Erlebe Vietnam, Kambodscha und Thailand

Erlebe hautnah die Geschichte und Sehenswürdigkeiten dieser drei asiatischen Länder

  • Bootsfahrt auf dem Mekong
  • Tragische Geschichte in Phnom Penh
  • Besichtigung der UNESCO Weltkulturerbestätte Angkor Wat
  • Pulsierendes Bangkok
  • Französischer Charme in Hanoi
  • Übernachtung auf einer Dschunke in der Halong Bucht
  • Kaiserlicher Glanz in Hue
  • Gastfamilienaufenthalt im Mekong Delta
  • Bunte Märkte in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Besuch des Spinnenmarktes
  • Fahrt mit dem Bambus Zug
  • Weinprobe des Khmer Weines
  • Überblick
  • Leistungen
  • Reiseverlauf
  • Termine & Preise
  • Zusatzinformationen
  • Einreisebestimmungen

29 Tage Thailand · Kambodscha · Vietnam

Metropolen Weltkulturerbe Historische Stätten Anfragen

Erlebe Südostasien hautnah auf dieser spannenden Reise von Hanoi nach Bangkok. Von Vietnams Hauptstadt erreichst du die schöne Halong Bucht, wo du ganz traditionell auf einer Dschunke unterwegs bist. In der kaiserlichen Stadt Hue über kommst du über den Hai Van Pass nach Hoi An. Besuche von Ho Chi Minh City aus das riesige Mekong Delta. Du überquerst die Grenze nach Kambodscha und entspannst an den Stränden von Sihanoukville. In Phnom Penh erfährst du Wissenswertes über die Geschichte des Landes, ehe du du über den berühmten Spinnenmarkt in Battambang schlenderst und dich auf eines der Highlights der Reise freuen kannst - Angkor Wat. Entdecke die vom Dschungel überwucherte Tempelstätte und lass dich von ihr verzaubern. Einen krassen Gegensatz bildet Thailands geschäftige Hauptstadt Bangkok, wo deine abenteuerliche Reise endet und du voller neuer Eindrücke nach Hause zurückkehrst.

1. Tag: Hanoi
2. Tag: Halong Bucht
3. Tag: Hanoi
4. Tag: Hanoi
5. Tag: Hue
6. Tag: Hue
7-8. Tag: Hoi An via Hai Van Pass & Marble Mountain
9. Tag: Hoi An - Nachtzug nach Nha Trang
10-11. Tag: Nha Trang
12. Tag: Ho Chi Minh City
13. Tag: Mekong Delta
14-15. Tag: Ho Chi Minh City
16-17. Tag: Sihanoukville
18. Tag: Kampot
19-20. Tag: Phnom Penh
21-22. Tag: Kratie
23. Tag: Kompong Cham
24. Tag: Battambang
25. Tag: Battambang & Bamboo Railway
26. Tag: Siem Reap
27. Tag: Angkor Wat
28. Tag: Bangkok
29. Tag: Bangkok

Leistungen enthalten

  • Südostasien Rundreise gemäß Programm
  • Transporte, Unterkünfte und Mahlzeiten gemäß Programm
  • Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen gemäß Reiseverlauf
  • Bootstour in der Halong Bucht mit Übernachtung auf dem Schiff
  • Besuch von Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum und Museum, Präsidentenpalast, Einsäulenpagode und Stilt House
  • Wasserpuppentheater in Hanoi
  • Marble Mountains und Hai Van Pass
  • Bootstour im Mekong Delta
  • Aufenthalt bei einer Gastfamilie im Mekong Delta
  • Geführter Rundgang zum Ben Thành Markt, dem Opernhaus, der Notre Dam Kathedrale & Eiffel Post Office, dem Unabhängigkeitspalast und dem Kriegsopfermuseum (inkl. Eintritt) in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Tour durch die Umgebung von Kampot
  • Weinprobe mit Khmer Weinen
  • Führungen Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) und Tuol Sleng Genozid Museum in Phnom Penh
  • Besuch des Spinnenmarktes
  • Geführte Besichtigung von Angkor Wat
  • Kaiserliche Zitadelle in Hue

Leistungen nicht enthalten

  • Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
  • Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder
  • Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten

Unterbringung

11x Standard-Hotel
1x Dschunke
1x Nachtzug
13x Mittelklasse-Hotel
1x Gastfamilie
1x Chalet / Bungalow
Die Unterbringung erfolgt im halben Doppelzimmer. Wahlweise ist die Unterbringung im Einzelzimmer buchbar (außer auf der Dschunke, im Nachtzug und bei der Gastfamilie).

