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18 days from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok, or 19 days incl. travel
American breakfast (B) daily; Local Host service in each city; city maps; sightseeing as outlined in 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 CHU 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. (Breakfast)
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City
A free day to explore the city and surrounding area on your own. (Breakfast)
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. (Breakfast)
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. (Breakfast)
Day 6 Hanoi
Today is free for independent exploration. (Breakfast)
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. (Breakfast)
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. (Breakfast)
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. (Breakfast)
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. (Breakfast)
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. (Breakfast)
Day 12 Phnom Penh–Chiang Mai, Thailand
Today, fly to Chiang Mai. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)
Day 13 Chiang Mai
Today, enjoy a morning sightseeing tour that visits WAT PHRA SINGH with its famous Buddha image and WAT DOI SUTHEP, a temple tucked away in the mountains. For the final ascent to the temple you can take a tram car or walk up the Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase with over 300 steps. On a clear day you will enjoy spectacular views of Chiang Mai. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)
Day 14 Chiang Mai
A full day for independent activities. (Breakfast)
Day 15 Chiang Mai–Bangkok
Today, transfer to the airport and fly to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight. (Breakfast)
Day 16 Bangkok
Today, enjoy a morning sightseeing tour that includes a visit to the stunning GRAND PALACE featuring WAT PHRA KEO, which houses the Emerald Buddha. You will also visit WAT PHO, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok, featuring the massive Reclining Buddha. The balance of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the sights and sounds of this fascinating city. (Breakfast)
Day 17 Bangkok
A full day to explore Bangkok on your own. (Breakfast)
Day 18 Bangkok
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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