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Day 1 – Saigon to Can Tho – Meet your guide in the hotel foyer early this morning and embark on a drive south to Can Tho. This area may be Vietnam’s -rice bowl’ but fruit orchards and coconut groves also thrive here. We’ll stop to see all the different uses for coconuts and enjoy a bicycle ride to the home of a local antique collector, Uncle Six, who will show us how he climbs the coconut trees using just his bare hands. You can even try it if you want! A rowing boat will take us along the water palm creek giving us a glimpse of daily life on the delta. Lunch will be an assortment of delicious dishes cooked by one of the locals of the Mekong Delta. (L)
Day 2 – Can Tho to Chau Doc – This morning you will enjoy a boat ride to the floating market at Cai Rang where the merchants have a great way of showing off their wares. They simply hang a sample off the top of a long pole! We’ll explore by boat so we can get close up photos of the colourful boats piled high with seasonal vegetables and tropical fruits. And we can mingle among the merchants as they trade from boat to boat.
From Can Tho in the early afternoon, we drive to Chau Doc. For those who seek a sighting of storks, egrets and herons we have the perfect place – Tra Su Forest and you will also see insects, animals, reptiles and fish among the flooded mangrove forests, lotus blooms and cajuput trees. We’ll explore the picturesque waterways by motorboat and rowing boat, and we’ll climb to the top of the bird watching tower before arriving at Chau Doc in the late afternoon. (B)
Day 3 – Chau Doc to Kep – Enjoy an early start this morning as yoiu drive from Chau Doc to Xa Xia, where your guide will asset you with a smooth customs and immigration experience as yoiu enter into the Kingdom of Cambodia.
In Cambodia peppercorns from Kampot province have an excellent reputation for quality. Considered among the finest in the world with a refined and unique taste, this Cambodian crop is still highly sought after for its quality and pungency. Most pepper plantations (orchards) are located in the Kampong Trach district where pepper trees start bearing fruits after about three years and are usually harvested in January or February, depending on the weather and the temperature. Kampong Trach is a series of limestone caves carved into the side of the mountain and adorned with pagodas and shrines and the Kampong Trach Mountain has a perimeter of around 4000 metres and varies in height between 150 to 200 metres, with vines and trees clinging to life amongst the cracks in the rocks. At the base of the mountain, numerous caves can be found while just in front of the main cave is the famous Kiri Seila pagoda. In the late afternoon you will arrive in Kep. (B)
Day 4 – Kep to Rabbit Island -Meet your guide in the hotel foyer after enjoying breakfast and embark on a day tour to Rabbit Island. Only thirty-minutes by boat from Kep, it’s a hop, skip and jump to Rabbit Island. With no roads or the internet, it’s a great place to chill out and relax. Walk, swim, or just relax on the beach for the day. (B)
Day 5 – Kep to Phnom Penh – Depart your hotel in Kep after enjoying breakfast and visit The Kampot Museum. Opened officially in late January 2015 following a project which was advised by Olivier Duqu, the renovated building space boasts three permanent exhibits. A series of six illustrated panels chart the province’s history in Khmer, French and English with a display of photographs, and a few paintings, depicting life in the town under the French Protectorate. There are also are 14 artifacts provided by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts with statues and sculptures, some of which are Pre-Angkorian, originates from sites around Kampot Province. They are dedicated to Vishnu, and feature the ancient lingam and yoni symbols representing the unity of male and female. In the mid to late afternoon, you will arrive in Phnom Penh where your tour closes. (B)
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