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Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights

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Spend a luxurious 13 days travelling between Vietnam and Cambodia, including a 7 night cruise along the incredible Mekong River and additional days driving overland in airconditioned comfort. Visit the World Heritage listed Angkor Archaeological Park, partake in an authentic Buddhist blessing & explore the bustling cities of Ho Chi Minh & Phnom Penh.

This trip is available both ways.
Choose to travel from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh, or reverse.

  • DURATION 13 DAYS
  • TYPE LUXURY RIVER CRUISE
  • OPERATES Selected dates July & August 2018
  • DEPARTS SIEM REAP [OR] HO CHI MINH

ITINERARY

DAY 1 ARRIVE SIEM REAP

Touching down in the bustling northwest province of Siem Reap, you’ll be met by an APT representative and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the exciting city centre. Near the business and entertainment districts, a stay at the Hotel Sofitel Angkor is the perfect introduction to Cambodia. Once you’ve settled in and freshened up, you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Stay — Hotel Sofitel Angkor

DAY 2 SIEM REAP

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Perhaps visit the temple of Wat Preah Prom Rath and participate in a Buddhist blessing; enjoy an exciting tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop where you can shop for local handmade crafts; participate in a fun Apsara dance class; take off on a thrilling quad bike adventure; enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour across the Cambodian countryside; take a horse and cart ride; partake in a traditional Khmer cooking class; go on a shopping adventure; or perhaps indulge in a relaxing spa treatment.

Meet your tour director and fellow travellers this morning at your welcome briefing and then head to Angkor Archaeological Park to visit the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, and the 12th-century temple of Bayon. Afterwards, embark on your selected sightseeing activity. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a traditional Apsara dance performance.

Stay — Hotel Sofitel Angkor
(B, D)

DAY 3 SIEM REAP

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Rise early this morning and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park for to enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat with drink in hand.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Dining

In Siem Reap tonight, you can select from a number of local restaurants for dinner.

After your early morning Signature Experience at Angkor Wat, enjoy a guided tour of the impressive temple, the best-preserved temple of Angkor and said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some time at leisure. This afternoon, you’ll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site famous for its bewildering intertwined trees. Later, visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children.

Stay
— 
Hotel Sofitel Angkor
(B, D)

DAY 4 SIEM REAP, EMBARK SHIP, PREK K'DAM

Transfer to Prek K’dam to embark your luxury river ship. Settle in to your suite before an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner showcasing the diverse flavours from the region of Luke’s heritage.

Stay — On the Mekong River, aboard RV AmaLotus
(B, L, D)

DAY 5 KAMPONG CHHNANG, KOH CHEN

Today brings you an authentic glimpse into the local way of life as you jump aboard a small boat and head into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Known as the ‘Clay Pot Port’, the local people craft pottery under their stilt homes on the river – a delight to watch. Here, watch out for water birds and traditional fishing traps near the riverbank. Back on your ship, continue sailing to the village of Koh Chen for a walk to visit the fine silverware and copperware workshops.

Stay — On the Mekong River, aboard RV AmaLotus
(B, L, D)

DAY 6 OUDONG, KAMPONG TRALACH, PHNOM PENH

Take a coach to Oudong, the fascinating royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, you’ll have a truly unique experience. Calling in on a local monastery, we are met by Buddhist monks before receiving a special blessing from them. Afterwards, continue to the village of Kampong Tralach for a visit to the Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu pagoda. Then, take an exciting ox cart ride through the countryside, passing lush rice fields and smiling locals on your way back to your ship. Later this evening, you arrive in Cambodia’s buzzing capital, Phnom Penh.

Stay — On the Mekong River, aboard RV AmaLotus
(B, L, D)

DAY 7 PHNOM PENH

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the dazzling white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, which is located on the south side of the palace complex and houses many national treasures. Alternatively, you may wish to discover some of Cambodia’s sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields. Afterwards, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Here, you’ll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in the mid-to-late 1970s. Your other options are a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia, or a guided city tour in a tuk tuk providing an exciting way in which to take in a range of city sights, including the Independence Monument and Wat Phnom.

After breakfast on board, disembark and join your chosen activity.

Stay — On the Mekong River, aboard RV AmaLotus
(B, L, D)

DAY 8 PHNOM PENH, BORDER CROSSING

With a free morning in Phnom Penh, you may like to enjoy a restful start to the day and stay aboard your ship. Or, perhaps make use of your time in this dazzling city and head out on your own to discover the sights and attractions that you have not yet covered. Your Cruise Director will be happy to provide inspiration should you need it. This afternoon, you might like to take in a fruit-carving demonstration by one of the ship’s chefs while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Vietnam. Alternatively, sit back and watch daily life unfold on the riverbanks – gliding between the two countries can be a distinct experience in itself – before enjoying dinner later this evening. After entering Vietnam, your ship will continue to cruise overnight towards Tan Chau.

Stay — On the Mekong River, aboard RV AmaLotus
(B, L, D)

DAY 9 TAN CHAU, EVERGREEN ISLAND

Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around the riverside town of Tan Chau. Cruise right past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau. Ride past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals eager to say hello. Later, step back in time during a visit to an evergreen island where you’ll experience authentic rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is left free for you to relax on board your luxurious river ship and observe rural Mekong life.

Stay — On the Mekong River, aboard RV AmaLotus
(B, L, D)

DAY 10 SA DEC, CAI BE

The morning takes you towards the quaint town of Sa Dec as your ship cruises past scenes of charming rural life. This delightfully sleepy locale is where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. On arrival, tour Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, ‘The Lover’. Later, pay a visit to a traditional Cao Dai temple. Watch visitors and pilgrims come and go, and appreciate the beauty of the building. This afternoon you continue to Cai Be. Once here, step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral as well as the colourful port area, which is filled with crumbling colonial buildings and delightful flowering gardens. Afterwards, you’ll visit a rice paper manufacturer and learn about how this traditional Vietnamese food is made.

Stay — On the Mekong River, aboard RV AmaLotus
(B, L, D)

DAY 11 DISEMBARK, HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON), LONG TAN OR CU CHI TUNNELS

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

On the first Signature Experience, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross – a memorial erected by the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, which is set in a rubber plantation and marks the site of the Battle of Long Tan. On the second alternative, visit the impressive Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. These tunnels served as Viet Cong hiding spots, supply and communication routes, as well as hospitals and weapon caches. With a history so diverse, the tunnels make for a fascinating afternoon visit.

Disembark at My Tho Port and be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City. Once a bustling French colonial city previously known as Saigon, today Ho Chi Minh City offers a myriad of attractions that display both its rich culture and fascinating history. Your first day in Ho Chi Minh City offers you the chance to choose from two Signature Experiences, during which you’ll learn about Vietnam’s recent past.

Stay — Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon
(B, L, D)

DAY 12 HO CHI MINH CITY

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Head to Vietnam House where a tantalising and exclusive degustation dinner, complete with matching wines – a menu created by APT Ambassador Luke Nguyen – awaits.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Choose from our extensive range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activities today. Perhaps enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting the Reunification Palace and the Central Post Office. Or jump on the back of a motorbike for an exciting city tour. Alternatively, tour the Ky Long Art Villa where you’ll learn about Vietnamese lacquer art and see artist workshops. You may like to try out your culinary skills with a fun cooking class at GRAIN by Luke Nguyen cooking studio, or delight in an exciting shopping tour.

Enjoy the day with a Freedom of Choice activity before indulging in a special Signature Experience this evening.

Stay — Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon
(B, D)

DAY 13 DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY

Enjoy breakfast and a free morning in which to explore those final corners of Ho Chi Minh City. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

(B)

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