Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong
(Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City)
15 days with Uniworld Rating: Deluxe
River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi (Vietnam)
Arrive at the airport, where you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will transfer you to the tranquil Intercontinental Westlake Hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi (Vietnam)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Hanoi city tour, Thanh Long water puppet show, “Hanoi Hilton,” and colonial Hanoi cyclo tour
Visit the famous One Pillar Pagoda during your tour of the city. You’ll also see the “Hanoi Hilton.” After lunch, step into a cyclo for an exciting tour of the colonial district and attend a water puppet show. Be treated to a Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine at one of Hanoi’s most charming establishments where there will be live music and an authentic northern Vietnamese dining experience . (BB, L, WD)
Day 3: Hanoi, fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia
Enjoy free time in Hanoi before your flight to Siem Reap. Then, check into the elegant and serene Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. (BB)
Day 4: Siem Reap (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap city tour via remork
You’ll begin your day at Angkor Wat, the most recognizable landmark in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple boasts the longest continuous bas-relief sculpture in existence. In the morning explore the temple at leisure. Then tour the city center of Siem Reap by remork (motocycle rickshaw), passing charming open-air markets. The tour will introduce you to Siem Reap's many dining and shopping options, which you will have plenty of time to explore later in the day. (BB, L)
Day 5: Siem Reap (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Banteay Srey and Ta Prohm
Today, you’ll visit Banteay Srey—considered to be the pinnacle of artistic achievement at Angkor—and Banteay Samré. In the afternoon, you’ll see the temple of Ta Prohm, which has been overtaken by the jungle; tentacle-like tree roots spill over millennium-old roofs, enveloping the entire structure.
Day 6: Siem Reap, transfer to Kampong Cham (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Angkor Thom
Today’s expedition encompasses the south gate of Angkor Thom, once the capital of the Khmer empire, and the pyramid temple of Bayon with its iconic (and enormous) carved heads. The afternoon ends with a walk around Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants, and the moss-encrusted Terrace of the Leper King. You will then travel to Kampong Cham, where you will board the intimate River Orchid. In the evening, indulge in a special Cambodian Themed Dinner. (BB, Boxed Lunch, WR, CD)
Day 7: Cruising the Mekong River, Kampong Cham, Wat Hanchey (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey Monastery, and Wat Hanchey
Today in Kampong Cham, visit the Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey temples, where monkeys frolic among massive Buddhas. Later on, you’ll investigate historic sites dedicated to the Buddha. Eighth-century Wat Hanchey has wonderful views of the Mekong; stroll among the ancient and modern buildings, and then receive a traditional water blessing from the local monks. (BB. L, D)
Day 8: Cruising the Mekong River, Kampong Chhnang (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Tonlé Sap River cruise and Kampong Chhnang exploration cruise
Your ship will cruise along the scenic Tonlé Sap River to Kampong Chhnang, a busy floating village. After your tour, relax on the ship’s sun deck and enjoy the stunning sunset. (BB, L, D)
Day 9: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Phnom Penh city tour
The ship will dock in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, where you’ll enjoy a morning remork (motorcycle rickshaw) tour. Visit the Royal Palace’s Throne Hall and Silver Pagoda, which contains thousands of artifacts, including jewel-encrusted Buddhas, and features a floor tiled with pure silver. Then it’s on to the National Museum to see Angkor artifacts. Following lunch onboard, explore the city at your leisure. (BB, L, D)
Day 10: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choeung Ek Memorial Stupa and grounds, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Cambodia’s grievous experience under the Khmer Rouge regime is revealed at the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. You will visit this memorial and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This afternoon, following lunch onboard, explore the city at your leisure. (BB, L, D)
Day 11: Cruising the Mekong River, Chau Doc, Chau Phong Island, Vietnam
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Chau Doc harbor cruise and visit to Cham tribal village with fish farm
In the morning, cross the Cambodian border into Vietnam and begin your afternoon tour. Join the locals in lively Chau Doc harbor as your sampan cruises among the traditional floating markets. Visit a Cham tribal village and a local fish farm. (BB, L, D)
Day 12: Sa Dec, Cai Be (Vietnam)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Sa Dec canal cruise, brick and rice factories, and Huynh Thuy Le house, Cai Be sampan cruise, An Kiet House, rice-paper and candy-making shop,
Sail aboard a canal cruise in Sa Dec, visit a factory where bricks and tiles are made with Mekong Delta clay and fired with rice husks. Then sail through busy floating markets to the one-time home of Huynh Thuy Le, made famous by Marguerite Duras’s novel The Lover. After, sail aboard a sampan for a tour of the historic An Kiet House. Next, visit a small family-run factory in Cai Be that makes candies, rice paper, and popped rice.
