Phan Thiet Holidays

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Day 1: Siem Reap

Welcome to the Cambodia and the start of your exclusive South East Asian journey! Upon arrival, you will be met by your tour guide and driver at the airport who will transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Siem Reap

Today we visit the Angkor Wat Temple. This architectural master piece was built in the 12th century, took 30 years to complete and represents the Khmer civilization at its grandest. Covering 81 hectares, it is one of the largest religious monuments ever built. Angkor Wat (the biggest Hindu temple in the world and one of the largest religious monuments in the world) was built between the 9th – 13th century. In the early evening climb to Bakheng Hill to enjoy the superb view as the sun sets over Angkor Wat.

Day 3: Siem Reap

Today is spent further exploring the Angkor Wat complex, entering the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple marvel at the wonders of the eerie Bayon, the terrace of Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King. Afterwards, we continue to visit Ta Prohm temple, shrouded in jungle and left just it was founded by French explorers in 1850s. This afternoon we set out for a cruise on the beautiful Tonle Sap Lake passing a typical floating village observing the locals in their daily life

Day 4: Siem Reap - Saigon

After breakfast visit Beng Mealea Temple, a spectacular jungle temple around 60 kms drive to the north east of Siem Reap. It is one of the "new" highlights of Cambodia; having only been cleared of mines at the end of 2003. Being well over one square kilometres in area and all located within a moat. Approached by four causeways, Beng Mealea appears to be a huge pile of rubble partially hidden in the trees, it's not until you get closer to the high walls that the ancient Khmer Architecture reveals itself. After, we drive to Siem Reap Airport for your flight to Saigon. (OVERNIGHT EDEN HOTEL)

Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 5: Saigon

In the morning, we depart for Cu Chi Tunnel, an underground maze, which became legendary during the 1960s for its role in the Vietnam War. Later we visit the Reunification Palace (also known as Independence Palace), one of the most fascinating sights in Saigon and once the symbol of the South Vietnamese government. Nearby is the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum, where we can learn more about the "American" War as it is referred to in Vietnam. Our next stop is Ben Thanh market, typical of local markets markets in Vietnam. (OVERNIGHT EDEN HOTEL)

A street trader in Saigon

Day 6: Saigon - Can Tho

We travel overland through the beautiful countryside of the Mekong Delta to Vinh Long province. On arrival, we take a boat ride to visit a local orchard and the Cai Be floating market. Everyday, approximately 400-500 boats filled with fruits, vegetables and other local products anchor along the banks of the River, waiting for traders and customers. Here we observe the local people buying, selling and exchanging goods from their boats. Later we leave Cai Be, and visit a local family producing coconut candy, a speciality of the region. After lunching on the local delicacies in a local Bonsai garden, we travel onwards to Can Tho.

A woman rowing a boat to Can Tho floating markets

Day 7: Can Tho - Saigon

This morning we cruise along the small and picturesque tributaries of the Mekong by rowing boat and visit the Cai Rang - Phong Dien floating market. The scenery is simply stunning and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals are a pleasure to watch going about their daily activities. Later return to Saigon. (OVERNIGHT EDEN HOTEL)

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 8: Saigon - Dalat

Today we travel to Dalat, the capital city of Lam Dong province. At an altitude of 1500m above sea level, Dalat was dubbed the “city of spring”, with its ideal climate for horticulture. It’s famous for its lakes, waterfalls, pine-tree forests, vegetable gardens and flowers. The drive to Dalat is quite long, approximately 7 hours. En route we will stop at the town of Bao Loc and visit Dambri Waterfall. We will arrive in Dalat in the late afternoon, and rest of the day at leisure.

Day 9: Dalat

In the morning we visit Xuan Huong Lake, which is located at the centre of Dalat. Xuan Huong was created when the French dammed the Cam Ly River in 1919. Continue to the Central Markets where you will be bewildered with a riot of multi-coloured flowers as well as fresh vegetables and mouthwatering fruits. We also visit Prenn waterfall, which is nestled in the valley covered with densely lush vegetation and pine forest. In the afternoon we visit Lam Ty Ni pagoda, one of the unlikeliest and most delightful attractions of a stay in Dalat. The pagoda is home to Vien Thuc, the so-called "mad monk" of Dalat.

Day 10: Dalat - Nha Trang

Today we take a drive to Nha Trang, famed for white sandy beaches up to 7km in length with azure blue water and more than 200 islands offshore. We arrive in Nha Trang in the early afternoon, hotel check in and afternoon at leisure.

Day 11: Nha Trang

A day of leisure and indulgence as we cruise through blue clear waters of the islands off the coast of Nha Trang. Visit the Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island then onto Mun Island where you will get the chance to swim or even do some snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. Then a stop is made for lunch at the fishing village of Lang Chai where you will have the opportunity to explore further before boarding the boat back to Nha Trang harbor.

Day 12: Nha Trang - Phan Thiet

After breakfast, we depart for Phan Thiet. On the way, we will make a stop to visit Po Klong Garai Cham Tower in Phan rang town. Upon arrival, check in hotel and afternoon at leisure.

Day 13: Phan Thiet

Free day to enjoy the tropical oasis that is Muine Beach on the south east coast - where palm trees line the perfect sandy beaches.

Day 14: Phan Thiet

After breakfast you'll be driven back to Saigon Airport in time for your flight home. Please ensure your flight is booked for the afternoon to avoid a very early rise.