Traveling over land offers a special sense of journey: watching city streets morph into rice paddy-lined lanes, seeing everyday life in out-of-the-way places, entering a new country at a far-flung border post rather than an international airport. With this in mind, our Southeast Asia aficionados crafted this unusual 15-day trip to take you by road and river from Thailand to Cambodia to Vietnam.
After a taste of Bangkok, you travel through the Thai countryside, with its endless miles of rice paddies and fruit orchards, to the Cambodian border. Cross on foot before continuing to the river city of Battambang, home to some of Cambodia’s best-preserved colonial buildings. Then to Siem Reap, stopping at roadside markets en route. After thoroughly exploring Angkor’s incredible temples, head south to Phnom Penh, whose market sells beautifully woven Khmer silks. From here journey by boat into Vietnam and on to the Chau Giang District, where a tiny mosque serves the local Cham community and where floating houses double as catfish farms. Roads then take you to the heart of the Mekong Delta for backwatery exploration before delivering you to Saigon, a city of amazing contrasts.
Need an even grander journey? Ask about our Laos trip extension.
Itinerary at a Glance
- Days 1 & 2: Bangkok
- Day 3: drive to Poipet and Battambang
- Day 4: Battambang
- Day 5: riverboat to Siem Reap
- Days 6 & 7: Angkor
- Day 8: drive to Phnom Penh via Sambor Prei Kuk
- Day 9: Phnom Penh
- Day 10: boat to Chau Doc
- Day 11: Chau Doc to Can Tho
- Day 12: Can Tho
- Day 13: drive to Saigon
- Day 14: excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels
- Day 15: depart Saigon.