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Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong
(Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City)

13 days with Uniworld  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Siem Reap
Arrive at Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to your luxury hotel.

Day 2: Siem Reap
Today is a Bucket List Moment kind of day, as you unleash your inner Indiana Jones and explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, a gigantic religious complex that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Regarded as the pinnacle of the dazzling, inventive culture that flourished in medieval Cambodia, it is one of the most spectacular monuments you will ever lay eyes on.   The next two days are devoted to the astonishing Angkor Wat complex.

Featured Excursions:

Angkor Wat and Khmer Noodle House at Preah Dak Village
Put on your walking shoes and prepare to explore one of the wonders of the world: the vast, fascinating and stunning temple complex known as Angkor Wat. Every aspect of Angkor Wat had religious meaning to its builders 900 years ago: the great rectangular moat, the main gate facing the west, the towers topped with stone lotuses, the huge smiling stone heads, the layout of the lanes and buildings. The largest religious monument in the world, magnificent Angkor Wat is the single most recognizable landmark in Cambodia. It is simply breathtaking in both size and scope. Today you’ll get your passes to the site and take a tour of the broad outlines of the complex; tomorrow you’ll explore further.Following your introduction to Angkor Wat, you’ll head off to nearby Preah Dak, a village famous for its num banh chok, the traditional rice noodles that are Cambodia’s unofficial national dish. (Noodles are so intrinsic to Cambodian cuisine that the nation claims China got the recipe for noodles from a Cambodian exile.) Noodle stalls abound in Preah Dak, but the highlight for visitors may be the chance to see the traditional process by which these noodles are made at the Khmer Noodle House. Watch as the rice flour and water are hand-kneaded to form a dough, which is then laboriously pressed through a heavy mill to create the noodles. Preah Dak itself is as almost as traditional as the noodle-making process, as you’ll see as you stroll among the stilt houses: water buffalo graze nearby, water is drawn from wells, and meals are cooked over open fires.

Art School and Artisan Visit by Remork
Climb aboard a remork for a relaxing tour of the streets of Siem Reap, with stops at several artisans’ workshop that will introduce you to Siem Reap’s thriving arts scene. Your first stop is Tlai Tno, an art association where young performers learn the intricate moves of traditional Apsara dance. You’ll also visit Artisans Angkor’s workshops, which promote the resurrection of traditional Khmer crafts: hand-carved sculptures in wood or stone, lacquerwork, silk paintings and silk fabrics—all locally made by hand in the traditional way—are available at the shop.

Today’s lunch will be on your own.   NOTE: Order of sightseeing may change on Days 4 and 5. Temple visits are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.

Day 3: Siem Reap
Today you will enter the spectacular remnants of Angkor Thom, the royal city. Prepare to be amazed! Built during the heyday of the Khmer dynasty in the 12th century, this extraordinary complex of Hindu and Buddhist monuments was once lost to the world for many years, hidden under dense jungle vines.

Featured Excursions:

Apsara show and dinner
After an exciting day of sightseeing, you’ll indulge in a lavish dinner with an Apsara dance show. Apsara is the traditional Khmer dance form that tells stories and conveys messages using ornate costumes, graceful movements, codified facial expressions, and distinctive hand and foot positions. The many Apsara figures that adorn Angkor and pre-Angkor temples you’ve just visited testify to the dance form’s long and esteemed history.

South gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon and Ta Prohm
Today you will enter the spectacular remnants of Angkor Thom, the royal city. Once a huge, square city, Angkor Thom was founded in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII after his people’s previous capital had been overrun by the Chams. You can still see the defensive measures that surrounded the city—in fact, you’ll enter through one, crossing over the moat and passing between the stone figures lining the lane leading to the intricately decorated south gate in the great wall around Angkor Thom. The king’s palace, made of wood, has long since vanished, but the ruins that remain are astonishing, including the pyramidal temple of Bayon, with the enormous carved heads that have become an iconic symbol of the Angkor archaeological area. You’ll also visit the temples of Bantey Srei and Bantey Samre. You’ll have some time for lunch on your own before heading to the amazing “jungle temple” of Ta Prohm. Unlike the other Angkor temples, which have been painstakingly excavated and restored, Ta Prohm has been left almost as it was found. Massive trees grow like magic out of stone walls and roofs, their tentacle-like roots pouring over doorways and stretching across courtyards. This manmade wonder has been reclaimed by the jungle over the course of many centuries, and exploring it is sure to bring out the adventurer in you. From Ta Prohm, you’ll move on to the unfinished temple of Ta Keo. Legend has it that construction on Ta Keo was suspended when the temple was struck by lightning—an event that was considered a bad omen.

NOTE: Order of sightseeing may change on Days 5 and 4. Temple visits are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.

Day 4: Siem Reap, Transfer to Kampong Cham (Embark)
Today, you’ll have free time to explore the Siem Reap, a place name that means, literally, “Defeat of Siam”—which tells you something of its history. It is the gateway to Angkor, the legendary archaeological site. Later check out and transfer via executive motorcoach to Kampong Cham, to embark on the beautiful Mekong Navigator—your elegant home for the next seven nights—and set sail on the beautiful Mekong.

