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Appealing Destinations You Should Never Miss In Cambodia - Vietnam Tour 2020

Appealing Destinations You Should Never Miss In Cambodia - Vietnam Tour 2020

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    When is the best time to take a Cambodia - Vietnam tour?

    To enjoy the tour completely, considering when to visit is very important. However, because this is a Cambodia - Vietnam tour including 2 destinations, it is quite complicated to determine the exact time to visit. Luckily, all countries share the common weather features which are distinct wet and dry season although regional variations do occur. Usually, the wet season lasts from May to October and the dry season is from November to April. 

    Vietnam: Vietnam is divided into 3 distinct regions including the North, Central and South regions, so the weather is diverse from north to south. In the far north, the weather a humid subtropical climate with 4 seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. In this region, the weather gets cold in December and January and get wet earlier in April. In the central region, the weather is hot and dry from January to late August and the wet season lasts from September to December. Southern Vietnam experiences 2 seasons rainy and dry ones. This region has constantly high temperatures all-around a year from May to September.

    Cambodia: Cambodia is regarded as one of the simplest weather systems in Asia. The whole country experiences two main seasons: dry and rainy seasons. The dry season runs from October to April and the rainy season is from May to late September. Besides such a long season, the average temperature in Cambodia is about 27°C so you can go to Cambodia in any months of the year. 

    Top appealing destinations you should never miss when taking a Cambodia - Vietnam tour

    Vietnam - Discover the poetic beauty of Vietnam in Cambodia - Vietnam tour

    Ho Chi Minh City - The bustling pace of Vietnam

    Situated on the banks of the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon in the past is the business and financial hub of Vietnam with a prominent history going back hundreds of years. The area was originally called Prey Nokor, which was later formed by the Nguyen's exploration of the South. In 1698, Nguyen Huu Canh established the Gia Dinh government, marking the birth of the city. When France entered Indochina, in order to serve colonial exploitation, Sai Gon was established and rapidly developed, becoming one of the two most important cities in Vietnam. Along with Cambodia's Phnom Penh, Saigon is known by the French as the Pearl of the Far East

    Nowadays, Ho Chi Minh City is considered the most populous one in Vietnam which offers tourists amazing sights and adventures. It charms visitors with fabulous structures influenced by French elegant architectural style. It also features a modern and energetic city with trendy bars, mega malls, nightclubs,...day and night.

    Here are the top attractions you should not miss in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Top attractions Address Open time Contact Entrance fee
    Notre Dame Cathedral No. 1 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Mon-Sat 5:30-17:30 Free
    Sunday 5:30-9:30 and 16:00-18:30
    Reunification Palace No.135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Daily 7:30 -11:00 and 13:00 - 16:00 (+84) 808 5094 Adults VND 40,000; children (6yrs-17yrs) VND 10,000; students VND 20,000
    (+84) 808 5039
    (+84) 808 5037
    (+84)2838223652
    Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office No.2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Daily 07:00 - 19:00 (+84) 08 829 6862 Free
    Weekend 8:00 - 18:00
    Ben Thanh Market Le Loi, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Night Market - 18:00-midnight; daytime market - 6:00-17:00 (+84) 973 756 7 76 Free
    Cu Chi Tunnels 741 TL15, Nhuan Duc, Ho Chi Minh City Daily 7:30 - 16:30 (+84) 837 946 442 or (+84) (08) 3794 8820 Ben Dinh - VND 110,000 
    Da Nang - The elegant flow of poetic rivers ; Ben Duoc - VND 90,000

    Da Nang - The worth-living city in Vietnam

    Located in the South Central region of Vietnam, Da Nang is the city which is a center of economics, finance, politics, culture, tourism, society, education, training, science and technology of Central Highlands and the whole country as well. Da Nang is situated among 3 world cultural heritages: Hue Ancient Town, Hoi An Ancient Town, and My Son Sanctuary. This makes this area more special.

    Owning a lot of diverse natural scenery, Danang attracts tourists with not only a coastline more than 60 kilometers long, which was selected by Forbes magazine as one of the six most attractive beaches in the planet but also many impressive sceneries such as Son Tra peninsula, Ba Na Hills tourist area, Ngu Hanh Son …

    Besides breathtaking landscapes, Da Lat is a city worth living due to its clean and quiet atmosphere. The city is well-secured without beggars and drugs. In addition, traffic jams rarely happen. All make tourists feel safe when wandering and discovering Da Nang.

