“Highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam’s Mekong Delta” [15D / 14N]

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“Highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam’s Mekong Delta” [15D / 14N]

DAY 1   ARRIVAL IN SIEM REAP
On Arrival in Siem Reap International airport, warm welcome by our professional tour guide and transfer to your hotel.
(Arrival flight: please advise)
Hotel: Overnight at 4* Hotel, Siem Reap.

DAY 2   SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT
(Breakfast / Lunch)
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning time, starting the first day of tours to exploring the world famous of Angkor Thom which starting from the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara).
Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon time, continuous our exploring to Kingdom of Wonder temple called Angkor Wat, The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.
Hotel: Overnight at 4* Hotel, Siem Reap.  
 
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DAY 3   SIEM REAP CITY TOUR
(Breakfast / Lunch)
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning time, starting of tours to exploring to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art, and then visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Later in the afternoon we will visit Ta Prohm. One of the area's most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them.
Hotel: Overnight at 4* Hotel, Siem Reap.  


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DAY 4   SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP LAKE
(Breakfast / Lunch)
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning time, starting of tours to exploring the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen's "floating village" with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the "village" move from place to place following water levels and current. And then visit “Les Artisans d’ Angkor – Chantiers Ecoles” of Siem Reap.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Back to your hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Hotel: Overnight at 4* Hotel, Siem Reap.  


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DAY 5   SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH
(Breakfast / Lunch)
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning time, we are going from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by National road number 6 (314 Km). On the way to Phnom Penh we stop to visit Komdeay Bridge, Sambor Prei Kuk and Skun Village.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Arrive in Phnom Penh, transfer to the hotel for check in and refreshment.
Hotel: Overnight at 4* Hotel, Phnom Penh.        


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DAY 6   PHNOM PENH CITY TOUR
(Breakfast / Lunch)
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning time, starting of tours to exploring to Notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). And visit Cheung Ek better known as the Killing Fields.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon time, continuous our exploring to Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Continue to the nearby National Museum.
Hotel: Overnight at 4* Hotel, Phnom Penh.        


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DAY 7   PHNOM PENH – KEP
(Breakfast / Lunch)
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning time, we are going to Kep and stopover at Tonle Bati and visit Ta Prohm temple (12th-13th centuries) and Yeay Peau temple (12th century). Visit the Prasat Neang Khmao, the temple of the Black Virgin (10th century).
Lunch at local restaurant
Afternoon, continue to Kep, formerly known as Kep-sur-Mer or Kep beach. This beautiful coastal area was once the favorite holiday place for Cambodia’s French-influenced elite.
Hotel: Overnight at 4* Hotel/Resort, Kep.        


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DAY 8   KEP FREE DAY
(Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel.
Enjoy the day at your own leisure.
Hotel: Overnight at 4* Hotel/Resort, Kep. 
 
DAY 9   KEP FREE DAY
(Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel.
Enjoy the day at your own leisure.
Hotel: Overnight at 4* Hotel/Resort, Kep.

DAY 10 KEP – HA TIEN – CHAU DOC
(Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning time, we are going to Ha Tien, Vietnam via Xa Xia Border.
Arrival in Ha Tien, the driver will pick you up and transfer to Chau Doc for overnight.
Hotel: Overnight at 4* Hotel, Chau Doc.           

DAY 11 CHAU DOC – TRA SU RAINFOREST – CAN THO
(Breakfast / Lunch)
Breakfast at hotel.
Visit the Tra Su Rainforest, recognized as one of the most beautiful in all of Vietnam.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Then, we depart to Can Tho for overnight.
Hotel: Overnight at 3* Hotel, Can Tho.     