Day 5: Wat Hanchey, Angkor Ban
Today is a celebration of the Cambodia’s bright future. You’ll meet young children at a local school and friendly villagers in their homes, and have a rare opportunity to receive a special water blessing from Buddhist monks.   The mighty river carries you into the Cambodian countryside today, giving you an opportunity to meet and chat with locals.

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Cambodias vibrant cultural life
Be ready to answer questions when you visit a local school—because the children love to practice their English—and deepen your understanding of Cambodia when you meet villagers in their homes. You may encounter more children when you stop at a beautifully situated temple complex on a hilltop. Wat Hanchey has incredible views of the Mekong River—you get a real sense of just how huge the river is as you see it stretch into the distance, looking more like a great lake than a river. The complex itself is a remarkable mixture of the ancient and the new: An eighth-century Angkor temple and a modern Buddhist temple share the area—along with playful gibbons and enormous, colorfully painted concrete statues. Before your departure you’ll receive a traditional water blessing from the local monks—one of the most personal and touching moments you’ll experience on this journey. To mark the end of this special day, and to commemorate your last evening onboard the ship, you’ll be treated to a decadent Cambodian-themed dinner. Take your place in the dining room and enjoy delectable dishes prepared in the style of those once served to Cambodian royalty.

Day 6: Cruising the Mekong River, Phnom Penh
Once considered the loveliest of Indochina’s French-built cities, Phnom Penh has somehow retained much of its charm despite all the political and cultural turmoil of the 20th century. See how this fascinating city is rediscovering itself with an insightful panoramic tour and time to explore on your own.   Founded in the 15th century, Phnom Penh is the thriving capital of the kingdom of Cambodia. It stands at the juncture of three rivers and is divided into three distinct districts: the French colonial area, a handsome residential district and a rapidly changing Old Town.

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Cambodia’s capital—Phnom Penh
A tuk tuk will whisk you down wide boulevards laid out by French colonial administrators in the 1860s, when Cambodia was part of French Indochina, past old French-influenced buildings, beautiful pagodas and (with a bit of luck) saffron-robed monks, on your way to the Royal Palace. Spacious grounds—you might notice a resemblance to formal French parterres—are home to a group of structures featuring classic Khmer architecture. Each one has a specific function: The Throne Hall, with its spires and flying celestials, hosts royal coronations, while the Moonlight Pavilion was intended as a venue for dance performances (but is now used for receptions). The famed Temple of the Emerald Buddha, commonly known as the Silver Pagoda, boasts a floor-covering of 5,329 silver tiles. In the center of the pagoda are both an emerald and a gold Buddha statue (the latter of which is studded with nearly 10,000 diamonds). You’ll also tour the National Museum, which features an incomparable collection of the nation’s archaeological and artistic treasures. Following lunch onboard, enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure, taking in the shopping and lively entertainment venues of Phnom Penh.

Day 7: Phnom Penh
Today’s featured excursion may be the most profound and memorable experience of your entire journey. You’ll learn about the infamous Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge and visit a former school-turned-prison that is now a genocide museum.

Featured Excursions:

The Killing Fields—tragedy and reconciliation in Cambodia
It’s hard to reconcile the pastoral serenity of the orchards and rice fields surrounding Choeung Ek with the horrific mass executions that took place here during the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge, yet the memorial stupa filled with the skulls of Pol Pot’s victims tells the tale. These were the Killing Fields, where more than 17,000 men, women and children were slaughtered and buried in mass graves. First, however, they were tortured in Security Prison 21 (also known as S-21), a former high school on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, now the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which you will also visit today. The guards and staff of the prison were mostly adolescent males—aged 15 to 19—among whom was a young photographer whose job was to document the prisoners. Though many of his photos were destroyed, 6,000 of them remain, displayed on the walls here; as you look at these portraits, you’ll see grief, fear and defiance—and you’ll be heartbroken to learn that out of the thousands held here, only seven survived. Those who were killed at Choeung Ek were just a small fraction of the almost two million Cambodians who died in a three-year period between 1975 and the beginning of 1979.

Day 8: Cruising the Mekong River, Evergreen Island, Tan Chau
You leave Cambodia behind and cross into Vietnam today, delving into a region where traditional and modern lifestyle elements mingle: Agriculture may still reign supreme, but TV satellite dishes dot rooftops of houses built on stilts. Thousands of boats ply the waters of the Mekong—wooden cargo boats, water taxis, dredges, fishing craft. Traditional and modern elements mingle in this region, but the river rules everything.   More authentic encounters await you today, starting with a cruise through the canals to Evergreen Island, where village houses are built on stilts. Stop at a temple devoted to Vietnam’s homegrown religion, and hop aboard a rickshaw for a ride to a factory that makes handwoven reed baskets.  Later, take a sampan ride through the floating villages lining the banks of the great river.

