Hanoi Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 393

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Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 1: Hanoi

Xin Chao! Welcome to Hanoi, one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture and history. Our local representative will greet you at the airport. On route to the hotel learn a bit about this fascinating country.

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi

Today is free at your leisure to explore independently. Please see the Enhance your Holiday pages for information about optional tours we offer.

The Huc Bridge

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

This morning transfer from your hotel in Hanoi to Halong City. The drive takes about 4 hours, stopping off for a refreshment break en route. Upon arrival meet the crew of your traditional Junk boat at the dock and embark upon a scenic cruise to the famous limestone peaked islands of Halong Bay, and on to Bai Tu Long Bay which is every bit as beautiful as Halong. Aside from the cave visit and swimming, there is also a chance to explore this stunning area by sea kayak. Returning back to the Junk for a scrumptious dinner.

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hoi An

Wake up to spectacular views of the bay. Cruise through Bai Tu Long and visit the floating fishing village of Vong Vieng, where you can gain a fascinating insight into everyday life on the bay. Cruise back to the dock, arriving in Halong around noon and transfer to Haiphong Airport for your flight to Danang. Upon arrival in Danang, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An.

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Days 5-8: Hoi An

From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, renowned for its silk and popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century and much of the town is now UNESCO heritage-listed. Enjoy the next 4 days at your leisure or opt to take one of our Enhance options.

Day 9: Hoi An - Saigon

Today we transfer you to the airport in Danang and take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remains of the day at leisure in this vibrant and historic city.

Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 10: Saigon

Free day to explore at your leisure. Alternatively opt for one of our Enhance options.

A street trader in Saigon

Day 11: Saigon - Siem Reap

After breakfast, free time until your transfer to airport for the flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be transferred to your hotel and spend the rest of today free at your leisure. The provincial capital of Siem Reap is a bustling tourist destination due to its proximity to both the ancient Khmer national capital city of Angkor and Tonle Sap Lake. Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious monument, is the spiritual and cultural heart of Cambodia. The huge complex of palaces and temples were built on the sprawling alluvial plain to the north of Tonle Sap.

Day 12: Siem Reap

This morning enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel before watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat. The 12th-century temple took 30 years to build and represents the Khmer civilisation at its grandest. We then continue to the fortified city of Angkor Thom. Start at the Southern Gate, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side, followed by the Bayon and its beautifully crafted central towers. From here you visit Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King. After lunch you will see Ta Prohm, undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor. Unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it has been left to be swallowed by the jungle. Later watch the sunset over Angkor Wat.

Day 13: Siem Reap

After breakfast we take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting floating fishing villages complete with schools, restaurants and even a hospital. Tonle Sap is called the ‘Great Lake’ and is one of the two major topographical features of Cambodia. During the rainy season it can swell from 3,000sq km to 7,500sq km. Tonle Sap is one of the world’s richest sources of freshwater fish. After lunch explore the Small Circuit of temples including Kravan, BanteyKdei, SrahSrang, Ta Prohm, Takeo, Thammanon and Chau Say Tevoda.

Day 14: Siem Reap

Today you bid a fond farewell to Cambodia. We will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.