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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|02 Aug 2019||15 Aug 2019||no availability|
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|30 Aug 2019||12 Sep 2019||no availability|
|13 Sep 2019||26 Sep 2019||$6,544||get quote|
|27 Sep 2019||10 Oct 2019||$6,640||get quote|
|11 Oct 2019||24 Oct 2019||$6,640||get quote|
|25 Oct 2019||07 Nov 2019||$6,640||get quote|
|08 Nov 2019||21 Nov 2019||$6,640||get quote|
|22 Nov 2019||05 Dec 2019||$6,640||get quote|
|06 Dec 2019||19 Dec 2019||$6,447||get quote|
|17 Jan 2020||30 Jan 2020||$6,544||get quote|
|31 Jan 2020||13 Feb 2020||$6,640||get quote|
|14 Feb 2020||27 Feb 2020||$6,640||get quote|
|28 Feb 2020||12 Mar 2020||$6,640||get quote|
|13 Mar 2020||26 Mar 2020||$6,640||get quote|
|27 Mar 2020||09 Apr 2020||$6,640||get quote|
|10 Apr 2020||23 Apr 2020||$6,640||get quote|
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 a Welcome Dinner and a traditional Apsara dance, a performance once reserved for the royal family’s entertainment.
Day 3 Siem Reap
After a 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. Tonight, enjoy a choice of restaurants for dinner.
Day 4 Kampong Cham, Embark Ship, Koh Pen
Bid farewell to Siem Reap and journey through remote Cambodian villages to Kampong Cham. Here, embark the RV AmaLotus, your home for the next seven nights. Following lunch on board, jump in a tuk tuk and explore the island of Koh Pen. Travelling through shaded lanes, keep an eye out for wooden stilted houses tucked among palm and sandalwood trees. You can see a varying range of crops growing depending on the season, including tobacco, betel nuts, watermelons or coconuts and many more tropical fruits. Tonight, an exclusive Luke Nguyen welcome dinner awaits, showcasing the diverse flavours from the region of the celebrity chef’s heritage.
Day 5 Angkor Ban, Oknha Tey
Take a walking discovery of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here, people still live in their traditional wooden abodes and keep ancient cultural traditions alive. Later, your ship glides along the lush banks of the Mekong to Oknha Tey, renowned for its silk weaving traditions. Here, gain an insight into the traditional silk weaving process that has been preserved for centuries. Afterwards, return to your river ship, where you’ll relax and unwind before delicious onboard dining tonight.
Day 6 Phnom Penh, Oudong, Koh Chen
Disembark in Phnom Penh and discover Oudong, a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, be treated to a Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery. On the way back to your ship, take a leisurely stroll through the village Koh Chen and perhaps visit some home workshops that manufacture copperware. You also have the option to ride an ox cart, where you’ll meet your ship in Kampong Tralach. The afternoon is yours to explore Phnom Penh as you wish. Tonight before dinner, be treated to a special Khmer folk performance.
Day 7 Phnom Penh
This morning presents a wealth of included sightseeing choices. Experience some of Cambodia’s sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields. Afterwards, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Otherwise, discover Phnom Penh on a tuk tuk ride past the railway station and the city’s namesake, Wat Phnom. You will also stop to haggle for a bargain at the Central Market. History buffs can embark on a visit to the National Museum or explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. After lunch back on board, the afternoon is yours at leisure to further explore.
Day 8 Phnom Penh, Border Crossing
Your morning in Phnom Penh is free for exploration or relaxation. 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 as you cross into Vietnam. After entering Vietnam, your ship will continue cruising 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. On board your rickshaw, you’ll glide past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals who are always eager to say hello. Disembarking your rickshaw, you’ll pay a visit to a local silk and rattan weaving workshop. Watch as the materials are strung together skilfully, resulting in a number of beautiful and traditional items. Later, step back in time during a visit to 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. Perhaps take a moment to unwind in the spa, or enjoy watching the scenery float past as you lounge on the Sun Deck. This evening, a delicious dinner is served on board.
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 Cruise, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels
Disembark at My Tho Port and continue to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). 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. Retire at the Park Hyatt Saigon after.
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City
Choose from our extensive range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activities today. In the evening, indulge in a final Signature Experience.
Day 13 Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy breakfast and a free morning in Ho Chi Minh City. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.