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13 Days / 12 Nights Trip to Vietnam & Cambodia

The Mighty Mekong

Get ready for cultural immersion, local escapades, plenty of fun and un-pho-gettable times all rolled into one.
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From the temples of Siem Reap to the limestone karst wonderland of Ha Long Bay, and the beautiful old-world charm of Hoi An to the buzzing local vibrancy of Hanoi, experience the best of Vietnam and Cambodia with us. Explore a mix of ancient-modern cities, floating villages and colourful market streets that crackle with energy, eat steaming bowls of noodle soup, and enjoy plenty of good times with new friends in between.
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  • 10 Reviews
    4.7/5  
  • Duration
    13 Days
  • Starting From
    $3,926
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Active Asia Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Saigon: hot, noisy, and exhilarating
Highlight #1
Saigon: hot, noisy, and exhilarating
Busy streets filled with bikes, plenty of street food filling the air with the smells, travellers and locals shopping, eating, laughing and going about their day; Saigon is a sensory delight.
The Mighty Mekong
Highlight #2
Cruise down the Mekong Delta
See lush green mangroves, languid backwaters, and life in sleepy little villages glide by. From a fisherman casting his net out into the water to impossibly green rice paddies, you never know what moments of wonder are just waiting beyond the next bend.
The Mighty Mekong
Highlight #3
Explore Cambodia's capital: Phnom Penh
This busy city boasts opulent temples and palaces, bistros and boutiques and a legendary dusk-to-dawn nightlife.
Angkor's temples: your quest for adventure begins right here
Highlight #4
Angkor's temples: your quest for adventure begins right here
The world’s great archaeological temple treasures are hidden in the jungles of Angkor. Exploring the lichen-covered ruins is sure to make you feel like a bonafide explorer.

Reviews

10 Reviews

Annette
5.0 out of 5
Active Asia were just incredible to deal with, the tour guides, the drivers - couldn't believe how good their service was.
Barbara & Graham
5.0 out of 5
The guides & drivers were exemplary, polite, on time and understanding of our needs. Certainly, no language difficulties. They were truly amazing.
Barry & Janet
5.0 out of 5
Would just like to thank you guys, we recently did a tour though Vietnam which could not have gone any better, your guides, hotel location, tour selection all to clock work, you said it, it happened. Thanks again for the great memory.
Annette
4.5 out of 5
Active Asia were just incredible to deal with, the tour guides, the drivers – couldn’t believe how good their service was. We were treated so well, and they were NEVER late, every detail was thought of and planned so well. Our accommodation and everything was awesome!
M & T Marsh
4.5 out of 5
Viet’s (our guide) knowledge of the country and history is extensive, his English language excellent. We loved his humour, efficiency and kindness in dealing with older clients.
Philippa & Jim
5.0 out of 5
Honestly the best guide ever – in all the world. Hoang (guide) was like travelling with a friend. His knowledge is amazing, he got our sense of humour and his English is perfect. A big thank you for sharing his passion and knowledge of Vietnam!
Rebecca
4.0 out of 5
Hoong (our guide) is the most personable, friendly and helpful guide anyone could hope for. We would certainly recommend to our friends to do an Active Asia tour, excellently organised and no worries from a traveller’s point of view.
Henry & Diane
4.5 out of 5
Best guide we have ever had!
Karen & Pauline
4.5 out of 5
Vu (our guide) was fabulous. Very knowledgeable, friendly, gave good information. He made our trip into a great experience. We loved his sense of humour and nothing was a problem. Our trip has been an amazing experience for two ladies who have never done anything like this before. Excellent.
Barbara & Graham
4.5 out of 5
The guides & drivers were exemplary, polite, on time and understanding of our needs. Certainly, no language difficulties. They were truly amazing. The hotels, our accommodation, was as good as anywhere. The food also was extremely very good and as is the case we ate too much. Memorable!
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Itinerary

Arrive Ho Chi Minh City(Saigon)

On arrival your concierge will greet you for an orientation walk outside your hotel.

Receive our guide to top restaurants, sights to visit and shopping.

Tonight, discover the wonderful and authentic Vietnamese cuisine on a Street Food Tour around an area popular for top local dishes.

3 nights in the center of Saigon in an historic 4 Star Hotel

Ho Chi Minh City(Saigon)

We include a stop for lunch (own cost) and a visit to the War Museum – a stark reminder of the War. Then a special insight with a tour of a traditional medicine museum where you’ll discover the use of natural herbs in traditional medicines, used in Asia dating back to the Stone Age.

We end the day at a local boutique brewery for those who want to sample an ice-cold local beer to end their day!

Afternoon is at leisure – shop, take in a spa treatment or explore the museums.

Cu Chi Tunnels(Saigon)

Returning to Saigon the afternoon is yours at leisure to explore the shops or markets or to enjoy the cafés and bars.

Tip! For shopping enjoy the luxury brand names around downtown Saigon or head to Ben Thanh market to test your bartering skills.

Cruise Departure

This classic Mekong river cruise, on board a luxury river cruise ship takes you on an amazing journey to places rarely visited as you travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap in Cambodia.

The Mekong River & Tonle Sap (The Great Lake of Cambodia) are the flowing heart of the area, giving love and life to this nation.
NOTE: Please note that the cruise itinerary varies slightly throughout the year as water level vary according to the time of the year and the amount of rainfall recorded.

Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of the city. Join other guests and transfer south 70 kilometres by land to My Tho to embark on the boutique ship.
After our crew warmly welcomes you, you check in to your stateroom. The ship sets sail and a fascinating voyage along the Mekong begins. Lunch buffet is served in the restaurant while the vessel steadily glides upstream to reach the overnight spot. Make yourself familiar with all the ship facilities. Now it is time to become one with one of the largest rivers in Asia.

The afternoon allows you to leisurely pass time on your private balcony or join our tea time at the open-air bar as the twilight bathes the Mekong Delta in a golden haze.
During the time you savour your dinner, the ship reaches Cai Be. It is a charming town, famous for its Catholic French church and the manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The floating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trading on the water is shifting more and more to the modern central markets.

We anchor mid-stream near Cai Be for dinner and moor there overnight. After dinner our lounge cinema features selected classic movies. Settle into your Superior Stateroom featuring bright tones with white wood furnishings and hand painted wall to ceiling décor.

Gracefully designed the good-sized cabin has a private balcony with seating to watch the river flow past and a queen size bed. The in-cabin bathroom features a stand-up shower and a partition separates the bed from a small desk and wardrobe.

Amenities: Air conditioner, hot water kettle, ILLY espresso machine, balcony with two chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, internal phone, desk, chairs, luggage rack, bath robe, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, music and cabin sound system.

Cai Be to Chau Doc, Mekong(Vietnam)

Go on-shore to visit a workshop and learn how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine is manufactured. Cai Be and its surrounding areas are covered with palm trees and hence the region is also famous for the production of coconut candies. With our local boat we continue to explore the lush and green canal network and observe the farmers working in the fields.

Back on-board lunch is served. You can enjoy time for yourself then to either enjoy a true Vietnamese coffee at the bar or simply watch the life on the riverbanks floating by.

In the afternoon, we reach the area of Sa Dec. We embark on a traditional local boat and head towards Binh Thanh Island. This island is one of the larger ones in the vast stream of the Mekong. Some communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyacinths. We exclusively visit one of those untouched areas. By wandering through the village, we get a deep understanding of the native life. Moreover, we see the whole process of mat making. You can try weaving yourself, which is still done manually. We will meet also an elderly local couple who shares their story on this island. They are happy to engage in a conversation with you.

Back on board you may like to pamper yourself with a spa treatment or take a dip into the pool on the sun deck. Our expert guide offers a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues sailing to Chau Doc – near the border to Cambodia. We moor midstream near Chau Doc.

Border Crossing

At Chau Doc, a pleasant, slow-paced town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community, we hop on “xelois” to explore. A “xeloi” is a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this region. We slowly move around the streets to see all the workshops, houses and domiciles. Get to feel the laid-back vibes of this place. We stop at the colourful local market near one of the town’s temples. This is the best time to interact with the vendors of this friendly town to practice your bargaining skills. Boarding a local boat to cruise past floating houses to a fish farm. This region is the source of a fish production that is sold all over the world.

Back on board our “home” we sail towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. Get ready for a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodian countryside towards Phnom Penh.

