Vietnam, Cambodia & Hong Kong Private Tour

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Why You Should Go

This Southeast Asia private tour is one of many contrasts. Travel through Vietnam’s bustling urban cities and lush, idyllic settings to Cambodia’s grand temples and Hong Kong’s glimmering skyscrapers and economic ambition. This tour combines many of the wonderful aspects of Asia and its diverse cultures. During our travels throughout Southeast Asia, Bev, Zen, and I very much enjoyed the wonderful food, engaging history, French-colonial architecture and stunning modernity found throughout this tour.

Best Travel Time: Fall Winter

ancient ruins of Angkor Wat. Cambodia
Ancient ruins of Angkor Wat

Sample Itinerary

14 Days

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

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Day 1

Fly to Saigon
Through our sister company, premium air provider TRAVNET, we may assist with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

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Saigon, Vietnam
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Day 2

Arrive Saigon
Upon arrival in Saigon, you will be privately driven to the Park Hyatt Saigon.

Saigon, with more than 8 million inhabitants, is the country’s commercial center. This is a gritty, entrepreneurial city where it seems ambition is all pervasive.

Meals:
Accommodations: Park Hyatt Saigon

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Park Hyatt Saigon pool
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Day 3

Saigon Private Tour
After breakfast, you will be met your private guide and driver for a full-day of private Saigon touring, beginning with a speedboat ride to the Mekong water wells and the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of narrow tunnels originally constructed as a means to resist French colonization, and used extensively by the Vietcong during the Vietnam War. Today’s tour will also include stopovers including the War Remnants Museums, showcasing graphic displays of the “American War”, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Following lunch at a local restaurant, you will have discretionary use of your guide for exploration of the Ben Thanh Market.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodations: Park Hyatt Saigon

Cu Chi Tunnel
Cu Chi Tunnel combat equipment
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Day 4

Ben Tre Private Tour
Following breakfast, you will be met by your private guide and driver at  and transferred to Ben Tre (an approx. 2.5 hr. drive) for a full-day of touring. Ben Tre is a picturesque province famous for its coconut production and quiet, peaceful network of crisscrossing rivers and canals. You will also stop at a brick factory, where the locals still
use traditional, centuries-old, methods to make bricks by hand. You then have the option to trade the private car for bicycles to enjoy a scenic ride through the village, passing gardens and local houses. Following lunch at a local restaurant, you will stop to tour a noodle factory and enjoy a rice paper lesson from a Vietcong and his wife. This is a very enriching and beautiful experience!

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodations: Park Hyatt Saigon

Rice field and coconut at Ben Tre province, Vietnam
Rice field and coconut trees in Ben Tre Province
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Day 5

Fly Saigon/Siem Reap
Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be privately transferred to the Amansara, where the remainder of your day will be free to spend at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Amansara

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Lap pool at the Amansara
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Day 6

Angkor Wat Private Tour
Today, you may consider an early wakeup (4—4:30 a.m.!) to meet your private guide at for the sunrise over Angkor Wat, a truly magical experience.

Following breakfast, you will be met by your private guide and driver for a full-day tour of the Angkor Wat temples, built during the height of the Khmer civilization from the 8th and 13th-centuries. You will explore the ancient and lasting remains of this sacred site spanning 400 sq. km with your private guide. Our Kipling & Clark overview of the fascinating Angkor Wat Temples can be found here.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Amansara

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Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor Wat
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Day 7

Siem Reap & Tonle Sap Lake Private Tour
Today, you will take a drive to Cambodian countryside and the sprawling jungle of Beng Mealea with your private guide. Here, your guide will drive you to the village to see your prearranged water well donation and the benefit you have given to the community.

