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Following the Mekong Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam

(21 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)

Chiang Rai, Chiang Khong, Huay Xai, Pakbeng, Vientiane, Pakse, Champassak

Siem Reap (Angkor Wat), Phnom Penh, Chau Doc, Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh City

 

An exciting itinerary following the course of the Mekong and visiting the highlights of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and the Vietnamese Mekong Delta along the way. Starting in Northern Thailand you will head immediately into Laos, cruising down the Mekong surrounded by stunning scenery. Highlights on the journey will include the 4,000 Islands, Angkor Wat and the beautiful delta region of Southern Vietnam.

 

** All our tours are Exclusive Private Tours, so you will not be put together with other guests **

 

 

Day 1: Welcome to Chiang Rai

Fly to Chiang Rai, THAILAND                                                           

 

Welcome to Thailand. Upon arrival in Chiang Rai Airport, obtain your Thailand visa (please refer to your Special Program Note), and then clear Immigration and Customs.  After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to the lovely boutique hotel.

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in Chiang Rai

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: The Legend Boutique River Resort

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Le Meridien Chiang Rai, Anantara Golden Triangle

 

Day 2: Chiang Rai

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Full day guided tour in the Golden Triangle region: After breakfast you will drive from your hotel to visit a Lisu Village at Ban Mae Kaotom and then continue uphill, via Mae Chan, passing Yao and Akha hill tribe villages. Afterwards proceed to Doi Mae Salong, passing through beautiful mountain scenery. There are stunning views from the top taking in a large part of Thailand, Burma and the Mekong Valley. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant. This afternoon depart Doi Mae Salong for Mae Sai, which is the northernmost Thai town and set on the Burmese border. Stroll through the town and take a look at the vibrant market. After time to explore here you will drive back to Chiang Rai, stopping off at Fish Cave along the way.

 

Day 3: Chiang Rai / Chiang Khong / Huay Xai / Pakbeng

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Private transfer: After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to Chiang Khong Pier where you will cross the Mekong River into Laos arriving at the town of Huay Xai.

 

Luang Say Cruise on the Mekong River: In Huay Xai you will be met by your Laotian guide and after the completion of immigration formalities you will be transferred directly to the local pier where you will embark on the Luang Say boat downstream to Pakbeng. En route there will be a stop to visit a minority village and discover rural life by the Mekong. Enjoy lunch on board. On arrival in Pakbeng at the end of the afternoon you will be transferred to your lodge for the dinner and overnight accommodation.

 

Accommodation: Stay 1 night at the Luang Say Lodge (First Class Room)

 

Day 4: Pakbeng / Pak Ou Caves / Luang Prabang

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Luang Say Cruise to Luang Prabang: Have breakfast at the lodge and then embark on the Luang Say boat for the scenic trip to Luang Prabang. En-route stop to visit a Hmong village before lunch is served on board. Later visit the Pak Ou Caves. These sacred Buddha caves, called Tham Ting & Tham Phoume, are home to numerous Buddha statues of varying shapes and sizes. The site is regularly visited by pilgrims. Afterwards you will continue on down the Mekong River until you reach Luang Prabang in the afternoon. On arrival in Luang Prabang you will be transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. The crown jewel of Laos and former Lanexang, Luang Prabang, is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in South East Asia. Magical and charming, it has preserved its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with its splendid natural scenery and sense of timelessness. In 1995 UNESCO voted Luang Prabang as a World Heritage City.

