Vietnam and Cambodia by water way
Vietnam and Cambodia by water way - 15 Days
You will discover
- Day 01Hanoi arrival – walking tour ( 2km) (D)
- Day 02Hanoi – City Tour – Train to Sapa (B/L/)
- Day 03Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/L/-)
- Day 04Sapa Discovery – Night train to Hanoi (B/-/-)
- Day 05Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
- Day 06Halong – Hanoi – fly to Danang - Hoian (B/L/-)
- Day 07Hoian Tour (B/-/-)
- Day 08Hoian – Danang – fly to Ho Chi Minh city ( Saigon) (B/-/-)
- Day 09Saigon – Cai Be – Can Tho (B/L/-)
- Day 10Can Tho – Chau Doc (B/-/-)
- Day 11Chau Doc – High speed boat to Phnom Penh (B/-/-)
- Day 12Phnom Penh city tour (B/-/-)
- Day 13Phnom Penh – Fly to Siem Reap – Rolous group – Banteay Srei (B/-/-)
- Day 14Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Taprohm – Angkor Wat (B/L/-)
- Day 15Siem Reap – floating Village – Departure (B/-/-)
You will be interested in:
- Walk in the old quarter of Vietnam's capital
- Trek in the ethnic villages of Sapa.
- Stay Overnight and discover the amazing landscape of Halong Bay
- Uncover the lifestyle in Hoian and admire the beautiful streets with traditional houses in the ancient town.
- The Reunification palace (or the war memorials Museum), the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office in Saigon
- Discover the Mekong River Delta and its floating market and traditional handicraft villages.
- Visit the historical sites in Phnom Penh as well as the Silver Pagoda and national museum
- Explore the amazing Angkor temples complex in Siem Reap.
Day 01 : Hanoi arrival – walking tour ( 2km) (D)
Be welcomed at the airport by our Authentik Travel's tour guide and transfer to your hotel in the city center.
Check in at your hotel (after 12:00pm) or leave your luggage at the hotel and enjoy a walk in the old quarter. The city was built in the 10th century by the villagers near the Red River Delta. You can see the special architecture in the houses with their narrow width and deep length. You will be able to discover some popular streets such as Ma May, Hang Ma, Hang Dong, Hang Bac and Hang Gai and for tourist sites stop at 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. Head back to your hotel.
Enjoy our welcome dinner at a finest local restaurant and overnight in Hanoi.
Day 02 : Hanoi – City Tour – Train to Sapa (B/L/)
Today, we discover the wonders of the capital of Vietnam, filled with timeless charm. Start by visiting 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 luck in love, especially for your future spouse.
After that, transfer to the Ethnology Museum (closed every Monday) which offers a deep insight into Vietnamese culture through traditional costumes, tools, musical instruments and traditional houses of many minority ethnic groups. Enjoy a special water puppet show in the museum garden.
Lunch is served in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, discover the Ho Chi Minh complex including the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's House on stilts and the fish pond.
For those who are interested in visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, it is only open in the morning and closed every Monday and Friday. Sometimes it is necessary to queue for a couple of hours to go inside the mausoleum.
Transfer to the old quarter to visit Hoan Kiem lake (Restored Sword Lake) and Ngoc Son temple in the middle of the lake. In the late afternoon, take a night train to Sapa.
Overnight on Train (Share 4 Berth AC cabin).
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 at local restaurant and start a full day of trekking from Cat Cat Village of the Black Hmong. Visit its beautiful waterfall then follow the path to Y Linh Ho village.
Arrive at Y Linh Ho bridge. Stop to relax a little bit then resume trekking along the buffalo path through the hills. You will have chance to enjoy the splendid view over the rice terrace valley considered one of 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 people.
At 16.00 meet our driver and transfer to Sapa
Overnight in Sapa.
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 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 charming Sapa town 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).
Day 05 : Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Arrival in Hanoi in the early morning, check in a hotel by the railway station for your refreshment and breakfast.
08:00 - Meet our driver 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, relax with a welcome drink.
13:00 – Enjoy a seafood lunch on the boat 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, go kayaking, take a bamboo sampan ride to the Vang Vieng fishing village or simply just relax on the boat.
