2019’s Southeast Asian Odyssey (CV10E)

10 days: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Halong Bay, Hanoi

 

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Day 1:  Phnom Penh

Arrive in PHNOM PENH, where you will meet your national guide and transfer you to your hotel. Spend your night in Phnom Penh. (D)

Day 2: Phnom Penh

Visit the ROYAL PALACE. Built in 1866 by King Norodom, the Royal Palace is home to the current King and Queen of Cambodia. Unless the king is in residence, the palace is open to the public. Please dress conservatively when visiting the palace. Then, travel to the NATIONAL MUSEUM, which contains a large collection of art from Cambodia’s “Golden Age.” Your next stop is the TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM, a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979. Afterwards, visit the CENTRAL MARKET located in the heart of the Cambodian capital. Housed in a French Colonial-style building and painted in bright ochre, the market was built in 1937 in the Art Deco style. It is one of the most well preserved colonial-era buildings in Phnom Penh. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Board your bus to SIEM REAP. Enjoy the evening sunset over ANGKOR WAT, known as one of the best sunsets in the world. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Siem Reap

Visit ANGKOR THOM in the morning. This ancient complex was the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire. Built in the late 12th century, this capital city once had a population of over a million people. At the center of the complex is the BAYON TEMPLE, which symbolized the center of the universe. 49 stupas with four giant Buddha statues surround the four sides of the temple. Afterwards, visit TA PROHM, where scenes from the movie “Tomb Raider” were filmed. In the afternoon, travel to the famous ANGKOR WAT. Once the capital for Khmer kings, the site is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. Built during the 12th century, Angkor Wat is a definitive example of Khmer architecture and has become the symbol of Cambodia. Spend some time wandering through the ancient capital and enjoy the beautiful sunset, regarded as one of the top 10 sunsets in the world. At night, enjoy the show “The Smile of Angkor”. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Fly to HO CHI MINH CITY, located in southern Vietnam. Once known as “Sai Kung” (Saigon) the city was nicknamed “the Paris of the Orient” because of its classic French colonial architecture and its former status as the capital of the French colony Cochinchina. In the afternoon, visit the NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and the CENTRAL POST OFFICE, both prominent structures in the city center. Drive on the city’s tree lined boulevards past the CHINATOWN. In the evening, cruise the Saigon River. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the countryside along the drive to MY THO, a rustic village in Mekong Delta. Then cruise the Mekong River, the longest river in Southeast Asia. Known as the mother river of Vietnam, locals still use the river for transportation, offering a glimpse into rural Vietnamese life. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi - Halong Bay

Fly to HANOI, the capital of the Republic of Vietnam. Drive to HALONG BAY, known as “Guilin on the Sea.” (B/L/D)

Day 8: Halong Bay

Cruise through HALONG BAY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its magnificent view limestone isles and karsts. The bay boasts over 1600 limestone islets and is home to 14 floral and 60 faunal species. Enjoy the view while lunching on seafood from local fishermen who live on houseboats on the bay. (B/L/D)

Day 9: Halong Bay  Hanoi

Drive back to HANOI. Visit BA DINH SQUARE in the heart of Hanoi. Many of the locals gather in the square for festivals and events. Then, visit nearby HOAN KIEM LAKE where the water is as clear as a mirror. Lastly, travel to the TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, or Van Mieu in Vietnamese. This Confucian temple was built in 1070 in the classical Chinese style and hosted Vietnam’s first national university until 1779. (B/L/D)

Day 10: Hanoi - Home

Fly home or to your next destination. (B)

*Excluding International air ticket and conjunction air ticket.

*Children under 11 years of age can share a room with two adults but will not be provided with an extra bed. Their prices are 75% of the adult price.

 

 
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