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Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat 2017


12 Days from $8,995

Limited to 24 guests

Discover Angkor Wat with an expert local guide, cruise for seven nights on an exclusive charter along the Mekong River to experience its varied cultures, and explore the colonial legacy of old Saigon.

A&K Advantages

Cruise for seven nights on an exclusive charter of 24-guest 'Mekong Princess'

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

Thanks to your ship's smaller size, access authentic, less-frequented locales ranging from little-known islands to a port nestled in the heart of vibrant Saigon

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1:
Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
DAY 2:
Bangkok | Sailing the Serene Chao Phraya River
DAY 3:
Angkor Wat | Temples and Terraces of Kings
DAY 4:
Kampong Cham | Board All-Suite ‘Mekong Princess’
DAY 5:
Cruising the Mekong | Life in a Local Village
DAY 6:
Cruising the Mekong | Phnom Penh, Pearl of Asia
DAY 7:
Cruising the Mekong | Splendors of a Hidden Port
DAY 8:
Cruising the Mekong | Cao Dai
DAY 9:
Cruising the Mekong | Remote Buddhist Temple Visit
DAY 10:
Cruising the Mekong | Life Among the Mangroves
DAY 11:
Ho Chi Minh City | Immersed in Vibrant Saigon
DAY 12:
Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Extend Your Journey

Pre-Tour Extension: Luang Prabang 4 Days from $1,595 Learn More
Post-Tour Extension: Cu Chi & Hanoi 3 Days from $1,795 Learn More
Explore Dubai: Stopover Package 3 Days from $1,995 Learn More
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Suite Upgrade Package | Upgrade to suites at all hotels throughout your journey from $705.

DAY 1:
Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, and transfer to your luxurious hotel.

The Peninsula Bangkok
DAY 2:
Bangkok | Sailing 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, Ride Like a Local on a tuk-tuk around the sprawling Grand Palace. Explore the ancient 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 quiet Chao Phraya River in a relaxed atmosphere, taking in the wonderful views. Later, fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and transfer to your traditional, Khmer-style boutique hotel.

Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3:
Angkor Wat | Temples and Terraces of Kings

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, where 54 gods and 54 demons are represented in an epic tug of war. Visit the Bayon Temple, with its 172 large-scale faces wearing enchanting smiles, as well as the terraces of the Elephant and Leper Kings. Later, walk ancient Ta Prohm Temple, an Indiana Jones-worthy fantasy with its crumbling towers and massive tree roots. Stay at Angkor Wat until sunset, marveling as the diminishing, moody light washes over this unforgettable, faraway world.

Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4:
Kampong Cham | Board All-Suite ‘Mekong Princess’

Drive through the lush and scenic Cambodian countryside to Kampong Cham, where you board A&K’s private charter of allsuite ‘Mekong Princess,’ your boutique river cruiser for the next seven nights. Tonight, enjoy a Khmer-inspired dinner.

'Mekong Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5:
Cruising the Mekong | Life in a Local Village

Explore the charming town of Angkor Ban, where you enjoy the opportunity to glimpse into the lives of local people, starting with a visit to a family home. Continue to the village school to observe the classroom experience. Stop briefly at the local monastery complex on your walk back to the ship.

'Mekong Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6:
Cruising the Mekong | Phnom Penh, Pearl of Asia

Today, 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. Sense the somber atmosphere of this, one of history’s most infamous places. Then, leave behind that bleak period in Cambodian history to attend an uplifting performance by children from a local orphanage of Apsara, the country’s national dance, which you enjoy on the sun deck of your ship.

'Mekong Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7:
Cruising the Mekong | Splendors of a Hidden Port

Sail into Vietnam and cruise 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 kormas (traditional Khmer scarves), which are exported to Cambodia. Later, explore a local temple dedicated to Hòa Hóa, a unique Vietnamese religion.

'Mekong Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8:
Cruising the Mekong | Cao Dai

Begin the day with a sampan (wooden boat) ride to the riverside market town of Long Xuyen. Walk the bustling market and then visit the Cao Dai temple, where a compelling Vietnamese religion was founded as an amalgam of different beliefs to harmonize relations between various followers. Later this afternoon, sail to the village of Thot Not. Here, ride a xe loi (motorized trishaw) through the village to a sanctuary filled with the cacophony of birdsong. Following a short walk into the sanctuary, climb the steps to the viewing platform, where an incredible view spans treetops and the nesting area of protected egrets.