18:00 - Return to the boat, shower and take a rest.
19:00 - Enjoy a delicious dinner on the boat.
Stay overnight in a private cabin (with air conditioner and shower)
Day 06 : Halong – Hanoi – fly to Danang - Hoian (B/L/-)
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.
08:30 - 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)
09:30 - Return to the boat and check out of the cabin.
10:00 - Cruise back to Hon Gai port. On the way back, we will enjoy lunch on the boat. Last look at the legendary bay where dragons once descended.
11:45 - Arrive at the pier and transfer back to Hanoi and directly to airport for a short flight to Danang city.
On arrival, pick up and transfer to Hoian ancient town.
Note: Cruise’s activities order will be depend on each cruises and tide. It is adjustable.
Overnight in Hoian.
Day 07 : Hoian Tour (B/-/-)
Enjoy a city tour in Hoian ancient town which is listed in the Heritage of Humans.
Some real treasures that need to be discovered are Hoian Museum, Japanese bridge, China Town, Quan Thang ancient house, the local market and the old busy port of the 15th century for the international boats from China, Netherlands, Japan, and Poland.
Finally, visit the Thang Loi silk factory, known as a good establishment in Hoian to have tailor-made silk clothes.
In the evening, Embark on a small boat in Hoian town then depart to Thu Bon River which was once a very busy exchange place for a lot of international ships throughout the 15th century. The boat trip will take you along the river to Cua Dai sea gate. This is a good chance for you to appreciate the landscape of the peaceful village by the river bank and admire the fishermen’s activities on the river. Enjoy the sunset in the late afternoon from April to November.
Overnight at Hoian.
Day 08 : Hoian – Danang – fly to Ho Chi Minh city ( Saigon) (B/-/-)
Transfer to Danang airport and take a morning flight to Saigon.
On arrival, Meet our tour guide and driver and transfer to your hotel. Leave you luggage and enjoy a full day city tour.
Visit the Reunification palace (or the war memorials Museum), Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office inspired by Orsay Station in Paris.
Then, transfer to Cho Lon District to discover its old quarter, Binh Tay Market and the colorful Quan Am pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in the city. Its architecture and decorations have remained since its construction.
Return to Saigon city for a walk in the city center visiting sites like the former Catinat streets, the Opera house, City Hall as well as Ben Thanh market.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 09 : Saigon – Cai Be – Can Tho (B/L/-)
Get picked up from your hotel and transfer to Cai Be ( 120km – 2.5 hour driving). Visit Cao Dai temple on route.
Upon arrival, embark on a boat trip on a branch of the Mekong River to Vinh Long. Experience the rhythm of life on the legendary Mekong River with a visit to Cai Be floating market and the orchid canals .
Visit crafts workshops of rice, popcorn, coconut caramel and rice cake.
Cycle or walk on the village paths to discover the ancient and beautiful Phu Chau pagoda where serenity reigns and meet the local people.
Enjoy lunch in an open air restaurant where you can taste a famous local specialty, the Elephant ear fish. Then enjoy tasting delicious fruits while rowing a small rowboat in the canals shaded by the fruit trees.
Continue your boat trip to Vinh Long and meet our driver at the pier for a transfer to Can Tho. Arrive in Can Tho in the late afternoon. Check in at your hotel and relax.
Enjoy free time on your own to discover the city located on the Mekong River.
Stay overnight in Can Tho.
Day 10 : Can Tho – Chau Doc (B/-/-)
Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the pier for a boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating market, the largest and most lively market in the Mekong Delta.
There are so many colors and smells in the bubbling atmosphere where hundreds of sampans are filled with goods such as rice, fruits, and craft products. Everything is shown to sell from the early morning.
Leave the market and continue the boat trip through the canals and visit a fruit garden (Option - replace the garden with the nursery field by the river)
Head back to An Binh Market which is full of fish, fruits and vegetables.
Stop at Binh Thuy ancient house which contains the orchid garden where “The Lover” was filmed.
Transfer to Chau Doc.
On arrival, check in hotel and enjoy a walking the town as well as a visit to Sam mountain with colorful temples and Pagodas: Xu Lady Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau temple, Tay An pagoda.
