The Best Luxury Small Group Tour of Vietnam and Cambodia

Annual End of Summer Sale. From 9.10.22 to 9.25.22


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Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam. Your arrival and departure transfers can be reserved with your guest relations manager, who is assigned to you after you book your tour. We strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier, as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag, and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations.

Sunset in Hanoi

Sunset in Hanoi

An additional night’s lodging at your gorgeous historic hotel can be added as part of the process as you reserve your tour.

If you are arriving a day earlier, your airport to hotel transfer will be provided a day earlier. Our services begin with your greeting as you exit the customs area at Hanoi airport. You are then driven to your boutique luxury hotel and assisted with your check-in if it is after 3pm. If it is much before 3pm, an earlier check-in can be arranged at an additional charge. The Sofitel Legend Metropole is one of a few internationally revered historic hotels which first opened its doors in 1901. Scores of heads of state, business tycoons, and celebrities have stayed here, including celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin and Joan Baez.

Your lodging has an enviable location in the iconic Old Quarter of Hanoi, and major attractions such as the Hanoi Opera, great restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as the vibrant street scene, are just a few steps away, but not in any way intrusive. Hanoi is one of the world’s most fascinating cities to explore on foot, with an exceptional street food scene, and its Old Quarter is always abuzz with activity and has an amazing energy that is near impossible to resist. Located on the banks of the Red River, Vietnam's capital is a stylish and gracious city that retains a unique old-world charm and has some of Asia’s most striking colonial architecture.
(Overnight – Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi)

Day 2: Hanoi. (Breakfast and Welcome Orientation Dinner) Start your exploration of Vietnam’s capital with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Built in 1070 as a Confucian temple and school, this complex became Vietnam’s first university six years later. Multiple courtyards, water tanks, temples, and unique architecture are what you will notice first. A unique sight here is 82 large stone slabs (with large tortoise shaped bases of stone) that have the names and other details of doctoral laureates of the university from 1442 to 1779. It is common to see local students at the temple in school groups throughout the year, and large groups of them are here dressed in their finest during graduation periods. Walk around the complex and its gardens and explore several temples housing beautiful statues of the university’s founders and greatest scholars.

Next up is the impressive Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex. This site is highly revered by the North Vietnamese, and consists of several structures, including Uncle Ho’s (Ho Chi Minh) modest house on stilts, and of course the iconic mausoleum itself. This granite structure stands prominently above the parade area and grandstand at a height of 70 feet and is surrounded by meticulously maintained lawns and gardens. Please note that we do not include a viewing of the preserved body of Ho Chi Minh, housed inside, as this requires a 45 minute (minimum) wait in line, and no photos are allowed.

Presidential Palace Hanoi

Presidential Palace Hanoi

Next to the mausoleum is the beautiful Presidential Palace, built between 1900 and 1906 as the French Governor General of Indochina’s residence.

The Palace is not open to the public, but you can stop here for a photo opportunity of the front left profile of the structure, as well as its beautiful gardens. Ho Chi Minh refused to live in the palace and had a simple home on stilts built in the gardens, which you will walk through to experience its simplicity and austerity.

Return to your beautiful hotel in the old quarter and you are at leisure for a short while during which you can enjoy lunch. In the early afternoon you will experience a guided walk through the fascinating old quarter. When Hanoi was much smaller, this area was the residential, commercial, and manufacturing hub. Each street was dedicated to locals practicing a particular trade, and this practice has continued until today, except the fact that there are far more street food outlets and cafes, adding even more color to an already fascinating sight. Your Country Connoisseur Guide will walk you through streets such as Hand Dong street (copper wares street) Hang Tre street (bamboo wares street), and so on. Some streets have names referring to trades no longer practiced, such as Hang Buom street (sails street), and are now focused solely on Vietnamese candy and cakes. There are streets full of flower decorators and sellers, and many of the streets still have temples, pagodas, and communal structures from old times.

