Favours of Asia with celebrity chef Luke Nguyen.
APT Ambassador and celebrity chef Luke Nguyen joins you in Vietnam to share his inspiration for Asian cuisine on tours and special dining experiences. Before continuing on an unforgettable Mekong River cruise to explore Cambodia’s iconic sights.
14 Day Luke Nguyen's Vietnam and Mekong River Cruise - Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap
- Tour code: VEMRLN14
- Duration: 14 Days
- Departure City: Ho Chi Minh
- Return City: Siem Reap
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Day By Day
Day 1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) today, you’ll be met and transferred to your luxury hotel to begin your exciting journey.
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City
On your first full day in Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a range of special Luke Nguyen Signature Experiences.
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels
Today you are able to select one of two fascinating Signature Experiences.
Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Embark Ship
Today you are able to explore this exciting Vietnamese city on one of our Freedom of Choice activities. Later, transfer to My Tho to embark your luxury river ship.
Day 5 Cai Be, Sa Dec
A local boat will take you to the river-land town of Cai Be today. Once here, you’ll step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral as well as the colourful port area, which is filled with colonial buildings and delightful flower gardens. Afterwards, visit a rice paper manufacturer then enjoy lunch back on board as your ship cruises towards the quaint town of Sa Dec. This 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 Duras’ best-selling novel, ‘The Lover’. Later, visit a colourful Cao Dai temple, watching visitors and pilgrims come and go as they worship and appreciate the artistry of the building.
Day 6 Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border Crossing
After a breakfast on your ship, disembark and transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau. Cruise past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour. 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 as you observe traditional rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is then spent on board. Enjoy a delicious dinner later this evening. After entering Cambodia, your ship will continue to cruise overnight towards the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
Day 7 Phnom Penh
Perhaps rise early to take in Phnom Penh’s river promenade as your ship nears the capital. After breakfast, disembark in Phnom Penh and embark on your chosen activity.
Day 8 Phnom Penh, Koh Chen
With some free time at hand, perhaps you’ll enjoy a late breakfast and a restful morning on board. Or, you can set out to discover the city’s many attractions independently. Later, your cruise continues, this time to remote Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silverware and copperware. On arrival here, you’ll visit some of the home workshops that manufacture fine handmade silverware and copperware. You will also have the chance to purchase a handicraft memento of your journey. Return to your ship for a relaxing afternoon before dinner.
Day 9 Oudong, Kampong Tralach
Disembark and travel by coach to Oudong, the fascinating royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, visit the monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience. Continue to Kampong Tralach for a visit to Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu pagoda before an ox cart takes you through rice fields and a small village to rejoin your ship and continue your journey.
Day 10 Kampong Chhnang
Enjoy an authentic glimpse into the local way of life today with a small boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Afterwards, you’ll return to your ship and cruise towards Prek K’dam. This evening, reflect on the days that have just gone by as you enjoy your last night on board your ship and indulge in a Farewell Dinner with your fellow guests. Take some time to relax and prepare for the next portion of your exciting journey.
Day 11 Prek K’dam, Disembark Ship, Siem Reap
Farewell your crew in Prek K’dam this morning and transfer to your luxurious hotel in Siem Reap. Here, 8 Day (VEMR08) guests depart the tour. After settling in, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Visit the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, where you’ll see the 12th-century temple, Bayon.
Day 12 Siem Reap
After a Signature Experience early this morning, enjoy a guided tour of this impressive temple, the best-preserved temple of Angkor and said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Afterwards, 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. A free evening in the city then gives you the chance to step out and explore the local dining scene at your leisure. Your APT Tour Director can point you in the direction of some fantastic restaurants for dinner.
Day 13 Siem Reap
Embark on your selected sightseeing activity. With the afternoon at leisure, you might like to step out to explore the city independently. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance before a Farewell Dinner.
Day 14 Depart Siem Reap
Your journey comes to an end this morning as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.