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$690
8 days 7 nights
TourID: MVC8
Deluxe

8 days - Southern Vietnam & Cambodia

This 8 day tour gives you a cruise in Mekong Delta to see the ordinary life and great scenery of Southern Vietnam. Stay 2 nights on a deluxe wooden boat on Mekong river. Pass through to Cambodia. Visit the capital Phnome Penh of Cambodia. See the best in the city before going to admire the Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and much more…

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Time & Place Activity
Day 1 Ho Chi Minh


means car

Arrival in Ho Chi Minh. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is your leisure in Ho Chi Minh.
Evening, dinner and enjoy Vietnamese traditional music on a Restaurant Boat.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
(D)
 Day 2 Ho Chi Minh


means car

Morning, enjoy breakfast at hotel. After that, take a city tour. Places to visit: The Re-Unification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral & the War Remnants Museum.

Afternoon, we drive 60km to Cu Chi. Take in the peaceful rural scenery as we drive between rice paddies, look out for ducks and water buffalos swimming in the rivers alongside the road.

Arrival in Cu Chi. At first glance there is scant evidence today of the fighting and bombing that convulsed Cu Chi during the war. To see what went on, you have to dig deeper – underground.

We drive back to the city.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. (B,L)

Day 3 Mekong delta


means car

After breakfast at hotel, leave Ho Chi Minh for Ben Tre. Take a boat trip on Mekong river to a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, walking through the fruit plantation village.

Overnight in Can Tho. (B,L)

Day 4 Mekong delta


means boat cruise

Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river. Proceed to Chau Doc, continue our visit at Tra Su, getting to the wild birds Sanctuary.

Overnight in Chau Doc. (B,L)

Day 5 Phnom Penh


means airplane

Early morning, take a rowing boat trip to visit a fish farm and floating houses. Visit the Cham minority in their traditional weaving village.
After that, take a speed boat from Chau Doc, Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Arrive at Sisowath tourist quay in Phnom Penh around 2.00pm.
After a refrestment, enjoy a lunch at a nice restaurant in Phnom Penh.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
(B,L)

Day 6 Phnom Penh


means car

Morning, start the tour by visitng Royal Palace and its Silver Pagoda. After that, you will be taken to the Khmer Rouge Killing Field and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (or Wat Phnom instead, as per your preference).

Afternoon, transfer to Siem Reap.

Overnight in Siem Reap. (B,L)

Day 7 Siem Reap


means car

Morning, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom. “Angkor” means “city” and “Thom” means big – so the clue is in the name: Angkor Thom refers to what once was a great Khmer city and includes a whole host of temples and sites of historical interest. Continue your visit at Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in Angkor. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon, visit Angkor Wat, the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor and is the Cambodia’s most iconic temple. We continue our visit at Banteay srei. Located away from the main monuments is the Banteay Srei temple, one of Angkor’s highlights. This temple contains the finest, most intricate carvings to be found in Angkor.

Overnight in Siem Reap. (B,L)

ADD-ON


Siem Reap

At 8.00am, we drive out of the city to go to Koh Ker. Abandoned to the forests of the north, Koh Ker, capital of the Angkorian empire from AD 928 to AD 944. It takes about 1.5 hour to reach Koh Ker. On arrival, we start to explore the complex.

10.30am, we drive back to Siem Reap. On the way back, we stop at two famous temples: Prasat Neang Khmaw & Prasat Pram. Lunch at a local restaurant near Beng Mealea temple.

1.30pm, we visit Beng Mealea temple. Enjoy a short walk through the dense jungle and discover the wonders of an overgrown temple, Beng Mealea, which lay undiscovered for centuries. We proceed to the last one that we visit today, Banteay Srey, the “gem” of the Angkor area.

Overnight in Siem Reap. (B,L)

Day 8 Siem Reap


means car

Morning, breakfast at hotel. After that, you will have a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake for sightseeing. Tonle Sap Lake is one of the largest lakes in Asia.

Leave the lake and head to downtown to visit Artisan’s D’angkor, the caving art school.

Enjoy lunch and spend your leisure time in Siem Reap until we transfer you to airport for your departure flight home.

(B,L)

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh.

Arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival, our driver welcomes and transfer you to hotel.
Rest of the day is your leisure in Ho Chi Minh.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh – City tour & explore Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)

Morning, Ho Chi Minh City tour. We start the trip by these famous places: Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum. (Drop you off at Ben Thanh Market for shopping if we have enough time).

Afternoon, we drive 60km to Cu Chi. Take in the peaceful rural scenery as we drive between rice paddies, look out for ducks and water buffalos swimming in the rivers alongside the road.

Arrival at Cu Chi tunnel, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war).

Located 60km from Ho Chi Minh city, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.

Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone”.

Go back to the city.

Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta (B,L,D)

Around 8.00am, leave Ho Chi Minh city and head to Can Tho, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrival at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank.
Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh, a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by the locals.
Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Transfer to Can Tho city.
Stay overnight at hotel in Can Tho.
(Family home-stay with dinner can be arranged on request).

Day 4: Mekong delta – An exotic world of its own (B,L)

Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to Cai Rang floating markets (Alt: Visit Phong Dien floating market) which are the liveliest in the whole religion.
Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to pass a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch.
Proceed to Chau Doc, continue the tour to visit Tra Su, getting to the wild birds Sanctuary, cruising smoothly with small boats to discover the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest, watching storks, cranes and other tropical birds. Back to the Town, hotel check in.
Stay overnight at hotel in Chau Doc.

