Along the Mekong (22 days)

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flag Saigon, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Siem Reap, Mekong River, Phnom Penh
What's included?
+ included - not included
  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

Discover Vietnam and Cambodia, including a 7 day cruise along the famous Mekong River and sights such as Angkor Wat, Halong Bay and the Cu Chi Tunnels. Experience the charm and every day life of locals who live and work along this mighty river.

Day 1 UK departure

Depart the UK with international economy flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.

Day 2 Arrival in Saigon

Arriving at Saigon airport, you’ll clear the immigration and custom formalities yourself. Upon exiting the arrival hall, we’ll be greeted by our local guide and transferred to the hotel in city center for immediate check-in and tour briefing.

Day 3 Saigon

After breakfast we embark on a leisurely tour to see the key sights in the very centre of Saigon. Visit the former Presidential Palace, the War Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the City Hall, the Opera House, and Ben Thanh Market. Conclude the day with a cup of the famed Highland coffee, watching the city in rush hour. This evening we’ll be honoured guests at the Welcome Dinner, an interesting introduction to Vietnam.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 4 Saigon to Hoi An

We transfer to Saigon airport for a mid-morning flight to Middle Vietnam. Meet up with our new local guide at Danang airport and proceed along the scenic coast to Hoian. En route we’ll visit fascinating Cham Museum and the sacred Marble Mountains. In the afternoon we’ll be on foot to explore the charming and wonderfully preserved ancient quarter of Hoian. This corner of Hoian still retains Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European influences from its flourishing old days being an international merchant port. We will walk narrow colourful lanes, visit historic architectures, and browse the endless parade of shops for souvenirs.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 5 Hoi An

Free day.

NOTE: Optional tour of Tra Que village can be arranged if requested as follows:

We take a bike ride through the rural scenery of Hoian to a small vegetable planting village located on the banks of Tra Que lagoon (5km – 15mins cycling from Hoian). Tra Que village has been known for its special aromatic herbs such as mint and basil. Join local people in their daily work of planting and watering vegetables. Learn to cook some local specialties, for example “Tam Huu” – a set of shrimps, pork and aromatic herbs, and then enjoy lunch. Cost £40 per person.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 6 Hoi An to Hue

Today we depart Hoian and travel northwards to Hue, climbing over the breathtaking Ocean Clouds Pass and unwinding on the scenic Lang Co Beach. In the afternoon, we traverse the ruins of the Imperial Citadel including the former royal residence, which is now a World Heritage Site. We also visit Thien Mu, one of the most beautiful and revered pagodas of Hue. Conclude the day with a dragon boat cruise on the serene and poetic Perfume River. Sample Hue cuisine for dinner.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 7 Hue to Hanoi

After breakfast we visit the impressive tomb of former Emperor Tu Duc and two villages crafting conical hats and incense. Call at a beautiful garden house which once belonged to the royalty and revel in its refined atmosphere and learn more about the last dynasty of Vietnam. Enjoy lunch then transfer to the airport for a flight to Hanoi, the ancient and elegant capitol of Vietnam. Meet our local guide upon arrival and transfer to the city centre for overnight.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 8 Hanoi

After breakfast we embark on a full day tour to see the most outstanding attractions of Hanoi. Start with a visit to the complex of Memorials to Ho Chi Minh to know his amazing life. Continue to the Single Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature and get acquainted with two of the driving forces in Vietnam culture. In the afternoon we visit the Museum of Ethnology which exhibits a large collection of artefacts about the cultures of the 54 ethnic groups in the country, and the little but beautiful temple of Ngoc Son on Hoan Kiem Lake. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the lively Old Quarter, a series of 36 ancient streets where peddlers still trade the way they have done for centuries. Conclude the day with a performance of the art form created by village farmers around the Red River Delta region.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 9 Hanoi to Halong Bay

After breakfast we depart Hanoi and journey east through the rich farmland of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay – the greatest natural wonder of Vietnam. Explore this extraordinary piece of Vietnam from the comfort of a deluxe overnight cruise. Surreal seascape, interesting visits, ocean-fresh seafood, exciting activities, and so on, make it unforgettable experience.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 10 Halong Bay to Siem Reap

Wake up to fresh coffee before visiting a cave or a sandy cove or a lagoon. Early risers can take part in a Taichi class on the Sun Deck. Enjoy lunch whilst cruising back to the shore. En route the junk weaves through more strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even further! Disembark between 11:00 and 12:00 AM and return to Hanoi for a flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Meeting and greeting at the airport then transfer to the hotel.

