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Exploring Vietnam & Cambodia: Mekong River Cruise

River Cruising Along the Mekong in Vietnam & Cambodia

A few years ago, we went on land/river cruise trip through Vietnam and Cambodia. We had  an amazing time seeing these two countries. There is so much history and culture. Some of the history is hard to take in, especially visiting sites like The Killing Fields and the “Hotel Hanoi” where American POW’s were held during the Vietnam War. Seeing these places in person though is an eye-opening experience. It was sad because so much of the Cambodian history is unknown to many people. But meeting the amazing, resilient people who can always find a reason to smile was so amazing. We also enjoyed seeing the hustle and bustle in Hanoi and Phnom Penh.

This was our first time ever in Asia, and we definitely cannot wait to go back! Our trip was with Viking River Cruises and we had the best guides ever who made the trip even more enjoyable. Here is everything we did and saw during our two weeks in Vietnam & Cambodia. Enjoy!

Chicago to Seoul: Read more about our Mekong River cruise on thetravelinggals.com!
That is a long line!

Off We Go…

First we did a lot of flying. A lot. Sarasota to Chicago. Chicago O’Hare to Seoul, South Korea. Seoul to Saigon/Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City, Vietnam. It was about 20 hours of flying. Luckily Korean Air is spectacular and it reminded us again of how terrible it is to fly domestic! We just love the feeling of getting on a plane and then being halfway around the world. Anyone who has traveled internationally understands that amazing feeling.

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Cambodia in Photos

Cambodia in Photos

In 2013 we had the pleasure of traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia. While in Cambodia we got to see some amazing cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap as well as rural villages. We go to experience Angkor Wat, the Killing Fields, and a monastery. There were also lots of beautiful statues and art work. Our trip was both adventurous and educational and we feel lucky to have had the opportunity to visit such an interesting and wonderful country. Here are some of our favorite pictures from that trip. After, check out our photos from Vietnam!

Cambodia Street View

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A monk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Vietnam in Photos

Vietnam in Photos

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In 2013 we took a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia on a river cruise down the Mekong River and land tour. This trip was really interesting seeing both the developed cities and poorer rural areas. We started in southern Vietnam in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City and traveled around and ended in Northern Vietnam in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. The food, history, people, and culture all made for an excellent trip. We had a wonderful time and wanted to share some of our favorite pictures. Keep your eye out for our post on Cambodia!

Saigon: Vietnam in Photos
Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City


Sofitel Saigon Plaza: Vietnam in Photos
Rooftop pool at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza

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The Temples of Angkor: Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Temples of Angkor: Siem Reap, Cambodia


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The Temples of Angkor: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia and is bordered by Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. It is on the Gulf of Thailand and the Mekong River runs through the country into the Tonle Sap. It is becoming a popular tourist destination, particularly for Europeans and Australians. It is a bit more difficult for Americans to fly there, but as tourism becomes more popular, more and Americans are heading to Cambodia due to it being a more exotic destination. This country has a very interesting history and culture that we really enjoyed learning about and experiencing first hand. Also, just in case you were wondering, Angkor = city.

Siem Reap

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra - The Traveling Gals
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra


Siem Reap, Cambodia is located about 7 hours by bus from the capital city of Phnom Penh. It has become a popular tourist destination because this is where you can visit the very famous Angkor complex. Due to the influx of tourists and expats, Siem Reap has become more modern and a comfortable place to visit but still offers a view into Cambodian culture. The hotel we stayed at was the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra. This hotel is on the luxury end of the spectrum for Cambodia (rates from $198/night according to their website), but it is really gorgeous.

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra - The Traveling Gals
Hotel room at the Sofitel


The main attraction of Siem Reap is the Angkor site. There are several ways to get to the site from where you are staying, the easiest probably being via tuk-tuk. You can also hire a car, rent a bicycle, or take a bus. Since we were with a tour group, we had our own bus with a local guide.

The Traveling Gals Tip: WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES. It is so hot and humid here. Remember that you are basically in a jungle climate. This is not a time to be fashionable because you will be sweating a lot. Also remember to respect the culture and not wear booty shorts.

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