Cambodia & Mekong Delta Sample Itinerary
Arrive in Siem Reap, an attractive town with tree-lined streets and the gateway to the famous Angkor Wat complex. There is a great butterfly garden where you can sit amongst them drinking your cold fruit smoothies, plenty of craft stalls to potter around and the hotel swimming pool to cool off in.
An early start to beat the heat and the crowds for a day out at the Angkor Wat complex. Stretching over some 400 square kilometres, including forested area, this UNESCO World Heritage Park contains the magnificent remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire of the 9th to the 15th centuries, including the largest pre-industrial city in the world. The most famous are the Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.
You may well want to pop back to the hotel at some stage for a swim and a rest before heading back to the park as it can get pretty hot during the middle of the day.
There are many great things to see and do in and around Phnom Penh, including excellent street stalls selling delicious Khmer food, the Royal Palace, an interesting museum and, not suitable for children, the harrowing but powerfully moving Tuol Sleng Prison Museum with the nearby Killing Fields.
You will be picked up and taken to your boat which will transport you to the border of Cambodia and Vietnam. There, you will be handed over to your Vietnamese guide once you have cleared immigration. You will stay with this guide for the next 3 days as you make your way down the Mekong Delta, visiting points of interest on the way to Ho Chi Minh City.
Visit a number of islands within the Delta this morning before saying goodbye to your guide and make your way by bus to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. The change of pace from the Delta will be immediately apparent with swathes of motorcycles, honking horns and multitudes of people going about their day. It is a fun and vibrant city with great shopping, colourful markets where you can haggle away to your heart’s desire and lovely leafy streets to walk and soak up the atmosphere.