Day 1 Depart USA
- Sailing on the Mekong in a custom built boat
- Heading up the Mekong by Speedboat
- Crossing the border into Cambodia
- Being enthralled by the complex at Angkor Wat
You board your flight for the overnight flight to Vietnam and its commercial capital, Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2 En Route
During your flight you will cross the International Date Line technically "losing" a day but you will regain it on your return flight
Day 3 Welcome to Saigon
Arriving in Saigon you will be met by our representative. They will facilitate your expeditious move through customs and immigration and assist you with the retrieval of your luggage. Once in the arrivals hall you will be introduced to your personal guide and escorted out to your car where your driver is waiting. Arriving at your hotel, your guide will assist with check-in and coordinate the next day's agenda. You then are free to relax. This evening enjoy a quiet dinner in the hotel and a good night's rest.
Day 4 Cu Chi Tunnels and Highlights of Saigon
Today's morning tour takes you to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. This incredible underground tunnel network was constructed by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. The tunnels show the ingenuity and resoucefulness of the Vietnamese people. During your visit you will see the secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. You return to Saigon for lunch at Hoa Tuc restaurant.In the afternoon, your private city tour of vibrant Saigon includes the landmark Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. It was towards this modern building that Viet Cong tanks rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975 as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. Your tour also includes the red-brick Catholic cathedral of Notre-Dame, the nearby 19th century Empire-style Post Office, and the next door ‘Hotel de Ville' or City Hall all look indomitably European, in contrast, you visit the Thien Hau Temple, a Chinese temple in Cholon, the packed and bustling Chinatown of the city. This evening you will have dinner at Mandarin Restaurant.
Day 5 Introduction to the Mekong Delta
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at the hotel and assist you to your boat which is docked in the Mekong Delta in the town of Cai Be. Upon arrival you board the boat where a welcome drink awaits you. You are introduced to the crew and shown to your cabin. Your boat sets sail towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang River while you enjoy lunch on the upper deck. You are invited to rest and relax on the deck as the boat cruises into Cho Canal. A short cruise takes you through local traffic of sand and rice barges, fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards, life on the river. Your first stop is a village on the banks of the river Mang Thit where you have the opportunity to appreciate the hospitality and way of life of the locals as you visit the nearby orchards and rice fields. After re-boarding the boat, enjoy a " welcome back aboard" drink as you return to your lounge chair on the deck to watch the magnificent sun set on the Delta. A lovely dinner is served while the boat is cruising the Mang Thit River. This evening the boat sets anchor in front of Phuoc Huu Pagoda in Tra On.
Day 6 Floating Markets and Leisure in Can Tho
Breakfast is available on deck while the boat cruises to Tra On Floating Market. After a visit to the colorful market, your boat sails towards Can Tho. Upon arrival at the Cai Rang floating market you transfer on to a local boat to visit the market, the nearby canals and gardens ending at the Ninh Kieu pier late in the morning. You are met by your guide and taken for lunch at Nam Bo Restaurant before heading to your resort which is just outside the town with charming gardens and river views.
Day 7 Through the Mekong Countryside by Boat and Bike
This morning you depart from the hotel jetty in a traditional boat with bicycles on board. You cross the Hau river then cruise on the Cai Von canal where you stop to visit an incense making community. Continuing on by boat you arrive at a tiny village where you unload your bicycles and begin a tranquil ride along the quiet trails crossing dykes and paralleling the rice paddies. You are open to the sounds and smells and capture the unusual sites of water buffaloes, duck keepers, fishermen and other artisans of the land. Once your ride is complete you return by boat to the hotel where lunch awaits. This afternoon you can do some more cycling, try the spa or just relax by the pool.
