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8 Day Luxury Mekong River Cruise

APT River Cruise starting in Ho Chi Minh City and finishing in Siem Reap

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Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 8 Day Luxury Mekong River Cruise. Embark on a 8 day adventure of Vietnam & Cambodia with a luxury cruise along the Mekong River from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap.

Overview

Operator: APT
Type: Coach Tour & River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 8 Days
From: Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
Tour Code: VEMR08
Visits: Vietnam, Cambodia
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$ 3,655
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Ho Chi Minh City, Embark Cruise

On arrival, transfer to My Tho Port to embark your luxury river ship for your eight-day Mekong River cruise. Settle in to your suite before an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner this evening, where you'll sample the diverse flavours from the region of Luke's heritage. Stay Seven Nights: Cruise the Mekong River aboard RV AmaLotus (L/D)
2

Cai Be, Sa Dec

A local boat will take you to the lovely river land town of Cai Be today. Once here, step ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral as well as the colourful port area, which is filled with colonial buildings and delightful flower gardens. Afterwards, visit a local rice paper manufacturer for insight into how Vietnamese rice paper is made, then enjoy lunch back on board as your ship cruises past scenes of charming rural life towards the quaint town of Sa Dec. This is where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le.On arrival, tour Huynh Thuy Le's old house and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras' best-selling novel, The Lover. Later, visit a traditional Cao Dai temple. Tonight, enjoy dinner on board your luxurious ship. (B/L/D)
3

Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border Crossing

This morning after a tantalising breakfast, disembark your river ship and transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau. Cruise past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau. Ride past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals eager to say hello. Later, step back in time during a visit to a local evergreen island and see authentic rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is then spent on board your luxurious river ship. This afternoon, perhaps take in a fruit-carving demonstration by one of the ship's chefs while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia. Alternatively, watch daily life on the Mekong unfold, before enjoying a delicious dinner later this evening. After entering Cambodia, your ship will continue to cruise overnight towards the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. (B/L/D)
4

Phnom Penh, Freedom of Choice

Perhaps rise early to take in Phnom Penh's river promenade as your ship nears the capital. After breakfast, disembark in Phnom Penh and embark on your chosen activity. Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the dazzling white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, which is located on the south side of the palace complex and houses many national treasures. Alternatively, you may wish to discover some of Cambodia's sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge's notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Here, you'll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime in the mid-to-late 1970s. Your other options are a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia or a guided city tour in a tuk tuk which takes in sights including the Independence Monument and Wat Phnom, a sacred Buddhist pagoda. (B/L/D)
5

Phnom Penh, Koh Chen Village

This morning after a sumptuous breakfast, enjoy time at leisure in Phnom Penh. Relax aboard your luxury ship or discover the city's other attractions. Later today, cruise to remote Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silver and copperware. On arrival, visit some of the home-workshops that manufacture handmade copper souvenirs, with the chance to purchase a memento of your journey. (B/L/D)
6

Oudong, Kampong Tralach

Disembark in Prek K'dam this morning and travel by coach on a morning tour of Oudong, the fascinating royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, visit the monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience. Afterwards, continue to Kampong Tralach for a visit to Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu before an exciting ox-cart ride takes you through rice fields and a small village to rejoin your ship. (B/L/D)
7

Kampong Chhnang

Enjoy an authentic glimpse into the local way of life today with a small-boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Afterwards, you'll return to your ship and cast off towards Prek K'dam. This evening, reflect on the days that have just gone by as you enjoy your last night on board your luxury river cruise as you indulge in a Farewell Dinner. (B/L/D)
8

Disembark Cruise at Prek K'dam, Siem Reap

Farewell your crew and disembark your cruise in Prek K'dam before transferring by coach to Siem Reap for your onward flight. (B)

Day By Day

1

Ho Chi Minh City, Embark Cruise

On arrival, transfer to My Tho Port to embark your luxury river ship for your eight-day Mekong River cruise. Settle in to your suite before an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner this evening, where you'll sample the diverse flavours from the region of Luke's heritage. Stay Seven Nights: Cruise the Mekong River aboard RV AmaLotus (L/D)
2