Day 5: Mekong delta – Phnom Penh, Cambodia (B,L)

After breakfast, take a rowing boat trip through the floating village and visit the fish farm to see how the Mekong Delta people raise fish from their floating houses. Visit the Cham minority in their traditional weaving village. Transfer to a speed boat for the final part of the journey to Phnom Penh. Arrive at Sisowath tourist dock in Phnom Penh around 02.00pm.
Our car is waiting to pick you up and transfer you to a local restaurant in Phnom Penh for your lunch.
After lunch, reach your hotel and check-in. Rest of the day is your leisure time in Phnom Penh.
Stay overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 6: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B,L,D)

Morning, visit to the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town. Visit the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles.
You then continue your visit at The notorious Choeung Ek Killing Field and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum afterward.

  • Choeung Ek Killing Fields, 15km southwest of Phnom Penh, is the site of brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of whom first suffered through interrogations, torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison during Pol Pot regime (From 1975–1979).
  • Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison). This prison was a high school, and used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge.

You can visit Wat Phnom, the most famous buddhist temple in Phnom Penh, instead of Choeung Ek Killing Field and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, if you feel they are not suitable to you. Wat Phnom was built in 1373, and stands 27 metres above the ground. It is the tallest religious structure in the city. The pagoda was given the name of Wat Preah Chedey Borapaut.

Afternoon, get a transfer to Siem Reap. The transfer takes approximately 6 hours.
Stay overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 7: Siem Reap – Explore Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat (B,L)

In the morning, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (literally: “Great City”), located in present day Cambodia, was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Continue your visit at the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Continue our visit to Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in Angkor. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic.

In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.

We continue our visit at Banteay srei. Located away from the main monuments is the Banteay Srei temple, one of Angkor’s highlights. This temple contains the finest, most intricate carvings to be found in Angkor.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap. (B,L)

At 8.00am, we drive out of the city to go to Koh Ker. Abandoned to the forests of the north, Koh Ker, capital of the Angkorian empire from AD 928 to AD 944, is 127km northeast of Siem Reap. It takes about 1.5 hour to reach Koh Ker.

Koh Ker is a 10th-century temple complex in the north Cambodian jungle. A former capital of the Khmer Empire, the site is now remote and heavily forested. The main structure, Koh Ker Temple, is a stepped 7-tiered pyramid. The large rectangular tank, Rahal Baray, supplied water to the complex. The Prasat Krahom, meaning “red temple,” is known for its sandstone carvings, while Prasat Pram is covered in strangler figs.

9.30am, We start at Prasat Krahom where impressive stone carvings grace lintels, doorposts and slender window columns. The principal monument is Mayan-looking Prasat Thom, a 55m-wide, 40m-high sandstone-faced pyramid whose seven tiers offer spectacular views across the forest.

10.30am, we drive back to Siem Reap. On the way back, we stop at two famous temples: Prasat Neang Khmaw & Prasat Pram. We proceed our way back and stop at a local restaurant near Beng Mealea temple. Enjoy your lunch.

1.30pm, we visit Beng Mealea temple. Enjoy a short walk through the dense jungle and discover the wonders of an overgrown temple, Beng Mealea, which lay undiscovered for centuries.

A spectacular sight to behold, Beng Mealea, located about 55km northeast of Siem Reap, is one of the most mysterious temples at Angkor, as nature has well and truly run riot. Exploring this titanic of temples, built to the same floor plan as Angkor Wat, is the ultimate Indiana Jones experience. Built in the 12th century under Suryavarman II, Beng Mealea is enclosed by a massive moat measuring 1.2km by 900m.

3.00pm, we leave Beng Mealea and drive to the last one that we visit today, Banteay Srey.

4.00pm, Arrival at the temple. You now have chance to see the “gem” of the Angkor area. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art.

Considered by many to be the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art, Banteay Srei is cut from stone of a pinkish hue and includes some of the finest stone carving anywhere on Earth. Begun in AD 967, it is one of the smallest sites at Angkor, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in stature. The art gallery of Angkor, Banteay Srei, a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, is wonderfully well preserved and many of its carvings are three-dimensional.

Overnight in Siem Reap. (B,L)

Day 8: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Departure flight (B)

Morning, enjoy breakfast at hotel. After that, take a boat trip for sight-seeing on Tonle Sap Lake, the Great Lake of Cambodia. It is one of the largest lakes in Asia. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals.

Leave the lake and head to downtown to visit Artisan’s D’angkor, the caving art school.

Transfer to Siem Reap airport for your departure flight.

Price in USD per person

OPTION
Hotel grade
Saver
2 star
Deluxe
3 star
Luxury
4 & 5 star
Group tour 550 690 950
Private tour 790 850 1190

*PLAN B: Stay overnight on Mekong Eyes (Alternative: Le Cochinchine) with other passenger, do the tours and cruise with them on Mekong river before taking private tour in Cambodia.
Tour Includes:

  • Tour and cabin on Mekong Eyes Cruise.
  • Speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh.
  • Accommodation mentioned in itinerary.
  • Meals mentioned in itinerary.
  • Transfer from and to airport.
  • Transfer from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
  • Any other transfers as per tour program.
  • English speaking guide.
  • All entrance fees.

Tour Excludes

  • Drinks.
  • Personal Expense.

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