Essence of Cambodia, Vietnam & Luxury Mekong

Witness the wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia on a luxurious 22 day river cruise along the Mekong. Explore the stunning Halong Bay, Hoi An and Angkor Wat.

22 Day
From (AUD)
$ 12,295
  • 2018/2019 Siem Reap > Hanoi

    South East Asia comes alive

    Weaving together a beautiful tapestry of the senses, the neighbouring countries of Cambodia and Vietnam will leave you spellbound.

    Begin with the most sublime of moments, see the sunrise over the World Heritage-listed wonder that is Angkor Wat before taking to the Mekong to explore this fascinating landscape in ultimate luxury. The wonders of Cambodia will enchant as you get to know the town of Kampong Tralach, before taking part in a moving tour of the infamous Khmer Rouge prison. Vietnam offers even more diversity as you take in the buzz of Ho Chi Minh City, disappear back in time in World Heritage-listed Hoi An and spend two glorious days cruising through extraordinary Halong Bay.

    Tour Code:

    VIMC

    Duration:

    22 Days

    Departure City:

    Siem Reap

    Return City:

    Hanoi

  • 22 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Welcome dinner

      Arrive at your hotel Siem Reap, your stylish home for a three night Special Stay. Spend the day at leisure until your welcome briefing and dinner.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Angkor Temple Discovery, Enrich - Phare Circus

      Begin the day with a visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple.  See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying your refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.

      Enrich

      Take your Section A Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 3 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Enrich - Apsara Temple dinner
      Enrich

      Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO supported local bakery school.

      Freechoice

      Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) to view the floating villages or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) to experience the spectacular aerial view above Angkor Wat.

      Enrich

      Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
      Highlights:
      Welcome on board

      Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive with stops en-route to Kampong Cham where the luxurious Scenic Spirit awaits.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
      Highlights:
      Freechoice

      Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail downstream to Kampong Cham.

      Freechoice

      Learn about the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time visiting a rubber plantation factory and beetle nut village.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Monk blessing

      Arrive in Kampong Tralach and experience an ox cart ride through a local village and fields. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.

      Enrich

      Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony, which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

      Later sail down Tonle River and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Phnom Penh
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea
      Freechoice

      Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and Central Market.

      Enrich

      Immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
      Highlights:
      Royal Palace, Border crossing

      Marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. The afternoon is at your leisure to take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Tan Chau
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc and walk through the market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront. Alternatively visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

      Whilst sailing to Sa Dec take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy the solitude on your private balcony.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Sa Dec > Cai Be
      Highlights:
      Sa Dec markets, Freechoice

      Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore its lively market. Stop for tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

      Freechoice

      Visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house in the area. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Discover Ho Chi Minh City, Freechoice Dining

      Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around your Special Stay hotel for the next two nights. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

      FreechoiceDining

      Enjoy a vintage Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively stay close to your hotel and dine at Restaurant Nineteen or Square One.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Cu Chi Tunnels

      Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch wander through the Reunification Palace and sombre War Museum.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City > Hue
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Duc Son Pagoda, Enrich - Royal Court Dinner

      This morning fly to Hue.

      Enrich

      During an inspiring visit to Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and learn how they are supporting their orphanage through different initiatives, including the proceeds from your lunch.

      Cruise the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda before checking into your hotel in Hue, your home for the night.

      Enrich

      This evening’s Royal Dinner is held in a traditional private garden house accompanied by wine and Hue Royal Court music.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Hue > Hoi An
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Learn about the history of Hue through a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Travel via the breath taking Hai Van Pass to Hoi An and enjoy a three night stay at Almanity or similar, including a daily 90-minute spa journey.

      FreechoiceDining

      Dine at the Cargo Club or at Little Faifo (formerly known as Ancient Faifo). Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café down along the river.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Hoi An
      Highlights:
      Visit a local home, Sundowners

      Take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter before stopping at the home of a former merchant. Later, in your own time, you may wish to visit one of the many tailors in town.

      Sundowners

      This evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Hoi An
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Visit the ancient temple ruins of My Son. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a nearby farming village.

      Another free afternoon allows you to soak up the atmosphere of this charming town.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 17 - Hoi An > Hanoi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Transfer to Danang and fly to Hanoi to settle into your two night Special Stay.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Hanoi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Enrich - Water puppets
      Freechoice

      Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or partake in an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature.

      On your cyclo ride this afternoon, you’ll discover the maze of back streets through the Old Quarter.

      Enrich

      After attending a customary performance of Hanoi’s famous water puppets, learn the secrets behind this illusionary show thanks to your special backstage pass.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise
      Highlights:
      Au Co Cruise

      Journey to Halong Bay and board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring special two night cruise through the picturesque waters of this spectacular World Heritage-listed icon.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Halong Bay Cruise
      Highlights:
      Cat Ba Island

      Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the Sun Deck. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
      Highlights:
      Hotel heritage tour

      Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi. After checking in, undertake the heritage tour of the hotel before savouring your farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Hanoi
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Bid a fond au revoir to Vietnam, taking with you wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-Inclusive highlights
    • 5-star ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
    • 8 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 32 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • 4 memorable Special Stays
    • 56 meals – 21 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 19 dinners