DAY 1 – HO CHI MINH CITY
Your Indochina overland adventure begins in Vietnam with a 1½ hour drive to the country’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City. Visit the National History Museum, which includes an unusual water puppetry performance. A brief stop will be made at a lacquer factory for you to see the traditional local craftsmanship. Stop for photographs at Notre Dame Cathedral, and visit the Reunification Hall, where Liberation forces marked the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. After a buffet luncheon, you will continue on to City Hall and the Dong Khoi district where you will have free time for shopping. After your Ho Chi Minh sightseeing tour, transfer to the airport for a one hour flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Check into the Sohka Angkor Resort Hotel, where you will have a buffet dinner and spend two nights.
DAY 2 – ANCIENT CITY OF ANGKOR
After breakfast, head for the enchanting Banteay Srei Temple, known as the Citadel of Women. This petite temple possesses wonderful, intricate carvings. You will have chance to visit Preah Dak to witness the lives of Cambodian country people. See the enchanting Ta Prohm Temple, which was used during the filming of ‘Tomb Raider’. Luncheon will be served at the Tara Hotel. 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. Venture on to the South Gate at Angkor Thom and explore the forested centre of this once great city. You’ll also see the Bayon Temple, the Terrace of the Leper King, Terrace of the 12 Elephants, the Baphuon and the Royal Palace. Before returning to the hotel, you’ll have the chance to shop for souvenirs of Cambodia at the Central Market. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful Apsara dance show with a buffet dinner at the hotel’s poolside.
DAY 3 – BANGKOK
Take an early breakfast, before heading to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. On arrival in Thailand’s capital, you will enjoy a hotel luncheon before exploring the city’s highlights. 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. Take a panoramic drive around Bangkok and enjoy a short stop for souvenir shopping, before your return to the ship in Laem Chabang.
Bookings for this tour will close on 14th December 2014. Any bookings after this date will be on a request basis. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = PH1800. Single = PH1801). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs Phu My on 29th March and returns in Laem Chabang on 31st March. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates before booking this tour. 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 air travel, 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, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and any treatment or prescriptions. Wine is not included during luncheon 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 travel.
What to pack: please bring two passport sized photos for visa documentation and ensure that your passport has 2 blank pages. Please remember your passport and any medication. Luggage limit is 1 bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg.
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.
Thailand: photography is permitted within the Palace grounds, but not in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. All visitors are requested to 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 be full length to cover calves. No open-toed or open-heeled shoes, sandals or flip flops. Shoes must be removed when entering the Temple. Journey time from Bangkok to Laem Chabang is approximately 2½ hours.