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19 Nights - £3,450pp

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  • International flights
  • 19 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast & some other meals
  • Private car, driver & guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Based on 2019 - 20 Prices

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Mekong Journey

Cambodian farmer

Cambodian farmer

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Mekong near Vang Vieng

Mekong near Vang Vieng

Cave Temple, Laos

Cave Temple, Laos

Hilltribes near Pakbeng

Hilltribes near Pakbeng

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Mekong, Southern Laos

Mekong, Southern Laos

 

Mekong Journey

Combine 4 countries in one on this immersive journey along the Mekong River from Saigon as far as Chiang Rai in the north of Thailand.

Begin in Saigon and head to the Mekong Delta where you will get up close to life in the Delta.

Travel by speedboat to Phnom Penh the lively capital of Cambodia with 2 nights to discover this French influenced city.

Head into the Cambodia countryside at Kampong Thom and go in search of Irrawaddy Dolphins in Kratie.

Cross in to Southern Laos and discover a different aspect of the Mekong with its waterfalls and islands around the Pakse area.

Heading north through Laos travel via the majestic landscape of Vang Vieng and visit some of the many cave temples in this region.

Continue to Luang Prabang, the cultural capital of Laos to discover this charming town by the Mekong River in the mountains of northern Laos.

Board the Luang Say for a 2-day cruise upriver from Luang Prabang as far as the border with Thailand, where you will be met and transferred to Chiang Rai, in Thailand's Golden Triangle.

As with all of our holidays, this one can be tailored to suit you so just let us know if you would like to alter this itinerary to suit your interests and budget.

Inclusions

  • International flights from the UK
  • Accommodation with breakfast & some lunches
  • All airport transfers by private car
  • Private car, driver and guide on excursions
  • Entrance Fees

Accommodation

  • 2 nights Saigon
  • 2 nights Can Tho
  • 1 night Chau Doc
  • 2 nights Phnom Penh
  • 1 night Kampong Cham
  • 1 night Kratie
  • 1 night Don Khone
  • 1 night Don Khong
  • 1 night Pakse
  • 1 night Vientiane
  • 1 night Vang Vieng
  • 2 nights Luang Prabang
  • 1 night Pakbeng
  • 1 night Chiang Rai

Day 1: Fly UK – Saigon

Overnight flight from UK to Saigon, Vietnam.

Day 2: Saigon

On arrival in Saigon you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight Saigon.

Day 3: Saigon

Enjoy a full day tour of Saigon and the Cu Chi Tunnels, including the markets, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum.

The rest of the day is at leisure for your own explorations of Saigon. Alternatively add an afternoon trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels if you wish.

Overnight Saigon. Breakfast included.

Day 4: Saigon - Mekong Delta

This morning is an early start. Transfer by private car from Saigon to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta.

From Cai Be, enjoy a boat trip from Cai Be along the Mekong and through some of the many small canals of the Mekong Delta.

Make a stop at local workshops and learn how rice paper, coconut candy, pop-rice and pop-corn are made.

Delve deeper into the countryside by rowing boat and witness the daily life of local people.

Explore village paths by bike, visit some local farms and experience the ancestral lifestyle of the people of the Delta.

Head to Vinh Long afterwards.

Overnight Can Tho. Breakfast included.

Day 5: Can Tho

Today enjoy a short cycling excursion to the countryside in Can Tho with a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market.

From Can Tho, take a boat trip to visit the floating market in Cai Rang.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling market. Get off the boat and hop on bicycles for a ride through local villages.

Enjoy lunch and stop at a local family house to enjoy some seasonal fruits.

This is a great way to really experience the Mekong Delta and you will feel quite immersed in local life here.

Overnight Can Tho. Breakfast & lunch included.

Day 6: Chau Doc

Embark by boat to explore the bustling river life around Chau Doc; visit the Floating Villages, whose inhabitants live and work all their lives on the river.