The afternoon is cruising up River, a chance to get into cruise mode, enjoy the pool, spa, your balcony or join in the culinary class to learn some of the local cuisine.

Float into a state of mild bliss and join our afternoon High Tea for sweet treats before you totally drift away in relaxation.

Dinner is served before we arrive at the capital of Cambodia. Around seven o’clock the boat docks at the pier of Phnom Penh. You are free to go for your first exploration by yourself. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars.

Phnom Penh(Cambodia)

Those places have not changed much since this horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be heartbreaking. Alternatively, explore the city in the morning on your own before re-joining the group.Lunch is at a fine restaurant in town, before a tour of the fascinating cultural heritage of Phnom Penh. The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum are the afternoon highlights. The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh.

Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers at the bar for some refreshing drinks before our captivating evening activities start.

A lecture about Cambodian modern history, by a professor of the Royal University is followed by a barbecue dinner feast on the sun deck commences. The dinner is accompanied with an Apsara dance performance. You must witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with the soothing sounds of traditional music.

As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh, and the calming flow of the Tonle River.

Angkor Ban - Kampong Cham(Cambodia)

Depending on the River water level the cruise today will include a visit to a small rural Cambodian school supported by your cruise, an incredibly heartwarming experience. A village visit showcases either a local monastery or a small village where they manufacture pottery.

Overnight onboard.

Kampong(Cambodia)

Before lunch, our expert guide offers a presentation about “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”. Depending on the season a visit will either be made to a village for an exciting Ox-cart ride or a friendly river-side village for an evening cocktail party.

Overnight onboard.

Kampong(Cambodia)

This is perhaps the most fascinating cruise locale in Cambodia, or a visit to the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey, built in the 7th Century. This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath taking views of the Mekong.
Return to the ship for lunch while cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap River. Come evening, a sumptuous dinner and for the big entertainment – bring along your dance shoes and learn to jiggle the Cambodian way with our staff doubling up as dance instructors!

Siem Reap

Departure point, and transfer time varies between low and high-water season, so the transfer by coach may take between 1 to 4 hours.

On arrival in Siem Reap, farewell your fellow cruise passengers as you check in for 2 nights at a 4-star Colonial style hotel. The afternoon is yours to relax.

Tip! This evening you may like to take in Siem Reap’s most popular nightlife and dining area ‘Pub Street’. Filled with restaurants and bars and surrounded by markets – fantastic!

Siem Reap - Angkor wat

The vast area of the Angkor Thom ruins, over a mile on one side, contains many stone temples and other features to explore. The city has five monumental gates (one in each wall plus an extra in the eastern wall), each is 20m high and decorated with stone elephant trunks and the king’s favourite motif, the four faces of Avalokiteshvara.

The Bayon Temple (circa 1190) is a Buddhist temple but retains elements of Hindu cosmology and imagery. Standing in the exact center of the walled city, it represents the intersection of heaven and earth. It is known for its enigmatic smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara and its extraordinary bas-reliefs.

Enjoy a break for lunch at a restaurant set in a garden setting close to the temples. Then continue to visit Angkor Wat, the jewel in the crown of Angkor. Angkor Wat is the best-preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia and is so grand in design that some rank it among the Seven Wonders of the World. It appears on the Cambodian national flag, a very rare instance of a flag incorporating an image of a building. The “lost city” of Angkor first attracted the interest of Europeans in the 1800s after Cambodia was colonized by the French. Transfer back to hotel around 5pm.

Departure

Sadly, today is the end of your tour, we include a transfer to the airport for your departure

Inclusions

 Accommodation in 4 Star Hotels in Saigon and Siem Reap including daily breakfast.

 All transfers Sightseeing tours detailed including all entrance fees.

 Luxury 8-day – 7-night Cruise in a Superior Cabin including breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 

 Note meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch, D = Dinner), full pre-departure information and an emergency contact phone number in Vietnam. 

Not Included

 International flights

 Vietnam & Cambodia entry visa 

 Travel Insurance 

 Drinks during meals 

 Departure taxes (if applicable) 

 Personal expenses (laundry, mini-bar, internet, etc) 

 Gratuities (tips)

 Additional 5% GST

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