A New Perspective in Cambodia and Vietnam

Friendly Planet Travel • Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Escape Kit

  • An 11-Day Trip to Cambodia and Vietnam ($2,499 to $2,699 per Person), Including:
  • Round-Trip Flights from Los Angeles to Phnom Penh and Hanoi via China Airlines
  • Intra-Asia Flights between Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, and Halong
  • Double-Occupancy Superior Accommodations for One Night at InterContinental Phnom Penh, Two Nights at Borei Angkor Resort & Spa, Two Nights at New World Saigon Hotel, One Night at Halong Plaza Hotel, and Two Nights at Hotel Nikko Hanoi
  • Eight Breakfasts, One Lunch, and Two Dinners
  • City Tours of Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi
  • Visit to Angkor Archaelogical Park and Half-Day Tour of Angkor Wat
  • Boat Ride on Lake Tonle Sap
  • Five-Hour Junk Cruise on Halong Bay
  • English-Speaking Local Guides
  • Airline Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, Hotel Fees, and Entrance Fees Included
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

The Destinations
Southeast Asia is a land where city streets hum with tireless motion, millennia of culture stir in the fissures of ruined monuments, and green waters spill out toward the far reaches of sight. The globe will never seem so big as it does on your first trip to Cambodia and Vietnam.

The Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh sets the stage with its churning pace and poignant symbols of a war-torn history. A different energy takes hold in Siem Reap, a rural outpost-turned-destination in the shadow of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. And at Tonlé Sap—a huge freshwater lake—Cambodia's natural wonders are on full display.

Like Phnom Penh, Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi blend the clamorous present with a hushed reverence for the past. In both, urban life whirls among the sky-high buildings, modest temples, and food carts enveloped in the aroma of steaming pho. East of Hanoi, crane your neck to admire towering limestone formations erupting from the waters of Ha Long Bay.

For a look at life from the other side of the planet, journey beyond familiarity's borders with this 11-day trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, courtesy of Friendly Planet Travel.

The Itinerary
days 1 and 2: Board an overnight flight from Los Angeles to Phnom Penh via China Airlines. You'll lose a calendar day crossing the International Date Line, but gain it back on your return trip.

day 3: Touch down in Phnom Penh in the morning. A guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the 4.5-star InterContinental Phnom Penh, your home for the evening.

An afternoon city tour begins atop the Wat Phnom. Proceed to the Silver Pagoda in the Royal Palace complex, where you'll find a green crystal Buddha and a solid-gold Buddha studded with 9,500 diamonds. Continue to the National Museum to admire Khmer art and sculpture. Time permitting, you'll pay a respectful visit to Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes, a former Khmer Rouge prison.

Back at the hotel, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.

day 4: Wake for an early breakfast, then head to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, transfer to the 4.5-star Borei Angkor Resort & Spa, where you'll spend two nights.

After checking in at the hotel, set off for the Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More than 1,000 crumbling stone temples are the survivors of this grand metropolis built by the Khmer civilization. At roughly 1,150 square miles and up to a million people, Angkor was the world's largest preindustrial city until it was abandoned mysteriously in the 15th century.

Begin exploring at the royal walled city of Angkor Thom. Atop each of the temple's 50 towers are the four giant faces of Khmer rulers depicted as Buddhist deities. You'll also visit the Baphuon, Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace, and Royal Palace area.

day 5: After breakfast, set out to explore the temples of the Small Circuit. The famous and enigmatic Ta Prohm temple is shrouded by jungle and left untouched among the twisted banyan trees. Visit Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery, and Srah Srang, also called the "Pool of Ablutions," as well as the towers of Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon.

This afternoon, depart by motorized rickshaw to see legendary Angkor Wat, built in the 12th century to honor the Hindu god Vishnu. The truly marvelous, enormous temple symbolizes the cosmic Mt. Meru, its symmetrical walls, moats, and intricate carvings representing the Hindu universe. Stop and watch the sunset over Angkor Wat before returning to your hotel for dinner.

day 6: Fuel up with breakfast before leaving for Lake Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake spanning 1,000 square miles. You'll board a boat to visit the Chong Kneah floating village, where houses, farms, and even the hospital bob on the water. The afternoon is free for you to browse Siem Reap market.

Later, transfer to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Upon arrival, embark on a city tour with stops at the former Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), the Continental Hotel, the Opera House, and City Hall. Later, check-in for two nights at the 4.5-star New World Saigon Hotel.

day 7: Besides breakfast, you'll have the whole day free to spend in Ho Chi Minh City.

day 8: Rise and shine with breakfast and a morning at leisure. In the early afternoon, return to the airport for a flight to Hai Phong. From there, you'll board a transfer through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay, where you'll spend one evening at the 3.5-star Halong Plaza Hotel.

day 9: The morning starts with breakfast followed by a five-hour, private junk boat cruise on Halong Bay. Savor a fresh seafood lunch as you cruise amongst the limestone islands. You'll return to Halong Harbor then transfer to Hanoi in the afternoon. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to the 4-star Hotel Nikko Hanoi for two nights.

day 10: Finish up breakfast in time for a half-day tour of Hanoi. Begin at Ho Chi Minh's Masoleum and private residence, built of wood and standing on stilts amid peaceful gardens. In the same complex lies the One Pillar Pagoda, an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue on to Hoa Lo Prison (nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton" by American soldiers). The last stop brings you to the Museum of Ethnology.

The afternoon is yours to spend as you please.

day 11: Enjoy one last breakfast before heading to the Hanoi airport for your return flight to Los Angeles.

The Dates
2013 Los Angeles (LAX) departures: September 8 ($2,499); October 13 ($2,599); November 24 ($2,599); December 1 ($2,699)
2014 Los Angeles (LAX) departures: January 12 ($2,599); February 9 ($2,599); March 16 ($2,599); April 13 ($2,599); May 18 ($2,499)
*Priced per person based on double occupancy (see fine print)

  • "Angkor Wat is, quite literally, heaven on earth. Soaring skyward and surrounded by a moat that would make its European castle counterparts blush, Angkor Wat is one of the most inspired and spectacular monuments ever conceived by the human mind."



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the fine print

  • Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
  • Reservations required and subject to availability; must be booked by May 29, 2013
  • Must be at least 21 or older to make booking and anyone under 18 must be travelling with another person that is 21 or older; travelers on the tour must be 8 years of age or older
  • Not valid toward existing reservations
  • Merchants cancellation policy applies. For more information, please see www.friendlyplanet.com/terms/packages.html?tourId=446
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy (two people sharing a room). Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the hotel. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $599
  • Rate for extra nights is available upon request; subject to availability and must be confirmed at booking
  • All other major US airports available for a surcharge and will be collected at time of booking
  • Voucher includes one night at InterContinental Phnom Penh, two nights at Borei Angkor Resort & Spa, two nights at New World Saigon Hotel, one night at Halong Plaza Hotel, two nights at Hotel Nikko Hanoi, eight breakfasts, one lunch, two dinners, city tours of Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, a visit to Angkor Archaelogical Park a half-day tour of Angkor Wat, a boat ride on Lake Tonle Sap, a five-hour Junk Cruise on Halong Bay, an English-speaking tour director and local guides throughout, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, hotel fees, and entrance fees
  • Voucher does not include $20 visa fee for Cambodia, $150 visa fee for Vietnam, gratuities to drivers, local guides, etc., meals and beverages other than specified, personal and baggage insurance, and items of a personal nature
  • Review the State Department's website for passport/visa requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
  • Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during one stay
  • The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
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