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  • From Saigon to Cambodia & Bangkok

    Code: MUT06 - Duration: 11 Days
    Start: Saigon | Finish: Bangkok
  • With improved travel links and our assistance, you can discover South-East Asia with ease. We start the trip in Southern Vietnam to visit the bustling Saigon. Following this, we enjoy a boat cruise along the Mekong Delta to observe and participate in this fascinating dimension of Vietnamese life and culture. We then take a speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Here we will visit Wats Phnom, National museum, Silver Pagoda and the Royal Palace. Taking another speedboat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, you have the chance to visit an array of other ruins such as the Angkor temples, Banteay Srei & Ta Prohm. We continue to drive through the beautiful green countryside and pass many small villages before we arrive at our last stop, Bangkok. Here you will see hundreds of temples and experience world class shopping opportunities.

    Highlights:

    • Discover the bustling and dynamic Saigon and visit the famous Cu Chi network of underground tunnels used as a military base for the Vietcong in the Vietnam war
    • Explore the rivers and canals around Ben Tre by private traditional boat, visit local farmhouses and fruit orchards & the floating markets of Cai Rang
    • Embark on an exhilarating cross-border boat journey to Phnom Penh
    • Enjoy a guided introduction to the history and mythology of the Angkor Empire, strolling among the impressive ruins
    • Join the hustle and bustle of Bangkok City
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Saigon arrival (-/-/D)
    Day 2: Saigon - Cu Chi - City (B/L/-)
    Day 3: Saigon - Ben Tre - Can Tho (B/L/-)
    Day 4: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Chau Doc (B/L/-)
    Day 5: Chau Doc - Speedboat to Phnom Penh (B/L/-)
    Day 6: Phnom Penh - Speedboat to Siem Riep (B/L/-)
    Day 7: Angkor Temple (B/L/-)
    Day 8: Angkor Temple (B/L/-)
    Day 9: Siem Riep - Poipet - Bangkok (B/L/-)
    Day 10: Bangkok City (B/L/-)
    Day 11: Bangkok - Departure (B/-/-)

    • Ability to change the direction of the program
    • Possibility of an extension in Laos or Cambodia 

    Notes:

    + We specialize in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    + The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    + Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    + For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on "TOUR PRICE"

    + If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in Customize your trip” 
    + We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request .

  • Day 1: Saigon arrival (-/-/D)

    Saigon - Airport: 7km, ~20min drive

    saigon

    Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, meet your guide and driver who then escort you to the city centre. After making sure of a successful hotel check-in, you will be free to explore the largest city in Vietnam, otherwise known as the “Pearl of the Far East”. Dinner tonight is served at a popular local restaurant.

    Meals Included: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 2: Saigon - Cu Chi - City (B/L/-)

    cu chi

    After breakfast, we depart for the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during their long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, schools, and were used as a military base for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

    In the afternoon, we have a half day to visit all famous sites of this bustling city. The first destination is the now-demolished wartime American Embassy. Following this, we head to the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 30, 1975, until Viet Cong tanks came crashing through the front gates thus bringing the U.S.-Vietnam War to a dramatic end. Enjoy beautiful French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883, and the stones used to create it were exported entirely from France. Apart from the religious meaning, the most captivating point of this Cathedral is its special neo-Romanesque style of architecture. Next, to the cathedral stands the Old Saigon Post Office, finished in 1891. It is another fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam's largest post office.

     After visiting the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum, we continue our trip to the bustling Ben Thanh Market. There are a number of vendors and food stalls in the market food section that offers you many delicious cuisines! You also can find many goods for daily use as well as a variety of eye-catching local handicrafts and souvenirs.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 3: Saigon - Ben Tre - Can Tho (B/L/-)

    Saigon - Ben Tre: 107 km, ~2h drive

    ben tre

    After breakfast at the hotel, we leave the bustling city of Saigon behind us and depart for the Mekong Delta known to locals as ‘Vietnam’s biggest rice basket’. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong pier in Ben Tre, we embark a boat to cruise along Ben Tre River, a tribute to the Mekong. We stop at the brickfield to see how bricks are made by hand and a coconut candy home factory located along the canal where we witness how to make these local delicacies. You will then have the opportunity to taste bee honey tea at a local honey farm and a variety of tropical fruit that grow abundantly in the orchards of the Mekong Delta. You can then walk or cycle through the coconut groves and green rice paddies to soak up and relax in the tranquil countryside atmosphere.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, we will take a trip on small rowing boats through a maze of waterways lined by two rows of palm trees. We cruise back to the pier and disembark for a drive to Can Tho where we will spend the night.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho

    Day 4: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Chau Doc (B/L/-)

