SOUTHERN VIETNAM & CAMBODIA 2020

Departs from Sydney 12 August Returns to Sydney 27 August 

14 nights accommodation in Vietnam and Cambodia plus overnight flight home.

Explore Southern Vietnam featuring an exploration of Saigon and with a focus on Can Tho and Chau Doc, both located deep in the Mekong Delta. Cross the border into neighbouring Cambodia and discover vibrant Phnom Penh, the ocean side village of Kep plus the temples of Angkor - Siem Reap.

Our 14 night journey, limited to only 12 guests, is escorted by Glenn from The Travellers Hut and Hoang Nguyen from Hoi An Vietnam, with local guides in both Vietnam and Cambodia. Glenn and Hoang have selected stylish accommodation that compliments the cities and the rural regions we will be visiting. For this unforgettable journey we have combined “the must see” with time away from the well worn tourist trail. Featuring carefully selected and exclusively created experiences that showcase the best on offer for both the Southern Vietnam region and neighbouring Cambodia.

For details either, call Glenn on 4363 1699, email glenn@thetravellershut.com.au or drop into The Travellers Hut lounge.

Journey Highlights:

Saigon market walk & cooking class

Exclusive taste of Saigon back lanes discovery  

Noir dining experience 

Ahh Ohh Show (performance to be confirmed)

Cai Be Princess Mekong River Sampan excursion

Lunch at Le Longanier in the Mekong Delta

Cai Rang floating market cruise

Can Tho and surrounds morning exploration tour

Chau Doc waterways afternoon Sampan excursion

Tra Su Water Reserve afternoon boat trip 

Chau Doc Xi Loi exploration 

Chau Doc floating fish farm and Cham village visit

Speed boat from Chau Doc upstream to Phnom Penh

Introduction to Phnom Penh Cyclo tour

Phonm Penh and surrounds Remork tour

Crab Market and Kampot excursion

Pepper farm visit and cooking class experience

Temples Sunrise Breakfast

Angor Wat / Bayon / Ta Promh Temples

Phare Circus performance 

Khmer cooking class for lunch & Banteay Srei temple

Khmer Cocktails & Farewell Dinner

Accommodation:

We don't subscribe to the phrase - "it's only a bed for the night..." !

The Myst Dong Khoi: Saigon (3)


Victoria Resort: Can Tho (2)


Nui Sam Lodge: Chau Doc (2)


Raffles Le Royal: Phnom Penh (2)


Knai Bang Chatt: Kep (2)



Sala Lodges: Siem Reap (3)

Journey Cost:

From $ 5545  p,p twin share

Single Supplement $1890

Your flight choice:

Economy from $ 940

Premium Economy from $ 1840

Business Class from $ 3575

Combinations also available.

Note: Flights Sihanoukville - Siem Reap - Saigon are in Economy class

           

SOUTHERN VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA ITINERARY

Saigon - Can Tho - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Kep - Siem Reap 


DAY 1 - Arrival to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

Begin with your selected flight class - Economy, Premium Economy or Business from Sydney to Saigon. We will be met at the airport by our guide and transferred to The Myst Dong Khoi for the next three nights. We have included a light snack meal for tonight’s dinner.

Light snack style dinner

DAY 2 - Saigon

After breakfast at the hotel we will be taken to the Ben Thanh Market to meet today’s chef to explore the market and purchase ingredients for our cooking experience. Later at the restaurant we will prepare our own 4 course Vietnamese lunch. We have the afternoon to relax or explore Saigon. This evening we will experience the Ahh Ohh Show at the Saigon Opera House before our welcome to Vietnam dinner at one of our favourite restaurants.

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

DAY 3 - Saigon

This morning you can try a Vietnamese coffee as part or our exclusive Saigon back lanes tour. We’ll have traditional morning Pho, a visit to the flower market and Reunification Palace. After our morning sightseeing we taste some Banh Xeo - Vietnamese Pancake for our lunch. Our special evening meal tonight is at Noir - dining in the dark, an awakening for our senses, a truly unforgettable experience

Breakfast - Lunch - Highlight Dinner

DAY 4 - Saigon - Can Tho

Today we have a relocation day from Saigon to the Mekong Delta with a mix of transport. Firstly by road to Cai Be where we transfer to a relaxing Sampan. We’ll stop mid way on our cruise for a break and a delicious lunch amongst the beautiful tropical gardens at the exquisite colonial style Le Longanier Restaurant. Our cruise continues through the canals to Vinh Long before our road transfer to the hotel for the next two nights - Victoria Can Tho Resort. Tonight we will have a dinner prepared for us at Senses restaurant - Victoria Can Tho.

