Luxury Mekong Experience
- Private tour, depart daily
- Understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime
- Overnight on Mekong Cruise
- Immersing in bustling floating market in Mekong Delta
- Stay in all luxury 5 star accommodation
- Learning about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s recent history
- Discover secrets of Angkor - UNESCO World Heritage site
- Age range
- under 87 year olds
Immerse yourself in the sublime beauty of the Mekong & it’s river life. Travel from Saigon’s modern bustle to the calm waters of Tonle Sap Lake and into the ancient Khmer Kingdom; explore South Vietnam and Cambodia on a tour that takes you along the meandering Mekong River all the way to Siem Reap – the home town of Angkor Wat while you enjoy the best accommodation and luxury facility that Vietnam and Cambodia have to offer. Contact our travel consultant for more details.
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Day 1: Saigon Arrival
Welcome to Saigon- the Vietnam’s bustling, vibrant and financial hub. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you will be met by our guide and driver for greetings and hotel transfer. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to recover from jet lag and explore the city on your own.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 2: Saigon Cu Chi Tunnel - City tour
After having breakfast at the hotel, our guide and driver will meet you at the lobby for the transfer out to the Cu Chi tunnels, mysterious, once-secret tunnels used as supply routes, hospitals and living quarters by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. These subterranean passageways outside Ho Chi Minh City are a tiny part of a huge network that extends through much of Vietnam.
After having lunch on site (your own account), transfer back to the city where you will visit the city key sites such sites as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Drive back to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Optional tour: tonight, perhaps you can take part in the “Vespa tour Saigon at night” or “Saigon cruising” or simply relax on your own. Please kindly contact our travel consultant for more details and price.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 3: Saigon - Cai Be – Sadec - Overnight on Mekong Cruise
Be picked up at your hotel at 8:00 am and transfer to Cai Be by road. Begin cruising from Phu An Jetty at 10:00 am. From the sampan, observe life as it plays out on shore - people going about their daily activities against picturesque landscapes - while your attentive crew serves tea and seasonal fruit. Before arriving at Sa Dec, stop at various points along the river for a look into some of the cottage industries of the region including a brick factory where everything is made by hand, pass monkey bridges and tiny villages to visit a Cao Dai temple. Arrive in Sa Dec and stroll to the outdoor market. Visit one of the highlights of the charming town, the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le, a real-life character in the celebrated novel and film “The Lover” by Marguerite Duras. Lunch is served on board while cruising towards Can Tho along a narrow canal teeming with life. Explore the countryside surroundings by local rowboat. Your last stopover before sunset is at an ancient house (a “Nha Co” in Vietnamese), dating back to the 19th century. The owner will welcome you and a candlelit dinner is served in this authentic countryside setting. After dinner return on board while the Song Xanh continues its cruise towards the Hau River. Overnight on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: On Cruise.
Day 4: Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating market - Tra Su Forest - Chau Doc
Wake up early at 6:00 am for a visit to the famous Cai Rang Floating Market which operates daily starting from 5:00 am. Breakfast is served on board while the Song Xanh navigates towards the market among local barges loaded down with fruits and vegetables from the Delta, making for some stunning photos. Continue cruising towards Victoria Can Tho and disembark at the hotel’s private jetty.
Then we depart for Tra Su bird sanctuary. Once arrive, explore the mangrove forest by boat. You will have a chance to view countless species of birds like stork, herons, teals, rails, corks, etc. perch on branches or fly over. Thousands of bird nets are built on trees.
Continue the drive to Chau Doc, check in your hotel and free at your leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chau Doc.
Day 5: Chau Doc - Speedboat to Phnom Penh
After breakfast, check-out the hotel then travel by speedboat up the Mekong to Cambodia’s capital: Phnom Penh. The total trip takes about four and a half hours (including visa formalities). Visas are easily obtained at the border between Vietnam and Cambodia and cost $34 (including the processing fee). Your guide will meet you at the dock in Phnom Penh and take you to the hotel. Despite its recent turbulent history, Phnom Penh’s wide tree-lined boulevards and faded colonial mansions hold an undeniable charm. After lunch (your own account) at a downtown restaurant, take a leisurely tour to visit National Museum, the Royal Palace – home to the royal family and the Central Market.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 6: Phnom Penh City tour - Fly to Siem Reap
Enjoy breakfast at hotel then continue to explore our capital.
Start the day learning about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s recent history on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Choeung Ek “Killing Fields”. Then try out your bargain skill in Russian market.
Later in the afternoon, our driver will take you to Phnom Penh airport for your flight to Siem Reap.
Upon your arrival, meet our guide and transfer to your hotel in center.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 7: Siem Reap - Angkor temples
Enjoy an entire full day devoted to the mystical and ancient Angkor Temples. After an early breakfast at the hotel set out to Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Next, visit Bayon Temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Leaving Angkor Thom by the North Gate, travel to Preah Khan (Sacred Sword), one of Angkor’s largest temples, constructed in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII. After lunch at your own account, continue to visit the mystical, jungle-entwined Ta Prohm Temple. To avoid the crowd, we then take the back entrance to the most famous Khmer temple: Angkor Wat, first constructed as a Hindu monument and later dedicated to Buddha, Angkor Wat is the largest temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architect. Discover in deep the history and the culture of this place through our local guide until late in the afternoon.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 8: Siem Reap Departure
After a breakfast at the hotel, you are free for shopping or relaxing until our driver will drive you to the Siem Reap International airport for departure.
AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
English Speaking Guide (other language on request)
MealsRated Excellent by past passengers
Daily breakfast at hotel, 1 lunch and 1 dinner (on cruise)
TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
Transport: Private car/ van with A/C
One flight (Phnom penh - Siem reap)
Please note that airfares are subject to availability and to change without notice
• Accommodation with daily breakfast at 5 star hotels and Le Cochinchine Cruise (Double/ Twin occupancy)
• Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
• Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
• Service of English speaking guides in every location
• Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
• Boat Trip
• International flights
• Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
• Peak season surcharges (if any)
• Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
• Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
• Tips for guides and drivers
• Personal travel insurance
• Visa stamp fees
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