Discover the wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia
eXpectations members could have booked themselves a fantastic 10-night holiday to South-east Asia, exploring the fascinating sights and cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia. Unlike other holiday examples we have previously featured, this holiday incorporated two separate bookings at two highly sought-after resorts across two destinations.
In the first part of the holiday members would be discovering the ancient town of Hoi An in Vietnam by checking into the Karma Cay Tre resort for 7-nights. Following on from this we found a 3-night stay at the luxurious Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique & Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which offered members an unmissable opportunity to visit the captivating Angkor Wat. Afer all, if you’ve travelled all that way, why miss one of the most iconic sights in the world!
First stop, Vietnam!
Holiday 1: Karma Cay Tre
Example Booking: 12,000 eXpectations points, 7-nights, April 2017, Hotel, sleeps 2
Find your own karma in Vietnam by booking 7-nights in a spacious Hotel unit (sleeping 2) at the serene RCI Gold Crown Karma Cay Tre Resort. Available on RCI.com was this fantastic offer for two people to enjoy supreme accommodation from 22nd -29th April 2017. This unique holiday would cost eXpectations members only 12,000 points and is an incredible holiday opportunity.
UNESCO registered Hoi An as a World Heritage Site in 1999 for preserving its ancient temples and old buildings whilst creating a healthy new economy to attract tourism and trade.
Set off on a magical adventure by discovering the ancient and atmospheric town of Hoi An, situated along the central coast of Vietnam. Soak up the history by exploring the 19th-Century architecture stretching along the riverside, awe-inspiring temples and the warm-hearted locals welcoming visitors to their fascinating town. Less than 6km away take a trip to the stunning “An Bang” beach, which was ranked in the Top 25 best beaches in Asia by TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice (2016).
Memorable moments begin at Karma Cay Tre Resort which is a short distance from Hoi An town. This boutique resort is beautifully situated on the winding banks of the Do River and nestled amongst 10,000 square metres of exotic gardens. DaNang Airport is approximately 30km from Karma Cay Tre, the friendly staff at Karma can arrange transfer services upon request.
Hoi An, Lantern Town
The ancient streets of Hoi An are lit by vibrantly coloured silk lanterns hanging from shop doorways and local houses, adding a splash of colour to the old town. Over the years, many visitors have named Hoi An as the Lantern Town.
Exploring Vietnam’s hidden treasures in April is ideal as it is the height of their summer and one of the driest months, with temperatures averaging 25 degrees Celsius.
A Karma Experience
The renowned Karma Group welcomes their guests to enjoy luxurious accommodation within phenomenal locations. Karma Group’s experienced staff know how to create the perfect holiday, whether you are looking for adventure or simply want to relax in a place of paradise.
Karma Cay Tre is considered amongst the best boutique resorts in Hoi An. Elegantly decorated rooms offer a relaxing ambience along with stunning views of the tropical gardens or river from a private balcony. At the end of a wonderful day sink into the queen-sized bed with extra soft linen. Relax in the spacious air-conditioned room offering entertainment systems, including satellite TV, and Wi-Fi access.
The pleasant scent of the garden flowers and the subtle sound of the flowing river creates a tranquil atmosphere as you enjoy a meal at The Banana Restaurant. Enjoy breakfast to the sound of the early morning birds. The chef prepares traditional Vietnamese dishes and delicious International meals to satisfy every pallet.
A taste of Asian Fusion
In the 17-18th Century, Hoi An was an important port for international trading, covering Southeast Asia. Today, the town has preserved its tradition and history, attracting tourists to admire its beautiful culture, cuisine, and exclusive resorts.
Visiting Asia means experiencing the beauty of the ancient temples. The 16th Century, Quan Kong Temple is not to be missed. Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence (2016) it is one of best temples to see in Hoi An. The small, brightly decorated temple provides a sacred haven for those seeking peace and harmony.
Hoi An has so much to offer to their visitors, booking a guided tour is the best way to get the most out of Vietnam. Take a day trip to the UNESCO Heritage site at My Son Sanctuary. Take a bicycle tour along the river and admire the beautiful scenery surrounding Hoi An or enjoy a romantic evening meal on a boat trip along the Thu Bon River. Browse around the streets of Hoi An and immerse yourself in the atmosphere with spicy aromas rising from the food stalls and inviting you to discover their exquisite cuisine.
Continue your journey by discovering the neighbouring country of Cambodia…
Holiday 2: Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique & Resort
Example Booking: £179 Extra Holiday, 3-nights, April 2017, Hotel, sleeps 2
RCI offered eXpectations members the opportunity to stay 3-nights, from 28th April-1st May 2017, at the Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique & Resort, situated in the heart of Siem Reap, Angkor Cambodia. The flight time from Vietnam’s Da Nang Airport to Siem Reap is less than 2 hours. Many airline companies offer regular, direct flights making it easy to explore other areas of Southeast Asia.