Stop at one of the typical houses, and see how they raise fish in nets directly under the house itself.

Continue to a distinctive Cham Village, on the other side of the river, with its thriving Muslim community.

After returning to town, continue by vehicle to Sam Mountain, which rises sharply from the surrounding rice paddies.

Considered one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Vietnam, the mountain is dotted with pagodas and temples, many of them inside caves.

Visit Lady Chua Xu Pagoda at the base and continue up shallow stairways along the mountain, visiting other pagodas while ascending.

Overnight Chau Doc. Breakfast included.

Day 7: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

Travel by speedboat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Explore Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the capital before paying a visit to Tuol Sleng.

Learn about a chapter from Cambodia's more recent, tragic, past at the Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide).

Formerly the Tuol Svay Prey High School, in 1975, this became the interrogation and torture facility for the Khmer Rouge regime

Kept largely unchanged, this prison now showcases photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through these doors only seven of whom came out alive.

Take a sunset Cruise aboard a luxury boat and enjoy views of Phnom Penh while enjoying the sunset over the Mekong.

Overnight Phnom Penh. Breakfast included.

Day 8: Phnom Penh

Explore Phnom Penh, a chaotic, energetic and always fascinating city.

Graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras; today they teem with life and activity, as motorcycles weave in and out of traffic, vendors hawk their wares, and pedestrians go about their business.

Start the tour with an insight into Cambodia's cultural heritage with a visit to the Royal Palace, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoi and the adjacent Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha.

Continue to the National Museum, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer Art.

Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh's two great markets, the Central Market, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building or the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling all kinds of things.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight Phnom Penh. Breakfast included.

Day 9: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham

Kampong Cham is a lively port on the banks of the Mekong River with some good examples of colonial-era architecture.

After visiting the local market and exploring the town, travel into the countryside to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Phnom Srei (Woman Hill).

Continue to Wat Nokor Bachey, a thriving modern-day monastery founded on an 11th century Mahayana Buddhist shrine.

Overnight Kampong Cham. Breakfast included.

Day 10: Kampong Cham - Kratie

The provincial capital of Kratie is a pleasant, small riverside town on the banks of the Mekong River.

Visit the Dolphin Observation Park, located just north of town and enjoy an hour-long boat trip past peaceful rural scenery as you watch out for a rare sighting of one of the 50 endangered Irrawaddy freshwater dolphins that inhabit this stretch of the river.

On the way back, stop at Wat Phnom Sambok. At the top of the hill, visit a small temple and cottages which serve as residencies for Buddhist monks and nuns.

Overnight Kratie. Breakfast included.

Day 11: Kratie - Don Khone

Journey by vehicle from Nong Nokkein (formerly called Dong Kalaw) on the Lao/Cambodian border to Tha Ban Nakasang and cross the river by boat to Don Khone.

Explore Don Khone, one of the islands in Si Phan Don, by tuk tuk.

Visit Ban Khone Village, the main village on Don Khone with several old French villas, Wat Mahanthanaram Temple and visit the rusting locomotive.

Continue to Tad Li Phi Waterfalls, a raging set of rapids at the western end of Don Khone.

Overnight Don Khone. Breakfast included.

Day 12: Don Khone - Don Khong

Travel by boat from Don Khone to Tha Ban Nakasang, and then continue by vehicle and boat to Don Khong.

Visit Khon Phapheng Waterfalls on the Mekong River, a 13 km 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.

Explore Don Khong, or Khong Island, a scenic island set in the middle of the Mekong River, with small villages and rice paddies.

Visit the largest village, Muang Khong, and visit local temples, withsSunset at Muang Sene.

Overnight Don Khong. Breakfast included.

Day 13: Don Khong - Pakse

Travel by vehicle from Don Khong to Pakse.

Champasak is a small district of 38,000 people on the western bank of the Mekong River.

The Angkor period ruins of Vat Phou Champasak lie 8 km south of town.

