Southern Vietnam & Cambodia. Tailor Made Escorted Small Group Journey – Maximum 12 guests – 12th August 2021.

Departs from Sydney August 2021

14 nights accommodation in Vietnam and Cambodia

Explore Southern Vietnam featuring an exploration of Saigon and with a focus on Can Tho and Chau Doc, both located deep in the Mekong Delta. Cross the border into neighbouring Cambodia and discover vibrant Phnom Penh, the ocean side village of Kep plus the temples of Angkor – Siem Reap.

Our 14 night journey limited to only 12 guests, is escorted by Glenn from The Travellers Hut and Hoang Nguyen from Hoi An Vietnam, with local guides in both Vietnam and Cambodia. Glenn and Hoang have selected stylish accommodation that compliments the cities and the rural regions we will be visiting. For this unforgettable journey we have combined “the must see” with time away from the well worn tourist trail. Featuring carefully selected and exclusively created experiences that showcase the best on offer for both the Southern Vietnam region and neighbouring Cambodia.

ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT !

PLUS: If you are lady willing to share we have an opportunity for you to join our journey speak with Glenn for more information.

For details either, call Glenn on 4363 1699, email glenn@thetravellershut.com.au or glenn@destinationjourneys.com.au or drop into The Travellers Hut lounge.

Saigon – Can Tho – Chau Doc – Phnom Penh – Kep – Siem Reap 

 Day 1 Arrival to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

Begin with your selected flight class – Economy, Premium Economy or Business from Sydney to Saigon. We will be met at the airport by our guide and transferred to The Myst Dong Khoi for the next three nights. We have included a light snack meal for tonight’s dinner.

Light snack style dinner

Day 2 – Saigon

After breakfast at the hotel we will be taken to the Ben Thanh Market to meet today’s chef to explore the market and purchase ingredients for our cooking experience. Later at the restaurant we will prepare our own 4 course Vietnamese lunch. We have the afternoon to relax or explore Saigon. This evening we will experience the Ahh Ohh Show at the Saigon Opera House before our welcome to Vietnam dinner at one of our favourite restaurants.

Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3 – Saigon

This morning you can try a Vietnamese coffee as part or our exclusive Saigon back lanes tour. We’ll have traditional morning Pho, a visit to the flower market and Reunification Palace. After our morning sightseeing we taste some Banh Xeo – Vietnamese Pancake for our lunch. Our special evening meal tonight is at Noir – dining in the dark, an awakening for our senses, a truly unforgettable experience

Breakfast – Lunch – Highlight Dinner

Day 4 – Saigon – Can Tho

Today we have a relocation day from Saigon to the Mekong Delta with a mix of transport. Firstly by road to Cai Be where we transfer to a relaxing Sampan. We’ll stop mid way on our cruise for a break and a delicious lunch amongst the beautiful tropical gardens at the exquisite colonial style Le Longanier Restaurant. Our cruise continues through the canals to Vinh Long before our road transfer to the hotel for the next two nights – Victoria Can Tho Resort. Tonight we will have a dinner prepared for us at Senses restaurant – Victoria Can Tho.

Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Day 5 – Can Tho

An early start this morning with a boat excursion to the floating markets at Cai Rang. The market will be buzzing with people selling their fruit and vegetables from dawn. Take a look to the top of the long poles on each boat to see what they are selling. We will head back to the Victoria for a late breakfast. After a  break we will continue to take a tour around Can Tho and surrounds. Tonight we have a free evening, Hoang will escort us along the riverside into the town area and if you wish we’ll have dinner on the wharf by the Mekong and Hoang will also help us order our meal.

Breakfast

Day 6  – Can Tho – Chau Doc

This morning we have a drive of around 3 hours to Chau Doc. On arrival we have organised a lunch at a local restaurant before we join a boat to cruise on the Dao canal past the farmlands and Cajuput trees. We will visit the Tra Su Water reserve to see the bird-life fly home to their nests in the late afternoon. We continue by road for around 20 minutes to the hotel close to the Cambodian border – Victoria Nui Sam Lodge.

Breakfast – Lunch

Day 7 – Chau Doc

Today we head into Chau Doc town to take some local transport, Xi loi, for a tour around the downtown area. We board a small boat for a cruise on the Mekong to see the floating fish farms and visit a village of the Cham people. Our afternoon will be relaxing back at the hotel with our high vantage point providing fabulous views down over the surrounding rice paddy fields. For tonight’s dinner we have arranged a fabulous location at our hotel

Breakfast – Dinner 

Day 8  – Chau Doc – Kep

We not only say good by to Nui Sam Lodge today but also leave Vietnam. We start with a border crossing and drive through the Cambodian countryside to the village of Kep for a two night stay at the lovely seaside resort Knai Bang Chatt. Along the way we will stop for lunch and we have left the afternoon free to take full advantage of our resort by the ocean. We have a dinner tonight included for us at our seaside resort Knai Bang Chatt.

