Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat - A Luxury Small Group Journey

This journey into the heart of Southeast Asia centres around the mighty Mekong River which you explore from the comfort of a bijou boutique river cruiser gaining you access to the smaller, lesser visited sights along this extraordinary waterway.

Journey Overview

This journey into the heart of Southeast Asia centres around the mighty Mekong River which you explore from the comfort of a bijou boutique river cruiser gaining you access to the smaller, lesser visited sights along this extraordinary waterway. Discover serene Buddhist temples and ancient World Heritage listed sites, spirit houses and stupas and travel like the locals do by cyclo, sampan, tuk-tuk and trishaw. Hear from experts about the history, ancient and modern, which has shaped these friendly countries and meet the people who make them tick.

Journey 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 ancient pagodas
  • Explore magnificent Angkor Wat at sunset, with an expert guide at your side
  • Uncover some of the more uncomfortable chapters of Cambodian history at the killing fields near Phnom Penh
  • Visit colourful local markets and interact with friendly monks
  • Access authentic, less-frequented locales ranging from little-known islands to a port nestled in the heart of vibrant Saigon thanks to the size of your boutique ship 
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, and transfer to your luxurious hotel.
The Peninsula Bangkok

Day 2 Bangkok | Sailing 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, Ride like a Local on a tuk-tuk around 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, and transfer to your traditional, Khmer-style boutique hotel.  
Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor | B L D 

Day 3 Siem Reap, Cambodia | Temples & Terraces of Kings

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, where 54 gods and 54 demons are represented in an epic tug of war. Visit the Bayon Temple, with its 172 largescale faces wearing enchanting smiles, as well as the Terraces of the Elephant and Leper Kings. Later, walk to Ta Prohm Temple, an Indiana Jones-worthy fantasy with its crumbling towers and massive tree roots. Stay at Angkor Wat until sunset, marvelling as the diminishing, moody light washes over this unforgettable, faraway world. 
Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor | B L

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. 
'Mekong Princess' | B L D 

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 on your walk back to the ship. 
'Mekong Princess' | B L D 

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 on 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. Then, leave behind that bleak period in Cambodian history to attend an uplifting, professional performance of Apsara, the country’s national dance, which you enjoy on board your ship. 
'Mekong Princess' | B L D 

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 Hảo, 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. 
'Mekong Princess' | B L D 

Day 8 Cruising the Mekong | Village of Hoa An

This morning, disembark at the village of Hoa An, well known for it's floral and craft industries. Here, guests have the chance to see how locals grow and use flowers and meet a family in their home. Later, re-board the ship and cruise downstream toward Can Tho.
'Mekong Princess' | B L D 

Day 9 Cruising the Mekong | Remote Buddhist Temple Visit

Rise early for a sampan cruise through a fascinating floating market near Can Tho. Weave between the many boats that sell produce and goods, and grab your camera to capture photographs of a dynamic market life. Fresh coconut water, the Vietnamese “anti-aging 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.  
'Mekong Princess' | B L D 

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. 
'Mekong Princess' | B L D

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City | Immersed In Vibrant Saigon

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, which today goes by the name of Ho Chi Minh City. Recently experiencing a resurgence of art and culture, the city is a hub of activity. Bid farewell to the crew of ‘Mekong Princess’ and set out to discover the city’s colonial legacy, including the Central Post Office. Continue your exploration with a visit to colourful Ben Thanh market. Then, drive past the former U.S. embassy building, from which helicopters carried off the last American personnel remaining on site before the city fell to the Vietcong in April of 1975. Observe as you go, the vibrant, bustling energy of a people on the move, wholeheartedly embracing the trappings of Western culture, as giant images of “Father Ho” gaze out at streets streaming with the latest-model luxury automobiles. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a special farewell dinner. 
InterContinental Saigon Hotel | B D 

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 for home

Journey Details

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.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor, Siem Reap

Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat - A Luxury Small Group Journey

An intimate Belmond hotel on the banks of Siem Reap's tree-lined river, La Résidence d'Angkor is built in natural woods in traditional Kh ... Read more

The Peninsula Bangkok

Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat - A Luxury Small Group Journey

Commanding stunning views of the Chao Phraya River, The Peninsula Bangkok combines traditional Thai service with Peninsula perfection to ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Dec 9, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Saigon Suite Price AU$13,040pp Single Supplement AU$1,315 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Apsara Suite Price AU$13,625pp Single Supplement AU$1,610 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Tonle Suite Price AU$15,095pp Single Supplement AU$2,785 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Angkor Suite Price AU$16,570pp Single Supplement AU$4,255 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Dec 23, 2019 - Jan 3, 2020
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Saigon Suite Price AU$14,070pp Single Supplement AU$1,465 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Apsara Suite Price AU$14,655pp Single Supplement AU$1,755 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Tonle Suite Price AU$16,125pp Single Supplement AU$2,935 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Angkor Suite Price AU$17,595pp Single Supplement AU$4,405 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
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