Verpflegung

26x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen

Tourbegleitung

Englischsprachiger Reiseleiter

Transportarten

Bahn, öffentlicher Bus, Flugzeug, Boot, Privatfahrzeug

Zusätzliche Übernachtungen

Tourhotel in Hanoi
Einzelzimmer: 31 EUR
Doppelzimmer: 22 EUR p.P.

Tourhotel in Bangkok
Einzelzimmer: 44 EUR
Doppelzimmer: 22 EUR p.P.

Flughafentransfer

Hanoi
Preis pro Fahrzeug (maximal 3 Personen): 22 EUR

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
Preis pro Fahrzeug (maximal 3 Personen): 49 EUR

Bangkok Don Mueang
Preis pro Fahrzeug (maximal 3 Personen): 49 EUR

Optionale Ausflüge / Zusatzleistungen

  • Einzelzimmer-Zuschlag (Aufpreis: 449 €)
Hanoi
Hoa Lo Gefängis VND20.000
Literaturtempel VND30.000
Ngoc Son Tempel VND30.000
Museum der Bildenen Künste VND40.000
Militär-Geschichtsmuseum VND40.000
Parfum-Pagode auf Anfrage

Hue
Thien Mu Pagode kostenfrei
Amphitheater und Elefanten Tempel kostenfrei
Militär Museum VND55.000 + USD3
Ho Chi Minh Museum VND40.000
Fahrradleihgebühr ab VND30.000
Bootsfahrt auf dem Parfumfluss USD2

Hoi An
Sightseeing ticket (Zugang zu fünf Stätten) VND120.000
My Son Cham Ruinen VND150.000 Eintritt zzgl. Transport und Guide USD8
Kochkurs ab VND250.000
Bootstrip auf dem Tu Bon Fluss USD10

Ho Chi Minh City
Palast der Wiedervereinigung VND40.000
Cu Chi Tunnels VND235.000

Sihanoukville
Trekking im Nationalpark USD25
Inseltour Preis auf Anfrage
Tuk Tuk-Fahrt ab USD12

Phnom Penh
Königlicher Palast USD10
Nationalmuseum USD10
Silberpagode USD3
Wat Phnom USD2

Kratie
Bootstour USD21

Siem Reap
Tonle Sap See Eintritt inkl. Bootsfahrt ab USD7
Landminen Museum Eintritt USD5 (US$7 inkl. Transport USD15-20)

Bitte beachte, dass sich die Preise/Aktivitäten jederzeit ändern können.

1. Tag: Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam and the start of your adventure. Your tour begins in the vibrant city of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam and a city of culture, temples, crumbling colonial architecture and an abundance of delicious street food.

Hanoi translates as The City in a Bend of the River and was proclaimed the capital after the revolution of 1945. Before this, Hanoi had been conquered by the French and was the administrative centre of the colony of French Indochina.

You are free to arrive at your leisure and start exploring. The perfect way to get a real feel of the area is to walk around the UNESCO listed Old Quarter and enjoy the shops and markets round every bend. The area consists of around 40 streets and weaving your way around the motorcycles is the perfect introduction to this tantalizing country. Be sure to stop by a cafe and try a traditional Vietnamese coffee or the well loved egg coffee. Located in the centre of the Old Quarter is the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake, the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle. This is where locals gather to read, eat or dance and is a lovely stroll. Look out for the turtles! Tonight there will be a pre departure meeting to meet your tour leader and group. Please check reception for a note about the meeting time and other information.

