CF Mekong River Cruises – RV Toum Tiou

Toum Tiou’s steel hull and sleek low draft make it the only true vessel that sails the Mekong. Toum Tiou and its sister vessel, Toum Tiou II, are the only ships which can sail from the Siem Reap pier to Saigon’s harbour. With other vessels, passengers have to disembark mid-river and continue on land.

Toum Tiou’s low draft allows it access to the remotest of villages and to gently hug the river line, affording passengers priceless views of people, flora and fauna – hardly touched by modernity. Toum Tiou was custom built for passenger privacy, intimacy, comfort and safety. Toum Tiou has 10 cosy double cabins; each with a private lounge area, air conditioning, hi-fi system, and en suite bathroom with hot/cold private shower.

Cabin & Stay

  • 10 cabins – 6 upper deck/4 lower deck; each furnished in exotic wood.
  • Approximately 120 square feet. Our cabins are small and cosy. They are designed to give passengers the delightful feel of being on a personalised yacht and not a colourless floating hotel.
  • Authentically designed with large panoramic windows, giving you a clear view of the river
  • Bathrooms with branded fittings
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and drinking water
  • Large screen television in lounge showing movies nightly. DVD player and selection of internationally acclaimed movies are available. Also available are classic Asian and International board games and books.
  • mini safe
  • In-room air-conditioning
  • Imported quality linens with duvet and two kinds of pillows
  • Premium mattresses
  • All beds can be converted to twin or double bed arrangements
  • Welcome flower arrangement
  • Make-up mirrors in cabin and bathroom
  • Multi-configuration plugs
  • Large closet space and under-bed storage
  • Laundry service in Phnom Penh
  • All days snacks at the bar
  • Postcard mailing upon request

Culinary Delights

  • Local executive chef heading an experienced international culinary team
  • Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet Lunch, and seated theme dinners
  • Specially-tailored light menus available
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and drinking water
  • Extensive wine list with premium wines and liquors available
  • On board cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and tours of ships and destinations
  • Welcome Drink on arrival
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Farewell Reception
  • Local and Vietnamese cuisine and special captain’s farewell dinners.
  • Nightly entertainment at the saloon bar
  • Sundeck Bar
  • 24-hour hospitality bar
  • Fresh bread and bakery upon request

Public Areas

  • A dainty shop selling local fares
  • Exhilarating lecture on board
  • Library with classic literature
  • Wireless Internet in all public areas

Complimentary Excursions

  • Admissions
  • Buffing your footwear after each excursion
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Cold towel service after excursions
  • Welcome back drink after each excursion
  • Maximum 24 guests per guide on all excursions
  • Deluxe sampans with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee
  • Spacious coach on all excursions (maximum of 20 passengers per coach)
  • The TT1 vessel was refitted in 2012
  • First-aid trained assistant to guide to follow on all tours and excursions

Your Well-Being

  • All crew have first-aid training
  • Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas
  • Fire fighting system in all ship areas
  • Expert marine superintendent on-board
  • 24-hours security
  • Highest standards of hygiene onboard
  • Full insurance with reputable international marine companies

Services

  • Captain
  • First Officer
  • Chief Engineer
  • 1st Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Ship manager
  • Housekeeping
  • Dining
  • Barkeeper
  • Chefs
  • Massage therapist
  • Local tour guides
  • English and French speaking guides

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Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Saigon

Vietnam and Cambodia, Discover the Mekong

Come journey with CF Mekong River Cruises as we uncover the hidden gems of Indochina. Many of our passengers return to cruise with us again as they view our cruises as an unequalled opportunity to discover Cambodia, Vietnam and the Mekong River and not simply relaxing on board while cruising the river.

Contact us for availability, latest offers, pre or post cruise touring options and flight detail.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruisePhnom Penh - Siem Reap or v.v.3itineraryOn application
CruisePhnom Penh - Saigon or v.v.6ItineraryOn application
CruiseSiem Reap - Saigon or v.v.8ItineraryOn application
CruiseSaigon - Siem Reap or v.v. (RV Indochine)9ItineraryOn application
CruiseSiem Reap to Saigon or v.v. (RV Indochine II)9ItineraryOn application

3 Day Cruise – Cambodia (Phnom Penh to Siem Reap v.v.)

From the erstwhile Paris of the East to magnificent Angkor temples.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Phnom Penh to Koh Chen / OudongThe Toum Tiou II is all revved up, spruced up, and ready for you at the Phnom Penh Port.
Enjoy a magnificent lunch as the ship cruises to Kôh Chen (Chinese Island). We arrive at Kôh Chen, a small village of whose inhabitants specialise in silver and copper smiting. They produce ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruit which is used in traditional ceremonies or at weddings. You will be able to catch a glimpse of the distant hills of Cambodia's ancient capital – Oudong - and its royal stupas when you are a few kilometres away from the ferry.
Passengers return to the Toum Tiou II. We depart Kôh Chen for Kampong Tralach. Toum Tiou II drops anchor close to the village.
Day 2: Kampong Tralach to Kampong ChhnnangEnjoy a hearty breakfast as we depart for Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara. To reach this magnificent edifice, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, walk along some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddies as we leave the river behind.
Passengers return to the Toum Tiou II. A delicious lunch awaits you as you cruise to Kampong Chnang. We arrive at Kampong Chnang. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Kampong Chhang is famous for fish farming and pottery ware. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree - a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine - that grows abundantly in the area. We return to Toum Tiou II. We cruise gently towards the Tonle Sap Lake. Toum Tiou II drops anchor overnight at the entrance of the Grand Lake Tonle Sap. A mouth-watering dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.
Day 3: Chnok Tru to Siem ReapBreakfast is served as we cruise to Siem Reap, home to the magnificent Angkor Wat.
Inclusions:
• Admissions
• Buffing your footwear after each excursion
• Bottled drinking water
• Cold towel service after excursions
• Welcome back drink after each excursion
• Maximum 24 guests per guide on all excursions
• Deluxe sampans with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee
• Spacious coach on all excursions (maximum of 20 passengers per coach)

6 Day Cruise – Cambodia to Vietnam (Phnom Penh to Saigon v.v.)

From the erstwhile Paris of the East to the bustling Vietnamese capital.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Phnom Penh - Kampong TralachThe Toum Tiou II is all revved up, spruced up, and ready for you at the Phnom Penh Port.
Enjoy a sumptuous lunch as the ship cruises to Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara.
To reach this magnificent edifice, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, walk along some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddies as we leave the river behind.
We return to Toum Tiou II. We cruise gently towards Koh Chen (Chinese Island). A mouth-watering dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.
Day 2: Koh Chen/Oudong – Phnom Penh – BordeWe arrive at Kôh Chen, a small village whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smiting. They produce ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruit which are used in traditional ceremonies or at weddings. You will be able to catch a glimpse of the distant hills of Cambodia's ancient capital – Oudong – and its royal stupas when you are a few kilometers away from the ferry.

We return to the Toum Tiou II. We cruise towards Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, while lunch is served onboard.

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you are free to explore this vibrant city. Dinner is served on board and the Toum Tiou 11 moors overnight.
Day 3: Border – Chau DocBreakfast is served on board as the Toum Tiou II crosses the border to Chau Doc.
Chau Doc is a remote border town and cultural melting pot of Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities. The city is situated at the intersection of a tributary linking the Bassac and the Mekong River. What Chau Doc lacks in size, it makes up in colours. Lots of it. Vivid and vibrant. Even its storefronts are painted in warm pastel shades. We are taken on a short panoramic tour of the city. This is the perfect opportunity to feel the throbbing vibration of the local markets.
The Toum Tiou II then cruises towards Sa Dec. Toum Tiou II moors overnight.
Day 4: Sa Dec – Vinh LongA hearty breakfast is served on board before arrival at Sa Dec. Local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou to pick you up for a delightful cruise around Sa Dec.

We continue cruising and we stop at Vinh Long - a brick and pottery factory and the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees. We visit a typical local dwelling and a show room of traditional farming tools.

Vinh Long – Vietnamese for Majestic Dragon- sits merrily in the middle of the delta, protected by the two arms of the Mekong. The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarins and other citrus fruits.
Life here centres on water. Houses are hoisted precariously on stilts that are planted onto the banks of the river. Hawkers peddle knick knacks from boats. Hundreds of small boats travel the river daily. The unbridled warmth of the locals makes this a destination par excellence.
Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou II which then cruises for My Tho. A delectable dinner is served during navigation. We arrive at My Tho. The Toum Tiou II moors for the night near Thoi Son Island.
Day 5: Cai Bei – My ThoLocal boats are sent to the Toum Tiou II for a short transfer to the mainland and a short panoramic tour of My Tho. My Tho - which means fragrant herb in Vietnamese - draws thousands of tourists who are eager to embrace the untouched beauty of the Delta. It is a prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its myriad fruit orchards, gardens and vast rice fields. The climate is warm and pleasant throughout the year. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, encircled by coconut palms and banana and mango trees.
We return to the Toum Tiou II and we then cruise towards Saigon. A sumptuous farewell dinner is served and the Toum Tiou II moors overnight.
Day 6: My Tho - SaigonThe Toum Tiou II departs for Saigon. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before arriving at Saigon Port.
Inclusions:
• Admissions
• Buffing your footwear after each excursion
• Bottled drinking water
• Cold towel service after excursions
• Welcome back drink after each excursion
• Maximum 24 guests per guide on all excursions
• Deluxe sampans with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee
• Spacious coach on all excursions (maximum of 20 passengers per coach)

8 Day Cruise – Cambodia to Vietnam (Siem Reap to Saigon v.v.)

From the magnificent Angkor temples to the bustling Vietnamese city.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Siem ReapWe gather at the FCC. We transfer to Phnom Krom, the Siem Reap pier. Transfer by local boats to the Toum Tiou II.
Day 2: Chnok Tru to Kampong ChhnnangWe are served breakfast on board before we visit Chnok Tru where we will tour a floating village
Here, an entire village – churches, houses and schools – sits merrily on stilts in the water. We return to Toum Tiou II before setting sail for Kampong Chhnang.
After breakfast, we head off to Kampong Chhnang. Kampong Chhnang is renown for its fine clay pottery. In fact, its name in Khmer means Port of Pottery. Kampong Chhnang is a tranquil province lined with sugar palm trees and paddy fields which disappear into the horizon in delightful puffs of gold and green.
We return to Toum Tiou II. We cruise to the spectacular Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda at Kampong Tralach. We return to Toum Tiou II. Dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.
Day 3: Kampong Tralach – Koh Chen – Phnom PenhBreakfast is served. We cruise to the spectacular Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda at Kampong Tralach. Lunch is served on board. During the long cruise, be entertained by the graceful dancers of the traditional APSARA” show. We return to the cruise ship. The Toum Tiou II leaves for Phnom Penh, the bustling capital of Cambodia. Guests are free to explore this erstwhile Pearl of the East for the balance of the day.
Day 4: Phnom Penh CambodiaBreakfast is served. We visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Russian Market. We return to the Toum Tiou II. Lunch is served on board. It is now free and easy leisure time. We suggest that you visit the notorious Toul Sleng torture centre. We return to Toum Tiou.A hearty breakfast is served on board before arrival at Sa Dec. Local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou to pick you up for a delightful cruise around Sa Dec.

