Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

Offer

Price per person
from £4,176

Price based on
London Heathrow
12th Aug 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book any 2018 worldwide tour or cruise and pay just £99 deposit per person when you book before 28 February. 

More details
  • 15 days

  • Vietnam

  • River cruise

Begin in bustling Ho Chi Minh City with a walking tour of the city’s landmarks, a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class and a trip down the Cu Chi Tunnels. Then, start your cruise on the Mekong River with a visit to a colourful local market and a sampan builder. In Phnom Penh, take a tour of the city by private cyclo, with visits to the National Museum and the Royal Palace with its stunning Silver Pagoda. Visit the iconic Angkor temple complex near Siem Reap, including the spectacular Angkor Wat and the mesmerizing faces of Bayon.

At a glance


Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Explore the imposing Reunification Palace left as it was on the day Saigon fell to the north.
Phnom Penh See the Royal Palace with the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum on a private cyclo sightseeing tour.
Temples of Angkor Visit the majestic Angkor Wat and vine-covered Ta Prohm.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All inclusive drinks on cruise
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Note: During low water conditions we may not be able to cruise up river to Tonle Sap. Low water levels vary each year, depending on rainfall, but are generally between mid-December and June. Our ability to cruise to Tonle Sap will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners

UK - Ho Chi Minh City

Day
1

Depart the UK.

No meals included

Ho Chi Minh City

Day
2

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

No meals included

Ho Chi Minh City

Day
3

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the city's famous and historic landmarks as you stroll through the heart of the city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) past Ho Chi Minh Square, the Municipal Theatre, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing drink at the popular rooftop bar where the U.S. Military held the infamous 'Five O'Clock Follies' during the war. Next, visit the War Remnants Museum followed by Ben Thanh market, the largest and oldest in the city. For lunch, participate in a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class. Head into the classroom and learn how to prepare different local dishes and the techniques necessary to recreate them once you return home. Later sample your delicious creations. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this lively city. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ho Chi Minh City

Day
4

This morning, leave the city and drive through vast expanses of rice paddies to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. Learn about how the tunnels were constructed and you will have a chance to walk through a section to experience what life would have been like underground. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Maybe stop at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation)

Day
5

This morning, transfer to the port on the Saigon River and board your river cruise vessel to start your cruise up the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vinh Long - Cu Lao Gieng

Day
6

This morning, board a sampan for a scenic cruise to Vinh Long. Upon arrival, visit a local workshop to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. Other surprises await for those who are brave. After lunch on the ship, enjoy scenes of daily life along the river near Cu Lao Gieng via sampan. Stop at a local home where a skilled family works together to hand-craft sampans for a living. Then, ride a specially designed motor cart to one of Vietnam's oldest churches.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Chau Doc - Cambodian Border Crossing

Day
7

After breakfast walk through the local market and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat and local produce. Later enjoy a sampan cruise down the backwaters of the Mekong to the religious sites at the base of Sam Mountain.. Along the way see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, markets selling dried goods and more. After lunch a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khong A, where cotton weaving is a well preserved tradition. Return to the ship and head for the Cambodian border.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Phnom Penh

Day
8

The capital city of Phnom Penh retains its French charm to this day. This morning, your sightseeing tour by private cyclo (a three wheeled bicycle taxi) includes visits to the Royal Palace with the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the city. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will put on a show featuring local song and dance.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Phnom Penh

Day
9

Sightseeing this morning provides a glimpse of the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school that housed over 17,000 prisoners. Of this number, it is believed that fewer than 15 survived the torture and avoided being sent to the Killing Fields. You will also visit one of the Killing Fields, where over 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. After lunch, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy some time at leisure on the ship.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Wat Hanchey - Angkor Ban

Day
10

This morning, visit Wat Hanchey, a temple dating back to the 8th century and the Chenla Empire. Located on a hilltop, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a traditional Water Blessing given by local monks. After lunch, enjoy a walking tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here you will see traditional Khmer houses and visit a local school.

