Luxury Small Group Journeys - Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat 2017

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

11 Nights | from £6,845pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cruise for seven nights on an exclusive charter of 24-guest ‘Mekong Princess’
  • Gain deeper insight into Southeast Asia’s varied, intertwined river cultures through interactions with local villagers
  • Explore magnificent Angkor Wat at sunset, with an expert guide
  • Thanks to the ship’s smaller size, access authentic, less-frequented locales ranging from little-known islands to a port nestled in the heart of vibrant Saigon

Day 1 Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Arrive in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, and transfer to your luxurious hotel.
The Peninsula, Bangkok

 

Day 2 Bangkok
Following your welcome briefing, discover Wat Pho temple, with its massive reclining Buddha statue. Then take a tuk-tuk around the sprawling Grand Palace. Explore the ancient Siamese court, home to Thailand’s most important shrine, the green-jade Emerald Buddha. Next, enjoy 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.
Belmond La Residence d’Angkor | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Angkor Wat
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 and the terraces of the Elephant and Leper Kings. Later, walk ancient Ta Prohm Temple with its crumbling towers and massive tree roots.
Belmond La RÉsidence d’Angkor | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 Kampong Cham
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 cruiser for the next seven nights. Tonight, enjoy a Khmer-inspired dinner.
‘Mekong Princess’ | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Cruising the Mekong
Explore the charming town of Angkor Ban, where you enjoy the opportunity to glimpse 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.
‘Mekong Princess’ | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Cruising the Mekong 
Today, explore 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.
‘Mekong Princess’ | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Cruising the Mekong
Sail into Vietnam and cruise downstream to little-known Hong Ngu. In this place where 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), which are exported to Cambodia. Later, explore a local temple dedicated to Hòa Hóa, a unique Vietnamese religion.
‘Mekong Princess’ | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Cruising the Mekong
Begin the day with a sampan (wooden boat) ride to the riverside market town of Long Xuyen. Walk the bustling market and then visit the Cao Dai temple, where a compelling Vietnamese religion was founded as an amalgam of different beliefs. Later this afternoon, sail to the village of Thot Not. Here, ride a xe loi (motorised trishaw) through the village to a sanctuary filled with the cacophony of birdsong. Following a short walk into the sanctuary, climb the steps to the viewing platform, where an incredible view spans treetops and the nesting area of protected egrets.
‘Mekong Princess’ | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Cruising the Mekong
Rise early for a sampan cruise through the fascinating Cai Rang floating market near Can Tho. Weave between the many boats that sail into the market each morning to sell produce and goods. Next stop at a local factory to see the making of instant noodles. Back on board ‘Mekong Princess’, sail deeper into regions of the Mekong Delta rarely touched by travellers to see Phuoc Hau Pagoda. At this important Buddhist temple that dates back to the fourth century, interact with local monks to learn about their daily life and practices.
‘Mekong Princess’ | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Cruising the Mekong
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, for a visit to a local coconut candy maker. After watching the candy making process, board an intimate, two-seater boat for a cruise through lush, narrow creeks lined with Nipah palm, a native species and the only one of its kind adapted to the mangrove habitat.
‘Mekong Princess’ | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City 
The ‘Mekong Princess’ takes you right into the heart of Ho Chi Minh. 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 tour of the History Museum and the colourful Ben Thanh market. Then, drive past the former U.S. embassy building. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a special farewell dinner.
InterContinental Asiana Saigon | Meals: Breakfast and 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


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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.

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

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours

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Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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