Mekong Delta & Angkor Wat Experience in 8 Days - 8 Days

Journey from Ho Chi Minh City to an abandoned capital of Angkor Wat Temple, revealing stories of a once-powerful Khmer empire whose ancient temples, tombs and shrines were left to rest for centuries.

Highlights:

  • Mekong Delta River
  • Cu Chi Tunnel
  • S21 and Klling Field
  • Angkor Wat
Day 1
Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City and Check-In at the hotel

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, the capital of Vietnam and please make your own way to the hotel and check-in at the hotel.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2
Full Day Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels Day Tour

Take the morning trip to visit Independence Palace, also known at the Reunification palace, was built on the sight of the former Norodom palace. The Independence palace is a widely known landmark of Ho Chi Minh City and was designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu. Continue seeing the beautiful structures from the French Colonial times such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office. Followed by the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum the museum has a vast display of the both the Indochina wars.

Have lunch at a local restaurant.

Depart for Cu Chi tunnel, the trip will take approximately one and a half hours bus driving. Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of the war time. Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. Besides, there are also many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war.

Afterward, special tea and cassava (guerilla’s food during the war) will be served. Break time for relax or time for those who want to try the real shooting gun. Return to Saigon.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 3
CAI BE FULLDAY MARKET & TAN PHONG ISLAND

Duration: from 06:00/06:30 A.M – 17:30 P.M

You will pick you up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Depart for Cai Be by car/van via Trung Luong Express Highway. On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Then wander into the small villages and visit the orchard and fruit plantation, accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Arrive in Tan Phong Island, the green pearl where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy your cooking experience and learn how to prepare special Vietnamese dishes. Food cooked by yourself and fresh river food served in the heart of the garden. Relax in the hammocks to get back your energy. Cycle around the village path with fruit orchards and bonsai garden. Meet the local islanders to learn more about the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Take a boat ride back to Cai Be and meet your bus for the trip back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 4
Transfer Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh (Bus)

Take the morning bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh. The duration would take approx 5.5 hours (depending on the border crossing).

After arriving in Phnom Penh, please check-in at your hotel.

Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 5
Phnom Penh & Killing Field Day Tour

Today, you will join a group tour and your guide start to pick up from a few different hotels, so the pickup time is variable between 7:30am to 8:30am, so guests are advised to wait in the hotel lobby and ready to go as soon as your guide arrives, after pick up everyone on the tour, your guide will take you to the Royal Palace, built in 1866 by the French after King Norodom relocated the royal capital from Oudong. Located on the western banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong River, the palace complex features stunning Khmer architecture, divided into 4 main compounds. The grounds of the Palace are also home to the Silver Pagoda, which received its name because its floor is made of 5,329 silver tiles. Learn about the Khmer kings, resident at all times, with the exception of the period when the Khmer

Rouge took control in 1975. See gold and jeweled Buddha statues in the Silver Pagoda, and the Angkor Wat style Bell Tower.

Then, learn about the turbulent years of the Khmer Rouge at the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum. Located in a former high school that was used as the notorious Security Prison 21, the Genocide Museum traces the story of the Killing Fields and the torture and executions that took place from 1975-79. See exhibits that tell the stories of some of the estimated 20,000 prisoners that were killed. Return to the city center and get stunning views of the Tonle Sap and Mekong River Side before tour ends. This tour concludes with return transfer to your hotel or any requested drop off point within the city center.

Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 6
Transfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (Bus)

This morning, you will take a public bus to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh.

Overnight stay in Siem Reap

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 7
Angkor Wat Experience (Day Tour)

Brief itinerary: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon (smiling faces temple), Ta Prohm (jungle temple)

(includes: tour guide, car & a bottle of water). (Not include: Temple Pass and lunch)

Departure at 8:30 am everyday (waiting for pick up between 7:30 to 8:30)

Details itinerary: Today, you will join a group tour and your guide start to pick up from a few

different hotels, so the pickup time is variable between 7:40am to 8:20am, so guests are advised to wait in the hotel lobby and ready to go as soon as your guide arrives.

We will start this day with exploring the temples of Angkor National Park, the World Heritage site and it’s the World Largest Religious Monument. Pay the entrance fee on your own account at the ticket office where we will stop for you to buy one and make your way with the guide to the first stop at Angkor Wat to visit the largest and most impressive of all Angkor temples, considered among one of the 7th Wonders of the World.

Angkor Wat was built between 1113-1150AD and dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. It’s the best preserved of all the temples. Its layout and its scale are simply breathtaking, the wall surrounding the enclosure measures 1,000 by 800 meters and the moat, said to represent the oceans of the world is 200 meters wide. Angkor Wat is an architectural allegory of the mythical Mount Meru in the center of the world (Himalaya). This amazing temple homes the longest continuous bas relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls.

We also explore the Angkor Thom complex. Its vast walls, some 6m wide, 8m high and 13km in length contain many monuments. Inside the walls the king, his relatives and officials, military officers and priests took residence, the rest of the people lived outside of the great enclosure, between the two artificial lakes.

Our visit will begin with the South Gate, a beautiful introduction to Angkor Thom with well-restored statues of Asuras (demons) and gods lining the bridge. Inside the complex, we will first visit the Bayon with 200 endless smiling faces. This temple mountain situated in the center of Angkor Thom City where sets the Bayon apart from many other Angkor monuments and we will continue to the Elephant Terrace, which owes its name to its outstanding depiction of these animals and the Terrace of Leper King, which presents a magnificent sculpture, popularly known as the leper

king and then we continue the tour to Ta Phrom was a monastery built by the king Jayavarman VII as a residence for his mother as well as a school.

Ta Phrom has been controversially left to the destructive power of the jungle by French archaeologists to emonstrate the awesome power of nature. It has been largely consumed by the jungle and as you will climb through the dilapidated stone structures you will see many giant trees growing out of the top of the temple itself. At every turn you will expect to see Indiana Jones (Lara Croft) step out from behind a fallen pillar around you.

This tour concludes with return transfer to your hotel or any requested drop off point within the city center.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 8
End of the trip :)

End of trip. Please check out of the hotel.

Inclusion

  • Daily breakfast in the hotel
  • Entrance fees to all sites
  • Air conditioned Bus and Minivans
  • Cherry picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Experiences
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing at Killing Field
  • Transportation is included (public bus, tuk tuk & mini van)
  • The guide is included on the day tours.
  • Accommodation is included (2 or 3 star category)

Exclusion

  • Flights are not included
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa
  • Personal Expense
  • Tipping
  • Extra Meals

USD 678

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Mekong Delta & Angkor Wat Experience in 8 Days