Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights
Price from: $789
The Mekong River goes throughout Cambodia and South of Vietnam where millions of local people live of its ressources. Explore real and authentic landscapes with amazing travel experiences: walking, cycling, excursion, meeting local people, along the way from Saigon to Siem Reap.
Itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Saigon - Arrival
Day 2: Saigon - Cuchi tunnels
Day 3: Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long
Day 4: Vinh Long - Sa Dec - Can Tho
Day 5: Can Tho - Chau Doc
Day 6: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh by boat
Day 7: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Day 8: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat temples
Day 9: Siem Reap - Tonle Sap lake
Day 10: Siem Reap - Departure
Day 1: Saigon – Arrival (-/-/-)
Welcome to Saigon, Vietnam !
You will be met and greeted on arrival at Saigon/ Hochiminh International Airport, transfer to the hotel for check in. Leisure time. Overnight in Saigon.
Option: Saigon street food on Vespa Tour is availble. Please contact our Tour Manager for details.
Day 2: Saigon - Cuchi tunnels (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel
Drive to Cu Chi tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to Cambodian border and was three levels deep. There are more than 200km of underground tunnels, consisting of a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. The remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the war must have been like. On the way back to Saigon, stopover at local homes producing rice papers & rice wine. Back to Saigon for lunch.
Discover Hochiminh city (formerly Saigon), the biggest economic center in the country: visit Presidential Palace, War Remnants museum, Opera house, cathedral Notre Dame, Post Office. Lunch at local restaurant. Overnight in Saigon.
Option: Dinner cruise on Saigon River to see Saigon by night is available. Please check with our Tour Managers for details.
Day 3: Saigon – Cai Be – Homestay (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel,
We leave the bustling city of Saigon for Cai Be to explore Mekong delta today.
On arrival, take a boat to visit Cai Be floating market. Then, we’ll come to Tân Phong Island for biking / walking on village paths to see the local daily life: orchard, school, church, pagoda, traditional houses and maybe the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta... On the way, we can make some stops to see how they make rice-net for spring-rolls, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage roof and specially see how they wave the dried water-hyacynth to make many products: baskets, bags, hats, wallets, shoes...
A rowboat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals to enjoy the peaceful time. Lunch can be served at ancient house dating back to 18th century.
Back to our boat to go across one of the longests river in the world, Mekong River, to come to An Bình Island. Travel on Muong Lo handmade canal to check in at Út Trinh homestay
Have a fresh shower before cooking some special dishes with the members of local family. We’ll enjoy dinner & overnight at homestay.
Day 4: Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sa Dec - Can Tho (B/L/-)
Breakfast at homestay after having a walk in the village. Check-out & say good bye to the members of host family. Then, visit of the local workshop to see how to make rice paper, coconut candy, pop-rice...
The cruise will end at Vinh Long city around 10:00 AM.
We continue our journey to Sa Dec, famed for its flowers and bonsai. Sa Dec is also known for the film “The lover” based on the novel by Marguerite Duras. Visit the Huynh Thuy Le ancient house and a Khmer pagoda.
Drive to Can Tho. Check in at the hotel. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 5: Can Tho – Chau Doc (B/L/-)
Morning explore Cai Rang floating market, the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 05:00 and runs until around midday.
The market is about six kilometers from Can Tho, or about a 30-minute boat ride. While floating down the river, you will glimpse life along its shores. You’ll pass vibrantly painted boats anchored along the shore, merchant vessels carrying loads down the river and houses built on stilts over the water.
Once you finally reach the market, it’s an impressive site. A stretch of boats selling all variety of goods lines the river. Not really a place for souvenirs, people come here instead to buy large quantities of goods, mostly foodstuffs, and you will get an idea of what water commerce in the Delta looks like. Your guide on the boat will usually give you tidbits of information about Cai Rang as you weave through the hordes. You’ll learn that boats identify what they are selling by hanging a sample off the top of a long pole; if you want pineapple, simply scan the horizon for a hanging pineapple. You’ll also get the opportunity to interact with some of these floating merchants; most commonly this happens when a small boat selling drinks latches onto the tour boat’s side.