Continue by vehicle to Vat Phou Museum and Vat Phou Champasak, a Khmer temple site spread over the lower slopes of Phu Pasak.

The surviving structures date from as early as the Chenla Kingdom (6th to 8th centuries).

Continue by vehicle to Pakse.

Overnight Pakse. Breakfast included.

Day 14: Pakse - Vientiane

The capital city of Laos, Vientiane, still feels like a sleepy city with relaxed charm, tree-lined boulevards, and interesting temples and colourful markets.

Tour the many highlights of the city, including Pha That Luang, a gleaming golden stupa which is perhaps the most important national monument in Laos; Ho Pha Keo, the formal royal temple, now a museum with beautiful examples of Buddhist sculpture; Wat Si Saket; and Patuxai, a monumental arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, but executed with Lao motifs.

Overnight Vientiane. Breakfast included.

Day 15: Vientiane - Vang Vieng

Travel from Vientiane to Vang Vieng, stopping en-route at Talat Fish Market in Huay Mor, and at Vang Xang, an 11th century Buddhist archaeological site where primitive Buddha images have been carved into the cliff.

Visit Tham Chang Cave which was used as a bunker against marauding Chinese in the early 19th century.

Overnight Vang Vieng. Breakfast included.

Day 16: Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang

Journey north to Luang Prabang, passing through Ban Phatang and Muang Kasi, and visiting local villages on the way.

Tham Xang Cave, also called Elephant Cave, contains a few Buddha images and a Buddha footprint plus the elephant shaped stalactites which give the cave its name.

Note: Tham Xang Cave is NOT recommended from May to September due to high water level and a swift current as well as bad road conditions

Overnight Luang Prabang. Breakfast included.

Day 17: Luang Prabang

Set between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings.

The entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Start the day at Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat), the oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat dating back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas.

Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to Wat Xieng Thong, the crowning jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city.

From there, stroll down the main street of Luang Prabang, stopping at some of the many temples that line its sides, including Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene.

Continue to the National Museum (Royal Palace), a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs.

This turn-of-the century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos.

Visit Hor Phrabang, containing a collection of prized art and Wat Mai.

At the end of the day, climb 328 steps to the small temples atop Phou Si in the middle of the town, offering beautiful views over the temples and river.

Overnight Luang Prabang. Breakfast included.

Day 18: Luang Prabang - Pakbeng

Board The Luang Say Lodge and Cruises from Luang Prabang to Pakbeng.

Depart at 7 a.m for a cruise up the Mekong River to Pakbeng, with breakfast served on board.

On the way to Pak Ou village, at the mouth of the Nam Ou River a visit is organized to Tam Ting Caves and Tham Phoum Caves of a thousand Buddha.

A buffet lunch is served on board, after a brief stop is made at Ban Baw to observe the processing of traditional rice alcohol.

The boat arrives at Luangsay Lodge before sunset for an overnight stop.

Dinner is served at a terrace overlooking the Mekong River.

Overnight Pakbeng. Breakfast included.

Day 19: Pakbeng - Chiang Rai

After breakfast on the terrace, visit the morning market (optional) of Pakbeng where the nearby villagers and hill tribes buy and exchange their goods.

The boat departs at 8 a.m for her second part of trip. Lunch is served on board.

One stop is made to visit and admire the authentic rural life of hill tribe village at Ban Houy Phalam (Kamu Village).

Arrive Huay Xai before 5 pm

Transfer to the border with Thailand where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Chiang Rai.

Overnight Chiang Rai, Thailand. Breakfast included.

Day 20: Chiang Rai - UK

Fly Chiang Rai – UK.

Day 21: Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK

Saigon

Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City) is the economic engine of Vietnam, a thriving, sprawling metropolis of 13 million people with at least as many scooters on its busy streets.

There are plenty of sights in Saigon and a city stay in Saigon is essential to really experience Vietnam properly.

Reminders of the war-time period are there in Saigon's re-unification Palace, the War crimes museum and the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels, whilst Saigon itself is dotted with French colonial buildings.

