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Tour Route

Saigon(2N) – Mekong Cruise(3N) – Phnom Penh(2N) – Siem Reap(3N)

This 11-day tour is packed full of iconic destinations that will amaze you including Vietnam’s Mekong River where you can relax on a luxury Jayavarman Cruise that offers superior
comfort.

The floating market of Can Tho (floating canoes filled with fresh ingredients to buy), will also be a highlight of the trip, providing insight into the local lifestyle.

Understand the history of Cambodia’s Killing Fields, centrally located prison “S21”, Royal Palace and more when you visit Phnom Penh City.

This tour will undoubtedly be the trip of a lifetime!

Highlights

  • Travel into an underground world of guerilla warfare, Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Stand astounded by the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Temples
  • Brace yourself for an excursion around Tan Chau, slow-paced town near the Cambodian border.
  • Visit Phnom Penh’s famous tourist attractions including Killing Fields, the centrally located prison “S21”, Royal Palace and National Museum.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Saigon Arrival

Depart for Saigon. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Meal: In-flight. Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Day 2

Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels

In the morning, take a brief Saigon tour to Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office (photo spot only), War Remnant Museum and have fun shopping at Ben Thanh Market. In the afternoon, continue to Cu Chi Tunnels, a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers and booby traps used by both the Viet Minh and the Viet Cong during Vietnam-US war. The tunnel system had become legendary during the 1960s as a strategic military base and underground community life. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch. Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon. Optional Dinner on Saigon River Cruise Tour Dinner on Saigon river cruise offers an opportunity to witness another side of Saigon. Enjoy the river breeze gently caressing your skin, together with renowned Vietnamese delicacies which guarantee to make your evening unforgettable.

Day 3

Mekong Cruise: Saigon – My Tho – Cai Be

Today, you will meet in the welcome lounge in Saigon, enjoy a drink then travel 70 km to My Tho. On arrival, embark on a luxury cruise for a journey along the mighty Mekong River. The professional crew will warmly welcome you on board then guide you to check in your prepared state-room. A lunch buffet is served in the restaurant on board. In the afternoon, you can leisurely enjoy tea at your private balcony or at the open air bar while the cruise steadily glides upstream to reach Cai Be, a charming town well-known for its spiritual Catholic French Church and manufacturer of traditional crafts and food products. We drop anchor near Cai Be. Enjoy dinner on board and watch the selected classic movies. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Overnight Cruise in Mekong.

Day 4

Mekong Cruise: Cai Be – Sa Dec – Tan Chau

Awake early and join a Tai Chi session on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise. This morning, you will take a Cai Be tour. Go on-shore to visit a workshop where you can learn how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies, rice wine and coconut candies are manufactured. Continue to cruise through the lush and green canal network and observe farmers working on fields. Lunch is served on board. In the afternoon, upon arrival in Sa Dec, you will embark on a local boat and head towards Binh Thanh island to explore the native life and witness the manual process of mat making. Also, you will meet an elderly local couple who will share their exciting stories on life on this island. Back on board and take a dip in a pool on the sun deck and listen to a presentation of the expert guide on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” while the ship continues to Tan Chau, the border town to Cambodia. We will moor near Tan Chau. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Overnight Cruise in Mekong.

Day 5

Mekong Cruise – Cross border to Cambodia

After breakfast at the dining hall, you will go on-shore and take an excursion around Tan Chau by “xe loi”, a local vehicle used as a taxi in this region. Slowly cross the streets to see all the local houses and workshops before stopping at the colourful market for shopping. Afterwards, hop on a local boat to visit the floating fish farm and see how fish farming works. Back on board and cruise towards Phnom Penh. Spend your rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Dinner is served before arriving in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Overnight Cruise in Mekong.

