Welcome to Hanoi; you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and recharge if you need to or explore the city’s exciting Old Quarter on your own.
– Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, One-pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature.
– In the afternoon, take a rickshaw (or cyclo) ride in the Old Quarter, and see a traditional water puppet show in the evening
– After breakfast, depart Hanoi for a scenic coach ride through the Red River delta region to Ha Long Bay. Here you will board a traditional wooden Junk and make yourself at home in your lovely cabin containing every modern convenience. Enjoy lunch as you set sail in amongst the Bay’s thousands of karst formation islets.
– In the evening, you’ll be served dinner on board as the sun sets on the awe-inspiring beauty of the bay. Sleep overnight on the Junk with the peaceful sound of water lapping under your window.
– This morning, your Ha Long Bay Junk continues its scenic cruising while a delightful breakfast is served in the dining lounge then leave the Junk for a coach transfer to Hanoi Airport.
– Siem Reap in Cambodia is only a short flight away. This is the Gateway to Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer empire and one of the most renowned archeological sites in all of South East Asia.
– After breakfast, begin a guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The highlights include Angkor Thom, the newly restored Baphuon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King and the Bayon.
– In the afternoon, travel through the rural countryside to visit the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, known as the shrine of the women. Afterwards visit the English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in the village of Ta Toum.
– Visit the most iconic of all Angkorian temples – Angkor Wat.
– Visit Ta Prohm, the temple famous for its intertwined trees (showcased in the film Tomb Raider).
From Siem Reap to Tonle Sap Lake where you will be welcomed aboard your luxurious vessel. Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake is known for its profuse bird life and peaceful fishing villages. As you cruise to Kampong Chhnang you will meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. The ship moors overnight.
– After breakfast,join a motor boat excursion taking you into the lakeside wetlands forming the mouth of the Tonle Sap River. Here you can see a stunning variety of bird life and see numerous great fish traps some over a half-mile long.
– On return to your cruise boat, cast off to Kampong Tralach.
– In the afternoon, oxcart along the river bank to the beautiful Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu. Tour the pagodas, and then board a coach to drive to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, visit the Buddhist monastery. Rreturn to your vessel and continue cruising towards the village of Chong Koh.
– In the morning, visit the Chong Koh silk weaving village for a leisurely walk, then leaves for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodi
– In the evening, return to the vessel for dinner followed by a special Khmer folk performance on board. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh.
– A morning tour explores the highlights of Cambodia’s capital city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafes, vibrant nightlife and renovated river “corniche.”
– Visit the Royal Palace and the spectacular Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. Return to your boat for an onboard lunch.
– In the afternoon, visit the infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre (Genocide Museum) situated in the suburbs of the city. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine in one of many nearby restaurants and experience Phnom Penh’s vibrant nightlife, should passengers so choose.
Spend a day cruising the Mekong River and crossing the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam.
– After breakfast, transfer to small boats, which will navigate through narrow channels to visit an island. You will also visit a catfish farm and a rattan mat and slipper-making workshop. Back ashore, a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) awaits to transport you around Tan Chau.
– In the afternoon, your vessel cruises downstream to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight.
In the morning board a local boat for Sa Dec. Once ashore, you will tour the town noteworthy as the place where the French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a local market, Fujian Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour. This is now a small museum. Afterwards board a coach for Xeo Quyt, used as a base during the French and U.S. wars and now an important ecological site, with its jungle overgrowth. After lunch on board, a local boat will take you to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market. You can go ashore to see candy and rice paper workshops. In the evening, enjoy a gourmet Farewell Dinner on board.
Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port, followed by a transfer to Ho Chi Minh City. As the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina, Ho chi Minh City or Saigon (as it is affectionately known) was known as “Paris of the Orient.” Today, Saigon is a thriving city, but still retains evidence of its colonial past. Upon arrival in Saigon, enjoy a city tour exploring famous landmarks. The former Presidential Palace, Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral; Cho Lon (China Town) and its famous Binh Tay market and Thien Hau pagoda. Overnight your accommodation will be in a luxurious hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Today you are free to explore Ho Chi Minh City on your own, perhaps exploring nearby shops and markets for mementos of your Southeast Asian Adventure.
Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
Note: This is a daily departure date tour, please contact our travel consultant for the quote price.