Meals Included

  • Brunch
Day 11 Siem Reap

Today we start exploring the wonders left by a highly complex civilisation that controlled the greater part of Southeast Asia for four centuries. Enter the Great City of Angkor Thom through the South Gate and traverse to admire the temples of Baphoun and Phimeanakas, the Terraces of Elephant and Leper King, and especially the mysterious smiling Bayon. After a break we’ll visit the fascinating temples of Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Thevoda, and the Royal Bath of Sras Srang. Hike up Phnom Bakheng to behold the magnificent sunset over the land of temples. In the evening, we enjoy dinner with entertainment from Apsara dancers. Free time afterwards allows an exciting walk to see the lively Pub Street and the lucky Night Market.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 12 Siem Reap

This morning we return to the Archeology Park to visit the epic temples of Angkor Wat – a vast rambling complex of diverse temple structures dating from the 9th to the 13th centuries. Many are adorned with exquisite carvings and bas-reliefs; some are so entwined with trees and vines that they almost returned to the jungle. Angkor Wat is the apogee of classical Khmer architecture and has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on the national flag, and stands on par with such other monumental achievements as Machu Picchu and the Great Pyramid. The rest of the day will be at own leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 13 Tonle Sap Lake - Mekong Cruise embarkation

Enjoy breakfast and check out by 8:30. We’ll be transferred to Apsara Hotel to join other passengers on the journey to the pier at Phnom Krom. On arrival, the crew welcomes us on board the RV MEKONG PRESTIGE. Settle into the cabin and enjoy lunch. Early afternoon, Mekong Prestige starts cruising across the Tonle Lake. Enjoy Welcome Dinner on board.

NOTE: In case of low waters, the transfer to the ship will be made by coach or speed boat.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 14 Kampong Chhnang-Kanpong Tralach-Oudong

This morning we arrive at Kampong Chhnang, located approximately 90 km from Phnom Penh. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. We move to a local boat to visit the authentic floating village. The life of the entire population is connected to the river with local people using the canal system which criss-crosses this little town. We go ashore to stroll through the scenic market. Return on board for lunch while sailing towards Kampong Tralach. We then continue by bus to discover the very charming Vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda dating back from the last century, which has retained beautiful wall paintings. Return by ox-drawn carriage and bus via Oudong, 40 kilometres from Phnom Penh. Between 1618 and 1866, Oudong was the capital city of Cambodia. Erected at a hilltop, this place houses numerous Stupas dating of the last Khmer Kings. We see the Vipassana Dhura Pagoda, a place of meditation for Buddhist Monks.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 15 Koh Chong-Phnom Penh

Arrival in Koh Chong in the morning, we stop for a walk at leisure and a visit to a workshop in this silk weaving village. We also visit a Pagoda and a primary school where we can have a fun chat with pupils. Return to the boat for lunch and sail on to Phnom Penh. This afternoon we’ll visit Wat Phnom after which the city was named. Enjoy dinner with Traditional Khmer Apsara Dancing Show on board.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 16 Phnom Penh

The capital city of Cambodia still retains its old French colonial architecture in riverside streets. We take a morning bus tour to see the Royal Palace & the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. After lunch aboard we’ll visit the former High School

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 17 Phnom Penh-border crossing

Our Mekong Prestige departs Phnom Penh towards the border with Vietnam. We cruise past the Mekong’s timeless villages and river life with extensive fishing activities. Cross the border and complete the required formalities (normally lasts 4 hours).