    Here are some attractive destinations you can choose when coming to Da Nang:

    Top attractions Address Open time Contact Entrance fee
    Hoi An Ancient Town Situated 30 kilometers south of Da Nang Daily Free
    My Son Sanctuary Duy Phu village, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province, about 70 kilometers southeast of Da Nang Daily 6:30 - 17:00 To the Vietnamese: VND 100,00; To foreigners: VND 150,000
    My Khe Beach 5 kilometers from Da Nang city center and 25 kilometers from Hoi An.  Daily Free
    Marble mountains 9 km south of Da Nang, Hoa Hai District Daily 07:00 – 17:30 VND 15,000
    Son Tra Mountain 12 kilometers north of Da Nang, Son Tra Peninsula Daily Free
    Cham Museum No.2, 2 Thang 9 Street, Da Nang Daily 07:00 – 17:00 (+84) 511 357 4801 Adults VND 40,000, Students over 16 VND 5,000
    Under 16 Free

    Hanoi - The capital with many ancient attractions 

    Hanoi is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and also the capital of most of the former Vietnamese feudal dynasties. Thus, the history of Hanoi associated with the ups and downs of Vietnamese history through the ages. Hanoi is the largest city in terms of area and the second-largest city in terms of population with 8,285,000 (2018) after Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi lies between the prosperous Red River Delta, so it quickly became a political, economic and cultural center from the very beginning of Vietnamese history.

    Nowadays, Hanoi is a modern city that blends the eastern and western patterns of culture. Hanoi appeals to tourists from all over the world because of its ancient corners, historical sites, friendly people, tranquil coffee shops,... Moreover, Hanoi is also considered as the “Food Paradise” in Vietnam. Wandering along walk sides of Hanoi, it is not difficult to see a big number of food stalls or small vendors selling local street foods at low prices and which will delight and entice your taste buds. The most popular dish you must try when coming to Vietnam is Pho, made of noodles and served with perfect broth from beef or chicken.

    Here are some attractions we recommend to you:

    Top attractions Address Open time Contact Entrance fee
    Imperial Citadel of Thang Long Quan Thanh Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi Daily (except Monday) 8:00 - 17:00 (+84) 437 345 927 Adults VND 30,000
    Student over 15 and old people over 60 VND 15,000
    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum 19 Ngoc Ha Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi Tuesday - Thursday 8:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 16:30, Saturday & Sunday 07:30 - 11:00 (+84) 243 846 3757 Foreigner VND 40,000
    Hoan Kiem Lake  Hanoi Old Quarter Daily Free
    Temple of Literature No. 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Dong Da District, Ha Noi From mid-April to mid-October 7:30-18:00From mid-October to mid-April 8:00-17:00 (+84) 243 747 2566 VND 30,000
    One-pillar Pagoda Chua Mot Cot, Doi Can, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi Daily 8:00 - 17:00 (+84) 985 902 424 Free
    Dong Xuan Market Dong Xuan and Hang Chieu Street Daily 5:00 - 19:00 (+84) 904 676 541 Free
    Thang Long water puppet theater No.57 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Ly Thai To 15:30, 17:00, 18:30, 20:00, - 21:15, 9:30 on Sunday (+84) 438 249 494 VND 60.000 - 100.000

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    Phnom Penh - The capital of Cambodia

    Considered as the "Paris of the East," Phnom Penh was built at the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Sap, and Bassac. In the past, the Kingdom of Cambodia was the French colony, so it continues to have a strong influence on Phnom Penh today.

    Phnom Penh is still the cold-fusion point of enchantment, but the city is also growing fast. On the spacious streets, you can see the locals with a smile and they are very friendly. This you can rarely find in other countries. Coming here, you will have the opportunity to admire the eye-catching colonial architecture and gilded palaces and pagodas. In addition, you can enjoy high-standard dishes that are not expensive at all. It is also great if you explore historical sites near the capital and the countryside of Cambodia. The shopping mall has started to grow, so this is also a suitable destination for shoppers, especially those who like fashion and cuisine.

