In the days of modern time, the desire to visit a place for exploring and sightseeing is always necessary. Let’s join a 12-day tour to the heart of Indochina and enjoy the enchanting landscapes as well as discover the splendor architectural works that will lead you back to the past and have a deeper sight into the cultural and daily life of local people.  This incredible journey will leave you unforgettable memory along with meaningful moments which you have never experienced before.
 

Tour Code:
Duration: 12 Days/ 11 Nights
Start/End: Saigon/ Bangkok
Highlights:
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Guides: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide, Other Languages upon Request)
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Saigon Arrival
Day 2: Saigon City tour & Cu Chi Tunnels tour
Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta
Day 4: Saigon free day
Day 5: Saigon free day
Day 6: Saigon – Phnom Penh by public bus
Day 7: Phnom Penh City tour
Day 8: Phnom Penh free day
Day 9: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap by private bus
Day 10: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat tour
Day 11: Siem Reap – More Angkor tour
Day 12: Siem Reap –Bangkok by public bus

 
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Day 1: Saigon Arrival
International flight to Ho Chi Minh City is at your own expense.
Pick-up at the airport by private vehicle & tour guide
On your arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, the friendly local tour guide and driver will warmly welcome you, we transfer to hotel in the center city for check –in and then free for relaxing.

Street vendors in Saigon

Street vendors in Saigon

Day 2: Saigon City tour & Cu Chi Tunnels tour (B, L)
In the morning from 8:00- 13:00, we start the tour with a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.
Our friendly station guide & driver pick up at the hotel.
We are on a drive to explore Cu Chi Tunnels – where an enormous system of linking underground tunnels is situated in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and are a section of a much bigger tunnel system located under an immense area of the country. During the Vietnam War, a lot of military attacks happened in the Cu Chi tunnels and the Viet Cong used this place for the Tết Offensive campaign in 1968. The tunnels were functioned as a hiding place during the battle. Furthermore, it was used as the main route to support the army force such as food, weapon, and others. The network of tunnels played an important role in the war against American power and supported the Vietcong gain the final success.

Try to get in and get out the tunnels of Cu Chi as soldiers

Try to get in and get out the tunnels of Cu Chi as soldiers

We then return to Saigon city in the afternoon and have lunch at local restaurant.
The afternoon begins with Saigon half day city tour:
Sightseeing Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, constructed by French between 1863 and 1880 and became a central and religious place for French. Then, enjoy an included visit to Saigon Central Post Office which was established when Vietnam was under the control of French in the early 20th century. Afterward, continue to War Remnant Museum showing the image and the documents of Indochina war. Followed lastly is Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam and an important historical evidence, witnessed the transfer of power between Saigon government and the revolutionary government after the liberation army minute.
Return to the hotel in the late afternoon for a rest and overnight.

Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office

Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta (B, L)
This morning, depart the hotel and head to Mekong Delta, sightseeing with a local guide with an explore one of the highlights in the Mekong, Cai Be Floating Market, a colorful market with various kinds of fruits and vegetables. Later, maybe an optional excursion to local stores in order to see how to make rice paper, coconut candy, and pop-rice, pop-corn.

Small boats full of vegetable and fruit making purchase together in Cai Rang Floating Market

Small boats full of vegetable and fruit making purchase together in Cai Rang Floating Market

Then, enjoy an interesting trip to the handicraft village to see the way that local people create some traditional products like fish sauce and soya sauce. A relaxing moment on the boat will lead you to smaller canals and you can enjoy the peaceful time here as well as see some traditional houses and have a chance to communicate with local people via a watching their old ways to catch fish or pick up fruits.
Lunch is at a local house in Mekong Delta.
In the afternoon, take a leisurely walk through the delta, and afterward, we taste some kinds of fruits while enjoying traditional music. Discover the real life of locals with a biking trip through colorful local farms and houses. The cruise will end at Vinh Long city where our bus picks us up for driving back to Saigon; drop at the hotel.

Biking trip through the lush green gardens of Mekong in Vinh Long

Biking trip through the lush green gardens of Mekong in Vinh Long

Day 4: Saigon free day (B)
Today you & group are free at leisure for your own exploration or going shopping around.

Day 5: Saigon free day (B)
Today you & group is free at leisure for your own exploration or going shopping around.

Day 6: Saigon – Phnom Penh by public bus (B)
Our arranged vehicle/bus picks your group up at hotel & transfer to the public/open bus station where we join the big public bus to get to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The local guide & private bus of Phnom Penh will pick up you and transfer to the hotel in city center & check in. We are relaxed at hotel in the rest of the day or walking around at the local market to see the real Cambodian life by your own.

The radiant city of Phnom Penh

The radiant city of Phnom Penh

Day 7: Phnom Penh City tour (B, L)
This morning, enjoy the city’s main highlights on an included guided sightseeing tour. Today we start our visit to the Royal Palace Complex consisting of the Royal Residence, the Throne Hall or Vinichhay Temple where a monarch is given a throne and the Chan Chaya Pavillon (where traditional dances took place) which includes Wat Preah Keo or known as the Silver Pagoda, an amazing place with a giant golden Buddha decorated with 9584 diamonds. Then, take 10 minutes walking to see the collection of Khmer art in the National Museum.

