Cambodia and VietnamVietnam-An Indochine adventure - 2nd-14th-dec17 13 Days / 12 Nights

INTRODUCTION

Vietnam Cambodia and vietnam -An Indochine adventure

Join us for 12 days of a complete sensory overload! – Vietnam Cambodia and vietnam

Catch an awe inspiring sunrise over the world’s largest religious structure, Angkor Wat, explore the temples of Bayon, Bantei Srei cycle around the paddy fields in the early evening and dance the night away on Pub Street.
Siem Reap is a lovely, small vibrant town.

From here we head to Vietnam – Not what you saw in B-grade American war movies, but a nation that has bounced back from the ravages of war and dogmatic Communism and is as full of beauty as it is full of hope.

Feel your senses come alive as you take in HCMC : a mad and chaotic whirl, a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the whole country forward with its pulsating energy or when you sail between the jaw dropping limestone pillars that rise out of the impossibly blue Halong Bay.
Get transported to another era while walking the streets of the historic port town of Hoi An, and take in Hanoi’s curious blend of French Majesty and Asian chaos

These 12 days will be completely unforgettable and that’s a promise!

ITINERARY

2nd December – Saturday (Includes Dinner)

Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to hotel (by Tuk-Tuk)

Overnight at Steung Siem Reap or Similar

3rd December  (Sunday) – (Includes Breakfast and dinner)

Full day by Tuk Tuk

Breakfast at the hotel.

– First head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom – the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII.

  • – From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city.
  • – This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire.
  • – Then head to The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace    of the Leper King.

Stroll through the grounds of the former Royal Palace to discover some small hidden temples that are rarely visited.

  • – Break for lunch
  • – The continue exploring the temples of the smaller circuit, the most illustrious being Ta Prohm, built in the mid 12th – to early 13th century
  • – Catch the sunset at Pre-Rup

Evening at leisure

4th December – (includes breakfast only)

(Transfer by an AC vehicle)

– 5am departure to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat or Ta Phrom

– Visit Angkor Wat – Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods.

Back to the hotel for breakfast.

– in the afternoon head for the Roulos Group of temples, the earliest temples of the Angkorian Kings, built in the 8th and 9th century.

Overnight in Siem Reap

5th December – includes breakfast and lunch

(Full day Angkor temples by AC vehicle)

– Post breakfast travel to the countryside to see the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei.
The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best-preserved temple in Cambodia.

– Stop at local communities on the way back – see how Rice Paper is produced

Lunch in town

– Then depart on a boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake,
Tonlé Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake.
Its size varies greatly depending on the season – it swells to about four times its size during the wet season.
Board a local boat and visit the village of Kampong Kleang,

6th December – Leave for HCMC (only breakfast)

(You could take a flight. Or you could take a bus from Siem Reap to HCMC. This is much cheaper.
The journey is long – 13 hours or so – but you travel through the countryside in Cambodia and Vietnam and the bus is comfortable)

Arrive in Saigon and relax

Overnight at Hotel Northern

7th December (HCMC. Includes breakfast and lunch)

Half-day tour of Cu Chi Tunnels

The incredible underground tunnel network at Cu Chi Tunnels was constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during their long struggle for independence. You’ll see the secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. The more adventurous may explore the deeper second, and even third level tunnels.

We head back to Saigon for lunch and then continue on a city tour

Visit the War Museum, The reunification Hall (formerly known as the Presidential Palace it was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese tanks seized on the morning of April 30 1975, as Saigon fell) Continue to the Old Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Ovrenight at Hotel Northern or similar

8th December (includes breakfast and lunch)

Depart at 8:00 am for the 2-hour drive to Cai Be, deep in the Mekong Delta.

Take a local boat, visit the villages in the Mekong, Tan phong Island, eat a scrumptious lunch at an ancient house in the Mekong

Late afternoon and evening at leisure

9th December – HCMC – Danang – Hoi An (breakfast included)

Fly to DaNang and transfer to Hoi An (Hoi An is an hour away by road)

Afternoon at leisure

(we would recommend we hire cycles and cycle to the beaches nearby)

Overnight at Hoi An Historic or similar

10th December – Hoi An (includes breakfast)

Hoi An was once a major Asian trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and its architecture and relaxed lifestyle have changed little over the years.
Take a leisurely walking tour of the ancient town center and visit the sites of former merchants’ homes, 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and a Chinese Communal Hall.

Afternoon at leisure to just stroll around or shop! Hoi-An is a shopper’s paradise

(Optional tour to My Son – Ruins of the Champa Kingdom)

11th December – Hoi An – Hanoi (includes breakfast and dinner)

We take a morning flight from Da Nang to Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi and proceed on a Hanoi city tour that includes

– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

– One Pillar Pagoda

– Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on the West Lake (one of the oldest in Vietnam) and Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist, dating from the Ly Dynasty).

– Temple Of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

Street Food tour in Hanoi

Overnight in Hotel Tirant or similar

12th December  – Hanoi – Ha Long Bay  (Breakfast / Lunch / dinner)

We leave Hanoi early morning and depart for Ha Long Bay (4.5 hours drive).

Relax on this cruise and there is a range of activities included as well

The boat will take us to some caves, to a floating village. You can enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay and go Kayaking as well

Dinner and overnight on the boat

13th December – (Brunch Included)

We disembark from the boat around 11:00 am and transfer to Hanoi (by road. It will take about 4 hours)

Reach Hanoi and relax

14th December (Breakfast)

Proceed to the airport for your departure flight

Hotels in itinerary

Siem Reap : Steung Siem Reap

Ho Chi Minh : Hotel Northern

Hanoi: Tirant

Halong : Victory Star Junk Boat

Hoi An : Hoi An Historic

I have personally picked these hotels for our holiday. These are all 3 star / 4 star hotels, with very central locations and the boat cruise is a relatively luxurious one

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COST

COST:

Rs 1,14,500 on a twin-sharing basis
(without service tax as applicable)
  • - Get an Early Bird discount of 4500 Rupees if booked by the 30th of June
  • - Discount of Rs 3000 is booked between the 30th of June and 15th of August
Single supplement – Rs 31,000
(Note: we will need 7 participants for this trip. Please do confirm with us before doing any flight booking)
If you would like to do only Cambodia or only Vietnam – email us at shibani@wonderfulworld.co.in
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Included

  • - Accommodation on a twin sharing basis
  • - Visa for Cambodia
  • - Visa on arrival letter procedure fee for Vietnam only
  • - Transportation as mentioned in the itinerary – AC vehicle in Vietnam and a combination of Tuk Tuks and AC vehicles in Siem Reap
  • - English speaking local guide in all the destinations
  • - All admission fee to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • - All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • - All flights within Vietnam

Excludes

  • - Service tax as applicable – 9% at the moment
  • - Vietnam visa stamping fee at $25.00 – which has to be paid on arrival
  • - Flight or bus fare between Siem Reap and HCMC
(Not included so you can choose between the bus and the flight. Bus cost is about $25.00 - $30.00 and flights cost around $200)
  • - International flights
  • - Travel insurance
  • - Optional tour to My Son
  • - Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • - Any beverages – alcoholic or non alcoholic.
  • - Any other personal expenses

PAYMENT PLAN

Request for a booking deposit of Rs 10,000 to confirm your spot. Balance payment due by 15th September

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • - 5000 Rupees off the booking deposit is non refundable
  • - If cancelled anytime before 60 days of departure date – balance amount (except 5000 Rupees) is refundable
  • - If cancelled between 60-45 days before departure date – 75% is refundable
  • - If cancelled between 45 days – 30 days before departure date – 50% of total amount is refundable
  • - If cancelled between 30 days – 15 days before departure date, 25% of total amount is refundable
  • - No refund if cancelled after that.
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