Be enchanted by the lush beauty of Cambodia and the teaming excitement of bustling Phnom Penh. See the sights by Tuk-tuk in Siem Reap and watch the sunrise over mysterious 12th-century Angkor Wat. Peer into Vietnam’s imperial past and descend into the Vietcong’s Cu Chi tunnels. Indulge in the delicious heritage, culture and cuisine of these fascinating countries.

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PHNOM PENH

Be enchanted by the unique French colonial architecture, palm-lined boulevards, majestic Khmer ruins and lush landscapes as we discover the indelible spirit of this exotic land. Relax at river-front cafés or see the sights by tuk-tuk or cyclos "cycle-rickshaw." The Royal Palace includes two magnificent pagodas on the Palace Grounds, the Silver Pagoda and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The National Museum of Cambodia contains an excellent collection of art from Cambodia's "golden age" of Angkor, and a lovely courtyard at the center. One main attraction is the statue of King Jayavarman VII (1181-1219); other exhibits worth seeing include graceful statues of Hindu gods, ancient stelae (tablets) inscribed in Sanskrit and Old Khmer, and artifacts from prehistoric burial sites. Wat Phnom is a lovely hill temple to visit and is a popular gathering place for friendly locals and monkeys alike.

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SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT

Ancient temples rise through thick mysterious jungles in Siem Reap, gateway to legendary monuments such as Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, Bayon Temple and Elephant and Leper King Terraces. Angkor Wat was once the seat of the mighty Khmer Empire and is now considered one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels. It features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. Of special interest is Ta Prohm, where most of the jungle has not been cleared from the monuments, leaving the site as it would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon it.

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HO CHI MINH CITY

Highlights include old town "Saigon," the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the French-style Central Post Office, City Hall, the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Opera House. Also see Reunification Palace, formerly South Vietnam's presidential palace, until the war ended on April 30, 1975 when a tank crashed through the gate. Don't miss the bargains at the colorful Ben Thanh Market and bustling Dong Khoi shopping street. There are many beautiful pagodas in the city including Thien Hau Pagoda that is dedicated to Lady Thien Hau, the sea goddess, who left two giant turtles to keep an eye on things in her absence. A festival is held in her honor on the 23rd day of the March lunar month. Enjoy our fabulous Vietnamese dinner along the Saigon River before venturing out to one of the legendary nightclubs. An optional excursion will be offered to the Mekong Delta where we take sampan boats through the narrow canals and floating markets.

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HALONG BAY

Enjoy a full-day optional boat excursion by traditional wooden Bai Tho Junk through Halong Bay. "Dragon descending to the sea," as the Bay is known in Vietnamese, features more than 1,000 limestone islands with grottos and caves. Visit one of the caves, which are said to have direct ties to the ancient war history of Vietnam, and is known for its many colorful stalagmites and stalactites adorning the inner and outer chambers. Lunch will be served on board our boat.