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.
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.
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.
Day 4 | Cai Be > Sa Dec Highlights: Freechoice, Sa Dec markets
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.
Day 5 | Tan Chau Highlights: Freechoice
Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to the local Cao Dai Temple. 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.
Day 6 | Tan Chau > Phnom Penh Highlights: Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea
Relax during a full day of cruising as you cross the border into Cambodia. Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or appreciate some solitude on your private balcony as you watch the scenery pass you by before berthing in Phnom Penh.
Day 7 | Phnom Penh Highlights: 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.
Day 8 | Oudong > Kampong Tralach > Kho Chen Highlights: Enrich - Monk blessing
After a short cruise from Phnom Penh to Kampong Tralach, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 12 | Siem Reap Highlights: Sunrise Angkor Wat, Aspara Temple dinner
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.
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.
Day 14 | Champasak Highlights: Wat Phou, Freechoice
Visit Wat Phou, a spectacular World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex.
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.
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.
Day 17 | Luang Prabang Highlights: Freechoice; Enrich - Baci ceremony
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.
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.