Cambodia

Why traveling to Cambodia?

The mysteriously spirit of Angor Kingdom of Cambodia is probably the first and foremost reason to travel to Cambodia. Siem Reap offers a doorstep to go back to ancient time with giant and sophisticated temples used to be embraced secretly by the jungle and discovered lately in early 19th century.

Apart from awe-inspiring Angkor Temples, enticing Cambodia is endowed with the charming countryside landscape with stretched sugar palm trees which could be found all over the country.

Look for a place for laid-back? Old colonial city Battambang in the north-west of the country is ideal for walking around and contemplating the architecture or ride a tuk tuk as well as bicycle and travel through the pristine local villages to see their rice fields, unstable stilted-houses, intermingle with locals and see their living styles.

Shiny Phnom Penh Capital which once named “The Pearl of Asia”, yet partly being tarnished when going through the war and rebellion, with royal palaces and historical relics.

Are you a adventurous, wildlife natural discoverer? The north-east region with national parks and wildlife center reserving thousands of wildlife animals which would work well for you.

How about beach leisure? Right in the south-west of Cambodia is the Thailand Gulf with white-soft-sand beaches and blue ocean for an ideal escape.

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Quick Facts

Area: ~181,000 square km – ranked 118th in the world

Population: ~16.3 millions (Dec 2018) – ranked 69th in the world

Language: Khmer

Biggest & most developed cities: Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap

Religion: Thearavada Buddhism is the official religion (95%), Christian (<2%), Island (2.5%).

Currency: Riel and USD (USD 01 = 4,020 Riel)

Cambodia Visa

Most of visitors could obtain Cambodia visa upon arrival, via International airport in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap; or via the borders of Poi Pet and Cham Yeam (For other borders including Bavet, Ka-Om Samnor, visitors should have obtained their visas prior to the arrival).

Nationalities are required to enter Cambodia including: Afghanistan, Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Nigeria

Best time to visit Cambodia

Generally, the best time to travel in Cambodia is from Nov to May with sunny & dried weather and moderate temperature from 20 – 30 Celsius Degree.

From June to July, it get hotter from 30 – 40 Celsius Degree and with higher humidity.

From August to October, the weather get cooler from 30 – 35 Celsius Degree only; but with regular heavy rains.

How To Get To Cambodia

Get to Cambodia by Air

There are increasing number of direct flights to Cambodia via 03 international airports Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanouk Ville

Get to Cambodia by border

Vietnam to Cambodia via border

  • Bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh via Civet boder
  • Speed boat from Chau Doc Province to Phnom Penh
  • Bus from Ho Chi Minh City via Ha Tien border to Kampot

Laos to Cambodia via border

  • Land drive from Laos to Cambodia via Stung Treng (This is suggested after your visit to 4000 Islands in southern Laos)

Thailand to Cambodia via border

  • Travel from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet and cross Poipet border (most popular and convenient route)
  • Travel from Thailand to Cambodia via Pailin Border (visa is available)
  • Speed boat from Thailand to Kor Rong Province

Transportation to travel around Cambodia

Tuk tuk/ or Remork

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Bus

To travel from province to province, especially between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, high quality or overnight buses are available

Bicycles

The eco-friendly means of transfer to get slowly around the area to immersed into the locals and nature. Bicycles are available in most cities of Cambodia for your exploration.

Cambodia Dos and Don’ts

  • Put on the proper costumes to cover your shoulders and knees when visiting a temple
  • Call someone’s name only is sometimes considered a rude; precede with a title such as sir or madam
  • Royal family and the King criticism are strongly objected.
  • It’s offensive when touch the other’s heads, children are not exclusive.
  • Pointing at people are not appropriate
  • Surpass the Buddha with a reverse clockwise direction
  • Women should never touch a monk as this would take away all this merit
Unlocking Angkor Temples 4 days – 3 nights

Unlocking Angkor Temples 4 days – 3 nights

Unlocking Angkor Temples 4days – 3nights

Siem Reap / Angkor Temples / Tonle Sap Lake

TRIP OVERVIEW

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Siem Reap Trip Overview

Indochina is mesmerizing as a chanting destination with great values of cultures, cuisines, religions, nature and wildlife. This package brings up the lifetime experiences with bird watching in Indochina. Beside the must-to-see points, there are very rare and authentic regions with amazing wildlife. 

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Day 1: SIEM REAP ARRIVAL

Flight to Siem Reap

Upon your arrival at Siem Reap Airport, welcomed by the local tour guide and travel to hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included: None

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Note: Hotel check-in time is from 02:00pm

Day 2: ANGKOR TEMPLES

Sunrise ar Angkor Wat Temple
Optional: For the early riser, you could depart from hotel at 4:30am – 5:00am for the sunrise contemplation over Angkor Temples.

