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Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 1: Saigon

Welcome to sizzling Saigon. Included transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with the city. Evening at leisure. Overnight - Saigon

A street trader in Saigon

Day 2: Saigon

An early morning departure takes you to the bustling river market of Cai Be on the Tien River. This floating market dates back hundreds of years and remains an incredibly important part of life on the Mekong Delta. Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the floating market, you will navigate by row-boat down smaller canals where you can enjoy the serene surroundings of the countryside. This afternoon there will be the chance to eat lunch in a local village, taste some seasonal fruits, and enjoy the tunes of traditional Vietnamese music. Following this is a cycle ride through village paths and farmland where you can gain deeper insight into the way of life here. Later today return to Saigon. Overnight Saigon

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 3: Saigon - Phnom Penh

This morning we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet-Cong in their struggle to keep control of the region during the 1960’s. As we walk the bush trails you’ll see trapdoors, booby traps, living areas, weapon factories and kitchens. We can also safely crawl sections of the tunnels, that have been widened for the tourists and fire weapons of the era (including the M16 ‘s and AK47) on the firing range. After crossing the Cambodian border we drive to the capital of Phnom Penh. Once deemed the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh offers a bustling mix of Asia’s past and present, a city quickly taking its place amongst the trendy capitals of the region. Overnight - Phnom Penh

Day 4: Phnom Penh

Today we’ll enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh starting at the National Museum of Fine Arts, a graceful terracotta building of traditional design housing the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture. We continue with the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, famed for its lavish decorations – the floors are paved with silver tiles and statues of Buddha are encrusted with thousands of diamonds. We later come face to face with the horrors of the Pol Pot regime as we visit Toul Sleng (Security Prison - S21), a school that was gruesomely transformed into a torture chamber under the Khmer Rouge, and visit the Killing Fields where over 10,000 people were executed. Overnight - Phnom Penh

Day 5: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Phnom Penh – Siem Reap. Hotel check out and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Siem Reap. After time to freshen up we visit the last capital of the Angkorian Empire – Angkor Thom. This monumental fortified city is encircled by a 100m wide moat and is famed for the huge statue heads that glare down from every angle. We continue to the monastic complex of Preah Khan before heading to the mother of all temples – Angkor Wat. This breathtaking monument of man’s devotion to his gods is believed to be the largest religious building in the world and contains thousands of wall carvings and extensive bas-reliefs. In the evening we enjoy a walking tour of the old market. Overnight - Siem Reap

Day 6: Siem Reap

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