Northern Vietnam and Angkor temples

Northern Vietnam and Angkor temples - 11 Days

You will discover

  • Sapa  
    Ha Noi  
    Ha Long  
  • LAOS
  • Siem Reap 

Tour Briefing

  • Day 01
    Hanoi arrival – walking tour (-/-/D)
  • Day 02
    Hanoi – City Tour – Train to Sapa (B/L/-)
  • Day 03
    Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/L/-)
  • Day 04
    Sapa Discovery – Night train to Hanoi (B/-/-)
  • Day 05
    Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Van Long Discover (B/L/-)
  • Day 06
    Van Long – Thien Ha – Thung Nham – Hanoi (B/L/-)
  • Day 07
    Hanoi – Halong (B/L/D)
  • Day 08
    Halong – Hanoi - Fly to Siem Reap (B/L/D)
  • Day 09
    Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Taprohm – Angkor Wat (B/L/-)
  • Day 10
    Siem Reap – Rolous Group – Banteay Srei (B/L/-)
  • Day 11
    Siem Reap –Tonle Sap Lake – Departure (B/-/-)

You will be interested in:

  • Walking in the old quarter of the Vietnam capital
  • Trekking in the ethnic villages in valley of Sapa.
  • Overnight and discover the amazing landscape of the Halong Bay
  • Amazing Angkor temples complex in Siem Reap.

Detail Program

Hanoi arrival – walking tour (-/-/D)

Day 01 : Hanoi arrival – walking tour (-/-/D)

Our Authentik Travel’s tour guide and driver will welcome you at airport and transfer to Hotel in the city center. Check in hotel (after 12.00 noon) or leaving your luggage at hotel and enjoy a walking in the old quarter called 36 streets.

The city was built from the 10th century by the villagers by the Red River Delta. You could see the special architectural houses. They are narrow in width and deep in length. You cross to discover some typical streets such as: Ma May, Hang Ma, Hang Dong, Hang Bac and Hang Gai… and tourist sites stop: Dong Xuan market – the biggest market in the northern Vietnam, Bach Ma temple ( white horse temple) and the traditional ancient house at 87 Ma May street.

Enjoy our welcome dinner at a finest local restaurant and overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi – City Tour – Train to Sapa (B/L/-)

Day 02 : Hanoi – City Tour – Train to Sapa (B/L/-)

Today, we discover deeply the capital of Vietnam, filled with timeless charms.

Start to visit the Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) the first University of Vietnam built from the 11th century by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong. Continue to visit Chua Ha (Ha Pagoda) known as a sacred place to pray for the luck in love, especially for the future spouse.

After that, transfer to Ethnology Museum (closed every Monday) which offers a deep insight into our Vietnam cultures through traditional costumes, tools, music instruments and real typical traditional house of many minority ethnic groups. Enjoy a special water puppet show in the museum garden.

Lunch is served in Cha Ca Thang Long restaurant (Grilled fish with vermicelli) a Hanoi specialty.
In the afternoon, discover the Ho Chi Minh complex included: Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh House on stilts, fish pond.
For those who are interested in visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: it is opened only in the morning and closed every Monday and Friday. We have to queue up sometimes to a couple of hours to go inside the mausoleum.

Transfer to the old quarter to visit the Hoan  Kiem lake ( Restored Sword Lake) and Ngoc Son temples in the middle of the lake.
In the late afternoon, take a night train to Sapa ( Share 4 berth AC cabin).

Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/L/-)

Day 03 : Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/L/-)

Arrive in Lao Cai in the early morning, our local guide will pick you up at the railway station and transfer to Sapa town.

Enjoy breakfast and leave your luggage at your hotel and start a discovery day to the Muong Hoa valley.
Transfer to Cat Cat Village of Black Hmong and enjoy a trekking day. Visit its beautiful waterfall then follow the path to Y Linh Ho village.

Arrive in Y Linh Ho Bridge, stop to relax a little bit then keep going to trek following the buffalo path through the hills. You will have chance to enjoy the splendid view over the rice terrace valley considered the most fantastic of the world.

Lunch will be served on the way.
After lunch take a short break before trekking to the Lao Chai village of the black Hmong and Ta Van village of the Zay peole.

At 16.00 meet our driver and transfer to Sapa.
Walking distance: 15km – 6 hours.
Overnight in Sapa.

Sapa Discovery – Night train to Hanoi (B/-/-)

Day 04 : Sapa Discovery – Night train to Hanoi (B/-/-)

After breakfast at your hotel, our guide will meet you for a visit to Silver Water fall. This is one of the highest and most beautiful falls in Sapa.

Transfer further 3 km to reach Tram Ton Pass – 2000m from the sea level. You will feel the drop of temperature but the views are so gorgeous.
It time for you to relax and take photos before driving back to Sapa town for your own lunch, relax then checkout the hotel before exploring the Dragon Jaw Mountain. Walking up to the mountain is the only way to enjoy the beauty of the landscapes and alot of flowers on the way.

From the top of the Dragon Jaw Mountain, you will able to view all Sapa town with its charm and the Peak of Fansipan from distance.
Dinner is on your own then transfer to Lao Cai railway station for night train to Hanoi.
Overnight on train (Share 4 berth AC cabin).

Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Van Long Discover (B/L/-)

Day 05 : Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Van Long Discover (B/L/-)

Arrival in Hanoi in the early morning, check in a hotel by the railway station for your refreshment and breakfast.
At 8.00am, our driver will meet you for a transfer to Ninh Binh by a highway, driving through a picturesque countryside of Red River Delta that is painted by rice fields and vegetable fields.

After 1.5 hour driving, you will arrive in Van Long (100km from Hanoi). You will see a typical 3 generation rural family. Welcome to their family by a cup of tea to show their hospitality. The family members, a little shy, are very open to share their idyllic local life in intimate conversation.

Take 15km riding (it is an optional) or you can walk cross the villages. And a journey along the dyke will offer you gorgeous landscapes of rice fields, river and limestone mountains. Several stops for your beautiful photos or encounter with the locals then walk to discover Thung La temple dating back the 11th century.

Meeting Mr Tuong – the temple guardian and enjoy an authentic conversations as well as 20 minutes of drums show.
Later, take a sampan boat trip along the stream and among limestone mountains to discover the beauty of Van Long Nature reserve. And if lucky, you could see white monkeys and egrets on the cliffs.

After boating, visit an embroidery village as well as take part in an embroidery course under the instructions of local craftsman – Mrs Lam. She will explain proudly the technic of her tradition craft. This will be a good opportunity for you to practice on a fabric like a real craftsman.
Overnight at Hotel in Ninh Binh.

Van Long – Thien Ha – Thung Nham – Hanoi (B/L/-)

Day 06 : Van Long – Thien Ha – Thung Nham – Hanoi (B/L/-)

At 8.00am, enjoy a transfer to Thung Nham – Ninh Binh through luxuriant vegetation of the Red River Delta.

Arrive in Thien Ha Pier, Embark a small bamboo sampan boat. Start a fantastic 2 hour boat trip with the rower who is also the local peasant. The trip will lead you to the beautiful mystical limestone mountains.

The picturesque rural countryside is unfolded in front of your eyes: Buffalo, duck in the rice field, some simple houses under the foot of mountain… All make a beautiful idyllic rural picture.
Walk up to the Thien Ha cave (Celestial river Cave). This is a large new cave, found 2007. It is about 12 000 square meters, 700m length. And there are a lot of magnificent stalagmites and stalactites with different mystical shapes. We could walk the first 200m then another boat trip again inside the cave to discover its paradisiac beauty.

After Thien Ha visit, we travel to Thung Nham. Take a bike (optional) to ride through the rural villages, limestone mountains and impressive rice paddy to Tam Coc.
Lunch will be served at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, transfer to Hoa Lu – the ancient capital of Vietnam during 42 years under the Dinh and Le dynasty (978 – 980). Visit 2 temples are dedicated to the Dinh and Le King.
Return to Hanoi by 18.00 
Overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi – Halong (B/L/D)

Day 07 : Hanoi – Halong (B/L/D)

At 8.00am, our driver will meet you for a transfer to Halong via Bac Ninh and Sao Do. Extensive rice fields as far as your eyes can see will follow you along the way.

12.00 Embarkation at Hon Gai port, enjoy welcome drink.
13.00 Lunch on boat with seafood while cruising in to the bay through the enchanting landscapes of Bai Tu Long Bay ( Small Dragon Bay)
15.30 Take part in activities according to the boat such as: visit Thien Canh Son cave, do kayaking, bamboo sampan ride to the Vang Vieng fishing village or just simply lazy on boat.
18.00 return to the boat, shower and take a rest.
19.00 enjoy a sumptuous dinner on boat.