Angkor Temple Full Day Tour

This morning, you will travel to Angkor Archaeological park for one day exploring the legendary Angkor Temples. You will visit Angkor Wat Temple – the biggest temple in the area. Then, travel through the southern gate to enter Angkor Thom. Soon, you will see the Bayon Temple of 54 four-facet Buddha heads. Carry on the Bakheng Temple, Terraces of Elephants and the surrounding temples. Lastly, your day will finish at impressive Ta Prohm Temple where is embraced by old trees’ roots.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 3: TONLE SAP LAKE

Tonle Sap Lake Boat Trip

This morning, you will travel toward the Tonle Sap Lake (literally means large river) – the largest freshwater lake in Southest Asia, with 05 main floating villages. You will visit the Kompong Khleang Village sited around 55km from Siem Reap which offers the authentic insight into the local lifestyle and landscape. Afterward, travel back to your hotel.

Optional: This evening, you are welcomed by your driver for the show “Phare – The Cambodian Circus”. The show begins at 8:00pm with skillful and well-prepared performance introducing the Khmer culture.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 4: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE

Flight out of Siem Reap

Breakfast at hotel. You will have free time at your own till check-out and travel to Siem Reap Airport for your outbound departure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: None

Note: Hotel check-out time is 12:00pm

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Vietnam – Cambodia Highlights 10 days – 9 nights

Vietnam – Cambodia Highlights 10 days – 9 nights

VIETNAM-CAMBODIA-HIGHLIGHTS 10DAYS/9NIGHTS

Hanoi / Ha Long Bay/ Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta / Siem Reap

TRIP OVERVIEW

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An introduction to the best places of Vietnam (Hanoi, Ha Long, Ho Chi Minh City) and Cambodia (Siem Reap) for your very first by impressive experiences.
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Vietnam’s rich culture from the north to the south

  • Be amazed by the breathtaking nature or forget the time going by when in peaceful villages

  • Have great local interactions: drink their drinks, eat with chopstick as they do every day and use the boat ridden by them.

  • Getting lost in the mysterious Angkor Temples which have been covered secretly by the jungle till late 20 century that found out by a French adventure explorer.

ITINERARY

Vietnam Cambodia – 10 Days / 9 Nights

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Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Flight to Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital with rich values of culture, culinary and history! Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are greeted by your tour guide and travel to hotel in city center for check-in.
Stay at leisure till the rest of the day for refreshment.

Meals included: None
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Remark: Hotel standard check-in time is 02:00pm. Early check-in is based on room availability.

Optional Activity: Are you a food lover? Don’t hesitate to book: Hanoi Street Food Tour.

Day 2: HANOI CITY

Hanoi City Full Day

After breakfast at hotel, you will delve into the marvelous city tour discovering Hanoi. You will begin with the Tran Quoc Pagoda sited at the peninsula on West Lake – the biggest lake in Hanoi (around 5.3sqm). Apart from its remarkable location, Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest pagoda in Vietnam. You will find the solemn ambience and peaceful feeling when staying here, especially in the morning with fresh air.
Moving on to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum sited right at the Ba Dinh Square where preserves Ho Chi Minh President’s embalmed body by technique of Soviet Union. Nearby the mausoleum, you also have chance to visit Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts where he stayed at the last eleven years of his life; and the President Palace where still is functioned for politic receives and working place of the incumbent leader.

Thereupon, let’s stop at a local restaurant and have delicious lunch of authentic dishes of Vietnam and Hanoi.

After the lunch, you then will discover Hanoi Old Quarter by strolling around the matrix of small but crowded alleys and streets. The place used to the busiest commercial hub between Vietnamese and Chinese traders which made every single street’s names unique and typical by one meaning. The tour guide will help you break the mysteries here. During the walking tour, you will stop at a local café for a cup of traditional Vietnamese coffee (Nau da – Iced coffee/ Ca phe trung  – Egg Coffee or Tra da – Vietnamese iced tea, etc.)

When you are refilled after the walk, let’s carry on exploring the last one: Temple of Literature built since 1070 well-known as the first university of Vietnam. Finish the trip; you will travel back to hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Remarks: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every Monday and Friday (exterior visit only).

