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From Saigon to Angkor

A 12 day tour from vibrant, bustling Saigon though the picturesque Mekong Delta and up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh and Angkor

Up river and overland from Saigon to Angkor

This 12 day tour through the heart of exotic Indochina takes you from bustling, hectic, yet fascinating Saigon through the myriad waterways and picturesque landscapes of the Mekong Delta before travelling by boat up the Mekong River itself to Cambodia’s equally chaotic but great fun capital Phnom Penh. From here we’ll continue upcountry past traditional villages and serene landscapes to the small provincial town of Siem Reap and the nearby spectacular temples and ruined cities of Angkor.  Our 3 day temple tour programme allows for a comprehensive Angkor tour at a relaxed pace and ensures avoiding any ‘temple fatigue’. You’re probably only going to see this wonderful site once so…make sure you do it properly!

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Itinerary

Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

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Day 1 - Saigon - arrival and introductory walking tour

Arrival in Saigon, and check in to a downtown hotel. Leisurely afternoon to  get a feel for this sometimes hectic but always fascinating city; explore the area, browse the markets or just relax in a cafe and watch the non-stop spectacle of the city’s traffic!

Extra nights in Saigon prior to your tour are available on request.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Saigon Transport: Walk,  Meals: D, 

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Day 2 - Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) - tour of some of the City's sites

Day tour of some of the City’s varied sites including the bustling Ben Thanh Market, the War Museum, Jade Emperor Pagoda and Saigon’s own Notre Dame Cathedral.

Overnight: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, 

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Day 3 - Cai Be - the Cu Chi tunnels and on to the Delta

Departure from Saigon for a visit to the fascinating Vietcong tunnel system at Cu Chi before continuing south to the scenic Delta town of Cai Be with some free time to explore the area. Overnight in a converted period villa near Cai Be.

Overnight: Cai Be Town Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 4 - Can Tho - the Mekong Delta

Morning visit to Cai Be’s traditional floating market from where we’ll continue by boat through the Delta’s myriad waterways with the opportunity to visit some of the region’s cottage industries and fruit orchards. Arrival in Vinh Long and head off for a canoe tour of the former Vietcong jungle base at Xe Quit. After lunch we’ll head for Can Tho with the afternoon at leisure to explore this friendly riverside town or check-out the interesting Mekong Delta Museum.

Overnight: Can Tho Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, L, 

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Day 5 - Can Tho to Chau Doc - floating market and sacred mountain

Early morning boat ride to the nearby morning floating market, one of the busiest and most photogenic in the Delta, 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 Town in the evening.

Overnight: Chau Doc Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 6 - Phnom Penh - by river up the Mekong

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 historic French Quarter and the lively waterfront area as well as giving you a feel for the bustling street-life before finishing perhaps, with sundowners at the famous Foreign Correspondents Club?

Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, D, 

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Day 7 - Phnom Penh - city tour

Day tour of some of the sites of Cambodia’s fascinating capital city: the infamous Killing Fields site and the highly moving Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum at Tuol Sleng help to explain the country’s recent tragic history.  The picturesque Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda provide plenty of photo opportunities whilst the Russian Market offers some ‘retail therapy’ and a chance for a local style lunch.

Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 8 - Siem Reap - up country to Angkor

Travel through Cambodia’s scenic countryside to the provincial town of Siem Reap in Western Cambodia – our base for the next few days while we visit the nearby Angkor Temple complex. Stops on the way include the famous ‘spider village’ of Skuon, (tasting not compulsory), a rarely visited but well preserved 10th century temple and lunch by a scenic lake. A dusk visit to the atmospheric ruins of Banteay Kdei Temple completes our day.

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 9 - Siem Reap - dawn at Angkor Wat

Angkor, its vast jungle clad temples and mysterious stone carvings; our programme begins with dawn at Angkor Wat, followed by a comprehensive morning tour of the temple itself. Late morning return to Siem Reap to escape the midday heat and lunch, siesta or relaxation. Afternoon walking tour of Angkor Tom: Leper King Terrace, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, Baphuon and last but not least, (we’ll wait until the crowds have gone), dramatic Bayon Temple with its famous faces.

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, D, 

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Day 10 - Angkor - jungle temples

We’ll begin with a forest hike up Bahkeng Hill to visit the spectacular Phnom Bahkeng Temple before moving on to the huge creeper-clad ruin of Preah Khan. Dense jungle, enormous roots and screeching parakeets make this atmospheric temple one of everyone’s favourites.  After a break in Siem Reap Town, the afternoon continues with a short jungle walk to Ta Keo via the remote and rarely visited Ta Nei Temple. A visit to famous Ta Prom – the famous ‘Tomb Raider’ Temple – continues our jungle theme and concludes our day’s visit.

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 11 - Siem Reap - Beng Melea and afternoon at leisure

Morning trip to one of the more remote and less visited temple sites. The truly spectacular Beng Melea. A huge, partially ruined, temple complex, overgrown by jungle, lying to the west of Siem Reap, is one of the most impressive Angkor monuments. Return to Siem Reap with an afternoon at leisure; relax by the pool, visit the National Museum, explore the markets or even take a Khmer cookery lesson?

