As the name suggests, this tour covers the quintessence of Vietnam and Cambodia. It's like a journey through times, where you are transferred from the hustle-bustle of modern cities like Hanoi and Saigon to the unique heritage of Hoi An ancient town and the ever so impressive Angkor Wat. In between, you also enjoy a Ha Long Bay Cruise, another UNESCO Heritage site, something one should not miss in Vietnam. There's no surprise that this tour is our #1 Vietnam and Cambodia tours.
You will be welcomed by a local guide and transferred to the city center for hotel check-in. The balance of the day is free at leisure to stretch out your legs after a long flight.
In the morning, you will pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum from outside, the revered One-Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam. Your last stop will be Hoa Lo Prison Museum.
A street food tour will start early in the evening in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. You will now learn what makes this place the most captivating spot in the city by trying many iconic Vietnamese specialties. Stop at a beer club on Ta Hien Street to experience the famous "bia hoi" that is very popular for both locals and travelers. After that, you will head to a Pho restaurant and finish your food tour with a tasty ice cream on your way back along Hoan Kiem Lake.
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and leave for Ha Long Bay, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site with1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. After arriving at noon, you will board a beautiful boat for an overnight. Cruise on Ha Long Bay with an excellent menu of fresh seafood.
Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the aquamarine water of the bay at its best. After breakfast, the junk continues to cruise quietly through the spectacular limestone formations of Ha Long Bay. Enjoy the peacefulness of sailing amongst the unique islands of the bay. Have a brunch during your returning back to Got ferry for transfer back to Hanoi for your flight to Hue.
Upon your arrival at Hue airport, a local driver will escort you to the hotel for check-in.
This morning, hop on a cyclo and ride on a winding path along the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu pagoda. On the way, you will stop at a typical garden house of Hue city, which was built according to precise rules of geomancy. The peacefulness of the home will offer you a chance to experience the true serenity of such a place. Lunch at a beautiful garden house in the countryside.
In the afternoon, you will be driven to the countryside to visit the Tomb of Minh Mang. Take time to admire its significant architecture in a charming landscape, with 40 buildings arranged along a 700-meter long axis surrounded by hills, fragrant pines and lakes. Then, you will explore Tu Hieu pagoda nearby, nestled in a vast pine forest.
After checking out the hotel, you will meet your driver to transfer to Hoi An. Before arriving in Hoi An, you will reach the top of Hai Van Pass, which was declared by Top Gear of the BBC as the most beautiful coastal mountain road in the world. Here you can enjoy the breathtaking view and take a rest in a small cafe at the top of the hill.
In the morning, you will take a walk to explore Hoi An ancient town, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site for its well-preserved century old streets and houses. Then you will go on a bicycle ride through the rural scenery of Hoi An to Tra Que herb village, known for its aromatic herbs. Join in with the local farmers and observe their daily work of planting and picking vegetables. Enjoy a traditional massage and delicious lunch.
Today, you are free at your leisure in the morning. After checking out you will meet your driver (without guide) and travel to Da Nang airport for your flight to Siem Reap.
Your day starts with a visit to Angkor Wat, a world heritage site with soaring towers and extraordinary bas reliefs. In the afternoon, leave for Banteay Srei - known as the Citadel of Women where the most impressive jewel of Khmer art exists. On the way back, visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery (the Jungle Temple) where immense branches have taken root in the stones.
In the morning, leave for Kompong Khleang, a village located 40 kilometers from Siem Reap. All the houses are on stilts offering an exceptional natural environment with breathtaking views. Travel by boat over the canals to a large lake where people live on the water, their houses moving with the rhythm of the seasons. Have a picnic lunch at local house.
After checking out, you will meet your driver and travel to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city Upon your arrival, your driver and local guide will take you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.
You will set off early in the morning for a discovery tour on a Vespa and see the city from the moment it wakes up until the rush hour takes hold. On this journey, you will visit three distinct areas of the city, where the main landmarks and tourist sites are located. Stop on the way for a local breakfast - Saigon style pho with its typical soup but also very different from that of Hanoi, followed by a delicious cup of coffee.
Later, you will join a trip exploring Cu Chi Tunnels by speedboat. From the boat, you'll explore the local life along the banks of the Saigon River. Uppon arrival, you'll learn about Chu Chi Tunnels that was dugged by resourceful guerrilla fighters to provide communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters during numerous conflicts. A traditional Vietnamese lunch will be served after your visit.
In the morning you will depart from Ho Chi Minh City to explore Ben Tre in the Mekong delta, also known as the “Green Venice” of Vietnam. After visiting a brick factory in Phong Nam where bricks are still hand-made, step onto a boat for a cruise along the Chet Say river. You will make several stops along the way to discover different local workshops, allowing you to understand better the specialities of the local economy. Hopping in a xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) or on a bicycle to wander around a village. You will see traditional farms, rice fields and vegetable plants, before stopping at a small local restaurant to taste a delicious lunch.
In the afternoon you will get back on the sampan for some leisure time along the narrow canals. Then, travel back to Ho Chi Minh City.
At the right time, you will be transferred with guide to the airport for your departure flight back home.