Optional Activity: Below cultural shows are recommended for your further understand of Vietnamese cultures:

  • Water Puppet Show (with private round trip transfer & tour guide)
  • My Village Show (with private round trip transfer; no tour guide)
Day 3: HANOI – HA LONG BAY

Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

After breakfast at hotel, you will check-out the rooms and travel to Ha Long Bay passing the Red River Delta of villages and towns. En route, you will have chance to contemplate further scenes of Vietnam beside the hustle and bustle city Hanoi such as factories, rivers, plantations, rice fields, buffalos, etc.

After around 3.5 hours, you will reach the marina harbor and embark the cruise and set the sails toward captivating Ha Long Bay with thousands karst islands merging up from the ocean. The sails will takes a couple of hours till you reach the center for activities like kayaking in the lagoon and visiting the cave.

In the evening, the boat will anchor down for overnight. You are free on board at night.

Recommendation: relaxing on the sundeck, going fishing for squid by local fishing rods, playing games available on board.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on the junk
Remarks: Driving distance – 170km (2.5 hours) 

Day 4: HA LONG BAY – HANOI – HO CHI MINH CITY

Morning Tai Chi on Halong Bay

For morning risers, you are encouraged to wake up early at around 6:00am to practice the Tai Chi exercise on the top deck with the master on board.

After your breakfast, you will have time to go swimming on the Titop Island and walking up to the peak for Ha Long Panorama view. Then, you will get back to the main land. Spend your last time to enjoy the fantastic scenes of Ha Long Bay. You will check out, and have lunch/ or brunch then.

At noon, disembark the boat and travel back to Hanoi. En route, you will head directly to the Noi Bai Airport and board the domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Upon you arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, welcomed by the local tour guide and driver and travel to hotel in city center for check-in.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch/ or brunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Note: The schedule order might change slightly depending on chosen cruise (as hereinafter)

Day 5: HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNELS

Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City Day Trip

After breakfast at hotel, you will travel to Cu Chi Tunnels which most of lie deep down to the ground for very interesting and detail information about Vietnam War.

Finishing the exploration, you will get back to the city center for lunch. After lunch, you will visit main symbolic sites of the Ho Chi Minh City including War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, Reunification Palace and Nguyen Hue Street.

This evening is at your leisure.

Meals included:  Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Driving distance: 75km from Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels (1.5 – 2 hours)

Day 6: MEKONG DELTA

Mekong Delta Boat Trip

After breakfast at hotel, you will depart to the south of city reaching Mekong delta regions. The amazing trip will bring to you most authentic experiences of the countryside, fruity orchids and local floating inhabitants.

You will travel to Ben Tre – famous and hometown of coconuts, and reach the Phong Nam Pier to board a boat along An Hoa River for further exploration with stops to visit the brick kiln, handicrafts and coconut candies making workshop.

Next have a Vietnamese tuk tuk ride passing coconut and fruit plantations. You then will stop for lunch at a local house sited nearby the river. After lunch, you will have time relaxing on the hammock or walk around and see the fruit orchids.

Thereupon, get on the sampan row and then motor-boat to return to mainland where your driver is awaited. Travel back to Ho Chi Minh City; and you will reach the hotel this late afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Driving distance: 90km – 2 hours

Day 7: HO CHI MINH - SIEM REAP

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

You will have breakfast at hotel and have leisure time at your own for shopping or getting around the town. After check-out, your tour guide and driver will greet you at hotel lobby and travel to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your departure to Siem Reap.

Welcome to Siem Reap!

You are greeted by your local driver and tour guide and travel to hotel for check-in. Have free time at leisure till the rest of the day.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 8: SIEM REAP

Angkor Temple One Day Trip

This morning, you will travel through the greenish forest to enter the Angkor complex. Let’s begin with Angkor Wat – the biggest temple of the area, built in 12th century.

This afternoon, you will enter the Angkor Thom via the south gate. The first one comes out is Bayon Temple of 54 pillars topped by four facet stone heads. Then Bakheng Temples, Terraces of Elephants, etc. Finish the day at Ta Prohm Temple called “Tomb Raider Temple” which is swallowed by the huge trees’ roots.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 9: TONLE SAP LAKE

Tonle Sap Boat Trip

This morning you will drive around 40 km (01 hour) to the Tonle Sap Lake to visit the floating village by boat ride to learn more about the livings of the local people. Return to Siem Reap at late noon.

