Day 1 Morning arrival in Saigon, meet your tour leader and transfer to a downtown hotel. Introductory presentation concerning some of the techniques, aesthetics and ethics of travel photography, followed by a leisurely afternoon to recover from your flight. Explore the area, browse the markets or just relax in a cafe and watch the non-stop spectacle of the city’s traffic! (Photographic themes: – Saigon street life, city scenes)
Day 2 Day tour of some of the City’s sites including the bustling Chinatown district of Cholon, the War Museum, the Jade Emperor Pagoda and Saigon’s own Notre Dame Cathedral. (Photographic themes: – Saigon street life, city scenes, markets, pagodas, French colonial period architecture)
Day 3 Departure from Saigon for a visit to the fascinating former Vietcong tunnel system at Cu Chi before continuing south to the scenic riverside, Delta town of Cai Be for an afternoon boat cruise through the maze of waterways. Discover the region's picturesque scenery, and the local cottage industries and handicraft manufacturing of the, still very traditional, villages. Overnight in Cai Be Town. (Photographic themes: – country scenes, historical sites, Mekong Delta scenery, cottage industries)
Day 4 Morning visit to Cai Be’s traditional floating market followed by a canoe tour of the former Vietcong jungle base at Xe Quit. After lunch we’ll head for Can Tho – the Delta’s most important commercial and administrative centre. Afternoon at leisure to explore this friendly riverside town or check-out the interesting Mekong Delta Museum. (Photographic themes: – floating markets, historical sites, river life)
Day 5 Early morning boat ride to check out the nearby morning market; one of the busiest and most photogenic of the Delta’s floating markets, before heading west to the small riverside town of Chau Doc near the Cambodian border. Visit the sacred Sam Mountain for sunset and spectacular views before returning to Chau Doc in the evening. (Photographic themes: – floating markets, river life, country life, landscapes, pagodas.)
Day 6 Back on the Mekong for a morning departure by boat for Phnom Penh. Lunchtime arrival and check-in to a small, comfortable, downtown hotel. Time to stretch your legs with an introductory walking tour, taking in the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and lively waterfront area. (Photographic themes: – River scenes, landscapes, Phnom Penh street scenes, historic buildings; French colonial style and Buddhist temples.)
Day 7 Day tour of some of the sites of Cambodia’s fascinating capital city; the bustling Central Market, the infamous ‘Killing Fields’ site and the highly moving Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum at Tuol Sleng. (Photographic themes: - street scenes, markets, people, architecture, historical sites.)
Day 8 End of tour.
Visa requirements: Vietnam – A visa is no longer required for single-entry visits of up to 15 days for citizens of some countries including France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK. For longer visits or citizens of other countries, A visa MUST be obtained in advance. They are available from your nearest Vietnamese embassy at a cost of about £40 (c. $60). Further information, as well as e-visas on arrival are available on the internet, for example www.vietnam-visa.com or www.vietnam-immigration.org
Cambodia - A 30 day visa is issued on arrival at the Cambodian border on day 7. (Approx. $23 plus passport photo). E-visa not accepted at this entry point.
Please note these are photos of sample hotels and resorts; accommodation options may vary and are subject to availability
Greta riverside location for Kim Tho Hotel, our choice in the Mekong Delta’s Can Tho Town. Don’t miss sunset at the wonderful roof-top bar!
Smart, new and comfortable the friendly Sonnet Hotel has a great location in the heart of Saigon City close to markets, sites, many of the old French period landmarks and of course plentiful cafes, bars and eateries! Convenient for our city tour as well as free time.
A delightful old French period villa, the Ba Duc Homestay, is the location for our night’s accommodation on a Mekong Delta island at Cai Be
Ideal riverside location for the popular Ninh Kieu Hotel in the Mekong delta town of Can Tho.
The superb Hilary’s Boutique Hotel in Phnom Penh. Refreshing pool, cocktail terrace and a quiet, yet central, location make this a consistently popular spot to stay in Cambodia’s capital. Read our Hilary’s review here.
"Very much enjoyed my trip! Jeff was excellent and bent over backwards to make sure the itinerary was to everyone’s liking.
Food and accommodation was excellent. Very much wish I was still there for the rest of the tour!" Harry - Nov 2016
Please find below a list of suggested extensions for this tour. For reservations please use the tour booking form on the same page
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