Luxury Small Group Journey - Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat

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Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam

Best time to go: January to March, September to December

15 Nights | from £5,525pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Seven night cruise on an exclusive charter of the luxurious, 24-passenger 'Mekong Princess', with butler service and a staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:1
  • Thanks to the ship being smaller than many on the river, it is able to access less frequented places, such as little-known islands and a port in the heart of vibrant Saigon
  • Explore the multitude of Angkor Wat's temple complex with an expert guide
  • Sail through the floating village of Kampong Chhnang
  • Stay at some of the region's best hotels, including the luxurious Peninsula in Bangkok and the boutique Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor in Siem Reap
  • Cook with your chef during a cooking class, part of a unique Chef 's Table experience on board Mekong Princess
  • Gain an insight into Southeast Asia's fascinating river culture through interaction with villagers, monks and families in their homes


Day 1 Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Arrive in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, where you'll be met by a member of theA&K team who will accompany you on the hotel transfer.
The Peninsula, Bangkok

Day 2 Bangkok
Visit Wat Pho temple to see its massive reclining Buddha statue before climbing aboard a tuk-tuk to explore the sprawling Grand Palace. This ancient Siamese court is home to Thailand's most important shrine, the jade Emerald Buddha. Lunch is a relaxed affair served on board a traditional wooden rice barge, sailing the quiet Chao Phraya River taking in the wonderful views. Later you'll take a flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia.
Belmond La Résidence D'angkor | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Angkor Wat
Spend the day exploring the extraordinary temples of Angkor Wat, a fascinating ancient city lost in the jungle, and Cambodia's most prized national treasure. You'll enter the famous Khmer complex through the monumental gates of Angkor Thom, where 54 gods and 54 demons are represented in an epic tug of war. You'll visit the Bayon Temple, where you'll see the famous 172 enormous serenely smiling stone faces, and the terraces of the Elephant and Leper Kings. You'll explore ancient Ta Prohm Temple, the photogenic temple complex worthy of Indiana Jones, with crumbling towers and enormous tree roots intertwined amongst the ruins. After lunch there'll be plenty of time to continue to explore the site, or visit the Angkor National Museum, home to many golden era Khmer Kingdom artefacts. As the afternoon draws to a close the sun begins to set, allowing the atmospheric evening light to wash over this magical fantasy scene.
Belmond La Résidence D'angkor | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Preak Kdame
Drive through the lush and scenic Cambodian countryside to beautiful Kampong Cham and board A&K's private charter 'Mekong Princess', a luxurious all-suite river cruiser which will be your home for the next seven nights. In the evening there is a Khmer-inspired dinner.
Mekong Princess | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Cruise On The Mekong River
After a cruise along Tonle Sap, board a private boat to explore Kampong Chhnang, a floating village where people live, work and attend church and school on the river
Mekong Princess | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Cruise On The Mekong River
A great way to explore Phnom Penh, Cambodia's attractive colonial capital city, is by bicycle, and that's what you'll do today, on a cyclo tour. You'll see the ornate Royal Palace and 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 before enjoying a leisurely afternoon exploring Phnom Penh's famous markets. Later on you'll learn about Cambodia's darker days when you visit the notorious killing fields of Choeung Ek, one of history's most sombre and reflective places. To lighten the mood afterwards, back on board the 'Mekong Princess', there is an enchanting performance of Apsara, the country's national dance by children from a nearby orphanage.
Mekong Princess | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Cruise On The Mekong River
The Mekong Princess sails into Vietnam and towards the little-known port of Hong Ngu, rarely visited by Westerners, but which the agile 'Mekong Princess' can access. For this reason, you're likely to experience an exceptionally friendly welcome, before visiting various family homes, where you see kormas (traditional Khmer scarves) being weaved, for export to Cambodia. You will also visit a nearby temple dedicated to Hoa Hoa, a unique Vietnamese religion.
Mekong Princess | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Cruise On The Mekong River
Begin the day by taking a sampan (wooden boat) to the riverside market town of Long Xuyen, home to a bustling market and the Cao Dai temple, where a compelling Vietnamese religion was founded as an amalgam of different beliefs to harmonise relations between the various followers. Having re-embarked the 'Mekong Princess', the next port of call is the village of Thot Not where xe loi (a motorised trishaw) transports you through the village to the nearby bird sanctuary where you'll have incredible views spanning treetops and the nesting area of protected egrets from the viewing platform, accompanied by a chorus of birdsong.
Mekong Princess | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Cruise On The Mekong River
Take a sampan to the fascinating Cai Rang floating market near Can Tho where you'll weave between the myriad boats that are manoeuvred into the market each morning to sell produce and goods. This is the place to capture colourful photographs of dynamic market life. You'll also visit a factory to see the making of instant noodles before being shown around a large, family owned fruit orchard, to see exotic fruits growing on the vine and enjoy a fresh fruit tasting, experiencing the flavour, literally and figuratively, of life along this vital river. Back on board, the 'Mekong Princess', sails deeper into regions of the Mekong Delta rarely touched by travellers, to see Ky Son Pagoda. This important Hindu temple dates from the 4th century;here you'll meet Khmer monks who fled to Vietnam during the Cambodian Civil War.
Mekong Princess | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Cruise On The Mekong River
Board a sampan which wends its way through a channel lined with mangroves, whose tangled roots provide a sheltered habitat for the smallest denizens of the river's ecosystem, arriving at the premises of a coconut sweet maker. After watching the process and exploring the family's orchard, you'll board a small two-seater boat to explore lush, narrow creeks lined with Niphah palm, a native species and the only one of its kind adapted to the mangrove habitat.
Mekong Princess | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City
Unlike other river boats that have to dock outside Saigon harbour due to their size, the 'Mekong Princess' takes you right into the heart of this lively, evocative metropolis, now known as Ho Chi Minh City. Experiencing a resurgence of art and culture, the city is a hub of activity. Here you'll disembark the 'Mekong Princess' for a final time, setting out to discover the city's colonial legacy, including the Central Post Office, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Opera House, the History Museum and colourful, bustling Binh Thanh market. Having checked into the InterContinental, there is time to relax before the farewell dinner, hosted by A&K.
InterContinental Asiana Saigon | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 Depart Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, you'll be driven to the airport to depart for home.
Meals: Breakfast