You will also have the opportunity for a touristy, but fun boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake, a floating village of Kampong Khleang.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Amansara

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Tonle Sap Lake
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Day 8

Morning Bong Thom Cooking Class + Fly Siem Reap/Hanoi
Your private Khmer cooking class will include a survey of the small, local market, learning traditional Cambodian recipes, and a delicious lunch. A
big part of your experience here will be interacting with the smiling local Khmer villagers.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be privately transferred to the Sofitel Metropole Hotel. Hanoi represents all that is most compelling about Vietnam: the resourceful and entrepreneurial spirit of its people (do not miss “36 Streets”), its rich French traditions as reflected in its charming French-colonial architecture (think Sofitel Metropole), and French-influenced Vietnamese cuisine (“Seasons” and so many other wonderful restaurants), and, of course, its symbol as Vietnam’s cultural and political capital.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Sofitel Metropole Hotel

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Sofitel Metropole Hotel in Hanoi
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Day 9

Hanoi Private Tour
After breakfast at the Metropole, you will be met by your private guide and driver for a full-day of private touring. Historic Hanoi offers a variety of sites including the imposing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house, the One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. Upon visiting these sites, you will stop to have lunch at one of our favorite high-end, authentic Vietnamese restaurants. Following a refuel, you may stop at the national renowned coffee shop (with a satirical Communist era theme!), go for a cyclo tour, and visit Thong Nhat Park (Lenin Park) and the Ngoc Son Pagoda on Hoan Kiem Lake.

In the evening, you have the option of a gastronomic “foodie” private tour where you will experience the diverse tastes and aromas of Vietnam street food as well as Hanoian elite delicacies.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Sofitel Metropole Hotel

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One Pillar Pagoda
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Day 10

Moon Garden House, Ky Son Village & Duong Lam Excursion
Today you will travel 34 miles out of Hanoi to the rural Ky Son Village, where you will experience an authentic snapshot of relaxed Vietnamese countryside life, including an authentic home cooking class. Here, you will also see the Moon Garden House, originally a summer house for a family of Hanoi architects.

You also have the option to enjoy a leisurely biking tour around the village with your local guide, where you will continue to Duong Lam, an ancient village with a history of more than 1,200 years!

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodations: Sofitel Metropole Hotel

The gate – Duong Lam ancient village
The gate to Duong Lam an ancient city
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Day 11

Fly Hanoi/Hong Kong + Hong Kong Harbor Junk Cruise
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, you will be privately transferred to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Hong Kong’s picturesque, deep water harbor is always abuzz with ferries, container ships, and hydrofoil activity. Later in the evening, you will enjoy a 90-minute Junk cruise (with open bar) on Hong Kong’s Harbor, one of the most magnificent maritime settings on earth!

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Mandarin Oriental Hotel

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Hong Kong's symphony of lights
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Day 12

Hong Kong Private Tour
Following breakfast, you will be met by your private guide and driver at for a full-day of discretionary private touring including Sheung Wan Dried Food and Herbal Medicine Market, Man Mo Temple, Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Stanley Market, and Repulse Bay. A delicious dim sum lunch will also be included at one of our favorite local restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodations: Mandarin Oriental Hotel

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Tian Tan Buddha (The BIg Buddha) located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong
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Day 13

Fly Hong Kong/Home

Meals: Breakfast

`Peak Tram` in Hong Kong
Victoria Peak Tram

Hotels

We feel this is the finest luxury hotel in Saigon. The relatively new Park Hyatt Saigon has a nice, old world French/Vietnamese charm. The 224-room 5-star property was designed in a French-colonial aesthetic, with large rooms. The rooms with French doors and wooden shutters are our favorites. The morning buffet breakfast is among the most lavish in all of Southeast Asia, featuring both Western and Asian options. If you have time you may enjoy the outdoor 60-foot pool set amidst lavish tropical gardens (also a nice spa!). This is a great location in District 1 overlooking the Opera House.

Park Hyatt Saigon

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We feel this is the finest luxury hotel in Saigon. The relatively new Park Hyatt Saigon has a nice, old world French/Vietnamese charm. The 224-room 5-star property was designed in a French-colonial aesthetic, with large rooms. The rooms with French doors and wooden shutters are our favorites. The morning buffet breakfast is among the most lavish in all of Southeast Asia, featuring both Western and Asian options. If you have time you may enjoy the outdoor 60-foot pool set amidst lavish tropical gardens (also a nice spa!). This is a great location in District 1 overlooking the Opera House.

