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Vietnam to Cambodia – Timeless Charm! - 9 Days

Vietnam to Cambodia – Timeless Charm!
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Most travelers to Vietnam are attracted by the country’s wonderful natural beauty: From the green rice fields in the north to the fascinating bustle of the Mekong Delta in the south. Vietnam however is also a country with a long history and ancient traditions. It has many historic attractions and old temples.

Just as Angkor is more than its wat, so too is Cambodia more than its temples. The chaotic yet charismatic capital of Phnom Penh is a hub of political intrigue, economic vitality and intellectual debate.

Places to visit

Vietnam

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is situated in North Vietnam round a 120 kilometer long coast line and is literally translated as “Bay of Descending Dragons”. The top tourist attraction in Vietnam, Ha Long Bay features thousands of islands, each topped with thick jungle vegetation, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves, others islands include lakes and some support floating villages of fishermen.

Thien Mu Pagoda (Hue)

With seven stories, the Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue is the tallest pagoda in Vietnam. The pagoda overlooks the Perfume River and is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital. The temple was built in 1601 during the rule of the Nguyễn Lords. The initial temple was very simply constructed, but over time it was redeveloped and expanded with more intricate features.

Hoan Kiem Lake (Hanoi)

Located in the historical center of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as the locals’ favorite leisure spot. Hoan Kiem means “returned sword”, and the name comes from a legend in which King Le Loi was given a magical sword by the gods, which he used to drive out the invading Chinese. Later he returned the sword to the Golden Turtle God in the lake.

Hoi An

This fishing-village-turned-tourist-attraction is situated on the coast of the South China Sea. Hoi An has been an international port from the 16th century although the serious shipping business has long since moved to the city of Da Nang. The heart of the city is still the Old Town, full of winding lanes and Chinese-styled shops. It is sometimes called the “Venice of Vietnam” because of the narrow canals that cut through part of the town.

 

Sa Pa Terraces  

Sa Pa is a town in northwest Vietnam not far from the Chinese border. Rice terraces can be found in the Muong Hoa valley between Sa Pa town and the Fansipan Mountain, on a backdrop of thick bamboo woodlands. Local mountain people, the Hmong, Giay, Dao, Tay, and Giay, grow rice and corn on these paddy terraces, along with vegetables.

Mui Ne

The formerly little-inhabited beach south of the fishing village of Mui Ne has seen some serious development in the last 15 years. Due to strong sea breezes it is a popular destination in Vietnam for kite- and windsurfing. No trip to Mui Ne is complete without a trip to the famous sand dunes located a short distance north of the town. The vast sandy expanse provide some great panoramic views especially during sunset.

Mekong River (Mekong Delta)

The Mekong Delta is the region in southern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea. It is a very rich and lush area, covered with rice fields, that produces about half of the total of Vietnam’s agricultural output. Subsequently, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and all the villages are often accessible by river rather than by road.

Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located about 40 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during the Vietnam War, and were the base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968. The tunnels have become a popular tourist attraction, and visitors are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system.

Cambodia

Siem Reap

Siem Reap (literally “Siam Defeated”) is undoubtedly Cambodia’s fastest growing city and serves as a small charming gateway town to the world famous destination of the Angkor temples. Thanks to those Cambodia attractions, Siem Reap has transformed itself into a major tourist hub. It is laid-back and a pleasant place to stay while touring the temples. Siem Reap offers a wide range of hotels, ranging from several 5-star hotels to hundreds of budget guesthouses while a large selection of restaurants offer many kinds of food.

Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som, is a port city and beach resort on the Gulf of Thailand. The big attraction here are the white-sand beaches and several undeveloped tropical islands. Sihanoukville is a good place to relax and unwind, though be prepared to battle the crows during the high season or a holiday weekend.

Silver Pagoda

Located within the Royal Palace compound in Phnom Penh, the Silver Pagoda houses many national treasures such as gold and jeweled Buddha statues. Most notable is a small 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha (the Emerald Buddha of Cambodia) and a life-sized gold Maitreya Buddha decorated with 9584 diamonds. The internal wall of the Silver Pagoda courtyard is decorated with a richly colored and detailed mural of the Ramayana myth, painted in 1903–04 by 40 Khmer artists.

Bokor Hill Station

Bokor Hill Station near Kampot was built by the French in the 1920s to be used as a retreat from the heat of Phnom Penh. It has since been abandoned twice, first in the 1940s when the Japanese invaded Cambodia and again in the 1970s, when the Khmer Rouge engulfed the country. Today, Bokor Hill Station and its abandoned buildings have an eerie, ghost-town feel. As of October 2008, the road to Bokor is officially closed due to ongoing reconstruction. Independent access seems to be impossible. though there are hiking tours arranged by local travel agents.

Koh Ker

Koh Ker was the capital of the Khmer empire for a very brief period from the year 928 to 944 AD. In this short time some very spectacular buildings and immense sculptures were constructed. A giant Garuda (mythical half-man, half-bird creature), carved into the stone blocks, still guard the very top, although its partially covered now. Left to the jungle for nearly a millennium, Koh Ker was one of Cambodia’s most remote and inaccessible temple destinations. This has now changed thanks to recent de-mining and the opening of a new toll road.

