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Escorted Tours

Highlights of Cambodia including

Saigon and the Mekong


Route:
  • UK
  • Phnom Penh
  • Kep
  • Sihanoukville
  • Siem Reap
  • Saigon
  • Can Tho
  • UK

5 NIGHTS from £579pp

Tour Highlights
  • See the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Boat cruise on the Mekong
  • Visit the Can Tho Markets
  • Wander the boulevards of Phnom Penh
  • Explore the rural towns of Kampot & Kep
  • Relax on Sihanoukville's white sandy beaches
  • Discover the incredible Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom Temples
  • Enjoy a boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Visit the Royal Palace with it's gold-encrusted Buddha
  • Sunset views from Wat Phnom Temple

Extension from £579pp

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Saigon and the Mekong

Experiencing the fascinating city of Saigon, discover the Cu Chi tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War, take a cruise on the famous Mekong, marvel at the spectacular Cai Rang floating market and journey through the picturesque canals of Can Tho.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Phnom Penh

Depart London on your scheduled overnight flight to Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

2
Phnom Penh

You will be met by your guide on arrival and transferred to your hotel with some time to relax before joining the group again for dinner.

  • Dinner
3
Phnom Penh

Following breakfast, the day begins with a visit to the Royal Palace. Built by King Norodom in 1866, it is a spectacular sight to behold boasting ornately gilded Khmer roofs, a beguiling throne hall, a solid gold encrusted Buddha and the Silver Pagoda made up of 5,000 silver tiles. This afternoon includes a guided tour of Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, both grim reminders of Cambodia's bloody past that took 1.7 million victims under Pol Pot's gruesome regime. These excursions may prove distressing for some but are important pieces of Cambodia's historical and cultural puzzle. Round off the day with sunset views over the tree-lined avenues from Wat Phnom Temple then return to your hotel for your evening meal.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Phnom Penh to Kep

Depart the capital in the morning for the beachside town of Kep, with some fascinating stops along the way. First visit Phnom Chhnork, a remarkable 7th-century shrine dedicated to Shiva found within a low cave formation that is reached by a 203-step staircase that leads up the hillside and down into the cavern below. Once in the cave, you'll be greeted by a stalactite elephant at the entrance before reaching the shrine itself which still bears the carvings found in unusually good condition thanks to the protection of the cave overhead. Later continue to Kampot Pepper Farm to learn about the renowned Kampot pepper that grows exceptionally well here owing to the excellent seaside climate and quality of the soil. The arrival of Chinese pepper planters dates back to the 13th century, however, it wasn't until the end of the 19th century that production really expanded on an intense scale as the French began to export 8,000 tonnes annually. Arrive in Kep late afternoon and take a wander around this tranquil coastal area, that was once the favourite holiday spot for Cambodia's French-influenced elite but still welcomes tourists today thanks to its delicious seafood and tropical islands.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Kep to Sihanoukville

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before enjoying a visit to Kep's crab market where bustling stalls line the road with live crabs and sizzling barbeques. Guests can try their hand at bargaining for these delicious crustaceans, but be sure to remember the Khmer phrase "t'lay na!" meaning "so expensive!" to ensure the best price. Continue in the afternoon to Sihanoukville, Cambodia's premier beach resort. The rest of the day will be at leisure to explore the surrounding area. We suggest a walk up to the summit of Victory Hill which affords excellent views down over the town and the Gulf of Thailand.

  • Breakfast
6
Sihanoukville

Today it's time to sit back and relax on white sandy beaches or take a dip in the inviting blue ocean with a full day at leisure.

