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11 Night - Spiritual Cambodia and The Mekong w ANGKOR WAT Cruise

Aboard the new and spacious Mekong Serenity River Ship.

Package Details

Overview

From AU$4,916* twin share

Cruise Line: APT Luxury Travel
Ship: Mekong Serenity
Duration: 11 Nights
Cabin: Balcony
Ports: Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon


Itinerary

Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Embark Ship, Koh Pen, Angkor Ban, Oknha Tey, Phnom Penh, Oudong, Koh Chen, Border Crossing, Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Sa Dec, Cai Be, My Tho, Ho Chi Minh City


Description

Pricing based on departure date 16 August 2024.

Selected departures from August 2024 to March 2025.

INCLUSIONS

  • Experiences in 12 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice inclusions in two locations
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 26 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • Seven-night cruise aboard APT's new luxury river ship, the Mekong Serenity
  • Witness the sun rising above Cambodia’s Angkor Wat
  • Be welcomed by monks into a traditional Buddhist Blessing
  • Jump in a tuk tuk and explore the charming island of Koh Pen
  • Indulge in a tantalising five-course Khmer dinner, while enjoying a traditional Apsara dance performance accompanied by live musicians in the gardens of a private gallery

Itinerary Map

Vietnam & Cambodia 2024-2026 VEM11

Itinerary highlights

DAY 1

Arrive Siem Reap 

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Tonight, take the opportunity to savour a taste of Cambodia with a choice of local restaurants for dinner.

Welcome to Siem Reap. Be met on arrival and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the heart of the city. Once you’ve settled in, enjoy the day at your leisure. Tonight, choose from a selection of locally inspired restaurants to dine at.

Stay: Three Nights, Siem Reap, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Dinner

DAY 2

Siem Reap 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Be welcomed backstage at Phare Circus to meet some of the performers and watch a mesmerising performance from your VIP seats. Combining captivating acrobatics, theatre and storytelling, this unforgettable show showcases the country's rich culture and talent.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit ODA, Opportunities of Development through Art, a OneTomorrow partner.

Begin your exploration of the World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park with a visit to Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire. Built during the heyday of the Empire in the 12th century, this is an extraordinary complex of Hindu and Buddhist monuments. Head to the intriguing Bayon Temple, with its carved stone smiling faces of gods, goddesses, and other mythological beings. Visit the Terrace of Elephants, which used to be the base for the king's grand audience hall and the Terrace of the Leper King, which housed the royal crematory.

Journey to Ta Prohm, known for the thick jungle of fig trees and vines that have enveloped the structure, giving it a lost world feel. Commonly referred to as the 'Tomb Raider temple' due to it being used as a location in the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which starred Angelina Jolie, Ta Prohm is a captivating glimpse into the past and testament to a bygone era. En route to the hotel, enjoy your Signature Experiences.

Breakfast

DAY 3

Siem Reap  

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Angkor Archaeological Park to witness a spectacular sunrise at the magnificent Angkor Wat. Observe the iconic temple complex shimmer in the reflective ponds in front of this World Heritage-listed monument, while brilliant shades of orange and pink light up the sky.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Treat yourself to a private visit to Theam's Gallery and discover this talented Cambodian artist known for his unique sculptures, paintings, and intricate crafts. Indulge in a tantalising five-course Khmer dinner, while enjoying a traditional Apsara dance performance accompanied by live musicians.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps enjoy an exciting tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, where you can shop for local handmade crafts. Should you wish to get active, take off on a thrilling quad bike adventure, or enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour across the Cambodian countryside. If you want to take things a little easier, a horse and cart ride is ideal, or learn the tasty secrets to Khmer cuisine during a cooking class. For those craving a little retail therapy, a shopping adventure awaits. Or if you desire the ultimate indulgence, surrender to a soothing spa treatment.

Rise early this morning and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park for a special Signature Experience. Afterwards, join a guided exploration of this well-preserved temple, then return to your hotel for breakfast. This afternoon, step out on your chosen Freedom of Choice activity. Tonight, your Signature Experience awaits. Set amid a stunning garden, this promises to be an enchanting and memorable evening.

Breakfast / Dinner

DAY 4

Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Embark Ship, Koh Pen, Angkor Ban 

Journey by local tuk tuk around a riverside village and gain an insight into village life. Travel along the shaded lanes, past stilted houses and see a varying range of crops growing.

