CDT11: From Saigon to Angkor - 13 Days / 12 Nights

13 days
Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Within 13 days, you will experience the best of the South Vietnam and Cambodia. Start from Ho Chi Minh City – the busiest city of the country and moving to the south with Vinh Long Town and Can Tho, the two interesting places of the South before leaving Vietnam and start discovering Cambodia.

Highlights of this tour

• Ho Chi Minh City: Experience the bustling atmosphere in Cho Lon and the history of Vietnam in the War Museum
• Vinh Long Town and Can Tho : The typical province of the South with handicraft village and floating markets
• Phnom Penh: The cultural and historical centre of Cambodia and also an attractive tourist hub in the region
• Siem Reap : The home to the Angkor with temples, bas-reliefs and many others

From Sai Gon to Angkor in brief: 

Day 1: Sai Gon arrival
Day 2: Sai Gon - city tour
Day 3: Sai Gon - Cai Be - Vinh Long Homestay tour
Day 4: Vinh Long - Can Tho - Boat trip
Day 5: Can Tho - Floating market - Chau Doc
Day 6: Chau Doc Explore
Day 7: Chau Doc - Boat trip - Phnom Penh
Day 8: Phnom Penh - city tour
Day 9: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Day 10: Angkor Temple and touring around
Day 11: Angkor Temple and touring around
Day 12: Angkor Temple - Touring around
Day 13: Siem Reap - Departure


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Day 01

Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be welcome at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. For the first day in the Ho Chi Minh City - the Pearl of the Orient, time may be not enough for exploring everything in the city but enough for some local towns and markets. If you're tired after the flight, relaxing at the hotel will be recommended before discovering the bustling city of Vietnam tomorrow.

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Day 02

Ho Chi Minh full day City tour (B/L) (G)

Cho Lon, War Museum, Jade Emperor Pagoda and Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon will be the names of the places that we will visit today. The crowding Chinatown district of Cho Lon is the most bustling place in the city with numerous vendors, sellers and products from clothing, foods to souvenirs. This is the great chances for visitors to have memorable things about Ho Chi Minh City. Next, the Jade Emperor Pagoda, located in District 3 and also known as the Tortoise Pagoda is a masterpiece of Chinese architectural style and luxury with numerous decorations inside. In the afternoon, we will discover the history of Vietnam by visiting the War Museum, a giant collection of war documents, weapons and photos of Vietnam War. To close the second day in Ho Chi Minh City, reaching the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, the symbol of the Catholic people of the city.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 03

Ho Chi Minh City– Cai Be – Vinh Long Homestay (B) (G)

Moving deeper to the south and discover the beauty of the Mekong Delta with the first stop, Vinh Long province - the typical province of the lowland area and Cao Dai temples. Most people of Vinh Long follow the Cao Dai religion which was born in the 20th century. In the afternoon, a boat trip will take us through the canal system of the Mekong Delta, enjoy the waters, experiencing the daily life of the locals or visiting some traditional manufactures. In the evening, sleeping at a local house on a peaceful island.

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Day 04

Vinh Long – Can tho enjoy boat trip (B) (G)

An early morning boat trip will take us around some handicraft villages of Vinh Long Town before saying goodbye to reach Can Tho. Upon arrival, visiting the Mekong Delta Museum and explore the towns of Can Tho.

Overnight in Can Tho.

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Day 05

Can Tho Floating Market – Chau Doc (B/L) (G)

Begin today with a morning boat trip to the floating markets of Can Tho with numerous fruits and fresh vegetables then enjoy the wildlife of the Viet Cong jungle. In the afternoon, head west and experience the daily life of the locals by visiting the peaceful riverside towns of Chau Doc.

Overnight in Chau Doc.

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Day 06

Chau Doc Explore (B/L) (G)

Spend entire day exploring Chau Doc Town with floating villages and market fisherman and various fishes, and Cham ethnic minority villages. In the afternoon, get to the Cambodian border, watching the green paddies and enjoy the sunset on the spectacular Sam Mountain before coming back to Chau Doc in the evening.

Overnight in Chau Doc.

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Day 07

Chau Doc Boat Trip – Phnom Penh (B) (G)

Spending your last moments in the South and also in Vietnam in a boat before reaching Phnom Penh – the capital of Cambodia. We will arrive in Phnom Penh in the afternoon and then check in a friendly hotel. For the first day in the Cambodian land, you’re free to explore the capital with Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda or just relaxing in the hotel.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

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Day 08

Phnom Penh City Tour (B/L) (G)

Second day in the capital city of Cambodia, we will explore this cultural, architectural and historical centre by visiting many of its famous places like the Killing Fields site, the Russian Market and the Foreign Correspondents Club. The Killing Fields site is located near the Genocide Museum of Toul Sleng which was once a school before became a brutal prison of the Khmer Rouge. The Russian Market is the most famous foreign market in Phnom Penh and also in the Cambodia with numerous products and most of sellers and vendors here are Russian or Russian – Cambodian people. The Foreign Correspondents Club with bar and restaurant is the perfect place for meeting new friends. Day 9: Phnompenh – Siem Riep (B/L)(G) Today we will move to the West and reach Siem Reap – the home of the Angkor. On the way, stop at the spider village of Skuon and see many big black spiders or tasting the incredible smell of the fried spider dishes. In the afternoon, having lunch by the Tonle Sap Lake before close your day by a visit of Ta Prohm.

