1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Your journey begins today amid the vibrant bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in the city, be met at the airport and transferred to the Fusion Suites Saigon. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a The Chopsticks Saigon where you will have the opportunity to meet your Tour Director as well as your fellow travellers. Stay Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites Saigon (D)
Insider Experience: Unwind at the modern Fusion Suites Saigon.
2 Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City
Revisit the military history of the area. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. (B)
3 Ho Chi Minh City, Embark Cruise
Drive to My Tho Port and board your river ship. Tonight, enjoy your first dinner prepared by your onboard chef. Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River cruise, RV La Marguerite (B/L/D)
4 Cai Be, Sa Dec
Visit Cai Be and its surrounds by tender boats, admiring the colours and buzzing atmosphere of the floating markets. After, go ashore to see the French Gothic cathedral. You’ll then visit a manufacturer of rice paper to learn how it’s made. Afterwards, take a boat ride to the charming town of Sa Dec for a guided tour. Voyage by small boat to the old house of Huynh Thuy Le, once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, the namesake of your vessel. (B/L/D)
5 Tan Chau, Border Crossing
Go ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau, a sleepy town almost untouched by tourism. One of the largest silk-weaving centres in Vietnam, you can observe how silk is woven in the local workshops. Take a small-boat ride to discover rural life on Evergreen Island. Later, navigate narrow channels by local boats and pass by floating fish farms and stilt houses that defy gravity and lean haphazardly upon each other. The rest of today is then spent on board. This afternoon, perhaps attend a fruit-carving demonstration or learn the art of creating Vietnamese spring rolls while border formalities are carried out. Cross into Cambodia and cruise overnight towards the capital, Phnom Penh. (B/L/D)
6 Phnom Penh
Today begins your exploration of the city of Phnom Penh. After breakfast, learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Explore the Killing Fields, where you’ll find the Memorial Stupa, a glass monument erected in memory of the thousands of Cambodians who lost their lives. You’ll also visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. After lunch on board, disembark and visit the spectacular Royal Palace, delighting in its dazzling white and gold architecture. Then head to the glorious Silver Pagoda, set on the southern side of the palace complex. (B/L/D)
7 Phnom Penh, Koh Chen
Enjoy leisure time today to explore Phnom Penh. Discover more of the city’s sights, perhaps choosing to enjoy a guided Tuk Tuk tour or see how local beer is brewed with a Brewery Tour. Later, cruise to Koh Chen, a small village specialising in intricately crafted, handmade copperware. (B/L/D)
8 Oudong, Kampong Tralach
After breakfast, take a short coach ride to Oudong. Once the capital of Cambodia between 1618 and 1866, the hilly landscape here is made up of stupas and shrines in varying degrees of ruin. Continue to Kampong Tralach for a visit to Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu. (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: In Oudong, receive a traditional Buddhist blessing by monks, sure to be a memorable highlight of your Mekong River cruise.
9 Kampong Chhnang
Enjoy a boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang, then cast off to Prek K’dam. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board and reflect on the adventures you have shared with your crew and new-found friends. (B/L/D)
10 Disembark Cruise at Prek K’dam, Siem Reap, Angkor
Enjoy a motorboat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang this morning for a glimpse at the variety of bird-life in the area. Afterwards, return to your ship and continue your journey to Prek K’dam, the final destination of the cruise. Stay Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort (B)
Insider Experience: Stay at the stylish Shinta Mani Resort.
11 Angkor, Siem Reap
Enjoy the morning at leisure. Later, see Bayon temple and Angkor Wat and admire the sunset. Savour a Farewell Dinner. (B/D)
Insider Experience: Watch an Apsara dance performance during your Farewell Dinner.
12 Depart Siem Reap
Your journey comes to an end today. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home. (B)