Two Southeast Asian nations, Cambodia and Vietnam both hold a special place in every traveller’s heart. While Ho Chi Minh City during the Vietnam trip boasts impressive French colonial architecture and the Vietnamese War Museum, Siem Reap in Cambodia is home to the famous Angkor Wat temple complex.
Best of Vietnam and Cambodia
.Accommodation in a twin or double room with daily breakfast
.Meals as specified in the itinerary
.Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
.Experienced English or Mandarin speaking guide during all tours and transfers
.Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival as complementary (for foreigners who need visa)
.Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
.Mineral water is available as complementary
.International & Domestic flight tickets
.Meals if not specified in the itinerary
.Gratuities for guides and drivers
.Visa stamping fee at the airport
.Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
.Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
.All other services not specified in the itinerary
DAY 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL (D)
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: In Ho Chi Minh | Meals: Dinner (Indian food)
DAY 2: HOCHIMINH – CITY TOUR – CU CHI TUNNELS (B/L/D)
Morning, drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, 75 km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and later on 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. Lunch at local restaurant
Afternoon, take a city tour to visit War Remnants Museum which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam War with the both the French and Americans, Reunification Palace was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral as a French-built neo-Roman cathedral, the Saigon Central Post Office, former US Embassy, Cho Lon or the city’s China Town including the Quan Am Pagoda and the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built in 1909.
Accommodation: In Ho Chi Minh | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Indian food)
DAY 3: HOCHIMINH – PHNOM PENH BY PUBLIC BUS (B/L/D)
Free at leisure until transfer to bus station to take the bus to Phnom Penh (Approximately 6hours driving). You will have an apportunity to view the quite landscape through the way from Hochiminh to Phnom Penh Arrival Moc Bai border, check in then continue to transfer to Phnom Penh city. Arrival Phnom Penh, check in your hotel for refesh.
Accommodation: In Phnom Penh | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Indian food & Seafood)
DAY 4: PHNOM PENH (B/L/D)
Morning visit to the Apsara Arts Association, a local non-governmental organization whose aim is to see
Cambodian arts and culture become more valued and popular in Cambodia after having been destroyed by the ravages of war. The Royal Palace, which was built in 1866 and is comprised of numerous structures, one of which is the popular Silver Pagoda. Constructed with over 5,000 silver tiles, this building also houses a life-sized gold Maitreya Buddha that is decorated with 9584 diamonds and is one of Cambodia’s national treasures. Continue to visit the National Museum, A Khmer temple inspired building that houses the world’s largest collection of Khmer art sculptures, ceramics and bronzes. Although the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special exhibition on post-
Angkorian Buddha figures. Lunch at local restaurant Afternoon, continue to visit the ToulSleng Genocide Museum, which is essential for first time visitors to Cambodia. During the Pol Pot regime, ToulSleng, formerly a high school, was converted to a detention center known for interrogation and torture of prisoners before being transferred to the “Killing Fields.” Enjoy a bit of local shopping at the Toul Tom Pong Market, before visiting the fields at Cheung Ek. Today, the site is a memorial for Cambodians and visitors to pay their respect for those lost. A memorial stupa has been erected and displays over 5,000 human skulls, bones and clothes of the victims. The visit is a profoundly moving, but depressing experience.
DAY 5: PHNOM PENH - SIEM REAP BY PUBLIC BUS (B/L/D)
Breakfast then transfer to the bus station to depart for Siem reap (Approximately 6hours driving). Lunch en route (pay by your account) Arrival Siem reap, our guide and car pick you up the bus station then transfer to hotel for check in. Afternoon, take a half day tour to visit Tonle Sap Lake which is the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia. It is the heart of the Cambodian fishing industry and the lifeblood for millions of Khmers living on and around it. You will board a comfortable boat to see the true way of life in one of the floating villages of the Tonle Sap. Here you can see how Khmers and Vietnamese live and work side by side years later.
Accommodation: In Siem Reap | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Indian food & Seafood)
DAY 6: FULL DAY ANGKOR WAT – ANGKOR THOM (B/L/D)
Morning visit to Angkor Wat with your private guide. 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. Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides, each telling a story, but the most celebrated of these is the Churning of the Sea Milk, which is located on the east wing – your guide will explain the mystical tale behind it. Lunch at local restaurant Afternoon, the Angkor Thom with your private guide. You will visit the sprawling Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the enchanting Bayon. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very center of Angkor Thom City and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive bas-reliefs, but the main features are the towers each with 3 or 4 gently smiling faces, over 200 in total. Dinner at local restaurant with Apsara dance show.