Road Trip to Indochine.16nts fr £2,695

16-night tailor made multi centre holiday to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam including return international flights, private transfers, accommodation, meals and guided visits throughout.

Offer valid for February ’18 departures from London.

THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM TAILOR MADE HOLIDAYS 2017 & 2018.

EDINBURGH, MANCHESTER, BIRMINGHAM, BELFAST DEPARTURES AVAILABLE WITH ALTERNATIVE AIRLINES.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

FLIGHTS

  • Direct flight London Heathrow to Bangkok, Eva Air.
  • Scheduled return flight Ho Chi Minh – London via Bangkok, Eva Air.

ACCOMMODATION

16 NIGHT PRIVATE ROAD TRIP BANGKOK TO SAIGON.


ITINERARY DESCRIPTION: THAILAND, CAMBODIA & MEKONG DELTA. 

Day 1. Bangkok.

On arrival, you will be met by your local representative for your private transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 2. Bangkok. City/Temples – Afternoon at leisure – Dinner at Silom Village.

Visit two of the most important sights of Bangkok: the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho is a giant lying Buddha, covered in gold leaf. The Grand Palace is a must see for every visitor.
Located close to the banks of the Chao Phraya River the Grand Palace is the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Within the compound is the Temple of Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew).

Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner at Silom Village: this evening introduces you to mystical dances, Thai food and a truly Thai ambiance. During dinner feast your eyes on the grace and beauty of the dancers, elegantly performing stories from classical Thai literature and folklore. These traditional colorful costumes must be captured on camera.

Overnight in Bangkok. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Special note: Please note that you are required to wear proper attire (no bare shoulder, bare knees or strapless-heel shoes). Shoes must be removed before entering all temple buildings.

Day 3. Bangkok – Poipet – Battambang  (Cambodia).

Morning private transfer from Bangkok to Battambang via Poipet (375 kms). Stops en route, lunch and dinner included.

Overnight in Battambang. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4. Battambang – Siem Reap. 

Local Life Discovery on Sangker and Tonle Sap (7:30 hours).

In the morning board the private traditional wooden boat for the cruise along the Sangker River from Battambang to Siem Reap. The journey takes you through the lush scenery of protected wetlands. Watch the fishermen as they throw their nets into the rust brown water. As the boat navigates its way through wide waterways and narrow canals get a glimpse of daily life on the riverbank. Women washing their clothes in the water, and children splashing in their watery playground. Stop for a short time at Bak Preah boat station.

Back on board enjoy a picnic lunch as you relax and take in the picturesque views. You will pass by villages where the buildings are balanced on long wooden poles in the river, and others where the houses float on rafts on top of the water. Visit a floating school and the ancient pagoda of Wat Chheu Khmao, which means ‘black wood pagoda’. After a while the river opens up into the Tonle Sap Lake, a vast inland sea. Here you will find Prek Toal floating village, whose stunning location is the home of a freshwater bird sanctuary. Visit the Saray community and see how they weave dried water hyacinths into handicrafts that are then sold in their floating shop. After crossing the great lake you will arrive at Chong Khneas, another floating village just on the outskirts of Siem Reap.

By vehicle from Tonle Sap (Chong Kneas) to Siem Reap (20 kms).

Lunch and dinner included.

Overnight in Siem Reap. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5. Siem Reap.

Enjoy Walk and Talk & Water Blessing at Kompheim Village (Kompheim Walk and Talk & Water Blessing) – Sightseeing in Angkor (35 kms) – Visit Angkor Wat (2 Hours) – Visit Ta Prohm temple (2 Hours).

Kompheim walk and Talk: Our walking tour takes you through the local village out to the rice fields. learn about Cambodian stilt homes and life in a typical Cambodian village. this tour includes a visit to the active pagoda and the Husk Ngo English school. As you wonder slowly through the village your guide will show you about the way of life of the local people and answer any questions that you have,  A chance to meet local people, learn about their lives and interact in a respectful and meaningful way. The tour takes around 2 to 2.5 hours and covers around 2 kilometers.

Photography is welcome and your guide will let you know if anyone does not wish to be photographed. This is a wonderful tour for anyone who would like to learn about the real Cambodia and is ideal for Photo enthusiasts. Each participant receives a KHMER traditional sun-hat as a gift.

Sightseeing in Angkor (35 kms). Visit Angkor Wat (2 hours).

The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. Upon entering the main structure, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted from the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones.

Visit Ta Prohm temple (2 hours).

Ta Prohm is one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when
European explorers first stumbled across them.

Overnight in Siem Reap. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6. Siem Reap.

Excursion to Banteay Srei (3 Hours) – Visit Angkor Thom (2.5 Hours).

Banteay Srei was built in the late 10th century, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. The temple is square with entrances on the east and west. Of main interest are the three central towers which are decorated with male and female divinities and beautiful filigree relief work.

Visit Angkor Thom (2.5 hours).

The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats; the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs.

Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down from every angle.

Overnight in Siem Reap. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 7. Siem Reap – Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh.

By vehicle from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (317 kms) – Visit Spider Market in Skuon.

Visit Spider Market in Skuon: This small crossroads town of Skuon is famous for an unusual delicacy; here, spider merchants sell different varieties of large, furry arachnids for locals and adventurous tourists to snack on.

Overnight in Phnom Penh. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8. Phnom Penh. 

Art and Culture of Phnom Penh – Time at leisure – Evening Foodie Safari By Remork “Tuk Tuk” (3 Hours).

