Both the Lon Nol (anti-communist) and Khmer Rouge (communist) governments despised the Vietnamese. A Vietnamese man named Nguyen Yaing Ngoc was killed by a Cambodian mob. The Cambodian word "Yuon" (yuôn) /yuən/ is an ethnic slur for Vietnamese, derived from "Yavana", the Indian word for Greek.
Cambodia itself was brought under Vietnamese control with the occupation of Phnom Penh. However, Khmer uprisings in southern Vietnam from 1840 to 1845 made this policy of direct rule inconvenient and expensive for the Vietnamese court, which opted to keep Cambodia as a tributary state after the death of Minh Mang.
Day 1: Arrive HCM City (D)
You will be warmly welcomed on arrival at HCMC's Tan Son Nhat International airport by our guide and transferred to your hotel. You will have free time before a welcome dinner at a chic restaurant and an overnight stay in HCMC.
Day 2: HCMC Cu chi Tunnels (B/L)
In the afternoon you will take a private city tour of HCMC, the country's commercial center and home to a growing number of upscale restaurants and shops. You will visit Chinatown, the Thien Hau Pagoda, the Reunification Palace, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville. If desired, you can also visit the moving War Remnants Museum. Next you will explore colorful outdoor markets and Dong Khoi Street, the city's most upscale shopping boulevard with fashionable boutiques and accessories designed by new Vietnamese designers, hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and housewares. You will stay overnight in HCMC.
Day 3: HCMC Hanoi (B/L)
You will transfer to the airport for a flight to Hanoi, a city with rich history and culture, reflecting the strong architectural influence of China and France. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a one hour cyclo tour of Hanoi's vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, the focal point of the city. Then, in the late afternoon, you will be enchanted by the stories told in the water puppet show, a must see in Hanoi! You will then stay overnight in this charming metropolis.
Day 4: Hanoi (B/L)
Today you will have a fullday city tour and shopping adventure in Vietnam's artistic and intellectual capital. You'll explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. Then, you can enjoy people watching at stylish cafes before shopping for impressive modern art in the city's many galleries. You will also visit Hanoi's main cultural attractions, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his House on Stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Fine Arts Museum, the Temple of Literature and the very impressive Museum of Ethnology. IT is one of the finest museums in Vietnam, with many exhibits, pictures and model houses of the 54 ethnic minorities inhabiting Vietnam. You will then have an overnight stay in Hanoi.
Day 5: Halong Bay Excursion (B/L)
In the morning you will drive to Halong Bay City, approximately 3 hours away. Once at Halong Bay City you will be welcomed on board for a fourhour cruise on the stunning bay, stopping along the way to visit one of the limestone caves in the area. As you are cruising, the boat crew will serve you a sumptuous local seafood lunch. Afterwards, you'll sail back to the harbor and rejoin your car back to head back to Hanoi for another overnight stay.
Day 6: Departure Vietnam
There is no activity planned for today, so you are free to enjoy souvenir shopping until transfer to the airport for your onward flight.