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CAMBODIA - VIETNAM EXPLORATION Daily Departure Tour

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Day 1: SIEM REAP – ARRIVAL

Stop At: Siem Reap International Airport, NR6, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Welcome to Siem Reap, the gateway city to approach The World Heritage Site – Angkor Temples Complex.

Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, you will be met and transferred by our driver to your hotel. Your time at leisure to freshen up from jet lag.

Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 2: FULL DAY ANGKOR TOUR

Stop At: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap 17254 Cambodia
After breakfast, picked up by tour guide and driver to explore Angkor Temples complex. Our trip starts at the ancient capital of Angkor Thom with first stop at the South Gate of Angkor Thom which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. Bayon Temple - unique with its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces, Baphuon temple located in the North of Bayon represented of holy Mount Meru the residence of the gods in Hindu tradition. Finishing the visit at this ancient city by going around The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. We then stop at the less-traveled west gate of Angkor Thom. Your lunch is served at the local restaurant.

Afternoon continue visiting Angkor Wat, highlighted by the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, carved on the walls and tell the stories of Hindu legends. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. Strolling around this massive edifice, seeing many galleries with Colums, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. End of the day at Pre Rup temple where you can enjoy the stunning view of sun set. Transferred back to the hotel.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 3: SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH

Stop At: Phnom Penh's Night Market, Sisowath Quay, Street 1 Wat Phnom Commune, Daun Penh District, Phnom Penh Cambodia
Early breakfast at hotel. Picked up by the bus and transferred to Phnom Penh City, the capital of Cambodia. Upon arrival, picked up by driver and transferred to check in hotel. Your time at leisure.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 4: PHNOM PENH CITY TOUR

Stop At: Royal Palace, Sothearos between Street 240 & 184, Phnom Penh Cambodia
We start to visit the private quarters of the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda the most sacred shrine in the country. We visit both structures as well as the legendary temple of Wat Phnom which recites the history of Phnom Penh’s name. We then continue to the National Museum, dedicated exclusively to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period (9th to 15th Century), but some date from as early as the 4th Century.

Afternoon Discover the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum, it was formerly Tuol Svay Pray High School before it was turned into an interrogation, torture and execution centre by the Khmer Rouge regime. Also known as S-21 Prison, an estimated 17,000 Cambodians entered this notorious venue but only seven managed to survive following the end of the regime. Free shopping at central market. Drop off at hotel.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 5: PHNOM PENH – BUS TO SAIGON

Stop At: Saigon Square Shopping Mall, 81 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Nghe, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000 Vietnam
Transferred to the bus station to take the bus to Saigon, Vietnam.

Welcome to Saigon the most dynamic city in Vietnam.

Upon arrival, transferred from bus stop point to your hotel for check-in. Your free time to explore the city by night, visit the night market, explore the local cuisine.

Note: Because the bus stop point in Saigon (bus Phnom Penh – Saigon) is parked on a crowded street, not at bus station, our car can’t park for a long time whereas the arriving time of Shuttle Bus is not fixed due to traffic condition. On this day clients will be picked up by local guide and transferred to hotel by taxi services.

Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Saigon.

Day 6: SAIGON – CITY TOUR - CUCHI TUNNEL

Stop At: Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City 700000 Vietnam
We start the city tour at the Reunification Palace, the witness of the fierce Vietnam War ended in 1975. The grand building today is a Museum and Hall of official receptions. Nearby the Palace are the colonial-styled Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks. Our last stop this morning will be War Remnants Museum.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we drive overland to Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese guerrillas to protect the region against the American attacks during the Vietnam War. We can even crawl a part inside the tunnel, visit their infirmary, kitchen.... to discover how people had survived hereby.

Back to your hotel later on.

Note: - Day 6 & Day 7 upgrade: The above tour is based on regular tour with medium to big group size. If an upgrade to deluxe tour (small group under 10 pax) is required (available on Day 6 and Day 7), surcharge is USD 38/pax. We strongly recommend an upgrade for guests who book 5-star package.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight in Saigon.

Day 7: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA – SAIGON

Stop At: Vinh Trang Temple, Nguyen Trung Truc, My Tho Vietnam
This morning, we leave Saigon for My Tho, in the heart of Mekong delta with visit to the beautiful Vinh Trang pagoda on the way. Upon arrival, we will take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit& honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals.

Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight in Saigon.

Day 8: SAIGON – DANANG – HOIAN ANCIENT TOWN

Stop At: Hoi An Ancient Town, Hoi An 560000 Vietnam
Moring transfer to airport for your onwards flight to Danang.

Upon arrival, picked up from Da Nang airport to your hotel in Hoi An to drop off luggage.

Together with our guide in Hoian, we’ll walk over the tile-roofed Japanese Bridge, visit taciturn Chinese Assembly Halls, visit ancient houses and Trading Houses, pagodas and stroll into the market located by Thu Bon river, where we may find out the same feelings of the artists, who see the rooftops of Hoi An a magical old world of Oriental feel and source of inspiration. This is also a wonderful town to shop for lanterns, soft silk, raw silk, or get your clothes tailored within a day.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Hoian.

