DAY 1: ARRIVE PHNOM PENH
Arrive in the vibrant and dynamic city of Phnom Penh and transfer to your desired hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 2: PHNOM PENH
Set out on a city tour to visit the National Museum, which houses Khmer art and sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history, visit the Royal Palace which contains the Silver Pagoda. In the afternoon learn more about Cambodia’s past tragedy with a visit Tuol Sleng Museum. Return to the hotel for a rest or enjoy the sunset at one of the riverside cafes.
DAY 3: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP
Fly to the city of Siem Reap, the gateway to the Temples of Angkor. On arrival, enjoy lunch in town and get ready to explore the legendary temples. Start with Angkor Wat, one of the modern wonders of the world and be amazed by the sheer size of the temple. Continue your visit with other amazing temples in the area and get back to your hotel in the late afternoon.
DAY 4: SIEM REAP
Start the day with a transfer to the impressive Preah Kahn Temple located on the Grand Circuit. Make your way to Neak Pean, an artificial island which contains a Buddhist temple. Enjoy lunch in Siem Reap and visit the beautiful Ta Prohm, one of Angkor’s jewels overgrown with fig trees. You will end the day with a visit to Sras Srang, the former Royal bathing pool of the Khmer Kings. Enjoy the sunset from the west terrace and return to Siem Reap for a free evening.
DAY 5: SIEM REAP
Leave Siem Reap for Chhong Kneas on a boat to learn about Tonle Sap Lake, its biodiversity and the Khmer rural culture. Enjoy a rare opportunity to meet with a local family at their private home followed by a visit around the village and a meeting with local monks who have prepared a blessing for you. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore the surrounding town of Siem Reap.
DAY 6: SIEM REAP – SAIGON
Fly onward to Saigon, Vietnam’s largest and dynamic city. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city.
DAY 7: SAIGON CITY TOUR
Saigon is the country’s commercial centre and, with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. Embark on a city tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris (It is only possible to visit inside when no service is being performed). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustav Eiffel. Continue to visit the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, revealing the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Further, drive to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight of the American war through the local’s eyes (Please note that some of the photos are very graphic)
DAY 8: MEKONG DELTA
Drive from Saigon to Ben Tre, one of the country’s southern provinces, located in the Delta of the Mekong River. Arrive at the waterfront pier and embark on an enjoyable motor boat excursion. At Turtle Island, visit a local house and be introduced to the owner, chat with your host and stroll through the garden to get an insight into daily farming life. Continue your journey by sampan, taste some local delicacies during lunch at My Tho, before returning to the city by mid afternoon.
DAY 9: SAIGON – DA NANG – HOI AN
The ancient town of Hoi An awaits you after short flight from Saigon and transfer from Danang airport. From here, be introduced to the charming town on a walking tour to see some of the historic buildings and homes dating back to the 16th century.
DAY 10: HOI AN
Enjoy the day at leisure to discover everything that Hoi An has to offer.
DAY 11: HUE
Drive about 3 hours north to the ancient capital Hue. Along the way, drive over the Hai Van Mountain and enjoy the spectacular views it offers.
DAY 12: HUE – HANOI
This morning complete your visit to Hue by visiting the tombs of the former kings. Fly to the charming city of Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital characterized by its ochre-coloured colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. On arrival, transfer to your desired hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 13: HANOI
Take the day to visit historical and important sites in Hanoi starting with the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides; the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, the serene Museum of Ethnology that offers a fascinating insight into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter; followed by a show at the water puppet theatre in the evening.
DAY 14: HANOI – HALONG BAY
Depart for a journey to Halong Bay and board your desired junk boat and settle into your cabin. After lunch, enjoy visits to a cave and also a fishing village before returning for a cooking class with the chef or enjoy sunset on the top deck before dinner.
DAY 15: HANOI
Rise early and transfer from the main boat to a small beach on Ti Top Island. Later, board the main boat and enjoy a delicious buffet brunch while cruising back to the shore. Return to Hanoi.
DAY 16: DEPARTURE
Enjoy the day at leisure until your transfer to the airport.