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Mekong in Depth 7 Days

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Duration: 7 days

Destination: Ho Chi Minh / Cai Be / Chau Doc / Phnom Penh / Siem Reap

US$ 1,388 US$ 1,158 per person

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Mekong Delta is a treasure that awaits discovery. The Delta itself a beautiful landscape with mother river, thousand of canals and islets. You also can discover the unique water life of people here. This tour brings you not only the experience with the Mekong Delta on Vietnam's part but also the Cambodia's, along with the UNESCO World Heritage - Angkor Wat

trip highlight

  • Can’t forget to visit attraction inside Ho Chi Minh City which have thousand year historical
  • Take an immersive look at the ways of life of its residents when spending 3 days in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta
  • Tour around the capital of Cambodia to learn about its tragic recent past, ancient history, and ongoing, rapid growth.
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site – Angkor Wat

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival

Meal provided: No meal
 
Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, obtain your visa and clear Immigration and Customs.

After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local driver & local guide and enjoy the visit to Reunification Palace formerly known as Independence Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace. Continue to visit City Hall, Ho Chi Minh Monument, and Central Post Office which was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. Right nearby, you can see Notre Dame Cathedral, a magnificent building located in the heart of the city and was established by French colonists. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Check-in at the hotel.

Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh

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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be - Sa Dec - Cao Lanh

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning we pick you up at your hotel in Saigon (District 1 and parts of District 3) and take you to your port of embarkation in Cai Be (2 nights to Phnom Penh). The transfer takes 2 hours drive. After a refreshing welcome drink, we show you our onboard facilities and your cozy cabin.

We will enjoy a rowing boat excursion through the hidden small canals of Tan Phong Islet on a sampan. We also visit some of the local candy or rice cake-making production or boat through the green water landscape to see local villages, verdant orchards, or rice paddies.

In the afternoon we arrive in the laid-back town of Sa Dec for a city tour. There you can see the busy and colorful local market, enjoy a coffee on the nice riverside promenade or visit a nearby flower village with orchards. The charming town still has a lot of colonial architecture, in particular the old market, the church, and many old villas and traders’ houses. We visit one of them, a beautifully renovated traditional house of a Chinese trader’s family. This sumptuous building belonged to the main character of the novel “The Lover” and indeed to the lover of Marguerite Duras.

In the late afternoon, we return to the Mekong cruise and enjoy a sunset cruise with more fantastic photo opportunities from aboard.

Stay overnight onboard in Mekong Delta

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Day 3: Cao Lanh - Tan Chau

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The boat arrives at Cao Lanh in the morning. After breakfast on the top deck, you can enjoy the visit to Tan Thuan Dong Islet, which is famous for its orchards full of mangoes, longans, and ambarellas. It is totally off-the-beaten track and rarely visited by tourists.

As the boat maneuvers through the scenic Cho Vam Canal, you are invited to a sunset cocktail party on the top deck, which also allows you to fully enjoy one of the most magnificent moments that the Mekong River has to offer.

Stay overnight onboard in Mekong Delta.

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Day 4: Tan Chau accross the border to Phnom Penh

Meal provided: Breakfast, Snack on board the speed boat

After breakfast the tour with the cruise ends. For the transfer to Phnom Penh, you embark our speedboat for an exciting ride to Cambodia. You pass the first Cambodian-style pagodas and a slowly changing landscape from the plains of the delta to a river landscape. A cruise guide accompanies you all the way to Phnom Penh to facilitate the immigration procedures into Cambodia and ensure your safe transfer from the jetty in Phnom Penh to your local hotel. Arrived in Phnom Penh around lunchtime.

Afternoon, Phnom Penh city tour: Visit the Victory Monument, and the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. 

The museum contains a collection of Khmer art – notably sculptures – from throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th-century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. End your afternoon with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of the city during sunset.

Stay overnight in Phnom Penh.

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Day 5: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel then take a private transfer to Siem Reap for 06 Hrs trip. On arrival, you will be met and then transferred directly to the hotel for refreshments.

Siem Reap is the best for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire.

On arrival begin a tour of the temple and visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and Ta Prohm. One of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the way most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit as well Takeo, Chau Say Tevoda, and Thommanon.

Check-in at the hotel. Stay overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 6: Siem Reap

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

In the morning, visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks – the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Sunset at Angkor Wat. 

Stay overnight in Siem Reap

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Day 7: Siem Reap - Floating market - Departure

Meal provided: Breakfast

Morning, drive through the typical Khmer countryside to the Banteay Srei temple (10th century) regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Then visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”. The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers. No inscriptions have been found for this temple, but the style of most of the architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat.  The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid. A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given an ethereal atmosphere to the temple.

Continue to visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap.  Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia.

Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.

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Tour prices shown are 'per person',  based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room.  If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you also earn money by using the Share button above to invite your friends and family, traveller forum's members to book this tour with you.

The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the tour price.

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

What's Included:

• 04 nights base in double/twin sharing rooms at centrally located & well selected Comfort hotels (3 star-hotel). 
[ Superior (4 star-hotel), Luxury (5- star hotel), High-end (best of the best hotel) properties are also available upon request] 
• 02 nights base in double/twin sharing rooms on board Mekong river cruise including full board
• Daily buffet or set breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges. 
• Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary. 
• Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver as specified in the itinerary. 
• Sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary. 
• Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner. 
• Entrance fees according the above program
• Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers 
• VAT and all taxes and service charge. 


What's Excluded:

• International flight tickets and Visas stamp 
• Domestic and regional flights in the tour
• Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls 
• Personal, travel and health insurance
• Early check in and late check out 
• Single room supplement if request 
• Drinks during meals
• Meals that are not specified
• Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff 
• Surcharge for peak season & compulsory dinner on X’mas and New Year’s Eve 


Remarks

1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the “Tailor this trip" button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:

• Boutique & character hotels: from $50-$80 USD per room/ per night
• Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night
• Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/ per night
• Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night
• High-end = Best of the best hotels from US$ 250++ per room/ per night


3. Child policy: 

• Ages 0-2: free of charge for tour. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 2-5: 50% of adult price. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 6-10: 85% of adult price & airfare fully charges
• 11 years and older: 100% (charged as an adult)

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.


  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asianwaytravel.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

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  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

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Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.


  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( with at least 3 vacats pagess and valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

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We will send the visa approval letter via email to you after 7 working days.
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).


  • Step 3: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
    Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($25 for single entry visa; $50 for 1 month multiple entry visa ). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

    Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

  • For those who is applicable for E-visa, our travel experts will consult case by case.

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