Cambodia - Vietnam 13days / 12 Nights
Start tour: Siem Reap
Return from: Ha Noi
Prepare to be awed by the ruins of Angkor in Siem Reap on this sixteen-day journey among the marvels of Southeast Asia. Travel through dense jungle, towering limestone peaks, and emerald rice paddies, as you take in ancient world heritage sights and natural wonders as you enjoy the best that Indochina has to offer.
- Day 1: Siem Reap - Arrival ( D )
- Day 2: Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom ( B, L, D )
- Day 3: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh ( B, L )
- Day 4: Phnom Penh - Chau Doc (B)
- Day 5: Chau Doc- Can Tho ( B, L )
- Day 6: Can Tho - Saigon ( B, L )
- Day 7: Saigon City Tour - Cu Chi ( B, L )
- Day 8: Saigon - Danang- Hoian ( B, L )
- Day 9: Hoian ( B, L )
- Day 10: Hoian- Danang - Hanoi ( B, L )
- Day 11: Hanoi - Halong ( B, L, D )
- Day 12: Halong Bay Tours - Hanoi ( B, L)
- Day 13: Hanoi Departure (B)
Day 1: Siem Reap - Arrival ( D )Upon arrival at Siem Reap, we are welcomed by our guide to transfer to the hotel. This morning, we start our tour to Rolous Group temples including the 9th-century-erected Preah Ko temple, Bakheng, the largest and most complex temple of the Rolous group temples, and the four-brick-tower temple of Lo Lei. After the lunch break, we will head to Small Circuit to witness the Prasat Kravan (Cardamon sanctuary), where we will experience the stunning image of the eight-armed Vishnu in the largest central tower. Then we get going to Banteay Kdei, a massive Buddist temple with four concentric walls; Srah Srang (Royal Bath); especially to Ta Prohm, which is best known for its originally charming look, with trees and roots intertwined with the carvings and chambers of the buildings. Next, we move to just east of Ankor Thom where stand the Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda that seem to be known as the twin temple, and to Takeo, the only temple never completed and yet one among the finest. Overnight in SiemReap.
Day 2: Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom ( B, L, D )After breakfast, transfer to start the tour to South Gate of Angkor Thom, then go to Angkor Thom (the temple) which was built by Angkor's greatest king, Jayavarman VII. The major attraction of Angkor Thom is the Bayon, whose exact function and symbolism is still unknown until now. Then we go to Baphoun, which is one of the most spectacular of Angkor’s temples in its heyday; to Terrace of the Elephants that was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall; to Terrace of the Leper King, another of Angkor’s mysteries. In the afternoon, we visit the World Seventh Wonder -better known as Angkor Wat- that stands as the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Angkor wat stretch over some 400 sq. km, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire. In the evening we view the sunset at Phnom Bakheng Hill before the dinner with Khmer Traditional Dance Show. Overnight in SiemReap.
Day 3: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh ( B, L )Hotel breakfast. Free till transfer for the flight to PhnomPenh. On arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, we will be welcome to the hotel. Wasting no time, during the half-day city tour, we will witness the National Museum of Khmer Arts, with its warm red terracotta and its gracefully curved roof topped by dozens of guardian nagas. Then we continue to the nearby Royal Palace, one of the most beautiful samples of Khmer palace, which allows us to visit the precious Throne Hall, Prasat Khemarin, Prasat Samrn Phirum, Hor Preah Khan, Chan Chhaya, and Silver Pagoda where the king regularly does the warship. We pass through the River Front Park whose scenery is much worth shooting, and continue to the only one hill in town with sacred sites called Wat Phnom before getting on a boat cruise along Mekong River bank to see the lovely Phnom Penh city at night with breathtaking view along the river. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 4: Phnom Penh - Chau Doc (B)Morning free for your own explore till the speedboat to ChauDoc. Welcome upon arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in ChauDoc.
Day 5: Chau Doc- Can Tho ( B, L )Breakfast at the hotel. A boat trip to visit the floating fish breeding farms reveals the amazing highlight of Chau Doc, a Cham minority village, whom still again employment from traditional weaving. The last stop in Chau Doc is to a local Islamic Mosque. Have lunch and transfer to Can Tho. Hotel check in. Overnight in Can Tho. Day 6: Can Tho - Saigon ( B, L ) After breakfast, board a sampan to visit Cai Rang floating market, a family run noodle – making factory and witness the rural life and the beautiful vegetation along the riverbanks. Discover Can Tho’s market, then drive back to Saigon. Lunch at local restaurant. Back to Saigon in the late afternoon.
Day 7: Saigon City Tour - Cu Chi ( B, L )Breakfast at the hotel, drive to cu chi district, en route you will have the opportunity to visit local homes producing rice paper and rice wine. Visit the amazing complex of underground tunnels at Cu Chi. There are more than 200 km of underground tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh and have lunch at local restaurant before back hotel. In the afternoon, discover bustling Saigon: Enjoy a tour in the Old Colonial Residential Quarter and discover the old Hotel de Ville, the Opera House, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the dazzling French-style post office, War museum, the Reunification Palace. Back your hotel and overnight in HoChiMinh city. Day 8: Saigon - Danang- Hoian ( B, L ) Free at leisure till the flight to Danang. On arrival, pick up and transfer to Hoian, on the way stop to visit the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain then continue to the riverside town of Hoi An, which was an important trading port during the 17th & 18th centuries and which, nowadays, is officially listed as a World Heritage site.The rest day is free at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 9: Hoian ( B, L )Breakfast at hotel then walk with your tour guide to visit around Hoi An- the old Tan Ky House, Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Shop for tailored made silk products or spend your time at the wonderful beach. Free at leisure at night in Hoian.
Day 10: Hoian- Danang - Hanoi ( B, L )Breakfast at the hotel, free at leisure till the flight to Hanoi. Pick up upon arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. In the afternoon, transfer to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, its former residence, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and enjoy a rickshaw tour the Old Quarter with its antique shops.
Day 11: Hanoi - Halong ( B, L, D )In the morning, transfer to Ha Long Bay. Arrive around 12:30 and board the Junk for a memorable cruise through the mystical Ha Long Bay. Be lighted by seafood on board and spend your day admiring one of the natural marvels of Vietnam: visit Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, visit Sung Sot Cave and a swim at Ti Top Beach.Enjoy dinner on board while watching sunset. Fishing, drinking Vietnamese wine.Dinner and overnight on the Junk.
Day 12: Halong Bay Tours - Hanoi ( B, L)After breakfast, brunch on boat and discover Man’s head Island, Tortoise Island, Luon Cave, Bai Tu Long Bay, Ton Island and Bai Tho Mountain.End of the cruise at 11:00, then drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
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- A/C Transportation
- 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
- Regional and domestic flight Ho Chi Minh – Danang, Hue – Hanoi
- Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax
- Single room supplement, personal expenses
- Travel insurance, visa, flight in/ out of IndochinaAny optional additional tours or activities during free time, surcharge for peak season, local holiday days and gala dinner