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Vietnam and Cambodia: Mekong – The Veins of the Dragon tour

Vietnam and Cambodia: Mekong – The Veins of the Dragon

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Saigon
  • Explore the town of Vung Liem by bicycle
  • Visit the Happy Buddha Temple
  • Visit Nga Nam Floating Market
  • Explore Rabbit Island
  • Visit Silver Pagoda
  • Explore Angkor Wat

Short Description

A superb trip for families and individuals, Vietnam and Cambodia blends the world of the Mekong and the magnificence of the Cambodian Khmer civilization. Begin by exploring Hanoi and practicing Tai Chi by the lake with the locals. Visit the Cham Museum near Danang and the old Chinese port town of Hoi An. Fly on to Saigon to wander the markets, before taking a boat through the Mekong Delta down to Phnom Penh. End your journey clambering around the Khmer temples of Siem Reap and boating on the Tonle Sap River.

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Trip Type Private Guided
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Saigon
End City Siem Reap

Trip Includes

  • Accommodations as listed, including all service charges and taxes
  • All ground transfers
  • Visits to all places described in itinerary
  • Evening dance performance in Siem Reap
  • Boat rides on the Mekong and Tonle Sap as listed
  • All excursions with expert English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums, temples, etc.
  • All meals as indicated with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Saigon. Walk Downtown. Dinner And Cheo Show

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Saigon Or La Reverie

Arriving in Saigon, you will clear customs and immigration. Built on the site of an ancient Khmer settlement and an outpost for early pioneers in the 14th century, Ho Chi Minh City did not begin to come into its own until the early 17th century. The derivation of the name, Saigon, is somewhat vague and centers around its water location.

Some say that Saigon comes from the Annamese word Thay Ngon, meaning a highly populated area near a dammed river. Others claim that Sai Con is a transcription of the Khmer word Prei Kor or The Kapok Tree Forest. In any case, the city is fast regaining its reputation as one of Asia’s most vibrant cities. The treePlined boulevards and French colonial architecture hearken to the city’s recent past, while the bustling markets, changing infrastructure and dynamism of the people look to the future.  In the afternoon, time permitting, you can walk past some of the important parts of Ho Chi Minh City.  You can stop at the Post Office, reminiscent of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks.  NeoPRomanesque in form, Notre Dame is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam.

In the evening, you will have dinner at a local restaurant with the authentic foods of the South Vietnam and then enjoy an amazing Cheo Show done by local artists at Saigon Opera House. In this creative show, bamboo is utilized as the major material and the scenes give you a picture of daily life in the Vietnamese countryside fifty years ago. (Note: Occasionally the Cheo Show is not available. In those cases, you will have a music show at a local house.)

Day 02: Drive Ben Tre. Boatride Down Mekong. Village Biking. Cooking Class.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Local Homestay

Departing Saigon, you head south to Ben Tre province, famous for its coconut production and quiet, peaceful waterways.

On arrival, take a Xe Loi (Cycle Rickshaw) Ride through the  village to enjoy the green fields and gardens. Continue with a short walk to Huu Phuoc Bridge, where you will board your boat and begin your trip through small canals with beautiful tropical scenery.  The boat will stop first at a brick workshop, where the locals still use centuriesPold traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. Returning to the boat, you cross the An Hoa River and take a sampan trip  through narrow canals to get a sense of the peacefulness of the region. The sampan will take you to visit one of our friends, Mrs Huong, who lives with her 3 children and grandson.  They earn their livelihood from  fishing, shrimp and fruit orchards.

Enjoy fresh fruits and tea before heading to visit a rice noodles factory which produces Hu Tieu (the special rice noodles of Mekong , make one of most popular breakfast dishes in the region) Switching to a bicycle, you ride on village roads past green gardens and local houses, stopping at another local house, where the people live on their traditional family business P sampan boat building. Continue your cycling trip to My Long to visit Mr Sau Tuong, a former Viet Cong Soldier, who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife make rice paper, the most famous specialty of My Long Village. Have a chat with him, enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and observe the process of how it is made.