Optional Activities:
Hoa Lo Prison – VND 20,000
Temple of Literature – VND 30,000
Ngoc Son Temple – VND 30,000
Fine Arts Museum – VND 40,000
Military History Museum – VND 40,000
Perfume pagoda/Tam Coc – various day trips available

Unterkunft: Hanoi Guest House (oder ähnlich)

2. Tag: Halong Bucht

Today we depart Hanoi for the mystical Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the highlights of Vietnam. We travel by minibus for four hours to reach the towering limestone islands and beautiful waters. We board a traditional junk boat where we will stay overnight.

Halong translates to Bay of the Descending Dragons and local legend describes a great dragon soaring down from the mountains, gouging out the valleys and spitting jewels which transformed into the various islands. Staying on the boat in the heart of the bay means we have time to explore the caves, go swimming and soak up the beauty and tranquillity of the area. Tonight we are treated to a local dinner aboard the boat followed by a spot of night fishing!

Please Note Your main luggage will be stored in the Hanoi hotel and you will need an overnight bag for this excursion.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Halong Bay Overnight Excursion on a Junk Boat

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Dschunke

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

3. Tag: Hanoi

This morning we will do some final exploring of Halong Bay before returning to Hanoi. Take the morning to get in some more swimming or relaxing on the boat, and enjoy lunch on board before we get a private minibus back to the city, arriving back early evening.

Tonight you are free to take in the sounds and smells of the Old Quarter, enjoy some street food and have a drink in one of the many bars dotted around the area.

Optional Activities:
Hoa Lo Prison – VND 20,000
Temple of Literature – VND 30,000
Ngoc Son Temple – VND 30,000
Fine Arts Museum – VND 40,000
Military History Museum – VND 40,000
Perfume pagoda/Tam Coc – various day trips available

Unterkunft: Hanoi Guest House (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen

4. Tag: Hanoi

Today we further explore the city of Hanoi. We enjoy an included morning trip to visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, The Presidential Palace, the Stilt House and the famous 1-Pillar Pagoda. The rest of the afternoon is free to tick off your final must do activities in the city. Visit the Ngoc Son Temple which sits on the Hoan Kiem Lake, explore the Temple of Literature or soak up the culture in the Fine Arts Museum.

Tonight we will visit the famous Vietnamese Water Puppet Theatre. Water puppetry dates back to the 11th century and originates in the villages of Northern Vietnam. It is said that when the rice fields would flood, the villagers would entertain each other with water puppetry. The puppets are made out of wood and then coated to protect them from water. The story is usually one of Vietnamese folklore, complete with villagers, dragons and a live instrumental band.

Optional Activities:
Hoa Lo Prison – VND 20,000
Temple of Literature – VND 30,000
Ngoc Son Temple – VND 30,000
Fine Arts Museum – VND 40,000
Military History Museum – VND 40,000
Perfume pagoda/Tam Coc – various day trips available

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Half-day trip to visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, The Presidential Palace, The Stilt House and the famous 1-Pillar Pagoda
An evening trip to the Vietnamese Water Puppet Theatre

Unterkunft: Hanoi Guest House (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

5. Tag: Hue

This morning we head to the airport and catch a short flight to Hue. The time-worn grandeur of Hue has been the stage of many battles from the dynastic rivalry and rebellions of the 17th and 18th centuries, to French occupation and most recently as the site of the Battle of Hue, one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts in the Vietnam War. Its location at the geographic heart of Vietnam has perhaps done it no favours, but uncovering its past and exploring its relics is a delight for travellers in a place where history interweaves and overlaps with modern life.

The picturesque Perfume River winds its way through the city, past the citadels and pagodas that make this a UNESCO world heritage site. Hue is also a centre of artistic and intellectual learning and the community of artists, poets and scholars that have called this place home contribute to making it captivating and engaging city.

Arriving late afternoon, we enjoy a walking orientation to get acquainted with the area. The evening is free to explore and enjoy one of the many local restaurants.