Although the Mekong doesn't flow through Saigon, the city is the logical starting point for this trip and is the gateway to the Mekong Delta.

It's a place to get your bearings in Vietnam and discover something of the culuture and vibrancy of Vietnam before heading down to the Mekong Delta.

 

The Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is Vietnam's most fertile region, also known as the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam.

Your Mekong Journey really begins in Vietnam's Mekong Delta with 3 nights in the Delta and plenty of time to get immersed in the way of life down in the Delta.

You'll spend the first two nights of this journey in Can Tho which is actually Vietnam's 5th biggest city.

From here you'll explore the Mekong Delta by boat, on two wheels and on foot. You'll meet local people and witness life on the waterways, big and small.

The Mekong Delta is home to some unique religions including Cao Daiism (4 million followers) and the Hoa Hoa sect of Buddhism which has over 2 million followers.

You will get an insight into the religious ways of life in the Delta during your stay.

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia's lively capital has some bustling markets, impressive temples and a great little museum which will elucidate much about the magnificent monuments further north.

On a more sobering note, the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng are moving testaments to more recent events and important places to visit to really understand modern day Cambodia.

On your Mekong Journey you'' visit the important sites in Phnom Penh, take an evening cruise along the river and learn about the country's turbulent recent past.

Kampong Cham

Kampong Cham is Cambodia's 6th biggest city and a busy port town by the Mekong.

It was here that the first bridge over the Mekong in Cambodia was constructed.

Kampong Cham is named after the Cham people, of whom there are only about 400,000, half of whom live in Cambodia.

The Cham in Cambodia are mostly Muslims (those in Vietnam are largely Hindu).

It is estimated that the Khmer Rouge killed almost half of the Cham people in Cambodia - quite a sobering thought.

If you see headscarved women in the Mekong Delta and South of Cambodia, it is likely that they are Cham.

Kratie

Kratie (pronounced Krachee) is both the name of a tiny town on the banks of the Mekong River and a province in Northeast Cambodia.

Firmly on the backpackers trail but not on the mainstream visitor’s agenda, a visit to Kratie has some interesting sights to offer.

Visitors come here to see the Irrawaddy dolphins, to admire the jungle scenery and to see Phnom Sombok, a hill temple just north of town.

This is a sparsely populated region of Cambodia and things are very quiet and sleepy.

Southern Laos

Southern Laos is one of the most interesting regions of Laos, with historic sites, ancient temples, the Mekong River, waterfalls, diverse cultures and beguiling landscapes.

With Luang Prabang and the far north grabbing most of the headlines, Southern Laos is only now slowly emerging as an area of great interest to rival the attractions of the north.

Wat Pho offers a World Heritage Temple site dating back 1500 years, Don Khone Island reveals a glimpse of sleepy Lao River life and the Phapheng Waterfalls is the largest cascade on the lower Mekong.

The lively town of Pakse is the main gateway to Southern Laos and is not without it's charms as more and more people are discovering.

Vientiane

Vientiane is one of the sleepiest capital cities in the world, with wide boulevards and little traffic.

The capital of Laos is very accessible by air or overland from Bangkok and is the springboard for travel into the north or south of Laos.

Vientiane has a few attractions including the stunning gilded That Luang Stupa and Laos’ own version of the Arc de Triumph.

Sunsets by the Mekong are always spectacular and most visitors find themselves by the Mekong for sun-down.

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng has been something of a backpackers mecca for years, but this small picturesque town on the banks of the Nam Song River is now emerging as a more mature destination, offering something more than a hedonistic adventure stop for Gap Year kids.

Vang Vieng makes a convenient stop on the winding overland route from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, itself one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Laos.

The Mekong River here is particularly beautiful, winding between tall limestone cliffs in a landscape which could be straight out of a Chinese water-colour painting.

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a World Heritage designated town and without doubt the highlight of any trip to Laos.

