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Saigon to Siem Reap

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9 days  |  Saigon to Siem Reap  |  from USD $1,624  |   Guaranteed Departures  7 reviews

Kicking off in sizzling Saigon, take a cruise along the Mekong and explore the ingenious Cu Chi tunnels of the Viet Cong. Visit colourful floating markets and royal palaces, explore spectacular Angkor Wat and much more!
Countries Visited: Cambodia, Vietnam

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
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Reviews

Itinerary

Please Note: This itinerary relates to travel from 18 Feb 2017 onwards. If travelling before this date the touring in Siem Reap on days 6 - 8 is different. See the Trip Notes for details.

Day 1

Saigon

Friday. Welcome to sizzling Saigon. Included transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with the city. Opt to explore on foot, shop at Ben Thanh Market or visit the grand Independence Palace, with its secret bunker and military command centre beneath! Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Saigon

    Saigon
Day 2

Cruising the Mekong

Saigon – Cai Be – Can Tho. This morning we drive to Vinh Long, the start point for our cruise of the Mekong Delta. Taking our sampan from we’ll cruise downstream from Cai Be through the maze of waterways watching the hubbub of daily life on the river. Lunch is served today in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island. As the boat resumes its course, we pass the beautiful church of Cai Be before stopping at some home factories where you can sample local sweets and see how they are made.
Overnight: Can Tho  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Mekong & Saigon

Can Tho - Saigon. Early morning visit to Cai Rang floating market and drive to Saigon. On a walking tour of the city we’ll visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post office and the sombering War Remnants Museum. Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Saigon  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Cu Chi Tunnels, Phmon Penh

Saigon - Phnom Penh. This morning we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet-Cong in their struggle to keep control of the region during the 1960’s. As we walk the bush trails you’ll see trapdoors, booby traps, living areas, weapon factories and kitchens. We can also safely crawl sections of the tunnels, that have been widened for the tourists and fire weapons of the era (including the M16 ‘s and AK47) on the firing range.

After crossing the Cambodian border we drive to the capital of Phnom Penh. Once deemed the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh offers a bustling mix of Asia’s past and present, a city quickly taking its place amongst the trendy capitals of the region.
Overnight: Phnom Penh  |  Breakfast, Dinner

    Phnom Penh
Day 5

Royal Palace, Crimes of Pol Pot

Today we’ll enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh starting at the National Museum of Fine Arts, a graceful terracotta building of traditional design housing the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture. We continue with the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, famed for its lavish decorations – the floors are paved with silver tiles and statues of Buddha are encrusted with thousands of diamonds.

We later come face to face with the horrors of the Pol Pot regime as we visit Toul Sleng (Security Prison - S21), a school that was gruesomely transformed into a torture chamber under the Khmer Rouge, and visit the Killing Fields where over 10,000 people were executed.
Overnight: Phnom Penh  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Phnom Penh – Siem Reap. Hotel check out and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Siem Reap. After we've had time to freshen up we visit The Angkor National Museum which has a fascinating collection of Angkorian artefacts with collections from Khmer Empire's Angkor period circa 9th to 14th-century.

This afternoon we see the mother of all temples – Angkor Wat. This breathtaking monument of man’s devotion to his gods is believed to be the largest religious building in the world and contains thousands of wall carvings and extensive bas-reliefs. There are plenty of wonderful photo opportunities at this iconic site. This evening is free for you to wander into town and perhaps sample Siem Reap's lively nightlife. There are plenty of great bars and restaurants in the compact city centre which is easily navigated on foot.
Overnight: Siem Reap  |  Breakfast

    Siem Reap
Day 7

Angkor Thom & NGO circus project

Early this morning opt to see Angkor Wat bathed in the spectacular golden light of sunrise. Later we head out to Banteay Srei temple, considered by many to be the art gallery of Angkor with some of the finest stone carvings in the world. Cut from stone of a pinkish hue, the Hindu temple is dedicated to Shiva and contains lavishly decorated libraries and stunning reliefs of divinities.

Our temple tour continues with a visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. This monumental fortified city is encircled by a 100m wide moat and is famed for the huge statue heads that glare down from every angle. In Angkor Thom we will see the fabulous Bayon Temple, Baphuon, the royal enclosure, and the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. Last but not least is atmospheric Tra Prohm Temple where vast muscular tree roots envelop the crumbling towers and walls whilst the trees’ foliage dapples the temple in shade.

