10 DAYS – AMAZING SOUTHENR VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

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  • Route: Hochiminh – Cu Chi Tunnels – My tho – Can Tho – Phnom Penh - Siem Reap – Angkor Wat
  • Travel style: History & Culture
  • Duration: 10 Days/19 Nights
  • Tour Code: ACIND10D-2
  • Start: Hochiminh
  • Finish: Siem Reap

 

OVERVIEW:

Vietnam and Cambodia are two jewels in Indochina peninsula; bot claims a fascinating history and culture but also dynamic development and growth. This 2-country tour is designed for those who do not have much time for travelling. During only 10 days, you can visit two countries and see all the must-see destinations of the South Vietnam plus Siem Reap, Cambodia. From the bustling Ho Chi Minh city to the unimaginable historical Cu Chi tunnels.  Immerse yourself into the local daily life in the floating market on Mekong river to experience life in Mekong delta. From Siem Reap, you can visit one of the most astounding archaeological sites in the world: Angkor Temples and get told about the history of Khmer kings at their height power. This tour helps you to have an outlook of Vietnam – Cambodia but will leave you with a deeper understanding of Indochina region.

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • DAY 1: HOCHIMINH ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2: HOCHIMINH – CITY TOUR
  • DAY 3: HOCHIMINH – CU CHI TUNNELS – TAY NINH
  • DAY 4: HOCHIMINH – MY THO – CANTHO
  • DAY 5: CANTHO – CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET – CHAU DOC
  • DAY 6: CHAU DOC – SPEED BOAT TO PHNOM PENH
  • DAY 7: PHNOM PENH – CITY TOUR
  • DAY 8: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP
  • DAY 9: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT TOURS
  • DAY 10: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • See the French influences in stylish architectures in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Explore the underground tunnels of Cu Chi
  • Learn more about a rare religion of Cao Dai and its unique architectural style
  • Boat through lively floating market in the Mekong Delta
  • Cross the border to Cambodia by speed boat
  • Visit the impressive ‘Killing Fields” in Phnom Penh
  • Go shopping at an outdoor market
  • Marvel at the wonders of Angkor temples

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
  • Private services & daily departure
  • Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve,
  • Surcharge for booking during Peak Season at hotels (Xmas, New Year, Chinese New Year)

 

SPECIAL OFFER

  • [Free] Mineral water is available.
  • [Free] Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival
  • [Free] Vietnam Traditional Gift

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Halong Bay
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private board for sightseeing in My Tho, Can Tho
  • Speed board ticket from Chaudoc to Phnom Penh
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamping fee at the airport
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary

 

HOTEL CATEGORY

Place

Standard (3*)

First class (4*)

Deluxe (5*)

Luxury (5*)

Hochiminh

Thien Tung Saigon Hotel

Deluxe Room

www.thientunghotel.com.vn 

Aristo Saigon Hotel

Premier Deluxe Room

www.aristosaigonhotel.com

Majestic Saigon Hotel

Colonial Deluxe

www.majesticsaigon.com.vn

Caravelle Saigon Hotel

Deluxe Room

www.caravellehotel.com

Cantho

Van Phat Riverside Hotel

Standard room

www.vanphatriverside.com  

Fortuneland Cantho Hotel

Superior room

www.fortunelandhotel.com  

Victoria Cantho Resort

Superior room

www.victoriahotels.asia   

Victoria Cantho Resort

Superior room

www.victoriahotels.asia   

Chau Doc

Chau Pho Hotel

Standard room

www.chauphohotel.com

Victoria Nuisam Lodge

Superior room

www.victoriahotels.asia   

Victoria Chaudoc Resort

Superior room

www.victoriahotels.asia   

Victoria Chaudoc Resort

Superior room

www.victoriahotels.asia   

Phnom Penh

Cardamom hotel

Standard room

www.cardamomhotel.com.vn

Phnom Penh hotel

Superior room

www.phnompenhhotel.com

Intercontinental hotel

Deluxe room

www.intercontinentalhotes

Sofitel Phnom Penh

Superior room

www.sofitel.com

Siem Reap

Angkor Holiday hotel

Superior room

www.angkorholidayhotel.com.vn

Tara Angkor hotel

Superior room

www.taraangkorhotel.com

Sokha Angkor hotel

Deluxe (city view)

www.sokhahotels.com

Sofitel Angkor Resort

Superior room

www.sofitel.com/angkor

All other alternative hotels will be used in case the above mentioned hotels are fully booked