Day 6

Phnom Penh

Welcome to Phnom Penh, described as the “Pearl of the Orient”. You will go on-shore and get transferred to check in your hotel. Meal: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 7

Phnom Penh City Tour

This morning, you will take a Phnom Penh city tour to The Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Wat Ounalom and Central Market. Then discover the place where journalists camped on the eve of the Khmer Rouge takeover, followed by a visit to the ghostly building. Later on, continue to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime before heading to Choeung Ek Killing Field to learn about the atrocities that took place here. To end your journey today, you will have a chance to taste some Khmer snacks while learning about the sombre Cambodian history. Meal: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 8

Phnom Penh – Flight to Siem Reap

Today you will board a domestic flight to Siem Reap where you’ll stay for two nights. On arrival, check in your hotel and relax. Meal: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 9

Siem Reap – Angkor Temples Complex

Spend a full-day visiting the breathtaking Angkor Temples including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom (home to Elephant Terrace, Bayon Temple, Terrace of Leper King and Ta Prohm). Meal: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 10

Siem Reap – Depart

You will get some free time before getting transferred to the airport for a flight back home. Optional Tour Tonle Sap Lake Enjoy a half-day trip to explore the natural splendour of the countryside and the riparian life along Tonle Sap Lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reverse and experience the unique traditional techniques used for stone carving, silver plated and lacquer work, etc. Meal: Breakfast. Accommodation: N/A. Optional Tonle Sap Lake Tour Hop on a private boat to Tonle Sap Lake and visit unique villages with gardens, market, and restaurants all floating on water.

Day 11

Home Arrival

You will arrive home today. Meal: N/A Accommodation: N/A.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • Accommodation and meals in the itinerary.
  • All local boat rentals and cycling as mentioned in the program.
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program.
  • Water bottles during tours.
  • Transportation by air-conditioning vehicles.
  • Local English-speaking tour guides.

How to book

  • Step 1: Customer selects one of our ready-made tour packages along with your preferred travel date based on the availability calendar.

(In case you request a free quote for your planned vacation, simply fill in this Customize Request Form: http://www.asiavacationgroup.com.au/customize/ ).

  • Step 2: Complete the Booking Form
  • Step 3: One of our Representatives will contact you within 24 hours to confirm your booking request.

Please note that customers must book at least 90 days prior to departure to ensure your desired travel date and time.

Deposit Information

  • A deposit of AUD500 per person upon booking to secure your travel date (non-refundable after 48 hours of booking for any reason).
  • Final Payment is due at least 60 days prior to departure. Once this payment is made, any prior payment is strictly non-refundable.
  • If the Final Payment is not completed by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments are strictly non-refundable.
  • Invoices will be sent to you through Email, please take responsibility to ensure payments are made on time.

Tour Exclusion

  • Meals, Drinks and any Service not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Visa fee to Vietnam & Cambodia (If you need assistance with your Visa, please request it upon filling in Booking Form).
  • Tipping for driver and tour guide (not mandatory) & personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Trip delay or interruption by airline schedule change.
  • Extra cost or missing tour caused by flight delay or cancel.

 

Travel Insurance: We highly recommend purchasing the Travel Insurance package as soon as you pay the deposit for a piece of mind. Please refer to Travel Insurance for further information.

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return and must have more than 4 blank pages.

Australian passport holder is required to have a visa for travel to Vietnam. The visa is easiest to complete with Asia Vacation group and just need to pay AUD160 for Vietnam visa single entry.

Once approved, please ensure that you travel with the following documentation as they are required to present to customs upon arrival into the country.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://smartraveller.gov.au for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.

For Cambodia, you will obtain your visa when crossing the border from Vietnam to Cambodia. The cost of the Cambodian Visa is around USD$37 per person.

Tipping: Tipping is not mandatory. However, it’s appreciation and expectation. We suggest 5$/pax/day tipping.

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  • Surcharge of AUD300 for departures from Adelaide or Brisbane and AUD350 for departures from Perth
  • Surcharge of AUD200 for departures in September, AUD400 for departures in April and July and AUD800 for departures in January , February, December.