Embark on a journey through the natural wonders, charming cities and cultural treasures of Vietnam and Cambodia! Including a three-night deluxe cruise on the Mekong, the perfect way to catch a glimpse of authentic daily life, you’ll also visit the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia, and vibrant Saigon, charming Hoi An, historic Hanoi and the spectacular Halong Bay in Vietnam.
Pay a visit to the extraordinary Angkor Wat, the most iconic structure within the Angkor Complex, as seen on BBC One's Sacred Wonders.
Our Mekong Discovery Private Tour tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
See how traditional arts are kept alive
Spend 3 nights cruising on the deluxe Victoria Mekong
Dine at Noir, where waiters with visual impairments become your eyes and guide you through a delicious meal
Fly overnight to Siem Reap. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
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. Later, relax on a boat as you watch the sun set from Angkor's moat. (B,L)
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. Return to Siem Reap for an afternoon at leisure. (B,L)
Fly to Phnom Penh and explore by cyclo, with stops at the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Finally, visit Wat Phnom before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L)
Reflect 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, experience how traditional arts are preserved with a Cambodian Living Arts tour, before enjoying a local beer by the river. (B,L)
Spend your morning at leisure before you travel to the pier to board the Victoria Mekong and cast off into the waters of the Delta. Dine on delicious local cuisine at the welcome dinner and enjoy a traditional music show as you cruise upstream. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served.
Cross over into Vietnam, taking in the passing scenery. There will be onboard activities available such as cocktail making. On arrival at Vam Nao, take a sampan ashore to visit traditional cottage industries. (B,L,D)
Continue downstream, visiting a floating market and local museum. After lunch, arrive at Tan Loc island. Here, choose to explore a historic house and gardens for tea and fruit, or a plum wine farm for a tasting. Sail on to Can Tho for a farewell dinner, accompanied by a traditional music performance. (B,L,D)
Leave the ship behind this morning, and travel onto Saigon via Cai Be. This evening, enjoy dinner in the dark at Noir, a restaurant supporting Saigon's visually impaired. (B,L,D)
Get to grips with the horrors 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, Reunification Palace and Central Post Office. (B,L)
Fly to Danang, and continue by road to Hoi An. Enjoy a walking tour of this charming town – a wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, whose streets are a delight to wander. Visit Quan Cong Temple, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work. (B,L)
Head out into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community that supplies many hotels and restaurants in the area with vegetables and herbs. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Later spend the afternoon at leisure back in Hoi An. (B,L)
Taking the scenic Hai Van Pass, travel to the imperial city of Hue. Long considered a seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home of emperors from 1802 to 1945. Cruise on the Perfume River to the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda. This evening indulge yourself with a royal dining experience at Tha Om Garden house. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, fly to Hanoi to explore the Old Quarter by cyclo. Also stop by the Temple of Literature and make sure to try a traditional egg coffee on the way! (B,L)
Discover the rest of Hanoi's sights today, with the Ho Chi Minh quarter and Mausoleum, Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and more. In the evening, attend The Quintessence of Tonkin, a beautiful open-air performance on a lake. (B,L)
Stay overnight on a traditionally designed boat on Halong Bay, cruising amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn't hard to see why it is one of Vietnam's most popular destinations. A fresh seafood meal is included during your voyage. (B,L,D)
Return to Hanoi for some time at leisure (B,D). The next day, board your flight to the UK, arriving home the same or following day (B).
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.
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.
Based in the heart of Phnom Penh, the Kravan hotel is equipped with a swimming pool, rooftop bar, gym and spa. With super fast Wifi available free throughout the hotel, it within walking distance to popular local and international restaurants, beer gardens, bakeries, branded coffees, health clinics, mini marts and other local services. Kravan has been specially designed to make your stay luxurious, comfortable and for peace of mind.
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.
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.
Vinh Hung Old Town Hotel is the perfect base to discover the heritage town, at only a 6 minute walk away. With 33 rooms, all rooms have high standard amenities with free wifi, air conditioning, mini bar, hair dryer and more. Home to a swimming pool, pool bar and in house dining, this hotel won a TripAdvisor traveller’s choice award in 2018 and is sure to offer the perfect place to relax after exploring Hoi An.
Excellently located close to the Perfume River and Hue’s Imperial Citadel, the Mondial Hotel has 106 rooms and plenty of facilities. Make use of the swimming pool and three dining options before relaxing in the Lobby Lounge with a drink. Rooms offer city, pool or mountain views, have large, modern bathrooms with shower and/or bath and robe and slippers.
In the atmospheric area around Hoan Kiem Lake, the Muong Thanh offers stylish and comfortable accommodation in a great location. Surrounded by shops, restaurants and street food, the hotel has free Wi-Fi, a spa, bar and restaurant serving local dishes. Bright and spacious rooms come with city views, an en suite bathroom with bath or shower, plus air-conditioning, safe, television, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities.
Aboard a traditional-style junk, refurbished in 2015, a Bhaya Classic cruise offers a convivial atmosphere and classic oriental style. There is a sundeck for admiring the scenery and a spa and jacuzzi for relaxing whilst the restaurant serves freshly prepared Vietnamese and international cuisine. Onboard activities as you cruise include Tai Chi and cooking classes. Cabins are cosy and comfortable with big windows for beautiful views, a fridge and a bathroom with walk in shower.
Places Visited: UK - Siem Reap (3N) – Phnom Penh (2N) – Victoria Mekong Cruise (3N) – Saigon (2N) – Hoi An (2N) – Hue (1N) – Hanoi (3N) – Halong Bay (1N) - UK
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