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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Thailand
Travel type Fly
Price range From £1799
Travel partner Newmarket Holidays
Duration 12 nights
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Follow the Mekong

Experience the Thai capital. See the River Kwai, the vast serenity of Angkor Wat, and the palaces and museums of Phnom Penh. You'll also drift through the waterways of the Mekong Delta to the former Ho Chi Minh City - formerly and famously Saigon - on this tour.


  • Return flights, via Dubai, to Bangkok returning from Ho Chi Minh City
  • One piece of hold luggage per person
  • Boat and air-conditioned coach travel throughout
  • 12 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at a series of four-star hotels in Bangkok (three nights), Battambang (one), Siem Reap (three), Phnom Penh (one), Chaudoc (one), Cantho (one) and Ho Chi Minh City (two)
  • Lunch on days six and nine to 13
  • Dinner on Days five to 11 and 13
  • Bangkok and Phnom Penh city tours
  • A Ho Chi Minh City tour with a visit to the Cu Chi tunnels
  • Fully guided sightseeing at Siem Reap, including Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
  • A boat trip to Cai Rang floating market
  • The services of a Newmarket tour manager
  • Government taxes and service charges
  • Single rooms are available for a supplement
Day one

Your holiday begins with an overnight flight to Bangkok.

Day two

This afternoon's guided city tour starts on the Royal Island, on the bank of the river, where the grand palace adjoins the Wat Phra Kaeo temple. The Wat Pho temple's gigantic Reclining Buddha and the five-and-a-half ton Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit temple are among the highlights.This evening, join our optional traditional Thai Dinner with Dance excursion to celebrate the first of your three nights in this city.

Day three

Relax in Bangkok, or perhaps join our optional excursion to the River Kwai, and travel, through a countryside of rice fields and sugar-cane plantations, into the jungle to explore an area associated with the events of the second world war, the construction of the 'Death Railway' and the infamous bridge.

Day four

On this morning's optional visit you'll see the floating markets at Damnoen Saduak, and visit the 70-acre rose gardens. Here in the surrounds of a traditional Thai village you can witness displays of Thai culture, Thai boxing, and folk dancing, and watch elephants at work.

Day five

We'll make an early start this morning, journeying through the rural landscape to the border crossing into Cambodia at Aranya Prathet-Poipet. The formalities completed, we'll begin the second part of your adventure with the short journey to Battambang, a French colonial city.

Day six

Journey across the waters of Tonle Sap, South East Asia's 'Great Lake', past villages built entirely on stilts and 'floating communities' that make a living from the lake. You'll arrive, by mid afternoon, in the market town of Siem Reap, gateway to the complex of Ankhor Thom, and home to the Ankhor national museum. This evening, enjoy a traditional Cambodian dance show during dinner.

Day seven

Today you'll visit the astounding Bayon temple, with its four giant heads and countless faces carved into the rock. Another highlight is the 'lost city' of Angkor Thom - the great citadel of the Khmer Empire, which ruled up to half of South East Asia for nearly 600 years. The most dazzling of the great ruins that litter a vast area is the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious building, with its five great towers and 1000-metre-long carved bas-relief.

Day eight

Another day of exploration takes in the temples of Hariharalaya, as well as the smaller temple of Banteay Srei, and Banteay Samre, with its reliefs depicting Krishna legends, before your last evening in Siem Reap.

Day nine

Travel to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, set on the bank of the Mekong river. The Royal palace, with its silver pagoda of priceless Buddhist artefacts, is amongst the highlights of this afternoon's guided introductory tour. This evening's dinner will be in the famous, riverside Foreign Correspondents' Club.

Day 10

This morning visit the Tuoi Sleng museum - which chronicles the inhumanity of the 'Pol Pot' years, when the Khmer Rouge terrorised the populace - is followed by the chance to see the exhibits in the National Museum. You'll then board the fast boat for the thrilling journey along the Mekong river into Vietnam, arriving at your overnight hotel in the border town of Chau Doc.

Day 11

The day begins with a visit to the holy mountain of Nui Sam, with its pagodas, temples and stunning views over the Mekong delta, into which you'll head today. You'll stay overnight in the university town of Can Tho, with its floating markets, its bustling harbour and sacred Khmer pagoda, Muniwangsyaram.

Day 12

Another journey through the scenery takes you across the Mekong landscape of rice fields, orchards and verdant foliage, criss-crossed by a network of smaller tributaries. You'll enjoy a boat ride to Cai Rang's floating market, and will visit the delta town of Vinh Long as well as another market at Cai Be. This evening you'll arrive for a two night stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 13

The remarkable Cu Chi tunnel complex gives an introduction to the country's recent history, today. A 200km underground labyrinth used by the Viet Cong as a base, it now serves as a memorial for those who died in the conflict. Returning to Ho Chi Minh City you'll discover a mix of French colonial past and modern Vietnamese life on a guided tour. See the grand General Post Office, the Reunification hall on the site of the former President's palace, the Xa Loi Pagoda with its bronze Buddha, and - time-permitting - the War Remnants museum. You'll end your tour with a celebratory Farewell Dinner.

Day 14

After a morning of last-minute shopping or sightseeing, this afternoon you'll transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK.

Day 15

Arrive back in the UK.

Follow the Mekong Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a European four-star standard. Throughout, rooms have air conditioning, private facilities, telephones, TV, mini-bars and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

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