Your walk will end at the Dong Xuan market and next you will enjoy a roughly 40-minute cyclo (pedicab) ride around the Old Quarter. These ancient narrow streets are bustling with people and shops. Your ride ends at Hoan Kiem Lake in the city center. The small urban lake is also known as The Lake of the Restored Sword, and the area surrounding it is Hanoi’s cultural center.

Hoan Kiem Lake Bridge to Ngoc Sun Temple

Hoan Kiem Lake Bridge to Ngoc Sun Temple

Visit Ngoc Son Temple, situated on a small island in the photogenic lake, and observe the fascinating rituals that take place here - the devout visit it for blessings throughout the day.

Welcome Dinner with Vietnam Orientation and Cocktails Event: This evening you will enjoy a short walk through a different part of the fascinating Old Quarter to one of Hanoi’s top-ranked boutique hotels. The elevators will take you to the rooftop bar area from where there is a charming view of Hani and Hoan Kiem Lake. While you enjoy a cocktail, your expert Vietnam Connoisseur Guide will give you an orientation of Vietnam and its culture, and things that you will experience during your exploration. Next you will be escorted to the excellent restaurant on the floor below you (also with a great view) and here you will enjoy a delicious dinner. As with most of your meals while you are in Southeast Asia with us, delicious options between local specialties and western cuisine will be available during this dinner.
(Overnight – Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi)

Day 3: Hanoi. (Breakfast and Lunch) Start your day with a visit to a residential Hanoi district seldom experienced by foreigners. You will feel like you have traveled back in time into the 1960’s when Hanoi was a quaint capital populated mostly by modest workers. Wander around these narrow alleys covered in colorful market stalls, observe the locals as they go about their daily lives – you will experience Hanoi as only the locals do. Return to the Old Quarter and break for lunch at the famous Sadhu restaurant, a charming upscale establishment serving innovative fusion vegetarian cuisine.

In the afternoon, continue with about a 40-minute drive to the fascinating village of Dao Thuc. You will cross both the Red River and its tributary, the River Duong, on this journey, and drive through suburban communities and farmland. Dao Thuc is famous because many of the villagers here are craftsmen who make water puppets, and the art of this puppetry is also taught and practiced here. You will meet the craftsmen and observe the many intricate processes they go through to create their puppets, and you will see and learn how the puppeteers orchestrate the performances (from behind the scenes) that are so popular in Northern Vietnam. You will have the option to communicate with the villagers and get interesting insights into North Vietnamese daily life while observing the simple lifestyles of the villagers and their culture.

Return to the Old Quarter for a short break and in the late afternoon comes a fascinating performance of Water Puppetry, where Easy Tours guests will enjoy preferred seating. Knowing the details behind this elaborate and stylized performance will further enhance your viewing pleasure. The Thang Long Puppet Theatre is Hanoi’s most famous because of the quality of the performers, and it is located on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake, across from Ngoc Son Temple. This art form, which is unique to North Vietnam, originated in the 11th century. The combination of indigenous music, small fireworks, and the colorful wooden performers, as well as the accomplished musicians visible in the gallery, makes this spectacle a great introduction to North Vietnamese cultural entertainment.

After the performance, you will enjoy a short walk to your hotel by the charming lake, walking past the locals as they dine on street food, an activity that is omnipresent at night all over the Old Quarter. By now you will start realizing that the Vietnamese take street food to a whole new level, even by Southeast Asia standards – people eating are everywhere, occupying sections of the pedestrian walkways, parks, sometimes taking over parts of the roads after sunset, enjoying the wares from scores of small street stalls.
(Overnight – Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi)

Day 4: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) ) Check-out from your hotel in the morning, and then you are driven to an island off the coast of Ha Long. A new highway has now cut the driving time from about 3:45 minutes each way to about 2 hours 15 minutes. Upon your arrival you will join your fellow cruise travelers in a reception area where refreshments will be served. After a while you will be assisted in boarding your top-ranked luxury vessel. This is one of the newest cruisers on the bay and you will be in a beautiful balcony cabin on the upper deck which offers wonderful views.

