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Vietnam and Cambodia Overland

A 2 week tour by land and river from Vietnam's Mekong Delta across the heart of Indochina to the fabulous ruined cities and temples of Angkor

The Mekong Delta, Angkor and the Great Lake

Our 15 day Vietnam and Cambodia overland tour, Saigon to Phnom Penh, takes in all the region’s famous sites as well as some of the more off the beaten track ones. This exciting river and overland adventure will lead you through the heart of Indochina; from Vietnam’s bustling Saigon and picturesque and evocative Mekong Delta region, we’ll travel up the Mekong River itself to the fascinating Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, before heading overland through picturesque Cambodian scenery to the mysterious and dramatic, jungle-clad temples of Angkor.

A boat cruise through the stunning scenery of the Tonle Sap Lake and Sangkar River; a day discovering the colonial architecture and traditional village life around Battambang and a return to Phnom Penh by way of the fascinating river port of Kompong Chnang complete this superb introduction to a wonderful region.

 

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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. 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 on request.

Overnight: Saigon Transport: Walk,  Meals: D, 

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Day 2 - Saigon - (Ho Chi Minh) city tour

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

Overnight: Saigon 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 Cai Be Town.

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 farms. 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 – 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.

Overnight: Can Tho Transport: Minibus, Boat,  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 Town 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 close to the historic riverbank quarter.  Time to stretch your legs with an introductory walking tour, taking in 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 will 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 small 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), the rarely visited but well preserved 10th century temple of Kuhananokor 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 – an unforgettable two-day tour of this fabulous site – 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 for some lunch, siesta or relaxation. Afternoon walking tour of Angkor Tom: Leper King Terrace, Preah Palilay, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, Baphuon and last but not least, (we’ll wait until the crowds have gone), the 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 and check out the views, before moving on to the huge jungle-clad ruin of Preah Khan. Dense jungle, enormous roots and trees and screeching parakeets make this atmospheric temple one of everyone’s favourites.  After a midday break in Siem Reap Town, the afternoon programme continues with a short jungle walk to Ta Keo via the remote and rarely visited Ta Nei Temple. A visit to the famous Ta Prom ruins – 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, this is one of the most impressive Angkor monuments. Return to Siem Reap with an afternoon at leisure to 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 - Battambang - journey up the Sangkar River

Spectacular boat journey across the Tonle Sap Lake, past the flooded forest and Prek Toal bird sanctuary and on down the Sangkar River and its floating stilt-house fishing villages to the town of Battambang. Stop off on the way to visit the Prek Toal community water hyacinth weaving project. Time of arrival will depend upon water levels.

Overnight: Battambang Transport: Boat,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 13 - Battambang - village and cottage industry tour

Morning ride through the paddy-fields on Battambang’s famous ‘bamboo train’, followed by some leisure time to explore the friendly provincial town, or just chill-out in one of the many coffee shops. After lunch we’ll visit the surrounding villages and their traditional cottage industries and handicrafts, either by bicycle, or tuk-tuk for the less energetic.

Overnight: Battambang Transport: Taxi, Bike, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 14 - Phnom Penh - bamboo train and Kompong Chhnang

Travelling east, our first stop will be the lively and colourful local market in Pursat Town for a chance to stretch our legs, check out the weird and wonderful produce on display, meet the friendly locals plus of course plenty of photo opportunities. Moving on, we’ll stop at the fascinating river port town of Kompong Chnang where half the town is actually floating on the Tonle Sap River, and explore the bustling river front area before continuing to our days final destination – Phnom Penh.

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

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Day 15 - Phnom Penh - morning at leisure and end of tour

Morning at leisure; relax by the pool or grab some last minute shopping and late morning 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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Just a few of the many highlights

Vibrant street-life & markets of Saigon & Phnom Penh; landscapes & culture of the Mekong Delta, the fabulous jungle-clad ruins of Angkor plus of course masses of friendly locals & lashings of wonderful Southeast Asian food!

  • Explore the picturesque Mekong Delta region: a labyrinth of waterways, islands & traditional villages
  • Tour of Phnom Penh; fast recovering from its recent tragic history to regain its place as one of Indochina's most attractive and fun cities
  • Journey down the unspoilt Sangkar River; past floating villages, the Prek Toal bird sanctuary and across the Tonle Sap Lake
  • Travel by boat up the mighty Mekong River from Vietnam's border town of Chau Doc to Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh
  • Explore Angkor; ruined temples clad in steamy jungle, where flocks of parrots & squabbling monkeys dart between mysterious carvings
  • Sample the region's awesome and varied cuisine with the emphasis as usual on the authentic and local food

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Air Departures (UK)

  • 25 October 17 2,350 GBP
  • 23 November 17 2,350 GBP
  • 27 December 17 2,650 GBP
  • 17 January 18 2,350 GBP
  • 8 February 18 2,350 GBP
  • 9 March 18 2,350 GBP
  • 4 April 18 2,350 GBP
  • 1 May 18 2,350 GBP
  • 27 May 18 2,350 GBP
  • 23 June 18 2,350 GBP
  • 20 July 18 2,450 GBP
  • 15 August 18 2,450 GBP
  • 14 September 18 2,350 GBP
  • 9 October 18 2,350 GBP
  • 1 November 18 2,350 GBP
  • 26 November 18 2,350 GBP
  • 22 December 18 2,550 GBP

Land Departures

  • 26 October 17 1,550 GBP
  • 24 November 17 1,550 GBP
  • 28 December 17 1,550 GBP
  • 18 January 18 1,550 GBP
  • 9 February 18 1,550 GBP
  • 10 March 18 1,550 GBP
  • 5 April 18 1,550 GBP
  • 2 May 18 1,550 GBP
  • 28 May 18 1,550 GBP
  • 24 June 18 1,550 GBP
  • 21 July 18 1,550 GBP
  • 16 August 18 1,550 GBP
  • 15 September 18 1,550 GBP
  • 10 October 18 1,550 GBP
  • 2 November 18 1,550 GBP
  • 27 November 18 1,550 GBP
  • 23 December 18 1,550 GBP

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*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...

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

King Fy Hotel, Battambang view

  • Central riverside location in Battambang Town
  • Great roof-top 'Sky Bar' for sundowners
  • Suoer friendly staff, comfortable rooms, cracking breakfast

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

Visa Info & Notes

Vietnam:  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: 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. 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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