Cambodia Adventure from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok

Starts: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand

Visit: Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Bangkok

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: ancient ruins, museums, cooking, boating

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Touchdown in Vietnam amid the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City, travel through Cambodia and arrive in Thailand's vivacious capital. In Cambodia, visit the spectacular temples of Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, and reflect on Cambodia's tragic history at the sobering sites of Phnom Penh. This fascinating journey from Vietnam through Cambodia and on to Thailand provides the perfect opportunity to experience the best of Indochina.Trip HighlightsExplore Ho Chi Minh City's tangle of streets.Visit Cambodia's Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.Remember the victims of the notorious Killing Fields.Relive Cambodia's past at the temples of Angkor.Revel in the tranquillity of riverside Battambang.Slurp a spicy curry in Bangkok.Accommodation: This trip uses hand-picked accommodation. Please refer to the itinerary section of this trip for details about the individual accommodation selected for this trip.Included Activities: There are many wonderful activities included with this trip. Please refer to the 'Inclusions' and 'Itinerary' tabs to see what activities are included in this itinerary.Optional Activities: There are several optional activities available with this trip. Please refer to the itinerary section for details about activities available in visited location.Small Group Experience: Traveling is often even more exciting by sharing the experience with others. Small groups range from 6 to 16 people in size, making for a trip filled with camaraderie, adventure, and the personal attention of a trained guide.

Highlights

    • Explore Ho Chi Minh City's tangle of streets
    • Visit Cambodia's Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
    • Remember the victims of the notorious Killing Fields
    • Relive Cambodia's past at the temples of Angkor
    • Revel in the tranquillity of riverside Battambang
    • Slurp a spicy curry in Bangkok

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 128252
Accommodation: Moderate
Guide Language: english

Starts: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 9 days
Departures: Guaranteed
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Transport: Boat, Private minibus, Van
  • Accommodation: Hotel (8 nights)
  • Phnom Penh - Entrance to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and Choeung Ek
  • Phnom Penh - Guided Tour of Choeung Ek
  • Siem Reap - Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake boat trip

Excludes

  • Optional activities
  • Departure Tax
  • Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip: US$180
  • Emergency funds: US$500
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance is compulsory
  • If you're happy with the services provided, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate

Price

Price person (sharing double) $748 ($83/day)

Deposit:

$250 per person for bookings made 57 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 57 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price may include accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

Tour packages spare you the hassles of trip planning, a la carte booking, organizing and managing the logistics at a foreign location.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive early in Ho Chi Minh City to slurp a steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho

Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.

Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds, and is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. The huge number of people rushing about their daily lives in Vietnam's largest city gives it a dynamic atmosphere and the French influence is evident in the excellent baguettes and coffee on offer. Much of city life takes place on the busy streets lined with shops, stalls and vendors, who have their wares spread out on the footpath and sell everything from soup to sophisticated electronics.

Check out the Reunification Palace. Formerly known as the Presidential Palace, it was the site of South Vietnam's surrender in April 1975.

Visit the War Remnants Museum. Originally opened in September 1975, it displays old military equipment and other related items from the Vietnam War. In the courtyard you'll find some larger exhibits including a F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.

Optional Activities
  • HCMC - Reunification Palace - VND30000

Accommodation: Family Inn Saigon Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Days 2-3: Cross into Cambodia and travel to Phnom Penh

Travel by public bus through rural Vietnam and Cambodia to Phnom Penh (approx 6-7 hrs).

Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, is set on a major junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers and boasts some fine examples of French-inspired architecture.

Confront Cambodia's tragic past on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre. It's estimated that more than 20,000 people were held and tortured here.

Head out to the Choeung Ek Memorial, where a stupa made up of some 8,000 human skulls marks the site of the infamous Killing Fields. This was the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng and standing in this peaceful setting it's almost unthinkable to imagine that to date nearly 9000 corpses have been exhumed from the area.

Learn about a brighter period in Cambodian history with a visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

Explore Wat Phnom, a peaceful temple situated on a hill for which the city is named. According to legend, a 14th-century woman named Penh found sacred Buddhist objects in the nearby river and placed them here on the small hill.

Check out the National Museum. Housed in a beautiful traditional building, it contains many outstanding examples of Khmer craftsmanship.

Take in the sites by cyclo! Tours generally take in the following: central market, US Embassy, Wat Phnom, Mekong river front, independence monument, finishing at the Royal Palace.

Stroll along the famous Sisowath Quay and enjoy a coffee or cocktail at one of the many cafes while observing the busy river traffic.

