Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights
Travel DatesDepartures year round
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Day 1: Depart London
Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Cambodia.
Day 2: Arrive Siem Reap
On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the exciting Siem Reap city centre. You can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 3: Siem Reap
Meet your tour director and fellow travellers at a welcome briefing before heading to Angkor Archaeological Park. Here, discover the last capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, and the 12th-century temple of Bayon. This afternoon, explore the temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site famous for its intertwined trees. Later, visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and traditional Apsara dance performance, once reserved for the royal family’s entertainment.
Day 4: Siem Reap
Rise early this morning and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park for a special Signature Experience. Afterwards, enjoy a guided exploration of this well-preserved temple, then return to your hotel for breakfast. This afternoon, a choice of sightseeing awaits.
Day 5: Kampong Cham, Embark Ship, Koh Pen
Transfer to Kampong Cham to embark your luxury river ship. Following lunch on board, jump in a tuk tuk and explore the island of Koh Pen. Travelling through shaded lanes, keep an eye out for wooden stilted houses tucked among palm and sandalwood trees. You can see a varying range of crops growing depending on the season, including tobacco, betel nuts, watermelons or coconuts and many more tropical fruits. Tonight, a Vietnamese welcome dinner awaits, showcasing the diverse flavours from the region.
Day 6: Angkor Ban, Oknha Tey
Take a walking discovery of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here, people still live in their traditional wooden abodes and keep ancient cultural traditions alive. Later, your ship glides along the lush banks of the Mekong to Oknha Tey, renowned for its silk weaving traditions. Here, gain an insight into the traditional process that has been preserved for centuries. Afterwards, return to your river ship, where you’ll relax and unwind before delicious onboard dining tonight.
Day 7: Phnom Penh, Oudong, Koh Chen
Disembark in Phnom Penh and discover Oudong, a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, enjoy a Signature Experience. On the way back to your ship, take a leisurely stroll through the village of Koh Chen and perhaps visit some home workshops that make copperware. The afternoon is yours to explore Phnom Penh as you wish. Tonight before dinner, be treated to a special Khmer folk performance.
Day 8: Phnom Penh
Today presents a wealth of included sightseeing choices for you to indulge in.
Day 9: Phnom Penh, Border Crossing
Depart Phnom Penh as you cruise along the Mekong. After entering Vietnam, head towards Tan Chau.
Day 10: Tan Chau, Evergreen Island
Step ashore in Tan Chau today for a rickshaw tour. On board your rickshaw, you’ll glide past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals who are always eager to say hello. Stop to pay a visit to a local silk and rattan weaving workshop. Later, step back in time during a visit to an evergreen island aboard a small boat, where you’ll experience authentic rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is left free for you to relax back on board your river ship.
Day 11: Sa Dec, Cai Be
Cruise towards the quaint town of Sa Dec. It was here 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, continue to Cai Be and step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral and the colourful port area filled with crumbling colonial buildings and flowering gardens. Afterwards, you’ll visit a rice paper manufacturer and learn about how this Vietnamese staple is made.
Day 12: My Tho, Disembark Ship, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels or Long Tan
Disembark in My Tho and continue to Ho Chi Minh City, once the bustling French colonial city previously known as Saigon. Your first day here offers you the chance to choose from two Signature Experiences, during which you’ll learn about Vietnam’s recent past.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City
A range of Freedom of Choice options await today. This evening, we have arranged a special Signature Experience for you.
Day 14: Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 15: Arrive London
Arrive back in London today.