About This Discover Southeast Asia - 10 Days
Location: Thailand (Bangkok) - Cambodia (Siem Reap & Phnom Penh) - Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 10 Dayys
Trip Type: Private
Southeast Asia holiday with Travelloops.
This amazing 10-day trip covers Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, ensuring you see the highlights in each destination. Starting in the vibrant, bustling Bangkok you will discover the key temples in the city, enjoy some of the wonderful cuisine and learn about history and culture of this unforgettable city. Next you catch the bus and it’s off to Siem Reap in the Kingdom of Wonder, Cambodia, one of the hottest destinations of recent years. Here you will visit the truly breathtaking temple at Angkor Wat, part of a vast temple complex, take to the river on a canoe to marvel at the floating village, as well as the largest lake in SE Asia, Tonle Sap.
You get back on the bus now to visit the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh. Explore this fast- rejuvenating city, well on the way to recovery after many dark years of war. Explore the memorable highlights including the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Next on the itinerary is Ho Chi Minh City so you take the bus from Phnom Penh. Here you will visit the Cu Chi tunnels used by the Vietcong in the American/Vietnam War, as well as exploring tranquil temples and lively markets. There is no doubt hat these 10 days will leave you with unforgettable memories and experiences. Soak up all the Asian culture on a trip of a lifetime.
Discover Bangkok by city tour – Connect to Cambodia – Explore Siem Reap by visiting Angkor and floating village – Enter to capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh – Heading to Vietnam – Discover Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel
Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
Greeting and Warm Welcome to Thailand!
Upon arrival at Bangkok airport, your local guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
Bangkok certainly lives up to its reputation as a travel hot spot in Southeast Asia. Local name is Krong Tep mean “The Celestial City” has funky markets, upmarket malls, a riverside full of surprises, a vibrant nightlife scene, many fabulous sights and attractions that reflect its unique heritage, and much, much more…
Overnight in Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, you head out for a half-day City Temple Tour (excludes lunch). Bangkok is a city rich in history and culture with over 400 temples in and around the city. You will visit three of the most important temples in Bangkok including Wat Trimit, famous for a Buddha image made of solid gold from the Sukhothai era, standing three meters high and weighing five and a half tons; Wat Po or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the largest temple in Thailand housing 95 pagodas and the imposing reclining Buddha image measuring 45 by 15 meters; and Wat Benjamaborphit, commonly known as the Marble Temple due to the building being constructed with Carrara marble from Italy.
Overnight at Bangkok
Day 3: Bangkok – Siem Reap by Public bus (B)
After breakfast at your hotel you transfer to Morchit bus station to catch the public bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap. The journey will take approximately seven to eight hours on love road with beautiful scenery. After crossing the border to Cambodia along the driving way to Siem Reap you will enjoy seeing villages with houses on stilt and rice fields mingling with the friendly Cambodian.
Siem Reap province is located in northwest Cambodia. It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor. The provincial capital is also called Siem Reap and is located in the South of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. The name of the city literally means Siamese defeated, referring to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Thai kingdom in the 17th century.
Arriving to the bus station in town, your local Cambodian tour guide will be greeting and transfer to the hotel for check-in with briefing the program for your following day activities.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 4: Siem Reap - Angkor (B/L/D)
An early rise this morning will be rewarded with a stunning sunrise over Angkor Wat, revealing its timeless beauty, harmony and grandeur to this day (optional).
You will return to your hotel for breakfast after which you will begin a great day at the magical temple of Ta Prohm where ancient stones and massive tree roots are have swallowed the ruins over many centuries. These trees and stones provide a stunning temple experience. Enjoy the birdsong and nature as you explore this is wonderful place; A great way to start your tour of the temples. The exploration will take approximately one hour walking through this jungle temple. After weaving your way through the beautiful Ta Prohm we journey into the ancient capital city of Angkor Thom. You will continue to discover the treasures of these ancient temples within this famous walled city. Next is a visit to the mystical Bayon temple, adorned with giant, smiling faces. You will walk through the jungle, heading for the famous Bayon temple, which stands in the middle of the Angkor Thom complex. This has become many people’s favourite temple, surrounded by hundreds of smiling faces carved from pieces of gigantic sand stone blocks; this stunning temple definitely has a mysterious air about it. We head further into the temple complex with a visit to Baphoun temple; a mountaintop pyramid temple consecrated to the God Shiva. Bauphon has just recently re-opened to the public after renovation. Next on the agenda is a visit to the Elephant and Leper King terraces, the royal enclosure temple of Phimean Akas and the serene Preah Pithu groups of smaller temples. You will enjoy a walk along the ancient city walls and relax with either a hot Cambodian style picnic lunch in a quiet shady area or at a local restaurant.
Following Angkor Thom we head to the jewel of the Khmer Empire and visit the amazing Angkor Wat. The stunning temples of Angkor were constructed to express the wealth and power of the Khmer Empire at the time. Many stone inscriptions describing the foundations of the temple have been found but Khmers left no clues to tell how this once-great empire collapsed. Come and dig up some secrets of Angkor from our experienced guide, reveal the stories and legends behind the sandstone carved bas-reliefs, gables and lintels. Stroll around this massive monument to admire the engineering of this Khmer architectural masterpiece. Tonight you will have dinner, accompanied by a classical Apsara dance performance depicting traditional scenes. Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 5: Siem Reap - Floating Village (B)
A hearty breakfast at the hotel following by this morning will precede a drive through the picturesque rural countryside to the beautiful temple of Banteay Srei. This name means the Citadel of Women, and is elegantly constructed of pink sandstone, and ornately decorated with stone carvings. The return trip is not without something special, either, as you walk through the Banteay Samre temple, built by the same king who constructed the legendary Angkor Wat.
In the afternoon, you'll head to the east of Siem Reap, in order to witness the great annual flood of Tonle Sap Lake, taking a boat ride to the village of Kompong Phluk, built completely on stilts. The best way to get in touch with this vast ecosystem from here is a canoe, and, if you take your trip between late August and early February, this is exactly what you will do, listening to the tranquil calls of the macaque monkeys while spying the forest beneath the lake’s surface. Upon returning to Siem Reap, you'll get a crack at the local market, where prices for jewelry, clothes, shoes, CDs, fresh meat and fish are all energetically negotiated. Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 6: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh by Public Bus - City Tour (B)
After breakfast your local tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the bus station to depart for Phnom Penh. The journey will take approximately six hours with some stops on the way about 15-20mn for break and you could local people are ready to sell insects such as deep fried spider, birds, snake…. You may try one of those as it’s Yummy!
After you arrive here at the bus station in Phnom Penh, your guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel for check in. Then you will pay a visit tothe Toul Sleng Museum, Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Toul Sleng Museum was used as the interrogation center by Khmer Rouge when Pol Pot ruled the country from 1975-79 then send off to the killing field for execution the victims. The floor of the Silver Pagoda consists of 5,329 solid silver tiles, and this magnificent structure also houses many bejeweled and gilded Buddha statues, including the highly prized 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha.
Overnight in Phnom Penh
Day 7: Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City by Public Bus (B)
In the morning after a wonderful breakfast, you will follow by check out and meeting the guide in the hotel lobby for transfer to the bus station then travel to Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City), will take approximately 6hours.
Ho Chi Minh City also known as Saigon is now the most populated city in Vietnam. Modern office skyscrapers, amidst Oriental style pagodas and food stalls along the street, create a dynamic urban area in very special sense. It is not oddly tidy like in Singapore, nor is urban slumps omnipresent like in India.
Ho Chi Minh City’s architecture and lifestyle is the reconciliation between American and Chinese influence, with many dots of modernity yet without losing Vietnamese traits and as much historical as it is modern.
Will be greeting by your local English speaking guide when arriving the bus station in Pham Ngu Lao Street for transfer to the hotel and follow by check in and free at your leisure after a short briefing about your activity for the next following days.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi – Tay Ninh (B)
You start todays trip with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels after having the breakfast at the hotel . This incredible underground tunnel network was constructed by the North Vietnamese fighters during their long struggle for independence. You will have an opportunity to experience how the guerrilla fighters felt living and fighting underground during the war. The brave can crawl through tunnels of 50, 100 and 200 metres long. At one point the tunnels extended over some 200 Km and housed hospitals, dormitories and command posts. This is a truly unforgettabe experience, although anyone clastrophobic is advised not to try this. En route we pass some local rice paper workshops as well as some spectacular rice paddy fields.
You then proceed to Tay Ninh which is home to the headquarters of the Cao Dai religion. You will have a chance to witness the daily ceremony at the Cao Dai Holy See, and meet followers who have come to attend the ceremony wearing their colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity and Buddhism.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City - Full Day Tour (B)
After breakfast at the hotel we head off for a full days exploration of this amazing, bustling city. The city tour includes: War museum which primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War, and is a major tourist attraction; the Reunification Palace which was the workplace of the President of South Vietnam & was then known as Independence Palace. You will have a break for lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch you will visit Chinatown with its Thien Hau Temple and Binh Tay wholesale market. You will also visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in SE Asia; The General Post Office, building with its French colonial architectural style. The final stop is at Ben Thanh market which is always loaded with varieties of goods, such as consumer goods, cakes and candies, food and foodstuff, and particularly high-quality fruit and vegetables. Finall you can indulge in some souvenirs and Duty Free shopping in the city center at Sai Gon tax trade center, in Sai Gon square.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 10: Departure day from Ho Chi Minh City (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be free to explore the city on your owned or relax at the hotel till your pick up and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Difficult to leave from the regions you have seen, but you've just spent an entire 10 days full of more amazing memories than some make in a lifetime. When you're ready to fly off, your local English-speaking guide will be ready to whisk you off to the airport, where you'll be whisked onto your plane, where you'll have your first chance to try to put all those memories in order.