Arrive in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. We meet you from your flight and transfer you to your hotel.
After your welcome briefing, visit the massive reclining Buddha in Wat Pho temple, then take a tuk tuk to the sprawling Grand Palace. Explore the ancient Siamese court. It’s home to Thailand's most important shrine, the Emerald Buddha. Next, enjoy lunch aboard a traditional wooden rice barge and a cruise on the Chao Phraya River. Later, you’ll fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and transfer to your traditional, Khmer-style boutique hotel.
Explore the ornate temples of Angkor, Cambodia's prized national treasure. Enter the gates of Angkor Thom, where 54 gods and 54 demons are represented in an epic tug of war. Visit Bayon temple and the terraces of the Elephant and Leper Kings. Later, you can walk through ancient Ta Prohm temple with its crumbling towers, strangled by massive tree roots.
Drive through the lush and scenic Cambodian countryside to Kampong Cham. There, you’ll board the Mekong Princess, your boutique river cruiser and home for the next seven nights. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Khmer-inspired dinner.
Explore the town of Angkor Ban. Enjoy a glimpse into the lives of local people with a visit to a traditional family home and a trip to the village school to see a class in session. You’ll also stop briefly at the local monastery complex on your walk back to the ship.
Today you can explore Phnom Penh, Cambodia's lush and alluring capital. Discover the city on an engaging cyclo tour, taking in the ornate Royal Palace, spirit houses and huge stupas on the way. Next, visit the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia's Emerald Buddha and the diamond-encrusted Maitreya Buddha. In the afternoon, explore the National Museum before learning about Cambodia's darker days in the notorious killing fields of Choeung Ek. Then, leave behind that bleak period in Cambodian history to attend an uplifting performance by children from a local orphanage of apsara, the country’s national dance, back on board the boat.
Today you cross into Vietnam and cruise downstream to little-known Hong Ngu. As few westerners have been to this remote spot, you’ll receive an especially warm welcome. Visit a local family home to learn more about rural life and to watch the weaving of kromas (traditional Khmer scarves). Later, explore a local temple dedicated to a unique Vietnamese religion. In the afternoon, board a sampan (wooden boat) to Gieng Island, where hundreds of the vessels are built each day. Cruise a canal through orchards and rice fields. Last stop today is Cu Lao Gieng Church, which was built by the French in 1879.
Begin the day exploring the riverside town of Thot Not. Ride a (motorized trishaw) through the village to the nearby bird sanctuary. Climb to the viewing platform to see the nesting area of protected egrets and take in the panoramic vistas.
Rise early for a sampan cruise through the busy Cai Rang floating market. Weave between the boats that sail into the market each morning. Next stop at a local factory to see the making of instant noodles. Back on board Mekong Princess, sail deeper into the Mekong Delta. You’ll visit the Phuoc Hau Pagoda, an important Buddhist temple. Interact with local monks and learn about their daily lives.
Explore the narrow channels and tangled roots of the river’s mangroves by sampan before visiting a local coconut sweet-maker. After watching the sweet-making process, board an intimate, two-seater boat for a cruise through lush, narrow creeks lined with Nipah palm. A native species, it’s the only one of its kind adapted to the mangrove habitat.
The Mekong Princess takes you right into the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Say goodbye to the crew and set out to discover the city's colonial legacy. You’ll visit 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. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a special farewell dinner.
After breakfast, you'll be driven to the airport for your return flight to the UK.