The 07D SIEM REAP AND HO-CHI-MINH tour takes you to the countries of Cambodia and Vietnam. Both countries have seen warfare in the last three decades. The guerrilla warfare tactics have been given a new face and efficacy in the fight against the invading forces. There is a distinct footprint of war in both countries.
The Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap and the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho-Chi-Minh City are the two attractions which awe the tourists by showcasing the innovation and passionate endurance of the inhabitants.
The ancient city of Angkor Thom, surrounded by an 8m high wall and the Ta Prohm Temple where trees growing out of temple ruins makes it one of Angkor’s most stunning temple sites. The great Angkor Wat is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, narrating stories from Hindu mythology.
The Mekong Delta in Ho-Chi-Minh City is the largest delta in the world and is home to a wide variety of flora, fauna and natural wildlife and is a treasure house for birdwatchers.
Taste the local cuisine, savour local fruits and taste fresh honey at local bee farms. This is a purely cultural and culinary delight vacation to rejuvenate your tired minds and jaded palates.
03 Nights in Siem Reap
03 Nights in Ho Chi Minh City.
Siem Reap, a resort town in north-western Cambodia, is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th–15th centuries. Angkor’s vast complex of intricate stone buildings includes preserved Angkor Wat, the main temple, which is pictured on Cambodia’s flag. Giant, mysterious faces are carved into the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom.
As a low-key but modern gateway to the archaeological site, Siem Reap has boutique hotels, large resorts, and numerous galleries and spas. The Angkor National Museum features Khmer artifacts, including a display of 1,000 Buddha statues and images. The Old Market and the Angkor Night Market sell wares like souvenirs, books, and spices. The Old French Quarter offers trendy restaurants serving takes on international and Cambodian fare (which focuses on ingredients like rice and fish). And Pub Street is lively after dark.
WHEN TO VISIT:
Peak travel season is Dec-Mar. The weather is tropical, with a rainy season Jun-Oct and the hottest period Apr-May. Key events include the Giant Puppet Parade (Feb), Khmer New Year (Apr), and the Bon Om Touk Water Festival (Angkor, Nov), with longboat races, music, and dancing.
Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It's also known for its French colonial landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Bến Thành Market.
The story of wartime Saigon is told at the War Remnants Museum, the tunnel network at Củ Chi and Independence Palace, where North Vietnamese tanks famously breached the gates in April 1975. The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens are home to elephants, tigers, and rare orchids. Native plants and animals may also be seen at the Cần Giờ Biosphere Reserve, a mangrove forest at the mouth of the Saigon River. The Jade Emperor Pagoda is filled with incense and carved figurines and features elaborate statuary and a turtle pond.
When to Visit:
Most visitors come in Dec-Apr when the tropical weather is warm and dry. The rainy season is May–Nov. Key events and holidays include Tết, or Vietnamese New Year (Jan/Feb, dates vary), for which many businesses close, and the Mid-Autumn/Full Moon Festival (Sep/Oct, dates vary), celebrated with mooncakes and lanterns.
Day 1: Arrival Siem Reap.
Upon arrival at the international airport, get transferred to your hotel.
In the afternoon visit the War Museum which offers an insightful view of the wars in Cambodia in the last 3 decades. Displays include war machines such as tanks, jet fighter aircraft, guns, landmines, and photographs. An alternative option is to visit the Angkor National Museum. This world-class museum introduces the profound cultural landmarks of Siem Reap. Enjoy dinner with Apsara dance show. Overnight at Siem Reap.
Day 2: Siem Reap
After breakfast, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, surrounded by an 8m high wall. Continue to Ta Prohm Temple where trees growing out of temple ruins to make it one of Angkor’s most stunning temple sites.
In the afternoon visit the great Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu and a UNESCO world heritage site. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, narrating stories from Hindu mythology. In the evening, be free to discover the local Pub Street which hosts several bars, discos, and restaurants. Overnight at Siem Reap.
Note: Only long pants (covering the knees) and shirts (covering the shoulders) are allowed in Angkor Temple Complex.
Day 3: Seam Reap
After breakfast, head out to Chong Kneas or the “floating village” and get some glimpses of Cambodia’s lakeside culture and traditional family lifestyle.
Next is the Crocodile Farm where you can see hundreds of crocodiles. You can feed them (at extra costs) and purchase products made from crocodile skin there.
From there, head out to quiet Beng Mealea, around 65 km from Siem Reap. After a short walk through the dense jungle, enter the completely overgrown temple. Overnight at Siem Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap-Ho Chi Minh
After breakfast, the day is free to shop at the Old Market where you can find souvenirs and mementos. Post lunch, take the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
After check-in, visit Ben Thanh Market, which is packed with tourist kitsch. Taste the culinary delights of Southern Vietnam. Overnight at Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which are entirely hand-dug and forms a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways, adept for guerilla warfare used by the Viet Cong to target areas around Saigon in the Vietnam War.
Afternoon, visit the Reunification Palace, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral, the War Museum, Old Saigon Post Office and a photo stop at the City Hall. Overnight at Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, travel by road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta.
Take a boat trip and reach the Unicorn Island to enjoy some lush greenery and taste luscious fresh fruits. Move to the next delta province, Ben Tre, and watch the making of coconut candy. Visit bee-keeping families and taste fresh golden honey and honey-tea. Back to Ho Chi Minh City to relax in the luxury of your hotel. Overnight at Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight.