Luke Nguyen's Vietnam & Mekong River Cruise

14 Day Guided Tour & River Cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap with APT

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 14 Day Luke Nguyen's Vietnam & Mekong River Cruise. 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...read more

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Guided Tour & River Cruise Starts In
Starts In
Ho Chi Minh City
Guided Tour & River Cruise Ends In
Ends In
Siem Reap
Accomodation
Accomodation
4.5 - 5 Star
River Ship
Ship Type
River Ship
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
River Cruise
Trip Style
River Cruise
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Vietnam, Cambodia
Trip Operated By:
APT
APT
340 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
5.0 out of 5
1 Reviews
Trip Code:
VEMRLN14

Itinerary

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1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your luxury hotel to begin your exciting journey. Stay Three Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon (D)
2 Ho Chi Minh City
Meet APT Ambassador Luke Nguyen this morning. He'll then guide you through the bustling streets of Old Saigon where you'll wander the atmospheric neighbourhoods. Dodge swarms of motorbikes as they whirl amid the bustling streets. Watch families tending to their bottomless pots of steaming broth. Pass hawkers touting their tasty homemade treats, and observe throngs of locals slurping soup and noodles at roadside stalls. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Enjoy an exclusive cooking class with Luke at his culinary school, GRAIN by Luke Nguyen, where you'll learn how to prepare some of his favourite Vietnamese dishes.
  • Visit the area in which Luke Nguyen's parents grew up and meet his extended family of aunties and uncles.
  • Tonight, head to Luke's own restaurant Vietnam House, for a special dinner menu created by Luke Nguyen.
3 Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan or Cu Chi Tunnels
Choose from one of two Signature Experiences today. Tonight, another Signature Experience awaits. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan, followed by a memorial service at Long Tan Cross, a memorial marking the site of this battle. Erected by the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, it is located in a rubber plantation. Or visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. This remarkable tunnel network concealed the Viet Cong and served as supply and communication routes, as well as hospitals and weapon caches.
  • Head to Vietnam House to dine on a menu created personally by APT Ambassador, Luke Nguyen.
4 Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Embark Ship
Exploring more of Ho Chi Minh City, select from the array of Freedom of Choice experiences on offer. Later, transfer to My Tho and embark your ship. Stay Seven Nights: Mekong River, RV AmaMekong (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Why not join a motorbike, shopping or walking tour? Or, visit Ky Long Art Villa to learn about Vietnamese lacquer art or enjoy a cooking class at GRAIN by Luke Nguyen cooking studio.
Signature Experiences:
  • Tonight, there's no better dining experience than sitting down to an exclusive Luke Nguyen Vietnamese dinner.
5 Cai Be, Sa Dec
In Cai Be, visit the French Gothic cathedral and port area. Then, at a rice paper manufacturer, learn how this Vietnamese staple is made. Continue to Sa Dec where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. Tour his former home and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras' best-selling novel, The Lover. After, visit a traditional Cao Dai temple. (B/L/D)
6 Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border Crossing
Transfer to a small boat to cruise the tiny tributaries around the town of Tan Chau. Pass a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a fun rickshaw tour and a visit to a local silk and rattan weaving workshop. Later, step back in time as you experience authentic rural Mekong life on a nearby evergreen island. The remainder of today is yours to relax on board and soak up views of the Mekong. Upon entering Cambodia, you'll cruise towards its enthralling capital, Phnom Penh. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • This afternoon, take part in an exclusive ‘Get to Know Luke' session, where APT's Ambassador and celebrity chef Luke Nguyen will discuss fascinating details of his background and passion for food.
7 Phnom Penh
Explore Cambodia's past or present today with a range of Freedom of Choice experiences. After lunch back on board, more choices await. The evening is yours to relax. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps experience some of Cambodia's sobering history with a visit to the infamous Killing Fields. Afterwards, see the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge's notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Or, discover Phnom Penh on a tuk tuk ride with a stop at the Central Market. History buffs can visit the National Museum or, if you prefer, take a leisurely bike ride through the city's quiet back roads. After lunch, either explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, enjoy some shopping or indulge in high tea.
8 Oudong, Koh Chen, Oknha Tey
Today, journey to historic Oudong, which was Cambodia's fascinating royal capital from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, you'll enjoy a Signature Experience. On the way back to Phnom Penh, take a leisurely stroll through the village of Koh Chen and perhaps visit some home workshops that manufacture copperware. Later, your ship glides along the lush banks of the Mekong to Oknha Tey, which is renowned for its silk manufacturing traditions, preserved over centuries. Here, gain an insight into the traditional silk weaving process. After, return to your river ship to relax before enjoying delicious onboard dining tonight. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • In Oudong, pay a visit to a monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience with local monks.
9 Angkor Ban
Join a walking discovery of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here, people still live in traditional wooden homes and keep ancient cultural traditions alive. Continuing cruising towards Siem Reap this afternoon, enjoy some time at leisure on board. Perhaps go for a dip in the pool, or kick back on the Sun Deck with a good book and relax as life along the Mekong passes you by. (B/L/D)
10 Kampong Cham, Koh Pen
If you are feeling active this morning, perhaps set out on a walk to the hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey. From here, enjoy views over the Mekong, making it well worth the climb. You'll find many temples, pagodas and stupas, some dating back to the 8th century. Lunch is back on board, before taking a tuk tuk to explore the island of Koh Pen with its wooden stilt houses and local farming culture. On your ship this evening, toast the end of your cruise during a final farewell dinner. (B/L/D)
11 Kampong Cham, Disembark Ship, Siem Reap
Disembark your ship in Kampong Cham and transfer to Siem Reap. Then, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit Angkor Thom and the 12th-century temple, Bayon. In Siem Reap tonight, dine in one of the local restaurants. Stay Three Nights: Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Tonight, take the opportunity to savour a taste of Cambodia with a choice of local restaurants for dinner.
12 Siem Reap
Rise early this morning and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park for a Signature Experience. After experiencing the majesty of World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat, enjoy a guided exploration of what is regarded as Angkor's best-preserved temple, said to be the world's largest single religious monument. Relax back at your hotel after breakfast. Then this afternoon, explore the temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site which is famous for its intertwined trees. Later, visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art' (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children. The evening is at your leisure. (B)

