Cambodia & South Vietnam 12 days/ 11 nights
Based new border gate has just been open, Hoa Lu in Vietnam side, Ta Prang Se in Cambodia. Asia King Travel feels this is good chance to design the new tour from Cambodia to Vietnam during the lush and non tourist area.
Within 12 days, you will start your trip in Siem Reap to visit Angkor complex which is home to over 100 such temples, most of which date back to a period covering the 9th to 13th centuries. Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Phrom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King, Preah Kahn, Neak Poan and the Eastern Mebon are among the must-see temples and buildings in this area. Try new experience by river speed boat to Phnom Penh, on the way you will have time to see the exciting life of the people along the Mekong River. You will be in Phnom Penh where the former grandeur of French Indochina shines through in glimpses amongst the modern buildings of this rapidly growing city. Although the city was the epicenter of the tragic Khmer Rouge regime of the late 1970s, Phnom Penh's main sights remained relatively untouched. The splendor of the Royal Palace, graceful lines of the National Museum, and the tree lined river quay are just some of the highlights of the capital. Continue your trip further into the north of Cambodia to reach Kratie, the area is very famous for the fresh water Irrawaddy Dolphin. Then road trip to Ho Chi Minh city via the Hoa Lu/ Tra Prang Se border, you can observe the rubber plantation along the way. Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is the fast-paced commercial capital of the country yet is still filled with architectural remnants of the French Indochina period. Travel to the nearby Mekong Delta and experience the rustic lifestyle of this region as you explore the labyrinth of waterways, floating markets and fertile rice fields. From Mekong Delta, speedboat will bring you to Phu Quoc Island, the wonderful beach holiday in the famous Island in the south of Vietnam will end your trip.
- Visit Angkor complex which is home to over 100 such temples, most of which date back to a period covering the 9th to 13th centuries
- Take speed boat along Mekong River from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and see the scenic scenery of the Cambodian rural life-style along the riverbank.
- Board traditional boat cruise to Kampie or chance to see the rare Mekong River- fresh water Dolphins in Kratie
- Get off the beaten track from Kratie, and cross the new border at Hoa Lu , follow the rubber plantation to reach Saigon, the biggest city in the south of Vietnam.
- Explore the throbbing metropolis Ho Chi Minh city & famous underground network Cu Chi
- Take sampan boat in Mekong Delta to see the vibrant lifestyle of the region's people where arroyos, islands, fish farms, and tropical fruit are abundant.
- Beach Holiday in Phu Quoc Island , Vietnam's own paradise island with some of the world's most beautiful beaches, and an unmatched feeling of tranquility.
Itinerary in brief :
Day 1 : Arrival in Siem Reap (D)
Morning arrive at Siem Reap airport and transfer to the hotel, visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89), are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples, with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 2 : Angkor Wat (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Lunch at local restaurant. Visit the South Gate , the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset at Angkor Wat. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Banteay Sei – Ta Prohm – Preah Khan - Siem Reap (B,L)
Morning, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area's most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, you continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Prea Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som and Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the ensemble. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 4 Siem Reap - Phnom Penh (B,L)
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to pier to for local speedboat trip at 07:00 am to Phnom Penh. Arrival around noon time. At the end of dry season speed boat operation is limited due to the low water level. In this case the journey to Phnom Penh is flight. Afternoon Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of 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. End your afternoon with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of the city during sunset. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 5 : Phnom Penh – Kratie (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel and depart to Kampong Cham. On arrival, short tour of Kampong Cham to view examples of colonial architecture. Visit Wat Nokhor with its ancient temple (12th C.) and modern style pagoda. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, drive to Chhup, the biggest rubber plantation in country, established during the French colonial time by the French tire maker Michelin. On the way to Kratie stop at Chhlong, a small and peaceful village on the Mekong River Bank with both Khmer and Colonial architecture. Arrive in Kratie, check in hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kratie,
Day 6 : Kratie – Hoa Lu Border – Binh Phuoc – Saigon (B,L)
Morning depature for Kampie by boat cruise for chance to see the rare Mekong River- fresg water Dolphins, it is 15km from the north of province. And process to visit 100 Columns Pagoda, distance 27km from the north of kampie resort, located in Sambor village. Then return to town for lunch. After that transfer to the Trapeang Sre in Snuol district (Hoa Lu border gate in Loc Ninh district in Vietnam side), New open International gate between Cambodia and Vietnam, the distance of approximate 130km from Kratie, Along the way you can observe the rubber plantation, quite and non –tourist area. After clearing the formality at the border. Your guide in Vietnamese side will pick up and transfer to Saigon via Binh Phuoc Province. Arrival in Saigon in the later afternoon. Overnight at the hotel in Saigon.
Day 7 : Saigon city – Cu Chi (B,L)
Morning departure for the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war. Return to Saigon for lunch. Afternoon we will visit some major sights of the city. We pass the now-demolished wartime American Embassy before we visit the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office. After seeing the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum, we continue our trip on to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale! Overnight at the hotel in Saigon.
Day 8 : Saigon – My Tho – Can Tho (B,L)
Morning at 08:30, depart from the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City to the area referred locally as ‘the rice bowl of Vietnam’. On arrival in Ben Tre Province head towards Tien Giang where you will board your local boat for a cruise among the aptly named Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix Islands. En-route visit a small factory producing handicrafts made of coconut and Turtle Island, where a stop will be made in a tropical orchard to taste some exotic fruit. After the boat trip, take a ride on a horse driven cart along country roads to a famed garden for a honey tasting session. Continue on a smaller rowing boat for a more adventurous cruise on the Xep Canal which is set amongst a forest of palm trees. In the afternoon return to Ben Tre for lunch . Then proceeding to Can Tho. Overnight at hotel in Can Tho.
Day 9 : Can Tho – Cai Rang – Phu Quoc (B,L)
Early morning transfer to pier and taking boat trip on Mekong River to visit Cai Rang floating market the best time of visiting from sunrise, larger sized boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of. The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even smuggled goods like cigarettes. Sellers do not have to cry out about their goods because their goods can be seen in a distance and their cries would not be heard in the vastness of the river and the noise of boat engines. Continue to the inland to see coconut lined channels, “Monkey” bridge and fruit orchard. And after that transfer to Rach Gia for speedboat to Phu Quoc, which depart at 13:00 pm. Arrival in Phu Quoc, pick up and transfer to hotel. Time free & easy. Overnight at the hotel in Phu Quoc Island.
Day 10 : Phu Quoc (B)
Full day free and relaxing on the beach. Overnight in hotel in Phu Quoc Island.
Day 11 : Phu Quoc (B)
Full day free and relaxing on the beach. Overnight in hotel in Phu Quoc Island.
Day 12 : Phu Quoc – Saigon – Departure (B)
Morning free until transfer to airport for flight to Saigon where there is connecting flight back home. End of our service.
- The English speaking guide as guided time
- Accommodation based on double/twin sharing with daily breakfast
- Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- All transfers with the air-conditioned private vehicle
- Speed boat : Siem Reap – Phnom Penh; Rach Gia – Phu Quoc
- Private Boat cruises : Kratie – Kampie, Mekong Delta
- Flight ticket : Phu Quoc - Saigon
- All entrance fees
- Water & cool towels
- Government taxes & service charge
- International Airfares.
- Early check in/ late check out
- Meals not indicated
- Drinks & beverage.
- Cambodia visa stamp fee: ( 20 USD/ per person)
- Vietnam Visa ( beforehand)
- Personal travel insurance (Compulsory).
- Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills.
- Tips and gratuities
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