    You can see a list of the top destinations you should not miss when visiting Phnom Penh below:

    Top attractions Address Open time Contact Entrance fee
    Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Street 113, Tuol Sleng, Phnom Penh Daily 07:00 – 17:30 US$2 or $6 with a guided tour
    Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda Riverside, Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh Daily 08:00 – 17:00 US$6.50 for The Royal Palace
    The Killing Fields Sangkat Cheung Aek, Phnom Penh Daily 7:30 – 17:30 US$6 for tourists over 12 years old
    Ta Prohm Temple at Tonle Bati 30 kilometers south of Phnom Penh US$3
    Independence Monument Sangkat Boeng Keng Kang Ti Muoy, Phnom Penh All through the day +(85)5 96 563 8118
    Wat Ounalom  Street 172 (Samdech Sothearos Boulevard) Phnom Penh Daily 06:00 – 18:00 (+85)5 12 773 361
    National Museum of Cambodia Preah Ang Eng Street (13), Phnom Penh Daily 08:00 - 17:00 (+85)5 23 217 643

    Battampang - The popular attraction in Cambodia

    After Phnom Penh, Battambang is one of the largest cities in Cambodia but is much quieter than other crowded cities in this country as well as other ones in Asia. Battambang is located on the banks of the Sanker River and this contributes to its beautiful appearance. Battampang is also a popular attraction because of numerous nearby ancient temples and Buddhist shrines. This second city is a perfect blend - it’s bustling yet friendly and interesting without being overwhelming. It lacks the obvious Cambodian trump cards: no golden beaches, no capital city buzz, no Angkor Wat but then it does not suffer from congested traffic, coach loads of tourists, or hordes of touts.

    So, what makes Battampang attractive?

    Most of the colonial buildings are located on the main road of Battambang spread along the river. In addition, on the Sanker bank, the magnificent Chinese temple is also a beautiful sight. Going to the inner city, there are temples of Wat Dhum Rey Sor and Wat Phepittam that are worth visiting. However, the most attractive places to admire are in the suburbs. It is Phnom Sampeu - the magnificent rock and splendid temples like Wat Banan or Wat Ek Phnom.

    Having a look at this list of charming attractions in Battampang below:

    Top attractions Address Open time Entrance fee
    Wat Banan Temple Located at about 45minutes from the famous Mount Sampeau.  8:00 - 18:00 USD 3/person
    Phnom Sampeau Found at a distance of about 12 kilometers towards the southwest of Battambang All through the day Takes around USD2 or USD3 to get to the top of the hill.
    Wat Ek Phnom Situated close to Peam Aek spot, towards the left bank of River Sangkae, about 13km towards the north of Battambang.  All through the day USD 2/person
    White Elephant Pagoda Battambang, Cambodia. All through the day Free
    Sammaki Art Space Battambang, Cambodia. All through the day Depends on the art galleries
    Battambang Provincial Museum Kamkor Village, Battambang Province towards Western Cambodia. 8:00 - 11:00 and 14:00 - 17:00 USD 1/person applying only for foreign tourists.
    Battambang Bat Caves Battambang, Cambodia. Only in the evenings  Around USD 3/person for trekking up the hill. 
    Lotus Farm Kamping Poy, Battambang.  All through the day Free
    Battambang Crocodile Farm Battambang, Cambodia. All through the day USD 3/person

    Siem Reap - The dramatically changing city of Cambodia

    Siem Reap is a city in southwestern Cambodia, on the banks of Tonle Sap Lake which is the greatest sweetwater reserve in whole Southeast Asia. It is the most tourist attraction as it is the closest city to the world-famous temples of Angkor. The name of the city stems from the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Thai kingdom in the 17th century, which literally means the Siamese defeated.

    In the past, Siem Reap was a Cambodian provincial town with few facilities, rough roads and little in the way of nightlife. The tourism industry has not developed yet, just catered mostly to hardy backpackers willing to overcome tortuous roads from the Thai border on the tailgate of a local pick-up truck. Coming to Siem Reap at that time, it was extremely difficult for you to find down some large hotels or budget guesthouses. Taxis were non-existent and the trusty motodup was the means of touring the temples of Angkor. 

    In less than half a decade, Siem Reap turned into a boomtown with impressive changes. You can find expensive and large hotels everywhere, and tourism has become a vast and lucrative industry. Despite the massive shift in its economy, Siem Reap remains its friendliness, pleasure, and beauty as it used to. 

