Cambodian highlights including - Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh, and the Mekong delta.
There is something about Vietnam and Cambodia that draws me back time after time, it's hard to put a finger on it, rather its the combination of the friendliness of the people, awe inspiring sights, and the stage of development the countries are at.
In Cambodia the infrastructure has finally improved to the point where a comfortable trip can be enjoyed. But make no mistake this is a very poor country with many challenges facing it, and you will find your emotions are all over the place, from the wonder of its glorious history, to the horror of its recent past, the delight of the people, tapered with the obvious poverty and hardships they face on a daily basis.
Saigon (HCM) (2 nights) Vietnam
Our classic colonial hotel located in the heart of the old city and walking distance to all the sights we will get to see over the next 2 days. Including the war museum, reunification palace, colonial architecture and walks around the historic area.
There are some excellent restaurants and our welcome dinner will be on the second night as some of the flights arrive quite late on day one.
Delta adventure (2 nights)
We have a early breakfast before our pick up and drive south to the delta region, boarding our luxury boat around midday for lunch and afternoon cruise on-board, sunset on the deck and dinner just magic. 1 night on board the boat (twin share). After breakfast the next day we make visits to the floating markets, and sampan and cycle through the deltas islands. Then its back on the bus and a drive, with a stop at the crocodile farm, through the delta region to our accomodation for the night at one of the deltas premium colonial hotels close to the boarder of Cambodia and right on the river front.
Phnom Penh (3 nights) Cambodia
We have an early start today as we board a speed boat through the delta leaving Vietnam and entering Cambodia, the contrast is stark from the built up industry side of the delta to a back in time feel of countryside and temples.
There is a real frontier feel in Phnom Penh. It has a vibrant street-life and colonial architecture. We get to sample some truly great restaurants, enjoy a Spa and massage that will have you begging for more, and visit some markets where you will be in bargain heaven. There is time to explore the Royal Palace with its opulence a stark contrast to our visit to the genocide museum and killing fields. For those interested in Khmer cuisine there is an optional morning cooking class which I can highly recommend.
Kep (2 nights)
Leaving the hectic capital we travel through the rice paddies and countryside in our private minivan with our driver Kong, to enjoy laid back time exploring the old French colonial beach town of Kep, and out magnificent Eco lodge. (we dine at the waters edge famous Kep crab market and take a walk in the forest national park)
Kampot (1 night)
Then its onto the river port town of Kampot and its famous pepper, where we have time to explore the town on foot, its the perfect set off and explore on your own location, and we will meet up again in the evening for happy hour on the river front.
After our stay in the country our driver Kong will take us back to the Airport where we will fly on to Siem Reap for the final part of our adventure.
Siem Reap (4nights)
Siem Reap is a delightful town situated on a lovely river setting and will be our base for the next 4 nights as we explore the wonders of Angkor Wat, a complex of temples that is truly one of the great wonders of the ancient world.
Along the way I have found some exceptional restaurants, the best places to enjoy an evening beer, and some superb massage spas, to indulge and relax in during the hot afternoons. Both P Penh and S Reap have some fun, quirky Gay bars and nightclubs where we get to meet the locals, watch some shows and enjoy evening time and each others company.
Accommodation for this tour package is of western standard, and all hotels are located in the heart of where we want to be, so expect to be able walk out of the hotel and be in the middle of the action. Hotels are lovely 3-4* style all with ensuite, a swimming pool and WiFi. We have negotiated some great deals for this off-season trip and this is largely why the costs are so much less than you see elsewhere, it's not that we are scrimping on the accommodation don't worry the places we have found are little gems. The food is also amazing and last year the guys said I could have called this a gourmet tour the food was so exceptional)
As with all our trips let go of the concept you're signing up for a structured tour, you're not, you're joining us on an adventure , yes its a semi structured adventure with all the hard work done, but it is nevertheless an adventure. Things will go wrong some days, and changes will need to be taken in their stride, you will need your wits about you, and to expect to do some exploring on your own occasionally.
Proposed tour dates for 2019
Join the trip either in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) on the 17th August or Phnom Penh on the 21st August. Finish in Siem Reap on the 31st August.
This years Cambodia trip will be escorted by Richard
Min 4 Max 10.
Add a 5 day 4 night HCM and Mekong Delta adventure exploring HCM and Join trip in HCM.
Cost estimate based on 6 for 2017 for this trip is U$1750pp USD for Cambodia only or U$2350 pp inc HCM and the Delta trip.
(Guaranteed single room + $450 for Cambodia 10 night)
HCM - Delta trip single is available but expensive so suggest share here for the 4 nights.
Exchange rate movements can play havoc with planning overseas trips but quoting in USD usually means less fluctuations.
Singapore, Bangkok, KL or Hong Kong all good bases to fly into and out of the right airports for this trip.
Due to the nature of Adventure travel and the prices of the resources on which it depends, the published price of any trip is subject to change at any time, before or after booking confirmation, up to 60 days before the departure.