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DAY 1 – London – Cambodia

Depart from London Heathrow Airport on your scheduled flight to Phnom Penh. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey.


DAY 2 – Arrive in Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Welcome to Cambodia. Upon arrival in exotic Phnom Penh, clear immigration, collect your luggage and follow exit sign. Watch out for our English speaking guide who will be holding a placard with ‘ Welcome Cobra Holidays ’ on it. He will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to recover from jet lag and get ready for the adventures awaiting you! (Cambodia is 7 hours ahead of UK GMT).

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Dinner                                                                                           Overnight: Phnom Penh


DAY 03 – Phnom Penh – City Tour – Royal Palace Complex & National Museum

After breakfast, we will visit the impressive colorful Khmer-style Royal Palace complex build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom. Nearby is the Silver pagoda (the Emerald Buddha Temple), which contain plenty of Buddha Statues decorated and made by gold, diamond, gemstone and silver. We will stop at Independence monument and explore the National museum; a beautiful Khmer architecture building contains more than 5000 art antiques made by bronze, wood, gold, silver, copper, sandstone and others. We continue on to visit the Tuol Sleng prison which is now a Genocide Museum, the most secret part of the Khmer Rouge regime. It’s also called S-21 (abbreviated for Security Office 21), a Khmer Rouge premier security camp, specifically designed for the interrogation and extermination of anti-Angkor elements.

We end the tour at the sobering site of the Choeung Ek Killing Fields. The memorial here is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the late 1970s during the vicious Khmer Rouge regime.

Later we go shopping at the Russian market, enjoy the bustling daily activities of the locals.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                            Overnight: Phnom Penh


DAY 04 – Apsara Cultural Performance

This morning after breakfast, check out hotel, meet our English speaking guide, board our coach and drive to Siem Reap, Cambodia’s modern capital.

We stop on the way at Skuon town to see (or even try) sautéed spiders, a local unique food. After Lunch we continue our drive through villages and rice fields dotted with palm sugar and Khmer houses. Our last stop is at Kampong Kdei to visit a beautiful ancient archaeological bridge of Angkor period “Naga Bridge”.

The journey is approximately 6hrs.

Upon arrival in Siem Reap, the gateway to the Temples of Angkor, we Check-in to our hotel.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Entertainment: After dinner enjoy an Apsara dance show, a taste of traditional Khmer culture performance, being entertained by females performing the ancient art of Apsara dancing, a classical style of dance dating back to Angkorian era – their superb dancing has been known to mesmerize and transfix

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                             Overnight: Siem Reap


DAY 5 – Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Sunset

Today, you’ll understand why the architectural masterpieces of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, are designated as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”.

After breakfast, we explore South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, 3km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire, The famous Bayon Temple was an architectural muddle, in part because it was constructed in a somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century. Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and gradual that spans the heart of Angkor Thom in front of Baphuon – huge temple mountain in the heart of Angkor Thom, Royal Palace Area and Phimeanakas – impressive rite and sandstone pyramid.

Terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants, a double terrace wall with deeply carved nag as, demons and other mythological beings.

Last visit is the Ta Prohm Temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty!

Giant trees have grown here for centuries!

This afternoon we visit Angkor Wat temple, the Cambodia ancient temple is one of the wonders of the oriental world. Masterpieces of decorative details as well as of architectural style, its awe-inspiring ruins survive as testament to the spectacular achievements of Southeast Asia greatest civilization. It is a replica of the universe according to the Hindu mythology. It is composed by the Mount Meru, surrounded by the continents and the oceans.

Its extraordinary bas-reliefs, describe some Khmer epics and myths. Angkor Wats five famous towers rise into the sky, a geometrical arrangement of numerous galleries, adorned with beliefs and the stone images of celestial Apsara dancers, as well as portals, chambers and courtyards. Last visit Prerup was built in the 10th Century by Rajendravarman and enjoy sunset there.

Enjoy sunset at Prerup temple. Sunset at Phnom Bakheng.

In the evening dinner at a Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                       Overnight: Siem Reap


DAY 6 – Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Floating Village

After breakfast, we transfer to visit Banteay Srei temple – the Citadel of women. This Hindu temple, dating back to the 10th century, has three central towers each decorated with superbly intricate reliefs of male and female divinities, carved from pink sandstone contrasting with the main walls made of laterite. While many of Angkor temples are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands out by the quality of craftsmanship.

Along the way, we make stopover at the Preah Dark village then visit the Banteay Samre temple, adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishnu as well as Krishna legends.  Fulfill the remaining time to visit Pradak village to see the simple natural way of local people are producing palm sugar from palm juice (Toek Tnot in Khmer).

This afternoon, we visit Chong Kneas Floating Villages, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a ride in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia and the largest in Asia. Here we will see plenty of examples of the Khmer way of life on the Tonle Sap.

We continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Chars, also called the “Old Market”, where anything and everything is for sale

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                        Overnight: Siem Reap


DAY 7 – Flight Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh

After breakfast, free time at leisure. Later proceed to Siem Reap Airport to board your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the largest city in Vietnam.

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, clear immigration, collect your luggage and follow sign for exit.

Watch out for our English speaking guide who will be holding a placard with ‘ Welcome Cobra Holidays ’ on it. He will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                        Overnight: Ho Chi Minh


DAY 8 – Ho Chi Minh City Tour

This morning after breakfast, we depart for a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City to include visiting the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the French architecture of the Central Post Office, City Hall (Hotel De Ville), and the magnificent Saigon Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside).

Afterwards visit Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon’s most interesting pagoda.

In the afternoon, head out to Cholon (Chinatown), which makes Saigon differ from other cities of Vietnam. Explore the highlights of this fascinating area, beginning with a brief visit to Binh Tay Market, the vast wholesale market selling every kind of good from dried foods to T shirts to electronics. Continue to Thien Hau Pagoda, build by the Cantonese congregation and dedicated to the heavenly goddess.

End your tour at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.  Continue to Dong Khoi Street, a major shopping street in the centre of the city.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                        Overnight: Ho Chi Minh


DAY 9 – Cu Chi Tunnels

Today after breakfast, we depart to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Holysee, centre of the Caodaism Religion which combines Buddhism, Christianity, Taosim and Confucianism. We attend the High Mass, the most important one among 6 times per day to watch the only religion mass in the world.

This afternoon head outside the city to the region of Cu Chi to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to see what life was like as a member of the Viet Cong based underground during the French and American wars.

Upon arrival at the tunnels, watch a short introductory video on the construction of the tunnels. The next hour is spent exploring the maze of tunnels, accompanied by the guide. You will have a chance to crawl into a short section of the tunnels to feel the oppressive narrowness and heat inside

Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs from B52 bombers.

Late afternoon return to Saigon.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                       Overnight: Ho Chi Minh


DAY 10 – Cruise on Mekong Delta

After breakfast, we drive to TienGiang, one of the provinces of Mekong Delta. We visit My Tho City, the homeland of coconut and family factories with local products like coconut candy, rice paper.

Upon arrival, embark on the boat cruising on the mighty Mekong River viewing the life to the local people live along the banks. We stop at one of 4 islands in the area for sightseeing. Enjoy the fresh tropical fruits served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music at the plantation. Embark on the small boats rowed by the local people through the small canals with water coconut tree to visit the local factories. There you will taste the honey tea and see the local people produce the coconut candy milk and of course you also can try it or stroll in the garden where the locals feed honeybee.

This afternoon, we return to Saigon, with stop on the way to visit Vinh Trang pagoda, one of the biggest pagoda in the region. The beautiful structure features a mixture of Chinese, Vietnamese and Angkor (Cambodian) architectural styles. Continue on and visit the Dong Tam snake farm before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                        Overnight: Ho Chi Minh


DAY 11 – Flight to Hanoi – City Tour – Cyclo tour

Today after breakfast, free time at leisure. Later check out hotel and transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City) to board your flight for Hanoi.

Note: Meals are not provided on the flight. However you can purchase light refreshments.

Upon arrival at NoiBai Airport Hanoi, collect your luggage and follow sign for exit.  Watch out for our English speaking guide who will be holding a placard with ‘Welcome Cobra Holidays’ on it.

He will welcome you and we proceed for the sightseeing tour. We will first visit the Museum of Ethnology before driving to your hotel in the Old Quarter for check in.

In the afternoon, we proceed for city tour of Hanoi to include visiting the Temple Of Literature and the first university in Vietnam. Then we continue to visit the National Museum of Vietnamese History.

Later, go back to the city centre to visit Hoan Kiem Lake and take a Cyclo Tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                        Overnight: Hanoi


DAY 12 – Cruise on Ha long Bay

Today we check out of the hotel and depart for Ha long Bay for your overnight cruise on a luxury junk boat.

Incredible views await you today! Ha long Bay is considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, added to the list of UNESCO Heritage sites and declared recently as one of the “New Seven Natural Wonders of the World”. There are over 3000 islands in the emerald waters and over 1000 have their own names. Numbers of caves and grottos of all sizes and shapes are filled with small waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. Sail on a traditional wooden Junk boat on the tranquil bay with lunch served on board followed by cruise around jagged cliffs, caverns and grottoes promises an unforgettable experience.

After lunch we visit Vung Vieng floating fishing village, one of the biggest villages in Ha Long Bay, you will have chance to learn about the living of fishermen and feel free to take part in some optional activities: bamboo boat or kayaking. Besides having experienced the daily life of a fishermen, we will stop over Pearl Village and you will not be able to take your eyes off the lovely jewelry made from pearl.

After dinner feel free to relax  or join Squid fishing at the area of Reception.

