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Sailing the Mekong River - Exploring Cambodia and Vietnam

Vietnam and Cambodia: Along the Mekong River

At a glance

Duration: 15 Days

Coverage: Siem Reap, Cambodia to Saigon, Vietnam

From: $11,190

Season: January-February, December

Activities: Birding, Culture, History, Wildlife

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Lindblad Expeditions in partnership with National Geographic

Comprehensive, in-depth Vietnam & Cambodia exploration

Exploring Vietnam and Cambodia along the Mekong River offers access to traditional villages as well as bustling cities, for a panoramic and immersive experience of these two very different countries. You’ll spend seven nights aboard the 48-guest Jahan, an extraordinary new riverboat that offers a level of luxury previously unavailable on the Mekong. On this expedition you’ll:

  • Spend two days exploring the legendary religious sites of Angkor, in the company of our experts and local guides
  • Visit communities and learn the ways of life along the river, including subsistence fishing and small industries
  • Explore Phnom Penh and Saigon, touring sites important to the cities’ 20th-century histories
  • Travel in extraordinary comfort and see many of the countries’ cultural highpoints.

Meet proud, welcoming people in lands whose history has touched us all

This expedition is crafted to offer a rare and personal look into the ways of life along the Mekong River and the histories of the people of these two very different countries. Discover a blend of tradition and innovation in these rapidly changing countries—now is a wonderful time to explore them.

Explore soul-stirring sites of antiquity

The expansive and visionary 12th-century Cambodian temple of Angkor Wat is sure to be a highlight of your expedition. With its five crowned towers, excellent bas-reliefs, scores of statues and monks going about their daily routines, it’s the crown jewel of a vast complex of temples and monuments in the region. You’ll spend two days exploring the Angkor area, seeing some of the most sublime works ever created. Visit pagodas in Vietnam and impressive temples in Cambodia.

Travel in excellent company

Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, historian, and naturalist. Get more from local guides who join us aboard ship and in Angkor, Phnom Penh, and Saigon. Learn a bit about navigation while sharing the bridge with our captain. Your team’s knowledge and passion for Vietnam and Cambodia is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

A powerful, eclectic experience

A journey through Cambodia and Vietnam makes for a hugely interesting and varied experience. These beautiful countries with centuries of history and culture, which experienced so much war and dislocation, are now developing swiftly — their welcoming people working hard to secure a better future.

Among the greatest sites of antiquity in the world

Walk in the sublime temples at Angkor, a World Heritage Site built by the Khmer people over a 400-year period that ended in the 13th century. With one never-to-be-forgotten monument, vista and carving after another, and with magnificent Angkor Wat the centerpiece, the Angkor area stands out as a place that absolutely must be experienced.

Explore Saigon and Phnom Penh

At the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh you’ll bear witness to the devastating effects of the rule of the Khmer Rouge, and also experience the dynamic, positive spirit of these people as they rapidly rebuild their lives and country. We’ll also stay in the great Vietnamese city of Saigon (officially called Ho Chi Minh City), a burgeoning metropolis with an interesting colonial legacy.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Days 1-3 - U.S./Siem Reap, Cambodia

Depart in the evening, “lose” a day crossing the international date line, and arrive in Siem Reap on Day 3. Settle into our outstanding Khmer style hotel, La Résidence d’Angkor, on the banks of the Siem Reap River.

Days 4-5 - Angkor

Rise early to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. This 12th-century Khmer temple, one of the world’s largest religious monuments, is adorned with elaborate bas-reliefs and sculptures. Ride a tuk-tuk, or motorized rickshaw, to the walled city of Angkor Thom. Discover the shrines of Ta Prohm and the temple of Banteay Srei. Enjoy traditional Cambodian music and dance at a beautifully-lit private dinner at one of Angkor’s temples. Visit a workshop where local youth are trained in age-old Khmer arts. (Day 4: B,L,D; Day 5: B,D)

Day 6 - Kampong Cham / Embark Jahan

Drive to the bustling town of Kampong Cham and embark the Jahan, our home for the next seven nights. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Wat Hanchey or Koh Dach / Angkor Ban

At Wat Hanchey, see a variety of temples, including an 8th-century temple from the pre-Angkor Chenla period, or see the silk weaving village of Koh Dach. Continue to the village of Angkor Ban, with its traditional houses and friendly residents. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Kampong Chhnang / Kampong Tralach

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. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Phnom Penh

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. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Cruising the Mekong

Take in views of everyday life along the river, attend talks by our experts, and join our chefs to learn how to cook regional dishes. Cross the border into Vietnam. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Chau Doc or Tan Chau, Vietnam

Chau Doc has one of Vietnam’s most interesting markets, with an astonishing variety of tropical fruits, vegetables and other goods. We continue to a floating market on the river and a fish farm, where we see fish being fed through trap doors in the floating platforms. In the afternoon, we continue sailing the Mekong. (B,L,D)

Day 12 — Sadec / Cai Be

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. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner aboard the Jahan. (B,L,D)

Day 13 — My Tho / Saigon / Disembark

Disembark in My Tho and visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda. Then journey to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and check into the Park Hyatt Saigon for two nights. Meet with a local expert on Vietnam’s modern development, and have a private dinner at the former residence of U.S. ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (B,L,D)

Day 14-15 — Saigon / U.S.

Embark on a tour of Saigon’s landmarks, including the Reunification Palace, headquarters of the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War. Visit the Cu Chi tunnels. Depart Saigon on Day 15, arriving home the same day. (B)

Sailing the Mekong River - Exploring Cambodia and Vietnam Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates

Dates Direction 1 2 3 SU Single
Jan 14, 2019 Siem Reap to Saigon $11,190 $12,030 $14,130 $16,910 $16,790
Jan 22, 2019 Saigon to Siem Reap $11,190 $12,030 $14,130 $16,910 $16,790
Feb 11, 2019 Siem Reap to Saigon $11,190 $12,030 $14,130 $16,910 $16,790
Feb 19, 2019 Saigon to Siem Reap $11,190 $12,030 $14,130 $16,910 $16,790
Feb 25, 2019 Siem Reap to Saigon $11,190 $12,030 $14,130 $16,910 $16,790
Dec 16, 2019 Siem Reap to Saigon $11,990 $12,880 $15,120 $17,990 $17,970
Dec 30, 2019 Siem Reap to Saigon $11,990 $12,880 $15,120 $17,990 $17,970
Jan 7, 2020 Saigon to Siem Reap $11,990 $12,880 $15,120 $17,990 $17,970
Feb 4, 2020 Saigon to Siem Reap $11,990 $12,880 $15,120 $17,990 $17,970
Feb 10, 2020 Siem Reap to Saigon $11,990 $12,880 $15,120 $17,990 $17,970

Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo. Deposit amount: $850 per person.

Included in Cruise Fare

  • All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar
  • All meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated
  • Air transportation where indicated as included
  • Shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available)
  • Gratuities (except to Egyptologists and ship’s crew)
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Air transportation (except where shown as included)
  • Extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees
  • Scuba diving (where available)
  • Meals not indicated
  • Baggage/accident/travel protection plan
  • Items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry
  • Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion

Ships

Jahan

JahanThe new 48-guest river ship Jahan affords us access to places that would otherwise be difficult to reach. Her cabins are spacious, each with a private balcony, and she offers a standard of accommodation and service that has until now been unknown in this part of the world. View ship details...

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