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

13 days with Uniworld  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat 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 the Park Hyatt Saigon. Tonight, consider popping out to explore the lively Ben Thanh Night Market or one of the city’s quintessential evening cafés—either choice would mark a splendid start to your adventure.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City
Experience how ancient history melds with the boisterous present in Vietnam’s largest city, where skyscrapers tower over ancient temples and motorbikes putter along picturesque alleys. This evening, join us onboard the Saigon Princess for dinner and a dance performance with beautiful views of Ho Chi Minh City at night.
(Breakfast Buffet, Dinner)

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City, Transfer to My Tho (Embark), Tien Loi (Ben Tre)
Today’s featured excursion provides a fascinating glimpse of the Viet Cong’s vast network of incredibly narrow tunnels dating back to the Vietnam War. Following lunch, you’ll be taken to the Mekong Jewel.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Tien Loi (Ben Tre), Vinh Long, Sa Dec
Today, you’ll witness the hustle and bustle of delta river life as the local traders take their produce to market. After breakfast, you’ll board a traditional sampan and explore the narrow canals and backwaters of this famed region. The untouched island of Tien Loi awaits on a unique excursion created exclusively for Uniworld guests, where you can see how local farmers make rooster cages, decorate bonsais in their yards and more. Upon arrival to Vinh Long, your sampans will bring you to a traditional rice factory. Back onboard, savor an authentic Vietnamese meal this evening.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Sa Dec, Gieng Island, Hong Ngu, Cruising the Mekong River
Following breakfast, continue your journey via sampan, where you’ll observe the daily routines of the villagers in Sa Dec. Visit a colorful temple, the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le and then venture to Gieng Island, where you’ll experience how a local family makes incense sticks and the conical hat.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Hong Ngu (Long Khanh A), Cruising the Mekong River, Phnom Penh
Visit the local island village of Hong Ngu, a major producer of the traditional Khmer scarves located not far from the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Since they’re woven in many homes around the village, you’ll have the opportunity to see the process first-hand. You’ll also stop at a local temple dedicated to a unique religion founded in this area of Vietnam, Hoa Hoa. Your last and most interesting visit of the day? A visit to the local home of a retired VC General.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Phnom Penh
Today, you’ll discover the thriving and exotic capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. It stands at the juncture of three captivating rivers and is divided into three districts, the picturesque French colonial area, a handsome residential district and a rapidly changing Old Town. Here, you’ll find an alluring riverside esplanade amid numerous bewitching Buddhist temples, palaces and artifacts.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Phnom Penh, Cruising the Mekong River, Angkor Ban
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.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Angkor Ban, Wat Hanchey, Kampong Cham
If yesterday was an exploration of Cambodia’s dark past, today is a celebration of the country’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 an unforgettable water blessing from local Buddhist monks.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Kampong Cham (Disembark), Transfer to Siem Reap
You’ll disembark in the morning and transfer via executive motorcoach to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor, the legendary archaeological site. Cap your trip with three nights at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, minutes away from the famed temple complex of Angkor Wat.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch)

Day 11: Siem Reap
Today is a bucket list kind of day as you explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, a gigantic religious complex that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today’s lunch will be on your own. NOTE: Order of sightseeing may change on Days 11 and 12. Temple visits are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
(Breakfast Buffet)

Day 12: Siem Reap
Today you will enter the spectacular remnants of Angkor Thom, the royal city. 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.

NOTE: Order of sightseeing may change on Days 11 and 12. Temple visits are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
(Breakfast Buffet, Dinner)

Day 13: Siem Reap
Check out of your luxury hotel and head to Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport for your flight home.
(Breakfast Buffet)

Tour Map
All This Included
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
Ho Chi Minh City: Park Hyatt Saigon or similar
Cruising: Cabin onboard Mekong Jewel
Siem Reap: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort or similar
Pre and Post Add-ons

Hanoi & Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Included in your 5-day stay:

• 2 nights at the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake (or similar)
• 2 nights on the Paradise Grand Junk, Ha Long & Lan Ha Bays with all meals onboard
• Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes and porterage
• Hanoi full-day city tour
• Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese cooking demonstration
• Discover natural lagoons in Lan Ha Bay
• All transfers and transportation

Pricing:

$1,499 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $649.

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

Day to Day:

  • 2020 Hanoi & Ha Long Bay Pre-Cruise/Tour Extension: Day to Day
  • Multifaceted Hanoi and breathtaking Ha Long and Lan Ha 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 are 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 one of the most beautiful temples in Hanoi.

    DAY 2: Ha Long & Lan Ha Bay
    Today, you’ll explore what has been called Asia’s most beautiful bay. Drive through the beautiful countryside, with a rest stop en route. Once you have arrived at the marina, journey by speedboat to the Paradise Grand where you will get the chance to meet the captain and crew and then attend a brief safety introduction. Once you have settled into your cabin, enjoy a buffet-style lunch in the luxurious dining room. Make sure to not miss the stunning views as you sail through the islets of Con Vit, Thumb and the Gia Luan Harbor. Marvel at their well-known limestone formations, karsts, across the waters.

    Sunbathe and enjoy the wild and fresh air as we drop anchor in Lan Ha Bay at Ba Trai Dao Beach. Take the opportunity to swim or kayak in the clear blue sea and relax in the fine white sand. Weather permitting.

