Beautiful riverside landscape on Mekong river cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia. Explore the mekong branches to Tonlesap lake, SiemReap old town and the hidden Angkor temples.
Tour code: SBL20
Day 1: Sai Gon to Cai Be to Can Tho.(Lunch)
We depart at 8 AM and head south to the river town of Cai Be. Arriving at around 10:30 AM, we board our boat to journey through Cai Be’s famed floating market. Here, we will experience how life functions on the delta, as we view the intricacies of commerce–how merchants purchase produce from local farmers. As we walk through the town’s streets we will see locals hard at work making manioc chips.
During our cruise through the town’s secluded canals, we will try out local sampans and pedal down narrow natural waterways. Stopping at a local home, we will partake of seasonal fruits (such as longan, pineapple, watermelon, rambutan, papaya, jackfruit etc…) and lunch before we continue our journey down this vast stretch of the Mekong. We cruise to other islands, where we will walk to and visit fruit orchards, before our boat takes us to Vinh Long. Here, we re-board our bus for our trip to Can Tho where we will stay for the night.
Day 2: Can Tho to Chau Doc. (Breakfast, lunch)
An early start for a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, the largest wholesale market in the Mekong Delta. It starts at 5:00am and runs until midday. Of course now this market is not crowded and busy as it was before, but still interesting experience for people who do not live in Mekong delta areas. Then we have a long distance cruise to Phong Dien, however we stop for walking on a quiet country road to take in the magnificent scenery and get close to the locals as they go about their daily routine.
We continue by car to Long Xuyen with stop to visit incense stick making village. Late afternoon arriving in ChauDoc, the border town along Tonle Bassac river. We keep on further to Tra Su cajeput nature reserve in Tinh Bien district. TraSu cajeput forest is home of 140 species of plants and 70 of birds. This late afternoon boat trip is the best chance to take photos of Tra Su bird sanctuary, thousands of herons, storks flying home in the forest. Video clip of TraSu below.
Overnight in ChauDoc.
Day 3: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh by Boat (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Morning speed boat ~ 5 hours to Phnom Penh. Visa on arrival at Cambodia border (35 usd each, 1 photo 3x4cm) local Cambodian guide meet at Phnompenh boat pier and transfer to hotel. Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we begin the city tour with a visit to Wat Phnom, “Mountain Pagoda”. This Buddhist temple (Wat) was built in 1373, stands 27 meters (88.5 ft) above the ground. It is the tallest religious structure in the city. The pagoda was given the name of Wat Preah Chedey Borapaut. Wat Phnom is the central point of Phnom Penh. Then we proceed to the Independent Monument, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda “Temple of the Emerald-Crystal Buddha” and the National Museum of Fine Arts.
Dinner and overnight in Phnompenh.
Day 4: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap by Boat (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
In the early morning take a speed boat to Siem Reap. It is a great cruise on Tonlesap river to Kampong Ch’nang, a huge fish market place of the country, then we cruise in Tonlesap lake and keep on to Siemreap. Lunch break in Siemreap.
In the afternoon we visit Southern Gate of Angkor Thom means “the great city” in Khmer. The 12th-century royal Buddhist city is especially famed for its grand Bayon temple. Then we see other sights nearby: Phimean Akas Temples, The Elephants Terrace and Leper King. Then we hike up to Phnom Bakheng, enjoy looking the sunset over over Angkor Wat temple from this hill.
Dinner at local restaurant with traditional dance performance.
Day 5: Banteay Srei (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Today, we take a trip further north of Siemreap to see the most beautiful temple of Banteay Srei, a 10th-
Lunch break at local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit highlights of the grand temple circuit such as: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Angkor Wat (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Breakfast at the hotel then a visit to the World heritage Angkor Wat – the largest religious monument in the world. Angkor Wat was originally founded as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Angkor Wat was dedicated to Vishnu. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag.
Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon we visit Thommanun & Chaosay Tevoda, Banteay Kdei, Sras Srang.
Evening dinner at local restaurant.
Day 7: Departure (Breakfast)
After breakfast, we have free time for shopping and a final look at Siem Reap old market place, then check out and transfer to airport for departure.
Standard hotel (CanTho: Fortuneland/West ***, ChauDoc: HanhPhat/ChauPho***, PP: Cardamom ***, SRP: Angkor Holiday***).
- 21,050,000 vnd (US$ 911) / person (group of 2 people)
- 18,130,000 vnd (US$ 785) / person (group of 3 people)
- 17,300,000 vnd (US$ 749) / person (group of 4 to 8 people)
Single room supp: 2,880,000 vnd (US$ 125).
- 25,400,000 vnd (US$ 1,100) / person (group of 2 people)
- 22,590,000 vnd (US$ 978) / person (group of 3 people)
- 21,740,000 vnd (US$ 941) / person (group of 4 to 8 people)
Single room supp: 4,480,000 vnd (US$ 194) .
- All boat trips & speed boats and all entrance fees.
- Full transportation : A/c bus.
- Guide: English speaking tour guide.
- All hotel with breakfast.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
Not included: Insurance, visa fee on arrival at border Cambodia, immigration stamp in & out, personal expenses: Tel, fax, and laundry etc., flight fares and airport tax.
Photos and video of Mekong river cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia below: