American breakfast (B) daily; Local Host service in each city; city maps; sightseeing as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary (inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE).
Day #1 Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known to many as Saigon. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day #2 Ho Chi Minh City. Today’s full-day sightseeing includes a visit to the CU CHI TUNNELS, a network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong as a hideout during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and visit the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM and the REUNIFICATION PALACE. The evening is at your leisure to explore this lively city. (B)
Day #3 Ho Chi Minh City. A free day to explore the city and surrounding area on your own. (B)
Day #4 Ho Chi Minh City-Hanoi. Today, fly to Hanoi, the nation’s capital and one of Southeast Asia’s most engaging cities. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day #5 Hanoi. This morning’s sightseeing focuses on Ho Chi Minh, the father of modern Vietnam. First, visit the MAUSOLEUM and the humble cottage from which “Uncle Ho” ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next on the agenda: the ONE PILLAR PAGODA, the HO CHI MINH MUSEUM, and the PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. Also visit the ancient TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, over 900 years old and Hanoi’s first university. (B)
Day #6 Hanoi. Today is free for independent exploration. (B)
Day #7 Hanoi-Siem Reap, Cambodia. Board your flight to Siem Reap, your base for exploring the temples of Angkor. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples are unmatched among the world’s ancient ruins. (B)
Day #8 Siem Reap. Your sightseeing starts at the best preserved of all the temples—ANGKOR WAT, which honors the Hindu god Vishna. Next stop is ANGKOR THOM to see BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day #9 Siem Reap. This morning, visit striking TA PROHM, which has been left relatively untouched, unlike many other temples. Here, the jungle surrounds you, and tree roots grow over and through the ruins. Next, visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique, small temple built from red sandstone and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)
Day #10 Siem Reap-Phnom Penh.Today, fly to Phnom Penh. This afternoon, your sightseeing tour includes the NATIONAL MUSEUM with its fine collection of Khmer artifacts. You will also visit the ROYAL PALACE and the SILVER PAGODA, famous for its floor made of over 5,000 silver tiles. (B)
Day #11 Phnom Penh. This morning’s sightseeing provides an education on the murderous Khmer Rouge regime and is a somber reminder of what a government can do to its people. Start with a visit to the TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM. This former high school housed over 17,000 prisoners during the Khmer Rouge regime. Of this number, it is believed that less than 15 survived the torture and avoided being sent to the Killing Fields. Afterward, visit one of the KILLING FIELDS, where over 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)
Day #12 Phnom Penh–Bangkok, Thailand. Today, transfer to the airport and fly to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight. (B)
Day #13 Bangkok. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)