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  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand
Route:
Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok
Days:
29
Style: Worldwide Adventures
Code: SEIT
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From the bright lights of Ho Chi Minh City we travel through five countries plunging into a melting pot of cultures and fascinating histories. Learn about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, admire the pastel-coloured Peranaken architecture in Singapore, enjoy spectacular views from the top of Penang Hill and admire golden temples in Bangkok.

What's Included

Excursions

  • Entrance to the Genocide Museum & Killing Fields
  • Spider Market
  • Ride the Bamboo Railway
  • Khmer Wine Tasting
  • Guided Tour of Angkor Wat
  • Rickshaw City Tour of Melaka
  • Visit the Petronas Towers with the tour leader
  • Full Day Excursion in the Cameron Highlands
  • Penang Heritage Walk

Accommodation

28 night(s) in hotels

Transportation

Travel by 4 flight(s)

Meals

26 breakfast

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

Group Size: Maximum 16. Average 8-12.

Tour Suitability: This tour is recommended for people aged 18-65. For more information on what to expect, click here.

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 - Phu Quoc

A short flight takes us to the idyllic island of Phu Quoc. Vietnam’s largest island, located just off the coastal border of Vietnam and Cambodia, Phu Quoc offers not only some of the best seafood in the country but also kilometer upon kilometre of beautiful white sandy beaches. What better way to unwind after the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City? We also understand that not everyone wants to relax on idyllic beaches and snorkel in blue waters, so why not slip on the hiking boots and enjoy the Ganh Dau trail and listen out to the sounds of birds nearby or alternatively, take a walk through the forest to Suoi Tranh waterfalls where you can enjoy a dip to cool off.

You can also buy some pearls from the pearl farms on the western side of the island and visit a pepper farm and see the pepper plant hanging down from branches.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 3 to 4 - Sihanoukville

Today we cross into Cambodia. Before heading into Cambodia we first take the local ferry back to the Vietnam mainland a short distance from the land border and embark on our journey to Sihanoukville .Originally started in the 1950’s as an Cambodia’s first deep water port, Sihanoukvulle, named after the King of the time . Please note: When crossing into Sihanoukville from Phu Quoc, that e-visas will not be accepted. You will be able to easily obtain visas on arrival or use ones that have already been obtained from an embassy.

We spend two nights here and there is plenty of time to enjoy the many beaches and snorkel in the sparkling waters. Enjoy sunset views from Wat Leu, an ornate temple situated on the forested hills.

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 5 to 6 - Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is Cambodia's bustling capital city with a turbulent past. Sitting on the juncture of the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap 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

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 7 to 8 - Kratie

Heading away from the big city life, we head into the Khmer countryside to enjoy a couple of days in relaxing Kratie to enjoy some of the best Mekong River sunsets available. As well as being one of the very best locations to spot the fast becoming rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins, Kratie is home to a number of interesting temples from different era’s, a museum that hardly ever opens (ask your Tour Leader to try for you) and some marvelous countryside tours to see the other side of this wonderful country and its people. So, soak up the peaceful rural life, wander the central marketplace to pick up handmade souvenirs and admire the French colonial architecture, and the village homes built upon wooden stilts.

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 9 to 9 - Kompong Cham

Staying in close touch with the mighty Mekong River which so dominates Southeast Asia we travel slightly South to the riverside town of Kompong Cham and back into civilisation so to speak. Literally meaning “port of the Chams’ and referring to the local ethnic Cham people living in the province, Kompong Cham offers a chance to experience yet another different facet of the Cambodia that many miss when passing through.

Enjoy the colonial charms of the sleepy city, situated along the Mekong River. Watch traditional Apsara dances or visit Nokor Wat to admire the Angkor architecture.

You may also like to get a tuk-tuk or a boat down the river to Wat Maha Leap, one of the remaining wooden pagodas in Cambodia. Over 100 years old, it was one of the few pagodas not destroyed by the Khmer Rouge because they used it as a hospital. Monks since reformed it to it’s original beauty and you can see the gilded patterns on the black wooden pillars that support the stunning blue roof in total contrast to the nearby, impressive Kizuna Bridge which at 1.5 km long is still Cambodia’s 2nd longest and the first to cross the Mekong in Cambodia

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 10 to 11 - Battambang

Crossing from Eastern Cambodia to the Western side, our day’s journey allows a visit on route to Cambodia’ famous Spider Market where the more adventurous of you may can try the local delicacy, fried spider.

An important former trading city, Battambang is Cambodia’s second most populated city, and appeals to tourists due to its vibrant personality as well as its cultural highlights and many nearby temples.

Soak up the cultural atmosphere in Battambang with it’s blend of modern city and well preserved colonial architecture, admire the statues that pepper the streets, and the art deco buildings such as the Central Market and train station or visit Cambodia's most famous circus, Phare Ponleu Selpak.

Ride the bamboo railway for a unique experience, seeing the paddy fields along the way. We will also be able to taste traditional Khmer wine.

