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Classic Crossing Cambodia: Bangkok to Saigon 15 Days

Overview
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok
Day 3: Bangkok - Ban Pakard/Pailin - Battambang
Day 4: Battambang
Day 5: Battambang - Siem Reap
Day 6: Siem Reap
Day 7: Siem Reap
Day 8: Siem Reap - Kampong Thom - Phnom Penh
Day 9: Phnom Penh
Day 10: Phnom Penh - Chau Doc
Day 11: Chau Doc - Can Tho
Day 12: Can Tho
Day 13: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 15: Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok (D)

Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be welcomed by your Bamboo Travel guide, and transferred to your accommodation. This evening enjoy a city tour of the illuminated old quarter, dinner along the river and a visit to the late night flower market. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 2: Bangkok (B)

Begin your day with an introduction to Thailand's rich cultural heritage as you visit The National Museum, a treasure house of textiles, Buddhist relics, and royal regalia. Afterwards, step into a Chao Phraya river boat to explore the city's aquatic side as you're taken to the Royal Barge Museum and the astounding Wat Arun, Bangkok's 'Temple of the Dawn'. This afternoon visit the famed Jim Thompson House, once owned by the mysterious American who helped revive the silk industry, and Suan Pakkad Palace, an elegant museum for Thai porcelain, lacquer and paintings. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 3: Bangkok - Ban Pakard/Pailin - Battambang (B/L)

Leaving the skyscrapers of Bangkok behind, you'll set out through lush forest and gleaming rice paddies as you journey to the town of Ban Pakard, at the Cambodian border. Upon clearing Thai Immigration, you'll be welcomed by your Cambodian guide, who will assist you through immigration and customs formalities. After traveling along rustic tree-lined roads, you'll arrive in Battambang, a plantation town known for the warmth of its residents and the charms of its colonial French buildings. Overnight in Battambang.

Day 4: Battambang (B/L)

Spend the morning soaking in Battambang's faded colonial charm as you stroll along the Sangker River. Then head to the countryside to visit the notorious Phnom Sampeau, a killing cave used in the Pol Pot era, and on to the mountaintop temple of Wat Banan for glorious views of the countryside. This afternoon a tour of the surrounding villages gives you a chance to experience the rural lifestyle and meet friendly locals. Overnight in Battambang.

Day 5: Battambang - Siem Reap (B/L)

Catch a glimpse of rural Cambodian life as you journey by boat through riverside villages and local markets on the way to Siem Reap, site of the famous ruins of Angkor. Once the center of the most sophisticated civilization in Southeast Asia, Angkor was rediscovered in 1858 by French explorer and naturalist Henri Mouhot, and the evocative jungle clad ruins have tantalized Western imaginations ever since. Enjoy the afternoon relaxing in this charming town. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 6: Siem Reap (B/L)

Start your day at Angkor Wat, an elegant monument of towering stone, where you'll pass admire graceful stone Buddhas and candle-lit shrines. After a break for lunch, you'll climb aboard an elephant and march into Angkor Thom, site of the mysterious and captivating Bayon. Famous for its giant stone faces, this 12th century temple is decorated in an astounding array of bas-reliefs that depict both the religious cosmology and the everyday life of the Khmer empire. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 7: Siem Reap (B/L)

This morning take spectacular drive through the countryside to Banteay Srei, a temple famed for its intricately carved decorations. After lunch, you'll pass under the grip of python-like strangler trees on the way into the Preah Khan, an elaborate complex of halls, pavilions, causeways and moats. From there, you will visit Neak Pean, a tiny temple worship where the princesses of the Khmer empire came to worship long ago. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 8: Siem Reap - Kampong Thom - Phnom Penh (B/L)

Setting out toward the country's capital, you'll have the chance to peek into Cambodia's pre-Angkorian history as you visit the ancient ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk. Once the capital of the Chenla Kingdom, it now rests as an engaging site of fallen brick walls lying at the heart of a jungle. After exploring the ruins, you'll continue on to Phnom Penh. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 9: Phnom Penh (B/L)

A city tour by traditional cyclo explores what was once the loveliest city in Indochina. Cruise the currently wide boulevards, pass dazzling temples and stop to visit stately monuments. Visit the refined Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, then search for delicately woven Khmer silks and charming wood carvings at the popular Russian Market. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 10: Phnom Penh - Chau Doc (B/L)

Before departing from Phnom Penh, you'll have another chance to admire the skilled artistry of the Khmer empire as you visit the National Museum, a reliquary for the country's finest masterpieces. After lunch at a charity-run restaurant, board the Blue Cruiser boat for a trip down the Mekong and across the border into Vietnam. Upon arrival in Chau Doc, check in to the hotel and then set off for a trip to the top of Sam Mountain to watch the sunset over the temples and rice fields below. Overnight in Chau Doc.

Day 11: Chau Doc - Can Tho (B/L)

In the morning you'll take in a local market at the confluence of three rivers, then travel by boat into the homeland of the Cham, a community who were once the rulers of an extensive coastal empire. There you'll visit their floating houses and catfish farms, and observe them as they weave their beautiful textiles. This afternoon, set off by road for Can Tho, but not before stopping for at the bamboo basket-making hamlet of Long Thanh. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 12: Can Tho (B/L)

Climb into a small boat for a journey into some of the Mekong delta's must alluring waterways as we set out to view vibrant floating markets. Slipping past stilt-houses and under flimsy bamboo bridges, you'll return to Can Tho via the canals, which are the arteries of life for the local community. Later, visit the Muniwangsyaram Pagoda, a Khmer Buddhist temple populated by engaging and friendly monks, then spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 13: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

This morning you depart early from the Mekong Delta, stopping first at Vinh Long for a sampan ride, then at a huge floating market at Cai Be, before arriving in Ho Chi Minh City. Known as the 'Pearl of the Orient' to the French, and still called Saigon by its residents, you'll find the city a fascinating combination of fast paced economic growth and leisurely tropical lifestyle. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L)

Traveling out of Ho Chi Minh City, you will be amazed by the extensive network of tunnels that were built by the Vietcong. View some of the excavated tunnels from above ground, or journey down into the labyrinthine city to marvel at the secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, and cave-like meeting rooms. After lunch at the Mandarin Restaurant back in Saigon, take a tour of the city's highlights, including the retro '60s Presidential Palace, the red brick Notre Dame Cathedral, and the baroque History Museum, Post Office, and City Hall. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 16: Depart Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Enjoy your final day in Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
Price
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Trip includes:

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Private vehicles for all transportation on tour
  • Private English speaking guides throughout
  • All entrance fees to mentioned visits
  • Meals as indicated (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Porterage throughout
  • Cold towels and water during sightseeing

Trip excludes:

  • Visas or Visa fees
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks with any meals
  • Early check in and late check out
  • International or domestic departure taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Any services not mentioned in the Included column
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