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights in Luang Prabang

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Le Sen Boutique Hotel, Burasari Heritage, Mekong Riverview Hotel

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Belmond La Residence Phou Vao, Luang Say Residence 

 

Day 5: Alms in Luang Prabang & local rural life

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Shortly after dawn in Luang Prabang, a gong announces the end of morning prayers and the beginning of a procession of monks emerging from the temples to seek alms; rise early this morning to experience this extraordinary ritual. After breakfast, stroll through the lively Central Market where the ethnic minorities of the surroundings come daily. Visit the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and visit to Luang Prabang’s most beautiful temple, Vat Xiang Thong. Once a royal temple where Laotian kings were crowned, it is still home to the royal funeral chapel with the 12-meter-high funeral chariot and funeral urns for each member of the royal family. Remodeled in the 1960s, the temple features a gilded entrance, walls covered in black lacquer and decorated with gold figures and symbols and the impressive “tree of life” mosaic of stained glass, which is one of the best-known images in Laos, visit the Wat Mai temple; and take an orientation tour of the city, then explore the National Museum, preserved from its days as a royal residence at the turn of the 20th century and depicting day-to-day life for the rich and royal.

 

Spend the afternoon on a community based living rice farm situated in the idyllic countryside, surrounded by mountains and rice paddies. You’ll have an opportunity to experience the life of local rice farmers and try your hand at some of their daily activities, or view them from the comfort of a traditional Lao rice house balcony, surrounded by rice terraces and an organic vegetable farm. There will also be time to visit local handicraft workshops featuring crafts including bamboo weaving, blacksmithing, and sugar cane processing. And a tour of an organic garden offers insights on how natural herbs are used in traditional medicine. Returning to your hotel in Luang Prabang for an evening spent at leisure.

 

Day 6: Life in the Laotian countryside

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel and drive to visit to Elephant Village for a delightful morning spent learning about Laotian elephants: Welcome greeting by our camp manager and participate in a short briefing about elephants. Enjoy the impressive experience of a 3 km elephant ride on the howdah (elephant seat) or on your elephant’s neck. From here enjoy boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall: Ride in a traditional Lao long boat to the Tad Sae Waterfall. After lunch, a scenic drive through the countryside leads to the multi-tiered cascades of the Khouang Si waterfalls. The distance is about 30km and takes approximately 1 hour passing through very scenic Laotian countryside. The waterfalls tumble over multi – tiered limestone formations into cool, clear pools ideal for swimming and relaxing. On the way to the waterfalls, visit small villages of Ban Na Oune, Hmong village and Khmu minority village of Ban Thapane for a glimpse into their lifestyle. Continue to the waterfalls. Return to Luang Prabang. On the way, visit Ban Ou, a lowland Lao village known for its cotton production. Continue to see silk production at Ban Phanom, a weaving village that become famous as the ‘weavers of royalty’, producing items for the Royal Palace of the last King of Laos.

 

Later afternoon, you'll be returned to your hotel for free to relax or explore independently.

 

Day 7: Luang Prabang – Vientiane

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

After leisurely morning, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Vientiane.

 

Fly Luang Prabang to Vientiane on Laos Airlines QV102, departing 10:40, arriving 11:30

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Welcome to Vientiane. Upon arrival at Vientiane Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

After settling in and enjoying a bit of free time, you'll head out with your guide and spend the afternoon explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao's national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph. Next, you’ll visit the excellent COPE exhibition center, highlighting a much overlooked aspect of Laos and a major problem many of the local people face on a day to day basis in the form of unexploded ordnance as a result of heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era. Finish the day with the spectacular view of the Mekong River at sunset.

 

Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Vientiane

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Salana Boutique Hotel, Ansara Hotel

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Green Park Boutique Hotel, Settha Palace Hotel

 

Day 8: Vientiane – Pakse – Champasak

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

After leisurely morning, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Pakse.

 

Fly Vientiane to Pakse on Laos Airlines QV305, departing 10:30, arriving 11:45

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Welcome to Pakse. Upon arrival at Pakse Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

Road Journey: On arrival in Pakse, you will be met by your guide and drive south towards Champassak. En-route you will visit the impressive and scenic Tad Fane Waterfalls located on the fascinating Boloven Plateau. The Boloven Plateau, which was formed by an ancient volcano, is famous for its agricultural products including many coffee and tea plantations. The plateau has a number of tribal villages, some of them still practicing Stone Age culture. They use extremely primitive agriculture tools and conduct frequent spiritual ceremonies. En-route, visit the ethnic minority villages of the Lavai and Yaheune tribes. Also stop to visit a tea and coffee plantation before continue on to Champassak to arrive in the late afternoon and check into your lovely resort. The comfortable River Resort enjoys an enchanting location on the banks of the Mekong River. The 20 guestrooms are contained in a series of villas spread throughout spacious gardens. The Resort has a restaurant serving a high standard of local and international cuisine. Guests can also take advantage of the massage pavilion, the infinity swimming pool and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout.

