The Full of Surprises Vietnam and Ancient Cambodia
Relax on the best beaches of the world’s and interesting excursions in Vietnam and Ancient Cambodia.
Tour dates: Offer with departure every Friday from Riga:
from 3 November 2017 – 30 March 2018
( See Tour dates 2017 – 2018 below)
Tour price: from 2170 EUR/per pers. (Please check the price with our friendly staff by phone: (+371) 26231660, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tour dates 2017 - 2018
Departure - Arrival
*This period is the “High season” – a period of increased demand for the trip. High season is characterized by the higher cost for travel than on other regular dates – the price of the tour on request!
Day 1 | Riga – Bangkok
Departure flight from Riga.
Day 2 | Bangkok
Arriving to Bangkok. Transfer to the hotel 3*.
Day 3 | Arrival to Ho Chi Minh City ( – / – / D )
You are warmly welcomed by our Tour Guide at Ho Chi Minh City airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy welcome dinner on Saigon Rive Cruise.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Day 4 | Hochiminh – City tour ( B / L / – )
After breakfast at hotel. The tour begins with a visit to Reunification Palace, War Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral.
After lunch, continue to visit Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Pagoda and Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 5 | Ho Chi Minh – Cuchi Tunnel – Flight to Phu Quoc ( B / L / – )
After breakfast at hotel. Drive to Cu Chi to visit the military base of Vietnamese Army, a system of tunnels to understand how Vietnamese people lived, struggled and won the war.
Back to Hochiminh for lunch before transfer to Hochiminh airport take flight to Phu Quoc. Overnight in Phu Quoc.
Days 6 – 10 | Phu Quoc Leisure time at the Beach or extra excursions ( B / – / – )
Full day leisure time. Overnight in Phu Quoc. For extra payment we offer you additional excursions:
Place you can visit:
– Pearl Farm: “Experience the beauty and allure of pearls which across centuries and cultures have long been associated with wealth, royalty and glamour”. The place you can find out procedures of pearl production.
– Coconut Prison: The History of the Revolution during the French Colonial era and the “American War”.
– Sao Beach: “Turquoise Water So Inviting, A Swim Is A Must. Walking on the White Sand & Leave Your Foot Prints Behind…”
– Ham Ninh Fishing Village: where you will find a jetty that extends a couple hundred meters out to sea to allow for the shallow waters along the coast and village is predominantly involved in fishing that provide an excellent source of seafood.
– Suoi Tranh (waterfall): A stroll along the shaded forest path you reach what is the islands largest string of waterfalls and rock pools, also a good place for a swim under falls are flowing.
– Pagoda tour: Special stop at the Pagoda “Where couples can make a wish together for good luck”.
– Pepper Farm: “Visit local pepper garden & meet the family who introduce about the harvesting of pepper – that is use around the world in everyone kitchen”
– Fish Sauce Factory: a sauce type famous on the island with name “Nước Mắm” produced from fresh fish. “Fish Sauce in the marking – The essential spices to all Vietnamese Cusines”.
– Sim Wine: “Visit the brewer where Sim wine is produce from a gentle Rose Myrtle flower – when blossom turn into a fruit and produce into a wine”.
– Back to hotel & leisure at your own.
Day 11 | Phu Quoc – Hochiminh – Flight to Siem Reap ( B / – / D )
After breakfast at hotel. Driver will pick up at hotel transfer to Phu Quoc airport take flight to Hochiminh airport, then connecting take flight to Siem Reap.
Welcome to Siem Reap! Your tour begins when you are warmly welcomed by our English Speaking Guide at Siem Reap International Airport. After you have collected your luggage he will then take you to your hotel for check in.
Visit the Roluos Group temples. The monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89), are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art; Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880.
Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples, with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor. Enjoy Apsara dinner Show. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 12 | Siem Reap – Exploration ( B / L / – )
After breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion to discover Angkor Thom Temples. Firstly, you will visit the wonderful Angkor Thom (the Great City) including the Southern Gate, famous Bayon temple (12th century in the centre of city remains one the most enigmatic temples of the Angkor group composed of 54 gothic towers decorated with 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara.
Baphuon temple is lying just to the north of Bayon a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru.
Terrace of Elephants used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall;
Terrace of the Leper King a platform 7m high, with statue.