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Day 09

Phnompenh – Siem Riep (B/L)(G)

Today we will move to the West and reach Siem Reap – the home of the Angkor. On the way, stop at the spider village of Skuon and see many big black spiders or tasting the incredible smell of the fried spider dishes. In the afternoon, having lunch by the Tonle Sap Lake before close your day by a visit of Ta Prohm.

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Day 10

Angkor Temple and Touring around (B) (G)

Start from the South Gate of Angkor Thom – one of the five gateways to the Angkor Thom, we will visit the Bayon at the centre with many giant stone faces. Then watching the elephant walls at the Terrace of the Elephants and the statue of the leper king at the Terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon, visiting the nearby Angkor Wat with its five spectacular temples and endless wall carving as well as the pond at the front before enjoying the sunset from Phnom Bakheng.

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Day 11

Angkor Temple touring around (B) (G)

If possible, waking up early and enjoying the sunrise at Angkor Wat will give you the best chances to get the most unforgettable moments in Cambodia. After breakfast, a temple tour are waiting for you with the Small Circuit of the Angkor including Banteay Kdei – a Bayon style temples with two enclosure walls and emerge towers, Srah Srang – a baray at Angkor with peaceful platforms, Ta Prohm – a forested ruin, Takeo – a sandstone temple-mountain, Thommanon – a Hindu temples dedicating to Shiva and Vishnu, Chau Say Tevoda – a 12th Hindu temple of Angkor. In the afternoon, visit the Grand Circuit with Prasat Kravan – a 10th century temple with red brick temples, East Mebon – a Hindu temple standing on a dry reservoir, Pre Rup – a masterpiece of red bricks, sandstone and laterite, and Preah Khan – a ruin with ancient trees like Ta Prohm.

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Day 12

Angkor Temple touring around continue (B)

Continue your excursion in Angkor complex and enjoy your own free time

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Day 13

SiemRiep – Departure (B) (G)

Free at your own or additional sightseeing until transfer for departure flight. Indochinavalue thanks you so much for traveling with us. We hope you had a beautiful Cambodia holiday. All the best, goodbye and see you again!

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Inclusion:

• All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Accommodation in twin/double sharing (triple room, extra bed, interconnecting room... are on request)
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
• English speaking guide (French, Spanish, Russian, Italian Speaking tour guides are available and on request)
• Entrance fees to indicated sights and activities as stated
• Train tickets (if mentioned)
• Boat trips (if mentioned)
• Bottled mineral water during touring days
• International air tickets.
• Airport’s departure tax.
• Visas arrangement.

Exclusion:

• Accommodation with breakfast based Double/Twin room shared.
• Private transportation with a/c for whole program.
• All admission fees for the indicated.
• Meals as mentioned in the program (2 lunches + 1 dinner).
• Englishspeaking guide.
• Drinking water during tours.

Tour guide

Tour guides who wor with usk are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our cultures and lifestyles ... with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch. In some parts such as Sapa, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic hilltribes like H'Mong or Red Dao as they know about their land much better than anyone else and this is also the way that Indochinavalue helps the local people a better life.

Vietnam tour guide

Tour guide is one of the most inportant factors to a successful holiday. Indochinavalue understands that a good tour guide needs not only good knowledge on history, culture, good English, French... but also needs to have general requirements and follow our guidelines as below:

1 - Licensed at least for 4 years with work experience.

2 - Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.

3 - Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.

4 - Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.

5 - Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

6 - Clear speech and good hearing.

7 - Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.

8 - Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer because Indochinavalue's clients want to be entertained in extend, a friend...

9 - Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.

10 - Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.

11 - Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.

Transport

Kind of vehicle (offered on tour) depends on the size of your group size or your requirements.To ensure your comfort, all cars feature air conditioning and enough room inside. Drivers are local, with years of experience, taking you to your destination quickly and safely.

1 - Our drivers are professional and reliable with at least 5 years of experience, driving safely.

2 - Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.

3 - Our drivers must be friendly, helpful with good behavior and attitude.

4 - Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.

