South Vietnam to Cambodia Tour with Cruise by Pandaw Ship

Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Sa Dec - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

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Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free to relax. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, set off your city tour. You first stop is the Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. You will then walk along Dong Khoi Street and make a stop at the Peoples’ Committee building and the Opera House. The next stop is the Reunification Palace to admire its historical work.

Wrap your beautiful exploration with a discovery of the bustling and lively China Town and a visit to Thien Hau Pagoda.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch, transfer back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, from your hotel, transfer to My Tho where you will board Pandaw vessel. After checking in your cabin, enjoy a welcome drink and a safety briefing followed by lunch. The vessel will then cruise across the lush Mekong Delta.

Your passports will be collected at the meeting point to handle immigration formalities, so do not forget to bring it along. 

Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

This morning, board the sampan boat for a cruise to Sa Dec along the canals and backwaters of Vinh Long. The cruise offers you a great chance to see local market and a visit to the ancient house of Mr, Huynh Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

Today, you will visit a Cham tribal village to explore their unique traditions and lifestyle. You will then enjoy a guided tour to a cat fish farm in Chau Doc and hop on our mountain bikes to paddle through the local market and the stunning Catholic Church. Afterwards, head back to the ship by boat for lunch and head to the Cambodia border for border crossing formalities.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

Once arriving at Phnom Penh- the capital of Cambodia, it’s time to disembark the ship. Our guide will meet and pick you up at the harbour and then transfer you to the hotel in Phnom Penh for check in.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Your city tour of Phnom Penh will start in the afternoon. In this tour, you will explore some of the most famous landscapes and sites of the city. First, pay a visit to the Royal Palace – a complex consisting of different structures which house a stunning collection of Khmer art. You also visit the Silver Pagoda featuring a golden Buddha weighing 90 kg and a Buddha dating from 17th century. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

NOTES:
• During your visits in the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, you will be led by guides on site as our guides are not allowed to do that.
• In the case the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are closed without notice, the destination could be replaced with another.

In the morning, you are offered a great opportunity to explore the local cuisine with a breakfast at a local restaurant. Here you can get a real taste of Khmer noodle dishes or other variety dishes. After breakfast, head out to Kompong Thom for around 3,5 hours. En-route, make a stop to visit Skuon- sometimes known as spider village which is famous for its fried spiders. After lunch at a local restaurant in Kompong Thom, continue your journey to Siem Reap where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, set off your great sightseeing tour of the city. Your first stop is the famous structure of Angkor Thom which was once served as the final and the long lasting capital of Khmer Empire. Stretching over 9 square kilometres, the structure includes many ruin temples.

Located in the heart of Angkor Thom, you can see the Bayon Temple with many other relics which offer a great chance to observe ancient sculptures.

Continue your visit to the ancient monastery of Ta Prohm . It is one of the largest monuments in the Angkor complex. You will see the trees growing out of the ruins which create a distinctive feature for the monument.

After lunch at a local restaurant, your temple exploration will be continued in the magnificent Angkor Archaeological Site where you explore the largest and most beautiful temple in the Site – Angkor Wat Temple. The temple has become the soul and the symbol of the country and is recognized as a World Heritage by UNESCO.

The complex is considered the architectural masterpiece thanks to its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief's and sculpture. Unlike other temples in Angkor, Angkor Wat remains a significant Buddhist work and houses various Buddha statues dating from 15th century.

Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel for a tuk-tuk drive through the beautiful countryside to Meanchey Commune. Make a stop along the way at Bakong temple – one of the oldest temple city near Siem Reap to get some beautiful photos and a brief background on the temple’s history. Continue onto Wat Roka- a large rural pagoda with three distinct buildings. En-route, you also visit some local handicraft makers to observe their unique traditional skills. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through a local market.

When you are at Wat Roka, you have chance to get to know more the Buddhist culture as well as the various uses of different buildings and structures around the region. Afterwards, a relaxing ox-cart ride will take you through beautiful countryside and the nearby village. This traditional form of transportation is a great way to take in the rustic sites of the countryside, traditional buildings and local life in a slower pace. Do not forget to get your camera ready to capture this fascinating moments. You will then get off the ox-cart and take a walk through fields of rural Cambodia.

The field is authentic farmland of the locals. You may get a special opportunity to see first-hand rural farming techniques from preparation, planting, tending or harvesting depending on the timing and season you visit. You could even get the real experience by joining the farming activities with the locals. Our guide will explain about farming methods as well as introduce various fresh goods produced in the region.

During the walk, there is also a stop at a small rural farm which grows various fresh produce. The place could be a stop for lunch today. Take a seat in the shady farmland and enjoy a great selection of traditional Cambodian dishes and taste some locally-grown fruits. You also enjoy a complimentary fresh coconut refreshment. There is a chance to take a quick break to wander the farm.

In the nearby village of Cheasmorn you can find the JB Foundation. Pay a visit to the site to get to know more the way rural Cambodians are supported from profits from tours. You may see the free English school in operation. If you wish, you could even join and share your own skills. 