Then return to the village road and bike to a local restaurant by the river side. Here you will dine on a 5Pcourse lunch of local specialties. Relax, walk around the garden after lunch, and then visit the nearby house of Mr Hung, who is a famous sticky rice maker. You can also feed his stock of catfish and walk through his fruit garden. Walk back to the local house to catch fish in the pond and pick your own vegetables. Then, in the early evening prepare to join the cooking demonstration with the host.

Day 03: Boat Through Canals. Overnight Near Cai Be

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mango Cruise

Breakfast will be served at the homestay.  After breakfast, board a private boat and travel through the An Hoa Canals to Phnong Nam. You will overnight on board on the upper river near Cai Be.

Day 04: Small Boat To Cai Be For Market. Bike To Visit Villages In Cai Be.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mekong Riverside Resort

After a delicious breakfast on board, you take a smaller boat to Cai Be and can visit the market.  Returning to the bt, you check out and haave time to explore the town, You can take a tuk tuk or go biking through evergreen gardens along village paths to see the local farms, homes, daily lifestyles, and ancient ways to harvest fruits in the Mekong Delta.  Along the riverside are traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and local farmers doing their daily work.  You can stop along the route and talk with them about their lives, enjoy some fruit and tea and listen to traditional music performed by local artists.

Day 05: Bassac Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Bassac Cruise

Today you climb aboard the Bassac Cruise, meet the captain and crew, and check into the cabins.  Lunch is on the boat. The Bassac slips into the canal between markets and churches, right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water. As you travel, you continue to watch the rice fields and orchards along the banks, and can stop at Mang Thit to visit the village. Reboarding, you can lounge on the deck, enjoying the sunset. Dinner is served while the Bassac is cruising along the Mang Thit River.  You overnight aboard near Tra On Floating Market.

Day 06:  Arrive Cai Rang. Visit Floating Market

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Victoria Can Tho Resort

While you are eating your breakfast, the ship is steaming on to Can Tho to catch the Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest floating market in the entire Mekong Delta.   You can enjoy the market before being dropped at the Ninh Kieu Pier.

Here you will be met and taken to the hotel. The rest  of the day is free to enjoy the pool and facilities or  explore more on your own.

Day 07: Visit Rare Floating Market And Town

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Victoria Can Tho Resort

Rising early, you head out to visit Nga Nam Floating Market in Soc Trang a very rare and very authentic floating market, one of few left in the Mekong Delta. Ng Nam is busy from early morning into the late night, and is the meeting place for trading boats and buyers. As with other floating markets, products (exceptforpetrol) hang in front of the bow of the boats, so that eager buyers can easily see the goods and purchase them. Rowing around the market is a sensory trip through the flavors of the Mekong Delta.   You can explore the small town and head back to the hotel around lunchtime. In the afternoon, you might want to wander Can Tho, once called the “Western Capital.”  The hustle and bustle of this exciting city is intriguing P the busy market, selling all kinds of food, clothing and equipment, people constantly on the move, and vehicles of all kinds.  You can stop at the Munirangsyaram Pagoda, built as a Khmer sanctuary after the Second World War, and bow before the statue of the Historical Buddha sitting under the Bodhi Tree.

Day 08: Head To Chau Doc. Visit Cham Village

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Victoria Chau Doc Resort

After a leisurely breakfast, you head to the border town of Chau Doc. Once part of Cambodia, this region of An Giang Province has a rich cultural heritage.  When the boat docks, you can drop your things at the Victoria Chau Doc and begin to explore the area. The town, famous for its boat races and as a commercial village, has a population composed of Chinese, Vietnamese, Chams and Khmers.  Each one of these ethnic groups boasts its own temples, mosque or church. You can visit them, as well as Chau Doc’s frenetic market. At the same time, the area is dotted with small floating homes – both a residence for the locals and their work site!

Late in the afternoon, you join a boat trip to visit a floating village and a Cham village. Here the women will be wearing their traditional costumes and you can learn about their lives. You return to Chau Doc as sun sets on the Mekong – your last sunset in Vietnam.

