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Following The Mekong Detail Tour 20 Days/19 Nights

Duration: 20 Days/19 Nights
 Saigon - Vinh Long - Can Tho - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Kratie - Stung Treng - Veun Kham - Khon Island - Champasak - Pakse - Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang - Pakbeng - Huay Xai
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Day 1: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) (D)

Arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 2: Saigon city tour (B, L)

Notre Dame Cathedral - Saigon - Vietnam Full day sightseeing in Saigon and Cholon (Chinatown). Your highlights: Notre Dame Cathedral; Central Post Office; City Hall; Opera House; Jade Emperor Pagoda; Reunification Palace; War Remnants Museum; Ben Thanh Market; Giac Lam pagoda; Binh Tay Market; Thien Hau Pagoda. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 3: Saigon - Vinh Long - Can Tho (B, L)

Vinh Long - Vietnam By vehicle from Saigon to Vinh Long. Journey southwest to the Mekong Delta past My Tho, capital of Tien Giang Province. The economy is based on fishing and the cultivation of rice, coconuts, bananas, mangoes, longans and citrus fruit. Excursion to Mekong River Islands. There are many of these beautiful small islands in the river, totally given over to agriculture, especially the growing of tropical fruits, which are shipped to Saigon. Some of the most popular islands to visit include Binh Hoa Phuoc and An Binh Island with their 'monkey bridges', or makeshift footbridges built of uneven logs above the canals. By vehicle from Vinh Long to Can Tho. Journey southwest in Vinh Long Province and then via ferry across the Hau Giang River. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 4: Can Tho (B, L)

Can Tho - Vietnam Sightseeing of Can Tho, the capital of the province and the political, economic, cultural and transportation centre of the Mekong Delta. Rice-husking mills provide a major local industry. We visit: Munirangsyarm Pagoda, Cantonese Congregation Pagoda, Central Market, Ho Chi Minh Musem, Cai Rang Floating Market. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 5: Can Tho - Chau Doc (B, L)

Chau Doc - Vietnam Breakfast at hotel. Take a three hour boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floaing market. Roam into the villages to visit the rice paper mill, the rice noodles. Return to Can Tho , Deapart for Chaudoc via Long Xuyen, visit the insense stick village, the Crocodile farm. Arrival in Chaudoc , Visit the Sam Moutain, the caved pagoda. Enjoy the sunset over the Vietnamese - Cambodian Frontier. Check in on arrival. Free at leisure in the evening. Ovenight in Chau Doc.

Day 6: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B, L)

On board Victoria Boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Arrival in Phnom Penh. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 7: Phnom Penh city tour (B, L)

Silver Pagoda - Phnom Penh Sightseeing in Phnom Penh. Cambodia's capital sits at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers. Considered the loveliest of the French-built cities of Indochina, it was founded as a small monastery in 1372 by a rich Khmer woman called Penh after she found four Buddha statues in a tree trunk on the banks of the Mekong. She set up the monastery on a nearby hill ' or ''phnom'' in Cambodian. We visit: Wat Phnom, Wat Phnom, Wat Ounalom, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Tuol Sleng Museum, Central Market. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 8: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham (B, L)

Kampong Cham By vehicle from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham. Journey north through the Mekong River basin. If time permits, visit the spider merchants at Skoun. Sightseeing in Kampong Cham , a lively port on the banks of the Mekong River with some good examples of colonial-era architecture. We will Visit: Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei, Wat Nokor, Rubber Plantation, Local Market, Wat Nokor Bayon. Overnight in Kampong Cham.

Day 9: Kampong Cham - Kratie (B, L)

Transfer by speedboat from Kampong Cham to Kratie. Journey north along the Mekong River, the 12th longest river in the world, past the river's many islands and riverside villages. Transfer to the hotel and sightseeing in Kratie. We Visit: Capital of Kratie Province, Wat Phnom Sambok, Dolphin Observation Park. Overnight in Kratie.

Day 10: Kratie - Stung Treng (B, L)

Transfer by speedboat from Kratie to Stung Treng. Journey north along the Mekong River, the 12th longest river in the world with good views of the many islands, riverside villages and farms. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Stung Treng.

