Siem Reap Holidays

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Day 1: Siem Reap

Welcome to Cambodia and the start of your holiday. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your start hotel. Overnight Siem Reap.

Day 2: Siem Reap

After Breakfast we will enter the South Gate of Angkor ThomTemple and marvel the wonders of the eerie Bayon, the terrace of Elephants and terrace of Leper King. Next, visit Ta Prohm Temple unlike most of the other Angkor temples, Ta Prohm has been left just it was founded. In the afternoon, we visit the famous Angkor Wat, built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. 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. Enjoy watching the superb view of sunset over Agnkor Wat then back to hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 3: Siem Reap

We drive out of Siem Reap for around 36 Km heading to Banteay Srei temple Built at a time when the Khmer Empire was gaining significant power and territory, the temple was constructed by a Brahmin counselor under a powerful king, Rajendravarman and later under Jayavarman V. On the way back, visit Banteay Samre. This Afternoon continues our journey to visit The Roluos Group is a collection of monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire. It has become known as the ‘Roluos Group’ due to its proximity to the modern town of Roluos. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 4: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

In the morning we visit Kampong Kleng floating village later we take a flight to Phnom Penh. Check in hotel and rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 5: Phnom Penh

This morning we will start with a visit to the Royal Palace, the incredible solid silver-floored Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, a treasure chest of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts. This afternoon visit Toul Sleng (S21) which was once a Tuol Svay Prey High School and is now a frightening reminder of the horrors of Pol Pot regime. The school was used as a torture chamber and it was believed that 16,000 people died there. We end our city tour with shopping at the Russian market. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 6: Phnom Penh - Saigon

Leaving Cambodia you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Saigon. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your accommodation. This evening, explore Saigon at night on Vespa: Part night excursion, part street food adventure. Being picked up by our Vespa team, then head to Café zoom to "watch the world goes by" (quoted by The Lonely Planet) and enjoy cocktail and appetizer (inclusive) before adventuring into favorite local eating spot. Guests experience the nightlife of Saigon the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Guests ride pillion behind our drivers. Overnight Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 7: Saigon

Take a morning excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, north west of the city. This immense network of connecting underground tunnels, were used by the Viet Cong and one of the famous battle grounds in the Vietnam War. Watch a short introductory video on the construction of the tunnels before exploring the maze of tunnels, accompanied by the guide. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs from B52 bombers. Returning to Ho Chi Minh City at around 2pm, stop for lunch before visiting some of the city's major attractions including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. Overnight Saigon.

A street trader in Saigon

Day 8: Saigon

Head south to Ben Tre province. On arrival, take a “xe loi” ride through the local village of Huu Dinh to enjoy the green fields and gardens. Then it’s a short walk to Huu Phuoc Bridge, where you start your boat trip through small canals with beautiful tropical scenery. Take a sampan trip through narrow canals and enjoy the peacefulness of the region. Visit our friends, who live on fishing, shrimp and fruit orchards. Continue your cycling trip to My Long to visit Mr Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge. Continue your cycle tour to a local restaurant by the river side. After your boat will be waiting nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre before returning to Saigon. Overnight Saigon.

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 9: Saigon

After breakfast we leave for Vung Tau. Explore the city with Giant Jesus statue, whale temple and Bao Dai Summer house. We also visit the massive War Memorial at Back Beach (the previous site of the Australian Logistics Group and the Peter Badcoe Club). Then we visit Front Beach, the airport area, (previous home of "Wallaby Airlines"), the town centre and market area. After that we transfer to Long Hai beach for overnight. Overnight Long Hai - Anoasis resort

Day 10:

This morning we head to the sight of the former Nui Dat Task Force Base. Little remains of this camp except the columns of the main gate. The former runway is now a wide street in the local village and the old heli-pad is now a soccer field. A school established by the Australians is nearby. Later we drive past the location of the Horseshoe (access not permitted these days due to mining activity) to the Discourtesy Rubber Plantation. Visit the Long Tan Cross Memorial, before continuing on to the Long Phuoc Tunnels and visit Ming Dam (no longer the "Secret Zone") and Long Hai. Back to our hotel to relax. Overnight Long Hai - Anoasis resort

