Enjoy an all-inclusive holidays package to Southern Vietnam and Cambodia for 8 days. You will get a chance to step into the hearts of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), explore underground tunnels system of Cu Chi Tunnels and a city full of the vigor of Mekong Delta before spend the rest of trip to discover the magnificent Angkor Wat Complex.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Upon arrival to Tan Son Nhat airport, after clearing custom, you will be warmly welcomed by Asia Great Tours tour expert and transfer to hotel. The rest of day is at leisure to recover from the long trip.
After breakfast, you will take the morning trip to visit Independence Palace, also known at the Reunification palace, was built on the sight of the former Norodom palace. The Independence palace is a widely known landmark of Ho Chi Minh City and was designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu. Continue seeingthe beautiful structures from the French Colonial times such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office. Followed by the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum, where has a vast display of the both the Indochina wars.
Have lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we depart for Cu Chi tunnel, the trip will take approximately one and a half hours bus driving. Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of the war time. Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. Besides, there are also many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war. Afterward, special tea and cassava (guerilla’s food during the war) will be served.
Break time for relax or time for those who want to try the real shooting gun.
Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city and start the trip to My Tho. Upon arrival, visit Vinh Trang pagoda which sated back to the late 19th century. Then boarding the sampan and cruising down the river around the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.
Stop over at Unicorn Island, go walking in the village paths to contemplate orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, and Vietnamese folk music performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation.
Be rowed in a small sampan through the Thoi Son canal and treat yourself to the beauty of the countryside, visit the family business & bee-keeping farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy workshop.
Have lunch at the local restaurant. Break time.
The afternoon is time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, meeting the local people to experience their daily life in the Mekong delta. Relaxing on hammocks to enjoy the cool breeze is for those do not want to join the cycling trip. Return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Breakfast is at the hotel. You will be free until meet our driver to transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for boarding a flight to Siem Reap. Arrival in Siem Reap and transfer to the hotel for check in, free at your leisure time.
First up is a visit to the Angkor Thom complex. Inside these great walls you’ll explore the fascinating beauty of Bayon and the world-famous Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider) Temple.
Next up, satisfy your hunger at one of the many local restaurants within the Angkor Complex with some tasty Cambodian eats!
Your last two stops will be at the enormous and beautiful Angkor Wat, followed by a beautiful sunset view from the top of Phnom Bakheng. The temples on this tour are among the biggest in the Angkor Complex and Phnom Bakheng has a 300 person limit at the peak, so we keep the temple count small to ensure enough time at each marvelous stop!
Once the sun has set, around 6:30 pm, and your legs have gone sore, we’ll head back to town.
Start off your day easy with the small and charming Pre Rup Temple. Next up, you’ll visit the highly-intricate pink coloured Banteay Srei Temple – which translates beautifully to “The Citadel of Women”.
You’ll be hungry after that long drive, so settle into one of the restaurants nearby, and dig into some traditional Cambodian curries, soups and stir-fries.
Spend your afternoon exploring the completely unique East Mebon, Ta Som and Preah Khan Temples, all built for different reasons at different times. Keep an eye out for the detail in these ancient walls. Around 4:00 pm, settle in for a nice A/C ride back to the city!
Free at leisure until transferring to the airport to take departure flight for next destination.