This evening, transfer to see the show Phare – The Cambodian Circus. Cambodian cultural stories will be told by the creative combination of theater, music, dance and circus arts.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 10: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE

Flight out Siem Reap

After check-out, travel to airport with tour guide and driver for your outbound flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: NA

Remarks: Hotel check-out time is 12:00

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ACOMMODATION LIST

City3 Star4 Star5 Star
HanoiMedallion Hanoi
Classic room
May De Ville Old Quarter
Deluxe room
Melia Hanoi
Deluxe room
Ha LongV’ Sprit Cruise
Deluxe cabin
Grayline Cruise
Superior cabin
Pelican Cruise
Deluxe cabin
Ho Chi MinhAsian Ruby Select
Deluxe room
Harmony Hotel
Deluxe room
Grand Hotel
Deluxe room
Siem ReapLotus Blanc Angkor
Superior room
The Aviary
Tailorbird Standard
Heritage Suite
Bungalow Suite

INCLUSION

  • Accommodations with daily breakfast

  • Private air-conditioned transfer

  • Professional local English speaking tour guide

  • Meals mentioned in program

  • Entrance fees

  • 02 bottles of water (500ml each) per person per full day tour

EXCLUSION

  • Vietnam visa authorization letter/ stamping fee

  • Food/beverage not mentioned in program

  • International and domestic air-fares

  • Tips & gratuities

  • Services not mentioned in program

 

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Indochina Bird Watching

Indochina Bird Watching

INDOCHINA BIRD WATCHING

Luang Prabang / Vientiane / Na Hin / Phnom Penh / KamPong Thom / Siem Reap / Saigon / Cat Tien / Bach Ma / Hue / Hoi An / Hanoi / Cuc Phuong / Ha Long

TRIP OVERVIEW

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Indochina is mesmerizing as a chanting destination with great values of cultures, cuisines, religions, nature and wildlife.

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This package brings up the lifetime experiences with bird watching in Indochina. Beside the must-to-see points, there are very rare and authentic regions with amazing wildlife. 

ITINERARY

Indochina Bird Watching Tour – 30 Days / 29 Nights

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DAY1: LUANG PRABANG – ARRIVAL

Flight to Luang Prabang!

Upon arrival at the airport, you are welcomed by tour guide and travel to your hotel. Have free time at hotel to get off jet lag.

Meals included: NA

Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Note: Hotel check-in time is 14:00

DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG – ELEPHANT VILLAGE (HDE)

Elephant Village Camp and explore Luang Prabang City!

This morning, drive to the Elephant Village Camp where you are warmly greeted by your guide and participate in a short briefing about elephants.

Afterward enjoy the impressive experience of feeding, bathing and learning to communicate with them! Then we take boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall: Ride in a traditional Lao long boat to the Tad Sae Waterfall and relax or swim in the clear water (swim suit recommended)

Have Buffet lunch at our Elephant Camp restaurant.  Return Hotel at around 1:00pm

In the afternoon, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. During our time here, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, we then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG – KHOUANGSI WATERFALL – HILL TRIBE VILLAGES VISIT

Visit Khuangsi Waterfall and Hill tribe village!

Optional: You can wake up early this morning and stroll to the street and join Tak-Bat – or Alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang when the monks in saffron costumes; all processing through streets for the collecting of dedications of food, sticky rice and so on. Then, you will walk to the morning central market where local gather and provide variable goods from vegetable, seasoning, herbs, bee hives, rare animals, local rice-made cakes, breakfast and so on. You then will be back to hotel for breakfast.

Today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. We return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang 

DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG – VIENTIANE BY FLIGHT

Flight to Vientiane and Explore Vientiane!

After breakfast, we visit the Central Market. After you will have free time to explore the town further before catching our flight back to Vientiane. Upon arrival start visit Wat Sisaket, the city’s oldest temple. Dates back to 1818, Wat Sisaket is the most important heritage temple now standing in Laos. It houses thousands of Buddha images from many countries, long lost architectural styles, sculptures and paintings; Wat Prakeo, former royal temple of the Lao monarchy and originally built in 1565, is home to the Emerald Buddha image, Buddhist sculptures are displayed  along the perimeter wall, including a 6th to 9th century Dvaravati-style stone Buddha and several standing and sitting Buddhas. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. If time permits, we continue our sightseeing tour of the surrounding areas of Vientiane; we visit the impressive Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge and the Buddha Park, a scattered enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, close to the Friendship Bridge.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

DAY 5: VIENTIANE – THA KHEK – BAN NA HIN

Travel to Ba Na Hin!

