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Vietnam and Cambodia: Along the Mekong River, including Angkor and Saigon [DUP]

My Tho to Siem Reap - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Jahan
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Exploring Vietnam and Cambodia along the Mekong River offers access to traditional villages as well as bustling cities. Join this 13-day voyage for a panoramic and immersive experience of these two very different countries. Enjoy time on land, exploring exciting Saigon before embarking for a 7-night cruise aboard the 48-guest Jahan, an extraordinary riverboat that offers a level of luxury previously unavailable on the Mekong. See the floating market of Cai Be and cruise among the floating markets and fish farms of Chau Doc. Explore Phnom Penh by cyclo (bicycle taxi), and learn about the reign of the Khmer Rouge on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. End your tour in Siem Reap; spend three days here at the conclusion of your voyage to explore Cambodia''s historic city.
Sunset over the Mekong RiverBoat floating along the Mekong RiverAngkor WatThe Angkor Wat Temple complex in Cambodia.Locals moving in carts pulled by cattle in Cambodia. Statues located at the temple of Wat Nokor.Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Highlights
  • Spend two days exploring the legendary religious sites of Angkor
  • Visit proud communities and learn about life along the river
  • Tour important historical sites of Phnom Penh and Saigon
  • Discover a blend of tradition & innovation in these rapidly changing places
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: U.S.| Saigon, Vietnam

Arrive in Saigon, Vietnam’s greatest commercial center, and check in to the Park Hyatt Saigon, located in the heart of the city. For guests arriving in time, there is an afternoon visit to the Ben Thanh Market, which offers lively glimpses into the lives of Saigon reside

Day 2: Saigon

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
This morning meet with a local expert on Vietnam's modern development, followed by a tour of Saigon’s landmarks, including Bitexco Tower, post office, and the Reunification Palace, headquarters of the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War. Lunch is at leisure. A visit to the War Remnant Museum is offered in the afternoon. In the evening take in a performance of water puppetry—a distinctive Vietnamese folk art, practiced here for over 300 years, then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3: My Tho | Embark The Jahan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit the Cu Chi tunnel, part of a huge network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. If you wish, tour the War Remnants Museum, which gives a strong view of the war through the eyes of the Vietnamese. After lunch, drive to My Tho, and stop at the great Vinh Trang pagoda, originally built in 1850. Continue to the Mekong River, embark on The Jahan for the start of our seven-night sail on the Mekong. We have welcome drinks and dinner aboard the ship

Day 4: Cai Be | Sadec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a local boat to experience rural life in the Mekong Delta. See the floating market of Cai Be, step into a rice “factory” to watch rice-based candies being made, and cruise among floating markets and fish farms

Day 5: Tan Chau | Chau Doc, Vietnam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Chau Doc has one of Vietnam’s most interesting markets, with an astonishing variety of tropical fruits, vegetables, and other goods. Continue to a floating market on the river and a fish farm, to see fish being fed through trap doors in the floating platforms. In the afternoon, continue sailing the Mekong. 

Day 6: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the Cambodian capital by cyclo (bicycle taxi), and visit the Royal Palace and the National Museum of Cambodia. Learn about the reign of the Khmer Rouge on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This evening, enjoy an Apsara dance performance. 

Day 7: Cruising the River | Kampong Chhnang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, we cruise the Tonle Sap River. This afternoon we drive a short way from the town of Kampong Chhnang to a village where pottery is still made for sale to local residents by traditional methods. See how the pots are made and learn about the uses of the palm tree, complete with a taste of palm sugar if you’re so inclined. Then local boats take you along the Tonle Sap for a glimpse into a unique way of life: seeing the floating houses and shops that line the riverbanks here

Day 8: Kampong Tralach | Koh Dach or Wat Hanchey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit a village where artisans make traditional pottery, and board local boats to see the clustered houses and shops that float in midstream. At Kampong Tralach, take an oxcart ride through rice paddies to a local school. 

