Cambodia and Vietnam have had their share of incredible history, and have fought against it and built their country. These countries share a beautiful story of inspiration and both offer more than what meets the eyes.
Cambodia, known for its rich heritage and archeological brilliance through Angkor Wat and the charming river-side city of Siem Reap. And Vietnam has its share of ancient palaces, secret caves and lagoons and wonderful art galleries to keep culture seekers busy for days. Together some trips are much better!
Welcome to Phnom Penh! After checkin and a relaxing break, set out to discover the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, a very fun way to explore this lively city. First, head to the Royal Palace. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Then the National Museum, which houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Don’t miss out on the Wat Phnom temple, the founding place of the city on a small hilltop where locals come to pray for good luck. See? Stay in Phnom Penh overnight.
Let's fly to Siem Reap today. On arrival in Siem Reap, meet and greet with our guide and get settled at the hotel. By noon, start with Angkor by visiting the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Enter through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant. Then head to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This incredible monument has 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. Done for the day? Let's head back!
The new day starts with an exploration of the Small Circuit temples. Start Ta Prohm cover Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. As it's quite humid there, we return to hotel for a break. Evening brings to you once in a lifetime experience of the famous Angkor Wat. We will let your experience do the talking. Just know this, it's one of the most incredible sights on earth.
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to embark on the Vietnamese journey.
We explore Ho Chi Minh City today! Start with the China in Vietnam - Cholon, the Chinatown district. Enjoy markets, shops and the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda - dedicated to the goddess of the Sea. We can visit Vietnam's first traditional medicine museum, the FITO Museum, with an amazing collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine. It is interesting how effectively they fared before the arrival of "English medicines". After this it's time a leasurely stroll at Ben Thanh Market where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered. In the afternoon visit the War Remnants or History Museum and the former Presidential Palace. Strolling through these places is advised though your vehicle will be available at all times. It's a lovely ambiance in the colonial Ho Chi Min City!
Leave behind the hustle and bustle of city today for a 2 hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be. Take a cruise at Cai Be floating market in a local boat. We will also stop by the cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. We return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island, along the scenic route while taking in the the daily life of the local villagers. Enjoy lunch in Mekong style serving specialties of the area. Bid adieu to the charming Mekong.
Today we fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. Here take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market. Rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.
Head to Hue today, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Its a mesmerizing mix of tombs and mausoleums offering fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects. Check out the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world at Cham Museum before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. It will be a day immortalized in your photos! Do not miss the Imperial Citadel and the exploration of the ruins of this wonderful monument. We then see the Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River. Another beautiful day at Vietnam ends.
Today we start off with Dong Ba Market to see it’s abundance of fresh produce. Rent a cyclo to explore the market through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake. This lake is full of lotus flowers in summer there are many local style coffee shops with this view around. Then head to visit the former emperor Minh Mang’s tomb. Is located in a truly tranquil setting of gardens and ponds. It's a place perfect to just catch your breath and relax for a bit. We then head to Khai Dinh’s Tomb. Here we see the traditional Vietnamese style with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. Halong Bay awaits you the next day! Let's go.
Halong Bay beckons. Arrive in a jetty in Halong City around noon. We continue in the jetty for the rest of the day. After your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. Afternoon is spent lazing around in the boat with the scenic vistas all around you, y evening, the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. This is the image you see of Halong bay, the landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks. It's a beautiful sight to behold.
As we said, its a sight to behold in the evening, an even better joy to wake up to in the morning. Enjoy your breakfast as you slowly cruise through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. We check out Hanoi today. Start with the Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. We finish the day with a Water Puppet show, a uniquely North Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.
Start your morning with the Temple of Literature. Visit The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. And then the picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. Stroll along the lakeside (700 meters) to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism. We then take the flight back home, and say good bye to a Vietnam and Cambodia!
- Hotel accommodation on twin share with daily breakfast
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking local guide (one place – one guide)
- Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles
- Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
- Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
- Service tax
- Vietnam visa stamping fee at airport ($45 plus passport photo required) (Visa is compulsory and must be arranged in advance)
- Approval letter for Indian passports is USD 25/ pax
- Any other meals not mentioned above.
- International flights to/from Vietnam
- Domestic flights(please see airfares table)
- Camera/video entrance fees
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
- Travel insurance including recommended helicopter evacuation for Cambodia
- All other services which are not mentioned in INCLUDING