Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam - Follow The Mekong
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW18346
- Travel Type: Air
- Excursions: 4
12 nights. October 2018 - November 2019. From £1999.00.
LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 31st MAY - JUST GBP79** PER PERSON
Floating markets, golden Buddhas and ancient temples
Bangkok and the River Kwai in Thailand. The Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia. Few tours carry such an air of mystery, magic and spirituality about them, or hold such a magnetic attraction. Come with us on a holiday packed with must-see locations and famous places.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
A guided tour of Bangkok and its monuments
Make the scenic journey to the Cambodian border and French colonial Battambang
Cruise across 'Great Lake' Tonle Sap
Two full days at Siem Reap including a visit to phenomenal Angkor Wat
Tour Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and discover its French colonial elegance
Journey along the Mekong River by fast passenger boat
Enjoy the floating market at Cai Rang
Visit 'HCMC', formerly known as Saigon
See the infamous Cu Chi tunnel complex, a former Viet Cong hideaway
12 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at a series of four-star hotels in Bangkok (3 nights), Battambang (1), Siem Reap (3), Phnom Penh (1), Chaudoc (1), Cantho (1) and Ho Chi Minh City (2)
Lunch on Days Six and 9-13, and dinner on Days 5-11 and 13
Return flights from the UK (via Abu Dhabi) to Bangkok, returning from Ho Chi Minh City
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach and boat travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
N.B. Visas are required for travel on this tour (see Further Information)
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Your holiday begins with an overnight flight to Bangkok.
This afternoon's guided city tour starts on the Royal Island, on the bank of the river, where the Grand Palace adjoins the Wat Phra Kaeo temple. The Wat Pho temple's gigantic Reclining Buddha and the five-and-a-half ton Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit temple are among the highlights.
This evening, join our optional traditional Thai Dinner with Dance excursion to celebrate the first of your three nights in this wonderful city.
Relax in Bangkok, or perhaps join our optional excursion to the River Kwai, and travel, through a fascinating countryside of rice fields and sugar-cane plantations, into the jungle to explore an area forever associated with the events of WWII, the construction of the 'Death Railway' and the infamous Bridge.
On this morning's optional visit you'll see the wonderful floating markets at Damnoen Saduak, and visit the 70-acre Rose Gardens. Here in the surrounds of a traditional Thai village you can witness displays of Thai culture, Thai boxing, and folk dancing.
We'll make an early start this morning, journeying through the unspoilt rural landscape to the colourful border crossing into Cambodia at Aranya Prathet-Poipet. The formalities completed, we'll begin the second part of your adventure with the short journey to Battambang, an elegant, friendly French colonial city.
Journey across the waters of Tonle Sap, South East Asia's 'Great Lake', past villages built entirely on stilts and 'floating communities' that make a living from the lake. You'll arrive, by mid afternoon, in the colourful market town of Siem Reap, gateway to the incredible complex of Ankhor Thom, and home to the Ankhor National Museum.
This evening, enjoy a traditional Cambodian dance show during dinner.
Today you'll visit the astounding Bayon temple, with its four giant heads and countless faces carved into the rock. Another unforgettable highlight is the 'lost city' of Angkor Thom - the great citadel of the Khmer Empire, which ruled up to half of South East Asia for nearly 600 years.
The most dazzling of the great ruins that litter a vast area is the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious building, with its five great towers and 1000-metre-long carved bas-relief. You'll return to the hotel truly amazed at your discoveries.
Another day of exploration takes in the temples of Hariharalaya, as well as the smaller temple of Banteay Srei, and Banteay Samre, with its reliefs depicting Krishna legends. Your last evening in Siem Reap will be full of memories to savour.
Travel to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, set on the bank of the Mekong River. The Royal Palace, with its Silver Pagoda of priceless Buddhist artefacts, is among the highlights of this afternoon's guided introductory tour.
This evening's dinner will be at the famous, riverside Foreign Correspondents' Club.
A sobering morning visit to the Tuoi Sleng Museum - which chronicles the inhumanity of the 'Pol Pot' years, when the Khmer Rouge terrorised the populace - is followed by the chance to marvel at the exhibits in the National Museum.
You'll then board the fast boat for the thrilling journey along the Mekong River into Vietnam, arriving at your overnight hotel in the border town of Chau Doc.
The day begins with a visit to the holy mountain of Nui Sam, with its pagodas, temples and stunning views over the Mekong Delta (into which you'll head today). You'll stay overnight in the elegant university town of Can Tho, with its colourful floating markets, its bustling harbour and sacred Khmer pagoda - Muniwangsyaram.
Another journey through stunning scenery takes you across the Mekong landscape of orchards, verdant foliage and rice fields criss-crossed by a network of small tributaries. You'll enjoy a boat ride to Cai Rang's floating market, and will visit the delta town of Vinh Long as well as another fascinating market at Cai Be.
This evening you'll arrive for a two-night stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
The remarkable Cu Chi tunnel complex gives an introduction to the country's recent history. A 200km underground labyrinth used by the Viet Cong as a base, it now serves as a memorial for those who died in the conflict.
Returning to Ho Chi Minh City you'll discover a fascinating mix of French colonial history and modern Vietnamese life on our guided tour. Don't miss the grand General Post Office, the Reunification Hall on the site of the former President's Palace, the Xa Loi Pagoda with its bronze Buddha, and - time-permitting - the War Remnants Museum.
You'll end your tour - and relive the highlights - with a celebratory Farewell Dinner.
Rest at the hotel or enjoy a final exploration of Ho Chi Minh City today, before transferring to the airport in the late afternoon for your return overnight flight to the UK.
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AccommodationThailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Touring Hotels
You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a European four-star standard. Throughout, rooms have air conditioning, private facilities, telephones, TV, mini-bars and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Back to top
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Should the water in Tonle Sap Lake be too low, the journey by boat on Day Six will be replaced with coach transportation.
Passports and visas
British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. A visa is required for entry to Cambodia. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for six months beyond the exit date from Cambodia. The current charge for British Citizens is GBP30. British Citizens do not require a visa to visit Thailand. Until 30 June 2018, British Citizens do not require a visa for single entry visits to Vietnam if staying for less than 15 days. If travelling to Vietnam from 1 July 2018, a visa will be required, and the current charge for British Citizens is GBP54. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before your departure date.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
On your flight
All flights travel overnight and land at your destination the next day. On-board meals will usually be dinner and breakfast. All drinks are complimentary.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.
Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.
**Low deposits of GBP79pp applies to new bookings only made between 30th March and 31st May 2018. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.Back to top