Itinerary Highlights
    • From Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, discover the major sites and literature of Cochinchina and the Khmer Empire


    • Drift through the Mekong Delta, from the floating market to a Cham village and enjoy breakfast on a terrace overlooking the river


    • See the sun slowly rise over the temples of Angkor


    • Cultural trips with knowledgeable private guides and a local Concierge service: all reasons to travel with us

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Let's start with Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City. The city and the delta are certainly no longer as described by authors like Marguerite Duras, but the architecture does speak to the period of France's rule here. Appreciate the quality of the architecture and how it has penetrated Vietnamese aesthetics (as shown in the works of the 'École française d'Extrême-Orient' - the French School of the Far East). In the various branches of the Mekong Delta, discover locals who greet you with warmth, delicious local cuisine and idyllic river scenery. And of course the powerful flow of the great river, which you can admire from the shaded terrace of an Art Deco hotel. And now, head to Sam Mountain and Chau Doc, in the south-west corner of Vietnam, from which you can look across to Cambodia.




Next Stop: Cambodia

Take a boat to Phnom Penh and then catch a plane to Angkor. Angkor is a place that has enchanted visitors for centuries. This is where art, mythology, and politics come together. Spend three days exploring it with expert guides. Your guides will help bring to life the scene as it would have been seen by the first archaeologists to rediscover this site, and take you through its evolution to its current state, as well as ongoing restoration work.



Logistics and extra touches

In between your planned activities and tours, go out for a drink at a rooftop bar or have dinner at a nice restaurant in Phnom Penh, recharge at the spas at our carefully chosen hotels, take a dip in the pool, ride around in a tuk-tuk and eat street food at the stalls. The distances you travel (in a private air conditioned car) and guided tours are all prearranged to ensure your trip is as seamless as possible.

Route

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DAY 1

Flight to Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 2

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Transfer and immediate check-in to a central hotel on the Saigon River. The hotel has twenty newly-refurbished floors, with a rooftop swimming pool, and all the usual amenities including restaurants, lounges, a spa and gym.
Included in the itinerary - Must-sees of Ho Chi Minh City otherwise known as 'The Pearl of the Far East'. Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Central Market and the Museum of Vietnamese History all mark the various stages of French colonisation, from the Roman Gothic architecture of the cathedral to the Indochinese motifs on the museum and the Eiffel-designed post office. Then, take a rickshaw to Cholon, the Chinese quarter, to see the temple of Thien Hau (goddess of the sea), the church of Saint Joan of Arc and the Binh Tay Market. You could also visit a lacquerware workshop.

DAY 3

Ho Chi Minh City - Sa Dec - Can Tho

Included in the itinerary - Head to Sa Dec. The famous French noverlist, Marguerite Duras's, mother ran a school in the Mekong Delta village (now Trung Vuong Elementary School), which you'll visit as well as the family home of the famous French novelist's Chinese lover. The small Confucian temple Kien An Cung is beautiful; it was built in the 1920s by the Hoa, a Sino-Vietnamese minority, and is also well worth a visit.
You'll stay overnight stay in Can Tho on the bank of the Hau (a branch of the Mekong Delta). The hotel has modern, clean and bright colonial architecture, a large outdoor swimming pool (which flows into an indoor swimming pool), beautiful airy rooms, elegant furniture and wonderful bedding. Its lovely gardens, spa and fantastic restaurant all make your hotel the best place to stay in the delta. Enjoy an evening stroll along the hotel pier on the Bassac or Hau rivers.

DAY 4

Can Tho - Chau Doc

Included in the itinerary - In the morning, board a boat for a tour of the floating market, where colourful and flavourful produce from the surrounding farms are sold. Then cycle a few miles around the Can Tho countryside.
Spend the night in Chau Doc on the banks of the Hau River (which you will have just sailed along). The features of the hotel are very similar to your hotel in Can Tho. The restaurant's terrace, which overlooks the caramel waters of the Bassac river, is particularly pleasant. Chau Doc's breakfast is one of the highlights of the trip. The spa here is also a particular highlight.

DAY 5

Chau Doc

Included in the itinerary - Visit the Chau Phu Temple, built in 1926 in memory of a high-ranking official of the Nguyen Dynasty who established the border with Cambodia. Then, head to Sam Mountain, three miles south-west of Chau Doc. Many pilgrims visit the temples and pagodas on this mountain. On the way to the top, there are refreshments and hammocks available (however, we recommend carrying on – even if it means stopping on the way back for a rest – because the view over the delta and the rice paddies is truly magnificent). Finally, take a boat to a village on stilts which is home to a Cham bani community, which practises Islam with hints of Hinduism and Buddhism. Enjoy a free afternoon. Overnight stay in Chau Doc.

