Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Arrive Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your luxurious hotel.
Ho Chi Minh City | Riding By Cyclo
Set out to discover Ho Chi Minh City, pausing to visit Reunification Hall and St. Joseph's Seminary and stopping to photograph the Central Post Office, its architecture reflecting Gothic, Renaissance and French influences. After lunch at a local restaurant, explore Chinatown by cyclo (rickshaw). Drive past bustling, centrally located Binh Thanh Market and visit On Lang Pagoda.
My Tho | Setting Sail
After a morning at leisure, transfer to My Tho and board luxurious ‘Aqua Mekong’ to set sail on the fabled Mekong. The twelfth-largest river in the world, the Mekong spans 2,700 miles and flows through six countries, from the Tibetan Plateau through China's Yunnan province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Serving as a major trade route between Western China and Southeast Asia, this “mother of water” — also called the River Khong — flows through mountains and dense forests and past floating markets, affording a scenic passage through areas of rich biodiversity.
Cruising The Mekong | Riverfront Oases
Begin the day at Binh Thanh village to observe mat-weaving. Alternately, visit the port city of Sa Dec, seeing its vibrant market and the house of French author Marguerite Duras’ lover, Huynh Thuy Le. Here, she set much of her autobiographical novel, The Lover. After lunch on board, visit the quaint village of My An Hung. Traverse its lush plantations and sample local fruit alongside residents while listening to traditional folk music. You may also set out on an optional bike ride.
Cruising The Mekong | Chau Doc Floating Market
Travel by skiff to Chau Doc floating market. Then, pay a visit to Long Son Pagoda atop Sam Mountain, where you visit with monks. You may also choose to cycle on Long Khanh Island or take a rickshaw ride to Tan Chau Market alongside your vessel’s chef.
Cruising The Mekong | Local Village Life
On your final day on the legendary river, learn about the art of dyeing and weaving traditional kromas (scarves), gaining insight from locals. You may also explore the riverbank by bike. Then, take a skiff to visit the remote village of Preah Prosop to experience the pace and practices of daily life.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia | Past Meets Present
Disembark in Phnom Penh. See the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum by tuk-tuk. You may then opt to pay a poignant visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide, which serves as a memorial to the victims of the Khmer Rouge. Alternatively, shop for handicrafts at the busy Russian Market. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and transfer to your hotel.
Siem Reap | Hidden Temples & Treasures
Transfer to the airport and fly to Siem Reap, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Later this afternoon, visit Bayon-style Ta Prohm, one of Angkor's most memorable temples.
Siem Reap | In Awe of Angkor Wat
Spend the morning exploring Angkor Wat’s stunning temples, part of a hidden lost city tucked into the jungle. Later in the morning, discover Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. See the richly adorned Bayon Temple; aptly named Terrace of the Elephants, its remains marked with pachyderm carvings; and Leper King Terrace, believed to have been used as a royal cremation site. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before taking the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.
Depart Siem Reap
Begin your day with a visit to Banteay Srei — dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva — and Banteay Samre, named after an ancient people of Indochina. En route to Banteay Samre, stop at the Cambodia Clean Water Project, an A&K Philanthropy-sponsored initiative that builds pumping wells in rural communities throughout the country. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.
Enhance Your Journey
Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
Srah Srang Baray Champagne Breakfast
Enjoy a Champagne breakfast at Srah Srang Baray, a scenic reservoir frequented by Angkor locals for its sensational sunrise vistas.
Ho Chi Minh Art Scene
Take a deep dive into the Ho Chi Minh art scene with an expertly curated tour spanning three private collections and a cutting-edge gallery fostering the talent of emerging international artists.
Craft Beer Exploration
Explore three unique breweries in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City on a walking tour as you sample a wide range of beers crafted by locals and expats. Enjoy dinner at one of the breweries before returning to your hotel by cyclo.
Saigon Morning Melodies
Rise early this morning for a cyclo ride through the city streets in the early morning, as the city slowly comes to life. Stop for a cup of coffee in a special section of Tao Dan Park where ornithologists congregate with their prized birds; the air here is alive with birdsong. After your coffee break, get back in the cyclo saddle and be whisked to the memorial park dedicated to a Buddhist monk who famously performed self-immolation in protest of the South Vietnamese government before 1975. Changing from cyclo to private vehicle, continue along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street to visit a little-known, hard-to-find weapons bunker, as well as a food market and flower market. Then sample some of Ho Chi Minh City’s most sensational pho at one of the best-kept secrets in the city, returning to your hotel with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the morning.
Delve Into Vietnam’s Coffee Culture
Second only to Brazil, Vietnam is one of the world’s leading coffee growers. The locals of Ho Chi Minh City are as passionate about their coffee as they are prodigious. Here, meet local coffee shop owners, baristas and café experts to learn the nuances that distinguish Vietnam’s bold, dark and nutty robusta coffee from American and African blends. Then, delve deeper into the city’s trendy coffee culture with a hands-on demonstration in preparing ca phe trung, a local coffee specialty that substitutes egg for milk.