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The Mekong and Angkor Wat 12 Days

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Be captivated by the wistful colonial grandeur which blends seamlessly with ancient Chinese artistic inspiration in Saigon‘s varied architecture.
  • Adrift on the Mekong, let your mind wander and your body relax into your outstandingly beautiful surroundings.
  • Revel in the riverside activity of Cai Be, and inspect each of the delightful stalls which open for the floating markets.
  • Bear witness to history petrified, and behold the exquisite carvings at Angkor. Angkor Wat reveals itself to be an incomparable jewel in the heart of a jungle landscape which threatens to devour it whole.
  • Venture beyond Angkor and into collections of newly restored temples, including some of the earliest examples of Khmer architecture.

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DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1Saigon - Arrival

  • A Hanoi Voyages representative will welcome you when you arrive at the airport and transfer you to your arranged accommodation where check-in time is 14:00 pm
  • As an introduction to Vietnamese cuisine and culture, a “welcome dinner” with a Hanoi Voyages representative will be used as an opportunity to clarify and review your itinerary to ensure a bright beginning.

Day 2Saigon - Highlights 

Saigon (currently Ho Chi Minh city) varies from the rest of Vietnam due to its modern flair. Various cultures mesh together to create a colorful city with foreign influences:

  • Built by the Cantonese congregation, Thien Hau Temple and the Binh Tay Market both reside in the Cholon district, which is presently the largest community of Chinese.
  • The War Remnants Museum houses a history of locals’ perspectives of the American/Vietnam War.
  • The old Presidential Palace is where victory was declared after years of fighting and is preserved as found with vehicles still in the garages.
  • The Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Saigon Post Office are both magnificent displays of French architecture.

Day 3Saigon - Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnels

Venture away from Saigon, through rural scenes, to encounter mysterious religious practices and unusual sites of preserved history:

  • Investigate the unique Cao Dai Temple, and be launched into this melting pot of Eastern and Western theologies.
  • Witness the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, and scramble through part of an unbelievably complex system of tunnels built by the Vietnamese resistance fighters.

Day 4Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Can Tho

Move from Saigon and head for the rich, fertile lands of the Mekong Delta region and its extraordinarily busy inhabitants:

  • Wind along narrow waterways on a local sampan and observe productive rice fields, fruit orchards, and historic buildings.
  • Visit a rice popcorn factory and an ancient colonial house in Vinh Long.
  • Travel by road to Can Tho, the largest town and trading center in the Mekong Delta.

Day 5Can Tho - Cai Rang - Chau Doc

Start an eventful final day in the Mekong Delta full of vibrant opportunities:

  • Journey to the colorful Cai Rang floating market and Ba Cong fruit orchard to taste their fresh products
  • Visit the 100 year old Binh Thuy historic House to appreciate the historic workmanship and architecture
  • Admire the lush vegetation and active life of the local people along the riverbanks
  • End your Mekong Delta trip by wandering Can Tho’s bright market.

Day 6Chau Doc - BOAT - Phnom Penh

Embark on your journey towards Phnom Penh, and once there, view some of the city’s most fascinating sites.

  • Enter a world of visual wonder, starting with the National Museum of Fine Arts’ sculpture collection, before heading to the resplendent Royal Palace, admiring its striking Khmer architecture.
  • Survey the serene Silver Pagoda and its magnificent Emerald Buddha.
  • Meander through the Central Market, famous for its Art Deco architecture.

Day 7 Phnom Penh - Highlights

Be swept in the sensations of Phnom Penh’s many markets and clamouring streets.

  • Explore Wat Phnom, the oldest of the city, and see the statue of Madam Penh.
  • Take in the somber atmosphere of the camp Choeng Ek Killing Field, outside Phnom Penh, the final resting place of many Cambodian people, murdered by the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.
  • Be educated about the nation’s past at the Museum of Genocidal Crime, which was the S-21 prison – the scene of the worst examples of brutality and torture under the infamous Pol Pot.

Day 8 Phnom Penh - FLY - Siem Reap

  • Enjoy free time until your transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap
  • Arrive and be welcomed by our guide at the airport and be transferred to your arranged accommodation.

Day 9 Siem Reap - Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat

Arriving in Angkor Wat, you’ll rove among the ruins of the world’s most famous Hindu temple complexes, built for gods, and fit for kings.

  • Gaze upon the fascinating Buddhist monastery of Ta Phrom, where the jungle threatens to reclaim all stone structures, in time.
  • Visit the three-tiered Baphuon (a temple in honour of another Hindu deity, Shiva) with its spectacular layered structure.
  • Pass through the Terrace of the Elephants, once a viewing platform for kings.
  • See the Terrace of the Leper King with its beautiful carvings of gods, nagas (semi-divine serpents), and dancers.
  • Visit the Royal Enclosure and its small temple, Phimeanakas. These ruins are particularly significant as they date from the 10th century.

Day 10 Siem Reap - Banteay Srei - Banteay Samre - 3 Buddhist Temples

Advance to an off-the-beaten-track site, an hour away from Angkor Wat, encountering stunning Cambodian countryside, and uncovering more temples.

