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12 Day Essential Vietnam & Cambodia

Travelmarvel Tour & River Cruise starting in Siem Reap and finishing in Ho Chi Minh City

Read 4 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 12 Day Essential Vietnam & Cambodia. Travelmarvel's affordable trip takes you to the remote villages along the banks of the Mekong River and its tributaries. Untouched by tourism and inaccessible by most other...read more

Overview

Operator: Travelmarvel
Type: Tour & River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 12 Days
From: Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Code: VTM12
Visits: Cambodia, Vietnam
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Day By Day

1

Arrive Siem Reap, Angkor

Arrive in Siem Reap and be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, visit the most enduring capital of the Khmer empire, Angkor Thom, a walled city complex within the Angkor Archaeological Park. This amazing World Heritage-listed park contains the remains of different Khmer empire capitals. Visit iconic landmarks including the 13th-century temple Bayon. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers whilst enjoying a Welcome Dinner at your hotel. After dinner, witness a magnificent performance of traditional Apsara dance. Special Stay – enjoy an indulgent and relaxing stay at the prestigious Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap. Stay Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort (D)
2

Angkor, Siem Reap

This morning, perhaps take the time to explore the region with one of Travelmarvel's Select Experiences. Later, visit Ta Prohm, a temple famous for its intertwined trees. Like a Local – visit Opportunities of Development through Art (ODA), which provides support and education for poor and underprivileged children. This evening, cap off the day with a spectacular sunset over Angkor Wat, also located within the Angkor Archaeological Park. (B)
3

Siem Reap, Embark Cruise

Depart Siem Reap for the mighty Mekong River, which forms the arterial river through southern Vietnam and Cambodia. Floating villages line the tributaries of this lush region and swathes of paddy fields stretch into the horizon. Quaint riverside towns and sleepy rural villages lend the Mekong a unique charm. Board your river ship, the RV La Marguerite, and get set to explore. The ship's array of facilities ensures every moment of cruising presents the opportunity for relaxation and entertainment. This evening, after settling in to your suite, enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner on board, savouring Asian or Western fare. Stay Seven Nights: Cruise the Mekong River on board the RV La Marguerite (B/L/D)
4

Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, Oudong

Glide to Kampong Tralach, where a guided small-boat excursion takes you past a number of fishing villages into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Like a Local – take an ox-cart ride, a popular method of transport in rural Cambodia. Like a Local – Travel to the town of Oudong and receive a traditional Buddhist blessing. (B/L/D)
5

Koh Chen, Phnom Penh

Explore Koh Chen today, a small village specialising in silver and copperware. Visit some home-workshops that manufacture handmade copper souvenirs. Then head to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Enjoy a delicious dinner on your ship tonight followed by a marvellous Khmer folk performance. (B/L/D)
6

Phnom Penh

This morning join an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge's notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). This afternoon in Phnom Penh, a tour takes you to visit the magnificent Royal Palace, which is the official residence of the King of Cambodia. You'll also see the opulent Silver Pagoda, located within the Royal Palace complex. After dinner this evening perhaps step out for an evening walk around this fascinating capital and explore the sights at night. (B/L/D)
7

Border Crossing, Tan Chau

Spend today on board as your ship cruises to the Vietnamese border. Offering views, reclining lounges, Tai Chi classes, a swimming pool and cold drinks from the bar, the Sun Deck is a great place to relax. This afternoon, you might like to attend a fruit-carving demonstration by the ship's chef while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Vietnam. Tonight, perhaps watch a documentary film about Pol Pot, leader of the Khmer Rouge, as your ship cruises towards Tan Chau. (B/L/D)
8

Tan Chau, Sa Dec

This morning after breakfast, transfer to a small boat and travel along the Mekong's tiny tributaries where stilt houses lean on each other haphazardly. Here, go ashore for a tour of Tan Chau by rickshaw, and get a real insight into life on the Mekong. Enhance this insight even further and visit fascinating local artisan workshops before you re-board your ship. Spend time relaxing and enjoying the onboard facilities. This afternoon, perhaps attend an informative lecture on Vietnam in the ship's lounge before a delicious dinner. (B/L/D)
9

Sa Dec, Cai Be

This morning, take a boat ride to Sa Dec for a tour. Here, you'll see Huynh Thuy Le's old house (once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, the namesake of the RV La Marguerite). After lunch, a local boat takes you to the river-land town of Cai Be. Go ashore to see Cai Be's French Gothic Cathedral and a visit to a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made. Return to your ship for dinner. (B/L/D)
10