We continue cruising and we stop at Vinh Long - a brick and pottery factory and the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees. We visit a typical local dwelling and a show room of traditional farming tools.

Vinh Long – Vietnamese for Majestic Dragon- sits merrily in the middle of the delta, protected by the two arms of the Mekong. The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarins and other citrus fruits.
Life here centres on water. Houses are hoisted precariously on stilts that are planted onto the banks of the river. Hawkers peddle knick knacks from boats. Hundreds of small boats travel the river daily. The unbridled warmth of the locals makes this a destination par excellence.
Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou II which then cruises for My Tho. A delectable dinner is served during navigation. We arrive at My Tho. The Toum Tiou II moors for the night near Thoi Son Island.
Day 5: Kaam Samnar Border to Sa DecToum Tiou II leaves at the break of dawn for the Kaam Samnar border (Vietnamese border). Breakfast is served. We arrive at the check-point. After formalities, we depart for Sa Dec.

Dinner is served on board. The vessel moors overnight.
Day 6: Sa Dec to Vinh LongAfter breakfast, local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou to pick you up for a delightful cruise around Sa Dec. We return to Toum Tiou II.

After lunch, we cruise to Vinh Long- a brick and pottery factory and the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees. We visit a typical local dwelling and a show room of traditional farming tools. Vinh Long – Vietnamese for Majestic Dragon- sits merrily in the middle of the delta, protected by the two arms of the Mekong.The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarins and other citrus fruits.

Life here centers on water. Houses are hoisted precariously on stilts that are planted onto the banks of the river. Hawkers peddle knick knacks from boats. Hundreds of small boats travel the river daily. The unbridled warmth of the locals makes this a destination par excellence. Toum Tiou II cruises towards Cai Be for a short panoramic. We, then, sail to My Tho where we moor overnight.
Day 7: Cai Bei to My ThoAfter breakfast, local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou II for a short transfer to the mainland and a short panoramic tour of My Tho. My Tho - which means fragrant herb in Vietnamese - draws thousands of tourists who are eager to embrace the untouched beauty of the Delta. It is a prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its myriad fruit orchards, gardens and vast rice fields. The climate is warm and pleasant throughout the year. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, encircled by coconut palms and banana and mango trees.

We return to the Toum Tiou II and we then cruise towards Saigon. A sumptuous farewell dinner is served and the Toum Tiou II moors overnight.
Day 8: My Tho To SaigonAfter breakfast, the Toum Tiou II departs for Saigon. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before arriving at Saigon Port.
Inclusions:
• Admissions
• Buffing your footwear after each excursion
• Bottled drinking water
• Cold towel service after excursions
• Welcome back drink after each excursion
• Maximum 24 guests per guide on all excursions
• Deluxe sampans with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee
• Spacious coach on all excursions (maximum of 20 passengers per coach)

9 Day Cruise RV Indochine – Siem Reap to Saigon v.v.

Plying the Mekong on the RV Indochine from Siem Reap to Saigon.

SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP – KAMPONG CHHNANG – KAMPONG TRALACH – KOH CHEN – PHNOM PENH – CHAU DOC – SA DEC – CAI BE – MY THO – HO-CHI-MINH CITY

Itinerary  
Day 1: Siem ReapIn the afternoon, welcome on board and cocktail. Introduction to the crew. Settle into our cabins, then a we have dinner. We drop anchor and moor for the night close to the flooded forest.
Day 2: Tonle Sap - Kampong Chhnang - Kampong TralachBreakfast on board and spend the morning cruising to take advantage of the lake crossing(1). After lunch on board, we arrive in the early afternoon in Kampong Chhnang. Located some 90km from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Here they also have many fish farms. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country, and the region's very name Kampong Chhnang means “the port of the pottery” in Khmer. Taste some palm sugar from the Thnot sugar palm (a real national symbol) before going around the village afloat small local boats. We return on board and continue our cruise to Kampong Tralach. Dinner on board. Drop anchor and moor for the night near Kampong Tralach.
Day 3: Kampong Tralach - Koh Chen - Phnom PenhWe have breakfast on board this morning before visiting the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Cross through the village of Kampong Tralach to reach the pagoda on a small path running perpendicular to the river amidst a magnificent landscape of rice fields. The Vihara dates back to the beginning of last century and has many magnificent wall paintings which are starting to suffer from the effects of time. Completely isolated in the middle of the rice fields, the pagoda is quite unassuming and does not receive many visitors, so its isolation makes it a truly magnificent spot. We return on board for lunch and cast off. Arrive into Koh Chen during the afternoon and visit this small village where the inhabitants are experts in silverwork and copper work. Here they make the ornaments and decorations used during traditional ceremonies in the pagoda or for weddings. Visit Mr thom Umson's private school a bright French teacher.We return on board and cruise to Phnom Penh where we arrive late in the afternoon.Free time in the capital. We return on board and enjoy an Aspara dance show and dinner on board.Take a “tuk tuk” trip, a motorised tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh. Moor for the night in the port of Phnom Penh.
Day 4: Phnom PenhFounded in 1434, the capital of Cambodia retaines much of its French colonial charm, thanks to the rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage. Visit the Silver pagoda, paved over 5000 silver tiles which it owes its name.Constructed in wood in 1892 it was then rebuilt in 1962, and the Royal palace, symbolic heart of the nation and one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture in classical Khmer style. Then we visit the National museum housing the Fine Arts museum, built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style. Beautiful lapidary museam, which the sublime statue of Javayarman VII sits with the head slightly tilted in a meditative posture.Lunch in a local restaurant and this afternoon we have the option to visit the Tuol Svay Prey school S21, former centre of detention, torture and execution used by the Khmer Rouge during the War. There is free time in the “Central Market” - crammed full with all types of businesses. Return on board and have dinner as we continue our cruise through the night to Vietnam.
Day 5: Chau Doc - Sa DecHave breakfast on board and spend the morning afloat. We cross into Vietnam and complete customs formalities at the border. Lunch on board, arriving in the early afternoon in Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago. Situated in the heart of a gigantic grid of rice fields, the city of Chau Doc embraces both banks of the Mekong and the floating farms overspill into the waters. Chau Doc is a very prosperous town which developed around fishing and farming. Inside the town, a few colonial buildings with their old fashioned charm still remain. The market which surrounds them is the vibrant heart of the city .We transfer by small boat to visit a Cham village, a village of silk weavers and fish farms. We then set off by minibus and visit the top of the Sam hill, an important place of pilgrimage for the Vietnamese where it overlooks the vastness of the Delta and its rice feilds. We return on board and continue our cruise towards Sa Dec. Dinner and overnight stop on the river bank.
Day 6: Sa Dec - Vinh Long - Cai BeWe have breakfast and continue our journey to Sa Dec, where a few colonial mansions are still in existence. Discover the local market and visit the former dwelling place of Huynh Thuy Le, former lover of the French novelist Marguerite Duras who spent part of her childhood in Sa Dec. Famous for its horticulture, Sa Dec was known as the “garden of the Cochin Chine” in colonial times. Return on board for lunch and continue our cruise towards Vinh Long, located in the middle of the delta region, between two arms of the Mekong and where all of life is organised around the water. Hundreds of boats criss-cross in all directions between houses built on stilts. Set off in boats through the orchards that lead to Caï Be. Here discover the bricks, pottery and chinaware, we see the fruit trees nursery on the island of Binh Hoa Phuoc and also the local traditional craft of rice popcorn, rise wafers for the production of spring rolls, rice alcohol and coconut sweets.All in family context to Delta's economy. Return to the ship and continue our cruise. Dinner and overnight on board at our overnight mooring point near My Tho.
Day 7: My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)Early morning breakfast on board before we visit the near islands of My Tho in small local boats. Renowned for its many vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, the climate here is hot and pleasant all year long. The surrounding countryside includes one of the most luxuriant gardens in Vietnam with coconut, banana, mango and logan trees. Along the maze that makes up the network of small canals, pretty country villages appear and we see the local craftsmen at work.On the largest of the islands, (Thoi Son) we will visit a beekeeping farm where we will taste honey tea and exotic fruits. We return on board for lunch and continue with our magnificent cruise, taking the Chao Gao canal and heading for Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner and overnight on board in the port of Ho Chi Minh City. After dinner the evening is at leisure.
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh CityWe have breakfast this morning before our visit of Ho Chi Minh City, originally named Saigon and built by the French in 1850 at the beginning of French colonial times and the principal port of Vietnam. Take a tour of the city: Reunification palace, Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post office. We have lunch onboard and in the afternoon, we visit the National History museum then a traditional lacquer-ware factory. Free time to stroll around the Ben Thanh markets.Return to the ship for our farewell cocktail and gala dinner. Moor for the night in the port of Ho Chi Minh City. After dinner the evening is at leisure.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh CityAfter breakfast, we disembark our ship and devote our morning to visiting Cholon, the major centre of Chinese trade in the capital city. After lunch the afternoon is free. End of our journey.

Disembark at Saigon Port (Cang Nha Rong Port) next to Ho Chi Minh Museum.
Inclusions:
• Personalised service from your Croisi Europe tour leader throughout
• A 4-star ship with much comfort and charm
• Drinks on board the ship (1 soda or 1 beer or 1 mineral water and 1 coffee or tea)
• Tips included for the crew, and in Siem Reap
• Discover Ho Chi Minh City and the sites at Angkor
• One dinner with traditional shows in Siem Reap

 

9 Day Cruise – RV Indochine II – Saigon to Siem Reap v.v.

Plying the Mekong on the RV Indochine II from bustling Saigon to the magnificent Angkor temples of Siem Reap.