Day 8 Chau Doc, The Chams and the Cambodian Border
After breakfast you meet your guide and head up to Chau Doc which is located close to the Cambodian border. On the way you stop in the village of Long Thanh to see the basket making for which they are justly famous. Upon arrival at your hotel you have lunch overlooking the expanse of the river. After lunch you visit a local market which overlooks the confluence of three rivers, and later take a boat to the Chau Giang district where a tiny mosque serves the local Cham community. The Cham dominated coastal Vietnam from the 2nd to the 9th centuries and were originally Hindu but became Muslim as a result of contact with Arab seafaers and Merchants.The Chams also practice silk weaving and you may have the opportunity to see them at work. You'll visit a beautiful Khmer temple and later visit the floating houses that double as catfish farms, now a huge industry for the country.
Day 9 Crossing the Border to Phnom Penh
After breakfast you will be escorted to the dock where you board a private speedboat that will take you to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. First you stop at the border and clear Cambodian customs and immigration and then continue your cruise along the Mekong River to Phnom Penh which was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient and, despite its recent turbulent history, still retains its colonial charm from days gone by. Upon arrival you are met by your guide and taken to Tonle Bassac restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon your exploration of the city begins at the Royal Palace complex. The palace dates from 1866 and was the last one built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5,000 silver tiles that cover its floors. You then continue to the National Museum which was built in 1917 and which today, houses over 5,000 statues, lingas and other artifacts ranging from pre-Angkor and post-Angkor periods of Cambodian history. After a chance to freshen up at your hotel, a table has been reserved for dinner at Malis, one of our favorite local restaurants.
Day 10 The Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields
In order to appreciate where Cambodia is heading you need to understand her turbulent recent past so you start your day with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes. This museum is housed in a former school which was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as a detention and torture center. You will then be taken about ten miles outside the city to Cheung Ek better known as the Killing Fields where thousands were slaughtered by the Khmer Rouge. A return to the city and lunch allows a break from the past and a chance to view the Cambodia of today. In the afternoon you will visit the Central Market, built in 1937 by French architects and one of the largest and busiest in all of Cambodia. There you can find souvenirs, jewellery and electronic goods. You will also visit the Russian Market, the best place in the city for wooden and stone carvings, old coins and Cambodian and Chinese silk clothes. After your market visit you will be driven to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap which is the capital city of Siem Reap Province. This small town is the gateway to the Angkor Archealogical Park and is home to more than 100 temples dating from the 9th to the 13th Centuries. Upon arrival you are met by by your guide and escorted to your world class hotel where you have a chance to relax before having dinner in the hotel's excellent dining room.
Day 11 A Visit To Angkor Wat
After breakfast you meet your guide for a tour of the City of Angkor Thom which houses some of Angkor's most famous mounuments. At the height of the Khmer Empire there were over one million people living in the vicinity of Angkor Thom. As the empire declined so did the city and the temple complex. So much so that it became hidden in the undergrowth and was only re-discovered in the middle of the last century. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, this complex of intricately carved temples inspires all who visit. You will arrive via the South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with elephants and four giant sandstone faces. From here you enter the city and arrive at the Bayon Temple which lies exactly in the center of the city. The monument is famous for the 54 towers representing the 54 provinces of the then great Khmer Empire. You have lunch at Champey Restaurant . In the afternoon you will visit the biggest religious temple in the world; the magnificent Angkor Wat Temple built by Suryavarman II in the early 12th Century. Inside the temple the walls are covered with carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars fought by Suryavarman during his reign. Angkor Wat is also well known for the 2,000 Aspara dancers decorating the temple. Enjoy sunset over Angkor Wat before returning to the hotel. This evening, French inspired fusion cuisine at Cafe Indochine.
Day 13 Siem Reap to Saigon
This morning you will explore the temples of the Small Circuit. The most famous among these is Ta Prohm Temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th Centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. After lunch at the Alliance Cafe you are escorted to the airport for yoiur flight to Saigon. Upon arrival you are met by your guide and escorted to your hotel. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel as you reminisce on all you have seen over the past two weeks.
Day 14 Return to USA
In the morning your guide will be waiting to take you to the airport for your flight back to the US. You " gain" the day you previously lost and arrive back the same afternoon.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Saigon, Mekong, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
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- Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
- Private Transfers to and from the airport at destination
- All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
- Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
- Baggage handling at all hotels
- All applicable taxes and service fees
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- Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
- Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
- Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
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