Included Excursions

Spider Market,Khmer Wine Tasting,Ride the Bamboo Railway

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 12 to 13 - Siem Reap

Siem Reap is 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 14 to 14 - Bangkok

Today we fly to Bangkok where we can enjoy dinner and spend the night before flying to the glittering lights of Singapore tomorrow.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 15 to 16 - Singapore

Singapore may be small in size, but its larger-than-life attitude and modernisation will ensure your visit here is truly unforgettable. A major international hub, the city will house travellers and business people from all over the world at any given time. You would be forgiven for thinking you should be donned in a suit clutching a briefcase as you lose yourself between the ultra-modern high rise buildings. Like any major city, the shopping is excellent here (although not always cheap). There are many historical and cultural sights to see if you are after an insight into the tradition of this fascinating country. Visit Little India and Chinatown for a glimpse into the old way of life of the city. You may want to don your best travelling garb and try a traditional Singapore Sling at the Long Bar in the famous Raffles Hotel. Steeped in history, this spectacular colonial style hotel is beautiful to see as you make your way to the bar which is more relaxed than you may think as it is a must to throw your peanut shells on the floor! Singapore restaurants are not the cheapest you will come across in South East Asia but if you hit some of the market food stalls or the hawker centres you are sure to delight in an amazing selection of fresh, scrumptious food.

Optional Excursions

Zoological Gardens – US$22 • Singapore History Museum – US$10 • Singapore Botanic Gardens and National Orchid Garden – free

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 17 to 18 - Melaka

Melaka is one of Malaysia's most popular destinations and was an important trading port several hundred years ago. The historical city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Portuguese settled here in the 16th century and their influence can be seen in much of the architecture around the city. There are many attractions in Melaka, from temples to churches, and mosques to museums. The destination is famous for its traditional Chinese Nyonya cuisine, which you can sample from one of the traditional Peranakan shop houses.

Included Excursions

Rickshaw City Tour of Melaka

Optional Excursions

River cruise from – MYR 20

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 19 to 20 - Kuala Lumpur

We arrive in Malaysia's lively capital, Kuala Lumpur. A major tourist hub, 'KL' (as it is usually referred) is modern, slightly congested, and it offers all the creature comforts of your average major city. High rises abound, shopping is excellent (and one of the city's major attractions) and its bustling day-to-day goings-on provide an insight into Malay business culture. There are many things to do here - both cultural and indulgent. During your time here, why not check out Berjaya Times Square in the Bukit Bintang area, the biggest mall in Asia - where the 8th floor houses a mini theme park consisting of several roller coasters and white-knuckle rides. Your tour leader will show you the tallest twin tower building in the world, the Petronas Towers. If you wish you can choose to ascend to the Skywalk (this is at an optional cost.) There are also many colonial buildings to visit if you feel the need to step back in time and take a break from the modern high rises.

Included Excursions

Visit the Petronas Towers with the tour leader

Optional Excursions

Entry to Petronas Towers including Skywalk and observation deck – MYR 85

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 21 to 22 - Cameron Highlands

Named after William Cameron, a British colonial government surveyor who discovered the plateau during in 1885, the Cameron Highlands is a highland region around 1500 metres above sea level. There are many things to do and see here, including: a butterfly farm, strawberry farms, rose gardens, a Chinese temple and vegetable farms. You also have a jungle trek amongst the cool, refreshing forest air. The region's fertile mountain slopes make it one of the best places in the country to grow tea, and there are many tea plantations. The Cameron Highlands is also a major supplier of vegetables to Malaysia and Singapore.

Included Excursions

Full Day Excursion in the Cameron Highlands

Optional Excursions

Kuala Kangsar town tour – US$30

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 23 to 24 - Penang

We make for Penang. We will stay in Georgetown, which is the island's capital. Georgetown possesses a unique charm, blending old and new cultures. Peddlers exhibit their goods surrounded by modern buildings. Old buildings stand side-by-side with new businesses. Take a rickshaw tour and introduce yourself to this lively town or perhaps visit the 65-storey Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR), a prominent Penang landmark, which houses Government departments, commercial offices, department stores, shops and restaurants.

Included Excursions

Penang Heritage Walk

Optional Excursions

Hill and Temple (Kek Lok Si) – MYR 80 includes guide and train tickets

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 25 to 27 - Phuket

Heading back to Thailand we enjoy three nights on the buzzing rainforest island of Phuket, Thailand’s largest island. Phuket offers some of the Thailand’s most popular beaches where you can wash the dust from your hair and relax on white sand sipping your favourite cocktail or a local Chang Beer. Away from the beaches, Phuket offers so much to keep you busy including a visit to the aquarium, exploring Butterfly Garden and Insect World, visit James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay, marvel at Phuket Big Buddha or wander the narrow streets of Old Phuket in total contrast to the busy beach resorts.

Discover the “Temple of the Gold Buddha” (Wat Phra Thong) where the deity is half buried so you can only see the head and shoulders! For another jaw-dropping sight, visit the Big Buddha who stands tall at 45 metres high. This is also a great place to get panoramic views of the southern side of Phuket.

You may also like to visit Khao Phra Thaew National Park, where you can visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre and two waterfalls.

With 3 days here there’s also plenty of time to visit and explore the island close to Phuket including Koh Phi Phi, Coral Island, Similan Islands or Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi all of which are accessible by ferry and/or speedboat from Phuket.

At night, Phuket really comes to life and whether your choice is a fine wine overlooking the sea or clubbing on until the early hours, Phuket has it all in abundance.

Optional Excursions

Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands - 1,800฿, Fantasea Show & Buffet Dinner - 1,750฿, James Bond Island - 1,700฿, Sea Fishing, White Water Raftin, Siam Niramit Show – 1,450฿

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hotels

Meals

3 Breakfast

Day 28 to 28 - Bangkok

We return back to Bangkok so you can pick up any last minute souveniers.If there is time, a great market to visit, if not for the best bargain, but for its sheer size, is the 35 acre Chatuchak Weekend Market which has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place in Bangkok. Get there easily by skytrain to Mo Chit station.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 29 to 29 - 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.

Meals

1 Breakfast

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