Highlight: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Tay Ninh - Mekong Delta - Vinh Long - Can Tho - Chau Doc - Phnompenh - Tonle Bati - Tonle Sap River - Siem Reap - Angkor Temples
- Day 1: Arrival - Ho Chi Minh
- Day 2: Ho Chi Minh
- Day 3 : Ho Chi Minh - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh
- Day 4: Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Can Tho
- Day 5: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Thot Not - Chau Doc
- Day 6: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
- Day 7: Phnom Penh - Tonle Bati
- Day 8: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Angkor temples
- Day 9: Siem Reap - Angkor temples
- Day 10: Siem Reap - Angkor temples - Banteay Srei
- Day 11: Siem Reap - Departure
- Ho Chi Minh City: also known as Saigon, a dramatic meeting of old and new culture, a dynamic metropolis of skyscrapers and traffic juxtaposed with a wealth of ancient temples and traditional markets.
- Tay Ninh with Cao Dai Temple: Indigenous to Vietnam, Cao Dai, is in fact a fusion of the teachings from Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, with elements of Christianity and Islam.
- Cu Chi Tunnels: truly comprehend the horrors of wars and the reality of life in very small tunnels.
- Mekong Delta/ My Tho & Ben Tre: Touring the orchards, paddy fields and rowing on a small wooden boat in swamplands of the Mekong Delta.
- Can Tho: Enjoying the boat trip on Mekong River to see the colorful floating markets and discover the lifestyle of Mekong People.
- Chau Doc: the closest large town to the Vietnamese/Cambodian border crossing on the Mekong River. Take a speedboat to Phnom Penh from here.
- Phnom Penh : A City of Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Tuol Sleng Museum, Wat Phnom.
- Siem Reap/ Angkor : A very famous name with the Angkor, an incredible complex with numerous temples and Hindu decorations.
Day 1: Arrival - Ho Chi Minh
On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you are met by our guide and transferred to hotel. The bustling Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This metropolis ,contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping areas and sidewalk cafés. ( If time permits) we stroll around the down town to explore the different local ways of life. O/N in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh
Today we spend a full day exploring the captivating Ho Chi Minh City. The most places of interest are located near the town center. We pass by the now-demolished wartime American Embassy on our way to the Reunification Palace. This famous mansion was a former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. Upon leaving these landmarks we drive to see the crowded Saigon’s Chinatown, locally named Cho Lon, which is crammed with fascinating temples as well as mysterious and narrow lanes. We follow it with a visit to the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War remnant exhibit with a wealth of images from the notorious conflicts. The sightseeing ends up with a walk around the retail Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale!. O/N in Ho Chi Minh. (B)
Day 3 : Ho Chi Minh - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh
The incredible underground network in Cu Chi stretched over 200 kilometres and became legendary during the American war. The extensive tunnels have been specially constructed with living areas, weapon factories, filed hospitals, command centres, plus accommodation. Today we have an excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels to visit an exposition hall and a widened section of the tunnels to get a feel of the underground life. There are also possibilities to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. Upon leaving Cu Chi we drive a short distance to Tay Ninh, the headquarters of Cao Dai Sect . This religion was founded in 1923 and now numbers over 2 million members. We arrive in time to see the ornate temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes. These costumes are a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. O/N in Ho Chi Minh. (B)
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Can Tho
Heading out of town, we travel by roads to the Mekong Delta. This plain region boasts the largest rice bowl of Vietnam. On arrival in My Tho we board a boat navigating around the intricate small canals, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view dotted by many islands. The exciting river trip will pass by the lush green vegetation towards the famous Unicorn Island where we have a chance to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and see farmers at work. We navigate some narrower canals using small rowing boats to Ben Tre Province for an interesting visit to some local industries. The extra enjoyment is a lunch at one of the famous local eating spots. We meet up with our vehicle for a short drive to Can Tho, the capital city of this delta region. O/N in Can Tho. (B,L)
Day 5: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Thot Not - Chau Doc
The watery world of the Mekong Delta is home to many bustling floating markets. Today we take a boat trip exploring the vibrant floating market of Cai Rang, whose the trading way is unique; each boat usually sells one particular item, whether it be pumpkins, pineapples, sugar canes,…. and in order that the customer knows where to shop, they hang that item from the highest part of the boat. Upon leaving Can Tho we make our way towards Chau Doc with stop over at Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary just outside Thot Not village. This sanctuary is home to literally thousands of storks. The overland journey passes by many rice fields fringed with palm trees, fruit orchards and canals crammed with boats and rice barges to Chau Doc. This border town is less affected by the flash and glitz of Ho Chi Minh City's fashionable young people although it is a major hub of trade along the Mekong River. On arrival in Chau Doc we enjoy a boat trip on the Hau River to a fishing breeding farm and a small Muslin community at Cham village. At end of our river trip we visit the sacred Ba Chua Temple and the nearby Tay An Sanctuary. We round off our day with a walk to the Sam Mountain to admire the sunset over the mighty Mekong River. O/N in Chau Doc. (B)
