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€3,300 Per person
11 days
Includes flights
Includes transfers
Includes activities
Includes hotels

This trip takes visitors on a fascinating journey through Vietnam's Mekong Delta and continues, following the Southeast Asia's main artery, all the way to Cambodia, and it's capital Phnom Penh. The trip begins amongst the hustle and bustle of Saigon where you explore using traditional cyclo and vespa. Uncover hidden neighbourhoods, great street food and delve into the country's turbulent history. Moving on you travel south and overland to Ben Tre - here you will see the Mekong at its widest and most industrious, but not too far away you can explore Vietnam's rural heart. Travel using local modes of transport through quiet backwaters and villages, engage with local communities, and sample the best Mekong snacks before continuing on to Vinh Long. Vinh Long, home to an abundance of fruit orchards, is a beautiful destination and will be your home for two nights. Your riverside bungalow at a small family run lodge makes for the perfect getaway to soak up life in the delta. While here you take a trip to nearby Tra Vinh province, home to one of the country's few Khmer communities and embark on an immersive cycling experience through some truly untouched areas. Next, you board a private sampan for a two night cruise along the Mekong and Bassac Rivers. During the cruise you will enjoy a multitude of activity, excellent food and access to some of the regions most treasured sights. Your time in Vietnam comes to an end in the border town of Chau Doc where you can visit a renowned bird sanctuary or climb Sam Mountain for panoramic views. Finish with a speedboat trip into Cambodia and a few days to explore Phnom Penh.

Itinerary highlights

  • Spend a few days navigating the mesmerising city of Saigon.

  • Explore the kingdom of coconuts, Ben Tre.

  • Enjoy two nights at a charming riverside lodge in Vinh Long province.

  • Discover the hidden charm and culture of one of the few remaining Khmer communities in Vietnam.

  • Journey along the Mekong and Bassac River on board a traditionally styled sampan

  • End the trip in Cambodia's capital city, Phnom Penh.

Audley Travel specialist Mark

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Treat this trip purely as a starting point for your own tour to Vietnam. Your specialist will ask you what you want and then shape your itinerary to match.

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  • Saigon
  • Ben Tre
  • Vinh Long
  • Cai Be
  • Chau Doc
  • Phnom Penh

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Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Saigon.

Day 2 Saigon

Saigon

Arriving into Saigon, you will be met by an Audley representative and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. Saigon is one of Southeast Asia's busiest cities and it is still developing at an incredible rate. Skyscrapers contrast the low rise residential blocks, and colonial remnants stand aside luxury hotels and western restaurant chains. One of the first things you'll notice is the sheer number of motorbikes on the streets and the overwhelming spectacle seems to be a chaotic theatre. This evening is free at leisure to explore at your own pace. The rooftop bar at your riverfront hotel is the ideal place to relax after your long flight.

Day 3 Saigon

Saigon

After breakfast you will set off on an early exploration of the city, travelling by traditional cyclo, on foot and by car. This is one of the most fascinating times to explore the city as everyone is up and active while the temperature is cooler. You will visit a number of highlights including the old post office, Ben Thanh Market and War Remnants Museum. Later this evening you will be collected from your hotel by Vespa and taken on an exhilarating tour of the city's outer districts, sampling the very best street food, bars and cafes along the way.

Day 4 Vinh Long

Saigon , Ben Tre , Vinh Long

Leaving the city behind you will travel overland to Ben Tre province, known as the kingdom of coconuts and your first foray into Vietnam's Mekong Delta region. Spend the day exploring the area using a host of different local transport options. Engage with local communities, learn about the cottage industries key to this area's success and sample an array of Mekong snacks. After enjoying a hearty lunch you will continue to neighbouring Vinh Long province where you will be spending the night. Check in to your charming riverside lodge. This evening you are led by fire torch to the house of a war veteran turned musician. Listen to his music and interesting stories of his experience in this part of Vietnam.

Day 5 Vinh Long

Vinh Long

Rise early, enjoying a breakfast cruises along the Mekong to a nearby market. Here you will take to two feet and explore the area, including the market, coconut factory and unusual church. The rest of the day will involve a fascinating cycling trip around Cau Ke in nearby Tra Vinh province. Tra Vinh is one of Vietnam's remaining Khmer provinces and the landscape, food and architecture are somewhat different. The cycling tour will take you past large paddy fields, vegetable gardens and gold gilded Khmer style temples. It is one of the most authentic, beautiful areas of southern Vietnam. The tour is rounded off feasting on a selection of home cooked Cambodian dishes. Afterwards you return to Coco Riverside Lodge for the evening. If time permits, you may be able to try some more activities.

Day 6 Cai Be

Vinh Long , Cai Be

Leave Vinh Long after breakfast and travel the two hours to the port town of Cai Be. Here you will board a private sampan that will take you north along the Mekong. The first day will see you enjoy a leisurely cruise to Sa Dec. This town still boasts a few colonial remnants including narrow paved roads, lengthy promenades, beautiful gardens and exquisite town houses. Back on board you will enjoy dinner and sundowners.

Day 7 Cai Be

Cai Be

Today the boat navigates narrow canals and a stretch of the Bassac River. You will embark on a couple of onshore excursions today including a rural village walk.

Day 8 Chau Doc

Cai Be , Chau Doc

Arriving into the boats final destination, Chau Doc, you will disembark and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon is free to explore the town and nearby attractions such as the renowned Tra Su bird Sanctuary and Sam Mountain. Overnight at the Victoria Hotel.

Day 9 Phnom Penh

Chau Doc , Phnom Penh

After breakfast you will depart the hotel by speedboat, pass through Cambodian border formalities and travel on to Phnom Penh. The journey by boat takes around five hours and the contrasting vistas of Vietnam and Cambodia make for an interesting cruise. On arrival you will be taken to your hotel to freshen up before setting out on a modern history tour of Phnom Penh. Cambodia has endured a recent harrowing history and this afternoon you will visit a few of the most poignant sites. This evening is free to explore at your own leisure.

Day 10 Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Explore the city through the eyes of a local architect today and witness the projects which have played an important part in shaping the city as we know it today. This evening you join your guide for a fun evening tour, taking in the best speakeasy bars, hidden nightspots and tasty street food corners around the city. Depending on your preference the tour can be adapted to have a cocktail or craft beer focus — or both.

Day 11 International return flight

Phnom Penh , International return flight

Bid farewell to Cambodia and transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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