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Cambodia & the Mekong Delta

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14 Days from £2,099

Was from £2,349

Aug 2016 - Nov 2017 Departures

Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam - visit these three countries, where the Emerald Buddha, Angkor Wat and a Mekong River cruise are just three highlights. After your tour, why not treat yourself to a stay in one of Vietnam’s tranquil beach resorts.

Overview

What's included

  • Scheduled flights from Heathrow with Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi or similar scheduled airline and internal flights
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 11 nights’ accommodation on a half-board basis plus 10 lunches and 
2 nights in flight
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Hotel porterage

Included holiday highlights

  • 
 Tour of Thailand’s vibrant capital Bangkok
  • Visit Battambang, Cambodia’s second city
  • Panoramic boat trip along Sangker River to Tonle Sap Lake
  • The UNESCO-listed monuments of the vast Angkor Complex
  • Visit Chansar, a small village supported by Travelsphere Cares
  • Receive a blessing from the monks at a Buddhist temple
  • Discover Banteay Srey, a fascinating temple housing classical Khmer art
  • Evening display of Khmer Classical Dance
  • Visit Phnom Penh, the bustling capital of Cambodia
  • Cruise on the Mekong River from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc
  • The exciting floating market of Cai Rang
  • Explore the famous Cu Chi tunnels used as a base by the Viet Cong
  • Tour of Ho Chi Minh City, better known as Saigon


Itinerary

You’ll depart on your scheduled flight to Bangkok, via Abu Dhabi.
On arrival in Bangkok, you’ll transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or to explore Thailand’s vibrant capital.
This morning you’ll enjoy an included tour of Bangkok, visiting the temples of the Emerald Buddha and the Reclining Buddha as well as the Grand Palace. This afternoon, join our optional river cruise to see Bangkok from another perspective. Enjoy a traditional dinner and dance performance this evening.
Drive to the border with Cambodia at Aranyaprathet. The border post itself is fascinating, with a constant stream of handcarts, lorries and people laden with goods crossing the 200-yard ‘no man’s land’ between the two countries. Once inside Cambodia and its border town of Poipet, you will continue to Sisophon. The contrast between Thailand and Cambodia is dramatic, and the drive to Sisophon and then to Battambang passes through roadside villages and settlements. You’ll arrive at this bustling riverside community, with its French colonial buildings, lively market and temples, mid-afternoon. You will stay in Battambang tonight.
Travel by specially chartered boat along the Sangker River and through the wetlands of north-west Cambodia to Tonle Sap Lake and then Siem Reap (please note that during dry season, February-August, if water levels are low you will be transferred by coach). The riverside communities adjust their way of life, and even the location of their homes, according to the water levels, and a harsh but self-sufficient living is made from farming and fishing. Your journey will be a panorama of stilt houses, giant fishing nets and fields of crops, with stops at a floating village and a hilltop temple. You’ll then emerge into the vast expanse of Tonle Sap Lake, the heart of Cambodia, and cross to the floating village of Chong Kneas near the eastern shoreline, before disembarking and driving the short distance to Siem Reap for a three-night stay.
Today’s tour begins with a visit to the famous Angkor Wat – the best preserved of all the Angkor temples – before continuing to Chansar. Funds from your tour go directly to the community living in this small village. En route you’ll visit Knapor Senior High School, which works to educate and empower local children. You’ll then hop aboard an ox cart for a ride through the village to the home of a Khmer family who specialise in making brooms. Enjoy a Khmer lunch and a walking tour and perhaps try your hand at local village activities, or just spend time chatting with the locals. Visit a Buddhist temple to receive a blessing from the monks en route back to Siem Riep. Later, we depart to Ta Prohm temple.
This morning head to the South Gate of Angkor Thom to explore the centrepiece of the ancient city, the Bayon. This temple encloses 54 towers decorated with more than 200 enigmatic smiling stone faces. Next you’ll see the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of Leper Kings. We also include a visit to the exquisite Banteay Srei, home to some of the finest examples of Khmer art. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner accompanied by a display of Khmer classical dance.
After a morning departure, you’ll drive to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. The route passes through absorbing countryside and towns, famous for the ‘fried spiders’ offered for sale by local farmers. You’ll arrive in Phnom Penh in the afternoon for a two-night stay.
Once considered the loveliest of the French-built cities in Indochina, Phnom Penh, on the River Mekong, is recovering rapidly from its turbulent past. Discover the Royal Palace, with its Silver Pagoda of 5,000 silver floor tiles and priceless Buddhist treasures, the National Museum, the waterfront, the Central Market and the Wat Phnom.
Travel by fast cruise boat downstream from Phnom Penh. One of the world’s greatest rivers, the mighty River Mekong descends for 3,000 miles from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea, and is busy with sampans, barges and houseboats in its lower reaches. After stops at the Cambodian and Vietnamese border stations, you’ll continue to Chau Doc in Vietnam, then travel overland deep into the Mekong Delta. Drive through traditional villages and farmland, with a backdrop of houses on stilts, river fishing nets and rickety ‘monkey’ bridges, before arriving at Can Tho this afternoon for an overnight stay at a hotel on the banks of the Mekong.
Take a morning boat trip to the floating market at Cai Rang. In contrast to such markets elsewhere, those on the River Mekong are much larger and are conducted on much wider stretches of water. Depart by public ferry to Vinh Long, followed by a cruise by small boat along narrow inlets and canals to a local restaurant for lunch. Visit local workshops along the way. Finally, recross the Mekong to Cai Be, and drive to Ho Chi Minh City for a two-night stay.
This morning you’ll drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a series of underground passages first constructed in the 1940s by the peasant army fighting the French, but later extended by the Viet Cong rebels. In the afternoon we take a tour, visiting the Reunification Palace and the War Museum. You’ll also pass Notre Dame Cathedral.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, via Abu Dhabi.
Arrive in the UK.


