Saigon, Mekong Segment
Day 1 – Ho Chi Minh City (L,D)
Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) where your guide will meet you and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon take a tour of the sites in dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, including the old Saigon post office and the well-known War Remnant museum.
Day 2 – Saigon – Ben Tre – Tra Vinh (25-50Km) (B,L,D)
We start the trip with a 2 hour transfer to My Tho, home of the “Coconut Monk” who practiced his own blend of Buddhism and Christianity. And here we mount our bikes for our journey into the Mekong Delta. On our ride to Tra Vinh, we cycle along beautiful tree lined roads and paths that wind through lush farms and small villages crossing rivers on small ferries. Throughout our days in the Mekong we will travel through areas seldom traveled by Westerners where the local people find us as new and interesting as we find them. Overnight in Tra Vinh.
Day 3 – Tra Vinh – Can Tho (30-70 Km) (B,L,D)
A special ride today as much of the area is populated by Khmer people. The regional architecture is interesting and there are some Khmer temples to admire en route. The road is peaceful, narrow and very pretty all the way to Can Tho! Stop to visit a local Buddhist Temple School if possible. Arrive by water taxi at Can Tho the Mekong’s largest town located at the confluence of the Can Tho and Hau Giang rivers. Enjoy a delicious dinner in our hotel restaurant.
Day 4 – Can Tho- Chau Doc (30-70 Km) (B, L, D)
Early morning take a local sampan (boat) tour to explore the interesting Cai Rang floating market and enjoy the daily local lives along the riverbank. Then We’ll ride along small paths that follow canals through the countryside. Experience the sights of cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, and small boats loading/unloading rice in this vibrant area. After lunch visit a stork sanctuary and complete the the journey to the riverside city of Chou Doc by air conditioned vehicle. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Day 5 – Chau Doc-Phnom Penh (B, L, D)
After breakfast, take a Victoria boat up the historic Mekong River which supports more people than any other river on earth. We will see many boats and life along the river banks and then stop at Cambodian customs to get our visas. After customs, We head up river to Phnom Penh.
Victoria high speed boats to Phnom – Penh (7:30)
Day 5 – continued: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (B,L,D)
Arrival at the boat station in Phnom Penh will meet our guide and driver with warm welcome then transfer to the FCC restaurant and after that transfer the Phnom Penh airport for flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival will meet our guide and driver with a warm welcome and then transfer to the hotel. Our guide will meet you and take you to the Asian Restaurant for dinner.
Day 6 – Siem Reap (30-50 km)(B,L,D)
We leave Siem Reap after breakfast and ride through remote countryside to Kulen Mountain passing temples along the way and then a steep hike up the mountain. Near the top We will visit the river of 1000 Lingas, a 16th century Buddist Monastery, and then enjoy a picnic at a sacred waterfall. After lunch We will travel back to the hotel for some free time before dinner.
Day 7 – Siem Reap (30-40km) (B,L,D)
We will start the day by cycling to the famous overgrown temple Ta Phrom, then cycle to Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple (Famous for its 4 faces). Along the way, We will stop for a water blessing by the monks of Wat Palylie. Lunch will be served at the house of a local family who will cook traditional food for us. The back to the hotel with an optional stop at a killing field. Borei Angkor Resort and Spa
Day 8 – Siem Reap to Hanoi (25-40km)(B,L)
Today we start very early to see Angkor Wat at sunrise followed by a tethered Balloon ride to view Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples from the air Then cycle through the countryside to Bakong Temple. Then lunch followed by either free time or a visit to the . Transit too airport for the flight to Hanoi.
Hanoi, Halong Bay Segment
Day 8 – continued: Siem Reap – Hanoi
Arrive at Hanoi airport where your guide will meet you and transfer to hotel by our local team.
Day 9 – Hanoi – Halong (B,L,D)
Depart for Halong Bay in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Enjoy the journey through rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Magnificent Halong Bay is one of the natural wonders of the world and one of Vietnam’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Over three thousand jagged limestone islands emerge from the emerald green waters of Halong Bay. Upon arrival, board the Deluxe junk for a cruise among some of the 3, 000 spectacular limestone islands. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch on board while the captain heads the boat out for the horizon. Overnight and dine on board Deluxe junk in Halong.
Day 10 – Halong Hanoi (B,L,D)
Continue the cruise past rock formations named after their shape. Enjoy a short trip by sampan to Luon Cave (tunnel cave). Paddle through the tunnel and emerge into a crater lake, surrounded by impenetrable cliffs and gliding kites (dependent upon tidal conditions). Cruise out to Bai Tu Long Bay around Bai Tho Mountain and head back to dry land. After lunch transfer back to the hotel in Hanoi. We dine at the famous Press Club. After Dinner, enjoy the traditional water puppet performance at the Thang Long theatre.
Day 11 – Cycling to Co Loa citadel (B,L,D)
Co Loa was the first ancient citadel of Vietnam. Lying to the north of Hanoi, the area offers beautiful rice paddy fields, old villages, and many pagodas & temples. This is one of the places closet to Hanoi where you can see the real countryside of Northern Vietnam. Enjoy an authentic Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant.Then Cycle on top of the dike along the Red River and see where two great rivers meet. We stop under an old tree by the river for drinks, snacks, and photos before heading back to the ferry and crossing the river again.Dinner at Highway 4 restaurant.
Day 12 – Sightseeing and departure (B,L)
After breakfast, our guide and driver will meet you at hotel’s lobby for a half-day excursion to explore the modern capital of Vietnam. We will visit the Museum of Ethnology, one of Vietnam’s best with interactive displays and a wide collection of well-preserved objects and documents representing the diverse minority peoples of Vietnam. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, enjoy a guided historical walk through the Old Quarter, delving into the nooks and crannies of the back alleys of Hanoi. Maybe coffee at a family home-cum-café with great views over Hoan Kiem Lake or time for shopping before you leave for the airport.