Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River with Hanoi & Ha Long Bay & Bangkok – Southbound
Immerse yourself in fascinating cultures and ancient traditions as you embark on an inspiring journey through 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 with an overnight in Bangkok before flying to Siem Reap. Here 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 walking tour of the city’s landmarks and a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class. End in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam. Ride a cyclo through the city, explore the Hanoi’s fascinating Old Quarter on a walking tour, 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!
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 Bangkok: welcome to ThailandDay 2 Bangkok–Siem Reap: fly to Siem ReapDays 3-4 Siem Reap: visit Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and Les Artisans d’Angkor; Apsara Dance PerformanceDay 5 Siem Reap (Embarkation): begin your cruiseDay 6 Kampong Tralach–Konpong Louang–Prek Dam–Prek Bang Kong: ox cart through the countryside and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach; visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; walking tour through Prek Bang Kong village with silk-weaving demonstrationDay 7 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 8 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 9 Phnom Penh: visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing FieldsDay 10 Vietnam Border Crossing–Chau Doc: visit a local fish farm, the religious sites at Sam Mountain, and a local marketDay 11 Sa Dec–Cai Be: visit a brick factory, local market, and the ancient house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le in Sa Dec; visit a cathedral and see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made in Cai BeDay 12 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 13 Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels excursion; farewell dinnerDay 14 Ho Chi Minh City–Hanoi–Ha Long Bay: fly to Hanoi, continue to Ha Long BayDay 15 Ha Long Bay: cruise on Ha Long BayDay 16 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 performanceDay 17 Hanoi: end of vacation
American breakfast daily, 11 lunches, 11 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.
NOTES:• During low water conditions, generally late December to June, we will not be able to sail across Tonle Sap and will fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. No sightseeing will be missed.