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DAY 12 CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET – SAMPAN CRUISE TO VUNG LIEM
(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Breakfast at hotel.
Early morning pick-up (06:00 am) to bring you to Cai Rang Floating Market, the Mekong’s biggest and most colorful floating market.
The typical Mekong’s floating commercial center will widen your eyes. A bustling and corlorful floating boat full with mainly tropical vegs and fruits and farmers.
You will board a small boat and cruise right in amongst all the action. The market is a spectacular sight – boats, big & small, selling every kind of fresh produce imaginable. Including fresh, hot coffee. 
You can buy anything here you want such as taste some fruits or even has a cold beer from a floating bar.
Then you will board your Mango cruise boat at Ninh Kieu Quay and head to Tra On. Enjoy your welcome drink and peaceful scenery while crew members board your luggage. Comfort yourself on our sofa in the riverfront sitting room and enjoy the breeze. Lunch will be served on board while cruising to the Mang Thit river, this smaller branch of river allows you to observe more of the riverine cultre and local activities along the way.
Stop for a walk through the village to explore more of the local life style, enjoy the green garden and  start a chat with the friendly locals. You also will stop for a visit at the brick  factory.  Here you will see how bricks are made using traditional methods, which are centuries old.
Head to Vung Liem in the late afternoon and relax while you enjoy the sunset. Freshen up and time to get ready for a cooking demonstration onboard.
Overnight onboard 3* Sampan Cruiser in Vung Liem, Vinh Long.


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DAY 13 VUNG LIEM – GIONG TROM
(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
In the morning, breakfast will be served onboard before starting to explore the town of Vung Liem by bicycle. Visit the Cao Dai Temple, one of the most popular local religions which is a combination of Taoism, Buddhism and Confusium. Continue to visit the local wet market of Vung Liem.
Get back to your boat and begin cruising to Mo Cay while you enjoy your lunch on board. After your meal, relax and get ready for a walk through the local village in Mo Cay, a district of Ben Tre province where you can visit the coconut processing factory, one of the main industries that the locals have lived on for many decades as this area is well known for its coconut’s products.
Finish your walk and get back to the boat then continue your cruise to Giong Trom river, passing by the Ben Tre provincial capital. Start a walk through My Long village and visit Mr Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper, which is the most famous specialty of this region. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and observe the process of how it is made.
Get back to your boat, freshen up and enjoy  dinner onboard.
Overnight onboard 3* Sampan Cruiser on An Hoa river near Chet Say Bridge.  


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DAY 14 GIONG TROM – AN HOA – BEN TRE
(Breakfast / Lunch)
Breakfast will be served onboard in early morning and you start your cruise on An Hoa River heading to My Tho. Stop at Phong Nam village for a xe loi ride to visit some local business, stop at a rice noodles factory which produces Hu Tieu noodles, one of most popular breakfast dishes in the region. Then continue to take the rowing sampan trip through Ba Sau canals which are covered green by the water coconut plants,  enjoy the beautiful tropical scenery.
Get back to your boat and cruise to Mango Home Riverside in Ben Tre for overnight.
Lunch at Mango Home.
Hotel: Overnight at 3* Hotel/Resort, Ben Tre.   


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DAY 15 BEN TRE - SAIGON
(Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel.
The driver will pick you up and transfer to Saigon.

End of service.


Price:  $2,575.00 USD per person (based on 2 in low season)

ACCOMMODATIONS
 
Siem Reap, Cambodia, 4* hotel
 
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 4* hotel

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Kep, Cambodia, 4* hotel/resort
 
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Chau Doc, Vietnam, 4* hotel
 
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Can Tho, Vietnam, 3* hotel
 
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Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Sampan Cruiser, Mekong Delta – Deluxe Cabin, 3* cruise

 
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Ben Tre, Vietnam, 3* boutique resort
 
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INCLUSIONS – EXCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS:

§    Private car 07 seats/driver throughout as mentioned.
§    English-speaking tour guide.
§    All activities as mentioned.
§    Breakfast & meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
§    Accommodations:
§    4 nights at 4* Hotel, Siem Reap
§    2 nights at  4* Hotel/Resort, Phnom Penh
§    3 nights at 4* Hotel/Resort, Kep
§    1 night at 4* hotel, Chau Doc
§    1 night at 3* Hotel, Can Tho
§    2 nights onboard 3* Sampan Cruiser
§    1 night at 3* Hotel/Resort, Ben Tre
§    Entrance fee for visiting.
§    Mineral water & tissue: 2 bottles/person/1day.

 
EXCLUSIONS:

§     Personal expenses.
§    Meals not mentioned in the program.
§    Bank transfers will incur an additional USD$30 per transaction.
§    Credit card payments will incur an additional 4% fee.  
§    Visa on Arrival Authorization Letter in Vietnam.
§    International flight:
§    Domestic flight (The air fare is subject to change without prior notice).
§    Tipping /gratuity.
§    Other expenses not mentioned in the program

 
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