Vietnam hotel

2 Stars from: US$35 -> US$40

The 2 star hotels are good for budget travelers and sometimes, we have no choice but stay in a guesthouse, mini hotel, 2 star hotel in the remote and mountainous areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

3 Stars from: US$40 -> US$80

The 3 star hotels are good for many travelers because they offer basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

4 Stars from: US$80 -> US$130

Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining andentertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5 Stars from: US$130 -> US$200 –> US$ 300

Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent experience. Multiple restaurants on siteand a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.

Note: If you have any special dietary needs, just let your travel consultant know when booking.

Breakfast:

Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.

Lunch:

Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.

Vietnam restaurant

Dinner:

Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay with a local family, on cruise inHalong Bay, Mekong Delta or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on requested. So dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, but our tour guides will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If allergic to some food

We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.

Do our guide and driver join the meal with us?

The tour guides and driver will be at the same restaurants with you, but they will only join themeal when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not understand English talk around the table, so the guide will be with you more often.

Street food tour:

Street foods in Vietnam are very delicious and should you want to taste the specialities of each Vietnam holiday destination, we can arrange a street food tour for you. Please contact us at info@indochinavalue.com for a detailed tour itinerary and quotation.

How to request a tour package?

To request for a free tour itinerary and quotation, you can just fill out the tour inquiry form at www.indochinavalue.com or send us an email at info@indochinavalue.com then give us as much information as possible. One of our experienced travel consultants will get back to you shortly. All changes will be made (free of charge) until the your tour package meets your needs and personal interests.

How to book a tour package?

As soon as you agree on our proposal, please send us your full name, international flightinformation (if you have) and your special requirements. We will make reservations and arrange everything then confirm back to you when all done.

Payment

- Deposit is a "must". We request 30% of the tour cost. You can pay by wire transfer, creditcards, western union, onepay (online)

- Balance can be made before your arrival or on arrival in cash or by credit cards.

Changes

Changes are possible at the last minutes. However, if changes caused extra costs, you willhave to pay for. (For examples, hotels, flights, cruises...)

Cancellation

In case of cancellation, we will not apply any charge if we are not charged by the third partiessuch as hotels, cruises, flights, trains...We will recalculate the costs and resend you the money as soon as possible.

Tipping

Thanks you Tipping is not mandatory but it is expected inThanks youTipping is not mandatory but it is expected in many circumstances for service. You can tip your driver/tour guide more or less or nothing. All depends on the services you receive.

Suggested tips:

- US$10 – US$ 15 per day for tour guide

- US$7 – US$ 10 per day for driver

- US$1 – US$ 3 per meal for waiter or waitress

- US$2 – US$ 5 for short boat trips/ cyclo/ tuktuk (1 – 2) hours

Note: Please check with your travel consultant before coming and your tour guide if you are to tip someone on tour.

What you get when booking a private tour with Indochinavalue?

1. Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually,or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.

2. Every itinerary can be customized to meet your specific interests/ wishes, that is, you can choose your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget, etc. All are free of charge.

3. Start the tour on any date you want.

4. Escort you from start to finish. All private transfers during the tour are offered, including airport/ train station transfer, hotel-attractions round trip transfer.

5. The sightseeing during the tour could be based on your own timetable and pace. Flexible to change at your short notice.

6. Considerate care and assistance, such as the old, the disabled or families with small kids and children.

7. You can save time and money when traveling with us or your wants meet you budget.

How do I get a visa?

Vietnam Visa On Arrival is available for help. It is legitimated and supported by the VietnameseImmigration Department. We recommend that you choose visa upon arrival, as picking up visa at the Vietnam int'l airport/ border is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.

Please provide the following information for us to apply for your visa:

apply vietnam visa1) Full name on passport

2) Passport number

3) Date of birth

4) Nationality

5) Date of arrival

6) Date of issue

7) Date of expire

8) Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months.

Can I use credit cards in Vietnam?

Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, American Express and JCB can beused to purchase goods in large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities, to pay for hotel rooms and for meals in some of the fancier restaurants, and to buy plane tickets with them.

Note:

- You can use US dollar, Euro in all big cities or at major tourist sites, airports.

- If you are to travel to those small cities or even remote rural areas, only cash in Dong can be used.

Do I need to bring my medical record with me?

Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event ofan emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.

Note: You can buy medicines everywhere in Vietnam so do not need to bring medicines from home.Money exchange in Vietnam

When I finish my tour in Vietnam, if I still have some local money, what can I do?

Upon leaving Vietnam, if you still have some local money, you can change them back to foreign currency with your passport and the exchange memos given by the banks or money exchange counters. So please keep those exchange memos well whenever you change money.

What should we bring along on our trip to Vietnam?

It is best to travel light in Vietnam. Onemedium sized bag and a day pack will provide more than enough room to carry everything you'll need, and enough space for the things you'll buy in Vietnam.

