Vietnam - Cambodia

Vietcircle teamgive you a unique opportunity to visit two Mekong River countries: Vietnam with the most beautiful sea landscapes such as the mythic Halong Bay and Cambodia with the millennium famous temple of Angkor Wat. We’ll offer you a subtle balanced mix of historical and daily culture, see sighting, trekking and seashore’s activities.

Tour program: 16 Days / 15 Nights
Destination: Ho Chi Minh City ( Vietnam ) -...
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Day 1: ARRIVAL IN HO CHI MINH CITY:
Your Vietcirlce guide welcome at Tansonnhat Airport to take you to your hotel in HCMC still called Saigon by many locals. This big trade center is also well-known for culture and tourism in Vietnam.

Day 2: CUCHI TUNNELS EXCURSION:
Follow us from your hotel to the legendary tunnel network of Cu Chi during the 1960’s liberation war about 200 km from Saigon area to the Cambodian border. At first glance, you’ll feel the intense fighting and imagine how the people could live in this underground “village” in different depth of storeys when you crawl down the hidden trapdoors. Next we stop by rubbers plantations and local families will show you how rice paper is made.
Back to Saigon for the main historical places such as Reunification Palace and US former headquarters. And the colonial French architecture of Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Then shopping at the hype Dong Khoi Fashion Street and the typical Ben Thanh market. Admire the artistic skills of the craftsmen at a lacquer ware workshop before joining your comfortable room.

Day 3: HCMC – CAI BE – VINH LONG – CAN THO:
After visit of the bustling market in China town, we drive (only 100 km) to Cai Be to start a boat trip .The cruise leads us through a floating market to observe retailers on small boats trading wholesalers with larger boats hanging samples of their goods from tall wooden poles. By the way, take some photos of the Catholic cathedral and its riverside scenic.Continue boat tour into the canals through the mangroves to grasp the fairy sight of the Nine Dragons Rivers world.  After berthing on small islets (Binh Hoa Phuoc&An Binh Island), have a walk around jasmine flowers gardens beside fish pounds and stilt houses. Final destination of the day in Can Tho, the largest city in Mekong Delta to have a good night!

Day 4: CAN THO Delta Tour
Continue boat tour into the canals through the mangroves to grasp the fairy sight of the Nine Dragons Rivers world to reach Cai Rang floating market to watch the merchants bargaining together and with visitors.  Debark to some fruits orchards to taste rambutans, longans or mangoes. And overland to the Soc Trang city to visit the ancient Khmer Pagoda Kh’leang, the dragon sculptures of Clay Pagoda, and the stylish sophisticated Chinese Chen Kieu temple. But for children and nature lovers the must will be the Bat Pagoda: a shelter for thousands of rare bats flocking to the sanctuary’s trees! Back to Can Tho, the capital of the delta for sweet dreams.

Day 5: CAN THO – Ho Chi Minh City
Back to HCMC by a sightseeing route to Cholon district to visit the Heavenly Lady’s Pagoda, dedicated to Thien Hau (Goddess of the Sea and Patroness of Sailors). Built by the Cantonese congregation, this is one of the most popular and richly embellished temple in Ho Chi Minh City, with exquisite friezes and reliefs, giant censers billowing fragrant smoke. Enjoy some free leisure time before a rest in your room or immerse in the atmosphere of Saigon’s nights.

Day 6: HCMC – HUE – PHONG NHA
Flight to Hue and then overland to Phong Nha and Ke-Bang National Park: designated a Unesco World Heritage site. Ke Bang Park contains the oldest karst mountains, riddled with hundreds of cave systems and spectacular underground rivers.Then through the pristine tropical evergreen jungle,we will reach the demilitarized zone of Quang Tri where still bombs craters remain. Here you’ll find the La Vang church dedicated to “Our Lady” an avatar of the “Virgin Mary” (mother of Jesus Christ) and its legendary apparition(in 18th century) wearing the traditional Vietnamese“áo-dài&rdquo dress. A well-deserved rest is awaiting you in your hotel in Dong Ha.

Day 7: PHONG NHA Park – HUE:
We start a boat trip on Son River in the magic world of Phong Nha Park.Before this “Heaven on earth” was only for speleologists’ use but now it is beginning to become a must-see for trekkers in Vietnam.In this network of 14 grottoes, you will discover a collection of stunning dry and terraced caves, towering stalagmites and glistening crystal-edged stalactites.
Among them the Angels cave (Tien Son) and the Court cave (Cung Dinh) will amaze you with theirs strange formations. After the trek, we drive back to Hue to overnight in the Imperial City.