Day 09: Cross Into Cambodia. Visit Cave Temple And Drive Kep

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Knai Ban Chatt

On arrival at Xa Xia / Prek Chak border crossing, some 15kms from the little town of Kompong Trach. For a long time this place was forgotten, as the civil war kept it off the map, but the new border crossing with Vietnam has seen a bit of a boom. You stop to visit the interesting cave temple of Wat Kirisan, built into the base of Phnom Sor. You travel through a small cave to a hidden chamber open to the elements, the sheer walls dripping with foliage. There are several hidden shrines here, as well as the Cave of a Thousand Ricefields, where locals claim the limestone looks like terraces. Later, you continue to the popular beach resort of Kep and check into a comfortable hotel for the night.

Day 10: Boat To Rabbit Island. Cave Exploration

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Knai Ban Chatt

You travel to the boat pier to board a local boat for the journey to Koh Tonsay or Rabbit Island. The ride travels across calm waters to this beautiful palmPfringed island, home to a small community of fisherfolk and farmers.

You will have some time free to enjoy the whitePsand beaches that ring the island. After a lunch of fresh seafood, there is more time to enjoy the sun, sea and sand before heading back to Kep by boat.  In the afternoon, you travel to the cave complex of Phnom Sorsia, a holy mountain peppered with shrines and grottoes, to visit the White Elephant Cave and the 100 Ricefields Cave. Next, your path takes you to Phnom Chhnork, a large cave that contains a 7th century brick temple in remarkable condition. This hidden temple is a very sacred place for local Khmers. On the way, you pass though beautiful countryside, often with people working in their fields.

After visiting the pagoda we travel into the charming riverside town of Kampot. Here, the lovely examples of colonial architecture and a laidPback mood give this town great character. You may like to have a late afternoon sundowner at one of the many riverside bars or restaurants before returning to Kep, your base of the night.

Day 11: Drive Phnom Penh. City Tour

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: La Rose Suites

Leaving behind the beaches of Kep, you head north towards the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. The road passes through some beautiful rural areas and there may be some good photo opportunities. You stop for a short break in Angk Tasaom before continuing to the lively riverside capital.

When you arrive in Phnom Penh, you begin with a look at the living fabric of the city at the very beginning, Wat Phnom. The city’s first pagoda was erected here in 1373 at the behest of the city’s founder, Madame Daun Penh. Next you head to some of the iconic buildings of the city, the national library (Le Bibliotheque), the classic Raffles Hotel Le Royal and a quick stop at the deserted Railway Station, before heading north along Monivong Boulevard to the French Embassy, the site of the final evacuation of foreigners still in the city when the Khmer Rouge took over in 1975.

Returning south, you head for a look at the gorgeous French colonialbera buildings that have been restored near the Post Office, such as Van’s Restaurant, and the locations used in the film City of Ghosts. Continuing along Norodom Boulevard, you visit Lycee Sisowath, first established in 1873, before sweeping past The Building, built in the New Khmer Architecture style of the 50s and 60s, where you can find out more about the current living conditions of the city’s residents. Your look at the city’s living history finishes with a view over the capital from one of its highest points, and a bird’s eye look at recent renovations of the art decoPstyled Central Market.

In the afternoon, you explore the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. The visit begins amid the beautiful royal gardens, landscaped with tropical plants and studded with gleaming spires. From the garden you enter the Throne Hall, where the royal receptions are held and the Cambodian kingms coronation took place. Next you pass the Napoleon III Pavilion made from iron, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century.

You continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. Inside are some of the countryms most cherished treasures, including a lifePsize gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds, the largest weighing 25 carats. There is also a delicate emerald Buddha made of baccarat crystal, which gives the temple its Khmer name of Wat Preah Keo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha).  Leaving the Royal Palace, you continue to the nearby National Museum, home to the worldms finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. The exquisite building was completed between 1917 and 1920 and features a lush courtyard garden surrounded by collections from the prePAngkor, Angkor and postPAngkor periods. We concentrate on the incredible sandstone sculpture from Angkor, as well as the intricate bronzes.

