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CAMBODIA & VIETNAM CONNECTION TOUR (12 days / 11 nights)

TOUR 03: CAMBODIA & VIETNAM CONNECTION TOUR

(12 days / 11 nights)


DAY 01: HANOI ARRIVAL  

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai international airport, you are warmly welcome by Asiana Travel local guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in. You are free at your leisure for relaxing after the long time flight. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Distance: Noi Bai airport - hotel in Hanoi center is 30km and 45 minutes’ drive

Meals included: Dinner

 

DAY 02: HANOI HALF DAY CITY TOUR  HALONG BAY

After breakfast at hotel, get on bus and drive to the historic complex of Ba Dinh. Visit Ba Dinh Square, where The Late President Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnams Independence on 02nd September 1945, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and continue to the One Pillar Pagoda, the must-see monument in Hanoi - It is an ancient Buddhist pagoda, built in the early 11th century in the reign of King Ly Thai Tong, all construction supported by only one pillar, resembling a Buddhist lotus. Visit Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature - The first Imperal school in Vietnam) built in 1070 during the dynasty of King Ly. Visit a complex of the Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple (Jade mountain Temple), But Tower (Pen - shaped tower), Dai Nghien (Ink Stand), the Red - painted wooden The Huc bridge. Have a cyclo (pedicab) trip around with 36 streets of Hanoi old quarter. Have lunch at local restaurant then transfer to Halong bay. It is 200km and take around 04 hours drive. Overnight at hotel in Halong city.

Distance: Hanoi center - Halong bay is 180km and 02 hours + 45 minutes’ drive

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 03: HALONG BAY    HANOI

After breakfast at hotel, Asiana Travel local guide will pick you up at the hotel then heading out of the town we take a cruise on Halong Bay about 4 hours to explore the majestic Halong Bay - World Heritage recognized by UNESCO in 1994. An area of immense beauty dotted with thousands of island rising from the sea. Explore Dau Go natural cave, Thien Cung grotto, Dog island, Dinh Huong island Have seafood lunch on boat. Afternoon disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Dinner local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Distance: Halong bay - Hanoi center is 180km and 02 hours + 45 minutes’ drive

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 04: HANOI CITY TOUR  HO CHI MINH

After breakfast at hotel, get on bus and drive to the historic complex of Ba Dinh. Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple, Vietnam Ethnology Museum (close on every Monday), it is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. As well as the comprehensive array of exhibits inside, there are also traditional tribal houses reconstructed within the grounds. Have lunch at local restaurant then transfer to Noi Bai airport for your onwards flight VN247 (15h00 - 17h15) to Ho Chi Minh city. You are picked up on arrival and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Have dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.

Distance: Hanoi center - Noi Bai airport is 30km and 45 minutes’ drive. Tan Son Nhat airport - hotel in Ho Chi Minh city center is 9km and 30 minutes’ drive.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 05: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR  CU CHI TUNNELS

After breakfast, enjoy a 2-hour drive northwest of Sai Gon to the Cu Chi tunnels, through urbanized areas and a lush southern Vietnamese countryside. This tunnel complex was dug in 1948 for the guerrillas to hide from French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as communication routes, food and weapon caches, and as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the American war. Visit the underground villages to better understand the tunnels’ history, life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese people’s resilience during combat. Have lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will take Sai Gon city tour with: Opera House, a three-story classical theatre built to entertain the French colonists (outdoor visit); the former Hotel de Ville constructed for the French bureaucrats of Indochina in 1901, now The People's Committee building with no public access; the Notre Dame Cathedral, a stunningly massive red-brick edifice with twin spires, a clear reminder that French once ruled this city (open only 3-4pm every day, otherwise just an outdoor visit); the Central Post Office influenced by Renaissance architecture; and the former Presidential Palace, headquarters of the Sai Gon Government during the American war. Then we will visit the War Remnants Museum, which primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.

Distance: Ho Chi Minh city center - Cu Chi tunnels is 70km and 02 hours’ drive

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 06: HO CHI MINH    MEKONG DELTA  CHAU DOC

After breakfast at hotel, check out and take a 3-hour drive to Cai Be floating market. Upon arrival, board a motorized boat to visit the popcorn cake, rice paper making family before visiting the lively floating market of Cai Be. Then continue by boat towards Vinh Long province to see the diverse fish traps in order to learn a kind of lazy fishing. After cruising along small shady canals, we step ashore and take a chance to watch a typical and interesting music show of the Mekong cultural life. Lunch is at the home/ bonsai garden. Afternoon, take a walk for about half an hour to enjoy the rural peaceful atmosphere of the countryside life, on the way we can also stop en route to learn more about fruit trees. Back in the car at about 15h00 to drive to Chau Doc is close to the Cambodian border. Check-in hotel on arrival and overnight at hotel in Chau Doc.  

