Southern Vietnam & Cambodia- CODE: IN01
Welcome at the airport on arrival in Saigon and transfer to the hotel for check-in. If time permits, short sightseeing around the city. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Saigon.
A full day city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, takes in the city’s bustling Chinatown and begins with a visit to the Thien Hau Temple, from where you will take a cyclo ride; the most appropriate and unusual way to explore Cholon, literally meaning ‘big market’. The ride takes you to the lively Binh Tay Market. Then visit a lacquer ware factory to witness workers continuing a Vietnamese ancestral tradition.
After lunch visit the War Museum and the former Presidential Palace, from there on you will go on foot (the car will be available at all times) to visit the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Opera House and City Hall. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the west of Vietnam. At Tay Ninh visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail. In the afternoon visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence.
Dinner at your own. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 4: HO CHI MINH CITY - CAI BE - CAN THOI
Leave Ho Chi Minh City after breakfast for Vinh Long. On arrival at Cai Be board a boat to explore the floating market, typical of the Mekong Delta. Continue by boat to Binh Hoa Phuoc Island to visit orchards of tropical fruit and have lunch in the famous Bonsai garden of Mr Sau Giao. After lunch continue by boat to Vinh Long and then by road to Can Tho, 30km away. Check into Victoria Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5: CAN THO - CHAU DOC
After breakfast check out the hotel and head north-west to Chau Doc, situated on the Cambodian border. Transfer to Victoria Chau Doc Hotel on arrival. In the afternoon take a boat to visit the unique farms where fish are bred in wooden cages suspended under floating houses on the river. Continue by boat to visit a village of stilt houses belonging to the Cham minority where colourful traditional textiles are woven on old wooden looms. Return to dry land in time to drive up Sam Mountain to watch the sunset over the Cambodian border. Overnight in Chau Doc.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast board the Victoria speed boat to Phnom Penh. Visa formalities take about 45 minutes at the border and Cambodian visas must be issued before hand, as they are not available on the border at the present time. Continue by river to Phnom Penh. We will be met and transferred to our hotel. After years of violence and terror, Phnom Penh is a city reinventing itself. Many parts of the city are testament to its French colonial past while the recently developed riverfront area is proof of its future. Afternoon, half day tour to the Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, is the most conspicuous feature and also one of impressive colorful Khmer -style Palaces. Nearside the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple), display plenty of Buddha Statues that were decorated and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver. Travelers will proceed to visit Independence Monument which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony, continuing visit to National Museum, the distinctive red building with a beautiful Khmer architecture was build since 1917 and contains more than 5000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver. Copper, wood and others. Lunch & Dinner at your own. O/N in Phnom Penh
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Pochentong Airport after breakfast for the morning flight to Siem Reap. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire.
Visit to South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphoun, the Terrace of Temple, Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch. It is time to visit the world wonder of Angkor Wat and sunset from Phnom Bakheng Hill. O/N in Siem Riep.
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue to the enchanting temple of the Banteay Srei, nearly everyone's favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of it decorative carvings.
In the afternoon, visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to the "anastylosis" restoration method being used. Visit the beginning of Angkor period of Rolous group: Preah Kor, Bakong and Lo Lei temple. O/N in Siem Riep.
After breakfast, take a boat trip on the great lake, Tonle Sap (July-February only) or visit the workshops of Artisans d’Angkor to see wood and stone carving or shop for souvenirs before a transfer to Siem Reap Airport for the onward departure flight.
Note: Speed boat makes a stop at Vinh Xuong Gate in Vietnam to do exit visa. Then stop again at Khau Kaam Samnor Gate in Cambodia for immigration procedure then continue to Sisovat Pier in Phnom Penh.