Along the Mekong to Saigon

Mekong Delta - Phnom Penh to Saigon - 7-Day Tour - Cambodia

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Duration7 days / 6 nights (flexible)

LocationPhnom Penh - Chau Doc - Can Tho - Mekong Delta - Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

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Overview

Sail through the floating markets of the Mekong Delta to unstoppable Saigon and scoot between tangled backstreets on a vintage Vespa in search of street food. Over a week, you’ll travel from the glinting pagodas of Phnom Penh to the never-ending chaos of Ho Chi Minh, watching delta life on the way. Relaxing and eye-opening at the same time, it’s a great way to get a glimpse of local life in the region.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Speedboat from Phnom Penh in Cambodia
  • Transport by bus and boat
  • Excursions as described in the daily itinerary with English-speaking guide

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Phnom Penh - Guided city tour & Killing Fields

Arriving in Phnom Penh, you’ll settle into your comfortable, central hotel and get ready to explore. It’s a colourful, chaotic city filled with activity, noise and bags of local character. Wander along the boulevard lining the Mekong River, gaze up at the spires of the Silver Pagoda glinting in the sunshine and grab an authentic Khmer curry.

vietnam local fishermen on boats

On Day 2 you’ll take a city tour with a local guide. First, you’ll learn about the horror of Cambodia’s past by visiting the Tuol Sleng Museum, once a high school that was turned into the largest high security prison in the country in the 1970’s. Then, you’ll head for the chilling Killing Fields, a terrifying sprawl of mass graves in the countryside beyond Phnom Penh. Afterwards, things will take a lighter turn and you’ll stop by the Aspara Foundation, an inspiring charity that trains Cambodian children in tourism and local arts.

Phnom Penh - Chau Doc

Today, you’ll leave Cambodia behind and set sail along the Mekong for Vietnam. It’s really important to arrange your Vietnamese visa in advance, because it will not be granted on arrival. You’ll moor up, get the red tape out of the way and drift into Vietnam, where you’ll stay in a riverside hotel at Chau Doc. It’s a lively, interesting place to get a feel for life along the banks of the Mekong.

two customers enjoying local fruit

Chau Doc - Can Tho

Today, you’ll visit an ancient Cham village in Vietnam before leaving the river bustle behind and heading into the forest for an eco-experience. Tra Su cajuput forest and bird sanctuary is an ecological haven in the heart of the Mekong Delta. A natural home to hundreds of water birds, bats and reptiles, it’s packed with wildlife. You’ll float through the meandering canals, keeping your eyes peeled along the way.

selling bananas at the floating market

Afterwards, you’ll travel to Can Tho, a thriving delta outpost on the riverbank, filled with local colour, chaotic markets, small restaurants and lively bars. You’ll spend a night in a comfortable hotel directly on the riverbank before your adventure continues tomorrow.

Woman sitting on a boat sailing along the Mekong River in Vietnam

Can Tho - Vinh Long - Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh

You’ll set off early this morning for a trip to Cai Rang, the busiest – and noisiest – floating market in South East Asia. It’s nothing short of eye-opening! You’ll swap into a smaller boat to get a close up look at the action, where rowing boats overspill with vegetables and vendors out-shout each other for customers.

Can Tho - Vinh Long - Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh

Afterwards, you’ll continue to Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) by boat and car. You’ll spend two nights in a comfortable hotel in District 1. Smack bang in the centre of the city, it’s close to a chaotic jumble of shops, bars and restaurants. Saigon is an intense but infectious place packed with a tangle of motorbikes, street food stalls and markets.

Vietnam local riding bicycle carrying stacks of hats

Ho Chi Minh

Day 6 is completely your own to explore Saigon at your own pace. Wander through the ramshackle stalls of Ben Thanh market, visit the chilling War Remnants Museum, take a cooking class and amble through the palatial grounds of the Independence Palace. For a breather, pull up a plastic chair on the sidewalk and sip a sweet, thick Vietnamese coffee as the chaos swirls around you.

Ho Chi Minh

In the evening, there’s an adventure in store. Hopping on a vintage Vespa scooter with a local guide, you’ll zip through the maze of side streets and alleyways in search of Saigon’s finest streetfood. Stopping at hole-in-the-wall restaurants and hidden stalls, you’ll sample some delicious traditional dishes and meet some great personalities along the way. On the morning of Day 7, the trip comes to an end and you’ll continue your Vietnam adventure.

man riding a vespa in vietnam
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Speak to our Cambodia specialist, Miles

“Cambodia is full of history and beauty, from Angkor Wat to the Cardamom Mountains. You can easily explore in one week or combine with neighbouring Vietnam. I often suggest Cambodia for families as it’s easy to travel around.”

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