On this 14-day tour, you'll discover the beauty of Cambodia and southern Vietnam through a variety of memorable moments and cultural experiences. Discover vibrant Saigon, explore the lush waterways of the Mekong Delta, take a cooking class in Cambodia, and learn about local life within the floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake.
Your tour includes a four night luxury cruise to soak up the sights and sounds of the mighty Mekong, with a number of shore excursions along the route from Saigon to Phnom Penh. On arrival, pay a visit to the extraordinary Angkor complex, masterpiece of the Khmer Kings.
Our A Mekong Experience tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Dine at Noir, where waiters with visual impairments become your eyes and guide you through a delicious meal
Spend 4 nights cruising on the deluxe Victoria Mekong
Ride around discovering the wonders of Phnom Penh
Watch a performance by the NGO that assists street children
Fly overnight to Saigon. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon to explore the iconic sights, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office, before a 'dining in the dark' experience at Noir.
Place your trust in your other senses on a fun 'dining in the dark' experience at Noir, a Saigon restaurant that works with local people who are blind or visually-impaired.
After breakfast, transfer to the meeting point in Saigon, where you will say goodbye to your National Escort and be picked up for your cruise by your local guide from Victoria Mekong. Drive to Can Tho, stopping en route for lunch. Board the Victoria Mekong which, after a welcome briefing, will cast off into the waters of the Mekong Delta. Dine on delicious local cuisine at the welcome dinner and enjoy a traditional music show as you cruise upstream. Later, retire to your comfortable stateroom for the night.
Tender ashore to Tiger Island, where you will enjoy an exploration of local industries such as net weaving, incense making and banh in (rice cakes) making. Sit down to dinner and evening entertainment before retiring to your cabin. Tonight, the ship will drop anchor at Vam Nao.
Continue your cruise with excursions around Tan Chau, including a stop at a Cao Dai temple, a silk village and the option of a visit to the submerged Tra Su Forest. In the evening, enjoy a thrilling lion dance performance on board.
Cross over into Cambodia, taking in the passing scenery. Onboard activities such as cocktail making will be available. In the late afternoon, dock at Sisowath Quay for a traditional Apsara performance and a farewell dinner.
Bid farewell to the Victoria Mekong this morning as you dock in Phnom Penh, where you will meet your new Cambodian National Escort. Board a cyclo to explore the main sights of the city such as the Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom, before ending the day with a local beer by the riverfront.
Spend the day reflecting on the history of the city with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields, locations that provide chilling reminders of the Khmer Rouge regime. Later on, fly to Siem Reap.
Rising early, journey to the old city of Angkor Thom and pass through the magnificent South Gate flanked by 54 gods and demons. At Angkor Thom's centre is the enigmatic Bayon, a breath-taking temple of innumerable sculptural decorations. Also admire the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm before the rest of the day is dedicated to Angkor Wat, the most magnificent, and best preserved of all of Angkor's treasures.
High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Enjoy a morning cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Phluk and observing the way of life of these lake communities. Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Visit Chong Kneas floating village. This evening enjoy a rollicking performance of the Phare Cambodian Circus.
Travel by tuk tuk to a cooking lesson, where you will learn to prepare traditional Khmer dishes. Spend your afternoon at leisure before a farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK, arriving home the following day.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel is situated in District 1. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and have a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, indoor swimming pool and free WiFi.
The Victoria Mekong is a four star river cruise ship offering superior service and elegance. Offering 3-4 night luxury cruising itineraries between Vietnam's Mekong Delta and Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh, there is no better way to experience the beauty of the Mekong. Furnished with 33 spacious deluxe cabins, all with private balconies, the ship is also home to a cocktail bar and pool, games room, lounge area and treatment spa.
Queen Grand Boutique Hotel and Spa is centrally located in the heart of Phnom Penh, close to a number of the city's major monuments. Featuring an onsite spa offering Khmer massage, a rooftop Jacuzzi, and a sky bar, this modern boutique hotel offers a number of options for relaxation. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.
Perfectly combining a French and Khmer aesthetic, the Lotus Blanc is a 10 minute tuk tuk ride from the lively heart of Siem Reap. Stately but chic, there is a large pool, fitness centre, spa, 3 bars and 3 restaurants serving a variety of local and international dishes. Rooms are expansive, bright and minimalist and boast a balcony, bathroom with rain shower, television, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, armchairs and air-conditioning.
The best times to visit Vietnam as a whole are the spring (March and April) and autumn (September to December).
Places Visited: Saigon (2N) – Victoria Mekong Cruise (4N) – Phnom Penh (1N) – Siem Reap (4N)
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