Cultural Cambodia & Vietnam

20 Day Tour

Experience Local Life

Central 4-Star Hotels

Luxury Mekong Cruise and Tour

Two amazing countries – connected by a stunning waterway. Connect with the people, the way of life and cultural heritage of these two wonderful nations. A holiday of a lifetime!

Begin with the magnificent Angkor Temples and magical Siem Reap, Cambodia before embarking on a luxury cruise along the Mekong River discovering local communities along the way. Then immerse yourself into the way of life, culture, cuisine and sights of Vietnam on a quality-filled tour at a leisurely pace.

Tour Highlights

20 day tour of Cambodia and Vietnam, including luxury 8 day Mekong river cruise

Full day exploring Angkor Wat

3 night riverside resort stay in an ancient town

Lots of time to eat, shop and uncover the magic

Travel through stunning landscapes

Centrally located 4-star hotels

Luxury 8 day Mekong River cruise

Fully guided tours with an English-speaking guide

Trip Information
Price

2020

  • January – March: US$ 5199
  • April: US$ 4499
  • May – September: US$ 3950
  • October – December: US$ 5099

2021

  • January – March: US$ 5099
  • April: US$ 4499

Prices are per person in USD based on twin/double share.

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  • January – March US$ 2129
  • April US$ 1799
  • May – September US$ 1599
  • October – December US$ 2299

Duration

20 days, 19 nights


Availability

We depart on specific dates regularly throughout the year.

 

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2020
March 18
April 1, 15
July 15, 29
August 12, 26
September 9
October 7
November 18
December 2, 16, 30*
* Includes New Year’s Eve dinner.

2021
January 13
February 10, 24
March 10, 24
April 7, 21


Trip Specifications

All tour dates guaranteed to depart.

  • Group size: 2-14 persons
  • Min age: 15

 

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We regret that we do not accept children under the age of 15 on this tour. If travelling with children contact us so that we can arrange a personalised family holiday for you!


Meeting Point

You will be met on arrival at Siem Reap Airport, Cambodia for your transfer to your 4-star hotel.


Accommodation

Quality, centrally located 4-star hotels


Included

Cambodia

  • Small group tour of Siem Reap, Cambodia with local English-speaking guide
  • 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Arrival airport transfer and sightseeing tours detailed including Angkor entrance fee
  • Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Mekong Cruise

  • Daily shore-excursions
  • Entrance fees
  • Cruise tour guide services (English speaking)
  • Port taxes
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) including mineral water, coffee and tea
  • Transfers in Saigon & Siem Reap to and from the cruise meeting point

Vietnam

  • Small group tour of Vietnam with local English-speaking guide throughout tour
  • All accommodation in centrally located 4-star hotels
  • All transfers and sightseeing tours plus entrance fees
  • All domestic flights in Vietnam
  • Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • An emergency contact phone number

Not Included
  • International flights (arrive Siem Reap – depart Hanoi)
  • Vietnam & Cambodia entry visa
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Drinks during lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses (laundry, mini-bar, internet, etc.)
  • Gratuities (tips)

What to Bring

Light comfortable clothing for day tours including good footwear, smart casual clothes for dining on-board cruise, comfortable walking shoes, camera, light raincoat during wet season (May – Oct), some warm layers may be required especially in the evening.


Guide Info

A local English-speaking guide will travel with you throughout your journey. You will have a friendly Cambodia guide in Siem Reap. Cruise is escorted by cruise staff including shore excursions. In Vietnam you have one local English-speaking guide throughout the tour. Find out more about our guides here.

Overview of Your Tour

Day 1 - Arrive Siem Reap (D)

Arrive to Siem Reap today where you will be met at the airport for your transfer to your hotel before a captivating cultural connection to this amazing town.

Siem Reap Introduction2 monks in orange robes
Your local Cambodian, English-speaking guide will collect you from your hotel at 2pm. Visit the Angkor National Museum for an hour’s walk around this interactive insight into the history behind Angkor. Then tour the Artisans D’Angkor Silk Farm to see how this amazing material is created all the way from silk producing worms to weaving. Continue to dinner at Mei Café restaurant before a dazzling evening at Phare Circus. This spectacular event held under a traditional big top tent is a non-profit Cambodian association improving the lives of children, young adults and their families through art school, educational programs and overnight social support in Siem Reap.

3 nights, boutique 4-star hotel.

Day 2 - Angkor, Siem Reap (B, L)

A stunning day exploring the wonder of the temples on your Best of Angkor Tour.

view of temple amongst treesBest of Angkor
From your hotel, begin your exploration with a visit to Angkor Thom entering via the South Gate and the Bayon complex. The vast area of the Angkor Thom ruins, over a mile on one side, contains many stone temples and other features to explore. The city has five monumental gates (one in each wall plus an extra in the eastern wall), 20 meters high and decorated with stone elephant trunks and the king’s favourite motif: the four faces of Avalokiteshvara.

The Bayon Temple (circa 1190) is a Buddhist temple but retains elements of Hindu cosmology and imagery. Standing in the exact centre of the walled city, it represents the intersection of heaven and earth. It is known for its enigmatic smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara and its extraordinary bas-reliefs. Then walk through the mystical jungle clad temple of Ta Prohm, over-grown from the jungle and offering a magical Instagram-moment.

After lunch of traditional Khmer food, visit the jewel – Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is the best-preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia and is so grand in design that some rank it among the seven wonders of the world. It appears on the Cambodian national flag, a very rare instance of a flag incorporating an image of a building. The “lost city” of Angkor first attracted the interest of Europeans in the 1800s after Cambodia was colonized by the French.

Return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest. The evening is yours at leisure, enjoy “Pub Street” and the night markets if you wish.

Day 3 - Siem Reap (B)

Today is free for you to explore Siem Reap, its artisans, shops, markets and wonderful restaurants. We have a Moto (Tuk-Tuk) available upon request for your transport so you can re-visit the temples, go shopping or explore the city on your own.

aerial image of people dancing

Day 4 - Mekong Cruise (B, L, D)

Today the voyage continues as you board your luxury Mekong River cruise boat for a magnificent 8 days and 7 nights of idyllic cruising past stunning scenery and visiting amazing local villages. This classic Mekong River cruise, on board a luxury ship takes you on an amazing journey to places rarely visited as you travel between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City.

Lost Civilizationsbedroom on river cruise with balcony
At the welcome lounge in Siem Reap, relax with a drink as the cruise staff collect your details for boarding. Bid farewell to the iconic sights of Angkor and travel to your luxury boat for check in.
Get settled into your stateroom as the vessel sets sail and a fascinating journey on the Mighty Mekong begins.

Enjoy your day onboard: cruising, relaxing on your balcony or relishing a spa treatment before dinner. Your onboard guide will also give a presentation and you can join the evening cinema session (offered every night) featuring selected classic movies.

Note: The order of the cruise itinerary changes slightly depending on water levels of the river.

Day 5 - Mekong Cruise to Kampong (B, L, D)

Wake up early to witness the spectacular scenery at the break of dawn. The morning Tai Chi classes or a dip in the pool offer an opportunity to start the day however you like. Afterwards, a breakfast buffet is served.

man doing tai chi looking at camera on boatExperience Local Life
Wake up early to witness the spectacular scenery at the break of dawn. The morning Tai Chi class offers the perfect start to the day for the early bird or stay in bed if you prefer. Afterwards, a breakfast buffet is served. Today you’ll get to visit a local village that feels like being transported back in time, into an era unchanged by modernity. Villagers are characterized by their unbridled warmth.

After some additional cruising time, passing the confluence of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap Rivers, the boat will anchor. Have a drink before dinner and marvel at the amazing marshlands of this beautiful area.

Day 6 - Mekong Cruise (B, L, D)

During this incredible cruise, each day usually includes two excursions to visit villages or sights along the way. You’ll also have presentations including one about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children will join us onboard, thrilled to show you their skills in music and art. Expect to be bathed in smiles upon your applause.

aerial view of river boat

Day 7 - Phnom Penh (B, L, D)

Phnom Penh – once called the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. It is an amazing town with centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt at many street corners.

Welcome to Phnom Penhgolden temple
We start with a full day sightseeing tour right after breakfast. By bus we visit the Killing Fields outside of the city and afterwards, the centrally located prison “S21”. Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history when the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and suppression. Those places have not changed much since this horrific time in the early seventies and it can be quite confronting.

Alternatively, you can explore the city in the morning on your own before rejoining the group. Lunch is at a fine restaurant in town, then tour the golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum. The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh.

Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers at the bar for refreshing drinks before our captivating evening activities start. In the early evening a barbecue dinner on the sundeck. The dinner is accompanied with an Apsara dance performance. You will witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with the soothing sounds of the traditional music. As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a chilled glass of wine while marvelling at the skyline of Phnom Penh and the calming flow of the Tonle River.

