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Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat 2020

12 days with Abercrombie & Kent  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 ARRIVE BANGKOK, THAILAND
Arrive in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, and transfer to your luxurious hotel.
 
DAY 2 BANGKOK | GLIDING ON THE SERENE CHAO PHRAYA RIVER
Discover Wat Pho temple, with its massive reclining Buddha statue, and listen to the musical sound of coins dropping into brass offering bowls, following your welcome briefing. Then, travel by tuk-tuk to the sprawling Grand Palace. Explore the royal Siamese court, home to Thailand’s most important shrine, the green-jade Emerald Buddha. Next, gather for a light lunch aboard a traditional wooden rice barge. Cruise the Chao Phraya River in a relaxed atmosphere, taking in the wonderful views. Later, fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, transfer to your Khmer-style boutique hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 3 SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA | SUNSET AT ANGKOR WAT
Set off to explore the extraordinary temples of Angkor, a breathtaking city lost in the jungle and Cambodia’s most prized national treasure. Enter the monumental gates of Angkor Thom, and visit the Bayon Temple, with its 172 large-scale faces wearing enchanting smiles. Continue to Ta Prohm Temple, with its crumbling towers and massive tree roots. This afternoon, visit magnificent Angkor Wat, where you stay until sunset, marveling as the diminishing, moody light washes over this unforgettable, faraway world. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
DAY 4 CRUISING THE MEKONG | BOARD YOUR ALL-SUITE CRUISER
Drive through the lush and scenic Cambodian countryside to Kampong Cham, where you board A&K’s private charter of all-suite ‘Mekong Princess,’ your boutique river cruiser for the next seven nights. Tonight, enjoy a Khmer-inspired dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 5 CRUISING THE MEKONG | LIFE IN A LOCAL VILLAGE
Explore the charming town of Angkor Ban, where you enjoy glimpses into the lives of local people, starting with a visit to a family home. Continue to the village school to observe the classroom experience. Stop briefly at the local monastery complex. Later, enjoy a professional exhibition of traditional folk dances aboard your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 6 CRUISING THE MEKONG | PHNOM PENH, PEARL OF ASIA
Ride Like a Local through Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s lush and alluring capital city, on an engaging cyclo tour. Discover the ornate Royal Palace and wander past huge stupas, spirit houses and potted flowers en route to the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and the diamond-encrusted Maitreya Buddha. Visit the National Museum this afternoon. Later, learn about Cambodia’s darker days as you walk the notorious killing fields of Choeung Ek, one of history’s most infamous places. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 7 CRUISING THE MEKONG | CROSSING INTO VIETNAM
Cruise into Vietnam early this morning and continue downstream to little-known Hong Ngu, which nimble ‘Mekong Princess’ can enter with ease. In this place few Westerners have ever been, experience an especially friendly welcome, followed by a visit to a local family home, where you watch the weaving of kromas (traditional Khmer scarves). Later, explore a local temple dedicated to Hòa H?o, a unique Vietnamese religion. In the afternoon, board a sampan (wooden boat) to Gieng Island, where hundreds of the vessels are built each day. Cruise a canal past orchards and rice fields. Continue to Cu Lao Gieng Church, built by the French in 1879. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 8 CRUISING THE MEKONG | MEET A LOCAL FAMILY
Disembark at the village of Hoa An, well known for its floral and craft industries. See how locals grow and use flowers and meet a family in their home. Then, visit the Hoa An kindergarten, supported by A&K Philanthropy, and watch as students make local conical hats. Later, re-board the ship and cruise downstream toward Can Tho. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 9 CRUISING THE MEKONG | FLOATING MARKET VISIT
Rise early for a sampan cruise through a fascinating floating market near Can Tho, weaving between boats that sell goods and produce. Fresh coconut water, the Vietnamese “antiaging drink,” refreshes you before a stop at a local factory to see the making of instant noodles. Back on board ‘Mekong Princess,’ sail deeper into regions of the Mekong Delta rarely touched by travellers to see the fourth-century Phuoc Hau Pagoda, where you interact with local monks to learn about their daily life and practices. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 10 CRUISING THE MEKONG | LIFE AMONG THE MANGROVES
Today, board a sampan to wend your way through a channel lined with mangroves, whose tangled roots provide a sheltered habitat for the smallest denizens of the river’s ecosystem. Pause to see an artisan produce coconut candy, a favorite local snack. Next, board an intimate, two-seater boat for a cruise through lush, narrow creeks lined with nipa palms, a native species and the only one of its kind adapted to the mangrove habitat. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 11 HO CHI MINH CITY | DESIGN YOUR DAY
Unlike other river ships that are forced to dock outside of Saigon, ‘Mekong Princess’ takes you right into the heart of this lively, evocative metropolis, now known as Ho Chi Minh City. Disembark your river cruiser to enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:
 
Visit the War Remnants Museum to view photographs from Bunyo Ishikawa, a Vietnam War photojournalist.
 
