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Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

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Between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
Mekong
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Vertiginous limestone islets and karsts provide an incomparable backdrop to Ha Long Bay. Sink into the luxury of two nights exploring the subtleties and sensations of this incredible place. Venture into the unspoilt and verdant country of Laos, where there are few moments you’ll value more than the opportunity to take part in a traditional morning alms ceremony along the streets of Luang Prabang. The streets of Laos’ spiritual home turn saffron with the robes of hundreds of Buddhist monks participating in this sacred ceremony. Once in Cambodia you’ll marvel at the ingenuity of the great lake Tonle Sap’s floating villages one day, the incredible Khmer structures at Angkor Wat the next. Your spirit will soar.
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Day 1

Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines, including Emirates via Dubai, from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester or Newcastle.  Alternatively, Singapore Airlines via Singapore from London Heathrow or Manchester.

Day 2
Hanoi

Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Settle into a two night Special Stay at your hotel in Hanoi.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 3
Hanoi
Highlights: Freechoice, Enrich - Water puppets

Later, discover the Old Quarter back streets on your cyclo ride.

Freechoice

Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or buy ingredients for a cooking class. Alternatively visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the Temple of Literature.

Enrich

After attending Hanoi’s famous water puppets show, learn the secrets behind this illusionary piece of theatre thanks to your special backstage pass.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4
Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise
Highlights: Au Co Cruise

Board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring special two night cruise through the picturesque waters of Halong Bay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Halong Bay Cruise
Highlights: Cat Ba Island

This morning awake with a Tai Chi lesson. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
Highlights: Freechoice Dining

Return to your hotel in Hanoi for another Special Stay and a historical tour of the property.

Tonight choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Hanoi > Vientiane
Highlights: Discover Vientiane

Relax this morning before flying to Laos. Enjoy an overnight stay in Vientiane.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
Vientiane > Luang Prabang
Highlights: Luang Prabang night markets

Explore the capital of Laos including the gold covered temple, Wat Sisaket Monastery and Haw Phra Kaew, which once housed the Emerald Buddha. Fly to Luang Prabang for a three night Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Luang Prabang
Highlights: Monk alms collection, Petanque with the locals

Participate in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to Pak Ou caves. Stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in traditional rice wine before partaking in the sport of Petanque with the locals. Tonight bargain at the night markets.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10
Luang Prabang
Highlights: Freechoice, Enrich – Baci Ceremony

Watch the sun set from Mount Phousi.

Freechoice

Journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively set off on a bike ride to discover Luang Prabang.

Enrich

Immerse yourself in the Laos traditional Baci ceremony, where you will pay respects to ancient animist traditions.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11
Luang Prabang > Siem Reap

Fly to Siem Reap and your stylish home for a three night Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12
Siem Reap
Highlights: Angkor Temple Discovery, Enrich - Phare Circus

Begin the day with a visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple.  See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying your refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.

Enrich

Take your Section A Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13
Siem Reap
Highlights: Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Enrich - Apsara Temple dinner

Enrich
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO supported local bakery school.

Freechoice: Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) to view the floating villages or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) to experience the spectacular aerial view above Angkor Wat.

Enrich
Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

Enrich

Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO supported local bakery school.

Freechoice

Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) to view the floating villages or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) to experience the spectacular aerial view above Angkor Wat.

Enrich

Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise

Drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Highlights: Freechoice

Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail downstream to Kampong Cham.

Freechoice

Learn about the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time visiting a rubber plantation factory and beetle nut village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16
Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
Highlights: Enrich - Monk blessing

Arrive in Kampong Tralach and experience an ox cart ride through a local village and fields. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.

Later sail down Tonle River and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen.

Enrich

Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony, which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17
Phnom Penh
Highlights: Freechoice, Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea

Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and Central Market.

Enrich
Immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route.

Freechoice

Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and Central Market.

Enrich

Immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 18
Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
Highlights: Royal Palace, Border crossing

Marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. The afternoon is at your leisure to take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 19
Tan Chau
Highlights: Freechoice

Whilst sailing to Sa Dec take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy the solitude on your private balcony.

Freechoice

Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc and walk through the market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront. Alternatively visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 20
Sa Dec > Cai Be
Highlights: Sa Dec markets, Freechoice

Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore its lively market. Stop for tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

Freechoice

Visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house in the area. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 21
Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City

Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and the Park Hyatt Saigon, your Special Stay for the next two nights.

Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by Night or dine in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively try Restaurant Nineteen or Square One.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 22
Ho Chi Minh City
Highlights: Cu Chi Tunnels, War Museum

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. Visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum before attending tonight’s farewell dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 23
Ho Chi Minh City

Depart with many cherished memories and transfer to the airport for your flight home with your chosen airline.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 24
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