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Best Of Vietnam And Cambodia Tour

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Trip code: ODCVNMC003

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

Breathe in wafting scents of incense as we discover the mysticism, history and ancient traditions of Vietnam and Cambodia. This trip covers all the highlights of Indochina, from the ancient city of Hanoi and the frenetic pace of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to the majestic Angkor ruins and the gorgeous capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The warmth and candor of the locals you meet along the way and the delicious range of cuisines on offer perfectly complete this all-encompassing adventure.


Historic monuments and the colourful Old Quarter in Hanoi

Emerald waters and limestone islands in spectacular Halong Bay

Experiencing the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City

Villages, markets and waterways of the Mekong River Delta

Siem Reap and the iconic temples and monuments of Angkor

Visit the gorgeous capital city of Phnom Penh

Trip Inclusions

    • Hotel accommodation based on twin or double sharing / daily breakfast at hotel
    • One night on deluxe junk on Halong bay
    • Private transfers and transportation on tours
    • Entrance fees on tour.
    • Private boat trip on Mekong delta and Siem Reap
    • Air tickets: Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh on economy class and airport taxes
    • Meals as detail in the tour itinerary at local restaurant
    • English speaking tour guide
    • Mineral water and cold towel on bus daily

Trip Exclusions

    • Visa arrangement to Vietnam and Cambodia
    • International air ticket and airport taxes to Hanoi and from Phnom Penh
    • Drinks & other personal expenses
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal expenses
    • Early check-in and late check-out
    • Tipping / Gratuities for tour guide and drivers
    • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary

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    Tour itinerary

    Day - Hanoi Arrival (N/A)

    Upon your arrival at the airport in Hanoi, you are met and picked up by ODC Travel local tour guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

    Day - Hanoi City Tour (B/L)

    With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Mon & Fri & all afternoons and from Sep 10 until Dec 10 for re-embalmment); an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. A short walk from the mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda – resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water, it is shaped like a lotus flower on its stalk. Inside is a statue of the Goddess of Mercy with its legendary “thousand arms and thousand eyes”. Wind your way afterwards to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoi culture and ancient Vietnamese architecture. The serene Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mon) is 30-min drive out of town and offers a chance to get to know Vietnam’s 0504 ethnic groups better. Visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple than take a cyclo (pedicab) tour ride around Hanoi old quarter. Enjoy the special Vietnamese traditional Water Puppet show before back to hotel.

    Day - Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L)

    Morning depart for Halong Bay, we go through the scenic countryside. The wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting five hour cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Stay overnight on the Junk Cruise.

    Day - Halong - Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh (B/L)

    Waking up and having breakfast served onboard. Continue cruising around the bay. Take sampan to visit Luon Cave and come back to the boat. Having brunch before disembarking and van will pick you up at the pier and transfer back to Hanoi. Visit Dong Trieu ceramic and pottery village on the way. Continue to airport for flight VN1165 (19h00 - 21h00) to Ho Chi Minh city. Pick up on arrival and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.

    Day - Sai Gon City Tours - Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L)

    In the morning, the tour guide will pick you up at the HOTEL AND today you will visit all interesting sites and landmarks in Ho Chi Minh city. First stop is Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral and short visit to French built Post Office nearby, and then we will proceed to see the Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace governed by the US-pro government of Republic of Vietnam. Touring the building and then we will visit the War Remnants Museum, which primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. Break time for lunch. In the afternoon, we drive to Cu Chi district, 50 km to the Northwest of Ho Chi Minh city, the tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Cu Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam's base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968. Touring the areas and then you will be transferred back to Ho Chi Minh city. Free time at leisure or shopping at Ben Thanh Market nearby.

    Day - Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh (B/L)

    This five hour river cruise takes you through Vietnam’s most productive agricultural area which produces 38% of the country’s annual food crop. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of coconut palms, sugar-cane groves and fruit orchards from the vessel as you head to the Cai Be floating market. Here you can cruise through the colourful barges full of fruits and vegetables and then proceed to local home factories such as rice paste making, rice popcorn, coco candies, and longans drying processing.