Day 8 - Mekong Cruise (B, L, D)

Onboard you can relax on your balcony, sit back in the upper lounge reading, chatting with guests or enjoying a wine, or take a dip in the plunge pool. There’s always options as well including a cooking class with the ship’s chef.

cooking class around tableCultural Insights
The whole afternoon is of your own choosing. From now on, every passenger can turn on their cruise mode and hopefully experience the therapeutic influence that this mighty river emits. It is time for massages, relaxation on the sun bed, and private balcony kickbacks – it’s time to merge with the river. Some may like to visit the bridge as the captain always has a little story to share about “his” river. Float into a state of bliss. Before totally drifting away, don’t forget lunchtime around noon. A culinary class is also offered in the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills on the local cuisine.

Before slumbering, join high tea with coffee and snacks if you like. We reach the border and finally arrive in Vietnam. From here it is just a short distance to Chau Doc, a pleasant, slow-paced border town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community. We moor near the city with views of the riverbanks. Dinner will be served and you can join our evening cinema with another classic movie afterwards.

Day 9 - Mekong Cruise to Tan Chau (B, L, D)

The shore excursions during your cruise bring you to remote local communities and villages, majestic temples and local craftsmen. Trying unique modes of local transport are another highlight.

Floating Fish Farm & Local Lifesunset over the water
This morning join the tour around Chau Doc, a pleasant, slow-paced town near the Cambodian border with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community. Onshore we hop on a xeloi, a local vehicle, to explore Chau Doc. Stop at the colorful local market near one of the town’s temples. This is the best time to interact with the vendors of this friendly town and make your own bargain experience. We board local boats and cruise past floating houses to reach a floating fish farm. This region is the source of fish production that is sold all over the world. We get an exclusive insight into how fish farming works.

Back on board before lunch is served, you may like to pamper yourself with some spa treatments or take a dip in the pool on the sun deck. Our expert guides offer a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues to My An Hung near the Sa Dec province. Before we arrive mingle with fellow passengers and share some stories. We will set off for the My An Hung village. In the village, receive wonderful insights into the private household of a local family and be invited into their house for a Vietnamese tea tasting. As the sun sets and the light bathes everything golden, we settle on a riverbank gathering with cocktails to recap the day. Back on the ship we cruise downstream the Mekong. Refresh yourself and get ready for dinner.

Day 10 - Luxury Mekong Cruise (B, L, D)

Welcome to Vietnam and the region known as the Mekong Delta, or the fruit bowl of Vietnam. The myriad of waterways brings more hustle and bustle to the scene as boats sell their products.

boat filled with produceExplore Cai Be Town
Today at the island of Binh Thanh, embark on a local boat to explore the local communities that have settled here and make their living by growing water hyacinths. We exclusively visit one of those untouched areas. By wandering through the village, we get a deep understanding of the native life. But moreover, we can follow the whole process of their traditional mat making. You can try weaving yourself, which is still done manually. We will also meet an old local couple who share their story on this island.

Back on-board lunch is served then in early afternoon we arrive in Cai Be, a charming town which is famous for its Catholic French church and their manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The floating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trading on the water is shifting more and more to the modern central markets. We can still see some boat to boat trading of local goods, such as fruits and agricultural products.

Day 11 - Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Enjoy your last breakfast aboard your floating home before your bus transfer from My Tho to the drop off point in Saigon. It is only around 70 kilometers on the highway. You will arrive in Saigon by mid-morning.

Welcome to Saigon!skyline of skyscrapers with cyclists in front
Enjoy your last breakfast aboard your floating home before your bus transfer from My Tho to the drop off point in Saigon. It is only around 70 kilometers on the highway. You will arrive in Saigon by mid-morning. We hope you enjoyed this fascinating river cruise, just as our crew does every single time. Take the enchanting memories and friendships along with you that will linger on with the stories of this amazing river – the Mighty Mekong.

Upon arrival you will be met by your local Vietnamese, English-speaking, Active Asia guide who will take you to your hotel for check-in and update you with all you need to know about Ho Chi Minh City including money matters, how to get around, what’s ahead on your tour plus he’ll supply you with our Ho Chi Minh City Guide on to what to see, where to shop and where to eat.
(Note: Some people will join today doing just the Vietnam Life tour)

2 nights, historic central 4-star hotel.

