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A balanced stay between Vietnam & Cambodia , this tour is aimed at young & active clients . Speedboat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh & overland from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
DETAILS

Ex JNBR32 640
 Ex CPTR33 650
Ex DUR R32 950
Package ValidityNOW - 20 MAR 2017; 15 APR 2017 - 20 JUN 2017 & 07 JUL 2017 - 04 DEC
DestinationFar East


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- Return flights into Saigon & out of Hanoi
- Internal flight Siem Reap to Hanoi
- Pre-payable airport/security taxes
- Speedboat transfer from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
- Return airport/hotel transfers
- 2 nights 3* hotel accommodation in Saigon
- 1 night 3* hotel accommodation in Can Tho
- 1 night 3* hotel accommodation in Chau Doc
- 1 nights 3* hotel accommodation in Phnom Penh
- 3 nights hotel accommdation in Siem Reap
- 2 nights 3* hotel accommdation in Hanoi
- Overnight accommdation on-board a junk in Halong Bay
- Breakfast daily & selected lunches & dinners
- Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
- Assistance of a local english speaking guide
- Entrance fees to places visited
- Touring as per itineray
- Visa letter to Vietnam

** Upgrade to a 4* hotel starting from an additional R3410 per person

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Ho Chi Minh arrival  

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh, our guide will pick you up at Ho Chi Minh Airport and take you to hotel for check in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. Balance the day as your leisure. Meals on your own and overnight at the hotel.

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Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - City Tour 

8.00AM: In the morning, we will visit Cu Chi Tunnel, the historic shelter of Vietnamese soldiers during the war. We will pay a visit to the traps, the mysterious way-in, the network of bunkers and the underground hermitage. Furthermore, there gives you a unique and wonderful chance to use real guns and bullets at rifle range as well as even creep into the Cu Chi Tunnels to understand the historic harsh life of Vietcong guerrillas. Covering almost 250km, the tunnels system helped over 16.000 communist guerillas alive during the war.
Relaxing with green tea and tapioca as Vietcong in wartime, you will understand more about their former life.
Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city to visit this dynamic metropolis. Let’s visit some historic sites of the city such as the Old Post Office of Saigon, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Dong Khoi street and the Chinese District of Cho Lon as well as astonishing BinhTay Market. ThienHau pagoda is also an interesting destination for peaceful feeling that you should not miss.

5.30PM: Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Can Tho 

8.00AM: Today we depart from Ho Chi Minh City to explore Ben Tre in Mekong delta. Upon arrival at Ben Tre town, take a motor boat trip around Ben Tre river with several stops to visit a nice brick kiln where you could see how a brick be made, coconut fruits processing and some families in Cai Son and Thanh Nhon channel who make sleeping mats. Enjoy fresh fruit and green tea while relaxing at a local house. Keep continue the trip by bicycle or by taking a motor cart pass by rice fields and vegetable plains. Lunch at a local house.
In the afternoon, take a rowing-boat along small channels to a rice making workshop then visit an ancient house.
3.00PM: Back to the main road for a transfer to your hotel in Can Tho. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Can Tho - Chau Doc (B, L)

Departure to Ninh Kieu Quay, you will get onto a boat for a cruise to the tumultuous and vivid floating markets in Cai Rang.

We will run adrift along the river on boat, witness many other floating boats selling from well-known fruits such as mangos, bananas to the most exotic ones like mangos teens, star apples, or the sweetened longans and the very odorous durians. You will be satisfied with their flavors before entering the gaze of the channels and streams around Can Tho. Sitting on boat and have a direct look at locals’ activities, you will partly understand more about their daily life.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Then we transfer to Chau Doc. Located on the banks of river, Chau Doc town is filled with the mixture of Chinese, Cham and Khmer cultures by the communities around. Passing the immense verdant paddy fields, we will see Sam Mountain which is the highest peak in the province (690 feet tall) and the Mubarak mosque on another side of Chau Doc.

Check in at hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Chau Doc - speedboat to Phnom Penh

After breakfast, we will embark the Blue Cruiser Speedboat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Phnom Penh city used to be called “The Pearl of Asia” which attracts numerous tourists from all over the world. The city contains many buildings influenced by French architecture with many other particular Khmer monuments. Phnom Penh deserves to be the proud of Cambodia.

