Saigon Holidays

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Day 1: Siem Reap

Welcome to Siem Reap. Arrive in airport, check in hotel for refreshment before starting your excursion to floating village at Tonle Sap Lake where people have houses built in the river. Houses floating like the river is the street and the boats the cars. Familys, father, and children pass by with their boat. They come home from work, school or they are going shopping in the mini supermarket. Our last stop today would be at Les Artisan the Sculpture School in Seam Reap, which sculptures are made by local young Cambodian people.

Day 2: Siem Reap

This morning, we start to discover the former capital Angkor Thom, home to dozens of temples including the enigmatic faces of Bayon, the imposing Terrace of the Elephant and the three-tiered Baphuon. Preah Khan is a huge monastic complex. It originally served as a Buddhist monastery and school, engaging over 1000 monks. In the afternoon, we visit the famous Angkor Wat, built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The largest and best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre—first Hindu, then Buddhist—since its foundation. We head to Bakheng Hill for the sunset view.

Day 3: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

We will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. We visit Independent Monument the Naga (total 100) or snake motif is one, which can be seen in historic, cultural and modern-day. Next, we proceed to Killing Field now become the peaceful stretch of countryside where over 10,000 people were executed. The remains of some of them are stored in a memorial to remind people of the atrocities the Khmer Rouge inflicted on other Khmers.

Day 4: Phnom Penh

Our first stop will be the Royal Palace, the incredible solid silver-floored Silver Pagoda in the Royal Palace Compound, with the biggest golden Buddha statue. We also visit Raung Damrei National Museum, a treasure chest of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts. Next, proceed to Wat Phnom pagoda a 15th century stupa. Wat Phnom, a small hill crowned by an active wat (pagoda) marks the legend of Phnom Penh City. Our last destination would be, Toul Sleng which was once a Tuol Svay Prey High School is now a frightening reminder of the horrors of Pol Pot regime. We visit the Russian market. In the evening, enjoy a 1 hour boat cruise on Mekong River.

A street trader in Saigon

Day 5: Phnom Penh - Saigon

Morning is free at leisure. We will transfer you to the airport for the afternoon flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 6: Saigon - Nha Trang

This morning, we explore city’s grand boulevards, visiting the Re-Unification Palace, the former palace of President Thieu and his predecessors. Today this building is a museum and venue for Government official receptions. Inside you can visit the President’s room. Nearby is the Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 – 1883 and is one of the city’s major landmarks. Neo-Romanesque in form, the Cathedral is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam. We continue to visit the War Remains Museum, where you can learn a lot about the Vietnam War. We then take the flight to Nha Trang and upon arrival, met and transferred to hotel for check-in.

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Days 7-13: Nha Trang

Spend the next seven days at leisure in Nha Trang. The resort is ideal for scuba diving, snorkelling or simply relaxing on the sandy beach. Sample some of the delicious seafood in some of the many restaurants and perhaps enjoy a spot of retail therapy at Cho Dam Market. Nha Trang is a popular coastal resort in central Vietnam, with 7kms of white sandy beach and pristine waters surrounded by archipelagoes and mountains.

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 14: Nha Trang

We will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Saigon. Our services will end with your arrival to Saigon.