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Daily life on the great delta
In the Mekong Delta, hardworking residents live and labor on the water, harvesting what the delta gives them and turning it into products they can sell to earn a living or food they can eat, wasting nothing. Today you’ll get a taste of this way of life during a sampan tour that carries you through the floating villages that line the banks of the great river to the town of Tan Chau. Stop at a temple devoted to Vietnam’s homegrown religion Cao Dai (a faith that incorporates most major world religions, including Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, as well as a pantheon of saints that range from Joan of Arc to Thomas Jefferson and Victor Hugo); an image of the Divine Eye appears in every temple, and each color that decorates the temple has a specific meaning. Hop aboard a rickshaw for a ride to a factory where you can watch baskets and mats being handwoven from reeds grown on the delta, and check out a floating fish farm. The raising and harvesting of seafood is one of Vietnam’s fastest-growing industries, and you’ll be amazed by the efficiency and ingenuity on display. You may even get a chance to feed the fish. Embark your sampan to cruise through the canals to Evergreen Island, where a rickshaw ride through the village reveals traditional houses built on stilts, an essential precaution during the rainy season, when the Mekong rises and spills into all of the towns that line the river.

Day 9: Cruising the Mekong River, Gieng Island, Sa Dec
Dip into Vietnam’s colorful and culturally eclectic past in Sac Dec—the former haunt of author Marguerite Duras—and the island of Gieng, which boasts a rather unexpected array of Catholic churches and monasteries.   Two very different destinations await you today: busy Sa Dec and peaceful Gieng Island. Both reflect Vietnam’s multicultural history.

Featured Excursions:

Sampans and colonial romance
Take to Sa Dec’s narrow canals just as the locals do. Children frolic in the water, fishermen ply their trade, and women care for their families. From here, you’ll head into town, where you will walk through a crowded and colorful local market—stands sell everything from snake blood, fresh fish, clothing and flowers to mangosteens— on your way to the romantic, lacelike Huynh Thuy Le House, a late-19th-century home made famous by best-selling French novelist Marguerite Duras. Duras spent her teen years in Sa Dec, and her prize-winning novel, The Lover, is said to be based on her doomed love affair with Huynh Thuy Le, the son of a wealthy Chinese landowner. Sail from bustling Sa Dec to serene Gieng Island to dip into another aspect of Vietnam’s past: The triangle-shaped island is home to a surprising array of 19th-century Catholic churches and monasteries that date to an era when it was the largest Catholic parish in Vietnam. Though the Franciscan monastery and the Providence nunnery have been largely abandoned, stately Gieng Island Church is still in daily use. Some records indicate that the graceful French baroque-style church predates the famous basilica in Ho Chi Minh City, but it’s more likely that it was built in the 1870s. Regardless of origin or the ups and downs the Catholic community has experienced over the years, the church remains a beautiful tribute to the faith of its founders.

Day 10: Vinh Long, Cai Be
Get set for an authentic slice of daily life along the Mekong with visits to two quintessentially Vietnamese locales, Vinh Long and Cai Be, which you’ll see by sampan. Meet village elders, experience the lively floating market and visit workshops creating products made from rice.   Today’s itinerary features two towns that have been shaped by the Mekong in this agrarian but densely populated region, Vinh Long and Cai Be.

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Village life on the Mekong
Chinese herbal-medicine shops, French Colonial houses and Buddhist temples mingle with modern offices on the streets of Vinh Long, the capital of Vinh Long province. The range of buildings hints at the changes that the region has seen. Vinh Long is a gateway to some of the region’s most colorful destinations: Step aboard a sampan—the style of this vessel is traditional, but the one you’ll board is much more luxurious than those generally used on these waters—and join the locals thronging the harbor of Cai Be. At the floating market here, merchants advertise their wares by attaching a sample—such as a watermelon, a coconut or a bunch of bananas—to a tall bamboo pole so their potential customers can easily see what they’re selling. It’s a colorful and lively scene, typical of Mekong Delta towns, though few similar villages feature a handsome French Gothic–style cathedral as a background. You’ll sail into the town and land near the An Kiet House, built early in the 19th century for a member of the royal family. Its ornately carved antique screens and furnishings give you an idea of how wealthy Southern Vietnamese families lived. While you’re on solid ground, take a look at another aspect of life of the delta: Vietnam is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of rice, and the Mekong Delta is known as the country’s “rice bowl.” You’ll learn all about this staple food and its importance to the region as you visit a local establishment where workers make everything from rice paper and rice wine to traditional rice candy.

Day 11: My Tho (Disembark), Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City
Ready for an adventure? Today’s featured excursion provides a fascinating glimpse of the Viet Cong’s vast network of incredibly narrow, booby-trapped tunnels dating from the Vietnam War. If you dare, you can even climb down inside for an up-close look.