Cai Be, Sa Dec

A local boat will take you to the river-land town of Cai Be today. Once here, step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral as well as the colourful port area, which is filled with crumbling colonial buildings and delightful flowering gardens. The morning then takes you onwards to a rice paper manufacturer where you'll see how Vietnamese rice paper is made. Lunch will be served back on board later as your ship cruises past scenes of charming rural life towards the quaint town of Sa Dec. This delightfully sleepy locale is where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. On arrival, tour Huynh Thuy Le's old house and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras' best-selling novel, The Lover. Later, pay a visit to a traditional Cao Dai temple. Watch visitors and pilgrims come and go, and appreciate the beauty of the building. (B/L/D)
3

Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border Crossing

Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around the riverside town of Tan Chau. Cruise right past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau. Ride past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals eager to say hello. Later, step back in time during a visit to an evergreen island where you'll experience authentic rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is left free for you to relax on board your luxurious river ship. This afternoon, perhaps take in a fruit-carving demonstration by one of the ship's chefs while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia. Alternatively, sit back and watch daily life unfold on the riverbanks before enjoying dinner later this evening. After entering Cambodia, your ship will continue to cruise overnight towards the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. (B/L/D)
4

Phnom Penh, Freedom of Choice

Today you may enjoy a guided tour of the dazzling white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, which is located on the south side of the palace complex and houses many national treasures. Alternatively, you may wish to discover some of Cambodia's sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge's notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Here, you'll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime in the mid-to-late 1970s. Your other options are a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia or a guided city tour in a tuk tuk which takes is an exciting way to take in a range of city sights, including the Independence Monument and Wat Phnom, a sacred Buddhist pagoda. (B/L/D)
5

Phnom Penh, Koh Chen Village

With a free morning at hand in Phnom Penh, you may like to enjoy a restful start to the day and stay aboard your ship. Or, make use of your time in this beautiful city and head out on your own to discover the attractions. Your APT Cruise Director can provide inspiration should you need it. Later in the day, your ship will cruise to remote Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silverware and copperware. Here you'll visit some of the home-workshops that manufacture handmade copper souvenirs. Watch the clever artisans at work and perhaps purchase a memento of your journey. (B/L/D)
6

Oudong, Kampong Tralach

Today you'll step ashore at the port of Prek K'dam and travel by coach to Oudong, the fascinating royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, you'll call on a monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience with local monks. Afterwards, continue to the village of Kampong Tralach for a visit to the Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu pagoda. Then, take an exciting ox cart ride through the countryside, passing lush rice fields and smiling locals on your way back to your ship. Once aboard, enjoy a relaxing afternoon before dinner. (B/L/D)
7

Kampong Chhnang

Today brings you an authentic glimpse into the local way of life as you jump aboard a small boat and head into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Known as the 'Clay Pot Port', the local people craft pottery under their stilt homes on the river - a delight to watch. Afterwards, you'll return to your ship and cast off towards Prek K'dam on the Tonle Sap. This evening, reflect on the days that have just gone by as you enjoy your last night on board your luxury river cruise. Meet your fellow travellers for a pre-dinner drink before celebrating the end of your cruise with a Farewell Dinner. (B/L/D)
8

Disembark Cruise at Prek K'dam, Siem Reap

Farewell your crew and disembark your cruise in Prek K'dam before transferring by coach to Siem Reap for your onward flight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

APT Guaranteed Inclusions

  • Learn about rice paper making in Cai Be at a local workshop
  • Visit a local evergreen island to see authentic rural Mekong life
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride around Tan Chau
  • Receive a Buddhist blessing at the monastery in Oudong
  • Take an ox-cart through villages and rice paddies near Kampong Tralach

Included Experiences

  • Expert services of an APT Tour Director and local guides throughout your cruise
  • All tipping, airport transfers, excursions and porterage
  • International house wine, local beer, local spirits and soft drink included during your Mekong River cruise
  • Choose from the widest range of balcony suites, including APT's Deluxe Twin Balcony Suites
  • Butler Service to select suites on your river ship
  • Savour a Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner on your luxurious ship
  • Discover the Mekong's remote towns on Small Group Excursions
  • Your professional APT Cruise Director will escort you throughout the entire journey
  • Attend insightful presentations and information sessions; enjoy a cooking and a fruit-carving demonstration; and take in a range of cultural performances

