Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River with Bangkok, Luang Prabang, Hanoi & Ha Long Bay - Southbound

About Bangkok, Thailand

Immerse yourself in fascinating cultures and ancient traditions as you embark on an inspiring journey through Bangkok, 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 Bangkok for a tour of the stunning Grand Palace and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, home to the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha. In Laos, tour the town 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. 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. End in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam. Ride a cyclo through Hanoi’s fascinating Old Quarter, see a water puppet performance, and take a trip through the countryside to stunning Ha Long Bay for a cruise through the 3,000 limestone islands.

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: boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining BuddhaDay 3 Bangkok: day at leisureDay 4 Bangkok-Luang Prabang: fly to Luang PrabangDay 5 Luang Prabang: visit the National Museum, Wat Mai, Wat Visoun, Wat Xieng Thong, and Ban Xang Khong; weaving and sa paper-making demonstrationsDay 6 Luang Prabang: day at leisure to explore on your ownDay 7 Luang Prabang-Siem Reap: fly to Siem ReapDays 8-9 Siem Reap: visit Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and Les Artisans d’AngkorDay 10 Siem Reap (Embarkation): begin your cruiseDay 11 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 12 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 13 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 14 Phnom Penh: visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing FieldsDay 15 Vietnam Border Crossing–Chau Doc: visit a local fish farm, the religious sites at Sam Mountain, and a local marketDay 16 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 17 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 18 Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels excursion; farewell dinnerDay 19 Ho Chi Minh City–Hanoi–Ha Long Bay: fly to Hanoi, continue to Ha Long BayDay 20 Ha Long Bay: cruise on Ha Long BayDay 21 Hanoi: visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and Temple of Literature; lunch at Koto; take a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter; water puppets performance Day 22 Hanoi: 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)Ha Long Bay Novotel Ha Long Bay (BA)Hanoi InterContinental Hanoi Westlake (D)

Meals

Breakfast (B): American breakfast dailyLunch (L): 13 lunchesDinner (D): 11 dinners including a farewell dinner in Ho Chi Minh City

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