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Journey along the Mekong

18 Day
Between Ho Chi Minh City and Luang Prabang
Mekong
From * $12,415
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Departing 08 October 2017
Journey along the Mekong  - 18 day
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Cruising the Mekong is notched up several levels thanks to our all-inclusive luxury. From the moment you embark to the second you disembark, you’ll want for nothing. Along the way you’ll uncover floating markets, seek out ancient artefacts and visit initiatives changing the lives of street kids forever. An awe-inspiring sunrise over Angkor Wat helps to farewell Cambodia before you say Sai-bai-Dee (hello), to the hidden gem that is Laos. Three nights spent in the spiritual capital of Luang Prabang offers a perfect way to round out your time in this sublime part of the world.
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Day 1
Highlights: Welcome reception

Welcome to Vietnam. Relax for the next two nights at your elegant Special Stay hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.  Please book flights to arrive prior to 4pm.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Ho Chi Minh City:
Highlights: Cu Chi Tunnels, Freechoice Dining

Travel along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch, stop for some bargaining at Ben Thanh Market.

Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively dine at Restaurant Nineteen or Square One or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
Highlights: Discover Ho Chi Minh City

Discover Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Cai Be > Sa Dec
Highlights: Freechoice, Sa Dec markets

Later immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec. From your sampan disembark, explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market and visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant. Spend the remainder of the afternoon cruising to Tan Chau.

Freechoice

Board a sampan to visit the famous Cai Be floating market before stopping at local cottage industries and French colonial or traditional Vietnamese houses. Alternatively relish a later start before savouring morning tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House featuring local musicians and cultural demonstrations. Or stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Tan Chau
Highlights: Freechoice

Tonight is your themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam.

Freechoice

Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island. Alternatively choose from two options which cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc. Firstly visit a family-operated fish farm before walking through a Cham village or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Tan Chau > Phnom Penh
Highlights: Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea

Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison of the Khmer Rouge, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market as well as its modern architecture before stopping for lunch at a local NGO restaurant which teaches street kids hospitality skills.

Enrich
Arrive in style by tuk tuk and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Retire to the Elephant Bar before returning to the ship.

Freechoice

Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison of the Khmer Rouge, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market as well as its modern architecture before stopping for lunch at a local NGO restaurant which teaches street kids hospitality skills.

Enrich

Arrive in style by tuk tuk and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Retire to the Elephant Bar before returning to the ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Phnom Penh
Highlights: Freechoice

Today visit the National Museum and the Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda within.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Oudong > Kampong Tralach > Kho Chen
Highlights: Enrich - Monk blessing

Experience an ox cart ride from the ship through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.

Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit. Later sail downstream to wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen.

Enrich

Receive a blessing in the pagoda from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before giving a donation which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Highlights: Freechoice

Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing downstream to Kampong Cham.

Freechoice

Learn about the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor, an 11th century temple that has a modern pagoda built within. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time wandering through the township of Kampong Cham.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
Highlights: Khmer bridge, Enrich - Phare Circus

Drive to Siem Reap and check in at your hotel, your stylish three night Special Stay.

Enrich

Take your premium seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11
Siem Reap
Highlights: Discover Angkor Temples

Begin the day with a visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying a refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12
Siem Reap
Highlights: Sunrise Angkor Wat, Aspara Temple dinner

Enrich
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by a local NGO supported bakery school.

Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap or take a tethered balloon ride over Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple. For the more adventurous enjoy a vintage Vespa ride.

Enrich
Tonight be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

Enrich

Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by a local NGO supported bakery school.

Freechoice

Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap or take a tethered balloon ride over Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple. For the more adventurous enjoy a vintage Vespa ride.

Enrich

Tonight be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13
Siem Reap > Champasak
Highlights: Discover Champasak

Fly to Pakse and discover this quaint city before travelling to the small town of Champasak and your boutique hotel for the next two nights.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
Champasak
Highlights: Wat Phou, Freechoice

Visit Wat Phou, a spectacular World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex.

Freechoice

Visit a local coffee plantation. Alternatively, explore the neighbouring villages by bicycle, or enjoy a traditional Lao or Thai massage.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
Champasak > Luang Prabang
Highlights: Discover Luang Prabang

Fly to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos, for a three night stay at your colonial-style hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16
Luang Prabang
Highlights: Monk alms collection

Partake in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Later, visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to the mysterious Pak Ou caves to see hundreds of centuries-old sacred Buddha images.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 17
Luang Prabang
Highlights: Freechoice; Enrich - Baci ceremony

Freechoice: Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively set off on a bike ride to discover why Luang Prabang has become a haven for artists.

Enrich
Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a traditional Baci ceremony and pay respects to ancient animist traditions.

Freechoice

Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively set off on a bike ride to discover why Luang Prabang has become a haven for artists.

Enrich

Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a traditional Baci ceremony and pay respects to ancient animist traditions.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 18
Luang Prabang
Highlights: Farewell

Say farewell to Laos with many wonderful memories of the people and places you have visited during your Indochina adventure.

Meals included: Breakfast
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