Featured Excursions:

Vestiges of war—Cú Chi Tunnels
Explore a fascinating aspect of Vietnam’s long struggle to free itself from Western control. Begun by the Viet Minh on the outskirts of Saigon in 1945, as shelter from French air raids, these tunnels were expanded in the 1960s by the Viet Cong, who extended them for many miles. A network of booby-trapped tunnels led to underground chambers where people lived—in considerable privation, generally—wounds were treated and children were taught. Only a small stretch of this network is open to the public, but if you’re venturesome, you may climb down into a tunnel for an up-close look (and we do mean close—don’t expect to stand upright).

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City
As Asia’s “comeback kid,” there’s something so invigorating about Ho Chi Minh City, a busting metropolis with a youthful and innovative energy—and no wonder, given that more than half the population is younger than 35. Embrace the dynamic spirit of the city formerly known as Saigon on today’s panoramic tour.   History melds with the boisterous present in Vietnam’s largest city, where skyscrapers tower over ancient temples and motorbikes putter along picturesque alleys. It was founded in 1690; became the capital of French Cochinchina in the 1860s, when it was known as Saigon; and acquired its modern moniker in 1976, when it was named for Communist leader Ho Chi Minh.

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Dynamic Ho Chi Minh City
A landmark in Vietnamese history is the first destination on your panoramic city tour today, as you travel the city’s busy streets, passing elegant French Colonial buildings and bustling shopping centers. On April 30, 1975, a North Vietnamese army tank crashed through the gates of the building now called the Reunification Palace, symbolizing the downfall of the South Vietnamese government and the end of the Vietnam War. It’s a modern structure, commissioned in 1962 by the president of South Vietnam after his own air force tried to kill him by bombing the 19th-century French palace that had stood on the site. As you will see when you step inside, he intended to enjoy living here: It has a cinema and a nightclub—and, not too surprisingly, a spacious bomb shelter. A few blocks away, two monuments from the colonial days still stand: the lofty General Post Office, designed by Gustav Eiffel (of tower fame), and, across the street, twin-towered Notre Dame Cathedral, built entirely with materials shipped from France. Your motorcoach will carry you past other remnants of French colonial glory—the Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater (also known as the Saigon Opera House, built in 1901 and modeled on Paris’s Petit Palais) and the City Hall (based on the Hôtel de Ville in Paris)—as well as the contemporary American consulate. But the day includes more than sightseeing: Visit a lacquer showroom to learn a bit about the history and cultural significance of a craft that has been practiced in Vietnam for at least 700 years before enjoying lunch on your own. Ho Chi Minh City is famous for the excellence of its food, which reflects, inevitably, a certain French influence combined with the unique flavors of the region. Tonight, you’ll be treated to a special Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine at a local restaurant featuring an exquisitely presented traditional meal and complimentary wine —a fitting finale for such a remarkable adventure.

Day 13: Depart Ho Chi Minh City
If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your flight home or continue your tour with an extraordinary Bangkok optional extension program.
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A fascinating, rewarding and multilayered adventure.

Two of the most beautiful, historic and friendly places in all of Asia, dynamic Vietnam and pastoral Cambodia are intriguing studies in contrast. Each possesses its own unique charm and social traditions, its own tragic history and complex past. In many ways, a visit here is less about the sights you see than it is about the people you meet and the experiences you have along the way.

Ho Chi Minh City offers a heady mixture of old and new, often surprising visitors with its charm. As the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, the Mekong teems with colorful floating villages and mementos of its French Colonial past. Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s thriving capital, is fast-forwarding to the future yet retains a provincial intimacy. And colorful Siem Reap provides the gateway to the vast UNESCO-designated jungle temple complex of Angkor Wat.

Accommodations on this Tour
Siem Reap: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort or similar
Cruising: Cabin onboard Mekong Navigator
Ho Chi Minh City: Park Hyatt Saigon or similar

Pre and Post Add-ons

Bangkok, Thailand

Included in your 4-day stay:

• 3 nights at the InterContinental Bangkok (or similar)
• Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes and porterage
• Guided city tour
• All transfers, transportation and intra-Asia flights

Pricing:

$999 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $399.

Note: This extension is for cruise/tours that begin or end in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day to Day:

  • 2019 Bangkok Pre-Cruise Extension: Day to Day
  • DAY 1: Bangkok
    Once you have cleared customs at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative, who will assist you with your luggage and take you to your hotel (located near the city’s most popular shopping district). After settling in, you may choose to rest at the hotel or go out and explore the city. Your local host will be happy to offer suggestions.

    DAY 2: Bangkok
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Bangkok city tour
    Bangkok is home to 6.5 million people, and its streets teem with life—but the city also boasts fascinating palaces and beautiful temples. Your motorcoach tour will carry you to three of the city’s most remarkable Buddhist temples. Wat Traimit is home to the famed Golden Buddha, the largest solid-gold statue in the world. Cast in the 13th century, the Golden Buddha was once covered in plaster to hide it from thieves—its true value wasn’t discovered until workers moving the statue to Wat Traimit in the 1950s dropped it, causing some of the plaster to chip off, revealing the gold underneath. You’ll also visit Wat Po, commonly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Thailand’s first public university and one of its earliest Thai massage schools began here. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located inside the dazzling Grand Palace, which served as a royal residence and the administrative seat of Thailand’s government for over 150 years. Within the palace complex are courts, halls and temples, each of which served a specific purpose in historic Siam. Walk around the rooms in which the royal family and their ministers lived, worked and worshipped, including the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Coronation Hall and Throne Hall.

