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Essential Vietnam & Cambodia

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 Trip Length
12 Days
 Trip Starts
Siem Reap
 Trip Finishes
Ho Chi Minh City
12 Day Essential Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary (Travelmarvel)
Countries Explored: Cambodia Vietnam
Accommodation
4 Star
Ship Type
River Ship
Trip Style
River Cruise
Trip Code
VTM12

Overview

Read 6 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 12 Day Essential Vietnam & Cambodia. Explore Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex, before boarding an exceptional Mekong river cruise, revealing fresh perspectives of Vietnam and Cambodia, ahead of a stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Return international flights are included between Australia and the start & end point of your trip. Surcharges may apply.

Itinerary

Transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, travel to the temple of Ta Prohm. A range of Insider Experiences proves an exceptional start to your holiday. Enjoy local flavours during dinner this evening. Stay Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Shack (D)

Insider Experience: Visit Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA) which supports local underprivileged children.

Enjoy a free morning to explore or perhaps join a Select Experience. 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 sunset at Angkor Wat.  (B)

Transfer to Kampong Cham to join your Mekong River Cruise. Spend your afternoon on an Insider Experience.  Stay Seven Nights: Mekong River, RV Apsara (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Hop on a tuk tuk and explore the agricultural island of Koh Pen. Travel along the shaded lanes and past wooden stilted houses, tucked amongst palm and sandalwood trees.

Enjoy an immersive tour of Angkor Ban on a walking tour. Return to your ship and continue sailing towards Oknha Tey. Disembark and board a local tuk tuk for a village tour. Leave your local transport and continue on foot for a more in-depth exploration of the village. (B/L/D)

Cruise to Phnom Penh then travel by coach to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia. After an Insider Experience here, continue to Koh Chen and explore the open-air copperware workshops. This afternoon is free to explore or enjoy one of Travelmarvel's select experiences. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Visit a Buddhist monastery where you will have the opportunity to partake in a Buddhist blessing ceremony.

Explore the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which recalls one of the darkest moments of the 20th century. Later, 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.  (B/L/D)

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)

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)

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, who penned her best-selling novel, The Lover. 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)

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 a select dining experience.  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.

Explore Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure today. Perhaps take a fascinating history tour or see the sights on a city tour. Round off your day with an Insider Experience for dinner. (B/D)

Insider Experience: Indulge in a Farewell Dinner at The Chopsticks Saigon tonight.

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

Trip Inclusions

  • Relax at the stylish Shinta Mani Shack in Siem Reap
  • See an Apsara performance, a traditional Khmer dance
  • Receive a traditional Buddhist blessing by monks in Oudong
  • Dine at The Chopsticks Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Four nights in premium accommodation
  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard the All Balcony Suite ship, the RV Apsara
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and local guides
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping

  • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners, plus select complimentary beverages included with lunch and dinner on board your Mekong River cruise

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
  • Flights to arrive into Siem Reap by 12 noon on Day 1 for afternoon touring
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included

Trip Reviews (6) Most Recent 'Essential Vietnam & Cambodia' Reviews

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Mekong River Cruise with Travelmarvel 2 , QLD, Australia, Jan 2020
The whole trip was a very enjoyable experience - there is no better way to explore Cambodia and Vietnam than by river boat! Global Journeys made the whole booking process simple and stress free - all information was readily available and any questions I had were answered promptly and professionally by Hannah. I will definitely book future trips through ...read more Global Journeys. Travelmarvel exceeded my expectations. The pre and post accommodation was of a high standard and the cruise itself outstanding. The cabins on La Marguerite were larger than expected and the included excursions extensive. The highlight of the trip was the amazing tour director, guides and crew - all locals with their own stories to tell. We had many opportunities to visit local communities and explore places outside the normal tourist sites. The tour group (79 people, mainly from Australia and Britain) was divided into three smaller groups for each excursion which made disembarking and embarking the river boat a very organised process. We look forward to future trips with Travelmarvel.
Essential Vietnam & Cambodia with Travelmarvel   2 , NSW, Australia, Jan 2018
Excellent accommodation. Local tour guides with very good English and local knowledge. No worries about arrangements or schedules. A very enjoyable holiday.
A must to see 5 , QLD, Australia, Aug 2016
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 ...read more 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.
Amazing Trip Siem Reap to Saigon on the La Marguerite   2 , VIC, Australia, Jul 2016
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 ...read more 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.
The war years of Cambodia and Vietnam 2 , QLD, Australia, Feb 2016
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 ...read more the river bank. Surely Travelmarvel could improve this and other spots we had to get on and off throughout the trip.
Siam Reap hotel was the best we have ever been to 2 , NSW, Australia, Sep 2015
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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Deck Plans

Mekong Deck (Level 1)
 
Category B
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
 
Category C
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Tonle Deck (Level 2)
 
Category A
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
 
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Saigon Deck (Level 3)
 
Sadec Suite
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
 
Mekong Suite
French Balcony, Outside Balcony & Balcony Terrace
Sadec Deck (Level 4)

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  • Suite size 226 sq ft/ 21 sq m
  • Deluxe Queen-size bed
  • Ensuite with shower and toilet
  • Personal safe and mini-bar
  • Spacious wardrobe and desk/dressing table
  • Outside balcony
  • Wall-mounted Flat-screen TV
  • Suite size 226 sq ft/ 21 sq m
  • Deluxe Queen-size bed
  • Ensuite with shower and toilet
  • Personal safe and mini-bar
  • Spacious wardrobe and desk/dressing table
  • Outside balcony
  • Wall-mounted Flat-screen TV
  • Suite size 290 sq ft/ 26 sq m
  • Deluxe Queen-size bed
  • Ensuite with shower and toilet
  • Separate spa bath
  • Personal safe and mini-bar
  • Spacious wardrobe and desk/dressing table
  • Outside balcony
  • Wall-mounted Flat-screen TV
  • Suite size 624 sq ft/ 58 sq m
  • Deluxe King-size bed
  • 2 Ensuites with shower and toilet
  • Separate spa bath
  • Personal safe and mini-bar
  • Spacious wardrobe and desk/dressing table
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Chaise lounge and foot stool
  • Adjoining living room
  • Sofa bed
  • Large balcony terrace with sun lounges

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