Our outstanding Cambodia and Vietnam 17 day luxurious journey take you into the heart of Indochina, cruising around the mighty Mekong River which you explore from the comfort of a bijou boutique river cruiser gaining you access to the smaller, lesser visited sights along this extraordinary waterway. You will have great opportunities to discover incredible wonders of Angkor ruins and ancient World Heritage listed sites, travel like the locals do by cyclo, sampan, tuk-tuk and trishaw. Many interesting things that you will tell your friends after this trip. Sign in the trip and go!
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Meet and greet upon arrival and you will be transferred on our private vehicle to the hotel in the city centre. Checking into your accommodation and you will spend your remainder of the day relaxing at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and today you will take a comprehensive tour of Siem Reap to explore the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Enter the monumental gates of Angkor Thom, where 54 gods and 54 demons are represented in an epic tug of war. Visit the Bayon Temple, with its 172 largescale faces wearing enchanting smiles, as well as the Terraces of the Elephant and Leper Kings. Stay at Angkor Wat until sunset, marvelling as the diminishing, moody light washes over this unforgettable, faraway world. Back to hotel and you will spend your evening relaxing. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and today you will marvel the Ta Prohm Temple - an Indiana Jones-worthy fantasy with its crumbling towers and massive tree roots. This evening, you will Enjoy Siem Reap’s top rated evening entertainment unlike any other circus in the world. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories. Watch the young circus artists astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. Experience a combination of story, dance, music, and circus arts unlike any other! Back to hotel and tonight you will spend your last night in this beautiful city. Overnight at hotel.
Early this morning, transfer by motor-coach from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham and embark the RV Mekong Princess for lunch. After enjoying the afternoon at leisure, enjoy a Welcome Reception and Cambodian Welcome Dinner on board. The ship sails to Angkor Ban and docks overnight.
Breakfast and today start with a visit to the charming town of Angkor Ban. Here, we witness the daily life of the local people, starting with a visit to the pagoda with a special blessing ceremony for our guests by local monks, then visit a local family’s home, to meet them and communicate with them and you will learn more about their daily life and their lifestyle. Continue wandering the village, visit a school where we will join the children in their classroom and experience what their typical school day is like. Ship sails to Phnom Penh and docks at the center port. In the afternoon you will enjoy an exciting city orientation of Phnom Penh on a cyclo. Visit Royal Palace, the famous Silver Pagoda, and next is the National Museum. In the evening before dinner, enjoying the entertainment onboard with a cultural performance including Apsara, Cambodia’s national dance, as well as several traditional folk dances.
Breakfast and followed by a private motor-coach to visit the Choeung Ek, the killing fields depicted in the movie, and the center of the darkest days of Cambodian history. Drive back to the city and you will visit the Tuol Sleng (infamously known as S-21), which was converted by the Khmer Rouge from a large school to a prison and torture headquarters. The afternoon is free at leisure for your own exploration the charming city of Phnom Penh. On the cruise, you will attend the lecture of Cambodia’s Geography and Life along the Mekong River by your local Cambodian host. Overnight on the cruise.
This morning we visit the local island village of Hong Ngu, not far from the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Hong Ngu produces a large number of the traditional, Khmer scarves exported to Cambodia. Woven in many homes around the village, here we have the opportunity to see the weaving process under several homes. Some villagers are also embroidery artists, displaying their art in and around the homes. Guests will also visit the local temple dedicated to a unique religion founded in this area of Vietnam, Hoa Hoa. In the afternoon, we board sampans that will take us into Gieng Island. After a short walk around the local sampan village, where hundreds of sampans are produced daily by local families, we take a canal drive to explore the untouched floating area with duck farms, monkey bridges, and tropical orchards along the riverside. We will try one of most popular local transportation named “xe loi” (motor trishaw) driving through this island to visit a Catholic Church, built around the same time as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon in the 1870s. The ship sails to Hoa An and anchors overnight.
This morning, continue excursion by boat to Hoa An village, where is untouched and well-known with flower growing and handmade craft. Our first stop at flower gardens where we will see many different kinds of flowers and learn how to grow and take care of them. Then, a short walking to a local house and chat with the host to see how they live and work in their daily life. After a short break, continue our excursion on motor cart to another village. We stop by at the conical hat-making and mat weaving families, have memorable time chatting with local family members and learning how to create products though hands-on experience. Enjoy your walk in the peaceful village with rice fields, fruit trees in between visiting few local families. In the afternoon, the ship sails through an area of the Mekong Delta barely touched by tourism to Can Tho city, the capital riverside city of Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Guests will take a short and orientated city tour with visiting to the Zihuang Pagoda (Chua Ong) and enjoying the welcome unicorn dances. Explore yourself on own around the charming city before having dinner onboard. The ship docks in Can Tho overnight.
We begin our morning after breakfast aboard the sampans for a cruise through the fascinating Cai Rang floating market near Can Tho. The sampans will weave in and out of the many boats that sail into the market each morning to sell produce and other items the residents of the Mekong Delta need in their daily lives. As they weave through the market, there will be many opportunities for amazing photographs, while enjoying fresh fruit and the Vietnamese “anti-aging drink,” fresh coconut water. Before returning to the ship for breakfast, we stop at a local noodle factory, where we witness the amazing process of how they are made. The cruise sails and anchors near Ben Tre.
This morning, sampans take you through a channel lined with mangroves to visit a local coconut candy maker. After watching the candy-making process, walking through the village to visit an orchard where fruits native to Vietnam can be seen in various stages of maturity on the vine. After a fresh fruit tasting, you continue to a pier where you board small, local boats for a trip through the narrow creeks lined with Nipah palm before returning to the ship. The ship sails through the beautiful Bassac River to Ho Chi Minh City, where it docks overnight at Saigon Port.
After breakfast we disembark the Mekong Princess in Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Port and meet a local representative and you will be privately transferred to the hotel. Checking into your accommodation and the remainder of the day will be at leisure. Overnight at hotel
Breakfast and followed by a half day city orientation of Ho Chi Minh city, formerly Saigon. On this excursion you will visit the city's landmarks of Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, Reunification Palace, Thien Hau Temple and China Town. You will also visit the famous Ben Thanh market. Back to the hotel and you will spend rest of the day at leisure. In the evening, you will enjoy an interesting traditional acrobatic show at the Opera House. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast and followed by a 5-hour drive to Mui Ne where you will enjoy your 4-night ultimate beach vacation at the Anantara Resort - This plush resort is perfect for families and couples alike. It has intimate cabins set in a tropical garden behind a white-sand beach lapped by gentle-waves, a sumptuous spa, huge pool and wealth of activities. Overnight at resort.
Breakfast and privately transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City, then straightly to Tan Son Nhat International Airport where you will board your outbound flight to next destination. HOME SWEET HOME.