Optional Activities:
Thien Mu Pagoda – free
Amphitheatre and elephant temple – free
Military Museum – VND55,000 + USD3
Ho Chi Minh Museum – VND 40,000
Bicycle hire – from VND 30,000
Perfume River boat cruise – USD2 (depending on numbers)

Unterkunft: The Times Hotel Hue (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

6. Tag: Hue

This morning we have a walking tour with our tour leader around the ancient forbidden citadel. The citadel was only for the emperors and those closest, with severe punishments if you were caught trespassing. Along the Perfume River we can also visit the tombs of those who used to dominate the citadel.
The rest of the day is free to further explore. Not to be missed is the bustling Dong Ba Market where you can sample local foods such as the banh khoai (the royal rice cake!) or Banh Ram It, a deep fried rice paste filled with pork or shrimp.
An excellent way to explore the city is to hire a bike and check out all the sites. You could visit the Amphitheatre and Elephant Temple, Imperial Museum or the Military Museum.

Optional Excursions:
Thien Mu Pagoda – free
Amphitheatre and elephant temple – free
Military Museum – VND55,000 + USD3
Ho Chi Minh Museum – VND 40,000
Bicycle hire – from VND 30,000
Perfume River boat cruise – USD2 (depending on numbers)

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Visit the Forbidden Citadel

Unterkunft: The Times Hotel Hue (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

7-8. Tag: Hoi An via Hai Van Pass & Marble Mountain

This morning we depart Hue and travel south to the lantern filled town of Hoi An. Our private minibus takes us up and over the famous and scenic Hai van Pass (ocean cloud pass) where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding coastline and rice paddies. The name of the road refers to the mist from the sea, and is renowned for its beauty.

Before arriving in Hoi An our journey takes us through the city of Da Nang, along Non Nuoc Beach, more familiarly known as China Beach before stopping for a brief exploration of the hidden temples and caves of Marble Mountain, a small cluster of 5 mini-mountains on the south side of Da Nang. For those adventurous to head for the very top , you will be rewarded with amazing city and sea views.

Hoi An is widely considered one of the most colourful and beautiful towns in Vietnam. Largely spared of damage during the Vietnamese conflict, the old trading port of Hoi An is a UNESCO Heritage town offering an amazing central old town with small friendly streets dotted with an abundance of family run shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Whether you want to stop for a nice cheap beer while watching the sun set over the river or splash out on an incredible seafood supper, Hoi An has it all within walking distance.

Today is free to soak up more of the beauty of Hoi An. One of the biggest highlights are the many tailors found around every corner. If you love clothes and want something special or unique Hoi An is the perfect place. Take a photo in to show the tailors or pick an outfit from the brochures and have it ready the next day.

Another highlight of the area is renting a bicycle and cycling the short 5km ride through country lanes bordered by rice paddy fields to the wholly unspoiled Cua Dai beach for the day.

Hoi An is also known for offering some incredible local cooking classes. Visit the markets on a local tour and learn the secrets behind the classic Vietnamese spring roll or one of the many other delicacies.

Optional Activities:
Old Town Sightseeing ticket (entry to 5 sites) – VND 120,000
My Son Cham ruins – VND 150,000 entrance, plus transport with guide from USD8
Cookery class – from VND 250,000
Tu Bon River boat trip – USD10
Bicycle rental USD2 (Daily)

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Visit to Marble Mountain and the Hai Van Pass

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Hai Yen Hotel (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück

9. Tag: Hoi An - Nachtzug nach Nha Trang

Enjoy most of the day exploring Hoi An before catching an overnight train to Nha Trang. You could join an organised excursion to visit My Son, another UNESCO World Heritage site located close to Hoi An and the location of some of Vietnam's best preserved ancient Hindu Temple ruins dating back hundreds of years to the Champa era. In the evening we meet back at the hotel and travel for 45 minutes back to Da Nang train station where we will board the overnight train.

Optional Excursions:
Old Town Sightseeing ticket (entry to 5 sites) – VND 120,000
My Son Cham ruins – VND 150,000 entrance, plus transport with guide from USD8
Cookery class – from VND 250,000
Tu Bon River boat trip – USD10
Bicycle rental USD2 (Daily)

Fahrzeit: ca. 11 Std.

Unterkunft: Nachtzug

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

10-11. Tag: Nha Trang

We arrive to Nha Trang around 6am from our overnight train and hop in taxis to take us to our hotel. There is the option to have breakfast in the hotel for an extra cost or the tour leader can suggest a range of local cafes in the area. Check in this early is usually not possible so we will store our luggage and head out to start exploring.

