Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, transfer to the hotel. Free time.
Day 02: Ho Chi Minh City tour (B,L )
08h00: Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel for the city tour of Ho Chi Minh City. First visit to the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam before 30 April 1975, next to that is the Notre Dame Cathedral, Sai Gon Central Post Office, a stop at lacquer ware workplace.
After that we drive to visit China Town, Thien Hau Pagoda and Binh Tay Market
12h00: Lunch in a restaurant
13h30: After lunch We continue to visit the War Remnant Museaum where there is a vast display of the both the Indochina wars. In courtyard massive military vehicles are for exhibition as well as tiger cages for the visitor to get a feel on how it was to be a prisoner during wartime. In the museum building itself, each floor will represent a separate theme from the war and the war crimes committed towards the Vietnamese people. We continue to visit Museum of Vietnam History to discover about the rich history of Vietnam then end the tour at Ben Thanh Market Where you can find everything on sales and try many kinds of the local food. You can go back to the hotel with the tour guide or free time to explore this place and go back to your hotel by yourselves.
Day 03: HCMC – Cu Chi tunnels and Cao Dai Temple (B,L)
8h00: Our tour guide and driver pick you up at your hotel then transfer to Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh - a province 100 kms Southeast of HCMC, close to Cambodia border. The Cao Dai Temple is decorated with multi-colored dragons of all shapes and sizes competing for space with several swastikas. Above the main entrance is the all-seeing holy eye, the symbol of the Cao Dai sect. The interior is just as engaging as statues of Jesus Christ, Buddha and the Hindu god, Brahma, stand side by side.Cao Dai Temple is the eclectic mix of colours and the amazing use of architecture create a space of beauty, spirituality with a somewhat surreal flavour to western palates.
We arrive there around 10h00, take a walk around the Temple and Area, discover the architecture of the Temple, learn How this religion is
11h45: The Temple opens, we get in the temple find your best place to see the inside finest
12h00: Take part in the Ceremony
12h30: Transfer to Cu Chi for Lunch at a local restaurant
14h00: After you have a lunch, we start visiting the Cu Chi Tunnel Complex, This is where guerilla warfare optimized and exemplified. You will learn the clever design of the tunnels and the strategic use of trap doors. Even with B-52 bombers dropping 30-ton loads of explosive, turning the jungle into a pockmarked moonscape, 30 thousand American troops failed to conquer the area! You’ll have a chance to crawl around a portion of the 121 km long, multiple-layered tunnel. You will learn how thousands of guerillas managed to stay underground many days at a time, also their great technique to conceal smoke from their cooking.
16h00 : Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, arrive at your hotel around 18h00 Depend on the traffic,
Day 04 : HCMC – Mytho – Mekong Delta boat trip – Can Tho city (B, L )
08h00am Our Tour Guide & Driver pick you up at the hotel in Saigon, then take an excursion to My Tho, one of quiet cities in Mekong Delta area. Arrival to My Tho, a full day trip to water world of the Mekong Delta; enjoy the journey through the fertile paddy fields, water buffalos. Take the boat trip along narrow waterways and visit some orchards, local houses where making rice-paper, enjoy tropical fruits with southern traditional “Tai Tu music” show. Enjoy lunch with special Elephant’s Ear Fish will be served during lunch on local restaurant on island. After finished boat trip, take on private vehicle to Can Tho, stop for visiting the ancient pagoda Vinh Trang.
Afternoon, arrive to Can Tho, check-in the hotel on arrival. Free time, O/N in Cantho.
Day 05: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Chau Doc (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer to the pier for taking the boat ride on Mekong River, which is the longest and most prosperous in Asia, visit the famous floating market Cai Rang, where you can see the daily life and local people selling their products on boats. Then cruising to small cannels to visit one of the local family and their orchard, taste tropical fruits, green tea. Lunch then road transfer to Chau Doc, on arrival in Chau Doc, visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, take a boat trip through small cannels.