Halong Bay Arial View

Halong Bay Arial View

The entire bay on this coast of Vietnam is one of the world’s most spectacular seascapes, resulting in it being listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The water is very calm on the bay, and the scenic beauty is characterized by a vast area that is full of lush limestone (karst) hills jutting out of the ocean. Your cruise will cover parts of Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay and you will visit some of the main attractions, but you will also spend quite a bit of time where most other cruises don’t go, in stunning locations that are a little off the beaten track. You will have various excursions available during your cruise, including options to kayak, swim, visit floating villages, and a lot more, and there will also be a full schedule of activities on the ship that you can participate in. Excellent Vietnamese and western cuisine options will be served throughout your cruise.
Lunch is served shortly after the cruise begins.
(Paradise Grand Cruise)

Day 5: Ha Long Bay – Hue. (Breakfast and Lunch) Wake up a little early to stunning views and then enjoy breakfast, after which you have the option to experience this morning’s scheduled excursion. Return after the scheduled morning excursion, and a full brunch will be waiting for you. The boat now begins its leisurely cruise to the dock, giving you plenty of time for more relaxation and photography. Check out of your cabin and you are met by your Country Connoisseur Guide and chauffeur at the dock. You are then driven to Hanoi airport to board your flight to Hue, The City of Mist.

You are greeted at Hue airport and you are driven to your art deco historic riverfront resort for check-in. By far Hue’s best lodging option, it was the residence of the French Resident Superieure (Governor) in times past. Time Magazine listed this hotel in its best hotels in the world in 2019, and the resort has received countless other awards. We use the larger Deluxe Rooms as the standard Superior Rooms are a little small.

Hue is known for its magnificent monuments built under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 - 1945), and also famous for its amazing food, as well as its unique conical hats. Unlike Hanoi and Saigon, the city has a relaxed vibe, and evening walks by the Perfume River, and the delightful cafes that are found here, are highly recommended. The monuments that you will visit here make up one of Vietnam’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This honor was bestowed on the city in 1993 since it is such a fine example of an eastern feudal capital.
(Overnight – Azerai La Residence)

Day 6: Hue. (Breakfast, Lunch and Cocktail Cruise) Your day will start in the morning with a visit to the impressive mausoleum of King Tu Duc (ruled 1848 - 1883). Close by is the next attraction, the unique mausoleum of King Khai Dinh (ruled 1916 - 1925).

Mausoleum of King Tu Duc's

A Courtyard at King Tu Duc's Mausoleum

These ornate and colorful monuments, designed by the kings themselves, were also used as holiday retreats during their lifetimes.

Next you will enjoy a guided walk-through older part of Hue, including a busy market located next to the river.

A short drive will bring you very near your next experience, and you will break for lunch at wonderful Fine Dining French Vietnamese restaurant, Les Jardins de la Carambole. After lunch you will continue your exploration with a visit to the Royal Citadel. The sprawling complex of palaces, fortifications and pagodas was, in its day, virtually impenetrable. The tour of this Imperial City features monuments such as the Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace (Palace of Supreme Harmony), and the Forbidden Purple City. Return to your beautiful colonial resort and take a short break to freshen up.

Private Sunset Cocktail Cruise: Board your boutique lodge’s upscale boat for a private one-and-a-half-hour sunset cocktail cruise on the Perfume River. The river gets its name from that fact that, during fall, orchids growing upriver of Hue fall into the waters creating a wonderful smell on the waters. The cruise lets you experience the enchanting ancient city of Hue from a different perspective as you watch the sun set on the river and the city. Delicious cocktails and canapes are served during the cruise.
(Overnight – Azerai La Residence)

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An. (Breakfast and Lunch) You will be assisted with your check-out in the morning. Embark on a scenic 3.5-hour (approximately) drive to Hoi An. Some of this drive is through coastal fishing villages, and some of it is on one of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular roads, where you straddle the Pacific Ocean with amazing views on one side, and lush green hills on the other. At the highest point of the journey, you will have a breathtaking view of the Pacific, and on the other side a view of the modern city of Da Nang and its bay. You will drive through the outskirts of Da Nang as you head towards Hoi An, and a brief photo opportunity stop will be at the beach zone that was a favorite for American soldiers during the Vietnam war, immortalized in the television series China Beach.