    DAY 3: Bangkok
    OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Canal cruise on the Chao Phraya River
    When King Rama I moved his capital to the western banks of the Chao Phraya River in 1782, canals linked new areas with the river, causing European visitors to dub Bangkok the “Venice of the East.” Cruising these canals gives you the firsthand experience of the scenic life along Bangkok’s waterways. You’ll also visit the Royal Barges Museum, a dockyard for royal ships used in ceremonial processions, and the Temple of Dawn, the landmark setting for the annual Royal Tod Kathin ceremony, in which the king sails to the temple to deliver new robes to the monks.

    You have the entire day to explore exciting Bangkok at your leisure, seeking out whichever of the city’s many diversions suit you best. High-end shoppers can stick close to home, as some of the world’s most sophisticated shopping malls are located near the hotel. Those seeking bargains need to travel only a few minutes to Pathumwan Market for an exhilarating hunt through a labyrinth of vendor stalls. Foodies can ask their local host about the best spots to find the finest Thai food in town, while those craving a bit of relaxation might seek out a traditional Thai massage or meditation center. There’s no shortage of spectacular temples, museums and nightclubs to explore.

    DAY 4: Bangkok, fly to Ho Chi Minh City
    Check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City. It’s time for your exciting cruise/tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong River to begin.

  • 2019 Bangkok Post-Cruise Extension: Day to Day
  • DAY 1: Bangkok
    Your included flight will take you from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative, who will assist you with your luggage and take you to your hotel (located near the city’s most popular shopping district). After settling in, you may choose to rest at the hotel or go out and explore the city. Your local host will be happy to offer suggestions.

    DAY 2: Bangkok
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Bangkok city tour
    Bangkok is home to 6.5 million people, and its streets teem with life—but the city also boasts fascinating palaces and beautiful temples. Your motorcoach tour will carry you to three of the city’s most remarkable Buddhist temples. Wat Traimit is home to the famed Golden Buddha, the largest solid-gold statue in the world. Cast in the 13th century, the Golden Buddha was once covered in plaster to hide it from thieves—its true value wasn’t discovered until workers moving the statue to Wat Traimit in the 1950s dropped it, causing some of the plaster to chip off, revealing the gold underneath. You’ll also visit Wat Po, commonly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Thailand’s first public university and one of its earliest Thai massage schools began here. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located inside the dazzling Grand Palace, which served as a royal residence and the administrative seat of Thailand’s government for over 150 years. Within the palace complex are courts, halls and temples, each of which served a specific purpose in historic Siam. Walk around the rooms in which the royal family and their ministers lived, worked and worshipped, including the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Coronation Hall and Throne Hall.

    DAY 3: Bangkok
    OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Canal cruise on the Chao Phraya River
    When King Rama I moved his capital to the western banks of the Chao Phraya River in 1782, canals linked new areas with the river, causing European visitors to dub Bangkok the “Venice of the East.” Cruising these canals gives you the firsthand experience of the scenic life along Bangkok’s waterways. You’ll also visit the Royal Barges Museum, a dockyard for royal ships used in ceremonial processions, and the Temple of Dawn, the landmark setting for the annual Royal Tod Kathin ceremony, in which the king sails to the temple to deliver new robes to the monks.

    You have the entire day to explore exciting Bangkok at your leisure, seeking out whichever of the city’s many diversions suit you best. High-end shoppers can stick close to home, as some of the world’s most sophisticated shopping malls are located near the hotel. Those seeking bargains need to travel only a few minutes to Pathumwan Market for an exhilarating hunt through a labyrinth of vendor stalls. Foodies can ask their local host about the best spots to find the finest Thai food in town, while those craving a bit of relaxation might seek out a traditional Thai massage or meditation center. There’s no shortage of spectacular temples, museums and nightclubs to explore.

    DAY 4: Bangkok
    After breakfast at the hotel, your extraordinary Asian adventure will draw to a close; laden with fond memories of your remarkable journey, you will be transferred to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport for your flight home.

Hanoi & Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Included in your 5-day stay:

• 3 nights at the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake (or similar)
• 1 night on a Paradise Elegance Junk, Ha Long Bay with all meals onboard
• Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes and porterage
• Hanoi full day city tour
• Visit to Sung Sôt Cave and Titop Island
• All transfers and transportation

Pricing:

$1,199 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $579.

