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Beach Holiday Asia 18days 17nights

CODE GCBHA18D17N
DESTINATION Multi-Country
CATEGORY Classic Adventure
DURATION 18 days 17 nights

Booking Package


​This combination program is attractively designed to provide you the best of beach discovery in 3 Asian countries with insider adventures and learn all about the famous landmark guided by expert locals.

Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels to experience the incredible underground tunnel network. Witness the beautiful island of Phu Quoc, one of Asia’s least developed beach destinations in the Gulf of Thailand.

Take the Cyclo tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh, a very fun way to explore this lively city. Explore the magnificent jungle temples of Sambor Prei Kuk.

Take in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat complex and many other marvelous temple structures in Siem Reap, Cambodia.Be surprised about the “River of 1000 Lingas” of Kbal Spean with its amazing Hindu stone carvings of Hindu gods, animals and phallic symbols in river bed.

Relax in 5 nights stay at boutique hotel on quiet island in Thailand where you will be ready for beach discovery. 

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Phu Quoc Siem Reap Quiet Island Thailand

Day 01: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Arrive Ho Chi Minh on flight.  Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meal included on this day: None

Day 02: Ho Chi Minh City

Free day at leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

Day 03: Ho Chi Minh City

Depart your hotel at 0800 for a full day tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Head to Cholon, the city’s Chinatown district, discover the markets and shops of the area, and also the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda - dedicated to the goddess of the Sea.

Next visit the FITO Museum, Vietnam's first traditional medicine museum, displaying an amazing collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine, implements used to prepare indigenous herbs, objects commonly found in traditional pharmacies as well as ancient books and documents on traditional Vietnamese medicine.
 
Head back into the centre of the city to visit Ben Thanh Market where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered. Simply stroll through the market seeing and enjoying the variety of goods for sale.
 
This afternoon visit the War Remnants or History Museum (choose which one you would most like to see) and the former Presidential Palace, from there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. At the end of the afternoon head back to your hotel.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 04: Ho Chi Minh City

Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 0800 in the morning for the drive to Tay Ninh. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam.

At Tay Ninh visit the Cao Dai Great Temple, with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail.

After lunch in a local restaurant visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47’s.

In the late afternoon journey back to Ho Chi Minh City.  Your specialist guide at Cu Chi will be a war veteran who fought in the tunnels for 12-years from 1963 – 1975. Affectionately referred to as ‘Uncle Nam’ learnt firsthand accounts on he lived, fought and survived in the Cu Chi Tunnels during this time.   

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 05: Ho Chi Minh City - Phu Quoc

This morning, take a short flight from bustling Ho Chi Minh to the island of Phu Quoc. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is one of Asia’s least developed beach destinations.

The island’s clear waters, undiscovered beaches, forested interior and charming local character make for an ideal holiday escape. On arrival transfer to your hotel by the hotel’s shuttle bus and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight in Phou Quoc
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 06: Phu Quoc - Kep

This morning, a short flight from Phu Quoc takes you to the Mekong Delta town of Rach Gia. From here it’s a pleasant 3-hour drive though rural landscapes to the pretty port town of Ha Tien.

Stop here for lunch before continuing to the border crossing to Cambodia at Xa Xia. (NOTE: Cambodian visa is not available on arrival). Now you are only about 2 ½ hours away from Kep where you will directly be transferred to your hotel which holds impressive views over the town and the outlying islands in store for you.

Overnight in Kep
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Day 07: Kep - Phnom Penh

After breakfast, transfer to Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains a colonial charm as much of its original architecture remains.

Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and the Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the charm of the city where Asian traditions meet Western customs in a fascinating way.

This afternoon, you will be greeted by the cyclo driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh, a very fun way to explore this lively city. First, head to the National Museum which houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer archaeological, religious, and artistic artifacts from the 4th to the 13th  centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony!

Continue to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and was the last palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 08: Phnom Penh - Kampong Thom

Depart early this morning for Kampong Thom. The transfer will take around 2 ½ hours and you will be rewarded with beautiful views of paddy fields and traditional local villages on the way.