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Today a connection with the local way of life in the big city. Vietnamese generally wake early, for a chance to exercise in the local park, enjoy a chat over an early morning coffee or for commuters to enjoy a tasty breakfast on their way to work. Early morning markets are also at their busiest as even today many Vietnamese shop daily for their food requirements.

woman on cargo bike with man in blue shirt ridingCycle the City
Experience a mode of transport from the past as we discover the secrets of Saigon. The cyclo was ‘the’ mode of transport until the end of the 1990’s and there is no better way to get up close with the buzzing streets. Your cyclo driver will expertly navigate you through the streets to Tao Dan Park to meet the community that makes this park special.

The colourful wholesale flower markets are well worth a look as well as a walk-through Antique Street to view items from a bygone era and enjoy a very common ritual of morning coffee – Vietnam style! Then meander into a piece of Saigon’s past, an area of old-style, narrow alleyways and houses. You’ll also walk through a bustling local market street. You’ll end early afternoon with an opportunity to taste a popular street food dish – Bun Thit Nuong before finishing at Ben Thanh where you may like to be left to explore and shop or return to your hotel.

Late afternoon and evening are at your leisure, you may like to shop, explore or relax back at your hotel.

Day 13 - Cu Chi to Hoi An (B)

A magical speedboat trip by river to the Cu Chi Tunnels, one of Saigon’s most incredible landmarks and a very important part of the Vietnamese history. Then head for an ancient town.

Take On the Tunnelsblonde man exiting underground tunnel
After an early breakfast at your hotel, find out about the Vietnamese Journey to Freedom. Depart the city by modern speedboat to travel upriver to the Cu Chi Tunnels, observe the impressive skyline merging into busy waterways followed by sedate parts of the river before arriving at the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Dug by hand the tunnels were home to the Viet Cong during the US war. This impressive feat comes alive in the displays and a walk around the underground tunnels. Back in the city transfer to the airport for our short flight to Da Nang in Central Vietnam. Upon arrival we will transfer to Hoi An and your resort.

3 nights, 4-star, riverside resort.

Day 14 - Hoi An (B, D)

One of the highlights for most visitors to Vietnam is the ancient town of Hoi An. An old trading town with stunning historic buildings, amazing cuisine and delightful shopping.

man buying lanterns from ladyAfternoon Cooking Class
After a leisurely breakfast, an Ancient Hoi An walking tour brings you the fascinating history of this old trading town with visits to historic buildings. Afterwards choose to stay in town for lunch and shopping or enjoy your afternoon at leisure by the pool at your stunning resort. At your resort you can also join in a Vietnamese coffee making class to discover how the traditional brew is made.

Late afternoon is time for a fun cooking class to learn about the local cuisine. Your chef will introduce you to the local ingredients, take you through the preparation and explain the Hoi An style of cooking. Then it is your turn to chop, grate, crush, slice, roll and cook the ingredients into a delicious meal. Your five-course dinner also includes two additional Hoi An specialties – White Rose and Fried Wanton. These secret recipes are made by only one family in Hoi An, and are included in the meal (but are not part of the cooking class!).

Day 15 - Hoi An (B)

We have included a full day at leisure in Hoi An as it is the highlight in everyone’s visit to Hoi An. Relax, explore, swim or shop – the choice is yours. For those wanting to see and do more some optional excursions are available.

Your Choice of Leisure Activityancient temple covered in overgrowth
We have included a full day at leisure in Hoi An as it is the highlight in everyone’s visit to Hoi An. Relax, explore, swim or shop – the choice is yours. Hoi An is one of the most popular places to visit in Vietnam with its charming old town filled with art shops, homewares, cafés and tailors. During the 17th and 18th centuries Hoi An was a major Asian trading centre, it is a wonderful town for getting clothes tailor-made or for buying souvenirs. Hoi An also boasts an excellent beach. To discover more we offer optional tours you can book with your guide (at an additional cost).

The Ruins of My Son – Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. This is impressively illustrated by the My Son remains of monumental towers located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence.
My Son is Vietnam’s counterpart to the grand cities of other Asian civilizations such as Angkor (Cambodia), Bagan (Myanmar), Ayutthaya (Thailand), and Borobudur (Java).
Half-day. Fitness level: Walking. Grade: Easy

Countryside Village by Bike – Using quality local bikes your guide will collect you from your hotel for a cycle through the countryside to a local village where the way of life remains as it has for generations. You’ll see pottery making and visit the Tra Que farming Village, the fresh vegetable gardens and see many local farmers work in their fields using traditional methods. On the way, you’ll also see small handicrafts, such as rice paper making. Lunch of local food is included before biking back to your hotel. Fitness level: Average. Grade: Easy.

