Vietnam & Cambodia Riverway Tour, 11 days

Tour Overview

Travel from Ho Chi Minh City, visiting Southern  Vietnam’s most sensational urban and rural destinations, and delve into Cambodia’s recent and ancient history in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Starting from Ho Chi Minh City, we discover the rich colonial and war-time history of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City. We also have time seeing the extensive tunnels of Cu Chi, a stronghold for the communists during their long struggle for independence

 and the ornate temple of Cai Dai Religion in Tay  Ninh. The mid day temple service gives an interesting look when all followers fill the hall, with wearing colored robes. These costumes are a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.  We will venture deep into the lush Mekong Delta region, visiting a floating market and boating through the enchanting Tra Su Forest swampland, spotting local wildlife. We will voyage along the Mekong river to the bustling Cambodian city of Phnom Penh, where an array of museums, pagodas and markets await us. In Siem Reap, we will tour the splendid Angkor Temple complex, exploring the best of the temple ruins, including spectacular Angkor Wat.

Tour Information

  • Easy
  • No Limit
  • Classic Travel
  • Culture

Tour HighLight

+Experience the bustling energy of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting the war museum, colonial buildings and lively markets

+ Enjoy free time to explore Ho Chi Minh City and try local delicacies

+ Delve into the Mekong Delta, visiting traditional riverside villages and floating markets, as well as enjoying local wildlife while boating through exotic swampland

+ Take in the energetic city of Phnom Penh and it’s most exciting attractions, including Royal Palace and museum marking the harrowing Cambodian genocide

+ Learn about Cambodia’s ancient civilization at the magnificent Angkor complex, with an itinerary of carefully selected temple ruins to get the most out of your visit

+ Experience the town of Siem Reap and enjoy free time exploring

+ Private airport transfers and experienced, knowledgeable local guides ensure that you will get the most out of your trip

 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival - Ho Chi Minh

Greeted  at airport by our guide and driven to hotel. Check in hotel and have free time.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: No

On arrival at  Ho Chi Minh Airport, you are met by our guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. You may have some time free to relax or discover at your own leisure. The bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, still called Saigon by many locals, was originally a fishing village built up on a vast swampland, but it has developed into Saigon under the French domination. The effervescent development has bought Ho Chi Minh some cosmic changes from a war-torn city to a thriving metropolis. However, the architecture, local culture and lifestyle in Ho Chi Minh are still a reconciliation among French, American and Chinese influences. This fast growing city is now punctuated with elegant international hotels and exclusive restaurants, crowded with motorbikes, cars and vociferous cyclo drivers, and excited by numerous shopping areas, sidewalk cafés and noodle stalls. They have formed a dynamic urban area in very special sense and make for an endless exploration in this  south Vietnamese gem.

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh

Spend this day  exploring Ho Chi Minh, including Nguyen Hue Boulevard, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, Reunification Palace, War Remnant Exhibit,  Jade Emperor Temple, Saigon China Town and Ben Thanh Market.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Tay Ninh – Cao Dai Temple

Take a drive west to explore Cu Chi Tunnels. Continue onto Tay Ninh and  visit Cao Dai Temple with mid-day ceremony. Travel by road back to Ho Chi Minh.  

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4

Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Can Tho

Drive to My Tho and visit Mekong Delta on a boat trip along the Mekong River. Stop at Unicorn Island to explore the local life before heading to Ben Tre, home to many cottage industries . Keep driving to Can Tho.

OVERNIGHT: Can Tho MEALS: Breakfast

Day 5

Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Chau Doc – Tra Su Forest

Get up early and take a boat trip along the Mekong River to explore Cai Rang Floating Market.  Travel by road through the Mekong Delta to Chau Doc. Spend this afternoon to explore  Tra Su Forest  by boat.  

OVERNIGHT: Can Tho MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6

Chau Doc – Phnom Penh

Travel by boat  along Mekong River from Chau Doc to Phnom  Penh.  Met by our guide and driven to hotel.  Spend this afternoon seeing Phnom Penh with  Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Central  Market.

