Destination: Siem reap – Phnompenh – Chau doc – Long Xuyen – Can tho – Saigon – CU chi
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Tour code: MCC11
Day 1 - Arrive Siem Reap - Angkor Wat (D)
Arrive at Siem Reap international airport, you will be warmly welcomed by private Asia View Travel’s guide and driver, transfer to hotel in city center.
This afternoon, Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara). Dinner at local restaurant and enjoy Apsara Dance Show.
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.
Afternoon, 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. Visit also Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon.
Day 3 : Siem Reap - Phnom Penh (B,L)
Morning experience an interesting boat trip to Phnom Penh to see the scenic view of the Cambodian rural life-style along the riverbank. The boat leaves Siemreap at around 7:30 Am and arrive in Phnompenh at around 12:30 AM. The guide in Phnompenh will pick you up at pier, transfer to hotel, check in, relax.
We spend the rest of afternoon to discover Phnompenh city with 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 end afternoon tour with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset.
Day 4 : Phnom Penh – Chau Doc ( B )
Breakfast at hotel, we visit of the National Museum, a Khmer red pavilion, which is dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority are from the Angkor period (9th to 15th century), and some from the 4th century. Visit Central Market ( or Russian market ) before tranfer to the pier to take the Hang chau speed boat to Chau doc. The speed boat leaves at 12:00PM and arrive in Chau doc ( Vietnam ) at around 5:00 PM. Pick up at Chau doc pier, transfer to hotel, check in,relax.
Day 5 : Chau Doc – Long Xuyen – Can Tho ( B,L)
Breakfast at hotel. Take the motorized boat trip to visit the floating fish farm and the floating village, visit the local Cham minority village and her traditional weaving village. Depart for Long Xuyen, on the way we will pass Crocodile Farm. Check in upon arrival in Can Tho. Free for exploring the city on your own in the afternoon. Overnight at Can tho
Day 6 : Can Tho – Saigon ( B,L )
After breakfast. Visitors first take the boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river . The boat trip later takes you to the Cai Rang floating markets, which are the most original ones and bustling places of the region. Visitors will have the most probably tried the Vietnamese vermicelli soup ? so, they will now go and see how it is made. Visitors then roam into the village to get in touch with the local people. Here, they have a chance to experience how to pass a " Monkey bridge " which is built by only one bamboo. Return to Can Tho for lunch at the local restaurant. Depart for Saigon city. Arrive in Saigon at around 4:00 PM, check in, relax. Overnight hotel in Saigon
Day 7 : Saigon City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)
Pick up at hotel, take city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals. 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 Sai Gon Post Office. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, continue to 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. Overnight at hotel in Saigon
Day 8 : Saigon Departure (B)
After breakfast you will be free until time to transfer to airport for departure flight. Say goodbye Vietnam. End of tour.
Cost in USD per person based on twin/double sharing, valid until 30 Dec.2012
No of pax
Casa Angkor 3*
Steung Siemreap 3*
Prince D’ Angkor 4*
Borei Angkor 5*
Queen Boutique 3 *
Kim tho 3*
Kim tho 3*
Nam bo Boutique 4*
Victoria Can Tho 4*
Chau pho 3 *
Chau Pho 3*
Victoria Chau doc 4*
Victoria Chau Doc 4*
Le Duy 3*
Tan Hai long hotel & spa 3*
Tour includes: Tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
All accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Speed boat ticket Siem reap – Phnompenh, Phnompenh – Chau Doc
Private English speaking guide during guided time
Meals as indicated in the itinerary at local restaurant with local foods (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D = Dinner)
Boat cruise as stated
Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
Mineral Water and towel
Government taxes & Service charges
Visa in Cambodia ( available at airport at 20 USD )
Meals not indicated in the itinerary
Personal travel insurance (Compulsory).
Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills.
Tips and gratuities