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Images of Vietnam

From vibrant Saigon, travel through the picturesque Mekong Delta and up the Mekong to Cambodia's modern day capital Phnom Penh

A superb 1-week Vietnam photography tour; The Mekong Delta

This unique Vietnam photography tour; ‘The Mekong Delta – Images of Vietnam’ takes in bustling Saigon and the picturesque Mekong Delta. Accompanied by one of our professional travel photographers, the tour aims to encourage both keen amateur photographers and beginners, not only to get to know their cameras better but to engage with their subject matter in more meaningful ways. In contrast to other photography courses, and in keeping with the All Points East philosophy, this trip intends to emphasize a travel photography that respects local people, their cultures, traditions and religions and encourages a positive impact on the places and people it visits.

An exciting river and land adventure through the heart of Indochina: from Vietnam’s exciting Saigon through the landscapes  of the Mekong Delta, up-river to the fascinating Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

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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

Morning arrival in Saigon, and check in to a downtown hotel. Introductory presentation with one of our professional photographers concerning some of the techniques, aesthetics and ethics of travel photography. 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

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 on request.

Overnight: Saigon, (Ho Chi Minh City) Transport: Walk,  Meals: D, 

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Day 2 - Saigon - city tour

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

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

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Day 3 - Cai Be - south to the Mekong Delta

Departure from Saigon, visiting 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

Overnight: Cai Be Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, 

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Day 4 - Can Tho - traditional Delta scenes

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

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

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

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

Overnight: Chau Doc Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, 

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Day 6 - The Mekong - up river to Phnom Penh

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

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

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Day 7 - Phnom Penh - city tour and street life

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

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

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Day 8 - Phnom Penh - morning at leisure and end of tour

Morning at leisure in Phnom Penh and lunchtime departure.

Extra nights in Phnom Penh 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 on request.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Details

The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.

Vietnam, off to market, ( by Gary Latham)

Just a few of the many highlights

Contrast vibrant and bustling Saigon; the serene landscapes of Vietnam's picturesque Mekong Delta and Cambodia's chaotic but fun Phnom Penh

  • Hands on photographic assistance and advice from our professional travel photographer
  • 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 tragic history to regain its place as one of Indochina's most attractive
  • Visit the markets, street-life, pagodas and sites of vibrant and fascinating Saigon
  • Check out the fascinating and still very traditional floating markets of the Mekong Delta
  • Sample the region's awesome and varied cuisine with the emphasis as usual on the authentic and local food

Air Departures (UK)

  • 24 November 18 2,225 GBP
  • 19 December 18 2,425 GBP
  • 11 January 19 2,225 GBP
  • 3 August 19 2,325 GBP
  • 25 November 19 2,225 GBP
  • 12 January 20 2,225 GBP

Land Departures

  • 25 November 18 1,325 GBP
  • 20 December 18 1,325 GBP
  • 12 January 19 1,325 GBP
  • 4 August 19 1,325 GBP
  • 26 November 19 1,325 GBP
  • 13 January 20 1,325 GBP

Guaranteed Places Left Special Price Solo Traveller Closed

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

*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...

The 252, Phnom Penh view

  • Small, boutique-style and low-key
  • Quiet but central location near cafes and restaurants
  • Garden setting with pool and cafe

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!

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

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

Visa Info & Notes

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. $35 plus passport photo). E-visa not accepted at this entry point.

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