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, D, 

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Day 12 - Siem Reap - morning at leisure and departure

Morning at leisure in Siem Reap and end of tour.

Extra nights in Siem Reap after your tour are available on request.

Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Just a few of the many highlights

Explore bustling Saigon and the serene landscapes of the Mekong Delta. Travel by boat up the Mekong to vibrant and fun Phnom Penh and journey through the serene Khmer countryside to the fabulous jungle temples at Angkor

  • Discover the markets, street-life, pagodas and sites of vibrant, fascinating Saigon
  • Travel by boat up the mighty Mekong River from Vietnam's border town of Chau Doc to Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh
  • Beng Melea - the Indiana Jones temple: mysterious carvings and jungle-clad walls and towers at this remote site
  • Explore the picturesque Mekong Delta region: a labyrinth of waterways and islands with traditional villages, orchards and cottage industries
  • An introductory tour of Phnom Penh; fast recovering from its recent history to regain its place as one of Indochina's most fun cities
  • Sample the region's awesome and varied cuisine, with the emphasis as usual on authentic and local food

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Air Departures (UK)

  • 31 July 17 2,350 GBP
  • 27 August 17 2,250 GBP
  • 26 September 17 2,250 GBP
  • 25 October 17 2,250 GBP
  • 23 November 17 2,250 GBP
  • 27 December 17 2,450 GBP
  • 17 January 18 2,250 GBP
  • 8 February 18 2,250 GBP
  • 9 March 18 2,250 GBP
  • 3 April 18 2,250 GBP
  • 1 May 18 2,250 GBP
  • 27 May 18 2,250 GBP
  • 23 June 18 2,250 GBP
  • 20 July 18 2,350 GBP
  • 15 August 18 2,350 GBP
  • 14 September 18 2,250 GBP
  • 9 October 18 2,250 GBP
  • 1 November 18 2,250 GBP
  • 26 November 18 2,250 GBP
  • 22 December 18 2,450 GBP

Land Departures

  • 1 August 17 1,350 GBP
  • 28 August 17 1,350 GBP
  • 27 September 17 1,350 GBP
  • 26 October 17 1,350 GBP
  • 24 November 17 1,350 GBP
  • 28 December 17 1,350 GBP
  • 18 January 18 1,350 GBP
  • 9 February 18 1,350 GBP
  • 10 March 18 1,350 GBP
  • 4 April 18 1,350 GBP
  • 2 May 18 1,350 GBP
  • 28 May 18 1,350 GBP
  • 24 June 18 1,350 GBP
  • 21 July 18 1,350 GBP
  • 16 August 18 1,350 GBP
  • 15 September 18 1,350 GBP
  • 10 October 18 1,350 GBP
  • 2 November 18 1,350 GBP
  • 27 November 18 1,350 GBP
  • 23 December 18 1,350 GBP

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Villa Langka, Phnom Penh view

  • Lush garden setting with pool
  • Very convenient central but quiet location
  • Helpful, friendly and efficient staff

Sonnet Hotel, Saigon, (Ho Chi Minh City) view

  • Smart, new and comfortable the friendly Sonnet Hotel
  • Great location in the heart of Saigon City
  • Convenient for our city tour as well as leisure time

Ba Duc Ancient House, Cai Be view

  • Our night's accommodation on a Mekong Delta island
  • A delightful old, converted French period villa
  • Comfortable rooms and superb local cuisine

Kim Tho Hotel, Can Tho view

  • Greta riverside location for the Kim Tho Hotel
  • Our first choice in the Mekong Delta's Can Tho Town.
  • Don't miss sundowners at their wonderful roof-top bar!

Hilary’s Boutique Hotel, Phnom Penh view

  • Central but peaceful location in bustling Phnom Penh
  • Small, family run hotel
  • Garden setting, pool and in-house cafe/bar/restaurant

City River Hotel, Siem Reap view

  • City River is out first choice in Cambodia's Siem Reap.
  • Rooftop pool; spa, riverside location, super friendly staff
  • Only a 5 minute walk from the bustling Old Market district

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

Visa Info & Notes

VIETNAM

Visa requirements:  Until 30 June 2017 several nationalities including citizens of the UK, Nordic countries, Germany, France and Italy can enter Vietnam for up to a maximum of 15 days without a visa. It’s not yet clear whether this arrangement will remain in place from 1 July 2017 onwards.

For visits of up to 30 days and most other nationalities, you can get an e-visa online (Vietnam e-visa) before you travel for $25 US.

There are legitimate companies that can arrange visas on arrival, but you must organise this before you arrive in Vietnam. There are also a number of bogus companies claiming to offer this service. Several of our clients have used vietnam-visa.com/ with positive comments but they are entirely independent of us and we have no responsibility for them.

CAMBODIA

Visa requirements:  For most nationalities, a visa on arrival is issued at airports and all land borders used on our tours.  Visa fees and conditions are subject to change but are usually $30 payable in cash in US dollars.  A passport photo is required.   Tourist visas are issued for 30 days from entry into Cambodia.

E-visas are now available for many nationalities https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

When entering Cambodia make sure you get an entry stamp in your passport and keep your departure card.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Vietnam and Cambodia. You may be refused entry if your passport is damaged or in poor condition.

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