From Ho Chi Minh City, explore the Mekong Delta and the ingenious Cu Chi Tunnels before taking in the highlights of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and the incredible Angkor Complex in Cambodia. Then wing your way to Bangkok, to end this 11 day Indochina adventure in Thailand's captivating capital.
Please note: Cambodia is currently operating a reduced number of domestic flights and there are some site closures. See itinerary notes below for details.
Friday. Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon! On arrival at the airport you’ll be transferred to our hotel, before the rest of today is free to explore at leisure. Perhaps visit the Reunification Palace - the Vietnam War came to an end here on 30 April 1975 as a North Vietnamese tank crashed through the gates.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Can Tho. This morning we drive to Cai Be and board a traditional sampan boat to cruise along the Mekong River. Enjoy lunch in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island and pass the beautiful Cai Be church as we sail. Later, we’ll stop at some home factories to sample local sweets and see how they are made.
Overnight: Can Tho | Breakfast, Lunch
Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a morning visit to the famous Cai Rang floating market before we return to Ho Chi Minh City for a guided walking tour. Discover highlights of the city including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the sobering War Remnants Museum. This evening is free to enjoy as you please.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City | Breakfast
Cu Chi Tunnels & Phnom Penh
Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh. Today we visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong to their advantage during the Vietnam War. You’ll see trapdoors, booby traps and weapons factories that were used by the guerrilla fighters, as well as living accommodation. Crawl through a section of the famous tunnels and fire weapons including M16’s and AK47’s at the firing range.
This afternoon we say goodbye to Vietnam and cross into Cambodia. We then drive to the country’s capital, Phnom Penh.
Overnight: Phnom Penh | Breakfast, Dinner
Explore the highlights of Phnom Penh today as we enjoy a guided tour of the capital. See the National Museum of Fine Arts and the beautiful Royal Palace. Continue to the famous Silver Pagoda, where statues of Buddha are encrusted with thousands of diamonds.
This afternoon discover the darker side of Cambodia’s past as we learn about the Khmer Rouge with visits to Tuol Sleng Prison ($21) and the Killing Fields. The barbaric Pol Pot regime executed thousands of people during their brief rule of the country from 1975 - 1979.
Overnight: Phnom Penh | Breakfast
Phnom Penh - Siem Reap. Today we fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (included) and if open, we will visit The Angkor National Museum. Later, explore Cambodia’s most famous attraction with a visit to Angkor Wat - so iconic that it features on the Cambodian flag. This breath-taking temple complex is one of the world’s largest religious buildings. Marvel at the carvings and bas-reliefs on the walls and the shimmering moat which surrounds the entire site. After our visit, the evening is free to explore Siem Reap’s buzzing nightlife at leisure.
Overnight: Siem Reap | Breakfast
Early this morning there’s an optional excursion to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat. Then our day’s sightseeing begins with a visit to Banteay Srei Temple and an exotic butterfly sanctuary. Next stop is Preak Dak village where you can help to support On The Go’s tree planting initiative to help the low-income farmers. Plant a jackfruit or mango sapling that will one day provide the villagers with food and produce to sell.
Later, we explore the ancient city of Angkor Thom and see the many stone faces of the Bayon Temple. Continue to Ta Prohm and admire this ancient site, slowly being reclaimed by the wilderness. Tonight, we attend the Phare NGO circus project. The NGO teaches circus skills to street children and you’ll be inspired by their performance.
Overnight: Siem Reap | Breakfast
Today we visit the villages of Kampong Phluk, built on the floodplain of Tonle Sap Lake. The colourful houses are built high in the air on stilts, to prevent them from flooding. We’ll enjoy a boat trip on the lake and see the ancient petrified trees of a flooded forest. Later, we return to Siem Reap for an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps browse the local market or explore the vibrant nightlife down Pub Street?
Overnight: Siem Reap | Breakfast, Lunch
Today we discover the highlights of Thailand’s capital with a guided tour. Visit the colourful Bangkok Flower Market and the Grand Palace in the heart of the city. We’ll also enjoy a tuk-tuk ride to the famous reclining Buddha at Wat Pho.
After lunch at a local restaurant we board a traditional longtail boat to explore some of the canals that crisscross the city. Bangkok used to be known as the “Venice of the East” and although many of its canals have been filled in, plenty remain for us to discover, away from the notorious Bangkok traffic. Our tour ends at the famous Khao San Road where there are street stalls, restaurants and bars a plenty. It's a great place to eat, relax and party the night away. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free for you to explore at leisure.
Overnight: Bangkok | Breakfast, Lunch
Monday. Our adventure comes to an end today with an included departure transfer to the airport. If you’d like to extend your stay in Thailand, then we are happy to assist you.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All departure dates from 1 Apr 2023 are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. Prior to this date a departure is guaranteed with 4 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.
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.
Bay Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City
The 16-storey, Saigon River-facing Bay Hotel is located just a couple of streets away from the Notre Dame Basilica and Independence Palace in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Rooms offer a complimentary Wi-Fi connection and a complimentary minibar, which is replenished daily. Rooms are bright and contemporary, with floor-to-ceiling windows, ensuite bathroom, TV and safe. The hotel restaurant serves a variety of Asian cuisine and there is a daily buffet breakfast. The rooftop pool and bar offers incredible views over the city.
Victoria Hotel Can Tho, Can Tho
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.
Iris Hotel, Can Tho
This elegant hotel is housed within a modern building in the city of Can Tho. Each guest room comes equipped with plush furnishings to ensure a good night's sleep and is decorated with a neutral palate and calming tones. Rooms look over the city and boast a range of modern amenities such as air conditioning and stylish ensuite facilities. Magnificent views of the city can be had from the hotel's skybar while a range of gourmet local and international dishes can be sampled at the onsite restaurant.
Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel, Phnom Penh
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
Not far from Angkor Wat, the Angkor Paradise Hotel offers elegant accommodation in a world famous setting. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished 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 boasts 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.
Tara Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap
This stylish and sophisticated hotel offers luxurious accommodation with elegant dining, fantastic facilities and a perfect location. The spacious rooms are wonderfully finished with smart wood flooring and ensuite bathrooms, plus there is free WiFi access. The hotel's bars and restaurants provide a diverse range of international and local cuisine, with a buffet breakfast served at Tong Tara Restaurant and cocktails served at Lily Lounge and the pool bar. The hotel also features a spa, outdoor swimming pool, complimentary bicycle rental, and for budding chefs - cooking classes in Thai and Khmer food! This hotel is just six kilometres from the Angkor temple complex.
Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok, Bangkok
The Rembrandt hotel is conveniently located in the lively Sukhumvit area of Bangkok, with its wealth of restaurants, shops and bars. Overlooking Bangkok’s stunning cityscape, guest rooms are spacious and modern, with floor-to-ceiling windows, 32-inch flat-screen cable TV and WiFi. The hotel serves a hearty buffet breakfast and a choice of Indian, Mexican and Italian cuisine is offered at the three renowned restaurants. Guests can enjoy views of the city skyline from the outdoor pool, indulge in treatments at the hotel's spa and watch the sunset from the rooftop bar, while sampling a creative selection of cocktails.