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8 Day Luxury Mekong River Cruise

APT River Cruise starting in Siem Reap and finishing in Ho Chi Minh City

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 8 Day Luxury Mekong River Cruise. From dazzling royal palaces to traditional villages, floating markets & famed cuisine, this unforgettable Mekong River cruise showcases the many delights of Vietnam & Cambodia, two vibrant countries with ever-friendly locals at their hea...read more

Overview

Operator: APT
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 8 Days
From: Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Code: VEM08
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Vietnam, Cambodia
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$ 3,179
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Siem Reap, Embark Cruise at Prek K'dam

On arrival in Siem Reap, you'll be met and transferred to Prek K'dam to embark your river ship for your eight-day Mekong River cruise. Tonight, get to know your fellow passengers as you enjoy an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner on board. Featuring a fusion of exciting Vietnamese and Western flavours, presented with Luke Nguyen's culinary finesse, this contemporary menu is the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of your cruise. After dinner, perhaps wind down in the lounge with a nightcap. Stay Seven Nights: Mekong River, APT's luxurious RV AmaLotus (L/D)
2

Kampong Chhnang, Koh Chen.

Charting a course north-west from Prek K'dam, your ship will arrive in Kampong Chhnang. Here, board a small boat to explore the wetlands near the village, watching for water birds and traditional fishing traps close to the riverbank. Meet back at your ship and continue sailing to the small village of Koh Chen, which specialises in the production of fine silverware and copperware. (B/L/D)
3

Prek K'dam, Oudong, Kampong Tralach, Phnom Penh

From Prek K'dam, take a coach to the town of Oudong, which was the royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. While you are here, visit the monastery and perhaps take part in a Buddhist blessing experience. Rejoin the ship later as you continue sailing towards Kampong Tralach. Visit the Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu pagoda, then enjoy an ox cart ride through the countryside, passing rice fields and smiling locals on the way back to your ship. Later, you may like to head to the Sun Deck to take in Phnom Penh's glorious river promenade as your ship nears the centre of the bustling capital. After dinner, take advantage of your free evening and head out to explore the Cambodian capital by night. (B/L/D)
4

Phnom Penh

Your discovery of Phnom Penh begins with the chance to select from our range of Freedom of Choice activities. Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the dazzling white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, which is located on the south side of the palace complex and houses many national treasures. Alternatively, you may wish to discover some of Cambodia's sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge's notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Here, you'll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime in the mid-to-late 1970s.

Your other options are a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia or a guided city tour in a tuk tuk which is an exciting way to take in a range of city sights, including the Independence Monument and Wat Phnom, a sacred Buddhist pagoda. The evening has been left free for you to discover the city at your own pace. (B/L/D)

5

Phnom Penh, Border Crossing

Relax and enjoy the facilities on board your ship as you cruise towards the Vietnamese border. Perhaps take a dip in the pool and watch as rice fields and pagodas drift past, or take in the riverside sights from your private balcony or the lounge. This afternoon, you might like to attend a fruit-carving demonstration while the border crossing formalities are carried out. Later, arrive in the Vietnamese town of Tan Chau where your ship will dock for the evening. (B/L/D)
6

Tan Chau, Evergreen Island

Transfer to a small boat for a leisurely 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 as you get a rare glimpse into authentic rural life along the Mekong River. (B/L/D)
7

Sa Dec, Cai Be

Arrive in Sa Dec this morning. 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' bestselling novel, The Lover. Later, pay a visit to a traditional Cao Dai temple, watching visitors and pilgrims come and go as they worship and appreciate the artistry of the building. Then continue on to the town of Cai Be. Step ashore to see its French Gothic cathedral, then explore its colourful port area and delight in its colonial buildings and flower gardens. You'll also visit a rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made by hand. (B/L/D)
8

Disembark Cruise, Depart Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Disembark the ship at My Tho Port and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City for your onward flight. (B)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Siem Reap, Prek K’dam, Embark Ship

On arrival in Siem Reap, you’ll be met and transferred to Prek K’dam to embark your river ship for your eight-day Mekong River cruise. Settle in to your suite before an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner showcasing the diverse flavours from the region of Luke’s heritage. Stay Seven Nights: Cruise the Mekong River aboard APT’s RV AmaLotus (L/D)
2

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 - a delight to watch. Here, watch out for water birds and traditional fishing traps near the riverbank. Back on your ship, continue sailing to the village of Koh Chen for a walk to visit the fine silverware and copperware workshops. (B/L/D)
3

Oudong, Kampong Tralach, Phnom Penh

Take a coach to Oudong, the fascinating royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, you’ll have a truly unique experience. Calling in on a local monastery, we are met by Buddhist monks before receiving a special blessing from them. 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 this evening, you arrive in Cambodia’s buzzing capital, Phnom Penh. (B/L/D)
4

Phnom Penh

After breakfast on board, disembark and join your chosen activity. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the dazzling white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, which is located on the south side of the palace complex and houses many national treasures. Alternatively, you may wish to discover 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). Here, you’ll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in the mid-to-late 1970s. Your other options are a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia, or a guided city tour in a tuk tuk providing an exciting way in which to take in a range of city sights, including the Independence Monument and Wat Phnom.
5

Phnom Penh, Border Crossing

With a free morning in Phnom Penh, you may like to enjoy a restful start to the day and stay aboard your ship. Or, perhaps make use of your time in this dazzling city and head out on your own to discover the sights and attractions that you have not yet covered. Your APT Cruise Director will be happy to provide inspiration should you need it. 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 and you cross into Vietnam. Alternatively, sit back and watch daily life unfold on the riverbanks - gliding between the two countries can be a distinct experience in itself - before enjoying dinner later this evening. After entering Vietnam, your ship will continue to cruise overnight towards Tan Chau. (B/L/D)
6

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. 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 and observe rural Mekong life. (B/L/D)
7

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. (B/L/D)
8

My Tho, Disembark Ship, Depart Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Disembark the ship at My Tho Port and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City for your onward flight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

APT Trip Highlights

  • Take an ox-cart ride in Kampong Tralach
  • Visit the holy Cao Dai Great Temple in the village of Long Hoa
  • Learn about rice paper making in Cai Be

Your Unforgettable Holiday Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to seven destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in one location
  • Everything as detailed, including gratuities and onboard entertainment
  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard the RV AmaLotus. Every suite on board features both an Outside Balcony and a Panoramic Balcony
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your cruise
  • Finest dining – a total of 21 meals

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
  • Other disruptions to itinerary may occur

Trip Inclusions

APT Trip Highlights

  • Take an authentic ox cart ride in Kampong Tralach.
  • Learn about rice paper making in Cai Be.
  • Partake in an authentic Buddhist blessing at the Monastery of Oudong.

Your Unforgettable Holiday Includes

  • Freedom of Choice Sightseeing inclusions in eight destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in one location
  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard the RV AmaLotus
  • Everything as detailed including gratuities and onboard entertainment
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your cruise*
  • Finest dining - a total of 21 meals

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur
  • Prices are for cruise only. Flights not included

Operator Details

APT Reviews: (223)
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Budget: Luxury & Premium
Airport Transfers: Included
Types: Tours, River Cruises & Small Ship Cruises
Average Age: 45-60+ years
Destinations: Worldwide
2017-18 SEASON
Nov 2017 - Apr 2018
2018-19 SEASON
Aug 2018 - Apr 2019

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