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights at The River Resort (Deluxe River Room)

 

Day 9: Champassak – Wat Phou – Champassak

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Morning tour of Wat Phou: After breakfast there will be a guided tour of the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phou. Founded in the first decades of the 9th century by Jayavarman II, the first king of an independent Khmer nation, the pre-Angkorian Wat Phou Temple (6th-13th centuries). Wat Phou Temple lies on a hillside and offers spectacular views on the surrounding plains and on the Mekong River. UNESCO listed Vat Phu Temple as a World Heritage site in 2002. Hindu Khmer probably chose the site because of the spring that flows from near the top of the hill. Historians say that Phu Pasak was in fact sacred to the pre-Angkorian Kingdom of Chenla (6th century) and may have been the site of human sacrifices. The temple is divided in two parts. The lower part consists of two ruined palace buildings at the edge of a pond, which was used for ritual ablutions. The upper section, the temple sanctuary itself, once enclosed a large Shiva phallus (linga). It was later converted into a Buddhist temple but much of the original Hindu sculpture remains. The lintels feature various forms of Vishnu and Shiva as well as Kala, the Hindu god of time and death. The naga stairway is lined with plumeria (Dokchampa), the Lao national flower.

 

This afternoon is at leisure to relax at your hotel or explore the local countryside.

 

Day 10: Champassak – Four Thousand Islands – Champassak

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Full day tour of the Four Thousand Islands: After an early morning breakfast, we head south by road and boat explore Khone Island. Cruise along the backwaters to explore Siphandone. During the rainy season, the Mekong River reaches a breadth of 14kms, the river’s widest reach along its 4,350 km journey from the Tibetan Plateau towards the South China Sea; when the river recedes, it leaves behind thousands of islands and islets. Visit the surrounding islands of Done Det and Done Som for a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen. Continue to Done Khone Island and hike along its ancient railway built by the French in 1897 in order to bypass the powerful rapids when transporting goods from Cambodia. Continue to the Sumphamith Waterfall. Return to Ban Khone. Board a local long-tail riverboat to reach Ban Phiengdee for lunch. In the afternoon, continue by car to visit the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall, the largest cascade along the Mekong River. A fault line caused the cascade, which is 6 km wide at this point, and the astonishing force of the water has cut dramatic gorges through the brittle bedrock.

 

Day 11: Champasak – Pakse – Siem Reap

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

After leisurely morning, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Siem Reap.

 

Fly Pakse to Siem Reap on Laos Airlines QV513, departing 13:00, arriving 14:00

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Welcome to Cambodia. Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport, obtain your Cambodia visa (please refer to your Special Program Note), and then clear Immigration and Customs.  After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire.

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights in Siem Reap

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Shinta Mani Resort, Viroth’s Boutique Hotel, Pavillon d’Orient Boutique

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Park Hyatt Siem Reap, Belmond La Residence d’Angkor, Phum Baitang Resort

 

Day 12: Siem Reap

Meals Provided:  Breakfast

 

These temples were built from the 9th to 12th centuries by a Khmer empire that controlled not only Cambodia but large parts of what are now Laos, Thailand and Vietnam as well. With their grandeur of scale and extraordinary delicacy in detail, the temples rank among humankind's most supreme artistic expressions. Spend the early morning visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, visit Bayon temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphuon (recently re-opened after years of restoration), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King.

 

In the late afternoon and sunset hours, explore the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks – the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Sunset at Angkor Wat.

 

After dusk, you'll be returned to your hotel with the evening free to relax or explore independently.