After the visit, hop on a bike and paddle through the villages and countryside of Meanchey Commune. The rural scenery is just great and you also have another chance to observe the authentic countryside life. There are various stops for you to take photos as you cross bridges and pass through different villages on the narrow dirty roads.

As approaching back in the village of Cheasmorn, end of your bike ride and take a tuk tuk to Siem Reap.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning is free for you to relax until being transferred to the airport for the departure flight. Meals on your own. End of tour.

List of hotels we use: Best price, strategic locations, carefully-checked.

In Vietnam

Hotel
Category
Destination
Budget 3 - Star 4 - Star 5 - Star
Saigon Le Duy Grand Ruby River Muong Thanh Centre Majestic Saigon

In Cambodia

Hotel
Category
Destination
Budget 3 - Star 4 - Star 5 - Star
Phnom Penh Salita Hotel KoLab Sor The Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel Himawari Hotel
Siem Reap Mother Home Inn Claremont Tara Angkor Angkor Palace Resort

In Vietnam

Saigon Le Duy Grand
Saigon Ruby River
Saigon Muong Thanh Centre
Saigon Majestic Saigon

In Cambodia

Phnom Penh Salita Hotel
Siem Reap Mother Home Inn
Phnom Penh KoLab Sor
Siem Reap Claremont
Phnom Penh The Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Siem Reap Tara Angkor
Phnom Penh Himawari Hotel
Siem Reap Angkor Palace Resort

 Are you cruise lovers? Yes, this holiday is perfect for you.

We are working in cruise holidays for many years and we know which will be the best for your holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia.

The cruise trip is perfect for senior, honeymooners and special anniversary. We proposed Pandaw by its very good services, interesting itinerary and good value for money. 

If you find the prices are quite high, we can advise other options such as a trip by Mekong Eyes

If you want something more special and luxury, we would recommend Jayavarman or Jahan Cruise.

The departure dates are fixed hence you can check your international flight accordingly. If you have difficulty for checking the international flight, let contact with our travel consultant. We will find a suitable option for you.

You want to explore more of Vietnam, you may like to add below excursion:

» Halong Bay Tour from Hanoi - 4 Days

» Central Vietnam Tour - 5 Days

Our prices are valid for daily departures (except some special case as explained below) for group from 1 to 6 pax. If your party has more than 6 adults, please send us an email, we will advise our best price for your group.

For children, please note:

+ Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (maximum 2 adults with 1 child under 2 years old)

+ Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% price of adults

+ Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% price of adults

+ Children from 12 years old: as adult

Our prices are not valid for some special occasions and peak season as below:

° Christmas and New Year (normally, there will be surcharge for Gala Dinner on 24.Dec and 31.Dec Eves – applied for 4 and 5 star hotels)

° Vietnam Lunar New Year – from 13.Feb.2018 – 18.Feb.2018 – if you travel during this period, there will have surcharge for some services – we will advise you clearly at the time of booking

Inclusions

  • 10 day tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
  • 9 nights' accommodation including 3 nights on a Mekong Cruise.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine with 20 meals included.
  • All airport transfers 
  • English speaking guide (in each location you will have a different guide).
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • VIETNAM VISA LETTER
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

Exclusions

  • International flight tickets – We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from South Africa to Vietnam/ Cambodia are approximately $700-$1300 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! Let’s contact us for more details.
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee: 25USD per person
  • Cambodia Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Customer Reviews

Based on 20 reviews

SimonCB

Cape Town, South Africa

"Wonderful holiday through Vietnam and Cambodia"

Oct 2017

It has been a great experience. Our holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia was fantastic. We explore all of Hanoi, Halong, Ho Chi Minh and Siem Reap. The guides and drivers work like clockwork, friendly and helpful. The cruise in Halong was superb, very comfortable in ... More +

Mathew and Wife

Johannesburg, South Africa

"Amazing Vietnam experience!"

Oct 2017

I and my wife are just home from our tour to Vietnam after nearly two weeks. It was an excellent job done by Alex and her team to organize everything perfectly. I'm happy with my drivers and tour guides especially Tom in Hanoi. He ... More +

Jurgens M

Cape Town, South Africa

"Great long, multi-city trip"

Sept 2017

We have recently returned from a trip through Vietnam and Cambodia. 14 day tour that took us from Saigon to Hanoi then Cambodia was amazing. Everything was very well organized. The guides always showed up on time, very knowledgeable and personable. All hotels were super ... More +

Lee Ann

Cape Town, South Africa

"You made us an amazing honeymoon"

Sept 2017

Thank you Julie for your arrangement. Our whole trip went very smoothly. The drivers and guides on the tours were all reliable, helpful and friendly. We love Mekong Delta tour, Halong Bay, Hue and Hoi An. We would turn around and recommend to anyone in ... More +

John Henry

Durban, South Africa

"A truly magical trip"

Sept 2017

The most wonderful 10 day trip of Vietnam. Everything was very well organized and ran so smoothly, including meeting me at my Hanoi hotel on my first day. All boutique hotels were beautiful with very friendly staff. We had the best transfer service. A big ... More +