HO CHI MINH CITY – MY THO – CAI BE – SA DEC – CHAU DOC – PHNOM PENH – KOH CHEN – KAMPONG TRALACH – KAMPONG CHHNANG – TONLE SAP – SIEM REAP

From the heights of the Himalayas to the coast of the China Sea, over the course of its 4500km journey, the River Mekong irrigates much more than Indochina. Wherever it flows, it captivates man and shapes their lives. From the Delta and Saigon, a town still filled with souvenirs of the French colonial presence, right to the great lake of Tonle Sap and Siem Reap, a city at the foot of the Angkor Sites, the Mekong today has to work hard to maintain suitable water levels, with many dams along its course, and subjected to a regime of more and more extraordinary monsoons.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Participation in today‘s activities will be according to your arrival time in Hô Chi Minh Ville. If you arrive between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., your program will be:
At noon we will join at the Majestic Hotel (or similar) for our lunch. Built by the French in 1850, at the beginning of the colonial era, the town has retained some of its French atmosphere which characterizes it. City Tour of the city: Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. After we board our ship and enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Overnight on board in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Very early this morning, we continue our cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal, which passes from the Saigon River to the Mekong Delta. The Delta is made up of four main arms and thousands of canals, both large and small. We have breakfast as we arrive in My Tho. Known for its many vegetable gardens, and its fruit orchards, the climate here is hot and pleasant all year long. The surrounding countryside includes one of the most luxuriant gardens in Vietnam with coconut, banana mango and longan trees. We visit the near islands of My Tho. On the largest of the islands, (Thoi Son) we will visit a beekeeping farm where we will taste honey tea and exotic fruits. We return on board for lunch and continue our cruise to Vinh Long, and Caï Be. The town is located in the middle of the delta region, between two arms of the Mekong. We set off in small boats through the arroyos and gardens which lead to Caï Be here discover the bricks, pottery and chinaware, we see the fruit trees nursery on the island of Binh Hoa Phuoc and also the local traditional craft of rice popcorn, rise wafers for the production of spring rolls, rice alcohol and coconut sweets. Vinh Long, a land made rich by alluvium, is the country of mandarins and oranges. We set sail for Sa Dec.

Diner and overnight stop at our mooring point.
Day 3: My Tho - Vinh Long - Cai Be - Sa Dec Early this morning we visit Sa Dec, famous for its horticulture and known as the “Garden of the Cochin Chine” in colonial times. We have a tour of the small town where a few colonial mansions are still in existence. Discover the local market and visit the former dwelling place of Huynh Thuy Le, former lover of the French novelist Marguerite Duras who spent part of her childhood in Sa Dec. We return on board for a hearty breakfast and continue our cruise to Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago. We have lunch on board and arrive in Chau Doc in the early afternoon. Situated in the heart of a gigantic grid of rice fields, the city of Chau Doc embraces both banks of the Mekong and the floating farms overspill into the waters. Chau Doc is a very prosperous town which developed around fishing and farming. Inside the town, a few colonial buildings with their old fashioned charm still remain. The market which surrounds them is the vibrant heart of the city. We set off by minibus and visit the top of the Sam hill, where we can admire the Phat Thay Tay pagoda and the Ba Chua Xu temple, an important place of pilgrimage for the Vietnamese where it overlooks the vastness of the Delta and its rice fields. By local boat, navigation through the floating-village.

Diner and overnight stop in Chau Doc.
Day 4: Sa DecEarly this morning we visit Sa Dec, famous for its horticulture and known as the “Garden of the Cochin Chine” in colonial times. We have a tour of the small town where a few colonial mansions are still in existence. Discover the local market and visit the former dwelling place of Huynh Thuy Le, former lover of the French novelist Marguerite Duras who spent part of her childhood in Sa Dec. We return on board for a hearty breakfast and continue our cruise to Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago. We have lunch on board and arrive in Chau Doc in the early afternoon. Situated in the heart of a gigantic grid of rice fields, the city of Chau Doc embraces both banks of the Mekong and the floating farms overspill into the waters. Chau Doc is a very prosperous town which developed around fishing and farming. Inside the town, a few colonial buildings with their old fashioned charm still remain. The market which surrounds them is the vibrant heart of the city. We set off by minibus and visit the top of the Sam hill, where we can admire the Phat Thay Tay pagoda and the Ba Chua Xu temple, an important place of pilgrimage for the Vietnamese where it overlooks the vastness of the Delta and its rice fields. By local boat, navigation through the floating-village.

Diner and overnight stop in Chau Doc.
Day 5: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh We spend the day afloat today, first heading for the Cambodian border, where we complete customs during the morning and continue our journey. Lunch and dinner are taken on board as we arrive towards the end of the day in Phnom Penh. Before dinner we have a “tuk tuk” trip, a motorised tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh. During this trip we can discover the more emblematic monuments of the city as the Royal Palace.

We moor for the night in the port of Phnom Penh.
Day 6: Phnom Penh Founded in 1434, the capital of Cambodia retains much of its colonial charm, thanks to the rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage. Visit the Royal palace, symbolic heart of the nation and one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture in classical Khmer style and the Silver Pagoda paved over 5000 silver tiles which it owes its name. Constructed in wood in 1892 then rebuilt in 1962. Then we visit the National museum housing the Fine Arts museum, built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style. Beautiful lapidary museum, which the sublime statue of Javayarman VII sits with the head slightly tilted in a meditative posture. We have lunch in a local restaurant and this afternoon visit of the Tuol Svay Prey S21 School, former centre of detention, torture and execution used by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. There is free time in the “local market” - crammed full with all types of businesses. This evening we have an Apsara dance show by student dancers and musicians.

Dinner and overnight on board, in the port of Phnom Penh.
Day 7: Koh Chen - Kampong Tralach - Kampong Chhnang We set sail early morning, have breakfast on board before we visit Koh Chen, a small village where the inhabitants are experts in silverwork and copper work. Here are made the ornaments and decorations used during traditional ceremonies in the pagoda or for weddings. Visit the school of the village. We have lunch on board and arrive in Kampong Tralach to visit the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tarlach Leu Pagoda. We cross through the village of Kampong Tralach by ox-cow to reach the pagoda on a small path running perpendicular to the river amidst a magnificent landscape of rice fields. The Vihara dates back to the beginning of last century and has many magnificent wall paintings which are starting to suffer from the effects of time. Completely isolated in the middle of the rice fields, the pagoda is quite unassuming and does not receive many visitors, so its isolation makes it a truly magnificent spot. We return on board and continue our cruise to Kampong Chhnang.

Dinner and overnight stop.
Day 8: Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap We have breakfast on board and then visit Kampong Chhnang. Located some 90km from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Here they also have many fish farms. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country, and the region's very name Kampong Chhnang means “the port of the pottery” in Khmer. Taste some palm sugar from the Thnot sugar palm (a real national symbol) before going around the floating village on small local boats. Cocktail and gala dinner tonight.

Overnight stop.
Day 9: Siem Reap - AngkorBreakfast on board and spend the morning cruising to take advantage of the lake crossing. We arrive in the port of Siem Reap.

End of our services around 11.00AM.
Inclusions:
• Personalised service from your Croisi Europe tour leader throughout
• A 4-star ship with much comfort and charm
• Drinks on board the ship (1 soda or 1 beer or 1 mineral water and 1 coffee or tea)
• Tips included for the crew, and in Siem Reap
• Discover Ho Chi Minh City and the sites at Angkor
• One dinner with traditional shows in Siem Reap
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Highlights of Vietnam

Enjoy the Highlights of Vietnam. Float on the sparkling emerald waters of Halong Bay on a traditional Vietnamese Junk. Glide past hidden islets, giant limestone karsts and colourful fishing villages, stopping only to gain insight into the lives of the local fishermen at Cua Van and to practice T’ai Chi in exquisite surroundings.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

Relish the warm embrace of Vietnam and her welcoming people, who will touch you with their humility and entrepreneurial spirit throughout your journey across this intoxicating land. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi, 2 nights

Day 2: Hanoi

This morning is dedicated to the revolutionary leader who fanned the flames of Vietnam’s independence. We begin our day with a visit to the final resting place of “Uncle Ho”, the imposing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. A short walk from here, we’ll find Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, where we’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ exploring the grounds surrounding the humble abode of Vietnam’s most famous son. We’ll continue to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of Mandarins, to gain insights into Hanoian culture. This afternoon, we’ll embark on a cyclo tour, weaving through the lively Old Quarter past colourful shopfronts and street food vendors. Enjoy an evening at leisure or consider joining one of our recommended Optional Experiences to watch a show that uses the ancient art of water puppetry to story-tell the daily lives of Vietnamese people.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise

We leave the busy streets of Hanoi behind, bound for the serenity of Halong Bay where we’ll board a traditional-style Vietnamese Junk boat. The limestone karsts and tropical islets rising up from the emerald waters provide an ethereal backdrop for our leisurely cruise. After lunch on board, we’ll take a small boat transfer to the Tien Ong Cave and Cua Van Fishing Village, whose residents still live in traditional floating houses. We return to our Junk boat for a cooking demonstration with the chef or enjoy a mesmerising sunset on the top deck before dinner and a peaceful overnight stay in this UNESCO-listed natural wonder.

Cruise: Jasmine Cruise

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An 

The graceful practice of T’ai Chi eases you into your day as is the local custom. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on the deck of the Junk boat for a morning class in exquisite natural surrounds. You’ll have time for an early morning swim at one of Halong Bay’s quiet beaches and, if you’re feeling energetic, a brisk walk to catch one last view of scenic Halong Bay before your drive to Hanoi Airport to catch your flight to Danang. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Hoi An.

Hotel: Royal Hoi An, 3 nights

Day 5: Hoi An

Dive Into Culture’ this morning, embarking on a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoi An. Embrace its charm of yesteryear – the narrow lanes, colourful marketplaces and ancient temples providing insights into the Vietnam of old. See the old merchant houses and 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, before visiting Thanh Dong Organic Village where you’ll spend some time helping local farmers and learning about their daily working routines. Kick back and enjoy a relaxing foot massage that will set the pace for the rest of the day and evening at leisure.

Day 6: Hoi An

Enjoy some free time this morning to explore Hoi An further or simply relax at your hotel. Your choice of activities this afternoon could see you learn how to craft your own colourful lantern or gain insights into life as a local fisherman (subject to weather conditions). Create a work of art to bring your home luck and happiness, or cast your net wide for the catch of the day – the choice is yours.

Day 7: Hoi An – Hue

The healthy flavours of Vietnamese cuisine take centre stage as we travel by boat to the Red Bridge Cooking School to learn about the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food. We’ll have an opportunity to savour the dishes we’ve prepared for lunch before returning to Hoi An. This afternoon, our journey takes us over Hai Van Pass en route to Red Beach, where the American Marines first landed in Vietnam during the decades-long war. We continue to Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum before arriving in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, for our overnight stay.

Hotel: Imperial, 2 nights

Day 8: Hue

We’ll navigate the busy streets of Hue on the back of a cyclo en route to the UNESCO-listed Imperial Citadel, once home to Nguyen emperors. From here, we drive to Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Boarding a local dragon boat next, we cruise along the Perfume River to the house of the former Princess Ngoc Son where we’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ and meet a family member for a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch to gain a glimpse of their life in this historic house. The afternoon is ours to enjoy at leisure or consider joining one of our Optional Experiences.

