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Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City - Tay Ninh - Mekong Delta - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Starts in/Finishes in: Ho Chi Minh City/Siem Reap
Highlights:

  • Visit Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City which was once also called “the Pearl of the Far East”.
  • Get some basic knowledge of the Cao-Dai religion at Tay Ninh Holy See Temple
  • Explore the famous Cu Chi Tunnels with amazing underground tunnels built by Viet Cong under Vietnam war
  • Hop on the cruise will take you to visit the vibrant floating markets to experience a special type of market in Mekong Delta
  • Take some peaceful time at a laid-back Phnom Penh – capital city of Cambodia
  • Marvel at Angkor Wat- the place that captures the heart of travelers all over the world

Duration: 9 days

Travel Style: Featured Tours , Multi-country Tours
Suitable: First timers, Culture seekers, Couple

TRIP IN DETAILS

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:
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle


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
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

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
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

This morning you’ll head south 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 …Visit a handicraft village where you can see how they make rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce & soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage roof. Later, a rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals to enjoy peacefulness of the Delta. You will also see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to interact with them and see how they catch fish or pick up fruits by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta. A tasty lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Afternoon walk around and then enjoy some fresh fruits while listening to the traditional music. The trip today also takes in some gentle cycling along 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 heart of the Mekong Delta for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle, Boat

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 a 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 6:00 am.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle, Boat

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, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle, Plane

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
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle, Plane


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 is now nearing the end of an eight-year 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
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

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, Lunch
Accommodation:
Transportation: Private vehicle, Boat

PRICE & INCLUSION

From: US$ 691 per person for a private tour of minimum 6 guests traveling together
Valid till October 31, 2021

Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches
Transportation: Private vehicle, Boat, Plane
Accommodation: 8 Nights
  • Accommodation in three star hotels in Vietnam and Cambodia (Twin shared) with breakfasts
  • All pick up and transfers by private vehicle with experienced driver.
  • The use of private boat cruises in Vinh Long & Can Tho
  • Private boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake in Siem Reap
  • English speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the programme
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • All government taxes
  • Entry visa to Vietnam & Cambodia
    International and regional flight tickets and airport taxes
  • Domestic flight ticket (economy class): Phnom Penh – Siem Reap, inclusive of domestic airport taxes.
  • Travel Insurances
  • Drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program

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