Essential Vietnam & Cambodia

12 Day Guided Tour & River Cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City with Travelmarvel

Read 5 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 more

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Guided Tour & River Cruise Starts In
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Siem Reap
Guided Tour & River Cruise Ends In
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Ho Chi Minh City
4 Star
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
River Cruise
Trip Style
River Cruise
Scenic / Cultural
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Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Cambodia, Vietnam
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1 Arrive Siem Reap, Angkor
Transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, travel to the temple of Ta Prohm. Stay Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Shack (D)

Insider Experience: Visit Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA) then unwind at the Shinta Mani Shack. An oasis of tranquillity, you’ll relax amid the lush gardens and large swimming pool of your hotel.
2 Angkor, Siem Reap
This morning, tailor your day by choosing one of Travelmarvel’s select experiences. Later, discover the 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 sunset at Angkor Wat. (B)
3 Siem Reap, Embark Cruise at Prek K’dam
Transfer to Prek K’dam to join your Mekong River cruise. The Mekong’s unique charm is found in the greenery strewn throughout the riverbank and the floating villages. Board your river ship and indulge in dinner prepared by your 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. Afterwards, advance 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.
5 Koh Chen, Phnom Penh
The heartbeat hammering of the open-air copperware workshops announces your arrival at Koh Chen. Visit some of the home workshops which display the intricate handmade goods 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. 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, visit 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 your vessel. After lunch, step aboard a local boat as it transfers you to Cai Be to see the French Gothic cathedral. 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 Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure today. Perhaps take a fascinating history tour or see the sights on a city tour. (B/D)

Insider Experience: Indulge in a Farewell Dinner at The Chopsticks, Saigon.
12 Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Your journey ends after breakfast today with a transfer to the airport. (B)

Travelmarvel Inclusions

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Journey 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
Trip Inclusions
  • Four nights in premium accommodation
  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise on the RV La Marguerite
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and local guides
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
Included Meals
  • 28 delicious meals - 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
  • 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
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
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included

Reviews (5)

12 Day Essential Vietnam & Cambodia reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Essential Vietnam & Cambodia with Travelmarvel”
- NSW, Australia Jan 2018 2 Helpful Votes View Photo

Excellent accommodation. Local tour guides with very good English and local knowledge. No worries about arrangements or schedules. A very enjoyable holiday.

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“A must to see”
- QLD, Australia Aug 2016 4 Helpful Votes

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 more

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“Amazing Trip Siem Reap to Saigon on the La Marguerite ”
- VIC, Australia Jul 2016 1 Helpful Vote View Photo

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 more

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“The war years of Cambodia and Vietnam ”
- QLD, Australia Feb 2016 1 Helpful Vote

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.

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“Siam Reap hotel was the best we have ever been to”
- NSW, Australia Sep 2015 1 Helpful Vote

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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