Southeast Asia has become one of the newest, most attractive destinations worldwide with diversified beauties, from magnificent mountains, and complicated terraced rice fields to rich cultural vestiges. Within a two-week trip, we can get them all before spending some days at the beach, and deeping ourselves into the marvel of Angkor.
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DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI (Lunch)
ABI HOLIDAY’s vehicle and guide will welcome you at Noi Bai International airport. We will visit Thanh Chuong Palace [about 30 minutes from the airport], a great, typical house with full collections of artifacts and cultural masterpieces. Have our first welcoming lunch with tasty food at Thanh Chuong Palace.
Afternoon we will come to Hanoi and check in hotel. Start our first visit to the city at Van Mieu (so-called the Temple of Literature), Hang Buom’s ancient house in the Old Quarter, which was found in Hanoi in the 11th century to learn more about the Viet culture, and The Huc red bridge in the center of the city. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI – HA LONG (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast at the hotel, our car and guide will pick us up to HaLong Bay, a great UNESCO World Heritage in Northern Vietnam. The trip to the pier takes about 2h30’.
Welcome onboard and take a 2days-1night trip on the 5 stars cruise – Heritage cruise with nice and exciting activities [swimsuits recommended]. Being a bay with nearly 2,000 islands and islets, some with craters, Halong has been twice recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage to emphasize its value and the necessity to be protected. This journey will awaken all our senses with the beauty of nature, the savory taste, the luxurious facility, and the perfect service right at one of the natural wonders of the world. Overnight on-board.
DAY 3: HA LONG – HANOI (Breakfast, Lunch)
Wake up in one of the most beautiful bays in the world, enjoy breakfast, and visit the stunning cave according to the ship’s schedule noon. After an exciting journey, our guide already waited for us at the pier, taking us back to Hanoi to rest and prepare for the long journey ahead. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 4: HANOI – HUE (Breakfast, Lunch)
Have breakfast at the hotel until our guide and car come to pick us up for flight HANOI – HUE.
Have lunch at a restaurant, then check in hotel to rest.
In the afternoon, our car will take us to visit: Hue Citadel (Royal Palace of 13 kings of Nguyen Dynasty, the last feudal dynasty of Vietnam) including places named Ngo Mon, Thai Hoa Palace, Forbidden City, The Mieu, Hien Lam Cac, Cuu Dinh.
Then we will visit the Tomb of Tu Duc, located on a peaceful narrow valley in Duong Xuan Thuong village and on the right side of the romantic Vong Canh hill. Tu Duc Tomb is honored to be recognized as one of the 4 most beautiful mausoleums in the ancient capital, recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Dinner at your own arrangement for more flexible leisure time. Overnight in Hue.
DAY 5: HUE – MY SON – HOI AN (Breakfast, Lunch)
Have breakfast and check out of the hotel. Our car and guide take us to Hoi An Ancient Town.
After enjoying lunch during the trip to Hoi An, we will continue the journey deep into the South of ancient Vietnam at My Son Sanctuary. In 1999, My Son Sanctuary was recognized by Unesco as a modern world cultural heritage. This place includes many ancient temples of the Champa Kingdom located in a valley with a diameter of 2km. My Son Sanctuary is the place to organize the sacrifices of the Champa dynasty as well as the tombs of the kings and princes of the country.
The tour is over, we’ll be on our way to Hoi An ancient town. Dinner at your own arrangement. After dinner, our guide will take us to discover the cartling and colorful nightlife
in Hoi An ancient town. Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 6: HOI AN – TRA QUE VILLAGE (Breakfast, Lunch)
We’ll have breakfast at the hotel, then our guide will pick us up at hotel and depart for Tra Que Vegetable Village – Hoi An.
Tra Que is located in Cam Ha commune, Hoi An town (Quang Nam), where the vegetables are famous for a long time for being seeded on fertile soil, fertilized with the seaweed taken from Co Co river, so it has its own flavor.
Tra Que is not only a famous brand for making high quality clean vegetables but also an attractive destination for the visitors. In spring, we can go to Tra Que to enjoy the fragrant aftertaste of vegetables and watch the villagers in their daily activities. Have lunch at a restaurant with Tra Que products. After lunch, we will be back to Hoi An and walk around to visit ancient streets. Being an old port in Vietnam until the 17th century, Hoian has a unique architecture mixed up between China, Vietnam and Japanese styles. here we can walk into Chua Cau bridge, Hoian market, or just hang around ancient streets along Hoai River to enjoy the city’s tranquility. Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 7: HOI AN – BA NA HILLS – DANANG (Breakfast, Lunch)
After having breakfast at La Siesta Hotel Hoi An. Our tour guide will take us to a very popular new attraction at Ba Na Hills, near Danang.