Day 6: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
Upon leaving Chau Doc Town we board an express boat for a thrilling trip along the Mekong River to Cambodia. The experience is unforgettable as we can see the picturesque scenery changing all along the way from Vietnam to Cambodia. On arrival at Phnom Penh pier, you are greeted by our guide and transferred to hotel. The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh lies near the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. This riverside town still maintains considerable charm despite its recent turbulent history. An afternoon city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are now home to the royal family and are therefore very close to the public. At the northern area of the palace grounds is Silver Pagoda, the most sacred temple in the country. We follow it with a walk up to a small hill for an interesting visit to the legendary Wat Phnom and a fantastic view over the surrounding areas. O/N in Phnom Penh. (B)
Day 7: Phnom Penh - Tonle Bati
The delightful painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge still can be seen at the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious "Killing Fields" of Choeung Ek. We visit these infamous sites before heading south to explore the complex of Tonle Bati with Ta Prohm and Prasat Yeay Peo Temples. Today we have time seeing the National Museum, which is exclusively dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from 9th to 15th century, but some date from as early as the 4th century. The next stop is one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Toul Tom Pong, all called the “ Russian Market”. We enjoy a walk around this bustling trading center and see plenty of local handicrafts and artifacts. The ideal way of spending your last evening in Phnom Penh is to relax in a café by the riverfront. O/N in Phnom Penh. (B)
Day 8: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Angkor temples
The river journey begins as we embark an express boat and navigate along the Tonle Rap River towards Siem Reap. On arrival you are met by our guide and driven to hotel. This tranquil town is our base for exploring the world famous temples of the ancient city Angkor, which was the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire from 802 AD to 1350 AD. Upon leaving Siem Reap Town we set off on a short drive to the archeological area and spend our time to visit the most striking structures. They are the South Gate of Angkor Thom which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the architectural masterpiece of Angkor Wat. We stroll around this massive monument, exploring the many galleries with columns , libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. O/N in Siem Reap. (B)
Day 9: Siem Reap - Angkor temples
The jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We explore the well known Ta Prohm and some nearby temples including Banteay Kdei, Sra Srong, Ta Keo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevado. They almost belong to the small circuit according to the archaeologists’ division. Upon leaving this area we visit various famous temples of the grand circuit such as Preah Khan, Kravan, Neak Pean, Krol Ko, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Rup. We round off our exciting day with a walk up to Phnom Bakheng Hill to admire the spectacular sunset over these sandstone monuments. O/N in Siem Reap.(B)
Day 10: Siem Reap - Angkor temples - Banteay Srei
Heading out of to
wn we drive beyond the Angkor Complex through the Preah Dark village to the intricately carved and well preserved Banteay Srei Temple. We stroll around this beautiful landmark which was designed to leave no space undecorated. The roads begin to deteriorate but it is still fascinating to drive past the rolling mountain scenery towards Kbal Spean. This interesting site locally named the river of 1000 Lingars, has been largely reclaimed by the jungle; however it invovles a walk to catch a view over its riverbed carvings. The next stop is Banteay Samre which is adorned with striking relief depicting the scenes of Vishunu and Krishna legends. Today we also have a chance to explore the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya which flourished in the late 9th and earlier 10th centuries. These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to the Rolous group. O/N in Siem Reap. (B)
Day 11: Siem Reap - Departure
The sightseeing tour also includes Les Chantiers Ecole, a handicraft center located in the center of Siem Reap. This art school was founded in 1992 and aims to revive the ancient art of Khmer workmanship as it gives young people the opportunity to learn the art of stone and wood carving, silk weaving methods and polychromic technique. If time permits we pay a visit to this school and the market in town. The trip ends after your transfer to Siem Reap Airport for departure. (B)
- PRICE NOTES
- - The compulsory gala dinner on 24 Dec. and 31 Dec. and the surcharge for the peak season from 23 Dec. to 4 Jan. may be applied depending on hotel conditions however you are advised to contact our sale team to get the full information if you plan a trip in this period.
- WHAT SPECIAL?
- The above tour cost is available for private daily departure, or click CUSTOMIZED TRIP to build a holiday for your own interest and budget.
- Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver + Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner + Accommodation: twin sharing room at mentioned hotels or similar one + English or French speaking guide + Entrance fee to indicated sights + Boat trip in My Tho, Can Tho and Chau Doc + Express boat Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
- Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room supplement, personal expenses, travel insurance, visa, flight in/ out of Indochina, any optional additional tours or activities during free time, surcharge for peak season, local holiday days and gala dinner
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