Situated on the beach, Nha Trang is the perfect place to relax and is considered an underrated pearl of Vietnam. A unique mix of modern high rises, ancient temples and sandy white beaches, the area is popular among locals and tourists alike. Nha Trang is mostly known for its water based activities due to its position on the coast and is a centre for marine science. Nha Trang oozes a cosmopolitan vibe, with trendy restaurants and chic boutiques lining the promenade.

Day 11 is a free day to explore. ou can opt for a snorkelling boat trip or visit the sulphur mud bath spas, a unique experience where you can opt to have a range of spa treatments or simply relax in the mineral pools. There are also a number of cultural sights including the Long Son Pagoda, Alexandre Yersin Museum and the Po Nagar Cham Towers.

There are 19 islands off the coast of Nha Trang, and a wonderful day spent is to island hop on a local excursion. Vinpearl Island and theme park make for a fantastic day out, accessed via a cable car that soars above the ocean.

Come evening make the most of the beachside restaurants and bars and be sure to try the seafood as it is some of the freshest in Vietnam. Enjoy giant prawns, squid, grilled snapper and a variety of crab dishes!

Optional Activities:
Snorkelling – From USD25
Mud Baths – From VND 180,000
Cable Car across the sea to Vinpear Island Theme Park – From VND 800,000
Tran Phu Beach – Free
Dam Market – Free
Long Son Pagoda – Free

Unterkunft: Palm Beach Hotel (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

12. Tag: Ho Chi Minh City

Today we catch a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. This bustling and vibrant city is the former capital of South Vietnam and was formerly known as Saigon until the end of the Vietnam War. After the infamous 'Fall of Saigon' the city was renamed after North Vietnam's illustrious and revered leader Ho Chi Minh. Originally a small fishing village, it is now the most important economic centre in Vietnam and is the largest city in the country.

Traffic in the city is fairly hectic at the best of times but getting around is surprisingly easy by taxi although drivers may not always speak English. Bus is the only form of public transport and motorbikes rule the road; there are around 3 million motorbikes cruising around the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Although we have one night in Ho Chi Minh, we will be returning after our overnight adventure on the Mekong Delta for two days in which to explore and enjoy this vibrant city.

Optional Activities:
The Reunification Palace – VND 40,000
Cu Chi Tunnels - VND 235,000

Unterkunft: La Felix Hotel (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

13. Tag: Mekong Delta

This morning we travel to the heart of the Mekong Delta, a region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River, the longest river in Southeast Asia, approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and many of the villages are often accessible more easily by rivers and canals rather than by road. The region produces half of the country's rice output which is more than Japan and Korea combined.

Once we arrive to the Delta, we board a long boat and begin our day exploring life in and around the river and its tributaries, visiting local workshops where the villagers are always happy to share their traditions. Visit a local Bonsai garden, fruit orchard, ceramics workshop and local brickworks to discover how local needs are met without the modern technology we take so much for granted. If you want to try the local snake wine or rice wine then today you get your chance when we visit a local homestay where you'll be invited into the family home and offered the local wines. The wine here is very different to that of back home, they definitely pack a punch! During the day your guide will take you to a local home for a wonderful local seafood meal (quality non-seafood options are available).

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Mekong Delta Overnight Excursion including 4 hour private river cruise with various stops, lunch break, traditional sampan rowing boat ride and overnight stay in a Homestay.

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Gastfamilie

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Abendessen

14-15. Tag: Ho Chi Minh City

This morning we take an early cruise on a traditional sampan through the famous floating markets and past the imposing Christian Church. We visit local craft shops where you can browse everything on offer. Whether it's a treat from the sweet and candy workshop or a souvenir snake wine, we are sure you'll find something of interest. Late in the morning we disembark our boat, say farewell to our guide and boat captain and head back to Ho Chi Minh City.

After checking in to our hotel we will enjoy a local walking tour with the tour leader visiting some of the most significant landmarks of the city. We visit Ben Thanh Market, the largest market in the city, the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Independence Palace and the War Remnants Museum where you can learn more about the Vietnam War.