Day 9: Angkor Ban | Kampong Cham

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the community of Angkor Ban, with many old-style houses built on stilts—some of them very tall. There’s a chance to walk through town and meet the friendly local residents. There is a fine pagoda along the riverside, and views of the fields across the river that runs into the Mekong. Also, stop at the bustling town of Kampong Cham and visit remarkable Wat Nokor, where a well-preserved 11th-century temple forms the heart of a contemporary pagoda that remains in active use. The reliefs on the old temple are exceptional, as are the decorations of the more modern one. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner aboard The Jahan. 

Day 10: Kampong Cham | Disembark | Siem Reap | Angkor

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark The Jahan at Kampong Cham for the drive to Siem Reap, where lunch is available upon arrival to the hotel. Spend the next three nights at outstanding La Résidence d’Angkor, built along the Siem Reap River in traditional Khmer style, with spacious rooms with teak furniture and bamboo screens. Siem Reap is the gateway to the great temple complex of Angkor, and this afternoon visit the evocative temple Ta Prohm. The jungle has been allowed to continue growing here, framing the structures with the twisted roots and branches of ceiba and fig trees, giving you an idea of what archaeologists encountered when they began their work in the area. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant. 

Day 11: Angkor | Siem Reap

Begin early in order to get to Angkor Wat in time for sunrise. This visionary 12th-century temple, the world’s largest religious monument, represents the apogee of Khmer art and architecture. Crowned by five towers, with elaborate bas-reliefs and a profusion of statues that dramatically depict complex religious tales, along with some 2,000 carved apsaras (beautiful female spirits), Angkor Wat is enthralling. Return to your hotel for a late breakfast. In the afternoon, visit Les Artisans d’Angkor to see how local artisans preserve age-old Khmer arts. You then venture out some distance from the central sites to the fine temple of Banteay Srei, known for its exceptional carvings. Tonight, have a very special treat: a private dinner, by candlelight at one of Angkor's temples, complete with Cambodian music and dance. The effect of seeing the temple gently illuminated and taking in the age-old performing arts is magical and is bound to stand out as a highlight of your travels.

Day 12: Angkor | Siem Reap

This morning take tuk-tuks (motorized taxis) to the great remains of Angkor Thom, seeing the Bayon Temple, known for its dozens of serene stone faces of King Jayavarman VII, and the Terrace of the Elephants. The afternoon is free to explore further, shop, or just relax. If you should wish to depart this evening, your rooms are reserved until departure. 

Day 13: Depart Siem Reap | Arrive U.S.

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for our flights home. Recrossing the International Date Line, arrive in the U.S. the same day.

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Relax in the lobby of the Jahan.
Jahan's sun deck and pool.

Siem Reap - Hotels

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Category 1
323 sq ft. Located on Main Deck. Private balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Twin and queen beds. Sitting area and spacious bathroom with glass-walled shower.
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Category 1 Single
323 sq ft. Located on Main Deck. Private balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Twin and queen beds. Sitting area and spacious bathroom with glass-walled shower.
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323 sq ft. Located on Upper Deck. Private balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Twin and queen beds. Sitting area and spacious bathroom with glass-walled shower.
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Category 3
376 sq ft. Located on Main and Upper Deck. Each cabin has a queen-size bed and a private balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Television, private DVD player, balcony with two sun beds and a table, sitting area, and a spacious bathroom.
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Located on Upper Deck. Largest cabins with a queen-size bed, a private Jacuzzi, and a private balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. They have separate sitting and living areas, plus a spacious bathroom.

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Important Flight Information *Return overnight flight. Please confirm arrival and departure dates prior to booking flights. Some departures may travel in reverse

Cost Includes:
  • Accommodations ashore and aboard ship
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader and expert guides
  • Internet access (in limited areas)
  • All port charges and service taxes
Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.
  • Discretionary tips to ship’s crew

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