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12-Day Southern Vietnam and Cambodia Discovery

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Trip Overview

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime, and spend 12 days in Vietnam and Cambodia, two of the most awe-inspiring countries in South East Asia.

You'll start your trip in the South of Vietnam, with a visit to thriving Ho Chi Minh City with a day trip out to the intriguing Cu Chi Tunnels and baffling Cao Dai Temple - the perfect balance of culture and history in one go.

Moving further south, you'll board a luxury cruise and sail along the Mighty Mekong River to Phnom Penh, learning a little more about river life along the way. Spend your days discovering the capital city of Cambodia, learning about the cruel history of Khmer Rouge and be introduced to the ancient world of Angkor.

You'll continue your journey north to learn a little more, as you approach the world famous Angkor in Siem Reap. You will have a few days to deeply understand the epic cultural impact that the Khmer Empire left in Siem Reap as you venture from temple to temple to snatch a glimpse of life during the days of Angkor.

With all the key attractions of two countries in one trip, this is really a great experience, giving you a real insight into both Vietnam and Cambodia.
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Itinerary

Day 1

Begin Your 12 Days in Vietnam and Cambodia

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Begin Your 12 Days in Vietnam and Cambodia

Upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, your tour guide and driver will greet and escort you to your hotel and help with your check-in. The rest of day is free for you to relax or take part in some of the optional activities.

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    Accommodation

    Silverland Yen Hotel4 star

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    Activities

    Ho Chi Minh City

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Silverland Yen Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

Day 2

Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple

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Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple

In the morning, you'll drive outside of Ho Chi Minh City to visit the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels. An underground labyrinth of passageways used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War, the tunnels are iconic to the south. Then, you'll continue to Cao Dai Great Temple: a mixture of Asian and European architectures, the temple represents a fusion of the best of Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Islam. Visitors are welcome to go inside the temple to observe the colourful service at midday.

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    Accommodation

    Silverland Yen Hotel4 star

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    Activities

    Cu Chi Tunnels

    Cao Dai Temple

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Silverland Yen Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City to Cao Dai Temple

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

    Tây Ninh Province

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh City Tour and Ben Thanh Market

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Ho Chi Minh City Tour and Ben Thanh Market

Today, you'll enjoy a tour of the Reunification Palace, the former presidential palace that is now preserved as a museum, before continuing to the 19th century ‘Notre-Dame’ cathedral and the beautiful Central Post Office; both fine examples of classical French colonial architecture. In the afternoon, you'll visit the War Remnants Museum and the bustling Ben Thanh Market to shop and to try some local food.

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    Accommodation

    Silverland Yen Hotel4 star

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    Activities

    Independence Palace

    Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

    Saigon Central Post Office

    War Remnants Museum

    Ben Thanh Market

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    Restaurants

    Quán Ngon 138Optional Activity

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

Day 4

Ho Chi Minh City and My Tho Cruise

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Ho Chi Minh City and My Tho Cruise

You'll join the Mekong Cruise team at noon and transfer to My Tho to embark on a luxury cruise, marking the beginning of your fascinating journey exploring the Mekong. A lunch buffet is served in the restaurant while the vessel steadily glides upstream to reach the overnight spot. The afternoon allows you to relax on your private balcony or join tea time at the open-air bar as the twilight bathes the land of Mekong Delta into a golden haze.

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    Accommodation

    Jayavarman Cruise5 star

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    Activities

    Cruising the Mekong River to Cai Be

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    Transportations

    Bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Mỹ Tho

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    Meals

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

    Mỹ Tho

    Cần Thơ

Day 5

Sa Dec and Chau Doc

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Sa Dec and Chau Doc

This morning's tour takes you to Cai Be, host to a small floating market for boat-to-boat trading of local goods such as fruits and agricultural products. After lunch on board, you'll have some time for yourself to enjoy a true Vietnamese coffee at the bar and watch the life on the riverbanks floating by. In the afternoon, you'll arrive in Sa Dec, where you'll embark on a traditional sampan and head towards Binh Thanh Island.

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    Accommodation

    Jayavarman Cruise5 star

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    Activities

    Tai Chi Class

    Cai Be Floating Market

    Binh Thanh Island

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    Meals

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Mỹ Tho

    Cần Thơ

    Tien Giang

    Dong Thap Province

Day 6

Cross the Border to Phnom Penh

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Cross the Border to Phnom Penh

The tour around Chau Doc allows you to experience the pleasant, slow-paced town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community. Once on shore, you'll hop on a “xe loi” –a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi– to explore Chau Doc. Back on your boat, you'll sail towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. You'll get ready for a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodia countryside towards Phnom Penh.

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    Accommodation

    Jayavarman Cruise5 star

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    Activities

    Tour of Chau Doc

    Cooking Class in Chau Doc

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    Meals

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Mỹ Tho

    Thành phố Châu Đốc

    Dong Thap Province

Day 7

Phnom Penh and Half-Day City Tour

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Phnom Penh and Half-Day City Tour

Your 12 days in Vietnam and Cambodia continues today. You'll arrive at Phnom Penh pier, where you'll meet your guide and head to your hotel. You'll enjoy a half-day city tour of Phnom Penh to visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. You'll also visit the National Museum where you can see the world’s most wondrous collection of Khmer sculpture. Then, you'll continue to Wat Phnom where the Khmers like to pray for luck. This evening, you'll enjoy a welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant.

