The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam (Southbound) 2021
18 Day River Cruise Siem Reap to Hanoi
Starting at $6,144
Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
This magical Southeast Asia river cruise along the Mekong River will take you through Cambodia and Vietnam, showing you the culture and local traditions of each country and the must-see sites along the way.Your adventure begins in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with the magnificent Temples of Angkor. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, these ancient ruins are a display of architectural complexity and grandeur unlike anything else in the world. Stand in awe at the most famous of these temples, Angkor Wat, which honors the Hindu god, Vishnu; and the Bayon temple, which features some 200 mysterious faces carved in its many towers. Enjoy an inspiring Aspara dance performance and other treasures of the city before embarking on your river cruise. In Kampong Tralach, an ox cart ride will show you the Cambodian countryside and you’ll meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. The temple of Wat Hanchey, perched on a hilltop, will provide the most stunning views, and then take part in a traditional water blessing with local monks. Continue your journey into Vietnam and stroll through a local market—a unique opportunity to see locals buying and selling fresh produce. Via sampan, visit the home of a local family for a cotton-weaving demonstration and a local workshop which makes rice wine and traditional candies. In bustling Ho Chi Minh City, try your hand in the kitchen with a Vietnamese cooking class and go on an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels—the extraordinary network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the war.Fly to Hanoi and explore the famous sites, such as the Old Quarter, where peddlers have traded goods for centuries on its 36 ancient streets. Next, a remarkable 2-night cruise along Ha Long Bay will show you its beautiful Limestone Islands. You’ll visit the Cua Van Floating Village, spectacular caves, and even go for a swim at Ti Top Island. The perfect ending to an unforgettable Southeast Asia river cruise vacation!
Destination & Sightseeing
|Day 1 Siem Reap:||Welcome to Cambodia|
|Day 2 Siem Reap:||Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple; Apsara dance performance|
|Day 3 Siem Reap:||Visit Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and a noodle-making village|
|Day 4 Siem Reap–Phnom Penh (Embarkation):||Fly to Phnom Penh; onboard welcome reception|
|Day 5 Wat Hanchey–Angkor Ban:||Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour in Angkor Ban with school visit|
|Day 6 Kampong Tralach–Konpong Louang–Phnom Penh:||Ox cart ride through the countryside and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach; visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; visit the Tuol Sleng Museum and one of the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, or visit the lively central market|
|Day 7 Phnom Penh:||Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; show by children from local orphanage|
|Day 8 Border Crossing–Chau Doc:||Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc|
|Day 9 Long Khanh A–Cu Lao Gieng:||Walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration; interact with sampan-making and conical hat making families in Cu Lao Gieng|
|Day 10 Vinh Long:||Visit a local garden and a local workshop to see how rice wine and traditional candy are made|
|Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation):||Walking tour; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking class|
|Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City:||Cu Chi Tunnels excursion|
|Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City–Hanoi:||Fly to Hanoi|
|Day 14 Hanoi:||Visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and Temple of Literature; lunch at Koto; electric cart ride through the Old Quarter; water puppets performance|
|Day 15 Hanoi–Ha Long Bay (Embarkation):||Drive to Ha Long Bay; visit Cua Van floating village|
|Day 16 Ha Long Bay:||Cruise the bay; visit Ti Top Island, Luon Cave, and Dark and Bright Cave; opportunity to explore by kayak|
|Day 17 Ha Long Bay (Disembarkation)–Hanoi:||Visit Sung Sot Cave; drive to Hanoi|
|Day 18 Hanoi:||End of vacation|
|Siem Reap||Ho Chi Minh City||Hanoi||Ha Long Bay|
Sivutha Blvd Siem Reap Cambodia
The Park Hyatt, Siem Reap is the city's most prestigious address and perfect base to explore the Temples of Angkor. Located in the heart of the city, this award winning hotel blends an elegant and contemporary design to create an enlivening resort and residential feel. From the second you arrive you will be welcomed by true Cambodian hospitality and superb service. The stylish guestrooms offer a refined home away from home with all the amenities one would expect from a deluxe hotel. The luxurious collection of accommodation is matched by stylish dining venues that offer fresh, flavorful, well-presented dishes of French and Indochine inspirations. Lighter fare is also offered at The Glass House, the onsite deli-patisserie. Discerning travelers will appreciate the other amenities on offer. Relax by one of the two pools or in the inviting Living Room lounge and bar, get in a work out in the fitness center, or visit The Spa for holistic therapies and treatments using only locally harvested floral and aromatic ingredients.
22-36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Inspired by the desire to ignite and excite the imagination of travelers, The Reverie Saigon is the ultimate example a luxury hotel. Paired with luxurious facilities and amenities, and the warmth of distinctly Vietnamese hospitality it¿s not anything like you¿ve ever experienced before ¿ just like the destination.
1A Nghi Tam, Tay Ho Hanoi Vietnam
Conveniently located just 10 minutes from the central business district and numerous shopping areas. Built entirely over the serene waters of historic West Lake and adjacent to the famous 800-year-old Golden Lotus Pagoda, the hotel features contemporary Vietnamese design and exceptional service for an unforgettable visit to the City of Peace.
Ha Long Bay Vietnam
The newest and most luxurious ship sailing on Ha Long Bay. A mix of contemporary design style and traditional Vietnamese building materials create warm and welcoming spaces throughout the ship. Dine in comfort in the spacious Le Marin Restaurant, take in the panoramic views from the sundeck, or go for relaxing spa treatment. Spacious deluxe cabins feature a balcony, air-conditioning, and a large en-suite bathroom.