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

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