The Majestic Mekong


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Take a luxury river cruise through the resilient land of Cambodia where the Temples of Angkor await your discovery. Continue on to Vietnam to explore the cultural centres, natural wonders and fast-paced cities of this fascinating country

tour duration 22 Days from
tour price 5,490pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Siem Reap (2N) - Mekong River Cruise (3N) - Phnom Penh (1N) - Chau Doc (1N) - Can Tho (1N) - Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (2N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (3N) - Halong Bay (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Enjoy a wonderful 3 night luxury cruise on the Mekong on 5* RV Jahan
Meet a water puppeteer and try your hand at puppet making
Sip Champagne as the sun sets over Angkor Wat
Learn to cook local Vietnamese style in Hoi An

Exclusive Experiences

Take a luxury 2 night cruise on Halong Bay
Lunch on vegetarian food prepared by the nuns of Dong Thuyen Pagoda
Watch the A O Show at Saigon’s colonial Opera House
Sip champagne on the summit of Phnom Krom as the sun sets
Ascend the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail at sunset
Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on Saigon's Lady Hau

Days 1-2 Fly to Siem Reap
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.
Days 1-2 Fly to Siem Reap
Day 3 Explore Angkor
Spend the day discovering the magnificent temples of Angkor. Admire the splendour of Angkor Wat, the magnum opus of the Khmer Empire, pass through the South Gateway of Angkor Thom to visit the enigmatic Bayon and jungle-wreathed Ta Prohm. Later, ascend to Phnom Krom, located on a high hill top, where you will sip champagne as the sun sets over Tonle Sap. (B,L)
Day 3 Explore Angkor
Day 4 Mekong Cruise
Board your boutique river cruise vessel, the RV Jahan, your home for the next three nights. Sit on the sundeck and sip your welcome drink as you cast off. Spend the afternoon gliding lazily downstream. Dine on local cuisine in the elegant dining hall and retire to your comfortable stateroom for the night. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Mekong Cruise
Day 5 Tonle Sap
As the sun starts to peek over the horizon, take part in an invigorating session of Tai Chi. Pass through the marshlands that join Tonle Sap with the languid Tonle River. Cruise to explore the wetlands and floating houses of Kampong Cham. Further down river, take part in an ox cart rally. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Tonle Sap
Day 6 Wat Hanchey
This morning, journey to the pre Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey – the view from its hilltop perch is spectacular. Return to the ship for a blessing ceremony performed by local monks. Cruising on downriver pay a visit to Wat Nokor. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Wat Hanchey
Day 7 Phnom Penh
It is with regret that we wave farewell to the RV Jahan, disembarking in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, a city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. Visit the dazzling Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Central Market and the National Museum. (B,L)
Day 7 Phnom Penh
Day 8 Mekong by Speedboat
Enjoy a morning at leisure. This afternoon ride in a speedboat downriver deep into the heart of the Mekong Delta, over the border into Vietnam, to the Victoria Chau Doc Resort. Life on and around the river will unfold before you as you zip past villages, bamboo stilt houses, floating markets and lush, green farmland. Arrive at the resort and spend the rest of the day enjoying the facilities. (B)
Day 8 Mekong by Speedboat
Day 9 Tra Su Sanctuary Forest
This morning, explore the Tra Su Sanctuary Forest by traditional sampan boat, floating along the endless waterways lined with mangrove trees. Keep an eye out for a plethora of fauna and flora. Meet the locals in an ethnic Khmer village and take some time to chat with the monks at a local monastery. (B)
Day 9 Tra Su Sanctuary Forest
Day 10 Mekong Delta Cruise
Set sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional vessel, passing sleepy towns and stopping to explore markets bursting with fresh produce and innovative home industries. Visit a 19th-century house, visit a home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice before enjoying a lunch served in a colonial-style villa set in a lush garden by the river. Travel to Saigon. This evening, enjoy the cultural extravaganza that is the ‘A O Show’, staged at the magnificent Saigon Opera House. (B,L)
Day 10 Mekong Delta Cruise
Day 11 Explore Saigon
Saigon has evolved from war torn city to thriving metropolis. This morning see the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. This afternoon, take a cyclo tour of Chinatown and enjoy a walking tour of a traditional herbal medicine street, learning about herbs, spices and healing concoctions as you go. Ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail and sunset views. Finally, drift gently down the Saigon River on the Lady Hau, dining on delicious cuisine as you soak up the night time views. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Explore Saigon
Day 12 Cu Chi Tunnels
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Return to Saigon. (B,L)
Day 12 Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 13 Discover Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of this charming town. A wonderfully laidback place, the streets are a delight to wander – visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, the colourful market and a Chinese temple, finishing at the 'Reaching Out' Tea House, a social enterprise working with local people with disabilities. (B,L)
Day 13 Discover Hoi An
Day 14 Hoi An Cooking Class
Wander through the morning market browsing the fresh produce and picking up ingredients for your cooking class. Spend the rest of the morning learning the skills necessary to prepare delicious Vietnamese cuisine. The rest of the afternoon is free. (B,L)
Day 14 Hoi An Cooking Class
Day 15 Perfume River
Travel from Hoi An to Hue, crossing the scenic Hai Van Pass. Long considered Vietnam’s seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home to emperors from 1802 to 1945. Take a cruise along the scenic Perfume River to the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda, which you will have time to visit. (B,L)
Day 15 Perfume River
Day 16 Imperial Hue
Start the day with a stroll through the grandiose entrance of the Imperial Citadel to explore the complex within before heading out, along the river, into Hue’s lush surroundings to see Minh Mang’s tomb. Lunch will be vegetarian dishes prepared by the nuns of Dong Thuyen Pagoda, before you try your hand at making paper flowers, in a village that is known for the art. Admire the regal surroundings of the Tha Om Garden House whose owner, Mr Vinh, is descended from royalty. (B,L)
Day 16 Imperial Hue
Day 17 Fly to Hanoi
Transfer to the airport and fly to Vietnam’s capital Hanoi. (B)
Day 17 Fly to Hanoi
Day 18 Explore Hanoi
Spend the morning exploring the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the mausoleum of the revered Ho Chi Minh (closed September to November) before visiting the revered Temple of Literature. Later, take a walking tour of the Old Quarter before meeting a water puppeteer who will put on a private water puppet show. (B,L)
Day 18 Explore Hanoi
Days 19-20 Halong Bay
Halong Bay is a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Sail on emerald waters amongst karst peaks aboard your luxury cruise ship, spending two nights on the water. Rise early to practice Tai Chi on deck as the sun rises. Explore Cat Ba Island, swim off hidden beaches, explore dramatic caves, visit floating villages and see the very best of this unique and beautiful area. (B,L,D)
Days 19-20 Halong Bay
Day 21 Return to Hanoi
Reluctantly return to the jetty and travel back to Hanoi. (B)
Day 21 Return to Hanoi
Day 22 Fly to Hanoi
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Day 22 Fly to Hanoi

