Cruise the Mekong River for 7 nights.
Enjoy the experience of a 13 day trip through Vietnam and Cambodia including a 7 night cruise along the amazing Mekong River. Visit World-Heritage listed Angkor Archaeological Park and the bustling cities of Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh.
13 Day Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
- Tour code: VEM13
- Duration: 13 Days
- Departure City: Siem Reap
- Return City: Ho Chi Minh City
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|15 Feb 2019||28 Feb 2019||$6,447||get quote|
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Day By Day
Day 1 Arrive Siem Reap
Touching down in the bustling northwest province of Siem Reap, you’ll be met by an APT representative and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the exciting city centre. Near the business and entertainment districts, a stay at the Hotel Sofitel Angkor is the perfect introduction to Cambodia. Once you’ve settled in and freshened up, you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 2 Siem Reap
Meet your tour director and fellow travellers this morning at your welcome briefing and then head to Angkor Archaeological Park to visit the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, and the 12th-century temple of Bayon. This afternoon, you’ll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site famous for its bewildering intertwined trees. Later, visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a traditional Apsara dance performance.
Day 3 Siem Reap
After your early morning Signature Experience at Angkor Wat, enjoy a guided tour of the impressive temple, the best-preserved temple of Angkor and said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some time at leisure. This afternoon choose from a range of touring and dining options.
Day 4 Siem Reap, Embark Ship, Prek K’dam
Transfer to Prek K’dam to embark 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.
Day 5 Kampong Chhnang, Koh Chen
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. Here, watch out for water birds and traditional fishing traps near the riverbank. Afterwards visit the village of Koh Chen for a walk to visit the fine copperware workshops. Watch the craftsmanship and learn about the process.
Day 6 Oudong, Kampong Tralach, Phnom Penh
Take a coach to Oudong, the fascinating royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. Calling in on a local monastery, you are met by Buddhist monks before receiving a special blessing from them – an unforgettable experience. Afterwards, 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. Later arrive in Phnom Penh.
Day 7 Phnom Penh
After breakfast on board, disembark and join your chosen activity.
Day 8 Phnom Penh, Border Crossing
Enjoy your morning on board at leisure, as you cruise towards the Vietnamese border. This afternoon, you might like to take in a fruit-carving demonstration by one of the ship’s chefs while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Vietnam. Alternatively, sit back and watch daily life unfold on the riverbanks - gliding between the two countries can be a distinct experience in itself - before enjoying dinner later this evening. After entering Vietnam, your ship will continue to cruise overnight towards Tan Chau.
Day 9 Tan Chau, Evergreen Island
Transfer 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 and observe rural Mekong life.
Day 10 Sa Dec, Cai Be
The morning takes you towards the quaint town of Sa Dec as your ship cruises past scenes of charming rural life. 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. This afternoon you continue to Cai Be. 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. Afterwards, you’ll visit a rice paper manufacturer and learn about how this traditional Vietnamese food is made.
Day 11 Disembark, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels
Disembark at My Tho Port and be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City. Once a bustling French colonial city previously known as Saigon, today Ho Chi Minh City offers a myriad of attractions that display both its rich culture and fascinating history. Your first day in Ho Chi Minh City offers you the chance to choose from two Signature Experiences, during which you’ll learn about Vietnam’s recent past.
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy the day with a Freedom of Choice activity before indulging in a special Signature Experience this evening.
Day 13 Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy breakfast and a free morning in which to explore those final corners of Ho Chi Minh City. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.