Disembark Ship, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Disembark at My Tho Port today and travel by coach to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a tunnel network built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. Part of a larger network, the tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat. They also served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. Special Stay – be close to the action at the Grand Hotel Saigon. Stay Two Nights: Grand Hotel Saigon (B/L)
11

Cu Chi Tunnels, Saigon

Spend time exploring Vietnam's vibrant Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure today. Enhance Your Journey: Perhaps take an exciting Jeep military tour; a shopping tour; explore the city on a guided tour; or take a Vietnamese cooking class. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. (B/D)
12

Depart Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Siem Reap, Angkor

Transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, travel to the temple of Ta Prohm. Enjoy an Insider experience before a delicious Welcome Dinner and an Apsara dance performance. Stay Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort (D)

Insider Experience: Visit Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA) and unwind at the Shinta Mani Resort. Travelmarvel supports the Shinta Mani Foundation, which provides fresh water to local communities.
2

Angkor, Siem Reap

This morning, tailor your day by choosing one of Travelmarvel’s select experiences. Later, discover the fascinating remains of Angkor Archaeological Park, a long-standing tribute to the ancient Khmer Empire. Visit the 12th-century temple Bayon. Finish your day with a spectacular sunset at Angkor Wat. (B)
3

Siem Reap, Embark Cruise at Prek K’dam

Transfer to Prek K’dam to embark your Mekong River cruise. The Mekong’s unique charm is found in this stunning region with greenery strewn throughout the riverbank and the floating villages. Board your river ship and indulge in your first dinner prepared by our own onboard chef. Stay Seven Nights: Mekong River Cruise, RV La Marguerite (B/L/D)
4

Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, Oudong

Enjoy a small boat expedition of the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Enjoy an Insider Experience before advancing on to Kampong Tralach. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Take an ox-cart ride, coined the ‘Khmer limousine’, and see how locals live in rural Cambodia. Later, travel to the former royal capital Oudong for a Buddhist blessing.
5

Koh Chen, Phnom Penh

The heartbeat hammering of the open-air silver and copperware workshops announces your arrival at Koh Chen. Visit some of the home workshops in this small village before continuing towards Phnom Penh, the charismatic capital city of Cambodia. (B/L/D)
6

Phnom Penh

Explore the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which recalls one of the darkest moments of the 20th century. This afternoon, take a tour to visit the Royal Palace. See the Silver Pagoda located within the Royal Palace complex and admire the Emerald Buddha carved from baccarat crystal. After dinner, perhaps step out for an evening walk around the capital. (B/L/D)
7

Border Crossing, Tan Chau

Spend today on board as your ship cruises to the Vietnamese border. Offering amazing views, reclining loungers, a swimming pool and cold drinks from the bar, the Sun Deck is a great place to relax. This afternoon, you might like to attend a fruit-carving demonstration by the ship’s chef while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Vietnam. Tonight, watch a documentary film about Pol Pot as your ship cruises towards the small Vietnamese town of Tan Chau. (B/L/D)
8

Tan Chau, Sa Dec

After breakfast, transfer to a small boat and travel along the Mekong’s tiny tributaries, observing the stilt house villages. Go ashore for a tour of Tan Chau by rickshaw. Known as one of the largest silk-weaving centres of Vietnam, enhance your experience by visiting the fascinating local artisan workshops to learn more about the history of the craft. (B/L/D)
9

Sa Dec, Cai Be

Take a boat ride to the charming colonial town of Sa Dec for a tour. Visit Huynh Thuy Le’s old house, once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, the namesake of our vessel. After lunch, a local boat transfers you to the river-land town of Cai Be. See the French Gothic cathedral, and see the small boats laden with fresh produce at the floating market. Go ashore to visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made. After, visit a coconut candy factory to see how the local sweet is created. Enjoy a final dinner on board your ship. (B/L/D)
10

Disembark Ship, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City

Disembark at My Tho Port today and travel by coach to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a tunnel network built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. For dinner, you may like to choose from one of our select dining experiences. Stay Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites Saigon (B/L)

Insider Experience: Be close to the city’s action at the modern Fusion Suites Saigon.
11

Ho Chi Minh City

Explore the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure today. Perhaps take an exciting Jeep military tour or enjoy a Vietnamese cooking class. (B/D)

Insider Experience: Indulge in a Farewell Dinner at KOTO Kumho this evening.
12

Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Your journey ends after breakfast today with a transfer to the airport. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Relax at Siem Reap's stylish and unique Shinta Mani Resort
  • Meet local disadvantaged children supported by Siem Reap's Opportunities of Development through Art (ODA)
  • Enjoy an ox-cart ride in Kampong Tralach
  • Receive a Buddhist blessing in Oudong
  • Stay at the Grand Hotel Saigon
  • Marvel at Angkor Archaeological Park
  • View the sunset over Angkor Wat
  • See the infamous Killing Fields
  • Explore the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels

Finest Dining

  • Includes 28 meals - 11 full breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 9 dinners (D)

Tour Inclusions

  • Eight days cruising the Mekong River, visiting rural towns and villages
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
  • International wine included with lunch and dinner on your Mekong cruise
  • Soft drink, local beer and spirits included at all times during your Mekong cruise

Trip Notes

  • Flight must arrive by 12 noon on arrival day into Siem Reap
  • Embarkation Day: during low water season from June – August & December – April, you'll transfer by coach from Siem Reap and embark your Mekong River cruise at Prek K'dam
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries

Trip Inclusions

Trip Highlights

  • Relax at the stylish Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap
  • Visit ODA, which supports local underprivileged children
  • See an Apsara performance, a traditional Khmer dance
  • Enjoy an ox-cart ride in the Kampong Tralach district
  • Receive a traditional Buddhist blessing by monks in Oudong
  • Stay at the modern Fusion Suites Saigon
  • Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at KOTO Kumho in Ho Chi Minh City

Included Experiences

  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise on the RV La Marguerite
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
  • International wine, local beer and spirits included with lunch and dinner on-board your Mekong River cruise
  • Bottled water, juice and soft drink included at all times during your Mekong River cruise
  • 28 delicious meals - 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices include transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Flights to arrive into Siem Reap by 12 noon on Day 1 for afternoon touring
  • Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
  • During high water season from August to mid-December, guests may embark RV La Marguerite at Siem Reap and journey along Tonle Sap before arriving at Kampong Chhnang
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included

Operator Details

Travelmarvel Reviews: (178)
Tours on Sale: 177
Tour Accommodation: 4 Star
Tour Average Age: 45-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & River Cruises
Budget: Premium & Affordable
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, New Zealand, South & Central America, USA

Reviews (4)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Essential Vietnam & Cambodia with Travelmarvel.
QLD, Australia
Aug 2016
1 Helpful Vote
3 Trips
“A must to see”
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The whole trip was fantastic. We started our trip in Singapore for a couple of days, an awesome place. Then we joined our fellow travellers in Cambodia. The accommodation was fantastic, the Tour Director was incredible. The Tour Guides had so much knowledge and we enjoyed all they had to say. The La Marguerite River Ship was amazing and all the staff were fantastic, nothing was any trouble. There were 82 in all Travelmarvel travellers, so we had the whole ship. Great group of people and have made friends for life. We crossed into Vietnam while on the ship. While the immigration paper work was being done, there were wonderful sessions we all joined doing, so much fun. Vietnam and Cambodia were amazing and so interesting. We loved visiting the schools, they were awesome days. We were very lucky with the weather, only two little showers and the rest was sunshine. Thank you to Hannah and Global Journeys for all the organisation of our fantastic trip. We will be booking with you again soon. We have been telling everyone about our trip.
VIC, Australia
Jul 2016
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“Amazing Trip Siem Reap to Saigon on the La Marguerite ”
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This is the second trip we have booked through Global Journeys and once again it was hassle free everything was organised online and our consultant Emily was fabulous every question answered within 24 hrs. This trip was through Travelmarvel I cannot recommend them enough we did not have to worry about a thing, picked up from the airport delivered to our hotel everything was explained daily and notice boards advised information if you didn't write it down or forgot. The standard of the accommodation on this trip was 5 star from the hotels to the ship La Marguerite. The staff at all the hotels and especially La Marguerite were amazing nothing was to hard and so friendly with lovely smiles to greet you any time of the day or night. The tour director Pani was so knowledgeable, as were all the local tour guides and what we liked was they shared their experiences of life in Cambodia and Vietnam. The excursions which most were included are well worth doing usually one excursion in the morning and one after lunch. I would recommend this trip to most however if you have trouble walking you may find some places difficult as there are lots of uneven paths and steps.
QLD, Australia
Feb 2016
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“The war years of Cambodia and Vietnam ”
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This was a wonderful trip. We learnt so much more than we ever knew about the Vidtnam and Cambodian wars. The tour guides were inspirational and so knowledgeable and they spoke such good English as well. We couldn't have asked for better. Our main complaint would be embarking the La Marguerite. Just so primitive with no hand rails scrambling down the river bank. Surely Travelmarvel could improve this and other spots we had to get on and off throughout the trip.
NSW, Australia
Sep 2015
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“Siam Reap hotel was the best we have ever been to”
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Thought the tour leader on the river cruise wasn't as good as we had on Avalon! Hotel in Siam Reap was one of the best run hotels we have ever been to anywhere in the world.
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