• Watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat
• Visit famous Vietnamese chef, Luke Nguyen's restaurant, Vietnam House in Ho Chi Minh City and sit down to a dinner which he has designed
• In Cai Be, learn how to make rice paper during a hands-on experience.
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 the Park Hyatt where you’ll be staying for two nights. Tonight, dinner will be served at your hotel.
Day 3 Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam There's a choice of excursions today. Either travel to Ba Ria, the site of the Battle of Long Tan or 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. This evening, head to Vientnam House, the restaurant owned by APT Ambassador Luke Nguyen. Enjoy a mouthwatering dinner that's been designed by one of the country's most famous chefs.
Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Following a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh, a visit to the or a cooking class at GRAIN by Luke Nguyen, transfer to My Tho port and begin your cruise on board the RV AmaLotus. Settle into your stylish surroundings and get to know your fellow guests during your welcome dinner, again designed by Luke Nguyen.
Day 5 Cái Bè & Sa Ðéc, Vietnam Take a local boat to Cái Bè to visit the floating markets and visit a local rice paper manufacturer 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.
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 Phnom Penh's Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda or alternatively, visit the harrowing Killing Fields. Later, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s Security Prison 21 (S-21), head to the National Museum of Cambodia or join a tuk tuk tour of the city.
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. 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. This evening, a farewell dinner will be served on board.
Day 11 Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia Following disembarkation, transfer to the Sofitel Angkor in Siem Reap for a three-night stay. Explore the temples of the astounding Angkor Archaeological Park including Angkor Thom and the Bayon. For dinner, there are a selection of restaurants that you can choose from as part of the Freedom of Choice dining experience.
Day 12 Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia It's an early start this morning for your sunrise visit to Angkor Wat, comolete with glass of Champagne. Take a guided tour of the temple before returning to your hotel for breakfast and some free time. Later, visit the jungle-clad Ta Prohm and the ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ programme, which provides support and education for underprivileged children.
Day 13 Siem Reap, Cambodia Today, you have the choice of a selection of experiences. Options include a visit to the Wat Preah Prom Rath temple with a Buddhist blessing, a tuk tuk ride to Senteurs d'Angkor workshop to shop for handmade crafts, a bike tour through the local countryside and a Khmer cooking class. Before the final meal of the tour, enjoy an Apsara dance performance.
Day 14 Siem Reap, Cambodia Transfer to the airport for your 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 an elegant 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. With panoramic views of your surroundings from the Saigon Lounge, it’s also the spot for low-key cultural entertainment in the evening. All meals on board are served in the Mekong Restaurant on the Main Deck. Each of the comfortable and classically designed suites are outside facing and each features a balcony.
What to expect
• Pack comfortable clothes and walking shoes
• Clothing should cover legs and shoulders when entering a place of worship.
Departing between August and December 2019. Alternative Asia itineraries are available with APT, call or speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details.