Breakfast – Dinner

Day 9 – Kep (Kampot)

A fascinating start to the day with a visit to the Crab market in a cluster of old wooden shacks that hug the waters edge. We’ll head to the nearby La Plantation pepper farm for a short tour of the pepper plantation and then partake in a cooking experience in the outdoor pavilion for our lunch. We travel to the Kampot River and cruise along the mangrove lined river to Kampot town. Enjoy a stroll through the charming colonial town and stop for a cooling drink or coffee before we head back to relax at our ocean side resort.

Breakfast – Lunch

Day 10  – Kep – Phnom Penh

Today we leave from our seaside stay and travel overland in Cambodia, On arrival to Phnom Penh we have organised a cafe lunch before being collected by our fleet of cyclo’s to tour the city, finishing at the fabulous Raffles Hotel Le Royal. We will have time to relax in our grand hotel before we head out for an evening meal at the Friends Restaurant. (A training restaurant for former street youths.)

Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 11 – Phnom Penh

An experiential day to see some of the lesser know corners of Phnom Penh by local Remork. Maybe try a coffee before our to the visit the local market. A ferry will transport us to one of the islands on the Mekong. We’re able to see rural life up close as we stop for lunch at one of the local homes. On our return to the city we visit the Royal Palace and finish with a cooling drink overlooking Phnom Penh’s river front. 

Breakfast – Lunch

Day 12 – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

Today a leisurely start before our flight mid morning to Siem Reap. From Siem Reap airport well travel to our hotel at Sala Lodges to relax until mid afternoon. We then  have our photos taken for our temple tickets and spend the late afternoon exploring the fascinating Angkor Wat temple. The then travel back to our authentic reconstructed Cambodian village houses at Sala Lodges were we have arranged dinner tonight at Sala’s Long Table and open air lounge. 

Breakfast – Dinner

Day 13 – The Temples of Angkor

An early start this morning will have us at the Srah Srang reservoir, away from the crowds for our very own sunrise breakfast (Weather dependent)  After after our breakfast we will stroll to nearby Ta Phrom temple. You may have seen the famous movie Lara Croft – Tomb Raider that was filmed at the temple. We then visit the ancient city complex of Angkor Thom before visiting the Bayon Temple with it’s many faces.  We will have the afternoon shopping or back at Sala Lodges and depart around 5 to head to the nearby Spoons restaurant (supporting disadvantaged youths) for you to grab an early dinner. Tonight we have an appointment at Phare – the Cambodian Circus. 

(As we had a pre-dawn start we though it best to have an early dinner rather than a late dinner after the circus performance.) 

Highlight Breakfast 

Day 14 – Siem Reap

Depart after breakfast for one of the jewels in the Angkor area, Banteay Srei, dates back to the late 10th century. The enchanting temple is nearly everyone’s favourite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its remarkable state of preservation, small size and excellence of decoration. It was built by a Brahmin of royal descent who was a spiritual teacher to Jayavarman V, which is unique as this makes Banteay Srei the only major temple built by a non-King. A special feature of the exquisite decoration was the use of hard pink sandstone. Transfer back to the hotel, making stops along the way to visit the local palm sugar production. Return to your hotel afterwards.

At 2pm, leave the hotel for visit the Silk Farm of Artisans d’Angkor, located a 15 minute drive away. Here people with underprivileged backgrounds are given an opportunity to improve their livelihoods by reviving the ancient crafts of making art and producing silk. A local representative accompanies you and walks you through the farm and explains all the steps necessary to produce quality silk. Then transfer to the Tonle Sap lake. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the boat to the floating village of Me Chhrey with a glas of wine, local beer and some Cambodian snacks. A truly beautiful way to end this day in Siem Reap.

Afterwards be transferred for our farewell dinner. 

Breakfast – Highlight Dinner 

Day 15  – Siem Reap – home Thursday 27 August 

We have a free day for you to do some last minute shopping or relax at Sala lodges before our late afternoon flights from Siem Reap to Saigon and onto Sydney – again in your choice of class.