Built around the former guesthouse of King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia, each of this villa’s 24 rooms come with a private driver, floor to ceiling windows, and furnished patios. The aesthetic is minimalist and classic with open plan rooms and secluded gardens for the courtyard suites. A short remork (Cambodian tuk tuk) ride away from the ruins of Angkor Wat, The Amansara has an indoor/outdoor dining pavilion serving both Khmer and Western dishes, a rooftop bar and lounge, spa, lap pool, yoga studio and steam baths. In terms of luxury and location, the Amansara is simply unmatched in Cambodia and has been home to Jackie Kennedy and Angelina Jolie during their respective visits to Cambodia.

AMANSARA

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Built around the former guesthouse of King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia, each of this villa’s 24 rooms come with a private driver, floor to ceiling windows, and furnished patios. The aesthetic is minimalist and classic with open plan rooms and secluded gardens for the courtyard suites. A short remork (Cambodian tuk tuk) ride away from the ruins of Angkor Wat, The Amansara has an indoor/outdoor dining pavilion serving both Khmer and Western dishes, a rooftop bar and lounge, spa, lap pool, yoga studio and steam baths. In terms of luxury and location, the Amansara is simply unmatched in Cambodia and has been home to Jackie Kennedy and Angelina Jolie during their respective visits to Cambodia.

Our favorite hotel in all of Vietnam, the early 20th-century built French-colonial Sofitel Metropole is a truly a national treasure. When you stay here, you feel the grandeur and grace of a by-gone era, coupled with the comforts and amenities of a contemporary 5-star luxury hotel. We love the display of contemporary Vietnamese modern art adorning the lobby area, as well as the very special personal service. The Bamboo Bar and LeClub are places to be seen by the local Hanoi elite, with a nice small pool and spa! Kudos to G.M. Franck Lafourcade for the hotel’s service and his newly-planted garden!

Sofitel Metropole Hotel

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Our favorite hotel in all of Vietnam, the early 20th-century built French-colonial Sofitel Metropole is a truly a national treasure. When you stay here, you feel the grandeur and grace of a by-gone era, coupled with the comforts and amenities of a contemporary 5-star luxury hotel. We love the display of contemporary Vietnamese modern art adorning the lobby area, as well as the very special personal service. The Bamboo Bar and LeClub are places to be seen by the local Hanoi elite, with a nice small pool and spa! Kudos to G.M. Franck Lafourcade for the hotel’s service and his newly-planted garden!

In contrast to the more grandiose pretension of the Peninsula and Kowloon, the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong truly represents understated luxury. Whenever we return, we are always reminded why we love this property: unpretentious, singular luxury coupled with a very sincere, friendly staff that evoke a home away from home feeling. The 2005 renovation resulted in the new Mandarin’s former balconies being converted to lounge/study area extensions with stunning Victoria Harbor views. Zen and Sofia especially like the bathrooms and amenities, including the vertical, swivel plasma TV/mirrors — so unique! We feel perhaps no other 5-star deluxe property in Hong Kong offers such a luxurious, peaceful oasis from the noisy, frenetic city as the Mandarin: an A+ in our book!

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

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In contrast to the more grandiose pretension of the Peninsula and Kowloon, the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong truly represents understated luxury. Whenever we return, we are always reminded why we love this property: unpretentious, singular luxury coupled with a very sincere, friendly staff that evoke a home away from home feeling. The 2005 renovation resulted in the new Mandarin’s former balconies being converted to lounge/study area extensions with stunning Victoria Harbor views. Zen and Sofia especially like the bathrooms and amenities, including the vertical, swivel plasma TV/mirrors — so unique! We feel perhaps no other 5-star deluxe property in Hong Kong offers such a luxurious, peaceful oasis from the noisy, frenetic city as the Mandarin: an A+ in our book!

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Location

Overview

Vietnam
Temperature
Highs: Mid 90’s
Lows: High 70’s
Area
329,247 SQ KM
127,123 SQ MILES
Capital
Hanoi
Population
92 Million
Language
Vietnamese
Currency
Dong
Cambodia
Temperature
Highs: Mid 90’s
Lows: Low 80’s
Area
181,035 SQ KM
69,898 SQ MI
Capital
Phnom Penh
Population
16 Million
Language
Khmer
Currency
Riel
Hong Kong
Temperature
Highs: Mid 80’s
Lows: Low 60’s
Area
1,108 SQ KM
428 SQ MILES
Population
7.5 Million
Language
Chinese, Cantonese & English
Currency
Hong Kong Dollar

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