You will be picked up at the Ho Chi Minh airport on Day 1. Discover the historic Cu Chi tunnels on Day 2 before embarking on a 2-day exploration of the Mekong Delta on Days 3&4. Take a bus to Phnom Penh on Day 5 and see the somber side of Cambodian history on Day 6 with a tour of Prison S21 and the Killing Fields. Travel to Siem Reap on Day 7 and enjoy a guided tour of the breathtaking Angkor Wattemple complex on Day 8. Travel to Bangkok on Day 9, where you will be dropped off at the airport.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Airport Pick-Up
Today you will be picked up upon arrival to the Ho Chi Minh City airport and transferred to your accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax, explore, and get settled in. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day Trip (B)
Get an early start around 7:45am and head to the historic Cu Chi tunnels (Ben Dinh), approximately 70kms away from central Ho Chi Minh City. The Cu Chi tunnels represent one of the most famous vestiges of the Vietnam War and one of the keys to Vietnam’s victory. This vast and amazing subterranean network consists of over 200kms of tunnels connected with one another in an intricate cobweb formation. With determination and endurance, the tunnels were dug with rudimentary tools and the openings were camouflaged so well that no enemy could find them. Crawl into these fascinating underground dwellings to get a feel of the stamina and grit it took to live in the tunnels, try the steamed tapioca root which was the main staple food in Cu Chi during the war, and more. Around 13:30 pm, we will be back in Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Ben Tre - Can Tho (L/D)
This morning we’ll make our way to Ben Tre, arriving around 9:30 am. There we will take a little boat ride through the labyrinth of little canals that make the Mekong Delta. After that, we will drive to nearby villages and you can see first hand how villagers tend their rice fields and their vegetable gardens. You will also visit a family and see how they earn a living by making rice paper and coconut candy. We will have a delicious Vietnamese lunch by the riverside.
After lunch we will take the boat back through the canals to Ben Tre. At about 3:00 pm, we will drive to interesting locations such as Rach Mieu, My Thuan and Can Tho Bridge, before arriving in Can Tho. In Can Tho you will have free time to sightsee. There will also be a bus transfer to Ninh Kieu wharf and back to the hotel. We will spend the night in Can Tho.
Day 4: Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Vinh Long Market - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (B)
We will have an early breakfast at 6:00 am and then depart about 7.00 am. We will get on a motorboat and will first visit Cai Rang, where the biggest and most colourful floating market on the Mekong takes place. You will see how hundreds of little boats congregate to sell their fruits, vegetables, plants, and food. After enjoying this smorgasbord of vendors, we will continue with a motorboat along narrow leafy canals to a local orchard where we will taste some tropical fruit. We will return to our hotel at around 10:30 am and you will have free time to sightsee or cycle around. After checking out of your hotel at noon, you will have lunch (not included). Afterwards, we will slowly make our way back to Ho Chi Minh City. But before, we will make a quick stop at Vinh Long Market. We will be back in Ho Chi Minh City at approximately 6:00 pm. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 5: Bus Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh (B)
Today you will make your own way to the bus station to catch your transfer to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Upon arrival to the bus station please make your own way to your accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax, explore, and get settled in. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 6: Killing Fields & Prison S21 Tour
Get picked up and start your intriguing tour to the S21 Prison and the Killing Fields. Visit the Genocide Museum, also known as Prison S21 under Khmer Rouge regime. An audio-guide will help you learn about some basic insights at this prison. The prison is composed of 4 buildings, and there are different exhibitions on different floors / rooms. Two prison survivors sometimes come to the museum and talk to the visitors.
You will also visit the Killing Fields, about a 40 minute drive away from the Phnom Penh city center. Upon arrival you will receive an Audio Tour with headphones and a control device with numbered buttons. You can follow the map provided and start the Audio Tour. Then we will make the return trip and you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Overnight in Phnom Penh.A bit of history...The Killing Fields is the name given to numerous burial sites in Cambodia where huge numbers of people were killed and buried by the infamous Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979. Over 20,000 mass grave sites have been found across Cambodia, estimates place the number of dead between 2 and 4 million. Many of these deaths were as a result of the Khmer Rouge policies that resulted in the disease and starvation of much of its population.The S21 Security Prison, also known as Tuol Sleng, is where an estimated 17,000 people were imprisoned between 1975 - 1979. They were repeatedly tortured and coerced into naming family members and close associates, who were in turn arrested, brought to S21, tortured and eventually killed. In 1979, the prison was uncovered by the invading Vietnamese army who toppled the Khmer Rouge and its leader, Pol Pot. In 1980, the prison was reopened by the government of the People's Republic of Kampuchea as a historical museum.
Day 7: Shuttle Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Today you will be picked up at your accommodation in Phnom Penh and transferred to Siem Reap where you will check into your new accommodation. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax, explore, and get settled in. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 8: Angkor Wat Day Tour
You will be picked up in the morning and you will first visit the Angkor Thom complex. Bayon temple, with 54 towers and 216 faces of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, is the highlight of all the temples in the center of Angkor Thom City. Then we continue to visit several other historic sites such as Baphuon, the Ancient Royal Palace, the Elephant terrace and Ta Prohm temple. Ta Prohm temple is the temple where gigantic tree roots have grown that was made famous by the Hollywood film "Tomb Raider" starring Angelina Jolie.
Before we continue to other interesting sites, we will have lunch. After lunch, we will see the temple of Angkor Wat which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage since 1992. Finally we continue to Phnom Bakheng to enjoy watching sunset. After the sunset, we will drive you back to your accommodation. Overnight in Siem Reap.
**Please be reminded that short dresses, short pants and tank tops or singlets are not allowed in some temples.
Day 9: Shuttle Siem Reap to Bangkok & Airport Drop-Off
Today you will be picked up at your accommodation in Siem Reap and transferred to Bangkok, where you can be dropped off at the airport. Happy trails!
- Ho Chi Minh City Airport Pick-Up
- Bus Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh
- Shuttle Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
- Shuttle Siem Reap to Bangkok
- Bangkok Airport Drop-Off
8 Nights Accommodation in Hostels, 3* or 4* Hotels, According to Package:
- 3N Ho Chi Minh
- 1N Can Tho Budget Hotel
- 2N Phnom Penh
- 2N Siem Reap
- 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner in Hostel Package
- 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner in Hotel Packages
- Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day Trip
- 2-Day Mekong Delta Excursion
- Killing Fields & Prison S21 Tour
- Angkor Wat Day Tour
Cu Chi Tunnels Entry Fee