  • Be dazzled by Banteay Srei, a Hindu temple dating back to the 10th century. Called “the citadel of women”, its stone has a marvellous pink hue, and is very well preserved.
  • Come face to face with the meticulously restored enclosed temple of Banteay Samre, complete with carvings of lions and nagas (semi-divine serpents).Return to Angkor Wat and get a sense of true history in the Buddhist sites patronised by King Jayavarman VII, including the Angkorian monastery of the “sacred sword”.
  • Leave behind the crowds of tourists and view the less-appreciated, but newly restored Ta Som temple.

Day 11Siem Reap - Tonle Sap - Roluos Group

Inhale the fresh air at the edge of Tonle Sap, the largest lake in Asia. Then, go back to where it all started, and view some of the earliest temples in Siem Reap, heralding the start of Khmer architecture.

  • Cruise past floating villages and note the bamboo houses on stilts, specially designed to avoid flooding.
  • Try your hand at fishing using local techniques!

Become acquainted with the Roluos Group, and its three main temples, dedicated to Shiva.

  • Prepare to be dumbfounded by incredibly intricate sandstone carvings at Temple Lolei.
  • Visualise the first Angkorian capital city, by gazing at the remains of Bakong Temple, which was the city’s focal point for worship and rituals.

Day 12Siem Reap – Departure

Free time until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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THE CULTURAL SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT 4 days/3 nights

The spirit

Be enchanted by the awesome Temples of Angkor and the history of Khmer Kings discovered at the magnificent UNESCO Heritage site.

Day 1 – SAIGON – FLY – SIEM REAP   Settle into a flight from Saigon to Siem Reap. Arrive and be welcomed by our guide and be transferred to your arranged accommodation. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

Day 2 – SIEM REAP – ANGKOR THOM – TA PHROM – ANGKOR WAT   Arriving in Angkor Wat, you will rove among the ruins of the world’s most famous Hindu temple complexes, built for gods, and fit for kings: Baphuon (a temple in honour of another Hindu deity, Shiva) with its spectacular layered structure, the Terrace of the Leper King with its beautiful carvings of gods, nagas, and dancers; the Royal Enclosure and its small and particularly significant temple, Phimeanakas. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

 

Day 3 – SIEM REAP – BANTEAY SREI – BANTEAY SAMRE Advance to an off-the-beaten-track site, an hour away from Angkor Wat, encountering stunning Cambodian countryside and uncovering more temples: visit Banteay Srei, called the citadel of women and come face to face with the meticulously restored enclosed temple of Banteay Samre, complete with carvings of lions and nagas. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

Day 4 – SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP – Departure Travel to Tonle Sap and find yourself surrounded by a completely aquatic landscape, see how everyday life is transformed by its proximity to and dependence on water. Free time until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight

 

BEACH BREAK – Lounge on the beach and let the sand kiss your toes!

The spirit

Vietnam’s 3,444 km (2,140 miles) long coastline and tropical/ subtropical climate make it the perfect place for those who wish to spend their holidays swimming warm turquoise water and sunbathing on a white-sand beach, at all times of the year!

PHU QUOC – FLY from SAIGON Ready your senses for something truly exceptional, Phu Quoc is worth the wait. Extruding an atmosphere of elegant nonchalance, this island paradise celebrates the benefits of returning to nature…(Read more)

NHA TRANG Wide Boulevards, white sandy beaches signal relaxation and happiness, the Nha Trang Bay is an attractive seaside stopover...(Read more)

CON DAO – FLY from SAIGON An hour flight from Saigon to the white-sand beaches, translucent water, well-preserved scenery. On the program: idleness, diving, trekking in the jungle and visiting the National Park to meet sea turtles…(Read more)

MUINE 4 hours’ drive from HCM, coconut trees, white sand, and ochre sand dunes, all on a canvas of deep blue sky. Just divine! You will have fun sledding on the sand dunes, and love the charming images of the animated port; A beach with a small market in that open fresh shellfish; and small round fishermen’s boats that are so special. Nature also offers you the sight of beautiful red canyons, the result of erosion in the rainy season….(Read more)

 LAOS – Luang Prabang – A natural wild and mysterious! /2 days 1 night

The Spirit

« History, Nature and Spirituality » are the word that resonates with travelers of this divine, landlocked country“The ancient kingdom of a million elephants” reflects its rich historical heritage by the splendor of its many temples dedicated to Buddha.

 1 – Luang Prabang – Highlights – Dinner on Cruise
Discover this serenity town, a designated UNESCO Heritage Site on Tuk Tuk to visit: The National Museum (Ancient Royal Palace), the Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Ahman, Wat Mai the richly decorated temple. See the Ock Pop Tok textile gallery. In the afternoon, embark on a traditional boat to cruise long Nava Mekong river. Enjoy dinner with Baci ceremony and traditional dance show. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

Day 2 – Luang Prabang – Khuang Sy Waterfall – Ethnic Minority Villages

Departure to the beautiful waterfalls Khuang Sy about 30km from Luang Prabang. En route, visiting min0rity villages such as H’mong village of Ban Thinkeo, Khmu village of Ban Thapaene and weaving village of Ban Xang Khong where traditional product also called Saa paper made from mulberry leaves.  Get to the waterfall, nestled in the lush tropical vegetation, a beautiful clear pool for swimming. Back to Luang Prabang for your departure flight.

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