Vietnam to Cambodia Tour by Speedboat
Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Mekong Delta - Can Tho - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Hanoi - Halong Bay
|Price/p Hotel||Twin Share||Single Traveller|
A journey with a combination of some of the most impressive sights in both countries of Vietnam and Cambodia is worth an experience. The trip takes you through some must see destinations of the two countries including the natural and the historical sites. A speed boat tour to the capital city of Cambodia will be the highlight of the trip.
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Arriving in Ho Chi Minh airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Meals on your own and overnight at the hotel.
This morning, you will be taken for a short drive to Cu Chi Tunnels – an impressively historical site in south Vietnam. This fantastic network stretches over 250 km and is the shelter of Vietnamese soldiers during the wars.
The system was served as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living areas for Vietnamese fighters throughout the war. Take your time to descend into the tunnels to discover the wonderful tunnels and the harsh conditions of Vietcong guerrillas. You also have chance to relax green tea and tapioca to experience the real life of Vietcong in war time.
Around noon, head back to the city center. The remainder of the day is free to relax. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
This morning, leave Saigon and depart for Ben Tre in Mekong Delta. Upon arrival at Ben Tre town, enjoy a motor boat trip along Ben Tre River. Make some stops along the way to visit a brick kiln where you observe the making process of bricks and coconut fruits processing. Continue onto some families in Cai Son and Thanh Nhon channel to watch their techniques to make sleeping mats.
During a break time at a local house, take your time to relax and enjoy fresh fruit with green tea. Your stunning trip will be continued with a bike ride or a motor cart taking you through rice fields and vegetable plains. After lunch at a local house, enjoy a cruise on a rowing boat along small channels to visit arice making workshop and an ancient house.
In the afternoon, head back to the main road for a transfer to the hotel in Can Tho. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning, proceed to Ninh Kieu Quay where you board a boat for a cruise to the colorful floating markets of Cai Rang.
Floating on the boat, you will see a number of other small floating boats filled with various fruits such as mangos, bananas, mangos teens, star apples, or the sweetened longans. You are offered a special chance to savor their great flavours. Then, enter the narrow channels of streams of Can Tho. While on the boat, you could get a real insight into the local daily activities. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Your journey will continue onto Chau Doc – another small border town located on the river banks. The town is home to different communities including Chinese, Cham and Khmer. As passing by the immense rice fields, you will see the beautiful Sam Mountain on one side and the Mubarak mosque on another side of Chau Doc.
Once in Chau Doc, check in your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, embark on a speedboat to Phnom Penh – the capital of Cambodia, also known as “The Pearl of Asia”. The hidden charm of the city with many buildings influenced by French architecture is still attracts tourists from all over the world. Upon your arrival, check in your hotel and take a short rest.
In the afternoon, set our city tour of Phnom Penh. In this tour, you will explore some of the most famous landscapes and sites of the city. Your first stop is 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.
Return to the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
In this morning, take a great opportunity to enjoy breakfast at a restaurant with a real taste of Khmer noodle dishes or any other dishes served daily. After breakfast, head out to Kompong Thom for around 4 hour drive. Along the way, make a short stop to visit Skuon which is locally known as Spiderville. The village is famous for its fried spiders. After lunch at a local restaurant in Kampong Thom, continue your journey to Siem Reap for another 4 hour drive. In the late afternoon, arrive in Siem Reap. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel
You will be picked up from your hotel for a visit to the exceptional Angkor Wat - the most famous and largest temple complex in Cambodia and in the world as well. The complex is considered the architectural masterpiece thanks to its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief's and sculpture.
In the afternoon, continue onto the south gate to explore Angkor Thom which is no doubt the expression of highest genius. 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. From the structure, continue onto the nearby Terrace of Elephants with 300 meters long through the core of Angkor Thom. Take a few steps to the terrace of the Leper King a double terrace located at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants.
As the day comes to a close, head back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Today is at your leisure to explore the city on your own. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
At a good time in the morning, you will be picked up from the hotel to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. Welcome on arrival and transferred to the hotel in the city center for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning, set off the city tour with the first visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the body of the famous President Ho Chi Minh is rested. You also visit his traditional stilt house to get to know more about his life and career. Continue onto One Pillar Pagoda to appreciate its special structure. Leaving the complex, make your way to the Temple of literature- famous for being the first university of Vietnam. It is also the popular place for Vietnamese students to visit and take some commemorative photographs when graduating.
