Besides discovering valuable religious artifacts in both cities, you will get a chance to visit historical sites that were crucial during the Vietnam War: the Museum of Genocide located in Tuol Saleng, which was a torture center established by the Khmer Rouge intended to “clean up” Vietnamese Communist forces and the Killing Fields of Choeng Ek before heading to Vietnam. Then carry on your adventures in Vietnam by touring Ho Chi Minh City, visiting the reputable Cu Chi Tunnel, which was a three-level underground city created by the Vietnamese communists during the Vietnam War, exploring the “Hanoi Hilton”, which is the former central prison in Hanoi and an unique overnight Halong Bay Cruise, following a freshly prepared seafood lunch onboard.
Day 1: Usa - Hong Kong - Phnom Penh. Board your international flight today to begin your Highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam tour.
Day 2: En Route. Cross the International Dateline enroute to Cambodia.
Day 3: Hong Kong - Phnom Penh. Arrive in Hong Kong early this morning for your connecting flight to Phnom Penh. Your English - speaking guide and driver will meet you at the airport and provide a transfer to your hotel. After a traditional Cambodian lunch, begin your tour of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia since the 15th century. Visit the National Museum, the world’s leading museum of Khmer sculpture. Your next stop is the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the home to a glittering array of Buddhist statuary followed by the genocide museum at Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields of Choeng Ek. Includes: (L).
Day 4: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap. This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap begin your visit with the earliest temples of the Angkor period at Roluos, including Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei for a useful chronological perspective on Angkor’s development. This afternoon, visit the highlights of the grand circuit, including Neak Poan, Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup and Preah Khan. Includes: (L).
Day 5: Siem Reap. After breakfast visit the sites of Angkor Thom, including Victory Gate, the Bayon, Baphuon, Phimean Akas, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Following lunch, visit the highlights of the petit circuit, including Prasat Kravan, Sras Srang, Banteay Kdei, Takeo and jungle-clad Ta Prohm. Continue to visit the magnificent Angkor Wat to view its architecture and bas-reliefs; remember to enjoy the sceneries during sun set as well. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 6: Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City. This morning your guide and driver will provide a transfer to the Siem Reap airport for your onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Meet your local English-speaking tour guide and driver and transfer to your hotel. After lunch visit Dong Khoi Street, Ho Chi Minh Square, Municipal Theatre of French-Colonial design, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace. Explore the War Remnants Museum established in Sept 1975, which carries countless artifacts, photographs and papers documenting the Vietnam War. Then drive to Cholon, the China town district of the city where you can visit the Binh Tay Wholesale Market and the ornate Thien Hau Pagoda. Includes:(B), (L).
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City. After breakfast, depart Ho Chi Minh City for My Tho and cross the Mekong Delta by boat to see the manufacturing of coconut tree handicrafts. After lunch, continue to Ben Tre to visit orchards, and tour a bee-keeping farm to taste natural honey and honey wine. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City. This morning visit Cao Dai Great Temple, the main temple of the Cao Dai religion and the focal point of the Cao Dai complex called Holy See. The beautiful pastel colored architecture is set among a large complex of schools, dormitories and an herbal medicine clinic. After lunch, travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels located in an area known as the “Iron Triangle” during the Vietnam War to explore the strength of its Communist insurgency. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon. Includes:(B), (L).
Day 9: Ho Chi Min City - Hanoi. Today's tour includes visits to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum—the Humble House on Stilts where Ho Chi Minh ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969; and the intriguing Ho Chi Minh Museum. You will also explore the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda. Your tour goes on to visit Hanoi's first University—the Temple of Literature, which could be dated back to 1070; this historical learning center is currently devoted to promoting Confucian worship. Visit the infamous “Hanoi Hilton”, a former central prison in Hanoi. The site of the prison is recently developed even though one wing has been retained as a museum. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay. This morning, travel east to Hon Gai (approximately 170 km or three hours away from Hanoi), the gateway to Halong Bay. Pass through the fields where busy farmers plant their crops by using traditional methods of cultivation. The bay holds an important position in Vietnamese legend and continues to stimulate imaginations of visitors. Upon your arrival in Halong, transfer to your cruise ship for an overnight cruise. Includes:(B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi.Explore Thien Cung Cave and Dau Go Grotto this morning as you continue your cruise on Halong Bay. Enjoy a freshly prepared seafood lunch on board before your return trip back to Hanoi. Visit the Ceramic production house at Hai Duong Town and en route to Hanoi this afternoon for dinner and a traditional water puppet show. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Hanoi - Hong Kong - USA. Bid Vietnam farewell this morning as you board a morning flight to Hong Kong for your connecting international flight back to the USA. Cross the International Dateline and arrive in the USA the same day. Includes: (B).
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