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 18 Tan Chau

This morning we arrive in Tan Chau, a remote small town on the main Mekong River Delta. After breakfast, we take a small boat to visit a fishing farm. We then go ashore to visit a local workshop making woven mats, and take a short walk in the village to a silk workshop. A rickshaw ride around this fascinating town will take us back to the pier. Spend the remainder of the day on-board.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 19 Sa Dec-Cai Be

The French writer Marguerite Duras spent parts of her childhood in Sa Dec, a sprawling busy town on the Mekong Delta. Both the school where Duras’ mother taught and the small house behind it where the family lived still stand. We’ll see the house of Marguerite’s Chinese Lover, now a small museum of

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 20 Saigon

We disembark in My Tho after breakfast and transfer by bus to the centre of Saigon, the largest city of Vietnam. Dropped off at Sofitel Plaza, we’ll be met by our private local guide and transferred to the hotel. Free for the remainder of the day.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 21 Saigon/Cu Chi departure

After breakfast we drive westwards to Cu Chi to explore the intricate system of tunnels created during the war of the 60’s last century and learn how Vietnamese people lived, struggled and won the war. Stretching all the way about 250 km back to Saigon River and known as the

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 22 UK arrival

Arrive UK.

Saigon - 4* Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa

4* Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa

The hotel offers 89 guest rooms including Deluxe, Premier Deluxe, Executive and Silver Suite with high class branded amenities and entertainment facilities such as Roof Garden Restaurant where guests can enjoy a special night dinner under the candle lights or guests can swim in the Rooftop Swimming Pool, overlooking the nice city landscape.

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Hoi An - 4* Hoian Trails Resort & Spa

4* Hoian Trails Resort & spa

Amid tropical gardens, this lush hotel is a 1-minute walk from the Thu Bồn river and 3 km from the Museum of Trade Ceramics. The sophisticated French Colonial style rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and minibars.

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Hue - 4* Eldora Hotel

4* Eldora Hotel

Eldora is the best 4 star boutique hotel which embodies the very essence of colonial elegance and blends it with modern conveniences, affording guests a truly singular experience. The well-appointed luxury bedroom feature distinctive the Renaissance elements and include furnishings made of luxurious materials, immersing guests in the mystique of the ‘premier of luxury’.

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Hanoi - 4* Golden Silk Hotel

4* Golden Silk Hotel

The luxury and impressive designed Golden Silk Boutique Hotel features stunning views and gracious style – a remarkable luxury experience, even by Western standards with graceful Asian style.

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Halong Bay - 4* Victory Cruise

4* Victory Cruise

All cruises are designed not only in classic and traditional boat type on Ha Long but also in safe, modern and comfortable specificities. We provide all best Halong Bay’s cruises. We only hire well-trained and professional staffs, a high-end service for all the luxury cruises. You will enjoy the hospitality of our friendly and warm staffs having very high competences.

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Siem Reap - 4* Somadevi Angkor Hotel Spa

4* Somadevi Angkor Hotel Spa

HOTEL SOMADEVI ANGKOR RESORT & SPA is indeed a Resort of Class and Character in which you should not miss while you are visiting the mystical land – Siem Reap Angkor. The Resort has been designed to guarantee you a most pleasant and memorable stay as we aim to deliver products and services that consistently meet and exceed your travel’s needs and wants.

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Mekong River - 4* RV Mekong Prestige II

4* RV Mekong Prestige II

Discover the stunning journey on the Mighty Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia with the luxurious boutique RV Mekong Prestige II cruise. Reminiscent in design of the many French colonial-era manor homes that once lined the streets of old Saigon and Phnom Penh, the 32- cabin RV Mekong Prestige II is sophisticated yet comfortable design with French balcony.

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Tour Price includes:

  • International economy flights;
  • Vietnamese and Cambodian visa;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • Daily supply of bottled water;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Price excludes:

  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.
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