CRUISETOUR

Cruising The Mekong – Siam, Saigon, and Angkor Wat (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC - Cruises
Bangkok, Thailand to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, and transfer to your luxurious hotel.

DAY 2
Bangkok, Thailand
Air travel
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Discover Wat Pho temple, with its massive reclining Buddha statue, and listen to the musical sound of coins dropping into brass offering bowls, following your welcome briefing. Then, Ride Like a Local on a tuk-tuk around the sprawling Grand Palace. Explore the royal Siamese court, home to Thailand's most important shrine, the green-jade Emerald Buddha. Next, gather for a light lunch aboard a traditional wooden rice barge. Cruise the quiet Chao Phraya River in a relaxed atmosphere, taking in the wonderful views. Later, fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and transfer to your traditional, Khmer-style boutique hotel.

DAY 3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Ta Prohm, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Set off to explore the extraordinary temples of Angkor, a breathtaking city lost in the jungle and Cambodia's most prized national treasure. Enter the monumental gates of Angkor Thom, where 54 gods and 54 demons are represented in an epic tug of war. Visit the Bayon Temple, with its 172 large-scale faces wearing enchanting smiles, as well as the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. Later, walk ancient Ta Prohm Temple, an Indiana Jones-worthy fantasy with its crumbling towers and massive tree roots. Stay at Angkor Wat until sunset, marveling as the diminishing, moody light washes over this unforgettable faraway world.

DAY 4
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Kompong Cham, Cambodia

Drive through the lush and scenic Cambodian countryside to Kampong Cham, where you board A&K's private charter of all-suite 'Mekong Princess', your boutique river cruise ship for the next seven nights. Tonight, enjoy a Khmer-inspired dinner.

DAY 5
Ângkôr Ban, Cambodia

Explore the charming town of Angkor Ban, where you enjoy glimpses into the lives of local people, starting with a visit to a family home. Continue to the village school to observe the classroom experience. Stop briefly at the local monastery complex on your walk back to the ship.

DAY 6
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Ride Like a Local through Phnom Penh, Cambodia's lush and alluring capital city, on an engaging cyclo tour. Discover the ornate Royal Palace and wander past huge stupas, spirit houses, and potted flowers en route to the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia's Emerald Buddha and the diamond-encrusted Maitreya Buddha. Visit the National Museum this afternoon. Later, learn about Cambodia's darker days as you walk the notorious killing fields of Choeung Ek, one of history's most infamous places. Then, leave behind that bleak period in Cambodian history to attend an uplifting performance of Apsara, the country's national dance, which you enjoy onboard your ship.

DAY 7
Hng Ngu, Vietnam
Cu Lao Gien, Vietnam

Cruise into Vietnam early this morning and continue downstream to little-known Hồng Ngự, which nimble 'Mekong Princess' can enter with ease. In this place few Westerners have ever been, experience an especially friendly welcome, followed by a visit to a local family home, where you watch the weaving of kromas (traditional Khmer scarves). Later, explore a local temple dedicated to Hòa Hảo, a unique Vietnamese religion. In the afternoon, board a sampan (wooden boat) to Giêng Island, where hundreds of the vessels are built each day. Cruise a canal past orchards and rice fields. Continue to Cù Lao Giêng Church, built by the French in 1879.

DAY 8
Hòa An, Vietnam, Vietnam

This morning, disembark at the village of Hoa An, well known for its floral and craft industries. You have the chance to see how locals grow and use flowers and meet a family in their home. Later, re-board the ship and cruise downstream toward Can Tho.

DAY 9
Can Tho, Vietnam
Phuoc Hau Pagoda, Vietnam, Vietnam

Rise early for a sampan cruise through the fascinating Cái Răng floating market near Cần Thơ. Weave between the many boats that sell produce and goods, and grab your camera to capture photographs of a dynamic market life. Fresh coconut water, the Vietnamese "anti-aging drink", refreshes you before a stop at a local factory to see the making of instant noodles. Back onboard 'Mekong Princess', sail deeper into regions of the Mekong Delta rarely touched by travellers to see the fourth-century Phước Hậu Pagoda, where you interact with local monks to learn about their daily life and practices.

DAY 10
Mekong River

Today, board a sampan to wend your way through a channel lined with mangroves, whose tangled roots provide a sheltered habitat for the smallest denizens of the river's ecosystem. Pause to see an artisan produce coconut candy, a favorite local snack. Next, board an intimate two-seater boat for a cruise through lush narrow creeks lined with nipa palms, a native species and the only one of its kind adapted to the mangrove habitat.

DAY 11
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Unlike other river ships that are forced to dock outside of Saigon, 'Mekong Princess' takes you right into the heart of this lively evocative metropolis, which today goes by the name of Ho Chi Minh City. Recently experiencing a resurgence of art and culture, the city is a hub of activity. Bid farewell to the crew of 'Mekong Princess' and set out to discover the city's colonial legacy, including the Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Opera House. Continue your exploration with a visit to colorful Bến Thành market. Then, drive past the former U.S. embassy building, from which helicopters carried off the last American personnel remaining on site before the city fell to the Vietcong in April of 1975. Observe as you go, the vibrant, bustling energy of a people on the move, wholeheartedly embracing the trappings of western culture, as giant images of "Father Ho" gaze out at streets streaming with the latest-model luxury automobiles. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a special farewell dinner.

DAY 12
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

After breakfast, begin a Cu Chi and Hanoi post-tour extension or transfer to the airport to depart for home.

Cruising The Mekong – Siam, Saigon, and Angkor Wat map

About the Ship

What's Included

Included

  • All meals, complimentary soft drinks, coffee drinks, juices and bottled water while onboard, all shore excursions, services of a Tour Director and arrival and departure transfers.

Not Included

  • A&K Guest Protection Program, gratuities for the Tour Director and beverages other than those noted above.

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