Day 9: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City

A short flight this morning brings you to Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll enjoy some time at leisure before lunch at KOTO restaurant. Your visit will ‘Make A Difference’ to this non-profit social enterprise that provides training to disadvantaged young people in the hospitality industry. The iconic sights of Ho Chi Minh are revealed on a walking tour of Dong Khoi Street next. See the Opera House and the former Hotel de Ville. Then, wander up to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, designed by the renowned Gustave Eiffel. Continue to the War Remnants Museum where you’ll have a vivid glimpse of the war through the eyes of the locals. Your final stop today is Ben Thanh market, one of the earliest surviving structures in old Saigon, before arriving at your hotel.

Hotel: Sofitel Saigon Plaza, 3 nights

Day 10: Mekong Delta

The mighty Mekong beckons today, as we take a day trip to My Tho, a nearby Delta market town. We’ll transfer to a small sampan boat and navigate the maze of small canals before stopping for a lunch of delicious Mekong Delta specialities. After a short walk along village roads, we’ll visit the house of a former soldier, a ‘Local Specialist’ who survived fighting the Khmer Rouge. Indulge in the family’s colourful stories and learn how they make a living crafting rice paper, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for an evening at leisure.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City

We’ll delve into Vietnam’s turbulent history from the previous century with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels built to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. We’ll explore the underground compounds with a VC veteran and gain an understanding of the history of the tunnel, which once served as living quarters and housed hospitals, food and weapons caches. Returning to Ho Chi Minh City by private speedboat, we’ll enjoy some free time this afternoon. Later, we’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ during a visit to the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge, followed by a Farewell Dinner.

Day 12: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Our discovery of the iconic and unexpected highlights of Vietnam at its end, take a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 11$4,150.00$5,470.00
February: 15, 29$4,150.00$5,470.00
March: 21$4,150.00$5,470.00
April: 04, 18$4,150.00$5,470.00
May: 02, 16$4,150.00$5,470.00
June: 13$4,150.00$5,470.00
July: 11$4,150.00$5,470.00
August: 08$4,150.00$5,470.00
September: 05, 12, 26$4,150.00$5,470.00
September: 29$4,150.00$5,470.00
October:10$4,150.00$5,470.00
November: 14$4,150.00$5,470.00
December: 05, 19$4,150.00$5,470.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flight: Air Ticket: Hanoi / Danang - Hue / Ho Chi Minh City
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Vietnam Discovery

Discover more of Vietnam’s fascinating culture, charming locals and delicious cuisine with a thorough exploration of this enticing country. Be engaged by living history and ancient relics in Hoi An and Hue, take in the thriving culture of Saigon and Hanoi, and unwind on board a cruise in the stunning Mekong Delta. Experience Vietnam’s diversity, from the bustling cities and rural villages, to the glistening beaches and soaring mountains

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Saigon

On arrival in Saigon, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefng.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Saigon or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon 

Drive to Cu Chi to discover the underground tunnels. Return to Saigon and enjoy a bowl of Pho noodle soup at a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon, take a walking tour along Dong Khoi Street, see the Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the War Remnants Museum. As the sun sets, relax with sundowner drinks at the iconic rooftop bar, Saigon Saigon.

Day 3: Saigon to Mekong Delta

From Saigon, travel south to the Mekong Delta and board your overnight cruise boat, Mekong Eyes. On a walking tour through a rural village, gain a glimpse into local life before returning to the boat for sunset and dinner

Cruise: Mekong Eyes or similar

Day 4: Mekong Delta to Saigon

Continue exploring the tributaries of the Mekong Delta. Marvel at the vibrant scenes of an authentic foating market before returning to Saigon.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Saigon or similar

Day 5: Saigon to Dalat

An early fight takes you to Dalat, a former French hill station. Enjoy beautiful mountain scenery on the drive to a Zen monastery which features a delightful garden. Take a train ride on a restored French train before ending the day exploring the central market.

Hotel: Saigon Dalat Hotel or similar

Day 6: Dalat to Hoi An

Fly from Dalat to Danang, then drive to Hoi An. The evening is free for you to explore Hoi An or you may wish to take part in an optional cooking class (extra charge).

Hotel: Hoi An Historic Hotel or similar, 3 nights

Days 7 & 8: Hoi An

Explore the old town on a morning walking tour. Visit a traditional ancient house, a Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. The next day, enjoy a full free day to do as much or as little as you like in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An to Hue

Enjoy more free time in Hoi An before travelling along Hai Van Pass to Hue. Drive to a nearby village and spend the evening sampling regional dishes within a family home.

Hotel: Hotel Saigon Morin, 2 nights

Day 10: Hue

Embark on a tour of some of Hue’s most famous sites. Visit Spiral Foundation which employs people with disabilities and enjoy making a souvenir.

Day 11: Hue to Phong Nha

Drive to Hue across the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) at River Hai. Continue to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park and cruise through some of Asia’s oldest limestone karst mountains.

Hotel: Chay Lap Farmstay or similar, 2 nights

Day 12: Phong Nha

Enjoy a free day exploring the national park at your leisure. Kayak among the limestone karsts or explore the cave system of Paradise Cave.

Day 13: Phong Nha to Hanoi

Travel from Phong Nha to Dong Hai before fying to Hanoi. In the afternoon, visit a market and sample delicious local snacks in the Old Quarter.

Hotel: Tirant Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 14: Hanoi

On a city tour, visit the Hanoi Hilton prison, walk through the Old Quarter and stop at the Temple of Literature. Visit the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and House on Stilts.

Day 15: Hanoi to Halong Bay

Drive to Halong Bay and board your junk boat. Feast on fresh seafood before exploring an enormous grotto.

Cruise: Indochina Sails or similar

Day 16: Halong Bay to Hanoi

Rise early to make the most of Halong Bay. Enjoy brunch before returning to Hanoi. This evening, relax with a farewell group dinner.

Hotel: Tirant Hotel or similar

Day 17: Hanoi

Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 20$2,975.00$4,015.00
February: 17$2,975.00$4,015.00
March: 10, 24$2,975.00$4,015.00
April: 07$2,975.00$4,015.00
May: 05$2,935.00$3,959.00
June: 23$2,935.00$3,959.00
July: 14$2,935.00$3,959.00
August: 04$2,935.00$3,959.00
September: 08$2,935.00$3,959.00
October: 06$2,975.00$4,015.00
November: 03$2,975.00$4,015.00
December: 01$2,975.00$4,015.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January: 12$3,725.00$4,419.00
February: 02$3,725.00$4,419.00
March: 08, 22$3,725.00$4,419.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 17 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Air-conditioned Vehicle
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation, 2 night cruise
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Vietnam Essential

The complete touring experience for first time travellers to Vietnam. You will tour around Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi, seeing them in all their glory. Plus a two-night stay in the picturesque beach destination of Nha Trang and a perfectly relaxing 2-night junk cruise on the World Heritage Listed, Halong Bay.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

On arrival at Ho Chi Minh City International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.

Hotel: Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel, 4 nights

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

This morning enjoy a half-day city tour of Ho Chi Minch City with a visit to the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Post Office, War Remnant museum and Ben Thanh market. The afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City

This morning visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels where Vietnamese guerrillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon.

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City

Depart Ho Chi Minh City for the Mekong Delta. At My Tho take a boat cruise along the river and a short walk to visit a handicraft workshop where products are made from coconut trees. Experience a horse-drawn cart to visit a local house where you can enjoy tea and taste some tropical fruits grown in the region. Float on a sampan through the narrow, tree-lined canals of the Mekong Delta. After lunch visit a family-run business making coconut candies before returning to My Tho mainland. Visit the Vinh Trang pagoda if time permits and return to Ho Chi Minh City late afternoon.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang

You will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Nha Trang. On arrival in Nha Trang, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.

Hotel: Nha Trang Lodge Hotel, 2 nights

Day 6: Nha Trang

Enjoy Nha Trang’s turquoise waters and white sandy beaches with a boat cruise to the offshore islands in Nha Trang Bay. In the afternoon, visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers, the Long Son Pagoda, Nha Trang Cathedral. A visit to a local fish and food market is optional.

Day 7: Nha Trang – Danang – Hoi An

You will be transferred to Nha Trang Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Danang. On arrival in Danang, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.

Hotel: Hoi An Beach Resort, 3 nights

Day 8: Hoi An

Pay a visit to one of Hoi An’s famous lantern workshops and learn how to make one yourself before setting out on a walking tour to explore this World Heritage City. Highlights include an ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market. Take a peaceful boat trip on the Thu Bon River and afterwards enjoy free time to further explore the old town.

Day 9: Hoi An

In the morning, drive to the remarkable ruins of My Son located in a remote jungle valley. My Son was formerly the religious centre of the Cham Kingdom and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 20 well-preserved monuments. Drive back to Hoi An in the afternoon.

Day 10: Hoi An – Hue

After breakfast drive along the coast, through emerald-green paddy fields and over the spectacular Hai Van Mountain pass (Ocean Cloud Pass) and the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before reaching Hue.

Hotel: Saigon Morin Hotel, 2

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice. nights

Day 11: Hue

Take enjoy morning boat cruise on the peaceful Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and then drive to the poetic mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. In the afternoon, proceed to visit the Imperial Citadel and the Dong Ba Market. The spectacular Citadel (which was built in accordance to strict principles of geomancy) houses a series of palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences and colleges.

Day 12: Hue – Hanoi

You will be transferred to Hue Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.

Hotel: Boss Legend Hotel, 2 nights

Day 13: Hanoi

After breakfast explore Hanoi’s illustrious history. In the morning, visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays) before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. You will then explore the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature, which is imbued with the profound philosophies of Confucianism. In the afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple and the bustling Old Quarter.

Day 14: Hanoi – Halong Bay

This morning drive through green rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay to board the Jasmine Junk. Considered Vietnam’s greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay boasts around 3,000 islands that rise out of the sea providing a spectacular natural environment. Around noon board the boat and begin your cruise through the bay while lunch is served. After lunch, visit a floating fishing village where you will have the opportunity to observe fishermen who have been living in the bay for generations. Spend some time exploring the bay by small rowing bamboo boat. Return to the boat for cooking demonstration before dinner.

Cruise: Jasmine Junk, 2 nights

Day 15: Halong Bay

After breakfast, transfer to your day trip boat and cruise to the bay’s most untouched areas. Visit one of the biggest caves in Halong Bay and visit a Pearl Farm Village. Return to the main boat in the afternoon.

Day 16: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Greet the day with morning Tai Chi and an opportunity to view sunrise over the bay. Continue your explorations of the bay, with a swim, or take the opportunity to hike to the top of one of the islands for great views and photo opportunities. Return to the boat and continue cruising through this spectacular environment whilst enjoying buffet brunch. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi.

