Highlights of trip:
Visit some of the most popular sites in Vietnam
See Ho Chi Minh city’s top colonial-era landmarks
Explore a network of tunnels used by Vietnamese Soldiers
Experience the heart of the Mekong delta with its scenic floating markets. In this semi-aquatic world, you discover how life really is in around this majestic river.
Embark on express boat and make our way up the Tonle Sap River and into the lake of the same name. The shallow Tonle Sap is the largest of Southeast Asia’s lake.
Discover the splendid Angkor Temples – the World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO
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Ho Chi Minh city tour
Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis ,contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafe. We stroll around the down town to explore the different local ways of life.
After seeing the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum, we continue our trip to Cho Lon, Saigon's Chinatown, which is crammed with fascinating temples and mysterious, narrow lanes.
We end our city tour with a visit to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale.
Cu Chi tunnels - Tay Ninh
Cao Dai Temple - Tay Ninh
The head quarter of Cao Dai sect is located in TayNinh. This religion was founded in 1923 and now numbers over 2 million members.
After breakfast we travel by roads to TayNinh to see the ornate temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.
Cu Chi tunnels
Afterwards we continue to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war.
Try to enter the tunnel by the secret door
My Tho - Ben Tre
When arriving in My Tho, take a boat for a cruise on the Mekong River and its multiple canals to Ben Tre.
Visit a coco candy factory where you can taste local specialties.
Take a 15-minute coach ride to visit a garden house to enjoy tea with honey and fresh tropical fruits.
Take a sampan through a water coconut forest before returning to the boat to come back to the restaurant for lunch with a chance to taste “tai tuong” fish, a special kind of fish having big ears.
Can Tho - Chau Doc
After breakfast, take a sampan to visit Cai Rang floating market and a family-run noodle-making factory.
Witness the rural life and the beautiful vegetation along the riverbanks. We depart for Chau Doc and pass many rice fields fringed with palm trees, fruit orchards and canals crammed with boats and rice barges. Arriving in ChauDoc we have time to stroll around .
This is a tranquil town and less affected by the flash and glitz of Ho Chi Minh City's fashionable young people although it is a major hub of trade along the Mekong. An afternoon tour takes us to major places of interest in this region.
Upon disembarking, we discover the sacred Ba Chua Temple and the nearby sanctuary of Tay An before ascending the Sam Mountain to watch the beautiful sunset over Cambodia and the mighty Mekong River.
After breakfast we board an express board for a trip along the Mekong River crossing into Cambodia and continuing on to its capital.
Phnom Penh was once considered the loveliest city of Indochina. Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerable charm.
The private quarters of the Royal Palace are now home to the royal family and are therefore very close to the public. At the northern area of the palace grounds is Silver Pagoda, the most sacred shrine in the country.
We visit both structures as well as the legendary temple of Wat Phnom which recites the history of Phnompenh's name.
The sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh continues with as visit to the Royal University of Fine Arts where the young Cambodians learn the ancient arts of their ancestors. The most interesting part of this structure is the Dance Academy. Here, many young children practice the graceful movements of the beautiful national dances.
We then continue to the National Museum, dedicated exclusively to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period (9th to 15th Century), but some date from as early as the 4th Century.
The TuolSleng Prison Museum and the notorious ''Killing Fields'' of ChoeungEk are not to be missed. A visit to these sights provides us a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge.
After we've had time to freshen up we visit The Angkor National Museum which has a fascinating collection of Angkorian artefacts with collections from Khmer Empire's Angkor period circa 9th to 14th-century
the mother of all temples – Angkor Wat
This afternoon we see the mother of all temples – Angkor Wat. This breathtaking monument of man’s devotion to his gods is believed to be the largest religious building in the world and contains thousands of wall carvings and extensive bas-reliefs. There are plenty of wonderful photo opportunities at this iconic site. This evening is free for you to wander into town and perhaps sample SiemReap's lively nightlife. There are plenty of great bars and restaurants in the compact city centre which is easily navigated on foot.
The jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature.
We explore this masterpiece as well as its surrounding temples of BanteayKdei, SraSrong, Ta Keo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevado. The grand circuit including Preah Khan, the Kravan, NeakPean, KrolKo, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup Temple is also visited, this afternoon before we ascend Phnom Bakheng Hill for a view of the spectacular sunset over these sandstone monuments.
Heading out of the town, we drive on a newly paved road to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei.
On the way , we make stover at the Preah Dark village and the River of 1000 Lingas, locally named Kbal Spean.
We follow these with a visit the BanteaySamre Temple adorned with impressive reliefs depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends. We also have time today, exploring the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya which flourished in the late 9th and earlier 10th centuries.
These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to the Rolous group.
There is free time for your own exploration of the town and strolling around the shopping areas before coming home or go to the next destination.
Hope this article has helped you imagine a part of the schedule that we visit with the vietnam and cambodia tour packages with Asia Master Tours. With the exciting locations, it will bring you a taste of the unforgettable experience in the two Southeast Asian countries Vietnam and Cambodia.