Vietnam & Angkor Wat

HANOI, SAIGON, HALONG BAY, HUE, DANANG, HOI AN, ANGKOR WAT & PHNOM PENH

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  • Duration: 16 days
  • Price: from $2,899
Save up to $800 per couple!!!
For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to Vietnam and Cambodia. Reserve by September 4, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.
Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 nights in Phnom Penh
  • 2 nights in Siem Reap
  • 2 nights in Saigon
  • 2 nights in Hoi An
  • 2 nights in Hue
  • 1 night in Halong
  • 3 nights in Hanoi

 

  • Angkor Wat Temples
  • Mekong Delta Excursion
  • Remnants of Vietnam War (Hoi An)
  • Tour of Historic Hoi An
  • Halong Bay Excursion
  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles via scheduled Korean Air wide-body jet (add $200 from NYC)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Asia flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at deluxe and first class hotels with
  • 23 meals: 13 full American breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L) and 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • English-speaking Tour Director and local guides 

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $499.
Add $200 if departing from New York (JFK), subject to availability.
Vietnam & Cambodia visa fees are not included.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your exotic journey to Vietnam and Cambodia begins as you depart on your wide-body jet flight bound for Asia.
Day 2
Arrive Phnom Penh (Cambodia).
Evening arrival in Phnom Penh, the bustling capital of Cambodia. You ‘ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your upscale, conveniently located hotel. Intercontinental Hotel.
Day 3
Today embark on an included tour to some of Phnom Penh’s most outstanding sights. Visit Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the capital, the elegant National Museum and the Royal Palace with its adjacent Silver Pagoda where you’ll view the spectacular Emerald Buddha. This afternoon learn about Cambodia’s more recent, tragic past at the Museum of Genocide. Finally, explore the modern-day city at the bustling Central Market, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome dinner. (B,D)
Day 4
Phnom Penh/Siem Reap.
This morning travel to Siem Reap, gateway to the world famous temples of Angkor Wat, among the “Seven Wonders of the World”. Built by the Khmer kings, the ancient rulers of Cambodia, the exquisitely carved temples are an architectural masterpiece. Afternoon sightseeing of the temples of Angkor, including Angkor Thom and the Southern Gate of Bayon. At sunset, visit the upper terraces of an ancient temple for spectacular views. Royal Angkor Hotel. (B)

Day 5
This morning, travel to Kampong Kleang where you’ll enjoy a relaxing boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Visit the fascinating floating fishing villages and view submerged forests and fishing farms. Later return to Siem Reap to further explore with a local expert the “Angkor Conservation Complex”. The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, you’ll first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. As you enter the main building, you’ll ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stonecarvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. You’ll also visit Preah Khan, a temple built by King Jayavarman VII with towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Tonight, savor a special dinner and a colorful cultural performance. (B,D)
Day 6
Siem Reap/Saigon (Vietnam).
Start your day with a visit to a workshop where local artists demonstrate the art of stone carving and wood ornamental sculpture. Later visit Banteay Srei Temple, seemingly small in comparison to the other Angkor temples, it is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Because of its small size, fairy-like atmosphere and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture, this temple is often a favorite with visitors. Later, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Vietnam. Arrive in Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City. StarCity Hotel (B,L)

Day 7
Mekong Delta Excursion.
Today’s embark on a full-day excursion from Saigon to My Tho, one of the most beautiful areas of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s most fertile agricultural center. A boat trip takes you along narrow canals, passing rice fields and lush orchards, offering a unique insight into local village life. Visit local markets before returning to Saigon late this afternoon. (B,L)

Day 8
Saigon/Hoi An.
Journey this morning outside Saigon to see one of the remnants of the Vietnam War, the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels, which used to serve the former Communist Guerrillas. Return to Saigon and visit the major sights of this vibrant city. See the Notre Dame Cathedral, the former US Embassy, Cholon, the buzzing Chinese quarter and the lively Ben Thanh Market, where an incredible array of goods is sold. Later, board a flight to Danang in central Vietnam. A short ride brings you to Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s most delightful and enchanting towns. Hoi An Historic Hotel (B,L)

Day 9
The ancient city of Hoi An retains much of its original charm and culture. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of this historic port town and show you some of the centuries old houses. You’ll also enjoy a Trishaw (Cyclo) ride and see the Japanese Bridge, gracefully curving over a tributary of the Thu Bon River. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. (B)
Day 10
Danang/Hue.
As you depart Hoi An this morning, visit China Beach, the renowned war-time R&R resort and see the Marble Mountains, consisting of five stone jagged crests that represent the elements of nature. In Danang explore the Cham Museum, housing an exquisite collection of sandstone carvings and sculptures. Later, journey through some of Vietnam’s most spectacular scenery as you traverse the Hai Van Pass and enjoy pristine coastline views en route to Hue, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam. Enjoy dinner at your hotel. Mondial Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 11
Today, visit the Imperial Citadel in Hue’s old city, the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate and the Forbidden Purple City, home to the Royal Family before 1945. After lunch, enjoy a scenic boat trip on the Perfume River and stop to visit the revered Thien Mu Pagoda, the most famous monument in Hue. A stop is also made at the colorful Dong Ba market with its wide array of local foods and products. (B)
Day 12
Hue/Hanoi/Halong.
This morning fly to Hanoi and journey by road through the lush countryside to Halong, a vast mysterious bay with majestic scenery. Free time this afternoon to relax at your hotel’s pool and admire the precious views of the bay. Novotel Hotel (B,D)

