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Hilly Vietnam & Angkor Wat Temple

18 Days/ 17 Nights

From: US$ pp

Brief Description

The below itinerary is just our suggested travel idea for you to consider while planning your Vietnam trip. If you wish to make any adjustments, or changes to it, please do not hesitate to contact us and have it tailor made to suit your expectation.

  • Day 1: Arrival In Hanoi

  • Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

  • Day 3: Hanoi - Ninh Binh

  • Day 4: Hanoi - Bac Ha

  • Day 5: Bac Ha - Hoang Su Phi

  • Day 6: Hoang Su Phi - Quan Ba

  • Day 7: Quan Ba - Dong Van Geo-Park

  • Day 8: Dong Van Geo-Park

  • Day 9: Dong Van Geo-Park - Cao Bang

  • Day 10: Cao Bang Discovery

  • Day 11: Cao Bang - Ba Be Lake

  • Day 12: Ba Be Lake - Bac Son Valley

  • Day 13: Bac Son Valley - Bac Ninh

  • Day 14: Bac Ninh - Cat Ba Island & Halong Bay

  • Day 15: Halong & Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi

  • Day 16: Hanoi - Angkor Wat (Siem Reap)

  • Day 17: Angkor Wat Discovery

  • Day 18: Angkor Wat Discovery

  • Day 19: Departure From Siem Reap

Detailed Itinerary

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Included meals: No

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi


Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam!

Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, you are welcomed and greeted by Custom Vietnam Travel tour guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. The rest of the day will be free to relax or explore at your own leisure.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi


This day tour to learn about the capital city of Vietnam occupies your whole day with featured sites, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university for the morning. Your lunch today is served at a restaurant in town with local tastes. In the afternoon, the tour continues with a visit to one of the following museums (you can pick the one you like): the Ethnology Museum, Army Museum, National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi Hilton prison or Vietnam Women Museum). Followed by a short walk or a cyclo ride in the Old Quarter. End the day tour with a traditional Water Puppet show. Spend your second night in Hanoi.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi 

Depart from your hotel in Hanoi early in the morning, the drive to Ninh Binh province takes you about 2,5 hours through the fertile land of the Red River Delta.

Arriving at Tam Coc boat dock, you will take 2-hour sampan boat ride on a little river. This area is considered as “Inland Halong Bay” featured with karst formations. It is very beautiful scenery along the row as you will have a chance to view the sheer Limestone Mountains and rice paddy-fields at the sides. The local rowers will take you gently through three beautiful limestone tunnel-like caves with hundreds of stalactites above your heads. On your way back, get off the boat at Thanh station where you will embark on a short walk through the rice field and give a quick visit to a peaceful temple of Thai Vi. Walk back to the centre for a Vietnamese lunch at a restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will jump on a bike for a stunning ride along the back roads through the beautiful scenery of towering karsts on the ground of ponds, rice paddies and rural villages in the area.

On the bike, you are able to have as many stops as you want to take photographs. One of the tops is Bich Dong Pagoda. The pagoda is an important religious place for the locals in the region. It comprises three structures: Ha (Low), Trung (Middle), and Thuong (Upper) pagodas in ascending order at the side of a rocky mountain. We will take a slow hike up to visit the three structures. Besides learning about the local belief, you will get a beautiful view when you reach the highest one. Thence, pedal back to where you started to end the ride.

About 3:30 PM, get back on your private vehicle and return to Hanoi.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay in Bac Ha

You will be picked up at your hotel early in the morning (about 7.30 AM). The 5-hour drive to Bac Ha is mostly on the HW Noi Bai – Lao Cai. This is new and the longest highway in Vietnam. The scenic drive from the Red River Delta, through the midland to Lao Cai province, will be a good start for your trip. Have lunch at a local restaurant on the way. In the afternoon, take a easy trek to visit an ethnic minority village of the H'mong people. The trek lasts about 1 hour. Check in your homestay afterwards and rest for the remainder of the day. Dinner and overnight in Bac Ha.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay at a local house

If today is at weekend, after the breakfast, you will have time to visit a hill tribe market that attended by different ethnic minorities in Bac Ha (Bac Ha market on Sunday; Can Cau market on Saturday). Otherwise, the morning scenic drive takes you to Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang province). Hoang Su Phi is one of Vietnam's famous places for amazing rice terraces. Lunch is on the way at a local food store. In the afternoon when you arrive at Hoang Su Phi, get off your car and embark on 1.5-hour trek on small dirt paths to Luoc village of the ethnic Tay people. Along the trek you are able to view many beautiful terraced fields. Check in your homestay at a local house for dinner and overnight.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: At a Lodge

This morning, after the breakfast at the family. You will trek another scenic valley up and down the rice terraces in Ban Luoc Commune. This area is one of the national rice terrace heritage cores in Hoang Su Phi. The beauty of the landscape is at its best at the yellow season (early half of October). After 2.5-hour trek, get picked up by your private vehicle and heading toward to Dong Van Karst Geopark. Lunch is on the way. The afternoon drive will include some photo opportunities such as Quan Ba Pass; View point of Fairy Mountains. Late in the afternoon, check in a lodge at Nam Dam village. Dinner and stay overnight.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Van

After your breakfast at the lodge, make your way up to Dong Van geo-park with some photo stops. After Yen Minh town, the topography is getting rockier and you will be amazed by the tough life of the H'mong people on the Rock Plateau. In the afternoon, you will embark on a stunning trek of 7 km at one of the heritage core. Get picked up at the end of the trek, then check into a hotel for the night.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Van