DAY 6

Chau Doc - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Boat transfer to Phnom Penh. Stay in a central hotel, just minutes from the west bank of the Bassac River, the right branch of the Mekong. The hotel has colonial touches with its motifs, furniture and references to famous hotels in Southeast Asia. The rooms are lovely. The restaurant serves Cambodian, European and Argentinian asado cuisine. There's a swimming pool and spa for a spot of well-deserved relaxation.
Included in the itinerary - A tour of Phnom Penh in a rickshaw. Go on a walk with an archaeologist private guide to discover the remarkable buildings from the protectorate era. The Central Market is a splendid Art Deco building whose renovation is still ongoing.

DAY 7

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap/Angkor

Included in the itinerary - Phnom Penh Khmer. Discover the extraordinary collections of Khmer ethnography and art at the National Museum; the Royal Palace, whose construction began in 1866 under King Norodom I (the silver pagoda at the palace has a Baccarat crystal Buddha and a golden statue of the Bodhisattva Maitreya set with diamonds); and the hill-dwelling Wat Phnom, after which the city was named.
Transfer to the airport and flight to Siem Reap. Four-night stay in a hotel that, like many others, is located in a garden, displays suitable modern art and serves seasonal cuisine. But, unlike many others, it doesn't try to be rustic, and boasts a comforting urban feel.

DAY 8

Siem Reap

Included in the itinerary - Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Ride in a tuk-tuk as you visit two great landmarks of the former capital of the Khmer Empire. Angkor Wat, the temple and capital city of Suryavarman II, was built in the 12th century and is the largest and best-preserved monument on the site. Restoration projects here remain ongoing with teams of archaeologists working with the latest technologies to make new discoveries. The collection of statues is particularly impressive. Buddhist worship continues in the shrine (which was first dedicated to Vishnu). Jayavarman VII built the Royal City of Angkor Thom in the early 13th century. The immense carved faces of the southern gate are unforgettable; the natural Bayon bas-relief sculptures and the central temple are astonishing. One of our favourite experiences is an evening spent watching a contemporary circus show (using traditional and modern techniques) featuring the students of the Phare Ponleu Selpak association, which works to improve the development of local communities through education in the arts.

DAY 9

Siem Reap

Included in the itinerary - An expert guide will take you to Beng Mealea, a 12th century temple whose design was used as a model for Angkor Wat. Phnom Kulen, which translates as the Mountain of the Lychees, is also a must-visit. The sandstone riverbed at Kbal Spean, with its linga (representations of Shiva) and yoni (representations of Shakti) carvings, is a masterpiece of ancient art. Then, head to the site of the former city of Isvarapura, 12 miles north-east of Angkor; here, there's the Banteay Srei temple, dedicated to Shiva, which was looted by French novelist Andre Malraux. This is a beautiful, well-preserved pink sandstone temple from the 10th century, adorned with a wide array of art. A visit to a palm sugar producer brings you back into touch with everyday life in the area.

DAY 10

Siem Reap

Included in the itinerary - Take a boat out on Tonle Sap lake. You'll visit the lake's floating village and the flooded forest of Kompong Phluk. This life on stilts, where everything depends on the river, feels like a different era and a different world. In the afternoon, travel east of Angkor Thom to see the Ta Prohm temple, a 12th century Buddhist school. Its beauty lies in the invasion of the sprawling roots of false hemp trees, and it's in the same state that it was in when the sacred area was rediscovered by the first archaeologists. Day with an expert guide.

DAY 11

Siem Reap - Return flight

Transfer to the airport and return flight.

A la carte

WITH A FEW EXTRA DAYS IN CAMBODIA - BATTAMBANG

- Explore the countryside by bike. Lush countryside, rice paddies and the banks of the Sangkae River are ripe for exploration by bike. From the large marketplace to the colonial quayside houses, the town's French influence is clear and well preserved. Many temples and other architectural features are also a clear reminder that you are in Khmer territory. Battambang is also an important academic centre and a hub for trading with Thailand. Its diversity is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why it's so culturally dynamic. To discover the area's ancient side, visit the commune of Piem Ek to see Wat Ek Phnom, where an 11th-century Hindu temple is flanked by a modern pagoda and a large, white Buddha.

Optional

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip starts from £2,855 to £3,570 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £3,125 per person.
  • Flight to Ho Chi Minh City and return from Siem Reap with a scheduled airline


  • Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap


  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharge


  • Ferry from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh


  • Private transfers


  • Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City in a double room with breakfast included


  • Overnight stay in Can Tho in a double room with breakfast included


  • Two-night stay in Chau Doc in a double room with breakfast included


  • Overnight stay in Phnom Penh in a double room with breakfast included


  • Four-night stay in Siem Reap in a double room with breakfast included


  • The tours and activities in the itinerary, which have private expert guides, include: Saigon, Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh, Angkor archaeological site and Tonle Sap


  • A host of additional services are included when travelling with us, including Our local Concierge service


  • Our local Concierge service


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