A Journey from Vietnam to Cambodia on a Luxurious Cruise

Overview

For those interested in Vietnam and Cambodia Tours, taking the Pandaw cruise along the mighty Mekong River will be a great decision. Indeed, you will have a chance to explore the tranquil countryside of Mekong Delta, bustling Ho Chi Minh City as well as famous world heritage sites in Cambodia. Travel with Vietnamtour.co.za now to uncover the hidden charms of Indochina countries.

Highlights

  • Soak in the bustling ambiance of Ho Chi Minh - the liveliest city in Vietnam
  • Embark on the luxurious Pandaw Cruise for an outstanding journey along the Mekong River
  • Step back in time with a discovery of Siem Reap ancient land
  • Delve into the authentic life of Siem Reap's rural countryside
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Tour Code

Tour Code
VNZA - 798

Duration

Duration
10 Days

Departure Dates

Departure Dates
Flexible

Accommodation

Accommodation
Up to 5 Star

Transports

Transports
Private car , Cruise, Tuk Tuk

Special Offers

Special Offers

Full Itinerary Expand All

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.

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In the morning, set off your city tour. Your 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 harbor 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 that 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 the 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 breakfast at a local restaurant. Here you can get a real taste of Khmer noodle dishes or other various 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 the Khmer Empire. Stretching over 9 square kilometers, the structure includes many ruin temples.

Located in the heart of Angkor Thom, you can see the Bayon Temple with many other relics that 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 and sculpture. Unlike other temples in Angkor, Angkor Wat remains a significant Buddhist work and houses various Buddha statues dating from the 15th century.

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

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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 a chance to get to know more the Buddhist culture as well as the various uses of different buildings and structures around the region. Afterward, 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 at a slower pace. Do not forget to get your camera ready to capture this fascinating moment. You will then get off the ox-cart and take a walk through fields of rural Cambodia.

The field is an 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 that 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 by 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.

Useful Information

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.
  • 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: 30USD per person
  • Cambodia Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Meals

  • Breakfast: 9
  • Lunch: 8
  • Dinner: 3

Transport

  • Private car
  • Cruise
  • Tuk-Tuk

Included Activities

  • Ho Chi Minh Sightseeing
  • 4D3N on Pandaw Cruise 
  • Exploring Angkor Temples in Siem Reap
  • Joining a countryside tour to experience the culture and local lifestyle

Special Note:

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 groups 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.

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

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

° Easter Holidays: some 5-star hotels in Hoian will be surcharged for Easter Holidays

° Vietnam Lunar New Year – from 25.Feb.2020 – 03.Mar.2020 – if you travel during this period, there will be surcharged for some services – we will advise you clearly at the time of booking

Cancellation by Customer

Should you need to cancel your holiday once it has been confirmed, the party leader must immediately advise us in writing sent to us via fax or email. The following cancellation charges will be applied:

  • More than 21 days prior to departure: The total of deposit paid to us (30% of the Tour value).
  • 7- 21 days  prior to departure: 50% on total value of the trip charged, due to hotel charges for no-shows and organizing fees.
  • Within 1-6 days  prior to departure: 100% on total charged.
  • No-Show: 100% on total charged.

Note: Insurance premiums and amendment charges are not refundable in the event of cancellation.  

Cancellation of domestic or international flights:

If the cancellation occurs after a deposit was paid to the Airlines, a cancellation fees, of 25 – 40 % of the airfare for the domestic flight and USD30 – 50/pax for the international flight, is required (according to the policy of the Airlines).

Unused services:

No refunds or exchanges can be made with respect to accommodation, meals, sightseeing tours, transport or any other services, included in the tour price, but not utilized by the tour members. 

Children Policy

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

Customer Reviews

Reviews from actual Seni travelers. We publish all reviews.

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Based on 92 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Ursula and Keith Watson

Guest Country: Cape Town South Africa

Travel Dates: March 2023

Traveled To: Vietnam

Local specialist: Twitch

We would like to give a BIG Thank You to Camila Bui, she went over and above to put together a trip for us, it was everything we expected and more from start to finish. We happy we had a second opportunity to visit and learn more about the history, culture and beauty Vietnam had to offer. Her approach in dealing with customers makes her a valuable asset to her Company. Keep up the excellent customer service. Ursula and Keith Watson Cape Town South Africa

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Robin P

Guest Country: Durbanville, South Africa

Travel Dates: April 2023

Traveled To: Vietnam

Local specialist: Twitch

My friends and I planned a 2 week long trip to Vietnam from Cape Town South Africa. We had a rough idea on how long we wanted to stay at each destination but planning what tours to do seemed to be a little more challenging. That's where our travel agent Camila helped us tremendously. Not only did she make the visa process hassle free but also recommended tours that we thoroughly enjoyed. It was just one stress free vacation all made possible by Camila. Her services come highly recommended.

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Compass50558721818

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: November 2023

Traveled To: Vietnam

Local specialist: Twitch

Camila was very helpful in finalizing our trip to Vietnam from South Africa.

Everything was done via WhatsApp and all the information was correct and we got to experience everything that was on the itinerary. The tour covered Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi min City and From local flights and different tours, it all ran smoothly. The local tour guides were friendly and spoke English. The cultural and historical tours were all amazing.

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Sunil Shah

Guest Country: Cape Town, South Africa

Travel Dates: November 2023

Traveled To: Vietnam

Local specialist: Twitch

This travel company was amazing in offering sensible advice, planning ALL logistics and being there for diversions and complications in real-time during my holiday in Vietnam. For 3 weeks, Camila from Seni World took care of every detail imaginable. Thank you for a fabulous holiday Camila - you were an absolute star !

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A Response from Seni World 30/08/2021

Not only is the first tour operator in Vietnam focusing only on travelers from South Africa but Vietnamtour.co.za also has been receiving a lot of positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Moreover, we also have a representative in South Africa  - Mrs. Katrine Putick. You can contact her to book and confirm your tour to Vietnam right in South Africa. 

Ms. KATRINE PUTTICK

  • Address: Bay Farm, Main Rd, Hout Bay Cape Province, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Phone: (+27 (83) 261 1693)
  • Email: kputtick@iafrica.com
A Response from Seni World 12/06/2017

Vietnam's weather differs greatly from region to region.  Depending on where and when you're going to visit, make sure you prepare for the weather before you go.

North: Best time to visit is during spring (from February and April) and autumn (from September to November). The temperatures are more moderate with lighter rainfall

Central: Best time to visit is between January and August when the weather is dry with no heavy rains

South: The best time to visit the region is during the dry season, between December and April when the city experiences warm weather without rain showers.

If you're planning to visit the whole country, it is possible to travel to any part of Vietnam during any season.

A Response from Seni World 06/12/2018

Depending on your place of choice and your interest, the duration could be varied. Normally, for first- time travelers, it will take you about 10- 14 days to discover the must-see attractions throughout Vietnam.

A Response from Seni World 22/12/2018

There are two available methods for passport holders from South Africa to choose to apply for a visa to Vietnam. You can either apply for your visa at the local embassy or obtain a visa on arrival with a visa letter.

You need to have a passport which is effective for at least 6 months beyond arrival date, 2 photos 4x6 and 2 blank pages on it for visa stamp (which costs 25$) and a visa letter. When you book tours with vietnamtour.co.za, we will offer a visa letter for free. 

A Response from Seni World 03/11/2018

Our price doesn't consist of international flight tickets. If you have any problem in finding international flight tickets, we could book them for you. 

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