We depart early for our drive towards Khammouane province. Along the way we can make several stops to stretch your legs and take some wonderful pictures of the breathtaking scenery of Lao Countryside. Depending on road and traffic conditions, we will arrive at Ban Na Hin, the gateway to Khong Lor Cave, by mid or late afternoon. On arrival we enjoy a short walk around this charming village, enabling us to understand a little more about their culture and lifestyle.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Ban Na Hin 

DAY 6: BAN NA HIN – BIRD WATCHING TOUR

Three full days to explore the 4 different types of forest, all birding sites are located close to our accommodation so we have the luxury to do short trips and return for breakfast, lunch and dinner to our resort restaurant. After familiarizing with the habitats and some general birding to build up a decent species list we shall start to target the goodies, not at least the newly discovered ‘bald’ Bulbul, Limestone Leaf Warbler, Sooty Babbler and Lao Langur in the limestone forest while the evergreen forest should reveal a host of other specialties; Red-collared and Pale-headed Woodpecker, Red-vented Barbet, Spot-necked Babbler, Long-tailed Broadbill, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl… A full list of birds that have been seen in the area can be found.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Ban Na Hin 

DAY 7: NA HIN – KONG LOR CAVE – NA HIN

Boat trip visit Khong Lor Cave!

The amazing cave of Khong Lor is 7.5km long and was formed by the Hinboun River, which flows though the cave all year round. Today we take a short drive to Khong Lor Cave, stopping en route for at Ban Na Hin for a walk to That Mouang and That Namsanam Waterfalls. Here we embark on a small boat for an impressive excursion through the main cave to the valley beyond, stopping to observe the stalactite formations. The cave is still used by local villages as an access route.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Ban Na Hin

DAY 8: NA HIN – VIENTIANE – PHNOM PENH

Flight to Phnom Penh!

We leave Ban Na Hin and continue returning to Vientiane capital, head directly to airport and take flight to Phnom Penh. When landed welcomed by our tour guide and transfer to hotel for check-in. Have leisure time till the rest of the day. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 9: VIENTIANE – PHNOM PENH

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport and take flight to Phnom Penh.

After the short rest you will visit the impressive colorful Khmer-style royal palace complex build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom. Nearby is Silver pagoda (the emerald Buddha temple), where contain plenty of Buddha Statues decorated and made by gold, diamond, gemstone and silver. We will stop at Independence monument and explore the National museum; a beautiful Khmer architecture building contains more than 5000 art antiques made by bronze, wood, gold, silver, copper, sandstone and others. We pass through the river-front park where 4 rivers met at a junction include mystical Mekong. Walk up to sacred hill Phnom Daun Penh – also the name of a pagoda and name of the capital nowadays. Last visit Central Market, a large market constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. Initial design and layouts are from French architect Louis Chauchon.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 10: PHNOM PENH CITY TOUR

Phnom Penh City full day!

Today morning we visit Choeung Ek museum, where between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants detained and tortured at S-21 were transported for the extermination. We continue to Tuol Sleng prison now is Genocide Museum, the most secret part of the Khmer Rouge regime. It’s also called S-21 (abbreviated for Security Office 21), a Khmer Rouge’s premier security camp, specifically designed for the interrogation and extermination of anti-Angkor elements.

After lunch (your own account) we shall stroll around Russian market, enjoy the bustling daily activities of the locals. Last we will take a cruise to see the sunset on the Mekong and Tonle Sap River in the “Four Arms” section where the Mekong meets the Tonle Sap River before splitting into two branches.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 11: PHNOM PENH - KAMPONG CHAM – KAMPONG THOM

Head to Kampong Cham!

After breakfast, departure by overland to Kampong Cham, also called “The Garden City” and the main town in the province of that name. You will have a first stop at Skuon Land for a visit at Spider Village.

Afternoon we will visit the archaeological sight of Sambor Prei Kuk by national Road#6. Road condition from Siem Reap to Kampong Thom is very good now. Only the road from National road to the temple is a bit rough.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 12: KAMPONG THOM GRASSLANDS – SIEM REAP

Bird watching over the grasslands!

After breakfast, pick up at your hotel and transfer by 4WD to Stung District located in Kampong Thom province. Get off the National Road No.6 for a few more kilometers before reaching the grasslands area to search for the critically-endangered Bengal Florian. Raptors including Eastern Marsh Harrier, Pied Harrier and Greater Spotted Eagle are often seen cruising over the grasslands here. We might be able to see Manchurian Reed Warbler and Oriental Plover also. On the way back, visit Kampong Kdei Old Bridge on Angkor Ancient road. Then drop in hotel Siem Reap for check in hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 13: ANGKOR TEMPLES FULL DAY EXPLORATION

Getting lost in Angkor Temples in a day!

This morning, together with tour guide, head to the South Gate of Angkor Thom known you will explore the significant and famous temples and sites including Bayon, Phnom Bakheng, Terraces of Elephants, Ta Prohm and the biggest one Angkor Wat. Each temples is appeared with very unique structures and designs. You day of getting lost in the Angkor Complex would be very interesting. If you are not tired yet, let’s get to a quite place for the sun set contemplation. 