Distance: Ho Chi Minh city center - My Tho is 67km and 01 hour + 35 minutes’ drive. My Tho – Hotel in Chau Doc is 175km and 04 hours + 40 minutes’ drive.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 07: CHAU DOC  PHNOM PENH

After breakfast, check out hotel and take the speed boat to Phnom Penh depart at 07h00. “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. These imbue the city with a genteel charm unique in Southeast Asia. Its favorable situation, at the confluence of three major rivers - the Mekong, the Tonle Sap and the Bassac River - continues to encourage its steady settlement and growth. Phnom Penh was long considered the fairest of France’s oversea colonial cities and in spite of its recent troubles; the city retains a large measure of this appeal. Wide boulevards, ramshackle buildings in the French and lush avenues of shady trees are prominent features of Phnom Penh‘s cityscape. 12h00 arrival at Phnom Penh, transfer to hotel check in and lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, you are free at your own leisure. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 08: PHNOM PENH CITY TOUR

Breakfast at hotel, this morning we visit to the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917, we will visit the Royal Palace. The Palace was opened in 1870 under King Norodom, and now contains the Royal Residence, the Throne Hall, the Silver Pagoda, and other buildings. The Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is one of the city's most visited sites and offers a display of priceless Buddhist and historical objects. The Pagoda draws its name with more than 5,000 silver tiles, which cover a floor in the temple. The building serves less as a functioning shrine, no monks currently reside here, than a repository of cultural treasures such as the famous Emerald Buddha and many other valuable statues. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek-both grim reminders of Cambodia's bloody past under Pol Pot. It is almost inconceivable to confront the nature of true evil here in this gentle land, but the Buddhist memorial at Choeung Ek, commemorates the 1.7 million victims of the 1975-79 Pol Pot regime. This excursion may prove distressing for some. It is, however, an important piece of this country’s historical and cultural puzzle. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 09: PHNOM PENH  SIEM REAP  TONLE SAP LAKE

After breakfast, transfer to Phnom Penh airport and take flight K6 105 (10h35 - 11h20) to Siem Reap. Arrive at Siem Reap airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not ready until the afternoon). Have lunch at local restaurant the in the afternoon, visiting the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 13 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia, where you can find schools, restaurants, and hospitals and much more on the great lake of Tonle Sap. Today you will have dinner at local restaurant with traditional Apsara dance show. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Distance: Phnom Penh city center - Phnom Penh airport is 12km and 35 minutes’ drive. Siem Reap airport - Siem Reap city center is 09km and 22 minutes’ drive.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 10: SIEM REAP TOUR

Breakfast at hotel, We visit Kulen Mountain, swim at waterfall, the Khmer Empire’s capital in the early 9th century. Here we will visit countless ancient temples, the River of 1000 Lingas, a reclining Buddha and cascading waterfall. Then we will continue to Mahendraparvata, which is an ancient city of the Khmer Empire era in Cambodia. The name Mahendraparvata means "Mountain of the Great Indra". It is derived from the Sanskrit words and is a reference to the sacred hill top site commonly known as "Phnom Kulen" today where Jayavarman II was consecrated as the first king of the Khmer Empire in 802. On the way back, visit the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way we make stopover at the Preah Dark village and we follow these with a visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 11: SIEM REAP  ANGKOR WAT TOUR

Today, we start with the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is one of the world's most stunning buildings. Angkor was the capital of Khmer that existed from 802 to 1431. 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. After lunch, visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). Visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and 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. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. The sightseeing tour of Angkor area we spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. In the evening, we enjoy the beautiful sunset at Phnom Bakeng hill top. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Note: During the visit of the Bakan Tower of Angkor Wat Temple

ü  Visitors are required to wear proper attire, covering shoulders and knees (no short, miniskirt or short trousers).

ü  Visitors have to be in the queue and waiting to climb up the Bakan Tower of Angkor Wat

ü  Children under twelve years old are not allowed to climb up this tower.

ü  It will be closed on the Buddhist Sabath Days, the Buddhist religious days (four days a month).

Distance: Siem Reap city center - Angkor Wat complex is 08km and 20 minutes’ drive.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 12: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE

After breakfast at hotel, you are free at your leisure for shopping until transfer to the airport to take your departure flight to your home. End of services.

Distance: Siem Reap city center - Siem Reap airport is 09km and 22 minutes’ drive.

Meals included: Breakfast

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