Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City
Description of Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City
This carefully crafted itinerary takes you through three countries in nine days, travelling between Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City. We spend a couple of days in some of the most magnificent sites along the way, so that you donít feel too rushed, and that despite being only ten days, you feel as if you have experienced some truly memorable aspects of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Starting in Bangkok, you have a day to explore this crazy capital which you can do in a number of ways: on foot, tuk tuk, river boat or indeed on its famous Skytrain. From here we take a long ten hour bus journey to Siem Riep, over the border in Cambodia, and gateway to Angkor Wat. We spend a day and a half exploring this great ancient temple complex and UNESCO site. This also leaves you time to experience some of the natural wonders in the region, ziplining through a rainforest or taking a boat around the floating villages on Tonle Sap lake. It is at this stage of the holiday that we also spend a night in a wonderful local homestay. Budget or basic for some. Beautiful for others. And for us, it is wonderfully authentic Cambodia.
To learn about Cambodiaís history, we spend two days in Phnom Penh where, as well as visiting the nearby Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, we also take time to take in contemporary life in this wonderful city. A place of bustling markets, French colonial architecture and tuk tuks flying in every direction.
We travel through rural Vietnam to our final stop in the city, Ho Chi Minh, previously known as Saigon. Some people want to shop here at the famous Ben Thanh Market, others just want to sit with some superb street food, sip the iconic Bia hoi beer and watch this microcosm of Asian life go on all around them. There are of course, many cultural and historic sites to visit too, such as the Taoist temples, the Reunification Palace and very moving War Remnants Museum.
Travelling by private and public bus, be prepared for some long journeys on this trip. But, believe us, they will be worth it.
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6 Reviews of Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City
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Reviewed on 01 Mar 2020 by Kate BoyeThe whole experience was great. Fantastic group, excellent tour leader and loads of amazing scenery. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Aug 2018 by Sharon AchtsamGreat trip seeing three countries and an excellent guide throughout. The Angkor complex was great fun. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Dec 2017 by Sally GoddenI loved going out onto the lake, Tonle Sap, and seeing the fishing communities in their floating villages, and also the cooking course I did in Siem Reap, which included shopping for our ingredients with the chef in the local market. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Mar 2016 by Cristi CombeI was very pleased with my vacation. It was non-stop activity, but our guide made sure it was worry-free. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 May 2013 by Elodie Maria SubeExcellent...Angkor Wat was the memorable part. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Nov 2012 by Ian YoungSuperb! Guide was excellent and itinerary was perfect. Sunrise at Angkor Wat will take your breath away! Read full review
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PeopleTraversing three countries and many different communities, it is important for travellers to learn as much as possible in advance about the many cultural differences so that we can travel respecting these differences and minimising any negative impacts. Your group leader and the local guides we use along the way will help to break down barriers in your interactions with local people.
The ruins of Angkor are protected under UNESCO World Heritage listing and as such, part of the money received from entrance tickets contributes to the amazing siteís conservation. Your local guide will also give you plenty of guidance on what is appropriate when visiting the ruins and you will have the chance to interact with many of the local kids.
This trip includes lunch at Friends Ė a restaurant and training school set up for less fortunate kids, helping them to gain some practical skills.
Travellers will have the option of visiting the land mine museum in Siem Reap and any donations are gratefully accepted. Also in Siem Reap, there is a local childrenís hospital where the local kids put on a show on some nights. All money and blood donations are for the hospital and provide free services for children from the area. At the end of our journey, travellers may donate any unwanted clothing, medicines and bandages, which are distributed to appropriate local charities.