Note: This extension is for cruise/tours that begin or end in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day to Day:

  • 2019 Hanoi & Ha Long Bay Pre-Cruise/Tour Extension: Day to Day
  • Multifaceted Hanoi and breathtaking Ha Long Bay will be sure to captivate you on this five-day pre-cruise/tour extension. Between Hanoi’s centuries-old architecture, enchanting pagodas and verdant landscapes, there’s much to be explored in Vietnam’s burgeoning capital city. Ha Long Bay is an extraordinary natural wonder—an open-air geological museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. An invigorating exploration of the bay, its islands and Hanoi is the perfect way to launch your Mekong River adventure.

    DAY 1: Hanoi
    Once you’ve arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will help you with your luggage and take you to your luxury hotel. After check-in, you may choose to rest at the hotel or go out and explore the city. Your local host will be happy to offer suggestions, such as a stop at the nearby Kim Lien Pagoda. The stunning 800-year-old temple, whose name means “golden lotus,” is considered the most beautiful in Hanoi.

    DAY 2: Hanoi
    Today, you’ll explore what has been called Asia’s most beautiful city. Begin your full-day city tour by visiting a complex honoring Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam. Here, you’ll see his residence, the museum devoted to his life and the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, which has been built and rebuilt countless times since 1049 AD. You’ll also visit the Temple of Literature, which was originally built as a Confucian temple in 1070 AD and later became the site of Vietnam’s first university. See another aspect of Vietnam’s complex history by stepping into one of the cells of Hoa Lo, a French colonial-era prison that was known to American pilots held there during the Vietnam War as the “Hanoi Hilton.” Much of the original prison has been demolished, but the remnants are now a museum.

    After lunch, it’s time to hop onboard an electric car for a tour of colonial Hanoi. The city’s elegant, tree-lined boulevards and weathered colonial buildings are sure to delight you, as are the affable street vendors selling everything from flowers to ice cream off the backs of their bicycles. Enjoy a traditional water puppet show, a thousand-year-old musical performance that tells tales from northern Vietnam’s rural villages.

    DAY 3: Ha Long Bay
    Pay witness to the otherworldly beauty of Ha Long Bay, where emerald waters are flanked by towering limestone pillars and a seemingly endless collection of islets. Board a traditional sampan for a water-bound tour past some of the bay’s most colorful fishing villages. Adventurers will rejoice at a one-of-a-kind excursion that will bring you to one of the most spectacular caves—Sung Sot Cave on Bo Hon Island. This massive cave encompasses three separate chambers filled with stalactites and stalagmites, and also gives a colorful ethereal glow. After, you’ll have time to swim or enjoy optional services, including a kayak trip through the bay or a relaxing massage.

    DAY 4: Hanoi
    Disembark today and return to Hanoi, where you’ll check back into the hotel from the start of your extension. You’ll then have the rest of the day to spend at leisure in Vietnam’s charming capital city. Perhaps you’d like to venture up to the 65th floor of the of the Lotte Center for an unmatched view of the city or head into the Old Quarter for a look at the Heritage House, a beautifully decorated, traditional merchant’s house.

    DAY 5: Hanoi
    Your extension may be over, but there’s much more to discover as you fly to Ho Chi Minh City and embark on your cruise/tour.

  • 2019 Hanoi & Ha Long Bay Post-Cruise/Tour Extension: Day to Day
  • Multifaceted Hanoi and breathtaking Ha Long Bay will be sure to captivate you on this five-day post-cruise/tour extension. Between Hanoi’s centuries-old architecture, enchanting pagodas and verdant landscapes, there’s much to be explored in Vietnam’s burgeoning capital city. Ha Long Bay is an extraordinary natural wonder—an open-air geological museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. An invigorating exploration of the bay, its islands and Hanoi is the perfect way to launch your Mekong River adventure.

    DAY 1: Hanoi
    Once you’ve arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will help you with your luggage and take you to your luxury hotel. After check-in, you may choose to rest at the hotel or go out and explore the city. Your local host will be happy to offer suggestions, such as a stop at the nearby Kim Lien Pagoda. The stunning 800-year-old temple, whose name means “golden lotus,” is considered the most beautiful in Hanoi.

    DAY 2: Hanoi
    Today, you’ll explore what has been called Asia’s most beautiful city. Begin your full-day city tour by visiting a complex honoring Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam. Here, you’ll see his residence, the museum devoted to his life and the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, which has been built and rebuilt countless times since 1049 AD. You’ll also visit the Temple of Literature, which was originally built as a Confucian temple in 1070 AD and later became the site of Vietnam’s first university. See another aspect of Vietnam’s complex history by stepping into one of the cells of Hoa Lo, a French colonial-era prison that was known to American pilots held there during the Vietnam War as the “Hanoi Hilton.” Much of the original prison has been demolished, but the remnants are now a museum.

    After lunch, it’s time to hop onboard an electric car for a tour of colonial Hanoi. The city’s elegant, tree-lined boulevards and weathered colonial buildings are sure to delight you, as are the affable street vendors selling everything from flowers to ice cream off the backs of their bicycles. Enjoy a traditional water puppet show, a thousand-year-old musical performance that tells tales from northern Vietnam’s rural villages.

