Tour Vietnam’s Vibrant Markets and Angkor Wat’s Ancient Hindu Temples
Included in all options:
- Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) on China Airlines
- Four nights standard accommodations at Kingston Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
- Two nights standard accommodations at Khemara Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap
- One night standard accommodations at Juliana Hotel in Phnom Penh
- Meals per itinerary
- City tour in Ho Chi Minh City and Angkor tour in Siem Reap<p>
Note that accommodations may change to another hotel of similar quality, due to availability. Click here to check out the full itinerary.
Days 1–5: Ho Chi Minh City Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll transfer to the Kingston Hotel for an evening of leisure.
Bright and early the next day, you’ll set out on a half-day tour that spotlights some of Ho Chi Minh City’s attractions,that includes a stop outside the Reunification Palace—formerly the palace for the South Vietnamese president. Afterwards, the trip visits the 200-feet tall Notre Dame Cathedral, which beautifully illustrates the city’s heavy European influence. The cathedral was built in the 19th century using wood, tiles, red bricks shipped in from France.
You’ll also stop at Binh Tay Market, Ho Chi Minh City’s largest market, where vendors hawk colorful garments, exotic spices, and bánh bao, steamed dumplings stuffed with a blend of ground pork and quail eggs.
The final two days in Ho Chi Minh City are set aside for vacationers to spend at their leisure. Consider taking an optional river cruise in the Mekong Delta region (extra fees).
Days 6–9: Angkor and Phnom Phen, Cambodia A brief flight takes you to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where you’ll spend two nights at Khemera Hotel.
The next day, visitors take a tour of Siem Reap, a charming city with both Chinese and French Colonial architecture. The town is also a gateway to the Angkor temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ruins dating back to the 9th century. Here, you’ll see the Angkor Thom temple complex. Protected by a 300-feet-wide moat, the complex has ten separate temples and boasts more than 100 statues depicting gods and demons.
Later, you’ll visit Angkor Wat, which Frommer’s calls the “pinnacle of Khmer architecture.” This imposing stone temple rises nearly 700 feet tall and is adorned with bas-reliefs depicting celestial images from Hindu folklore. Once you reach the temple’s highest point, try to find a spot to watch the sun descend on Bakheng Hill.
On Day 8, guests will take a short flight to Phnom Pehn, Cambodia’s capital, where they’ll spend a night at Juliana Hotel. Before heading home, you’ll have some free time to check out the city’s fragrant outdoor markets or to explore Phnom Tamao, a sanctuary home to elephants, tigers, and Siamese crocodiles.
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