Mekong and Cambodia Explorer

Cultural Tour

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This tour is provided by

Active Asia

We provide a range of Cambodia tours and packages, each offering a different slice of the best places to see and top things to do in Cambodia. Caring family-owned local company, Active Asia Cambodia offers you a magical holiday that has been carefully crafted to make the most of your time and dollar.

  • 6 Days/5 Nights
  • 4-Star Boutique Hotels

A magical overland journey from Saigon through the Mekong and to stunning Angkor

Often overlooked, the Mekong Delta of Vietnam is the most fascinating of journeys. One of majesty and connection. Travel on various waterways seeing local Vietnam life teeming, from children waving from the riverbanks to local families making a living with home industries. Then journey up the mighty Mekong River for the border crossing into Cambodia and on to the incredibly stunning Angkor Temples. A once in a lifetime journey for the adventurous at heart who also enjoy traveling 4-star comfort.

Tour Highlights

  • A small group journey - get up close and personal
  • Witness a traditional floating market
  • Marvel at the local ingenuity and way of life
  • Be in awe of the incredible Angkor Temples in Cambodia
  • Explore deep into the Mekong Delta
  • Explore estuaries and waterways
  • See golden Phnom Penh, both past and present
  • Watch the local circus troupe astound you

Guide Info

A knowledgeable, local, English speaking guide will assist you throughout your trip. 

Departure Location

This tour departs from the Grand Hotel Saigon. Pick up from major downtown Ho Chi Minh hotels is included.

NOTE: You must arrive the night BEFORE the tour start date. We can add a night at the departure hotel as part of your booking.

Price Includes

  • All accommodation in 4-star hotels including daily breakfast
  • A local English speaking guide in each country
  • All excursions and sightseeing as detailed in itinerary including all entrance fees
  • Boat journey from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
  • Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
  • Additional meals indicated (L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Emergency contact numbers in Vietnam & Cambodia

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Vietnam & Cambodia entry visa*
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Beverages during included lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses (mini-bars, laundry, etc)
  • Gratuities (tips)

Please Note

A visa is required for both Vietnam and Cambodia. These must be arranged before you depart your home country. These can be arranged online or before departure through a travel agent or consulate in your country.


4-star riverside and boutique hotels throughout your holiday.

What to Bring

  • You may like to bring US$1 notes for tipping and for purchasing smaller items while in the Mekong
  • Be sure to bring a sunhat & sunglasses, mosquito repellent, camera and a smile
  • We recommend a few items of clothing that cover the shoulders and knees for any tours that visit temples
  • Light cotton clothing is best for Vietnam & Cambodia with something to throw on for cooler nights
  • A light raincoat is recommended during the rainy season (May-Oct)

Day 1Depart Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Can Tho (L)

Depart Ho Chi Minh this morning travelling through the countryside to the magical Mekong Delta, a lush tropical labyrinth of meandering rivers and estuaries filled with local culture and way of life. A small local boat unfolds the captivating waterways teeming with life.

Travel Vietnam’s ‘Fruit Bowl’

This morning, meet your guide at the departure hotel in Ho Chi Minh (which will be supplied in your confirmed booking).

NOTE: Please arrive in Ho Chi Minh City the night before this tour. We can book a pre-departure night at the departure hotel as an option during the booking process.

Departing Ho Chi Minh City by road, travelling through the fruit bowl of Vietnam and stunning countryside. On arrival your first boat excursion explores a myriad of estuaries and islands. Visits are made to orchards and bonsai gardens, and opportunities to sample the wonderful array of fruit. After a wonderful local lunch, continue by road to Can Tho overnight. Enjoy a two night stay at the beautiful colonial hotel, located on the riverbank. The hotel’s swimming pool is inviting after a day’s travel and the restaurant offers fine cuisine and tasty cocktails in the bar.

Day 2Mekong Delta - Chau Doc (B, L)

Discover the colorful Cai Rang floating market, for the local trading before visiting a traditional pagoda secluded in caves and the site where devout local Buddhists make their annual pilgrimage.

Take in Beautiful Floating Markets

The Mekong Delta is one of the most beautiful and mysterious rivers in the world. From the comfort of your seat, watch life unfold in front of you: encounter tiny villages, bamboo-stilt houses, colourful floating markets, farmers at work and children on their way to school. The fascinating floating markets really offer an insight into a cultural past. Next, we’ll venture further into the Mekong by road, with more opportunities to admire the incredible countryside views. After a brief but delicious lunch, we’ll arrive at Chau Doc in the early afternoon.