Ethnic Village by Jeep – Travel by American Army Jeep for an exciting ride inland towards the Ho Chi Minh Trail, through stunning countryside to a traditional ethnic community still living the ways of their ancestors. Full day guided tour.

These optional tours can be pre-paid with your tour or available for you to book with your guide prior to arriving in Hoi An.

Day 16 - Hoi An to Hanoi (B)

A magical Sunrise Hoi An Boat Trip showcases local fishing life on a stunning journey along the river. Then we head north to the capital Hanoi.

man throwing fishing net into water from boatSunrise Boat Trip
An early rise this morning for your sunrise Hoi An boat trip. This magical journey showcases local fishing life along the river that makes Hoi An so special. Travel towards Duy Hai fishing village, flanked by sampans and coracle boats returning laden with squid and weary fishermen. Enjoy the incredible photo opportunities as the sun emerges and the river and surrounding villages come to life. This is a rare opportunity to experience an authentic slice of local life. Stop to visit the countryside market – Noi Rang, just as the early morning trading begins. Return along the river back to Hoi An for breakfast at your hotel. Late morning transfer for the flight to Hanoi. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

If you wish an optional Hanoi Street Food Tour is available for those who want to dive further into the local cuisine. 2 nights, traditional style 4-star hotel in the old quarter.

Day 17 - Hanoi (B)

Life in Hanoi showcases the people and culture of Vietnam’s capital city. A magnificent insight into what has shaped Ha Noi city and her people – both past and present.

Life in Hanoiyellow opera house
Today’s life in Hanoi showcases the people and culture of Vietnam’s Capital city. A magnificent insight into what has shaped Ha Noi city and her people – both past and present. You’ll make a brief stop at the Hanoi Opera House built between 1901 to 1911 by two French architects, then visit one of Hanoi’s oldest buildings – an Ancient House, dating back to the 19th century. A stunning example of the architecture that prevailed throughout Hanoi.

At a local gallery, browse antiques, artifacts and art of Vietnam’s 53 minority groups in this blend of gallery and museum. At Hanoi’s fresco street, Vietnamese and Korean artists have hand painted murals on 17 stone railway arches, these artworks create a space connecting heritage, art and community values. At the local market is where you’ll discover the beating heart of Vietnamese daily life as it is still a tradition today to shop for fresh food daily. Walk through and explore this amazing fresh food market.

The afternoon is then at your leisure to enjoy Hanoi – wander around the Old Quarter, admire Hoan Kiem Lake, take in lunch and coffee with a view, or shop to your heart’s content.

Day 18 - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

No visit to Vietnam is complete without a visit to majestic Halong Bay. A legendary world just waiting to be explored.

Experience the Legend of Ha Long

2 women eating on a boat with hills in backgroundDeparting Hanoi driving past scenic countryside to Halong Bay. Here board your cruise boat which combines an oriental style with contemporary comfort. Together they are the perfect recipe for an enchanting holiday. On arriving at Halong Bay around midday, board your cruise vessel for a delicious buffet lunch as it sets sail out among the stunning seascape. Spend the afternoon cruising among the limestone islands while passing floating villages, intriguing caves and deserted coves. Then, take the opportunity to kayak, swim or enjoy on board activities including sunbathing, traditional massage and cooking demonstrations. Overnight and dinner will be onboard your deluxe cruise. Your cabin offers all the amenities to feel comfortable: twin or queen-size bed, air-conditioning, ensuite bathroom with shower and expansive windows providing unforgettable views.

Day 19 - Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)

sunrise over river with temple

For the early risers, you can join in with Tai Chi on the sundeck as the sun rises from behind the mountains, orr simply enjoy a dawn break with coffee and a light breakfast. Then we’ll cruise back to port with stops at various islands and bays before enjoying a buffet brunch at the end of your memorable trip. On disembarking return to Hanoi. Late afternoon arrival back at your hotel in Hanoi. Tonight is sadly your farewell and a last chance to enjoy Hanoi’s old quarter dining and shopping.

Overnight boutique 4-star hotel in the old quarter.

Day 20 - Departure (B)

Today you’re free to decide what to do until your transfer for your international or domestic flight departure.

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