Thanks to this tour, you have opportunity to visit Phnom Penh - The capital of Cambodia, with its famous attractions such as: Victory monument, National Museum, Royal Palace..., to explore the long abandoned temple, to visit the floating village of Chong Khneas through Tonle Sap Lake.
Highlights of this tour
• Phnom Penh city tour: Visit the Victory Monument, and the National Museum, the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom Temple
• Visit the Roluos Group to see Preah Ko, Bakong and the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang, Banteay Kdei, Eastern Mebon
• Explore Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King
• Explore the long abandoned temple, strangled by the jungle, proceed to the Banteay Srei temple, Banteay Samre
• Visit the floating village of Chong Khneas through Tonle Sap Lake
• Visit the temple tour to Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda and Ta Prohm
Cambodia Heritages in brief:
Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival
Day 2: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Day 3: Siem Reap - Angkor Complex
Day 4: Siem Reap - Beng Mealea
Day 5: Siem Reap
Day 6: Siem Reap - Departure
Transfer from Phnom Penh International Airport to the hotel. To start our Phnom Penh tour, we will visit the Victory Monument and the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. The Victory Monument, built in 1958 to commemorate independence from France, is a modern reinterpretation of traditional Khmer architecture. About our second place, the National Museum was designed in Khmer style by a French archaeologist named Georges Groslier in 1917. He was not only a historian, curator but also an author of the most quintessential presence of “traditional Khmer” architecture. Adjacent to the National Museum is the Royal Palace, the residence of Khmer Kings. The Royal Palace was erected by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town. Inside the Royal Palace, we will see a special pagoda with about 5000 silver tiles on its floor, the Silver Pagoda. Besides, there are many treasures await the tourist to explore in the place. And to finish our first day, we will come to the Wat Phnom Temple where you can enjoy whole views of Phnom Penh with tree-lined boulevards during nightfall. Welcome dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport and departure by Siem Reap Airways International or similar to Siem Reap. Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon). Roluos GroupWe will begin our second day with the temple visit of the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, once the capital of Indravarman I, is one of the most ancient and permanent temples in the Khmer. This complex is also the most prominent presence of the Khmer classical art. The Roluos Group contains three temples, Preah Ko, Lolei and Bakong with specific features. While Preah Ko was built by Indravarman I in the late 9th century, Bakong is the largest and most interesting temple of the group with Buddhist monastery. About Lolei, this temple was built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir by Yasovaman I. We will continue our temple tour to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kracvan, Srah Srang ("The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Eastern Mebon, (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation) and the mountain-temple of the Pre Rup until the close of day.
Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. The third day of the tour will be the most interesting day because the destination we will visit is the most famous and spectacular landmark of Cambodia in many fields, the Angkor Wat. With an area of 81 hectares, the Angkor Wat is deserved to be on a par with the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Five buildings of the Angkor Wat complex is not only the symbol of integrity, justice and heritage as in the Cambodian flag but also the most prominent presence of classical Khmer art and architecture. We will keep moving on by visiting the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers adorned with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset at Angkor Wat.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, we will continue our trip by driving to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the common Khmer countryside. In about 2 hours drive, we will see many lively villages and rice fields before exploring the long abandoned temple Beng Mealea which is strangled by the jungle. Beng Mealea, one of the temples of the Angkor temple complex, was the burial place of King Suryavarman II also known as “unbeatable king”. Although many parts of the temple were destroyed by war and time, Bleng Mealea is the perfect second sample of the Angkor with many heavy stone blocks. In the past, Bleng Mealea was a small city with trench around. But now, the relic is seemed to be forgotten due to the destruction of time, weather and historical events and the efforts to bring it Banteay Srei templeback to the tourists are facing many difficulties. Lunch box will be provided at the site. After lunch, we will visit the Banteay Srei temple regarded as the most wonderful presence of the classical Khmer art and architecture. The temple, built to worship the Shiva of Hinduism with red sandstones, is also known as the jewel of the crown of the Khmer art. Then, we will reach to Banteay Samre, one of the most complete groups at Angkor due to restoration using the “anastylosis” method. Banteay Samre was built in the regime of Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the 12th century. Its name, Samre, refers to an ancient ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers. The temple was seemed unrecoverable with no inscriptions at all but you can feel the Angkor style inside it. The proportions of Banteay Samre are perfect. A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given a celestial atmosphere to the temple. At the end of the day, we will drive back to Siem Reap.