Day 13
Halong Bay Excursion/Hanoi.
Halong Bay is widely considered as Vietnam’s most spectacular natural attraction. It comprises over three thousand small jagged limestone islands rising out of the South China Sea. These dramatic formations are the backdrop of your exciting 4-hour boat trip, stopping to visit several island caves. You’ll also enjoy a delicious seafood lunch. Later, drive back to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and arrive at your deluxe hotel. Moevenpick Hotel (B,L)

Day 14
Hanoi’s rich history is closely tied to French colonialism as well as the Chinese era, both evident in   Water Puppets spthe city’s architecture, cuisine and culture. On today’s sightseeing tour, explore the highlights of this fascinating city. View the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and then visit the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Proceed to scenic Hoan Kiem Lake and enjoy a guided walk through the narrow lanes of the historic old quarter. This evening savor a thrilling performance of the unique Water Puppets! (B)
Day 15
Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Hanoi at your pace. This afternoon savor an included cyclo ride to discover the many interesting sections of the old quarter and its sprawling markets where you may shop for unique souvenirs and sample delicious local food. You’ll also visit the infamous former prison nick-named “Hanoi Hilton”. Later, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your late night flight. (B,D)
Day 16
Hanoi/Seoul/USA.
An overnight flight to Seoul, Korea where you’ll connect for your flight back home. Your exciting journey comes to an end as you touch down in the USA later today.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from the USA and back are on Korean Air. You are expected to arrive at your departure airport at least 3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Schedule is as follows:

CITY:                                    Los Angeles (LAX)            New York (JFK)

Depart:                                  11:00 AM                               1:00PM

Return:                                    9:30AM                              11:30AM

Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Korean Air does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! However, we are suggesting that you check-in early to request for your seat(s) at the airport.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are required to enter Vietnam and Cambodia. US and Canadian passport holders can obtain the visas upon arrival in Cambodia and Vietnam.  Visa costs US$45 per person for Vietnam and US$20 per person for Cambodia payable in cash only (US dollars). To obtain your visa on arrival you’ll need to present one visa application form per person mailed to you with your final documents and tickets, one passport size photo for Vietnam and one passport size photo for Cambodia. Non US and Canadian citizens may also be eligible for Vietnam and Cambodia visa on arrival. Please contact smarTours to verify if you are eligible.  Non US and Canadian citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please make sure that you have at least two clean pages in your passport. You’ll need to mail smarTours one photocopy (xerox) of the information page of your passport (please indicate your occupation at the back of the photocopy) with your final payment. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent 10 – 7 days before your scheduled departure.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, we suggest that you consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

The North, Center and South of Vietnam all have different climates. The north has 4 seasons (similar to the USA), with winter temperatures (Nov-Feb) averaging in the 50’s and 60’s. The south is tropical with wet and hot summers. Year round temperatures in the south averages in the 80’s.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shops to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in coffee shops is about $20 – $25 per meal per person.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  For “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency.   It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (1 suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece (no more than 18”x10”x8”). Please do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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Fantastic and Surprising

Apr 30, 2014 by Michael Steuer

My wife and I took this trip at the beginning of March, 2014. We were expecting a hectic trip, with no more than two nights at any stop, but it was well organized. When there were slight problems, the tour director (Peter - Great!) and local guides were quick to remedy them. The local guides provided much insight into the history of Cambodia and Vietnam, which opened our eyes beyond what we'd experienced back home in the USA. Hotels were all clean and comfortable, not 5-star, but modern and well run. Korean Air was an excellent airline to fly. Despite what you hear, you CAN reserve seats before you check in, but perhaps only a few weeks before departure. Be prepared for a long bus ride between Phnom Penh and Siam Reap, since the road is under construction. Still the guide and tour director made the ride interesting, with several good stops along the way. Local flights on Vietnam Airways went well and were on typical mid-size jet aircraft.

Included meals on the tour were very good, and I'm a fussy eater. The guides went out of the way to accommodate dietary needs, such as vegetarian or no pork,...and the wait staff were very helpful. Recommended restaurants were also excellent.

Of course the temples were exciting and dramatic, but unexpected highlights of the trip were Halong Bay on a cloudy day and Hoi An, places that are often not included when traveling with more expensive agencies. Be sure to visit the old town in Hoi An, after dark. It's a colorfully lit wonder. So, all in all, we highly recommend this trip.


smarTours , USA 4.0 4.0 1 1 My wife and I took this trip at the beginning of March, 2014. We were expecting a hectic trip, with no more than two nights at any stop, but it was well organized. When there wer

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