Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Discover Angkor Wat with an expert local guide, cruise for seven nights on an exclusive charter along the Mekong River, and explore contemporary, vibrant Saigon.

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 | 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.
Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor | BLD

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, marvelling as the diminishing, moody light washes over this unforgettable, faraway world.
Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor | Meals: BL

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’ | Meals: BLD

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. Enjoy a walk through a small market frequented by locals, and stop briefly at a monastery complex. Then, board ‘Mekong Princess’ and cruise downstream to Phnom Penh, where you Ride Like a Local through 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. Also visit the National Museum, before returning to the ship to enjoy a professional exhibition of traditional folk dances.
‘Mekong Princess’ | Meals: BLD

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.
‘Mekong Princess’ | Meals: BLD

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 a historic Christian monastery built by the French in 1879.
‘Mekong Princess’ | Meals: BLD

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.
‘Mekong Princess’ | Meals: BLD

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 “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’ | Meals: BLD

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 favourite 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’ | Meals: BLD

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.
  • Stroll Ben Thanh Market & Craft Boutiques to discover the latest in trendy shops and local market life.

Tonight, gather for a special farewell dinner.
The Reverie Saigon | Meals: BD

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.
Meals: B

Journey Details

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 (2020)

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 (2020)

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

Sep 28, 2020 - Oct 9, 2020
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Saigon Suite Price AU$12,410pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Apsara Suite Price AU$13,135pp Single Supplement AU$1,730 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Tonle Suite Price AU$14,585pp Single Supplement AU$2,890 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Angkor Suite Price AU$16,035pp Single Supplement AU$4,340 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Oct 12, 2020 - Oct 23, 2020
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Saigon Suite Price AU$12,410pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Apsara Suite Price AU$13,135pp Single Supplement AU$1,730 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Tonle Suite Price AU$14,585pp Single Supplement AU$2,890 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Angkor Suite Price AU$16,035pp Single Supplement AU$4,340 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Oct 26, 2020 - Nov 6, 2020
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Saigon Suite Price AU$12,410pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Apsara Suite Price AU$13,135pp Single Supplement AU$1,730 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Tonle Suite Price AU$14,585pp Single Supplement AU$2,890 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Angkor Suite Price AU$16,035pp Single Supplement AU$4,340 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Nov 9, 2020 - Nov 20, 2020
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Saigon Suite Price AU$12,410pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Apsara Suite Price AU$13,135pp Single Supplement AU$1,730 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Tonle Suite Price AU$14,585pp Single Supplement AU$2,890 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Angkor Suite Price AU$16,035pp Single Supplement AU$4,340 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Dec 21, 2020 - Jan 1, 2021
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Saigon Suite Price AU$13,860pp Single Supplement AU$1,730 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Apsara Suite Price AU$14,585pp Single Supplement AU$2,020 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Tonle Suite Price AU$16,035pp Single Supplement AU$3,180 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Angkor Suite Price AU$17,485pp Single Supplement AU$4,630 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Notes:

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.

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