Day 9: HOIAN – TRA QUE COOKING DEMONSTRATION - HOIAN

Stop At: Tra Que Vegetable Village, Cam Ha Commune, Hoi An 560000 Vietnam
Depart from your hotel and ride bicycle in 30 minutes to Tra Que herb village. Take a short stroll around the vegetable garden and listen to the history of the village. Then join gardening activities in preparing the land, fertilizing with seaweed, raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables... Enjoy foot soak before getting to preparing lunch with a local family. Join cooking with ‘Tam Huu’ spring roll, ‘Banh xeo’ - a local pancake of people in Viet Nam middle region ... After your morning excursions and lunch, you learn how to harvest and wrap the vegetables. Bid farewell to your host family before cycling back to your hotel. Time at leisure in the afternoon for strolling around in the town to shop the silk products, souvenirs, or get your clothes made within one day or just relax at beach.

Note: Transportation on Day 9, clients will move by own cycling on this day which is more suitable for the young or active people. Though it is not really challenging, the middle- aged guests should consider before taking part in the trip; otherwise they are suggested to be transferred by car instead.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: Lunch at Tra Que vegetable village.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Hoian.

Day 10: HOIAN – MYSON SANCTUARY – HOIAN – HUE

Stop At: My Son Sanctuary, Duy Phu Commune, Duy Xuyen District Vietnam
Breakfast at hotel, we will then depart from Hoian to My Son Sanctuary, where you can discover the hidden treasure of the Cham culture that once rightfully developed in the location of present Central Vietnam. Thanks to the mystery and construction secrets of the Cham towers hereby, My Son had been also designated by UNESCO as one of the five World Heritages in Vietnam. It is a huge religious complex with over 70 towers and temples of different architectures.

Drive back to Hoi An for your onward bus transfer to Hue. The bus leaves at 15:00pm.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Hue.

Day 11: HUE CITY TOUR – STREET FOOD - HANOI – BY FLIGHT

Stop At: Hue Imperial City (The Citadel), Hue Vietnam
Being recognized by UNESCO as the 1st Cultural World Heritage for Vietnam, Hue is highlighted by the old royal architectural works and the most traditional Vietnamese lifestyle. This morning, we will discover the charm of the city from the Royal Citadel, Forbidden City. Move on to the colorful Dong Ba market where you can see many of ingredients for making Hue local food, and explore the local business life.

The best way to explore local culture is through its unique cuisine. Around noon time, we shall embark on a special street food tour to discover the other side of Hue. Our journey start from Sticky rice dumplings on a fried dumpling (Ram It) or Filtered tapioca dumplings (Banh Loc) to the well-known Hue beef vermicelli soup (Bun Bo Hue). The street food tour finish at a small restaurant serve Sweet soup (Che), a scrumptious local delicacy made of tapioca and various local ingredients. Or, if sweet soup is not your style, a Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk awaits.

Heading straight to Phu Bai Airport to board the flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, picked up and transferred to check in at a central hotel.

Duration: 9 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 12: HANOI CITY TOUR

Stop At: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, 2 Hung Vuong Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam
Breakfast at hotel.

It is your day to visit the Capital of Vietnam today. Let's start from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his simple house-on-stilts and the One-Pillar pagoda near Ba Dinh Square, where the most solemn ceremonies of Hanoi take place. Go on to Tran Quoc pagoda and the Temple of Literature, the very first high school of Vietnam Scholars. After lunch at local restaurant, we will visit Hoan Kiem Lake - the heart and soul of Hanoi.

If today is Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday, move on to Museum of Ethnology. This superb museum showcases the depth of Vietnamese cultural diversity with an astounding collection of 15,000 artifacts gathered from throughout Vietnam. Maps, displays and dioramas are labeled in Vietnamese, French and English. Displays portray a typical village market, the making of comical hats and a Tay shamanic ceremony; videos show the real thing. You can also check out a traditional Black Thai house reconstructed in the museum. There's also a Centre for research and conservation where scientists from all over the world study traditional Vietnamese cultures.

If today is Monday, Wednesday or Friday, depart for Bat Trang ceramic village which is about 20 km away from Ha Noi, this is pottery village with a half- millenary historic development.

Back to your hotel in Hanoi later on to relax.

Please note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closes on Monday and Friday, late September to November for annual maintenance.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 13: HANOI – HALONG BAY OVERNIGHT CRUISE

Stop At: Halong Bay Vietnam
If you wish to see how the Hanoi people rise and shine in the morning, wake up early and run to a lake close by your hotel, you can join an exciting scene of hundreds of locals, passionately attentive in their morning exercises of Tai Chi quan, jogging, martial arts, classical dance and so on. After breakfast at the hotel, head East for more than 2 hours to Halong Bay, the pride of the Gulf of Tonkin, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO in 1994 and 2006. The road will pass by the Red River delta with green paddyfields and rural villages, where hard-work farmers are busy with their farming jobs, ploughing buffaloes or planting seedling. Upon arrival in Halong, check in the overnight cruise to discover the magnificent beauty of this “Descending-dragon” bay, created by thousands odd-shaped limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After a lunch on board, we can visit the Grottos, stop for swimming or kayaking, passing floating houses and approach islets to enjoy their beauty in close distance. Back to the cruise, enjoy cooking demonstration before having dinner. Evening attend activities on the boat or relax at your own leisure.