'Mekong Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9:
Cruising the Mekong | Remote Buddhist Temple Visit

Rise early for a sampan cruise through the fascinating Cai Rang floating market near Can Tho. Weave between the many boats that sail into the market each morning to sell produce and goods. Grab your camera: This is the place to capture brilliant photographs of a dynamic market life. 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 Phuoc Hau Pagoda. At this important Buddhist temple that dates back to the fourth century, interact with local monks to learn about their daily life and practices.

'Mekong Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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, for a visit to a local coconut candy maker. After watching the candymaking process, board an intimate, two-seater boat for a cruise through lush, narrow creeks lined with Nipah palm, a native species and the only one of its kind adapted to the mangrove habitat.

'Mekong Princess'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11:
Ho Chi Minh City | Immersed in Vibrant Saigon

Unlike other river ships that are forced to dock outside of Saigon, the swift ‘Mekong Princess’ takes you right into the heart of this lively, evocative metropolis, which today goes by the name of Ho Chi Minh City. Recently experiencing a resurgence of art and culture, the city is a hub of activity. Bid farewell to the crew of ‘Mekong Princess’ and set out to discover the city’s colonial legacy, including the Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House. Continue your exploration with a tour of the History Museum and the colorful Ben Thanh market. Then, drive past the former U.S. embassy building, from which helicopters carried off the last American personnel remaining on site before the city fell to the Vietcong in April of 1975. Observe as you go, the vibrant, bustling energy of a people on the move, wholeheartedly embracing the trappings of western culture, as giant images of “Father Ho” gaze out at streets streaming with the latest-model luxury automobiles. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a special farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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 for home.

Meals: Breakfast

Suite Upgrade Package | Upgrade to suites at all hotels throughout your journey from $705.

Pre-Tour Extension: Luang Prabang

Pre-Tour Extension: Luang Prabang

4 Days from $1,595

Internal Air From $765

Internal Air Routing: Bangkok/Luang Prabang/Bangkok

DAY 1:

Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
DAY 2:

Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, and transfer to your hotel. See the monasteries of Wat Xiengthong, Wat Khili, Wat Sop and Wat Sene. Join a village baci ceremony and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3:

Join locals making food offerings to local monks. Later, visit a farm and the Kuang Si Waterfall before a sunset cruise.

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4:

Tour the Royal Palace, Phousi Hill and the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center. Later, fly to Bangkok.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Post-Tour Extension: Cu Chi & Hanoi

Post-Tour Extension: Cu Chi & Hanoi

3 Days from $1,795

Internal Air From $245

Internal air routing: Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi

DAY 1:

Travel outside of Ho Chi Minh City to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Fly to Hanoi.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Meals: Lunch
DAY 2:

Embark on a city tour, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh's stilted house and the One Pillar Pagoda. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to the notorious "Hanoi Hilton" prison. This evening, enjoy a water puppet show and a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3:

Today, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast

Explore Dubai: Stopover Package

Explore Dubai: Stopover Package

3 Days from $1,995

Park Hyatt Dubai (from $1,495)
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach (from $1,995)
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah (from $3,295)

Explore Dubai | 3 Days
Fly glamorous Emirates to Dubai and check in to your luxury hotel. Discover the best of this dazzling city, viewing its remarkable architecture, visiting the Spice Market and colorful shops at the Deira Gold Souk, and ascending the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper. On the last day, continue on to your journey or board your flight home.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Burj Al Arab
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Dec 25 - Jan 05
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    Saigon Suite
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    $8,995
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    $995
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    $405
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    Apsara Suite
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    $9,395
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    $1,195
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    Tonle Suite
    Price
    $10,395
    Single Supplement
    $1,995
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    $405
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    Angkor Suite
    Price
    $11,395
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
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Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $405 (Bangkok/Siem Reap)

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.

Suite Upgrade Package | Upgrade to suites at all hotels throughout your journey from $705.


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