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Indochina City Tour

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Nights: 8
  • Itinerary Includes: Phnom Penh, Saigon, Hanoi

Indochina City Tour takes you to the most famous attractions in Phnom Penh, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), and Hanoi. The tour sets off in Cambodia; visit Wat Phnom, the Royal Grand Palace, the National museum, the Killing Fields of Cheong Ek and local markets. The tour then proceeds to Vietnam – spend a couple of days sightseeing in Saigon before departing to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Highlights include a boat trip on the Mekong River, the Ho Chi Min Memorial Complex, and more.

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Phnom Penh

Arrival in Phnom Penh. Transfer. Overnight in Phnom Penh.  

Day 2: Phnom Penh (Breakfast: Hotel )

Sightseeing in Phnom Penh. Explore PHNOM PENH, a chaotic, energetic and always fascinating city. Graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras; today they teem with life and activity, as motorcycles weave in and out of traffic, vendor hawk their wares, and pedestrians go about their business. Start your tour at WAT PHNOM, the birthplace of the capital; according to legend the city began here when a woman named Penh found four Buddha statues and built the temple to house them. Afterwards, see the splendor of Cambodia's royal heritage by visiting the ROYAL PALACE, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoni, the adjacent SILVER PAGODA, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha, and the elegant NATIONAL MUSEUM, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer art.  In the afternoon, learn about a chapter from Cambodia's more recent, tragic, past at the TUOL SLENG MUSEUM (Museum of Genocide). Formerly the Tuol Svay Prey High School, in 1975, this became the interrogation and torture facility for the Khmer Rouge regime - at that time known as Security Prison 21, or simply S-21. Kept largely unchanged, this prison now showcases photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through these doors - only seven of whom came out alive. Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh's two great markets, the CENTRAL MARKET, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building (Central Market is currently underconstruction but can be visited as usual), OR the sprawling RUSSIAN MARKET, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewelry and more. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 3: Phnom Penh (Breakfast: Hotel )

Excursion to the Killing Fields. Just outside Phnom Penh, in a peaceful rural setting, the KILLING FIELDS OF CHOEUNG EK provide a stark reminder of the atrocities under the Pol Pot regime. Thousands of people were killed here between the years of 1975 and 1978 and buried in mass graves.Afternoon at leisure . Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 4 Phnom Penh - Saigon: (Breakfast: Hotel )

Transfer. Flight from Phnom Penh to Saigon.  Arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Transfer. Sightseeing in Saigon. A vibrant metropolis, SAIGON teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorbikes, chatting on cellphones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshippers pray amidst clouds of incense. Begin your tour into modern history with a tour of the REUNIFICATION PALACE. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building 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. Afterwards driving to the historic center to visit EMPEROR OF JADE PAGODA, one of Saigon's most interesting pagoda. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and the CENTRAL POST OFFICE. Pass by the 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). Finally, end up at the central BEN THANH MARKET, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 5: Saigon (Breakfast: Hotel )

Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Tay Ninh. From Saigon, drive to TAY NINH, the birthplace of the unique CAO DAI religion, a fusion of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam and native Vietnamese spiritual beliefs. Every day at noon, worshippers garbed in colorful robes flock to the CAO DAI GREAT TEMPLE to participate in the daily prayer sessions, which visitors may respectfully observe from the upper balconies. (Note: shortly before and during the annual TET festival (Vietnamese New Year) the daily ceremony of the priests in Tay Ninh may be cancelled without prior notice). Afterwards, continue to the CU CHI TUNNELS. Never discovered by American forces, these 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 weapon factories. Today, you can walk through the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the VC, see the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists. Return to Saigon in the late afternoon. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 6: Saigon (Breakfast: Hotel )

Excursion to Ben Tre with boat trip on Mekong River. After a journey through Ben Luc and Tan An, take a boat trip on Mekong River to Vam Xep canal in Ben Tre, where local handicrafts and coconut sweets are produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits, a performance of traditional songs, and observe the local life. Take a short ride on a horse carriage to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea. Proceed by sampan through the small canals to observe the daily life of local people along the riverbanks with some stops for a leisurely stroll. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 7: Saigon - Hanoi (Breakfast: Hotel )

Transfer. Flight from Saigon to Hanoi. Transfer. Sightseeing in Hanoi. Head to HOAN KIEM LAKE and Ngoc Son Temple, located in heart of Hanoi, which contains an islet with the tiny TORTOISE PAGODA. From there, walking to explore the OLD QUARTER. This fascinating network of narrow alleys and shophouses is also known as The 36 Streets, each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts to medicines to tombstones. A handicraft lover paradise and a endlessly interesting place to explore local life. Afterwards, visit the MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY (closed on Monday & Vietnamese New Year), which brings to life the astonishing ethnic diversity in Vietnam, with art and artifacts from the 54 different ethnic groups that inhabit the country. Inside the museum are detailed descriptions of minority groups, with examples of their traditional clothing and way of life. Outside are faithful reconstructions of traditional longhouses, cemeteries and other distinctive ethnic buildings.Visit the Temple of Literature. TEMPLE OF LITERATURE: a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, this momument is one of the best-preserved examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnams first university. In one courtyard, giant stone tortoises bear stelae on their backs, listing the accomplishments of graduating scholars. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 8: Hanoi (Breakfast: Hotel / Lunch: Seafood Lunch on Boat Trip )

Excursion to Halong Bay with boat trip including lunch (4 hours, private). Depart from Hanoi in the morning for scenic Halong Bay. Arriving at the pier around noon, board your charming traditional wooden junk for cruising through the Bay. Lunch will be served while boat cruising through the bay. Following cruise by rock formations with such names as Stone Dog, Incense Burner (Dinh Huong), Fighting Cock (Ga Choi). At the core of the islets, there are two wonderful caves and grottoes to visit as Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto), Dau Go (Driftwood Grotto) before returning to Halong pier. Disembark at Halong pier at approximately 16.30 pm and return to Hanoi by vehicle. Overnight in Hanoi.

(Breakfast: Hotel Day 9: Hanoi). Transfer

ACCOMMODATION:

Hotels included in the tour in the different cities: 

  • Phnom Penh: Pacific Hotel Phnom Penh (Deluxe)/Princess Hotel Phnom Penh (Standard),/New York Hotel (Standard)
  • Saigon: Elios Hotel (Standard With Window)/ Liberty 3 Hotel (Superior)/ Chancery Hotel (Standard)
  • Hanoi: The Time Hotel (Deluxe)/ Ha Long Hotel Hanoi (Superior)/ Anise Hotel (Superior)

 Hotel reservations can be arranged pre- or post-tour as required.

PRICES FROM: £835 (Per Person)
Based on two persons sharing a twin room, daily breakfast, domestic (Saigon-Hanoi) and international (Phnom Penh-Saigon) flights and transfers. Subject to availability.
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