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VIETNAM – CAMBODIA 14 Days

VIETNAM – CAMBODIA 14 Days

General Information

Vietnam with cambodia

VIETNAM WITH CAMBODIA

VIETNAM

Vietnam  officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam  is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 87.8 million inhabitants as of 2011, it is the world’s 13th-most-populous country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian country. The name Vietnam translates as “South Viet”, and was officially adopted in 1945. The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976.

The Vietnamese became independent from Imperial China in 938 AD, following the Battle of Bạch Đằng River. Successive Vietnamese royal dynasties flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. The First Indochina War eventually led to the expulsion of the French in 1954, leaving Vietnam divided politically into two states, North and South Vietnam. Conflict between the two sides intensified, with heavy foreign intervention, during the Vietnam War, which ended with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.

Vietnam was then unified under a Communist government, but was politically isolated and impoverished. In 1986, the government initiated a series of economic and political reforms, which began Vietnam’s path towards integration into the world economy.By 2000, it had established diplomatic relations with most nations. Its economic growth has been among the highest in the world since 2000,and according to Citigroup, such high growth is set to continue. Vietnam has the highest Global Growth Generators Index among 11 major economies,and its successful economic reforms resulted in it joining the World Trade Organization in 2007. However, the country still suffers from relatively high levels of income inequality, disparities in healthcare provision, and poor gender equality.

 Climate:

Because of differences in latitude and the marked variety in topographical relief, the climate tends to vary considerably from place to place. During the winter or dry season, extending roughly from November to April, the monsoon winds usually blow from the northeast along the Chinese coast and across the Gulf of Tonkin, picking up considerable moisture. Consequently, the winter season in most parts of the country is dry only by comparison with the rainy or summer season. The average annual temperature is generally higher in the plains than in the mountains, and higher in the south than in the north. Temperatures vary less in the southern plains around Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, ranging between 21 and 28 °C (69.8 and 82.4 °F) over the course of the year. Seasonal variations in the mountains and plateaus and in the north are much more dramatic, with temperatures varying from 5 °C (41.0 °F) in December and January to 37 °C (98.6 °F) in July and August.

CAMBODIA:

Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Its total landmass is 181,035 square kilometres (69,898 sq mi), bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.

With a population of over 14.8 million, Cambodia is the 68th most populous country in the world. The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, which is practiced by approximately 95% of the Cambodian population. The country’s minority groups include Vietnamese, Chinese, Chams and 30 hill tribes.[9] The capital and largest city is Phnom Penh, the political, economic, and cultural center of Cambodia. The kingdom is a constitutional monarchy with Norodom Sihamoni, a monarch chosen by the Royal Throne Council, as head of state. The head of government is Hun Sen, who is currently the longest serving leader in South East Asia and has ruled Cambodia for over 25 years.

Cambodia’s ancient name is “Kambuja” (Sanskrit: कंबुज). In 802 AD, Jayavarman II declared himself king marking the beginning of the Khmer Empire which flourished for over 600 years and allowing successive kings to dominate much of Southeast Asia and accumulate immense power and wealth. The Indianized kingdom built monumental temples such as Angkor Wat and facilitated the spread of first Hinduism, then Buddhism to much of Southeast Asia. After the fall of Angkor to Ayutthaya in the 15th century, Cambodia was ruled as a vassal between its neighbors until it was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. Cambodia gained independence in 1953.

The Vietnam War extended into Cambodia, giving rise to the Khmer Rouge, which took Phnom Penh in 1975. Cambodia reemerged several years later within a socialistic sphere of influence as the People’s Republic of Kampuchea until 1993. After years of isolation, the war-ravaged nation was reunited under the monarchy in 1993 and has seen rapid progress in the economic and human resource areas while rebuilding from decades of civil war. Cambodia has had one of the best economic records in Asia, with economic growth averaging 6 percent for the last 10 years. Strong textiles, agriculture, construction, garments, and tourism sectors led to foreign investments and international trade. In 2005, oil and natural gas deposits were found beneath Cambodia’s territorial waters, and once commercial extraction begins in 2013, the oil revenues could profoundly affect Cambodia’s economy.

