With the world-famous temples of Angkor, a fascinating and chequered history, untouched tropical beaches, the mighty Mekong River and two vibrant cultures, Cambodia and Vietnam altogether make this region one of the most enthralling destinations on the planet. During your luxury tour to Vietnam & Cambodia, we take you from the magnificent Mekong Delta region of Vietnam to the very heart of Cambodia via a cruise.
ITINERARY BY DAY
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Cai Be
You will be pick up by our guide from your hotel in Saigon and transfer 70 kilometers south by land to My Tho to embark your boutique ship. Board your luxurious vessel, Jayavarman, and be welcomed by the crew. The captain will then raise the anchor, sound the horn and begin cruising leisurely towards Cai Be. Along the way you will witness scenes that have changed little over the years. Cruise past small villages dotted along the riverbanks where children play in the river and fisherman mend their nets. This evening enjoy a gourmet dinner on board.
Day 2: Cai Be –Sa Dec – Chau Doc
Explore Cai Be’s bustling floating market by sampan for some fantastic photo opportunities. Discover gorgeous landscapes along the river and visit see local artisans at work making coconut candies and rice cookies. Return to the ship and continue down river to Sa Dec and travel by sampan for a closer look at Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. In the evening continue cruising to Chau Doc.
Day 3: Chau Doc – Border – Phnom Penh
Chau Doc is a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. Today, visit the colorful local market near an ancient temple, followed by a trip to the quay where a boat excursion to the floating villages and rustic catfish farms awaits. In the afternoon, enjoy a cooking demonstration on board the ship by the Executive Chef. Later the vessel will enter the Cambodia and head towards its capital, Phnom Penh.
Day 4: Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh was once considered the jewel in the crown of French colonial Indochina. From its turbulent past, the city is now awakening to a new era of commercial success. Today you will embark on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh and end the day with dinner on the ship accompanied by a special Khmer dance performance.
Day 5: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham
Stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village to see the looms at work and pass by the Mekong's tranquil villages, river life and sun-baked fishermen on their makeshift boats. Be transported to another era as you spend time with the villagers of Angkor Ban. The modern world is still yet to arrive but a warm welcomed is guaranteed.
Day 6: Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey
Wake before the sun rises and journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breath-taking views in Cambodia. Get your daily exercise and climb the 291 steps to the top or take a motorbike taxi! Back on board the ship take part in a Buddhist blessing ceremony. When the tide allows, go by inflatable boat to the nearby beach to swim in the tea-coloured Mekong River and visit visit Wat Nokor temple which holds a timeless story. On the way back to the ship, visit an orphanage to play with the children and test your balancing skills as navigate your way across a 2 kilometre monkey bridge made from rickety bamboo.
Day 7: Kampong Cham - Kampong Chhnang
Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the ship sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang on the Tonle Sap River - a 'waterworld' where everything is on stilts balanced on rich water rich soil. It's an awesome sight whilst practising Tai Chi on the deck. Take a motorboat excursion to the landing pier, followed by a road trip to see Khmer-styled pottery, followed by an adventurous motorboat excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region.
Day 8: Tonle Sap - Siem Reap
The cruise comes to an end at the Siem Reap port with a transfer to your hotel and sightseeing at the fabled Angkor temple complex. Today you will see the Roluos complex where the three temples of Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko offer some insights into some of the earliest temple structures of Angkor. The evening is left free to explore Siem Reap and its array of restaurants and activities.
Day 9: Siem Reap - Full Day Temple Tour
Start with a visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom where statues of the gods of good and evil line the entrance. Your next stop is the Bayon, known for the hundreds of smiling faces that grace the towers. The bas reliefs are quite impressive and tell stories of daily life and the great battles that were fought between the Khmers and ancient Thais. Move on to Phimeanakas, shaped a bit like a pyramid with two ponds in the rear. The ponds were once used for religious rituals but today serve as swimming pools for Khmer kids. Walk to the top of the temple for impressive views of the Angkor complex.
See the rows of trunks that form the wall of the Terrace of the Elephants, a platform from which King Jayavarman surveyed his army. Close by is the Terrace of Leper Kings, which includes a statue depicting Yana, the Hindu god of death. Then it’s a short drive to one of the most loved temples of all - Ta Prohm. This small crumbling temple is held together by giant tree roots giving it a magical feel.
Return to Siem Reap for lunch and to escape the hot sun. Then later in the afternoon explore the magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. This visually spectacular temple is a massive three-tiered pyramid, rising 65 metres from the ground and crowned by five lotus towers.
It’s the national symbol of Cambodia and proudly appears on the country’s flag.
End your day with sunset views over the jungle from the top of Pre Rup Temple before returning to Siem Reap
Day 10: Siem Reap
Day at leisure
Day 11: Depart Siem Reap
Today is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
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