Day 12: Toul Sleng, Killing Fields, Pse And Markets

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: La Rose Suites

This morning, you come face to face with the horrific crimes of the Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng was a former high school that the Khmer Rouge turned into a center for interrogation, torture and death. Today it is a museum of torture and serves to remind visitors of the terrible atrocities that came to pass in Cambodia. 17,000 people passed through the gates of this prison and only seven lived to tell the tale.  The Khmer Rouge were meticulous in their record keeping, photographing all the prisoners and many of these haunting black and white images are on display in the cells. Enemies of the revolution were killed here, as well as many Khmer Rouge loyalists, denounced by an ever more paranoid political party. It became a productio n line for killing, as those that worked within its walls were unwaveringly loyal to Pol Pot. The party did not make mistakes, so those sent here had to be guilty. The role of the prison was not to prove innocence but to confirm guilt. Tuol Sleng is a profoundly moving experience and not everyone will want to visit. However, it is key to understanding the hell into which Cambodia descended and how far it has come in the years since.  You then travel out of town to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Prisoners from Tuol Sleng followed this same route to their fate. An old Chinese cemetery, Choeung Ek was turned into an extermination camp for political prisoners. The remains of 8985 people were exhumed from mass graves and are kept in a mem orial stupa here. Despite the horrors of the past, it is a peaceful place to go and a tranquil spot to reflect on the tragic events that engulfed Cambodia and its people.

Leaving the past, you turn to the future and its children. You head to the campus of Pour Un Sourire d’Enfant, a French nonPprofit organization dedicated to providing food, medical care, general education and vocational training to maltreated, destitute and uneducated children in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Lunch will be at Lotus Blanc on their campus.

In the afternoon, you visit some of the different markets of Phnom Penh. The first stop is the Russian Market, one of the premier shopping destinations in the Cambodian capital. Known as Psar Tuol Tom Pong, it earned its nickname in the 1980s, when Russians were the only tourists in Cambodia. A rambling place, it is bursting with bargains, including handicrafts, carvings, silk and textiles, clothing and footwear, and lots of pirated software, CDs and DVDs, not forgetting enough motorcycle parts to assemble a homemade moped.  After time here for browsing or buying, you travel to the impressive Central Market, one of the city landmarks. Originally completed by the French in 1937, this striking structure is known as Psar Thmei in Khmer or New Market. The huge dome is wonderfully ventilated, a testament to the design, and the market is loaded with anything and everything available in Cambodia. Buy with caution, as this market has a reputation for overcharging or mshaving your headm as Cambodians like to call it.

Late in the afternoon, you board a local boat for a sunset cruise on the river, setting off on the Tonle Sap River. The Tonle Sap famously reverses direction each year, acting as the worldms largest natural flood barrier for the Mekong River. You cruise past the Royal Palace compound and around the Chrouy Changvar Peninsular on to the mighty Mekong River, passing small villages and seeing fishermen preparing their catch. You return to Phnom Penh after dark.

Day 13: Fly Siem Reap. Visit Bakong And Kompong Khleang. Pm Circus

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Hanuman Alaya Villa Or La Residence  D’angkor

After an early breakfast, you will transfer back to the airport to catch your flight to Siem Reap.  Siem Reap is the cultural home of the Khmer people and one of the ancient wonders of the world. This vast network of Wats, dating back to the 7th century, is the center of some of the most important structures, statues, and carvings produced in the name of the Buddhist and Hindu religions. First rediscovered by Western archeologists in the late 19th century, the nlost city of Angkorn was recently rePopened to foreigners.  The whole area is a model of the Hindu universe, where construction was designed to create harmony between mankind and the gods. Each of the temples must be visualized as a threePdimensional mandala, or representation of the Hindu (and later, the Buddhist) universe. The central shrines are Kailas, the Abode of Shiva, or Mt. Meru, the center of the world to the Buddhists. Cloisters and side chapels are both homes for the protector deities, as well as external envelopes of the cosmic reality. Moats are the seven sacred, concentric oceans surrounding the holy mountain in the center. As you walk across the causeways and up and down the many stairways of the temples, you need to think of yourself as a pilgrim, working your way to the center of the world and the home of the supreme deity.

Driving southeast, you head to one of the largest and leastPvisited villages on the Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Khleang, about 55km from Siem Reap. It has a population of about 10,000 people, all of who make a living from the fishing industry. You explore the canals (wet season) or streets (dry season) of this incredible town. In the wet season, the houses appear to be floating, as water laps at the verandas, but in the dry season towering stilts are revealed, the houses almost like wooden skyscrapers. You visit one of the pagodas here, built on the site of an ancient temple, and see the wall paintings. You may also stop off to visit a house in the village to learn a little more about local life. Cruising into the open water of the great lake, you see a small floating village and learn some more about this incredible natural flood barrier.