Note:

  1. Please note that this is a 1 Night Trip, so carry hand luggage with adequate clothing & ample toiletries for the duration. Your main luggage will be kept in the hotel luggage storage room whilst away for the 1 night.
  2. There is no Indian Vegetarian food on the boat – we have arranged Vietnamese vegetarian food for the group.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                            Overnight: Cruise Boat


DAY 13 – Ha Long Bay – Hanoi

After a night on board our deluxe junk boat, you will awake to see daylight filtering through the early morning mist and the towering rock formations, leaving you with unforgettable memory of your visit.

Start your day with the Taichi on the sundeck. After a light breakfast we visit the Thien Canh Son cave located on top of a mountain, this cave has a long history of geological value and natural beauty. We recommend you bring camera and wear sport shoes for hiking.

Later Disembark at the harbor and transfer to Hanoi by coach for Hotel check in.

Early evening, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water

Our last night in Vietnam, share wonderful memories of our journey at our Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                        Overnight: Hanoi


DAY 14 –  Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – Depart Hanoi

After breakfast we proceed to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex included Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, House-on-stilt, and One Pillar Pagoda before biding farewell to Vietnam.

NOTE: The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all day on Monday and Fridays, as well as from 1st October to 30th November (approx.) for annual conservation.

Later you will be transferred  to the NoiBai Airport Hanoi to board your flight for London.

Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 15 – Arrival London

On arrival at London Heathrow Airport, follow signs for arrival/baggage claim, clear immigration, collect baggage and follow sign for exit.

Note:

  • Return flight – If your flight departs in the morning, you will arrive in U.K. on the same day.
  • Return flight – If your flight departs in the afternoon / evening, you will arrive in U.K. on the next day.

Highlights

Cambodia:

Siem Reap

  • Seven Wonders of the World -Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom Temples
  • Sunset at Angkor Wat,
  • Shopping at Old Market, a traditional massage
  • Banteay Srei Temple, Banteay Samre Temple & Chong Kneas Floating Villages
  • Entertainment: Apsara Dance Show

Phnom Penh

  • City Tour
  • Royal Palace

Vietnam:

Ho Chi Minh City

  • City tour
  • Cuu Chi Tunnels
  • Mekong Delta Cruise
  • Shopping at Ben Thanh Market

Ha Long Bay (1 night):

  • Enjoy an overnight Boat Cruise on Ha Long Bay Onboard a Deluxe Junk Boat with entertainment.

Hanoi 

  • City tour
  • Experience a Cyclo Ride, etc
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum etc
  • Entertainment: Water Puppet Show

Included/Excluded

Escorted Tour Package Includes:

  1. Meet and greet with our Tour Manager upon your arrival at London Heathrow Airport check in desk.
  2. International flights in economy class departing from London Heathrow Airport with Full ATOL Protection. We can also arrange departures from your local airport upon request.
  3. Return hotel / airport transfers at your destination.
  4. 4* Hotel accommodation on twin / Double sharing room at quality hotels with private facilities including general hotel amenities.
  5. Meals as per the itinerary – Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner, N - No Meal. Indian dinners will be provided daily.
  6. All International and Domestic flights during your holiday including airport taxes.
  7. Sightseeing excursions and activities including entrance fees.
  8. Services of our multilingual Tour Manager including English speaking local tour guide.
  9. Tips for local tour guides and drivers.
  10. Entertainment and surprises.

Escorted Tour Package Excludes:

  1. Travel & Medical Insurance – We request you to purchase your own comprehensive travel insurance to cover you during your holiday.
  2. Optional tours and Visas - Prices on the itinerary are approximate, subject to availability & can change at any time.
  3. Tourism and Room Taxes.
  4. Any expenses of personal nature, for example: Room service, drinks, porterage, telephone calls, laundry, bar service and beverages with meals etc.
  5. Any additional expenses incurred due to flight delay, flight cancellation, unforeseen weather conditions, natural disasters, political unrests / closures and technical faults etc.
  6. Excess luggage costs.
  7. Any surcharges, taxes, fuel increases and rate of currency exchange prior to your tour departure.

 

Visa Requirements

  1. British citizens require machine-readable passports, valid for 30 days after the return date, when travelling to the CAMBODIA, & VIETNAM.
  2. Visa: British Citizen passport holders do require visas to enter Cambodia, & Vietnam. Please ensure you make your own arrangements to obtain the Visas if you require them.
    Cambodia Visa - British Citizen passport holders can get visa on arrival easily at the airport without Visa Approval Letter.
    Tourist class Visa fee is approx US$30 per person single entry
    Bring two passport photos size 4x6 to get the Visa.
    Vietnam Visa - British Citizen’ passport holders travelling for tourism or business can enter Vietnam for up to a maximum of 15 days (inclusive of dates of entry and exit)
  3. Ensure your passport has sufficient blank pages. Most destinations require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend for each country you are visiting that you have at least two free pages in your passport before any international travel