Start your day with a visit to the H'mong King's palace. Followed by a drive to visit Lung cu national flag tower. This Vietnam's northernmost point offers you a beautiful view from the top of the tower. Several ethnic minorities live at the foot of Lung Cu Mountain. One of them is the Lolo people. There is a chance for a walk to the village if you wish. After that, you will drive to Dong Van little town for lunch. Check in your hotel and have a short rest before the afternoon trek to the surroundings. Your driver will transfer you to a trekking point where you will start another 7km (about 2.5hour) trek to admire the mountainous Dong Van. Dinner and overnight at a comfortable hotel in Dong Van town.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Cao Bang

Depart Dong Van at 8:30 AM. The drive to Cao Bang takes you the whole day. One of the impressive stops is at Ma Pi Leng Pass, overlook the Nho Que River. The down-hill drive today is rather long but you are able to have breaks on the way when needed. Along the way, you will realize that the topography is changing with greener land. Lunch is one the way. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive in Cao Bang city. Check in your hotel and relax for the remainder of the day.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay at a local house

Today, you will spend the whole day exploring landscape of Cao Bang. The morning drive takes you to Trung Khanh District where you will enjoy 2-hour kayaking downstream the Quay Son River. In the afternoon, take a gentle raft ride to view Vietnam's most beautiful waterfall which lies right on the border with Chinese. Followed by one-hour walk inside Nguom Ngao Limestone Cave. The cave is long and consists of thousands of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Tonight you will have dinner and overnight at the homestay of a Tay ethnic family which surrounded by beautiful mountains.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay at a local house

After breakfast, challenge yourself with a climb to a summit mountain near the village. The climb is through lush vegetation, some part is rather challenging but you will be good with you guides at the side. The panorama from the top is worth your hard-work! Get back to the homestay for refreshment and bid farewell to the host family and make your way to Ba Be National Park. Arrive in the park, check in a guest-house run by a local family. Dinner and stay for the night.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay at a local house

Start the morning with a short walk to a boat dock of Ba Be Lake, get on a motorized boat for the ride through the lake and onto Nang River. There is a time for a swim if you are interested. The boat will have a short stop at Puong Cave where you can get some views from the cave. It is quite impressive as the whole river gets through a mountain. Enjoy your lunch at a nearby town after the boat trip. The afternoon transfer takes you to another scenic destination, Bac Son Valley. Check in another stilt house's homestay. Dinner and overnight.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay at a local house

The morning is spent for a visit to a traditional yin-yang roof tile workshop, walk through a village and a mountain hike. There are two options of the hike for you to choose: One is shorter and the other is higher. Both offer beautiful views over the valley, just let your guide know which one you would prefer.

After the hike, get back to the homestay for lunch. In the afternoon, drive to the Red River Delta for the last homestay at a typical Vietnamese family. Dinner and overnight at the local house.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on a boat

Halong Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, the bay is a "must-see" place for any visitor to Vietnam, especially an overnight trip on a traditional wooden junk.

In the morning, bid farewell to the host family after the breakfast and set off for the morning transfer to Halong Bay pier.

In the afternoon: ​Around noon - Board your boat and start the cruising itinerary with lunch and dinner aboard. Some interesting activities are available include kayaking, swimming, sunbathing on the sun deck. Overnight at a en-suite cabin on boat.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

This morning get up early this morning for some fresh-air on the open deck and join the Tai-chi class for some gentle moves if you wish. Otherwise, you are able to remain in your cabin until breakfast time. After breakfast, the crew will pull up the anchor, start the engine again for more cruising to other part of the bay. After visiting a big limestone cave, the boat is gently heading back to the pier. The early lunch (Brunch) will be served aboard. Around noon, you are ferried in and take the afternoon drive to the airport for your evening flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Get picked up on arrival and transferred to the hotel for the night.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Head into the actual Angkor complex today with a visit to the Roluos Group. Roluos is the site of an ancient center of Khmer civilization known as Hariharalaya, built by the Angkorian kings in the 8th and 9th century. Roluos consists of three main temples: Bakong, Lolei, and Preah Ko. In addition to the temples, enjoy a trip through the surrounding countryside (paddy fields and sugar palm trees) aboard an ox-cart ride, a fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people. The final destination is Roluos Pagoda, where Buddhist monks will perform a private blessing ceremony, wishing health and safe journeys – a memorable experience! In the afternoon visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate before heading onward to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th-century masterpiece is known for its 54 faced-carved towers, Terrace of the Elephants, and Terrace of the Leper King.


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

As usual, breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a tour of some different Angkor temples, exploring the Small Circuit via local ‘remork’ (similar to the Thai tuk tuk). The most illustrious of these temples is the 12th-century Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm is unique in the fact that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. It is by far one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. The visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. Lunch and rest at a different restaurant in town around noon. In the afternoon, set out to visit the legendary Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat was constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings, bas-reliefs, and over 2,000 Aspara dancers. Construction of this national icon (found on the Cambodian flag) is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor to complete. As this is the last evening in Cambodia for you, a Khmer farewell dinner accompanied by traditional Apsara dance will be an experience to remember.


Included meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Not Available

Enjoy the day at leisure. Depending on the departing flight time, you may have time to do some last shopping yourselves. Transport will be provided to the airport for the individual onward flight. End of service.

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