DAY 1: ARRIVAL - SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT TOUR
Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, meets and transfers to hotel for check in
Lunch not included
Visit to the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing.
Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
Enjoy wonderful sunset from the top of Pre Rup Temple.
Dinner not included and Overnight Siemreap
DAY 2: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT TOURS- LUANG PRABANG/ FLIGHT
Breakfast at hotel Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Lunch not included
Visit to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang ("The Royal Baths" was once used or ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake) and Preah Khan temple, Built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.
Transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure.
On arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight hotel in Luang Prabang. (B)
DAY 3: LUANGPRABANG SIGHTSEEING DAY
After breakfast at the hotel, we will head off to see some of the highlights of Luang Prabang including a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts from the Royal period in Luang Prabang.
Cycling on we are seeing the city’s oldest temples, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Lao architecture, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham. From there we will climb to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred gilded stupa and to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the sun setting over the Mekong River.
Decenting the mountain your will find yourself in the midst of the famous Luang Prabang Night Market, where you can find a unique selection of handmade textiles and handicrafts locally made by both ethnic Lao and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Your evening is free to explore the city or relax at the hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang. (B)
DAY 4: LUANGPRABANG - HCM CITY (SAIGON) / FLIGHT
Have breakfast in the hotel, depending on your flight time we will transport you to the airport and check-in flight to Saigon.
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Our guide and driver take you to your hotel. If the time permits, we will Visit Saigon (Saigon half day city tour:pick up at your hotel and start half day city tour included of:
Reunification Palace, the former palace of President Thieu and his predecessors. Today this building is a museum and venue for official receptions. This guided tour to present you the history of entire the building from the living quarter of the president’s family, the “War Room” from where the South Vietnamese forces were controlled, under-ground head quarter.
Our next stop will be the Post Office and the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks. Neo-Romanesque in form, Notre Dame is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam, next will be the French post office before transfer to Ben Thanh Market where you can find most local hand-made or food, candies or clothing. tour ends, transfer back your hotel.
Schedules: (Option from 08.00 am to 12.00 am or 13.00 Pm to 17.00 Pm).
Overnight in Saigon.(B/D)
DAY 5: HCM CITY- CU CHI TUNNELS- DEPARTURE
Have breakfast in the hotel and we pick you up at your hotel at 09.00 am to depart for cu chi tunnels. By 1965, 250 km of tunnels criss-crossed Cu Chi and surrounding areas -just across the Saigon River was the notorious guerrilla power base known as the IRON TRIANGLE.
The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the American war in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life in the American War must have been like.
The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Return back to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, tour will be finished and Check-in flight back home (B,L)