Travel to Vietnam
Depart for your overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh and begin this trip of a lifetime.
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City
Upon arrival in Vietnam you will you will be met by our local representative before being transferred to your 5 star hotel where you will stay for the following 3 nights.
Ho Chi Minh City Tour
After breakfast you will get the chance to explore Ho Chi Minh on a half-day city tour. The tour will take in highlights like the former Presidential Palace, the Historical Museum and the Notre Dame Cathedral. The afternoon is free to spend at your leisure.
Watter Puppet Show
In the evening you will enjoy a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet Show followed by dinner in a local restaurant.
Chu Chi Tunnel Tour
Today you will embark on a tour where you will discover the Chu Chi network of underground tunnels which were the location of many of the Viet Cong’s military campaigns during the Vietnam War. The tunnels were used as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and living quarters for the Vietnamese fighters.
For those preferring to remain above ground, there is ample opportunity to view excavated areas from above.
The afternoon is free to spend at your leisure and dinner is included at your hotel.
Embark on your River Cruise
After check-out you will be transferred to My Tho to board your full-board Mekong River Cruise, where you will spend the next 7 nights. On your cruise you will travel north into Cambodia and enjoy shore excursions and on-board entertainment including Thai Chi classes, Cambodian dance lessons and cooking demonstrations.
There will be welcome drinks served on board as well as evening dinner.
Today you will visit one of the floating markets on the Mekong in Cai Be. Here you will see how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made as well as the Longan fruit drying process. In the afternoon the ship will cruise to Sa Dec and board a traditional sampan for a guided tour of Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals.There will be time to shop and enjoy the magnificent scenery before travelling on to Tan Chau. Please note that cruising to Tan Chau is dependent on water condition.
After crossing the border into Cambodia you will visit a local fish farm consisting of floating houses and then visit a local market. Afterwards you will travel on towards Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh City Tour
After breakfast you will disembark in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh where you will enjoy a city tour. You will visit the Royal Palace, The Silver Pagoda and the Khmer Craft at the national museum.
After lunch at a local restaurant you will visit the Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields, which tell the story of Cambodia’s horrific past under the Khmer Rouge. In the evening you will return to the sun deck for cocktails and Apsara Dance entertainment before docking overnight in Phnom Penh.
After a morning departure from Phnom Penh you will visit a little-known silk weaving village called Chong Koh. There will also be a stop at Angor Ban where you can take part in the daily activities of the villagers to experience first-hand the lives of the Cambodians along the Mekong. Please note that during low water season Day 9, Day 10 and Day 11 will occur in a different order.
Today you will visit the magnificent temple of Wat Hanchey which you can choose to reach by motor taxi or by climbing the 291 steps to the top. When you return to the ship you will witness a blessing ceremony performed by the monks. There will be time today to swim in the Mekong if you wish before your overnight cruise to Kampong Chhnang. Please note that during low water season Day 9, Day 10 and Day 11 will occur in a different order.
After breakfast you will head off on a motorboat excursion to the wetlands of Kampong Chhnang, which is dotted with floating houses and fish farms. From here you will visit the Aundaung Russey Village where you will see some Khmer-styled pottery.
In the evening you will enjoy some Cambodian dance classes back on board your cruise.
Please note that during low water season Day 9, Day 10 and Day 11 will occur in a different order. During low water season, you will overnight in Kampong Cham.
At dawn you will cross the Tonle Lake and then disembark your cruise at Siem Reap port. Here you will transfer to your 5 star hotel where you will be based for the final 2 nights of your stay.
In the evening you will enjoy a buffet dinner and entertainment.
Please note that during low water season you will disembark the river cruise at Kampong Cham before transferring to your hotel in Siem Reap (approximate distance 255 kms)
Angkor Temple Tour
Today you will explore the Angkor Temples of Cambodia. The first tour is to Angkor Thom and then you will travel on to Ta Prohm.
After lunch in the Sugar Palm Restaurant you will visit the most famous of them all and the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat. The temple was first a Hindu, then a Buddhist shrine and is the top attraction in Cambodia. You will see the sunset over this beautiful site before returning to your hotel.
You will have a full day at leisure in Siem Reap to relax or pick up some last minute souvenirs before being transferred to the airport with guide assistance for your flight home.