NOTE: The climb to Wat Hanchey features a steep incline. If you feel you are unable to make the climb, you will be driven to the top by car.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Konpong Louang - Kampong Tralach

Day
11

Today, start your sightseeing at the silversmith village of Konpong Louang. See talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Continue on to Kampong Tralach for an ox cart ride past rice paddy fields and the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, cruise up the Tonle River to Tonle Sap (Great Lake). After the rainy season, this massive body of water can cover around 10,000 square miles and is the perfect breeding ground for fish, which play a vital role in providing food for people living on the lake.

NOTE: During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise up the Tonle River to Tonle Sap. Low water conditions vary from year to year, depending on rainfall so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Siem Reap (Disembarkation)

Day
12

This morning, arrive in Siem Reap and start your sightseeing of the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples were built around the Khmer interpretations of Indian religious and political beliefs that ultimately evolved from Hinduism to Buddhism. The complex architectural grandeur of the Angkor temples is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. First, visit the best preserved and most famous of all the temples; Angkor Wat, honouring the Hindu god Vishnu. Featuring five trademark towers and stunning bas relief, it has become a symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit Banteay Srei, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Unlike other temples, it is built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. This evening is at leisure to explore charming Siem Reap, or stay to witness sunset at Angkor Wat.

NOTE: During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise across Tonle Sap to Siem Reap. In these cases, we will fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and sightseeing will begin in the afternoon. No included sightseeing will be missed. Low water conditions vary from year to year so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Siem Reap

Day
13

Today, continue your sightseeing of the Angkor temples by tuk-tuk. Start at Angkor Thom where you will explore Bayon Temple. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas reliefs. Next stop is Ta Prohm, which, unlike the other temples, has been left relatively untouched. Tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it. Lastly, stop at Les Artisans D'Angkor, a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a Private Aspara Dance performance, where the ancient Khmer culture is brought to life by talented dancers, singers, and musicians.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Siem Reap

Day
14

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive in the UK

Day
15

No meals included

Things to note

Note: During low water conditions we may not be able to cruise upriver to Tonle Sap. Low water levels vary each year, depending on rainfall, but are generally between mid-December and June. Our ability to cruise to Tonle Sap will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


• 3 nights hotel stay in Bangkok

or

• 3 nights hotel stay in Luang Probang

or

• 3 nights stay in Hanoi & Halong Bay

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Avalon Saigon

With its colonial charm and modern features, Avalon Saigon is specifically designed to offer the best cruise experience on the Mekong River, and is one of only two ships cruising from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap and vice versa. Accommodating up to 36 passengers, the ship is built as long and wide as other ships that carry twice as many guests, so the public spaces never feel congested. From the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge to the open-air observation lounge, there are plenty of places to relax, and with lounges located at the front of the ship, you’ll always have a great view.

Amenities

  • Smoking

Cabins on this ship

All Staterooms are furnished with hotel beds- either “Comfort Collection” two twin beds or one king size bed, along with deluxe bedding consisting of a premium mattress, deluxe Egyptian cotton linens, duvets and woollen blankets, and soft/firm pillows. Guests are also provided with terry bathrobes, slippers, 3-door closet with shelves, under beds storage space, bedside tables with lamps, individual climate control, and 220V voltage outlets.

Each of the staterooms has a large full bathroom (WC/sink) with separate glass-door shower, hair dryer, premium bath amenities, seating area, mini-bar/fridge, writing desk/vanity with a chair, alarm clock, safe, complimentary bottled water- this is supplied daily and also on all land tours and excursion.

Guests are given complimentary Wi-Fi in their Staterooms as well as complimentary laundry service, room service and a nightly turndown service.

Details

  • 245 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life on board

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Open Air Observation Lounge
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Bar
  • Reception
  • Spa Treatment Room
  • Dining Room
  • Galley
  • Staterooms (Cat A)

Deck 2

  • Navigation Bridge
  • Gym
  • Staterooms (Cat B)

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