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  • The UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Monks entering Angkor Wat, cambodia
  • The National Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Street food at the Kandal Market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • One of the intricate statues at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Travelling along the Mekong river by canoe, Vietnam
Route:
Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok
Days:
18
Style: Worldwide Adventures
Code: SEMB
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US$1,989

Make the most out of Vietnam and Cambodia before heading to Thailand on this exciting tour. Ho Chi Minh City is our base for the Mekong Delta excursion where we can enjoy exploring the floating community. Heading to Cambodia, not only can we discover the famous Killing Fields, we also get off the beaten track in small riverside villages. Spot rare dolphins in Kratie and haggle with the locals at nighttime markets. Also including a trip to Angkor Wat, this tour covers the best of Vietnam and Cambodia before ending in Bangkok.

About this tour

  • Type of Travel: Public Transport
  • Group Size: Average 10-14. Maximum 16.
  • Recommended Age: 18-65
  • Physical Rating: Asia 2
  • Country: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand

What you need to know

  • We will try to run your tour as close to the itinerary as conditions will allow. On very rare occasions, local events may affect the way your itinerary operates. We ask for your flexibility and understanding in these situations.
  • Always have a few ID photos on you for visas. This is especially important in arrival places such as Laos or Vietnam where photos are needed
  • Pack Light! In addition to there being plenty of laundries available on tour, clothes are simply so much cheaper in Asia. Leave the designer gear at home and visit the local markets.
  • The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. You will meet your Tour Leader at 18.00 for the pre-departure meeting. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

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 • Cu Chi Tunnels - VND 235,000

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at La Felix Hotel or similar

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, the longest river in South East Asia, approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and many of the villages are often accessible more easily 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 combined.

Once we arrive to the Delta, we board a long boat and begin our day exploring life in and around the river and its tributaries, visiting local workshops where the local people are always happy to see you and the children will follow you around wearing their western football shirts. Visit a local Bonsai garden, fruit orchard, ceramics workshop and local brickworks to discover how local needs are met without the modern technology we take so much for granted. Want to try the local ‘snake wine’ or ‘rice wine’ then today you get your chance when we visit a local homestay where you’ll be invited into the family home and offered the local wines. Whatever you do, don’t take the term ‘wine’ too lightly as these drink pack a powerful kick! During the day your guide will take you to a local home for a wonderful local seafood meal (quality non-seafood options are available). Don’t forget your cameras.

Included Excursions

Mekong Delta Overnight Excursion

Accommodation

1 night(s) in homestays

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 3 to 4 - Ho Chi Minh City

The next morning after breakfast and before returning to Ho Chi Minh City, we take an early cruise on a traditional sampan through the famous floating markets and past the imposing Christian Church to visit local craft shops and a chance to support the local community by purchasing a gift or two for your friends back home. Whether it’s a treat from the sweet and candy workshop or a souvenir snake wine, we’re sure you’ll find something of interest . Late in the morning we disembark our boat, say farewell to our guide and boat captain and head back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Your Tour Leader will take you on a walking tour where you will 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 worry – we will also explore 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.

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at La Felix Hotel or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 5 to 6 - Sihanoukville

We fly to Cambodia heading to Sihanoukville .Originally started in the 1950’s as an Cambodia’s first deep water port, Sihanoukvulle, named after the King of the time .

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 at Grand Sihanoukville Hotel or similar

Meals

2 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 7 to 7 - Kampot

Today we travel to the French colonial town of Kampot located by the Praek Tuek Chhu River on the route to Phnom Penh. Is is famous for its pepper plantations and salt fields and we will take a tuk-tuk tour of the countryside

Included Excursions

Countryside tuk- tuk trip to the Kampot Salt Fields

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 8 to 9 - 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 at Pacific Hotel or similar

Meals

1 Basic Breakfast(s), 1 Breakfast(s)

Day 10 to 11 - 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 at Ly Cheu Hotel or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 12 to 12 - 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 at Monorom VIP Hotel or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 13 to 14 - 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 (when operational)

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at King Fy Hotel or similar

Meals

1 Basic Breakfast(s), 1 Breakfast(s)

Day 15 to 16 - 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 at Xing Angkor Hotel or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 17 to 17 - 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 at New Siam II or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 18 to 18 - 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(s)

What's Included

Excursions & Activities

  • Mekong Delta Overnight Excursion
  • Countryside tuk- tuk trip to the Kampot Salt Fields
  • Entrance to the Genocide Museum & Killing Fields
  • Spider Market
  • Ride the Bamboo Railway (when operational)
  • Khmer Wine Tasting
  • Guided Tour of Angkor Wat

Accommodation

16 night(s) in hotels, 1 night(s) in homestays

Transportation

Public Bus, Travel by 1 flight(s)

Meals

12 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s), 3 Buffet Breakfast(s), 2 Basic Breakfast(s)

Other

Naturalist guides, Tucan Travel tour leader

What's Not Included

  • Visas and travel insurance
  • 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 - On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone's taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don't hesitate to ask your tour leader.

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.

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