Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

  • 15 Days

  • Cambodia

Start in Siem Reap with a visit to the spectacular Angkor temple complex, including the spectacular Angkor Wat. Then, start your cruise on the Mekong River with a visit to a colourful local market and a sampan builder. In Phnom Penh, take a tour of the city by private cyclo with visits to the National Museum and the Royal Palace with its stunning Silver Pagoda. Finish your holiday in bustling Ho Chi Minh City with a walking tour of the city’s landmarks, a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class and a trip down the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a cruise director
Accommodation
Selected meals
All inclusive drinks on cruise
Excursions
Gratuities on cruise
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

of 15 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 1st October 2017

Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

Overview

Note: During low water conditions we may not be able to cruise up river to Tonle Sap. Low water levels vary each year, depending on rainfall, but are generally between mid-December and June. Our ability to cruise to Tonle Sap will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

At a glance

Temples of Angkor Visit the majestic Angkor Wat and vine-covered Ta Prohm.
Phnom Penh See the Royal Palace with the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum on a private cyclo sightseeing tour.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Explore the imposing Reunification Palace left as it was on the day Saigon fell to the north.

Extensions

• 3 nights hotel stay in Bangkok

or

• 3 nights hotel stay in Luang Probang

or

• 3 nights stay in Hanoi & Halong Bay

 

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Siem Reap

Depart the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Siem Reap

Welcome to Siem Reap, your base during your visit to Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth.

NOTE: Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Siem Reap

This 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Siem Reap

Today, continue your sightseeing of the Angkor temples by tuk-tuk. Start at Angoer 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' Angor, a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this charming town.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

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 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.

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Kampong Tralach – Konpong Louang – Phnom Penh

Today, 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 (a three wheeled taxi) includes visits to the Royal Palace with the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Phnom Penh

Sightseeing this morning provides a glimpse of the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit the Tuol Slenf 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 Fiewlds, 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Wat Hanchey – Angkor Ban

This 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Vietnam Border Crossing - Chau Doc

Cross 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 around 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Cu Lao Gieng

This 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Ben Tre

This 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 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

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 Caravelle Hotel for a refreshing drink at the popular roof top bar where the U.S. Military held the infamous 'Five O’Clock Follies'. 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 Vietmanese 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Ho Chi Minh City

This 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 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Ho Chi Minh City - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Arrive in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Note: During low water conditions we may not be able to cruise upriver to Tonle Sap. Low water levels vary each year, depending on rainfall, but are generally between mid-December and June. Our ability to cruise to Tonle Sap will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

Your ship

Avalon Siem Reap

The all-suite Avalon Siem Reap has been designed to provide a luxurious and intimate experience for just 36 guests and give you the chance to experience life along the Mekong. Built by local craftsmen, the ship has modern features yet still retains and reflects the charms of Vietnam and Cambodia. Avalon Siem Reap also delivers a refreshing outdoor experience, with all suites opening to the outside and two comfortable lounges offering unrivalled panoramic views. From the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge to the open-air observation lounge, there is plenty of seating and spots to relax. Plus, our lounges are located at the front of the ship, so no matter where you sit you'll always have a great view.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Classic
  • Class: Suite
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 24
  • Number of cabins: 18
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 36 passengers
  • Main language on board: en-GB
  • Currency on board: USD
  • Number of decks: 2
  • Gross tonnage: 1000
  • Length (m): 59.4
  • Speed in knots: 9
  • Launch year: 2015
Available cabins on this cruise
Stateroom Cat A & B

All Staterooms are furnished with hotel beds- either “Comfort Collection” two twin beds or one king size bed, along with deluxe bedding consisting of a premium mattress, deluxe Egyptian cotton linens, duvets and woollen blankets, and soft/firm pillows. Guests are also provided with terry bathrobes, slippers, 3-door closet with shelves, under beds storage space, bedside tables with lamps, individual climate control, and 220V voltage outlets.

Each of the staterooms has a large full bathroom (WC/sink) with separate glass-door shower, hair dryer, premium bath amenities, seating area, mini-bar/fridge, writing desk/vanity with a chair, alarm clock, safe, complimentary bottled water- this is supplied daily and also on all land tours and excursion.

Guests are given complimentary Wi-Fi in their Staterooms as well as complimentary laundry service, room service and a nightly turndown service.

Details

  • 245 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

Specifically designed to offer the best river cruise experience on the Mekong River.

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