SAI GON - TAY NINH - CU CHI TUNNELS - MY THO - BEN TRE - CAN THO - CHAU DOC - CAI RANG - PHNOMPENH - SIEM RIEP - ANGKOR WAT
10 Days/ 9 Nights
This journey combines the most alluring places of Cambodia and Vietnam. You experience wonderful diversity, from industrious Saigon and the Mekong Delta to picturesque Central Vietnam, then beautiful Hanoi and Halong Bay. And Cambodia brings us to the home to riverside Phnom Penh and the history and rich culture in Temples of Angkor, Cambodia is one of Asia’s hottest new destinations and is a treat for the senses...
* BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 1: Arrival – Saigon Package Tour
Day 2: Saigon Full Day Sightseeing Tour
Day 3: Saigon to Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 4: Saigon – My Tho Cruising to Ben Tre – Can Tho
Day 5: Can Tho Boat Trip to Cai Rang – Chau Doc
Day 6: Chau Doc to Phnom Penh by Speed Boat
Day 7: Phnom Penh Package Tour
Day 8: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Day 9: Angkor Watt Fullday Tour
Day 10: Siem Reap – Departure
DAY 1 – VIETNAM TOUR TO CAMBODIA BY MEKONG RIVER: ARRIVAL – SAI GON PACKAGE TOURS (-/-/-)
On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel for check in.
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 cafes. (If time permits) we stroll around the down town to explore the different local ways of life Ho Chi Minh – Vietnam.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
Hochiminh City – Thien Hau Pagoda
DAY 2 – VIETNAM TOUR TO CAMBODIA BY MEKONG RIVER: SAIGON FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOURS (B/-/-)
In the morning, the tour will take you to visit our bustling and friendly city. Your will be excited to view the daily life of local people with the crowded bikes and motorbikes. This tour gives you a chance to exploring the Exotic Street & sights of business city. Start with Reunification Palace, which is now preserved as a museum, including the underground communications bunkers, headquarters for the Saigon Government during the American War. Nearby are Notre Dame Cathedral – an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral & Post office – the city’s major landmark. We have a shot walking down the shopping Dong Khoi street offers photo shooting opportunities. After seeing the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum, we continue our trip on to the teeming Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale! It is time for lunch with Pho noodle soup.
In the afternoon we visit Cho Lon –the city’s Chinatown – a reminder of Chinese influence on the country. Cho lon is bustling during the day and night. We will walk down the hundreds of small side street where peole buying and selling a huge variety of items. Stop over at Thien Hau pagoda for photo shooting. What makes Cho Lon so special are the sights and sound of its streets.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 3 – VIETNAM TOUR TO CAMBODIA BY MEKONG RIVER: SAI GON SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO TAY NINH – CU CHI TUNNELS (B/-/-)
The incredible underground network in Cu Chi stretched over 200 kilometers and became legendary during the American war. The extensive tunnels have been specially constructed with living areas, weapon factories, filed hospitals, command centers, 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.
Cu Chi Tunnels – Cai Rang Floating Market
DAY 4 – VIETNAM TOUR TO CAMBODIA BY MEKONG RIVER: SAI GON – MY THO CRUISING TO BEN TRE – CAN THO (B/-/-)
In the morning, 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.
After lunch at a local restaurant, proceed to Can Tho .
Arrive in Can Tho, the city located on Mekong Delta bank.
O/N in Can Tho.
DAY 5 – VIETNAM TOUR TO CAMBODIA BY MEKONG RIVER: CAN THO BOAT TRIPS TO CAI RANG – CHAU DOC TRAVEL PACKAGES (B/-/-)
After breakfast, board a sampan to visit Cai Rang floating market and a fruit garden (Ba Cong) and then ride on a “xe loi” (motor cyclo) from Chap Phap Bridge to Binh Thuy Ancient House. Observe the rural life and enjoy the beautiful vegetation along the riverbanks. In the afternoon, drive to Chau Doc, near the Cambodian border.
On arrival, visit Sam Mountain, a popular pilgrimage site with a host of Chinese, Cham and Khmer temples before checking into your hotel.
Overnight in Chau Doc.
DAY 6 – VIETNAM TOUR TO CAMBODIA BY MEKONG RIVER: CHAU DOC PACKAGE TOURS – PHNOM PENH BY A SPEED BOAT (B/-/-)
After early breakfast at the hotel, we depart from Chau Doc Town around 7 am. We transfer to the boat dock. First we take a ride cruising to a fish farm, and you will hear about the ways of life and doing business of the floating-house people.