Sample Local Specialties, experiencing the culinary treasures to be found on a Saigon street-food tour.
 
Visit Nguyen Hue Street & Ben Thanh Market to discover the latest in trendy shops and explore local market life.
 
Tonight, gather for a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
DAY 12 DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY
After breakfast, begin a Cu Chi and Hanoi post-tour extension or transfer to the airport to depart. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Cruise for seven nights on an exclusive charter of 24-guest ‘Mekong Princess,’ a luxurious, boutique river cruiser, accompanied throughout by an A&K Resident Tour Director
  • Gain deeper insight into Southeast Asia’s varied, intertwined river cultures through interactions with local villagers, families in their homes and monks in pagodas
  • Explore magnificent Angkor Wat at sunset, with an expert guide at your side
  • Thanks to your ship’s smaller size, access authentic, less-frequented locales ranging from little-known islands to a port nestled in the heart of vibrant Saigon
All This Included
Discover Angkor Wat with an expert local guide, cruise for seven nights on an exclusive charter along the Mekong River to experience its varied cultures in rural settings not easily reached by land, and explore contemporary, vibrant Saigon.
  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director® and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Travelling Bell Boy® Luggage Handling
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • New! Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day® 
  • Traveller’s Valet® Laundry Service
  • Internet Access (Where Available) 
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests
Accommodations on this Tour
Bangkok: The Peninsula Bangkok
Siem Reap: Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor
Cruising: Cabin onboard Mekong Princess
Ho Chi Minh City: The Reverie Saigon
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Tour Extension: Luang Prabang
4 days from $1,895 / Single Supplement from $795
Internal air from $985: Bangkok/Luang Prabang/Bangkok
 
Explore the Royal Palace, enjoy a baci ceremony, make offerings to monks, visit a farm and take a sunset cruise. Available to add to select departure dates. 
 
DAY 1
Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand.
Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
 
DAY 2
Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos. Tour the Royal Palace, Phousi Hill, and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center. Enjoy a village baci ceremony this evening, followed by dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
 
DAY 3
Join locals making food offerings to local monks. Later, visit a farm and the Kuang Si Waterfall before a sunset cruise. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
 
DAY 4
See the monasteries of Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Khili, Wat Sop and Wat Sene. Later, fly to Bangkok. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
Post-Tour Extension: Cu Chi & Hanoi
3 days from $1,995 / Single Supplement from $695
 
Internal air from $285: Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi
 
See the Vietcong’s Cu Chi tunnels, and then fly to Hanoi to visit Ho Chi Minh’s house and the “Hanoi Hilton” prison. Available to add to select departure dates. 
 
DAY 1
Travel outside of Ho Chi Minh City to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Fly to Hanoi. (Lunch)
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
 
DAY 2
Embark on a city tour, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s stilted house and the One Pillar Pagoda. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to the notorious “Hanoi Hilton” prison. This evening, enjoy a water puppet show and dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
 
DAY 3
Today, transfer to the airport and depart. (Breakfast)
 
Explore Hong Kong: Stopover Package
3 days from $2,395 / Single Supplement from $1,395
 
Take advantage of an incredible opportunity to spend two nights in Hong Kong before or after your journey.
 
International air not included.
 
3 DAYS
Experience Hong Kong Island by land, air and sea, beginning with a look at the city’s bustling market culture with stops at the Sheung Wan Dried Food and Herbal Market, street-side antique shops, and an open-air curio market. Ride the Peak Tram funicular up to Victoria Peak for a stunning view of Victoria Harbour and finish with a traditional sampan (wooden boat) ride through the local floating villages. (Breakfast, Lunch (Day 2); Breakfast (Day 3))
The Peninsula Hong Kong
 
Explore Dubai: Stopover Package
3 days from $1,795 / Single Supplement from $1,195
 
Take advantage of an incredible opportunity to spend two nights in Dubai before or after your journey.
 
International air not included.
 
3 DAYS
Fly to Dubai and check in to your luxury hotel. Discover the best of this dazzling city, viewing its remarkable architecture, visiting the Spice Market and colorful shops at the Deira Gold Souk, and ascending the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper. On the last day, continue on to your journey or board your flight home. (Breakfast, Lunch (Day 2) Breakfast (Day 3))
Notes
  • Itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • Internal Air: Economy class from $570: Bangkok/Siem Reap
  • This journey contains some active elements.
  • Minimum age is 10 years.
  • First group event: welcome briefing at 9:00 a.m. on Day 2.
  • Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 11.
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* 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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