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Early bird special: Transfer to the archaeological site for the sunrise from the Phnom Bakeng, one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor. By standing here, you can enjoy whole spectacular views of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat as well as the superb sunrise view of Srah Srang. However, the entrance is slippery especially after rains so be careful. Then we will come back to the hotel for breakfast. Tonle Sap LakeAfter enjoying many beautiful views and tasty breakfast, we will continue our journey by visiting the floating village of Chong Khneas in Siem Reap. On the way to the floating village, you’ll see large paddy fields and stilted houses on both sides of the road. You’ll also pass by Phnom Krom hill which has an ancient temple at the top. When arrive, you can take a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia. You can see the locals’ activities in the boat such as fishing, cleaning fruit by the lake, and many floating houses with various styles. Moreover, you can see catfish and crocodile farm and get a chance to feed them. It will be very interesting with real wild animal, real feeling and will be one of your most unforgettable things in Cambodia. We will begin our afternoon with the visit of Preah Khan which is built by King Jayavarman VII in the 12th century. The situation of a destroyed temple with towered enclosures, shoulder-hugging corridors and solemn atmosphere give visitors an indescribable feeling when arrives. The name “Preah Khan” in Khmer means “sacred sword” and was used to commemorate the King Jayavarman VI. It had been turned into a Hinduism temple from a Buddhism one after the death of King Jayavarman VII. Then we will also visit Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool and the temple of Ta Som.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, we will continue the temple tour by visiting Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda and Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Takeo is an uncompleted temple in the Angkor complex in Khleang style in the regime of King Jayavarman V. It was planned to erect in 1000 but was delayed because of the death of the King. Finally, Takeo was accomplished with simple structure and used to worship Shiva, a Hinduism spirit. About Thommanon, is one of the two temples finished in the 11th century in the regime of King Suryavarman II. And opposite of the Victory Entrance of Thommanon, there is Chau Say Tevoda. Chau Say Tevoda, built in the 12th century, is a Hinduism temple with Angkor style. Lastly, we will explore Ta Prohm, a temple of Bayon style. Initially, Ta Prohm was called Rajavihara. Different from other temples in the Angkor complex, Ta Prohm was seemed to be forgotten due to the old tree covered but now it become one of the most attractive temple in the Angkor group. After lunch, visit to "Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" of Siem Reap and spend time at leisure at a local market (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination. Indochinavalue thanks you so much for traveling with us. We hope you had a beautiful Cambodia holiday. All the best, goodbye and see you again!
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Tour guides who wor with usk are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our cultures and lifestyles ... with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch. In some parts such as Sapa, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic hilltribes like H'Mong or Red Dao as they know about their land much better than anyone else and this is also the way that Indochinavalue helps the local people a better life.
Tour guide is one of the most inportant factors to a successful holiday. Indochinavalue understands that a good tour guide needs not only good knowledge on history, culture, good English, French... but also needs to have general requirements and follow our guidelines as below:
1 - Licensed at least for 4 years with work experience.
2 - Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.
3 - Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.
4 - Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.
5 - Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.
6 - Clear speech and good hearing.
7 - Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.
8 - Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer because Indochinavalue's clients want to be entertained in extend, a friend...
9 - Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.
10 - Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.
11 - Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.
Kind of vehicle (offered on tour) depends on the size of your group size or your requirements.To ensure your comfort, all cars feature air conditioning and enough room inside. Drivers are local, with years of experience, taking you to your destination quickly and safely.
1 - Our drivers are professional and reliable with at least 5 years of experience, driving safely.
2 - Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.
3 - Our drivers must be friendly, helpful with good behavior and attitude.
4 - Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.
2 Stars from: US$35 -> US$40
The 2 star hotels are good for budget travelers and sometimes, we have no choice but stay in a guesthouse, mini hotel, 2 star hotel in the remote and mountainous areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms
3 Stars from: US$40 -> US$80
The 3 star hotels are good for many travelers because they offer basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.
4 Stars from: US$80 -> US$130
Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining andentertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.
5 Stars from: US$130 -> US$200 –> US$ 300
Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent experience. Multiple restaurants on siteand a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.