Please note: This holiday includes walking in areas of rough ground, gradients and steps.

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Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Bangkok River Cruise

Bangkok River Cruise

from £35

Meet your English-speaking guide at your hotel, and then drive to the edge of the Chao Phraya river. Here you will board a local style boat and will spend the next few hours exploring the old canals of the Thonburi side of Bangkok. You will discover a more relaxed and traditional side of the Thai capital. During the journey you will have opportunities to buy snacks and purchase souvenirs at stops en route. A visit to the Temple of Dawn is included, which you will probably recognize from its famous silhouette. The local story goes that the shards of pottery decorating its 79 metre tall spire came from a nearby shipwreck 100 years ago.

Half Day - Minimal Walking - Not to be missed

Accommodation

The Park Plaza is situated in a central location of Bangkok. Hotel features a restaurant, and rooftop swimming pool. Rooms have air-conditioning, TV, DVD, fridge, ironing board, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilitates and private bathroom.
The 4-star Steung Sanke Hotel is situated in the heart of Battambang.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar, gym and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, air-conditioning and tea/coffee-making facilities.
Situated in the centre of Siem Reap only a short distance from majestic Angkor Archaeological Park which include the famous temple of Angkor Wat and Bayon. Facilities include swimming pool, restaurant, health & fitness centre, lobby lounge and souvenir shop. Bedrooms have private facilities.
Situated in the city within walking distance to many local attractions, shopping haven and flea markets. Rooms have air conditioning, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, private bathroom

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Formally known as the Royal Lotus Hotel, the Paragon Saigon is a 4-star hotel in a central location of Ho Chi Minh. The hotel features an outdoor pool, spa and fitness centre, restaurant and bar and free Wi-Fi. Rooms have TV, minibar and private bathroom.

Park Plaza Sukhumvit - Bangkok

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour.  Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days and the price shown is inclusive of the main tour:

Cambodia & the Mekong Delta with Phan Thiet Add-on

Extend your holiday to 18 days from £249

Aug 2016 - Nov 2017 Departures
At the end of your holiday, why not enjoy a four-night stay in Phan Thiet. One of Vietnam?s most idyllic beach resorts, this lovely town boasts a small fishing harbour, beachfront and friendly, welcoming locals. You?ll stay at the 4-star Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort Hotel, which is located on a vast white-sand beach. Accommodation is on a bed-and-breakfast basis in spacious thatched-roofed bungalows set in exotic gardens. The hotel has a bar, a choice of dining options including a restaurant overlooking the sea, a beachside spa and two swimming pools. A Tour Manager will not accompany you on this add-on.

Travelsphere Cares

Travelsphere Cares Travelsphere Cares - Knapor School

In 2015 Travelsphere supported the local community of Chansar Village, located about an hour out of Siem Reap. With your help we have contributed to build a much needed dormitory for teachers at Knapor School.

Teachers in Cambodia receive very low salaries and in cities they can live with their families and work at schools that receive some funding. In the rural countryside the parents of students are not able to afford to assist the school. For remote areas like Knapor it is very difficult to encourage good teachers away from the city and even for teachers willing to move, there is no accommodation. As teachers are crucial for a successful education and Knapor School needs to attract more quality teachers, this dormitory project will provide free accommodation for those teachers willing to work far from home.

The building is in progress and as part of the Cambodia and the Mekong Delta tour you will get to visit Chansar Village, meet the locals and check on the project's development. When the building is finished, Travelsphere pledges to support other projects to improve lives in this community.

Featured excursion - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Angkor WatToday’s tour begins with a visit to the famous Angkor Wat - the best preserved of all the Angkor temples. The Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. It was originally built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the God Vishnu but was then converted to a Buddhist temple in the 14th century. Built by Suryavarman II (r 1112-52) and surrounded by a large moat, it is quite literally, heaven on earth. It is the earthly representation of Mt Meru and the Mt Olympus of the Hindu faith and home of ancient gods. This unique temple city is a blend of spirituality and symmetry and an outstanding example of humanity’s devotion to its gods.

Here you will have time to explore the temple city before continuing to Chansar, located about an hour out of Siem Reap.

En route you’ll visit Knapor Senior High School, which works to educate and empower local children. Funds from your tour go directly to the community living in this small village. Through the Travelsphere Cares initiative, Travelsphere supported the local community by contributing to the building of a much needed dormitory for teachers at Knapor School in 2015.

You’ll then hop aboard an ox cart for a ride through the village to the home of a Khmer family who specialise in making brooms. Enjoy a Khmer lunch and a walking tour and perhaps try your hand at local village activities, or just spend time chatting with the locals. Visit a Buddhist temple to receive a blessing from the monks on the way back to Siem Riep. Later we depart to Ta Prohm temple.

Ta Prohm

Ta ProhmTa Prohm was built in 1186 and was originally known as Rjavihara (Monastery of the King), a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII. It is among the very few temples in Angkor where an inscription is provided with information about the temple’s dependents and inhabitants. It is a temple of towers, closed courtyards and narrow corridors waiting to be explored. Many of the corridors are now closed off due to nature inhabiting the delicately carved stones with tree roots and long decayed trees. The temple is constructed of bulging walls that are now concealed with moss and creeping plants. Here you will also be able to explore the most post popular root formation at the entrance to the pavilion also known as the Crocodile Tree.