- Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City
- Day 2: HCM City – Walking Tour
- Day 3: HCM City– Mekong Delta (Ben Tre) – Chau Doc
- Day 4: Chau Doc – Speed boat to Phnom Penh
- Day 5: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
- Day 6: Siem Reap – Full-day Temple Tour
- Day 7: Siem Reap –Day at Leisure
- Day 8: Siem Reap – Departure
Travel from Mekong Delta to Angkor Wat to see the highlight destinations of this region. From Ho Chi Minh City, where you will have a walking tour, embark on a boat trip to discover life on the water and the famous floating market of this region. Learn about Cambodia’s history as you visit the landmarks in Phnom Penh. Feel the breath of the ancient time as you explore the iconic Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom and the tranquil life in Siem Reap, which will also be the last destination of this tour.
Arrival in Ho Chi Minh CityDay 1
Xin Chao! Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Upon arrival, your private guide and driver are waiting to meet you at the arrivals lounge, holding up a welcome signboard with your names on it and take you directly to your hotel in the city centre.
After checking-in, you will have time to relax and adjust to the pace of HCM City, still called Saigon by the locals. There will be a short tour briefing this evening with your guide followed by a welcome dinner at Bloom restaurant. Your visit will ‘Make A Difference’ to this Culinary Vocational Training facility developed by the charity ‘Aid to Children Without Parents’ that provides training to disadvantaged young people in the hospitality industry enabling them to become self-reliant.
Please note: Your travel documents contain a Visa-on-Arrival letter (unless otherwise arranged). Please ensure to pack this in your carry-on luggage. Your Visa-on-Arrival letter must be presented to Customs upon entry into the country.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City – Walking TourDay 2
After breakfast, your holiday will start when your private tour guide picks you up for a City tour of HCM City. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.
– The War Remnants Museum- which was originally opened in September 1975 displaying old military equipment and other related items from the Vietnam War.
– The Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Presidential Palace – the sight of South Vietnam’s surrender in April 1975.
– Notre Dame Cathedral
– General Post Office
– The Opera House
Lunch will be served at “Pho 2000” Restaurant near Ben Thanh Market. This is where former US president Bill Clinton stopped by for a bowl. After lunch, you will be back to your hotel where the remainder of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City– Mekong Delta (Ben Tre) – Chau DocDay 3
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Ben Tre, located in the heart of the Mekong Delta. The fertile Mekong Delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits and flowers as well as boating along the canals. On arrival, you will board your private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways to visit some local cottage industries. Hop on motor-cart to an out of the way village where you might have a chance to peek inside local homes for an insight into rural life seldom seen by the outside world and try some regional specialties for lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, you will return to the docks. From here, you will wind to Chau Doc- the border town to Cambodia, stopping en route for photos opportunities.
Your private tour guide will take you to the hotel room In Chau Doc. The remainder of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Chau Doc
Chau Doc – Speed boat to Phnom PenhDay 4
In the early morning, you will be picked up and transferred to the docks for a 05-hour speed boat journey from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. Boat leaves at 07:30 and arrives in Phnom Penh around mid-day.
Upon arrival, you will be met by your private tour guide and driver and transferred to the hotel in downtown for checking in and relax. After a short relax you will head out to Phnom Penh City Tour, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. You will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, with many pre & post-Angkor artifacts. The tour also includes the Museum of Genocidal and Cheung Ek Killing field.
Overnight in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh – Siem ReapDay 5
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Siem Reap by express coach. After arriving and checking into your hotel room, you can spend the rest of the day at leisure. You can visit the Night Market or join the local Apsara dance and dinner or the Circus show.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Full-day Temple TourDay 6
Today you will have a full day of exploration in Siem Reap. You will experience the temple relics in a way that will really let you feel like you’ve escaped the 20th century and traveled a thousand years back to a time when life was simple and nature was surreal.
After an early breakfast, you’ll be you will be picked up by your private guide and driver. Start your discovery of the temple of the legendary city of Ta Prohm Temple, best known for its gigantic roots of vine that convent down the walls of a thousand years. Worn by time, rain, and overpowered by the jungle, this immaculate structure is hidden under the canopy will leave you feeling like you’ve stepped into the movie set of a treasure hunt adventure. Your private tour guide will give you the history and stories passed through oral tradition.
Leaving the Ta Prohm, pick up your bike and paddle through the hidden rainforest trails, get closer to the greenery and hear the sound of nature along the way to the city of Angkor Thom via the grand South Gate. Here you’ll explore the last capital of the once great Khmer Empire, with the 216 enigmatic faces of The Bayon at its centre. Still, within the ancient city walls, you’ll marvel at the view from the summit of Baphuon, the enormous temple mountain, affording unspoiled views over the surrounding ruins. You’ll round off the morning poring over the intricate bas-relief of the Elephant Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King, before having a Royal Khmer lunch at the fine-dining restaurant Le Grand. The fabled Royal Khmer cuisine, handed down over the centuries by the chefs of the Royal Palaces, uses only the finest ingredients carefully blended to create a distinct epicurean experience.
Be prepared to enjoy one of the Wonders of the Ancient World: Angkor Wat. At this point, you most probably have gotten glimpses of the towers over treetops and the gates in front of passing. But now you’ll finally get to satiate that curiosity that’s grown in the last few days.
With your guide, you’ll enter Angkor Wat and learn about the stories and amazing architecture that has stunned archeologists leaving more questions than answers. Angkor Wat possesses some of the most intricate and longest stone carvings in the world. This complex is four times the size of the Vatican City making it the largest religious site in the world. Spend the afternoon adventuring through the many passages, levels, and exploring chambers that once housed one of many treasures of the ancient world. It will be an experience that you remember for a very long time.
Finish the tour and transfer back to your hotel where the balance of the day is at your leisure. Chill out and relaxing at the hotel’s swimming pool.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap –Day at LeisureDay 7
The whole day will be free for you to relax or explore Siem Reap on your own.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – DepartureDay 8
Your private transfer greets you at the hotel after breakfast and escorts you to Siem Reap International Airport where you board your flight home or travel on to more adventures, we will help you with the planning.
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- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
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- Your International Flights to Vietnam and from Cambodia
- Vietnam and Cambodia entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
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