Near Kampong Thom, explore the magnificent jungle temples of Sambor Prei Kuk. These monuments were built in the Chenla period between the 6th and 7th period and pre-date Angkor Wat. Over 100 well preserved temples are scattered around in the forest.

The three main sites are linked with small and shady tracks in a loop of around 8km. You can explore the temples on foot or rent local bicycles (not included) and enjoy a beautiful ride with breathtaking views. The seven villages around the temple complex still practice the ancient art of craft making using materials such as bamboo and rattan.

The community runs the Isanborei Craft Hut next to the temples and sells the products there. You will have the chance to visit and contribute to the sustainability of the peoples’ livelihood. A simple but very tasty lunch will be prepared by the local community at the temples.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 09: Kampong Thom - Siem Reap

After a breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to Siem Reap (2 ½ hours), the gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor and a charming little city. Check into your hotel and settle in and refresh.

This afternoon, depart by Tuk Tuk on a very special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. The divine residence of Vishnu, the King himself was to res ide here after his death. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Highlight the day with watching the sun set over Angkor Wat.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 10: Siem Reap

This morning, you will transfer to Kampong Phluck, where you will embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake. A local boat will take you to the floating village.

On the 1 hour boat ride you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. Enjoy a scenic picnic lunch in one of the local houses before returning to Siem Reap.

Later this afternoon, explore by Tuk Tuk the temples of the Small Circuit. Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”.

Continue to the ancient city of Angkor Thom with your local guide. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. You will enter the city from the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.

From here continue to the Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. The particularity of this monument is the 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. Continue to visit the terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11: Siem Reap

Early this morning, travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey which is best viewed in the morning light. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” was built between the 11th and 13th century and remains the best preserved in Cambodia. 

It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs depicting Hindu god Shiva. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.

Continue north to Kbal Spean, one of the earliest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Cambodia. A moderate 3 km trek up the hill through dense jungle will reward you with excellent views over the plains and the Kulen hills. At the top, be surprised about the “River of 1000 Lingas” with its amazing Hindu stone carvings of Hindu gods, animals and phallic symbols in the river bed. During the raining season, enjoy a swim in the beautiful waterfall, which is extremely popular with the local families.

Then continue to the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, the first nature conservation center in Cambodia. The aim of the center is to rescue, rehabilitate, breed and reintroduce threatened wildlife, providing environmental education, promoting wildlife conservation and training local villagers in the sustainable use of natural resources. You can see various endangered species, reptiles and a beekeeping project.

On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at the Landmine Museum which promotes mine awareness and education. Mr. Aki Ra, the museum founder, was a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime and is today working as a de-miner. The museum serves also as a rescue center for a number of landmine amputee children that Aki Ra had brought off Phnom Penh’s streets or from impoverished rural communities. Transfer back to Siem Reap in the afternoon.

Enjoy a very special dinner with a traditional Khmer dance performance at Apsara Theatre this evening.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12: Siem Reap - Quiet island in

This morning will be at leisure until your transfer to the Airport for a short flight to Bangkok. Relax in a boutique hotel on Quiet Island in Thailand

Overnight in Quiet Island in Thailand
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 13: Quiet island in Thailand

Relax in a boutique hotel on quiet island in Thailand.

Overnight in Quiet island in Thailand     
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 14: Quiet island in Thailand

Relax in a boutique hotel on quiet island in Thailand.

Overnight in Quiet island in Thailand
Meal included on this day: None

Day 15: Quiet island in Thailand


Relax in a boutique hotel on quiet island in Thailand.

Overnight in Quiet Island in Thailand
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 17: Bangkok

Relax in a boutique hotel on quiet island in Thailand.

Overnight in Quiet Island in Thailand
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 18: Bangkok - Departure

Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for departure flight.

Meal included on this day: Breakfast

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of a driver and Private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers.
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for all sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • International flights to and from your home country
  • Vietnam visa arrangements (a visa to Vietnam is compulsory for most nationalities).
  • Meals other than those mentioned above
  • Personal expenses are such as laundry, telephone, drinks etc....
  • Personal insurance

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