Ho Chi Minh City
Welcome to Vietnam. Relax for the next two nights at your elegant Special Stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch, stop for some bargaining at Ben Thanh Market.
Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively dine at Restaurant Nineteen, Square One or Di Mai Restaurant.
Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
Visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum before travelling by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.
Cai Be > Sa Dec
Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively savour morning tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.
Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market, then visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.
Freechoice: Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively visit the Tay An temple located at the foot of Sam mountain and visit a family-operated fish farm or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.
Tonight enjoy a themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam.
Tan Chau > Phnom Penh
Cross the border into Cambodia and sail to the capital city, Phnom Penh.
Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market and the city’s modern architecture.
Arrive in style by Tuk Tuk and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route.
Today marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction.
Later sail down the Tonle River and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh.
Kampong Tralach > Oudong
In Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.
Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony, which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.
Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail downstream to Kampong Cham.
Freechoice: Learn about the history behind Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and beetle nut village.
Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive to Siem Reap. After lunch in Siem Reap, arrive at your hotel for a three night Special Stay.
Take your reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.
Visit the colossal Angkor Wat before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple. Take advantage of your free night to visit the night markets.
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO supported local bakery school.
Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Handicraft Factory
Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.
Siem Reap > Champasak
Fly to Pakse and travel to the small town of Champasak and your boutique hotel for the next two nights.
Freechoice: Visit a local coffee plantation. Alternatively, explore the neighbouring villages by bicycle, or enjoy a traditional Lao or Thai massage.
After lunch drive to visit Wat Phou, a spectacular World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex.
Champasak > Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos, for a three night Special Stay.
Partake in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Later following breakfast, visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to the mysterious Pak Ou caves to see hundreds of centuries-old sacred Buddha images. When returning stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in tradition rice wine before partaking in the sport of Petanque with the locals.
Freechoice: Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different traditional methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively visit variations Art Galleries and Handicraft centres.
Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a traditional Baci ceremony, where you will pay respects to ancient animist traditions.
Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Phousi or shop in the local night market below before heading to your delicious farewell dinner.
Say farewell to Laos with many wonderful memories of the people and places you have visited.