OVERNIGHT: Phnom Penh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 7

Phnom Penh

Continue seeing Phnom Penh with Cambodia National Museum, Wat Phnom ,  Toul  Sleng Museum , Killing Field and Central Market. 

OVERNIGHT: Phnom Penh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 8

Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Angkor Temples

Travel by road to Siem Reap and spend this afternoon exploring Angkor Temple complex with Rolous group, including Lo Lei, Preah Ko and Ba Kong Temples.

OVERNIGHT: Siem Reap MEALS: Breakfast

Day 9

Siem Reap – Angkor Temples

Take drive to archeological site and visit  Angkor Thom, South Gate, Royal Enclosure and Bayon. Continue seeing famous Angkor Wat and catch sunset from Pre Rup Temple

OVERNIGHT: Siem Reap MEALS: Breakfast

Day 10

Siem Reap – Banteay Srey

Head out of Siem Reap Town, explore Banteay Srey Temple. Continue seeing  Ta Prohm Temple, Neak Pean and Preah Khan.

OVERNIGHT: Siem Reap MEALS: Breakfast

Day 11

Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake - Departure

Board a local boat to see  Tonle Sap Lake and floating houses of fishmen living on this lake.  Transfer to airport for departure.

OVERNIGHT: No MEALS: Breakfast

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What are Included?

Tour Transport:

Car, minivan or bus, private or joint boat , train,  mentioned  flights ( 20kg luggage allowance )

Tour Accommodation:

10 nights at hotel  on twin sharing basis

Included Meals:

10 breakfast (B)

Guide/Leader:

English speaking guide. French , Germany , Spanish, Italian, Russian  speaking guide can be arranged with on request.

Tour Activities:

Sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh with entrance fee

Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels with entrance fee

Boat trip in Mekong Delta

Sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh with entrance fee

Sightseeing tour of Angkor Temples  with entrance fee

What are Excluded?

 

Transport  to Ho Chi Minh/from Siem Reap , Optional services ( extra activities, pre /post night, airport -hotel -airport transfer)

Visa fee to Vietnam, Cambodia

Travel insurance

Tipping for tour guide/ leader, driver and local service

Single room on request and personal expenses

How are Hotels?

NO LISTING

Tour document

To make your trip more convenient, we would like to provide quick facts to ensure that you have the right travel documents.

 

PASSPORT & VISA

The passport must have six-months validity remaining and one blank page for entry stamp. To enter Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, foreigners require a valid visa, except  nationals of certain countries, which may visit  these countries  without visa for a period of time. You are required to contact our sales dep. to get the update visa exemption.

 

VACCINATION

At this time, no vaccination is required, but you should check with your doctor the health  information of  Vietnam and Cambodia.

 

CUSTOM REGULATION

1.VIETNAM

Vietnam custom regulation: free import of 200 cigarettes, or 20 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, 1,5 liters liquor at 20% volumes and above or 2 liters liquor below 20% volume or 3 liters of alcoholic beverages (excl. wines) and soft drinks, 5 kilograms of tea in maximum, 3 kilograms of coffe in maximum, a reasonable quantity of perfume and personal belongings, and other goods, total value of which is not exceeding ten million VND.

Import and export of firearms and ammunition is prohibited. Transit transportation of firearms, ammunition, explosives and highly dangerous goods is subject to prior approval from the government of Viet Nam.

No restriction of currency is applied for entry or exit Vietnam. However you must make the declaration if you bring along  Vietnamese Dong in excess of VND 150,000,000 or foreign currency in excess of 5,000 U.S. dollars or equivalent.  

2.CAMBODIA

Cambodia  custom regulation: free import of 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 400 grams of tobacco,  2 liters of alcohol or wine,  350 milliliters of perfume or eau de toilette, personal effects.

Currently, goods worth more than USD 100 are subject to customs duty and taxes and goods with a value of more than USD 300 must be declared on a Customs Declaration Form.

The foreign currency in amounts exceeding USD 10,000.- (in cash or checks) must be declared on arrival or departure.

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