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Luxury Mekong

8 Day
Between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap
Mekong
From * $4,940
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Departing 10 October 2017
Luxury Mekong  - 8 day
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Your lush Mekong river cruise from exciting Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to charmingly colonial Siem Reap in Cambodia, is a journey of Scenic wonder in ultimate, boutique 5-star luxury. Traversing this magnificent body of water reveals beautiful villages, paddy fields, canals and islands along every twist and turn. Your floating boutique hotel provides the ultimate base to appreciate and explore the magnificent scenery and canal villages of the Mekong Delta; discover the stories of Cambodia’s captivating capital Phnom Penh and French-influenced provincial towns, and the lifestyles of the floating communities who call one of the world’s most fascinating waterways home.

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Day 1
Highlights: Welcome reception

Begin your Mekong River adventure in Ho Chi Minh City. Please book flights to arrive prior to 8am. After lunch, travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit. Toast the start of your cruise with a cocktail reception and welcome dinner.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2
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 3
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 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
Highlights: Farewell

Disembark and drive to Siem Reap with stops at a stone cutters village and walk across the ancient Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, enjoy lunch before being transferred to the airport or the Park Hyatt where your arrangements end. Please book flights to depart after 6pm.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
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