This magical Southeast Asia river cruise along the Mekong River will take you through Cambodia and Vietnam, showing you the culture and local traditions of each country and the must-see sites along the way. Your adventure begins in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with 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 of these temples, Angkor Wat, which honors 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 before embarking on your river cruise In Kampong Tralach, an ox cart ride will show you the Cambodian countryside and you’ll meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life.
The temple of Wat Hanchey provides you the most stunning views, and then take part in a traditional water blessing with local monks. Continue to Vietnam and stroll through a local market—a unique opportunity to see locals buying and selling fresh produce. Via sampan, visit the home of a local family for a cotton-weaving demonstration and a local workshop which makes rice wine and traditional candies. In bustling Ho Chi Minh City, try your hand in the kitchen with a Vietnamese cooking class and go on an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels—the extraordinary network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the war. 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. You’ll visit the Cua Van Floating Village, spectacular caves, and even go for a swim at Titop Island. You’ll then fly to Sapa, located in northwest Vietnam, with its lush green hillsides, surrounded by mountains in every direction. Here, you’ll visit the villages of the Zay and Black Hmong ethnic groups to learn about their way of life. And to really appreciate the serene landscape, visit the stunning Silver Waterfall and enjoy the epic views from atop the highest road in Vietnam at a point called Heaven Gate. The perfect ending to an unforgettable Southeast Asia river cruise vacation!
Day 1 Siem Reap: Welcome to CambodiaDay 2 Siem Reap: Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple; Apsara dance performanceDay 3 Siem Reap: Visit Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and a noodle-making villageDay 4 Siem Reap–Phnom Penh (Embarkation): Fly to Phnom Penh; onboard welcome receptionDay 5 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 6 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 PenhDay 7 Phnom Penh: Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; show by children from local orphanageDay 8 Border Crossing–Chau Doc: Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau DocDay 9 Long Khanh A–Cu Lao Gieng: Walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration; visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest in Cu Lao GiengDay 10 Ben Tre: Visit a local garden and a local workshop to see how rice wine and traditional candy are madeDay 11 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation): Walking tour; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking classDay 12 Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels excursionDay 13 Ho Chi Minh City–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: Drive to Hanoi Day 22 Hanoi: End of vacation