Day 1: Saigon – Mytho – Can Tho (L).
8:00 am: Pick up from your hotel in Saigon and take a pleasant one and half hour car ride passing the green rice fields to the beautiful rural My Tho city. The morning trip will start with a motorized boat on the Tien River to view 4 islets: Long (Dragon Islet), Lan (Unicorn Islet), Qui (Tortoise islet) and Phung (Phoenix Islet) and view the fishing port, stilt houses, boat-building workshops. The cruise will lead you through Bao Dinh canal to enter Ben Tre Province, "the country of coconut", to see a typical agricultural model call "Garden - Pond – Cage” then enjoy coconut candy mill and the relaxing honey tea. Then the amazing rowing boat trip on the small canal - fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut’s tree and cool breezes is something you cannot miss. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard garden. Enjoy the horse-cart ride in the village paths. Visit fruit garden, and enjoy the tropical fruits while you will be listening to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music" performed by the islanders. Here we also can join the daily activities of the local people and enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside. Your expectations will be fulfilled by final boat trip back to My Tho on the Tan Thach natural canal. Continue our drive to Can Tho, further in the Mekong Delta for overnight. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 2: CanTho & Floating Market - ChauDoc. (B/L).
An early start for a boat cruise to Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets. Bus continues to ChauDoc with a stop over at the stork garden near Thot Not. Late pm hike up to Sam mountain with its panoramic view over the vast plains into Cambodia. Overnight in ChauDoc.
Day 3: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B/L).
This morning we will have a boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh departing at 8 am. The boat takes us along the Mekong River. It continues on to the Vietnamese (Vinh Xuong) - Cambodian (Kaom Samnar) border and then to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. The journey takes approximately 4 hours. On arrival, transfer our hotel for check-in and relax. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 4: Phnom Penh City and Killing Fields (B/L).
After breakfast, drive to the killing fields of Choeung Ek (16 km south of Phnom Penh). Between 1975 and 1978 about 17.000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) detained and tortured at S-21 prison were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek. They were often bludgeoned to death to avoid wasting precious bullets. Fragments of human bone and bits of cloth are scattered around the disinterred pits. Over 8000 skulls, arranged by sex and age, are visible behind the clear glass panels of the Memorial Stupa, which was erected in 1988.
Afternoon, we will take Phnom Penh City Tour: Visit 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 - throughout the agesVisit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within 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 take a sobering look at Cambodia's disturbing past with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum, a testament to Cambodia's recent bloody past under the Khmer Rouge regime. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 5: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap & Angkor Tour.
After your sumptuous breakfast, take an interesting speed-boat ride to Siem Reap (around 7 hours). On the way, see the scenic scenery of the Cambodian rural life-style along the riverbank (optional by air). Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for a short relaxation. In the afternoon, We drive to northern of Siem Reap about 6 km to the Angkor Archaeological Park for visiting to the world’s 7th heritage temple by UNESCO, Angkor Wat, where we will spend about 3 hours to get inside into its great history explained by your tour guide. Angkor Wat was built in 1113 and it is surrounded by a moat and an exterior wall measuring 1300 meters x 1500 meters. The temple itself is 1 km square and consists of three levels surmounted by a central tower. The walls of the temple are covered inside and out with bas-reliefs and carvings. Nearly 2000 distinctively rendered apsara carvings adorn the walls throughout the temple and represent some of the finest examples of apsara carvings in Angkorian era art. But it is the exterior walls of the lower level that display the most extraordinary bas-reliefs, depicting stories and characters from Hindu mythology and the historical wars of Suryavarman II. It is in the viewing of the bas-reliefs that a tour guide can be very helpful. Watch the impressive sunset from Phnom Bakheng. Return to hotel for overnight. Note: The speed boat cannot be available when the level of water of Tone Le Sap Lake is low. We will use private car instead.
Day 6: Siem Reap - Angkor Tour.
Have an early breakfast then visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. And continue to visit Ta Keo, Thommanon, and Chausay Tevoda. Afternoon, continue exploring the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom. City & Bayon Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit to the surroundings of the complex including the Baphoun, Elephant Terraces, Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place area. The tour ends around 16:00. You will be transferred you to airport for flight to hoem.
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