    Can Tho - Chau Doc: 122km, ~3h10min drive 

    mekong cruiseRising early to the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day, we have breakfast and start our trip with a boat cruise along the sparkling streams that make up the endless waterways of Mighty Mekong River. Our destination is the Cai Rang floating market, the biggest and most famous floating market in the Mekong Delta. Here, hundreds of boats are packed with mango, bananas, papaya and pineapple… for selling, buying and exchanging. We then disembark to visit the beautiful old Binh Thuy house. In the afternoon, we will travel along the colourful road to the bustling river town of Chau Doc where we will take a short trip to the Sam Mountain. Here you will spend your last night in Vietnam.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Chau Doc

    Day 5: Chau Doc - Speedboat to Phnom Penh (B/L/-)

    Chau Doc - Phnom Penh: 116km, 5h by speedboat 

    phnom penh cambodia toursThis morning we will take a boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh departing at 8 am. The boat takes us along the Mekong River. It continues on to the Vietnamese (Vinh Xuong) - Cambodian border (Kaom Samnar) and then to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The journey takes approximately 5 hours. After our arrival in Phnom Penh, our guide and driver will meet and escort you to the hotel for check-in. A visit to Phnom Penh is a very interesting experience indeed as it is a city which delivers an authentic feel of South-East Asia.  We will visit the Wats Phnom, National museum, Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

    Day 6: Phnom Penh - Speedboat to Siem Riep (B/L/-)

    Phnom Penh - Siem Riep: 320km, ~6h by speedboat 

    ride to Siem Reap

    After breakfast, we take an exciting speedboat ride to Siem Reap (around 5 hours). On the way, we can see the scenic scenery of the Cambodian rural lifestyle along the riverbank. (From April to July, the Mekong water is very low so the speed boat will be replaced by a short flight).

    After our arrival in Siem Reap, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel. Then we will visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89), and are the earliest permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. Preah Ko, erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century was dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong, the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples has an active Buddhist monastery just to the north-east entrance. Lolei, built on an islet in the centre of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, was the founder of the first city of Angkor.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Riep

    Day 7: Siem Riep - Angkor Highlighted Temples (B/L/-)

    siem reap, tonkin travel

    After breakfast, we visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th-century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Watt’s five towers symbolise five peaks and the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat represents the ocean beyond.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the South Gate, the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. You will have a chance to enjoy Sunset at Angkor Wat which we can say is spectacular.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Riep

    Day 8: Siem Riep - Angkor Highlighted Temples (B/L/-)

    banteay srei template

    After breakfast, we visit Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. We continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery.

    After lunch, we continue our temple visits to Preah Khan. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Prea Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som and Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the ensemble.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Riep

    Day 9: Siem Riep - Poipet - Bangkok (B/L/-)

    Siem Riep - Poipet: 152km, 2h30min drive; Poipet – Bangkok: 258km, 3h50min drive 

    poi pet cambodia tours

    After breakfast, we will be picked up at the hotel in Siem Riep and taken to the Cambodian border by a private transfer. After 2h30min drive, we will arrive in the small town of Poi Pet where we will collect the necessary stamps and make our way on foot across the border where you’ll find your Thai driver and guide waiting to take you to Bangkok. During the 3h50min drive, we’ll pass through the beautiful green countryside and small villages, arriving in Bangkok at the end of the afternoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok

    Day 10: Bangkok City (B/L/-)

    bangkok tour tonkin travelAfter breakfast at the hotel, we will enjoy a city tour that takes you through some of the most interesting parts of Bangkok, including stops at Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), and  Wat Trimit (the Temple of the Golden Buddha), the home of a 5.5 tonne Buddha image. We will also visit the Grand Palace, Coronation Hall and the holiest of all Thai Temples “The Emerald Buddha Temple” (Wat Phra Kaew) where the replica of Angkor Wat and the late Ayutthaya-style murals on the surrounding walls illustrate scenes from the Ramayana. The late afternoon will be free for some shopping!

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok

    Day 11: Bangkok - Departure (B/-/-)

    After breakfast, time is free until our driver meets and transfers you to the airport for your flight to the next destination. We wish you a nice trip back home and thanks you for choosing Tonkin Voyage Travel!

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • Seasonal: during high season (October-April), the prices of services are generally higher when compared to the low season (May-September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you that travel together the less you will pay!
    • The choice of hotels: Fairly obvious one here; a 5-star hotel can cost ten times as much as a 2 star hotel.
    • The activities during the trip: Two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: In some cases, booking your trip late can drastically affect prices due to their low availability.

    Inclusion:

    • Accommodation as recommended or similar category according to availability.
    • Transfers according to program by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver except free day
    • English-speaking guide’s assistance at every stage
    • Meals as indicated in program (B: Breakfast /L: Lunch / D: Dinner)
    • Entrance fees for attractions included in the program
    • All activities and cruises clearly mentioned in the program
    • Speedboat: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh; Phnom Penh – Siem Riep
    • Private boat excursion in Mekong Delta
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Early check-in, late check-out
    • Personal expenditures, tips
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air transfers associated with airport taxes
    • Visa and visa arrangement (available upon request)

    Booking

    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.

    Accommodation

    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.

    Transport

    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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