Signature Experiences:
  • At Angkor Archaeological Park, enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat.
13 Siem Reap
Explore Siem Reap your way today. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you like, before tonight's traditional Apsara dance performance and a delicious farewell dinner. (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps visit the temple of Wat Preah Prom Rath for a Buddhist blessing or enjoy a tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d'Angkor workshop. If you're feeling energetic, join a quad bike adventure or take a leisurely bicycle tour through the Cambodian countryside. Other options include a horse and cart ride, a traditional Khmer cooking class, a shopping adventure, or why not indulge in a relaxing spa treatment.
14 Depart Siem Reap
Farewell Siem Reap after breakfast this morning, as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

APT Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Enjoy a cooking class hosted by Luke at his cooking studio, GRAIN by Luke Nguyen, in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Witness the beauty of Cambodia's World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat as the sun rises over the temple.
  • At Luke Nguyen's Vietnam House in Ho Chi Minh City, be treated to a dinner personally designed by Luke for APT guests.
Trip Inclusions
  • Experiences in 12 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
  • Expert cruise and tour directors
  • Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities
Included Meals
  • Luxury dining – a total of 35 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
Accommodation
  • Seven-night cruise aboard the RV AmaMekong
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail only. Flights not included

Reviews (1)

14 Day Luke Nguyen's Vietnam & Mekong River Cruise reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Thoroughly enjoyed our holiday ”
- VIC, Australia Jul 2017 1 Helpful Vote

From the ease of booking through Global Journeys until our very last day in Cambodia our trip was handled professionally. Accommodation was superb wherever we were - on land, bay or river. Our tour guides were well educated in the local areas and very informative.

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Cabin Types

Balcony Suite Layout
Balcony Suite Layout  
  • Suite Size (300 sq. ft/ 28 sq m)
  • Spacious ensuite with a hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and toiletries in all suites.
  • Outside Balcony, Panoramic Balcony and individual climate control in all suites.
  • Large amount of space per guest.

Prices & Dates

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Friday 27 Nov 2020 Thursday 10 Dec 2020 9,445 per person 343 per person 9,102 per person Enquire
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Cabin Upgrades

Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.

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RV AmaMekong
Base Cabin  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Category C $ 495
Category B $ 995
Category A $ 1,295
Bayon Suite $ 2,295
Angkor Suite $ 2,695

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