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  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam's largest and most famous city. During the 14th century this city was known as Prey Nokor and was nothing more than a trading post. By the 18th century, the Lords of Hue, under the Nguyens, had established control of the trade in Prey Nokor and renamed the city Saigon. After the Vietnam War, the new communist regime changed the official name of the city of Saigon to Ho Chi Minh and began to rebuild its economic and social structure.

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Code: HCHL03

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 center 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.

Please also note:

-There is extensive walking at the temple sites, with steps at Bayon and Angkor Wat.

-Guests will need to bring one 4cm x 6cm photo on photo paper with them for Visa.

-Flight schedules are subject to change and tour sequence may vary depending on traffic conditions.

-Cambodian visa fee is included in the tour and will be applied upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport

Day 1: April 5th, 2017

Depart the ship in Saigon and transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide who will ask for your passport and photo for Visa. He will walk you through the luggage claim area and customs. Next you will transfer to your hotel for check-in.

You will have some time to freshen up before dinner at a local restaurant accompanied by a traditional dance performance.

Note: You will require one 4cm x 6cm photo on photo paper for your entry visa.

Day 2: April 6th, 2017

After breakfast at the hotel you will transfer to the Angkor Thom Complex. Here 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 Elephants Terrace & Leper King.

Another highlight is a visit to 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.

Following lunch at a local restaurant, 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.

The day will end with a visit to the famous 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.

Back at the hotel you will have the evening at leisure with dinner on your own.

Day 3: April 7th, 2017

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out. You will transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival you will be met by our local ground operator and transferred to the port where you will re-join the ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

Day 1

2:00pm Disembark the ship in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap

4:30pm Flight VN813 departs for Siem Reap (flight details subject to change)

5:30pm Arrival in Siem Reap. Proceed through Customs and transfer to your hotel

6:30pm Transfer to a local restaurant for dinner with show (includes 1 soft drink, beer, mineral water or house wine)

9:00pm Return back to your hotel

Overnight at the Le Meridien or similar hotel

Note: You will require one 4cm x6cm photo on photo paper for your entry visa.

Day 2

7:00am Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Transfer to Angkor Thom Complex. Visit Southern Gate, Bayon Complex, Elephants Terrace and Leper King.

9:30am Visit Ta Prohm Temple

12:00pm Lunch (includes 1 soft drink, beer or mineral water)

1:00pm Drive to Banteay Srey the “Women’s Citadel”

2:00pm Visit Banteay Srey

3:30pm Visit Angkor Wat

5:30pm Drive back to the hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Le Meridien Hotel or similar hotel

Day 3

AM Breakfast at hotel

11:00am Check out

11:30am Transfer to the Siem Reap Airport

12:00nn Check in for your flight to Bangkok

1:25pm Flight from Siem Reap for Bangkok (PG 906 - subject to change)

2:20pm Arrive in Bangkok where you are met and transferred to the pier

TBA Approximate arrival at the port to re-board the ship

Expected Weather: 30 – 35 C (80-90 F) Hot 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.

Electricity: 220 Volts. We recommend bringing your own travel adaptor kit for electronic devices.

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 photo (4cm x 6cm on photo paper ) for the Cambodian Visa which is included in the cost of this program. Make sure to have it ready to show when you reach the airport in Siem Reap (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.

Program Includes:

•2 nights’ accommodation at Le Meridien Hotel in Siem Reap or similar hotel – standard room

•Two breakfasts

•One lunch - one local beer or one mineral water or one soft drink included

•One dinner - one local beer, or one house wine or one mineral water or one soft drink included

•Transfers and sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary using air-conditioned buses

•Cool water will be provided on the buses

•Cambodian Visa on arrival

•Economy class air ticket from Saigon to Siem Reap and from Siem Reap to Bangkok

•English Speaking Guide

Program Excludes:

•Any meals or drinks not specified above

•Personal expenses and hotel incidentals including hotel mini bar

•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.

Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Overland Programs must be purchased no later than 45 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 45 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.