There are lots of consumer goods in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, so do not worry about running out of something. If you do forget something you can easily find it here. Before you leave home complete the following checklist:

- Lightweight and quick dry clothing is most appropriate for the summer months, and warmer  clothing for the winter months. As well, sun hat, swim suit, ultra lightweight rain jacket.

- Travel Documents: Passport, Visa, Travel Insurance, Air Tickets (you should scan them and email them to yourself in case you loose them).

- Health requirements, medications, and travel insurance arranged.

- Flashlight, alarm clock, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, small personal first aid kit, personal toiletries.

- Money: US dollars or travelers cheques and/ or credit card(s).

- Raincoat or umbrella, good hiking shoes are needed for all Footprint trekking trips.

- Camera with charger, extra batteries, and memory cards.

Are there any restrictions on the type of luggage that we bring? Domestic airlines have their weight restrictions. On most domestic and low-cost airlines You may only have one suitcase or backpack, with a maximum weight of 20kg, and one piece of hand luggage, with a maximum weight of (5 – 7)kg. An extra charge for overweight is applied.

There is no actual limit on our trips, but we would suggest you travel light with one suitcase or backpack and one small daypack or small bag which you can access during the day and carry items like your camera, drinking water, toilet paper, hat, sunscreen, etc.

It is essential that you have a lock for each piece of luggage. Without one, railway and airline staff and some hotels may refuse to handle it.

What is the best type of clothing we should bring?

Here is a short checklist of best type of clothing you should bring:

- Shorts and comfortable pants;

- Shirts, t-shirts and maybe some long sleeves shirts (for regions with mosquitos like the Mekong delta);

- Swim suits (for the beaches and Halong Bay);

- Good sandles as well as good shoes if trekking.

Nevertheless, it will really depend on where you travel to, when you plan on travelling, and what you plan on doing. Please note that the weather can be very cold during the winter in the Northern Vietnam (Nov to Mar) and quite cool in the central highlands (Dalat). You will need to bring a good jacket along for this time of the year, the avarage temperature is about 15 oC, but can get as cold as 3 oC.

Tip: Do not worry if you do not pack enough clothes or forget something because you can buy in Vietnam.

Shopping in Vietnam

Shopping in VietnamMany tourists can’t help but throw themselvesShopping in Vietnam head-first into shopping while in Vietnam. Why? Probably the variety of quality goods and the tempting prices have a lot to do with it. Many low-budget travelers considered Vietnam a heavenly place because in many shopping situations they can bargain the prices down to as much as a third of the original cost.

The list of Vietnamese bargains is seemingly endless and features bespoke tailoring and the national dress, the 'ao dai' from high-quality silk and many other types of material and textiles while many shoppers cannot get enough of the local handicraft, art and jewelry.

How to bargain?

Bargain is not common in some countries, but in Vietnam it really is. In Vietnam, bargaining isalways worthwhile. Yet, it is not always due to the fact that the local have a great deal of time and very little money. Bargaining is part of Vietnamese culture as through bargaining people communicate with others, create and build up their relationship, not to mention a form of entertainment.

Rule - 1: It's like the monster ride at the amusement park. If you're not having fun, get off.

Rule - 2: Don't bargain with the first person who approaches you (i.e., when looking for a taxi at the airport.) In general the further you go from the center of action, the cheaper the price.

Rule - 3: Don't be afraid to use walking away as a bargaining tool. You can always come back.

Rule - 4: Don't let pride get in the way of coming back (or Rule #3 is useless).

Rule - 5: If you really want something and the price isn't coming down, give in gracefully. (It's that pride thing again.)

Rule - 6: Don't always assume you're getting ripped off just because you're in a third-world country. Sometimes the price they're asking is the real one.

Rule - 7: Bargaining is a time/ money tradeoff. If you're in a hurry, be prepared to pay for it.

Rule - 8: Ask (Vietnamese) fellow shoppers the price of an item before you begin bargaining.

Rule - 9: Always carry small bills. Otherwise all that work is likely to be for nothing.

Rule - 10: Always bargain in native currency. Conventional wisdom says anyone who has dollars can afford to spend them.

Rule - 11: If possible, keep going back to the same person until you've gotten to know him/ her. Most third world countries have a name for this kind of relationship. The deal is that you offer your business on a regular basis and the seller responds by saving you their best tomatoes

Rule - 12: No matter what your parents told you, when you're bargaining it's perfectly okay to lie

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This tour is sample tour and can always be customized to meet your personal needs and budget.

This is private tour with a flexible schedule. There is no other traveler on the tour. You will have a private English speaking tour guide and a private air-conditioned vehicle in each destination.

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Use of excellent local guides
Use of well-selected Hotels
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Focus on customer care

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Balance paid on arrival
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