Arrive near historic and charming Hoi An in the early afternoon, in time for a slightly late lunch at a very nice beachfront restaurant. After lunch, you will be driven inland for about 15 minutes and assisted with your check-in at your top-ranked boutique resort. Although the Heritage town of Hoi An is an ancient seaport, it is now about 3 miles from the coastline as the crow flies. Easy Tours uses the highest rated and top-ranked lodging in Hoi An, and the boutique lodge is located within Hoi An and is a very short walk or drive from the UNESCO Site.

You will be staying in a beautiful Verandah Suite in the more exclusive and relatively new Club Section of the lodge, and the services and cuisine are among the best you will experience anywhere in Southeast Asia. A leisurely 10-to-15-minute walk, 3-minute taxi ride, or a 5-minute bike ride (complimentary at your resort) can bring you to the ancient town in case you want to return there at any time during your stay. Although the food at your lodge is excellent, we also recommend the extremely charming French inspired riverfront restaurants and cafes in the ancient town for dinner this evening.

Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the best-preserved ancient seaport in Southeast Asia.

Easy Tours prefers not to take our guests to the ancient town during the late morning and early afternoon as, during those hours, it gets really crowded and noisy due to a large influx of tourist bus groups from the large Da Nang casino resorts. We begin your discovery of the ancient seaport in the late afternoon with a guided walk through the Japanese and Chinese Quarters of the tiny ancient town. One of the highlights is the beautifully crafted and much-photographed Japanese Bridge. You will also visit a number of temples, pagodas, communal houses, traditional shops, and other places of interest in the small town.
(Overnight – La Siesta Resort & Spa)

Day 8: Hoi An. Fisherman and Farmer for a Half Day. (Breakfast and Special Dinner) Rural Farming & Fishing Life Experience. Join your Tour Director Guide for a drive into the rural region away from modern civilization, along the Thu Bon River and its gorgeous Nipa Mangroves, passing lush farms and jungles. Soon you will arrive at the home and workshop of a local bamboo craftsman.

Bamboo Weaving

Bamboo Weaving

Bamboo is widely used for a myriad of purposes in central coastal Vietnam, and there are a few expert craftsmen who sculpt and create with this amazing natural resource.

Your host this morning is one of the very best of these craftsmen. You will be shown the steps of the creative process, and you are encouraged to make a souvenir for yourself.

You will now proceed to visit a local fisherman’s family. We recommend that you use bicycles for this part of the excursion, although for those group members who would rather not, your vehicle will be headed to the same destination. The approximately 5-mile ride is on flat country roads with no traffic, and the scenery is extremely charming. At the end of the ride, you will meet the friendly family and learn about their simple lifestyles, followed by a lesson in Vietnamese net fishing!

A very short drive after this will end at an organic farm, where again you will learn from the farmers on how they cultivate their crops. Enjoy some of their herbal tea and snacks, and then, if you so desire, participate in their daily activities for a little while. From here you are driven back to your gorgeous lodging and you are at leisure for a couple of hours for relaxation at your lodge, until your bamboo platform dining experience.

Bamboo Platform Dining Experience: At 4:30 PM your Country Connoisseur Guide will escort you to the banks of the river. You will be assisted in boarding one of the Hoi An regions iconic basket boats for a short cruise. After a few minutes you will arrive at your destination – large floating bamboo rafts, situated on a beautiful secluded part of the river, surrounded by tropical nature. Butlers and other staff will feed you unique local cuisine and fresh vegetables. At the end of the evening, at about 8 PM, you will be driven back to your resort.
(Overnight – La Siesta Resort & Spa)

Day 9: Hoi An – Da Nang – Saigon. (Breakfast and Lunch) Check-out of your resort in the morning and you are driven to Da Nang airport, crossing the charming Dragon Bridge on the way, where you will board the noon flight to Saigon. From the airport area you will be driven to District 1 in Saigon. There will be a break for lunch at a top-rated contemporary fusion restaurant, the Quan Bui.

