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2020.01.05 Road to Angkor Wat

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, and Phnom Penh

Itinerary, Departures, & Destinations

B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner

Day 1**Jan. 05 | Honolulu –> Taipei
We start our vacation by boarding an international flight to Ho Chi Minh City (also known by its former name Saigon), the largest city in Vietnam by population, via Taipei.  Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.

Day 2**Jan. 06 | Overnight in Taipei
Upon arrival at Taipei, we will proceed to immigration & customs.  Then we will board a shuttle bus to an overnight hotel near Taoyuan Airport.

Day 3**Jan. 07 | Taipei –> Ho Chi Minh City | (D)
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet and escort us to our hotel.  Tonight, we will enjoy a show at The Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon Municipal Opera House.  The building is an example of French Colonial architecture in Vietnam.  After that, we will go to our Welcome Dinner.

Hotel Accommodation: Pullman Saigon Center or Similar 5* Hotel

 Day 4**Jan. 08 | Ho Chi Minh City | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will have an orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City.  Notre Dame Cathedral, officially Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception, is a cathedral located in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.  Established by French colonists who initially named it Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saïgon, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet).  The French Colonial Post Office, was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the late 19th century.  Its architecture includes Gothic, Renaissance and French influences.  Independence Palace, also known as Reunification Palace, was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace and is a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City.  After lunch, we will join a one hour Traditional musical instrument class.  Vietnam has a priceless treasure of traditional musical instruments which has been established and enriched for thousands of years.  Through Vietnamese musical instruments, feelings and wishes for a better life are expressed; wills and spirits against invaders are raised higher as well as respect for their ancestors.  Let us enjoy and learn how to use this simple but meaningful instrument.  Then, we will enjoy shopping at Tan Dinh Market, a Truly Authentic Vietnamese Market.  This is the market where we can observe Vietnamese people in every aspect of their lives, from the way they talk and eat, to how a typical day in Vietnam unfolds.  We will return to our hotel after dinner.

 Day 5**Jan. 09 | Ho Chi Minh City –> Hanoi | (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will take a short flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city.  We will enjoy our lunch upon arrival.  Afterward, we will visit The Temple of Literature, a Temple of Confucius that hosted the first Vietnam national university.  Lastly, we will take a one-hour cyclo ride around Hanoi’s Old Quarters, which offers French-colonial architecture, a rich food culture and a long history.

Hotel Accommodation: Intercontinental West Lake or Similar 5* Hotel

Day 6**Jan. 10 | Hanoi – Ha Long Bay | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will depart for Ha Long Bay, also known as Descending Dragon Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Ha Long Bay covers an area of 1500 sq. km containing 3000 islands and islets and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.  By mid day we will board an overnight Cruise.  A Seafood lunch is served on board with a welcome drink.  Please enjoy the beautiful limestone seascapes that include Fighting Cock, Dog Rock and Incense Burner.  In the afternoon, we will visit a cave, swim at Ti Tov Beach, climb to the top of Ti Tov Island for a panoramic view of the bay, kayak in late afternoon, or join squid-fishing at night.  The junk will anchor in a quiet bay for the night.

Cruise Accommodation: Athena Cruise or Similar 5* Cruise

Day 7**Jan. 11 | Ha Long Bay – Hanoi | (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will join the Tai Chi Class on the sundeck and have a Sunrise breakfast.  We will have an excursion and visit Sung Sot Cave containing fantastic stalactites and stalagmites in different sizes, shapes and beautiful natural colors.  After lunch, we will checkout from our cruise, enjoy a pleasant cruise back to the pier for disembarkation, and then drive back to Hanoi.  Enjoy the rest of the day on your own before tonight’s dinner show.

Hotel Accommodation: Intercontinental West Lake or Similar 5* Hotel

 Day 8**Jan. 12 | Hanoi –> Luang Prabang | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang, an ancient town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Laos.  It’s encircled by mountains at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers.  UNESCO claims it is “the best preserved city in Southeast Asia”.  Upon arrival, we will transfer to lunch.  In the afternoon, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Mai.  And then, we will climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset.  From there, we can explore the Night Market, where we can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.  After dinner, we will check into tonight’s hotel.

Hotel Accommodation: Pullman Luang Prabang or Similar 5* Hotel

Day 9**Jan. 13 | Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang | (B, L, D)
Luang Prabang’s alms giving ceremony is a longstanding tradition in Laotian Buddhist culture. It takes place daily as the sun rises, beginning on the main street of Luang Prabang before spreading out to all the side streets.  Around 200 Buddhist monks depart from temples in this UNESCO-listed town to gather their daily meal.  This morning, we will have a fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals.  Then, we will enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture.  We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well as allowing us to explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.  Along the way, we will stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where local rice wine is produced.  On our return, we will take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving.

