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Indochina Tours


Highlights of Cambodia & South Vietnam

Duration:       13 days - 12 nights
Departure:     Daily                                                               
Start From:   
Siem Reap or Reverse                
Destinations:
 Siem Reap–Angkor Temples- Phnom Penh –Mekong –Saigon –Tayninh –
                      Cuchi –Muine Beach
 
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BRIEF ITINERARY:


Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap - Welcome to Cambodia

Day 2: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (B)

Day 3: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (B)

Day 4: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (B)

Day 5: Phnom Penh – Chau Doc (Vietnam) (B)

Day 6: Chau Doc – Mekong River on private Song Xanh Cruise (B/L/D)

Day 7: Mekong River on private Song Xanh Cruise (B/L/D)

Day 8: Cai Be – Saigon (B)

Day 9: Saigon (B)

Day 10: Saigon – Cuchi – Tayninh (B)

Day 11: Saigon – Muine Beach resort (B)

Day 12: Muine Beach resort (B)

Day 13: Muine – Back to Saigon for departure (B)
 

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DETAIL ITINERARY:


Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap – Welcome to Cambodia

Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not ready until the afternoon)

Visit the Roluos GroupThe monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89), are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples, with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor.

 

In the afternoon, continue your temple tour.  See the unique interior brick sculptures Prasat Kravan, the Srah Srang reservoir (known as "The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation) and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup until sunsetOvernight at hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Day 2: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (B)

In the morning, 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 Wats five towers symbolize Merus five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. 

 

Afternoon, visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal EnclosurePhimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset at Angkor Wat.  Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Day 3: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (B)

An early bird special:

Transfer to the archaeological site for the sunrise from the Phnom Bakheng, one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray  and Angkor Wat Or sunrise at Srah Srang

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Morning, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohmone of the areas most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery.
 

In the afternoon, you continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. 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, the temple of Prea Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som and Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the ensemble.  Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Day 4: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (B)

Early morning transfer to the boat station in the Tonle Sap Lake for the express boat trip to PhnomPenh. The 5 hour boat trip will take you through the floating villages and you will see the local life on the Tonle Sap Lake, the biggest lake in Asia, and along the Mekong River where you will see the real countryside of Cambodia.

Arrive in Phnom Penh at around 12.00 at noon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

 

Afternoon, we will visit this charming city of Phnom Penh: Visit to the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. 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. The Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek are not to be missed. A visit to these sights provides a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. Visit Wat Phnom temple. Before ending the tour of today, we enjoy the Cyclo ride along the Mekong River side to visit Children Khmer Dancing School.

 

In the evening, enjoy the boat cruising along Mekong River until sunset and dinner will be provided on the boat. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh

 

Day 5: Phnom Penh – Chau Doc (Vietnam) (B)

Morning, visit 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 include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. We continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Toul Tom Pong, all called the “Russian Market”, where anything and everything is for sales.
 

Early afternoon, you will be transfer to the boat station for the express boat trip to Chau Doc, the border town of Vietnam. To enter Vietnam at border with Cambodia, you will need to have Vietnam visa in advance. (We can help you to get the visa approval letter and you will bring this letter to the Vietnam Embassy at your place to get the visa).  

Arrive Chau Doc in late afternoon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Chau Doc.

 

Day 6: Chau Doc – Mekong River on private Boat (B/L/D) – Fri, 18th Sep

Located on the upper Mekong Delta, Chau Doc town is 280 km (174 miles) south-west of Ho Chi Minh City close to the Cambodian border. With such proximity to Cambodia, the local population is an eclectic mix of Cham, Khmer, Chinese and Vietnamese, sharing different cultures and historical richness.

Your cruise journey on the private sampan will start at noon. We will be cruising the Mekong river and see the floating fish farming villages, floating markets and Cham villages, an ancient Muslim ethnic population with their kingdom covering Cambodia and south Vietnam during the 10th century.

We will continue our cruise to Cho Moi on such a beautiful river, little arm of the Mekong, where several traditional activities can be observed on the banks (artisanal boat factories, bamboo baskets making, palm leaves cutting, net fishing), as well as old Vietnamese temples dating from late 19th century.

In the evening, we will organize for you an exciting experience in a village located in the suburbs of Cho Moi, where your dinner will be arranged at some typical local house. You will be able to share experiences with family members and learn about traditional Southern Vietnam lifestyle, one of the highlights of your journey on the Mekong which should not be forgotten! Back on board your private sampan for your first night on the boat on the river.

