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Luxury Mekong

12 Day
Between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap
Mekong
From * £5,140
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Departing 08 April 2018
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From the famous Silver Pagoda of Phnom Penh to the ancient sacred site of Wat Hanchey, our Luxury Mekong river cruise introduces you to some of the most famous sights in South East Asia. Travelling on the mighty Mekong River between Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Siem Reap in Cambodia, you’ll be privy to experiences of enriching culture and beauty, including the floating markets of Sa Dec, the temple-strewn capital of Oudong and the ancient Khmer Bridge at Kampong Kdei. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the famous temples of Angkor, the world’s largest religious monument, and one of the finest examples of ancient Khmer architecture in existence. Here, you’ll enjoy a day-long discovery tour — unearthing more about the spiritual heritage of the site. 

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Day 1
UK > Ho Chi Minh City
Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines, including Emirates via Dubai, from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester or Newcastle. And Singapore Airlines via Singapore from London Heathrow or Manchester.
Day 2
Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive Ho Chi Minh and be transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 3
Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise

Travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit. Toast the start of your cruise with a cocktail reception and welcome dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Cai Be > Sa Dec
Highlights: Freechoice, Sa Dec markets

Later immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec. From your sampan disembark, explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market and visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant. Spend the remainder of the afternoon cruising to Tan Chau.

Freechoice

Board a sampan to visit the famous Cai Be floating market before stopping at local cottage industries and French colonial or traditional Vietnamese houses. Alternatively relish a later start before savouring morning tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House featuring local musicians and cultural demonstrations. Or stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Tan Chau
Highlights: Freechoice

Tonight is your themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam.

Freechoice

Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi through the local town. Alternatively choose from two options which cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc. Firstly visit a family-operated fish farm before walking through a Cham village or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Tan Chau > Phnom Penh
Highlights: Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea

Relax during a full day of cruising as you cross the border into Cambodia. Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or appreciate some solitude on your private balcony as you watch the scenery pass you by before berthing in Phnom Penh.

Enrich

Arrive in style by tuk tuk and 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. Retire to the Elephant Bar before returning to the ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Phnom Penh
Highlights: Freechoice

Later this afternoon visit the National Museum and the Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda within.

Freechoice

Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison of the Khmer Rouge, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market as well as its modern architecture before stopping for lunch at a local NGO restaurant which teaches street kids hospitality skills.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Oudong > Kampong Tralach > Kho Chen
Highlights: Enrich - Monk blessing

After a short cruise from Phnom Penh to Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride from the ship through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. 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.

Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit. Later sail downstream to wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham.

Enrich

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Highlights: Freechoice

Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing downstream to Kampong Cham.

Freechoice

Learn about the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor, an 11th century temple that has a modern pagoda built within. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time visiting a rubber plantations and a beetle nut village outside of Kampong Cham.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap

Disembark and drive to Siem Reap with stops at a stone cutters village and walk across the ancient Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei. Upon arrival in Siem Reap you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11
Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your flight home with a selection of airlines, including Emirates or Singapore Airlines.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 12
Siem Reap > UK
Arrive UK.
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