    Enjoy the sunset on our deck as you mingle with the other passengers onboard. Then, gain hands-on experience in Vietnamese cuisine by learning how to make traditional Vietnamese spring rolls as our onboard chef guides you during a cooking demonstration. Happy hour and live music are available in the Piano Lounge.

    Once your culinary crash course has finished, enjoy an a la carte dinner in the Paradise Grand restaurant.

    DAY 3: Lan Ha Bay
    Get an early start to the day by participating in Tai Chi on the sundeck. Focus the mind and condition the body as we sail through the beautiful karsts and islands along the Lan Ha Bay. Celebrate your efforts by enjoying a light breakfast with a panoramic view. Following breakfast, it is time to disembark and board a speedboat that will take you to Cat Ba island where you will travel by bus to Trung Trang cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Cat Ba National Park. You’ll drive further into Cat Ba to get to Tung Thu island for an authentic Vietnamese lunch, followed by an hour trekking in the National Park before heading back to the Paradise Grand for a cooking demonstration, happy hour and an a la carte dinner.

    DAY 4: Hanoi
    Recharge for the new day by taking a Tai Chi session on our sun deck early in the morning. Savor a local light breakfast before heading to the Toi and Sang cave also known as the Dark and Bright cave. You will be given the chance to enter these caves either by yourself in a kayak or on a bamboo boat rowed by locals. Both caves allow you to take in the beauty of nature by allowing you to see the erosion of the limestone karsts caused by water. Head back to the ship, where you will check out of your room and then be treated to a Vietnamese buffet-styled brunch. Disembark and then return to Hanoi via the highway for a city tour with visits to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum complex, the Old Quarter (which you will tour via electric car), the Temple of Literature and the Hoa Lo Prison Museum. Wrap up the day with dinner at an authentic local restaurant before checking back into the hotel from the start of your extension.

    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.

  • 2020 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 end your 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 downtown to jump right into a tour of Vietnam’s capital city. Visit the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum complex, the resting place of President & Vietnamese Revolution leader Ho Chi Minh. Stroll through the botanical gardens, monuments, and sacred temples before heading to the Temple of Literature. This ancient temple, dedicated to Confucius, philosophers and scholars, provides a picturesque look at some of Vietnam’s traditional architecture. You will then visit the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, otherwise known as the “Hanoi Hilton.” This prison provides a unique look at how French colonists imprisoned Vietnamese political figures in French Indochina, and how during the Vietnam War North Vietnam used the prison to incarcerate American soldiers. After your tour concludes, take an electric car through Hanoi’s Old Quarter and indulge in a local meal before checking into the Intercontinental Westlake hotel.

    DAY 2: Ha Long & Lan Ha Bay
    Today, you’ll explore what has been called Asia’s most beautiful bay. Drive through the beautiful countryside, with a rest stop en route. Once you have arrived at the marina, journey by speedboat to the Paradise Grand where you will get the chance to meet the captain and crew and then attend a brief safety introduction. Once you have settled into your cabin, enjoy a buffet-style lunch in the luxurious dining room. Make sure to not miss the stunning views as you sail through the islets of Con Vit, Thumb and the Gia Luan Harbor. Marvel at their well-known limestone formations, karsts, across the waters.

    Sunbathe and enjoy the wild and fresh air as we drop anchor in Lan Ha Bay at Ba Trai Dao Beach. Take the opportunity to swim or kayak in the clear blue sea and relax in the fine white sand. Weather permitting.

    Enjoy the sunset on our deck as you mingle with the other passengers onboard. Then, gain hands-on experience in Vietnamese cuisine by learning how to make traditional Vietnamese spring rolls as our onboard chef guides you during a cooking demonstration. Happy hour and live music are available in the Piano Lounge.

    Once your culinary crash course has finished, enjoy an a la carte dinner in the Paradise Grand restaurant.

    DAY 3: Lan Ha Bay
    Get an early start to the day by participating in Tai Chi on the sundeck. Focus the mind and condition the body as we sail through the beautiful karsts and islands along the Lan Ha Bay. Celebrate your efforts by enjoying a light breakfast with a panoramic view. Following breakfast, it is time to disembark and board a speedboat that will take you to Cat Ba island where you will travel by bus to Trung Trang cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Cat Ba National Park. You’ll drive further into Cat Ba to get to Tung Thu island for an authentic Vietnamese lunch, followed by an hour trekking in the National Park before heading back to the Paradise Grand for a cooking demonstration, happy hour and an a la carte dinner.

    DAY 4: Hanoi
    Recharge for the new day by taking a Tai Chi session on our sun deck early in the morning. Savor a local light breakfast before heading to the Toi and Sang cave also known as the Dark and Bright cave. You will be given the chance to enter these caves either by yourself in a kayak or on a bamboo boat rowed by locals. Both caves allow you to take in the beauty of nature by allowing you to see the erosion of the limestone karsts caused by water. Head back to the ship, where you will check out of your room and then be treated to a Vietnamese buffet-style brunch. Disembark and then return to Hanoi. Wrap up the day with dinner at an authentic local restaurant before checking back into the hotel from the start of your extension.

    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.

Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $190 per person.
  • Single supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
  • 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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