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Cost $3275 ROUND TRIP AIRFARE INCLUDED
Duration: 13 Days
Location: Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam
Tour Is Full For 2017 – Please Check Back Soon For 2018 Dates!
Airfare is included in the price of the trip and there is a non-refundable deposit of $1,200.00 due upon registration to secure airfare.
Not included in pricing are two visas that participants need to get.
1. Cambodia Visa- It’s easy. You get it on arrival in Cambodia, pay $30 on the spot and present 2 extra passport pictures.
2. Vietnam Visa – a little more work – Please contact the Travel Broker in Salt Lake City to get a Vietnam visa. Their phone number is 801-266-6464.
You can start applying as early as September 1, 2016. Usually around $175 per person
DAY 1 - MAR 2
Travel to Los Angeles and board a night flight to Thailand.
DAY 2 - MAR 3
Continue flight and cross the International Dateline.
DAY 3 - MAR 4
Welcome to Bangkok! Transfer to your hotel after your midday arrival and spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring on your own. Tonight a dinner cruise welcomes you to this fascinating country. Sit back on the river and enjoy a tasty Thai meal all while taking in the splendid views of Bangkok from the river. (Dinner included).
DAY 4 - MAR 5
The day is yours to explore and shop (Breakfast included).
DAY 5 - MAR 6
After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll check out and drive to visit Bang Pa In, the former Royal Summer Residence of King Rama V. This site consists of a quaint mixture of European and Thai architecture. You will have a chance to visit the interior of the old Chinese Wehat Chamrun Palace. Then, cross a canal by cable car from Bang Pa In to visit Wat Nivat – one of the more intriguing Buddhist temples – and this is where well moor for the night. Wat Nivat was constructed at the command of King Rama V in 1878, in the style of an English Gothic church. The temple’s stained glass windows and unusual architecture make it one of the most distinctive Buddhist temples anywhere in Thailand. Continue by road to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former Thai capital for 417 years and one of Thailand’s major tourist attractions. Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in the city, which was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong. Overnight in Ayutthaya. (Breakfast)
DAY 6 - MAR 7
Back to Bangkok to tour the Grand Palace and emerald Buddha. This is the land of Anna and the King. The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s main tourist attraction. The temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand’s holiest religious statue and is carved from jade. Free time for shopping later today. (Breakfast)
DAY 7 - MAR 8
Wake up and take a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. In the afternoon, sit back for a boat ride on the Tonle Sap lake at CHONG KNEAS VILLAGE. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floating schools, floating police station, etc. The “village” moves from place to place following water levels and currents. (Breakfast)
DAY 8 - MAR 9
After breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion to discover Angkor Thom and Temples. First, you will visit the wonderful Angkor Thom (the Great City) including the Southern Gate, famous Bayon temple. Baphuon temple is lying just to the north of Bayon a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru. Have lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, it is time to visit the wonderful Angkor Wat Temples – one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the world, as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman II. Angkor Wat is probably the best-preserved of the Angkorean temples, with a central tower surrounded by four smaller towers. The central monument represents the mythical Mount Meru, the holy mountain at the centre of the universe, which was home to the Hindu God Vishnu. The whole complex covers 200 acres, a rectangular wall measuring 1025 meters by 800 meters borders the inner edge of the moat, and temple’s greatest sculptural treasure is its 2 km-long bas-reliefs around the walls. In the late afternoon, visit to the Phnom Bakheng temple, which is the first temple in Angkor region build by the Yacovarman I King in the first of the 9th century. A short evening flight will take you to Saigon, Vietnam where you will overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 9 - MAR 10
It’s river cruise day on in Vietnam. Start with a tasty breakfast before transferring to Can Tho. Boarding at Can Tho at Ninh Kieu pier. Welcome drink and snack, introduction to the ship and crew, and check into the cabins. Departure downstream of the Hau River. Lunch on board while en route. Tour near Tra On floating market. Turning into Nicolai canal, towards the Mang Thit and Co Chien rivers. Rest on the upper deck with great view of scenic rice fields, sugar cane, and woods on the near banks. By mid-afternoon, the Bassac casts anchor for a visit on shore: past the first tree line, quiet discovery of the peaceful life in the delta’s countryside, of rice fields, fruit trees and the welcoming inhabitants. Later on, enjoy the sunset on the top deck. The crew serves dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river towards her anchorage point for the night. The Bassac sets anchor for the night on river Mang Thit. (B,L,D)
DAY 10 - MAR 11
6:30 Departure towards Cai Be. The passengers take their breakfast while enjoying the scenery on the banks. The Bassac crosses Co Chien River then branches into Cho Lach canal for 30 minutes through the traffic of sand and rice barges, in a scenery of fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards. Arrival near Cai Be, transfer to a rowing boat for a quiet visit through a small canal. Rendez-vous with a local boat, which will take you to shore for a visit of Cai Be’s handicraft. Boarding at Cai Be at noon. Welcome drink, departure towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang River. Lunch while en route. Rest on the deck. The Bassac slips into the Cho Lách canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water. Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby. Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river. The Bassac sets anchor just downstream from the little Tra On floating market, for the night. (B,L,D)
DAY 11 - MAR 12
You may get up for breakfast as early as 06:30, as the ship is resuming its cruise to the Tra On floating market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho. • Arrival in Cai Rang floating market, check out and transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, then a noodle factory and return to the Ninh Kieu pier. Our tour guide and driver will be pick up you at Ninh Kieu pier and transfer the group back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon. (B)
DAY 12 - MAR 13
After breakfast at the hotel take a morning visit to Cu Chi tunnel, the incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Following your morning tour, the afternoon is free to explore and shop in Saigon! (B)
DAY 13 - MAR 14
A morning flight will take you back to Los Angeles where you will be able to connect to flights back to your home city.