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University of Montana Alumni Cambodia & Vietnam 2018

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Spend 15 days on a focused tour of the highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam. Enjoy a few days touring Siem Reap, including a visit to Angkor Wat. Cruise along the Mekong River on the luxury small ship, the MS Amadara. Continue exploring Vietnam by land through Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Halong Bay. Experience the highlights of these two distinct countries alongside fellow alumni of the University of Montana.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Siem Reap
Day 2 : Siem Reap
Day 3 : Siem Reap | Kulen | Banteay Srei
Day 4 : Depart Siem Reap | AMA Waterways Mekong River Cruise
Day 5 : Cruise | Kampong Chhnang | Koh Chen
Day 6 : Cruise: Oudong | Kampong Tralach | Phnom Penh
Day 7 : Cruise: Phnom Penh
Day 8 : Cruise: Phnom Penh | Border Crossing | Tan Chau, Vietnam
Day 9 : Cruise: Tan Chau | Sa Dec
Day 10 : Cruise: Sa Dec | Xeo Quyt | Cai Be
Day 11 : Ho Chi Minh City | Disembark Cruise
Day 12 : Ho Chi Minh City | Flight to Hanoi
Day 13 : Explore Hanoi
Day 14 : Hanoi | Ha Long Bay
Day 15 : Ha Long Bay | Hanoi | Departure

Highlights

  • Experience the colorful culture and people of Cambodia
  • Cruise along the Mekong River on the luxury small ship, the MS Amadara
  • Explore the streets of Hanoi and the historical treasures of Vietnam
  • Visit the world-renowned temple of Angkor Wat

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Cambodia
  • Mekong River
  • Vietnam
  • Angkor Thom
  • Angkor Wat
  • Banteay Srei
  • Cai Be
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Kampong Chhnang
  • Oudong
  • Phnom Penh
  • Sa Dec
  • Siem Reap
  • Tan Chau

Activities

Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive
  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Moderate

Trip Snapshots

Angkor Wat Reflections of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Fresh spring rolls Floating fishing village in Halong Bay Bui Vien Street, Ho Chi Minh City Monk at Ta Prohm temple, Angkor Contrast of old & modern of Ho Chi Minh city Rice field workers

Day 1 Arrive Siem Reap

Welcome to Cambodia! Upon your arrival to the Siem Reap airport, you will be met by your guide and driver to be transferred to your hotel. You will have the afternoon on your own to rest or explore.

Around 7:30PM, you will get the opportunity to go to the Cambodian Circus show! This show focuses on traditional and contemporary themes, and actually benefits a non-profit art organization. The organization's purpose is to improve the development of local community members by providing education and professional art training.

Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at Chanrey Tree restaurant before returning to your hotel to rest up for the next day's adventures. Overnight at the Victoria Angkor Hotel, Superior Room.

Day 2 Siem Reap

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Departing early in the morning, you will take in a beautiful sunrise at the temple lake of Srah Srang. The sounds of the jungle will be playing along to the sunrise over the "king's bath" and Ta Phrom Temple.

After breakfast, you will continue to the South Gate of Angkor Thom to take a walk through the jungle to a hidden temple. Wander through the ancient ruins to discover many other temples. The entire afternoon is set aside for a visit to the main attraction, Angkor Wat. This famous temple was constructed in the early 12th century and is considered one of mankind's greatest building achievements. The temple, with its intricate carvings, elaborate details, and fascinating design was mysteriously abandoned by the Khmer civilization in 1431.

While the sun sets, you will be enjoying appetizers on a traditional gondola boat ride through the moat of Angkor Thom. Overnight at the Victoria Angkor Hotel, Superior Room.

Day 3 Siem Reap | Kulen | Banteay Srei

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning begins with breakfast and a journey through the stunning countryside in search of the mysterious waterfall at Phnom Kulen! Phnom Kulen is an isolated chain of small mountain plateaus that appears as a long silhouette on the horizon. It was important as a quarry in Angkorian times, and is widely regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. Phnom Kulen is now protected as a UNESCO Heritage Site. You will follow a river to the waterfall, which is a main attraction for today. There are over 1,000 carvings just under the surface of the water, which is considered holy. Enjoy a refreshing swim and a local Khmer lunch at the waterfall before heading back to Siem Reap.

This afternoon, you will take a scenic drive to Banteay Srei, an ornate pink sandstone temple. Next, you will visit the Cambodia Land Mine Museum. A former child soldier who was forced to lay thousands of mines opened this facility that is not only a museum, but an orphanage, school, and clinic to victims of land mines. Conclude your day by taking in a sunset at Pre Rup Temple and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the Victoria Angkor Hotel, Superior Room.

Day 4 Depart Siem Reap | AMA Waterways Mekong River Cruise

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Sofitel Angkor. From here, you will embark on your AMA Waterways "Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Riches of the Mekong" river cruise on the MS AmaDara ship!

Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner on the ship as you cruise to Kampong Chhnang.

Day 5 Cruise | Kampong Chhnang | Koh Chen

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast onboard before a local boat takes you into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle Sap River. Enjoy the stunning variety of bird life here, and be on the lookout for the traps used to catch fish in this area – some are over a half-mile long! In the afternoon, take a leisurely walk to the Koh Chen village. Also visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and copper-smithing. 

Day 6 Cruise: Oudong | Kampong Tralach | Phnom Penh

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning transfer to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia. You will tour a monastery and receive a special Buddhist blessing. In Kampong Tralach, have a truly memorable excursion – an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village. Later, your ship departs for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where an afternoon orientation tour gives you a wonderful introduction to the city. Your tour includes a stop at Wat Phnom. Return to the ship for dinner and an onboard Khmer folk performance presented by local children. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh. 

