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Dynamic, bustling cities contrast with timeless, traditional villages on this itinerary in the heart of Southeast Asia. Starting in lively Ho Chi Minh City, before cruising along the majestic Mekong River in complete comfort, and ending in the charming city of Siem Reap, this 14-day journey promises to be an unforgettable adventure.

 

This itinerary is simply a snapshot of what we can offer, and ports/excursions are subject to change, so contact our Luxury Cruise Travel Specialists to make the most of their expertise and the latest offers.

Day 1 Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Day 1 to 3 Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Day 1 to 3Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and take a private transfer to Park Hyatt Saigon. During your 3-night stay you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city and beyond. An included ‘Good Morning Saigon’ tour introduces you to the vibrant streets in the early hours of the day, when they are buzzing with activity. Learn about the Vietnam War on a half-day tour to the Cu Chi tunnels, discovering some of the thousands of miles of underground tunnels used by Vietnamese soldiers to hide, transport supplies and fight their enemy.  

Day 4 Embarkation

Day 4 Embarkation

On day 4 you will transfer to the port to board the luxury river cruise ship, AMA Dara. Sit down to a delicious welcome dinner with your fellow passengers as you begin cruising towards Cai Be.  

Day 5 Cai Be and Sa Dec, Vietnam

Day 5Cai Be and Sa Dec, Vietnam

Travelling to Cai Be by local boat, you’ll have the chance to visit candy and rice paper making workshops, with the option to add an active walking tour to historic Kiet House as well. Later in the day, you’ll arrive to Sa Dec on the Mekong River delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her youth.  Here, the vibrant market and colourful Cao Dai Temple await.  

Day 6 Tan Chau and Border Crossing

Day 6Tan Chau and Border Crossing

Enjoy a visit to the small town of Tan Chau, known for its silk production. An optional walking tour to ‘Evergreen Island’, where life has changed little over the years, offers a unique insight into the local area. Select sailings may offer an additional optional tour, travelling to Tram Chim National Park. A stunning 850-hectare biodiversity preserve, this pristine oasis is brimming with flora and fauna, which can be discovered whilst gliding along the inland waterways on a traditional sampan boat. Later in the day, cruise from Vietnam to the Cambodian border en route to Phnom Penh.  

*Please Note: Tram Chim National Park visit is capacity controlled and available on select sailings only.

Day 7 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Day 7Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Start the day with a visit to the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. An afternoon excursion to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention centre (Genocide Museum) is a sobering experience. Once back onboard, sit back and relax as local children perform traditional Khmer folk dancing for you. 

Day 8 Oudong, Kampong Tralach and Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Day 8Oudong, Kampong Tralach and Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Today sees a visit to Oudong, Cambodia’s former royal capital from the early 17th century until 1866 and today an important pilgrimage site for Cambodians. Wander around Oudong’s monastery and experience a memorable Buddhist Blessing Ceremony or opt for an active walking tour where panoramic views of the Oudong plain will reward you for the effort! In Kampong Tralach, an oxcart ride through a local village is a uniquely authentic experience. Later, there’s more time to discover all Phnom Penh has to offer on a tuk ride along tree-lined boulevards and past impressive French Colonial architecture.  

Day 9 Oknhatey and Angkor Ban, Cambodia

Day 9Oknhatey and Angkor Ban, Cambodia

In the morning, set sail for Oknhatey, known as ‘Silk Island’, a beautiful island on the banks of the Mekong River. A visit to a weaving village gives you an insight into how traditional silk textiles are made, an art that has been preserved for centuries. Later, your cruise continues, sailing onward to Angkor Ban.    

Day 10 Angkor Ban and Kampong Cham, Cambodia

Day 10Angkor Ban and Kampong Cham, Cambodia

Set off on a walking tour of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Next, the ship sets sail for Kampong Cham, where there is time for an afternoon excursion to Wat Nokor, perhaps the most treasured monument within the ancient complex of Banteay Prey Nokor. End the day with a festive farewell dinner on board the ship, the perfect opportunity to relive the adventures of the last seven days with your fellow guests.      

*Based on seasonality, the port of Angkor Ban may be inaccessible from August - September. During this time, Wat Hanchey will replace Angkor Ban as the port of call. 

Day 11 Disembarkation and Siem Reap, Cambodia

Day 11Disembarkation and Siem Reap, Cambodia

Your cruise concludes in Kampong Cham, where you will disembark before being transferred to Siem Reap. Check into Anantara Angkor Resort, a luxurious all-suite property with an enviable location near the iconic site of Angkor Wat.   

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Day 12 to 14 Siem Reap, Cambodia

Day 12 to 14Siem Reap, Cambodia

Spend two days exploring vibrant Siem Reap. An included walking tour is an ideal introduction to the city, and a culinary tour allows you to discover some of the secrets of Khmer cuisine. On day 14 it’s time to transfer to the airport for your flight back home.  

Day 14 Fly from Siem Reap, Cambodia

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