Quiet countryside, the rolling fields, peaceful backwaters, happy beautiful people, Vietnam seems like a laid back traveler’s paradise. And it is. But it’s also growing at a rapid pace in the metropolitan areas. Land of Ho Chi Minh, the freedom fighting hero who led the fight for independence against the French and the Japanese. The land of the “Girl in the picture” showing the devastating effects of the Vietnamese war, the land of Motorbikes, Coffee and Cashews. And it’s also a land where they have a God of Kitchen who shares a family report card of sorts to the heavens every year on the new year as to how the family fared to determine the fortunes based on their behaviour. It’s a country with beauty, serenity and an incredible history, the result of which is a combined cultural influence of French, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese. It’s a fun place to visit. Let’s go!
After arrival at Ho Chi Min City, leave behind the hustle and bustle of city today for a 2 hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be. Take a cruise at Cai Be floating market in a local boat. We will also stop by the cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. We return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island, along the scenic route while taking in the the daily life of the local villagers. Enjoy lunch in Mekong style serving specialties of the area. Bid adieu to the charming Mekong.
After an early breakfast cruise set out to experience the colorful Cai Rang floating market which bustles with wholesalers on big boats. After this, depart from Can Tho for a 3-hour drive to Chau Doc. En route you’ll have a chance to stop at the bamboo basket-making hamlet of Long Thanh. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your pace.
Today is about getting the taste of Local Vietnamese. Start with Chau Doc’s local market which overlooks the confluence of three rivers, and later take a boat to Chau Giang District to visit the tiny mosque of the local Cham community. This is an interesting stop as the Chams also practice silk weaving and you may have the opportunity to see them at work. Their architecture is quite distinctive as well.
Following this, visit the beautiful Khmer temple, and then continue to the floating houses that double as catfish farms, now a huge industry for the country.
Late in the afternoon head to the Sam Mountain, an important pilgrimage site that is frequently visited by pilgrims from all over the Mekong Delta. The views from the top are spectacular with vistas overlooking Cambodia!
Get Cambodian today! Take an early departure for the 4-hour boat ride to Phnom Penh. It’s an hour to the border where you will clear visa formalities (visas must be obtained in advance) before continuing into Cambodia.
Welcome to Phnom Penh! After checkin and a relaxing break, set out to discover the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, a very fun way to explore this lively city. First, head to the Royal Palace. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Then the National Museum, which houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Don’t miss out on the Wat Phnom temple, the founding place of the city on a small hilltop where locals come to pray for good luck. See? By late afternoon, set off on an atmospheric sunset river cruise and watch how Phnom Penh’s popular riverfront comes to life in the early evening. Stop for a western and south Asian dinner at the renowned Foreign Correspondents’ Club located on the Riverside. Stay in Phnom Penh overnight.
Today is about understanding the history of Cambodia. Gain insights into Cambodia’s recent dark history with a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center named ‘S-21’.
After an intense morning, spend the rest of the morning browsing through the colorful markets of Phnom Penh including the Russian Market, the best place in the city for wood and stone carvings, jewelry, clothes and Cambodian silk souvenirs.
Enjoy a lovely lunch at Veayo Tonle located by the Russian market. They operate a ‘zero waste policy’ for both their café and clothing, with their restaurant bringing traditional family recipes in a whole new light, using only the freshest local and organic vegetables, top quality meats and unique spices direct from the Cambodian countryside.
Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
So it's finally time to bid goodbye to these beautiful peace-loving countries.
- Hotel accommodation on twin share with daily breakfast
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking local guide (one place – one guide)
- Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles
- Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
- Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
- Service tax
- Vietnam visa stamping fee at airport ($45 plus passport photo required) (Visa is compulsory and must be arranged in advance)
- Approval letter for Indian passports is USD 25/ pax
- Any other meals not mentioned above.
- International flights
- Domestic flights
- Camera/video entrance fees
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
- All other services which are not mentioned in INCLUDING