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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam-port
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam's largest and most famous city. During the 14th century this city was known as Prey Nokor and was nothing more than a trading post. By the 18th century, the Lords of Hue, under the Nguyens, had established control of the trade in Prey Nokor and renamed the city Saigon. After the Vietnam War, the new communist regime changed the official name of the city of Saigon to Ho Chi Minh and began to rebuild its economic and social structure.

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  • Angkor Wat Experience HCH TO SIH

Angkor Wat Experience HCH TO SIH

Code: HCHL02

*This program is only available for in transit guests. Anyone disembarking the ship in Singapore can take advantage of the Post Cruise Angkor Wat program.

Experience the magnificent Angkor Wat, a temple complex in Cambodia, built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

Day 1: April 9th, 2015

Depart the ship in Saigon and transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide who will ask for your passport and photo for Visa. He will walk you through the luggage claim area and customs. Next you will transfer to your hotel. Following check-in you will enjoy dinner with an Apsara dance show before you retire for the evening.

Note: You will require one additional passport photo for your entry visa.

Day 2: April 10th, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel you will visit the famous Ta Prohm Temple, famous for its forest atmosphere with enormous fig trees. This temple looks just as it did when the first European explorer arrived. You may recognize it as it’s also the location of many scenes filmed for Angelina Jolie’s huge blockbuster movie, Tomb Raider.

Continue to the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom and the famous Bayon Complex whose giant stone faces have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. The curious smiling faces are said to be the representation of King Jayavarman VII, the creator of Bayon Temple. Next you will move on to the Phimean Akas Temples, the Elephants Terrace & Leper King,

Your morning of adventure will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant after which you will visit Bantey Srei, the beautiful ‘Women’s Citadel’ located 32km from Siem Reap town. This is the last major Khmer temple to be re-discovered in Cambodia.

The day continues with a visit to the famous Angkor Wat. This is the highest and most magnificent temple in Cambodia. This huge temple was built by King Suryavarman as a Hinduist temple. His tomb was on the top tower. Angkor Wat has three floors and many roofs, doors and gates and you will see two long snakes with 7 heads which are considered to be dragons, on both sides of the entrance to the complex.

Enjoy sunset at Angkor Wat and then head back to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 3: April 11th, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out. You will transfer to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival you will meet your local guide who will take you to visit the Royal Palace - a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the King of Cambodia. Following your visit here you will drive back to the port where you will re-join the ship. Boxed lunches will be distributed on the coach transfer back to the ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings and flights indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes only and are subject to change.

Day 1

2:15pm Disembark the ship in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap

4:30pm Flight VN813 departs for Siem Reap (flight details subject to change)

5:30pm Arrival in Siem Reap. Proceed through Customs and transfer to your hotel

8:00pm Dinner with Apsara Show (includes 1 soft drink, beer, mineral water or house wine)

Overnight at the Le Meridien or similar hotel

Note: You will require one additional passport photo for your entry visa.

Day 2

6:00am Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Depart for Ta Phrom

8:30am Visit Ta Phrom

9:30am Drive to Angkor Thom

10:00am Visit Angkor Thom, Phimeanakas Temple and Terraces of the Elephant and Lepper King

11:30am Drive to lunch venue

12:00pm Lunch (includes 1 soft drink, beer or mineral water)

1:00pm Drive to Banteay Srey

2:00pm Visit Banteay Srey

2:45pm Drive to Angkor Wat

3:15pm Visit Angkor Wat until sunset

5:15pm Enjoy sunset at Angkor Wat

6:00pm Drive back to the hotel.

Dinner on your own at your leisure

Overnight at the Le Meridien Hotel or similar hotel

NOTE: Your guide will give you an Angkor Wat Complex Pass at the beginning of the program. Please ensure to keep it with you for the day’s entrance to all temples and restroom facilities

Day 3

7:30am Breakfast at hotel

8:35am Check out and transfer to the airport

8:55am Check in for your flight from Siem Reap to Saigon

9:55am K6100 departs Siem Reap for Phnom Penh (flight details subject to change)

10:40am Arrive in Phnom Penh and meet your guide

11:00am Drive to the Royal Palace

11:30am Visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda

12:15pm Depart for the ship – lunch boxes will be distributed on the bus and a comfort stop will be made along the way

4:30pm Arrive in Sihanoukville and re board the ship

Expected Weather: 30 – 35 C (80-90 F) With very little shade

What to Bring: Casual clothes (there are no dress code restrictions), comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, camera, insect repellant.

Currency: US dollars are popular and accepted everywhere. USD 1 = approximately 4,000 Cambodian Riels

Electricity: 220 Volts

Luggage: Light luggage would be most suited for this 2 night trip. Please note that the airlines allow a maximum of 1 checked suitcase (20 kg or 44lbs) and one small carry on. Any additional pieces will be paid to the airline at the guests’ expense.

Documents: Passports are required.

**Please ensure that you have one additional passport photo (3 x 4 or 4 x 6 or 5 x 5 ) for the Cambodian Visa which is included in the cost of this program. Make sure to have it ready to show when you reach the airport in Siem Reap (do not pack it in a checked suitcase)

Accommodation: Le Meridien Hotel in Siem Reap or another similar hotel.

*If a similar hotel is required due to unforseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes:

• 2 nights’ accommodation at Le Meridien Hotel in Siem Reap or similar hotel

• Two breakfasts

• One lunch - one local beer or one mineral water or one soft drink included

• One dinner - one local beer, or one house wine or one mineral water or one soft drink included

• One box lunch

• Transfers and sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary using air-conditioned buses

• Cool water will be provided on the buses

• Cambodian Visa on arrival

• Economy class air ticket from Saigon to Siem Reap and from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

• English Speaking Guide

Program Excludes:

• Any meals or drinks not specified above

• Personal expenses and hotel incidentals including hotel mini bar

• Gratuities to drivers and guides

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

Free Land Programs and Land Programs from $499 is per person for guests 1 and 2 for one pre- or post-cruise program only. Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel package amenity. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information.