Back to Thailand


Accommodation

Departure Dates & Pricing

Departure Dates Per Person from
11th Jan, 8th, 17th, 22nd Feb, 7th, 28th Mar, 19th Sep, 12th, 17th Oct £5,525Book now
31st Oct £5,725Book now
23rd Nov £5,069Book now
26th Dec £5,920Book now
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement on request
This journey contains active elements.
Price based on Saigon Suite, supplements apply for other cabins.
Luang Prabang Pre Tour Extension. 4 days from £1,479 per person. Available on 11 Jan; 8 Feb; 17 Oct and 26 Dec departures.
Cu Chi & Hanoi Post Tour Extension. 3 days from £1,269. Available on 11 Jan; 8 Feb; 22 Feb; 17 and 31 Oct departures.

 


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Useful info

Best time to travel

The best time to travel would be during the dry season of October to March, avoiding the monsoon season of June to September. Temperatures remain fairly constant year round.

Fly to

Phnom Penh or Siem Reap via Bangkok

flying time

12 hours and 30 minutes

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

Visas

Issued on arrival

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area


Best time to be there

The cooler part of the dry season, November to February is when Laos is at its best, avoiding the torrential rains of the summer months, and the sweltering heat of April and May.

Fly to

Luang Prabang or Vientiane via Bangkok

flying time

13 hours via Bangkok

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

Visas

Issued on arrival

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area


Best time to be there

November to March. April is often the hottest month of the year, and also the month of the celebratory 'Songkran' festivals. May to October is the rainy season, with short bursts of rainstorms refreshing the green paddy fields once more.

Fly to

Bangkok (British Airways/Qantas/Eva Airways/Thai Airways)

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area


Best time to be there

Regional climate differences mean that there is no best time; try September to December to avoid the humidity in the north, December to April to miss the rains in the south and December to March is perfect for trips to the Central highlands. Catch the Trung Thu Moon festival in September or October for traditional lion and dragon dances.

Fly to

Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi (via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore)

flying time

Approximately 13 hours

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificates if arriving from an endemic area


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