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Best of Cambodia – Vietnam 1st to 14th April, 2018

Cambodia, a country hemmed in by Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and the Gulf of Thailand offers a lot more than meets the eye. It has emerged from decades of war and isolation to be back on the Southeast Asian tourist map. It is home to one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world—the Angkor Wat, which forms the center piece and starting point of most tourist explorations. Witnessing the majesty and grandeur of Angkor Wat is an awesome and breathtaking experience- one that will leave an indelible impression of your visit to this country. Vietnam is a narrow country with a long coastline in the east and mountains in the west. It is a country that has left its tumultuous history behind and opened its doors to the world in the recent past. Visit historic Ha Noi, the capital city and be fascinated by its Colonial charm, street-side cafés, tranquil lakes and its 36 streets of the Old Quarter. Sail in Ha Long Bay among the limestone islets and Karsts. Explore the phenomenal underground tunnel network of former Vietnamese soldiers at Cu Chi. View the economic hustle of Ho Chi Minh City. The country offers something for everyone. Attractions: Cambodia – Visits to Angkor Wat, Bayaon, Banteay Srei, Ta Phrom, Apsara Dance show, Provision of Vegetarian Meals also. Vietnam - Visit to Halong Bay- overnight on junk boat, Visit to wartime underground tunnel networks, Hanoi sights, Water puppet show, Provision of vegetarian meals also.

Itinerary
Day 1PUNE – MUMBAI – SIEM REAP  Leave for Siem Reap from Mumbai by late night Flight
Day 2ARRIVE – SIEM REAP (L,D)Arrive at Siem Reap in the afternoon, meet our Cambodian tour guide at Siem Reap airport and transfer to hotel. Free time till dinner. Welcome dinner with Apsara Dance show at Local restaurant  
Day 3ANGKOR WAT EXPLORATION & BAYON (B,L,D)We start our Angkor explorations today. :  Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology.
Transfer to local restaurant for lunch. Afternoon, continue to explore and we finish by experiencing sunset over the rice fields from the royal crematorium of Pre Rup,
This day would entail exploring the ruins on foot and would involve climbing some flight of steps to see the various terraces/levels. In the afternoon we visit the ancient 12th century capital ­of Angkor Thom, see the South Gate and the Bayon Temple – unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara. The Baphuon temple lying just to the north of Bayon which is a pyramidal representation of mythical Mount Meru is worth a visit.The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King are also nearby.
Day 4TA PROHM & BANTEAY SREI (B,L,D)We rise early to beat the crowds at the photogenic Ta Prohm ruins of "Tomb Raider" fame. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. The tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones.­
Later we head further out through the rural countryside to the small but beautiful temple of Banteay Srei. This temple is largely built of pink sandstone, a harder rock that can be more elaborately carved and better survives the rigors of time.
Day 5SIEM REAP to HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L/D)This morning we visit Angkor National Museum and shop at Senteur Dangkor and the local market.. Transfer to the airport to take our flight to Ho Chi Minh City
We arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, meet our tour guide then drive straight to our hotel and the rest of the time is free at leisure
Day 6 HO CHI MINH CITY – CU CHI TUNNELS (B,L,D) Morning we visit Cu Chi, famed for its elaborate network of tunnels used to conceal guerilla fighters operating against the U.S. military forces. Here we visit the underground shelters where the revolutionary cadres were living.
 Afternoon we visit the Reunification Palace, Notre Dam Cathedral and War Remnant Museum.
Day 7 HO CHI MINH CITY ~ VINH LONG ~ CAN THO (B,L,D) Post breakfast we drive 3 hours south to the fertile part of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta. A labyrinth of rivers and canals, with hundreds of large and small islands. It is a beautiful area.  On arrival in Cai Be you pass a beautiful Cao Dai church,and the Cai be floating market.  On the quayside, getting on a motorized boat with chairs we sail on the tributary of the Mekong.  We will visit a business where various crafts are presented. We can witness the making of Asian sweets and rice wine. We then leave the island and sail to the port in Vinh Long. From there another hour to our hotel in Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta.
Day 8CAN THO ~ HO CHI MINH CITY (B,L,D)This morning we will travel on the Mekong River to the Cai Rang floating market. We will travel amongst hundreds of boats visiting this famous market with traders busy to sell their fresh produce. We then travel through the intricate water ways of the region visiting fruit orchards and sample some of the local produce, followed by a visit to a local family’s house and enjoy their hospitality and share with them some tea or rice wine .Later we travel back to Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 9 HO CHI MINH CITY ~ FLIGHT TO HANOI (B,L,D) Post breakfast we depart for Ha Noi. We arrive in Ha Noi, Vietnam’s gracious capital and one of Asia’s most beautiful and engaging city. On arrival, we will be met by our tour guide then drive straight to our hotel in Ha Noi and the rest of the time is free at leisure
Day 10 CITY TOUR HA NOI (B, L, D) City Tour of Ha Noi including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his former residential house, One- pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Temple on the bank of West Lake and the Temple of Literature. After lunch time, explore Ethnology Museum and the Former Prison that used to keep the American Pilots during the war time. Then drive to the center of Hanoi Old Quarter, where we can see the beautiful Ngoc Son Temple followed by a performance of Water Puppet show, a Vietnamese art form from 11th century.
 
