Rivers of Indochina


Rushing down from the upper reaches of the Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong makes its final journey to the South China Sea through Cambodia and Vietnam. Watch life on the river go by from your premium cruise vessel and disembark to visit breath-taking sights and cultural wonders.

tour duration 15 Days from
tour price On Request
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Saigon (2N) - Mekong River Cruise (7N) - Siem Reap (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Visit the colonial architecture of Saigon
Cruise for seven nights up the mighty Mekong River
Visit the multi-ethnic riverside village of Chau Doc
Learn about Cambodia’s harrowing history in Phnom Penh
Wade up the Tonle Sap River into the ecological Tonle Sap wetlands
Find your adventurist side at the Angkor Archaeological Park

Day 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam's most evocative and largest city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to stat soaking up local culture.
Day 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Day 3 Explore Saigon
Visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. Onward to the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum where the brutality of the war and its victims are well-documented. Finish up browsing through the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Day 3 Explore Saigon
Day 4 Mekong Delta
Transfer to My Tho, a city on the Mekong Delta, to board your elegant cruise vessel. Sip your welcome cocktail before sitting down to dine on delicious local cuisine in the bistro-style restaurant. Later, retire to your comfortable stateroom for the night.
Day 4 Mekong Delta
Day 5 Cai Be
Visit Cai Be to see the sights and sounds of the local floating market. This afternoon paddle along some of the numerous palm-lined canals and backwaters on a sampan, the perfect way to catch a glimpse of everyday life on the delta.
Day 6 Chau Doc
Today's excursion is to the village of Chua Doc. We'll also visit the Cham communities across the river and a catfish farm. Return to the boat to cruise over the border into Cambodia.
Day 7 Phnom Penh
Take a cyclo ride around the centre to see the main sights, including the dazzling Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. This afternoon, learn more about the reign of the Khmer Rouge, visiting the harrowing Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum.
Day 7 Phnom Penh
Day 8 Tonle River
Take an excursion up the Tonle Sap River to Kampng Chhnang, a city set amongst gorgeous scenes of vivid green rice paddies dotted with soaring palms. Later discover the vast Tonle Sap wetlands, an area of ecological importance supporting diverse range of flora and fauna.
Day 8 Tonle River
Day 9 Countryside scenery
Enjoy a leisurely morning stroll around the village of Chong Koh where we can see the local silk-weavers at work. Cruise past timeless rural scenes and peaceful villages making a stop at Peam Chi Kang village to meet the local people and visit the local monastery and school. Explore this friendly community at your leisure.
Day 10 Wat Hanchey
This morning visit the remains of the pre-Angkor hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey just north of Kampong Cham on the river. From the summit the views down over the river as it meanders through classical Cambodian landscapes are wonderful. This afternoon see the twin holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey before heading to the ecotourism village of Choeungkok.
Day 11 Siem Reap
Disembark from the cruise vessel and transfer to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. Journey out to the Roluos Group of temples dating from the 9th century: these were some of the earliest permanent structures built by the Khmer Empire.
Day 11 Siem Reap
Day 12 Explore Angkor
Rising early, the tour begins at Ta Prohm, one of the most atmospheric temples due to the fact that it has been left in the grips of the jungle. Continue to the walled city of Angkor Thom and pas through the magnificent South Gate, glanced by 54 gods and demons. At Angkor Thoms centre is the enigmatic Bayon, a breath taking temple of innumerable sculptural decorations. Also admire the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. The rest of the day is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat, the most magnificent, and best preserved, of all of Angkor's treasures. It is easy to while away an afternoon in its shady presents, examining its wealth of fascinating and intricate embellishments.
Day 12 Explore Angkor
Day 13 Siem Reap
Spend a day at leisure in Siem Reap. This buzzing city has plenty to keep you occupied - stroll streets lined with old French houses, browse boutiques and galleries and enjoy world class dining.
Day 13 Siem Reap
Day 14-15 Fly to the UK
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving home the following day.
Day 14-15 Fly to the UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

UK citizens will not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a single entry stay of up to 15 days. Entry visas for Vietnam are required for stays longer than 15 days or for multiple entries into Vietnam within a 30 day period. To allow for unforeseen circumstances if your tour includes a stay of 15 days or more in Vietnam the standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. Currently the visa exemption rule applies until 30th June 2017. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2017 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements.
 
If you do require a visa Wendy Wu Tours Visa Department can assist you with the process of obtaining one. We will supply you with all paperwork and submit the visa application on your behalf. Visas for Vietnam are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the dates stated on the visa application form. Travel must be completed within those dates. Please be advised that your passport must have at least 6-months validity left on it when you arrive back into UK. Visa application forms and all relevant documentation are due in our office 8 weeks prior to departure; if received after this, urgent visa processing fees will apply. Please note we do not accept passports and visa applications within 30 days prior to departure. Passports will usually be returned within 4 weeks of your tour’s scheduled departure.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

What's Included

International flights and current taxes
domestic transportation
all accommodation
all meals
touring with guides and entrance fees
visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suited for those with a reasonable amount of time to travel and who are interested in travelling to some main sights and some more off the beaten track sights of Vietnam and Cambodia via the Mekong River, which runs through both countries. This tour incorporates a seven night cruise on the Mekong River and touring is at a comfortable and relaxed pace, giving you ample time to explore each destination.

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