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Central Explorer (14-days)

A 14-day tour of Vietnam's South and Central Highlands, and Cambodia.

Day 1. Arr.Ho-Chi-Minh City (D)
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City! Upon arrival, you will be met and assisted by our friendly representative all the way from the airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to rest after your journey. Evening dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant.

Day 2. Ho-Chi-Minh City (B/L)
A full day city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, takes in the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, the History Museum, a lacquerware factory, Thien Hau Pagoda and Binh Tay Market in the city's bustling chinatown. (B/L)

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Buon Ma Thuot - Lak Lake (B/L)
Morning at leisure. Transfer to airport for your afternoon flight to Central Highland of Buon Ma Thuot - the city of aromatic coffee. Transfer to Lak lake for check-in. Dinner and overnight at Lak Resort.

Day 4: Lak Lake - Buon Ma Thuot (B/L/D)
This morning we visit the Mínong hill tribe village of Jun and take a dugout ride on Lak Lake and an elephant ride through village or a visit to Mílieng village. Transfer to BMT to visit Buon Ma Thuot museum of ethnology and Ede tribal village in Ako Dhong, a visit to D'raysap Waterfall. Overnight at a local hotel.

Day 5: Buon Ma Thuot - Decop (B/L/D)
Transfer to Kodong for trekking through four villages of Bahnar ethnic minority and overnight at Decop village. In the evening, enjoy the traditional show of Bahnar songs and dances, drink 'Can' (rice) wine. Overnight at village longhouse.

Day 6: Decop - Pleiku - HCMC (B)
Today we visit the wooden cathedral and the orphanage school nearby, the Pleiku market, Tínung lake (volcanic lake) and then transfer to Pleiku airport for the flight to HCM City. On arrival, transfer to hotel.

Day 7: HCMC - Phan Thiet (B)
Leave Ho Chi Minh City by road for Phan Thiet. The scenic 200km drive north on Highway One passes through the bustling city of Bien Hoa before cutting through dense rubber plantations. Nearer to Phan Thiet the terrain changes to arid semi-desert with cactus plants and strange looking dragon fruit trees. Arrive in Phan Thiet in the late morning and check into resort. The rest of day is free to relax by the pool or on the sandy beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Phan Thiet (B)
At leisure.

Day 9: Phan Thiet (B)
At leisure.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap (Cambodia) (B/L/D)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Our Cambodia guide will meet you and transfer you to your to hotel. After lunch at a local restaurant, take a boat trip & enjoy the wonderful views of Tonlesap Great Lake, and visit the beautiful Phnom Krom temple by the lake. Evening dinner is taken at a local restaurant with traditional Cambodian dance performances on stage. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 11: Siem Reap/Angkor (B/L)
The antiquites of Angkor are on the agenda today, starting with the ancient royal capital of Angkor Thom: Bayon, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda, the Terrace of Elephants and Leper King and Taprohm temples. After lunch we visit 7th World heritage wonder, Angkor Wat, followed by the Ta Som, Ta Keo and Pre Rup temples. Return to town.

Day 12: Siem Reap - Phnom Kulen - Siem Reap (B/L)
This morning we drive to Phnom Kulen where the 'River of 1000 Lingas' features thousands of symbols carved into the sandstone rocks under the water. We also visit the Rock temple, with its large reclining Buddha, and take a picnic lunch by the waterfall. On the return trip, we visit the oldest temple in Angkor, the 10th century Banteay Srei. This temple has the best engravings among all the ruins and was used in the film 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider'.

Day 13: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh (B/L)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh, where our Phnom Penh guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Afterwards, we take a city tour of Phnom Penh, including the Royal Place, the Silver Pagoda, the Raung Damrei Museum, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Independence monument and central market.

Day 14: Phnom Penh - Departure (B/L)
A visit to Toul Sleng Museum of Genocide plus a trip to see the world famous Killing Fields. (These trips are included, but optional). Then at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your return or onward flights.

Please note that, whilst every effort will be made to carry out the programme shown above, small changes may sometimes be necessary.

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The Central Highlands of Vietnam are less visited, but offer stunning landscapes and interesting people.

Please note that this itinerary is our suggestion only- all our tours are custom made to your requirements!

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HCMC
Ho-Chi-Minh City
Dray Sap Waterfall
Dray Sap Waterfall
Village communal longhouse
Village communal longhouse
Phan Thiet Beach
Phan Thiet Beach
Bayon Temple Angkor
Bayon Temple Angkor
Royal Palace Phnom Penh
Royal Palace Phnom Penh
Your quoted price will normally include:
International flights
Accommodation.
Meals as shown in the programme (B/L/D)
Transfers, tours with English speaking guide.
All entrance fees and boat fees.
Service charges, rooms tax and handling fee.
Domestic flights.
Departure taxes (Vietnam)

Your tour price will not include:
Visa fees
Departure taxes (Cambodia)
Drinks with provided meals
Tips, personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.