12 Day Essential Vietnam & Cambodia
12 Day Essential Vietnam & Cambodia
Experience the many delights of both Vietnam and Cambodia on a twelve day voyage that includes a cruise along the famous Mekong River. Visit the cities of Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh, experience life as a member of the Viet Cong and explore the Temples of Angkor.
Tour highlights
  • Go underground and explore the Cu Chi tunnels
  • Cruise in luxury along the Mekong River
  • Explore the floating markets of Cai Be
  • Visit the Royal Palace and marvel at the Silver Pagoda
  • Examine Cambodia’s dark history at Tuol Sleng
  • Marvel at the sun going down over the famous Temples of Angkor
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Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh
Arrive in the city of Ho Chi Minh where you will be greeted at the airport and helped with the transfer to your hotel. The evening will then see you meet up with the rest of your group and your tour guide for a special welcome dinner.
  • Grand Hotel (D)
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh
The morning starts with a trip out of the city to visit the tunnel network at Cu Chi which was created by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War – providing an insight into what it was like to be part of the Viet Cong. Once your trip to the tunnels is complete, you’ll then return to the city formerly known as Saigon where the afternoon is yours to do as you wish.
  • Grand Hotel (B)
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Cruise
Leave the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh behind and head for the port of My Tho where you’ll board your ship for the start of your cruise along the Mekong River. A welcome dinner onboard will be the ideal way for the cruise to get underway.
  • RV La Marguerite (B,L,D)
Day 4: Cai Be – Sa Dec
Arriving in Cai Be, a local boat will allow you to explore the floating markets before continuing along the river to Sa Dec, where you can tour the house of Huynh Thuy Le – the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras. There is also chance to visit a local brick factory and a Cao Dai Temple.
  • RV La Marguerite (B,L,D)
Day 5: Tan Chau – Border Crossing
Transfer onto a small boat for a trip along the small tributaries that are to be found around Tan Chau before heading ashore for a tour in a traditional rickshaw. Returning to your ship afterwards, the remainder of the day is spent at leisure admiring the surrounding scenery as you head towards the board with Cambodia, which you’ll cross before continuing onwards toward Phnom Penh.
  • RV La Marguerite (B,L,D)
Day 6: Phnom Penh
Your time in Phnom Penh begins with a trip to the infamous Killing Field before heading for the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum, which is situated in what was once a notorious Khmer Rouge prison where some of the worst atrocities took place during the reign of Pol Pot. Returning to the ship for lunch, you’ll continue along the river before disembarking for a guided tour of the Royal Palace and a visit to the Silver Pagoda.
  • RV La Marguerite (B,L,D)
Day 7: Phnom Penh – Koh Chen
Enjoy some time at leisure within Phnom Penh, or simply relax on your vessel before heading onwards to the remote village of Koh Chen, where locals specialise in silver and copperware.
  • RV La Marguerite (B,L,D)
Day 8: Oudong – Kampong Tralach
After breakfast, you’ll disembark in Prek K’dam before boarding a bus that will take you to Oudong, where you can tour the famous monastery and receive a special Buddhist blessing. Later in the day, you’ll head for Kampong Tralach to visit the Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu pagoda before a ride by ox-cart through the countryside to the Tonle River.
  • RV La Marguerite (B,L,D)
Day 9: Kampong Chhnang
The morning begins with a transfer to a small vessel that cam carry you past a series of small fishing villages  to the wetlands near Kampong Chhang before a superb farewell dinner onboard.
  • RV La Marguerite (B,L,D)
Day 10: Siem Reap – Angkor
Your time on the Mekong comes to an end on arrival in Siem Reap, where you will disembark to enjoy a morning at leisure. The afternoon then sees you head out to the famous walled city of Angkor Thom where you can marvel at the Bayon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
  • Shinta Mani Resort (B)
Day 11: Angkor – Siem Reap
Today you’ll have the opportunity to meet underprivileged children supported by the Opportunities of Development through Art group, before enjoying a stunning sunset over the famous temple of Angkor Wat. Your final night then draws to a close with a special farewell dinner.
  • Shinta Mani Resort (B,D)
Day 12: Depart Siem Reap
Your trip comes to an end with transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • The services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director throughout your holiday
  • Unique cultural experiences in 10 towns, villages and cities, all accompanied by expert local guides
  • A seven-night Mekong River cruise
  • Total of four nights accommodation in Saigon and Siem Reap
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping included
  • This tour also operates in reverse
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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