14nights Escorted Small Group Tour

This tour allows you to see the bustling Ho Chi Ming City, the iconic temples at Angkor Wat and explore away from the normal trails as you sail along the Mekong River on a luxurious seven-night cruise on board the Lotus Mekong Navigator – during your voyage you'll visit remote communities and enjoy immersive excursions including visiting a local school, navigating the canals on sampans and browsing colourful markets.

• Ho Chi Minh City - 2 nights
• My Tho (Board Mekong Cruise)
• Cai Be
• Sa Dec
• Cu Lao Gieng
• Long Khanh A Island
• Phnomh Penh
• Angkor Ban
• Kampong Cham (Disembark Mekong Cruise)
• Siem Reap - 3 nights

14nights Escorted Small Group Tour
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Ho Chi Minh City Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel (Early check-in is included for early flight arrivals). In the afternoon, embark on your city tour, introducing you to sights including the Central Post Office, designed by Gustav Eiffel, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. You then continue on to Cholon, Saigon's Chinese district and the Thien Hau pagoda, dedicated to the Sea Godess. In the evening, a welcome dinner is served onboard the Bonsai River Cruise.
Stay: New World Saigon Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City After breakfast, head to the Cu Chi Tunnels, travelling through the countryside that was once a stronghold for the Viet Cong. Upon arrival, watch a short video about what life was like for the soldiers then view some of the tunnels that served as living quarters and supply routes for thousands of guerrilla fighters. You return to Ho Chi Minh City in the mid afternoon and can enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Stay: New World Saigon Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive from Ho Chi Minh City to the port town of My Tho, where you will meet your luxury Mekong River Cruiser, Mekong Navigator. After a safety briefing and introduction to the ship’s management, you can enjoy a welcome dinner in the ship’s luxurious restaurant.
Stay: Mekong Navigator
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Cai Be and Sa Dec Upon arrival into Cai Be the ship will be met by local Sampans, traditional boats that will be used on many of the daily excursions. After boarding a sampan you will sailing amongst a myriad of local boats, some larger boats selling a variety of items and local homes built over the river on stilts. Here you will visit a traditional Vietnamese home and garden as well as a rice factory where you will witness the making of popped rice and rice paper and have an opportunity to purchase local goods.