Around noon, fill up your stomach with the best of local foods in Hanoi. You will be introduced some famous local restaurants where you enjoy the best known dish of Pho, Bun Cha or coffee eggs. Dinner on your own, overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, leave the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and depart for the dreamy land of Halong Bay – the UNECO Heritage Site. The bay is famous for thousands of islands located in a background of the Gulf of Tonkin. Visiting the bay, you will immerse in the endless charm of different types of scenery.
Once at the pier, embark on a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on the magical bay. Staying on board, you are also offered a great chance to savor special menu of fresh seafood in the natural beauty of limestone formations. This is surely the best moment you have had in your journey in Vietnam.
Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
Get up early this morning to delve into the tranquility of the morning over the bay. Morning is the great time to admire the breathtaking views of the bay in the glitter of sun rays shining down to the water surface. After lunch on board, take the last chance to enjoy the impressive views of the beautiful limestone as the ship cruises through the bay.
After getting to the harbour, transfer to Hanoi airport for your departure flight. End of tour.
List of hotels we use: Best price, strategic locations, carefully-checked.
|Budget||3 - Star||4 - Star||5 - Star|
|Hanoi||L'Heritage||Quoc Hoa||May De Ville Old Quarter||Apricot|
|Halong Bay||V'Spirit Cruise||V'Spirit Cruise||Glory Cruise||Pelican Cruise|
|Saigon||Le Duy Grand||Ruby River||Muong Thanh Centre||Majestic Saigon|
|Can Tho||Fortuneland||Iris Hotel||Vic Can Tho|
|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|
|Halong Bay||V'Spirit Cruise|
|Saigon||Le Duy Grand|
|Halong Bay||V'Spirit Cruise|
|Hanoi||May De Ville Old Quarter|
|Halong Bay||Glory Cruise|
|Saigon||Muong Thanh Centre|
|Can Tho||Iris Hotel|
|Halong Bay||Pelican Cruise|
|Can Tho||Vic Can Tho|
In general: this program is an interesting way to epxlore Vietnam and Cambodia by Mekong Delta water way. You will explore deeply Mekong Delta by different areas and then take a speed boat to Phnom Penh. There are alternative options for speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh such as a tourist bus from Saigon to Phnom Penh/ a short flight from Saigon to Phnom Penh. Hence you can contact with our travel consultant if you not really like speed boat option.
Vietnam Visa: you will need to have multiple entries Vietnam Visa with this itinerary. We are pleased to offer FREE Vietnam Visa letter multiple entries when you book this holiday with us. On your arrival Ho Chi Minh Airport, you just need to show the letter and pay 45USD for Visa fee.
The Cambodia Visa will be made on speed boat. Our cruise staff will assist and guide you how to fill in the application form. The Cambodia Visa fee is 30USD per person.
If you think this itinerary is quite hard, you can consider some changes.
For example, on day 2, in stead of Cu Chi Tunnels tour, you can replace by a street food tour/ cooking class or even we can explore Cu Chi by an interesting way: Cu Chi tunnels by speed boat. It will be a special experience for you when traveling in Vietnam.
On the last day, if you think you will need to have an overight in Hanoi before taking the departure flight, we are glad to advise you the surcharge for an extra night in Hanoi. Everything we can do basing on our discussion hence do not hesitate to send us your ideas.
If you only want to explore Siem Reap and combine with Vietnam, you may want to check below itinerary:
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)
° Easter Holidays - from 11.Apr.2018 - 19.Apr.2018 – some 5-star hotels in Hoian will have surcharge for Easter Holidays
° 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
- 12 day tour from the South to the North of Vietnam.
- 11 nights' accommodation.
- Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine with 18 meals included.
- 1 x regional flight: Siem Reap - Hanoi (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
- All airport transfers
- Shuttle bus for Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
- Speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
- 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
- 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-$1100 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: 45USD per person - multi entries
- Cambodia Visa fee: 30USD per person
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
- Travel insurance