Two night cruise in magical Ha Long Bay.
Imagine experiencing both Ha Long Bay and the Mekong River in one fantastic adventure through Vietnam and Cambodia. Experience dramatic landscapes, cheerful locals, delicious cuisine and fascinating history over 17 days.
17 Day Vietnam and Cambodia Discovery - Hanoi to Siem Reap
- Tour code: VEMR17
- Duration: 17 Days
- Departure City: Hanoi
- Return City: Siem Reap
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Day By Day
Day 1 Arrive Hanoi
On arrival in Hanoi, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the city. Later this evening, you’ll get to know your fellow travellers and your local guide during a Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 Hanoi
A guided tour of Hanoi will take you to the city’s most famous historical and cultural sites today. Then, explore more of this vibrant city on your selected Freedom of Choice activity.
Day 3 Hanoi, Ha Long Bay
Farewell Hanoi as you travel by coach to Ha Long and embark on your three-day cruise on the World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Relax on board during dinner this evening.
Day 4 Ha Long Bay
Perhaps enjoy Tai Chi on the sun deck during a leisurely morning spent cruising the bay. 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 5 Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
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 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels
Today choose from two Signature Experiences before enjoying a special Signature Experience dinner.
Day 7 Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Embark Ship
Choose from our range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activities today. This afternoon transfer to My Tho to embark your ship.
Day 8 Cai Be, Sa Dec
A local boat will take you to the beautiful river-land town of Cai Be today. 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. The morning then takes you onwards to a rice paper manufacturer where you’ll see how Vietnamese rice paper is made. Lunch will be served back on board later as your ship cruises past scenes of charming rural life towards the quaint town of Sa Dec. This delightfully sleepy locale is where iconic 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.
Day 9 Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border Crossing, Phnom Penh
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 as you cross the border into Cambodia and cruise towards Phnom Penh.
Day 10 Phnom Penh
Perhaps rise early to take in Phnom Penh’s river promenade as your ship nears the capital. After breakfast on board, disembark and join your chosen activity.
Day 11 Phnom Penh, Koh Chen
Enjoy a free morning in Phnom Penh. Later in the day, your ship will cruise to remote Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silverware and copperware. Here you’ll visit some of the home-workshops that manufacture handmade copper souvenirs.
Day 12 Oudong, Kampong Tralach
This morning take a coach to Oudong, the fascinating royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, you’ll call in at a monastery where local monks will provide you with a Buddhist blessing experience. Afterwards, continue to the interesting 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 luxury river ship.
Day 13 Kampong Chhnang
Board a small boat and head to the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Known as the ‘Clay Pot Port’, the local people craft pottery under their stilt homes on the river. Afterwards, you’ll return to your ship and cast off towards Prek K’dam, enjoying a Farewell Dinner.
Day 14 Prek K’dam, Disembark Ship, Siem Reap
Disembark at Prek K’dam and transfer to your hotel. Then, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit Angkor Thom and the 12th-century temple, Bayon.
Day 15 Siem Reap
After your Signature Experience this morning, enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Angkor Wat, 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, 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.
Day 16 Siem Reap
Embark on your selected sightseeing activity. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps step out to explore the city independently. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance before a memorable Farewell Dinner.
Day 17 Depart Siem Reap
Transfer to the airport this morning for your onward flight.