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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

  • Exploring Ho Chi Minh considered as the biggest city of Vietnam
  • Relaxing on a romantic cruise and contemplating the beauty of Mekong Delta
  • Discovering the culture and history of Phnom Penh & Siem Reap
  • Experiencing the countryside life in Cambodia
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Trip Code: VNZA - 798

Trip Duration: 10 Days

Starting: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Finishing: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Destination: Vietnam & Cambodia

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Nature, history, culture

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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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.

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.
  • 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

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.

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 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

Reviews

Reviews from actual Seni travelers. We publish all reviews.

Excellent
5 out of 5

Based on 46 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Elmarie Ed

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 03-06-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

My husband and I just arrived back in Cape Town from the best ever Asian holiday, arranged by Vietnam Travel - Ha Nguyen (Sales1@Vietnam Travel). From the time I made contact with Ha, till we left Vietnam, she was inconstantly assisting and advising via WhatsApp and calls. She was 24/7 just a message or a call away. Our tailor-made holiday she arranged and booked with our agreement, suited us like a glove.

From arriving at Hanoi Airport, as mentioned in our correspondence by Ha, we were met by staff who quickly assisted us with the visa on arrival. We met the most dearest and friendly Ha outside to transport us to the hotel. She even booked us in at the hotel while we had a welcome tea.

The pickups were always on time, the tours with English speaking guides were all excellent. Mrs Trang in Hue and Mt Yen Toan in Ho Chi Minh City must be complimented for their knowledge and manner they have engaged with us.

The Ha Long Bay trip on the V Spirit Premier was an experience not to be missed. Hoi An with all the lanterns and soft street music is the most romantic city ever experienced in Asia. Our accommodation was perfect and of a high standard as well as the breakfast at the different hotels, from Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh.

I would highly recommend Vietnam Tour for any traveler from any country to Vietnam.

Once again a big thank you to Ha who became a friend of us.

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Pamemla Harvey

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We landed in Ho Chi Minh and spent three days there. We went to see the tunnels that were excavated in the Vietnam War. Very interesting and thought-provoking. Did a local boat trip on the Mekong Delta. We were introduced to the way of life there and a had a splendid luncheon Prawns, fish, salads, etc. Something for everyone. Then on to De Nang. A very different experience. Wonderful markets with a variety of clothing, curiosities, food, and drink. Splendid Spa treatments. Went to the market umpteen times. Very good local restaurants all within walking distance of our hotel. Last stop was Hanoi. Another exciting experience. A highlight was meeting our agent Nguyĕn Thu Hà who was the most divine soul. She is extremely helpful and NOTHING is too much trouble. All our transport was arranged to and from airports and to venues and trips. The trip on Ha Long Bay on a cruise liner was fabulous. A country full of diversity and kind, happy and helpful people! A must visit. Try something different.

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Landy Lowe

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We traveled from North to South in Vietnam over a two week period. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Ha from Vietnam Travel! From the first contact, she made me feel that I was her only client. I changed our itinerary, added people and flights, had many questions- she took it in her stride. She understood my needs and within minutes she would have a recommendation or a price ready.

I cannot recommend her services highly enough. My travel agent became a friend!

Thank you Ha- I will always think of you with happy memories when I think of our two weeks in Vietnam.

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Barbara

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 30/04/2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Ha Nguyen from Vietnam tours was beyond excellent in her service in putting together the most amazing 2-week trip. We started in the south in Ho Chi Min and ended in the North. Having a local agent in Vietnam made a huge difference. All arrangements, transfers, and tours went like clockwork and she checked in all the time to ensure that all was Ok. Our homestay in Quoc Khanh Bamboo Homestay in Ninh Binh is also highly recommended. Beautiful countryside and if you have the time, really worthwhile taking a 2-hour drive cab from Hanoi and staying in a homestay once there. Contact Ha Nguyen by her WhatsApp number +84 915078294

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A Response from Seni World 30/08/2019

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 26/04/2019

Tipping is not customary in Vietnam but it's highly appreciated. Most the high-end services include a service fee but if you receive a service that exceeded your expectation, then a tip is highly recommended. Normally, you should tip at least 1-3 USD/pax/day for your guide and driver.

A Response from Seni World 18/07/2019

Vietnam's weather is tropical climate with high humidity creating a favorable condition for many insects especially mosquitoes. Whenever you head outside especially in mountainous areas, be sure to apply repellent to all areas of exposed skin. 

A Response from Seni World 15/04/2019

Depending on individual hotels, most of the hotels in Vietnam are equipped with all necessary amenities such as hair dryers, private bathroom, safety box, shampoo, body lotion and more. If you're not sure about the quality of these kinds of stuff, you can bring your own or buy outside.

A Response from Seni World 07/12/2018

You can easily find an ATM at any major cities across the country. Though, it's hard to find one in local areas, so make sure you prepare enough money for a journey out of the city.  Do not keep too much money along you to avoid the risk of theft. 

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