Day 11HA NOI to HALONG BAY. Post breakfast we meet our guide and driver and set out on a 3 .5 hour journey across the red river delta to Halong Bay – considered one of VietNam’s greatest natural wonders. It has over 2000 Karsts (limestone islands) that jut out of the sea to create a unique, pristine and beautiful environment. On arrival at the pier we embark on a Halong Cruiser. Enjoy a delicious lunch while our boat slowly cruises through the amazing limestone seascape. We Visit Sung Sot cave, one of the most amazing caves in Halong Bay decorated with thousands of spectacular stalactite and stalagmite forms.
We return to the vessel for our own leisure while the boat cruises to the overnight anchorage area. On board we can enjoy evening activities –, Board Games, Fishing or karaoke
Day 12HA LONG BAY – HA NOI (B,L,D)Wake up to breakfast with a breathtaking vista, after which we can navigate a small rowboat through a low roofed cave into the heart of one of the islands. We can also have some more swimming, enjoy an enormous brunch as we cruise slowly back to the harbor, where we will be transferred to our hotel in Ha Noi. We can visit a pearl farm enroute.
Day 13At Ha NoiPost breakfast day at leisure
Day 14 HANOI - DEPARTURE (B)Breakfast at hotel. Time at leisure before we are transferred to the airport with tour guide for our departing flight to India
Cost Includes
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation
  • 01 night on board the traditional boat in Halong Bay.
  • Daily breakfast and meals as per programme (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Boat cruise and activities in Ha Long.
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • All transfers & transportations by private air.con vehicles
  • Local English speaking guide as stated in the itinerary
  • 01 hour on cyclo in Ha Noi
  • Tickets for Water Puppet show.
  • 02 bottles of water per person per day.
  • Vietnam visa handling fee of 10 USD/pax
  • Airport departure tax25$ at Siem reap.  Airfares 350$– Siem Reap – HCMC – Ha Noi
Cost Excludes
  • Cambodia visa fees
  • Vietnam visa fees
  • International flights and airport tax
  • Personal expenses, tips, drinks, laundary
  • Personal insurance. (we strongly advice you have full travel insurance in the country of origin before departure)
  • Cost of additional food outside of planned provisions
  • Cost of room services at Hotels and Junks
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

Booking Procedure                                                                 
Booking amount INR 50,000/- + International airfares

 

Cancellation policy     
More than 60 days and above – 10,000/-
Between 60 days and 45 days – 20,000/-
Between 44 days and 30 days – 30,000/-
Within 30 days – 60000/-

 

Note – All loss of amounts due to flight cancellations besides the above will be at actuals.

 

LIABILITY
Certain parts of the tour are provided by the concerned airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices operating independently. Mid Earth is therefore, not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists including those occurring outside of the normal touring programs. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest, and other unforeseen circumstances shall be borne by the tourists. Programs, prices, services, and conditions are based on those valid at the time of confirmation hereof and are consequently subject to change without advance notice before or during the tour. Participation in the tour implies the tourists’ acceptance of the above conditions.

 

REMARK:
Mid Earth reserves the right to adjust the rate by any changes to the local tax and extreme cases of currency fluctuation as well as the rate offered by the hotel (not applied as contract rate).

 

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1800 $ + International Airfare + 5% GST per person

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