Returning to Siem Reap by road, you travel back in time to one of the earliest capitals in the Angkor area, Hariharilaya, now known as Roluos.  Here you encounter Bakong, the earliest of the Temple Mountains, which later became the signature of Khmer kings. It is a giant pyramid, its cardinal points marked by giant elephants. You can climb to the summit for views over the surrounding countryside. In the evening, you go to the circus, a wonderful new addition to the Siem Reap cultural scene.

As you think about this day, realize that the Lao are building a dam on the Mekong that will greatly affect this area, cutting the flow of the water to the Tonle Sap and greatly damaging both the wildlife and the occupations of the people and animals that inhabit this unique ecosystem.

Day 14: Ta Prohm, Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei, Landmine Museum

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Hanuman Alaya Villa Or La Residence D’angkor

You rise early to travel to Ta Prohm in the dawn light. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentaclePlike tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones P man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy.

After a delicious breakfast at Sala Kdei, you head north to Kbal Spean. The original “River of a Thousand Lingams,” Kbal Spean is an intricately carved riverbed deep in the foothills of the Cambodian jungle, only discovered in 1969. A trip to Kbal Spean is one of the easiest ways to experience a short jungle trek in the Angkor area, as it is a steady but scenic climb to reach the river carvings and the waterfall at the head, where you can have a swim, cool off, and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Returning to the Siem Reap area, you head to Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of AngkorPera sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’, thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man. Originally believed to date from the latter part of the Angkor period, Banteay Srei bears inscriptions that suggest it was built by a Brahman in 967AD. Nevertheless, some architectural historians have suggested that the inscriptions may date from an earlier structure on this site and the temple is in fact later, marking a highPwater mark in Khmer sculpture.

After lunch, you drive to the Cambodia Landmine Museum to learn more about the scourge of landmines and the shadow they cast over rural communities in Cambodia with a visit to this flagship museum promoting mine awareness and education. Late in the day, you have a private session with some of the talented artists involved in dance, and shadow puppetry.

Day 15: Angkor Wat, Artisans D’angkor, Market. Depart For Home

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Rising at the crack of dawn, you journey out to the mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the worldms largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is most famous temple at Angkor.  You stay at Angkor Wat to enjoy a picnic breakfast.

As the crowds return to their hotels, you venture into Angkor Wat to enjoy its magnificence in peace and quiet.

You begin by unraveling the mysteries of the basPreliefs that tell of tales from Hindu mythology and of the glories of the Khmer empire. Stretching for almost one kilometer, these intricate carvings are a candidate for the world’s longest unbroken piece of art. Following in the footsteps of the devout and the destructive before you, you then continue to the upper levels of the inner sanctuary. The final steps to the upper terrace of Angkor are the steepest of all, as pilgrimsof old were to stoop on their pilgrimage to encounter the Gods. Finally the pinnacle , the sacred heart of Angkor Wat, a blend of spirituality and symmetry so perfect that few moments will measure up.

Your time at Angkor Wat and almost in Cambodia ends with a blessing by the local monks From Angkor Wat, your path heads to the local market and the marvelous Artisans d’Angkor workshop. Set up to revitalize the handicraft industry of Siem Reap, artisans are chosen from poor, disadvantaged, rural communities. Stone carving, wood carving, silverwork, silk weaving, laquer ware, the standard of work produced here is among the best in the SouthPEast Asia. You tour the workshops seeing the artisans at work and then take the opportunity to visit their famous gallery. Late afternoon, you catch your onward flight homeward.

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VieCamMyt

Trip Excludes

  • Comprehensive insurance coverage, including medical, evacuation, baggage loss/delay, cancellation ins., etc.
  • International airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Meals where not indicated with a B, L,D
  • Tips/gratuity (porters, drivers, local guides, etc.)
  • International airport taxes
  • Other items of a personal nature including laundry, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Additional expenses resulting from the delay or extension of the trip due to causes beyond our reasonable control

Meals Included:

14 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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