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Tour Overview

Experience a captivating 13-day Mekong River voyage from Vietnam to Cambodia. Begin in Ho Chi Minh City, exploring Cu Chi Tunnels, iconic landmarks, and local culture. Cruise down the Saigon River, relishing scenic views and Vietnamese cuisine. Witness the lively Cai Rang Floating Market and rural villages. In Phnom Penh, delve into Cambodia's history and culture, visiting royal palaces and poignant sites. Discover Angkor Wat's grandeur and the mystical Ta Prohm Temple. Explore Banteay Srei and learn about APOPO Rats' life-saving mission. This immersive journey unveils the Mekong's beauty, heritage, and the spirit of Southeast Asia.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore the historic Cu Chi Tunnels, delving into Vietnam's wartime secrets and tunnels used by Viet Cong soldiers.
  • Witness the vibrant Cai Rang Floating Market, a bustling spectacle of boats and local produce on the Mekong Delta.
  • Journey to Angkor Wat, an iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at its grandeur and intricate carvings.
  • Immerse yourself in Cambodia's dark history at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek "Killing Fields."
  • Join a traditional blessing ceremony by local monks in Angkor Ban, offering a glimpse into Cambodian spirituality.
  • Experience a captivating Apsara Show, showcasing Cambodia's rich cultural heritage through dance and music.
  • Visit the enchanting Ta Prohm Temple, where ancient ruins merge with nature's beauty.
  • Gain insight into APOPO Rats' life-saving work, trained to detect landmines and protect communities.
  • Explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, adorned with intricate architecture and sacred relics.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City! Upon your arrival at the airport, your guide and driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Check in and settle into your accommodation. The rest of the day is at your leisure, giving you the opportunity to rest after your journey or explore the vibrant city on your own.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Ho Chi Minh City

  2. After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, depart for the Cu Chi Tunnels, an intricate underground network used by Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. Your guide will provide detailed insights into the tunnels' history and significance.

    Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Cu Chi Tunnels
    Cu Chi Tunnels

    Return to Ho Chi Minh City for a city tour, beginning with the stunning exterior of the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, a magnificent French colonial-era structure. Nearby, you'll visit the Saigon Central Post Office, an architectural gem designed by Gustave Eiffel. Gain a deeper understanding of the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum, where powerful exhibits tell the story of the conflict. Pause for a moment to savor a cup of local coffee at a charming café.

    The evening is free for you to explore more of the city's vibrant culture or enjoy a traditional Vietnamese meal at a local restaurant.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Ho Chi Minh City

  3. Today promises a delightful river cruise adventure. After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Saigon Port to board your cruise ship. As you cruise along the Saigon River, relish a scrumptious lunch onboard while taking in the picturesque landscapes of the Mekong Delta.

    Spend the afternoon relaxing on the ship's deck, enjoying cocktails, and capturing the stunning sunset views. Savor a Vietnamese dinner served onboard, showcasing the rich flavors of the region.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: On Board

    Saigon River Cruise
    Saigon River Cruise

  4. After breakfast, embark on a journey to the charming town of Ben Tre, often referred to as the "Coconut Kingdom." Experience the local way of life with a ride on a traditional three-wheeler, also known as a "xe loi."

    Visit a coconut candy factory and witness the artisanal process of candy making. Explore a local orchard and sample a variety of tropical fruits, including dragon fruit, mango, and rambutan.

    Glide along narrow waterways in a sampan boat, surrounded by lush greenery. Visit Chua Ong Pagoda, a serene Buddhist temple, and admire its intricate architecture.

    Vietnam Mekong River Canoe
    Take a traditional sampan boat ride along the winding waterways

    Return to the cruise ship for a delicious dinner onboard, followed by an engaging lecture on Vietnam's culture and history.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: On Board

  5. Rise early to experience the vibrant Cai Rang Floating Market at its liveliest. Observe local vendors and boats laden with fresh produce as they engage in lively trading.

    Vietnam Cai Rang Floating Market
    Cai Rang Floating Market

    After the market visit, journey to Hoa An Village, where you'll explore fragrant flower gardens and interact with a local family to learn about their daily life. Continue to another village, where you'll discover the traditional craftsmanship behind the iconic Vietnamese conical hats, or "non la."

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: On Board

  6. Begin the day by boarding a sampan for an excursion to Cu Lao Gieng Island. Explore the picturesque town of Hong Ngu, known for its traditional craftsmanship and charming streets.

    Vietnam Cu lao Gieng
    Cu Lao Gieng Island

    In the late afternoon, the cruise ship will reach the border area and continue its journey to Phnom Penh, offering you scenic views along the Mekong River.

    Onboard activities include an engaging cooking class with an executive chef, allowing you to learn the secrets of preparing Vietnamese cuisine.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: On Board

  7. Take a leisurely cyclo ride to explore Phnom Penh's cultural highlights. Visit the Royal Palace, a resplendent architectural masterpiece, and the Silver Pagoda, home to Cambodia's sacred Buddha statues.

    Silver Pagoda Cambodia
    Silver Pagoda

    Immerse yourself in Cambodia's rich history and culture as you explore the National Museum. Participate in onboard activities, including fruit carvings and a tropical fruits demonstration, followed by an informative lecture on "Cambodia's Geography and Life along the Mekong River."

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: On Board

  8. Today's itinerary delves into Cambodia's sobering past. You'll visit Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, also known as the "Killing Fields," where you'll gain insight into the harrowing events of the Khmer Rouge regime.

    Phnom Penh Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
    Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

    Next, explore the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former prison camp known as S-21, where you'll learn about the atrocities committed during this dark period in Cambodia's history.

    The afternoon is yours to use as you please. You might choose to further explore Phnom Penh's vibrant markets, indulge in local cuisine, or simply relax at your leisure.

    In the evening, you'll be treated to a captivating Apsara Show onboard the cruise ship, featuring traditional Cambodian dance and music, providing a glimpse into the country's rich cultural heritage.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: On Board

  9. After breakfast, set off to visit Angkor Ban, a tranquil village along the Mekong River. Participate in a special blessing ceremony conducted by local monks, providing you with a unique insight into Cambodian spirituality and traditions.

    Cambodia Angkor Ban
    Angkor Ban

    Explore a local family's home and gain an understanding of their daily life and customs. Visit a local school, where you'll have the chance to interact with students and learn about Cambodia's education system.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: On Board

  10. Following breakfast, disembark at Kampong Cham Cruise Port and embark on a scenic drive to Siem Reap. Your driver will ensure your comfortable transfer to your selected hotel in Siem Reap, known for its proximity to the famous Angkor Wat temple complex.

    Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, unwinding at the hotel or exploring the charming town of Siem Reap.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Siem Reap

  11. Today is dedicated to the exploration of the remarkable Angkor Wat temple complex. Marvel at its intricate bas-reliefs and stunning architecture.

    Begin your exploration at Angkor Thom, passing through the South Gate and visiting the captivating Bayon Temple, renowned for its smiling stone faces.

    Angkor Wat Bayon Temple
    Bayon Temple

    Conclude your day at the Terrace of the Elephants, an impressive platform adorned with intricate carvings.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Siem Reap

  12. Venture to the remote temple of Banteay Srei, often referred to as the "Citadel of Women." Admire the temple's stunning pink sandstone carvings and intricate details. Explore the enchanting Ta Prohm Temple, known for its dramatic fusion with nature as tree roots intertwine with the ancient ruins.

    Angkor Wat Ta Prohm Temple
    Ta Prohm Temple

    Gain insight into the incredible work of APOPO Rats, who are trained to detect landmines and save lives in Cambodia and other conflict-affected regions.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Siem Reap

  13. Enjoy your final morning at leisure, giving you the opportunity to explore Siem Reap further, shop for souvenirs, or relax at the hotel.

    In the afternoon, your driver will escort you to Siem Reap International Airport for your onward flight to your next destination or back to your home country, concluding your unforgettable journey through Vietnam and Cambodia.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $2469 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 12 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day;
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets (Could be assisted).
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver, bell boy, etc.
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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