Day 7 Cruise: Phnom Penh

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning take an excursion to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and also visit the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. After lunch on board, your afternoon tour explores the highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafés, and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine on your own in one of many nearby restaurants, if you so choose. 

Day 8 Cruise: Phnom Penh | Border Crossing | Tan Chau, Vietnam

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day cruising the Mekong River and crossing the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors midstream at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam. 

Day 9 Cruise: Tan Chau | Sa Dec

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. Choose one of two tours this morning. Your first option is to take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a silk-making workshop and another that produces rattan mats and slippers. Alternatively, take a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to several scenic locations, including a small village known as Evergreen Island. Return to Tan Chau, where you may visit workshops that make silk and rattan mats in the village. This afternoon, your ship cruises to Sa Dec, where it moors overnight.

Day 10 Cruise: Sa Dec | Xeo Quyt | Cai Be

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, board a local boat for Sa Dec. Once ashore, tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a colorful local market, and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras' Chinese paramour. Afterwards, board a motor coach for Xeo Quyt, once used as a base during the French and U.S. wars and now an important ecological site. After lunch on board, a local boat takes you to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market. Use this opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City | Disembark Cruise

Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port. From here, you will be taken to your hotel for a day of leisure.

At 6:30PM, it is time for dinner at Cuch Gach Quan - one of the best and most beautifully decorated restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City! Enjoy a variety of traditional Vietnamese countryside dishes.  

Overnight at Silverland Yen Hotel, Premier Deluxe room (Standard option) OR Liberty Central Riverside Hotel, Premier River View room (Luxury option). 

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City | Flight to Hanoi

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, is the country's most dynamic city and a vital economic and cultural hub. Throughout the city, modern and traditional Vietnamese traits collide. Sleek skyscrapers, Chinese-style pagodas, bustling food stalls, and urban shops all coexist.

The first half of your day will include a visit to Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown, Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine, and the War Museum. After exploring and having lunch in Ho Chi Minh City, you will board a short flight to Hanoi!

Upon arriving, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Later that evening you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with your group to welcome you to Hanoi.

Overnight at The Chi Hotel, Deluxe room (Standard option) OR Silk Path Hotel, Executive room (Luxury option).

Day 13 Explore Hanoi

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We recommend you skip the hotel breakfast if you want a hearty appetite for all the foods you will taste throughout the day. In the morning, your guide will meet you around 7:00AM to head towards Hoan Kiem Lake. This early in the morning, you are sure to observe the typical scene of local people practicing tai chi and aerobic exercise to start their day. You will visit Ngoc Son Temple, which is actually located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Exploring this interesting site will leave you thirsty for a traditional Vietnamese coffee. At a charming coffee shop, taste the traditional iced coffee or if you are more adventurous, try the egg coffee! Wander the streets to Hanoi's Old Quarter, and enjoy a guided walking tour. Stops along the way include a street food vendor for banh mi sandwiches, St. Joseph Cathedral, and Hoa Lo Prison.

For lunch in the Old Quarter, try Hanoi's specialty dishes at Bun Cha restaurant. Continue with a full stomach to the Temple of Literature where Vietnam's first university was established in order to educate royalty and elite members. The university, which functioned for 700 years, is a fascinating glimpse into history with its well-preserved gardens and architecture. Your final stop of the day will be the Hanoi railway tracks, which run just feet away from entrances of homes and businesses! This unique layout provides a great opportunity for interesting photos of the city streets. End today with an evening of local beers and dinner at Madame Hien restaurant. If you still want to explore Hanoi after dinner, you are free to do so on your own.

Overnight at The Chi Hotel, Deluxe room (Standard option) OR Silk Path Hotel, Executive room (Luxury option).

Day 14 Hanoi | Ha Long Bay

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After an early breakfast, depart for Ha Long Bay - one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as the world's largest marine limestone karst landscape. The towering limestone pillars are quite a site to witness.

After some time to enjoy this area, you will drive to Hon Gai International Harbor where the Indochina Dragon Legend Cruise ship will be waiting for you. A welcome drink will refresh you before settling into your cabin as the ship sets sail. Lunch is served as you take in views of limestone karsts on the way to Bai Tu Long Bay. This afternoon, you will have the chance to swim or relax on the white sandy beach of Vung Dang. A kayaking adventure is next - paddle through the mysterious Karst Mountains of Vung Dang. After paddling through this unique landscape, enjoy the sunset, a seafood dinner, and drinks back on the Indochina Dragon Legend Cruise ship. Relax on the deck or try your hand at squid fishing before turning in for the night.

Day 15 Ha Long Bay | Hanoi | Departure

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Wake up to your LAST morning of the trip to views of Ha Long Bay and breakfast in the fresh air. You will cruise to Cong Do to explore the beautiful, hidden Thien Canh Son Cave. Lunch will be served on the ship as you cruise toward Hon Gai Harbor. Around noon, you will disembark the ship and meet your driver for the journey back to Hanoi. Along the way, you will visit Yen Duc Village where you can participate in their farming and fishing techniques.

The afternoon brings the end of your tour as you arrive at the Noi Bai Airport for your departure flight. Return home or continue your independent travels!

Hanoi - Hotels

Ho Chi Minh City - Hotels

Siem Reap - Hotels

Per person starting at
$5,795

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Single Supplement based on B cabin during cruise. Price above based on B cabin. Contact us for cabin upgrade prices.

Included

  • 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
    • 6 Nights Hotel
    • 8 Nights Ship
  • 6 Days Private Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Gear Rental
    • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $175 Flight Saigon - Hanoi on Nov 13
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $250 Meals not Included
  • $100 Optional Excursions
  • $ Tourist visas
    • US citizens must obtain a visas for both countries.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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