Day 8: HUE City Tour:
Full day city tour: the Imperial Citadel and the Grand Palace of the last Nguyen dynasty. Next you’ll see the Khai Dinh Tomb protected by the statues of his guard and the Tu Duc tomb surrounded by gardens and hidden secrets. Then have a glance on the Heavenly Goddess Pagoda with it over 20 meter high tower and magnificent scenery beyond.
We’ll also stop at Dong Ba Market worth for some snapshots.
As a crowning final, we’ll have an evening cruise by Dragon Boat on the Perfume River to watch Cham temples(Ho Chen) with the magnificent scenery of Jade Cup Mountain beyond, at sunset, while listen to Hue folksongs.Sleep well in your sweet room in Hue.

Day 9: HUE – DA NANG:
Depart to Danang via the Hai Van Pass for a scenic view over the sea and the mountains’ landscape Stop to visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang with the World’s finest collection of some 300 Cham sculpture exhibits dating from 7th to 15thcenturies. Then relax on the smooth sand of My Khe beach before driving to the Five Marbles mountains, and meet the skillful craftsmen in the stone-carving village of Hoa Hai. Then we arrive at your hotel for overnight in Danang.

Day 10: DA NANG –HOI AN:
We drive to Hoi An for a promenade tour in the ancient town, through the old sections charming and wonderfully preserved combining European an Far-east Asian influences. For instance the Fujian Assembly Hall carried out with statues, lacquered boards, murals and the altar of the Sailor Goddess worshipped by Chinese migrants since 1690.  But the most particular heritage of its History is reflected in the unique architecture of the 17th century’s Japanese Covered Bridge built on the back of a giant Dragon according to a local Legend.
In the afternoon relax on the beautiful and longest beach in Vietnam (45 km long) or enjoy hotel facilities like foot-massage. Later you can also stroll around numbers of temples, pagodas, communal houses, crafts workshops and listen to traditional music in street live shows …and sleep well in your nice room!

Day 11: HOI AN –(via Danang – HCMC) – PHNOM PENH:
Flight to Phnom Penh, via Danang and HCMC. On arrival at Phnom Penh Airport, your local guide welcome you and take care of your hotel transfer. Then you can stretch your legs and expand your soul, discovering French colonial architecture along the riverside avenue. And walk to Wat Phnom the founding place of Phnom Penh on top of a hill next to the riverfront. Climb up the stairs with the Naga balustrade and you will find the altar of Yea Penh (Lady Penh) the legendary founder of the city Phnom Penh. First unforgettable night in Cambodia.

Day 12: PHNOM PENH city tour:

  • The morning visit beginsat cultural spots such as Independence Monument patterned on a lotus flower bud, adorned with multi-headed cobras. Then drop in the National Museum amongst over than 5000 objects on display including Angkorian era statues. The next-door place is the gold gleaming Royal Palace and some spectacular buildings within its compound: - the Throne Hall – the Napoleon II villa – and the famous Silver Pagoda including the “Emerald Buddha” adorned with 9,584 diamonds.
  • In the afternoon, improve your historical knowledge about the “Khmers Rouge” war at ChoeungEk’s killing field and in Genocide Museum. After the dark side of Cambodia past, relax and enjoy shopping, admista large range of handcrafts and souvenirs at the colorful Russian Market. Last night in Phnom Penh before the main step of your adventure


Day 13: PHNOM PENH – ANGKOR WAT:
After breakfast, flight to Siem Reap and drop off your luggage in your hotel. The visit will begin in the afternoon at the Roluos temples complex including:
-Bakong, the first temple-mountain of sandstone constructed in the 9th century and state-temple of the Khmer empire (ruled by King Indravarman I)
-Preah Ko, whose name derived from the three statues representing the Sacred Ox vehicle of Shiva. There are 2 ranges of three tower dedicated to King’s ancestors and their Hindu divinities avatars, richly adorned with fantasy carvings. But the central tower is devoted to Shiva,the titular divinity of the Khmer empire founder.
-Lolei was once an island temple located in a hand-made lake (now a dry Baray) to identify it symbolically with Mount Meru home of the Indian’s gods, surrounded by the world oceans.