Joddina Al

Johannesburg, South Africa

"Thank you, thank you"

July 2017

We just returned from a fantastic 3 week trip through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. It was a long trip but everything worked very smoothly. At every location, we were met by a driver and guide to take us to our hotel and to take us ... More +

Patrick Ln

Johannesburg, South Africa

"Fantastic tour and lovely arrangements"

July 2017

We had enjoyed very much our first trip to Vietnam. It was an amazing experience in Hanoi with millions of motorcycles, traffic was crazy but safe. We did a walking tour, tried Bia Hoi (kind of local beer), and BBQ in Hanoi old quarter which ... More +

Sheila

Bloemfontein, South Africa

"Now I said traveling solo in Vietnam is easy"

June 2017

Our first trip to a country completely unknown to me. I did not have to worry about any transportation and got picked up and dropped off at the airport. The guide in Hanoi Ms Ha spoke excellent English and was really knowledgeable about the history ... More +

Steve Alan

Johannesburg, South Africa

"Great trip and excellent organisation"

June 2017

We were so impressed with how punctual and effortless the trip was. From the moment we arrived, we were picked up and everything went smoothly. The guides were outstanding, friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and a great credit to the company. We love Halong Bay and it ... More +

Amanda C

Cape Town, South Africa

"What a beautiful trip, fantastic tour guides"

Dec 2016

What a beautiful trip, we wouldn't have changed anything. This was our first holiday to Southeast Asia. We were met at the airport then taken around to see Hanoi by Jim. He even suggested us to try local street food and beer that was just ... More +

Lynne Elsabe

Cape Town, South Africa

"Amazing Vietnam & Cambodia holiday"

Dec 2016

We were very pleased with the services and everything went clock perfect? I actually still find it incredible. We can recommend everybody a visit to the charming Vietnam and magical Siem Reap in Cambodia. You have set such a high bench mark. I honestly wish ... More +

Tracy Cante

Bloemfontein, South Africa

"A holiday to remember"

Dec 2016

Everything about this experience was terrific.
- Sapa was just fantastic and the tour guide wonderful.
- Tour to Halong Bay was first class, food was delicious, amazing scenery.
- Hue visit to ancient temples was so informative.
- Resort we upgraded to in Hoi An was ... More +

Patricia HR

Johannesburg, South Africa

"A perfectly organised tour"

Sept 2016

Thanks Julie Le for all your hard work to organise our personalised tour. I and Thomas just wanted to let you know that the trip has been amazing. We had a most enjoyable time in Vietnam and Cambodia. Everything ran smoothly that we would always ... More +

Jennifer Whd

Durban, South Africa

"My best friend and I had a wonderful trip thanks"

Sept 2016

Thanks Tam Dang. Jenny and I had a wonderful and fun filled holiday. Absolutely no problems. The holiday began when met at the airport by an efficient friendly and welcoming driver. All the tours were punctual and well hassle free. Wonderful tour guides, nice and ... More +

Brian Joe

Centurion, South Africa

"Impressive and reliable"

Aug 2016

Vietnam and Cambodia were excellent because of the service me and my friends received. We only got to the Airport at Hanoi and the guide was at the terminal waiting for us. The tour guides had great knowledge of the areas and provided so much ... More +

Okicjoe

Pretoria, South Africa

"Exceptional services. We had a great time"

July 2016

The tour was really well organized. Each step was carefully executed and ran very smoothly. Our cruise in Ha Long Bay was a perfect arrangment to end our holiday. I wouldn't change an aspect of it. Good facilities used, quality transport and friendly, efficient and ... More +

Melanie Houley

Johannesburg, South Africa

"Just say woo excellent service and thank you"

July 2016

All our trips within Vietnam worked out perfectly. We thoroughly enjoyed it. All the meet and greet persons were on time, the guides were excellent especially Ms My in Hanoi and Tam in Hoian. We were lucky to get a free upgrade for room at ... More +

Linda Anne

Boksburg, South Africa

"Amazing tour, perfect organisation and services"

July 2016

Our group of six had an amazing time in Vietnam. The trip ran smoothly, from airport pick up to final airport drop off. The tour was a great balance of free time and tour activities. Everything from hotels, internal flights, guide and food was well ... More +

CarolineVp

Cape Town, South Africa

"Fantastic 12 day Vietnam and Cambodia"

June 2016

Thank you Alex for the great 12 day tour in Vietnam and Cambodia which you had tailor made for me and my husband. The trip was completely well planned, organised , exciting and so interesting! The guides were super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Nothing was ... More +

Janise Lesch

Johannesburg, South Africa

"Brilliant, wonderful trip"

June 2016

Just arrived back from our holiday in Vietnam. We had a wonderful trip in Vietnam from the north down to the south. All the things from hotels, flights, car, guide etc. worked seamlessly. Thank you so much Candy and Seni Tours for all your outstanding ... More +

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