Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights

Overview

Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights

With a drink in hand, watch the golden glow of a sun rise over the temples of Angkor Wat before tasting local flavours with a twist during a Vietnamese degustation with matching wines; inspired by Luke Nguyen. Then cruise along the Mekong River where you'll enjoy a window to local life and visit local homes, temples and monasteries within the waterside villages.

What’s included:

  • Home-to-airport transfers by Private Car
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 11 towns, villages and cities
  • Signature Experiences
  • Freedom of Choice Sightseeing and Dining
  • 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 11 dinners
  • Select complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board the RV AmaMekong
  • APT Cruise Director and expert local guides

Hand Picked By

Margaret Moulton

On an APT river cruise it's all about getting under the skin of the country that you are visiting whilst staying on board a luxurious river ship.This family-owned company celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Its host of awards confirm its reputation for consistently delivering exceptional standards to its guests. Its impressive fleet of ships offer unprecedented luxury so you can spend the day discovering the world's greatest wonders, then return to your tranquillity of your home away from home. Everything is included on our APT Luxury river cruise, from private home-to-airport transfers to sightseeing and tipping.

Margaret Moulton

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: November 2020 - April 2021
  • Duration: 14 nights
  • Highlights: Raise a glass to Angkor Wat, taste local flavours at Ho Chi Minh and experience life along the Mekong River on the spectacular 14 night river cruise.

Ship Overview

RV AmaMekong

Experiencing two of Asia’s most intriguing destinations from the convenience of a luxury river ship the AmaMekong makes life a breeze.

RV AmaMekong Profile

  • Length: 92m
  • Suites: 44
  • Crew: 44
  • Launched: 2020
RV AmaMekong Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart London

Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Vietnam.

Day 2 - Arrive Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the day at leisure before a briefing and welcome dinner, before spending two nights at Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon. Dinner is included.

Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh, Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels

Perhaps visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. These tunnels served as Viet Cong hiding spots, supply and communication routes, hospitals and weapon caches, and make for a fascinating visit. Alternatively, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at the Long Tan Cross, a memorial erected by the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, which is set in a rubber plantation and marks the site of the Battle of Long Tan. This evening, enjoy your second Signature Experience. Head to Vietnam House where a tantalising and exclusive dinner – a menu created personally by APT Ambassador Luke Nguyen – awaits.

Day 4 - Ho Chi Minh, My Tho, embark ship

Perhaps jump on the back of a motorbike and tour the vibrant streets of Saigon, or rise early for some city discovery and morning Tai Chi in the park. Other options include a walking tour of the capital, retail therapy at a bustling Vietnamese market, a tour of artist workshops or an authentic Vietnamese cooking class. Spend your final morning in Ho Chi Minh City enjoying your selected sightseeing activity. After, transfer to My Tho to embark your ship, the RV AmaMekong, your home for the next seven nights.

Day 5 - Cai Be, Sa Dec

In Cai Be this morning, visit the French Gothic cathedral and port area. Then, at a rice paper manufacture, learn how this Vietnamese staple is made. Continue to the quaint town of Sa Dec where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. Tour his former home and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover. Afterwards, visit a traditional Cao Dai temple.

Day 6 - Tan Chau, border crossing

Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau. You’ll cruise past a floating fishing farm, then disembark for a rickshaw tour. While here, pay a visit to a local silk and rattan weaving workshop. Later, visit Evergreen Island and see the fields, local farming community and authentic rural Mekong life. Relax for the afternoon as you cross into Cambodia.

Day 7 - Phnom Penh

Perhaps take a sobering excursion to the Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21. Alternatively, see Phnom Penh on a tuk tuk ride with a stop at the Central Market. There’s also choice of a visit to the National Museum or a leisurely bike ride through the city.

Day 8 - Oudong, Koh Chen, Oknha Tey

Disembark in Phnom Penh and discover Oudong, an important place of pilgrimage in Cambodia where you’ll be treated to a special Signature Experience. Return to your ship via the village Koh Chen, where you will perhaps visit some home workshops that manufacture copperware. Later, your ship glides along the lush banks of the Mekong to Oknha Tey, a small island renowned for its skilful silk weaving traditions. Enjoy dinner onboard tonight.

Day 9 - Angkor Ban

Join a walking discovery of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Experience rustic agricultural life as you wander past the wooden stilted houses in this quiet, rural place.

Day 10 - Kampong Cham, Koh Pen

Those who wish to climb Wat Hanchey this morning will be rewarded with stunning hilltop panoramas and some of the best views of the Mekong River. Following lunch on board, take a tuk tuk to explore the island of Koh Pen with its wooden stilt houses and local farming culture. This evening, a Farewell Dinner awaits onboard.

Day 11 - Kampong Cham, Disembark Ship, Siem Reap

Disembark at Kampong Cham and transfer to Siem Reap. Afterwards, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit the enduring capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, and the 12th-century temple of Bayon.

Day 12 - Siem Reap

Rise early this morning and travel to the Angkor complex for a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat with a drink in hand. Today, embark on a guided tour of the iconic Angkor Wat and admire the ancient structures in the soft morning light. Later this afternoon, explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm with its stunning ruins, then visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged local children.

Day 13 - Siem Reap

Embark on your selected sightseeing activity. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance before enjoying a Farewell Dinner.

Freedom of Choice

Options include a traditional Buddhist blessing, a tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, a quad bike adventure, a leisurely horse and cart ride, a bicycle tour across the countryside, a Khmer cooking class, a shopping trip or a relaxing spa treatment.

Day 14 - Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport this morning for your return flight to the UK.

Day 15 - Arrive London

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: November 2020 - April 2021
  • Duration: 14 nights
  • Highlights: Raise a glass to Angkor Wat, taste local flavours at Ho Chi Minh and experience life along the Mekong River on the spectacular 14 night river cruise.

Cabin and Fares

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Twin Balcony Suite

226 sq. ft

All cabins include a window or balcony, plent of storage, chairs, desk and telephone

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Twin Balcony Suite

226 sq. ft

All cabins include a window or balcony, plent of storage, chairs, desk and telephone

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