Day 1 - ARRIVE HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your luxurious hotel.
Day 2 - HO CHI MINH CITY
Set out to discover Ho Chi Minh City, pausing to visit pivotal Reunification Hall; Notre Dame Cathedral, built by French colonists; and the Central Post Office, its architecture reflecting Gothic, Renaissance and French influences. After lunch at a local restaurant, explore Chinatown by cyclo (rickshaw). Drive past bustling, centrally located Binh Thanh Market and visit Chinese-style Thien Hau Pagoda.
Day 3 - MY THO
After a morning at leisure, transfer to My Tho and board luxurious ‘Aqua Mekong’ to set sail on the fabled Mekong. The twelfth-largest river in the world, the Mekong spans 2,700 miles and flows through six countries, from the Tibetan Plateau through China's Yunnan province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Serving as a major trade route between western China and Southeast Asia, this “mother of water” — also called the River Khong — flows through mountains and dense forests and past floating markets, affording a scenic passage through areas of rich biodiversity.
Day 4 - CRUISING THE MEKONG
Begin the day at Binh Thanh mat weaving village. Alternately, visit the port city of Sa Dec, seeing its vibrant market and the house of French author Marguerite Duras’ lover, Huynh Thuy Le. Here, she set much of her autobiographical novel, The Lover. After lunch on board, visit the quaint village of My An Hung. Traverse its lush plantations and sample local fruit alongside residents while listening to traditional folk music. You may also set out on an optional bike ride.
Day 5 - CRUISING THE MEKONG
Travel by skiff to Chau Doc floating market. Then, pay a visit to Long Son Pagoda atop Sam Mountain, where you visit with monks. You may also choose to cycle on Long Khanh Island or take a rickshaw ride to Tan Chau Market alongside your vessel’s chef.
Day 6 - CRUISING THE MEKONG
On your final day on the legendary river, learn about the art of dyeing and weaving traditional kromas (scarves), gaining insight from locals. You may also explore the riverbank by bike. Then, take a skiff to visit the remote village of Preah Prosop to experience the pace and practices of daily life.
Day 7 - PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
Disembark in Phnom Penh. See the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum by tuk-tuk. You may then opt to pay a poignant visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide, which serves as a memorial to the victims of the Khmer Rouge. Alternatively, shop for handicrafts at the busy Russian Market. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and transfer to your historic accommodations.
Day 8 - SIEM REAP
Transfer to the airport and fly to Siem Reap where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Later this afternoon, visit Bayon-style Ta Prohm, one of Angkor's most memorable temples.
Day 9 - SIEM REAP
Spend the morning exploring Angkor Wat’s stunning temples, part of a hidden lost city tucked into the jungle. After lunch, proceed to Banteay Srei — dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva — and Banteay Samre, named after an ancient people of Indochina. En route to Banteay Samre, stop at the Cambodia Clean Water Project, an A&K Philanthropy-sponsored initiative that builds pumping wells in rural communities throughout the country.
Day 10 - DEPART SIEM REAP
Discover Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. See the richly adorned Bayon Temple; aptly named Terrace of the Elephants, its remains marked with pachyderm carvings; and Leper King Terrace, believed to have been used as a royal cremation site. After lunch, transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.