Cruise on the boutique river ship RV AmaLotus.
Enjoy the amazing experience of cruising the Mekong River for 7 nights, and 2 nights spent in magical Ha Long Bay. Visit remote local communities, where you’ll gain a deeper insight into the local cultures, their customs and their ways of life.
21 Day Best of Vietnam and Cambodia - Ho Chi Minh Return to Ho Chi Minh Return
- Tour code: VEM21
- Duration: 21 Days
- Departure City: Ho Chi Minh Return
- Return City: Ho Chi Minh Return
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Day By Day
Day 1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Today you’ll arrive in bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel then enjoy the rest of the day to explore this fascinating city at your leisure. Ho Chi Minh City pulses with a vibrant energy that is intoxicating for visitors. Get swept up in the hustle and bustle as you discover its gorgeous French colonial architecture and wide leafy boulevards. Perhaps explore the warren of back alleys, lined with food stalls and vendors offering an array of tantalising local dishes. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels
After breakfast this morning, you are able to choose from two Signature Experiences. Later tonight, enjoy a special Signature Experience dinner.
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hoi An
Spend your final morning in Ho Chi Minh City enjoying your selected sightseeing activity. After, board your included flight to Da Nang and, on arrival take a scenic coach ride to the city of Hoi An on the country’s east coast. Arrive at your five-star hotel situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River, where you will enjoy three relaxing nights amid Art Nouveau-inspired surrounds.
Day 4 Hoi An
It’s time to explore this delightful seaside town as you set out on your selected sightseeing activity. Afterwards, a free afternoon gives you the chance to explore more of Hoi An. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.
Day 5 Hoi An
You can experience the true personality of a city at its markets, and Hoi An is no exception. Celebrate Hoi An with a special culinary Signature Experience today.
Day 6 Hoi An, Hue
Travel past the Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located south of Da Nang. Cross the Hai Van Pass, one of the country’s most scenic hillside roads, on your way to Hue. Enjoy lunch in a garden restaurant before visiting Hue’s Imperial Citadel and the tallest pagoda in Vietnam, the historic Thien Mu Pagoda. For dinner, enjoy an Emperor Feast unique to this region featuring royal Vietnamese cuisine.
Day 7 Hue, Hanoi
Transfer to the airport for your flight from Hue to Hanoi. Settle in with an afternoon at leisure before dinner in the hotel this evening.
Day 8 Hanoi
This morning a tour of Hanoi will take you to the city’s most famous historical and cultural sites. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square and The Temple of Literature. You’ll also take in the sights during a cyclo ride. Spend the afternoon with a range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing and Dining options.
Day 9 Hanoi, Ha Long Bay
Enjoy lunch on board as you traverse through the stunning scenery of Ha Long Bay and later, tour the World Heritage-listed Sung Sot Cave with its thousands of beautiful stalactites. Relax during dinner, and perhaps listen to some live onboard music at Le Piano Bar.
Day 10 Ha Long Bay
Perhaps enjoy Tai Chi on the sun deck this morning. After breakfast, your ship will sail towards Ti Top Island and Tung Sau Pearl Farm, a region dedicated to growing the precious gem. Enjoy a traditional lunch on board before visiting Cua Van Floating Village by bamboo boat or kayak. Upon retiring to Paradise Elegance for the evening, relax and enjoy dinner.
Day 11 Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Siem Reap
This morning, cruise beside Thien Cung and Dau Go Caves, and the Fighting Cock Islet. After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Siem Reap.
Day 12 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 13 Siem Reap
After your early morning Signature Experience at Angkor Wat, embark on a guided tour of the temple and admire the ancient structures in the soft morning light, before breakfast back at your hotel. This afternoon, you’ll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, with its stunning ruins, then visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged local children.
Day 14 Siem Reap, Prek K’dam, Embark Ship
Transfer to Prek K’dam to board your ship for your eight-day luxury Mekong River cruise. Tonight, dine on an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner.
Day 15 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 16 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 17 Phnom Penh
Enjoy your Freedom of Choice activity today.
Day 18 Phnom Penh, Border Crossing
Relax on board as you cruise towards the Vietnamese border. You might like to attend a fruit-carving demonstration while border crossing formalities are carried out.
Day 19 Tan Chau, Evergreen Island
Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau. You’ll cruise past a floating fishing farm, then disembark for a rickshaw tour. Later, visit an evergreen island and see authentic rural Mekong life.
Day 20 Sa Dec, Cai Be
In the quaint town of Sa Dec, enjoy a small-boat ride past floating markets, then disembark to visit a Cao Dai temple. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, ‘The Lover’. Then continue on to Cai Be. Step ashore to see its French Gothic cathedral, then explore its port area and delight in its colonial buildings and flower gardens. You’ll also visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made.
Day 21 My Tho, Disembark Ship, Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Disembark the ship at My Tho and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City for your onward flight.