Afterward, head out to Binh Thuy ancient house where the décor for the movie “lover” was used by French filmmakers.
Then drive to Chau Doc. On arrival, visit Tan An pagoda, Su Lady temple and Ba Chuc battle fields where lots of innocent women and child were killed by Pol Pot troops in 1979.
Check in at hotel. Leisure time. Overnight in Chau Doc.
Day 6: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh (B/L/-)
Early morning breakfast at hotel.
Take a speed boat to Phnom Penh.
Welcome to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia Kingdom !
Meet on arrival at Phnom Penh pier by our local tour guide, transfer to the hotel for check in.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon: We start our discovery in ancient colonial city of Indochina - Phnom Penh:
National Museum, the distinctive red building with a beautiful Khmer architecture was build since 1917 and contains more than 5000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver, copper, wood and others. They are really the cultural treasure of Cambodian and the Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by King Norodom, is the most conspicuous feature and also one of impressive colorful Khmer - style Palaces. Nearside the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple), display plenty of Buddha Statues that were decorated and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 7: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B/L/-)
Morning visit Killing field, Toul sleng Museum and Russain Market. Lunch at local restaurant.
We leave Phnom Penh for Siem Reap by car.
On the way, we will visit an ancient Angkor period bridge (13th century) and you will get a stop about 15minutes at At Skun market we will make a quick stop for tasting local fresh fruit and the famous edible spiders called Aping. On 314 km road and it will take 6 to 7 hours it depend on the traffic situation by via the province of Kampong Thom. On the way we will make a stopover at the impressive Naga Angkor bride. You will see how the local dessert.
On arrival in Siem Reap, check-in at the hotel. Leisure time. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 8: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat temples (B/L/D show)
Breakfast in hotel,
Visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon Temple – built by Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th, in the exact center of the city of Angkor Thom and pass through Bapoun and Terrace of Elephants, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda temples, that both of all give visitors an impression of how Angkor must have appeared when first recovered. The rest of this monring, visit the Ta Prohm - a Buddhist temple during 12th century, overgrown with jungle and admired by romantics for their dreamlike qualities.
Lunch will be served at local restaurant.
Afternoon, visit to Angkor Wat – one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the world, built in between the 9th and 13th century, its general view are five ancient towers’ figure that embroidered or printed to the Kingdom of Cambodia’s Flag now, followed by visit to the Phnom Bakheng temple and view sunset from Phnom Bakheng.
Dinner with Cambodian Traditional Dance show (Apsara Dance) at local restaurant.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 9: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel,
Today, we explore Banteay Srei temple, built under Jayavarman V, as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer arts. Its rose-colored sandstone walls are decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs, which are among the most accomplished Angkor has to offer, then on the way back to Siem Reap city; visit to Banteay Samre temple built by Suryavarman II and contains well-preserved relief depicting scenes of Vishnu and Krishna legends. Llunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon: Enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Great Lake, one of the world largest fresh water lakes about 30-40 minutes south of Siem Reap town. There you will enjoy one hour boat ride to see the floating villages. Back to town, visit "Les Artisans D'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles", apprentices' training-school in craftsman’s trade. For the rest time of this afternoon, enjoy shopping at Old Market for some special items from Angkor land.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Siem Reap – Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel
Leisure time until transfer to Siem Reap Airport for flight to go home. Tour ends. Check out time: before 12:00.
Price: from US$ 889 per person. Please contact our Tour Managers for more assistance.
See Mekong Delta off - the - beaten track with authentic and real landscapes from Cai Be to Chau Doc in Vietnam. Amazing travel experiences by spending one night at local homestay in Mekong Delta. You navigate from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh on speed boat to see how the Mekong River is huge and strange, home to many fishes, a main ressource of many people along the river. Wonder the magical temples of Angkor Wat to learn more about Khmer architecture in the past centuries.
Please contact our Tour Manager to book your "Trails of Mekong" today.
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