Laid-back and charming, Luang Prabang is a town of temples and monasteries where the pre-dawn alms round procession of monks brings out a steady stream of on-lookers.

The gold-clad temples, French style cafes and great local shops frequently detain those who only planned on staying a night or two.

There is plenty to see in and around town. Walking between temples is easy, cycling is a great option, and excursions to the surrounding countryside mean a stay of a few days in Luang Prabang is preferable.

There are a couple of superb luxury boutique hotels in Luang Prabang and plenty of more modest charming boutique hotels which add to the appeal of Luang Prabang.

Is this a Private Tour or a Group Tour?

All of our tours are private tailor made itineraries, customised for you - we can amend things to entirely suit you.

You will have your own private car, driver and guide on excursions.

What are the departure dates?

Let us know your preferred dates of travel and we will find the best and most suitable flights to fit your itinerary.

As this is a private tour, there are no set departure dates.

Which Airlines do you use?

We work with all the major airlines flying to this part of the world.

Typically for Indochina, Vietnam Airlines, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific would be airlines we most often use.

However, just let us know your preferred airline if you have one. We can organise flights from any regional destination in the UK.

There are no direct flights from the UK to Cambodia or Laos currently, but Vietnam Airlines fly directly to both Hanoi and Saigon from the UK.

Which Hotels do you use?

We're careful with our choice of hotels, but we're guided by our customers also. If you have some preferred hotels, just let us know.

We specialise in boutique hotels and so we will often suggest some of our favourite smaller hotels where we think these will be suitable.

We keep on top of hotel developments in Indochina from our office in Vietnam and regularly inspect the hotels we use.

Do you cater for Solo Travellers?

Yes, we have many solo travellers, and Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos are all very safe, friendly and welcoming destinations for those travelling alone.

River cruises on the Mekong are a popular option for solo travellers, especially with Pandaw Cruises who offer no Single Supplements on many departures.

How long have you been organising holidays to Indochina?

We've been organising tailor made holidays to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for over 10 years.

Our team has a wealth of combined experience in the industry and our Director has been involved in organising holidays to Indochina since the early 1990's.

Our partners on the ground in Indochina have over 20 years experience in operating there.

They understand the region extremely well and have a strong infrastructure of staff, guides and vehicles. We've had the same partnership in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos for over 10 years.

How does your office in Vietnam help?

We have our own staff in Saigon which helps in many ways with our customers in Indochina and South East Asia.

It helps us to keep on top of any new hotel and travel developments in the region and forge stronger relationships with hotels and other partners.

We regularly do our own inspections of hotels and destinations in the region.

Should our clients need any assistance during a trip, we always have at least one of our own staff on the same time zone, and we're open 7 days a week in Saigon.

Standard Hotel Suggestions Saigon

Catina Hotel
Alcove Library Hotel

Standard Hotel Suggestions Can Tho

Victoria Can Tho (Superior)

Standard Hotel Suggestions Chau Doc

Victoria Chau Doc (Superior)

Standard Hotel Suggestions Phnom Penh:

Teahouse Phnom Penh
252 Hotel
Kabiki
Blue Lime

Standard Hotel Suggestions Kampong Cham:

LBN Asian Hotel (Superior)

Standard Hotel Suggestions Kratie:

Mekong Dolphin Hotel

Standard Hotel Suggestions Don Khone:

Sala Don Khone Hotel

Standard Hotel Suggestions Don Khong:

Kongmany Hotel

Standard Hotel Suggestions Pakse:

Champasak Grand Hotel

Standard Hotel Suggestions Vientiane:

Salana Boutique Hotel

Standard Hotel Suggestions Vang Vieng:

Riverside Boutique Hotel

Standard Hotel Suggestions Luang Prabang:

Le Sen Boutique Hotel

Standard Hotel Suggestions Pakbeng:

Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge

Standard Hotel Suggestions Chiang Rai:

Nak Nakara Hotel

19 night Mekong Journey - Standard:

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