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08 DAYS HO CHI MINH CITY - CAI BE - CAN THO - CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH

Destination: Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be - Can Tho - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
Price from: $611.00
DAY 1: SAIGON ARRIVAL.
DAY 2: HOCHIMINH – PRIVATE TRIP TO MEKONG DELTA RIVER (MY THO – BEN TRE).
DAY 3: HO CHI MINH CITY – CAI BE – CAN THO.
DAY 4: CAN THO -– CHAU DOC.
DAY 5: CHAU DOC.
DAY 7: PHNOM PENH.
DAY 8: PHNOM PENH – DEPARTURE.

itinerary


Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you are warmly welcomed by our local guide and transfer to hotel in Saigon for check in. Free at leisure for your own activities. Impressive Welcome Dinner will be served at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.



Morning meet our local guide in the lobby of your hotel and drive to My Tho the heart of the Mekong delta, famous for its coconut production and quiet, peaceful waterways and the most beautiful landscapes, the pristine natural beauty that is Ben Tre Province. Known as “Coconut Island,” many of its people still rely on tradition and centuries old methods of production. Our program focuses on the Giong Trom and Phong Nam districts, areas untouched by commercial tourism.

We showcase the amazing local people, the villages they call home and the peaceful Rivers they use as a part of their daily lives.
 
Upon arrival, take a Xe Loi ride through the local village of Huu Dinh to enjoy the green fields and gardens. Continue with a short walk to Huu Phuoc Bridge, where you will start your boat trip through small canals with beautiful tropical scenery. On board the boat, enjoy a welcome drink and tropical fruits while cruising.
 
The cruise will first stop at a Coconut processing family owned business. Here you will learn what Ben Tre is known for and the hundreds of uses of each single coconut. Return to your boat and cruise across the water to a brick making factory, where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. Enjoy a casual cycling trip that will take you to visit a local rice noodle factory which produces Hu Tieu noodles, one of the most popular dishes in the region.

After your visit take a short walk to one of our friends, Mrs. Huong, who lives with her 3 children and grandson – they live on fishing, shrimp and fruit orchards. Enjoy fresh fruits and tea and then board a rowing sampan taking you through a lush narrow canal, displaying the tranquil nature of the region.

After our team rows you through the quiet canal, reconnect with your Day Cruiser and enjoy a cruise to a private riverside restaurant. It is time for you to relax and enjoy a 5-course lunch of local specialties. Relax and have a walk around the lush garden setting.  

Then continue your cycling trip to My Long to visit Mr. Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper which is the most famous specialty of My Long village. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and see how it is made.

Then visit the nearby house of Mr. Hung, who is a famous sticky rice maker in the village. You can also feed his stock of catfish and walk through his fruit garden.

After the visit, the boat will be waiting for you at the pier nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre city where your car will be ready to take you back to Ho Chi Minh City.



This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 2 hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be.

On arrival board your boat for cruise in the Delta’s waterways. Start your journey by passing by Cai Be’s floating market, once a busy place to trade fruits and vegetables and nowadays a more quiet market.

Then, continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island; along the way admire the scenery and the daily life of the local villagers. Lunch will be local Mekong style serving specialties of the area. Following your cruise drive in the late afternoon continue by vehicle to Can Tho where you will spend the night. Overnight in Can Tho City.



Wake up early for a breakfast cruise to the colorful Cai Rang floating market which bustles with wholesalers on big boats. Here, during the early morning market hours, larger sized boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of. The main items sold here are fruit and vegetables and every boat has a long upright pole at its bow from which samples of the goods for sale are hung.
The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even floating pho vendors.

Following your visit to Cai Rang and Can Tho depart for the 3-hour drive to Chau Doc. En route you’ll have a chance to stop at the bamboo basket-making hamlet of Long Thanh. The rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight in Chau Doc.



After breakfast visit Chau Doc’s local market which overlooks the confluence of three rivers, and later take a boat to Chau Giang District where a tiny mosque serves the local Cham community. The Cham minority who dominated coastal Vietnam from the 2nd to the 9th centuries were originally Hindu, but became Muslim as a result of contact with Arab seafarers and merchants in the Middle Ages. In Southeast Asia Islam was disseminated primarily by merchants who, following the monsoon winds, lived in various coastal towns for months at a time. The Chams also practice silk weaving and you may have the opportunity to see them at work. The architecture here is rather distinctive.

You’ll visit a beautiful Khmer temple, and later visit the floating houses that double as catfish farms, now a huge industry for the country.

Late this afternoon visit Sam Mountain, an important pilgrimage site that is frequently visited by pilgrims from all over the Mekong Delta. There are dozens of pagodas and temples around Sam Mountain and reaching the peak is the highlight of the visit. The views from the top are spectacular (weather permitting) and you can easily look out over Cambodia. Overnight in Chau Doc.



It’s an early departure for the 4-hour boat ride to Phnom Penh. It’s an hour to the border where you will clear visa formalities (visas must be obtained in advance) before continuing into Cambodia.

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in.

Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way.

After a relaxing break, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a fun way to explore this lively city.

First, head to Wat Phnom temple, the founding place of the city on a small hilltop. Then continue along the riverfront to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

Your next stop is the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony!

Late afternoon, enjoy an atmospheric sunset river cruise and watch how Phnom Penh’s popular riverfront comes to life in the early evening, with a coconut juice degustation on board.