Included Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Guided Tour Choeung Ek (Killing Fields)
  • Phnom Penh - Entrance to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and Choeung Ek Killing Filelds
Optional Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda - USD7
  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
  • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD5
  • Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour - USD4
Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts)

Days 4-6: Travel back to a brighter time in Cambodian history with a trip to the Angkor Wat

Travel by private bus to Siem Reap (approx 6 hrs). A great opportunity to look at the real Cambodia, we'll make several stops at points of interest along the way, including an opportunity to sample the local cuisine of deep fried spiders. We also see the cottage industry at Santuk Silk Farm, a fair trade organization, which provides a valueable source of employment in a poor rural community (Santuk is closed on some important Khmer holidays).

The small but expanding town of Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor. It's markets are a great place to shop or to try some cheap, delicious street food.

Temple-hop with our local guide to make the most of our visit to the world-famous Angkor complex. These temples were built between the 9th and 13th centuries when the Khmer empire was the pre-eminent influence in South-East Asia. The temples were believed to represent the cosmic world and were set in perfect balance, symmetry and composition. The intricately carved bas-reliefs and architectural designs are mind-blowing and there are spectacular photographic opportunities at any time of day - watching a sunrise or sunset is a must. The ruins are scattered over an area of some 160 sq km, but the main cluster of temples is close to Siem Reap so we'll have plenty of time to fully appreciate the great archaeological sites of Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm.

Take a boat trip on Tonle Sap lake and visit one of its floating villages.

If you feel like some adventure you could do the optional flight of the Gibbon which is a ziplining course which gives you a birds eye view of the rainforest with an adrenalin rush thrown in.

Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake boat trip
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass
  • Angkor Archaeological Site - Guided Tour
Optional Activities
  • Siem Reap - Landmine Museum - USD3
  • Siem Reap - Flight of the Gibbon ziplining - USD129
Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts)

Day 7: Admire elegant French architecture and a relaxed country pace in Battambang

Travel by private minibus to Battambang (approx 4 hours).

Cambodia's second-largest city, Battambang, (pronounced Battambong) is an attractive riverside town with traces of French elegance, friendly Khmer people and well-preserved colonial architecture.

Consider a guided tour of the countryside to discover the local rural way of life stopping off at small cottage industries producing sticky rice, noodles & fish paste making.

Join the locals for a ride on their famous bamboo train transferring goods such as rice - a great local interaction opportunity!
Consider a mouth-watering cooking class and learn the secrets of local dishes such as: amok, Khmer curry & fried spicy chicken

Optional Activities
  • Battambang - Countryside tour - USD10
  • Battambang - Bamboo Train - USD10
  • Cooking Class, Battambang - USD12
Accommodation: Hotel  (1 nt)

Days 8-9: Skip back to Thailand and enjoy an evening in bewitching Bangkok

It's a long drive from Battambang to Bangkok (approx 8-9 hrs including border crossing and lunch)

Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food.
Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore – why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets; wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road; pay a visit to Wat Pho, home to the country's largest reclining Buddha and keeper of the magic behind Thai massage; explore the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; or travel by longtail boat down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous 'khlongs' (canals) of Bangkok. Life along these canals seems a world away from the chaotic streets of the capital.

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Thai massage - THB200
  • Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Bangkok by Bike - THB1480
  • Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Bangkok Chinatown Food Discovery - THB1870
  • Bangkok - Jim Thompson's House - THB100
  • Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Temple & River of Kings - THB2140
  • Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Tuk Tuk city tour - THB1350
Accommodation: Hotel  (1 nt)

See
Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Bangkok
Do
ancient ruins, museums, cooking, boating

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Mark Scott  

Very nice guy, very knowledgeable, thanks very much JB!

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Susan Ann Jenkins  

Really interesting, if tiring at times. I know a lot of ground was covered literally! and that's the only way to do it! Good to have most stops at least 2 nights long. Lovely person, very enthusiastic, likeable and approachable.

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Julie P  

Cambodia was amazing. I loved Siem Reap & seeing Ankor Wat at dawn. The trip had so many highlights & no lows. Not part of the trip but shopping in the market next to Angelina Jolie & her children was a thrill (it really was her - I have witnesses!). Would love to do more to help this beautiful country - if we can all do a little to leave less rubbish behind it would be a start. And ask for Sovann - he was a great guide.

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John M 

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The accommodation was quite reasonable and the tour leaders, with their local knowledge and culture gave us an understanding of the local people including their history, origin and beliefs. I enjoyed the different methods of travelling from our train trips, boat trips, coach and flights. Cruising for the two-day journey down the Mekong River to Luang Prabang is a must to do.