Climate

Sun Bear

Cambodia’s climate, like that of the rest of Southeast Asia, is dominated by monsoons, which are known as tropical wet and dry because of the distinctly marked seasonal differences.

Cambodia has a temperature range from 21 to 35 °C (69.8 to 95 °F) and experiences tropical monsoons. Southwest monsoons blow inland bringing moisture-laden winds from the Gulf of Thailand and Indian Ocean from May to October. The northeast monsoon ushers in the dry season, which lasts from November to March. The country experiences the heaviest precipitation from September to October with the driest period occurring from January to February.

Cambodia has two distinct seasons. The rainy season, which runs from May to October, can see temperatures drop to 22 °C (71.6 °F) and is generally accompanied with high humidity. The dry season lasts from November to April when temperatures can rise up to 40 °C (104 °F) around April. Disastrous flooding occurred in 2001 and again in 2002, with some degree of flooding almost every year.

Itinerary

2N Hanoi –1N  Halong Bay–2N  Hoian – 1N Hue – 3N Hochiminh– 2N Phnom Penh –2N  Siem Reap

 

Day 01

HANOI – ARRIVAL (D)
On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, welcome to Vietnam by our guide and transferred to hotel for check in. Ha Noi, Vietnam’s capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia ‘s most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks make for relaxing atmosphere. Depending on arrival time optional activities can be arranged on this day. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Day 02

HANOI (B/L/D)
Morning, full day sightseeing in Hanoi to visit Hochiminh Complex containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (closed on Monday, Friday and the whole months of October-November), the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s former home and the One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam built in 1070. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, continue to visit the Ethnological Museum, the most interesting museum in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hoan Kiem with Ngoc Son Temple, take 1-hour Cyclo trip around with 36 streets of Ha Noi old quarter and enjoy the performance of the famous Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry at Thang Long theatre. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Hanoi

Day 03

HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
You will be picked up at 8am for your private transfer to Halong City. This takes roughly 3,5 hours. You may stop en route to admire the local scenery. Arrive at the port around 11:30am and board the ship. Begin sailing and pass through magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board enjoy a lavish dinner. Overnight Stay on board in Ha Long

Day 04

HALONG BAY – HANOI – DANANG – HOIAN (Brunch/L/D)
Wake up to Tai Chi exercises on the sun deck and continue cruising the bays. Breakfast buffet will be served in the restaurant. Then you will visit the limestone grotto. Disembark in Halong City around 11am and transfer back by private vehicle to Hanoi & Airport for flight to Danang by…Arrival Danang, you are met our tour guide and driver south to Hoian which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Hoian

Day 05

HOIAN – MYSON (B/L/D)
Morning, transfer to visit My Son – Vietnam’s most important Cham’s site. My son becomes a religious center in the late 4th century and lasts till 13th century – a longest period of development of any monument in Southeast Asia. My son is considered to be Champa’s counterpart to the grand cities of Southeast Asia’s other Indian – influenced civilizations: Angkor (Cambodia), Ayuthaya (Thailand) or Borobudur (Java). Lunch is included.Afternoon, walking tour of Hoi An, discover the historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries. Visit Hoi An’s colourful local market, Tan Ky old house, Fukien Assembly Hall, and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge.Travelers can also see local residents raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Hoian

Day 06

HOIAN – HUE (B/L/D)
Morning, leave Hoian we drive south to Hue – was the capitol of Vietnam, from 1744 until 1945, when the last emperor abdicated. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. On the way, stop to visit Cham Museum in Danang city – founded in 1915 as the Musée Henri Parmentier during the colonial French era to preserve the finds of the ancient Champa kingdom and is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to this era. It houses the largest collection of Cham sculpture.Arrival Hue, take a boat cruise along the Perfume River. Enjoy this romantic cruise and visit the Minh Mang Tomb and Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue.Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Hue