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 14: ANGKOR TEMPLES – TONLE SAP LAKE- FLOATING VILLAGES AT KAMPONG PHLUK

Boat trip on Kompong Phluk Village – on Tonle Sap Lake!

This morning we break temple tour with a visit to Tonle Sap Lake. Travel south through small beautiful rural villages and rice fields to the Kompong Phluk River. Get on a boat and ride downstream into the main village – home to approximately 3000 people earning life from the waters. There are a few schools, a large pagoda and many stilted homes towering some 9 meters high to adapt to the changing water levels. It is a lovely peaceful place to visit anytime of the year, as well as seeing how a vast majority of Cambodians live as fishermen or farmers and get an insight into their way of life. We then move to smaller boats and row through the flooded forest of Kompong Phluk into Tonle Lake. We’ll see the small floating village which moves in and out depending on the water levels, as the community works around the seasonal variance of the great lake as the actual level of the lake can vary by up to 10 meters.

In the afternoon, we’ll be visiting the fascinating jungle-clad temple of Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei as the Citadel of Chambers, the mountain temple of Takeo, the elegant Hindu temple of Thommanon, the badly ruined temple of Chau Say Thevoda, and the Royal Bath of Sras Srang.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 15: SIEM REAP - PREK TOAL BIRD SANCTUARY – SIEM REAP

Explore Prek Toal Bird Santuary!

Southeast Asia and during the wet season the rising water level of the Mekong River backs up into the lake causing the lake to grow from 2500sq km to more than 13,000sq km. This seasonal flow of water also moves vast quantities of nutrients making Tonle Sap an incredibly rich spawning grounds for fish. The lake is the largest inland fishery in the world. Once we arrive at the lake we will board our motor-powered sampan for the journey to Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary. Along the way we will wind through floating villages and flooded forests and have a chance to observe the different fishing methods used on the lake. We will have a packed lunch with us. The bird sanctuary and biosphere reserve of Prek Toal protects some of the rarest water birds in Southeast Asia and if we are lucky we could see both lesser and greater adjutant storks, spot-billed pelicans, milky storks and perhaps even a saris crane. Besides the big wading birds the sanctuary is home to a host of other bird species and the concentrations can be staggering. We will return to Siem Reap in the early evening for overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 16: SIEM REAP - ANG TRAPAENG THMOR (ATT) DAY TRIP BY SAM VEASNA CENTER FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Excursion to Ang Trapeang Thmor Sarus Crane Reserve!

We will depart very early this morning for Ang Trapeang Thmor Sarus Crane Reserve (ATT). Located about an hour and half northwest of Siem Reap, the reservoir and flooded fields of ATT provide critical habitat for more than 200 species of birds including the endangered and charismatic Sarus Crane. Up to 350 Sarus Cranes forage in this reserve which is also home to a great diversity of other water birds such as Painted, Milky, Woolley-necked and Lesser Adjutant Storks; Comb Ducks and Cotton Pygmy Geese; Black-headed Ibis; Spot-billed Pelican; and many species of herons, bitterns and cormorants. Pied and Eastern Marsh Harriers often course over the grasslands looking for prey. The grasslands and reed beds also play host to a wide variety of songbirds. Beyond the avian attractions ATT is home to an important population of endangered Eld’s Deer and we will do our best to see this special mammal during our visit. We will have breakfast along the way and after a full morning of birding we will have the opportunity to visit the Phnom Srok Village which is famous for their silk weavings. After our visit to the village and a chance to shop for silk handicrafts we will have lunch at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s reserve headquarters. After lunch we will continue our explorations of ATT looking for any species we might have missed in the morning. We should arrive back in Siem Reap and our hotel around 5:00.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 17: SIEM REAP – HO CHI MINH CITY

Travel from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City!

After check-out, transfer to airport and have flight to Saigon. When arrived, greeted by our tour guide and drive to hotel. Let discover Saigon City then. We start the city tour at the Reunification Palace, the witness of the fierce Vietnam War ended in 1975. The grand building today is a Museum and Hall of official receptions. Nearby the Palace are the colonial-styled Post Office, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks.  Finish the tour at Ben Thanh Market – wholesale market, to intermingle with the local lifestyle.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 18: MEKONG DELTA

A Day to Mekong Delta – My Tho and Ben Tre!

Enjoy the scenic journey along the way bordered by green rice fields.

On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by locals.

Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy& observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. Meet the bus and return to HCMC. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 19: CAT TIEN NATIONAL PARK

Overnight trip to Cat Tien National Park!

