Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

Discover astonishing Angkor Wat and cruise for seven nights on an exclusive charter along the Mekong River to experience its varied cultures in rural settings not easily reached by land.

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, all-suite boutique river boat able to access lesser-known ports, ushering you into the midst of authentic rural cultures 
  • Explore magnificent Angkor Wat at sunset with an expert guide, capping a full day among timeless ruins that include Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm Temple
  • Gain deeper insight into Southeast Asia’s varied, intertwined river cultures through interactions with local villagers, families in their homes and monks in pagodas
  • Sail straight into the heart of old Saigon and select from an array of active, cultural and culinary options that reveal the diverse appeal of today’s Ho Chi Minh City 

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. Then, travel by tuk-tuk to the sprawling Grand Palace to view 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 sights along the waterfront, including glittering Wat Arun. Later, fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where you transfer to your Khmer-style hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner. 
Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor | Meals: 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, to see crumbling towers embraced by 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. Stroll through a small market frequented by locals, and stop briefly at a monastery complex. Then, board ‘Mekong Princess’ and cruise 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 and spirit houses en route to the Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and the diamond-encrusted Maitreya Buddha. 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

This morning, learn about Cambodia’s darker days as you visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then walk the notorious killing fields of Choeung Ek, one of history’s most infamous places. Your afternoon is free to explore the city on your own. 
‘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 where 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 Hoa Hao, 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. Later, reboard the ship and cruise downstream toward Can Tho, where you disembark to visit Zihuang Pagoda. Back on board, relax on a Scenic Sundowner this evening, as you observe local life at the close of day along the delta. 
‘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 traditional noodles. Back on board ‘Mekong Princess,’ cruise deeper into parts 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. Participate in a Chef’s Table cooking demo this afternoon, led by your onboard chef. 
‘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, and then explore Reunification Palace.
  • 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, transfer to the airport to depart.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Internal air included: Bangkok/Siem Reap
This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 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.

Tailor-Made Travel with A&K

If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, please talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey for you, or your own small group with family or friends.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

The Peninsula Bangkok

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Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor, Siem Reap

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Dec 20, 2021 - Dec 31, 2021
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Saigon Suite Price AU$14,090pp Single Supplement AU$1,755 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Apsara Suite Price AU$14,825pp Single Supplement AU$2,050 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Tonle Suite Price AU$16,295pp Single Supplement AU$3,230 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Mekong Princess: Angkor Suite Price AU$17,765pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
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