Day 11:

Long Hai beach – leisure day Enjoy today at your leisure. Overnight Long Hai - Anoasis resort

Po Ngar Cham Towers in Nha Trang - by Bruno (BRA)

Day 12: - Hue

Long Hai – Saigon – flight to Hue Leaving Long Hai you are transferred back to Saigon for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your accommodation. Overnight Hue

The Perfume River in Hue

Day 13: Hue

Today visit the ancient Imperial Citadel. Continue with boat trip on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda, which is located on the southwest bank of the river, is a memorial to these demonstrations. Here we find the car that took the senior Buddhist monk, Quang Duc, to Saigon, where he immolated himself. The car, a British Austin, is memorialized as a holy sight. This afternoon we visit Tombs of King Tu Duc and King Khai Dinh. Tu Duc had the longest reign of any Nguyen monarch from 1848 to 1883 and his tomb is the best preserved of all of the Nguyen monarchs' tombs. Overnight Hue

Women trading at Dong Ba Market by Tormod Sandtorv

Day 14: Hue - Hoi An

Today we take the scenic Hai Van Pass (Road of the Ocean Clouds), which offers magnificent views of beaches to one side and lush hills to the other. The charming, old-world trading port of Hoi An with it cobbled streets, traditional homes and tiny shop houses is a perfect place to lose yourself in a by gone era. Boutique restaurants, hip cafes along the waterfront, delightful craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors (whose services come at a nominal price), all can be found here. On a short walking tour of the enchanting historical town. Overnight - Hoi An

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Day 15: Hoi An

Take a bike to the downtown, stop by Hoi An’s colorful central market. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. So make sure your camera is handy. Continue to Tra Que vegetable village. Enjoy a welcome drink and rest then walk through the vegetable gardens where local farmers work on their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago, no electrical machinery here. For lunch work together with the chef. Learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food. After the lesson, enjoy what you have cooked. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight Hoi An

A bridge in Hoi An

Day 16: Hoi An - Hanoi

This morning you are transferred back to the airport in time for your flight to Hanoi. In the afternoon, enjoy a food walking tour with plenty of Hanoi cuisines: pork pie noodle, fried spring roll, rolled noodle, Glutious rice, Hanoi fresh beer, coffee at very Hanoi corner. Overnight Hanoi.

Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 17: Hanoi

Take time to explore Hanoi city including: Hochiminh complex, One pillar pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo museum. A water puppet show will end our day tour. Overnight Hanoi.

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 18: Hanoi

In the morning we depart Hanoi for Hoa Binh, then Mai Chau valley. After about 3,5 hours we will be in Mai Chau. After having lunch in Pom Coong village, enjoy a bicycle ride with local tour guide, see farmers working in fields, locals weaving scarves and visit surrounding peaceful villages. Back to Hanoi in the late afternoon that you enjoy at your leisure. Overnight Hanoi.

The Huc Bridge

Day 19: Hanoi - Halong Bay

This morning a scenic drive leads us to the stunningly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Boarding our traditional wooden junk boat we cruise the emerald waters soaking up the panoramic vista of the thousand or so karst limestone islands that stud the bay. Overnight - Deluxe Junk Boat

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 20: Halong Bay

Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea and coffee are served. Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boat (1 hour) then return to the vessel for free time at your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Kayak into the floating village or swim near the Bhaya. After lunch on board take a guided biking or walking excursion in the national park of Cat Ba Island. Early evening the vessel cruises back through the Bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien. Tonight enjoy a movie or join our staff at the reception for squid fishing. Overnight onboard Bhaya Classic

Halong Bay at sunset

Day 21: Halong Bay - Hanoi

After some more Tai Chi on the Sundeck your Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc. After exploring Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave return to Bhaya Classic. Buffet brunch is served onboard as the vessel cruises leisurely back to harbor. Then we return to Hanoi. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight Hanoi

Vietnamese Water Puppets

Day 22: Hanoi

Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred to the airport in time for your final departure flight to your onward destination.