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  • Monks entering Angkor Wat, cambodia
  • The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Street food at the Kandal Market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Travelling along the Mekong river by canoe, Vietnam
  • Cruising along the Mekong River, Vietnam
Route:
Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok
Days:
8
Style: Worldwide Adventures
Code: SECX
Price From:
US$1,034
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Discover the highlights of Cambodia on this whirlwind group tour. Learn about the country’s turbulent past as you visit the Killing Fields and Genocide Museum, before visiting the largest religious complex in the world, Angkor Wat. Combining unique floating markets, friendly locals and colourful cultures this short tour packs in the highlights of three diverse countries.

What's Included

Excursions

  • Mekong Delta day trip
  • Floating market, RIver workshops
  • Entrance to the Genocide Museum & Killing Fields
  • S21 Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Guided Tour of Angkor Wat
  • Bangkok Grand Palace

Accommodation

7 night(s) in hotels

Transportation

Boat, Private Vehicle, Public Bus, Travel by 2 flight(s)

Meals

6 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Staff & Experts

Tucan Travel tour leader

What's Not Included

  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - Please see the optional excursions on the Tour Notes for a comprehensive list of optional activities and excursions available on this tour.

Group

Maximum 16. Average 8-12.

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

Welcome to Vietnam! Ho Chi Minh City is a bustling and vibrant city that was previously the former capital of South Vietnam. It was formerly known as Saigon until the end of the Vietnam War (around 1975) and the infamous ‘Fall of Saigon” when the city was renamed after North Vietnam’s illustrious and revered leader Ho Chi Minh. Originally a small fishing village, it is now the most important economic centre in Vietnam and is the largest city in the country.

Traffic in the city is fairly hectic at the best of times but getting around is surprisingly easy by taxi although drivers may not always speak English. Bus is the only form of public transport and motorbikes rule the road; there are around 3 million motorbikes cruising around the streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

If you're interested in the history of the Vietnam War make sure you visit the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Hall. If you're less of a history buff and more in the mood to haggle for a bargain, don't miss Ho Chi Minh's largest market, the Ben Thanh Market. You can buy everything from cosmetics to live ducks here. There are also numerous food stalls at this market, and at the popular night market nearby. The food in Ho Chi Minh is some of the best and most diverse in all of Vietnam so make sure you eat well during your stay. There are also many bars and clubs to spend your evening in.

Optional Excursions

War Remnants Museum – VND 15,000 • The Reunification Palace – VND 20,000

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Day 2 to 2 - Mekong Delta

This morning we travel to the heart of the Mekong Delta, a region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the South China Sea through its network of tributaries. Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and many of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road. The region produces half of the country's rice output which is more than Japan and Korea together.

On route from Ho Chi Minh City to the border town of Chau Doc we enjoy an insight into a real perspective of Delta life including an authentic Mekong rowing boat ride through the maze of shady tributaries enjoying stops at a local orchard to enjoy the local tropical fruits and the handicraft village including a bee farm, rice paper working shop, coconut candy making shop before stopping for lunch and traditional music at the orchard fruit garden. After lunch we make out way to our final stop of the day, Chau Doc where we stay overnight at a basic but comfortable hotel close to the border and take the opportunity to rest our weary bodies over a cold bottle of Beer Saigon or glass of red or white Vietnamese Dalat wine.

Included Excursions

Mekong Delta day trip,Floating market, RIver workshops

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 to 4 - Phnom Penh

After crossing of the border in the morning, we journey from Chau Doc through the Mekong River into Cambodia and on to Phnom Penh Cambodia's bustling capital city. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since the French colonised Cambodia during the 19th century. The city has grown from a small fishing village to what is now the industrial, commercial, cultural and historical centre of Cambodia.

During our time in Phnom Penh we visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which was transformed into one of the Khmer Rouge’s most feared prison and torture camps during the Pol Pot regime. The building is now a haunting tribute to the thousands who died here and at the other 150 similar camps throughout the country in the late 1970’s. Those who were detained at the camp were later taken and executed at the Choueng Ek extermination Centre, more commonly known as ‘The Killing Fields, a site we also visit to learn more of and try to understand this wonderful country’s turbulent past.

Whilst the aforementioned visits are included in the tour they are also entirely optional should anybody prefer not to visit and Phnom Penh has a lot more to offer including the Russian Market and National Museum. Or you could also take a stroll along the river's famous Sisowath Quay and enjoy a coffee or cocktail at one of the many cafes while observing the bustling river traffic. Our Tour Leaders particularly recommend the Foreign Correspondents Club or F.C.C. as it’s better known. You may wish to take a tuk-tuk ride around Phnom Penh (a tuk-tuk is a motorbike-taxi with an enclosed passenger cabin that can fit around 4 people).

Included Excursions

Entrance to the Genocide Museum & Killing Fields,S21 Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Optional Excursions

Royal Palace – US$6.50 • National Museum – US$5 • The Silver Pagoda – US$3 • Wat Phnom – US$1

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 5 to 6 - Siem Reap

A short flight takes us to Siem Reap, our base for exploring the famous temples of the Angkor area. The name Siem Reap means 'Defeat of Siam' - today's Thailand - and refers to a century-old bloodbath which you can see commemorated in stone in the celebrated bas relief carvings of the monuments around the area.

Our first day we head out on our included excursion to the most famous temple, Angkor Wat, with a guide to give us an overview of the history and layout of the temple. Our remaining time in Siem Reap can be spent at our own leisure exploring this expansive site armed with our cameras and the knowledge from our guide.

There are over one thousand temples here which attract over one million visitors annually. The temples range from small ruins to the famous Angkor Wat, and the site is said to be the world's largest single religious monument.

Angkor Wat, a UNESCO world heritage site, pays homage to the Hindu god Vishnu and has a dazzling array of beautiful ornate carvings. The many ceremonial structures and temples here were built between the 9th and 13th centuries by the Khmer Empire that spanned a period of approximately 600 years. These temples are some of the most famous in the world and take up an area of approximately 160 square kilometres.

There are superb photographic opportunities here at most times of the day so make sure your camera batteries are fully charged and your memory card is ready to go! Tuk-tuks provide a convenient form of transport around the area here, and you can hire a tuk-tuk and driver for the day if you wish. The Angkor area (in and around the Ta Prohm temple) was the site where the film Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie was filmed.

Included Excursions

Guided Tour of Angkor Wat

Optional Excursions

Tonle Sap Lake entrance including boat ride – from US$7 (depending on group size) • Landmine Museum entrance – US$3 (US$7 including transport) • Blood Donation to children's hospitals

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 7 to 7 - Bangkok

We head to Bangkok where we can enjoy one final meal with our tour group. We also get a guided tour of the Bangkok Grand Palace, which holds the revered emerald Buddha. Admire the gold, ornate temples and get a final insight into the religion that makes up so much of South East Asia.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 8 to 8 - Depart Bangkok

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Included Excursions

Bangkok Grand Palace

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