Duration: 13 Nights/14 Days

Places: Hanoi → Sapa → Bac Ha → Tam Coc  → Siem Riep

Day 1: Hanoi

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Đồng Xuân Market, selling household goods and street food. Museums and pagodas scatter the city and Hoan Kiem Lake serves as the centre point to reach just anywhere. The Hanoi Old Quarter, the cultural, dining, entertainment and shopping heart of the city is worth the majority of your time to discover. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is an intriguing relic of Vietnam’s history and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2: Sapa

Sa Pa is a town in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains of northwestern Vietnam and was established as a hill station by the French (1922). A popular trekking base, it overlooks the terraced rice fields of the Muong Hoa Valley, and is near the 3km tall Phang Xi Pang peak, which is climbable via a steep, multiday guided walk. Hill tribes, such as the Hmong, Tay and Dao, make up much of the town’s local population. As a tourist you can enjoy the spectacular view (on clear days) that overlooks a plunging valley with mountains towering above on all sides.

Day 3/4: Bac Ha/Hanoi

Bac Ha is a rural district of Lao Cai Province in the Northeast region of Vietnam. It is the capital of the region of the Flower Hmong, one of the 54 minorities of Vietnam and of the six groups of Hmong people. It is famous for its Sunday morning market, where thousands of locals gathered, the women dressed in their very intricate handmade costumes (it takes three to five months to embroider one by hand), as well as for the Saturday morning smaller market of Can Cau, 18 kms north of Bac Ha. Bac Ha is also famous for its Tam Hoa plums; the flowers of the tree must bloom three times before the fruits are ripe.

Day 5-8: Tam Coc

Tam Coc is located about 90 kms south of Hanoi in the Ninh Binh province. Tam Coc which means 3 caves, is a zone of Vietnam that has rice paddies, bathed by the Ngo Dong River punctuated by karstic rock formations and limestone caves. These geographic conditions have made Tam Coc the La Halong Bay on land. Tourists are generally taken in small boats along the river from the village of Van Lam, through rice fields and limestone karsts, through the caves, and back. Enjoy the hospitality of local women who serve as guides and attempt to sell embroidered goods to their passengers.

Day 9-14: Siem Reap

Siem Reap province is located in northwest Cambodia. It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor (the Angkor temple complex is north of the city). The provincial capital is also called Siem Reap and is located in the South of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. The name of the city literally means Siamese defeated, referring to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Thai kingdom in the 17th century.

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