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: HOCHIMINH ARRIVAL

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. Ho Chi Minh City formerly named Saigon is the largest city and economic center of Vietnam always bustled with activities of modern life. It is where businesses converge and shoppers indulge themselves into unlimited choices. However the city also carries with it a rich historical legacy in contrast with its dazzling glamor.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 2: HOCHIMINH – CITY TOUR

Meet our guide at your hotel and take a full city tour. Start with a visit to the War Remnants Museum, which features an extensive collection of exhibits including weaponry, photos and documentation on Vietnam’s wars with the French and Americans. Continue to the Reunification Palace, which was formerly the South Vietnam President’s residence and symbol of the Southern Administration’s reign until end of April 1975. Next, call in Sai Gon Post Office, a fine colonial building which was designed and built in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. Stop at Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built over 130 years ago by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles. Move on to Cho Lon or the city’s China Town where you will visit the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built in 1909 in dedication to the Lord of Heaven.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 3: HOCHIMINH – CU CHI TUNNELS – TAY NINH

Morning, transfer to Tay Ninh province, 99 km Northwest of Ho Chi Minh City to visit the Great Temple also known as The Holy See Temple of a rare religion named Cao Dai native to the province. Cao Dai was established in 1926 as a monotheistic religion with its name meaning “Way of the Highest Lord” and its symbol of the left eye standing for Highest Lord’s clairvoyant power and wisdom. However it incorporates some aspects of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and even Catholicism. The Great Temple, which was built in 1933, has a unique cross-architectural style akin to the religion’s blended nature.

Afternoon, discover the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and the Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 4: HOCHIMINH – MY THO – CANTHO

Today we take an excursion to My Tho.  We will be traveling past miles of flat rice fields, along a bustling High Way. On arrival at My Tho, we board a Mekong cruise boat to Thoi Son Island where we will be entertained with traditional music.  We will then change to a paddle boat to cruise through the narrow canals and visit home grown industries like coconut candy and rice-wine making. We next travel by motorized boat to another Mekong island to visit a bee farm and try tea with fresh honey from the beehives and enjoy fresh seasonal fruits. As we return to My Tho there will be a visit to the Vinh Trang Pagoda.

Afternoon, drive to Can Tho & check in and free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Cantho

DAY 5: CANTHO – CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET – CHAU DOC

Morning, depart Ninh Kieu wharf by boat, you can see bustling activities along Can Tho riverbanks. Particularly, you may know how local people go fishing with plenty of fish traps and how they transport passengers as well as products by the waterway. Approaching Cai Rang floating market, you can reappear the selling activities in the past using a traditional “offering pole” exchanging consumer goods hanging on the pole for Mekong fruit and vegetables with local sellers. To understand more about lifestyle over here, keep on going into the small creeks called Rach Nho in which the Southern countryside can be seen clearly before cruising back to Ninh Kieu Wharf.

Afternoon, drive to Chau Doc & check in and free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Chau Doc

DAY 6: CHAU DOC – SPEED BOAT TO PHNOM PENH

Morning, free leisure until transfer to Ninh Kieu boat ferry for departure to Phnom Penh

Arrival Phnom Penh, meet your driver with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. Check in your hotel and free.

Afternoon, take a half day city tour to visit Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace. Then continue to the National Museum, This is one of Phnom Penh's true architectural gems. Then, back to the hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 7: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP

Morning, visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S 21), followed the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek (15Km from the city. We will visit as well Russian market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs. Then, transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide to airport for flight to Siem Reap

Arrival Siem Reap, meet your driver and transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 8: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT TOUR

Morning, visit the unique brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, and continue to Ta Prohm. One of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit as well Takeo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda. Lunch included at local restaurant. Visit Preah Khan temple. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Continue your visit to Neak Pean, a fountain (built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, Eastern Mebon, guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation, and Pre Rup, the mountain-temple until sunset.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 9: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT TOURS

In the morning, visit to 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 included at local restaurant., after your rest, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 10: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE 

Leisure time until transfer to Airport in Siem Reap for departure

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