This magical Southeast Asia river cruise along the Mekong River will take you to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, showing you the culture and local traditions of each country and the must-see sites along the way.Your adventure begins in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where you’ll get a taste of the culture first-hand with a Vietnamese cooking class and go on a fascinating excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extraordinary network of tunnels used extensively during the war. Immerse yourself in the everyday life of locals with a stroll through a busy market, and visits to a family’s home for a cotton-weaving demonstration and a local workshop to see how rice wine and traditional candes are made.
In Cambodia, visit the famous sites, such as the temple of Wat Hanchey, providing spectacular views, and take part in a traditional water blessing with local monks. Enjoy an ox cart ride around the Cambodian countryside and meet a local farmer to learn about his daily life. Siem Reap offers the magnificent Temples of Angkor—ancient ruins that are a display of architectural complexity and grandeur unlike anything else in the world. See the most famous temples here, such as Angkor Wat, honoring the Hindu god, Vishnu; and the Bayon temple, which features some 200 mysterious faces carved in its many towers. Enjoy an inspiring Aspara dance performance and other treasures of the city.Fly to Hanoi and explore the famous sites, such as the Old Quarter, where peddlers have traded goods for centuries on its 36 ancient streets. Next, a remarkable 2-night cruise along Ha Long Bay will show you its beautiful Limestone Islands. In Sapa, an important marketplace for the area, visit one of the famous Weekly Markets where homemade goods are sold and the ethnic minority groups of the area wear their colorful costumes. Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. This well-preserved ancient town represents the heart of Laotian culture. Your sightseeing will show you the famous sites, such as Wat Xieng Thong, considered the most beautiful monastery in the city. The perfect ending to an unforgettable Southeast Asia river cruise vacation!
Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City: Welcome to VietnamDay 2 Ho Chi Minh City: Walking tour; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking classDay 3 Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels excursionDay 4 Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation): Onboard welcome receptionDay 5 Vinh Long—Lao Gieng: Visit a local workshop to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made in Vinh Long; visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest in Cu Lao GiengDay 6 Chau Doc—Long Khanh A—Cambodian Border Crossing: Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc; walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstrationDay 7 Phnom Penh: Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; afternoon at leisure; show by children from a local orphanage Day 8 Phnom Penh: Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and visit one of the Cambodian Killing FieldsDay 9 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 10 Konpong Louang—Kampong Tralach: Visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; ox cart ride through the countryside, and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong TralachDay 11 Phnom Penh (Disembarkation)—Siem Reap: Fly to Siem Reap; visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon TempleDay 12 Siem Reap: Visit Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and a noodle-making village; Apsara dance performanceDay 13 Siem Reap—Hanoi: fly to HanoiDay 14 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 15 Hanoi—Ha Long Bay (Embarkation): Drive to Ha Long Bay; visit Cua Van floating villageDay 16 Ha Long Bay: Cruise the bay; visit Ti Top Island, Luon Cave, and Dark and Bright Cave; opportunity to explore by kayakDay 17 Ha Long Bay (Disembarkation)—Hanoi: Visit Sung Sot Cave; drive to HanoiDay 18 Hanoi—Sapa: Drive to Sapa; visit a local marketDay 19 Sapa: Visit Ta Van village, Lao Chai village, Silver Waterfall, and Heaven GateDay 20 Sapa: Visit a weekly market and a Red Dao villageDay 21 Sapa—Hanoi—Luang Prabang: Drive to Hanoi; fly to Luang PrabangDay 22 Luang Prabang: Visit Mount Phousi, Wat Mai, the National Museum, and Wat Xieng Thong Day 23 Luang Prabang: Day at leisure Day 24 Luang Prabang: End of vacation