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Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat 2021


12 days from $7,995 per person

Limited to 24 guests

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, on a journey that includes vibrant Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon.

A&K Advantages

  • Cruise for seven nights on an exclusive charter of 24-guest ‘Mekong Princess,’ a luxurious, all-suite boutique riverboat 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
  • Cruise 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

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
DAY 2
Bangkok | Gliding on the Serene Chao Phraya River
DAY 3
Siem Reap, Cambodia | Sunset at Angkor Wat
DAY 4
Cruising the Mekong | Board Your All-Suite Cruiser
DAY 5
Cruising the Mekong | Life in a Local Village
Day 6
Cruising the Mekong | Phnom Penh
Day 7
Cruising the Mekong | Crossing into Vietnam
Day 8
Cruising the Mekong | Meet a Local Family
Day 9
Cruising the Mekong | Floating Market Visit
Day 10
Cruising the Mekong | Life Among the Mangroves
Day 11
Ho Chi Minh City | Design Your Day
Day 12
Depart Ho Chi Minh City

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Travel Privately with A&K | This itinerary is available as a private journey, Tailor Made Vietnam & Cambodia: The Mekong & Angkor Wat.

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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, marveling as the diminishing, moody light washes over this unforgettable, faraway world.

Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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: 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. Pause to see an artisan produce coconut candy, a favorite 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 by 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: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12
Depart Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart.

Meals: Breakfast

Travel Privately with A&K | This itinerary is available as a private journey, Tailor Made Vietnam & Cambodia: The Mekong & Angkor Wat.

Luang Prabang Pre-Tour Extension

Explore the Royal Palace, enjoy a baci ceremony, make offerings to monks, visit a farm and take a sunset cruise.

Pre-Tour Extension: Luang Prabang

4 days from $1,995 per person

Single Supplement from $795 per person

Internal air from $995

Bangkok/Luang Prabang/Bangkok

Available to add to select departure dates. 
See Dates & Prices for details

DAY 1

Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand.

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
DAY 2

Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos. Tour the Royal Palace, Wat Visoun, and the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center. Enjoy a village baci ceremony this evening, followed by dinner.

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

Join locals making food offerings to local monks. Later, visit a farm and Ock Pop Tok weaving center before a sunset cruise on the Mekong River.

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

See the monasteries of Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Khili, Wat Sop and Wat Sene. Later, fly to Bangkok.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Explore Dubai: Stopover Package

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3 days from $1,995 per person

Single Supplement from $1,195 per person

Take advantage of an incredible opportunity to spend two nights in Dubai before or after your journey.

 

Accommodations:

Taj Dubai from $1,995 | Single Supplement from $1,195
Taj Palace Downtown from $2,295 | Single Supplement from $1,595
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai from $2,295 | Single Supplement from $1,595
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach from $2,495 | Single Supplement from $1,695

International air not included.

3 Days

Fly to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and check in to your luxury hotel. Discover the best of this dazzling city, viewing its remarkable architecture; visiting the Spice Market and the colorful shops at 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.

Taj Dubai
Taj Palace Downtown
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 2); Breakfast (Day 3)

Explore Hong Kong: Stopover Package

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3 days from $2,495 per person

Single Supplement from $1,395 per person

Take advantage of an incredible opportunity to spend two nights in Hong Kong before or after your journey.

International air not included.

3 Days

Experience Hong Kong Island by land, air and sea, beginning with a look at the city’s bustling market culture with stops at the Sheung Wan dried food and herbal market, street-side antique shops, and an open-air curio market. Ride the Peak Tram funicular up to Victoria Peak for a stunning view of Victoria Harbour, and finish with a traditional sampan (wooden boat) ride through the local floating villages.

The Peninsula Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 2); Breakfast (Day 3)


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

  • 2021
  • Oct 11 - Oct 22
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal air from
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Saigon Suite
    Price
    $7,995
    Single Supplement
    $995
    Internal air from
    $585
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Apsara Suite
    Price
    $8,495
    Single Supplement
    $1,195
    Internal air from
    $585
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Tonle Suite
    Price
    $9,495
    Single Supplement
    $1,995
    Internal air from
    $585
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Angkor Suite
    Price
    $10,495
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal air from
    $585
    Availability
    Waitlist - Call A&K

    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

    'Mekong Princess' Deck Plan
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  • Dec 20 - Dec 31
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal air from
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Saigon Suite
    Price
    $8,995
    Single Supplement
    $1,195
    Internal air from
    $585
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Apsara Suite
    Price
    $9,495
    Single Supplement
    $1,395
    Internal air from
    $585
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Tonle Suite
    Price
    $10,495
    Single Supplement
    $2,195
    Internal air from
    $585
    Availability
    Waitlist - Call A&K
    Cabin Class
    Angkor Suite
    Price
    $11,495
    Single Supplement
    $3,195
    Internal air from
    $585
    Availability
    Waitlist - Call A&K

    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $585
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.

Travel Privately with A&K | This itinerary is available as a private journey, Tailor Made Vietnam & Cambodia: The Mekong & Angkor Wat.


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