Southern Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery 13 days
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Itinerary

Stitching Southern Vietnam and Cambodia with a fascinating speedboat ride up the Mekong River in a 2 weeks trip and enjoy all it has to offer. This is the best itinerary for those who have just two weeks to see the most highlights of Saigon, Mekong Delta region and Cambodia as you will venture through popular travel activities and tour the major sites in a good pacing, making your travel comfort and easy.

  • Be amazed by the hustle bustle of Saigon
  • Visit the historic site of Cu Chi Tunnels before joining a unique ceremony of Caodaism in Tay Ninh.
  • Enjoy the life on the water with a cruise trip on Mekong Delta river before a speedboat ride to Cambodia
  • Learn more about the history of Cambodia by visiting the capital Phnom Penh and its killing fields
  • Enjoy a peaceful and less touristy Battambang where bamboo train ride is a must
  • Explore the amazing and magnificent World Heritage Sites – Angkor Complex

Day 01: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Welcome to Vietnam! You are greeted by our driver. Transfer to your hotel and check-in. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: No
Tour guide: No


Day 02: Ho Chi Minh City Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, today we will get out and be surprised by the vibrancy of this industrious metropolis; tour the must-see sites including the Notre Dam Cathedral, Central Post Office, the torn past War Remnants Museum, Independence Palace and the aged old Ben Thanh Market; immerse yourself in the chaos of traffic and commercial activities of this fascinating city’s life and lights that never seem to stop. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide


Day 03: Cao Dai Temple – Cu Chi Tunnels

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, we transfer to Tay Ninh where the Cao Dai Temple located, to observe a colorful but solemnly midday service. Caodaism is a combination of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. After lunch, we continue our drive to explore the complicated network of underground tunnels in Cu Chi, which were used by the V.C and guerilla fighters during Vietnam War. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide

Cu Chi tunnel tour

Day 04: Panorama River Cruise

Breakfast at your hotel. In the morning we pick you up at your hotel in Saigon by shared shuttle bus operated by Mekong Eyes Classic or private car based on your chosen boat and take you to Can Tho or Cai Be. You board your wooden river cruise vessel around noon. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cosy cabin. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people. In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong River. The boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious onboard dinner. You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tour guide: English speaking guide

Mekong delta

Day 05: Life on the water

Wake up well rested to the sound of the Mekong river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6.30h the cruise vessel sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.

After breakfast, we will board a sampan boat to the Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively market. On even dates, you will explore the small channels of the mekong delta around Cai Be with a small sampan or by foot. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skilfully handcrafted regional products. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.

The floating markets in the Mekong Delta are no tourist markets but wholesale markets where produce of the Mekong Delta like fruits and vegetables are traded. For this reason the number of boats on the market fluctuates depending on harvesting seasons and market demand. Furthermore, modern wholesale markets are becoming more popular in Vietnam. This can result in decreasing numbers of boats being present on the markets.

Disembark the boat at around 11.00 — 11.30h on the pier and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Sit back in the shuttle (bus or car) and watch the water landscape from a land perspective until you reach Chau Doc where we bring you to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide

sampan boat to the Cai Rang floating market

Day 06: Across the border towards Cambodia

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, we transfer you to the pier where you embark the speed boat for an exciting ride to Phnom Penh, your starting point for discovering Cambodia and the famous temples of Angkor Wat.
Welcome to Phnom Penh – the capital of Cambodia. You are greeted by our driver at pier and transfer to hotel to check in. In the afternoon, visit Royal Palace. The Palace was opened in 1870 under King Norodom, and now contains the Royal Residence, the Throne Hall, the Silver Pagoda, and other buildings. Then to Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is one of the city’s most visited sites and offers a display of priceless Buddhist and historical objects. The Pagoda draws its name with more than 5,000 silver tiles, which cover a floor in the temple. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide

visit Royal Palace - Phnom Penh

Day 07: Phnom Penh – Battambang

Breakfast at your hotel. Pick up at your hotel and depart for Battambang by overland transfer (290 km. 4-5 hour drive). On the way stop at the craft villages in Kompong Chhnang and visit a fish market. Arrive in Battambang, and check-in at the hotel. Walk through the town to discover its beautiful colonial architecture. Overnight at hotel in Battambang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide

On the way stop at the craft villages in Kompong Chhnang and visit a fish market

Day 08: Battambang

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the picturesque Sangker River to Wat Slaket Pagoda, the residence of the former provincial Buddhist patriarch Continue to visit Wat Ek Phnom. Visit a market where Prahoc, the Cambodian fish paste, is made. Visit the Provincial Museum (closed on Saturdays / Sundays) and the local market. Drive to Phnom Banon, with its five sandstone towers on top of a hill and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding plains until sunset. End of the day, enjoy a short ride on a famous bamboo train. Overnight at hotel in Battambang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide

Battambang

Day 09: Battambang – Siem Reap by Speedboat

Breakfast at your hotel. Travel by speed boat to Siem Reap along the Sangkar River; enjoy unspoiled landscapes and traditional daily-life scenes. Crossing Cheur Khmao Pagoda, “Black Wood Pagoda”, in Bak Prier floating village and cross the Biosphere Reserve and the floating villages of Prek Tuol. Picnic lunch on board. Continue by boat across the Tonle Sap lake to Chhoeung Kneas floating village. Arrive at Siem Reap port and transfer to Siem Reap town. In the afternoon, visiti Les Artisans d’Angkor – Chantiers Ecoles” by tuk tuk. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide

Travel by speed boat to Siem Reap along the Sangkar River

Day 10: Siem Reap – Angkor Complex

Early morning, we will visit the sunrise at Angkor Area – the idea is to view the reflection of amazing Angkor temple in the morning sun. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After that, we will start our full day visit, firstly with the sightseeing tour of Angkor exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide

Day 10 Breakfast in Siem Reap

Day 11: Siem Reap – Banteay Srei – Ta Prohm

Breakfast at your hotel. Heading out of town we make our way to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way we make stopover at the Preah Dark village and we follow these with a visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends. Afternoon, visiting the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature and we also explore the surrounded temples if time permits. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide

visiting the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight

Day 12: Siem Reap – Roluos Group –Beng Mealea

Breakfast at your hotel. Today, visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89. Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples, with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor. Afternoon, Continue to visit Beng Mealea temple for visit before continue to Siem Reap, the little explored temple of Beng Mealea (XIth c) is waiting to be rediscovered by the adventurous travelers. The sprawling jungle temple covering over one square kilometer is largely overrun by vegetation. Constructed in a distinctly Angkor Wat style, Beng Melea preceded and may have served as a prototype of sorts for Angkor Wat. Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide

Southern Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery 13 days

Day 13: Siem Reap Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Free at own leisure until the time met and transfer to the airport for the flight departure. End of services.

Meals: Breakfast
Tour guide: English speaking guide

Day 13 end tour

Pricing

 

Category Price valid from now until Dec 31th, 2018 (per person in US dollar)
2 people 3 – 4 people 5 – 6 people 7 – 8 people Single supplement
Superior $1,784 $1,585 $1,405 $1,372 $804
Deluxe $2,350 $2,149 $1,971 $1,937 $1,370
Luxury $2,899 $2,687 $2,513 $2,479 $1,923

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

Cities Hotel Category
Superior Deluxe Luxury 
Ho Chi Minh Sanouva Saigon
Deluxe room
Liberty Riverside
Deluxe room
Hotel Nikko Saigon
Deluxe room
Mekong Delta Mekong Eyes Dragon Eyes Gekco Eyes
Chau Doc Victoria Chau Doc Hotel Superior room Victoria Chau Doc Hotel Superior room Victoria Chau Doc Hotel Superior room
Phnom Penh Harmony hotel
Deluxe room
Sokha Phnom Penh
Deluxe room
Rosewood
Executive room
Battambang Classy Hotel
Deluxe room
Battambong Resort
Garden Room
Bambu hotel
Superior room
Siem Reap Tara Angkor
Superior
Somadevi Boutique
Executive Deluxe
Sofitel
Superior room

Include & Exclude

TRIP INCLUSIVE

  • All private transfer and transportation as indicated
  • Accommodation shared in twin sharing room with daily breakfast
  • Speedboat tickets as mentioned
  • Flight Siem Reap – Saigon, Economy Standard
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All sightseeing tickets
  • Water and tissues on the coach
  • Services charges and government tax.
  • Experienced local English speaking guide

TRIP EXCLUSIVE

  • Other International flights & departures taxes
  • Beverage
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Vietnam and Cambodia visas
  • Others not mentioned above

Note:
* Check in time: 02.00pm – Check out time: 12.00pm

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