Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River with Luang Prabang - Southbound

About Vietnam

Immerse yourself in fascinating cultures and ancient traditions as you embark on an inspiring journey through Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Along the way, learn more about the history of each country, marvel at spectacular scenery, and interact with the friendly locals. This is a journey that will create memories you won’t soon forget!

Start in Laos with a tour of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stop at a local village to see a weaving demonstration. On to Siem, where you will visit the spectacular Angkor temple complex, whose architectural grandeur is arguably unmatched among the world’s ancient ruins. See several of the temples, including spectacular Angkor Wat and the mesmerizing faces of Bayon. Here you will also enjoy a private Apsara dance performance and will visit a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. Then, start your cruise on the Mekong River, the thread that connects the people of Southeast Asia. Visit a colorful local market, a fish farm, and a local establishment to see how rice paper and traditional candy are made. In Phnom Penh, take a tour of the city by private cyclo, with visits to the National Museum and the Royal Palace with the stunning Silver Pagoda. Walking tours through the rural villages of Prek Bang Kong and Angkor Ban and an ox cart ride through the countryside at Kampong Tralach will grant you a memorable inside look at life along the river and interactions with the local people. Finally, in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, your sightseeing includes the Cu Chi Tunnels—a vast network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong. You will also partake in a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class.

All of this and more await you on this fabulous journey!

City Highlights

Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City in a spacious outside stateroom measuring 172 square feet with hotel-style beds on board the Avalon Angkor®, an intimate ship with a maximum capacity of 32 people.Day 1 Arrive Bangkok: welcome to ThailandDay 2 Bangkok-Luang Prabang: fly to Luang PrabangDay 3 Luang Prabang: visit the National Museum, Wat Mai, Wat Visoun, Wat Xieng Thong, and Ban Xang Khong; weaving and sa paper-making demonstrationsDay 4 Luang Prabang: day at leisure to explore on your ownDay 5 Luang Prabang-Siem Reap: fly to Siem ReapDays 6-7 Siem Reap: visit Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and Les Artisans d’AngkorDay 8 Siem Reap (Embarkation): begin your cruiseDay 9 Kampong Tralach–Konpong Louang–Prek Dam–Prek Bang Kong: ox cart through the countryside; meet a local farmer; visit a silversmith village; walking tour through Prek Bang Kong village with silk-weaving demonstrationDay 10 Wat Hanchey–Angkor Ban: visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour through Angkor Ban village with school visitDay 11 Phnom Penh: sightseeing by private cyclo including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; afternoon at leisure; show by children from local orphanageDay 12 Phnom Penh: visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing FieldsDay 13 Vietnam Border Crossing–Chau Doc: visit a local fish farm, the religious sites at Sam Mountain, and a local marketDay 14 Sa Dec–Cai Be: see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made; visit a cathedral, An Kiet House, a brick factory, local market, and the ancient house of Mr. Huynh Thuy LeDay 15 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation): walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking classDay 16 Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels excursion; farewell dinnerDay 17 Ho Chi Minh City: end of vacation

Hotels

Bangkok InterContinental Bangkok (D)Luang Prabang Maison Souvannaphoum (SF) Siem Reap Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (D)Ho Chi Minh City InterContinental Asiana Saigon (D)

Meals

Breakfast (B): American breakfast dailyLunch (L): 10 lunchesDinner (D): 9 dinners including a farewell dinner in Ho Chi Minh City

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