    The trip continues along the Mekong canals to Dong Hoa Hiep Island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be. Along the way you will find the local people engaged in their daily tasks and see brightly coloured Khemer pagodas. Stops on the way can be made upon request for particular visits or photos making. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people. Arrive at La Residence de Phu An resort where you will be welcomed and served Vietnamese culinary delights. You will then walk along a narrow canal to an air-conditioned vehicle that will transport you back to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Day - Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap (B/L)

    After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight VN3819 (08h35 - 09h55) to Siem Reap. On arrival in Siem Reap, transfer to visit to 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. Continue to Bantay Srey temple, regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Lunch at local restaurant.

    Afternoon, we proceed to visit Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in the area. Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery and victory gate of Angkor Thom. The Bayon Temple is unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara. And we also take the boat cruise (Kongkear Angkor) onto the Tonle Oum south gate of Angkor Thom leading to the west gate. Of course, this time, other than your leisure & entertainment purpose, this boat activity has produced a number of jobs to our villagers, the origin Khmers who are living the nearby villages of Angkor Thom to get incomes for improving their living standard and also help proper schooling of their children. Return to the hotel.

    Day - Siem Reap Tours (B/L)

    Pick up from the hotel, and drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer countryside (60Kms from Siem Reap). There is a lot to see in the approximately 02 hours drive as it takes you through many lively villages and along kilometers of rice paddies. Explore the long abandoned temple (11th century), strangled by the jungle. Continue your way to the foot the mountain, where Preah Vihear temple locates. We will then take a 04 wheel drive (pick-up truck) from the foot of the mountain to reach the Preah Vihear temple. Located at Svay Chrum Village, Kan Tout Commune, Choam Ksan District, on the mountain rank of Dang Rek (Preah Vihear Mountain is 800 Meters×400 Meters). Preah Vihear temple, which took over 300 years to complete the construction by a few famous Khmer kings, was firstly built from 893 by the king Yasovarman I who ruled the country from 889 to probably 910. The majority of temple edifice was established by king Suryavarman I (1002 - 1049) and finally the temple was completed during the reign of great king Suryavarman II (1113 - 1150), the well-known king who was the founder of magnificent temple of Angkor Wat at Siem Reap province (Rooney 2006). King Suryavarman II known as a great khmer king who dominated the Khorat Plateau, Lopburi and even further north in Thailand and he extended the Khmer Empire to the border of Pagan in Myanmar; and south into the northern part of the Malay Peninsula (Coe D. 2004). The main purpose of the temple is the mountain temple which is the symbol of sacred mountain “Meru” where is the abode of all the gods of Hindu. The temple was mainly dedicated to the supreme god “Shiva” (Rooney 2006). Afternoon, return to Siem Reap, we journey down the mountain before continuing west to Anlong Veng, one of the last Khmer Rouge bases to fall to the government forces. We stop to visit the house of Ta Mok, the former military commander of the Khmer Rouge. We then continue south to Siem Reap, arriving as the sun goes down. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

    Day - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh (B/L)

    After breakfast, check out HOTEL AND transfer to airport for flight K6 100 (08h50 - 09h35) to Phnom Penh.

    Phnom Penh: Capital of Cambodia for much of the period since the collapse of the Khmer empire in the 13th century, Phnom Penh is an attractive city (despite the ravages of war and civil strife) which molds the stylistic influences of such disparate sources as Khmer, Chinese and colonial French. Arrival Phnom Penh, transfer to hotel for check in. Proceed to Phnom Penh City tour: The Royal Palace. Visitors are only allowed to visit the palace’s Silver Pagoda and its surrounding compound. The National Museum of Khmer Art & Archeology (also known by the French, “Musee des Beaux-Arts” or the “Musee Albert Sarraut”) is considered one of the finest museums of classical Cambodia art in the world. Wat Phnom has the legend that in 1372 Lady Penh (Yeay Penh) fished a floating KOKI tree out of the river. Inside of the tree there were four Buddha statues. She built a hill (Phnom means hill) and a small temple (Wat) at the site of what is now known aster the hill (Phnom) and its creator (Penh), hence Phnom Penh. Cambodian Culture museum and Killing Fields memorial - Tuol Sleng Museum. Central Market boosts the 05th largest dome in the world and comprises 04 halls offering a wide range of imported & local products. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

    Day - Phnom Penh Departure (B)

    After breakfast at hotel, you are free at your leisure for last minutes shopping until transfer to the airport for your departure flight back home or next destination. End of service.

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