Additionally, contemplating the sunset on the riverbank will be a nice moment for any visitors here.

Lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to hotel for check in.
In the afternoon, we will visit Royal Palace built in 1866 and Silver Pagoda located within the Royal Palace compound. They are considered as the gift for the King of Cambodia from many other countries. Particularly, two of the most valuable treasure among them is the solid gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds and weighing 90 kilos and a crystal Buddha dated back to the 17th century.

Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Phnm Penh - Siem Reap

This morning, different from other days, you will enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant, where you can taste real Khmer noodle dishes or any other varieties dishes that is daily cultured. After that, heading for Kompong Thom by land (164 km - 4 hour driving). On the way, we will stop for visit to Skuon. Skuon is sometimes known in the local language as "Spiderville", it is famous with international visitors to Cambodia for its fried spiders. Lunch at a local restaurant in Kompong Thom. After the lunch time, continue to Siem Reap (147 km - 4 hour driving). Arrive at Siem Reap late in the afternoon. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Siem Reap - Angkor sightseeing 

8.30AM: Your day starts with a visit to Angkor Wat, a world heritage site with soaring towers and extraordinary bas reliefs. It is one of the most amazing man-made monuments in the world, erected in the 12th century in honour of Vishnu. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, leave for BanteaySrei where a most impressive jewel of Khmer art exists. Erected in the 10th century, this small pink sandstone temple is known as the Citadel of Women. On the way back, visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery where immense branches have taken root in the stones – hence the nickname of the Jungle Temple. You will find some splendid sculptured Devatas and an atmosphere that is unique.
5.00AM: Transfer back to your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Siem Reap exploring 

8.30AM: In the morning leave your hotel to explore the northern end of Angkor, beginning the day with Preah Khan Temple, built by Jayavarman VII in 1191 in honour of his father. This monument was both a city and a place for Buddhism studies. Of the same era is NeakPean, the only island temple of Angkor, and also known as Entwined Nagas. The large central basin is linked with four smaller basins which represent the four great rivers flowing from the earth’s four cardinal points. One of the most interesting features of this site is the superb statute of Balaha, representing the legendary saviour of shipwrecked boats. Continue your exploration of Angkor by heading further south to visit the two very beautiful temples – Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda – dating from the 12th century and built during the reign of Suryavarman II. They stand out because of their very beautiful sculptured images honouring Shiva and Vishnu. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Thom (the Great City) beginning by the south gate and the famous Bayon of the 12th and 13th centuries, dedicated to Buddhism and composed of 54 gigantic towers featuring 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara. Then, visit the Elephant Terrace, which was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall; and the raised Leper King Terrace, built in the 12th century and which features many beautifully sculptured Apsaras. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Siem Reap - fly to Hanoi 

At good time, leave your hotel in Siem Reap for a flight to Hanoi. On arrival, meet your local guide and drive to your hotel in city center for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Hanoi City Tour 

8.30AM: In the morning, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday, outside visiting) where the great President Ho Chi Minh rests in peace. We will visit he traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda, the special pagoda with particular structure. Leaving here, we will transfer to thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, the famous first university in Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating.
Lunch at local restaurant.
After short rest, we start visiting the Ethnology Museum (closed on Monday). Here, you can deeply explore the diversity of Vietnam’s ethnic groups before enjoying a traditional Water Puppet Show performed after the sunset.

5.30PM: Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight at the hotel.

(Remark: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes from September to November for annual maintenance. Outside visiting will be arranged).

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Hanoi - Halong Bay 

After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi for a 180-km journey to Halong Bay, one of UNESCO World Heritage site with its 2000 islands located in a background of limestone in Gulf of Tonkin. Coming to Halong, visitors will be impressed with the beauty of natural achievement and many wonderful types of scenery.

You will enjoy an overnight cruise on a wonderful boat floating on Halong Bay and savouring special menu of fresh seafood will absolutely bring you the best moment you have ever had.

You will be served with lunch and dinner on boat. Overnight onboard.

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Halong Bay - Hanoi - departure 

You are recommended to wake up early in the morning on this day because that is the most wonderful time for you to contemplate aquamarine water of the bay at its best. Once satisfied with the brunch on boat, you will continue the excursion through impressive limestone surrounding the bay. Transfer back the pier to Hanoi Airport for your departure flight. Meals on your own. End of services.

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