Day 1 – Hanoi (Vietnam)
Arrive at the airport, where you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will transfer you to the tranquil Intercontinental Westlake Hotel.
Day 2 – Hanoi (Vietnam)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Hanoi city tour, Thanh Long water puppet show, “Hanoi Hilton,” and colonial Hanoi electric cart tour.
Parisian elegance infuses Hanoi’s boulevards, which are lined with handsome colonial buildings. Take in a traditional water puppet show and a complex honoring Ho Chi Minh, founder of modern Vietnam, that contains his residence, a museum devoted to his life, and the famous One Pillar Pagoda, which has been built and rebuilt since 1049. You can see another aspect of Vietnam’s history if you step into one of the dank cells at the notorious “Hanoi Hilton.” Your Southeast Asian adventure ends with a Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine and live entertainment at one of Hanoi’s most charming establishments.
Day 3 – Hanoi, fly to Siem Reap Cambodia
Enjoy free time in Hanoi before your flight to Siem Reap, then check into the elegant and serene Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.
Day 4 – Siem Reap (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap city tour via remork
Begin your day at Angkor Wat, the most recognizable landmark in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple boasts the longest continuous bas-relief sculpture in existence. Explore the temple at your leisure, then tour the city center of Siem Reap by remork (motocycle rickshaw), passing charming open-air markets. The tour will introduce you to Siem Reap's many dining and shopping options, which you will have plenty of time to explore later in the day.
Day 5 – Siem Reap (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Banteay Srey and Ta Prohm
Today you’ll visit Banteay Srey—considered to be the pinnacle of artistic achievement at Angkor—and Banteay Samré. Later, you’ll also see the temple of Ta Prohm, which has been overtaken by the jungle; tentacle-like tree roots spill over millennium-old roofs, enveloping the entire structure.
Day 6 – Siem Reap, transfer to Kampong Cham (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Angkor Thom
Today’s expedition encompasses the south gate of Angkor Thom, once the capital of the Khmer empire, and the pyramid temple of Bayon with its iconic (and enormous) carved heads. The afternoon ends with a walk around Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants, and the moss-encrusted Terrace of the Leper King. From there, you will travel to Kampong Cham and board the intimate River Orchid. In the evening, indulge in a special Cambodian-themed dinner.
Day 7 – Cruising the Mekong River, Kampong Cham, Wat Hanchey (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey Monastery, and Wat Hanchey
Today in Kampong Cham, visit the Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey temples, where monkeys frolic among massive Buddhas. Later, investigate historic sites dedicated to the Buddha. Eighth-century Wat Hanchey has wonderful views of the Mekong; stroll among the ancient and modern buildings and receive a traditional water blessing from the local monks.
Day 8 – Cruising the Mekong River, Kampong Chhnang (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Tonlé Sap River cruise and Kampong Chhnang exploration cruise
Cruise along the scenic Tonlé Sap River to Kampong Chhnang, a busy floating village. After your tour, relax on the ship’s sun deck and enjoy the stunning sunset.
Day 9 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Phnom Penh city tour
The ship will dock in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, where you’ll enjoy a tour via remork (motorcycle rickshaw). Visit the Royal Palace’s Throne Hall and Silver Pagoda, which contains thousands of artifacts, including jewel-encrusted Buddhas, and features a floor tiled with pure silver. Then it’s on to the National Museum to see Angkor artifacts. Following lunch onboard, explore the city at your leisure.
Day 10 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choeung Ek Memorial Stupa and grounds, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Cambodia’s grievous experience under the Khmer Rouge regime is revealed at the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. You will visit this memorial and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This afternoon, following lunch onboard, explore the city at your leisure.
Day 11 – Cruising the Mekong River, Chau Doc, Chau Phong Island, Vietnam
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Chau Doc harbor cruise and visit to Cham tribal village with fish farm
Cross the Cambodian border into Vietnam and begin your tour. Join the locals in lively Chau Doc harbor as your sampan cruises among the traditional floating markets, and visit a Cham tribal village and a local fish farm.
Day 12 – Sa Dec, Cai Be (Vietnam)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Sa Dec canal cruise, brick and rice factories, and Huynh Thuy Le house, Cai Be sampan cruise, An Kiet House, rice-paper and candy-making shop,
Take a canal cruise in Sa Dec and visit a factory where bricks and tiles are made with Mekong Delta clay and fired with rice husks. Later, cruise through busy floating markets to the one-time home of Huynh Thuy Le, made famous by Marguerite Duras’s novel The Lover. Board a sampan for a tour of the historic An Kiet House, and visit a small family-run factory in Cai Be that makes candies, rice paper, and popped rice. On your last evening onboard, enjoy a Vietnamese-themed dinner.
Day 13 – My Tho, transfer to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Ho Chi Minh City tour
After disembarking, settle in to Ho Chi Minh city's tranquil Park Hyatt Saigon hotel, then enjoy a tour of the city’s incredible French Colonial architecture. You'll also visit the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. A Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine at a beautifully decorated local restaurant, complete with live traditional entertainment, caps off your day.
Day 14 – Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cu Chi Tunnels
Enter the astonishing system of underground passages that stretches to the Cambodian border. Later, enjoy lunch at one of Ho Chi Minh's well-known restaurants and explore the city on your own. This evening, you'll be treated to a Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine at local venue.
Day 15 – Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your tour with an optional extension in Bangkok or Luang Prabang.
A fascinating, rewarding and multilayered adventure.
Two of the most beautiful, historic and friendly places in all of Asia, dynamic Vietnam and pastoral Cambodia are intriguing studies in contrast. Each possesses its own unique charm and social traditions, its own tragic history and complex past. In many ways, a visit here is less about the sights you see than it is about the people you meet and the experiences you have along the way.
Ho Chi Minh City offers a heady mixture of old and new while Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, surprises visitors with its charm. As the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, the Mekong teems with colorful floating villages and mementos of its French Colonial past. Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s thriving capital, is fast-forwarding to the future yet retains a provincial intimacy. And colorful Siem Reap provides the gateway to the vast UNESCO-designated jungle temple complex of Angkor Wat.
7-night Mekong River cruise in a riverview stateroom onboard the River Orchid*
7 nights in deluxe hotels, including buffet breakfast and all service charges, taxes, and porterage*
Tips for local experts and drivers
All transportation throughout your trip, including flights within Vietnam and Cambodia
All transfers on arrival and departure days
14 buffet breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
Welcome and Farewell Dinners with wine and live entertainment onshore
Complimentary house wine, local beers and spirits, and soft drinks throughout the cruise
Onshore dinners include complimentary house wine, local beers, or soft drinks
12 days of captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local experts
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager throughout your trip
State-of-the-art portable audio-headset system on all excursions throughout your trip
Flowers and fruit plate upon arrival
Private check-in with a welcome drink at each hotel
Onshore cultural highlights: Apsara dance performance with dinner and Thang Long water puppet show
Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site