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Trip to Cambodia and Vietnam

Dear Ms Trang,


Jahan cruiseMy family and I just returned from our trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. We have enjoyed our trip very much, the Mekong cruise was very relaxing and visiting Angkor Wat was the perfect ending. We also were lucky with the weather, we only had very little rain. Our guide in Siem Reap, Mr. Sarat, was very good and was a very nice person, we learned a lot from him.
This trip was our last trip in Southeast Asia for the moment.  My job in Kuala Lumpur is finished and my family and I will move back to Europe this summer.  In the next few years we will limit our travels to Europe, but hopefully in the future I get another opportunity to work and travel in the Southeast Asia region.  When that happens I will contact you again. We will recommend Vivutravel to our friends and people who want to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia.


Best regards,
Folco Hoogendijk


Name tour : Jahan Cruise Saigon – Siem Reap – Angkor 11 days

GUEST’S NAME: Mr Folco Hoogendijk

NUMBER OF PERSON: 03

ACCOMMODATION in : 4  STAR HOTELS

 

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Day 01: 06th June 2015  Ho Chi Minh City Arrival  – My Tho – Cai Be      
Meals: L, D
+ Guide
Arrival in HCM airport, we transfer to Renaissance Hotel for check in Jahan Cruise at 12:00pm.
Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon as we travel 70 kilometers south by land to My Tho to embark your boutique Ship. We will be served a refreshing drinks and light lunch as the Ship steadily glides along the Mekong. We will bathe in the fading sunset on the balcony followed by a briefing at the lounge. Later, a welcome dinner awaits us.When approaching Cai Be, the Ship drops anchor to moor midstream. Light lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner are included. Overnight in Cai Be.
Overnight in Jahan Cruise
Jahan Cruise / Signature Cabin/ 01 double bed + 01 extra bed

Day 02: 07th June   Cai Be – Sa Dec –Tan Chau
Meals: B, L, D
+ Guide
Everyday of our journey starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson on the Sundeck just as the sun begins its gentle glow. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. The day’s tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market on a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat). During the languid ride, discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. The cruise will halt intermittently to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies, rice pop, rice wine and coconut candies are made. Enjoy local life along the canals on the way back to the Ship for lunch. In the afternoon, we cruise to Sa Dec. Upon arrival, we embark a traditional sampan to tour Binh Thanh Island to visit an untouchable village. Here, every villager is involved in the process of making rattan mat & interact with the old local people. We then board the Ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards Tan Chau. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. The Ship will moor midstream overnight near Tan Chau.
* Note: Cruising to Tan Chau is depending on water condition.
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Day 03: 08th June Tan Chau – Border Crossing – Phnom Penh       
Meals: B, L, D
+ Guide
Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. Brace yourself on local vehicles called “xeloi” to explore Tan Chau, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border. We will also visit the colorful local market near an ancient temple. This is followed by a trip to the quay, where we will be feted to a boat excursion to the floating villages and rustic fish farms. Then, we will be back to the Ship for lunch. By mid-afternoon, the cruise liner will make its way to the border for Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. It is an opportunity to relax on board, sharpen your culinary skills with our hands-on cooking classes or tour the ship with our Cruise Manager. Or, better yet, do all three. “The Highway Blues” beckons as we float into a state of mild bliss caused by the hypnotic murmur of the Ship’s engine. After hours of cruising, we will feel the rush of entering into a new country and to embrace new adventures. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh.
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Day 04: 09th June    Phnom Penh
Meals: B, L, D
+ Guide
 “Pearl of the East”
Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. Sightseeing in the morning will include the Killing Field in town. Be prepared to be heart wrenched by this stark reminder of the genocide that transpired during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Genocide Museum visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum. We go back to the Ship by “cyclo” – traditional vehicle after our museum visit. Take a rest on your cabin balcony or the lounge and get prepared for an exciting evening event. The evening starts with a variety of cocktails served on the Sundeck. At 18:00pm, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history. BBQ dinner is serving right after the lecture. Take a seat and enjoy the following Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a barbeque on the sun deck. It is indeed a truly marvelous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.  Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Overnight in Jahan Cruise


Day 05: 10th June Phnom Penh – Kampong Tralach – Kampong Chhnang      
Meals: B, L ,D
+ Guide
Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong  Tralach and the Tonle River – an amazingly narrow river – which glides through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. We are greeted by cacophonous children who waive enthusiastically early in the morning when they bring their livestock for a bath in the meandering Tonle River. Experience the ox cart, visit Heritage Line –Linblad National Geographic library project here.
We then return to the Ship for lunch whilst cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle River. Then we approach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world” where everything is on stilts balanced on water rich soil. Here we take a van along the paddy fields to visit the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. Then, it is back to the river bank for an adventurous excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region.
Back on board, the Ship sails back towards Phnom Penh again and will moor for overnight midstream near Phnom Penh.Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Overnight in Jahan Cruise