Afternoon, it is time to visit the wonderful Angkor Wat Temples – one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the world, as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman II at the peak of the Khmer empire in the first half of 12th. Angkor Wat is probably the best-preserved of the Angkorean temples, with a central tower surrounded by four smaller towers. The central monument represents the mythical Mount Meru, the holy mountain at the centre of the universe, which was home to the Hindu God Vishnu. The whole complex covers 81 hectares, a rectangular wall measuring 1025 meters by 800 meters borders the inner edge of the moat, and temple’s greatest sculptural treasure is its 2 km-long bas-reliefs around the walls…
In the late afternoon, visit to the Phnom Bakheng temple, is the first temple in Angkor region build by the Yacovarman I King in the first of 9th century, located on a slope gently hill where thousands tourist are grouping on the hilltop to catch a memorable time of life when viewing the marvellous sunset, the distant Angkor Wat in the jungle.
Evening is your free time for walking at busy pub street. Pop up at a bar for cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night Market. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 13 | Siem Reap – Exploration ( B / L / – )
In the morning, we travel through the traditional village of Preah Dark to the 12th century temple of Banteay Samre. Built by King Suryavarman II, the genius behind Angkor Wat, this temple has been extensively restored. The temple is unique in that over-quarrying of sandstone led to the use of laterite for the roofed corridors. The pediments above the inner doors here include some of the most accomplished carving from the Angkor period.
We continue further north to Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’, thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man. Originally believed to date from the latter part of the Angkor period, inscriptions at the site suggest it was built by a Brahman in 967. However, some architectural historians have suggested that the inscriptions may date from an earlier structure on this site and the temple is in fact later, marking a high-water mark in Khmer sculpture.
In the afternoon, explore to grand circle: Preah Khan temple, built by the King Jayavarman VII and, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors.
Ta Som temple, East Me Bon, is a large temple-mountain-like ruin, rising three levels and crowned by five towers. Jayavarman IV, a usurper to the throne, moved the capital from Angkor to Kh Ke in 928AD. Sixteen years later Rajendravarman II returned the capital to Angkor and shortly thereafter constructed East Mebon on an island in the middle of the now dry Eastern Baray. The temple is dedicated to Shiva in honor of the king’s parents.
Then move to the major Pre Rup temple, built by Rajendravarman II in late 10th century. Architecturally and artistically superior temple-mountain. Beautiful carved false door on upper level, as well as an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. Richly detailed well-preserved carvings, particularly on the lintels. Traditionally believed to be a funerary temple, but in fact the state temple of Rajendravarman II. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 14 | Siem Reap – Departure ( B / – / – )
We embark and enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap lake. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the “village” move from place to place following water levels and current.
Visit Senteurs D’Angkor and experience the authentic scents and tastes of Cambodia through a range of traditional handmade products that help create jobs and incomes for impoverished rural communities. Delicatessen delights include spices, traditional teas, highland coffees and local rice liquors. There are also medical balms and natural massage oils as well as perfumed candles and incense.
Visit “Les Artisans d’Angkor – Chantiers Ecoles”, this centre is working with young artisans; the team creates, produce and market a unique collection of ornamental sculpture, lacquer ware, silk weaving and silk painting. The company promotes fair, sustainable development in order to provide benefits to the rural communities.
Spend time at leisure at a local market for shopping (if time permits).
Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to Bangkok. Arriving. Transfer to the hotel, check in. Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 15 | Bangkok – Departure ( B / – / – )
Check out from Bangkok, transfer to airport, flight to home.
Already in the price
Already in the price:
– Private car;
– Boat trip;
– Local Russian Speaking guide on tour;
– Domestic flight (Saigon – Phu Quoc – Saigon – Siem Reap by Vietnam airline);
– Airport tax included;
– Meals as indicated;
– Daily bottle of mineral water on tour;
– All activities mentioned;
– All service charge and government tax;
– Accommodation with daily breakfast at choisen hotels:
– Health and luggage insurance ( you can book in our office or ONLINE );
– Visas ( you can book in our office );
– Flight Bangkok – Saigon / Siem Rep – Bangkok (from ~190 EUR/ per person – estimated price on the time of booking);
– Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.);
– Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary;
– Early check-in and late check-out at hotels;
– Other not mentioned in the program;