Whilst many of us will be keen to travel once the pandemic is over, we may also wish to travel in a less crowded manner, hence the new 19-day Saigon to Angkor Overland itinerary from Bamboo Travel.
The trip has been carefully crafted to take the backroad route, thereby avoiding places that are likely to be crowded, and there are no domestic flights required.
The leisurely overland journey takes you through picture postcard Southeast Asian scenery, from Southern Vietnam to the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia.
After touching down in Ho Chi Minh City – previously known as Saigon – the first leg takes you through the fertile Mekong Delta region to see colourful markets, flooded forests and a traditional way of life that centres around agriculture and fishing.
Next, cross the Cambodian border and travel to the charming fishing village of Kep, for a relaxing stay in a converted French colonial villa. Explore the little-visited southern region of Cambodia, with visits to a pepper farm, fish market, National Park, and the bohemian riverside town of Kampot.
From there, head for a short stay in the alluring capital Phnom Penh, with its fine pagodas, wealth of fine European architecture, promenade along the Mekong and thriving foodie scene.
Before you set off read our Essential Cambodia Travel Guide.
You will then get back off the beaten track with a drive north to the Provincial capital of Battambang, a laid-back colonial town surrounded by countryside and monuments to explore.
The final leg of the journey takes you on a private boat across Lake Tonle Sap to Siem Reap (if water levels permit), with two days to explore the iconic Temples of Angkor in Bamboo Travel’s signature way.
The holiday can start on any day and costs from £3695 pp (two sharing). This includes international flights, 16-nights’ B&B (plus four lunches), all transportation (both shared and private), sightseeing/activities as per the itinerary, entrance fees and a guide.
Call Bamboo Travel on 020 7720 9288 or visit www.bambootravel.co.uk.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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