Wake up to the uplifting songs of the native birds. After breakfast, transfer 10km inside the park to junction where we turn off the main route and trek 5km to Crocodile lake station. Along the route, if we are lucky, we could see primates and fantastic birds such as Germain’s peacock-pheasant, bar-bellied pitta, orange-breasted trogon and red-and-black broadbill. We might also see gliding lizards along this trail as they cling to tree trunks and extend their dewlaps in territorial displays.

Short break at the lake watch tower. Then trek back to the main route. Boat pick up, transfer back to the center. Check out.  Leave Cat Tien Park. Ferry crossing the river.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 20: CAT TIEN NATIONAL PARK – HO CHI MINH CITY

After breakfast and check out at hotel our tour guide will pick up and depart by car from Saigon to Cat Tien national park. The terrain rises up gradually via volcanic area. On arrival, we cross Dong Nai River to the park center and begin your wildlife experience. Check in room at the park center.

Cat Tien is blessed with fantastic birds including green peafowl, orange-necked partridge, Siamese fire back pheasant, and numerous hornbills, broadbills, and babblers. This afternoon, go on a three-hour trek through the Reserved Core Area where you will see many trees of different species that are hundreds years old. Then return to the center. In the evening, transfer by boat to TaLai buffer zone for animal spotting (view animals at night).

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Cat Tien

DAY 21: HO CHI MINH CITY – HUE – BACK MA

Back Ma National Park Overnight Trip!

Transfer to the Airport to catch the early morning flight to Hue a centre pro of Vietnam. On arrival at Hue follow the coast for 45 km south down Highway One before turning inland on the road that leads to Bach Ma National Park, 20 km away. The road from the park entrance to the park guesthouse near the summit is very scenic with sweeping vistas of undisturbed rainforest and the coastal plain. The park accommodation is in renovated colonial villas and the ruins of once grand holiday homes and hotels are scattered along the trails from this point up to the summit. There are many good trails for birders and for non-birders alike with several waterfalls and small lakes.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Bach Ma.

DAY 22: BACH MA

Bird-watching in Bach Ma National Park!

Have a full day birding in Bach Ma National Park. A knowledgeable park tour guide will assist us with our birding tour at Bach Ma. Over 330 species of bird have been recorded at Bach Ma and specialties include the endemic Annam Partridge, the Crested Argus, Edwards pheasant, Coral-billed Ground-Cuckoo, Blyth’s Kingfisher and the Ratchet-tailed Treepie.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Bach Ma.

DAY 23: BACH MA – HUE

Visit King Tomb and Pagoda in Hue!

A final morning exploring the forest trails before leaving for Hue City.

This afternoon, we will take a 4 hour ride with traditional dragon boat on the “River of Wealth” to the well-known Thien-Mu Pagoda (45 minutes), which is consecrated to the heavenly mother and rises directly on the bank of the river!

We carry on our visit to the mausoleum of King Tu Duc (1 hour), one of the most beautiful works of royal architecture in Vietnam. Our next stop is the mausoleum of King Khai Dinh (1 hour), is similar in structure. Finish our tour at around 5:30 pm, transfer back to hotel. At leisure till the rest of the day.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

DAY 24: HUE SIGHTSEEING – HOI AN

Explore the Citadel City Hue!

After breakfast at hotel, spend 1.5 – 2 hours visiting The Citadel and Imperial Palace are cultural highlight.

After check out hotel, we head for the coastal town of Hoi An (3 hour drive) after breakfast. The views on the way are fantastic – the steeply sloping mountains seem to pounce literally into the sea! En route, visit huge and beautiful marble mountains (1.5 hour). Here you will find spectacular caves that contain pagodas, shrines and temples from many centuries.

Check in hotel in Hoi An and stay at leisure till the rest of the day.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

DAY 25: HOI AN FULL DAY TOUR

A Day in Hoi An Ancient town and leisure biking to Tra Que Village!

After breakfast at hotel, ride bicycle to Hoi An’s colorful central market. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. So make sure your camera is handy. Bike to Tra Que vegetable village. Welcome drink for rest and walk through the vegetable gardens where local farmers work on their fields, using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago, no electrical machinery here. Go to the restaurant & work together with the chef. Learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food. After the lesson, enjoy what you have cooked.

This after noon, around 3:00pm we will visit Hoi An Heritage site including the cultural and historical museum, the Japanese bridge and the Chinese assembly hall on foot.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

DAY 26: HOI AN – DA NANG – HANOI CITY TOUR

Flight to Hanoi!