Begin your tour of this charming capital with a visit to the Royal Palace, built in 1866 by King Norodom. See the different structures of this pagoda-style compound and stroll in its beautiful
garden. Visit the Silver Pagoda, so named owing to the 5,000 silver tiles lining its floor. Other treasures include a gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds and a small 17th century emerald
and baccarat crystal Buddha.

Afterwards, visit the Champey Academy of Arts (Caa), a local non-profit school focused on training in the traditional Cambodian arts. The school supports students from impoverished and vulnerable conditions and is totally free. Its mission is to promote self-empowerment and preserve traditional Cambodian arts and culture.

Continue to the nearby National Museum. Built in 1917, it is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and exhibiting Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both pre-and post-Angkorian pieces. Time at leisure.

Evening Foodie Safari By Remork Tuk Tuk (3 hours).

Start off with a ride on a Remork the Cambodian Tuk Tuk. Zip off the usual tourist trail, and hop straight into Phnom Penh’s Central Market (Phsar Tmey). A local food-loving guide will uncover
hidden treasures and snacks favored by locals such as a yellow bean cake or the Khmer rice cake. Taste some seasonal fruits grown in and around Phnom Penh, such as dragon fruit, mango, and tiny (but sweet) pineapples. The brave can try the stinky kind of all fruit – the mighty durian! Then continue to the Old market (Phsar Chas) to learn about the spices used in local recipes and hear
about traditional remedies. For sunset we travel our way to a rooftop bar for cocktails. From here you enjoy beautiful views onto the Mekong river and the Royal Palace. On our way to dinner we take a photo stop at Independence Monument illuminated by red, blue and white floodlights at night. Then continue for dinner at a local restaurant to sample local delicacies Khmer food, before ending at a dessert stall where fruit shakes, fruits with sweet condensed milk, and baked puddings are offered. Return by tuk tuk to your hotel.

Overnight in Phnom Penh. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9. Phnom Penh – Chau Doc.

Sightseeing in Phnom Penh (40 kms) – Visit Wat Phnom (1 Hours) – Visit the Central Market (Psah Thmey) (1 Hours) – Transfer to/from pier (5 kms) – On board the Victoria Speedboat from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc (SIC) (No ICS guide) (4.5 Hours) – Arrival in Chau Doc.

Visit Wat Phnom (1 hour): Explore Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the capital; according to legend, Phnom Penh was founded here when a woman named Penh found four Buddha statues and built the temple to house them. Visit the Central Market (Psah Thmey) (1 hour). Explore Psah Thmey, a covered market which is distinguished by its central dome (constructed in 1937). It is filled with shops selling jewellery, fabrics and many kinds of souvenirs. Transfer to/from pier (5 kms). On board the Victoria Speedboat from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc (Sic) (No ICS guide) (4.5 hours)

Overnight in Chau Doc. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10. Chau Doc – Can Tho.

Sightseeing in Chau Doc with boat trip (40 kms) – By vehicle from Chau Doc to Can Tho (120 kms).

Sightseeing in Chau Doc with boat trip (40 kms): Embark by boat to explore the bustling river life around Chau Doc; visit the Floating Villages, whose inhabitants live and work all their lives on the river. Stop at one of the typical houses, and see how they raise fish in nets directly under the house itself. Continue to the distinctive Cham Village, on the other side of the river, with its thriving Muslim community. After returning to the town, continue by vehicle to visit Lady Chua Xu Pagoda at the base of Sam Mountain, which rises sharply from the surrounding rice paddies. Walk around the base of Sam Mountain before return to Chau Doc by vehicle. By vehicle from Chau Doc to Can Tho (120 kms)

Overnight in Can Tho. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11. Can Tho – Saigon.

Excursion by boat to Cai Rang Floating Market (Visit before 8.00am, tour with the early morning start) (3 Hours) – By vehicle from Can Tho to Saigon (city) (170 kms).

07.00: From Ninh Kieu wharf, a boat carrying you along the River Can Tho. During the tour you will have the chance to see the nature of the Mekong delta and if you are lucky some wild animals. At Floating market, you’ll feel the excitement through sounds, water brandishing paddle, the laughter of the buyers and sellers to make up the bustling scene of Cai Rang floating market. Many local products are sold here and in particular a large variety of fruits, some of which you might have never seen before. You’ll learn that boats identify what they are selling by hanging a sample off the top of a long pole. Returning Ninh Kieu Wharf. End Tour at 10am.

Overnight in Saigon. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12. Saigon.

Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels (5.5 Hours) – Sightseeing in Saigon [Half day] (4 Hours).

Never discovered by American forces, the Cu Chi Tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapons factories. Today, walk through the area and learn about the day to day life of the Vietcong, bear witness to the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists.

Sightseeing in Saigon [Half day] (4 hours): A vibrant metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. Begin with a tour of the historic centre, strolling along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside), and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Afterwards dive into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates. Continue to the harrowing War Remnants Museum, which comprehensively documents the travails of the long Vietnam- American War. Inside are detailed photographic exhibitions; outside is a collection of tanks, planes and weapons. A powerful experience, this museum is guaranteed to provoke strong emotions. Finally, visit the Emperor Of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon’s most interesting pagodas.

Overnight in Saigon.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13. Saigon – Phan Thiet.

By vehicle from Saigon (city) to Phan Thiet (200 kms) – Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Phan Thiet.

Days 14 / 15 / 16. Phan Thiet.

Three free dayss at leisure to relax on the beach.

Overnight in Phan Thiet.

Day 17. Phan Thiet – Saigon’s airport.

Morning at leisure – By vehicle from Phan Thiet to Saigon (Tan Son Nhat Airport) (208 kms).

End of itinerary.


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