After lunch you are assisted with check-in at Vietnam’s most luxurious city hotel, the Reverie, also ranked as Saigon’s top hotel. The opulence of the hotel and your room cannot be described in words – it has to be experienced! You are in the heart of Saigon’s downtown (District 1), and restaurants, cafes, bars, and shopping are right at your doorstep, as are historical structures such as the Opera House. You are a couple of minutes’ away from the scenic Saigon River. Dinner and/or a drink is recommended at the Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar at the nearby (5-minute walk) upscale Caravelle Hotel – this is the spot where American correspondents such as Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings received their daily war briefing and it was their favorite watering hole during that time. Both the food and the drinks are very good.

Located near the mouth of the Mekong, this city was once nothing more than swampland inhabited by a few Khmer people. Today it is Vietnam’s largest and most metropolitan city, now known as Ho Chi Minh City.

Nursery on Canal

Nursery on Canal

The city of over 9 million people is a prototypical large Asian city with an impressive modern skyline overlooking busy streets overflowing with, for western visitors, chaotic scooter, motorcycle and other traffic.

You will start your exploration of Saigon in the midafternoon with a visit to the Reunification Palace. This was the headquarters of the United States supported South Vietnamese government and has been left largely as it appeared on the day the Viet Cong’s tanks crashed through the gate and claimed victory for the North. The original furniture, equipment rooms, and war rooms remain untouched, all the way down to the rotary phones on the desks and strategic maps on the walls. In the middle of the crowded city, this large structure and its vast grounds are a fascinating time warp taking you back to the early 1970’s. Next, enjoy a visit to the beautiful colonial building housing the Central Post Office, with its amazing collection of century old western telegraphs and other machines. This is an active place of business, and the gorgeous antique interior includes wooden phone booths and counters that the locals will be standing at while buying services.
(Overnight – The Reverie Saigon)

Day 10: Saigon. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) A short walk from your gorgeous hotel this morning will bring you to a pier on the Saigon River where you will be assisted in boarding an upscale speedboat. You will proceed on a very scenic ride to the Cu Chi Tunnels, located in the countryside north of Saigon. This speedboat ride gives you an opportunity to experience the lush farming and rural areas on the banks of the river and cuts the travel time to almost half when compared to driving.

The Cu Chi area is famed for its elaborate network of over 125 miles (200 kilometers) of three-story underground tunnels hand-dug during the Vietnam War. As you tour this extremely popular attraction, you have the option to experience climbing down into a tunnel and crawling around to get a taste of how the North Vietnamese soldiers (Vietcong) lived during the latter part of the war. There are displays of weaponry that was used, as well as life-sized clay likenesses of the North Vietnamese soldiers depicting the lives they lived.

You will enjoy lunch at a riverfront restaurant and then you will be assisted in boarding the speedboat back to Saigon. Enjoy another picturesque and exciting journey on the way back to District 1 in Saigon. Return to your gorgeous hotel and there is a short break for you to freshen up. After this you will enjoy a walk-through Saigon, including the famous shopping street of Dong Khoi.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

The walk starts at Notre Dame Cathedral and leads you to the Municipal Theater, after which you are driven to your spectacular hotel to enjoy the amazing facilities for a little while.

Saigon River Cruise Dinner: In the evening you will join your Country Connoisseur Guide for a short drive to another pier on the Saigon River where you will be assisted in boarding your river cruising vessel. Enjoy Saigon city lights and the multiple entertainment acts as you dine on a large and fresh selection of Vietnamese and some western cuisine. There are local dancers, musicians, a magician, and you are encouraged to join the performances.
(Overnight – The Reverie Saigon)

Day 11: Saigon - Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Breakfast and Lunch) This morning you have the option to experience an exploration of the War Remnants Museum. We do not recommend this museum to guests who don’t want to experience gruesome war photos, written descriptions, and exhibits. Also, please bear in mind that the atrocities exhibited are those attributed to American and French soldiers, during what Vietnamese call the American War and the earlier Anti-French Resistance War. For those who want to forego the museum, you can enjoy your spectacular hotel until the late morning or explore surrounding District 1 on your own. Those who visit the museum will return to your hotel to freshen up.