At leisure till appointed time, transfer to airport and take domestic flight to Hanoi. Welcomed by our tour guide in Hanoi and transfer to hotel in city center (40 minute driving).

This afternoon, take an orienting tour exploring Hanoi. Let’s start from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (from outside), his simple house-on-stilts and the One-Pillar pagoda near Ba Dinh Square, where the most solemn ceremonies of Hanoi take place. Go on to the Temple of Literature, the very first high school of Vietnam Scholars.

In the afternoon, we will have an overall view of the capital by a “cyclo” visit, which will start around the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Late afternoon we will enjoy a unique fascinating show of Water Puppetry, a traditional stage art of Northern Vietnam.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 27: HANOI – NINH BINH – VAN LONG

Van Long Nature Reserve Boat Trip!

Around 8:00 we depart Hanoi and head southward reaching Van Long Nature Reserve which covers an area of 3000 ha and is home to rich biodiversity and spectacular rock formations.

Upon our arrival, let’s embark on a boat trip along this beautiful reserve and through a cave. Lunch is served at local restaurant.

Afternoon finds us in the floating village of Kenh Ga. Here we walk around open rice paddies, enjoy a leisurely boat ride along Hoang Long River and watch the village life unfold, before we descend to the cave of Van Trinh, a two-storied spacious cave, well-known for its unique stalagmites and stalactites.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Cuc Phuong National Park

DAY 28: CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK - BIRD WATCHING

Bird-watching in Cuc Phuong National Park!

A full day’s bird watching on the trails of Cuc Phuong. The birding is good at Cuc Phuong with over 308 species recorded in the park. Apart from the rich bird species, there are also endangered mammals such as Indochinese Tiger, Clouded Leopard and the rare Delacour Langur in the forests of Cuc Phuong.

Other possible bird species include Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl, Ruddy Kingfisher, Silver-breasted Broadbill and White-tailed Flycatcher.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Cuc Phuong National Park

DAY 29: CUC PHUONG – HALONG BAY

Halong Bay Overnight Cruise!

After breakfast, check-out and drive to Ha Long Bay taking nearly 4 hours. As soon as we arrive at Halong Bay, we board our junk. We will get to know our crew with a refreshing welcome drink! Halong Bay is since 1994 by UNESCO as a World Heritage declared and known for the 2000 rock of all sizes and shapes that rise from the blue-green water. In the afternoon we arrive at a particularly beautiful part of the bay which is perfect for swimming, relaxing and discovering caves and lagoons with paddle boats.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on board

DAY 30: HALONG BAY - HANOI - DEPARTURE

End of the trip!

After a faltering night at sea and a rich breakfast, the cruise continues through the bay. Relax on the deck as we dive into the largest cave in Halong Bay, the “Cave of Surprise”. Why is it called? Let yourself be taken aback! At noon, we say good-bye: the four-hour drive to Hanoi. Have your free time to enjoy local drinks before transferring to airport for departure flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: NA

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TOUR COVERAGE

CityHotel
Luang PrabangVila Maly
(Superior room)
VientianeMercure Vientiane
(Standard room)
Na HinSainamhai Resort
(Bungalow - Basic Lodge)
Phnom PenhLa Rose Suites
(La Rose Junior Suite Room)
Kampong
Thom
Glorious Hotel
(Superior Room)
Siem ReapJaya House River Park
(Deluxe Room)
SaigonHotel Des Art Saigon
Deluxe Room
Cat TienCat Tien Farm Stay
Garden view with private bathroom
Bach Ma Do Quyen Villa
HuePilgrimage Village
Superior Room
Hoi AnHoi An Central
Deluxe room
HanoiSilk Path
Deluxe room
Cuc PhuongCuc Phuong Guest House
Standard room
Ha Long Orchid Cruise (Non-private)
Balcony suite cabin

INCLUSION

Accommodation with double/twin sharing with daily breakfast

Private air-conditioned transfers

English speaking tour guide

Boat

ü  Private boat on Tonle Sap Lake

ü  Private boat on Mekong River to Pak Ou Cave

ü  Private boat to Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

ü  Private boat in Ta Lai – Cat Tien National Park

ü  Private boat on Van Long

ü  Dragon boat trip on Perfume River

Meals indicated in program

Cooking Class in Tra Que Village – Hoi An

Trip to Elephant Camp

Sightseeing and entrance fees

Bottles of drinking water every day

EXCLUSION

Vietnam visa Approval letter, Visa stamped fees

Domestic & International air ticket

Surcharge for festive season

Early check-in & late check-out (if any)

Meals and drinks not mentioned in program

Tips, drinks, personal expenses and others.

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