Vietnam Today Travel designs a superb trip for families and individuals, this is a marvelous blend of the Vietnamese Mekong World and the magnificence of the Cambodia’s Khmer civilization. Beginning in Saigon, explore the markets, peek into the Cu Chi Tunnels, and marvel at the Cao Dai religion. Drive to Cai Be Vinh Long, enjoy the boat from Vietnam’s Can Tho along the Mekong to Phnom Penh. Your journey finishes in Siem Reap, exploring the temples of the Angkor Civilization. Immersed in these local communities and experience the best of these two cultures.
RATE: This rate is quoted in Vietnam Dong (VND) per person (1 USD ~ 21.000 VND), based on Double/Twin occupancy.
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Day 1: Saigon Arrival. Welcome to Vietnam’s modern metropolis: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city). Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an orientation tour through Saigon’s bustling streets en route to the hotel. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Tan Son Nhat Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon you will visit such sites as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the CityPost Office and Ben Thanh Market. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Meals: N/A. Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 2: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnel – Tay Ninh. After breakfast at hotel, you travel outside of Saigon to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels are an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. Next you will visit the beautiful Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh and partake in the noontime prayer service. This large and colorful compound is home to the hybrid religion founded in the 1920s: Caodaism, which combines elements of Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam in order to promote peace. Have lunch in Tay Ninh and return to Saigon in the late afternoon. Meals: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho. After breakfast, you leave Saigon and travel to the Mekong River Delta. Arrive in Cai Be at around 11:00 AM and start your tour of the delta with a private cruise to visit Cai Be floating market, passing by a beautiful cathedral. Proceed to local cottage industries, home factories to see how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the longan fruit drying process. Sail along some of the Mekong’s innumerable branches and creeks and visit local orchards and an ancient house over 170 years old built by the French. Then cross Tien Giang River, one of the two large “arms” of the Mekong, by motorized boat to visit some fluvial islands and explore the countryside by bicycle. Your driver will be waiting for you on the other side of the river to take you on a 45 minute journey to the largest city in the Mekong: Can Tho, a buzzing town with a lively waterfront and a colorful mix of narrow back streets that make for some rewarding exploration. Rest of the day, you are at leisure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Accommodation: Can Tho.
Day 4: Can Tho – Chau Doc. Wake early and leave the hotel to visit the famous Cai Rang floating market by motor boat. Experience the daily life of the Mekong River Delta as vendors from around the region gather to sell fresh fruits, local delicacies and handmade goods. Proceed your discovery of the region with a tour of the cottage industries to see people making coconut candies and rice paper. Continue to Chau Doc where a sunset journey up Sam Mountain provides sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. You also visit Lady Xu and Thoai Ngoc Hau Temple if time permits. Meals: Breakfast. Accommodation: Chau Doc.
Day 5: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh by speedboat. After breakfast, check-out the hotel then travel by speedboat up the Mekong to Cambodia’s capital: Phnom Penh. The total trip takes about four and a half hours (including visa formalities). Visas are easily obtained at the border between Vietnam and Cambodia and cost $22 (including the processing fee). Your guide will meet you at the dock in Phnom Penh and take you to the hotel. Despite its recent turbulent history, Phnom Penh’s wide tree-lined boulevards and faded colonial mansions hold an undeniable charm. After lunch at a downtown restaurant, visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek. A visit to these sights provides a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. Meals: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 6: Phnom Penh – Fly to Siem Reap. After breakfast, take a leisurely tour to visit National Museum, the Royal Palace – home to the royal family, and Silver Pagoda. Then your driver will transfer you to the airport to take a short flight to Siem Reap, the gateway into the ancient Angkor temples. In the late afternoon, stare in wonder at the intricate carvings of Angkor Wat and then ride a balloon for an aerial view of the temple and its surroundings. Soar over the skies and admire the picturesque Cambodian countryside with its rice fields and villages, the highlight of your sightseeing in Angkor! Optional: In the afternoon head to the Happy Ranch Horse Farm (located 10min outside of the city center) and take a trail ride through Siem Reap’s serene countryside. Horse cart rides are also available as an alternative option. * During the rainy season (May – October), you can also choose to take a speedboat up the Mekong from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.* * We do not recommend a drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap as it is a long journey (6 to 7 hours) and road condition.* Meals: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 7: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples. Enjoy an entire day dedicated to discover the mysterious Angkor temples. Wake before dawn and take a tuk-tuk ride to visit the jungle-entwined temple, Ta Prohm. Sunrise is one of the most beautiful and haunting times to visit the temples, whose ancient sandstone blocks are painted orange by the early morning rays. Return to the hotel for breakfast then set back out on a full day temple tour. You will start with a visit to the magnificent Angkor Wat – the largest Khmer temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architecture. Proceed to Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Next, visit Bayon Temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and spend rest of the day at leisure. Meals: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 8: Siem Reap Departure. Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to Siem Reap International Airport to catch your departure flight home. Good bye & Safe travels! Meals: Breakfast. Accommodation: N/A.
Include: • Accommodation (3 star in average) • Speed boat up the Mekong River to Cambodia from Chau Doc • Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap • Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary • Transportation by private car with A/C • Service of English speaking guides in every location. • All entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.
Exclude: • Travel insurance • International Flight tickets • Vietnam & Cambodia Visa fees • Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers • Beverages & other personal expenses.