Welcome to our exclusive tour, “Exploring Saigon, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap,” offered by Asia Travel Mates. This 11-day journey takes you through the vibrant cities of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Phnom Penh, and the awe-inspiring temples of Siem Reap. Immerse yourself in the unique cultures, rich histories, and architectural wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia as you embark on this comprehensive adventure.
Upon your arrival at the airport, our tour operator will provide a convenient pick-up service, ensuring a smooth start to your tour. From there, you will begin your adventure in Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this bustling city, where you'll have the opportunity to explore its cultural landmarks, indulge in delicious cuisine, and discover the unique charm that Saigon has to offer
Embark on a memorable journey to the enchanting Mekong Delta region, known as the "rice bowl" of Vietnam. Immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes and experience the local way of life as you cruise along the Mekong River. Explore the vibrant floating markets, where locals trade an array of fresh produce and goods from their boats.
In particular, you'll visit the charming city of Can Tho, known for its bustling waterfront and captivating floating markets. Wake up early on Day 3 to witness the vibrant Cai Rang Floating Market in action, where you can observe locals buying and selling fruits, vegetables, and other goods. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and savor the unique flavors of the Mekong Delta through local delicacies.
During your time in the Mekong Delta and Can Tho, you'll have the opportunity to interact with friendly locals, explore traditional villages, and gain a deeper understanding of the region's rich cultural heritage. It's a truly immersive experience that will leave you with lasting memories of the Mekong Delta's natural beauty and vibrant local traditions.
On Day 4, immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Saigon with a full-day city tour that showcases the best of this bustling metropolis. Explore the city's iconic landmarks, historical sites, and cultural treasures as you delve into its rich history and modern charm.
During the day, you'll visit popular attractions such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and the Reunification Palace, where you can gain insights into Vietnam's past. Explore the bustling markets of Ben Thanh and Binh Tay, where you can indulge in local street food and shop for souvenirs.
As the evening approaches, get ready for an exciting adventure on a motorcycle tour. Enjoy the seatback of a motorbike, driven by a knowledgeable local guide, and zip through the vibrant streets of Saigon. Feel the city's pulse as you weave through traffic and witness its lively nightlife come to life. Along the way, you'll stop at local street food stalls to taste delicious Vietnamese cuisine, experiencing the flavors and aromas that make Saigon's food scene so renowned.
This full-day city tour combined with an evening motorbike tour and street food tasting will provide you with a comprehensive and immersive experience of Saigon's cultural heritage, culinary delights, and vibrant atmosphere. Get ready to create unforgettable memories in this dynamic city.
Begin your day by immersing yourself in the historical significance of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Explore this intricate underground network that played a crucial role during the Vietnam War, gaining insights into the resilience and ingenuity of the Vietnamese people.
Afterward, cross the border into Cambodia and embark on a scenic drive to Phnom Penh, the capital city. As you journey to Phnom Penh, you'll have the opportunity to admire the changing landscapes and get a glimpse of rural life in Cambodia.
Arriving in Phnom Penh, you'll have the remainder of the day to settle in and prepare for the exploration of the city's historical landmarks and cultural heritage in the following days.
Please note that this revised itinerary combines the visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels with the journey to Phnom Penh, providing a seamless transition between these two destinations. The actual tour program may vary and include additional activities and attractions.
Fly to Siem Reap, the gateway to the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor, and embark on a three-day adventure that combines ancient history, natural wonders, and rich Khmer culture.
Begin your exploration by discovering the magnificent temples that make up the Angkor Archaeological Park. Marvel at the grandeur of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, as you admire its intricate carvings and stunning architectural features. Explore the enigmatic faces of Bayon Temple, adorned with serene smiles, and wander through the atmospheric ruins of Ta Prohm, where ancient trees intertwine with stone structures, creating a mystical ambiance.
In addition to the temples, set sail on a captivating Tonle Sap boat tour. Venture to the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and witness the vibrant floating communities that call it home. Cruise along the waterways, observing the stilt houses, floating markets, and traditional fishing techniques, gaining insight into the unique way of life on the lake.
Immerse yourself further in the rich Khmer culture as you interact with friendly locals, visit local markets, and perhaps even witness traditional dance performances. Discover the flavors of Khmer cuisine through authentic culinary experiences, savoring the unique blend of spices and ingredients that make it so distinctive.
As the sun rises and sets over the temples and the lake, you'll witness breathtaking moments that will stay with you forever. Capture the magical beauty of Angkor at sunrise or sunset, creating memories that will be etched in your heart.
Siem Reap offers a truly unforgettable experience that combines the ancient wonders of Angkor, the natural beauty of Tonle Sap, and the vibrant Khmer culture. It's a journey that will immerse you in the history, spirituality, and cultural heritage of Cambodia.
Conclude your tour in Siem Reap, taking in the last moments of this unforgettable journey before departing for your next adventure.
The best time to visit these destinations is during the dry season, which typically runs from November to March. The weather is generally pleasant, with mild temperatures and lower humidity.
The currency used in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND), while Cambodia uses the Cambodian Riel (KHR). However, US dollars are widely accepted in both countries, especially in tourist areas, and you can exchange your dollars for local currency easily.
It is recommended to pack lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for the tropical climate, including comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and insect repellent. Also, don't forget to bring any necessary travel documents, medications, and a reusable water bottle.
Visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. Most travelers to Vietnam and Cambodia will need a visa in advance. However, certain nationalities may be eligible for visa exemptions or visa-on-arrival options. It's best to check with the respective embassies or consulates for the latest visa requirements.
It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or travel clinic before your trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. They can provide up-to-date information on recommended vaccinations, such as hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and tetanus. It's also important to take precautions against mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever and malaria.
The tours can involve a fair amount of walking and exploring historical sites, so a moderate level of physical fitness is recommended. However, the specific level of physical demand can vary depending on the itinerary and activities. It's best to check with your tour operator for more detailed information. Age restrictions may vary, but most tours are suitable for a wide range of ages.
Tour operators may offer some flexibility to customize the itinerary or add additional destinations, depending on their policies and the availability of time and resources. It's best to discuss your preferences with the tour operator to see if any adjustments can be made.
Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisines are known for their bold flavors and fresh ingredients. They offer a variety of dishes, including rice, noodles, soups, and grilled meats. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. However, if you have any specific dietary restrictions or allergies, it's recommended to inform your tour operator in advance, so they can make suitable arrangements.
The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese, while the official language of Cambodia is Khmer. English is spoken to some extent in major tourist areas, hotels, and restaurants. Having a translator or a guide who speaks the local language can be helpful for a more immersive experience, but it is not always necessary.
Tipping is not generally expected in Vietnam and Cambodia, but it is appreciated for good service. If you feel that the service provided by guides, drivers, or waitstaff has been exceptional, a tip of around 5-10% of the bill or a small amount in local currency would be considered generous.