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

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 Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

08-Nov > 30-Nov - £5,490 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4890 (Siem Reap - Hanoi)
Single Supplement from £3390
Tipping paid locally US$168

28-Mar > 19-Apr - £5,990 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4890 (Siem Reap - Hanoi)
Single Supplement from £3390
Tipping paid locally US$168

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Sokha Angkor Resort
Sokha Angkor Resort - Siem Reap (2 Nights)
hotel star rating

A 7-minute walk from the bars and restaurants along Pub Street, this upscale hotel features elegant decor. Its airy rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, cable TV and a minibar, as well as city or pool views. Other amenities include 3 restaurants, a bar, an outdoor pool and a hot tub, as well as a gym, a spa, a sauna and a steam room.



Hotel Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra
Hotel Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra - Phnom Penh (1 Nights)
hotel star rating

Warm, contemporary rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and air-conditioning. Amenities include 5 restaurants with a range of cuisines, 4 bars, 2 outdoor pools and fitness facilities.



Victoria Chau Doc Hotel
Victoria Chau Doc Hotel - Mekong Delta (1 Nights)
hotel star rating

Situated on the banks of the Bassac River, this modern hotel is ideally located in the heart of Vietnam's famous Mekong Delta. Each room is spacious and comfortable with modern amenities including satellite TV and a tea/coffee maker. The hotel also features wonderful riverside dining at its Bassac Restaurant as well as a relaxing rooftop terrace where guests can enjoy a relaxing massage.



Victoria Can Tho Resort
Victoria Can Tho Resort - Mekong Delta (1 Nights)
hotel star rating

On the Hau River in the Mekong Delta, this casual spa resort features refined rooms and suites with traditional Vietnamese decor, Wi-Fi access and balconies with river, garden and pool views. There's a French-inspired restaurant and a bar. The spa area offers massage treatments, a sauna and a steam room.



Caravelle Hotel
Caravelle Hotel - Saigon, Vietnam (3 Nights)
hotel star rating

Since 1959, Caravelle Saigon has been Ho Chi Minh City’s landmark 5* address in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment district. The hotel boasts elegantly decorated rooms featuring full-length windows which overlook the city or Saigon River. Modern comforts include a flat-screen TV, a pillow menu and 24-hour room service in all rooms. Guests can enjoy an international meal served in a casual buffet style on-site.



Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa
Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa - Hoi An (2 Nights)
hotel star rating

Located beside Cua Dai Beach, Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort features an outdoor swimming pool and rooms with views of the river or sea. The spacious rooms at the resort come with traditional Vietnamese, French or Japanese décor. Overlooking the sea, Annam Restaurant serves a selection of local and international dishes. Fresh seafood is also offered.



La Residence Hue
La Residence Hue - Hue, Vietnam (2 Nights)
hotel star rating

La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa is a classic colonial villa spread over 2 hectares on the banks of the scenic Perfume River. The well-appointed en-suite rooms are individually designed with beautiful Art deco furniture and spacious terraces. All rooms include a TV, minibar and breath-taking views of the city or river. The hotel is close to Vietnam’s superb attractions - Ho Chi Minh Museum, Dong Ba Market and Hue Train Station.



Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi
Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi - Hanoi, Vietnam (3 Nights)
hotel star rating

Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi is located in the heart of Hanoi, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. The luxuorious 5* hotel offers guests 105 exquisite en-suite rooms with hand-picked luxurious amenities and 21st Century technology. The hotels facilities include restaurants, a bar, a four-season swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Mediterranean inspired cuisine and Vietnamese specialties are dishes served at Hotel De L'opera Hanoi.



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Hong Kong Glimpses

tour duration 3 Days from tour price 240pp
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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.

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

Most meals
International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

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