Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival at airport, you are met and transfer to hotel. One of Southeast Asia’s liveliest cities, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is Vietnam’s largest metropolis and its economic heartbeat. Free at leisure, have dinner while cruising on Saigon River. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh. This next morning, we take an excursion to the famed Cu Chi Tunnels. Built by the Vietcong during the war, the tunnels were part of an underground network that provided a stronghold close to the city. After exploring part of the tunnels, which took decades to dig. In the afternoon, we visit Independence Palace and War Museum. Over night in Saigon. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Can Tho. A half day tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals takes in the Nôtre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, a lacquerware factory, the bustling market of Binh Tay Market in Chinatown and Giac Lam Pagoda. The afternoon we travel overland to the Mekong Delta, the richest rice bowl of Vietnam. Overnight in Can Tho. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Can Tho – Vinh Long – Chau Doc. After a short drive to Vinh Long, we take a half day boat trip on a river, exploring the watery world of the Mekong Delta. Along the way we make stops at the bustling floating market of Cai Be and an orchard garden where you have the opportunity to visit local homes as well as enjoy a lunch followed with many seasonal fruits. Visit Vinh Trang pagoda and a coconut mill before onward to Chau doc, the border with Cambodia. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: Chau Doc – Phnom penh. Take the boat to Phnom Penh on Mekong river. Arrive in Phnom Penh at noon. Afternoon city tour of Phnom Penh includes some of Cambodia's fine Khmer and French influences, the Silver Pagoda and National Museum, Tuol Sleng Museum, a testament to Cambodia's recent bloody past under Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime, Killing field. Overnight in Phnom Penh. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: Phnom penh – Siem Reap. Morning transfer to Siem Reap by coach (4 hours), the gateway town to the monuments of Angkor. Check in hotel. Later this afternoon, we climb to the summit of Pre Rup temple to enjoy the spectacular views over the surrounding landscape and watch the sunset. Overnight in Siem Reap. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7: Siem Reap. After breakfast at the hotel, visit the famous old palace, Angkor Thom (this last capital was indeed a 'Great City' as its name implies and it served as the religious and administrative center of the vast and powerful Khmer Empire. It was grander than any city in Europe at that time and have supported a considerable population as high as one million) within Angkor Thom are Bayon (the giant stone faces of Bayon have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture.
There are 37 standing towers, most but not all sporting four carved faces oriented toward the cardinal points), Baphoun, Terrace of Elephant, Phemean Akas, Terrace of Leper King. Back to Siem Reap Town. Visit Takeo, Ta Prom Temple then afterwards visit Angor Wat (Angkor Wat is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus like towers rising 65 meters from the ground level. Angkor Wat is the center piece of any visitor to the temples of Angkor). Dinner at local restaurant with buffet and traditional Apsara Show. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 8: Siem Reap – Departure. Visit Old Market for shopping then transfer to the airport for flight off. Includes: (B, L, D).
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