Day 15 is a free day to explore. For something a little unique, check out the cafe apartments on Nguyen Hue Walking Street. Originally serving as residence for government officials, the apartments were then sold to local workers after the Fall of Saigon. As tourism developed, tenants began renting out or transforming the tiny apartments into various businesses - cafes, boutiques, tattoo studios and restaurants. What results is a miss match of colours, signs and spaces which make for a wonderful place to explore and grab a coffee.

You could also visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting tunnels located just outside the city. Guerilla troops known as the Viet Cong dug out thousands of miles of tunnel in South Vietnam which were then used to house troops, transport supplies and mount surprise attacks. As American troops relied heavily on aerial bombing tactics, the underground tunnels served as the safest form of navigation for the Vietnamese. In areas that were bombed heavily, it is said entire underground villages were created to shelter from the outside world.

Tonight you can enjoy the copious amount of foods on offer in the city. From high end international restaurants to local street food, Ho Chi Minh City has it all.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Tour Leader local walking tour to Bến Thành Market, Opera House, Notre Dam Cathedral & Eifell Post Office, Independence Palace, War Remnants Museum (inc entrance to museum)

Unterkunft: La Felix Hotel (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück

16-17. Tag: Sihanoukville

Today is an early start as we make our way to the airport and catch a flight to Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Around fifty years ago, in a newly independent Cambodia, the French constructed a camp on the coast and began building the country's first deep sea port. While at first the area attracted many beach loving travellers, what followed was years of war and strife as the Khmer Rouge took over, even using the newly built Independence Hotel as shooting practise. The port was bombed in 1970 and the beautiful beaches and buildings were left abandoned. In 1993 peace returned to Cambodia and Sihanoukville started re-building. At first the area was only visited by a few brave backpackers, but today beauty and business have been restored with many locals and ex-pats settling here.

The town has seven stunning beaches which are much quieter than those in Thailand. From Island day trips, scuba diving or snorkelling and jet skiing in the stunning waters, there is a host of activities for all travellers.

Day 17 is a free day to explore. For a peaceful water experience you could try paddle boarding or kayaking in the local mangrove river. Come evening, wander the Otres Market where you can find live music, food stalls, and locals and tourists alike mingling amongst the hustle and bustle. As tourism slowly grows, Sihanoukville has a host of different restaurants in the town as well as lining the beaches, serving everything from grilled meat to fresh seafood.

Optional Activities:
National Park Trekking Excursion – USD25
Island Tour – Prices Vary
Tuk-Tuk Ride around the area – From USD12 per person

Unterkunft: Golden River Bungalow Hotel (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück

18. Tag: Kampot

Today we travel by local minibus to the French colonial town of Kampot. Before the establishment of Sihanoukville, Kampot was the most important sea port in Cambodia. Serving as the capital of the Circonscription Residentielle de Kampot while under French rule, the centre is composed almost entirely of French colonial architecture. The city has a calming feel to it, as if time was standing still, with its dusty wide streets and rustic buildings.

Famous for its pepper plantations and salt fields, after checking in and refreshing we will take a tuk-tuk tour of the countryside. Soak up the beauty of the area as we pass paddy fields, wooden homes and grazing cows and water buffalo. Witness the salt field workers as you pass along the orange dirt roads and learn more about the process that brings in a livelihood for so many locals. Located close to the ocean, water is let in and then blocked, allowing time for the evaporation process to start and resulting in salt crystals forming throughout the fields.

During your free time you could opt to relax by the river which is a popular swimming spot, hire a bike and explore the charming town or try some kayaking. There are many small cafes and restaurants in the area to enjoy the local food, or pick up some steamed corn from a street stand.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Countryside tuk- tuk trip to the Kampot Salt Fields

Fahrzeit: ca. 2.5 Std.

Unterkunft: Bamboo Bungalow (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

19-20. Tag: Phnom Penh

This morning we take a local bus to the capital city of Phnom Penh. Sitting on the juncture of the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap river, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since the French colonised Cambodia during the 19th century. The city has grown from a small fishing village to what is now the industrial, commercial, cultural and historical centre of Cambodia.

