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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.
Our Rivers of Indochina itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam's most evocative and largest city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to stat soaking up local culture.
Visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. Onward to the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum where the brutality of the war and its victims are well-documented. Finish up browsing through the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Transfer to My Tho, a city on the Mekong Delta, to board your elegant cruise vessel. Sip your welcome cocktail before sitting down to dine on delicious local cuisine in the bistro-style restaurant. Later, retire to your comfortable stateroom for the night.
Visit Cai Be to see the sights and sounds of the local floating market. This afternoon paddle along some of the numerous palm-lined canals and backwaters on a sampan, the perfect way to catch a glimpse of everyday life on the delta.
Today's excursion is to the village of Chua Doc. We'll also visit the Cham communities across the river and a catfish farm. Return to the boat to cruise over the border into Cambodia.
Take a cyclo ride around the centre to see the main sights, including the dazzling Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. This afternoon, learn more about the reign of the Khmer Rouge, visiting the harrowing Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum.
Take an excursion up the Tonle Sap River to Kampng Chhnang, a city set amongst gorgeous scenes of vivid green rice paddies dotted with soaring palms. Later discover the vast Tonle Sap wetlands, an area of ecological importance supporting diverse range of flora and fauna.
Enjoy a leisurely morning stroll around the village of Chong Koh where we can see the local silk-weavers at work. Cruise past timeless rural scenes and peaceful villages making a stop at Peam Chi Kang village to meet the local people and visit the local monastery and school. Explore this friendly community at your leisure.
This morning visit the remains of the pre-Angkor hilltop 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. This afternoon see the twin holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey before heading to the ecotourism village of Choeungkok.
Disembark from the cruise vessel and transfer to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. Journey out to the Roluos Group of temples dating from the 9th century: these were some of the earliest permanent structures built by the Khmer Empire.
Rising early, the tour begins at Ta Prohm, one of the most atmospheric temples due to the fact that it has been left in the grips of the jungle. Continue to the walled city of Angkor Thom and pas through the magnificent South Gate, glanced by 54 gods and demons. At Angkor Thoms 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. The rest of the day is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat, the most magnificent, and best preserved, of all of Angkor's treasures. It is easy to while away an afternoon in its shady presents, examining its wealth of fascinating and intricate embellishments.
Spend a day at leisure in Siem Reap. This buzzing city has plenty to keep you occupied - stroll streets lined with old French houses, browse boutiques and galleries and enjoy world class dining.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving home the following day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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