After arriving at Phu Quoc Airport, you’ll be driven to the Mercury Phu Quoc Resort & Villa or Famiana Resort & Spa, or similar – your hotel for the night. You’ll have the rest of the day to relax by the pool or beach, ready to start your tour the next day.
If you sign up to the Mekong Delta Unveiled Tour, Phu Quoc Island will be your starting point when you arrive in Vietnam. You’ll get to spend your first night at one of our handpicked hotels, plus you’ll have some free time to explore the area at your own pace. Here’s where you can find out more about Phu Quoc Island.
Can Tho is home to around one million locals, making it the largest city in the Mekong Delta. It’ll be the first place you tick off on your itinerary, too. The buzzing metropolis offers plenty of sights for you to soak up, including the Quang Duc Pagoda. This bright yellow temple is really impressive – it’s surrounded by intricate mosaic tiles and ornate wooden floors that’ll have you filling up your camera roll in no time. Plus, the temple is home to resident Buddhist monks, dressed in tangerine-tinted robes, so it’s likely you’ll get to meet them while you’re exploring the grounds.
Once you’ve finished exploring the city, you can cycle around the peaceful countryside. You’ll pass picturesque rice fields, a noodle factory and local villages as you go. There’s also the opportunity to quench your thirst and tuck into a picnic-style lunch once you’ve finished cycling the nine-mile long route.
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Cai Rang’s floating market tops the agenda for your second day. This is the largest market of its kind in the Mekong Delta, stretching out for more than six kilometres. It’s also one of the most popular floating markets in Vietnam thanks to its wealth of food products – particularly juicy pineapples. On arrival, you’ll hop onto a pastel-coloured boat to begin your tour. Along the way, you’ll spot countless houses and stalls bobbing in the water. Don’t forget your camera – these sights are ideal for Instagram lovers.
After you’ve finished haggling at the floating market, make tracks for Chau Doc. This tiny multicultural town crams in mosques, temples and churches, so it’s perfect for culture vultures. The most prized possession here is Sam Mountain, a sacred place where locals come to worship at the Chinese-style pagodas and temples. It’s the views from the top of the 274-metre high mountain that holidaymakers come for, though. You’ll get to take in panoramic views that reach as far as Cambodia on a clear day.
Travelling to Phnom Penh from Chau Doc? If you’re nodding, this means you’ll get to zoom across the Mekong River by speedboat. The Mekong River is the seventh longest in Asia, filtering through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Burma, so it’s really impressive. The waters are home to more than 1,000 species of fish, 20,000 plants, plus hundreds of reptiles and mammals. Along the way, you’ll pass the unspoiled countryside, rice fields and friendly local fishermen.
Once you’ve reached Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, you can sign up to a guided city tour. The first stop will be at the Independence Monument. This place was built in 1958 to commemorate the nation’s independence from France in 1953, and it also serves as a memorial to deceased Cambodian soldiers. Design-wise, the tower looks quite similar to Angkor Wat – though it’s a fraction of the size – and is enveloped by a trickling fountain which backs onto a lush green park.
Elsewhere, you’ve got the National Museum. This terracotta-tinted gallery is made up of four buildings. Inside, you’ll come across a variety of artworks such as the eight-armed Vishnu statue and a giant pair of wrestling monkeys. Just around the corner, you’ll find the Royal Palace overlooking Phnom Penh’s skyline. The Khmer-style building is home to the King of Cambodia, so it’s really luxurious inside and out. Some of the highlights include the Silver Pagoda which is covered with five tons of glistening silver. Inside, meanwhile, the palace houses a life-sized gold Buddha, decorated with 2,068 diamonds – with the largest diamond weighing in at 25 carats.
It’s not hard to see why tourists flock to Siem Reap. It’s known as ‘temple town’ for good reason, playing host to one of the most iconic shrines in the world – Angkor Wat. This UNESCO-protected site contains the remains of the Khmer Rouge Empire which dates all the way back to the 12th century. This huge temple is renowned for its stunning detail, where there are more than 3,000 heavenly nymphs, historical events and stories carved into the walls. Angkor Wat is currently the largest religious building in the world, and unlike the other Angkor monuments, has been in continuous use since it was built – even local monkeys call it home. Once you’ve spent the afternoon exploring the ancient tiers, you’ll get to watch the sun sink over it all. For the best views, make tracks for the lotus pond that sits by the entrance. Here, you’ll see the beautiful reflection of the temple in the water. And after dark, it’s all about exploring the Angkor night markets. This place is full of food and souvenir stands, plus loads of Thai massage stalls.
Angkor Thom is the second most popular attraction in Siem Reap. This place was the last official capital of the Khmer empire, rivaling Angkor Wat in terms of its size and beauty. In the middle of this eerie city, you’ll find the Bayon Temple. It’s not hard to spot either – its spooky towers are decorated with beaming faces. As you stroll around, over a dozen of the heads will be visible at once, sometimes at eye level, while others stare down from up high, so it’s really impressive.
Are you a fan of Tomb Raider? If your answer is yes, we’ve got some good news. You can make like Lara Croft at the vine-wrapped Preah Khan Temple. It’s one of the largest complexes at Angkor, serving up a maze of shoulder-hugging corridors which are home to intricate carvings and bright-yellow stonework.
The last sight to tick off on your Cambodian tour is Neak Pean. This artificial island sits in a large, square pool. Many years ago, it represented a mythical lake in the Himalayas, whose waters were thought to cure all illnesses. There’s a Buddhist temple in the middle, and when the pool fills with rainwater during the wet season, the vistas are even more impressive.
After breakfast, you’ll grab a transfer from the hotel to Siem Reap International Airport, where you’ll take a flight back to Phu Quoc, where you’ll spend the night.
Your action-packed week comes to an end today. It’s time to head to the airport for your flight home.
There’s a pristine beach and traditional Vietnamese cuisine at the Long Beach Resort Phu Quoc.
The comes with a beachfront setting and a swim-up bar.
The stylish Sol Beach House Phu Quoc sidles up to white sands and is a 30 minutes’ drive from Duong Dong Town.
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