Phnom Penh has an excellent selection of restaurants for all tastes. Though tonight enjoy dinner at the renowned Foreign Correspondents’ Club located on the Riverside. The building is a colonial gem with great views of the confluence of the Upper Mekong, Lower Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers. Dinner is à la carte with a good selection of both Western and Asian dishes. Overnight in Phnom Penh.



This morning, gain insight into Cambodia’s recent dark history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center named ‘S-21’. Spend the rest of the morning browsing through the colorful markets of Phnom Penh. Visit the Russian Market, the best place in the city for wood and stone carvings, jewellery, clothes and Cambodian silk souvenirs.

You will have lunch at Veayo Tonle located by the Russian market, Veayo Tonle café is one of the new socially and ethically responsible eateries and boutiques popping up in the city. They operate a ‘zero waste policy’ for both their café and clothing, with their restaurant bringing traditional family recipes in a whole new light, using only the freshest local and organic vegetables, top quality meats and unique spices direct from the Cambodian countryside.

This afternoon is free at your leisure. Overnight in Phnom Penh.



Enjoy the day at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your individual departure flight.
Packaged prices
Service includes
Our tour prices are inclusive of domestic flights Can Tho – Ha Noi, accommodation in shared Twin/ Double/ Triple room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom, meals as stated in the programme [B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner], transfers and tours with local English speaking guides in private air-conditioned vehicles, all entrance fees as mentioned in the programme, mineral water of 2 bottles on bus per day and cold towels available on the vehicles plus beautiful Vietnamese traditional gift which will be presented by HA Travel
Service excludes
Not included are not mentioned flights, optional tours, surcharges for other language guides, personal travel insurance, personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc., meals and services other than mentioned in the programme, drinks with meals, compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking, early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme.

TIPPING

Tipping is widely practiced and expected:
Guides & drivers    
  •  US$ 5/ person/per day/ group up to 4 pax.
  •  US$ 4/ person/per day/ group up to 9 pax.
  •  US$ 3/ person/per day/ group from 10 pax.

CHILD & FREE OF CHARGE POLICY:
  • Infant below 2 years old sharing same room with parents is free of charge.
  • Child below 12 yrs old sharing same room with 1 ADL is charged for 90%.
  • Child below 12 yrs old with extra bed and sharing same room with parents is charged for 65%.
  • Child below 12 yrs old No extra bed & sharing same room with parents is charged for 55%
  • Group tour of full paying 15pax, one (01) tour leader is given complimentary on twin sharing basis include breakfast (domestic air ticket is not applicable).

NOTES:
Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules, and room availability.
  • Standard Hotel Check in time: 2:00pm – 3:00 pm (local time)
  • Standard Hotel Check out time: 11:00am-12pm (local time)

All bank charges to be born by remitter.

All hotel rooms are based on the lowest category of room or Run of House excepted mentioned ones, upgrade is subject to supplement.

Halong Cruise Itinerary: The Halong cruise itinerary is subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions without prior notice.

Supplement charge for room rate in peak dates depends on the hotel category used. Compulsory gala dinner on X’mas, New Year’s Eve & Lunar New Year’s Eve to be advised upon booking. Prices for group of 15 persons up in 5 stars hotels sometime requires to re-quote bases on the hotel policy.

Supplement charge during Lunar New Year from 25th January – 05th February 2017
•    US$ 20/ pax/ day for FIT booking from 2 – 4 pax.
•    US$ 15 / pax/ day for FIT booking from 5 – 9 pax.
•    US$ 10 / pax/ day for GIT booking from 10 pax up.

SPECIAL NOTE for Sapa tour: Bring along light cotton dress / trouser, warm jacket (rain and wind, silk sleeping bag, mosquito repellent, good walkinssg / hiking shoes, a walking stick, sun hat / sun lotion, hand lotion, lip balm. Roads: Driving can be a challenge as roads can be bumpy or under construction, driving time depends on weather and road conditions – only rough estimates can be given.

Reward: stunning scenery, most colourful people and dresses, countless photo opportunities off the beaten track.
Terms
CHILD & FREE OF CHARGE POLICY:
NOTES:
Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules, and room availability.

All bank charges to be born by remitter.

All hotel rooms are based on the lowest category of room or Run of House excepted mentioned ones, upgrade is subject to supplement.

Halong Cruise Itinerary: The Halong cruise itinerary is subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions without prior notice.

Supplement charge for room rate in peak dates depends on the hotel category used. Compulsory gala dinner on X’mas, New Year’s Eve & Lunar New Year’s Eve to be advised upon booking. Prices for group of 15 persons up in 5 stars hotels sometime requires to re-quote bases on the hotel policy.

Supplement charge during Lunar New Year from 25th January – 05th February 2017
•    US$ 20/ pax/ day for FIT booking from 2 – 4 pax.
•    US$ 15 / pax/ day for FIT booking from 5 – 9 pax.
•    US$ 10 / pax/ day for GIT booking from 10 pax up.

SPECIAL NOTE for Sapa tour: Bring along light cotton dress / trouser, warm jacket (rain and wind, silk sleeping bag, mosquito repellent, good walkinssg / hiking shoes, a walking stick, sun hat / sun lotion, hand lotion, lip balm. Roads: Driving can be a challenge as roads can be bumpy or under construction, driving time depends on weather and road conditions – only rough estimates can be given.

Reward: stunning scenery, most colourful people and dresses, countless photo opportunities off the beaten track.
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