Southern Vietnam and Cambodia 9 Days

Southern Vietnam and Cambodia
Highlights: Discover the hidden treasures of Vietnam and Cambodia on this tour. Indulge your senses in the exotic cuisine and rich history or simply enjoy the compelling beauty of the landscapes. The tour takes in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City which was once also called "the Pearl of the Far East". Still the largest city and the industrial and trading centre of Vietnam, Tay Ninh Holy See Temple, Cu Chi Tunnels, the Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh - capital city of Cambodia and Siem Reap (known as Angkor Wat)

Day 1: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City City Tour 
Day 3: Tay Ninh & Cu Chi Tunnels Exploration
Day 4: Introduction to the Mekong Delta
Day 5: Cai Rang Colorful Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh City
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City - Flight to Phnom Penh, Afternoon city tour
Day 7: Morning Flight to Siem Reap & Afternoon Angkor Temple Tour
Day 8: Angkor Thom Temples & Other Key Temples
Day 9: Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake - Depature 

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City
Upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals: None
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.  

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour
After breakfast, you'll enjoy a guided city tour starting with the War Remnants Museum - a real eye-opener to a part of Vietnam's proud history, followed by the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam, the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office to get good shots for our memory of the big, modern city of Vietnam. 

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue by heading to Chinatown with walking tour through back streets of China town near Cho Lon to view the local daily life. Stop off for a visit of Thien Hau temple, which was built in the early 19th Century dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of seafarers. We delve deeper into Chinatown visiting the amazing Cholon and Binh Tay Market (or Ben Thanh market) for an insight into where locals shop. Then you'll be back to hotel at around 17:00.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.  

Day 3: Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh Holy See Temple
An 1,5 hour drive will take you to the Cu Chi Tunnels where you will visit the amazing network of underground tunnels was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. This huge construction was a habitation for villagers in the war time. With 3 levels of depth, it was never discovered by the US during the Vietnam War despite its proximity to Saigon. Visit the fighting tunnel system with your local guide.

Drive to Tay Ninh which was once the historical center of the Cao-Dai religion. Founded in 1926, Cao-Dai is a combination of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. At the Holy See Temple, you will have the chance to watch the worshipers in their long white tunics during noon mass. From Tay Ninh, you will return to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving in the late afternoon. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.  

Day 4: Introduction to the Mekong Delta
Start from hotel at 07.00 and drive straight to visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn ...It is so interesting to visit the handicraft village where you can see how they make some special products: making rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce & Soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage roof...The rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional  houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish or pick up fruits by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta. Lunch can be served at Ut Trinh home. After lunch, we can walk around and then we will enjoy some kinds of fruits when listening to the traditional music. One more thing to do in this trip is biking! It will be so amazing to bike on village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta. The cruise will end at Vinh Long city where you will drive to Can Tho in the centre of the Mekong Delta.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Can Tho

Day 5: Cai Rang Colorful Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh City
Today an half hour boat cruise will take you to visit the vibrant Cai Rang floating market to experience a special type of market in which all purchasing activities take place on boats and ships. Then continue to small canal to visit a fruit garden where your guide will show you around before having a plate of delicious fruits. Return to Can Tho and observing the rural life and the lush vegetation along the riverbanks. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City with lunch en-route, arriving in the late afternoon. 

Note: Cai Rang market is one of the three biggest markets (Cai Be, Phung Hiep, Cai Rang) in the Mekong Delta. You can visit the market at any time of the day but it is most crowded and busy from sunrise to 9:00 am.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 6: Flight to Phnom Penh & City Tour
Your time will be free till being picked up for a regional flight to Phnom Penh. On arrival, you be picked up to your hotel for check in. Afternoon embarked on a guided city tour including the National Museum, home to the world's best and probably the largest collections of Khmer art. You will then visit the Royal Palace and the attached Silver Pagoda, a symbol for Cambodia. 

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 7: Phnom Penh - Morning Flight o Siem Reap
Take a morning flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to your hotel. Free time at leisure.

In the afternoon, you will visit Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world, with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. It is unlike all the other Khmer temples in that it faces west, and is inspired by 12th Century Hinduism. Its symmetrical towers are stylized on the modern Cambodian flag. Conceived by Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build. It is generally believed to have been a funeral temple for the king. It has been occupied continuously by Buddhist monks and is well preserved. Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides. Each tells a story. The most celebrated of these is the Churning of the Ocean of Milk, which is located on the east wing. In it the Naga serpent, is twisted by demons and gods to spurt out the elixir of life. Sunset at Angkor Wat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 8: Angkor Thom Temples & Other Key Temples
Today you will continue with a guided tour of Angkor Temple complex. Visit Angkor Thom, starting with the Bayon, a bizarre structure of several architectural changes reflecting a switch from Hinduism (the foundations) to Buddhism (the superstructure). Next, visit the Elephant and Leper King Terraces, followed by the Baphoun Temple, which has been reopened after multi-million dollar restoration programme.

After lunch, a short drive will take you to Ta Prohm, strangled by massive tree roots and typical of the condition of the whole complex when French naturalist Henri Mouhot discovered it in 1860. You’ll also visit the Prasat Kravan (also known as the Cardomom Sanctuary) and Srah Srang lake and landing terrace. The Srah Srang is less visited and could be sunrise alternative to Angkor Wat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 9: Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake – Departure
After breakfast, drive to Siem Reap River where you will take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake to visit the village of Kompong Pluk. You can ‘go native’ aboard a dugout canoe for a paddle through the flooded forest near the village. You’ll then return to the hotel to a short break till being picked up for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast 

Prices & Inclusions

Price is from~US$ 690 per person
All prices are per person, valid till December 31, 2017
Prices Include:
- Accommodation print three star hotels in Vietnam and Cambodia (Twin shared) with breakfasts
- All transfers by private pick up and vehicle with experienced driver.
- The use of private Vinh Long boat cruises print & Tho
- English speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
- Meals as indicated in the Programme
- All entrance fees as Mentioned in the Programme
- All Government Taxes

Prices Exclude:
- Entry visa to Vietnam & Cambodia
- International and regional flight tickets and airport Taxes
- Travel Insurances
- Drinks, tips and other personal services Expenses or not Mentioned on the program


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