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner 

DAY 5 - Can Tho

An early start this morning with a boat excursion to the floating markets at Cai Rang. The market will be buzzing with people selling their fruit and vegetables from dawn. Take a look to the top of the long poles on each boat to see what they are selling. We will head back to the Victoria for a late breakfast. After a  break we will continue to take a tour around Can Tho and surrounds. Tonight we have a free evening, Hoang will escort us along the riverside into the town area and if you wish we’ll have dinner on the wharf by the Mekong and Hoang will also help us order our meal.

Breakfast

DAY 6  - Can Tho - Chau Doc

This morning we have a drive of around 3 hours to Chau Doc. On arrival we have organised a lunch at a local restaurant before we join a boat to cruise on the Dao canal past the farmlands and Cajuput trees. We will visit the Tra Su Water reserve to see the bird-life fly home to their nests in the late afternoon. We continue by road for around 20 minutes to the hotel close to the Cambodian border - Victoria Nui Sam Lodge.

Breakfast - Lunch

DAY 7  - Chau Doc

Today we head into Chau Doc town to take some local transport, Xi loi, for a tour around the downtown area. We board a small boat for a cruise on the Mekong to see the floating fish farms and visit a village of the Cham people. Our afternoon will be relaxing back at the hotel with our high vantage point providing fabulous views down over the surrounding rice paddy fields. For tonight’s dinner we have arranged a fabulous location at our hotel

Breakfast - Dinner 

DAY 8  - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

An early start today for our speed boat from Chau Doc along the Mekong to Phnom Penh. We will also have border crossing procedures as we leave Vietnam and enter Cambodia. On arrival to Phnom Penh we have organised a cafe lunch before being collected by our fleet of cyclo’s to tour the city, finishing at the fabulous Raffles Hotel Le Royal. We will have time to relax in our grand hotel before we head out for an evening meal at the Friends Restaurant. (A training restaurant for former street youths.)

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

DAY 9  - Phnom Penh

An experiential day to see some of the lesser know corners of Phnom Penh by local Remork. Maybe try a coffee before our to the visit the local market. A ferry will transport us to one of the islands on the Mekong. We’re able to see rural life up close as we stop for lunch at one of the local homes. On our return to the city we visit the Royal Palace and finish with a cooling drink overlooking Phnom Penh’s river front. 

Breakfast - Lunch

DAY 10  - Phnom Penh - Kep

Today we head south away from the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh through the Cambodian countryside to the village of Kep for a two night stay at the lovely seaside resort Knai Bang Chatt. Along the way we will stop for lunch and we have left the afternoon free to take full advantage of our resort by the ocean. We have a dinner tonight included for us at our seaside resort Knai Bang Chatt.

Breakfast - Dinner

DAY 11 - Kep (Kampot)

A fascinating start to the day with a visit to the Crab market in a cluster of old wooden shacks that hug the waters edge. We’ll head to the nearby La Plantation pepper farm for a short tour of the pepper plantation and then partake in a cooking experience in the outdoor pavilion for our lunch. We travel to the Kampot River and cruise along the mangrove lined river to Kampot town. Enjoy a stroll through the charming colonial town and stop for a cooling drink or coffee before we head back to relax at our ocean side resort.

Breakfast - Lunch

DAY 12  - Kep - Siem Reap

We drive further along the coast to Sihanoukville airport for our flight around midday to Siem Reap. From Siem Reap airport well travel to the Angkor Panorama museum for a look at the amazing painting featuring a representation of life around the Angkor Wat temples, we then drop in next door to have our photos taken for our temple tickets. (This will save valuable time tomorrow morning) Later in the afternoon we will check-in to our authentic reconstructed Cambodian village houses at Sala Lodges. We have arranged dinner tonight at Sala’s Long Table and open air lounge. 

Breakfast - Dinner

DAY 13  - The Temples of Angkor

An early start this morning will have us at the Srah Srang reservoir, away from the crowds for our very own sunrise breakfast after which we will stroll to nearby Ta Phrom temple. You may have seen the famous movie Lara Croft - Tomb Raider that was filmed at the temple. We then visit the ancient city complex of Angkor Thom before visiting the Bayon Temple with it’s many faces. Angkor Wat will be our final temple destination for the day, the largest and most famous temple in the Angkor complex.  We will have the afternoon back at Sala Lodges and depart around 5 to head to the nearby Spoons restaurant (supporting disadvantaged youths) for you to grab an early dinner. Tonight we have an appointment at Phare - the Cambodian Circus. 