After check in, the afternoon is free to start exploring this vibrant city. Take a stroll along the river's famous Sisowath Quay and enjoy a coffee or cocktail at one of the many cafes while observing the active river traffic, or hire a tuk tuk and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city and its many hidden streets. Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the King's official residence and an important symbol of the Kingdom. See some incredible ancient artefacts at the National Museum of Cambodia or stroll through the lush greenery as you approach Wat Phnom pagoda. Be sure to keep an eye out for the mischievous monkeys! In the evening wander the night market where you will find a range of treasures and vendors selling fried cockroaches, spiders and crickets, among other culinary delights!

Day 20, today we visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which was transformed into one of the Khmer Rouge's most feared prison and torture camps during the Pol Pot regime. The building is now a haunting tribute to the thousands who died here and at the other 150 similar camps throughout the country in the late 1970's. Those who were detained at the camp were later taken and executed at the Choeung Ek extermination Centre, more commonly known as "The Killing Fields", a site we also visit to learn more of and try to understand this wonderful country's turbulent past.

Whilst the aforementioned visits are included in the tour they are also entirely optional should anybody prefer not to visit, in which case you will be free to further explore other activities and landmarks in the city.

Optional Excursions:
Royal Palace – USD10
National Museum – USD10
The Silver Pagoda – USD3
Wat Phnom – USD2

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Entrance to the Genocide Museum & Killing Fields

Fahrzeit: ca. 2.5 Std.

Unterkunft: Pacific Hotel Phnom Penh (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück

21-22. Tag: Kratie

Leaving behind the busy city life, we head back into the countryside to enjoy two days in the relaxing town of Kratie. Located in the province of the same name, this remote small town offers peace and tranquillity as well as a wonderful insight into rural village life. Arriving late afternoon, we can enjoy some of the best Mekong River sunsets available.

Kratie is also one of the very best locations to spot the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins, similar in appearance to the beluga yet more closely related to the killer whale. In Kratie you can also find a number of interesting temples from different era's, a museum that hardly ever opens (ask your Tour Leader to try for you!) as well as some marvelous countryside tours to see another side of this wonderful country and its people. So, soak up the peaceful rural life, wander the central marketplace to pick up handmade souvenirs and admire the French colonial architecture.

Day 22 is free to explore. During the dry season you can embark on a Koh Trong Island exploration. A short ferry ride takes you out to the island where you can swim or climb the hills for some amazing views. One of the most popular activities in the area is to hire a bike and explore the beaches and fishing villages yourself. You will pass palms and banana trees and plenty of street vendors selling their local produce. Make sure to try the local bamboo sticky rice, a favourite amongst all!

Optional Excursions:
Boat Ride to view the Dolphins From USD21

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Oudom Sambath Hotel (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück

23. Tag: Kompong Cham

Staying in close touch with the mighty Mekong River which so dominates Southeast Asia we travel slightly South to the riverside town of Kampong Cham. Literally meaning 'port of the Chams' and referring to the local ethnic Cham people living in the province, Kampong Cham offers a chance to experience yet another piece of small town Cambodia.

Enjoy the charms of the sleepy city, watch traditional Apsara dances or visit Nokor Wat to admire the Angkor architecture.

You may also like to get a tuk-tuk or a boat down the river to Wat Maha Leap, one of the few remaining wooden pagodas in Cambodia. Over 100 years old, it was one of the few pagodas not destroyed by the Khmer Rouge because they used it as a hospital. Monks since reformed it to its original beauty and you can see the gilded patterns on the black wooden pillars that support the stunning blue roof in total contrast to the nearby, impressive Kizuna Bridge, which at 1.5 km long is still Cambodia's 2nd longest and the first to cross the Mekong in the country.

Optional Activities:
Temple Visit to Wat Maha Leap, Phnom Pros Phnom Srey & Wat Nokor – Price Varies depending on group size; around USD60 per group

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Monorom VIP Hotel (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

24. Tag: Battambang

Crossing to the Western side of Cambodia, we enjoy some stunning scenery of countryside life as we journey to Battambang. An important former trading city, Battambang is Cambodia's second most populated city, and appeals to tourists due to its vibrant personality as well as its cultural highlights and many nearby temples.

