Day 1: Saigon-Arrival. Meet upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. Ho Chi Minh City was the capital of South Vietnam before the reunification of the country in 1975. Many people still call the city by its old name Saigon. The city is the economic driving force of the country and is really buzzing with activity. Overnight: in Saigon. Transport: Car.
Day 2: Saigon. Today you can explore this exciting city on your own. You can visit some of the most interesting sights of the city such as the Thien Hau Pagoda, wander around the Ben Thanh market or drink a coffee on one of the terraces of the former "Paris of the Orient". Be careful when crossing the streets. Motorbikes won't stop for you.
Overnight: in Saigon. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Saigon. Today you will visit two popular sights not far from Ho Chi Minh City: the Cu Chi tunnels and the Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh. Total driving today will be about 250 kms which will take about 5 hours. The morning excursion to Tay Ninh will take you to the Great Cao Dai temple (a mixture of Buddhism, Confucius, Taoism, Hinduism and Christian). We see the noon mass at the temple. Afternoon we visit Cu Chi - a fabulous tunnel. You will have opportunity to get the unique experience of guerrillas living and fighting underground during the war (a crawl through 50-100 meters out 200 km of the tunnel system is unforgettable), local rice paper workshop, nice paddy fields are pleasant sights on the way. Overnight: in Saigon. Transport: Car. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Saigon-Cantho. Today you will drive to the Mekong Delta, the first leg of your journey to Cambodia. Cantho is 225 km far from Ho Chi Minh City and this will take approximately 5 hours for driving. Drive to Mytho and continue to Vinh Long. Before Vinh Long you will board a local boat and start your exploration of this fertile water world. Boats of all sizes ply the canals and rivers of the Delta and the locals are welcoming to strangers. Stop briefly at the Cai Be floating market before continuing towards An Binh Island where you will enjoy a sumptuous lunch of Vietnamese specialties. Of course Mekong Delta fish will be on the menu! After lunch you will continue to Vinh Long where you will disembark. It's only a short drive to Cantho, the busiest and biggest city in the Mekong Delta. Overnight: in Can Tho. Transport: Car, boat. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Cantho-Rach Gia-Phu Quoc Island. Around Cantho are some of the most interesting floating markets in the Mekong Delta: Cai Rang and Phong Dien. Mostly fruit and vegetables are for sale on the water and you will visit both markets when they are at their busiest, in the early morning. You will do that of course by boat. At Phong Dien your car will be waiting for you to bring you to Rach Gia. Rach Gia is 110 km far from Cantho and this will take approximately 3 hours for driving. After lunch in a local restaurant you will board the Bien Xanh boat that departs at 1330. Your boat trip will take approximately 3.5 hours. After three hours and a half, you will arrive in An Thoi, the main port of Phu Quoc. From there you will be transferred to your hotel, located on Long Beach. Overnight: in Phu Quoc. Transport: Car and boat. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 6: Phu Quoc Island. Today is a free day on Phu Quoc Island. You can relax on the beach or book one of the tours the resort offers. The Vietnamese island Phu Quoc is a developing destination. The island has been declared a national park and has some of the best beaches in Vietnam. The island has a lively fishing industry and is famous for its fish sauce. Overnight: in Phu Quoc Island. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Phu Quoc Island. Today is a another free day on Phu Quoc Island. You can relax on the beach or book one of the tours the resort offers. You can go on a fishing or snorkeling trip or explore the island on your own. Overnight: in Phu Quoc Island. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Phu Quoc Island-Kep. Today you will embark on a real adventure and cross the border at the recently opened Xa Xia/Prek Chak border crossing. After breakfast transfer to An Thoi where the boat for Rach Gia is leaving. Around noon you will arrive in Rach Gai. After lunch in a local restaurant you will drive to Ha Tien and onwards to the border. The border is 90 km far from Rach Gia and this will take approximately 3 hours for driving. A Cambodian visa upon arrival is not available here at the moment (see our visa section for updated information). Once you have completed customs and immigration formalities you will have to walk about 500 meters to Cambodia where your driver will be waiting for you. Kep is 40 km far from Prek Chak and this will take approximately 1 hour and a half for driving. The road to Kep is in poor condition which is offset by the picturesque rural landscape you travel through. Kep used to be a very popular seaside destination in the heydays of colonial rule. In recent years Kep has seen major development and Kep is now becoming a major destination in Cambodia. Overnight: in Kep. Transport: Car and boat. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 9: Kep. Today is a free day. You can relax and enjoy the resort of make a day trip to the caves of Kompong Trach or to Rabbit Island. From the resort you have a fantastic view over Bokor Mountain and Phu Quoc Island, where you will travel to tomorrow. Overnight: in Kep. Includes: (B).