Bid farewell to Siem Reap and journey through remote Cambodian villages to Kampong Cham. Here, embark the Mekong Serenity, your home for the next seven nights. Following lunch, discover the island of Koh Pen with its stilted houses and local farming culture during your Signature Experience. Travelling through shaded lanes, you can see a varying range of crops growing depending on the season, including tobacco, betel nuts, watermelons, coconuts and many more tropical fruits. Tonight, as you sail towards Angkor Ban a welcome dinner awaits, showcasing the diverse flavours from the region.

Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River, Mekong Serenity

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 5

Angkor Ban, Oknha Tey, Phnom Penh

Take a walking discovery tour of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here, people still live in their traditional wooden abodes and keep ancient cultural traditions alive. Later, your ship glides along the lush banks of the Mekong to Oknha Tey, renowned for its silk weaving traditions. Stroll among the stilt houses and gain an insight into the traditional silk weaving process. Watch as the village women create beautiful Khmer fabrics from their wooden looms. In the afternoon continue to sail along the Mekong and enjoy some time at leisure. Have a dip in the pool or relax on the Sun Deck.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 6

Phnom Penh 

Experience some of Cambodia's sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Otherwise, discover Phnom Penh on a cyclo ride to uncover some well-known sights. History buffs can admire the exhibits at the National Museum, or perhaps explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Or you may wish to set off on a journey to sample some locally brewed beers at two of the city's craft breweries.

Today presents a wealth of included sightseeing choices. After lunch back on board, you may wish to explore Phnom Penh independently or simply relax.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 7

Phnom Penh Oudong, Koh Chen, Phnom Penh 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Oudong, be treated to a Buddhist Blessing by monks at a local monastery.

Disembark in Phnom Penh and discover Oudong, a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, enjoy a Signature Experience. On the way back to your ship, take a leisurely stroll through the village of Koh Chen and visit some home workshops that make copperware. The afternoon is yours to explore Phnom Penh as you wish.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 8

Phnom Penh, Border Crossing, Tan Chau

Enjoy the day cruising towards the Vietnamese border. While border formalities are carried out, enjoy the onboard activities, which could include a lively presentation from your local guides, a fruit-carving demonstration, or even a cooking workshop where you will learn the art of creating Vietnamese spring rolls. Alternatively, relax your body with a rejuvenating treatment from the Spa and Wellness Centre. Cross into Vietnam and cruise to the riverside town of Tan Chau, the first stop after the border.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 9

Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Sa Dec

Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around the riverside town of Tan Chau. Cruise past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau. On board your rickshaw, you’ll glide past small shops and meet locals who are always eager to say hello. Stop to pay a visit to a local silk and rattan weaving workshop. Later, step back in time during a visit to Evergreen Island, where you’ll experience authentic rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is left free for you to relax and take a moment to watch local life gently glide by as you cruise towards Sa Dec.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 10

Sa Dec, Cai Be, My Tho

Journey towards Sa Dec by small tender boat 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. Later, pay a visit to a traditional Cao Dai temple. Watch visitors and pilgrims come and go and appreciate the beauty of the building. Return to the ship and sit down to a delicious lunch while you cruise towards Cai Be. Board your tender boat and step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral and the colourful port area filled with crumbling colonial buildings and flowering gardens. Afterwards, you’ll visit a rice paper manufacturer and learn about how this Vietnamese staple is made. Tonight, enjoy your farewell dinner on board as you cruise towards your final stop My Tho.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 11

My Tho, Disembark Ship, Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Disembark in My Tho and continue to Ho Chi Minh City before transferring to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast


Your Ship Mekong Serenity

Cruise the Mekong River in style and convenience aboard the new Mekong Serenity luxury river ship to discover Vietnam and Cambodia’s iconic sights and hidden treasures.

  • On your luxury river cruise aboard the Mekong Serenity, international house wine, local beer, spirits and soft drinks are all included.
  • Luxuriously spacious, the Mekong Serenity boasts some of the largest entry-level suites of any vessel cruising the Mekong River.
  • During your cruise on the Mekong River, you'll enjoy luxury onboard service including two garments laundered per day per person.
  • Aboard the Mekong Serenity you can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi in select common areas and suites, so that you can stay connected during your cruise.
  • All suite categories aboard the Mekong Serenity include a private balcony, so you are free to enjoy the ever-changing scenery of Vietnam and Cambodia.
  • Delight in an intimate culinary journey for an authentic taste of Vietnam in the onboard Indochine restaurant with a special five-course menu.

Terms & Conditions

Conditions apply. Subject to availability and change without notice. Full supplier conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only. Prices valid at the time of publication. Prices are per person based on twin share occupancy unless otherwise stated and displayed in AU$. Member savings are calculated using the original advertised price.

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