Day 06: 11th June Kampong Chhnang- Kampong Cham     
Meals: B, L, D
+ Guide
We will depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Silk Weaving Village. We will then return to the Ship and will cruise past the Mekong’s tranquil villages, exhilarating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their fish boats. Lunch on board. In the afternoon, we will tour the rural Angkor Ban village where time stood still. We are transported back a hundred years into an era unsullied by modernity. The houses here are truly rustic, made by hand and without any concrete. But most of all, we feel overwhelmed by the unbridled warmth of the villagers.Travelers can take part in the daily activities of the villagers to experience village life first hand. Then, we are back to the Ship to cruise towards Kampong Cham.Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Overnight in Kampong Cham.
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Day 07: 12th June  Wat Hanchey – Kampong Cham   
Meals: B, L , D
+ Guide
We will wake up in the small hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travelers either take a motor-taxi or climb 303 steps to the top. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breath-taking views in Cambodia. Built in the 8th century, this ancient structure, together with a bigger and newer addition underscores the superb architecture of the Chenla Empire which predates the mighty Angkor temple complex. We even get to engage in light banter with some of the monks in the area. We will return to the Ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks. Lunch on board.
We will then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a Wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. After visiting OBT project of Heritage Line and organization for Basic Training Along the way, we will have to maneuver a 2-kilometer rickety bamboo bridge. Our sense of balance lies in the balance!Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Overnight in Kampong Cham.
Overnight in Jahan Cruise

Day 08: 13th June  Kampong Cham – Seam Reap     
Meals: B, L
+ Guide
 “Angkor awaits”
We will disembark the Ship at after breakfast and boarding a coach at 08.30am for a transfer from Kampong Cham to the drop off point in Siem Reap. We get to munch on snacks and enjoy cold drinks along the journey. We then arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon. Including breakfast and lunch box. Breakfast and lunch box are included.

In afternoon, Vivutravel’s tour guide in Siem Reap pick you up then transfer you to hotel for check in. Free at leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap hotel.

Hotel : Somadevi Angkor Hotel  (Triple Superior room)- www.somadeviangkor.com
(4 stars)

Day 09: 14th June  Siem Reap – Angkor Tour
Meals: B
+ Guide
Today we start our visit to Angkor Complex: Angkor Thom, the fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. We well stop at the famous Bayon temple and continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the terrace of the Leper Kings, then to Ta Phrom - It has been controversially left to the destructive power of the jungle by French archaeologists to demonstrate the awesome power of nature. In the afternoon we continue to Angkor Wat – is the largest and most impressive of all the temples and also the 7th wonder of the world. Then we will enjoy viewing the sunset from Phnom Bakheng. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Hotel : Somadevi Angkor Hotel  (Triple Superior room)- www.somadeviangkor.com
(4 stars)

Day 10: 15th June  Siem Reap – Banteay Srey   
Meals: B
+ Guide
Today, you head to the exquisite Banteay Srey (“Citadel of the women”). The temple displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. On the way back visit Preah Dak Village is one of the famous villages along the way to Banteay Srei Temple. It is located on the way just off from the large circle if you visit that area then you should stop by and see the villager activities like, collecting the palm juice from the palm tree top, making handicraft, making sugar palm, making a ring for sugar palm, especially, you can taste the Cambodian Rice Noodle there are the Best place to eat. The visit is combined with the discovery of Banteay Samre. Afternoon we will enjoy a boat excursion to view wonderful landscape of Tonle Sap Great Lake and explore local fishermen’s floating villages. Then back to visit Chantie Ecole-Artisan D’Angkor and Old Market.. Overnight in Siem Reap

Hotel : Somadevi Angkor Hotel  (Triple Superior room)- www.somadeviangkor.com
(4 stars)

Day 11: 16th June  Siem Reap Departure
Meals: B
+Guide
Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorial Vietnam Holiday until Vivutravel's private guide will see you off at the airport with the sincere thanks for traveling with Vivutravel. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam Tours with us and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tours, goodbye and see you again!!!

END OF BEAUTIFUL VIETNAM TOUR

 

Inclusive:

    Hotel accommodation as specific or similar ( triple room / Double + Extra Bed)
    Private car/mini van
    All entrance fees
    English speaking guide.
    Meals as per program
    Cruise Saigon – Siem 7 nights (Triple Room)

 

Exclusive :

    Tips
    Drinks
    Personal Expenses
    Insurance
    Visa on arrival
    Crew gratuities 8 -10 USD /per passenger/day are recommended
    Cambodia visa (available on cruise only 37 USD/per person)
    Flights