Immerse yourself in fascinating cultures and ancient traditions as you embark on an inspiring journey through Bangkok, 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. 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 s 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!
Highlights & Sightseeing
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 Thailand
Day 2 Bangkok: boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Day 3 Bangkok: day at leisure
Day 4 Bangkok'Siem Reap: fly to Siem Reap
Days 5-6 Siem Reap: visit Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm, and Les Artisans d - Angkor; Apsara Dance Performance
Day 7 Siem Reap (Embarkation): begin your cruise
Day 8 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 demonstration
Day 9 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 visit
Day 10 Phnom Penh: sightseeing by private cyclo including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; afternoon at leisure; show by children from local orphanage
Day 11 Phnom Penh: visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields
Day 12 Vietnam Border Crossing - Chau Doc: visit a local fish farm, the religious sites at Sam Mountain, and a local market
Day 13 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 Be
Day 14 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 class
Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels excursion; farewell dinner
Day 16 Ho Chi Minh City: end of vacation
American breakfast daily, 10 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.
- 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.