cultural Center, operated by local residents to preserve and introduce visitors to the village’s history and culture. On display are many archaeological artifacts and photographs depicting life in Cua Van. By tender, we transfer to the nearby Tien Ong cave. The cave shows evidence of human civilization dating back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. Fossil evidence also proves that the cave was part of the mainland continent ages ago before Halong Bay became the marine wonder it is today. Tien Ong cave reaches a depth of 50 metres and covers a total area of roughly 1,000 square metres. Follow our guide as we loop through and learn interesting details about this cavern. After returning to the boat, we sail to the overnight mooring area. During this time - the magical “blue hour” - Halong Bay reveals its true, magnificent beauty. Unwind on the sun deck with your favourite drink and be fully present in this moment. As we sail along, our chef demonstrates the preparation of popular Vietnamese dishes. You are welcome to join and practice along; remember these easy, but very tasty classic Vietnamese recipes and take them back home with you. After a bit of downtime, dinner is served. If you are still eager to learn more about Halong Bay, our onboard guide offers an enlightening presentation about the bay’s unique and intriguing insights after dinner. Alternatively, give yourself a try at squid fishing together with our staff - always an entertaining experience. While away the rest of the evening and treasure this special moment amidst the magical landscapes before falling into a restful slumber in the middle of Halong Bay where, once upon a time, sparkling jewels cascaded from heavenly dragons.
Overnight on cruise.
DAY 8: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L)
Rise early today to view the dawn at the Wonder of the Nature World with complimentary tea and coffee being served in the dining room. A Tai Chi class is offered on the sun deck to awaken your mind and muscles. In the morning, we set sail to the small Ti Top Island. Formerly named Cat Nang, the island received a name change after former president Ho Chi Minh and the second man to orbit the Earth, Russian astronaut German Titov, toured Halong Bay together in 1962. Since the cosmonaut was so fascinated with this picturesque islet, Uncle Ho would rename the spectacle Ti Top Island to honor Titov and as a gesture of friendship between their two countries. One arriving at Ti Top, you can go for a refreshing morning swim on a sandy beach beneath towering rock formations. If you prefer to be a bit more active, climb 400 stone steps (which takes about 20 minutes) to the island’s top and be rewarded with stunning, panoramic views over the bay. There is also a viewing platform about half-way up with great vistas framed by lush greenery – perfect for photos. Back on board, you can take a shower and freshen up. Now is the time to enjoy the final moments of sailing as we head back to the harbor while a light brunch is served. Until we reach the pier, relax on the sun deck or in the dining room while savoring the last views of this iconic site. Back to the harbor and transfer back to your accommodation in Hanoi’s center.
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 9: HANOI - SIEM REAP (B)
Flight No VN 837 (departs at 15h05 – arrives at 16h55)
Have breakfast at the hotel and a relaxing time before boarding a flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap. Approximately flight time is one hour and a half. You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Siem Reap Airport by our professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Rest of the day is your leisure time to explore the city on your own.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 10: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT (B)
Breakfast at hotel: Start your sightseeing tour of Angkor area we spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the 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 stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple and the jungle-covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which 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 11: SIEM REAP - BANTEAY SREI (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Banteay Srei, constructed in the late 10th century by a Brahmin counselor under a powerful king Rajendarvarman. It was loosely translated to citadel of the woman, but it is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. En-route stop at Pre Rub (turn the body), was constructed in the late 10th century dedicated to Hindu gods. This reflects the common belief among Cambodians that funerals were conducted at the temple. Visit Preah Khan temple, built by King Jayavarman VII dedicated to his father. It is a huge, highly exportable monastic complex, and served as a Buddhist monastery and school, engaging over 1000 monks. Continue to Neak Pean, a small island temple located in the middle of the last Baray, constructed by a Khmer king in the Angkor area. Early evening, you will be taken by Tuk Tuk, a small open-sided taxi common in Cambodia, to cruise around the suburb of Siem Reap town and for a blessing ceremony by Buddhist monks for happiness, prosperity, and safety for your journey.
Overnight in Siem Reap
DAY 12: SIEM REAP - BATTAMBANG (B)
Breakfast at hotel and today we will overland with our driver to Battambang town, where you can find many of the French Colonial architectures. After check in, we drive along the picturesque Sangker River to Wat Slaket Pagoda, the former residence of the provincial Buddhist patriarch. We continue to visit Ek Phnom Temple which is an 11th-century Angkorian-era ruin built as a Hindu temple under Suryavarman I. The temple consists of prasats on a platform with some carvings in pretty good condition. Wat Ek Phnom, a modern pagoda, sits next to the ruin. The river road drive to Ek Phnom from Battambang passes through small villages and rice paddies and is an absolutely beautiful countryside drive. Visit a market where Prahoc, the Cambodian fish paste, is made. We continue to visit the place where local people take steam-sticky rice cooked in bamboo. Return to town for a short walk to local market.
Overnight at the hotel in Battambang.
DAY 13: BATTAMBANG - PHNOM PENH (B)
Breakfast at the hotel – you will also visit After lunch you will drive to the village of Ksach Puoy on the banks of the Sangker River. As well as being home to many well preserved traditional Khmer wooden stilted homes, this area grows a variety of tropical fruits and after the rainy season farmers plant all kinds of vegetables along the fertile river banks, here you can learn about traditional agriculture – Phnom Banan, Battambongalso a great opportunity to taste juicy oranges, sweet pineapples, and many other fruit… Not far from Ksach Puoy is Cambodia’s first vineyard – Prasat Phnom Banan Vineyard – you can pop in if you like, learn about producing wine in the tropics and of course enjoy a spot of wine tasting! A few kilometers further south you arrive at the well preserved 11th century mountaintop Angkorian temple of Phnom Banan. After climbing the 350+ steps you are treated to a wonderfully peaceful setting with superb views across the surrounding countryside, with small villages dotting the endless rice paddies, punctuated with the characteristic sugar palm trees – a wonderful sunset location. Overland to Phnom Penh with our tour guide and driver.
Check in and overnight in Phnom Penh.
DAY 14: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - PHNOM PENH DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at hotel and we will visit the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. After, visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake. Transfer to airport for your departure flight.
|Hanoi||O Gallery Majestic (Classic Suite)||http://www.ogallerymajestichotel.com/|
|Mai Chau||Mai Chau Hideaway (Executive Suite)||http://maichauhideaway.com/vi/|
|Mai Chau||Mai Chau Ecolodge (Executive Suite)||https://maichau.ecolodge.asia/|
|Ninh Binh||Tam Coc Garden Resort (Deluxe)||https://www.tamcocgarden.com/|
|Halong Bay||Violet Cruise (Junior Suite)||https://heritage-line.com/cruise/violet/|
|Siem Reap||Sofitel Angkor Phokheetra||www.sofitel.com|
|Battambang||Masion Wat Kor (Best Avaiable one)||http://www.maisonswatkor.com/|
|Phnom Penh||Sofitel Phnom Penh||www.sofitel.com|
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