This evening we attend the wonderful Phare Cambodian Circus. The Phare NGO circus project trains street kids to become talented circus artists and the popular show blends circus skills with interpretations of modern life and issues in Cambodian society.
Overnight: Siem Reap  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Tonle Sap lake

This morning we drive to Kampong Phluk, a cluster of three villages of stilt houses built within the floodplain of Tonle Sap Lake. We'll see houses built on soaring stilts which hover over the Tonle Sap Lake whilst nearby, the petrified trees of a flooded forest are revealed whenever the water level drops. After a boat trip on the lake we return to Siem Reap where the afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure. Perhaps pick up some last minute souvenirs at the central market or head down to lively Pub Street.
Overnight: Siem Reap  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Free time Siem Reap

Saturday. Today marks the end of our memorable journey. Spend the morning at leisure before hotel check out and included departure transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2016
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Supplementary Prices

 
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Post Tour Accommodation Siem Reap
USD $60
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Private Tour Supplement
USD $910
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This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices above.

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Victoria Hotel Can Tho, Can Tho

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This attractive, colonial-style resort is tastefully decorated with well-appointed rooms and a wide range of facilities including a spa, tennis courts, open-air bar, restaurant and a gym. The hotel also offers sunrise and sunset cruises to the floating markets aboard the Lady Hau junk.

Northern Hotel, Saigon

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located in Saigon's central business district, the Northern Hotel offers comfortable and stylish accommodation. Guest rooms are contemporary in style and are decorated with warming tones and excellent en suite facilities. The onsite restaurant offers a variety of European and Asian dishes set on the mezzanine floor. The hotel also offers complimentary use of computers in the lobby and a fully equipped gym for those who wish keep fit whilst staying in the city.

Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel, Phnom Penh

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just 5 minutes from the Royal Palace, the Harmony Hotel in Phnom Penh is an elegant hotel with a great location. The spacious rooms feature plush furnishings with a smart decor of dark wood flooring and white walls with accents of colour. The hotel features a rooftop infinity pool and Jacuzzi with views across the river and the city, a perfect spot to relax after a busy day sightseeing. Guests can dine on a choice of Asian and Western dishes at the hotel's restaurant and enjoy a wide selection of beverages.

Angkor Paradise Hotel , Siem Reap

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Not far from Angkor Wat, the Angkor Paradise Hotel offers elegant accommodation in a world famous setting. Guest rooms are beautifully firnished with traditional wooden floors and all mod cons. All rooms have either fabulous views of the city or the hotel's outdoor pool. The hotel also boats a great onsite restaurant, fitness centre and pool terrace. The Angkor Paradise Hotel is situated a short distance from Siem Reap international airport and the majestic Angkor Archaeological Park.

Trip Highlights

Saigon - ‘Pearl of the Orient!. Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office and War Remnants Museum
Cai Be waterways, cottage industries, mansion home and Dong Hoa Hiep Island
Cu Chi Tunnels - HQ of the Viet Cong
Siem Reap - Angkor National Museum and the temples of Angkor including Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Bayon Temple and Banteay Srei
Tonle Sap Lake and the floating villages of Kampong Phluk
Mekong Delta - a maze of waterways, fertile farm land and floating villages
Can Tho - lively market town in the Mekong Delta and nearby Cai Rang floating market
Phnom Penh - Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields
Iconic Angkor Wat
The Phare NGO circus project

Included

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
Economy class flight Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 9
Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese and Cambodian tour guides.
Visa approval letter for Vietnam (excl. stamping fee required upon arrival)
8 nights 4 star and special class hotels
Sampan boat trips in the Mekong Delta
Guided sightseeing - Mekong Delta, Saigon, Cu Chi, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
Boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake

Not Included

International flights and visas. Vietnam visa letter included - stamping fee required upon arrival
Entrance Fees: USD$105-115, paid in USD
Tip for your tour guides. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guides is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$25-35, paid in USD

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.86 out of 5 based on 7 recent reviews

Sy was very good at judging the group and running the tour at a pace to suit all. Neena was such a smiley, happy and positive person and had such a difficult part of Cambodia to show us, he did an amazing job. Vannak ran a great tour, fab sense of humour and gelled well with the group - all in all 3 great tour leaders which made it a great tour (not always easy to do with 19 people)

• Submitted 25 Oct 2016
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The whole tour and all three guides excellent. All our group got on extremely well. Shame the Northern Hotel in Saigon did not have a pool but that is a small point. Many thanks for a great time!

• Submitted 25 Oct 2016
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On the Go is very lucky to have such great tour guides, Each one was easy to get one with and had super knowledge of not only what we were going to see but generally the country. Ken was super funny and made the tour fly by (in a good way) his knowledge and demeanour meant everyone was at ease and could ask questions about whatever we saw on the way. Sun was very nice and had such great knowledge of the area, he went out of his way to give us information about anything we saw as we drove along/walked along. Vankat was great & had a great time with him walking around Angkor Wat and he even showed us in the evening where the pubs were. Again he was funny easy to talk to and made it easy for us when we had to leave a day early as well.

If anything you need to keep hold of these 3 guys as they made the tour 10 times better.

• Submitted 07 Jul 2016
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Very interesting tour with great knowledgeable guides

• Submitted 09 May 2016
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Absolutely without any word of lie 100% fantastic. We weren't initally looking at a tour type holiday, then we perused a view booklets at the travel agency. On The Go Tours caught our eye for accommodating what we intended to do, places we intended to go and in the time frame that we had available to us.

From start to finish it was beyond our expectations. The group had a wonderful dynamic, the hotels were excellent the attractions fantastic, the transport on time everytime. The food was just the right balance of experiencing local cuisine and accommodating our western tastes.

The guides

Very informative and able too answer any questions. Very accommodating with assisting talking to the locals and special food requests. Able to recommend otherwise uknown side attractions such as where to eat in our free time. Each was a wonderful world of knowledge and friendliness. in fact they must have the paitence of saints taking us around and asking so many questions. Neither of them faulted at any stage, just wonderful.

I would highly recommend travelling with your company again, and if this trip was anything to go by then i'm sure other destinations will be in our sights in the very near future.

Ps i actually felt spoilt, in a good way, we were treated very naturally and never felt uncomfortable at any stage.

Great, great, great.

• Submitted 22 Mar 2016
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Hello Charlie,

We just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for a great trip with On The Go Tours! We had a great time and will have memories to last a Life Time. Everything went on without a problem and the trip was Above and Beyond our Expectations!

We look forward to traveling with your Company in the Future! Again, Thank you for a Wonderful Trip!

Bryan & Laura White • Submitted 27 Oct 2015

We all found Ken and Nip very informative of their respective countries with both guides having a good command of English. Information and instructions were clear and understandable and trip activity well organised. Savonne was the most experienced of the three but it appears English is not his second language. This lack of ability caused some problems for a number of the customers as it was difficult for him to articulate as well as we expected or hoped for. However he was very nice and friendly and tried his best but I believe someone with a better command of English is required for a tour group such as ours who were all Anglo Saxon who had English as their first language.

The food and accommodation was to a good standard at all the hotels which were conveniently situated in each city. Personally I did not like being in such a large and busy hotel such as the Angkor Paradise Hotel in Siem Reap or the Ninh Kieu 2 in Cantho City which were pretty busy with noisy Chinese and Indian groups.

The only really negative part of the tour was the boat ride to the floating village (waste of time) and the bullock cart ride which was also pretty useless.

All the coach/bus drivers were excellent especially those in Vietnam and the first part of Cambodia.

• Submitted 14 Apr 2015
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This tour was the perfect length of time for us as we didn't have a whole lot of time off work. The tour covered all the sites and attractions that we really wanted to see, so we didn't miss a thing.

Accomodation in Vietnam & Cambodia was great!

My only constructive criticism would be more time available at the Killing fields at Phnom Penh. We had just over half an hour there which felt really rushed.

Apart from that we really enjoyed the tour, our tour guide in Vietnam- Son, was exceptionally good. What an asset to your company! We look forward to hopefully travelling with on the go tours again in the near future.

Kind Regards,

Kristy

• Submitted 17 Nov 2014
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Nac had a great depth of knowledge on the country's history and explained with passion (and some wit) the culture and customs. He made Cambodia very real for me and gave me a real understanding of the country. He was also very caring of his group and made sure we had as much comfort and enjoyment as possible. A great experience for me!

K. Shipman • Submitted 13 Mar 2013

Hello Kelly,

We have just returned from our tour yesterday and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it and to say thank you for a well organized tour it was trouble free. We would be happy to travel with your company again.

Kaye Allen • Submitted 29 May 2012

Tour Details
Starts
Saigon
Ends
Siem Reap
Departs
Fridays
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 1

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Extra Tour Info
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Temples of Angkor
The top 10 temples to visit in the Angkor temple complex

Sy was very good at judging the group and running the tour at a pace to suit all. Neena was such a smiley, happy and positive person and had such a difficult part of Cambodia to show us, he did an amazing job. Vannak ran a great tour, fab sense of humour and gelled well with the group - all in all 3 great tour leaders which made it a great tour (not always easy to do with 19 people)

Charlotte Bridger
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