Hotel: Boss Legend Hotel

Day 17: Depart Hanoi

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Hanoi International Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Ho Chi Minh City: Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Flight Ticket: Hi Chi Minh City – Nha Trang – Danang / Hue - Hanoi
Accommodation:14 nights in Hotel & 2 nights on-board the Jasmine Junk
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Simply Vietnam

With its long history, interesting culture, and gorgeous scenery, Vietnam offers something for everyone. On this Vietnam tour, you’ll overnight in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha National Park, Hoi An, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City. Sightseeing tours in the cities feature the must-see historic sites, including Hanoi’s Temple of Literature, built in 1070, and One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049; Hoi An’s Japanese Covered Bridge; Hue’s Forbidden Purple City, the emperor’s residence constructed in 1804; and Hoi An’s Thien Mu Pagoda. In Ho Chi Minh City, your sightseeing includes the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi region, where you’ll have a chance to enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels constructed by the Viet Cong during the war.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

Hotel: Silk Path Hotel Hanoi, 2 nights

Day 2:   Hanoi

Today’s included sightseeing tour takes you to many of the city’s highlights, including the Temple Of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and gateways, and One Pillar Pagoda, designed to resemble a lotus blossom. You will also see Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the fascinating network of alleyways and shop houses that make up the Old Quarter. This evening, enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s famed Water Puppets.

Day 3:   Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

Drive to Ha Long Bay, one of Vietnam’s favourite destinations, and board your Day Cruise through the stunning bay. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail through the dramatic limestone islands, then explore the Sung Sot (Surprising Cave) and visit Titov Island.

Hotel: Halong Plaza Hotel

Day 4:   Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

Return to Hanoi this morning and fly to Dong Hoi. From here, journey inland to remarkable Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO park littered with beautiful jungles, caves, and underground rivers. Your lodging tonight is a charming farmstay at the base of park.

Hotel: Chay Lap Farmstay, 2 nights

Day 5:   Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

This morning, take a Boat Ride on the Son River to Phong Nha Cave, famous for its rock formations with names like the “Lion” and the “Buddha.” The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the activities and serene views at your hotel.

Day 6:   Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park – Hue

Drive to Hue, stopping at the DMZ bridge en route. Upon arrival in the imperial walled city of Hue, visit the Forbidden Purple City, modeled after Beijing’s famed Forbidden City. During your visit, you will see Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the Nine Dynastic Urns.

Hotel: Eldora Hotel

Day 7:   Hue – Hoi An

Begin today with a visit to pretty Thien Mu Pagoda, made up of seven tiers, each dedicated to a step assumed by Buddha to reach enlightenment. Continue up the river to the Imperial Tomb Of Minh Mang, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions, and temples in a beautiful setting. Head south through spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting) and visit the Cham Museum, then continue to the charming town of Hoi An.

Hotel: Silk Luxury Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 8:   Hoi An

Start today with a Cruise on the Thu Bon River, passing unspoiled countryside. Then, a leisurely Walking Tour through Hoi An Ancient Town brings you to the Japanese Covered Bridge. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 9:   Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy your morning at leisure. This afternoon, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest and most vibrant city, packed with timeless traditions.

Hotel: Paragon Saigon Hotel, 3 nights

Day 10:   Ho Chi Minh City

Today’s sightseeing tour takes in Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping thoroughfare, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office. Afterward, visit the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum, as well as the Chinese district

Day 11:   Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion

Today, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles long that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas, and meeting rooms. If you are feeling adventurous, you may enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels.

Day 12:   Ho Chi Minh City

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 12$2,525.00$3,162.00
February: 09$2,525.00$3,162.00
March: 08, 22$2,525.00$3,162.00
April: 05$2,525.00$3,162.00
July: 26$2,525.00$3,162.00
August: 16$2,525.00$3,162.00
September: 13$2,525.00$3,162.00
October: 11$2,525.00$3,162.00
November: 01$2,525.00$3,162.00
December: 15$2,525.00$3,162.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned motorcoach vehicle
Flight: Air Ticket: Hanoi - Dong Hoi / Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide:Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Vietnam & Cambodia

Gain an insight into authentic local life along the Mekong River on your luxury cruise with APT. Aboard the RV AmaLotus experience an intimate discovery of Vietnam & Cambodia River Cruising with APT that goes beyond the tourist trail.

With one of the finest luxury river ships, personalised service from outstanding staff and an unrivaled reputation, APT are the award-winning experts in revealing the hidden wonders of the Mekong River. Each day you’ll wake to new adventures and experiences that are sure to become unforgettable memories.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
River CruiseVietnam and Cambodia Grand Tour25 On Application From $11,995.00
River Cruise Luxury Mekong Cruise8 On Application From $3,795.00

Vietnam and Cambodia Grand Tour

A comprehensive tour specially designed to include the best that Vietnam & Cambodia have to offer. Time to explore Sapa, its colourful markets and partake in a walking tour. Experience the beauty of Halong Bay, select ingredients at a local market in Hoi An for your cooking class at the Red Bridge Cooking School.

See the Cu Chi Tunnels outside Ho Chi Minh City, or tour Long Tan and attend a memorial service. Exclusive visit to Xu Restaurant, enjoy degustation dinner with matching wines. Enjoy a glass of champagne as you take in the sunrise at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive HanoiOn arrival in Hanoi, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the city. Later this evening, you’ll get to know your fellow travellers and your local guide during an informal gathering.

Stay: Hanoi, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi, Duong LamTravel by coach to the ancient village of Duong Lam. Recognised as a national relic, it has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back 400 years. On arrival, visit one of the oldest houses in the village, the home of the Huyen family who have lived here for generations. Then explore this quiet village and the tranquil countryside on foot or by bicycle. Visit Phung Hung Temple and Mia Pagoda before lunch at the house of a local family. Back in Hanoi, take an overnight rail journey to Lao Cai.
Stay: Victoria Express Train (superior cabin)
Day 3: Lao Cai, SapaOn arrival in Lao Cai this morning, disembark your train and transfer to Sapa, a quiet and visually stunning mountain town located in north-western Vietnam. After settling in to your resort, set off on a soft trekking tour to nearby Ta Phin, a picturesque village that’s home to the Kinh, Black Hmong and Red Dao people. This expedition offers great insight into the daily life of these ethnic hill tribes. Afterwards, return to Sapa for dinner.
Stay: Sapa, Victoria Sapa Resort and Spa
Day 4: Sapa, Lao Cai, HanoiSIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
This morning, a guided walking tour of Sapa and its famous colourful markets reveals the beauty of the region. A magical combination of breathtaking landscapes, ethnic cultures and bracing mountain air, the alpine village of Sapa has been a gathering spot for hundreds of years. Here, local hill tribes buy and sell household products, embroidery and handicrafts.
After lunch and some leisure time, transfer by coach back to Hanoi.
Stay: Three Nights: Hanoi, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Day 5: HanoiWith a free day on the cards, perhaps you’ll choose to enjoy a restful morning before stepping out to explore the city at your own pace. You might even like to try the local drink of choice - a refreshing Vietnamese iced coffee served with sweet condensed milk. Tonight, meet your APT Tour Director at a Welcome Briefing and Dinner.
Day 6: HanoiFREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Dining
This evening, choose from one of six different but equally superb restaurants for dinner that have been carefully selected for you.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™-Sightseeing

After a morning tour, explore more of this vibrant city on your selected Freedom of Choice activity.
Enjoy a guided tour of Hanoi, which will take you to the city’s most famous historical and cultural sites.
Day 7: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Farewell Hanoi as you travel by coach to Ha Long and embark on your three-day cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay.
Feel the wind in your hair as you set sail among thousands of spectacular limestone islets this afternoon, gliding slowly over the azure waters. Enjoy lunch on your way towards the south region of Ha Long Bay, keeping your camera handy as you pass Fighting Cocks and Titov islands. Later, your ship will drop anchor at Ban Chan Beach so you can go for a swim or participate in water activities. Relax on board during dinner tonight.
Stay: Two Nights: Ha Long Bay, The Au Co
Day 8: Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long BayPerhaps enjoy Tai Chi on the sun deck during a leisurely morning spent cruising the bay. After lunch, your ship will sail towards Bai Tu Long Bay, an undeveloped region less frequented by tourists. Spend the afternoon swimming or kayaking before a guided visit to Thien Canh Son Cave. Tonight, perhaps try your hand at squid fishing with the crew.
Day 9: Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Da Nang, Hoi AnThis morning, take a kayak or bamboo boat out to visit Vung Vieng fishing village before your ship returns to shore. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, take a scenic coach ride to the historic city of Hoi An. Arrive at your five-star hotel situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Here you will enjoy three relaxing nights amid Art Nouveau-inspired surrounds.

Stay: Three Nights: Hoi An, Hotel Royal Hoi An
Day 10: Hoi AnFREEDOM OF CHOICE™-Sightseeing
This morning, set out on your chosen Freedom of Choice activity. Perhaps take a walking tour of Hoi An, enjoy an eco-tour of the surrounding countryside, learn how to make lanterns with a local craftsman, or join a bicycle tour of the countryside. Alternatively, head to the city’s finest tailors to be fitted for a complimentary shirt or blouse, take a wet rice planting tour; or enjoy some rest and relaxation during an indulgent spa treatment.

With the afternoon then at your leisure, perhaps explore more of bustling Hoi An. Tonight, enjoy a tantalising dinner at one of the city’s restaurants.
Day 11: Hoi AnSIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
You can experience the true personality of a city at its markets and Hoi An is no exception. Today, you’ll venture into the colourful market to meet vendors and learn about the local ingredients you’ll use later during an exclusive cooking class with the Red Bridge Cooking School.

Take a boat cruise along the Hoi An River to the school and explore the herb garden before learning how to prepare Vietnamese dishes. Then, sample the results of your efforts for lunch.
Day 12: Hoi An, Lang Co Beach, HueYour journey continues towards Hue as you travel past the towering Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located south of Da Nang. Visit the beautiful Lang Co Beach then cross the Hai Van Pass, one of the country’s most scenic and stunning hillside roads, as you continue on your way. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch in a lush garden before visiting Hue’s impressive Imperial Citadel and the tallest pagoda in Vietnam, the historic seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda. Tonight, be treated to an indulgent Emperor Feast, featuring sumptuous royal-inspired Vietnamese cuisine unique to this region.
Stay: Hue, La Résidence Hotel and Spa
Day 13: Hue, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in to your luxurious hotel and enjoy the rest of the day to explore this fascinating city at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan OR Cu Chi TunnelsSIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
On the first option, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at the Long Tan Cross, a memorial erected by the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, which is set in a rubber plantation and marks the site of the Battle of Long Tan. Alternatively, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. This evening, enjoy a Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation dinner with matching wines at Xu Restaurant.
Today choose from two unique Signature Experiences before enjoying a Luke Nguyen-inspired dinner.
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Embark ShipFREEDOM OF CHOICE™-Sightseeing
Select one of our Freedom of Choice activities today. Enjoy a cooking class; explore the city by foot or on a motorbike; visit an artist’s home; or embark on an shopping tour.

After your chosen sightseeing activity, transfer to My Tho Port to embark your ship. Tonight, enjoy an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner with your fellow guests.

