24 October 2016
If you are on holiday in Cambodia and fancy a short but exciting trip to neighbouring Vietnam and its buzzing capital Saigon then this three day Mekong Journey is ideal. Beginning in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh you take a boat and follow the mighty Mekong River south to Chau Doc where you stay before moving on to Can Tho. Then it's on by road to Saigon, today known as Ho Chi Minh City, where you can continue you exploration of fascinating South East Asia.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Phnom Penh in the morning and driven to the city's boat pier to begin your journey to Vietnam. Enjoy the scenery as you cruise along the Mekong River for four hours to Chau Doc. During the Vietnam War, this stretch of water was one of the most dangerous on the Mekong. On arrival in Chau Doc you will be taken to your hotel and in the late afternoon you climb Sam Mountain, a place of worship for the ethnic-Chinese. From the top you will enjoy spectacular sunset views across Cambodia before returning to your hotel.
This morning after breakfast visit the bustling riverside market of Chau Doc with plenty of time to buy local produce and souvenirs. Then continue by road to Can Tho and on arrival check into your hotel before taking a walk around the town and the riverfront with your guide. In the evening you can dine at one of many superb restaurants in town and sample the local cuisine.
After an early breakfast join your local guide and board a boat to see 'Dawn in Asia' at the fascinating floating market at Cai Rang. Here you can watch the local farmers trading their produce on the water as they have done for centuries. After returning to your hotel to freshen up and check out, you continue the rest of your journey by road to Saigon, arriving by late afternoon. This short trip makes a great add on to any longer holiday in South East Asia.
Standard fr £453pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated