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Vietnam to Cambodia - Friendly floating markets

Along the Mekong to Cambodia

Route: HCMC - Mekong Delta - Can Tho  - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

Between Cambodia and Vietnam lies the vast Mekong River delta with its picturesque waterways and exotic natural scenery. During this Mekong River tour from Vietnam to Cambodia, you'll get a real glimpse of behind-the-scenes Vietnam. Everywhere you look you'll see locals doing laundry, plucking chickens and working the land. The people in this area are very friendly and they're sure to wave to you as you pass.

During this journey from Vietnam to Cambodia, you'll travel straight through the delta to Cambodia. You'll sail through small and broad canals and past villages and islands. You'll also visit some really authentic floating markets and traditional villages by rowing boat. You'll spend one night in a comfortable hotel in Can Tho and one night in a floating hotel at the Cambodian border in Chau Doc. Finally you'll travel into Phnom Penh by speedboat.

Feeling inspired? You can build your own Cambodia and Indochina holiday using our range of bite-sized Cambodia trips. Alternatively, if you'd rather leave the planning to us, you can choose from our selection of suggested Cambodia holidays or give one of our friendly travel specialists a call on 01273 322 042.

Duration 3 days/ 2 nights
Departs Mondays/Wednesdays/Saturdays from HCMC


Simple -hotels along the Mekong -category 2 
(see our accommodation page for more details)


£215 per person - based on 2 people sharing


Transport by bus and boat, accommodation, excursions as described with English speaking guide, speedboat to Phnom Penh


Air conditioned minibus, speedboat


All meals, drinks

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Vinh Long

Today marks the beginning of your trip from Vietnam to Cambodia. An air conditioned bus will take you from Ho Chi Minh City to the town of Cai Be. Here you'll board a boat to sail through the Mekong Delta in a small group. On the way, you'll visit a very popular floating market where traders sell their fresh fruit and vegetables from their boats. It's a really colourful and memorable experience and is sure to be a real highlight of your travels from Vietnam to Cambodia.

Next, you'll continue on in smaller boats through a maze of small and broad shadow-filled canals. Along the way, you'll get a glimpse of the daily life on the Mekong. You'll sail through villages and past hardworking farmers in the many rice paddies that line the Mekong Delta. After some time, you'll arrive at one of the many An Binh islands (Vinh Long) in the Mekong Delta. After lunch, you'll go sight-seeing across the island on foot or by bike, visiting several family businesses that cultivate Vietnam's most important exports - rice.

In the afternoon you'll sail for approximately 3 hours until you reach Can Tho just as the sun will begin to set. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as low water levels, this part of the trip will be conducted by minibus. You'll spend the night in a comfortable, modern hotel in the centre of Can Tho.

Vietnam to Cambodia - Daily life
Vietnam to Cambodia - Bustling markets

Day 2: Can Tho - Chau Doc

This morning, you'll continue your Vietnam to Cambodia trip with a visit to Cai Rang floating market in the Mekong Delta. In order to get close to all of the activity of the market, you'll hop on to a small boat and sail between the floating stalls. The market is full of small boats darting through the water as vendors sell their wares.

During the next part of your Vietnam to Cambodia trip, you'll travel overland to Chau Doc. Many people make a living from catching fish here, with personal fish farms under their floating houses. You'll take a small boat to these farms and may even get the chance to feed the fish. Make sure you stand back though or you will be sure to get wet!

Near the border with Cambodia you'll find a Cham village, where you'll find descendants of the ancient Champa kingdom, which was once located in Central Vietnam. After this stop, you'll travel back to Chau Doc by boat, arriving around sunset. You'll spend the night in a hotel near the centre of town.

Day 3: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

Today it's time to leave Chau Doc and travel into Cambodia by speedboat. Once you reach the Cambodian border, the boat will stop to arrange your visa, which is approximately 25 USD per person. You'll arrive at the Phnom Penh harbour in the early afternoon around 1pm where your Vietnam to Cambodia trip comes to an end. It's easy to arrange a transfer to your hotel with one of the many tuk-tuks waiting at the harbour. 

From here you can continue on your Cambodia journey with our Passage through Cambodia module which will take you through Cambodia to Thailand and includes highlights such as the mystical Angkor Wat and the Killing Fields.
Vietnam to Cambodia - Local fruit

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