Banteay Srei

Although officially part of the Angkor complex, Banteay Srei lies 25 km (15 miles) north-east of the main group of temples, enough to list it as a separate Cambodia attraction here. It is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still clearly visible today. Banteay Srei is the only major temple at Angkor not built for a king, instead it was constructed by one of king Rajendravarman’s counselors, Yajnyavahara.

Angkor

The greatest attraction in Cambodia and one of the most spectacular ancient sites on earth, Angkor is a vast temple complex featuring the remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century AD. These include the famous Angkor Wat temple, the world’s largest single religious monument, the Bayon temple (at Angkor Thom) with its multitude of massive stone faces and Ta Prohm, a Buddhist temple ruin entwined with towering trees.

Day 1
Kathmandu - Bangkok – Siem Reap

Meet our representative at Suvarnabhumi Airport. From there you will depart for SiemReap. Arrive SiemReap Airport. After passing through the official formalities, proceed to visit Bakong, Preah Koh and Lolei Temples.

Lunch at local restaurant. Visit the Capital of Jayavarman VII – Angkor Thom including South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple Complex, Terrace of Elephant, Terrace of Leper King, Former Royal Palace. Dinner at local restaurant. Check-in at Hotel.

Day 2
Siem reap

After breakfast, Visit Banteay Srei, renowned for its intricate decoration carved in pinkish sandstone that covers the walls like tapestry. Visit Ta Phrom, the hidden jungle Temple. Trunks of trees twist amongst stone pillars, Fig, banyan and kapok trees their gigantic over, under and in between the stones probing walls and terraces apart, as their branches and leaves interwine to form a roof above the structures.

Have a Lunch at local restaurant. After Lunch, Visit Angkor Wat, the largest monument of the Angkor group and of the most intact. It is an architectural masterpiece. This temple is an expression of Khmere art at its highest point of development. The estimated time of construction is about 30years. It is the wonder of the world heritage. Watch sunset at Phnom Bakheng Hill. Have Dinner at local restaurant. Return to Hotel.

Day 3
Siem Reap – Ho-Chi-Minh (Vietnam)

After breakfast, you have a free time for shopping or visit Artisant D’Angkor Art School (Lunch on your own). Later Transfer to Airport. After arriving Ho-Chi-Minh Airport, check-in at Hotel. You will have Orientation briefly the city before dinner. Later, dinner at restaurant and then return to Hotel.

Day 4
Ho-Chi-Minh

After breakfast visit Cu-Chi tunnel which became legendary during 1960 s for its role in facilitating Vietcong control of large rural area only 30-40 km to Ho-Chi-Minh city. It is the mean of communication and coordination between Vietcongs isolated from each other area.

The amazing network of over 200 km of underground tunnels will offer you the impression of the former fierce war in South Vietna. Have Lunch at restaurant. Go for City tour. Visit Cholon district (China Town), City Hall, The Municipal theatre, Thong-ngat Palace, War Crime Museum with cycle tour 1 hour around Saigon old quarter. Visit the Lacquerware Factory. Dinner at restaurant and return to Hotel.

Day 5
Ho-Chi-Minh – Hanoi – Halong Bay

After breakfast transfer to airport. Depart for Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi Airport. Lunch at restaurant then proceed to Halong Bay where 3000 plus islands rising from the clear emerald water of the Gulf Tonkin covering an area of 1500 sq/km and was designated a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1994. Check-in at Hotel. Have a Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 6
Halong Bay – Hanoi

After breakfast, discover and explore Halong Bay of its outstanding natural beauty. “Dragon descending to the sea” as it is known in Vietnamese. Many of the limestone islets containing beautiful grottoes. A 5 hour boat trip will visit one grotto, then continue to explore more of these wonders of creation. You will have a Sea food lunch on board. Later, return to Hanoi City. Have dinner at restaurant. Have a look at the Water Puppet show. Then Check-in at Hotel.

Day 7
Hanoi – Bangkok

After breakfast, city tour, visit Ngoc Son Temple located at the end of Hoan Kiem Lake, The Old Quarter of Hanoi, Temple of Literature built in 11th century as Vietnams’ first university. Ho-Chi-Minh Mausoleum(outside) Hochiminhs’ House

Have Lunch at restaurant. Rest of the time you have Free and have the day at your own leisure. Later, meet at Hotel lobby, transfer to airport to depart for Bangkok. Arrive Bangkok Suwanabhumi Airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 8
Bangkok – Phuket

After breakfast, free until transfer time for your onward flight to Phuket.

Enjoy the time at Phuket. You can go for Phi Phi Island Tour to make your holiday more remarkable.

Day 9
Phuket – Bangkok

Have a hearty breakfast. You have some leisure time to enjoy. Today is the day of departure. You will return to Bangkok, Airport and take a flight back to Kathmandu with amazing memories.

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