20 DAYS ●
Featuring a relaxing 7-night cruise on
the mighty Mekong, not only is this
tour perfect for the cruise lover, it also
explores the charming cities, natural
wonders and cultural treasures of both
Vietnam and Cambodia.
Fly overnight to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor.
The tour begins in the heart of Angkor Thom, the old walled city - passing through its South Gate you'll reach the enigmatic Bayon and visit the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, an atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle. This afternoon is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat. The best preserved of Angkor's temples, examine the vast number of intricate details and relish the sheer magnificence of its architecture.
High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle before enjoying a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng and observing the way of life of these lake communities. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D'Angkor, an organisation working to revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts. This evening, sit down to dinner and the Apsara dance show.
Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Drop by Artisan D'Angkor before visiting the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening, enjoy a rollicking performance of the Phare Cambodian Circus.
Spend the morning at leisure before venturing to Banteay Srei to explore the fascinating Hindu temple. Later board a boat to view the sunset from the moat of Angkor Thom.
Transfer to Phnom Krom to board your boutique cruise vessel, Mekong Prestige II. Dine on delicious local cuisine at the welcome dinner and enjoy a traditional music show as you sail on the Tonle Sap River.
Sail onto the Tonle Sap River and cruise to Kampong Chhang, where you'll see a floating village and buzzing local market. Disembark to see Kampong Tralach and return to the ship by ox-drawn carriage, before visiting the old hilltop capital of Oudong and finding peace at Vipassana Dhura Pagoda.
Soak up the views of rural Cambodia. Visit a silk weaving village, a local pagoda and a primary school. Continue to sail onto Phnom Penh and visit Wat Phnom, the temple which gave the city its name. This evening, experience an Apsara dance performance during a barbeque dinner on the sundeck.
Cambodia's capital is a city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. After an introductory lecture, take a city tour that includes the dazzling Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum and Wat Phnom. This evening, watch an Apsara dance performance onboard.
Spend the day at leisure on board the ship as formalities are completed at the Vietnamese border, with plenty of optional activities to take part in.
Visit a fish farm and a handicraft village before exploring Tan Chau by rickshaw. Later, head back to the pier for lunch before cruising through the afternoon.
Take a Sampan boat to Sa Dec via Vinh Long to see the local market, a brick factory and the ancient house of Mr Huynh Thuy Le, a famous French novelist. Visit a Caodaist temple before lunch back on board. Later, tour around Cai Be before dinner on the ship with a farewell party.
Disembark from the cruise vessel and transfer to Saigon. A seamless blend of past and present, Saigon is the city that is driving Vietnam towards an ever-brighter future. En route, visit Cholon market and a lacquer factory. Once in the city to visit the neoclassical Central Post Office; the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum where the brutality of the war and its victims are well-documented.
Contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, where you'll see the legendary tunnel network used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate South Vietnam during the war. This afternoon, fly to Danang and fly onto Hoi An.
Purchase fresh ingredients at the market for a cookery class at a local restaurant, consuming your creations for lunch. After, explore the charms of Hoi An on a walking tour. A wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, the streets are a delight to wander – visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, the colourful market, a Chinese temple and the Reaching Out Arts & Crafts workshop.
The epitome of Vietnam's dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. This morning, transfer to Hue to explore the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City before visiting the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang and the Thien Mu Pagoda, which overlooks the Perfume River.
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam's vibrant capital city. First stop will be Ba Dinh Square, then Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, followed by the Humble House on Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Next drive to the serene Temple of Literature, Hanoi's first university. This evening take a culinary adventure, sampling street food in the Old Quarter for dinner.
Spend two days aboard your comfortable cruise ship sailing amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Stay overnight on the boat before returning to Hanoi for an exhilarating cyclo ride through the Old Quarter. Wrap up the day with a strong Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake - an important symbol of Vietnamese folklore.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Our Mekong Odyssey tour is also available downstream, our itinerary can be found on our Mekong Odyssey tour page.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Want to fly direct to your destination? Choose Manchester, Heathrow or Gatwick for the biggest selection of direct flights.
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.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Bhutan is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount 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 is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 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 high quality coverage. 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.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
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, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
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