 

Day 7: Mekong Discovery on private Boat (B/L/D)

The breakfast will be served on board at 07am.Your Sampan will slowly leave Cho Moi for Sa Dec and proceed the cruise downstream the river to Long Xuyen, a peaceful provincial town located on the Mekong’s banks. We will pass by several luxuriant islands, crossing countless sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fishes, showing an intense activity on the river. Approaching Long Xuyen, your lunch will be served on board. Later, you will have a quick tour of Long Xuyen typical center before cruising further to “Cu Lao Ong Ho” (The Tiger Island) for a visit at Ton Duc Thang museum, second president of Vietnam…We will proceed downstream on the Mekong river to Sa Dec. Some stops on the banks will be possible for cycling tours to discover deeper the inhabitants’ life style.

Back on board your sampan, you will enjoy a romantic dinner served on the deck during the sunset. Second night on board on the Mekong River…

 

Day 8: Cai Be – Saigon (B)
Early morning, your breakfast will be served on board while cruising. Further, Sa Dec town will appear like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals…You will disembark for a guided visit of this charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses and Chinese temples dating from the last century are numerous… You will visit the local

market and the Trung Vuong primary school where well known writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood (see her famous novel turned into the movie “The Lover”).

After lunch, your sampan will proceed to Vinh Long, cruising by Dong Phu and An Binh islets famous for their fruit orchards. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people. Crossing the large Co Chien River we will pass under the spectacular My Thuan Bridge. On the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the largest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit.

We will proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer. A delicious lunch will await you at "Le Longanier", a superb Indochinese villa located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations.

Our cruise continues on to Cai Be where you will visit Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Visits will be made at an ancient mandarin house dating from 1890 where you will we welcomed by the owner. Another stop at some local home factories will allow you to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other specialties are traditionally made.

We will finish our Mekong River adventure on private Song Xanh sampa in Cai Be where will take our car for the trip to Saigon. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

 

Day 9: Saigon (B)

Although Saigon is a big and chaotic metropolis, but this makes your discovering the city are unique. Nice colonial center, with broad promenades and squares, and some French influence buildings that should not be missed. There are also many nice temples and pagodas. Another of the things visitors should not miss is popular markets - a great place to taste the local food specialties. Our sightseeing in this city tour inclusive Reunification Palace, War Museum, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Notre Dame Cathedral, Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Pagoda, on the way back we visit bustling China Town, and Ben Thanh Market. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

 

Day 10: Saigon – Cuchi – Tayninh (B)

We depart the hotel in the morning for Cu Chi to visit the Tunnels. Cu Chi Tunnels are a network of underground tunnels begun in 1948 by the Viet Minh in their struggle against the French. These  tunnels were expanded and used by the Viet Cong during the war between Vietnam and America. Americans called this the “Iron Triangle” and was a stronghold of the Vietcong for almost thirty years. Walk underground in the tunnels. From here you will continue on to see the Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh, where each day at noon a prayer service is held. It is a striking structure on a very large compound. The term Cao Dai (meaning higher tower or place) is a euphemism for God. Caodaism was found in the 1920’s by Ngo Minh Chieu, using a combination of teaching from Buddism, Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and other religions into one religion to promote peace. Have lunch on your own and back to Saigon at mid afternoon.

Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

 

Day 11: Saigon – Muine Beach resort (B)

We depart after breakfast for the 4 hour drive to Phan Thiet Province, seaside resort of Mui Ne. Besides fine sandy beaches, Mui Ne has an imposing landscape of sand dunes that impress all visitors. Many of them have been an inspiration of artistic photographs and paintings shown in postcards and travel brochures that promote Vietnam tourism.
Enjoy this afternoon o­n the beach. Overnight at beach resort in Muine.

Day 12: Muine Beach resort (B)

Free day at leisure in the beach resort.

Overnight at beach resort in Muine.

 

Day 13: Muine – Back to Saigon for departure (B)

You will be free until the transfer back to the airport in Saigon for the departure flight. Say “Farewell to Saigon and Vietnam”.
 

Include

Accommodation with daily breakfast bases on twin/double sharing rooms

2 nights on the private sampan on Mekong River

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

Airport transfers & tour transport by private vehicle with A/C

Boat tickets: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh & Phnom Penh to Chau Doc

Local English speaking tour guides

All entrance fees and permits where applicable

 

Exclude

Meals that not mentioned in the program

Travel insurance

Vietnam visa (Upon request: 20 US$/Person)

Cambodia visa

International flight and departure tax

Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses
 

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Private Asia Tours Co., Ltd specializes in private and personalized travel services and tours in Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos.

Planning your personalized travel on Private Asia Tours is easy and enjoyable. You can always change, modify, or adjust your package details to suit your travel plan, flight schedule and budget before actually making the final purchase. The custom-design service of Private Asia Tours is absolutely free!

 

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Vietnam major places of interest:
Hanoi, Halong Bay, MaiChau, Sapa, NinhBinh, PhongNha, DMZ, Hue, Danang, Hoian, NhaTrang, DaLat, PhanThiet-MuiNe, Saigon, Mekong Delta , PhuQuoc, CuChi Tunnels, CaoDai Temple

 

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