Mekong Discovery


Rushing down from the upper reaches of the Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong makes its final journey to the South China Sea through Cambodia and Vietnam. Watch life on the river go by from your premium cruise vessel and disembark to visit breath-taking sights and cultural wonders.

tour duration 15 Days from
tour price 3,990pp
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Saigon (2N) - Mekong Cruise (7N) - Siem Reap (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Visit the colonial architecture of Saigon
Cruise for seven nights up the mighty Mekong River
Visit the multi-ethnic riverside village of Chau Doc
Learn about Cambodia’s harrowing history in Phnom Penh
Wade up the Tonle Sap River into the ecological Tonle Sap wetlands
Find your adventurist side at the Angkor Archaeological Park

Day 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Fly overnight to the evocative city of Saigon. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Day 3 Explore Saigon
Though Saigon is the edgy, fastpaced metropolis that is driving Vietnam towards a very bright future, the city is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office, beautiful reminders of colonial times gone by, before learning more about Vietnam’s period at war at the fascinating Reunification Palace and chilling War Remnants Museum. Finish the day with a browse through the lively Ben Thanh Market. (B)
Day 3 Explore Saigon
Day 4 Mekong Delta
Transfer down to My Tho, a bustling city on the Mekong Delta. On arrival you will board your beautiful Pandaw vessel. The rest of the day is dedicated to settling in to your stateroom – you can sit on the sundeck and sip your welcome cocktail watching the world go by before dining on delicious local cuisine in the bistro-style restaurant before retiring for the night. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Mekong Delta
Day 5 Cai Be
Visit Cai Be, another city on the Mekong Delta that is enveloped by numerous fruit orchards. Here you will experience the sights and sounds of the local floating market. Watch hundreds of boats piled high with colourful produce, cruising up and down the waterways ready to trade. This afternoon paddle along some of the numerous palm-lined canals on a traditional sampan, the perfect way to glimpse everyday life on the delta. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Cai Be
Day 6 Chau Doc
Today’s excursion is to the village of Chau Doc. Home to a diverse array of communities including Chinese, Cham and Khmer it is a fascinating place to explore. You will also visit a catfish farm. Return to the ship for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Chau Doc
Day 7 Explore Phnom Penh
Arrive at Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, a city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. Take a cyclo ride around the centre to see the main sites, including the dazzling Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. This afternoon there is an optional excursion to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum, where you can learn more about the horrific reign of the Khmer Rouge. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Explore Phnom Penh
Day 8 Tonle Sap
Take an excursion up the Tonle Sap River (by river or road, depending on water levels) to Kampong Chhang, a city set amongst scenes of vivid green rice paddies with soaring palms. Later discover the vast Tonle Sap wetlands, an area of ecological importance supporting a diverse range of flora and fauna. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Tonle Sap
Day 9 Kampong Cham
Stop at the silk-weaving village of Chong Koh for a leisurely morning stroll and see the silk-weavers at work. Cruise on past timeless rural scenery and peaceful settlements to Peam Chi Kang village, where you can meet the local people, visiting the local monastery and school and exploring this friendly community at your leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Kampong Cham
Day 10 Wat Hanchey
The next day visit the hilltop remains of the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey, just north of Kampong Cham on the river. From the summit the views down over the river as it meanders through classical Cambodian landscapes are wonderful. Travel by bus to the holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey, before heading to the ecotourism village of Choeungkok. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Wat Hanchey
Day 11 Siem Reap
Disembark the cruise vessel and transfer by road to Siem Reap, the gateway to the Temples of Angkor. (B)
Day 11 Siem Reap
Day 12 Angkor Wat
The Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses over a thousand temples, the remains of different capitals of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries. Today is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat, the most magnificent and best preserved of all of Angkor’s treasures. Considered one of the new wonders of the world, Angkor Wat is the largest religious building on the planet and is full of exquisite carvings and details that will take your breath away. There is also time to see some of the sights of the walled city of Angkor Thom, including the Elephant Terrace. (B,L)
Day 12 Angkor Wat
Day 13 Siem Reap
Continue your explorations of Angkor with visits to Preah Khan and Neak Pean, both of which seat on the edge of the central temple complex looking over the surrounding rice paddies, which lends both temples a wonderful air of tranquillity. You’ll also explore Ta Prohm, Angkor’s most atmospheric temple, which remains in the throes of the jungle. (B,L)
Day 13 Siem Reap
Days 14-15 Depart Siem Reap
Fly home to the UK, arriving home the following day. (B)
Days 14-15 Depart Siem Reap

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Single supplement from £490
Sole traveller supplement from £690
Land only from £2840
Includes gratuities on the ship
Excludes tipping on land sections of your tour

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Single supplement from £490
Sole traveller supplement from £690
Land only from £2840
Includes gratuities on the ship
Excludes tipping on land sections of your tour

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UK citizens will not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a single entry stay of up to 15 days. Entry visas for Vietnam are required for stays longer than 15 days or for multiple entries into Vietnam within a 30 day period. To allow for unforeseen circumstances if your tour includes a stay of 15 days or more in Vietnam the standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. Currently the visa exemption rule applies until 30th June 2017. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2017 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements.
 
If you do require a visa Wendy Wu Tours Visa Department can assist you with the process of obtaining one. We will supply you with all paperwork and submit the visa application on your behalf. Visas for Vietnam are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the dates stated on the visa application form. Travel must be completed within those dates. Please be advised that your passport must have at least 6-months validity left on it when you arrive back into UK. Visa application forms and all relevant documentation are due in our office 8 weeks prior to departure; if received after this, urgent visa processing fees will apply. Please note we do not accept passports and visa applications within 30 days prior to departure. Passports will usually be returned within 4 weeks of your tour’s scheduled departure.
 
A visa is required for entry into Cambodia. Standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. We will require your passport, completed visa application forms, and 2 passport photos, taken within the last 6 months, to process your visas. We will require all this information 8 weeks prior to departure.  As per our standard visa processing service, passports will usually be returned within 4 weeks of your tour’s scheduled departure. In rare cases you may be required to provide further information or documentation to the Cambodian Embassy; if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

What's Included

International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
Touring with guides & entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Meals as stated
Local soft drinks, local beer and local spirits on the cruise
All excursions
Crew gratuities
Use of bikes on board

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suited for those with a reasonable amount of time to travel and who are interested in travelling to some main sights and some more off the beaten track sights of Vietnam and Cambodia via the Mekong River, which runs through both countries. This tour incorporates a seven night cruise on the Mekong River and touring is at a comfortable and relaxed pace, giving you ample time to explore each destination.

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