Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery 2018 & 2019 APT River Cruise

Explore the fascinating culture and flavours of Vietnam and Cambodia by land and sea with a 7 night cruise along the Mekong River and World-Heritage listed Ha Long Bay.

Halong Bay

Itinerary

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

Be met and transferred to your hotel before this evening’s Welcome Dinner.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing
Select from a range of sightseeing activities today in Hanoi.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining
This evening, dine at your choice of delicious restaurants.
Take in Hanoi’s city sights during a morning cycle ride.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Travel to Ha Long and board a luxurious ship for your three-day cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Enjoy lunch as you set off cruising through stunning scenery on Ha Long Bay. Later, drop anchor at Ban Chan Beach where you can go for a swim or participate in water activities.

Perhaps enjoy Tai Chi on the sun deck during a leisurely morning on the water. After lunch, sail towards Bai Tu Long Bay for an afternoon spent swimming or kayaking, then visit Thien Canh Son Cave.

Take a kayak or bamboo boat out to explore Vung Vieng fishing village before your ship returns to shore. Disembark and travel to Hanoi for your included flight to Siem Reap.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing
Choose from an extensive range of activities that showcase the cultural heart of Siem Reap.
Head to Angkor Archaeological Park to visit the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, and the 12th-century temple of Bayon. This evening, enjoy dinner and a traditional Apsara dance performance.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Rise early and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park for a glass of champagne as you enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining
Tonight you can select from a number of local restaurants for dinner. Explore the vine-engulfed temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site, and pay a visit to ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’.

Transfer to Prek K’dam to embark your river ship. Tonight, celebrate the beginning of your cruise with a Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner.

Hop aboard a small boat to explore the lush wetlands near Kampong Chhnang, watching for water birds and traditional fishing traps near the riverbank. Back on your ship, continue sailing to the village of Koh Chen for a walk to visit the fine silverware and copperware workshops.

From Prek K’dam, take a coach to Oudong where you’ll call on a monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience with monks. In Kampong Tralach later, ride an ox cart through the countryside, passing rice fields and smiling locals on the way back to your ship. Later, arrive in Phnom Penh.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™: Sightseeing Today, perhaps enjoy a tour of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, or take a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields. Your other options are a visit to the National Museum or a city tour in a tuk tuk.

Relax while border crossing formalities are carried out before arriving in Tan Chau.

Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau. Glide past a floating fishing farm, then take a rickshaw tour. Later, observe rural Mekong life on an evergreen island.

In the city of Sa Dec, enjoy a small boat ride past floating markets, then disembark to visit a Cao Dai temple. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and visit a rice paper manufacturer.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), attend either a memorial service at Long Tan Cross or visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Disembark at My Tho Port and select from two Signature Experiences.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Tonight, enjoy a Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation dinner with matching wines at Xu Restaurant.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing
Discover the city on your choice of activities: tour the city on foot, enjoy a motorbike tour, visit the Ky Long Art Villa, join a shopping tour, or take part in a cooking class at GRAIN by Luke Nguyen cooking studio.

Transfer to the airport this morning.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
07 April 2019 £5,840

What's Included

  • Free return Premium Economy flights on all departures between October 2020 & April 2021 booked before 27th December 2019!+
  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car †
  • All meals
  • Complimentary house wine, local beer, local spirits and soft drink served at your discretion on board the RV AmaLotus
  • APT Tour Director & expert local guides
  • All sightseeing & onboard entertainment
  • Unique or exclusive Signature Invitations
  • Freedom of Choice™ inclusions
  • Overseas transfers, all port charges & tipping
  • Two nights in Ho Chi Minh City at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, located in the heart of the city
  • Seven nights aboard the RV AmaLotus
  • Three nights at the award-winning Hotel Sofitel Angkor in beautiful Siem Reap
  • Enjoy 16 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 15 dinners

Luke Nguyen Dinnig Experiences

Cruising aboard the luxurious RV AmAmekong, enjoy a Welcome Dinner as well as a Vietnamese share-style meal amid the elegant surrounds of Indochine by Luke Nguyen, a private dining room for a select number of guests. Created exclusively for APT, these exceptional meals will showcase the diverse flavours from the region of Luke’s heritage and are included at no extra cost. Those who stay with us in Ho Chi Minh City will also be treated to an exciting culinary experience delivered with a modern twist. Exclusive to APT guests, be taken on a gastronomic journey at Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam House, delivering traditional and classic Vietnamese recipes, all while reflecting modern trends with culinary impressions.

Visa Requirements

All passengers are solely responsible for meeting necessary passport and visa entry requirements, and paying all associated costs.

Vietnam: Passengers making a single entry into Vietnam for up to 15 days are exempt from requiring a visa to travel. Passengers travelling to Vietnam for stays of more than 15 days, or for multiple entries, must obtain a visa prior to departure from the UK.

Cambodia: Passengers can obtain a single entry visa on arrival at Siem Reap Airport, or while cruising from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap aboard the RV AmaLotus or RV La Marguerite. Passengers must carry two passport size photographs to obtain the visa. Payment must be made in US Dollars.

If you are unsure regarding how to obtain a visa or would like more information then please give us a call and one of our river cruising experts will be more than happy to assist.