2017-18 SEASON
Jul 2017 - Apr 2018

13 Day Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights

APT Guided Tour & Cruise starting in Ho Chi Minh City and finishing in Siem Reap

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Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 13 Day Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights. Enjoy the adventure of a 13 day trip through Vietnam & Cambodia including a 7 night cruise along the amazing Mekong River. Visit World-Heritage listed Angkor Archaeological Park & the...read more

Overview

Operator: APT
Type: Coach Tour & River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 13 Days
From: Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
Tour Code: VEMR13
Visits: Vietnam, Cambodia
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$ 6,060
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Touching down in the centre of bustling Ho Chi Minh City, you'll be met by an APT representative and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the exciting business and entertainment districts on Dong Khoi Street. Once you've settled in and freshened up, you can enjoy the rest of the day to explore the neighbourhood at your own pace. Once a bustling French colonial city previously known as Saigon, today Ho Chi Minh City offers a myriad of attractions that display both its rich culture and fascinating history. Tonight, meet your fellow guests and your APT Tour Director during a Welcome Dinner at your hotel. Stay Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon (D)
2

Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnel

Your first full day in Ho Chi Minh City offers you the chance to choose from two Signature Experiences, during which you'll learn about Vietnam's recent past. On the first Signature Experience, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross, a memorial erected by the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, which is set in a rubber plantation and marks the site of the Battle of Long Tan.

On the second alternative, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. These tunnels served as Viet Cong hiding spots, supply and communication routes, hospitals and weapon caches, and make for a fascinating visit. This evening, head to Xu Restaurant for a tantalising and exclusive degustation dinner, complete with matching wines, all inspired by APT Ambassador Luke Nguyen. (B/L/D)

3

Ho Chi Minh City, Freedom of Choice, Embark Cruise

Choose from our range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activities today. Perhaps enjoy a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, before a cyclo ride. Or jump on the back of a motorbike for an exciting city tour. Alternatively, tour the Ky Long Art Villa where you'll learn about Vietnamese lacquer art and see artist workshops. You may like to try out your culinary skills with a fun cooking class at GRAIN by Luke Nguyen cooking studio or delight in an exciting shopping tour. Later, transfer to My Tho Port to embark your luxury river ship. Settle in to your suite before an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner showcasing the diverse flavours from the region of Luke's heritage. Stay Seven Nights: Cruise the Mekong River aboard RV AmaLotus (B/L/D)
4

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' bestselling 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)

5

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 fruitcarving 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)

6

Phnom Penh, Freedom of Choice

Perhaps rise early to take in Phnom Penh's glorious river promenade as your ship nears the centre of the bustling capital. After breakfast on board, disembark and join 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 midto- 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)

7

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)
8

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)
9

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)
10

Disembark Cruise at Prek K'dam, Siem Reap, Freedom of Choice

Disembark your ship in Prek K'dam before transferring to your Siem Reap hotel. After settling in, head to World Heritagelisted Angkor Archaeological Park to visit the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, where you'll see the 12th-century temple, Bayon. Back in Siem Reap tonight, choose where to enjoy dinner. Stay Three Nights: Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor (B/D)
11

Siem Reap, Angkor

Rise early this morning and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park for a glass of champagne as you enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of this impressive temple, the best-preserved temple of Angkor and said to be the world's largest single religious monument. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some time at leisure. This afternoon, you'll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site famous for its bewildering intertwined trees. Later, visit 'Opportunities of Development thru Art' (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children. A free evening then gives you the chance to dine wherever you wish. (B)
12

Siem Reap, Freedom of Choice

Embark on your selected sightseeing activity. Perhaps visit the temple of Wat Preah Prom Rath and participate in a Buddhist blessing; enjoy an exciting tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d'Angkor workshop, where you can shop for local handmade crafts; participate in a fun Apsara dance class; take off on a thrilling quad bike adventure; enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour across the Cambodian countryside; take a horse and cart ride; partake in a traditional Khmer cooking class; go on a shopping adventure; or perhaps indulge in a relaxing spa treatment. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps step out to explore the city independently. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance as part of your Farewell Dinner. (B/D)
13

Siem Reap, Depart

Explore the delights of Siem Reap with time at leisure. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

APT Trip Highlights

  • In Ho Chi Minh City, choose to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels or take an exclusive Long Tan tour and attend a memorial service at the Long Tan Cross
  • EXCLUSIVE! At Xu Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a degustation dinner with matching wines, inspired by Luke Nguyen
  • Enjoy a glass of champagne as you take in sunrise at Cambodia's Angkor Wat
  • On the 29 July 2017 and 2nd 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 nine destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
  • 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 31 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 (2)

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Australia
Trip Date: 12/12/2015

“A must do river cruise”

APT Vietnam and Cambodia river tour covered everything needed for an amazing getaway. The staff were lovely, the food and accommodation were tops. The added excursions were interesting and varied with good, understandable guides. We met great people and laughed a lot. We would recommend this tour and with APT to anyone who asks us. Our flights pre-booked for us with Singapore Airways was also top notch. Nothing was left for us to do except the Vietnam visa and to enjoy our getaway.

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Australia
Trip Date: 20/06/2015

“I had the best time!”

The Mekong river cruise was amazing. The staff and food are fantastic. The fellow passengers were all lovely. I had the best time! Vietnam and Cambodia are such interesting countries to visit and the people are beautiful.

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2017-18 SEASON
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15 Jul 2017 $ 6,060 Request Quote
29 Jul 2017 $ 6,360 Request Quote
12 Aug 2017 $ 6,060 Request Quote
26 Aug 2017 $ 6,060 Request Quote
09 Sep 2017 $ 6,255 Request Quote
23 Sep 2017 $ 6,255 Request Quote
07 Oct 2017 $ 6,350 Request Quote
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02 Dec 2017 $ 6,600 Request Quote
27 Jan 2018 $ 6,160 Request Quote
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07 Apr 2018 $ 6,160 Request Quote
Your Global Journeys Tour Consultant will check the availability of your departure date when you request a quote with us. Cabin upgrade prices & deck plans are shown below.

Cabin Upgrades & Deck Plans

  Deck Plans: RV AmaLotus
  Cabin Upgrades (pp):
Tonle Deck (C - Standard Suite)  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Tonle Deck (B - Balcony Suite) $ 495
Saigon Deck (B+ - Balcony Suite) $ 895
Saigon Deck (A - Balcony Suite) $ 1,095
Sadec Deck (Sadec - Balcony Suite) $ 1,895
Sadec Deck (Owners+ Balcony Suite) $ 2,295

Note: Upgrade prices shown are per person. Upgrade prices can vary depending on the departure date & the month of travel. Your Global Journeys Tour Consultant will confirm and include the upgrade price in your quote'.

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