Stay: Seven Nights: Cruise the Mekong River aboard APT’s RV AmaLotus
Day 16: Cai Be, Sa DecStep ashore in Cai Be to visit the French Gothic cathedral and a local rice paper manufacturer. Enjoy lunch back on board as you cruise towards Sa Dec. Here, enjoy a boat ride, then visit a Cao Dai temple.
Day 17: Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border CrossingTake a small boat along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour through the village. Visit an evergreen island, then perhaps attend a fruit-carving demonstration while border formalities are carried out.
Day 18: Phnom PenhFREEDOM OF CHOICE™-Sightseeing
Enjoy a guided tour of the white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Alternatively, you may wish to discover some of Cambodia’s sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Your other options are a visit to the National Museum or a guided city tour in a tuk tuk.

Perhaps rise early to take in Phnom Penh’s river promenade as your ship nears the capital. After disembarking, join your chosen activity.
Day 19: Phnom Penh, Koh ChenThis morning in Phnom Penh, you can relax aboard your ship or discover the city’s attractions on your own. Later today, cruise to Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silverware and copperware.
Day 20: Oudong, Kampong Tralach Disembark in Prek K’dam from where you’ll set off by coach on a morning tour of the graceful town of Oudong. Visit the monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience, then continue to Kampong Tralach to visit the Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu pagoda. Later, take an ox cart through rice fields back to your river ship.
Day 21: Kampong ChhnangEnjoy a boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Then return to your ship and head back towards Prek K’dam. This evening, enjoy a delicious Farewell Dinner on board your ship.
Day 22: Prek K’dam,Disembark Ship, Siem ReapFREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Dining
Back in Siem Reap this evening, enjoy a choice of restaurants for dinner.
Disembark at Prek K’dam and transfer to your hotel. Then, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit Angkor Thom and the 12th-century temple, Bayon.
Stay: Three Nights: Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor
Day 23: Siem ReapSIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Rise early and travel back to the Angkor Archaeological Park for a glass of champagne as you enjoy the sunrise over Angkor Wat.
Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of this impressive temple then return to your hotel for breakfast. This afternoon, explore the temple of Ta Prohm and visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’.
Day 24: Siem ReapFREEDOM OF CHOICE™-Sightseeing
Embark on your selected activity today. Options include a Buddhist blessing, a tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, an Apsara dance class, a quad bike adventure, a leisurely horse and cart ride, a bicycle tour across the countryside, a Khmer cooking class, a shopping trip, or a relaxing spa treatment.
After your chosen sightseeing activity, take in an Apsara dance performance tonight before a memorable Farewell Dinner.
Day 25: Depart Siem ReapTransfer to the airport this morning.

Luxury Mekong Cruise

An unforgettable 8 days which includes 7 nights on board the RV AmaLotus, complimentary beverages, finest dining – total 21 meals. All inclusive sightseeing in up to seven destinations. Everything as detailed, including gratuities and onboard entertainment.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City, Embark CruiseTransfer to My Pho Port to embark on your luxury river ship. Settle in to your suite before an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner showcasing the diverse flavours from the region of Luke’s heritage.
Stay: Seven Nights: Cruise the Mekong River aboard RV AmaLotus
Day 2: Cai Be, Sa DecA local boat will take you to the river-land town of Cai Be today. Once here, step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral as well as the colourful port area, which is filled with crumbling colonial buildings and delightful flowering gardens. The morning then takes you onwards to a rice paper manufacturer where you’ll see how Vietnamese rice paper is made. Lunch will be served back on board later as your ship cruises past scenes of charming rural life towards the quaint town of Sa Dec. This delightfully sleepy locale is where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. On arrival, tour Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover. Later, pay a visit to a traditional Cao Dai temple. Watch visitors and pilgrims come and go, and appreciate the beauty of the building.
Day 3: Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border CrossingTransfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around the riverside town of Tan Chau. Cruise right past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau. Ride past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals eager to say hello. Later, step back in time during a visit to an evergreen island where you’ll experience authentic rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is left free for you to relax on board your luxurious river ship. This afternoon, perhaps take in a fruit-carving demonstration by one of the ship’s chefs while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia. Alternatively, sit back and watch daily life unfold on the riverbanks before enjoying dinner later this evening. After entering Cambodia, your ship will continue to cruise overnight towards the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
Day 4: Phnom PenhFREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing
Today you may enjoy a guided tour of the dazzling white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, which is located on the south side of the palace complex and houses many national treasures. Alternatively, you may wish to discover some of Cambodia’s sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Here, you’ll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in the mid-to-late 1970s. Your other options are a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia or a guided city tour in a tuk tuk which takes is an exciting way to take in a range of city sights, including the Independence Monument and Wat Phnom, a sacred Buddhist pagoda.

Perhaps rise early to take in Phnom Penh’s glorious river promenade as your ship nears the centre of the bustling capital. After breakfast on board, disembark and join your chosen activity for the day.
Day 5: Phnom Penh, Koh ChenWith a free morning at hand in Phnom Penh, you may like to enjoy a restful start to the day and stay aboard your ship. Or, make use of your time in this beautiful city and head out on your own to discover the attractions. Your APT Cruise Director can provide inspiration should you need it. Later in the day, your ship will cruise to remote Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silverware and copperware. Here you’ll visit some of the home-workshops that manufacture handmade copper souvenirs. Watch the clever artisans at work and perhaps purchase a memento of your journey.
Day 6: Prek K’dam, Oudong, Kampong TralachToday you’ll step ashore at the port of Prek K’dam and travel by coach to Oudong, the fascinating royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, you’ll call on a monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience with local monks. Afterward, continue to the village of Kampong Tralach for a visit to the Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu pagoda. Then, take an exciting ox-cart ride through the countryside, passing lush rice fields and smiling locals on your way back to your ship. Once aboard, enjoy a relaxing afternoon before dinner.
Day 7: Kampong Chhnang Today brings you an authentic glimpse into the local way of life as you jump aboard a small boat and head into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Known as the ‘Clay Pot Port’, the local people craft pottery under their stilt homes on the river - a delight to watch. Afterwards, you’ll return to your ship and cast off towards Prek K’dam on the Tonle Sap. This evening, reflect on the days that have just gone by as you enjoy your last night on board your luxury river cruise. Meet your fellow travellers for a pre-dinner drink before celebrating the end of your cruise with a Farewell Dinner.
Day 8: Prek K’dam, Disembark Ship, Siem ReapDisembark your ship in Prek K’dam before transferring by coach to Siem Reap for your onward flight.
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Vietnam & Cambodia

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruiseEssential Vietnam and Cambodia12 On Application From $3,995.00
CruiseWonders of Vietnam, The Mekong and Cambodia20 On Application From $7,395.00
CruiseDiscover Vietnam and Cambodia17 On Application From $6,395.00

 

Essential Vietnam and Cambodia

Travelmarvel’s affordable trip takes you to the remote villages along the banks of the Mekong River and its tributaries. Untouched by tourism and inaccessible by most other means of transport, allowing you to experience the real Vietnam and Cambodia.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap, AngkorBe transferred to your hotel. Visit the temple of Ta Prohm, and Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA), which provides support and education for underprivileged children. Settle in to the Shinta Mani Resort. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner and Apsara dance.
Stay: Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort
Day 2: Angkor, Siem ReapThis morning, perhaps select one of Travelmarvel’s select experiences. This afternoon, visit Angkor Archaeological Park and explore its ancient wonders. This World Heritage-listed park contains the remains of different Khmer empire capitals. Visit iconic landmarks including the 12th-century temple Bayon. Cap off the day with a sunset over Angkor Wat.
Day 3: Siem Reap, Embark Cruise at Prek K’damTransfer to Prek K’dam to embark your Mekong River cruise. Floating villages line the tributaries of this stunning region and quaint towns and sleepy villages lend the Mekong a unique charm. Board your river ship and enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board.
Stay: Seven Nights: Mekong River Cruise, RV La Marguerite
Day 4: Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, OudongEnjoy a small boat excursion of the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. You’ll then rejoin your ship and continue on to Kampong Tralach. Take an ox-cart ride, a popular method of transport in rural Cambodia. Later, travel to the former royal capital of Oudong for a Buddhist blessing.
Day 5: Koh Chen, Phnom PenhExplore Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silver and copperware and visit some home-workshops that manufacture handmade copper souvenirs. You’ll then continue cruising and make your way towards Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.
Day 6: Phnom PenhJoin an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). This afternoon in Phnom Penh, a tour takes you to visit the Royal Palace. You’ll also see the opulent Silver Pagoda, located within the Royal Palace complex. After dinner perhaps step out for an evening walk around the capital.
Day 7: Border Crossing, Tan ChauSpend today on board as your ship cruises to the Vietnamese border. Offering views, reclining lounges, a swimming pool and cold drinks from the bar, the Sun Deck is a great place to relax. This afternoon, you might like to attend a fruit-carving demonstration by the ship’s chef while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Vietnam. Tonight, perhaps watch a documentary film about Pol Pot, leader of the Khmer Rouge, as your ship cruises towards the small Vietnamese town of Tan Chau.
Day 8: Tan Chau, Sa Dec After breakfast, transfer to a small boat and travel along the Mekong’s tiny tributaries home to villages full of stilt houses. Here, go ashore for a tour of Tan Chau by rickshaw and visit a small island. Enhance this insight even further and visit fascinating local artisan workshops. This afternoon, perhaps attend an informative lecture on Vietnam in the ship’s lounge before enjoying dinner with your fellow guests.
Day 9: Sa Dec, Cai BeTake a boat ride to Sa Dec for a tour. Here, you’ll see Huynh Thuy Le’s old house (once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, the namesake of the RV La Marguerite). After lunch, a local boat takes you to the river-land town of Cai Be. Go ashore to see Cai Be’s French Gothic Cathedral and a visit to a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made. Return to your ship for dinner.
Day 10: Disembark Ship, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh CityDisembark at My Tho Port today and travel by coach to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a tunnel network built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. Be close to the city’s action at the modern Fusion Suites Saigon.
Stay: Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites Saigon
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh CitySpend time exploring Vietnam’s vibrant Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure today. Perhaps take an exciting Jeep military tour; a shopping tour; explore the city on a guided tour; or take a Vietnamese cooking class. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at KOTO Kumho this evening.
Day 12: Depart Ho Chi Minh CityYour journey ends after breakfast today with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.