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    Accommodation

    Ohana Phnom Penh Palace Hotel4 star

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    Activities

    Royal Palace

    Silver Pagoda

    National Museum of Cambodia

    Wat Phnom

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Kdei Chas Ferry Dock to Ohana Phnom Penh Palace Hotel

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    Meals

    Breakfast and dinner

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    Destinations

    Mỹ Tho

    Phnom Penh

Day 8

Tonle Batie Temples and Two Museums

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Tonle Batie Temples and Two Museums

Today, you'll take an excursion to Tonle Batie, which is 40 kilometres from Phnom Penh, and visit a pair of the old Angkorian-era temples of Ta Prohm and Yeay Poev. In the afternoon, you'll visit the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum before continuing to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek where prisoners from Security Prison 21 were taken for execution. It is grim afternoon, but essential for understanding just how far Cambodia has come in the intervening years.

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    Accommodation

    Ohana Phnom Penh Palace Hotel4 star

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    Activities

    Yeay Pow Temple

    Ta Prohm Takev

    Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

    Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Phnom Penh to Tonle Bati

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    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Phnom Penh

    Tonle Bati

Day 9

Siem Reap and Angkor Temples

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Siem Reap and Angkor Temples

This morning, you'll take a short flight to Siem Riep. Upon arrival, your guide will take you to your hotel before visiting the World Wonder, Angkor Wat. You'll start with the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom and the unique temple of Bayon, a collection of 54 Gothic towers decorated with 216 coldly smiling, enormous faces glaring down from every angle. Then, you'll go to to the Baphoun temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King.

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    Accommodation

    Saem Siemreap Hotel4 star

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    Activities

    Angkor Thom

    Bayon Temple

    Baphuon Temple

    Terrace of the Elephants

    Terrace Of The Leper King

    Phnom Bakheng Sunset

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from King Grand Boutique Hotel to Phnom Penh International Airport

    Plane from Phnom Penh International Airport to Krong Siem Reap

    Private Driver from Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport to Angkor Panoramic Boutique Hotel

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    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Phnom Penh

    Siem Reap

Day 10

Angkor Exploration

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Angkor Exploration

Today, you'll explore the enchanting temple of the Banteay Srei, the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art. Banteay Srei means ‘Citadel of the Women’. In the afternoon, you'll visit the Banteay Samre, which dates from the same period as Angkor Wat. Afterwards, you'll continue to the monuments of Rolous, which served as Indravarman I’s capital. The temples were built by the Khmer and mark the beginning of the age of Khmer classical art.

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    Accommodation

    Saem Siemreap Hotel4 star

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    Activities

    Banteay Srei Temple

    Banteay Samre Temple

    Roluos Temple Group

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    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Siem Reap

    Banteay Srei

    Siem Reap Province

Day 11

Angkor Exploration

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Angkor Exploration

After breakfast today, you'll discover more of Angkor Wat. In the morning, you'll visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Then, you'll go to the Pre Rup Temple, East Mebon Temple and Neak Poan Temple. In the afternoon, you'll visit Krovan, Royal Bath of Srah Srang and Banteay Kdei temples.

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    Accommodation

    Saem Siemreap Hotel4 star

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    Activities

    Ta Prohm

    Pre Rup Temple

    Eastern Mebon

    Neak Pean

    Prasat Kravan

    Srah Srang

    Banteay Kdei Temple

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    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Siem Reap

Day 12

Tonle Sap Lake and Departure

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Tonle Sap Lake and Departure

Today is the last day of your 12 days in Vietnam and Cambodia. You'll take a short bus ride to Tonle Sap Lake, board a motored boat and enjoy a cruise past a floating village and visit a local school. In the afternoon, you'll have some free time to relax or do some last-minute shopping before you are transferred to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure flight.

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    Activities

    Tonlé Sap

    Free Time in Siem Reap

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Angkor Panoramic Boutique Hotel to Tonlé Sap

    Private Driver from Tonlé Sap to Saem Siemreap Hotel

    Private Driver from Saem Siemreap Hotel to Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Siem Reap

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What’s included?

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 38 activities
  • 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Airport transfer
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transportation
  • Licensed English speaking guides

What’s not included?

  • Alcohol beverages
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking permits

Inspiration for you

Explore the authentic activities in Vietnam and Cambodia

Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam|Cao Dai Temple, Tây Ninh Province, Vietnam|Saigon Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam|Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam|Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam|Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam|War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam|Cruising the Mekong River to Cai Be, Cần Thơ, Vietnam|Cai Be Floating Market, Tien Giang, Vietnam|Tai Chi Class, Cần Thơ, Vietnam|Binh Thanh Island, Đồng Tháp Province, Vietnam|Tour of Chau Doc, An Giang, Vietnam|Cooking Class in Chau Doc, Đồng Tháp Province, Vietnam|National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia|Silver Pagoda, Phnom Penh, Cambodia|Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia|Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh, Cambodia|Yeay Pow Temple, Takéo Province, Cambodia|Ta Prohm Takev, Takéo Province, Cambodia|Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia|Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia|Angkor Thom, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Phnom Bakheng Sunset, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Bayon Temple, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Baphuon Temple, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Terrace Of The Leper King, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Terrace of the Elephants, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Roluos Temple Group, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Banteay Srei Temple, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Banteay Samre Temple, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Eastern Mebon, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Neak Pean, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Banteay Kdei Temple, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Pre Rup Temple, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Ta Prohm, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Prasat Kravan, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Srah Srang, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia|Tonlé Sap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

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