Sun World Ba Na Hills is the most significant resort and recreational complex in Vietnam. At a height of 1,487 meters from sea level, we will find ourselves relaxing in the typical rotation of four seasons in a single day and numerous festivities, recreations, and diverse cuisine. We will visit the Golden Bridge, a prominent golden silk stripe that shines among the majestic mountains, along with a pair of giant stone hands that seemingly hold the Bridge – a truly impressive masterpiece for all visitors.
Have a buffet lunch at Ba Na Hills. Afternoon we will take the cables downhill and get in our car to go back to Da Nang City and check in hotel, and be free to relax. Overnight in Da Nang.
DAY 8: DANANG (Breakfast)
After days of non-stop exploring, this is the day you can freely explore Danang – the most livable city in Vietnam with a long beach and nice street seafood, as well as many specialties.
At our leisure all day, no services included.
DAY 9: DANANG – HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) (Breakfast, Lunch)
After having breakfast at the resort, we will check out, say goodbye to the hotel and go straight to the airport to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
After landing in Saigon, ABI HOLIDAYS’ guide and car will pick us up to have lunch with famous noodle soup (Phở) or grilled pork with rice vermicelli (bún chả); later we’ll check in hotel and take our car (or walk on foot) to visit the lively city, which is in their days of preparing for the upcoming Christmas: District 1, including Ben Thanh market, Dong Khoi street, etc.
Dinner at your own arrangement (suggestion to visit and hang around to experience Bui Vien Pedestrian Street, a must-visit night street in Saigon).
Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 10: HO CHI MINH CITY – MY THO – CU CHI TUNNEL (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel, our Guide will meet us at around 8:45 am (to avoid the rush hours) and today we have a trip by private car.
We will travel to My Tho, a nice suburban area near Saigon, and have a leisure boat trip between water-coconut trees. Visit Keo Dua workshops and the countryside before having a nice lunch in an orchard.
Afternoon we will run to Cu Chi Tunnel, a historic area near Saigon which is famous for a complicated underground system, used by the Vietnamese troops to hide their army and food. Cu Chi now is an open-air museum, which tells a lot about the historical war.
Back to Saigon for Overnight.
DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY (Breakfast, Lunch)
After Breakfast at the hotel, today we will visit District 5 with Binh Tay market, Thien Hau pagoda and take a cano to travel on Saigon River. Have Lunch with the local dishes of the area – broken rice with grilled meat (Cơm tấm). Have a rest this afternoon for leisure and dinner, before our Guide comes to pick us up to visit Saigon on Christmas day. We will drop by a special Pink church (Tan Dinh Church) or other areas of the Catholic people in Saigon.
Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 12: HO CHI MINH CITY – SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – ANGKOR THOM, ANGKOR WAT (Breakfast)
Breakfast at your leisure time until our guide and car pick us up at the airport to depart for Siem Reap at 9 am (departure time: 12.15 pm). Today, we will say goodbye to Saigon.
Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport, we will be welcomed by ABI HOLIDAYS’ car and Guide in Cambodia. We will go directly to the hotel for check-in. Afterward, our guide will take us to the “Great City” (Angkor Thom), including the famous Bayon Temple, Phimeanakas Temple within the Royal Palace enclosure, Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Later, we will visit the most famous & magnificent Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of 210 hectares. With many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards, and ponds full of water, carved low-reliefs about the Ramayana Story and day-to-day life at the time of Angkor’s construction. Angkor Wat is perhaps the only construction that appears on a national flag as a symbol of the Khmer people. At night, our guide will take us to the restaurant to enjoy a Khmer tasty dinner and explore Siem Reap Nightlife.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 13: SIEM REAP – GRAND CIRCUIT – SIEM REAP (Breakfast, Lunch)
Having breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, we will visit a selection of temples, including Neak Pean, built on a small circular island, Ta Som, East Mébon, and Pre Rup.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will continue our exploration by visiting the Thommanon temple, Ta Keo – one of Angkor’s great temple mountains, Ta Prohm with a part of the jungle, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang a Royal bathing place, Prasat Kravan with unique brick sculptures. At the end of the afternoon, from the Mountain Bakheng, enjoy the sunset on all the temples, with spectacular views over Angkor Wat.
Dinner at your arrangement. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 15: SIEM REAP – HANOI – DEPARTURE (Breakfast)
After breakfast at the hotel, we can freely explore Siem Reap and visit the market to buy gifts for our families. Later, we will be transferred to Siem Reap Airport for our flight back to Hanoi (departure 10.00 am REP – BKK – HAN). Transit to another area inside Hanoi International Airport to pick up your flight back home.