    Here are some destinations you must visit when coming to Siem Reap:

    Top attractions Address Open time Entrance fee
    Angkor Wat Angkor Archaeological Park, about 8 kilometers north of Siem Reap Daily 05:00 – 18:00 One day $37, three days $62, seven days  $72.
    Angkor National Museum No. 968 Charles de Gaulle Blvd. Daily, 8:30 – 18:00 Adults $12, Children under 1.2 meters: $6
    Angkor Thom Siem Reap Daily, 7:30 – 17:30 USD 20/day
    Preah Khan the northeast of Angkor Archaeological Park Daily 7:30 - 17:30 USD20 (one day), USD40 (3 days) and USD 60 (7 days).
    Cambodia Landmine Museum south of the Banteay Srey Temple complex, 25 kilometers north of Siem Reap, and inside the Angkor National Park. Daily 7:30 - 17: 30 Foreign tourists are charged USD 5 per person
    Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary Battambang Province, Siem Reap All-day USD 25/person
    Bayon temple Situated in King Jayavarman’s capital city of Angkor Thom Daily 7:30 - 17:30 One day, three-day and seven-day passes cost USD37, USD 62 and USD72 respectively
    Angkor Silk Farm Puok district, about 20 minutes away from Siem Reap Centre. Daily 8:00 - 17:00 Free
    Siem Reap Crocodile Farm Siem Reap Daily 9:00 - 17:00 USD 3 per person for foreigners and USD 0.25 per person for locals

    How to get a Visa when taking a Cambodia - Vietnam tour

    9How to get Visa to Vietnam in a Cambodia - Vietnam tour

    Vietnam visa is requested for every foreigner who wants to enter Vietnam. Therefore, foreigners are recommended to prepare visa before starting their departure. To save your time and energy, we offer you to apply for a visa through Visa online system. You just do 5 steps below to obtain a visa for travel to Vietnam. 

    Step 1: Access to website: vietnamvisa.govt.vn

    Step 2: Get started by filling out the secure online form. You need to fill in the application using the correct information regarding your name, passport number, date of birth, nationality, gender, and arrival date.

    Step 3: Confirm and pay: Service fee for making visa online is US 17

    Step 4: Receive and print the Approval Letter. As soon as you submit your application and payment, the system will l send your Approval Letter via email within two business days. You will need to print the attached PDF file and prepare at least two (4cm x 6cm) passport photos.

    Step 5: Get your visa stamp upon arrival at one of three Vietnam international airports

    How to get a visa to Cambodia

    To most tourists visiting Cambodia, a visa is requested both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The price for a tourist visa is USD 30 and this visa allows you to enter and stay there for a maximum of 30 days. the visa is valid for three months starting from the date of issue. To help make you feel more convenient, you can apply for your entrance visa online on this site. This site will give specific instructions about applying procedure.  You’ll be asked to scan your passport and photo during the procedure while the payment is by credit card. After about three days, you will get your visa.

    Note that this type of visa can only be used if you enter the country from the international airports of Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, or the border crossings of Cham Yeam, Poi Pet (both in Thailand), or Bavet (in Vietnam).

    What we need to do when taking a Cambodia - Vietnam tour

    Assess your financial situation

    Before you decide to have a trip through many countries, take a look at your finances. Do you have bad debt? If so, you may want to hold off your travel and earn money to pay for debt first.  If you have no debt and your finance is good, it seems nothing to worry. However, if your budget is limited, you can choose to have an economical tour with the limitation of attractions as expenses. You also think to make additional money for your trip to make sure that you enjoy your trip completely.

    Research information about where you will visit

    Before having a Cambodia - Vietnam tour, you should find out information related to where you want to visit. You can read articles, reviews or access to official websites of attractions to determine your journey and your finance you need to spend. Besides, you can ask your friends or anyone else who had a Cambodia - Vietnam tour before.

    Prepare necessary items

    Because you will travel to 2 countries with a lot of destinations, make sure you bring the necessary items. It is better for you to make a list of things to bring and divide them into small groups. For instance, for clothes, you should bring trousers, T-shirts, a raincoat,...

    Exchange currencies

    Do not forget to exchange currencies before your departure. We recommend you change your money into 3 currencies: USD, VND (Vietnamese currency) and KHR ( Cambodian currency). It depends on situations you can use suitable currencies.

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