(As we had a pre-dawn start we though it best to have an early dinner rather than a late dinner after the circus performance.) 

Highlight Breakfast 

DAY 14  - Siem Reap

Today visit Banteay Srei the “Ladies” Temple, constructed from pink sandstone it is the best preserved of all the temples with delicate and intricate carvings. We will also spent time at the Bong Thom Home-stay for the opportunity to cook some traditional Khmer dishes for our lunch. Time to relax this afternoon or hit the shops in Siem Reap before our evening farewell activities unfold. We will begin at the Asiana Old Wooden House where we will use traditional Khmer herbs, spices and infused rice spirits to create our own unique cocktails. Following pre dinner drinks we will travel to Cuisine Wat Damnak for our farewell to Cambodia dinner.

Cuisine Wat Damnak brings together authentic Cambodian flavours and French culinary techniques to create a cuisine true to its Cambodian roots, yet wholly unique. The innovative menus are inspired by the food traditions of Cambodia’s golden age, when each day’s fare was made up of herbs and vegetables from the family garden together with fish and game from the surrounding fields.

Breakfast - Lunch - Highlight Dinner 

DAY 15/16  - Siem Reap - home

We have a free day for you to do some last minute shopping or relax at Sala lodges before our late afternoon flights from Siem Reap to Saigon and onto Sydney - again in your choice of class.

Breakfast

Our journey is subject to alteration due to operational requirements and the cost is subject to change due to currency fluctuations. Based on the exchange rate on 26 November 2019

Journey crafted from years of experience...          

Your tour escorts Hoang Nguyen from Hoi An Vietnam and Glenn Jarvis from The Travellers Hut have combined with Asia DMC to craft a two week exploration journey to Southern Vietnam and Cambodia. We visit the major cities of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), Phnom Penh, the Mekong towns of Can Tho and Chau Doc,  time by the sea at Kep and finishing with a visit to the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap. 



Glenn has travelled to Vietnam on over 35 occasions on personal holidays and as a guest of hotels, tour operators, wholesalers and tourism associations also for over 12 years has been leading our Destination Journeys through Vietnam and Cambodia, Myanmar, Japan and India. Our journeys are as a result of Glenn's experiences over the years and wanting to provide the immersive experiences showcased during his visits to the region, experiences that the larger tour companies do not offer.


Hoang Nguyen was born in Hoi An and has been assisting us in escorting our journeys to Vietnam over the past 8 years. Hoang provides a locals perspective with his ability to help us interact with the locals, choose our menus and help us grab some bargains when shopping. Having Hoang with his infectious smile and typically gentle Vietnamese demeanour with us on tour is an exclusive dynamic bonus that our guests enjoy.

ASIA DMC our local operator, is crucial in the planning process and help Glenn and Hoang to bring new and more interactive experiences as they are developed, ensuring we are offering the best hotels, experiences and knowledgeable local guides for our journeys.

Glenn and Hoang have carefully selected our hotels after personally staying in, or inspecting, all of the hotels we include to ensure that we are providing quality hotels that add to our journey with their location, look and feel. We try to avoid the 'chain hotels' and choose quality and stylish hotels that add character and local flavour.

In SAIGON we stay funky and vibrant - CAN THO it's charmingly colonial - CHAU DOC a focus on the scenery
PHENOM PENH ...opulent - KEP relaxing & quirky - SIEM REAP traditionally Khmer.

JOURNEY INCLUSIONS: 14 nights stylish accommodation  - All Sightseeing - Mekong river boat journeys - Touring Entry charges - Transfers - Tipping - Vietnam & Cambodian Visa - Vietnamese guide  - Cambodian Guide - Australian & Vietnamese Escorts  - 14 Breakfasts - 8 Lunches - 9 Dinners

We have a selection of video's below to give you a glimpse of some of the hotels and experiences we have arranged for our journey. 

Ahh Ohh Show - Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)



Mekong Delta - Asia DMC



Victoria Can Tho Resort Can Tho


Victoria Nui Sam Lodge - Chu Doc


Knai Bang Chatt - Kep



The Temples of Angkor - Asia DMC



Sala Lodges - Siem Reap



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