In the north-west of Cambodia, the mystical capital city of Siem Reap is a popular destination for many. It offers an abundance of ancient temples and museums, whilst the bustling town centre entices tourists to browse locally made silk merchandise and handmade crafts.
Perfectly situated in the heart of Siem Reap visitors can enjoy the exclusive accommodation provided at the Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique & Resort. This 5-star rated complex won the coveted Traveller’s Choice Award (2017) from many satisfied TripAdvisor guests and was voted in the Top 10 hotels in Cambodia.
Available on RCI.com were 3-nights from the 28th April -1st May 2017 at Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique & Resort, Cambodia, using only 12,000 points. This booking offered a fantastic opportunity to explore one of the most astounding sights in the world, Angkor Wat!
Siem Reap City, a key to the ancient world
Siem Reap, Angkor city, holds the key to Cambodia’s ancient world and opens the door to modern-day life. Originally a cluster of small villages lining the Siem Reap River it now boasts a vibrant, popular destination for visitors to enjoy exclusive hotels, award-winning restaurants, and lively nightlife.
Ensure to take a hat and sunscreen when visiting Cambodia in April, expect long, sunny days, low chances of rain and temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius.
Hotel Somadevi Angkor, Luxury boutique hotel
The luxurious accommodation and facilities at Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique & Resort guarantee to satisfy their guests. The hotel’s perfect location enables guests to take a gentle stroll to Pub Street, to indulge in fine-dining, dancing all night long, and a unique shopping experience. Siem Reap Airport is an approximate 15-minute drive away, and upon request, the hotel can arrange transfers. One of the greatest draws of Siem Reap is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, voted the top sight in the world by Lonely Planet and the No.1 landmark in all of Asia by TripAdvisor. It is a mere 7km from the Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique & Resort!
Modern and brightly decorated rooms with private balconies overlooking beautifully maintained gardens offer a fresh and relaxing atmosphere. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with complimentary fruit and water along with an array of room amenities for your pleasure and comfort.
Rejuvenate the mind and soul with pampering treatments in the Sauna and Aloe Vera Spa and keep in shape in the fitness gym, offering spectacular views. Relax on a sun lounger on the wooden deck surrounding the large pool.
Dine in style at The Champagne Restaurant serving from the buffet bar an excellent choice of Asian, European, and traditional Khmer cuisine. Sip fine coffee in The Palm Coffee House, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and make use of the high-speed internet access to share your experience with loved ones at home.
Whilst soaking up the sunshine around the pool, order an exquisite cocktail made with exotic fruits from the Blue Bar and start your evening over an aperitif in the relaxing atmosphere of the White Lounge.
Siem Reap, Great Gate to Angkor
The city of Siem Reap is surrounded by rice paddies and the largest number of Hindu temples, including Angkor Wat Temple, the largest religious temple in the world. For years, many consider this city to be the Great Gate to Angkor.
The most popular sight of Siem Reap is of course the Traveller’s Choice (2016) award winner, Angkor Wat Temple, featured in a TripAdvisor article “3 days in Siem Reap”. The intricate sculptures engraved into the stone walls is a strong reminder of the fascinating history. A highly impressive 97% of more than 29,000 TripAdvisor reviewers voted their visit as either “Excellent” or “Very Good”!
A visit to the scared Ta Prohm Temple is a memorable experience. The temple’s ruins are engulfed by the intertwined roots of the banyan trees, the formation of the plants amongst the buildings is remarkable. One of the famous “Indiana Jones” films was shot at the world-famous tree within the site.
The wonderful atmosphere and friendly people of Cambodia is an experience not to be missed or ever forgotten.
*Price Breakdown and Alternative Dates
We could not find any availability at either the Karma Cay Tre in Vietnam or Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique & Resort to compare prices, so let’s look at the overall cost of these holidays for eXpectations members.
Taking the Karma Cay Tre resort in Vietnam first, we found 12 different dates at which you could book your holiday to explore this fascinating region of South-east Asia. Members of eXpectations Plus could have booked the featured accommodation for just 12,000 points for a 7-night stay at this RCI Gold Crown Resort. To put this points value into perspective the total price for the holiday featured came to just £347 (based on two people sharing when we looked on: 25/1/2017). To calculate this we have included: the associated maintenance fees for 12,000 points, 1x annual membership and 1x online RCI exchange fee.
In the second holiday of this wonderful trip we found a 3-night stay at the luxurious Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique & Resort. An impressive 59 different bookings were available to eXpectations members, highlighting the great flexibility on offer. This booking was available as an RCI Extra Holiday for just £179 (based on 2 people sharing when we looked on: 25/1/2017) and completed this fantastic 10-night booking to South-east Asia.
The combined price for this holiday came to £526, fanstastic value!