 

Wonders of Vietnam, the Mekong and Cambodia

Join the ultimate Indochina adventure through Vietnam and Cambodia’s heartland with Travelmarvel’s affordable tour. Stay two nights on a junk in Ha Long Bay; take a rickshaw ride through Hanoi and learn how to cook Vietnamese cuisine in Hoi An.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi Be transferred to the Mövenpick Hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at KOTO on Van Mieu.
Stay: Two Nights: Hanoi, Mövenpick Hotel
Day 2: HanoiTake in the iconic sights of Hanoi on a guided tour, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and historic Ba Dinh Square. Take an afternoon rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
Day 3: Hanoi, Ha Long BayAfter breakfast, travel to the World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Here, transfer to a traditional wooden junk for your journey on the beautiful bay. Enjoy a Welcome Drink as you set off to sail among thousands of spectacular limestone islets. Have lunch on board passing Chicken Rock and Ti Top Island. Visit Dark and Bright Lagoon by bamboo boat. Back on board this evening, enjoy dinner and a range of entertainment options before retiring to your cabin for the night.
Stay: Two Nights: Ha Long Bay, Bhaya Cruises Classic junk
Day 4: Ha Long BayEnjoy the luxury of a full day sailing in this captivating region of Vietnam. You will relish the opportunity to stop at islands to explore, relax on the beach and go swimming in the picturesque waters. Explore Surprise Cave, one of the biggest caves in Ha Long Bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
Day 5: Ha Long Bay, Hoi AnEnjoy breakfast, absorbing the majestic scenery followed by a visit to Ti Top Island. Dock back at Ha Long and transfer to Hanoi for your included flight to Da Nang before a transfer to Hoi An.
Stay: Three Nights: Hoi An, Almanity Hoi An Resort and Spa
Day 6: Hoi AnDiscover the art of cooking Vietnamese cuisine with the Morning Glory Cooking School. Take a guided tour of Hoi An’s market, prepare a selection of dishes and sample your efforts.
Day 7: Hoi AnPerhaps enjoy a select experience today, such as learning the methods of rice cultivation; lantern making; or a countryside bicycle ride.
Day 8: Hoi An, HueSee stunning Lang Co Beach and traverse Hai Van Pass. Arrive in Hue and visit the Imperial City. Relax in the lakeside surrounds of Pilgrimage Village.
Stay: Pilgrimage Village, Hue
Day 9: Hue, Ho Chi Minh CityBoard your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Unwind at Fusion Suites Saigon and enjoy dinner at KOTO Kumho.
Stay: Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites Saigon
Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh CityTake a step back in time and revisit the military history of the area. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City, Embark ShipDrive to My Tho Port and board your river ship. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board.
Stay: Seven Nights: Mekong River Cruise, RV La Marguerite
Day 12: Cai Be, Sa DecTake a local boat to the town of Cai Be. Visit floating markets, then cruise to Sa Dec, where French writer Marguerite Duras met her lover, Huynh Thuy Le. Tour Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and visit a Cao Dai Temple.
Day 13: Tan Chau, Border CrossingTransfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau, step ashore for a rickshaw tour and visit a local island. Perhaps take in an onboard fruit-carving demonstration while you cross the border into Cambodia.
Day 14: Phnom PenhEmbark on a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). After lunch on board, disembark and tour the Royal Palace and head to the Silver Pagoda.
Day 15: Phnom Penh, Koh ChenEnjoy time at leisure in Phnom Penh. Later today, cruise to Koh Chen, a village specialising in the manufacture of copperware. Here, you’ll visit some small family home-workshops and have the opportunity to buy souvenirs.
Day 16: Oudong, Kampong TralachDisembark in Prek K’dam and travel by coach to Oudong. Visit the monastery for a Buddhist blessing. Continue to Kampong Tralach. Enjoy an ox-cart ride.
Day 17: Kampong ChhnangEnjoy a boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang, then cast off to Prek K’dam.
Day 18: Disembark Ship at Prek K’dam, Siem Reap, AngkorDisembark in Prek K’dam and transfer to Siem Reap. Stay at Shinta Mani Resort. Enjoy sunset over Angkor Wat.
Stay: Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort
Day 19: Angkor, Siem ReapIn Siem Reap, meet children supported by Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA). Later, visit the temples of Bayon and Ta Prohm, famous for its intertwined trees. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow guests.
Day 20: Depart Siem ReapYour journey comes to an end today. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home.

 

Discover Vietnam and Cambodia

Explore the wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia on Travelmarvel’s affordable tour. Cruise for seven nights along the Mekong River, embark on an extended two-night cruise on spectacular junk in Ha Long Bay, and take a rickshaw ride through Hanoi.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi On arrival in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the Mövenpick Hotel. Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner at KOTO on Van Mieu.
Stay: Two Nights: Hanoi, Mövenpick Hotel
Day 2: HanoiTake in Hanoi on a guided sightseeing tour, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and historic Ba Dinh Square. Take a rickshaw ride through the Old Quarter.
Day 3: Hanoi, Ha Long BayAfter breakfast, travel to the World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Here, transfer to a traditional wooden junk for your journey on the beautiful bay. Enjoy a Welcome Drink as you set off to sail among thousands of spectacular limestone islets. Have lunch on board passing Chicken Rock and Ti Top Island. Visit Dark and Bright Lagoon by bamboo boat. Back on board this evening, enjoy dinner and a range of entertainment options before retiring to your cabin for the night.
Stay: Two Nights: Ha Long Bay, Bhaya Cruises junk
Day 4: Ha Long BayEnjoy the luxury of a full day sailing in this captivating region of Vietnam. You will relish the opportunity to stop at islands to explore, relax on the beach and go swimming in the picturesque waters. Explore Surprise Cave, one of the biggest caves in Ha Long Bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
Day 5: Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Siem ReapEnjoy breakfast, absorbing the majestic scenery followed by a visit to Ti Top Island. Dock back at Ha Long and transfer to Hanoi for your included flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day to unwind during your indulgent stay at the Shinta Mani Resort.
Stay: Three Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort
Day 6: Angkor, Siem ReapThis morning, perhaps enjoy a select experience, such as a cooking class (at own expense). Visit Ta Prohm, a temple famous for its intertwined trees. Visit Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA), which provides support and education for underprivileged children. Tonight, enjoy dinner and an Apsara dance performance.
Day 7: Angkor, Siem ReapOn a guided tour, discover the World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park and explore its ancient wonders. Later, visit the 12th-century temple Bayon. Cap off the day with a sunset over stunning Angkor Wat.
Day 8: Siem Reap, Embark Cruise at Prek K’dam Transfer to Prek K’dam and board the RV La Marguerite. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Seven Nights: Mekong River Cruise, RV La Marguerite
Day 9: Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, OudongEnjoy a small boat excursion of the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Rejoin your ship and continue to Kampong Tralach. Enjoy an ox-cart ride. Later visit the Imperial City. Travel by coach to Oudong for a Buddhist blessing.
Day 10: Koh Chen, Phnom PenhExplore Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silver and copperware. Then cruise to Phnom Penh. Enjoy dinner on the ship, followed by a Khmer folk performance on board.
Day 11: Phnom PenhJoin an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Following lunch, take a guided tour of Phnom Penh and see the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
Day 12: Border Crossing, Tan ChauRelax on board as your ship cruises to the Vietnamese border. Perhaps attend a fruit-carving demonstration. Later, arrive in the Vietnamese town of Tan Chau.
Day 13: Tan Chau, Sa DecTravel along the tributaries around Tan Chau, then go ashore for a rickshaw tour, visit a small island and local artisan workshops.
Day 14: Sa Dec, Cai BeTake a boat ride to Sa Dec for a tour. After lunch, a local boat takes you to the river-land town of Cai Be to explore its floating markets. Then go ashore to visit Cai Be’s French Gothic Cathedral and a rice paper manufacturer. Enjoy your last dinner on board.
Day 15: Disembark Ship, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh CityDisembark at My Tho Port and travel by coach to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Stay at the modern Fusion Suites Saigon.
Stay: Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites Saigon
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh CityExplore the city at leisure. Perhaps enjoy a select experience. Savour a Farewell Dinner at KOTO Kumho.
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Southeast Asia

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruiseGolden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy14ItineraryOn Application
CruiseFascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River 13ItineraryOn Application

  

ITINERARY:        Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy

Explore the best of Myanmar, known as “The Golden Land,” on this captivating journey along the Irrawaddy River. Start in Yangon, formerly Rangoon, with a walking tour of the city’s highlights and a visit to stunning Shwedagon Pagoda – considered by many to be the oldest pagoda in the world. Explore some of the most important temples and watch the sunset over the plains of Bagan, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. On the Irrawaddy, encounter a tapestry of exotic flavors and partake in memorable interactions with the locals. North of Mandalay, cruise on the most scenic part of the river past lavish shrines, teak forests, and riverside villages lost in time. Tour bustling Mandalay and stop at nearby U Bein Bridge for an unforgettable sampan ride at sunset. See how villagers make candy from the toddy palm tree and take a walking tour through a pottery-making village to see the process from start to end. Present alms, offerings of food, to the monks at a monastery in Kya Hnyat. In Katha, visit a local market and an elephant camp for a ride through the teak forest. Interact with the local school children and visit a farmer’s home for a glimpse of daily life at the island village of Kyun Daw. Sail through the dramatic second defile with its magnificent cliffs as the river narrows before reaching Bhamo, the northernmost point ships can navigate the river. All this and more awaits you on this incredible adventure!

