Timeless Wonders of Vietnam
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Combine the hustle and bustle of Vietnams second city with Cambodias creeper-clad temples and the laid-back villages of the Mekong Delta. After soaking up the buzz of Ho Chi Minh City, youll board your luxurious ship and set sail along the Mekong. Get a glimpse of local life as we visit traditional villages and stroll through markets, then learn about Cambodias heritage in French-influenced Phnom Penh. The iconic temples at Angkor are up next, including Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm.
13 excursions and visits
Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho
Todays featured excursion provides a fascinating glimpse of the Viet Congs vast network of incredibly narrow tunnels dating back to the Vietnam War. Following lunch, youll be taken to embark your ship.
Day 2 Tien Loi (Ben Tre) – Vinh Long
Today, youll witness the hustle and bustle of delta river life as the local traders take their produce to market. Youll board a traditional sampan and explore the narrow canals and backwaters of this famed region.
Day 3 Sa Dec – Gieng Island – Hong Ngu – cruising the Mekong River
Continue your journey via sampan, where youll observe the daily routines of the villagers in Sa Dec. Visit a colourful temple, the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le and then venture to Gieng Island, where youll experience how a local family makes incense sticks and the conical hat.
Day 4 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 theyre woven in many homes around the village, youll have the opportunity to see the process first-hand.
Day 5 Phnom Penh
Today, youll 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, youll find an alluring riverside esplanade amid numerous bewitching Buddhist temples, palaces and artefacts.
Day 6 Phnom Penh – cruising the Mekong River
Todays featured excursion may be the most profound and memorable experience of your entire journey. Youll learn about the infamous Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge and visit a former school-turned-prison that is now a genocide museum.
Day 7 Angkor Ban – Wat Hanchey
If yesterday was an exploration of Cambodias dark past, today is a celebration of the countrys bright future. Youll 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.