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Vibrant Vietnam & Cambodia

12th Jun 2014
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Ha Noi Old Quarter, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Vietnam
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One Pillar Pagoda, Vietnam
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Sai-Gaon, Vietnam
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HaLong Bay, Vietnam
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Royal Palcace, Cambodia
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Silver Pagoda, Cambodia
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Ta Prohm Temple Cambodia

Lying on the eastern part of the Indochinese peninsula, Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S”. China borders it to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, the East Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south. Vietnam's land is mostly hilly and densely forested, The northern part of the country consists mostly of highlands and the Red River Delta. Southern Vietnam is divided into coastal lowlands, the mountains of the Annamite Range, and extensive forests. From palaces to tunnels, Vietnam takes you on a timeless journey to Charm the explorer in you. Come. Explore. Dream. Discover “Vietnam-Timeless Charm”.

The Kingdom of Cambodia (Kampuchea) is a Southeast Asian nation bordered by Vietnam to the east, Laos to the north, Thailand to the northwest, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. Kampuchea derives from the Sanskrit word Kambuja or "Golden Land" or "Land of Peace and Prosperity". Kampuchea is commonly known as "Cambodia" in English and "Cambodge"/"Kamboj" in French. Kampuchea is widely known to Easterners and Cambodia is more widely known to Westerners. With a heavy focus on eco-tourism, Apsara dancers, beaches, shadow puppets and of course, Angkor, nobody leaves Cambodia disappointed. The exotic land of the Angkor Kings lies waiting to be explored.

Hanoi: Old-fashioned in style, Hanoi, the capital, is a city of lakes, parks, trees, villas, mansions and an area called the Old French Quarter, where crumbling houses are crammed into narrow alleyways that are still named after the goods that were traded there- Silk Street, Gold Street, even Fried Fish Street and Sidewalk Cafes! We bring to you: Ha Noi. Followed by the Water Puppet Show. The Water Puppet Theater is a familiar address for both domestic tourists and foreign ones, who want to enjoy water puppet shows and discover the beauty of this unique Vietnam traditional art. Every year, about 500 shows are offered to approximately 150,000 audiences. Post the show, free time for shopping or exploring on your own until Dinner. The next morning, after breakfast, get ready to indulge in the sights and sounds of Hanoi. Today is all about experiencing the long standing history of Hanoi. We start with Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One pillar Pagoda, and the Ba Dinh Square. Later, we head to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university established during the construction of the capital. Post lunch, we drive out to the Museum of Ethnology showcasing Vietnam’s diverse culture, beliefs and ethnic distributions and finally wrap up the day back to the central visiting Ngoc Son Temple, Ly Thai To Statue and Hoan Kiem lake..

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Post a hearty breakfast, get ready for an exciting day at the Junk (Boats) at Ha Long Bay which is a good 3 hour shuttle ride. After a scrumptious lunch, we head for the Surprise Cave, Kayaking Program/ Riding on the rowing boat. You can also try your hand in learning to cook the local epicurean delights with the Cooking class. Enjoy overnight on the Junk.

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Post breakfast we head to Ba Hang Floating Village. Post lunch on board we head to the airport for a flight to Saigon or officially Ho Chi Minh. Post arrival at Saigon, we head to the hotel for leisure & relaxation and dinner at an Indian restaurant.

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Today, post breakfast, we head for an amazing complex of underground tunnels - Cu Chi Tunnel. There are around 200km of underground tunnels. Let's head for a half day city tour to visit the main attractions of this bustling city post lunch at an Indian restaurant. We start with the Reunification Palace - the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, followed by some French colonial structures including the Old Saigon Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Next, we continue our trip to the Ben Thanh Market, foodie’s delight for real Vietnamese food and also goods for daily use as well as a variety of eye-catching local handicrafts, souvenirs here. After an eventful day of sightseeing, devouring on the local delicacies, and shopping, we treat our taste buds with dinner at an Indian restaurant and stay overnight in Saigon for some much-needed rest.

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Post breakfast and some relaxation, we head to the airport for a flight to Phnom Penh. After arrival, we head to the hotel for lunch and relaxation. In the evening, we head for some “me” time with shopping at the famous Russian Market. Post shopping, you are free to try out the delicacies of the place and spend leisure time on your own before returning to the hotel for the night. We start our tour of Phnom Penh with the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 and the Silver Pagoda – both located within the same walled ground and the Raung Damrei Museum. We move on to the National Museum of Fine Arts, next to the Royal Palace with over 5000 objects on display, including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts, most notably the legendary statue of the “Leper King”. We also visit the Tuol Sleng Museum and the Wat Phnom before heading for the hotel to unwind.

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We head to Siem Reap after breakfast the next day, stopping at the Spider Village enroute. Next in line is a visit to Carving Village to see the artisans working on pre cut blocks of stone or wood. Post lunch along the way, we arrive at Siem Reap and check into the hotel. The rest of the time is free till we meet for dinner and retire for the next day’s tour.

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Today, post breakfast, we spend the day exploring the Angkor temples. Each display is individual and unique. Witness the splendor of these magnificent creations, with a surprise around every corner. We’ll end the day with dinner at a local restaurant accompanied by an Apsara dance show (traditional Khmer dance performance).

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