DAY 01 : KOLKATA – SIEM REAP CAMBODIA BY FLIGHT
Upon arrival at Siem Rep you will be transferred to hotel for checking in. Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 02: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR TEMPLES – SIEM REAP (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we explore South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, 3km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire, The famous Bayon Temple was an architectural muddle, in part because it was constructed in a somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century. Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and gradual that spans the heart of Angkor Thom in front of Baphuon - huge temple mountain in the heart of Angkor Thom, Royal Palace Area and Phimeanakas - impressive rite and sandstone pyramid. Terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants, a double terrace wall with deeply carved nag as, demons and other mythological beings. Last visit Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty! Giant trees have grown here for centuries! Lunch at an Indian restaurant. This afternoon we visit Angkor Wat temple, the founder of the temple was Suryavarman II who reined Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century to dedicate to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys, ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction. Dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight in Seam Reap.
DAY 03: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR TEMPLES
After breakfast and check out hotel, we visit Banteay Srei, loosely translates to “citadel of the women, but this is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. On the way we will visit people doing palm sugar before continue to visit Banteay Samre - large, comparatively flat temple displaying distinctively Angkor style architecture and artistry. Back to the town to have lunch at an Indian restaurant. Afternoon visit Roluos group, was one of the earliest Angkor capitals, built by King Indravarman and originally called Hariharalaya. Today there are three Hindu sanctuaries: Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei. All three temples were built of brick and though they are not as spectacular as the other temples of Angkor, they are well preserved and worth a visit to offer the visitor a chronological perspective on the development of Angkor. Dinner and overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 04: SIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH CITY TOUR (B/L/D)
After breakfast and check out hotel, transfer to Phnom Penh. Lunch at the restaurant, then start city tour. We 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 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. Check in hotel. Dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
DAY 05: PHNOM PENH – CROSS THE BORDER TO VIETNAM – CU CHI TUNNEL – HOCHIMINH CITY (B/L/D)
After breakfast and check out hotel, leave Cambodia to Vietnam. Reach to border after 3 hours driving, meet our Vietnam guide. Transfer to restaurant for lunch (local food). Afternoon start going to visit to Cu Chi tunnels. Located 60km from Saigon, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists - the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. Before discovering the tunnels we watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. Spend the next hour exploring the tunnels, then transfer to Hochiminh city. Check in hotel. Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Hochiminh city.
DAY 06: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA – SAIGON (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we leave Saigon for Ben Tre, in the heart of Mekong delta. Arrive in Ben Tre province, we board a boat cruising along beautiful zigzag canals. Then take a motor cart through some tranquil villages where we could admire rice fields, vegetables gardens… visit a local family who earns living by rice paper and coconut candy. Have lunch at a riverside restaurant. After a short rest, take a rowing-boat along water palm creek before we leave Ben Tre to return to Saigon, with stop to visit the beautiful Vinh Trang pagoda on the way. Evening dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 07: SAIGON CITY TOUR - HANOI (B/L/D)
After breakfast, begin our city tour by strolling along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside), and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notredame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Continue to visit the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates. Then visit Ben Thanh market – the most famous market in Hochiminh city. Lunch at Indian restaurant. Transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi transfer to hotel, Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 08: HANOI – HALONG BAY – OVERNIGHT ON BOARD (B/L/D)
After breakfast and check out hotel, 08h00, we depart for Halong Bay. The 3.5 hours journey takes us through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta. Upon arrival at Tuan Chau Wharf, transfer by tender to our overnight cruise.
12h30 – 13h00, embark on our overnight cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13h30 – 14h30, savor a delectable lunch as we cruise among the limestone islands.
15h00 – 16h00, explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave - the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
16h00 – 17h00, kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Man’s Head Islet area.
17h00 – 17h30, return to the main boat and continue cruising to the area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way.
17h30 – 19h00, admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.
19h00, dinner is served on board. Evening: socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around. Overnight on board.
DAY 09: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L/D)
06h30 – 07h15, start our day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07h30 – 08h30, have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
09h00 – 10h00, cruising to Titov Island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
10h15, return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of our cabin.
10h15 – 11h00, continue our cruise exploring the beautiful parts of the Bay.
11h00 – 12h15, while heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12h15 – 12h30, disembark the cruise and transfer back to Hanoi with a short break on the way.
15h30 – 16h00, group arrives in Hanoi, transfer to visit HoanKiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Later, enjoy a unique fascinating show of Water Puppetry, a traditional stage art of Northern Vietnam. Have dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 10: HANOI CITY TOUR – DEPARTURE (B/L)
After breakfast and check out hotel, we will begin a fascinating day with visits to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, inclusive of Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, as well as his private residence from 1954 until 1969. The wooden ethnic minority style house, which was built on stilts, is surrounded by lovely peaceful gardens. In the same complex you will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Our next stop will be the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Lunch at Indian restaurant. In the afternoon, free for shopping till transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to your onward flight.
Note: Above is tentative program, the actual will follow program of confirmed before journey