A journey into the Mekong is not complete without a visit to Sam Mountain. With influence from Chinese, Vietnamese and Khmer cultures, Sam Mountain is renowned for its traditional pagodas secluded in caves. It’s also the site where devout local Buddhists make their annual pilgrimage. During this trip, you’ll get the chance to learn more about Buddhism, Hinduism and the worship of ancestors, getting you closer to the heart of Vietnamese culture. Then we will visit Lady Chua Xu built in 1820, Tay An Co Tu built in 1847, and Thoai Ngoc Hau Mausoleum dating back to 1930. Your local and knowledgeable guide will explain the historical and cultural significance of these three religions in Vietnam.

Overnight in a 4-star colonial style, riverside hotel.

Day 3Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh (B)

Today we will venture into Cambodia via the mighty Mekong River. A relaxing journey past river boats plying their trade and small towns and villages. Phnom Penh was once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’ due to it being one of the most charming French colonial cities in the 1920’s.

Travel into Cambodia

This morning we depart Vietnam and travel the lively and mighty Mekong River on board a speedboat. On arrival at Phnom Penh, your local Cambodian guide will meet you for the transfer to your hotel to check in and freshen up. In the afternoon we’ll visit the most noteworthy attractions of this fascinating former French colony. We’ll visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, a stunning cluster of buildings home to the King of Cambodia.

From here we’ll stop for a visit to the Daughters’ Visitor Centre. Daughters of Cambodia reaches out to victims of sex trafficking. Their center provides women with good-paying jobs at Sugar ‘n Spice Café, Hands ‘n Feet Spa and the entry-level boutique, which sells clothing and fashion accessories made by women in their program. Here you are free to browse the boutique, grab something to eat at the café or enjoy a foot spa. For those who wish to spend the evening here, you are welcome to make your own way back to your hotel. Alternatively you can be transferred back to your hotel. Enjoy a night’s stay at a 4-star urban resort.

Day 4Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (B, D)

Today you’ll discover the horrors that changed this country and its people forever at Tuol Sleng Museum. Then a short flight to Siem Reap to discover more culture and charm of Cambodia.

Adventure to Siem Reap

This morning visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum, a former school used as a security prison, and Killing Fields located just outside Phnom Penh. (NOTE: Some images may be disturbing for some people.) We then transfer to the airport with time for lunch (at your own expense) before the short flight to Siem Reap. On arrival transfer to your hotel.

This evening discover the wonderful flavours of Cambodian Cuisine before a special treat at Phare – the Cambodian Circus. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. Formed in 1994 by 9 young men coming home from a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime. Today, Phare is one of Cambodia’s most innovative social enterprise models. Profits generated through tickets and merchandise sales support free education, arts training and social support programs.

2 nights, 4-star hotel.

Day 5 Angkor Temples (B, L)

After an incredible journey, we end at the jewel in the crown – a day’s discovery of the incredible and stunning Angkor Temples. Angkor is a myriad of ancient temples in various states of ruin. Simply divine!

Explore the Ancient Angkor Ruins

After breakfast enjoy a full day exploring the stunning Angkor Temples. Tour to the South Gate of Angkor Thom. The vast area of the Angkor Thom ruins, over a mile on one side, contains many stone temples and other features to explore. The city has five monumental gates (one in each wall plus an extra in the eastern wall), 20 meters high and decorated with stone elephant trunks and the king’s favorite motif: the four faces of Avalokiteshvara.

Continue to the ruins of Bayon, Baphoun, the Royal Enclosure Phimeanakas and the Elephant terraces. The Bayon Temple (circa 1190) is a Buddhist temple but retains elements of Hindu cosmology and imagery. Standing in the exact center of the walled city, it represents the intersection of heaven and earth. It is known for its enigmatic smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara and its extraordinary bas-reliefs.

Then walk through the mystical jungle clad temple of Ta Prohm, over-grown from the jungle and offering a magical Instagram-moment. Lunch of traditional Khmer food is served with time to rest before the afternoon visit to the jewel – Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat is the best preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia and is so grand in design that some rank it among the seven wonders of the world. It appears on the Cambodian national flag, a very rare instance of a flag incorporating an image of a building.The “lost city” of Angkor first attracted the interest of Europeans in the 1800s after Cambodia was colonized by the French. The evening is at your discretion, enjoy the bustling ‘Pub Street’ and the night markets if you wish.

Day 6 Departure (B)

Today is the last day of our tour. Enjoy a morning at your leisure before the transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure.

Got more time? We highly recommend adding an extra night in Siem Reap. Spend a day exploring artisan’s such as stone carvers and silk factories or wander the local markets and enjoy the many varied restaurants. Book an extra night with us and receive a complimentary tuk-tuk available to take you around on your day at leisure!