Indochina overland tour, Saigon to Angkor
(3-4*) & most meals as per itinerary.
(Visas & local tips not included.) Return flights from the UK from £750 & optional single room supplement £375 (Fully licensed, ATOL protected.) .
Description of Indochina overland tour, Saigon to Angkor
This 2-week Indochina tour begins in bustling, vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to most of its residents, before turning south for a 3-day exploration of the landscapes, culture and everyday life of the evocative Delta region. We’ll travel by road, boat and on foot through this inland archipelago visiting the iconic floating markets and checking out cottage industries as well as learning about recent history with a dug-out canoe tour of the secret Vietcong jungle base at Xe Quit.
From here we travel up the mighty Mekong itself to Cambodia’s charming contemporary riverside capital of Phnom Penh and on overland to the awe-inspiring jungle-clad ruined cities and temples of Angkor. A comprehensive but leisurely-paced tour of this picturesque and atmospheric site is followed by a boat trip across the vast Tonle Sap Lake and up river past the unique floating villages to the provincial town of Battambang.
Iconic sites plus many lesser-known ones, rich history and culture plus the local markets, villages and traditional life of the region’s exceptionally friendly residents. A memorable and highly varied introduction to this wonderful part of Southeast Asia.
1. Explore the picturesque Mekong Delta region: a labyrinth of waterways, islands and traditional villages
2. Phnom Penh; fast recovering from its recent tragic history to regain its place as one of Indochina's most attractive and fun cities
3. Travel by boat up the mighty Mekong River from the Vietnam to Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh
4. Explore Angkor; World Heritage temples and mysterious carvings clad in steamy jungle
5. Journey down the unspoilt Sangkar River; past floating villages, Prek Toal bird sanctuary and across the Tonle Sap Lake
6. Sample the region's awesome and varied cuisine with the emphasis, as usual, on the authentic local food
1. Extend your trip to discover the south of Cambodia with our 4-day Kep and Kampot tour
2. Add on a beach extension to jungle-covered Koh Chang, Thailand
3. Take a local flight to Vietnam’s spectacular tropical island of Phu Quoc for a few day’s quality island time
4. Stop off for a 2-day guided exploration of Thailand’s vibrant capital, Bangkok
Note groups sizes are 2 to maximum 12 persons with most meals (local-style) included and accommodation in good quality 3* hotels.
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4 Reviews of Indochina overland tour, Saigon to Angkor
Reviewed on 28 Feb 2023 by JaneExcellent - with a wonderful range of experiences, both educational and pleasurable, and some caring, interesting guides. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Dec 2022 by Anne MCMASTERReally good tour that covered wide range of different experiences. Good hotels, and everyone very friendly and helpful. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Mar 2020 by Chrissie RetallickExcellent - that is all I really need to say! Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Oct 2013 by Sara PageJoining crowds of people and the sense of anticipation felt when waiting for the sunrise over Ankor Wat. Being taught to create and cook my own wrap was the most memorable part of the holiday Read full review
PlanetIn keeping with all our tours we take small groups (max 12) to rarely visited locations.
We encourage homestays and visits to local community craft and cottage industry – the brick works is a revelation… We also visit a plant nursery, a family rice paper business, and blacksmiths workshops.
Our use of local guides and homestays enable us to get a real understanding of the people and places visited and bring tales of the war torn past century of Vietnamese history to life (along with ample rice whiskey).
In Cambodia, too, through our regular visits to sites (and if present souvenir shops) we help sustain local businesses and enterprises, such as the handicraft school for handicapped persons in Siem Reap, to the ‘land-mine museum’ in Siem Reap where we help support the organizer’s mine clearance operations through donations.
The Overland crossing (by boat) from Vietnam into Cambodia is only recently opening up so tourists are being introduced to many small towns and communities new to Western tourism.
Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices
Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.
Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.
PeopleLocal products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.
Instruction: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.
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