Overnight on boat with private cabin (with air conditioner and shower).

Halong – Hanoi - Fly to Siem Reap (B/L/D)

Day 08 : Halong – Hanoi - Fly to Siem Reap (B/L/D)

You are advised to get up early to enjoy the fresh air and sunrise in the beautiful scenery of  Bai Tu Long
Breakfast on the boat.

8.30 enjoy activities. Either visit the cave or embark a small bamboo sampan to visit Vung Vieng Fishing village, one of the spectacular floating villages in Halong. Encounter the locals and fishermen’s farm as well as a floating school (depends on the boat’s activity schedule)
9.30 return to the boat and check out the cabin.
10.00 cruise back to Hon Gai port. On the way back, we will enjoy lunch on boat. Last look at the legendary bay where dragons descended.

11.45 Arrive the pier and take a transfer back to Hanoi and take flight to Siem Reap in the late afternoon.
Upon arrival, our local tour guide will welcome you at small charming Siem Reap international airport and transfer a short distance to the down town. Check in your hotel and enjoy a briefing tour as well as some first information about this beautiful region.

A welcome dinner with Apsara Dancing show will be served in the finest restaurant in the city.
Overnight in Siem Reap.


Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Taprohm – Angkor Wat (B/L/-)

Day 09 : Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Taprohm – Angkor Wat (B/L/-)

After your breakfast at your hotel, meet our tour guide and enjoy a full day to discover this mysterious Angkor complex temples.

Starting from the South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, it was the last capital of Angkor Empire surrounded by wall and moat.
Bayon temple is in the heart of Angkor Thom. It is a special architecture with 54 towers and 4 smiling face statues. All impressed by the bas-relief.
Our guide will lead you to the Terrace of Elephant. This is a terrace wall adorned with carved elephants Followed by Baphuon – a huge temple mountain and Terrace of the Leper King – a double wall carved with many mythological beings.

Travel out of Angkor Thom, through the jungle will lead us to sacred Ta Prohm ruin temple which is a great combination between human genius and natural beauty. Admire giant trees which have grown here for centuries. This is also the place where the “Tomb Raider” was filmed.
Lunch will be served in the restaurant by the Srah Srang Lake.
In the afternoon, discover Angkor Wat temple, the largest Khmer temple and finest example of architecture and Angkorian art.

Enjoy the sunset from the Phnom Bakeng hill before return your hotel for your own dinner and relaxation.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap – Rolous Group – Banteay Srei (B/L/-)

Day 10 : Siem Reap – Rolous Group – Banteay Srei (B/L/-)

Meet our tour guide and driver at your hotel and enjoy a trip to Rolous Group. This is the ancient capital of King Indravarman I during 877 – 889, also known as the birth place of the classical Khmer art and Architecture.

Among the Roluos Group temples there are some of the earliest permanent structures built by Khmer, dating from the late 9th century. Some were totally built with bricks, others built with laterite or sandstone.
In the afternoon, transfer to visit Bantey Srei temple known as the Women’s citadel and a cradle of the Angkor’s finest stone carving.

The temple is the masterpiece built with red sandstone.
Back to Siem Reap and relax.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap –Tonle Sap Lake – Departure (B/-/-)

Day 11 : Siem Reap –Tonle Sap Lake – Departure (B/-/-)

Transfer to visit floating village in the Tonle Sap Lake, located 10km from the city center.

On arrival, take a boat ride on the largest fresh water lake in the Southeast Asia known as one of the world’s most varied and productive ecosystems the region has always been of central importance for Cambodia's food provision.
Discover the beauty of the water landscape and local life on the lake, visit a floating village and enjoy the local encounter.
Back to city, check out and transfer to airport for your flight to next destinations or flight home.

Tour ends.

Service Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Private car transfer
  • English speaking tour guides
  • All entrance fees
  • Cruise trip and boat trip
  • Train 2 ways
  • International flights from Hanoi to Siem Reap.
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Water on tour
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
Service Not Included
  • International flight from/to your country
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • Other not mentioned in the program
  • Vietnam Visa stamp fee at airport ( 25 USD/pp)
  • Cambodia Visa on arrival ( 30 USD)
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, drink…
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