An afternoon tour round Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon, features the History Museum, the Binh Tay Market in Chinatown, Thien Hau Temple and a lacquer workshop. O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airport. Pick up and transfer to a hotel. An afternoon tour round Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon, features the History Museum, the Binh Tay Market in Chinatown, Thien Hau Temple and a lacquer workshop. O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
Morning: Transfer to Can Tho (175km), stop over at the Cai Be floating market. Take a boat cruise to An Binh Islet, visit local homes, bonsai gardens, nurseries and orchards. Vivid farming activities and the riverine life of the Mekong Delta can be seen en route. Have lunch of Mekong specialties at a local home.
Afternoon: Move onwards to Can Tho. O/N in Can Tho.
Morning: Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the Mekong River to the bustling Cai Rang & Phong Dien floating markets thronged with buyers and sellers moving around in boats laden with farm products. Taste seasonal fruit at a verdant orchard. Travel onwards to Chau Doc (120km) with a stop-over at the Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary to view thousands of storks returning home at sunset.
In the evening, take a pedicab ride to Lady Temple, local syncretic worshippers’ most favourite haunt. O/N in Chau Doc.
Morning: Enjoy a morning cruise on the Mekong River and learn about the feeding of catfish in their natural river habitat at floating houses. Visit Chau Giang Hamlet, home to coloured brocade woven by Cham Muslims. Take a boat ride to Phnom Penh via the Vinh Xuong border crossing point (3 hours).
Afternoon: city tour includes the National Museum with a collection of art sculptures presenting different periods of Khmer history and Silver Pagoda located in the Royal Palace, famous for its 5,000 silver floor tiles and solid gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds (weighing 90kg). A sunset cruise on the Mekong River offers a view of the locals at work along the banks. O/N in Phnom Penh.
Morning: Take a speed boat on the Tonle Sap River to Siem Reap (5 hours), about 320km from Phnom Penh. The majestic temples of Angkor in Siem Reap, which used to be the capital of the Khmer Kingdom from the 10th to the 16th century, were recognised as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO in 1993. In the afternoon, visit "Les Artisans D' Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" and a local market.
Afternoon: Then walk up to the top of Phnom Bakheng Hill which affords a panoramic view of the western Baray and Angkor Wat at sunset. O/N in Siem Reap
In the morning, take an excursion through Cambodian villages with palm trees and paddy fields. Visit the temples of Banteay Srei, 25km north of Angkor, the finest of Khmer art with carvings and architectural details on pink sandstone. Then visit the fortified temple of Banteay Samre, famous for its well preserved bas-reliefs of Vishnu legends. In the afternoon, explore exquisite brick monuments at Takeo, Prasat Kravan, Pre Rup, Eastern Mebon, Neak Poan and Preah Khan. O/N in Siem Reap
The morning highlight focuses on Ta Prohm, a filming site of Lara Croft's adventures in "The Tomb Raider" and Angkor Thom comprising the Southern Gate, the famous Bayon complex, Elephant Terrace and Leper King Terrace.
In the afternoon, visit the famous 12th-century temples of Angkor Wat covering 81 hectares with their five distinctive towers emblazoned on the Cambodian flag. In the evening, a buffet dinner with a presentation of Khmer dancing & music is arranged. O/N in Siem Reap.
Spend last minutes shopping (wood & stone carvings, silk,...) or at leisure before check-out. Transfer to the airport for departure