Day 11: Stung Treng - Veun Kham - Khon Island (B, L)

By longtail boat from Stung Treng to Veun Kham, Laos. Travel along the Mekong River through some of Cambodia's most beautiful scenery towards the Lao border. This trip will cross the border between Laos and Cambodia and on each side one must report at the Immigration's Office. We visit: Veun Kham, Khon Phapheng Falls, Irrwaddy Dolphins. Overnight in Khon Island.

Day 12: Khon Island - Khong Island (B, L)

Excursion to Khon Phapheng Waterfalls. South of Don Khong Island the Mekong River features a 13km stretch of powerful rapids with several sets of cascades. The largest, Khon Phapheng, flows close to the eastern shore of the Mekong River near the village of Ban Thakho. Overnight in Khong Island.

Day 13: Khong Island - Champasak - Pakse (B, L)

By vehicle from Khong Island to Champasak. Journey north in Champasak Province, through the Mekong River basin and through the villages of Kheo, Ban Hangdon and Ban Nongsim. We visit : Champasak District, Wat Thong, Wat Muang Kang, Wat Phou Champasak, Haw Nang Stupa, Hawng Thaan Tao, Ban That Village, Wat Phou Champasak. By vehicle from Champasak to Pakse. Journey north through Champasak Province along the Mekong River basin. Overnight in Pakse.

Day 14: Pakse - Vientiane (B, L)

Wat Sisaket - Vientiane Transfer to the airport. Flight from Pakse to Vientiane. Transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing in Vientiane the capital city and seat of government sitting in a bend of the Mekong River amidst fertile alluvial plains. Vientiane (pronounced 'Wieng Chan' by the locals) is a laid-back city with interesting wats and lively markets. We visit: Pha Tha Luang, Patuxai, Ho Pha Keo, Wat Si Saket, Wat Si Muang, Talaat Sao. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 15: Vientiane - Vang Vieng (B, L)

By vehicle from Vientiane to Vang Vieng. Journey north in Vientiane Province on Route 13 passing through Thalat and Phonhong. Sightseeing in Vang Vieng including Tham Chang and Tham Xang Caves. Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Day 16: Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang (B, L)

By vehicle from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Journey north passing through Ban Phatang and Muang Kasi. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 17: Luang Prabang tour (B, L)

Luang Prabang Sightseeing in Luang Prabang, the ancient capital city of the Lan Xang Kingdom, famous for its historic temples and beautiful setting surrounded by mountains. In 1995 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit: Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Wisunalat, Wat Mai, Wat That Luang, Wat Saen. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 18: Luang Prabang - Pakbeng (B, L)

Pak Ou Caves - Luang Prabang Transfer on board one of the Pak Ou boats with stop at the Pak Ou Caves from Luang Prabang to Pakbeng. The Pak Ou boats are the perfect slow boat for leisurely river travel. With 18 and 34 metre steel hulls they have a capacity of 36 comfortable seats each, with an open air view, a fully stocked bar and cooler and toilet facilities. The boat leaves in the morning for the first leg of the cruise to Pak Beng. A stop at Pak Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River to visit the Tham Ting Caves of a Thousand Buddha's. Stop off at a village for a lesson in how rice wine is made. Lunch on board then visit a fishing village before arriving in Pakbeng in the late afternoon. We visit: Pak Ou Caves, Ban Xang Hai. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 19: Pakbeng - Huay Xai (B, L)

On board one of the Pak Ou boats from Pakbeng to Huay Xai. First thing in the morning the Pak Ou boat leaves the pier for a leisurely cruise up the Mekong towards Huay Xai (Lao-Thai border). Several stops along the way offer the opportunity to sample rural life first-hand and marvel at just how little has changed over the centuries. Arrival in Huay Xai is in the late afternoon. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Huay Xai.

Day 20: Huay Xai / Depart (B, L)

Free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to airport for flight back home. End of services. Our staff will give you the warmest goodbye and hope to see you again.
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Tour includes:

  • Accommodation and meals as described (please note that some hotels provide only CBF)
  • All transfers within the journey, including pick-up at airport
  • Economy class flights
  • All entrance fees
  • English or French or German speaking guides (other languages available upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B- breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner)
  • Economy class flight

Tour excludes:

  • Visa fees and Airport taxes
  • Tips and expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry etc.
  • Other tours & meals not mentioned in the program

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