Day 10: Kep-Phnom Penh. Early departure from Kep. First you will drive to Kampot before heading north to Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh is 173 km. far from Kep and this will take approximately 3 hours and a half for driving. Visit Yeay Peah and Ta Prohm, two pre-Angkorian temples. Continue to Phnom Chisor from where you will have commanding view over the countryside. The walk up the 503 stairs can be a bit strenuous, especially on a hot day. There are some interesting ruins on top of the hill and the view over the typical Cambodian countryside is majestic. Lunch will be in a local restaurant. Continue to Phnom Penh. Overnight: in Phnom Penh. Transport: Car. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 11: Phnom Penh. In the morning visit of Choeng Ek, the location of the infamous Killing Fields. Continue to Tuol Sleng prison, the notorious Khmer prison where thousands of Cambodians perished in the darkest hours of Cambodian history. You will have lunch at Khmer Surin restaurant. Afternoon free at leisure. You can visit sights such as the Silver Pagoda and the Royal Palace on your own or visit one of the interesting markets such as the Central Market and the Russian Market. Overnight: in Phnom Penh. Transport: Car. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 12: Phnom Penh-Siem Reap. After breakfast you will drive to Kompong Thom. At Kompong Thom you leave the main road for your visit to Sambor Prei Kuk. The road to Sambor Prei Kuk is hobbly and unpaved. Sambor Prei Kuk was the capital of the Chenla Kingdom which predates Angkor by several centuries. The ruins are spread out over a vast distance. Sambor Prei Kuk gets very few visitors and you can enjoy the beautiful ruins in peace and quiet. After your visit it's back to the main road and start the last leg to Siem Reap. Siem Reap is 314 km. far from Phnom Penh and this will take approximately 6 hours for driving. Along the way you will stop briefly at Spean Praptos, a fantastic stone bridge from the Angkor period. The bridge is used only for pedestrians and two wheeled vehicles and stands as proof of the craftmanship of the Khmers. At the end of the afternoon you will reach Siem Reap, near Angkor. Angkor will without a doubt one of the absolute highlights of this exciting trip. Overnight: in Siem Reap. Transport: Car. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 13: Siem Reap. Today you will explore some of the main sights of Angkor. Visit Ta Phrom, the gem of Angkor. This temple has been largely taken over by the jungle. The sight of temple ruins overgrown with the roots of huge fig trees is unforgettable. Visit Preah Khan where the World Monument Fund has a project. Return to the hotel in the late morning for a break for lunch and a swim. In the afternoon return to Angkor. You will have the whole afternoon for a visit to the main temple, Angkor Wat. Return to the hotel.
Overnight: in Siem Reap. Transport: Car. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 14: Siem Reap. Today is a free day. You can return to the Angkor complex for another visit but you can also opt for an exciting trip to some of the more remote temples such as Beng Mealea and Koh Ker.
Overnight: in Siem Reap. Includes: (B).
Day 15: Siem Reap-Bangkok. This morning is free at leisure. If you wish you can make an optional boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake. Check out at noon Transfer to the airport. Meet upon arrival on Bangkok Airport. Look for your driver who will be holding a sign with your name on it. He will transfer you to your hotel. Overnight: in Bangkok. Transport: Car, airplane. Includes: (B).
Day 16: Bangkok-Departure. Check out time is at 12.00 hours (noon). Transfer to the airport for your flight home. End of services. Transport: Car. Includes: (B).
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