    DAY 3: Ha Long Bay
    Pay witness to the otherworldly beauty of Ha Long Bay, where emerald waters are flanked by towering limestone pillars and a seemingly endless collection of islets. Board a traditional sampan for a water-bound tour past some of the bay’s most colorful fishing villages. Adventurers will rejoice at a one-of-a-kind excursion that will bring you to one of the most spectacular caves—Sung Sot Cave on Bo Hon Island. This massive cave encompasses three separate chambers filled with stalactites and stalagmites, and also gives a colorful ethereal glow. After, you’ll have time to swim or enjoy optional services, including a kayak trip through the bay or a relaxing massage.

    DAY 4: Hanoi
    Disembark today and return to Hanoi, where you’ll check back into the hotel from the start of your extension. You’ll then have the rest of the day to spend at leisure in Vietnam’s charming capital city. Perhaps you’d like to venture up to the 65th floor of the of the Lotte Center for an unmatched view of the city or head into the Old Quarter for a look at the Heritage House, a beautifully decorated, traditional merchant’s house.

    DAY 5: Hanoi
    You’ll check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport. Though your adventure has ended, the memories will last you a lifetime.

Sapa, Vietnam

Included in your 6-day stay:

• 2 nights at the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake (or similar)
• 3 nights at the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa (or similar)
• Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes and porterage
• Cross-cultural encounters with Vietnam’s ethnic hill tribes
• All transfers and transportation

Pricing:

$1,299 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $549.

Note: This extension is for cruise/tours that begin or end in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day to Day:

  • 2019 Sapa Pre-Cruise Extension: Day to Day
  • DAY 1: Hanoi
    Once you’ve arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will help you with your luggage and take you to your luxury hotel. After check-in, you may choose to rest at the hotel or go out and explore the city. Your local host will be happy to offer suggestions, such as a stop at the nearby Kim Lien Pagoda. The stunning 800-year-old temple, whose name means “golden lotus,” is considered the most beautiful in Hanoi.

    DAY 2: Hanoi, transfer to Sapa
    This morning you’ll check out of your hotel after breakfast and head via motorcoach to Sapa, where you’ll check in and relax over lunch.

    FEATURED EXCURSION: Sapa’s vivid street life
    Join a guide to get acquainted with the boisterous, everchanging streets of the town. Stroll down Cau May Street, the town’s main avenue, to the open-air market. Like a European market town, Sapa’s open-air market spreads out around a Gothic-style church in the center of town. Unlike a European town market, though, you won’t find tables and canopies; rather, you’ll find the vendors—who are often the creators of their wares—sitting on the grass or sidewalk with their goods spread out around them: colorful and intricately hand-stitched and embroidered textiles, bags, garments, sandals and jewelry. After your tour, you can venture off on your own. A climb to the top of the Sapa Radio Tower will reward you with a great view of the town and its environs.

    DAY 3: Sapa
    FEATURED EXCURSION: “Huge sky, great green mountains”
    One of Vietnam’s most famous poets, Khong Lo, began a poem with that line in the 12th century, but it might describe your adventure today in the Sapa highlands. People come from all over the world to trek through this ravishing landscape; join them on the trail to the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van. Rice paddies are terraced into impossibly steep hillsides, water buffalo graze beside the path, women work in the fields—every step calls for another photo. Lao Chai is home to about 100 Black Hmong families; the Hmong migrated over the mountains from China around 300 years ago and, like other ethnic minorities in the area, have maintained their distinctive culture and lifestyle over the centuries. Lunch awaits you at the community house in the village of Ta Van, where you will also have a chance to watch traditional dances performed to music played on the qeej (a reed pipe) and other traditional instruments. It’s almost like stepping into a living history museum—but these are real people maintaining their genuine traditions; nothing here has been recreated.

    After lunch, your group will head up to Silver Falls and Heaven’s Gate, two of the most scenic spots in this astonishingly scenic region. Silver Falls—sometimes fancifully described as a white dragon—spills down a series of cliffs. The road winds up from the falls to the pass called Heaven’s Gate, where you’ll have a fabulous view of the Sapa valley below and the surrounding mountains, including Mount Fansipan, Vietnam’s tallest peak.

    DAY 4: Sapa
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Ethnic communities
    Sapa’s street market takes place every day, as the Hmong bring their handcrafts in to sell them, but many villages in the area also host outdoor markets once a week. You’ll ramble through one of these markets—its location will be determined by the day of the week—and stop at Ta Phin, home to the Red Dao people. There are 24 different ethnic groups in this region, each one following its own customs and speaking its own language. Traditional garb helps identify each group: Black Hmong women, for instance, generally wear black headdresses; Flower Hmong are among the colorfully dressed. The Red Dao women wear red headdresses. In Ta Phin you’ll see the area’s characteristic bamboo-and-wood houses topped with corrugated roofs, often with wood stacked along one wall for burning—it’s a simple life, with meals prepared over an open fire. Men and women work in the fields growing corn and rice; women create the elaborately embroidered costumes they wear. Did these people cross from China into Vietnam at the same spot on the border where you’ll stop for a photo opportunity? No one knows, of course, but it’s not hard to imagine that crossing all those centuries ago.

