From Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City this is a little beauty of a trip.
Day 1 - Bangkok
Don't miss a sunset drink on the rooftop at Sky Bar - Lebua at state Tower. Oh and the group briefing with your local tour guide.
- The adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1
- If arriving early - perhaps take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets
- Why not visit the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Day 2-4 - Siem Reap/Ankgor Wat
It's a temple-filled day but we guarantee you'll come out with some awesome shots for Facebook.
- Set off on a long drive from Bangkok to Siem Reap (approx. 8-9 hours including border crossing and lunch)
- The Angkor markets are a great place to shop or to try some cheap, delicious street food
- Visit the world-famous Angkor complex
- Enjoy spectacular photographic opportunities at Angkor at any time of day - watching a sunrise or sunset is a must
- Enjoy plenty of time to fully appreciate the great archaeological sites of Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm
- Depending on the season there may be a chance to visit Tonle Sap Lake for a look at local life
Day 5 - Kompong Cham
Rice paddies, sugar palms, old pagodas and super friendly locals - that just about sums this place up.
- Travel by public bus to Kompong Cham (approx 4 hrs)
- Make the most of a great opportunity to experience life in small-town Cambodia
- Explore the serene 11th-century Wat Nokor.
- Hire a bike to discover the rural island of Koh Paen, linked to Kompong Cham by an elaborate bamboo bridge (passable only in the dry season, take a ferry in the wet)
Day 6 - Phnom Penh
Free time to visit the Killing Fields and Choeung Ek Museum and grab a bargain at Psar Thmei market.
- Catch a public bus to the capital city of Phnom Penh (approx 3 hrs), which boasts some fine examples of French-inspired architecture
- Head out to the Choeung Ek Memorial, where a stupa made up of some 8,000 human skulls marks the site of the infamous Killing Fields
- Learn about a brighter period in Cambodian history with a visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
- Explore Wat Phnom, a peaceful temple situated on a hill for which the city is named
- Check out the National Museum - it contains many outstanding examples of Khmer craftsmanship
- Take in the sites including the central market, US Embassy, Wat Phnom, Mekong river front, independence monument and the Royal Palace.by cyclo
- Perhaps stop in at the art deco-designed Psar Thmei (Central Market) - a great place for browsing, or travel out to Psar Tuol Tom Pong (the Russian Market) for the best range of local souvenirs
Day 7 - Homestay
It's basic but it's only for a night so enjoy the home cooked meal and the chats with your local host family.
Breakfast | Dinner
- Travel by private bus into rural Cambodia (approx 3 hrs).
- Witness everyday Cambodian life and enjoy a traditional-style dinner at a homestay
Day 8-9 - Sihanoukville
The beaches are really quiet here. Find your patch of sand and soak up the sun.
- Take a private bus to Sihanoukville (approx 3 hrs), which has miles of beaches and warm, welcoming people
- Take a boat to one of the nearby islands, enjoy a barbecue lunch and relax among swaying palms, white sands and blue waters
- Make a trip out to the Ream National Park - 21 hectares of coastal mangrove forest, which hosts a great variety of animal and bird species
Day 10 - Phnom Penh
Have one of the best massages of your life at Seeing Hands, where massages are performed by the visually impaired.
- Take a local bus to Phnom Penh (approx 4 hrs)
- Why not indulge in a traditional massage at the Seeing Hands Massage parlours - they're some of the best in the city
Day 11-12 - Ho Chi Minh City
Long bus ride to Ho Chi Minh City. This place is fast-paced so best thing to do is hit the sites or watch it go by from one of the street-side cafes.
- Set off on a long journey by local bus to Ho Chi Minh City (approx 6-7 hrs)
- Those with extra time in Ho Chi Minh - be sure to visit the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum
- There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time
- Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities
What to Know
• Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guides throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.
• Free time to explore Saigon, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Siem Reap and Bangkok.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, entrance fees to local sites, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price 08 Dec 2013 - 19 Dec 2013 0 Request US $910 Contact Us
Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
Duy Linh - , 22 Dec, 2009
Highly recommended as a first-time visit to Vietnam and to get a taste of the key sights & places to visit. Keep in mind that Vietnam is a developing country - don't always expect things to be up to Western standard.
Nicole - Vermont South, VIC, 22 Dec, 2009
Our trip leader Hai was exceptional!! Went above and beyond to assist many members of our team, was extremely friendly and i feel he is a huge asset to Geckos :)
What to know
This trip is run by our sister company, Intrepid.