Journey to Mekong Delta [Vietnam to Cambodia]

Hanoi, Halong, Hoi An, Hue, Saigon, Keong Delta waterways, Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat

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Overview

Discover the many wonders of Vietnam, before experiencing the sights and sounds of the majestic Mekong in utmost comfort on a deluxe cruise. You’ll sail across the border into Cambodia, where the incredible Temples of Angkor await your discovery.

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Halong Bay - Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Hanoi - Fly to Hue Breakfast
Day 6 Hue Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Hoi An Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Hoi An Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Saigon Breakfast
Day 10 Saigon Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 My Tho / Mekong region Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Mekong Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 Mekong waterways Breakfast
Day 14 Phnom Penh Breakfast
Day 15 Mekong backwaters Breakfast
Day 16 Kratie Breakfast
Day 17 Kampong Cham Breakfast
Day 18 Siem Reap Breakfast
Day 19 Siem Reap Breakfast
Day 20 Siem Reap Breakfast
Day 21 Siem Reap Departure

Full itinerary

Day 1

Hanoi

Fly overnight to Hanoi. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Meals:

Day 2

Explore Hanoi

Spend the morning exploring the Ho Chi Minh Quarter - see the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

Drive to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay and board an overnight junk boat. Relax as you cruise around stunning limestone islets and watch the sun set over the bay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Halong Bay - Hanoi

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier to get back Hanoi,

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Hanoi - Fly to Hue

Morning fly to hue. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

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, to see Minh Mang’s Tomb. Lunch will be vegetarian dishes prepared by the nuns of Lien Hoa Pagoda, before you try your hand at making paper flowers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Discover Hoi An

Travel from Hue to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of this charming town. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Rural Tra Que

Visit the community farming project in the village of Tra Que. Here you can wander through the farm to see all the organic produce, learn traditional farming methods and even try your hand at tending the vegetables yourself! Your hard work will be rewarded with a herbal foot bath and massage. Enjoy a short cooking demonstration before dining on a lunch that’s straight out of the gardens. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Flight to Saigon

This morning is free before journeying to Saigon. This evening, enjoy the cultural extravaganza that is the ‘A O Show’, staged at the magnificent Saigon Opera House and a delicious dinner in your own way

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

Explore Saigon

Travel out of Saigon to the Cu Chi tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong. Returning to the city, visit the beautiful colonial Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, and the harrowing War Remnants Museum.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Board the Mekong Cruise

Transfer from Saigon to the Mekong Delta city of My Tho, where you will board your Pandaw cruise ship. You will be welcomed aboard with refreshing drinks, before sitting down to a briefing and delicious lunch as you cast off into the vast Mekong Delta. This evening, dine on freshly prepared food – your choice of local or European dishes, before retiring to your spacious stateroom.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Mekong backwaters

Explore the delta’s backwaters and palm-lined canals in local sampan boats. Stop at a local market to browse and visit the house of Mr Huynh Thuy Le, said to have been the lover of French novelist Marguerite Duras.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Into Cambodia

In the morning you can visit a Cham tribal village and cat fish farm, borrow the ship's mountain bikes and do some independent exploration, or simply relax onboard. After lunch is served, sailing toward the direction of Cambodia and cross the border.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14

Explore Phnom Penh

Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh is a charming city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. Discover the city by cyclo, visiting the glittering Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. This afternoon, there is an excursion to the harrowing Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng that you can join if you wish.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15

Vibrant local life

Take an exploratory cruise up the Tonle River, making a stop at the silver-making village to see the craftsmen at work, as well as two villages, Kampong Trolach and Chong Koh to immerse yourself in Cambodia’s daily life (if water level as low, these expeditions will be by coach).

Meals: Breakfast

Day 16

Colonial Kratie

Take a morning stroll through a Khmer village, Angkor Ban, greeting the locals as you go. Continue upriver, soaking up the delightful scenery, reaching the charming colonial town of Kratie in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 17

Dolphin Spotting

Proceed upriver by local bus to the area that the rare Mekong Dolphin calls home, now protected as a National Park. With luck, these elusive creatures may put in an appearance – there are around 80 who live in the area. Back on the ship, head back downstream with a stop at 'Monkey Temple' shrine before mooring overnight near Kampong Cham.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 18

Toward Siem Reap

Departing your ship, transfer to Siem Reap by coach, stopping en route at Kampong Thom. Arriving in the city, the gateway to the temples of Angkor, in the mid-afternoon it’s time to relax with a spa treatment, with options including a traditional Khmer massage. Later let us treat you to a divine afternoon tea experience.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 19

Angkor conservation master class

The day begins with a masterclass that takes you behind the scenes at Angkor with one of its lead stone conservation experts. You’ll learn little- known secrets about these magnificent monuments and get a crash course in conservation techniques. Full of knowledge you’ll now embark on a full day tour of Angkor. Beginning at the atmospheric Ta Prohm, a tussle of stone and jungle, continue into Angkor Thom, the walled city, to the enigmatic Bayon. The afternoon is dedicated to the breathtaking Angkor Wat before a champagne sunset at Phnom Krom temple.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 20

Explore Beng Mealea

This morning, embrace your inner explorer to discover the 12th century Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple of the edge of the Angkor complex. An atmospheric site that has been left to the whims of the jungle, wandering its walkways feels like an adventure! Tonight, enjoy a farewell meal of Khmer culinary delights!

Meals: Breakfast

Day 21

Siem Reap Departure

Departure, transfer to the airport.

Meals:

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • English speaking guide [Other languages are available as well]
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers / Transportation
  • Daily bottle water on coach

Exclusions

  • Visa
  • International or Domestic flights
  • Tips or anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Hanoi

La Beaute De Hotel

Tirant Hotel

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Halong Bay

Swan Cruise

Huong Hai Sealife Cruise

Hoi An

Calla Villa

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

Palm Garden Resort

Hue

Serene Palace Hotel

Eldora Hotel

La Residence Hue

Ho Chi Minh

GK Central Hotel

Grand Silverland Hotel

Rex Hotel

Siem Reap

Sokha Roth Hotel

Saem Siem Reap Hotel

Sokha Angkor Resort

Phnom Penh

Le Mont Hotel

Hamorny Hotel

Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel

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