Vietnam And Cambodia
Hanoi – Halong – Siem Reap
7 Nights/8 Days
Hanoi – Halong – Siem Reap
7 Nights/8 Days
Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.
Arrival in Hanoi.Visit a Water Puppet Show.See a Water Puppet Show, a fantastic art form that originated in northern Vietnam, but is now best seen in Hanoi.Overnight in Hanoi.
Sightseeing in Hanoi
Begin your day visiting the Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days (1969). Continue to the miniature One Pillar Pagoda.Visit the Temple Of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and one of the best serving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university. Afterwards head to Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, located in heart of Hanoi, which contains an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda. Enroute, pass other colonial landmarks such as the magnificent Opera House and St Joseph’s Cathedral. From the lake, walking to explore the Old Quarter. This fascinating network of narrow alleys and shop houses are also known as “The 36 Streets” each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts to medicines to tombstones. In the afternoon, visit the Vietnam National Museum Of History which is just located behind the Opera House.Overnight in Hanoi.
Hanoi – Halong
Check in at Tuan Chau Marina Port. Embark on Bhaya Classic for a welcome drink followed by a cruise briefing. Savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch while cruising in Halong Bay passing beautiful spots like Chicken Rock or Finger Islet and Frog Islet. Transfer to visit Dark and Bright Lagoon by rowing boat and anticipate the chance to see Cat Ba langur – one of the rarest langurs left. Return to Bhaya Classic for cooking demonstration on the Sundeck. Dinner on board. Free time for relaxing in your cabin or join the fishing program. Overnight on board.Overnight in cabin / onboard.
Cabin-onboard (Vietnam) – Halong – Hanoi – Siem Reap
The day starts with Tai Chi on the sundeck accompanied by complimentary tea and coffee. Visit Surprise Cave (Sung Sot), one of the biggest caves in Halong Bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to Bhaya Classic for an onboard buffet brunch before cruising leisurely back to the harbor. Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina Port.By vehicle from Halong to Hanoi.Flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap.Arrival in Siem Reap.Overnight in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap – Sightseeing in Angkor Wat
The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings.On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones. Visit to Preah Khan temple which was built by King Jayavarman VII with towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Watch the sunset over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.Overnight in Siem Reap .
Sightseeing in Angkor Thom
The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats; the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. See Prasat Kravan – the five brick towers were built for Hindu worship in 921 and are notable for the bas-reliefs cut into the bricks on the interior walls. Visit the massive Buddhist temple dating from the 12th century, Banteay Kdei. Head to a basin opposite of Banteay Kdei, Sras Srang, measuring 800 by 400 metres with a tiny island in the middle where only the stone base remains of what was once a wooden temple. Explore the jungle-clad Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor. Also see the first Angkorian monument built entirely of sandstone, Ta Keo. It was built by Jayavarman V who ruled from 968 to 1001, and was dedicated to Shiva. Discover Thommanon Temple and Chau Say Tevoda, both built around the same time in the 12th century and similarly designed.Overnight in Siem Reap.
Excursion to Phnom Kulen and Kbal Spean
Visit Phnom Kulen, historically revered by all Cambodians as a sacred place of pilgrimage. It was the site, then known as Mount Mahendraparvata, that Jayavarman II chose in 802 to proclaim himself a divine universal ruler and marked the beginning of the Angkor period of Khmer history. At this location it’s possible to see some of Kulen’s spectacular riverbed rock carvings. Continue to Kbal Spean,also known as the River of 1000 Lingas, where there are carvings in the riverbed (in the same way as at Kulen). It should be more spectacular but many of the carvings have been looted. Near Kbal Spean is a waterfall that can be reached by hiking 2 kilometres uphill.Overnight in Siem Reap.
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to the Airport.