  • Breakfast
7
Sihanoukville to Siem Reap

Breakfast will be served at your hotel then there will be some free time before your flight to Siem Reap. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Siem Reap

Begin your day with an early breakfast before setting off for Banteay Srei, a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and considered by many to be the 'Jewel in the Crown' of Angkorian art as it is cut from stone of a pinkish hue and includes some of the finest carvings in the world. This afternoon you'll continue to the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Tonle Sap, where you'll have the opportunity to learn about life on the river during a tour on a traditional wooden boat to the charming village of Chong Khnea. Tonight experience a wonderful Aspara dance performance, an ancient dance that you'll see depicted on the temple walls of Angkor Wat.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Siem Reap

Take an early breakfast to watch the sunrise over the 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex, the best-preserved temple boasting fascinating decorative flourishes that took 30 years to build and represents Khmer civilisation at its grandest. Next visit Angkor Thom, a group of buildings that somehow surpass Angkor Watt in splendour and grandiosity, not surprising given that it was the last great capital of the Khmer empire. Start at the Southern Gate, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side, followed by the Bayon and its beautifully crafted central towers. From here you visit Baphoun, Phimeanakas and the Elephant Terrace, once used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lastly see Ta Prohm, undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor. Unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it has been left to be swallowed by the jungle and is the perfect place to watch the sunset.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Siem Reap to the UK

Depart Siem Reap for your flight back to the UK via Hanoi or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
11
Siem Reap to Saigon

Depart Siem Reap for your flight to Saigon. On arrival in Saigon, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel.

  • Dinner
12
Saigon

Following breakfast travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an impressive network of underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. After lunch, start your city tour with a visit to the Reunification Palace. Continue to the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral which was built between 1877-1883 and is the major seat of the Catholic religion in Vietnam.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Saigon to Can Tho

Today you will board a boat for a cruise down the Mekong River towards Can Tho. Passing floating markets and local villages your boat will dock, giving you the chance to visit farms selling exotic fruits.Later visit a bee farm and enjoy their traditional honey tea, then a tour down the Vam Chua Canal on a rowing boat.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Can Tho

Your morning in Can Tho will begin with a gentle trip through the picturesque waterways to the floating markets. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant enjoy a Can Tho city tour.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Can Tho to Saigon

Following breakfast transfer to Saigon where the day is at leisure to explore the city at your own pace.

  • Breakfast
16
Saigon to the UK

Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is required for entry into Cambodia and this can be purchased on arrival at the airport in Phnom Penh. The cost of this is approximately USD $30 per person. Please note that you will be required to bring a passport photo with you as well as USD $30 cash in order to apply for your visa on arrival into Cambodia. Please note that it is important that is plenty of space left in the passport, as a Cambodian visa alone takes up one page. A visa is required for entry into Vietnam Until 30th June 2021, a visa is not required for stays up to 15 days. From the 1st July 2021 and for stays longer than 15 days, a visa is required for entry into Vietnam. You can apply for an e-visa online at https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn. The cost of the visa is approximately US$25 and will take roughly 3 working days. Alternatively, we work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is £105. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of entry. We therefore recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time. You can also visit the Embassy of Vietnam in London: 12-14 Victoria Road, London, W8 5RD. This visa information is a guide line only and is subject to change; up-to-date information regarding the process and fees will be advised at the time of calling the Travel Visa Company. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage. Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 7Kg and with maximum total dimensions not exceeding 115 cm (56 cm x 36cm x 23 cm). Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk,
www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300-£400 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2019 DATES
01 Oct 201916 Oct 2019£629£1789£2418Book Now
05 Nov 201920 Nov 2019£629£1819£2448Book Now
2020 DATES
07 Jan 202022 Jan 2020£619£1839£2458Book Now
04 Feb 202019 Feb 2020£619£1839£2458Book Now
03 Mar 202018 Mar 2020£619£1859£2478Book Now
14 Apr 202029 Apr 2020£599£1819£2418Book Now
12 May 202027 May 2020£599£1419£2018Book Now
02 Jun 202017 Jun 2020£579£1519£2098Book Now
01 Sep 202016 Sep 2020£599£1649£2248Book Now
29 Sep 202014 Oct 2020£619£1779£2398Book Now
03 Nov 202018 Nov 2020£619£1869£2488Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

12 °C / 37 °C

When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Cambodia

Vietnam

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