Back to the city, check in the hotel, free time
Day 06: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh (B )
By boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh, the city that retains its traditional Khmer and colonial charm. French villas along tree-lined boulevards remind the visitor that the city was once considered the ‘pearl’ of Southeast Asia. Recent political changes have triggered an economic boom, with new hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs springing up across the city.
Meet our guide at Phnom Penh’s Port and transfer to the hotel, check in, free time for lunch by yourselves
After lunch, WE depart to visit to National Museum, the distinctive red building with a beautiful Khmer architecture was built since 1917 and contains more than 5000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver, copper, wood and others. Afer that We visit Wat Phnom is a Buddhist temple located in center of Phnom Penh City. It was built in 1373 and stands 27 meters above the ground. It is the tallest religious structure in the city.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 07: Phnom Penh City Tour – Siem Reap (B,L)
After breakfast We depart to visit the Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, is the most conspicuous feature and one of impressive colorful Khmer-style Palaces. Nearside the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple), display plenty of Buddha Statues that were decorated and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver, proceed to visit Independence Monument, which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony
After lunch, transfer to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap
Arrive in Siem Reap, check in the hotel and free time
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 08: Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat (B,D)
After meeting our tour guide, then we drive to Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the new king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire.
We visit Bayon Temple. At the exact center of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. After that We visit Phimeanakas temple and King’s Swimming Pool. We continue to visit Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium and the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death. We continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances, and traditional sports.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
We journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers.
Back to your hotel then transfer for dinner with Apsara Dance show at local restaurant.
For those travelers thirsting for cultural highlights of Cambodia, no visit to Cambodia is complete without attending at least one traditional Khmer dance performance, often referred to as 'Apsara Dance' after one of the most popular Classical dance pieces. Traditional Khmer dance better described as 'dance-drama' in that the dances are not merely dance but also meant to convey a story or message.
Day 09: Siem Reap (B,L)
Morning: We explore Preah Khan Temple (with huge trees overgrowing the ruins). The temple complex has been ideally restored by the World Monument Fund.
Learn about the enormous looting problem in Angkor and the important savegarding and preservation activities of the WMF.
Go on seeing the most important temples on the "grand circuit", like Neak Pean (holy bath) and the Eastern Mebon (with Elephant statues).
Visit of this marvellous small Ta Som temple is also included in this tour! It was built at the end of the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII.
Ta Som means "the ancestor", king Jayavarman VII dedicated this temple to his mother,
Back to your hotel in Siem Reap
Day 10: Banteay Srei & Tonle Sap Lake (B )
Morning: We head further out through rural countryside to the small but beautiful temple of Banteay Srei. This temple is largely built of pink sandstone, a harder rock that can be more elaborately carved and better survives the rigors of time. This is an opportunity to capture some good photographs of the clear and detailed carvings. We travel back in time to one of the first capitals of the Angkor area, Hariharilaya, now known as Roluos. We begin with a visit to to Preah Ko (sacred cow), named in honor of Shiva, Nandin. Finally, we visit Bakong, the first of the temple mountains, which later became the signature of King Khmer. It is a giant pyramid with the cardinal points marked by giant elephantsBack to Siem Reap, free time for lunch pay by yourselves
Afternoon: drive to the edge of Tonle Sap Lake where you will board a longtail boat. Motor out toward Kompong Phluk, an isolated Khmer community of three villages built on stilts above the lake. The community has about 3,000 inhabitants and the stilt houses range in height from from six to eight metres, enabling the homes to withstand the massive lake’s annual flood pulse. Cruise through a submerged mangrove forest that plays host to many species of birds, fish, and mammals, and you’ll see why Cambodia’s swampy deltas are internationally recognized havens of biodiversity.
Day 11: Siem Reap Departure(B)
Free time until transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Optional: If you have more time and you are a beach lover, we offer you a beach holiday in Koh Rong Island in Sihanouk Ville about 1 hour flight from Siem Reap