SOUTH VIETNAM & CAMBODIA 11 DAYS
Tour type: Local life, Nature, Cuisines, Heritages site, Beach Escape
Duration: 11 days
Arrival city: Ho Chi Minh city - Vietnam
Departure city: Siem Reap - Cambodia
Admire authentic experience and extraordinary natural landscape of Vietnam - Cambodia
Perfect combination from South of Vietnam downstream on Mekong river upward to Phnom Penh - Cambodia by bus or speed boad (around 6 hours)
Save your time when travelling both countries within only 11 days
Stunning beach relaxation with 2 day 1 night in Ho Tram boutique resort with private stunning beach in Vung Tau city.
Admiring Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom temple complex - declared as World Cultural Heritage site
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival (None meal)
Upon arrival, transfer to hotel check-in.
We will witness some iconic symbols as well as landmarks of this most bustling city in Vietnam before check-in hotel. Relaxing with your first night in Saigon
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City free (Breakfast)
Free today to enjoy Ho Chi Minh city tour on your own arrangement. Spend another restful night in Saigon.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Can Tho (Breakfast/Lunch)
Today, let's enrich your eyes with bus trip to Ben Tre - kingdom of coconut trees and get closer to Mekong delta. It takes us nearly 2 hour drive for the distance of 86 km from Ho Chi Minh city center via Trung Lung Highway.
Upon arrival in Ben Tre, drive to the pier where embark the boat trip to reveal the local life on delta. Along river, we stop at Brickwork to see how the workers can produce bricks in traditional handmade method. Later on, moving to drop-in coconut family-run-factory. By doing that, you'll have chance to savor the very good flavor of fresh coconut and learn how the local create many various products from the coconut.
Then, our boat continue cruising through the thick network of small canals passing by the rural villages. We will stop at a quiet village for gentle walk to feel the peaceful atmosphere in the rural life on delta. Subsequently, visit the house in village who weave mattress, where straw mats are woven using a hand loom. If you prefer, let's challenge yourself by practicing to weave mat on this traditional method.
After tasting fresh fruits which is invited by the local and chatting with them, we ride on motorcart or bike through green rice fields and vegetable plains. Stop at the local restaurant for lunch with some delicious local specialties here such as: Elephant-ear-fish. Then return to the pier by boat trip, disembark the boat and get on the car to Can Tho city. Overnight in hotel in Can Tho.
Day 4: Can Tho - Chau Doc - Tra Su Sanctuary (Breakfast/Lunch)
In this morning, wake-up early to enjoy the busiest atmosphere of the floating local market. Take a gentle boat trip to explore the picturesque scenery of the Lower Mekong river (also called Bassac River), then reaching to visit Cai Rang floating market (& Phong Dien is optional), which are the most dynamic in the whole religion. Then hanging around the village, meeting the friendly locals and learn how to cross a "Monkey bridge" which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Having lunch at local restaurant before proceeding to Chau Doc. Upon arrival, continue to visit Tra Su wild birds Sanctuary, cruising smoothly with small boats to discover the arrays of marvelous canals deep into the forest, watching storks, cranes and other tropical bird species. Back to the town for hotel check in. Overnight in hotel in Chau Doc
Day 5: Chau Doc - Ho Chi Minh city (Breakfast/Lunch)
Following lunch, enjoy another boat trip through the floating village to visit a fish farm, witness procession of raising fish in their floating houses. Then exploring the handicraft village of traditional weaving from Champa minorities, the local Islamic Mosque will be our last stop before returning to Ho Chi Minh city.
Note: With this route, we can arrange a combination to Cambodia by 6-hour speed boat to get there. However, the available time is from November to end of February next year due to the water lever. Overnight in Saigon
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh city – Vung Tau beach (B/L)
Private transfer without tour guide (Breakfast)
Take 2-hour drive to Vung Tau. On arrival, check-in the resort and relax on the private beach. Enjoy your peaceful beach vacation in the right-on-the-beach boutique resort and spa. Overnight in Vung Tau
Day 7: Vung Tau free – Saigon (Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel
At 12:00 noon time, our driver will pick you up at the hotel’s lobby for transfer back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 8: Saigon – Phnom Penh (Breakfast)
Free until being transfer to Saigon bus station for Public bus to Phnom Penh capital of Cambodia. It takes us around 6-7 hour to get there. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in.
After short break, we kickoff our half day city tour:
*Visiting Royal Palace, built in 1866 on the site of the old town
*The Silver Pagoda is located within the grounds of the Royal Palace. People said it is made up of over 5 thousands of silver tiles. Moreover, the government can found inside a solid gold Buddha weighing 90 kilograms as well as baccarat crystal Buddha.
Later on, we move to visit Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined boulevard of Phnom Penh. Afterward, watching the sunset before having welcome dinner with special menu of Yin Yang food. Overnight in Phnom Penh
Day 9: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B/-/D)
Savor breakfast at your hotel. After short break, heading the outskirt to visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious 'Killing Fields' of Choeung Ek, which will provide us a deep insight into the inhuman bloody rule of Khmer Rouge. Then exploring the local market, also called the Russian Market", where you can find everything for sales.
After tour, proceeding to Siem Reap with 2 options as follows:
1. By Flight takes 45 minutes
2. By Tourist public bus takes 6 hours
When arriving Siem Reap, you will be picked-up and transferred to check-in the hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Siem Reap sightseeing (B/L/-)
Today will be the most highlighted memory during your stay in Cambodia.
If you can walk-up very early morning, we will have chance to watch sunrise stunning scenery. Start exploring the temple complex of Angkor which are declared as UNESCO cultural world heritage site and also good place for Hollywood crew to shoot film. It is complex of temples, pavilions, courtyasrds and Yin Yang pond.
Firstly, we will spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. At the time you step on this sanctuary, you will touch the totally different world, it seems we get lost in the most mysterious place in the world. Stay another night in the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 11: Siem Reap departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at your hotel, we drive 35KM to visit Banteay Srei temple nearly everyone's favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of it decorative carvings. Continue to the grand circuit with Preah Khan, Kravan, Neak Pean, Pre Rup Temples, is also visited. Free at your own leisure time for rolling at local markets or shopping until transfer to Siem Reap international airport for departure to the next destination. End of our services!
· All private transfer and transportation
· Accommodation in shared twin/double room with daily breakfast
· Experienced English speaking guide, except the free days as mentioned
· Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
· All sightseeing tickets and permits.
· Water on car.
· Services charges and government tax.
· No extra charge after confirmation
· 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
· Bottled mineral water on bus
· All flights in tour
· Other meals and drinks
· Travel insurance
· Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
· Vietnam visa stamp fee
· Others not mentioned above
· Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
· Please bring with you some necessary stuffs on tour such as: anti-insect repellents, anti-sun cream, sung-glasses, good shoes and swimsuit