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrive Yangon, MyanmarWelcome to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, the country's largest city and former capital. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2: YangonThis morning, take a WALKING TOUR of the city's famous and historic landmarks, including the High Court, City Hall, Central Railway Station, and Sule Pagoda, built during the time of Buddha. Stop along the way at a LOCAL TEA SHOP for a cup of tea/coffee with the locals. After lunch, visit CHAUKHTATGYI to see the massive reclining Buddha measuring in at 65 metres (213 feet). Afterward, continue to SHWEDAGON PAGODA, the most important religious site in the country and a national symbol. Here, a truly enchanting scene unfolds as the sun sets on the golden stupa and locals come to pay their respects. Tonight, your welcome dinner is in one of Yangon's best restaurants. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Yangon-Bagan (Embarkation)Late this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to the port and board the Avalon Myanmar to begin your CRUISE up the Irrawaddy. Get acquainted with the ship before your welcome reception this evening. After dinner, a TRADITIONAL PUPPET SHOW will be presented in one of the lounges. (B,D)
Day 4: BaganToday, explore Bagan, capital of Myanmar from the 9th to the 13th centuries. It is estimated that during this time over 13,000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas were built in the plains surrounding the city-an area of about 104 square kilometres (40 square miles). Many of these structures have been lost over time, but around 2,300 still stand today, making this one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. Early risers can visit one of the temples with a Local Guide to witness sunrise. After breakfast, your morning excursion starts with a visit to a LOCAL MARKET selling handicrafts, fabrics, and longyis-a versatile sheet of cloth worn around the waist by most local men and women. Then, stop at the ornate SHWEZIGON PAGODA, one of the country's most important shrines. You will also visit a LACQUER WORKSHOP to learn more about this ancient craft. After lunch, your sightseeing centres on the BAGAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ZONE. Highlights include ANANDA, considered by many to be the most beautiful temple, and DHAMMAYANGYI, the best preserved monument left standing. Also stop to see the exquisite and well preserved fresco paintings at SULAMANI. Your day ends with an OX CART RIDE to a temple, where you will ascend to the top as the sun sets. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Shwe Pyi Thar-CruisingThis morning, take a WALKING TOUR through Shwe Pyi Thar, a typical village along the Irrawaddy. Here you will visit a FARMER'S HOME to learn more about daily life and see the locals making palm candy, a sweet and smoky candy, from the sap of the toddy palm. To harvest the sap a climber scales the toddy palm and hangs an earthen pot under a slit he cuts in the tree. The sap is then cooked in an iron pan over an open wood fire until it thickens and can be formed into small pieces by hand. This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as we sail north for Mandalay. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Sagaing-AmarapuraRelax this morning and take in the sights from one of the ship's lounges or your suite. In the afternoon, visit Sagaing, an important religious site with countless pagodas dotting the surrounding hillsides. Here, stop to see KAUNGHMUDAW PAGODA with its golden egg-shaped dome-unique among more traditional pagodas in Myanmar. Next, on to a SILVERSMITH WORKSHOP to learn how the local artisans turn silver into beautiful works of art. Lastly, explore SOON U PONYA SHIN PAGODA at the top of Sagaing Hill for stunning views of the Irrawaddy and across to Mandalay. Cross the Ava Bridge to Amarapura, former capital of Myanmar. Your visit focuses on the famous U BEIN BRIDGE, a 1.2-kilometre-long (three-quarter-mile-long) bridge built in 1783 from reclaimed teakwood from the old royal palace in Inwa. The bridge is still a cornerstone of the community as locals and monks use it daily to cross Taungthaman Lake while fishermen and farmers go about their daily work below. Take a SAMPAN RIDE on the lake for memorable views of the sunset behind the iconic bridge. (B,L,D)
Day 7: MandalayThis morning, visit a TAPESTRY & WOODCARVING WORKSHOP to learn more about these cottage industries and see the skilled artisans at work. Then, stop at a GOLD LEAF WORKSHOP to see how it is made. Lastly, visit MAHAMUNI PAGODA, the most revered shrine in Mandalay, to see its impressive gold-leaf Buddha. Due to the continual application of gold leaves, officials estimate the gold is approximately six inches thick. This afternoon, visit KUTHODAW PAGODA and SHWENANDAW MONASTERY, the only remnant of former King Mindon's "Golden City" to survive the bombing of World War II. Originally the king's living quarters, the building was moved after his death to its current location and converted into a monastery. Today, the original gilding has faded, but the intricate wood carvings endure, giving you a sense of how extravagant the original teak palace complex was. This evening, enjoy a TRADITIONAL DANCE PERFORMANCE featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Kyauk MyaungToday, take a WALKING TOUR through the captivating pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung. Here you will learn more about the pot-making process and see how they are formed, fired, and glazed. Most interesting is the eye-catching 227-litre (50-gallon) variety, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars in colonial times. These pots could transport large quantities of liquor, fish sauce, peanut oil, and more, and have played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Kya HnyatThis morning, visit the village of Kya Hnyat with its many Buddhist monasteries. Here you will INTERACT WITH THE MONKS at a local monastery. Each morning they don their distinctive saffron-coloured robes and walk through the streets to collect alms, offerings of food, like cooked rice and curry. This is a truly memorable experience as you present alms to the monks and witness their lunch ritual. (B,L,D)
Day 10: TigyangVisit the small village of Tigyang for a WALKING TOUR through its narrow lanes and to visit the pagoda and reclining Buddha on a hilltop with stunning views. (B,L,D)
Day 11: KathaStart your day with a visit to the LOCAL MARKET, where you will see the locals buying and selling fish, meat, produce, and more. Next, stop at the former British Club, featured in George Orwell's novel Burmese Days. Here learn a bit more about how life was here during British rule. Lastly, journey a short distance to a local JINGPO VILLAGE. A subset of the Kachin, the Jingpo are one of over 100 ethnic minority groups in Myanmar. Here you will learn about their culture, traditional dress, and their unique method of making rice wine. As you sail north this afternoon, with some luck, you may catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin, with its distinctive round forehead. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Kyun Daw-Second Defile-BhamoThis morning, visit the fascinating island village of Kyun Daw, where over 7,000 stupas surround the monastery. Take a WALKING TOUR for memorable encounters with the villagers. Visit a FISHERMAN'S HOME to learn more about daily life here and a SCHOOL to interact with the children. You will also visit a NUNNERY to present the nuns with food purchased the day before at the market in Katha. Unlike monks, they have to collect and cook their own food. This afternoon, sail through the DRAMATIC SECOND DEFILE with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel. Continue to Bhamo, the northernmost point ships can navigate the Irrawaddy. (B,L,D)
Day 13: Bhamo (Disembarkation)-YangonAfter breakfast, disembark the ship and EXPLORE BHAMO by local trishaw and by foot. Afterward, transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 14: YangonYour holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

ITINERARY:        Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River

Start in Siem Reap, where you will visit the spectacular Angkor temple complex, whose architectural grandeur is arguably unmatched among the world’s ancient ruins. See several of the temples, including spectacular Angkor Wat and the mesmerizing faces of Bayon. Here you will also enjoy a private Apsara dance performance and will visit a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. Then, start your cruise on the Mekong River, the thread that connects the people of Southeast Asia. Visit a colorful local market, a fish farm, and a local establishment to see how rice paper and traditional candy are made. In Phnom Penh, take a tour of the city by private cyclo, with visits to the National Museum and the Royal Palace with the stunning Silver Pagoda. Walking tours through the rural villages of Prek Bang Kong and Angkor Ban and an ox cart ride through the countryside at Kampong Tralach will grant you a memorable inside look at life along the river and interactions with the local people. Finally, in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, your sightseeing includes the Cu Chi Tunnels—a vast network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong. You will also partake in a walking tour of the city’s landmarks and a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class.

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap, CambodiaWelcome to Siem Reap, your base during your visit to Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2: Siem ReapThis morning, start your sightseeing of the TEMPLES OF ANGKOR. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples were built around the Khmer interpretations of Indian religious and political beliefs that ultimately evolved from Hinduism to Buddhism. The complex architectural grandeur of the Angkor temples is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. First, visit the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: ANGKOR WAT, honouring the Hindu god Vishnu. Featuring five trademark towers and stunning bas reliefs, it has become a symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Unlike other temples, it is built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. This evening, enjoy a PRIVATE APSARA DANCE PERFORMANCE, where the ancient Khmer culture is brought to life by talented dancers, singers, and musicians. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Siem RiepToday, continue your sightseeing of the Angkor temples by tuk-tuk. Start at ANGKOR THOM where you will explore BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas reliefs. Next stop is TA PROHM, which, unlike the other temples, has been left relatively untouched. Tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it. Lastly, stop at LES ARTISANS D'ANGKOR, a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this charming town. (B)
Day 4: Siem Reap (Embarkation)This morning, transfer to the port and board your river cruise vessel for your CRUISE down the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam. This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as you cruise through Tonle Sap (Great Lake). After the rainy season, this massive body of water can cover around 26,000 square kilometres (10,000 square miles) and provides the perfect breeding ground for fish, which provide food for people living on the lake. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception. (B,L,D) NOTE: During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise on Tonle Sap. In these cases, we will fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for embarkation. No included sightseeing will be missed. Low water conditions vary from year to year, so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.
Day 5: Cruising: Kampong Tralach-Konpong Louang-Phnom PenhToday, visit Kampong Tralach for an OX CART RIDE past rice paddy fields and the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to MEET WITH A LOCAL FARMER and learn more about his daily life. Lastly, visit the SILVERSMITH VILLAGE of Konpong Louang. Here you will see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Then sail to the capital city of Phnom Penh. After lunch, your sightseeing tour by private cyclo includes visits to the ROYAL PALACE with the spectacular SILVER PAGODA and the NATIONAL MUSEUM, featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Cruising: Phnom PenhSightseeing this morning provides a glimpse of the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit the TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM, a former high school that housed over 17,000 prisoners. Of this number, it is believed that less than 15 survived the torture and avoided being sent to the Killing Fields. You will also visit one of the KILLING FIELDS, where over 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will put on a SHOW featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Cruising: Wat Hanchey-Angkor BanThis morning, visit WAT HANCHEY, a temple dating back to the 8th century and the Chenla Empire. Located on a hilltop, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a TRADITIONAL WATER BLESSING given by local monks. After lunch, enjoy a WALKING TOUR through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here you will see traditional Khmer houses and visit a LOCAL SCHOOL. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Cruising: Border Crossing-Long Khong A, Vietnam-Chau DocCross the border this morning into Vietnam. A sampan brings you to the village of LONG KHONG A, where cotton weaving is a well-preserved tradition. Spend time at one house for a COTTON-WEAVING DEMONSTRATION and a chance to talk with the family. After lunch, join a sampan excursion down the backwaters of the river to the religious sites at the base of SAM MOUNTAIN. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, a market selling dried goods, and more. Before returning to the ship, walk through the LOCAL MARKET and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Cruising: Cu Lao GiengThis morning, enjoy time at leisure on board the ship as we sail to Cu Lao Gieng. In the afternoon, board a sampan and enjoy scenes of daily life along the river. Stop at a LOCAL HOME, where a skilled family works together to hand-craft sampans for a living. Then, ride a specially designed MOTOR CART to one of Vietnam's oldest churches for a special INTERACTION WITH A CATHOLIC PRIEST. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Cruising: Ben TreThis morning, board a sampan for a scenic cruise to Ben Tre. Visit a LOCAL WORKSHOP to see how rice wine and traditional coconut candy is made. Then, continue on to a LOCAL GARDEN where several types of fruit indigenous to the area are grown. This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as we sail to exciting Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation)Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. This morning, enjoy a WALKING TOUR of the city's famous and historic landmarks as you stroll through the heart of the city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) past Ho Chi Minh Square, the Municipal Theatre, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing DRINK at the popular ROOFTOP BAR where the U.S. Military held the infamous "Five O'Clock Follies" during the war. Next, visit the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM followed by BEN THANH MARKET, the largest and oldest in the city. For lunch, participate in a hands-on VIETNAMESE COOKING CLASS. Head into the classroom and learn how to prepare different local dishes and the techniques necessary to recreate them once you return home. Last but not least, sample your delicious creations! The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this lively city. (B,L)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City. Excursion To Cu Chi TunnelsThis morning, leave the city and drive through vast expanses of rice paddies to visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 193 kilometres (120 miles) in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. Here you will learn about how the tunnels were constructed and have a chance to walk through a section to experience what life would have been like underground. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. This evening, join your travelling companions for a special farewell dinner hosted by your Cruise Director. (B,D)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh CityYour holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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