 

Day 13: Siem Reap

Meals Provided:  Breakfast

 

Today, meet your personal guide and driver. Rise early to travel to Ta Phrom. Built in 1186, Ta Phrom was dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII. Its atmospheric dark gray sandstone towers and courtyards exude an aura of reverence and mystery. Unlike most of the other inner temples of Angkor, Ta Phrom has been left to the elements and looks very much as it must have when "discovered" by Henri Mouhot in the 1860s. Navigating through its narrow passages, immense kapok trees and jungle-covered ruins is an unparalleled experience and one of the highlights of Angkor. Next, you’ll visit Preah Khan or 'Sacred Sword', built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. Sister temple to Ta Prohm, the cruciform corridors here are impressive and there are some wonderful carvings adorning the walls, including the spectacular hall of dancers. Look out for the curious two-storey structure that is almost Grecian in inspiration. This is one of the few temples originally dedicated to Buddhism and Hinduism. The original eastern entrance was for Mahayana Buddhists, while the other cardinal points represented the Hindu trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Next, to Banteay Kdei This temple was the first great Buddhist monastery in Cambodia, constructed by Jayavarman VII during the 12th and 13th centuries. Its system of galleries and vestibules that were added after the construction of the main towers makes it look like a cloister. It was built in sandstone, which has deteriorated quite badly. However, there remain some very beautiful lintels and pediments. Although it is in a ruinous state. You’ll then visit Ta Keo King Suryavarman I commissioned this temple in the 10th Century, but it was never completed so has no elaborate decoration like its contemporaries. It is a pyramid on 5 levels and is dedicated to Shiva. Some scholars contend this was due to an inauspicious lightning strike during construction. Others have suggested the high quality sandstone was simply too hard to carve in detail.

 

Later this afternoon, journey north to visit Banteay Srei. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women', thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man. Originally believed to date from the latter part of the Angkor period, inscriptions at the site suggest it was built by a Brahman in 967. However, some architectural historians have suggested that the inscriptions may date from an earlier structure on this site and the temple is in fact later, marking a high-water mark in Khmer sculpture. Stop at a local village to visit families who are producing palm sugar. Make a short stop at the Land Mine Museum, a rather humble look at the land mine problem, past and present, in Cambodia.

 

This evening, walk up Phnom Bakheng for a sunset view of Angkor Wat and the surrounding areas. This view provides a wonderful overview of the entire area. (Please note that this site becomes very crowded at sunset, so you may choose to walk up to Pre Rep instead.) 

 

Day 14: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

Meals Provided:  Breakfast

 

For a further glimpse into local life, this morning, depart Siem Reap for a tour of the surrounding countryside and take an ox-cart ride through the villages and the rice fields. At the end of your ride, have a fresh coconut drink with the family and do not hesitate to talk with the local people to get to know more about their lives. Then driver to boat pier and board a wooden boat for a ride on Tonle Sap often called the Great Lake. We will float by schools, markets and police stations all built within the lake and observe the typical local activities. We’ll visit a floating house to interact with a local family before returning to town. Next, visit Les Artisans dAngkor - Chantiers Ecoles, this centre is working with young artisans; the team creates, produce and market a unique collection of ornamental sculpture, lacquer ware, silk weaving and silk painting. The company promotes fair, sustainable development in order to provide benefits to the rural communities.

 

After leisurely afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Phnom Penh.

 

Fly Siem Reap to Phnom Penh on Cambodia Angkor Air K6108, departing 15:30, arriving 14:15

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Welcome to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival at Phnom Penh Airport.  After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. This city was once considered one of the most beautiful in Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains a colonial charm. Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in Phnom Penh

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: La Rose Suites, The Pavillon, Arunreas Hotel

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra

 

Day 15: Phnom Penh

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Today, meet your personal guide and driver and drive to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek (16 km south of Phnom Penh). Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) detained and tortured at S-21 prison were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek. They were often bludgeoned to death to avoid wasting precious bullets. Fragments of human bone and bits of cloth are scattered around the disinterred pits. Over 8,000 skulls, arranged by sex and age, are visible behind the clear glass panels of the Memorial Stupa, which was erected in 1988. You'll then continue to visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest such center of detention and torture in the country. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek to be executed; detainees who died during torture were buried in mass graves in the prison ground. Room after room the museum displays photographs of men, women and children covering the walls from floor to ceiling; virtually all the people pictured were later killed.