Day 10**Jan. 14 | Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfall – Luang Prabang | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will visit The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Laotian culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign ruler.  From there we will visit the morning Phosi Market, where we will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpetre among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.  Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today we will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where we can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails.  We return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath.

Day 11**Jan. 15 | Luang Prabang –> Siem Reap | (B, D)
This morning, we will enjoy free time before transferring to the airport and take a short flight to Siem Reap, the capital city of Siem Reap Province in north-western Cambodia, and a popular resort town that is the gateway to Angkor region.  Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel.  This evening, a traditional Apsara Dance Performance is arranged at a city restaurant.

Hotel Accommodation: Borei Angkor Resort & Spa or Similar 5* Hotel

Day 12**Jan. 16 | Siem Reap | (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire.  We will then see the most memorable stone sanctuaries such as Baphoun, which is situated inside the royal city of Angkor Thom that dates back to the eleventh century and was built before the city was established.  Next is the Terrace of Elephants, named for elephants carved on its eastern wall, and used as a viewing platform and the Terrace of Leper King, where the curious name of this terrace refers to a statue of the Leper King that is on the platform of the terrace.  Lastly, we will explore Phimean Akas and Preah PalilayThe Khmer set lunch at Nest Angkor restaurant is arranged for us.  After lunch, we will visit Angkor Wat, one of the seven great architectural wonders of the World.  Next, we will go to Ta Prohm Temple, the modern name of the temple at Angkor, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara.  Enjoy the beautiful sunset view at Pre Rup Temple.

Day 13**Jan. 17 | Siem Reap | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will visit Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre templesBanteay Srei, a 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today.  Banteay Samre is one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of anastylosis.  After lunch, we will visit Prasat Kravan.  The main point of interest at Kravan is the sculpture on the interior of two of the five towers depicting Visnu and his consort, Laksmi.  Next we head to Banteay Kdei, which is currently dilapidated due to faulty construction and poor quality of sandstone used in its buildings.  We will then proceed to Sras Srang, and Ta Prohm.  According to one French archaeologist, Sras Srang offers one of the most beautiful points to view the Park of Angkor during the last rays of the day.  Ta Prohm was built about mid-12th century to early 13th century (1186) by the King Jayavarman VII in the Bayon style and dedicated to the mother of the king.  Enjoy a 60-minute foot massage in the city (next to the hotel).

 Day 14**Jan. 18 | Siem Reap –> Phnom Penh | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will take a short flight to Phnom PenhPhnom Penh is the capital and most populous city in Cambodia.  It has been the national capital since the French colonization of Cambodia, and has grown to become the nation’s economic, industrial, and cultural center.  Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, we will visit the Royal Palace, the present king’s residence, and Silver Pagoda, famous for its 5000 silver tiles inlaid on the floor.  After lunch, we will stop at Russian Market to shop for local handicraft products.  We will transfer to our hotel and enjoy dinner there.

Hotel Accommodation: Palace Gate or Similar 5* Hotel

Day 15**Jan. 19 | Phnom Penh –>  Honolulu | (B)
After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport and take a flight back to Honolulu via Taipei, taking home lasting memories of a magnificent cruise vacation to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. 

We wish you a safe journey and have many wonderful memories to share with family and friends! ☺

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Tour Fee Includes

  • International Flight from HONOLULU
  • Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi – Luang Prabang & Luang Prabang – Siem Reap – Phnom Penh by Air
  • 5* Deluxe Hotel Accommodations: Intercontinental West Lake, etc.
  • All meals & Admissions as stated
  • 1 Night on The Best 5* Ha Long Bay Cruise
  • Angkor Wat – one of the seven great architectural wonders of the World
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site:
    * Ha Long Bay
    * The ancient town Luang Prabang
  • Morning ritual of Alms Giving
  • Floating village in Siem Reap
  • Night Market in Luang Prabang
  • Pak Ou Caves
  • 60 minute Cyclo Ride tour in Hanoi
  • 60 minute Foot Massage
  • Vietnamese show in Opera House
  • Vietnam Traditional musical instrument class
  • Apsara Dance Performance
  • Gratuity for Tour Guides and Drivers

Payment & Cancellation Policy

CHECK OR CASH PAYMENT ONLY.  A deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of application. The balance of payment is due on Oct.5, 2019.  Failure to complete payment by the due date may result in cancellation of your reservation.  Air and Sea Travel Center reserves the right to cancel reservations and charge a service fee for cancellation.

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Cancellation Policy:

Before departure, the cancellation fee will be as follow:

**From Oct.6 to Nov.20, 2019, 50% of total price plus any other service fee caused by the cancellation;

** From Nov.21, 2019 to departure or withdraw during the tour shall be regarded as willingly give up all rights concerned, 100% of total price, and request for the other service as substitute shall not be accepted.

 

Price from: $4,688.00

Includes: Tax and fuel surcharge

(SINGLE SUPP: $1550)

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