The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.
Note: If you have any special dietary needs, just let your travel consultant know when booking.
Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.
Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.
Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay with a local family, on cruise inHalong Bay, Mekong Delta or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on requested. So dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, but our tour guides will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.
If allergic to some food
We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.
Do our guide and driver join the meal with us?
The tour guides and driver will be at the same restaurants with you, but they will only join themeal when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not understand English talk around the table, so the guide will be with you more often.
Street food tour:
Street foods in Vietnam are very delicious and should you want to taste the specialities of each Vietnam holiday destination, we can arrange a street food tour for you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a detailed tour itinerary and quotation.
How to request a tour package?
To request for a free tour itinerary and quotation, you can just fill out the tour inquiry form at www.indochinavalue.com or send us an email at email@example.com then give us as much information as possible. One of our experienced travel consultants will get back to you shortly. All changes will be made (free of charge) until the your tour package meets your needs and personal interests.
How to book a tour package?
As soon as you agree on our proposal, please send us your full name, international flightinformation (if you have) and your special requirements. We will make reservations and arrange everything then confirm back to you when all done.
- Deposit is a "must". We request 30% of the tour cost. You can pay by wire transfer, creditcards, western union, onepay (online)
- Balance can be made before your arrival or on arrival in cash or by credit cards.
Changes are possible at the last minutes. However, if changes caused extra costs, you willhave to pay for. (For examples, hotels, flights, cruises...)
In case of cancellation, we will not apply any charge if we are not charged by the third partiessuch as hotels, cruises, flights, trains...We will recalculate the costs and resend you the money as soon as possible.
Thanks you Tipping is not mandatory but it is expected inTipping is not mandatory but it is expected in many circumstances for service. You can tip your driver/tour guide more or less or nothing. All depends on the services you receive.
- US$10 – US$ 15 per day for tour guide
- US$7 – US$ 10 per day for driver
- US$1 – US$ 3 per meal for waiter or waitress
- US$2 – US$ 5 for short boat trips/ cyclo/ tuktuk (1 – 2) hours
Note: Please check with your travel consultant before coming and your tour guide if you are to tip someone on tour.
What you get when booking a private tour with Indochinavalue?
1. Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually,or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.
2. Every itinerary can be customized to meet your specific interests/ wishes, that is, you can choose your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget, etc. All are free of charge.
3. Start the tour on any date you want.
4. Escort you from start to finish. All private transfers during the tour are offered, including airport/ train station transfer, hotel-attractions round trip transfer.
5. The sightseeing during the tour could be based on your own timetable and pace. Flexible to change at your short notice.
6. Considerate care and assistance, such as the old, the disabled or families with small kids and children.
7. You can save time and money when traveling with us or your wants meet you budget.
How do I get a visa?
Vietnam Visa On Arrival is available for help. It is legitimated and supported by the VietnameseImmigration Department. We recommend that you choose visa upon arrival, as picking up visa at the Vietnam int'l airport/ border is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.
Please provide the following information for us to apply for your visa:
2) Passport number
3) Date of birth
5) Date of arrival
6) Date of issue
7) Date of expire
8) Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months.
Can I use credit cards in Vietnam?
Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, American Express and JCB can beused to purchase goods in large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities, to pay for hotel rooms and for meals in some of the fancier restaurants, and to buy plane tickets with them.
- You can use US dollar, Euro in all big cities or at major tourist sites, airports.
- If you are to travel to those small cities or even remote rural areas, only cash in Dong can be used.
Do I need to bring my medical record with me?
Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event ofan emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.
Note: You can buy medicines everywhere in Vietnam so do not need to bring medicines from home.
When I finish my tour in Vietnam, if I still have some local money, what can I do?
Upon leaving Vietnam, if you still have some local money, you can change them back to foreign currency with your passport and the exchange memos given by the banks or money exchange counters. So please keep those exchange memos well whenever you change money.
What should we bring along on our trip to Vietnam?
It is best to travel light in Vietnam. Onemedium sized bag and a day pack will provide more than enough room to carry everything you'll need, and enough space for the things you'll buy in Vietnam.
