Discover Vietnam's famous highlights on this fascinating trip, which also reveals Cambodia's ancient Khmer culture and mystical Angkor Wat.
You'll enjoy Insider moments like…witnessing the wild beauty of Angkor Wat and the Ta Prohm temple as you explore with a passionate expert, and receiving a personal blessing from monks at the Buddhist monastery of Wat Damnak.
Board your overnight flight to Asia (not included).
This morning, visit Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important religious monuments in the world, with a renowned Khmer Scholar Local Specialist. Take a stroll through the elaborate carved hallways of Angkor Wat while the Khmer Empire is brought to life as the scholar explains the various stories depicted in each of the bas reliefs and murals. Next head to Banteay Srei temple, which is one of Angkor's most significant structures. Made of red sand-stone, its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings and it is amazingly well preserved. Make a stop for lunch at a local Khmer restaurant, before taking a guided walk around the fascinating corners of the Old Town of Siem Reap. Visit Artisans d'Angkor, for a Cultural Insight into the training school and shop which creates job opportunities for young people living in rural areas, while at the same time reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship. Cross picturesque Siem Reap River to Wat Damnak, a living temple, and receive a special blessing from one of the monks, which includes the tying of a blessed string around the wrist. Walk back across the Pedestrian Bridge to the Old Market and be lead through the maze of undercover stalls selling fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and household goods, as well as an array of local handicrafts and souvenirs. In the evening perhaps take an Optional Experience sunset cruise on Tonle Sap Lake to see Siem Reap's famous floating village and to observe the lifestyle of the people living on the lake.
Start the day with a visit to two other UNESCO listed sites: Angkor Thom the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire and its centerpiece, the Bayon Temple. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army. Next head to the picturesque temple of Ta Prohm, featured in the film ‘Tomb Raider'. The magnificent tree roots have merged with the temple remains over the years, giving it the feeling of a forgotten city. Return to Siem Reap and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening complete your trip in style with a Farewell Dinner accompanied by traditional Apsara Dancing.
All features as per Highlights of Vietnam itinerary, 14 buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches (including Be My Guest), 6 dinners.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||Availability||Price|
|15 Sep 17||30 Sep 17||$3,750pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|29 Sep 17||14 Oct 17||$3,825pp||Request Quote|
|13 Oct 17||28 Oct 17||$3,775pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|17 Nov 17||2 Dec 17||$3,775pp||Request Quote|
|8 Dec 17||23 Dec 17||$3,775pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|15 Dec 17||30 Dec 17||$3,875pp||Request Quote|
Solo Travelers: These dates offer a discounted single supplement rate.
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $870.
Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
All inter-trip air related charges in economy class for Hanoi to Hue, Danang to Ho Chi Minh City, and Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap are included in the Land Only price shown based on accurate airfare as of June 14, 2016. At the time you purchase your trip the inter-trip air prices may be higher.
Visas are generally required for Vietnam and Cambodia, please call for details.
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U.S. citizens traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting Vietnam and Cambodia will also need an entry visa. We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.
The currency in Vietnam is the Dong and in Cambodia is the Riel. We recommend bringing a few cards on your trip as well as some cash. You can obtain cash in the local currency at ATMs. In Cambodia you can pay with US dollars but change will be given in Riel. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local food, and Southeast Asia is known for its delicious cuisines. On your trip you’ll discover lightly prepared dishes including noodles, rice, vegetables, and seafood flavored with a variety of herbs and spices.
We suggest bringing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that can be layered for your trip. Sturdy walking shoes are important for sightseeing excursions; a hat, lightweight jacket, and shawl or scarf might also come in handy. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
Tipping in Vietnam and Cambodia is not required or expected, but always appreciated. It is appropriate to leave some coins or round up your bill at bars and restaurants.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
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