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Vietnam - Cambodia And Mekong River

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DAY 1 ARRIVE IN HANOI

Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to hotel.

DAY 2 HANOI (B)

A morning sightseeing tour of Hanoi’s most famous historical and cultural sites: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (façade only), Ba Dinh Square, One-pillar pagoda (Buddhist temple) and The Temple of Literature (Confucius temple). In the afternoon, enjoy a 'cyclo' ride around the Old Quarter and the traditional water puppet show.

DAY 3 HANOI – HALONG BAY OVERNIGHT JUNK (B,L,D)

After breakfast we take a scenic drive to Halong Bay and transfer by tender to a luxurious, traditional wooden Junk. Enjoy the spectacular view of the bay. Tonight enjoy dinner onboard and overnight on the Junk.

DAY 4 HALONG BAY – HANOI – SIEM REAP (B)

Morning, enjoy breakfast onboard and sail back to Halong then transfer to Hanoi airport for departure flight to Siem Reap. Arrival in Siem Reap, pick-up and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 5 SIEM REAP – ANGKOR (B,D)

After breakfast, begin your guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include Angkor Thom, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, Bayon. This afternoon, visit the most iconic of all Angkorian temples - Angkor Wat.

DAY 6 SIEM REAP – ANGKOR (B)

This morning, travel through rural countryside to the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei. Then visit Ta Prohm, the temple famous for its intertwined trees (showcased in the film Tomb Raider).

DAY 7 SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP LAKE/EMBARKATION – KAMPONG CHHNANG (B,L,D)

Transfer to the meeting point and drive to Tonle Sap Lake to embark on the luxurious cruise. Enjoy our Welcome Dinner onboard as we cruise to Kampong Chhnang.

DAY 8 KAMPONG CHHNANG – KAMPONG TRALACH-OUDONG (B,L,D)

After breakfast, a motor boat excursion takes you into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle Sap River. Enjoy a stunning variety of birdlife, and see numerous great fish traps, some over a half-mile long. After your excursion, return to your vessel and cast off towards Kampong Tralach. An afternoon tour includes an oxcart ride from the river bank through the countryside to the beautiful Wat Kapong Tralach Pleu. Tour the pagodas, and then drive to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, where you will tour the Buddhist monastery. After the visit, you will be taken to your vessel, which will cruise towards the village of Chong Koh.

DAY 9 CHONG KOH – PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)

This morning, visit the Chong Koh silk-weaving village for a leisurely walk. Your vessel then departs for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. An afternoon walking tour provides an orientation to this spectacular city. Return to the vessel for dinner, followed by a special Khmer folk performance onboard. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh.

DAY 10 PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)

A morning tour explores the highlights of Cambodia’s capital city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafes, vibrant nightlife and renovated river 'corniche.' Visit the Royal Palace and the spectacular Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. After lunch onboard, another excursion leads to the infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim, Tuol Sleng or S21 detention center (Genocide Museum), situated in the suburbs of the city. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine in one of the many nearby restaurants and experience Phnom Penh’s vibrant nightlife, should you so choose.

DAY 11 PHNOM PENH – BORDER CROSSING – TAN CHAU, VIETNAM (B,L,D)

Spend a day cruising the Mekong River and crossing the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam.

DAY 12 TAN CHAU – SA DEC (B,L,D)

After breakfast, transfer to small boats, which will navigate through narrow channels to visit an evergreen island. You will also visit a catfish farm and a rattan mat and slipper-making workshop. Back ashore, a traditional 'xe-loi' (trishaw) awaits to transport you around Tan Chau. In the afternoon, your vessel cruises downstream to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight.

DAY 13 SA DEC – XEO QUYT – CAI BE (B,L,D)

In the morning, board a local boat for Sa Dec passing floating markets as your boat maneuvers through the river’s channels. Once ashore, you will tour Sa Dec, noteworthy as the town where the French writer Marguerite Dumas spent many years in her youth. Visit a local market, Fujian Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Dumas’ Chinese paramour, which is now a small museum. Afterwards, take a 1-hour ride to Xeo Quyt, used as a base during the French and U.S. wars and now an important ecological site, with its jungle overgrowth. After lunch onboard, a local boat will take you to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market; then you will go ashore to see candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a gourmet Farewell Dinner onboard.

DAY 14 SAIGON – DISEMBARK (B,L)

In the early morning, the ship docks at the Saigon River Frontage. Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port, followed by a motor coach transfer to Saigon. As the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina, Saigon was known as 'Paris of the Orient.' Today, Vietnam’s largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past. Meet your tour guide at the meeting point and have lunch. Afternoon, begin our city tour - the former Presidential Palace, Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral; Cho Lon (China Town) and its famous Binh Tay market and Thien Hau pagoda. Overnight in Saigon.

DAY 15 SAIGON – DEPARTURE (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to hotel. Have a safe trip!

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