On this intimate APT essential river cruise you’ll journey from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia aboard the elegant RV La Marguerite.
• Enjoy an ox-cart ride through the countryside of Kampong Tralach
• Receive a Buddhist blessing in Oudong
• Watch the sun set over Angkor Wat.
River cruise itinerary
Day 1 UK to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Ho Ch Minh City (Saigon).
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam On arrival, transfer to Fusion Suites Saigon where you’ll be staying for two nights. Tonight you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at
The Chopsticks Saigon.
Day 3 Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Take a morning visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a tunnel network built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. Part of a larger network, the tunnels were once used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat. They also served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters.
Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Transfer to My Tho port and begin your cruise on board the RV La Marguerite. Settle into your stylish surroundings and get to know your fellow guests during your first dinner on board.
Day 5 Cái Bè & Sa Ðéc, Vietnam Take a local boat to Cái Bè to visit the floating markets before heading onwards to Sa Đéc. Here you’ll tour an ornate Cao Dai Temple and the old home of Huynh Thuy Le, the lover of French novelist Marguerite Duras (the namesake of the RV La Marguerite).
Day 6 Tân Châu, Vietnam In a small boat you’ll be able to reach the narrow tributaries around Tân Châu and its stilt-house villages, before arriving on land for a tour on Vietnam’s iconic mode of transport – the rickshaw. Return to your ship and spend time on board as you cross the border into Cambodia and onwards to Phnom Penh through the night.
Day 7 Phnom Penh, Cambodia Join an excursion to the harrowing Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s Security Prison 21 (S-21). This afternoon in Phnom Penh, tour the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
Day 8 Phnom Penh & Koh Chen Village, Cambodia Spend your morning at leisure
in Phnom Penh before sailing on to Koh Chen. Visit some home workshops in this small village specialising in silver and copperware.
Day 9 Oudong, Kampong Tralach, Cambodia Leave the ship in Prek K’dam and travel by coach to the former royal capital of Cambodia, Oudong, for an Insider Experience. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to receive a traditional Buddhist blessing and enjoy a traditional ox-cart ride through the countryside near Kampong Tralach.
Day 10 Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia Today your boat excursion takes you into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang for a look at Cambodia’s diverse countryside.
Day 11 Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia Following disembarkation, transfer to Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap for a two-night stay. Explore the temples of the astounding Angkor Archaeological Park including jungle-clad Ta Prohm. Visit the ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ programme, which provides support and education for underprivileged children.
Day 12 Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia Enjoy a morning at leisure. Later, visit ancient wonders including Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple. This evening,
end the day watching a spectacular sunset over the iconic Angkor Wat, finishing your APT experience with a farewell dinner.
Day 13 Siem Reap, Cambodia Transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK.
Is this for you?
This engaging river cruise is the perfect way to see the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia on board a colonial-style ship that harks back to a time when travellers experienced the world at a leisurely pace.
This boutique floating hotel is the ideal choice if you’re looking for a relaxed and varied cruise experience. There’s a lounge bar and sun-deck bar where you can relax with a drink, and while sailing you can pass the time in the swimming pool, library or lounge. With panoramic views of your surroundings from the lounge, it’s also the spot for low-key cultural entertainment in the evening. All meals on board are served in the main Mekong Restaurant. Each of the 46 comfortable cabins and suites are set outside, with many featuring a balcony.
Good to know
• Itineraries are subject to change
• This itinerary operates in reverse
• In certain destinations you may be disembarking the ship across a wooden plank straight onto the river bank which can be uneven and muddy at times.
What to expect
• Pack comfortable clothes and walking shoes
• Clothing should cover legs and shoulders when entering a place of worship.
Departing 20 July 2019. Alternative Asia itineraries are available with APT, call or speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details.
Included in price
• Full-board cruise
• Selected meals at hotels on land
• Selected drinks on board
• Shore excursions and entrance fees into sites as per itinerary
• English-speaking guide and Cruise Director
• All specified flights.