Please note the program may be little varied upon the cruise you choose.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Halong.

Day 14: HALONG BAY – HANOI

Stop At: Halong Bay Vietnam
You should wake up early to enjoy the dawn on the sea in the early morning. The Vietnamese call the "East Sea" by a point-oriented name "Eastern Sea", so you may guess how miraculous seeing the sunrise over the islets of the Bay. After breakfast our boat will continue to cruise in marvelous areas, where almost each islet has its own name, adopting its shape or reminiscent like Sail Island, Fisherman’s head rock, Butterfly rock or Turtle islet etc. Check out your room and have brunch on board while the cruise coming back the pier. Disembark from the cruise, transfer overland to Hanoi. Check in hotel. Your time at leisure.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: Brunch on board.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 15: HANOI DEPARTURE

Stop At: Noi Bai International Airport, Phú Minh, Sóc Sơn, Hà Nội, Vietnam
After breakfast, free at leisure for relax or shopping (your own arrangement) before transferring to the airport for your onwards flight back home. End of service.

Please note: Hotel check-out time is around 12.00.

Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up at the hotel upon guest's request. (Hotels in the center only)

Airports

  • Siem Reap Airport, Siem Reap Cambodia
Departure Time
12:00 AM
Duration
15 days
Inclusions
  • 14x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • 8x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 14 nights
  • Complimentary Vietnam Visa arrangement services (one month, single entry)
  • - English-speaking tour guides on touring dates
  • - Accommodation on twin/double/triple sharing basic
  • Daily breakfast at hotels. Lunch or dinner with local food as mentioned in the program
  • Airport transfers and touring in AC vehicles
  • Bus tickets Siem Reap – Phnom Penh | Phnom Penh – Saigon| Hoian – Hue.
  • Boat trip in Mekong delta
  • Biking tour to Tra Que Village with cooking demonstration
  • Street food tour in Hue
  • Overnight cruise for Halong Bay excursion
  • Entrance fees and Zone fee as per program
  • Water during transfer.
  • Entry/Admission - Siem Reap International Airport
  • Entry/Admission - Angkor Wat
  • Entry/Admission - Phnom Penh's Night Market
  • Entry/Admission - Royal Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Saigon Square Shopping Mall
  • Entry/Admission - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Entry/Admission - Vinh Trang Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Entry/Admission - Tra Que Vegetable Village
  • Entry/Admission - My Son Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Entry/Admission - Halong Bay
  • Entry/Admission - Noi Bai International Airport
Exclusions
  • International, domestic flights and airport departure tax.
  • Meals not mentioned in Detailed Program.
  • Cambodia Visa fee (30/person) and Vietnam Visa fee (USD 25/pax)
  • Early check-in, late check-out surcharge.
  • Surcharge for Christmas and New Year period (to be advised upon booking confirmation)
  • Tipping for Guides (USD 5/pax/day) and Drivers (USD 2/pax/day)
  • Banking fee for payment by bank transfer
  • Other expense not mentioned in the program.
  • Single supplement 3-star: $411/ $433; 4-star: $540/ $589; 5-star: $920/ 1071$
  • Entry/Admission - Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Day 6 & Day 7 upgrade: The above tour is based on regular tour with medium to big group size. If an upgrade to deluxe tour (small group under 10 pax) is required (available on Day 6 and Day 7), surcharge is USD 38/pax. We strongly recommend an upgrade for guests who book 5-star package.
  • Transportation on Day 9: clients will move by own cycling on this day which is more suitable for the young or active people. Though it is not really challenging, the middle- aged guests should consider before taking part in the trip; otherwise they are suggested to be transferred by car instead. A surcharge will be applied as below: - Group size 1 pax, USD15/pax, local scooter taxi. - Group size 2 pax, USD25/ 4-seater private car. - Group size 3 pax, USD30/ 7-seater private car. - Group size 4 pax up, no charge applied for car transfer
  • A compulsory gala dinner on the night of Christmas and New Year Eve will be required at some 4-star hotels and most of 5-star hotels. A similar will be applied at all the cruise in Halong Bay. The details will be informed at the time of booking.
  • Child policy: - Child’s rate applicable to child from 2 years old to less than 12 years old. (Sharing twin room with other member, full charge as adult rate; With an extra bed occupancy, will charge 75% of adult rate; Without bed, will charge 50% of adult rate, maximum 02 child without bed sharing room with parents.) - Child from 12 year old onwards counted as adults’ rate. - Infant (under 2 years old): free of charge.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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