Fine Dining

  • Includes 21 meals - enjoy 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 7 Dinners, including:
  • International house wine, local beer, local spirits and soft drink throughout your Mekong River cruise
  • A three course Vietnamese dinner on board your river ship, designed by APT Ambassador Luke Nguyen
  • In our new private dining room on board, indulge in a degustation dinner designed by Luke Nguyen

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
  • Days 1-4 of cruise are escorted by celebrity chef Luke Nguyen on (1st August 2016 and 5th Dec 2016 departures only; subject to change)
  • Other disruptions to itinerary may occur
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included

Trip Inclusions

APT Trip Highlights

  • Learn about rice paper making in Cai Be
  • Visit the holy Cao Dai Great Temple in the village of Long Hoa
  • Take an ox-cart ride in Kampong Tralach
  • On the 31 July 2017 and 4th Dec 2017 departures Luke Nguyen will prepare a Vietnamese dinner on board the RV AmaLotus on Day 1 of the cruise and host a 'Get to Know Luke Nguyen' session on Day 3 of the cruise

Your Unforgettable Holiday Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to seven destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in one location
  • Everything as detailed, including gratuities and onboard entertainment
  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard the RV AmaLotus - Newly refurbished for 2016, every suite on board now features both an Outside Balcony and a Panoramic Balcony
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your cruise
  • Finest dining – a total of 21 meals

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
  • Other disruptions to itinerary may occur

Operator Details

Region: Asia
Type: Coach Tour & River Cruise
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Tips: All Included
Shore Excursions: All Included
Flights: Earlybird Air Deals Available
Ship Style: Luxury
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Free Onboard WiFi: Onboard
Drinks: Wine, Beer & Spirits Included with Meals
* Source: APT for river cruises in Asia. Some variances may occur on individual cruises and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (3)

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Australia
Trip Date: 16/03/2015

“Definitely the best way to visit Cambodia”

We had a wonderful journey. Definitely the best way to visit Cambodia. All staff were exceptional and the food delicious. The tours were great with absolutely beautiful experiences with knowledgeable and very helpful guides. Vietnam is a fabulous country with such good people. We loved every minute of our trip.

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Australia
Trip Date: 10/11/2014

“The organisation of this cruise was impressive”

All in all the organisation of this cruise was impressive. The staff were friendly, thoughtful and proactive. The standard of accommodation and meals was high. The off boat excursions were always interesting and on the whole not the sort of things which could be accomplished on a self organised tour. The guides, especially the guide in Cambodia (Minau), were helpful and informative. Well done all. I do have a quibble over the advertising. The brochure and initial tour schedule listed the cruise as passing through Lake Tonle Sap. This was amended just prior to us leaving Australia because of bridge work over the Tonle river. While we did in the end cruise on Lake Tonle Sap, comments from the staff indicated that no APT cruise had been through the lake since sometime in 2013; the principal reason being that the water levels were too low. This being the case, it is somewhat misleading of APT to include the lake in the cruise brochure without some reference to the likelihood of this part of the cruise having to be amended and substituted with a 5 hour coach journey. We were lucky. Our AmaLotus cruise was the first to go through the lake for over a year and was to be the last until the lake fills during the 2015 rainy season. Other cruises for the next seven months or so will not include the lake. I believe your clients should informed of this prior to booking confirmation.

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Australia
Trip Date: 23/07/2012

“One of the best holidays we have ever had”

We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise aboard the MS AmaLotus. The ship was beautifully appointed and the staff could not do enough for us. Our cruise was a 'once off' experience as we were 2 of only 13 passengers on board however we never felt like we were getting anything less than top class service and all tours etc were run as per the itinerary. I loved how we would disembark to discover the 'real life and culture' of the Vietnamese and Cambodian villages and then back on board to our attentive staff and luxurious surroundings - this is one of the best holidays we have ever had and our two tour guides were amazing. I would also like to thank Frances for her help in booking the tour and answering any questions we had, she was friendly and professional in her approach. I have no hesitation in recommending your company to friends.

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