We hop on a private vehicle and have two stops along the way to break up the journey. First off we visit the unique spider market, famous for its fried insects of all varieties but most importantly, the spider. For those brave enough to try some, this is the perfect place. Our next stop is lunch before we continue onto Battambang.

Soak up the cultural atmosphere in Battambang with it's blend of modern city and well preserved colonial architecture, admire the statues that pepper the streets, and marvel at the art deco buildings such as the Central Market and train station.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Spider Market

Fahrzeit: ca. 7 Std.

Unterkunft: King Fy Hotel (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

25. Tag: Battambang & Bamboo Railway

Today we will enjoy the unique experience of rattling through the Cambodian countryside on the beloved bamboo train, located just outside Battambang, followed by a traditional khmer wine tasting.

In the evening, take an optional tuk tuk ride out to the Battambang bat caves at Phnom Sampeau where you will witness thousands upon thousands of bats streaming out of the cave and flying off into the sunset.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Ride the Bamboo Railway
Khmer Wine Tasting

Unterkunft: King Fy Hotel (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

26. Tag: Siem Reap

Today we board a tourist bus and head to Siem Reap, the base for exploring the famous temples of the Angkor area. The name Siem Reap means 'Defeat of Siam' - today's Thailand - and refers to a century-old bloodbath which you can see commemorated in stone in the celebrated bas relief carvings of the monuments around the area. Siem Reap is a charming town with Chinese style architecture and an Old French quarter that is easily explored on foot. After arrival you are free to explore the area and enjoy some market food or try out one of the many restaurants dotted around the town. Tomorrow we have an included excursion to view the magical Angkor Wat.

Optional Activities:
Tonle Sap Lake entrance including boat ride – from USD7 (depending on group size)
Landmine Museum entrance – USD5 (return tuktuk will cost 15 to 20 USD)

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: G&Z Bliss D'Angkor Suites (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

27. Tag: Angkor Wat

This morning we meet our local guide and head to Angkor Wat, the most famous temple in Cambodia. Your guide will explain the long and expansive history of the complex and talk you through the various things to see. There are over one thousand temples here which attract over one million visitors annually. The temples range from small ruins to the famous Angkor Wat, and the site is said to be the world's largest single religious monument.

Angkor Wat, a UNESCO world heritage site, pays homage to the Hindu god Vishnu and has a dazzling array of beautiful ornate carvings. The many ceremonial structures and temples here were built between the 9th and 13th centuries by the Khmer Empire that spanned a period of approximately 600 years. These temples are some of the most famous in the world and take up an area of approximately 160 square kilometres.

There are superb photographic opportunities here at most times of the day so make sure your camera batteries are fully charged and your memory card is ready to go! Tuk-tuks provide a convenient form of transport around the area here, and you can hire a tuk-tuk and driver for the day if you wish. The Angkor area (in and around the Ta Prohm temple) was the site where the film Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie was filmed.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Guided Tour of Angkor Wat

Unterkunft: G&Z Bliss D'Angkor Suites (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

28. Tag: Bangkok

We depart the hotel early for our flight to Bangkok. This loud, vibrant and tantalizing city is the centre of economics in Thailand and is seen as the gateway to South East Asia for most travellers.

After check in to the hotel and an orientation you are free to start exploring. An excellent start is to wander the area surrounding the hotel, along the river and explore the many hidden markets in the side streets.

One of the biggest highlights of the city is the opulent Grand Palace, which was built in 1782 and was home of the Thai King for over 150 years. The palace complex has several impressive buildings such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Wander the complex and marvel at the dazzling colours, tiles and mosaics as well as the many statues that depict ancient Thai culture.

Bangkok is one of those cities that is just as alive come night as it is in the day. There are various night markets dotted around and local bars are overflowing. There is something for every taste in this city - from quirky live music venues to high end rooftop bars.

Unterkunft: New Siam II Guest House (oder ähnlich)

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

29. Tag: Bangkok

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

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