Day 07

HUE– HOCHIMINH (FLIGHT 1HR) (B/L/D)
Morning, transfer to visit Hue Citadel – Vietnam’s former imperial capital and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel) and Khai Dinh Tomb _ is the result of the interminglement of many architectural trends: European and Asian, as well as ancient and modern. Stop to visit Tu Duc Tomb and Dong Ba market for shopping.Afternoon, free at leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Hochiminh by …Arrival Hochiminh, meet our guide at airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Lunch at local restaurant After lunch, take a short time to visit visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office , a neo-Romanesque cathedral constructed between 1877 and 1883 using bricks from Marseilles and stained-glass windows from Chartres; Cholon, the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Hochiminh

Day 08

HOCHIMINH – CUCHI TUNNELS (B/L/D)
Morning, transfer to visit Cu Chi Tunnels _ an important base during the American War, because of its strategic location. The Viet cong built a 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Dug out of hard laterite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was never discovered. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Lunch at restaurant. Afternoon, continue to visit War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam’s wars with the both the French and Americans. Then, take a photo and visit the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Stop at Ben Thanh market for shopping. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Hochiminh

Day 09

HOCHIMINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA (MYTHO) (B/L/D)
After breakfast, full day tour traveling south from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the Delta is the most fertile region in the country, and the main producer of rice and tropical fruits. From My Tho, you board your boat and travel to one of the islands located in the middle of the Mekong River. On the island visit a fruit orchard and sample some of the local produce, before boarding a smaller sampan that winds along narrow canals. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a local family’s house and enjoy their hospitality and share with them some tea or rice wine. After lunch in My Tho return to Ho Chi Minh. Free at leisure. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at at hotel in Hochiminh city

Day 10

HOCHIMINH – PHNOM PENH (B/-/D)
Breakfast then Leisure time until transfer to airport for flight to Phnom Penh by… Arrive Phnom Penh around noon – Visa processing – meet with guide for transfer to hotel. Afternoon half-day City Tour, National Museum of Khmer Arts, Silver Pagoda on the same ground of Royal Palace, River Front Park and renowned Wat Phnom Hill. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight Phnom Penh

Day 11

PHNOM PENH – CITY TOUR (B/L/D)
Morning Toul Sleng Museum, and Cheung Ek Killing field. Lunch at local restaurant Afternoon city orientation tour including, Phnom Penh Municipality Hall, National Library, National Bank, Independence Monument, and shopping at New Central Market. Dinner at local restaurant Overnight Phnom Penh

Day 12

PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP – BOAT TRIP(B/-/D)
After breakfast, Transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport flight to Siem Reap. Arrive in Siem Reap transfer to hotel for check in. Afternoon boat trip on Tonle Sap Great Lake and visit Floating village and Les Artisans d’Angkor – Chantiers Ecole where visitors can observe students learning traditional carving and finishing techniques and visit Siem Reap Market. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

Day 13

SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT (B/L/D)
Morning tour to South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch at local restaurant Afternoon visit the World Seventh Wonder of Angkor Wat and view sunset at Phnom Bakheng Hill. Dinner at local restaurant with Apsara dance show. Overnight stay at hotel in Siem Reap

Day 14

SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Morning is a free time for individual sightseeing and shopping at Siem Reap markets. Afternoon free at leisure until transfer for flight departure. End of services.