Speed Boat to Phnom Penh – Cham Minority in Phnom Penh
A Cham minority village is the next one visited, where a towel weaving workshop is located with the weaving of the colorful traditional wears (Sarongs and towels). We have a chance to learn more about the Mekong delta people on stilted houses, especially Cham ethnic minority people.
Coming to Phnompenh in lunch time. Check in on arrival.
In the afternoon, visit National Museum, it was build in 1917and designed in Khmer style by famed French architect Georges Groslier & Ecole Des Arts. The museum has a good collection of Khmer sculptures dating from the pre-Angkor period (4th centuries) to post-Angkor period (14th centuries). Then visit Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, Silver Pagoda, Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. When you exit from the Royal Palaces, Then continue your visit to the riverfront, it is the most popular place for the tourist. The view of the confluence of Mekong and Tonle Sap River is the geographically unique Dinner at local restaurant.
O/N at Phnom Penh.
DAY 7 – VIETNAM TOUR TO CAMBODIA BY MEKONG RIVER: PHNOM PENH PACKAGE TOURS (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel
Today, we Visit the notorious Killing Fields ” Choeung Ek” 15km southwest of Phnom Penh. This one is the site of brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of whom first suffered through interrogations, torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison during Pol Pot regime (From 1975–1979). Then return back on the way drop and visit to the handicraft shop, spa and vocational training restaurant. This place was created in 1996 by Pour un Sourire d’ Enfant (PSE). Is the NGO that aims to rescue Cambodian children who are forced to scavenge through the rubbish dumps to survive, especially around Steung Mean Chey garbage dump in Phnom Penh. Today we prefer you to have lunch over there. (Your account)
This afternoon, we Visit Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmei), the distinctive art-deco styling of this market makes it stand out among the architecture of Phnom Penh, where you can shop for souvenirs, clothes, jewelry, silver products, etc. Dinner at local restaurant, O/N at Phnom Penh
(Optional for boat cruise along the Mekong River, 1 or 2hrs)
Scene on Route to Killing Field
DAY 8 – VIETNAM TOUR TO CAMBODIA BY MEKONG RIVER: PHNOM PENH PACKAGE TOURS – SIEM REAP- ANGKOR TOURS (B/-/D)
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to Siem Reap by morning flight. The town of Siem Reap is our base for visiting the world famous temples of the ancient city Angkor, which is home for the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire dating from 802 AD to 1350 AD. This stunning and extensive site sprawls through the dense jungle, over an area of 60 square miles. On arrival met and transfer direct to hotel for check in. Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch at local restaurant Angkor Watt – Cambodia (Your account)
In this afternoon, we visit Angkor National Museum & to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng Hills. Dinner and enjoy with Aspara Dance Show at local restaurant, O/N at Siem Reap. (Optional for elephant or balloon riding)
DAY 9 – VIETNAM TOUR TO CAMBODIA BY MEKONG RIVER: ANGKOR WATT PACKAGE TOURS (B/-/-)
(Optional for view sunrise at early morning)
Today, we take time to visit Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic. Preah Khan temple, Built by the King Jayavarman VII. Lunch at local restaurant. (Your account )
This aternoon, we continue to visit the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Keo, constructed in late 10th early 11th century C.E, the first temple to be constructed wholly of sandstone. We go for dinner at local restaurant, O/N at Siem Reap.
DAY 10 – VIETNAM TOUR TO CAMBODIA BY MEKONG RIVER: SIEM REAP PACKAGE TOURS – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel
We board on boat in Tonle Sap Lake. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals. Lunch at local restaurant. (Your account)
Free leisure for your own time for rolling at local market for shopping until transfer to Siem Reap International airport departure flight.
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• Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Domestic Air-tickets: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
• Accommodation in hotels (Twin / Double shared room)
• Meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch & D = Dinner
• Regional English or French speaking guide
• Entrance fee to indicated sights
• Boat trip in Can Tho, Chau Doc – Phnom Penh
• Pure bottled water & wipes
• Visa Approval Letter to Vietnam
Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room supplement, personal expenses, travel insurance, visa, flight in/ out Indochina, any optional additional tours or activities during free time.
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