 

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to discover the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom. See the different structures of this pagoda-style compound and stroll in its beautiful garden. Visit the Silver Pagoda so named because of its floor that is comprised of 5,000 silver tiles. A gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha are also housed here. Next, visit the National Museum. Built in 1917 it is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both pre-and post-Angkorian pieces. Finish your tour at the city's namesake, Wat Phnom. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. Later this afternoon enjoy one-hour sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. The boat will pass past floating villages, providing great views of the city’s rapidly changing skyline.

 

Day 16: Phnom Penh – Chau Doc

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Today around 11:30am. Our driver pick up from your hotel and transfer to Sisowath pier for board to speed boat to Chau Doc. Then, Hang Chau Speed boat depart 12:00 and arrive 16:00. Arrival Chau Doc around 16:00 pick up at the boat quay transfer to hotel.

 

Accommodation: Stay 1 night at the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel (Superior Room)

 

Day 17: Chau Doc – Can Tho

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

After breakfast, your day will start with a refreshing walk to Sam Mountain located 5 km from Chau Doc. Arriving at the foot of the mountain you will come upon Tay An pagoda. You will come upon one of most well-known temple Chua Xu on your walk up Sam Mountain. Return to the Mekong River to take boat trip across to the Cham fishing Village of Islam religion. Continue to Can Tho by car on the way, you can visit a Crocodile farm and see how they breed crocodiles and see the products from Crocodile skin. It's also an ideal place for lunch and try Crocodile meat (on your account). Continue driving to Thot Not, where you can either take a rowing boat trip to visit Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary. Bang Lang Stork Garden, a 1.3 hectare stork sanctuary, there is thousands of storks. More than ten species of storks are residing here. Visitors can see these birds returning home in late afternoon after the whole day seeking food from other places. There is a tall wooden viewing platform to view the birds. The scenery of thousands of storks flying around and gathering in the Garden is really exotic to visitors. Arrive in Can Tho, after check in, visit Khmer pagoda, though a small but quite interesting place, where you can have a conversation with the venerable of this pagoda and learn more about Theravada Buddhism..

 

Accommodation: Stay 1 night at the Victoria Chan Tho Hotel (Superior Room)

 

Day 18: Can Tho – Mang Thit – Cai Be

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Overnight Bassac Mekong Delta cruise: In the morning take a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market – the highlight of Mekong Delta. This sights and the scene of the busy colorful floating market is unique to this area. Weaving through the various boats arrive at the tropical fruit garden well known for some of the most delicious fruits of the country. Savor the season fruits of the area. Then back to your hotel for check out hotel and 11:00am transfer to Ninh Kieu pier for join-in cruise trip 2 days/ 1night on the Bassac boat which departs Can Tho at Ninh Kieu pier. Welcome drink, introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins. Departure downstream of the Hau River. Lunch on board while en route. Tour near Tra On floating market. Branching into Nicolai canal, towards the Mang Thit and Co Chien Rivers. Rest on the upper deck or enjoy the open bar in scenery of rice fields, sugar cane, woods on the near banks. Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby. Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Open bar and rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit River towards her anchorage point for the night. The Bassac sets anchor for the night on river Mang Thit.