Royal Palace at dusk

Royal Palace at dusk

In the afternoon, explore the Choeng Ek Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Toul Sleng is a place presenting the images of hundreds of torment faces of those tortured in the ancient school. Most of them were moved to Choeung Ek, a mass grave site also a memorial to those killed under the Khmers Rouges rule. Before transferring to the hotel, we visit the Russian market and then enjoy free time to do your own exploring in the evening.

Choeng Ek Killing Fields

Choeng Ek Killing Fields

Day 8: Phnom Penh free day (B)
Today you are free all day for your own relaxation & exploration.

Street near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

Street near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

Day 9: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap by private bus (B)
Private Vehicle/bus without tour guide escort picks up at hotel in Phnom Penh. We continue our journey, taste “Fried Tarantula” and on our way, we will stop at the market town of Skoun, famous for this special delicacy. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, our driver will transfer you directly to the hotel for check in and relax & free on your own in the evening.

Cambodian girl in the market town of Skhoun

Cambodian girl in the market town of Skhoun

Day 10: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat tour (B, L)
Today, enjoy an included visit to the complex of Angkor to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of an old place. First, sightseeing Angkor Thom built by King Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th century which is surrounded by a massive perimeter wall and a moat with five monumental gates. The most important monuments are named the Bayon, the Baphoun and the Terrace of Elephants. After that, we visit Ta Prohm, a mysterious place with the huge roots of old Banyan trees.

The old Victoria gate of Angkor Thom

The old Victoria gate of Angkor Thom

In the afternoon, the first stop is Angkor Wat, the largest monument of the Angkor Group and the best conserved and it is an architectural masterpiece. All the factors are balanced and in harmony which makes it become one of the finest monuments in the world. The day will finish with a sunset scene at Phnom Bakheng temple. Return to the hotel after tour and free at leisure.

World Heritage - Angkor Wat

World Heritage – Angkor Wat

Day 11: Siem Reap – Boat trip (B)
In the early morning, take in the scenic view of the local life as you travel to the floating village of Chong Khneas, then return to the hotel for breakfast and be free or relax by the pool, or visit the Old Market. In the afternoon, we will drive through the lovely countryside, where the production of the palm sugar is done, and then visit the temple Banteay Srei, the prettiest temple in the area. Later, we will visit the Chao Srei Vibol temple, which is one of the off-the-beaten-track of Angkor temple and that’s well worth a look. The tour is finished in the early afternoon upon returning to the hotel.

Floating village of Chong Khneas

Floating village of Chong Khneas

Day 12: Siem Reap – Bangkok by public bus
Free after breakfast until the reasonable time that you are picked up at the hotel and leave Siem Reap for Bangkok in Thailand by one of 2 options depending on your group’s choice are:
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Monks walking through the Ta Prom Temple

Monks walking through the Ta Prom Temple

What’s Included?

  • Experienced English speaking guide/s for pick-up at airport & bus station & each day tour separate in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh, Cambodia
  • Centrally- located accommodations with daily breakfasts as indicated in above list/table
  • All Meals as indicated in itinerary with set menu & local food
  • Reasonable mineral water per person in each day during the tour
  • Transfer by Private high-quality coach/ bus of 45- seats in each country
  • Transfer by joining Public Bus/open bus for 1 way from Saigon to Phnom Penh
  • Private boat trip in Mekong Delta & Cambodia as per program
  • Entrance fees visit all sites as indicated in the itinerary

What’s Excluded?

  • All Airfares and taxes of international flight to Vietnam /out of & Bangkok
  • Other domestic & external flights not mentioned
  • Foods and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • No lunch & no dinner in any city/destination
  • Visas to Vietnam & to Cambodia & Thailand
  • Entrance fees and permits during free time
  • Personal travel insurance (Compulsory)
  • Personal expenses such as Bar, Telephone, and Laundry bills
  • Tips and gratuities for tour guides & drivers

Other Notes

  • Our rate is quoted in US dollars per adults based on twin/double room and applied for private tour for private own group.
  • Availability: Please note that if a certain hotel is not available at the time of booking, then we will gladly make alternative suggestions in the same category. We will advise you accordingly with the surcharge if any. As a result, we would highly appreciate it if you could advise us to block rooms soonest possible to guarantee the rooms and rates in a period of high and peak season.
  • All the above points of interest are open for a visit based on current updates. In case of closure for construction or any other reason, we will replace with a similar point of interest.
  • The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition, flight, type of class and operating conditions.

Recommended Accommodation List

Location Boutique Option 3* Standard 4* Standard 5* Standard
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Upon Request Eden Star Saigon Hotel

Deluxe ROH

Upon Request
Phnom Penh Upon Request River Palace Hotel

Deluxe city view room

Upon Request
Siem Reap Upon Request Somadevi Angkor Hotel

Superior room

Upon Request
  • Room type is based on Double bed or Twin-shared rooms by 2 people
  • Inclusive of Daily breakfast & taxes