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Cambodia & the Mekong Delta

Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam - Travel overland to 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.

Touring

14 Days from £2,209

Was from £2,359

Mar 2017 - Nov 2018 Departures

Overview

What's included

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi
  • 11 nights half board in 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 
11 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

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 explore Thailand’s vibrant capital at leisure.

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. 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. 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 (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 self-sufficient living is made from farming and fishing. Take in views 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 Tonle Sap Lake, the heart of Cambodia, 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. You’ll then hop aboard an ox cart for a ride 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. You’ll visit a Buddhist temple to receive a blessing from the monks en route back to Siem Riep. Later, we head 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 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 fine examples of Khmer art. Tonight dinner is 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 from Phnom Penh. One of the world’s greatest rivers, the River Mekong descends for 3,000 miles from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea, and is busy with sampans, barges and houseboats. 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. Depart by public ferry to Vinh Long, followed by a cruise by small boat along narrow inlets and canals to a restaurant for lunch. Visit 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.

You’ll arrive in the UK today.


Please note: This holiday includes walking in areas of rough ground, gradients and steps, often with no hand rails to offer assistance.

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 - Bangkok River Cruise

Bangkok - 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

Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 is situated in the heart of Bangkok on Sukhumvit 20 Road. It is a 235-key property with five room categories. All room and suites are featured with mini-bars, personal electronic safety box, 46-inch smart TV, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout and LAN cable in room. Room amenities: • FREE wired and wireless internet access • 46-inch Smart TV • Major international & domestic TV program • Direct dial telephone • Writing desk • Electronic safety box • Minibar with two daily complimentary bottles of drinking water • Coffee & tea making facilities • Bathroom with separate shower • Bathroom amenities • Hair dryer • Bathrobe & slippers • Iron with ironing board available upon request Restaurants Eat Well Café / The Twist Bar & Bistro / Pool Bar / Fitness centre / Spa / Swimming Pool
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
Victoria Can Tho is located in the heart of Can Tho and is 15 minutes away (walk) of Cai Khe Trade center and Can Tho Harbor. Ho Chi Minh Museum and the Can Tho Museum is also located within a minute's distance. The hotel features include a full-service spa, outdoor pool, Complimentary WiFi in public areas, a fitness center, a bar/lounge, a sauna onsite. Room amenities include bathrobes and slippers, complimentary WiFi and LCD TVs with Digital channels, minibar, room service and premium bedding.
The 4-star Eden Hotel is located right in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, surrounded by numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, pool bar, coffee lounge, fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar, coffee/tea-maker and safe.

Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit

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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Monday 09 October 2017

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Monday 15 January 2018

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 08 October 2018

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Monday 05 November 2018

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Monday 05 November 2018

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 05 November 2018

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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 shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Cambodia & the Mekong Delta with Phan Thiet Add-on

Extend your holiday to 18 days from £299

Mar 2017 - Nov 2018 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.

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.  

What our Tour Managers say

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

I love this tour because of the amazing history and culture but it’s the people who make it so special.
Jackie O´Donoghue - Tour Manager
 
Cambodia & the Mekong Delta - November 2016
I love this tour because you get to see 3 great countries in one tour.
Susan Mccullough - Tour Manager
 
Cambodia & the Mekong Delta - October 2016
I love this tour because we see the beauty of Cambodia and spend time sampling real village life.
Lynne Maskell - Tour Manager
 
Cambodia & the Mekong Delta - August 2016

Travelsphere Cares: Knapor School

Travelsphere CaresIn 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 dormitory building is already finished and as part of the tour you will get to visit Chansar Village, meet the locals and check on the project's development. We pledge to support other projects, such as a kindergarten, a football playing field and several school toilets to improve lives in Knapor Commune.