 

Accommodation: Spend 1 nights on board the Bassac Mekong Delta cruise (Standard Cabin)

 

Day 19: Can Tho – Cai Be – Ho Chi Minh City

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Bassac Mekong Delta cruise: Wake early for breakfast as the boat cruises towards the Cai Be. The passengers take their breakfast while enjoying the scenery on the banks. The Bassac crosses Co Chien River then branches into Cho Lach canal for 30 minutes through the traffic of sand and rice barges, in scenery of fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards. Arrival in Cai Be, check-out and embarkation on Cai Be Princess junk boat, clients are welcomed with fresh cotton towels. The tour will start with the visit of Cai Be colourfull floating market. We will proceed by the visit of some local home factories such as rice paste making, rice popcorn, coco candies, and longans drying processing. You will then return on board Cai Be Princess to proceed the excursion to Dong Hoa Hiep island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be during a 40 minutes cruise to discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. Stops on the way can be made upon request for particular visits or photos making. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people. Visit at an ancient mandarin house dating from the last century where the familly descendants will welcome you with a cup a warm green tea. Back on board Cai Be Princess for a 20 minutes cruise to Phu An hamlet passing by Cai Be beautiful church. Lunch will await you at Le Longanier restaurant, a superb Indochine style two storeys villa decorated with several antiques and furnitures from the 1930’ period, located in a lush tropical garden by the river among pomelo, longan, mango, and coconut and banana trees. After a short walk along a beautiful canal, the excursion will end at approx. 3.30pm at Ba Bon Bridge where your own private transportation vehicule will await you and drive to Ho Chi Minh City and we arrive Ho Chi Minh City around 6pm you will be privately transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. Formerly known as Saigon, today’s Ho Chi Minh City is the bustling and vibrating economic centre of the South. Over the past few centuries, Saigon was called the “Pearl of the Far East” and was an important trading centre for Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants who travelled along the Saigon River. Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in Ho Chi Minh City

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Grand Hotel, Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel, Villa Song Saigon

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Park Hyatt Saigon, InterContinental Asiana Saigon, The Reverie Saigon

 

Day 20: Discover Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

This morning, enjoy scenic drive through the countryside as people work on their rice paddies and thatched hut villages scattered along the way. Visit a local village making rice paper, a well-known product used to make the delicious spring rolls. Arriving at the Cu Chi Tunnels to explore part of the 151-mile underground network that zigzagged from the southern tip of the Ho Chi Minh Trail near Cambodia to the Saigon River. Cu Chi is a must for anyone interested in understanding a vital aspect of guerrilla warfare fought by the Vietnamese against both the French and the Americans. These criss-crossing tunnels were begun in the late 1940s by local resistance fighters looking for a place to hide their weapons from the French. Discover secret trapdoors, field hospitals, command posts, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms.

 

After lunch, continue to discover Saigon's historic landmarks including the former Presidential Palace which was once headquarters for the Saigon Government during the "American War", and the War Remnants Museum, established in September 1975 in Ho Chi Minh City. It contains countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting some of the less heroic activities carried out by the US army in Vietnam. Planes, tanks, bombs and helicopters are also on display. Next visit the 1880's General Post Office and the late 19th century Notre Dame cathedral, located in a peaceful part of the city.

 

Day 21: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Today free at leisure until transfer to the Ho Chi Minh City airport in time for your flight to the next destination. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

 

 

Price guideline:

 

The above tour costs from $3,535*per person, based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room.

 

*Please note this price is subject to change at the time of booking, and depends on the date of travel and the availability of accommodation.

 

Our price includes (Private tour): 

• Accommodation base in a shared double or twin room throughout

Daily buffet breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges.

Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary.

Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.

Private sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.

Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner.

• Domestic flight tickets: Luang Prabang – Vientiane on Economy Class.

• Domestic flight tickets: Vientiane – Pakse on Economy Class.

• International flight tickets: Pakse - Siem Reap on Economy Class.

Boat cruise as specified in the programmed.

Entrance fees according the above program.

Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers.

VAT and all taxes and service charge.

 

The price does not include

International flight tickets and Visas

Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls

Personal, travel and health insurance

Early check in and late check out

Drinks during meals

Meals that are not specified

Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff

 

 

All of our itineraries can customized as you wish, add extra days, change a hotel, and see different sights. For information on this or our other tours please email us at: info@globaltravel-asia.com