An opportunity to discover the incredible sights of Indochina incorporating Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
DAY 1 - BANGKOK
Take a highlights tour of the fascinating city of Bangkok. Witness the bustle of Chinatown en route to the Emerald Buddha Temple. Explore the grounds of the Grand Palace, which encompasses several major buildings, all topped by glittering spires and soaring finials. During your tour, luncheon will be offered at a city hotel. Take a panoramic drive around Bangkok and enjoy a short stop for souvenir shopping, before transferring to the airport for your flight to Siam Reap. On arrival in Cambodia, you will be met by your local guide and check into the Sohka Angkor Resort Hotel where you will have dinner and enjoy a wonderful Apsara dance show at hotel’s poolside.
DAY 2 – ANCIENT CITY OF ANGKOR
After an early breakfast, visit the enchanting ancient city of Angkor. See the Ta Prohm Temple, used during the filming of ‘Tomb Raider’, these fascinating ruins are covered with twisted fig trees which add to the atmosphere of this sacred temple. Venture on to the South Gate at Angkor Thom and explore the forested centre of this once great city. You will also see the Bayon Temple, the Terrace of the Leper King, Terrace of the 12 Elephants, the Baphuon and the Royal Palace. In the afternoon, you will briefly return to your hotel to check out before proceeding to another venue for luncheon. The highlight of your day will be the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat. A stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, Angkor Wat is undoubtedly the most breathtaking of all Angkor monuments. In the evening, you will leave Cambodia and take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. You will be met by your new guide and check into the Renaissance Hotel where dinner will be served.
DAY 3 – HO CHI MINH CITY
Breakfast will be served before a tour of Vietnam’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh. Visit the National History Museum, which includes an unusual water puppetry performance. This unique art form was once staged as entertainment for the Kings and Emperors. A brief stop will be made at a lacquer factory to see traditional local craftsmanship before proceeding to Notre Dame Cathedral, which dates back to the 19th century. Visit the former Presidents Palace, now known as Reunification Hall, where Liberation forces marked the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Enjoy luncheon, accompanied by traditional music at one of the city’s leading hotels, before continuing your sightseeing tour. You will have the opportunity for a photograph at City Hall; this wedding cake style building is said to be the most picturesque in the city. Enjoy free time for shopping and refreshments at the Rex Hotel before taking the two hour drive to the ship in Phu My.
Note: Bookings for this tour will close on 14th December 2012. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = LC1800A, Single = LC1801A). Prices shown on your overland excursions record are per person, not per room. This tour departs Laem Chabang 12th February and returns in Phu My 14th February. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates prior to booking this overland. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for early morning starts, lengthy days, and airport delays. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. Flight times and further details will be advised on board and hotels listed are subject to change.
The fare includes: transport by coach and economy class flights, sightseeing, meals and hotel accommodation as stated. Visa’s for Cambodia and Vietnam are included. Two glasses of house wine, local beer soft drinks, tea and coffee are included with meals.
The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, phone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, doctor’s fees, visits and any medication and prescriptions. Wine is not included during lunch in Bangkok, only one beer or soft drink. Those wishing to order alternative beverages during the overland will be charged separately. Guests should check visa requirements for Thailand prior to travelling.
What to pack: please bring two passport photographs for visa documentation. Please remember your passport and any medication. Passports must have 2 blank pages. Luggage limit is one bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg.
Thailand: photography is permitted within the Palace grounds, but not in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. All visitors must adhere to the dress code:- no sleeveless, tight, or see-through shirts/blouses, even if a jacket is worn over them. No shorts, short skirts, culottes or leggings. Trousers must cover calves. No open-toed or open-heeled shoes. Shoes must be removed when entering the Temple.
Cambodia: light clothing, comfortable walking shoes and protection against the sun and mosquitoes are recommended. US dollars in small denominations are widely accepted. Appropriate attire covering shoulders, arms and legs is required when visiting places of worship including Angkor temples (shawls and long shorts are not permitted). You may also be requested to remove your shoes (socks are recommended). Please refrain from raising your voice as this is considered ill-mannered.