This inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise vacation begins in vibrant Bangkok, Thailand. A boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok’s famous canals, is the perfect way to start your sightseeing. Continue at the Grand Palace featuring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha followed by the Temple of the Reclining Buddha—the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in the city. Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where you’ll see the magnificent Temples of Angkor, such as Angkor Wat and the Bayon temple, featuring some 200 mysterious faces carved in its many towers. Next, board your ship and begin your cruise along the mighty Mekong River. Visit the capital city of Phnom Penh, with the magnificent Royal Palace faturing its striking Silver Pagoda and the National Museum.
Take in the stunning views at the 8th-century temple of Wat Hanchey before walking through the rural village of Angkor Ban to visit with welcoming schoolchildren. Continue your cruise into Vietnam and stop in the villages for interactions with locals, such as a visit to the home of a skilled family who make handcrafted sampans for a living. In exciting Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a walking tour of the famous landmarks and try your hand in the kitchen with a Vietnamese cooking class. Disembark your cruise ship and fly to Hanoi, where you’ll explore the famous Old Quarter with peddlers trading goods among its 36 ancient streets. From here, travel to Ha Long Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin, where you’ll be amazed at the more than 3,000 limestone islands of varying shapes. Enjoy a 2-night cruise along the bay with visits to the Cua Van Floating Village, fascinating caves, and a chance to swim at Ti Top Island. Finally, Luang Prabang is a well-preserved ancient town representing the heart of Laotian culture. Here, you’ll ascend Mount Phousi for stunning views of the city and the Mekong River below and stop in the National Museum to learn about the last king and queen of Laos. The beautiful scenery, ornate temples, and interactions with locals make this Southeast Asia river cruise vacation one you won’t soon forget!
Day 1 Bangkok: Welcome to ThailandDay 2 Bangkok: Boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining BuddhaDay 3 Bangkok: Day at leisureDay 4 Bangkok—Siem Reap: fly to Siem ReapDay 5 Siem Reap: Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple; Apsara dance performanceDay 6 Siem Reap: Visit Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and a noodle-making villageDay 7 Siem Reap—Phnom Penh (Embarkation): Fly to Phnom Penh; onboard welcome receptionDay 8 Wat Hanchey—Angkor Ban: Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour in Angkor Ban with school visitDay 9 Kampong Tralach—Konpong Louang—Phnom Penh: Ox cart ride through the countryside and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach; visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; visit the Tuol Sleng Museum and one of the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, or visit the lively central marketDay 10 Phnom Penh: Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; show by children from local orphanageDay 11 Border Crossing—Chau Doc: Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau DocDay 12 Long Khanh A—Cu Lao Gieng: Walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration; interact with sampan-making and conical hat making families in Cu Lao GiengDay 13 Vinh Long: Visit a local garden and a local workshop to see how rice wine and traditional candy are madeDay 14 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation): Walking tour; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking classDay 15 Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels excursionDay 16 Ho Chi Minh City—Hanoi: fly to HanoiDay 17 Hanoi: Visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and Temple of Literature; lunch at Koto; electric cart ride through the Old Quarter; water puppets performanceDay 18 Hanoi—Ha Long Bay (Embarkation): Drive to Ha Long Bay; visit Cua Van floating villageDay 19 Ha Long Bay: Cruise the bay; visit Ti Top Island, Luon Cave, and Dark and Bright Cave; opportunity to explore by kayakDay 20 Ha Long Bay—Hanoi—Luang Prabang: Drive to Hanoi; fly to Luang PrabangDay 21 Luang Prabang: Visit Mount Phousi, Wat Mai, the National Museum, and Wat Xieng Thong Day 22 Luang Prabang: Day at leisure Day 23 Luang Prabang: End of vacation