Southern Vietnam and Siem Reap Retreat

Southern Vietnam and Siem Reap Retreat

A truly magnificent tour of the Mekong Delta, a beach break on Phu Quoc and Angkor Wat!

Delve into Southern Vietnam to discover Ho Chi Minh City and the famous Cu Chi tunnels before continuing along the Mekong River. You'll explore the colourful floating markets and visit small local villages along the river to get an understanding of local life. For a truly unique experience, you'll travel by private sampan staying overnight on the river itself. Next, it's off to beautiful Phu Quoc Island for a few days or R&R at your beachfront resort. Enjoy snorkelling or explore the national forest teeming with bird life. Once in Cambodia, highlights include visiting Siem Reap with its fabulous temples, explore the magnificent Angkor Wat and Ta Prom sites to end the trip on a high note. 

Tour highlights

  • Visit the Cu Chi tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City
  • Explore the French Colonial architecture of old Saigon
  • Cruise along the Mekong River by traditional sampan
  • Visit local villages and experience delta life
  • See the colourful floating markets of Cai Rang
  • Spend 3 nights relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc island
  • Visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery
  • Marvel at the temples of Angkor Wat

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City

You'll be met by your local guide on arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport on arrival. Transfer to the city for hotel check in and you are free to relax or explore fort the rest of the day.

 Accommodation: Hotel Des Arts Saigon

Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels and Hi Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing and Cu Chi Tunnels

After breakfast meet your guide for a private transfer to the underground Cu Chi tunnel network. Nearly 250km in length, these tunnels were used to shelter Vietcong guerrillas during the Vietnam War – descend into the tunnels if you dare! Spend the afternoon touring the city, visiting historic landmarks including the Old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House. You’ll also stop at the Reunification Palace and have the chance to test your bartering skills at the Binh Tay Market in the Chinese district of Cholon.

Accommodation: Hotel Des Arts Saigon

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3: Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta and Cai Be

Today you’ll leave Ho Chi Minh City behind to explore Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Start the morning by boarding your boat at the Phong Nam brick kiln before cruising along the Chet Say River – a branch of the Mekong – stopping at workplaces on the way including a coconut processing workshop where you’ll get to sample fresh coconut. Travel down narrow canals, disembarking to visit a mat weaving house before hopping on board a xe loi (motorised rickshaw) to cycle into a local village for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll take a relaxing trip on a sampan, checking into your resort in Cai Be in the evening.

Accommodation: Mekong Riverside Resort and Spa

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Mekong Delta by Sampan

Mekong Delta by Sampan

Spend the day on the waters of the Mekong Delta travelling by private sampan, making a number of stops to explore life along the river and canals. First stop is the colourful floating market of Cai Be where you’ll cruise between barges full of fruits and vegetables. Head upstream on the Tien Giang River, disembarking to take a local row boat along narrow canals to the town of Sa Dec where you can walk round the marketplace on a guided visit of the town. Lunch is served on board your sampan as you pass beneath a number of ‘monkey bridges’ with your last stop of the day a candlelit dinner at ‘Nha Co’ a manor house dating from the early 19th century. You’ll moor overnight at Can Tho for your first night on the Mekong River.

Accommodation: Victoria Cruise - Song Xanh Sampan

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Mekong Delta to Phu Quoc

Mekong Delta to Phu Quoc

As the sun rises you’ll start cruising, sitting down to an early morning breakfast before reaching the largest market in the Mekong Delta – the Cai Rang floating market. Pass by sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruit, vegetable, fish and flowers. This part of your journey will end at Ninh Kieu Pier after a visit to the Can Tho market. Travel by private transfer to Can Tho Airport for your flight to Phu Quoc where you’ll be met by shuttle bus and taken to your beachfront hotel.


Accommodation: La Veranda

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6 - 7: Phu Quoc Island Beach Break

Phu Quoc Island

Relax, unwind and enjoy the your beautiful beachfront location for a couple of days. Phu Quoc is a natural wonderland with protected forests to explore where you can spot rare langurs or macaques. The island is a producer of some of the worlds finest peppers and you can visit some of the local farmers or if you're more into relaxation, enjoy the award winning spa facilities are your resort.

Accommodation: La Veranda Resort

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8: Phu Quoc Island to Siem Reap

Phu Quoc Island to Siem Reap

Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely morning by the beach until your transfer to the airport for your return flight to Ho Chi Minh City where you'll connect to your next flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel for check in.

Accommodation: Heritage Suites

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 9: Angkor Wat - Banteay Sreay - Ta Prohm

Angkor Wat - Banteay Sreay - Ta Prohm

Start the day at the incredible Angkor Wat a collection of soaring tower and extraordinary bas reliefs built in the 12th century in honour of the god, Vishnu. After touring this World Heritage Site continue on to Banteay Srei, a pink sandstone temple built in the 10th century and known as the ‘Citadel of Women’. You’ll also have the chance to visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery where immense tree branches have taken root in the stonework giving it the nickname ‘Jungle Temple’.

Please note that a brief stop in the morning is necessary to arrange your tickets to Angkor Wat. Lunch is not included though your guide will be happy to take you downtown – or you can have lunch among the temples.

Accommodation: Heritage Suites

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10: Siem Reap

Siem Reap

After a busy day of sightseeing, today is yours to spend how you wish. Relax at your resort or explore Siem Reap by foot, visiting the markets, cafes and restaurants; or head out of the city to the floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake. You can also spend another (non-guided) tour of Angkor Wat.

Accommodation: Heritage Suites

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11: Depart

Depart Siem Reap

Spend the day at your leisure until being transferred to the airport for your flight.


Should you wish to extend your stay or add another exciting destination to this tour, please call one of our Asia travel experts.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Pricing

Oct - Dec 2017 1st October 2017 - 20th December 2017

Jan - Apr 2018 9th January 2018 - 30th April 2018

May & Jun 2018 1st May 2018 - 30th June 2018

July & Aug 2018 1st July 2018 - 31st August 2018

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