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First-timers to Asia combine Cambodia and Vietnam for good reasons: majestic Angkor Wat and picturesque Vietnam. This is how a two-country journey goes but your own trip should be re-designed only for your interests.
Sua s'dei. Welcome to Cambodia. Transfer to your hotel and free at leisure.
Among all the international transport hubs, we’d recommend Bangkok or Hong Kong for your entry,as there are better airfares and it is easier to get around.
Take a mind-provoking tour in Phnom Penh that covers the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum in the morning. After lunch, you will be taken to Killing Fields of Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum. Stop at the Central Market when you are back to downtown in the afternoon.
The Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum are definitely not pleasant attractions, so be mentally prepared. The visit helps you see behind the curtains of history and understand why Cambodia is as it is.
You will be taken to where the prisoners were held, tortured and even executed. Most of them were well-educated intelligentsia elites and expelled out to urban areas, where tragically in a brutal pursue for extreme Communist ideology. It is confronting and disturbing, yet if you are keen to understand the country, it is all worthy.
Take an afternoon flight to Siem Reap.
Afternoon is the perfect time to visit Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm as the shady trees set up a mysterious stage that you might have seen in the movie of Tomb Raider.
Wrap it up today with a delightful Apsara dinner show at a fine resort.
Outside the first loop of the Angkor Wat Complex, there lies the sparkling pearl of Banteay Srei. This small temple complex is constructed by sandstone. This site is at its best in the early morning when the sun casts brightly.
Get back into the first loop and a schoolar will accompany you for a visit at Angkor Wat. Spend another hour at Angkor Thom, which used to be the palace grounds for the Angkor Kingdoms.
You will have a 2-hour walking tour at Angkor Wat with a local scholar who's dedicated to Angkorian cultures. He has worked with some local cultural academy and his rich knowledge will provide you detailed explanations for the Khmer civilization and Angkor Kingdoms.
Take a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Most of Ho Chi Minh City's attractions are within easy reach and this afternoon you will have a glance at Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and An Dong Market.
My Tho, the bustling twon of the Mekong Delta, is 2 hours away from Ho Chi Minh City. On the way, your tour guide will brief about the life of this region. Upon arrival, hop on a sampan boat that is controled by an experienced local fisherman (or woman) who knows how to dodge away from stretching branches along the canals.
Visit some local workshops where you will learn fascinating manufactory of coconut candy, rice wine and rice papers (which you used to make spring rolls a couple of days ago). Sample some seasonal fruits that are picked right from an orchard. Talk with the garden host and learn about his philosophy of life.
A day trip to the Mekong Delta is possible for somebody who just wants a simple taste of local life. No need to arrange your own transportation or hire tour guide, this easy package suits to all travelers in general without making the trip too touristy.
Morning fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An, a lovely town with delights await.
Immerse yourself in the cultural ancient town of Hoi An, your tour guide will lead you to some key sites including Japanese Covered Bridge, Fujian Assembly Hall and Old House of Tan Ky. Have some simple lunch at a local restaurant and step into Chen Family Chapel where you learn about fascinating family history. Later, your private tour guide will take you to Hai Scout Café, where a staff from Red Bridge Restaurant waits for you and he/she will take you for an interesting cooking session outside of the ancient town.
Transfer to Danang and take a flight to Hanoi. Check in and free at leisure.
Hanoi might be one of the most fascinating cities that you've ever known. She is rich in cultures and history yet modest in lifestyles.
Take the chance to know about Vietnam's history and cultures with an interesting city tour that leads you to the Temple of Literature, Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and Hoan Kiem Lake.
In the afternoon, hop on a cyclo in the Old Quarter where you will find hidden gems under your tour guide's help: Hanoi's best egg coffee, weird-looking fruits and all-age-favorite ice creams.
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning and have breakfast at a hotel. Later you will be picked up by a shuttle car to Halong Bay. Board the cruise and enjoy the relaxing journey.
Your Halong Bay cruise will take you to Cua Van Fishing Village, Vung Vieng Fishing Village, Me Cung Caves, Virgin Cave, and Surprise Cave, as well as some small islets, such as Flight Cock Islet, Human Head Islet, and Toad Islet etc (subject to different itineraries of different boats).
In the evening, the junk will harbor anchor in a less-crowded area for your sweet dreams under the stars.
After breakfast onboard, you will be transferred back to Hanoi. Meet up with your private tour guide again and get to the airport for homebound flight. Have a safe flight home, and we hope to see you again soon!
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