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Asia | The Mystique of Cambodia & Vietnam

Sample Itinerary


Hanoi, Vietnam, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap, Cambodia,

Trip Duration

11 days/10 nights

Connected by the famous Mekong River, explore the wonders of Southeast Asia. From the storied history and sacred relics of Cambodia to the welcoming culture and vivid landscapes of Vietnam, experience the allure of these enchanting countries.

Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below, or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.


Day 1: USA/ Hanoi, Vietnam

Arrive in Hanoi and meet your private transfer to the plush Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake. A serene lakeside setting adjacent to the 800-year old Kim Lien Pagoda, unwind in sumptuous luxury for three nights in a Club InterContinental guestroom, featuring exclusive Club Lounge access with daily breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapes, plus personalized service and upgraded amenities. Enjoy impeccable culinary offerings, a torch-lit bar, outdoor pool, relaxing massage services and health club.

Day 2: Hanoi, Vietnam

Following breakfast this morning, depart the hotel for a glimpse of history on the Hanoi Discovery Excursion. With your private guide, explore the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, continuing to the lotus flower-inspired One Pillar Pagoda and Vietnam's first university, the Temple of Literature - Quoc Tu Giam, before strolling the iconic red wooden bridge connected to the Ngoc Son Temple sitting on a tiny island, the ideal backdrop for a memorable photo. Spend the rest of your day and evening at your leisure or exploring your surroundings.

Day 3: Hanoi, Vietnam

Get ready for a day of nature's beauty and cultural delight on The Wonder of Halong Bay Expedition. Sit back and revel in the scenic countryside as you travel with your private guide to the World Heritage site, Halong Bay. A true Vietnam tradition, climb aboard a junk boat for a cruise through the sparkling emerald waters, marveling at monumental limestone rocks and uniquely shaped islets. Savor a delicious seafood lunch onboard before winding to the legend-filled caves of the bay including Thien Cung Cave, with its intricate stalactite and stalagmite formations and colorful lighting sure to amaze, with time for swimming or just relaxing onboard.

Day 4: Hanoi, Vietnam / Da Nang, Vietnam

Following an early breakfast, board your private transfer for your comfortable flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, meet your private transfer to the dazzling InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort for two blissful nights in a Club InterContinental guestroom featuring butler service, daily breakfast, refreshments throughout the day and evening cocktails and appetizers. Perched on a lush hillside overlooking a private bay, delight in picturesque views from modern Vietnamese luxury including private pool suites, lavish amenities, distinctive dining with a variety of themes, tastes and venues, family pools and adults-only infinity pool, lagoon-side HARNN Heritage Spa, and array of resort activities.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Have fun with the all-inclusive water sports at the beach, learn to pilot a basket boat or join a tai chi class or Non-la Making activity, assembling the traditional palm-leaf conical hat. Or, head out to explore the old trading port with its mixture of architectural styles, including Chinese shophouses and temples, colonial remnants and Vietnamese shophouses in Old Town.

Day 5: Da Nang, Vietnam

Embark on an inspiring full day combination experience on the My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Ancient Town Excursion. Known as the Valley of Kings, your private guided experience begins at the World Heritage site of My Son, filled with ruins of Hindu temples and towers constructed by the Champa Kingdom between the 4th and 14th centuries, for the worship of the god Shiva. Then, enjoy a Cham musical performance and traditional lunch in Hoi An, followed by a walk through its ancient streets, including an iconic Japanese bridge and Tian Hou Pagoda. Your day concludes with a visit to handicraft workshops and Museum of History and Culture before your return to the hotel.

Day 6:  Da Nang, Vietnam / Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Following an early breakfast, board your private transfer for your flight to Ho Chi Minh. Arrive at the Le Meridien Saigon for your final two nights in Vietnam in a Le Meridien Club guestroom with a Club Lounge on the top floor offering a distinctive Le Meridien cuisine program. A one-of-a-kind destination, unwind in contemporary luxury with panoramic views, exclusive artwork, artfully prepared cuisine including contemporary Asian fare, an international buffet and on-the go pastries and chocolates, plus an indoor infinity saltwater pool, spa and fitness center.

Enjoy the city this afternoon and into the evening at leisure. Stroll to the zoo and botanical gardens for a little flora and fauna discovery. Take a dip in the pool or unwind with a relaxing spa treatment. Or, venture to the heart of the city's commercial life on Dong Khoi Street in District 1 for name-brand boutiques, stylish cafes, upscale restaurants, galleries and remnants of French-colonial architecture, including the Saigon Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral and Gustav Eiffel-designed Central Post Office.

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Meet your private guide in the hotel lobby for departure on a day of cultural exploration on the Cu Chi Tunnel & Ho Chi Minh City Excursion. Explore the intricate network of the Cu Chi tunnels as you learn how thousands of Vietnamese soldiers survived the war underground, with an opportunity to crawl in a portion of the multi-layered passages. After a traditional Vietnamese lunch back in the city, continue to the Reunification Palace, once home to the South Vietnam president, and War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and more, concluding with time for bargains at the Ben Thanh Market before your return.

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam / Siem Reap, Cambodia

Following an early breakfast, board your private transfer for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Upon arrival, meet your private transfer to the luxurious Le Meridien Angkor where you will stay for three wondrous nights in a Club level guestroom with enhanced amenities, daily breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening appetizers and cocktails. Situated at the portal to inspirational cultural exploration, delight in contemporary Cambodian sophistication and amenities, manicured gardens and flowering lily ponds, tantalizing Western and Asian fare in two distinctive restaurants, Khmer-inspired swimming pool, plus a spa and fitness center sure to rejuvenate after a day of discovery.

Settle into your new surroundings with a delightful High Tea this afternoon in the Lobby Lounge, featuring an array of international teas and assortment of finger sandwiches, pastries and cakes. Or, celebrate your arrival in Cambodia with a signature Khmer cocktail - the Sombai Blue, as you toast to the soft musical ambience.

Day 9: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Rise and shine for an early breakfast and departure for the full-day, private guided Angkor Highlights Excursion. Travel through time to explore the sacred relics of an ancient civilization, beginning at the grand South Gate. Marvel at its monumental and well-preserved statues, and the 12th-century Angkor Thom, before admiring the smiling faces of the Bayon Temple and the famous location of the film Tomb Raider at Ta Prohm. Following a delicious lunch, visit the striking Angkor Wat Temple, touted as the world's largest religious monument. Stand in awe at its magnificent spires, stone carvings and bas-reliefs of this UNESCO World Heritage Site for the crowning moments of this mesmerizing and informative experience.

Day 10 - 11: Siem Reap, Cambodia / USA

Spend your final day relaxing at the hotel or immerse in a day of exploration at your leisure. Experience the floating villages of Tonle Sapshop or visit Artisians d' Ankor, Senteurs D' Angkor and the local markets for everything from silks and wood, stone and silver items to spices, teas, candles, soaps and more. See the region on a tethered helium balloon, swim in the waterfalls of Phnom Kulen or hit the links on the PGA-championship Angkor Golf Course for your final day in Cambodia.

Following a day of sightseeing, discovery and relaxation, live like the locals as you revel in the sights, sounds and flavors of all-you-can-eat street food on the Private After Dark Foodie Experience by Vespa. Ride through the streets with an experienced driver, stopping at chic bars, street vendors and secret venues for fusion cocktails, Khmer delicacies and rice wine. Your evening concludes with the locals at a special evening shrine to ceremoniously cast wishes on life, love and happiness for an enchanting grand finale.

In the morning, board your private transfer to the Siem Reap International Airport for your return to the United States and begin planning your next inspirational Southeast Asia journey.

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