There are lots of consumer goods in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, so do not worry about running out of something. If you do forget something you can easily find it here. Before you leave home complete the following checklist:
- Lightweight and quick dry clothing is most appropriate for the summer months, and warmer clothing for the winter months. As well, sun hat, swim suit, ultra lightweight rain jacket.
- Travel Documents: Passport, Visa, Travel Insurance, Air Tickets (you should scan them and email them to yourself in case you loose them).
- Health requirements, medications, and travel insurance arranged.
- Flashlight, alarm clock, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, small personal first aid kit, personal toiletries.
- Money: US dollars or travelers cheques and/ or credit card(s).
- Raincoat or umbrella, good hiking shoes are needed for all Footprint trekking trips.
- Camera with charger, extra batteries, and memory cards.
Are there any restrictions on the type of luggage that we bring? Domestic airlines have their weight restrictions. On most domestic and low-cost airlines You may only have one suitcase or backpack, with a maximum weight of 20kg, and one piece of hand luggage, with a maximum weight of (5 – 7)kg. An extra charge for overweight is applied.
There is no actual limit on our trips, but we would suggest you travel light with one suitcase or backpack and one small daypack or small bag which you can access during the day and carry items like your camera, drinking water, toilet paper, hat, sunscreen, etc.
It is essential that you have a lock for each piece of luggage. Without one, railway and airline staff and some hotels may refuse to handle it.
What is the best type of clothing we should bring?
Here is a short checklist of best type of clothing you should bring:
- Shorts and comfortable pants;
- Shirts, t-shirts and maybe some long sleeves shirts (for regions with mosquitos like the Mekong delta);
- Swim suits (for the beaches and Halong Bay);
- Good sandles as well as good shoes if trekking.
Nevertheless, it will really depend on where you travel to, when you plan on travelling, and what you plan on doing. Please note that the weather can be very cold during the winter in the Northern Vietnam (Nov to Mar) and quite cool in the central highlands (Dalat). You will need to bring a good jacket along for this time of the year, the avarage temperature is about 15 oC, but can get as cold as 3 oC.
Tip: Do not worry if you do not pack enough clothes or forget something because you can buy in Vietnam.
Shopping in Vietnam
Shopping in VietnamMany tourists can’t help but throw themselves head-first into shopping while in Vietnam. Why? Probably the variety of quality goods and the tempting prices have a lot to do with it. Many low-budget travelers considered Vietnam a heavenly place because in many shopping situations they can bargain the prices down to as much as a third of the original cost.
The list of Vietnamese bargains is seemingly endless and features bespoke tailoring and the national dress, the 'ao dai' from high-quality silk and many other types of material and textiles while many shoppers cannot get enough of the local handicraft, art and jewelry.
How to bargain?
Bargain is not common in some countries, but in Vietnam it really is. In Vietnam, bargaining isalways worthwhile. Yet, it is not always due to the fact that the local have a great deal of time and very little money. Bargaining is part of Vietnamese culture as through bargaining people communicate with others, create and build up their relationship, not to mention a form of entertainment.
Rule - 1: It's like the monster ride at the amusement park. If you're not having fun, get off.
Rule - 2: Don't bargain with the first person who approaches you (i.e., when looking for a taxi at the airport.) In general the further you go from the center of action, the cheaper the price.
Rule - 3: Don't be afraid to use walking away as a bargaining tool. You can always come back.
Rule - 4: Don't let pride get in the way of coming back (or Rule #3 is useless).
Rule - 5: If you really want something and the price isn't coming down, give in gracefully. (It's that pride thing again.)
Rule - 6: Don't always assume you're getting ripped off just because you're in a third-world country. Sometimes the price they're asking is the real one.
Rule - 7: Bargaining is a time/ money tradeoff. If you're in a hurry, be prepared to pay for it.
Rule - 8: Ask (Vietnamese) fellow shoppers the price of an item before you begin bargaining.
Rule - 9: Always carry small bills. Otherwise all that work is likely to be for nothing.
Rule - 10: Always bargain in native currency. Conventional wisdom says anyone who has dollars can afford to spend them.
Rule - 11: If possible, keep going back to the same person until you've gotten to know him/ her. Most third world countries have a name for this kind of relationship. The deal is that you offer your business on a regular basis and the seller responds by saving you their best tomatoes
Rule - 12: No matter what your parents told you, when you're bargaining it's perfectly okay to lie