You are assisted with your check-out at noon and your bags are loaded into your vehicle. Enjoy a 3 to 4-minute walk through the affluent shopping area of District 1 and you will reach your destination for lunch, which will be at a wonderful upscale Vietnamese restaurant, Vietnam House. After lunch you are driven to the airport where your Vietnamese Country Connoisseur Guide will bid you farewell after assisting you with your check-in for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Arrive in Siem Reap and you are greeted at the airport by your Cambodia Country Connoisseur Guide and then you are driven to your beautiful upscale hotel and assisted with your check-in. (Overnight – Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort)

Day 12: Siem Reap. (Breakfast and Lunch) Rising well before dawn, proceed for your exploration of the most famous temple in Southeast Asia, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this 12th century temple is a perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Arrive at the monuments entrance before the sun rises and walk to a location near the temple, where your sunrise view of Angkor Wat is across lotus ponds. This is the best time to visit Angkor Wat because it is the least crowded during the early morning, and watching the sunrise over the awe-inspiring complex is an experience not to be missed.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

After admiring the sunrise, you will proceed into the massive complex to discover its incredible structures and plethora of intricacies, which will be highlighted by your Country Connoisseur Guide.

After exploring Angkor Wat you are driven back to your resort for some time to freshen up and to have breakfast. In the late morning you will explore the immense walled city of Angkor Thom and its multiple awe-inspiring monuments built at a scale that is simply amazing. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire. The causeway is lined by an intricate bridge depicting the Churning of the Ocean of Milk from Hindu mythology in which the Devas (gods) and Asuras (devils) are engaged in tug of war with a Naga (seven-headed serpent) to obtain the elixir of immortality. Begin your visit at the Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium and the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death.

You will continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances, and sporting events. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the 11th century. It has undergone a massive renovation by the French and is now once again open for viewing. Next up is the enigmatic and enchanting temple of the Bayon. At the exact center of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), all of which bear more than a passing resemblance to the king himself.

Lunch will be at a lakeside restaurant located amidst Angkor’s masterpieces. Their main dining hall is in a charming old renovated wooden home and very good food is served here. After lunch a very short drive will bring you to the mystical Ta Prohm, which has been abandoned to the elements for centuries. Left as it was discovered by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones. This was one of the settings for the original Tomb Raider movie.

Complete your exploration of this section of Angkor’s wealth of monuments with a visit to another temple that makes you feel like you have traveled back in time - Preah Khan. This large temple has also been left unrestored for the most part and is a fascinating maze of narrow passageways and windows that each offers their own unique view into the past. From here you will be driven back to your gorgeous resort where you can enjoy the extensive facilities this late afternoon and evening. You are a little more than half a mile from Siem Reap’s popular Pub Street, and for those who are interested, you can either walk or take one of the easily available tuk-tuks.
(Overnight – Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort)

Day 13: Siem Reap. (Breakfast, Lunch and Special Dinner) Join your Cambodia Connoisseur Guide for a very scenic 75 to 90-minute drive through the Cambodian countryside to the amazing temple complex of Beng Mealea. Arrive and start your exploration of this massive early 12th century complex.

Beng Maelea Tree

Beng Mealea Tree

Although partially in ruins, much of the complex is still in good condition, and some of the trees and vegetation have intermingled with the structure to create a sight that is unmatched by other similar monuments in Southeast Asia.

Due to its distance from Siem Reap, this surreal complex attracts significantly fewer tourists than Angkor Wat and the temples in the city of Angkor Thom.

From Beng Mealea you will head towards Tonle Sap Lake. Upon arrival you will break for lunch at a charming floating house that has been specially prepared for our guests this afternoon. Your excellent food choices will be catered by Easy Tours and lunch today will be one of the most memorable dining experiences of your Southeast Asia exploration.

Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, and the lake is connected to a river of the same name. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the lake region is one of the most biodiverse in the world, and its waters were what sustained the magnificent Angkor civilization, and others before and afterward. The lake loses much of its water during winter, and when the rains come in the late spring/early summer, the lake fills up and rises over 30 feet.