Tran Thuy (Judy), Exotic Voyages organized our 7-week tour of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos & Cambodia. She was so attentive to our every request. She followed our stated budget, made many changes to our itinerary (5 drafts) before issuing a detailed itinerary with all important details, ...
Tran Thuy (Judy), Exotic Voyages organized our 7-week tour of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos & Cambodia. She was so attentive to our every request. She followed our stated budget, made many changes to our itinerary (5 drafts) before issuing a detailed itinerary with all important details, contacts, times etc. etc. Even after we paid the full payment, she was quick to respond to any concerns we had. In addition, when we arrived at each destination, we received a letter indicating what times we would be picked up for various tours or to go to the airport. Evaluations were done throughout the journey and we were always met by someone at least 15 minutes prior to our pick-up time. It was so comforting to be met at the airport in-spite of numerous airplane delays. The guides all expressed how happy they were to work for Exotic Voyages. Special mention to some of the outstanding guides - Tukta in Thailand (did so many extra things for us - above and beyond her duties - very caring and made accommodations for us as needed); Mr. Thong in Lao, Mr. Buu, Hoi An, Sherry in Kaula Lumpur, Miss Pitsamai Lurthoo in Thailand. All the drivers were simply outstanding - always calm in-spite of difficult traffic conditions. We took 3 cooking sessions and they not only provided us with great food and how to prepare it but provided us with an opportunity to get to know the day to day experiences of the locals. To us this is what travel is all about - getting to know the locals. This was a journey of a lifetime. We would recommend Exotic Voyages highly and are very grateful to Thuy and the whole team for their efforts. We were provided with 24/7 emergency contacts for each country - we contact Mr. Mark in Thailand and he was so calm and reassuring in sorting out our problem.READ MORE
We used Exotic Voyages for our 3 week trip. Annie made it organized and easy from the very beginning. She worked with me to develop and tweak many itineraries. All of the airline connections were efficient and complete, right down to seating and boarding passes. All hotels were immaculate, ...
We used Exotic Voyages for our 3 week trip. Annie made it organized and easy from the very beginning. She worked with me to develop and tweak many itineraries. All of the airline connections were efficient and complete, right down to seating and boarding passes. All hotels were immaculate, reasonable and central to the best locations. All tours and excursions were professional and spot on. There was always someone waiting for us at the airports to help with immigration and luggage. Annie even personalized our trip with a local dinner in Hanoi! She stayed in touch every step of the way. I will use Exotic Voyages again.READ MORE
Exotic Voyages produced a once in a lifetime tour for us which we will remember for the rest of our lives. We cannot recommend them highly enough, for so many different reasons. The booking process was very smooth, and any requests from me to add or amend things on the itinerary were accommodated. ...
Exotic Voyages produced a once in a lifetime tour for us which we will remember for the rest of our lives. We cannot recommend them highly enough, for so many different reasons. The booking process was very smooth, and any requests from me to add or amend things on the itinerary were accommodated. I was hesitant at first due to the online nature of the company but was reassured once we received flight booking confirmations and invoice of payment very swiftly after payment was transferred. We were kept informed up until the day we flew out to Thailand and then once we arrived we had a local tour guide escort us through the airport which really helped after a very long couple of flights! This was a consistent theme with the company, local tour guides who spoke extremely good English and who were knowledgeable but best of all very friendly and personable. We want to thank all of our guides as they were all fantastic and the private nature of the tours also added to the special experience. Highlights of the tour for us was the elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai and food tour in Bangkok (though all of our tours were excellent). The hotels were all better than we could have hoped for, in great locations and very comfortable and clean. The highlight was our suite in Phuket which was absolutely beautiful. All in all we had probably the best holiday we have ever enjoyed together and we cant thank Exotic Voyages enough for giving us this experience. Well worth every penny! We have already recommended the company to our friends and family and ware already thinking about our next trip to either Vietnam or Cambodia.READ MORE
I recently returned from from my first solo vacation. Rose took my initial thoughts on what I was interested in doing in Vietnam and ran with it. I was very nervous about traveling by myself so far from home, but the team at EV was there with me every step of the way! EV made this trip so easy for ...
I recently returned from from my first solo vacation. Rose took my initial thoughts on what I was interested in doing in Vietnam and ran with it. I was very nervous about traveling by myself so far from home, but the team at EV was there with me every step of the way! EV made this trip so easy for me. From the moment Rose contacted me, every detail was taken care of. I didn't need to worry about anything. I felt very safe and taken care of. Their attention to detail is what made my trip so fantastic. If you have any interest in solo traveling, but are a little nervous about logistics, EV will put your mind at ease and give you a trip of a lifetime!READ MORE
Annie (Yen) Hong helped me plan a 10 day Vietnam trip with my son during August 2019. Annie was very professional, had great ideas and recommendations, and was extremely attentive to our needs both before and during out trip. While no trip goes off perfect, she was able to adjust to various issues ...
Annie (Yen) Hong helped me plan a 10 day Vietnam trip with my son during August 2019. Annie was very professional, had great ideas and recommendations, and was extremely attentive to our needs both before and during out trip. While no trip goes off perfect, she was able to adjust to various issues such as weather, and help make our trip great. I would definitely recommend using exotic voyages, and Annie in particular!READ MORE
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