Day 1: Arrival – Siem Reap
Upon arrival at Siem Reap, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 2 : Siem Reap (B, L)
08:00 Rise early to beat the crowds at the photogenic of Ta Prohm "Tomb Raider" fame. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy. We visit Ta Prohm early to avoid the masses of crowds and provide a unique visit in this incredible temple.
We walk to nearby Pagoda and offering food to monks. After monks finished breakfast we start enjoy our breakfast box on the ground floor of pagoda, jasmine tea will be served in the peaceful of pagoda or we return to your hotel for breakfast.
- Prasat Kravan – with its unique brick sculptures
- Thommanon Temple – temple which mirrors Chau Say Tevoda (just to the north), as it was built around the same time and has a similar plan. It is also dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.
- Chao Say Tevorda temple – built during the second quarter of the 12th century opposite of Thommanon, it was dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.
- Ta Keo – by Jayavarman V who ruled from 968 to 1001, it was the first Angkorian monument built entirely of sandst one and was dedicated to Shiva. The summit of the central tower is 50 met ers high and is surrounded by four lower towers.
- Srah Srang – The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing
- Banteay Kdei – surrounded by four concentric walls, the outer walls measuring 500 by 700 meters
- Visit Eastern Mebon used to be in the middle the waters of the large Oriental Baray that is presently filled with rice-fields
- Neak Poan was supposed to be a symbol of the Universe
Preah Khan built in 1191 according to the tradition on a spot where the king fought a crucial battle against the Cham.
In the evening, comes the moment for the relaxing view from the Phnom Bakheng Hill. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3 : Phnom Kulen & 1000 Lingas (B, L)
We’ll escape the heat of the city by driving 48kms North of Siem Reap to visit the holy Kulen Mountains, also referred to as Phnom Kulen (“Mountain of the Lychees”) by locals. The sandstone from this mountain was the main supplier of construction materials for the Angkor Kingdom. We’ll stop at the sacred site of The River of a Thousand Lingas, which features hundreds of lingas carved in the sandstone bed of the river, which date back to the 9th century. Further downstream, large blocks of stone, also under water, are carved with Apsaras dancers and Vishnu figures. Next on the agenda is a wander around the mountain-top pagoda which is home to relics, statues and a large reclining Buddha. The last mountain stop will be Kulen Waterfall, featuring a natural pool which is the perfect place to cool off on a hot day and a great picnic spot too, so that’s what we’ll do. We return to Siem Reap in afternoon. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (B, L) – by flight
After meeting your guide, we depart about 35km from Siem Reap to Kampong Khleang. Board a local boat to Kampong Khleang, meaning the village of the stilts, a lively commercial fishing village located south on the edge of the Tonle Sap lake. All houses are stilted and some are up to four & five meters tall. Enter the stilted village, now flooded and travel through this large town through to a more separate Vietnamese village on to the edge of the Tonle Sap. Then drive straight to the Rolous Group including Lolei, Preah Ko & Bakong temple first. This island temple consists of four brick towers on a double plate rite platform. The 3 temples Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko – located 11 Kilometers (6.8 miles) southeast of the Siem Reap Market – comprise the Rolous group of monuments, and are dating back to the late ninth century and is the earliest site of the 600 years Angkor Period that is open to visitors. Then transfer to the airport for flight to Phnom Penh (K6 116 – 18:10 – 19:00). Pick up and drive to hotel for check in and relax. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 5: Phnom Penh – Chau Doc (B) – by speedboat
08:30 We start to visit Phnom Penh. We will first go to see Wat Phnom Temple.
Then we will visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. The Palace is a magnificent example of Khmer architecture, it was built in 1866. You will see the Throne Hall and the Napoleon III Pavilion. Silver Pagoda is one of the richest shrines in the world . The floor is made of 5.000 silver tiles. Then transfer to the pier and take speedboat from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc at 12:30. Arrive around 17:30. Check in hotel and relax. Overnight in Chau Doc.
Day 6: Chau Doc – Can Tho (B, L)
After breakfast take a boat to visit the unique farms where fish are bred in wooden cages suspended under floating houses on the river. Continue by boat to visit a village of stilt houses belonging to the Cham minority where colorful traditional textiles are woven on old wooden looms. Continue the tour to visit Tra Su, getting to the wild birds Sanctuary, cruising smoothly with small boats to discover the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest, watching storks, cranes and other tropical birds. On the way back stop by to visit Sam Mountain. Then drive to Can Tho, check in and relax. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 7: Can Tho – Phu Quoc island (B) – by flight
Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to Cai Rang floating markets, which are the liveliest in the whole religion.
Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to cross a "Monkey bridge" which is built by only o¬ne stem of bamboo. Then transfer to the airport for flight to Phu Quoc island (VN8014 – 11:45 – 12:40). Pick up and drive to hotel for check in and relax. Free for your activities. Overnight in Phu Quoc island.
Day 8: Phu Quoc island (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free for your activities and relax on beach. Overnight in Phu Quoc island.
Day 9: Phu Quoc island (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free for your activities and relax on beach. Overnight in Phu Quoc island.
Day 10: Phu Quoc island – Ho Chi Minh City (B) – by flight
Breakfast at hotel. Free for your activities and relax on beach. Then transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City (VN1826 – 15:45 – 16:50). Pick up and drive to hotel for check in and relax. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 11:Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple (B, L)
08:00 am. Our guide will pick you up at the hotel. This morning you take a drive to Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh to observe the midday service. Following we will drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels and then return to Ho Chi Minh city at approximately 18:00 pm.
Tay Ninh, near the Cambodian border, is home to the unique Cao Dai sect, whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill to name a few. The religion is a hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. The Cao Dai Temple at Tay Ninh has been described as a Walt Disney fantasia of the East. The temple's exterior is decorated with multi-colored dragons of all shapes and sizes competing for space with a number of Buddhist symbols. 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.
The trip to Tay Ninh is combined with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250km. from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam American must have been like. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 12 : Ho Chi Minh City tour (B, L, D)
Our guide and driver will pick you up and take a city tour:
• The Reunification Palace: This is one of the most important buildings in the city.
• Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office: Built between 1877 and 1883 this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture.
After lunch at local restaurant we continue to visit:
• Giac Lam Pagoda: This is HCMC's oldest pagoda, dating back to 1744 and one of the finest in Vietnam.
• Cholon, including the Thien Hau Pagoda: Cholon actually means Big Market – a claim that is well justified as Vietnam 's largest market, the Binh Tay, is located here.
• Ben Thanh Market: This bustling and well-organized market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Ao Dais.
Back to hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.s18:45 We start Saigon Foodie Tour by motorbike and blend into the “Chaos in order” of Saigon’s traffic. We’ll ride you through criss cross streets of district 1, 2, 3, 4 for tasting the popular street foods and experiencing the evening life of Saigonese. We first stop at a local food store that famous for “Bánh Xèo” - Vietnamese Pancake serve with pork, shrimp, bean sprout and many other kinds of vegetable. Then, ride to another corner of the city to have a taste of “Ốc Bươu Nhồi”, Stuffed Snail with Chopped Pork. Next we ride you to local parks for joining evening exercise with locals and seeing the city panorama view after dark. Afterwards, your food journey continues with "Bánh canh ghẹ”, Crab Noodle Soup. Before heading back to hotel, we'll roll through the "Foodie Heaven", into a bustling street food corner to try out "Gỏi Cuốn" or Fresh Spring Roll - one of world's 50 best food and also two other versions of it. Ending with a glass of mix sugar cane and strawberry juice and a Flan for dessert. Seat back and enjoy your ride!!!
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer to the airport for your international flight. End of services.