BEST SOUTH VIETNAM & CAMBODIA TOUR (10 DAYS)
This tour combines highlights of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia. You will explore bustling city of Saigon, the legendary Cu Chi tunnels, the Mekong delta and finish at the majestic Angkor complex and vibrant Phnom Penh. It is definitely a memorable journey of both history and culture.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest city of Vietnam where modernity is mixed harmoniously with traditional features. One of the most beautiful pagodas you can visit is the Jade Emperor Pagoda, a unique Taoist pagoda with hundreds of Tao and Buddhist deities. To learn about Vietnam’s history and the Vietnam War, visit War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace or Independence Palace. Not far from the city, Cu Chi Tunnels are undeniably interesting. Moreover, there are plenty of shopping malls, local markets where you can go shopping and taste local diverse delicacies with a very reasonable prices.
The ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, Mekong Delta is located in a fifty shades of greens. Here you can see boats, houses and busy markets float upon the net of countless rivers, canals and streams. You can also take a boat trip to visit laid-back villages in the countryside where you can learn to make some coconut candy, pick up some fresh fruits and have the true taste of rural Vietnam. Elsewhere, mangrove forests with a wealth of bird life at U Minh Ha National Park and other parts of Ca Mau Biosphere Reserve will attract travelers interested in wildlife.
Phnom Penh is a great destination for sightseeing and learn about Cambodian history and culture. Here you can find plenty of the elegant Khmer and French colonial architecture along with sets of memorials dedicated to victims of the Khmer Rouge such as The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, the Killing Fields… During your time in the city, you can aslo learn to play Cambodian musical instruments, try to make your own souvenir, or check out the local market for some exotic taste and tasty fresh food.
Siem Reap is the main access to visit Angkor Wat which can be considered as one of the most famous spots for travelers in the region. These temple ruins are ernomous, you might need a few days to get through everyone of them. The center of the city still feels like a rural old town, with French style houses and lots of shops. The area around the old market is crowded with backpacker party pads, hip hotels, a range of cuisines, sumptuous spas, great shopping and so on.
Tonle Sap Lake
Also called Boeung Tonle Sap, it is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and is the second most popular hotspot in Siem Reap, after Angkor Wat. Tonle Sap Lake is well-known for being one of the world’s most vibrant ecosystems. With people who live in floating houses, travel to floating schools and eat at floating restaurants, this vibrant village is quite an attraction for the many visitors that come to Cambodia.
Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi Tunnels – Mekong Delta – Can Tho – Cai Rang Market – Chau Doc – Speed Boat to Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Siem Reap Departure
- City tour in Ho Chi Minh City – a food paradise and shopping heaven. Here you’ll also have chance to visit signature historical attractions such as War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, etc. Not so far from the city, you can visit Cu Chi tunnels. This former Viet Cong war base is where you will gain an insight Vietnamese people perspective of the French and American Wars.
- After spending time around the cities, you will go to explore amazing Mekong Delta. You will pass through idyllic, rural scenes throughout My Tho, a peaceful town of the Mekong River, and visit the stunning Vinh Trang Pagoda. Next you will have a boat ride on Mekong river, visit local homes and orchards, coconut candy workshop, honeybee farm. You’ll also have chance to taste plentiful seasonal fruits, honey tea and enjoy a Southern folk music performance.
- Visit Cai Rang floating market, you will see local farmers trading their products, selling food on the water. Visit a fruit orchard, you will find out many exotic tropical fruits which you can pick from tree and taste. Deeper in Chau Doc, you will visit Sam Mountain to see breathtaking views over rice fields to Cambodian border.
- In Phnom Penh – Cambodian, you can take time visit Royal Palace, National Museum, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, the Killing Fields and so on. In Siem Riep you can enjoy lovely rural area with green fields and fascinating floating village. Here you can explore the spectacular Angkor wat, Phnom Bakheng, Angkor Thom – the site of the ancient capital of the Khmer empire, the South Gate, Bayon, Royal Enclosure, Elephant Terrace and Ta Prohm, one of the most charming temples.
- Take a boat trip to Tonle Sap to see interesting ancient way of life on the water including Artisan D’angkor.