Day 14: Around ANGKOR WAT:
Start the trek at the great site of Angkor Thom : you’ll be moved by the scenery of the temples complex admist the jungle. Passing through the South Gate (8 m high), you’ll reach the strange Bayon and all these massive carved heads.Inside Royal Palace’s boundary, you’ll find the statue of Yama, god of death at the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of the Elephantsused for victory ceremonies and for royal audience.Then a 70 meter long statue of reclining Buddha is awaiting you in the temple-mountain of Baphuon.  To cap off the morning, we’ll take you to Ta Prohm: its fabulous background with strangling trees around two twin’s shrines, was use to shoot a scene for the movie “Tomb Raider”.
In the afternoon, we keep on visiting highlights spots. First Banteay Srei Temple or the Citadel of the Women superbly well-preserved and highly intricate stone carvings that adorn the pink-hued sandstone of the delightfully intimate site. Others attractions out off the beaten paths are the Aki Ra mines and weapons Museum, and the Pradak village to learn the daily life of the farmer producing palm sugar. Back to your accommodation in Siem Reap for the second Night.

Day 15: Inside ANGKOR WAT:
At sunrise, continue the Angkor Wat trek in the archeological site of Naek Pean, replica of the Indian top of the Universe symbolized by the Curved Cobras’ Tower on a small island in middle of the main pound. You will be astonished in the sight of the majestic 60 meter high kapok trees enclosing the Preah Khan ruins with their vegetable tentacles.
Then to the lovely Mebon, a flat pyramid with five towers on top, and eight elephants arranged at the corners making a pretty ensemble. But the last real 'temple-mountain is Pre Rup built entirely of brick and laterite (from 10th century); it’s worth to climb at the top terraces for a panoramic view of the Phnom Kulen Mountain and of Angkor Wat.  On the way back, we’ll pass SrahSrangreservoir lake and stop at its majestic landing platform with serpent balustrades flanked by two lions.
In the afternoon as final crowning, we’ll visit the World Heritage of Angkor Wat. This huge and incredible monument dedicated to god Vishnu in 12th century is the main worldwide attraction of the ancient capital of the Khmer Kingdom. Free time for shopping in the local night market, before joining your room in Siem reap and have charming dreams!

Day 16: SIEM REAP – HCMC(BKK) - Departure:
Enjoy your free time downtown to visit Khmer ceramics and souvenirs shops, pleasant butterfly gardens or just get a traditional massage to relax before leaving Cambodia.
Now we have to transfer to Siem Reap Airport to let you return home(via HCMC or Bangkok Airport), but we hope see you soon because Vietcirlce can also arrange short trips at festivals time (for instance: New Year’s Eve or Vietnamese Tet).

Ho Chi Minh City ( Vietnam ) - Can Tho - Hue - Hoi An - Cai Be - Phnom Penh ( Cambodia ) - Siem Reap ( Cambodia ) - Cu Chi - Vinh Long - Soc Trang - Phong Nha - Da Nang

PRICE: from                    USD /                    VND / per person
(for group of minimum 4 people). Price is valid until Dec. 31, 2014.
The above price is inclusive of:
- Transfer by private modern air-conditioned
- English or French - speaking guide
- Sightseeing, admission fees, entrance and boat fees as specified.
- Accommodation at twin sharing with daily breakfast.
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
- Bottled water on the vehicle during transfer and sightseeing.

The above price is exclusive of:

- Visa fee & Airport tax
- Domestic airfares and taxes.
- International airfares and taxes.
- Personal Expense: Tel, Fax, Laundry, etc
- Other service which not mention in the itinerary

General remarks
Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) are subject to supplements.
Rooms at hotels are available only from 14:00 on the arrival day and up to 12:00 on the departure date. A supplement will be added if clients want a guaranteed early check-in or late check-out.
- Please take note that we have paid to hotels in order to confirm and guarantee the rooms, if any amendment or cancellation or etc, shall be applied cancellation charges or non-refundable. 
- The tour fare does not include tipping for the guide and driver, it is customary to tip them at USD3.- per pax per day as an appreciation. 
- The timing of sightseeing points shall be fixed by local operator due to traffic and weather conditions, however all points must cover unless amendment or cancellation make by clients themselves.
- Term of payment: please make full payment  within 5 days after receiving this confirmation for the processing of this booking, if not this confirmation is automatically cancelled.
-  In urgent case, please contact: Mr. Thanh / Cell: (+84) 903 767 962(+84) 903 767 962)

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation is made as follows:

  • 7 days prior to departure date: 100% of total tour rate.
  • 8-14 days prior to departure date: 50% of total tour rate.
  • 15-29 days prior to departure date: 25% of total tour rate.
  • 30 or more days prior to departure date: 10% of total tour rate.
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