Saigon & Mekong

8 days

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Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the banks of the South China Sea known for its complex history from its Chinese, French and Japanese occupation to the present culture. Vietnam is rich in natural beauty, alluring beaches, rivers, ancient temples, Buddhist pagodas, colourful buildings, stunning diversity and impressive local cuisine.

Among the striking sites commonly witnessed are the local rickshaws, known as ‘tuk-tuks”, a dependable means of commute as well as the conical hats, called Non La, woven using straw and leaves worn by the Vietnamese men (in fact a part of their identity), to protect themselves from rain, shine and coconuts (in the earlier days)

Vietnam is the World’s second-largest exporter of coffee and one of the most expensive varieties is “Kopi Luwak”.  Another interesting variant is the civet coffee produced from the coffee beans digested by the civet cat.

Hanoi, the Capital city of Vietnam is known for its colonial heritage with rich South-East Asian, Chinese as well as French Influences.

Ho Chi Minh City is an excellent urban landscape, the largest city in Vietnam, brimming with life, niche boutiques, temples, historical museums and the replica of Notre Dame Cathedral, entirely built using materials imported from France.

Halong Bay is a natural beauty, to an entirely new level with limestone pinnacles, a UNESCO World Heritage site, ideal for scuba diving, rock climbing and of course boating as well.  Halong means ‘descending dragon’.

Another popular tourist destination – Nha Thara, a coastal resort city is a popular destination for international tourists.

Dalat, south of Vietnam has beautiful hills, pine forests, waterfalls, golf courses, colonial heritage and a replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Cambodia is a South Asian country of exceptional charm and natural beauty, known for its quaint riverside towns and characteristic laid- back vibe.  Phnom Penh, its capital, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum's historical and archaeological exhibits. The Mekong River that runs through a good length of the country, continues to be a lifeline for many and offers one of the best ways to explore life in Cambodia. The Mekong River cruise takes one through lush rural landscapes, small towns, villages and cities.  The river then goes through Pnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, and passes near Siem Reap, the gateway to the ruins at Angkor. Towards the country's northwest are the remarkable ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia's most famous tourist attraction - a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire. The distinguishing feature about Cambodia is the fact that it is an all year round travel destination, where one gets to experience the unlimited hospitality of the natives.

We offer a highly enjoyable package, combining the 2 countries, Vietnam and Cambodia, for the family as well as single holidaymakers. We have 2 departures every year, covering some of the major attractions of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Highlights

Reunification Palace, Saigon Notre Dame Basilica, Mekong Delta, Thoi Son Island, Vinh Trang Pagoda,Cu Chi Tunnels, Killing Fields, Tuol Sleng GenocideMuseum, Spean Kompong Kdei, Kompong Khleang village, in TONLE SAP by boat, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm

Your Itinerary

Day 1
COCHIN – SINGAPORE

Assemble at Cochin International Airport. Complete departure formalities and board Silk Air flight MI 467 departing to Singapore.

Day 2
SINGAPORE – HO CHI MINH CITY (VIETNAM)

Arrive Singapore, Connect Singapore Airlines flight to Ho Chi Minh City, on completion of arrival formalities, meet and assist  proceed to the hotel for check in, enroute lunch.

Afternoon City tour in Saigon starts with Reunification Palace, which was formerly the South Vietnam President’s residence and symbol of the Southern Administration’s reign until end of April 1975. Next, stop at Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built over 130 years ago by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles. Call in Saigon Central Post Office, a fine colonial building which was designed and built in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. Later proceed for dinner cruise.

Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Breakfast on Board, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
HO CHI MINH CITY

Morning, travel by car to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam & largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho City, capital of Tien Giang Province, board a motorboat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on Thoi Son Island to listen to the Southern traditional music performed by native artists. Continue the tour with a paddleboat to cruise more canals before visiting households with traditional occupations of home-based coconut candy and rice-wine making.  Switch back to a motorboat to go to a bee farm to enjoy fresh honey tea and fresh fruits. On the way back to My Tho, stop to visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, a prominent local Buddhist structure built in 1850 with a unique architectural mixture of Vietnamese, Roman, Chinese and Cambodian styles characterized by a highly ornate façade.

Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4
HO CHI MINH CITY – PHNOMPENH (CAMBODIA)

Breakfast at Hotel, then transfer to famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and the Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totalling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges. Then, lunch at local restaurant before transferring to Phnom Penh via Moc Bai Border. Upon arrival in Phnom Penh our guide and driver will provide transport to hotel for check in the rest of time free and relax, activities on your own, Dinner at restaurant and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5
PHNOMPENH

This morning, after Breakfast visit the notorious Killing Fields, 15km southwest of Phnom Penh. This one is the site of brutal executions of more than 20,000 individuals, most of whom first suffered through interrogations, torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison during Pol Pot regime (From 1975–1979). Continue your visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison). This prison was a high school, and used as a prison by Pol Pot' s security forces and became the largest centre for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge.

 Afternoon, visit Russian Market for some souvenirs, then continue the visit to Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866, and the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace. The Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles.  Last visit today at Wat Phnom, an ancient pagoda on a hill, which marks the legendary founding place of the city.

Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6
PHNOMPENH – SIEM REAP(CAMBODIA)

Breakfast at hotel. 08H00AM, our guide and driver will pick you up for overland transfer to Siem Reap by private transfer. The distance is about 120km, which spend around 5 to 6hours. On the way, we will stop at most famous Spider market, Skuon (75km from the capital), a market town on the highway popular for its fried spiders as a specialty snack.  You will have a chance to try out if you wish to. Then continue driving to Siem Reap. En route you will cross an ancient bridge called “Spean Kompong Kdei it was built in the 13th century and it is 87 meters long. The balustrades are carved to look like the bodies of giant snakes. On arrival Siem Reap, you will visit Kompong Khleang village, in TONLE SAP by boat, which is located on the northern lake-edge about 55 km of Siem Reap town. This place is the most striking feature of the place is the immensely high stilt houses. There is a small island at the centre of the village which has a bustling market and one of the several pagodas, a school and health centre on the water. Dinner at local restaurant. Transfer to hotel for check in.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7
SIEM REAP

Breakfast at hotel, then start your tours by visit to the World Heritage Site; visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue visit Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm is one of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Afternoon continue to seeing the architectural masterpiece of Angkor Wat. We stroll around this massive monument, exploring the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple back. After dinner proceed back to hotel and overnight.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8
SIEM REAP – SINGAPORE - COCHIN

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport, complete airport formalities and board Silk Air flight departs to Cochin via Singapore. Arrive in Cochin with pleasant memories.

Breakfast & Meals on board

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • Economy class return Airfare from Cochin and back.
  • Baggage Allowance 30 Kg Check in + 7 Kg hand luggage
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Cambodia Visa
  • Professional, friendly and well experienced Malayalee Tour Manager from Soman’s Leisure Tours.
  • Services of Local Tour Guide at specific locations
  • All transfers and sightseeing by comfortable A/C coaches.
  • Entrance fees of all sightseeing venues to be visited from inside, as per the tour itinerary
  • Accommodation in 4 star comfortable and convenient hotels on twin sharing basis
  • All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All Tips – Guide, Driver & Restaurants
  • Daily 1 bottle of drinking water
  • Travel Insurance.

PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS

  • Tips of personal nature and any additional meals, other than specified in the itinerary
  • Any increase in Airfare, Airport taxes, Govt Taxes, Fuel Surcharges and any applicability of new taxes from Govt
  • Any extra cost incurred on behalf of an individual due to illness, accident, hospitalization, or any personal emergency.
  • Optional tours, if any
  • Cost of Air ticket deviation charges
  • Any upgradation in Airline class or hotel room category
  • Cost of pre or post tour hotel accommodation
  • Anything which is not included in the tour inclusions

BRIEF SHOW!

Trip Facts

  • 02 Nights in Saigon

    02 Nights in Phnom Penh

    02 Nights in Siem Reap.

  • The tour cost is on the basis of 40 passenger group size, if any change in group size, the price will change.

    The tour price is on a twin/triple sharing basis. Twin and triple charges will be the same.

    Single passengers, travelling alone, will be sharing a room with another single passenger. In the absence of a sharing option, single supplement charges will be applicable.

    In the event of any flight delays, rescheduling, cancellation, changes in plans owing to bad weather, natural calamities, medical evacuation, sudden change in policy, political situation or any other causes/ reasons beyond control, Somans’ Leisure Tours India Pvt Ltd, will not be responsible and is not liable to offer any refund or compensation towards the same.

    A payment schedule will be conveyed to you at the time of booking and payments have to be done accordingly.

  • A cancellation charge of 80% of the tour cost will be applicable for the passengers cancelling before 15 days of the departure date.

    Within 14 days prior to departure - 100% of the tour cost

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11 September 2020

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