|Primary activity:||Cultural and Historical Tours||Secondary activity:||n/a|
|Group size:||2-15 people||Max-Altitude:|
|Arrival on:||Hanoi, Vietnam||Departure from:||Bangkok, Thailand|
|Accomodation:||4 star Hotels|
Are you passionate about making an adventurous tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand? Then, join our 12-days Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand Tour that gives you the best of the three countries in a nutshell. The tour package is a classic opportunity to discover these three South-East Asian countries. The Tour includes everything you wish to discover in a Southeast Asian adventure - beaches, historical monuments, nature, culture, adventure and more, the best of South East Asia! Himalayan Glacier makes every effort to make your trip a wonderful memory of a life time.
The Best of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand-12 days Tour starts with your arrival in the Vietnam Capital, Hanoi. After making a full day's tour of Hanoi, we will travel to Halong Bay. The next morning we will return to Hanoi and fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City we will visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels. We then drive through the Mekong Delta to the town of Cai Be. Then we fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap of Cambodia. After visiting the historic Angkor Complex, we will fly to Bangkok, Thailand. In Thailand, visit the Grand Palace and Chao Phraya River among others before bidding adieu to South East Asia.
Extensions available to spend more time in Thailand or go to Laos or Burma following the program.
Today we visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels in the morning. This network of tunnels, which stretched for over 200km, became legendary during the 1960s. The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the U.S.-Vietnam War in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon . At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specifically constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapon factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life during the war must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!). For those interested there's even the opportunity to try an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.After lunch at a local restaurant in Cu Chi, we come back to visit Ho Chi Minh City.Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam with a population of 7 million people. Much of the daily life takes place on the streets, which are lined with shops, stalls and vendors with their wares spread out on the footpath. Don't miss the bustling Ben Thanh Market - a fantastic place for bargains of every kind! There are several interesting sights in HCMC. The War Remnants Museum has a wealth of images from the wars, the most moving being a gallery entitled 'Requiem' which is dedicated to Vietnamese and foreign journalists and photographers who perished during the French and American conflicts. The Reunification Palace was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 30, 1975 when the North Vietnamese tanks came crashing through the front gates, bringing the U.S.-Vietnam War to a dramatic end. Close to the palace some of the best examples of French colonial architecture are represented in the forms of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883 and the stone used to create it was exported in its entirety from France . Next to the cathedral stands the Central Post Office , finished in 1891. It is another fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam 's largest post office. For all its French colonial history though, Ho Chi Minh City is by far and away Vietnam 's most modern city. It has numerous shopping malls, cinemas, discotheques and a bewildering number of bars. Overnight at your hotel in HCMC.
Start your day out with a chic and unique city tour. Visit a bustling around the clock market, Pak Klong Talad, take a short Tuk Tuk ride to Saranrom Royal Garden where you can relax and learn about a variety of Thai plants. Continue to the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple – Wat Phra Kaeo. Before entering the main gate to the temple of the Emerald Buddha, stop by the Royal Regalia Museum to see the beauty of decorative jewelry, which used to be ornaments of the royal officers and consorts. Walk in to enjoy the beauty of the temple of The Emerald Buddha. Visit the most sacred Buddha statue of Thailand, held by all Thais as the symbol of national independence.In the afternoon, take a long-tailed boat along the Chao Phraya River to see the Thai lifestyle. Pass the Grand Palace and pay a brief visit to the Royal Barge Museum which houses ceremonial King’s Barges decorated with multi-color glasses, gilt and stuccos. Disembark at Wat Arun – the temple of Dawn to visit the tallest prang in Thailand. Overnight in Bangkok.