Cultural Excursion

Southern Vietnam and Cambodia 8 Days

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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The Mekong Delta followed by Cambodia's cultural treasures

Enjoy the best of Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, and Southern Vietnam with this custom itinerary that integrates sightseeing, cultural exploration and excursions with the flexibility to see many other sights at your own pace. Highlights include a Mekong River cruise, a tour of the Jade Emperor Temple, and a full day tour of the incredible Angkor Wat complex.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. In the evening, you’ll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture.

Overnight: Majestic Hotel

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, your guide will arrive to show you around Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll visit the History Museum where there is a special exhibition of the 5th century ‘Oc Eo’ civilization. The Museum of War Remnants provides a very partial, but riveting, perspective of the ‘American War’: not for the squeamish! You’ll also visit the Jade Emperor Temple. It’s one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries. You’ll then return to your hotel to freshen up or wander around the huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with every conceivable commodity. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight: Majestic Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Can Tho

After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl, you’ll travel to Vinh Long for a Mekong River cruise, visiting fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln, and some long established cottage industries, along the way. Later, a rowing boat will carry you through the maze of the Mekong Delta’s myriad channels to connect with the real life of local people, visiting a local house and listening to live music performed by local artists. You’ll drive further into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho. Upon arrival you’ll make your way to the Munir Ansay – an ancient Khmer style pagoda, renowned for its unique structural decorations. You’ll then drive to your hotel in Can Tho where you’ll spend the night.

Overnight: Victoria Can Tho Resort (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 4 - Can Tho - Chau Doc

The day begins with a boat cruise to Cai Rang, a floating market on the Mekong Delta – both the journey and the market provide insights into the Mekong rural lifestyle. Then, you’ll be taken to Chau Doc. Upon arrival, you’ll take a drive to the Sam Mountain. Here you'll have the opportunity to climb to the summit of Sam Mountain, which is well worth the effort, enjoy the striking views of the pancake-flat Mekong and the plain across the Cambodian border are striking.

Overnight: Victoria Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 5 - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

After breakfast, you’ll take a speed boat to travel into Cambodia then to Phnom Penh. Arriving in Phnom Penh, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. In the afternoon, you'll visit the National Museum and the Silver Pagoda, followed by a sunset cruise on the Chatomouk River. You’ll spend the night in Phnom Penh.

Overnight: Intercontinental Phnom Penh (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 6 - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

After breakfast and a morning flight to Siem reap, your day will be devoted to the Temple complex, of which Angkor Wat is a key element. You’ll begin with a visit to Angkor Thom, starting with the Bayon, a bizarre structure of several architectural changes reflecting a switch from Hinduism (the foundations) to Buddhism (the superstructure). Your next visit will be to the Elephant and Leper King Terraces followed by the Baphoun Temple, which is now nearing the end of an eight-year multi-million dollar restoration project. In the afternoon, you’ll explore Angkor Wat itself, the largest, and for most people, the most impressive temple in the complex. As dusk nears, a walk to the summit of Phnom Bakheng Hill will afford a panorama of the whole complex lit by the rays of the setting sun, weather permitting of course. Your overnight accommodation will be in Siem Reap.

Overnight: Victoria Angkor Resort (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 7 - Siem Reap

Your day will be taken up with visits to some of the outer sites including Preah Khan, a huge and highly explorable monastic complex, Neak Pean, a Himalayan-style lake and sanctuary, and East Mebon, a temple-mountain. After lunch, you’ll also see Ta Prohm, strangled by massive tree roots and typical of the condition of the whole complex when it was discovered in 1860 by French naturalist Henri Mouhot. Your guide will then show you the Prasat Kravan (also known as the Cardomom Sanctuary) and Srah Srang lake and landing terrace. The Srah Srang is less touristed and could be sunrise alternative to Angkor Wat.

Overnight: Victoria Angkor Resort (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 8 - Siem Reap Departure

After breakfast, your time will be your own until you're picked up for your departure flight.

(Breakfast included)

Accommodation Information

Majestic Hotel

Opened in 1925 as the city’s finest abode, the Majestic has gone through several reincarnations over the years, changes that reflect the tumultuous history of Vietnam. During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army used this French colonial structure as a military barracks. During the Vietnam War, it was frequented by foreign correspondents and espionage agents.

Victoria Can Tho Resort

The only luxury hotel in the center of the Mekong Delta, the Victoria Can Tho Resort blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river. Close to Can Tho town, but a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, the resort lies on the banks of the Hau River, set amidst gardens with a plethora of exotic plants.

Victoria Hotel

Built in colonial style with low-rise French architectural design, the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel blends perfectly with its natural surroundings. The hotel is located right on the banks of the Bassac River crossing and is an ideal base to explore the fascinating Chau Doc region.

Intercontinental Phnom Penh

InterContinental Phnom Penh is the city’s first international hotel and a striking symbol of its growth and modernization.

Part of a landmark development in the newly defined business district, the hotel is minutes from the Phnom Penh Cultural Center, the National Museum, the Royal Palace, the Central Market and the vibrant riverside promenade.

Victoria Angkor Resort

Within the five star Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa enjoy the comfort, elegance and superb refinement of the French Art de Vivre in the heart of Siem Reap. The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquility. The Hotel was designed to exist in total harmony with its natural surroundings and is enchantingly situated in the heart of Siem Reap, opposite the Royal Park.

All 120 rooms and 10 suites have a distinctive Victorian touch; designed with beautiful wooden floors, stylish furniture, exclusive fabrics and original decorative artifacts. Each room has a balcony facing the magnificent swimming pool that is framed by refreshing tropical gardens designed with massage pavilions and a jacuzzi.

Location

Region: Asia - Southeast

Address:
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam

Amenities/Activities

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Day Tours Day Tours

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

General Information

The price includes:

  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above
  • Speed boat ticket with Victoria speed boat: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh
  • Domestic flights Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
  • Boat cruises as specified in the itinerary.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals indicated in itinerary

The price excludes:

  • International flight tickets and airport tax
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Taxes and Fees