08:00am Arrive Sihanoukville Port
08:30am Tour of Ream National Park, picnic lunch, boat tour included
03:55 m Flight to Siem Reap
04:55pm Arrival into Siem Reap, escorted transfer to hotel for check-in
07:00pm Meet with guide and transfer to a local restaurant for dinner and the Apsara Dinner Show
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Belmond La Residence Angkor / Deluxe Poolside View, based on availability Tel: +855 63 963 390
09:00am Full Day Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat
09:35pm Flight to Saigon
10:40pm Arrival into Saigon, escorted transfer to hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Intercontinental Asiana Saigon Hotel / Park Deluxe Tel: (84-8) 3520 9999
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll visit the monumental Angkor Thom—the last capital of the Khmers—with its Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the stunning Bayon Temple. This 12th-century masterpiece lies at the center of Angkor Thom and is a wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive bas reliefs but the highlight is the "faces"—more than 200 of them, with the famous half-smile playing on their lips. PJ de Beerski wrote of them, "godliness in the majesty and the size, mystery in the expression." Continue your exploration of the Angkor temples at Ta Prohm. This temple has been left largely in its natural state since its "re-discovery" by French explorers. Surrounded by jungle, its labyrinth of stone hallways is overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees that envelop it like tentacles. It is one of the largest temples at Angkor, dedicated in 1186. Historians have noted its mystical charm. Entering the courtyards is like stepping into a new kind of vegetable world—not of branches and leaves, but of roots. Ta Prohm is an exhibition of the mysterious subterranean life of plants, offering an infinite variety of cross sections. "Huge trees have seeded themselves on the roofs of the squat towers and their soaring trunks are obscured from sight, but here one can study in comfort the drama of those secret and conspiratorial activities that labor to support their titanic growth," said Norman Lewis in A Dragon Apparent.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant, then, this afternoon until sunset you enjoy a Remok (Tuk Tuk) tour of Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world, with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. It is unlike all other Khmer temples in that it faces west, and is inspired by 12th-century Hinduism. Its symmetrical towers are stylized on the modern Cambodian flag. Conceived by Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build. It is generally believed to have been a funeral temple for the king. It has been occupied continuously by Buddhist monks and is well preserved. Intricate bas reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides. Each tells a story. The most celebrated of these is the Churning of the Ocean of Milk, which is located on the east wing. In it, the Naga serpent is twisted by demons and gods to spurt out the elixir of life.
Return to your hotel, check out and transfer to a local restaurant for dinner. Then transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon.
Arrive in Saigon, meet with guide and transfer to your hotel for the night.
08:00am Half Day Tour Saigon
12:00pm Depart Saigon for Phu My Port, 3.5 hours ride
04:00pm Arrive at cruise port
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: On board/ Own arrangement
After breakfast you will be introduced to the major highlights of bustling Ho Chi Minh City, still commonly referred to as Saigon. Keep your eyes open for colorful street scenes such as colorful markets selling everything from chilies to French baguettes and, of course, an endless stream of bicycles, cyclos and motorbikes. A photo stop is included at the Notre Dame Cathedral, a neo-classical structure dating back to the 19th century. Then continue to the former Presidential Palace, now known as Unification Hall. This historic building was made famous when a North Vietnamese tank crashed through its front gates in 1975, signaling the end of the Vietnam War. It has changed little since that time and is now retained as a Museum. Your tour will include the reception and dining rooms of the President’s quarters, and the basement with its ancient American-made telecommunications equipment still in place, and strategic military maps lining the walls. A short drive from there brings you to the History Museum. Built in 1929, this museum houses an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the evolution of the cultures of Vietnam, from bronze-aged Dong Son civilization to Cham, Khmer and modern day Vietnam. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving from Saigon to Phu My port to join the ship.
Departures: 08:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: First Class Service and First Class hotels.
Tour Angkor Wat and Saigon and connect with the culture on this private overnight experience.
Included in this tour:
- Accommodation with breakfast for 1 night in Siem Reap & 1 night in Saigon
- Late check out until departure time in Siem Reap
- Private transfers and transportation on tour
- Sightseeing with Local English speaking guide
- Entrance fees and Remok (Tuk Tuk) tour
- Meals as specified (meals only, no drinks/water)
- Airfare: PNH REP; REP SGN (Economy class with airport tax)
- Cold towels and water on sightseeing days
- We will need the following information at the time of booking: Each passenger's full name as it appears in their passport; Citizenship; Date of birth; Passport number; Passport issue date; Passport expiration date;
- Any information forwarded to ShoreTrips that is necessary to obtain a visa must be exact. We will pass on a $10 processing fee if corrections are necessary after we receive the visa. This is a per person fee, charged for each visa that requires changes.