ANGKOR WAT EXPERIENCE SIH-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: 12 February, 2014
Depart the ship in Sihanoukville and travel by bus to Phnom Penh, the capital and largest city of Cambodia. Once in Phnom Penh you will have lunch at a local restaurant following which you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Here you will be met by your guide and you will transfer to your hotel. Following check-in you will enjoy dinner with a Khmer dance show before you retire for the evening.
Day 2: 13 February, 2014
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: 14 February, 2014
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 and flights indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes only and are subject to change.
10:00am Disembark the ship and drive to Phnom Penh
2:00pm Lunch at a local restaurant
2:45pm Transfer to the airport and check-in
4:20pm Flight to Siem Reap on K6 117 OR K6 107 @ 5:50pm – 6:35pm - subject to change
5:05pm Arrival in Siem Reap
5:30pm Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel to check-in
7:00pm Dinner with Khmer Show (included are one soft drink or a local beer)
Overnight at Le Meridien Hotel or similar hotel
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
12:00pm Lunch at a local restaurant (included is 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
7:00am Breakfast at hotel
11:00am Check out and transfer to the airport
12:00pm Check in for your flight from Siem Reap to Saigon
1:50pm Flight to Saigon K6 824 (subject to change)
2:50pm Arrive in Vietnam. Obtain included Vietnamese Visa (one extra passport photo required).
3:15pm Meet and greet and transfer to the ship
4:00pm 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 one additional passport photo for the Vietnamese Visa which is included in the cost of this program and which you will obtain at the airport in Saigon. Make sure to have it ready to show when you reach the airport in Saigon (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.
" 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-
" Bottled water will be provided on the buses.
" Vietnam Visa on arrival
" Domestic air ticket from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (economy class)
" International air ticket from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City (economy
" English Speaking Guide
" Any meals or drinks not specified above
" Personal expenses and 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.
$1,799 Per Guest