Price / Inclusion

PRICE CHART

PRICE FROM USD STANDARD USD FIRST USD SUPERIOR USD DELUXE USD LUXURY
Adult (Sharing 2) $ 1645 $ 1680 $ 1875 $ 2245 $ 2710
Child with Bed $ 1068 $ 1092 $ 1216 $ 1460 $1760
Infants 0-23 Months $ 240 $ 240 $ 240 $ 240 $ 240
Single Traveller $ 1996 $ 2083 $ 2472 $ 3236 $ 4106

Hotel List

CITY NAME HOTEL NAME HOTEL NAME HOTEL NAME HOTEL NAME HOTEL NAME
Hanoi Boutique 2 Camelia Hotel Royal Gate Luxor Hotel Sunway Hotel Lan Vien Hotel Nikko Hotel Melia Hotel Sofitel Plaza  Hilton Hotel
Halong bay Golden Halong/ Bai Tho Junk Halong Spring/ Bai Tho Junk Royal Halong/ Victory Cruise Saigon Halong/ Indochina Sails Novotel Halong/ Jasmine Cruises
Hue Mondial Hue Mondial Hue Green View Mercure Gerbera Imperial Hotel
Hoian Van Loi Hotel Ancient House Hoian Trails Hoian Beach Palm Garden
Hochiminh Hoang Phu Gia Gia Linh Hotel Hoang Hai Long  Kingston Hotel Golden Central Grand Silverland Grand Hotel Rex Hotel Majestic Hotel New World Hotel
Siem Reap Royal Empire Angkor Home Empress Angkor Sokha Angkor Victoria Hotel
Phnom Penh Cardamom Hotel Holiday Villa Phnom Penh Naga World Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra  or Similar

Inclusions

  • 12 Nights Hotel Accommodations with Breakfast.
  • One night accommodation on board in Halong based on twin sharing
  • Private transportation and tours with English speaking guide
  • Private boat for sightseeing in Hue. 
  • Entrances fees + sightseeing as indicated. 
  • Indian & vegetarian food at restaurant as specified in the program. (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) 
  • Bottle of water available on coach (02 bottle/pax/day)

Exclusions

  • Flight from Hanoi – Danang: US$ 99 per person
  • Flight from Hue – Saigon: US$ 99 per person
  • Flight from Saigon – Phnom Penh: US$ 185 per person 
  • Flight from Phnom penh – Siem Reap: US$ 110 per person
  • International & domestic air ticket with taxes
  • Visa to Vietnam (Approval letter at US$ 30 per person and US$ 25 for stamping fees at the airport) 
  • Visa to Cambodia (US$ 25 payable at the airport) 
  • Insurance, drinks, personal expenses, others not mentioned in details, suggested tips $3 to $4 per day per person.

Note

  • 1USD = 58.
  • All rates are based on minimum 2Pax traveling together at all tours.
  • Child age  2-9 years.
  • Above 9 years is considered as an adult.
  • All rates and availability are subject to change at the time of booking.
  • Hotel Check in 4pm & Check out 11am, Breakfast time: 6:30 Am to 9:30 Am
  • Early check in and late check-out subject to availability. 
  • Breakfast As provided by Hotel, Dinner Indian / International (Set Menu at Restaurant or Delivery at Hotel if the hotel is away from Restaurant). Dinners are pre-arranged and will not be change or refunded for missing any meals.
  • Dinner provided will be a 3 course meal (1 appetizer, 1 Entrée, 1 Dessert). 
  • Any Additional menu must be paid by clients
  • Above price is not applicable during Convention Period, High season, Festivals or Fairs. Surcharge may be applicable.
  • We reserve the right to use alternative accommodation, sightseeing tours and transfer of equal or higher standers.
  • No refunds either in part or full will be made for any unused services in above package like ground transportation, meals, accommodation, sightseeing tours.
  • The passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure. 
  • We are not holding any air seats and hotel bookings at this point of time
  • Confirmation of Hotels and other services is subject to availability.
  • We are not responsible for any missed breakfast due to flight timings.
  • No Intercity surface transfers are included unless specified in the package.
  • We are not responsible for any baggage charges by any airlines for the clients.
  • Payment for the tour must be made as per the invoice & payment terms & conditions

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