The afternoon takes you to the larger town of Sa Dec, where you will get to visit the home of Huynh Thuy Le, the inspiration for Marguetire Duras’ novel “The Lover” as well as the Chinese temple. On your return to the Mekong Navigator you will wander through the local produce market, where you will see fresh fruits and vegetables as well as meat, live fish and seafood.
Stay: Mekong Navigator
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: My Aun Hung and Long Khanh A Island This morning, visit a traditional farming village, walk through the verdant village, interact with locals and enjoy fresh coconut in the gardens. A local family will invite you for Honey Tea and fruit while you enjoy local folk music, followed by an impressive martial arts presentation by local teenagers. After lunch you return to the shore and visit a small village close to the border with Cambodia. You will have an opportunity to see the weaving of traditional Khmer scarves and meet the local craftspeople. You will also get to visit the home of a local veteran from the Vietnam war and hear his stories. Prior to the arrival of the Mekong Navigator, only one Western visitor had ever been to this village.
Stay: Mekong Navigator
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Phnom Penh Today is more leisurely, with most of it spent sailing upstream after crossing the border into Cambodia. Onboard you can find a spot on the sun deck, get a massage in the spa or take part in one of the cultural activities planned. The Mekong Navigator docks in the centre of Phnom Penh around dinner time and you are free to go ashore and explore independently if you wish, or remain onboard and enjoy the hospitality.
Stay: Mekong Navigator
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Phnom Penh Today focuses on the darker side of Cambodian history, with a visit to the Killing Field, here you will learn more about the actions of the Khmer Rouge and have a chance to walk through the fields and visit the small museum. You will also visit Tuoi Sieng, the former school converted into the main prison. The afternoon is at leisure and there is a shuttle to the central market available. This evening, onboard, a Cambodian Cultural Dance performance will be held on the sun deck.
Stay: Mekong Navigator
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Phnom Penh After breakfast, explore Phnom Penh by Tuk Tuk. Start with the Royal Palace complex where you will enjoy the Throne Room, Moonlight Pavilion and famed Silver Pagoda. You then move on to the open-air national Museum with an impressive collection of artefacts from the Angkorian and Pre-Angkorian period. After returning to the Mekong Navigator for lunch, you have the afternoon at leisure to further explore the Cambodian capital.
Stay: Mekong Navigator
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Angkor Ban and Kampong Cham After a day in the big city, we return to a small community on the banks of the Mekong, where you can meet Cambodian locals and find out about everyday life. You then get to visit a local private school and join the children in their classroom. As you return to the ship, you will visit a local monastery. In the afternoon , a walk up the hill to the monastery of Wat Hanchey is rewarded with a Buddhist Water Blessing from the resident monks. You will have impressive views over the Mekong River Valley. Back onboard, a farewell reception with the entire ship’s crew and a magnificent farewell dinner in the restaurant.
Stay: Mekong Navigator
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Kampong Cham to Siem Reap After breakfast, you will depart the Mekong Navigator and head towards Siem Reap, with a stop en route for lunch. When you arrive into Siem Reap, you will transfer to your hotel and meet your Kuoni Cambodian guide. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.
Stay: Tara Angkor
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Siem Reap In the morning, visit the magnificent South Gate of Angkor Thom, Royal Enclosure, Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. The afternoon takes you to Angkor Wat, the most famous temple in Siem Reap . You will also get to enjoy the Angkor Gondola, a small boat close to the south gate of Angkor Thom. The evening is at leisure, although an optional excursion to the Cambodian Circus (Animal-free) can be prebooked.
Stay: Tara Angkor
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Siem Reap Visit to Baneay Srei and Banteay Samre temple. On the return to Siem Reap, you will stop at a field where you can observe rice farming and the collection of sugar palm (October to April only).The afternoon takes you to Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and Neak Pean temples and your evening finishes with dinner and an Apsara dance show at a local restaurant.
Stay: Tara Angkor
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Siem Reap In the morning you will experience a traditional monk’s blessing at a local pagoda, intended to ward off bad spirits. After lunch, a visit to Theams House and Les Senteurs d’Angkor complete the day before returning to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK or to continue with your travels.
Stay: Tara Angkor
Meals: Breakfast

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Perfect for people who want to see the main sights, but also explore a little further and experience teh remote communities along the Mekong River with the opportunity to interact with local communities.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (This is the Kuoni tour age and there may be younger travellers onboard the Mekong Navigator)
• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 14 guests (The Mekong Navigator will be shared with other guests and can hold up to 68 people)
• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag
• Prices do not include the Cambodian visa fee (approx. $30 on arrival)
• Lots of walking, often over uneven surfaces, so we recommend you pack comfortable footwear
• Mosquito repellent is essential, especially when travelling along the Mekong
• The River Cruise portion is All Inclusive, however, wine is only served with lunch and dinner
• You will have separate guides for the Cambodian and Vietnamese portions of the land tour, as well as the different parts of the River Cruise, due to local laws.

What to expect

• A pair of comfortable walking shoes is recommended
• The transfer to Siem Reap on Day 5 is 4½ hours
• Authentic local experiences
• Mosquito repellent is essential, particularly along the Mekong River
• The land-based itinerary will have a maximum of 14 passengers but the cruise can hold up to 68 passengers
• Knees and shoulders need to be covered during temple visits.

Accommodation on tour

You'll start your tour staying in New World Saigon Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City – this cosmopolitan hotel is a perfect base for exploring the city and just moments away from the expansive Ben Thanh Market. During your seven-night cruise along the Mekong River you'll be on board the Lotus Mekong Navigator, a sophisticated ship, decorated in French Colonial style with just 34 spacious and luxurious cabins. In Siem Reap at the end of your tour, you'll stay in the heart of the city at the Tara Angkor, ideally located to make the most of your time.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2020 Nov 18

Tour dates

2021 Oct 14; Nov 25

2022 Feb 03; Mar 03; Oct 13; Nov 24

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips (on the land-based section)
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)\ • All specified flights.

Kuoni highlights

Kuoni highlights

This tour lets you experience the beauty of the Mekong River and two of the most iconic cities in Cambodia and Vietnam – Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City. Discover the magnificent jungle-clad temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom while staying in Siem Reap; hop on sampan excursions to experience local life during your seven-night cruise along the Mekong River; plus visit schools and browse markets along the way.