    DAY 5: Sapa, transfer to Hanoi
    This morning you’ll check out of your hotel after breakfast and head via motorcoach to the hotel from the start of your extension. You’ll then have the rest of the day to spend at leisure in Vietnam’s charming capital city. Perhaps you’d like to venture up to the 65th floor of the of the Lotte Center for an unmatched view of the city or head into the Old Quarter for a look at the Heritage House, a beautifully decorated, traditional merchant’s house.

    DAY 6: Hanoi, fly to Ho Chi Minh City
    Your extension may be over, but there’s much more to discover. Check out of your hotel after breakfast and fly to Ho Chi Minh City. It’s time for your exciting cruise/tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong River to begin.

  • 2019 Sapa Post-Cruise Extension: Day to Day
  • DAY 1: Ho Chi Minh City, fly to Hanoi
    Once you’ve arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will help you with your luggage and take you to your luxury hotel. After check-in, you may choose to rest at the hotel or go out and explore the city. Your local host will be happy to offer suggestions, such as a stop at the nearby Kim Lien Pagoda. The stunning 800-year-old temple, whose name means “golden lotus,” is considered the most beautiful in Hanoi.

    DAY 2: Hanoi, transfer to Sapa
    This morning you’ll check out of your hotel after breakfast and head via motorcoach to Sapa, where you’ll check in and relax over lunch.

    FEATURED EXCURSION: Sapa’s vivid street life
    Join a guide to get acquainted with the boisterous, everchanging streets of the town. Stroll down Cau May Street, the town’s main avenue, to the open-air market. Like a European market town, Sapa’s open-air market spreads out around a Gothic-style church in the center of town. Unlike a European town market, though, you won’t find tables and canopies; rather, you’ll find the vendors—who are often the creators of their wares—sitting on the grass or sidewalk with their goods spread out around them: colorful and intricately hand-stitched and embroidered textiles, bags, garments, sandals and jewelry. After your tour, you can venture off on your own. A climb to the top of the Sapa Radio Tower will reward you with a great view of the town and its environs.

    DAY 3: Sapa
    FEATURED EXCURSION: “Huge sky, great green mountains”
    One of Vietnam’s most famous poets, Khong Lo, began a poem with that line in the 12th century, but it might describe your adventure today in the Sapa highlands. People come from all over the world to trek through this ravishing landscape; join them on the trail to the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van. Rice paddies are terraced into impossibly steep hillsides, water buffalo graze beside the path, women work in the fields—every step calls for another photo. Lao Chai is home to about 100 Black Hmong families; the Hmong migrated over the mountains from China around 300 years ago and, like other ethnic minorities in the area, have maintained their distinctive culture and lifestyle over the centuries. Lunch awaits you at the community house in the village of Ta Van, where you will also have a chance to watch traditional dances performed to music played on the qeej (a reed pipe) and other traditional instruments. It’s almost like stepping into a living history museum—but these are real people maintaining their genuine traditions; nothing here has been recreated.

    After lunch, your group will head up to Silver Falls and Heaven’s Gate, two of the most scenic spots in this astonishingly scenic region. Silver Falls—sometimes fancifully described as a white dragon—spills down a series of cliffs. The road winds up from the falls to the pass called Heaven’s Gate, where you’ll have a fabulous view of the Sapa valley below and the surrounding mountains, including Mount Fansipan, Vietnam’s tallest peak.

    DAY 4: Sapa
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Ethnic communities
    Sapa’s street market takes place every day, as the Hmong bring their handcrafts in to sell them, but many villages in the area also host outdoor markets once a week. You’ll ramble through one of these markets—its location will be determined by the day of the week—and stop at Ta Phin, home to the Red Dao people. There are 24 different ethnic groups in this region, each one following its own customs and speaking its own language. Traditional garb helps identify each group: Black Hmong women, for instance, generally wear black headdresses; Flower Hmong are among the colorfully dressed. The Red Dao women wear red headdresses. In Ta Phin you’ll see the area’s characteristic bamboo-and-wood houses topped with corrugated roofs, often with wood stacked along one wall for burning—it’s a simple life, with meals prepared over an open fire. Men and women work in the fields growing corn and rice; women create the elaborately embroidered costumes they wear. Did these people cross from China into Vietnam at the same spot on the border where you’ll stop for a photo opportunity? No one knows, of course, but it’s not hard to imagine that crossing all those centuries ago.

    DAY 5: Sapa, transfer to Hanoi
    Check out of your hotel in Sapa and return to Hanoi, where you’ll check into your hotel for one last night in Vietnam. You’ll have some free time in the afternoon to explore on your own.

    DAY 6: Hanoi
    You’ll check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport. Though your adventure has ended, the memories will last you a lifetime.

Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
  • Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed.
  • Single Supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • 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.
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $170 per person.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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