VIETNAM CAMBODIA ( WATERWAY )

VIETNAM CAMBODIA ( WATERWAY )
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Overview

Ascend to the realm of the gods, Angkor Wat. Descend into hell at Tuol Sleng Prison. With a history both inspiring and depressing, Cambodia delivers an intoxicating present. Just as Angkor is more than its wat, so too is Cambodia more than its temples, and its urban areas can surprise with their sophistication. Chaotic yet charismatic capital Phnom Penh is a revitalized city earning plaudits for its gorgeous riverside location, cultural renaissance, and a world-class wining-and-dining scene. City of Siem Reap, with its cosmopolitan cafes and a diverse nightlife, is as much a destination as the nearby iconic Angkor temples. Upcoming Battambang, remain scent of Siem Reap before the advent of mass tourism, charms with graceful French architecture and a thriving contemporary art scene. Astonishingly exotic and utterly compelling, Vietnam is a country of breathtaking natural beauty with a unique heritage, where travel quickly becomes addictive. Unforgettable experiences are everywhere in Vietnam. There’s - The sublime: gazing over a surreal seascape of limestone islands from the deck of a traditional junk in Halong Bay, The ridiculous: taking 10 minutes just to cross the street through a tsunami of motorbikes in Hanoi, The inspirational: exploring the world’s most spectacular cave systems in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, The comical: watching a moped loaded with honking pigs weave a wobbly route along a country lane and The contemplative: witnessing a solitary grave in a cemetery of thousands of war victims.

Day 1

Arrive Ho Chi Minh

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to hotel for check in. The distance is approximately 30 minutes Meal: No meal Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh Full Day City Tour

Today, start city tour 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 and 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, stop at the Notre Dame Cathedral, a neo-Romanesque cathedral constructed between 1877 and 1883 using bricks from Marseilles and stained-glass windows from Chartres. Afterwards, stroll around Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles. Afternoon, continue on to the Old Saigon Post Office, former US Embassy and Cholon, the Chinatown with its Quan Am Pagoda and the Emperor Jade Pagoda (Phuoc Hai), one of the most interesting pagodas in Vietnam. It was built in 1909 by the Cantonese community. It’s filled with smoky incense and fantastic carved figurines and still buzzing with worshipers, many lounging in the front gardens. Meal: Breakfast Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Tay Ninh

Morning, drive 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 meaning names “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, continue transfer to Cu Chi, the Northern most suburban district of Ho Chi Minh City. 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. Meal: Breakfast Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 4

Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Can Tho

Morning, you will be picked up and travel past miles of flat rice fields, along a bustling road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho City, board a motorboat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on Thoi Son Island where you can listen to Southern traditional music performed by native artists. Next, you will change to a paddle boat to cruise through the narrow canals and visit households with traditional occupations of home-based coconut candy and rice-wine making. Continue travel by motorized boat to another island to visit a bee farm and taste tea with fresh honey from the beehives and enjoy fresh fruits. On the return to My Tho, stop to visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, a prominent local Buddhist structure built in 1850 with a unique architectural mixture of Vietnamese, Roman, Chinese and Cambodian styles characterized by a highly ornate façade. Afternoon, transfer to Can Tho, check in your hotel and spend time at leisure. Meal: Breakfast Overnight at hotel in Can Tho City

Day 5

Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Chau Doc

Morning, depart Ninh Kieu wharf by shuttle-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 witness the trading activities in the past using a traditional “offering pole” exchanging consumer goods hanging on the pole for Mekong fruit and vegetables with local sellers. Keep cruising and moving into the small canals called Rach Nho for more sightseeing and close observation of the Southern countryside lifestyle. Return to Ninh Kieu Quay. Then you are transferred to Chau Doc city, check in hotel & free in the rest of day Meal: Breakfast Overnight at hotel in Chau Doc

Day 6

Chau Doc - Phnom Penh Arrival

Morning, transfer to Chau Doc Pier, take speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. The speed boat time is approximately 6 hours. Start from Chau Doc at 6:00 AM and arrive in Phnom Penh at 12:00AM. Arrival in Phnom Penh, warm welcome by our tour guide then transfer to hotel for check in. Free & easy by yourselves Meal: Breakfast Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh

Day 7

Full Day Phnom Penh City Tour

Begin a half morning city tour with a visit to the Victory Monument, and the National Museum (called as Musee des Beaux-Arts). Next, you’ll visit a French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures – from throughout the ages. You’ll also discover the 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, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside includes a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Afternoon, continue to visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S 21) then explore the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, the driving distance is approximately 15Km from the city. You’ll 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, T-Shirts, CDs and lots of other local souvenirs. End of day stop at the Central market and in right time to views over the tree-lined avenues of the city during sunset Meal: Breakfast Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh

Day 8

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap By Car

Morning, we today drive to Siem Reap. The driving distance is approximately 6 hours En route, stop to see an ancient bridge called “Spean Kompong Kdei” that was built in the 13th century and it is 87 meters long. The balustrades are carved to look like the bodies of giant snakes. Upon arrive Siem Reap transfer to hotel for check in. Meal: Breakfast Overnight at hotel in siem Reap

Day 9

Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Tours

In the morning, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom, built in the 12th 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. After a short your rest, you will 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. This 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. End of day take a relaxing stopover at Prasat Chrung visiting Tadev Hole and temple with the best Sunset. Return to your hotel and end of the tour Meal: Breakfast Overnight at hotel in siem Reap

Day 10

Depart Siem Reap

Free at leisure until transfer airport for departure flight.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast.
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast/ L=Lunch/ D=Dinner).
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers.
  • Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival as complementary for Indian passport holder .
  • Speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh (SIC – Join with other group).
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Mineral water is available as complementary.

Exclusions

  • International & Domestic flight tickets.
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary.
  • Tipping for guides, drivers, hotel staff, restaurant staff, boat people, trishaw men etc.
  • Visa stamping fee at the airport (25US$ for single visa to Vietnam, 30US$ for visa to Cambodia, paid by cash at the airport) .
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance).
  • Surcharge for Tet Lunar New year holidays, Xmas and New year’s Eve.
  • Goods & Service Tax : 5%.

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Note : Hotels are subject to change due to availability reasons, and may be substituted with others of similar category and star rating.

Terms & Conditions

  • Price mentioned is on per person basis for two persons travelling together and sharing same room.
  • Bookings are subject to availability of rooms with the hotels.
  • The above package rate is not valid during national holidays, festivals & long weekends. Surcharges applicable.
  • In case of unavailability in the listed hotels, alternate accommodation will be made in a hotel of similar standard.
  • Rates are valid for Indian Nationals only.

Cancellation Charges

No of days prior to departure Charges Applied On
0-7 Days 100 % Package price per person
8-14 Days 75 % Package price per person
15-29 Days 50 % Package price per person
30-45 Days 25 % Package price per person
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