OVERLAND - ANGKOR WAT BKK-HCM
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: 23 February, 2014 BANGKOK to SIEM REAP
Depart the ship in Laem Chabang and transfer to the Bangkok Airport. Fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at the Siem Reap International Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to Le Meridien Hotel. Note: You will require one additional passport photo for your entry visa. Following check-in and some free time to relax at the hotel, you will enjoy dinner with a Khmer dance show.
Day 2: 24 February, 2014 SIEM REAP
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to Angkor Thom complex. You will visit 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, Preah Khan, Neak Khan, Takeo.
Another highlight is a visit to 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. Your morning of adventure will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon you will drive to 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.
Your day will end with a visit to 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: 25 February, 2014 SIEMREAP to SAIGON
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out. You will transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Once you arrive in Vietnam, you will be met and transferred directly to the ship at the Saigon port.
Note: You will require one additional passport photo for your entry visa.
Land Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes only and are subject to change.
Day 1 - February 23rd, 2014
10:20am Check in at Bangkok airport for Siemreap
12:20pm Fly to Siemreap on PG 906 (subject to change)
1:35pm Arrive in Siem Reap. Obtain included Cambodian Visa (one extra passport photo required) Meet and greet and transfer to the hotel
2:00pm Check in at your hotel. Lunch is on your own
7:00pm Transfer to dinner with Khmer show
Overnight at Le Meridien Hotel or similar hotel
Day 2 - Feburary 24th, 2014
7:00am Buffet Breakfast at the hotel
8:00am Transfer to Angkor Thom complex. Visit the Southern Gate the Bayon complex, Phimean Akas Temples, the Elephants Terrace & Leper King, Preah Khan, Neak Khan
9:30am Visit Ta Prohm Temple
12:00nn Lunch at a local restaurant with your choice of one soft drink or one local beer or one bottle of water
1:00pm Drive to Bantey Srei, the 'Women's Citadel'
3:30pm Visit Angkor Wat
5:30pm Enjoy sunset over Angkor Wat (subject to weather conditions)
6:00pm Return to the hotel
6:30pm Evening at your leisure
Dinner on your own.
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 - February 25th, 2014
7:00am Breakfast at hotel
9:00am Check out and transfer to the airport
9:30am Check in for your flight from Siem Reap to Saigon
11:20am Flight to Saigon on K6 808 (subject to change)
12:40pm Arrive in Vietnam. Obtain included Vietnamese Visa (one extra passport photo required).
1:00pm Meet and greet and transfer to the ship
1:30pm Approximate arrival at 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 two additional passport photos for the Cambodian and Vietnamese Visas which are included in the cost of this program and which you will obtain at the airports in Siem Reap and Saigon. Make sure to have them ready to show when you reach each airport.
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.
" 2 nights' accommodation at Le Meridien Hotel in Siem Reap or similar
" Two breakfasts
" One lunch and one dinner - one local beer or one mineral water or one soft drink included
" Transfers and sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary using air- conditioned busses
" Bottled water will be provided on the buses.
" Cambodian Visa upon arrival.
" Vietnam Visa on arrival
" International air ticket in coach class from Bangkok to Siem Reap.
" International air ticket in coach class from Siem Reap to Saigon
" English Speaking Guide
" Any meals or drinks not specified above
" Personal expenses, hotel incidentals
" 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.
Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.