Breakfast

Day 16 – Arrive Home


LAND ARRANGEMENTS JOURNEY COST:

 2020 pricing available soon 

Single Supplement

ADD YOUR FLIGHT CLASS OF CHOICE:

(You can fly in each direction in the same class or mix your travel 2020 prices available soon.)

Economy Class 

Economy / Premium Economy 

Premium Economy class 

Premium Economy / Business from 

Business Class from 

Note: Flights Sihanoukville – Siem Reap – Saigon are in Economy class and included in your airfare. * If you elect to travel in Business class on the way home the flight from Siem Reap to Saigon will also be in Business class

Our journey is subject to alteration due to operational requirements and the cost is subject to change due to currency fluctuations. Based on the exchange rate on 26 November 2019


JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS:

Saigon market walk & cooking class

Exclusive taste of Saigon back lanes discovery  

Noir dining experience 

Ahh Ohh Show (performance to be confirmed)

Cai Be Princess Mekong River Sampan excursion

Lunch at Le Longanier in the Mekong Delta

Cai Rang floating market cruise

Can Tho and surrounds morning exploration tour

Chau Doc waterways afternoon Sampan excursion

Tra Su Water Reserve afternoon boat trip 

Chau Doc Xi Loi exploration 

Chau Doc floating fish farm and Cham village visit

Speed boat from Chau Doc upstream to Phnom Penh

Introduction to Phnom Penh Cyclo tour

Phonm Penh and surrounds Remork tour

Crab Market and Kampot excursion

Pepper farm visit and cooking class experience

Temples Sunrise Breakfast

Angor Wat / Bayon / Ta Promh Temples

Phare Circus performance 

 Banteay Srei temple

Sunset Tonle Sap cruise

 Farewell Dinner


JOURNEY INCLUSIONS: 

14 nights stylish accommodation  – All Sightseeing – Mekong river boat journeys – Touring Entry charges – Transfers – Tipping – Vietnam & Cambodian Visa – Vietnamese guide  – Cambodian Guide – Australian & Vietnamese Escorts  – 14 Breakfasts – 8 Lunches – 9 Dinners


ACCOMMODATION:

We don’t subscribe to the phrase – “I’ts just a bed for the night”

M Gallery  des Arts – 3 nights 

Victoria Can Tho – 2 nights 

Nui Sam Lodge Chau Doc – 2 nights  

Knai Bang Chatt Kep – 2 nights

Raffles Phenom Penh – 2 nights

Sala Lodges Siem Reap – 3nights


Journey crafted from years of experience…          

Your tour escorts Hoang Nguyen from Hoi An Vietnam and Glenn Jarvis from The Travellers Hut have combined with Asia DMC to craft a two week exploration journey to Southern Vietnam and Cambodia. We visit the major cities of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), Phnom Penh, the Mekong towns of Can Tho and Chau Doc,  time by the sea at Kep and finishing with a visit to the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap. 

Glenn has travelled to Vietnam on over 35 occasions on personal holidays and as a guest of hotels, tour operators, wholesalers and tourism associations also for over 12 years has been leading our Destination Journeys through Vietnam and Cambodia, Myanmar, Japan and India. Our journeys are as a result of Glenn’s experiences over the years and wanting to provide the immersive experiences showcased during his visits to the region, experiences that the larger tour companies do not offer.

Hoang Nguyenwas born in Hoi An and has been assisting us in escorting our journeys to Vietnam over the past 8 years. Hoang provides a locals perspective with his ability to help us interact with the locals, choose our menus and help us grab some bargains when shopping. Having Hoang with his infectious smile and typically gentle Vietnamese demeanour with us on tour is an exclusive dynamic bonus that our guests enjoy.

LUXPERIA DMC is our new local operator, helping Glenn and Hoang to bring new and more interactive experiences as they are developed, ensuring we are offering the best hotels, experiences and knowledgeable local guides for our journeys.

Glenn and Hoang have carefully selected our hotels after personally staying in, or inspecting, all of the hotels we include to ensure that we are providing quality hotels that add to our journey with their location, look and feel. We try to avoid the ‘chain hotels’ and choose quality and stylish hotels that add character and local flavour.


SAIGON – Elegant 

CAN THO – Charmingly colonial

CHAU DOC –  Focus on the scenery

PHENOM PENH – Opulent

KEP – Relaxing & quirky

SIEM REAP –  Traditionally Khmer


FOR DETAILS OR TO MAKE A BOOKING:

Call Glenn on 4363 1699, email glenn@thetravellershut.com.au or glenn@destinationjourneys.com.au or drop into The Travellers Hut lounge.

 

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