This evening, your last onboard enjoy a Vietnamese Themed Dinner. (BB, L, VD)
Day 13: My Tho (Disembark), transfer to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Ho Chi Minh City tour
After disembarkation settle in to Ho Chi Minh city's tranquil Park Hyatt Saigon hotel, then start the day off with a tour of the city’s incredible French Colonial architecture, followed by a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. A Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine at a beautifully decorated local restaurant, complete with live traditional entertainment, caps off your day. (BB)
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cu Chi Tunnels
Enter the astonishing system of underground passages that stretch to the Cambodian border, and speak with a Viet Cong veteran. Following the morning's tour enjoy lunch at one of Ho Chi Minh's well know restaurants, afterwards explore the city on your own. Then be treated to a Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine at local venue. (BB, L, FD)
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your tour with a Bangkok or Luang Prabang optional extension program. (CB/BB)
All This Included
Uniworld offers an intimate encounter inside Vietnam and Cambodia that other river cruise lines can't match. You'll never descend onto a village, market, or important cultural site as part of a massive tour group. Instead, you’ll be part of small groups, with one local guide for every twenty guests. You will meet the people and visit the places that make up these fascinating destinations. In addition, you’ll travel to floating villages and sites by way of a luxurious sampan, so you’ll have a genuine experience every step of the way.
Uniworld’s commitment to intimacy extends to your shipboard experience as well. The River Orchid, Uniworld’s brand new ship and sister ship to the stunning River Saigon plying through the Mekong, boasts just 30 deluxe staterooms, and no more than 60 guests at a time. This means that you will be treated to gracious and personalized service. The staff onboard the River Orchid will be there to ensure you have everything you need—morning, noon, and night. Whether you are sitting on the spacious sun deck being served a refreshing complimentary beverage as you watch the passing scenery or you are listening to an enlightening lecture, your staff will stand ready to make your stay as special and comfortable as can be.
You’ll also notice extra special Uniworld touches throughout your journey, from VIP check-in service at all onshore hotels to luxurious sampans that let you tour the river in style, to relaxing with fresh fruit and tea after your onshore excursions. There’s simply no better way to experience the magic of these destinations along the Mekong River.
7-night Mekong River cruise in a riverview stateroom onboard the beautiful River Orchid
7 nights in centrally located deluxe hotels featuring luxurious accommodations, buffet breakfast, and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
4 buffet breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 10 dinners
Complimentary wine with dinner onboard; and complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer, and local spirits are available onboard throughout the cruise
Welcome Reception onboard the ship
Services of an experienced Uniworld Tour Manager throughout your trip
Welcome and Farewell Dinners with live entertainment
Private check-in with welcome drink at each hotel
In-room welcome flower arrangement and fruit platter at each hotel
Embroidered bathrobe with your name to use in Siem Reap’s Victoria Angkor Hotel & Spa and to take home
Special souvenir menus for all included onshore meals as a keepsake of your experience
Captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local guides made up of small groups of no more than 20 people.
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions throughout your trip
Domestic flight from Siem Reap to Hanoi or Hanoi to Siem Reap
All transfers on arrival and departure days
Accommodations on this Tour
Hanoi: To be determined
Siem Reap: Victoria Angkor Hotel
Cruising: Cabin onboard River Orchid
Ho Chi Minh City: To be determined
Pre and Post Add-ons
4 days - From $899 per person (single supplement from $399)
Includes 3 nights at the InterContinental Bangkok (or similar) with buffet breakfast daily, and all service charges, taxes, and porterage, guided city tour and flight between Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City or vice versa.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
3 days - From $499 per person (single supplement from $299)
The UNESCO World Heritage designated Ha Long Bay is a natural wonder with thousands of limestone mountains rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.
Luang Prabang, Laos
5 days - From $1,869 per person (single supplement from $699)
Untouched. Spiritually mesmerizing. Soulfully satisfying. The ancient capital of Luang Prabang will leave you spellbound. After spending four glorious days among its rolling landscapes, peaceful tree-lined streets, and swooping golden-roof temples, you’ll see why UNESCO declared the entire town a World Heritage Site in 1995.
Cabin upgrades are available.
A limited number of singles are available for an additional supplement.
Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
Cambodian airport departure tax: $25 per person.
Prices exclude additional port charges of $98 and are per person, cruise/tour only based on double occupancy. Other restrictions may apply.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.
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