Enjoy the sunset over the border between Vietnam and Cambodia.
Overnight in Chau Doc.
Day 11 : Chau Doc – High speed boat to Phnom Penh (B/-/-)
In the morning, transfer to pier to take high speed boat at 7.00am to PhnomPenh
Upon arrival, local tour guide will pick you up to your hotel in the city center. Check in your hotel and enjoy a briefing tour as well as some first information about this beautiful region.
Start with a visit to the impressive colorful Khmer-style royal palace complex built in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom. Nearby is Silver pagoda (the emerald Buddha temple), which contains plenty of decorated Buddha Statues made of gold, diamond, gemstones and silver. Then visit the National Museum.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 12 : Phnom Penh city tour (B/-/-)
Have breakfast at your hotel, then spend a full day learning about the Khmer rouge in the past and Cambodia in the present.
In the morning, start to visit Choeung Ek museum or the Killing fields, where about 17 000 innocent Cambodian people (during1975 and 1978) including men, women, children and infants were detained and tortured at S-21 prison then transported for their extermination.
We continue to Tuol Sleng prison, now the Genocide Museum, the most secret part of the Khmer Rouge regime. It’s also called S-21 (abbreviated for Security Office 21), Khmer Rouge's premier security camp, specifically designed for the interrogation and extermination of anti-Angkor elements.
It's surprising to know that S-21 used to be a high school before becoming this awful place during Khmer Rouge regime.
Return to the city to discover the local daily life at the Russian market and enjoy the bustling daily activities of the locals.
Go back to your hotel and relax.
Note: Please consider a different trip to the killing fields and S2-1 prison if you have small children in the group. We will offer other suitable alternative programs such as Koh Dach Island or Tamao wildlife rescue center.
Day 13 : Phnom Penh – Fly to Siem Reap – Rolous group – Banteay Srei (B/-/-)
Tranfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, get a pick up and transfer to hotel. Check in your hotel and enjoy a briefing tour as well as some first information about this beautiful region.
Enjoy a trip to Rolous Group. This is the ancient capital of King Indravarman I during 877AD – 889AD, 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 the Khmer empire, dating from the late 9th century. Some were totally built with bricks, others built with laterite or sandstone.
In the afternoon, visit Bantey Srei temple known as the Women’s citadel and a cradle of the Angkor’s finest stone carving.
The temple is a masterpiece built with red sandstone.
Return to Siem Reap and relax.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 14 : Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Taprohm – Angkor Wat (B/L/-)
After breakfast at your hotel, meet our tour guide and enjoy a full day discovering the mysterious Angkor complex temples, starting from the South Gate of Angkor Thom, known as Big Angkor, the last capital of Angkor Empire surrounded by a 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 are impressive 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.
Traveling out of Angkor Thom and through the jungle will lead us to the sacred Ta Prohm temple ruin 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 the finest example of architecture and Angkorian art.
Enjoy the sunset from the Phnom Bakeng hill before returning to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.
Stay overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 15 : Siem Reap – floating Village – Departure (B/-/-)
Transfer to Tonle Sap Lake, located 10km from the city center. On arrival, embark a boat and discover the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia, known as one of the world’s most varied and productive ecosystems the region that 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 encounters with the locals.
Back to city, check out and transfer to airport for your flight to next destinations or flight home.
- Accommodation with daily breakfast
- Professional English Speaking guides
- All private transfers
- Vietnam visa approval letter.
- Boat trips, Halong Bay cruise.
- Domestic flights
- All entrance fees
- Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Water on tour.
Service Not Included
- International flights from/to your country
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Early check in and late check out
- Travel insurance
- Tipping and gratuities
- Vietnam Visa stamp fee at airport ( 25 USD/pp)
- Cambodia Visa on arrival ( 30 USD)
- Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, drink…
What clients say about us?
We were most impressed with all the Hotels you arranged as well as their excellent locationsJul 24, 2018
We were absolutely satisfied with Authentik Travel especially Chu Anh, she was so helpful to us while organizing our itineraryJul 20, 2018
Well organized and time efficient tour!May 22, 2018