Angkor Wat & Saigon Overland Adventure - Single

  • Port

    Phu My, Vietnam

  • Activity Level

    Strenuous

  • Excursion Type

    Adventure, Air, City Tour, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD USD

    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    3 Days / 2 Nights

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Day 1 (L/D)

Depart from pier to bustling Ho Chi Minh City, still commonly referred to as Saigon.

Drive by the Notre Dame Cathedral, a neo-classical structure dating back to the 19th century. The imposing twin spires have long heralded arrival in Saigon to passenger liners that travel the winding Saigon River. You'll have a chance to snap some photos here.

Continue to the former Presidential Palace, now known as Independence Palace. This historic building was made famous when a North Vietnamese tank crashed through its front gates in 1975, signaling the end of the Vietnam War. It has changed little since that time and is now retained as a museum. Your tour will take in the reception and dining rooms of the President's quarters, and the basement with its ancient American-made telecommunications equipment still in place, and strategic military maps lining the walls.

Lunch is served at a local restaurant in Vietnam's former capital. Continue your exploration of Saigon with a visit to the City Museum, devoted to the history of the city and housed in Gia Long Palace, a building that deserves its own museum.

Transfer to the airport and continue your onward air journey to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Enjoy Dinner with a Show and overnight at your hotel.

Day 2 (B/L/D)

This morning, an optional tour for sunrise at Angkor Wat is available, returning in time for breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, hop aboard a Remok for a fun ride to Angkor Wat -- the largest temple in the world, whose volume of stone equals that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. It is unlike all other Khmer temples in that it faces west, and is inspired by 12th-century Hinduism. Its symmetrical towers are stylized on the modern Cambodian flag. Conceived by Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build. It is generally believed to have been a funeral temple for the king. It has been occupied continuously by Buddhist monks and is well preserved. Intricate bas reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides. Each tells a story. The most celebrated of these is the Churning of the Ocean of Milk, which is located on the east wing. In it, the Naga serpent is twisted by demons and gods to spurt out the elixir of life.

Return to your hotel for lunch.

This afternoon, visit the monumental Angkor Thom -- the last capital of the Khmers. With its Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King, the stunning Bayon Temple, a 12th-century masterpiece, lies at the center of Angkor Thom and is a wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive bas reliefs but the highlight is the ‘faces’ -- more than 200 of them, with the famous half-smile playing on their lips. PJ de Beerski wrote of them, ‘godliness in the majesty and the size, mystery in the expression.’ Continue your exploration of the Angkor temples at Ta Prohm. This temple has been left largely in its natural state since its ‘re-discovery’ by French explorers. Surrounded by jungle, its labyrinth of stone hallways is overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees that envelop it like tentacles. It is one of the largest temples at Angkor, dedicated in 1186. Historians have noted its mystical charm. Entering the courtyards is like stepping into a new kind of vegetable world -- not of branches and leaves, but of roots. Ta Prohm is an exhibition of the mysterious subterranean life of plants, offering an infinite variety of cross sections. ‘Huge trees have seeded themselves on the roofs of the squat towers and their soaring trunks are obscured from sight, but here one can study in comfort the drama of those secret and conspiratorial activities that labor to support their titanic growth,’ said Norman Lewis in A Dragon Apparent.

Enjoy an early dinner; then, transfer to airport for a flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and check in.

Day 3 (B)

After breakfast, visit the Royal Palace, built in 1866 by King Norodom. The palace is made up of a number of structures within a pagoda-style compound -- one of which is the Silver Pagoda. The Silver Pagoda takes its name from the 5,000+ silver tiles and the building itself holds a number of National Treasures -- perhaps most notably a life-sized gold Maitreya Buddha decorated with 9584 diamonds, weighing in at 90 kg, and a small 17th-century Emerald Buddha made from baccarat crystal. Then, take an overland drive to your ship in Sihanoukville. It will take approximately 4½ hours and will cover approximately 150 miles, with a 15-minute stop en route. A boxed lunch is provided.

Notes:

Modest attire is required for visiting temples; no fitted or collarless tops are allowed; shirts/blouses must cover shoulders; trousers must cover ankles; shorts and skirts are not permitted. A wrap is not sufficient. Wear closed-toe shoes; no sandals or backless shoes allowed. Men must wear socks. The Apsara Authority will not allow children under 12 years old to climb up to the top level of Angkor Wat. Due to this tour's popularity, exclusivity, and strict booking conditions, tour bookings must be confirmed 60 days prior to the cruise, with no cancellations allowed thereafter.

Important: It is each guest's sole responsibility to obtain (before traveling) any visas, vaccinations and/or tourist cards that are required for participating in overland adventures or overnight tours, unless noted otherwise in the description. Please be aware that you may need a visa for any and/or all countries that you will depart from and travel through as part of your overland adventure or overnight tour, and for the country in which you will re-join the ship. For more information on visa requirements and applications please visit www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-planning/PlanningAndAdvice.action and click on 'Passports, Visas & Vaccinations'.