You will board your boat and your first stop will be at a floating explore the lakeside fishing community of Kampong Khleang, the largest town on the lake. You will be fascinated by the network of houses on up to 30-foot-tall stilts, lush farmlands, and small fishing communities on the lake, and you will have the opportunity to observe how the locals live and work in this unique environment. Unlike the very touristy and hawker-filled village of Chong Kneas, where almost all other tours go, Kampong Khleang offers a more authentic experience.

Special Dinner Experience: A very short drive across the Siem Reap River will bring you to the top-ranked restaurant, Embassy Khmer Gastronomy. This Fine Dining boutique restaurant is owned and operated by twin sisters who are both excellent chefs as well as gracious hosts. Only the freshest of local ingredients are used here and the delicious food and its impressive presentation are arguably the best you will experience anywhere. On the way back to your lodging guests who want to experience Siem Reap’s most popular night market will be dropped off along with your Cambodia Connoisseur Guide for a fascinating walk through the local night market to shop for all sorts of souvenirs and locally made apparel. Those who are not interested will be driven back to your nearby resort and your vehicle will then return to the market area and wait for those exploring the market. This is a very large and colorful market with scores of stalls and haggling is expected.
(Overnight – Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort)

Day 14: Siem Reap – International Flight. (Breakfast and Lunch) After an assisted check-out you will head to the Banteay Srei Temple Complex. Although it attracts more visitors than Beng Mealea, it is less crowded than the main complexes in the Siem Reap Region. Banteay Srei is another Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, and, at more than a thousand years of age, it is older than almost all of the other major temple complexes in the Siem Reap Region.

Constructed from hard red sandstone, this temple is a study in detail. It is small when compared to the other structures you will have visited in Siem Reap, or even the Beng Mealea Complex.

Apsara's

Apsara's at Banteay Srei

However, the intricacy of its original sculptures, especially the detailed figures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, and the voluptuous and beautiful Apsaras, is unsurpassed among all the wonders found in the Angkor region.

Some parts of this temple, more so than in other Angkor Region monuments, are replicas due to theft (before adequate protections were added) over the last few decades.

From Banteay Srei you will head back to Siem Reap where you will break for lunch at a very charming upscale and boutique lodge. The atmospheric Chanrey Tree Restaurant serves excellent cuisine in a wonderful restaurant that is a favorite among luxury travelers in Siem Reap. After lunch you will be driven to the nearby airport and assisted in boarding your international flight. Bid farewell to your Cambodia Country Connoisseur Guide at the airport after you are assisted with your check-in.

There a few options for your departure from Siem Reap and we will be happy to assist you in selecting one. We can include flights to Bangkok, Hanoi, or Saigon, or any other city in Asia as part of your tour, and additional services in those cities, or at Siem Reap as per your needs. Your Guest Relations Manager (assigned to you after you reserve your tour) will be your resource for this once we know your international departure preferences.



 

Lodging

Hanoi Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi – Premium Room
HaLong Bay Paradise Grand Cruise – Executive Grand Balcony Cabin
Hue Azerai La Residence – Superior River View
Hoi An La Siesta Resort & Spa HoiAn – Verandah Suite Club Wing
Saigon The Reverie Saigon – Deluxe Room
Siem Reap Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort - Superior Room

Inclusions

Accompanying Country Connoisseur Guide for Airport Assistance on all in-country flights
Breakfast and Lunch Daily
All meals on HaLong Bay
Ground transportation via upscale private vehicles
Representative for assistance on departure / arrival transfers per the itinerary
Services of the best English-speaking Accompanying Country Connoisseur Guides
Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
Bottled water during sightseeing
Hotel accommodation as listed above
All Boat Fees/Fares per the itinerary

Not Included

International travel except countries on your Easy Tours Journey
Any expenses of a personal nature, such as tips, laundry, phone calls, drinks etc.
Meals other than those specified on itinerary
Travel insurance, visas, etc.

Dates & Prices

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