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Vietnam & Angkor Wat Discovery
Angkor Wat

YOUR ITINERARY

Nov. 1: Depart USA. Your exotic journey to Vietnam and Cambodia begins as you depart on your Korean Air wide-body jet flight to Phnom Penh with layover in Seoul, South Korea.

Nov. 2: Arrive Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Evening arrival in Phnom Penh, the bustling capital of Cambodia. You 'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your upscale, conveniently located hotel. Sunway Hotel.

Nov. 3: Today embark on an included tour to some of Phnom Penh's most outstanding sights. Visit Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the capital, the elegant National Museum and the Royal Palace with its adjacent Silver Pagoda where you'll view the spectacular Emerald Buddha. This afternoon learn about Cambodia's more recent, tragic past at the Museum of Genocide. Finally, explore the modern-day city at the bustling Central Market, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome dinner. (B,D)

Nov. 4: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap. This morning travel to Siem Reap, gateway to the world famous temples of Angkor Wat, among the "Seven Wonders of the World". Built by the Khmer kings, the ancient rulers of Cambodia, the exquisitely carved temples are an architectural masterpiece. Afternoon sightseeing of the temples of Angkor, including Angkor Thom and the Southern Gate of Bayon. At sunset, visit the upper terraces of an ancient temple for spectacular views. Angkor Century Resort & Spa. (B,D)


Angkor WatRoots overgrowing temple doorStone carving

Nov. 5: A full day excursion to explore in-depth the "Angkor Conservation Complex" which include the temples of Angkor, dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman who reigned in the 12th century, Ta Prohm, a temple still surrounded by thick jungle and the Bentry Srei Temple, built in the late 10th century and dedicated to Shiva. Tonight, savor a special dinner and a colorful cultural performance. (B,L,D)

Saigon night skylineyoung vietnamese women

Nov. 6: Siem Reap/Saigon ( Vietnam). This morning, enjoy a relaxing boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake and visit the fascinating floating Village. After lunch, visit a workshop where local artists demonstrate the art of stone carving and wood ornamental sculpture. This afternoon, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City. Equatorial Hotel (B,L)

Nov. 7: Journey outside the city to see one of the remnants of the Vietnam War, the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels, which used to serve the former Communist Guerrillas. Return to Saigon and visit the major sights of this vibrant city. See the Notre Dame Cathedral, the former US Embassy, Cholon, the buzzing Chinese quarter and the lively Ben Thanh Market, where an incredible array of goods is sold. (B,L)

traditional Vietnam boat

Day 8:
Mekong Delta Excursion/Hoi An. Today's expedition takes you to My Tho, one of the most beautiful areas of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's most fertile agricultural center. A boat trip takes you along narrow canals, passing rice fields and lush orchards, offering a unique insight into local village life. Visit local markets before returning to Saigon where you'll board a flight to Danang in central Vietnam. A short ride brings you to Hoi An, one of Vietnam's most delightful and enchanting towns. Hoi An Historic Hotel (B,L,D)

Nov. 9: The ancient city of Hoi An retains much of its original charm and culture. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of this historic port town and show you some of the centuries old houses. You'll also enjoy a Trishaw (Cyclo) ride and see the Japanese Bridge, gracefully curving over a tributary of the Thu Bon River. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. (B)

Boats in Hoi AnHoi An

Nov. 10: Danang/Hue. As you depart Hoi An this morning, visit China Beach, the renowned war-time R&R resort and see the Marble Mountains, consisting of five stone jagged crests that represent the elements of nature. In Danang explore the Cham Museum, housing an exquisite collection of sandstone carvings and sculptures. Later, journey through some of Vietnam 's most spectacular scenery as you traverse the Hai Van Pass and enjoy pristine coastline views en route to Hue, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam. Enjoy dinner at your hotel. Mercure Hue Gerbera Hotel (B,L,D)

Nov. 11: Today, visit the Citadel in Hue's old city, the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate and the Forbidden Purple City, home to the Royal Family before 1945. After lunch, enjoy a scenic boat trip on the Perfume River and stop to visit the revered Thien Mu Pagoda, the most famous monument in Hue. A stop is also made at the colorful Dong Ba market with its wide array of local foods and products. (B,L)

Nov. 12: Hue/Hanoi/Halong. This morning fly to Hanoi and journey by road through the lush countryside to Halong, a vast mysterious bay with majestic scenery. Free time this afternoon to relax at your hotel's pool and admire the precious views of the bay. Novotel Hotel (B,D)

magnificent Halong bay

Nov. 13: Halong Bay Excursion/Hanoi. Halong Bay is widely considered as Vietnam's most spectacular natural attraction. It comprises over three thousand small jagged limestone islands rising out of the South China Sea. These dramatic formations are the backdrop of your exciting 4-hour boat trip, stopping to visit several island caves. You'll also enjoy a delicious seafood lunch. Later, drive back to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and arrive at your deluxe hotel. Moevenpick Hotel. (B,L)

Nov. 14: Hanoi's rich history is closely tied to French colonialism as well as the Chinese era, both evident in Water Puppets the city's architecture, cuisine and culture. On today's sightseeing tour, explore the highlights of this fascinating city. View the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and then visit the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Proceed to scenic Hoan Kiem Lake and enjoy a guided walk through the narrow lanes of the historic old quarter. This evening savor a thrilling performance of the unique Water Puppets! (B,L)

Nov. 15: Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Hanoi at your pace. This afternoon savor a cyclo ride to discover the many interesting sections of the old quarter and its sprawling markets where you may shop for unique souvenirs and sample delicious local food. Later visit the infamous former prison nick-named "Hanoi Hilton". Later, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your late night flight. (B,L,D)

Nov. 16: Hanoi/Seoul/USA. An overnight flight to Seoul, Korea where you'll connect (after a long layover) for your flight back home. Your exciting journey comes to an end as you touch down in the USA later today.