Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River with Luang Prabang & Bangkok – 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 with 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 Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, participate in the almsgiving ceremony, visit several prominent temples and a local village to see a weaving demonstration and learn how sa paper is made from the pulp of mulberry trees. On to Siem Reap, 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 walking tour of the city’s landmarks and a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class.All of this and more await you on this fabulous journey
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds. Enjoy an intimate river cruise experience with a maximum of 36 guests on board.Day 1 Arrive In 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: participate in morning almsgiving ceremony; visit the morning market, 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 Prabank–Siem Reap: fly to Siem ReapDays 8-9 Siem Reap: visit Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm, and Les Artisans d’Angkor; Apsara Dance PerformanceDay 10 Siem Reap (Embarkation): begin your cruiseDay 11 Kampong Tralach–Konpong Louang–Phnom Penh: ox cart through the countryside and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach; visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; sightseeing by private cyclo in Phnom Penh including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National MuseumDay 12 Phnom Penh: visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields; afternoon at leisure; show by children from local orphanageDay 13 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 14 Vietnam Border Crossing–Long Khong A–Chau Doc: walking tour through Long Khong A village with silk-weaving demonstration; visit a local fish farm, the religious sites at Sam Mountain, and a local market in Chau DocDay 15 Sa Dec: visit a brick factory, local market, and the ancient house of Mr. Huynh Thuy LeDay 16 Cai Be: visit a cathedral and see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are madeDay 17 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation): walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, 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: end of vacation
American breakfast daily, 11 lunches, 9 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Ho Chi Minh. While on board the ship, enjoy complimentary wine with dinner and complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer, and spirits throughout the day.
NOTE:During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to sail across Tonle Sap and will fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. No sightseeing will be missed.