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What’s included

  • 2 nights at the Hotel des Arts, Saigon, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • 2 nights at the Fcc Angkor in Siem Reap, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • 7 nights on board the RV Bassac Pandaw in a twin share cabin on full board basis
  • 11 breakfasts, 10...

Classic Mekong River Cruise, Saigon to Angkor Wat in Style 'In style' holidays

Adventure Cruising

Hanoi, Vietnam, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Siem Reap (Angkor Temples), Saigon [Ho Chi Minh City] | Adventure Cruising

Classic Mekong River Cruise, Saigon to Angkor Wat in Style
  • Duration: 14 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £5095, Land only from £3795

A relaxed exploration of two fascinating countries from the luxury of 'the most splendid ship on the Mekong'.

Highlights

  • Enjoy seven nights onboard the luxurious RV Bassac Pandaw
  • Stay in 5* hotels in Saigon and Siem Reap
  • Tour the cultural highlights and historical sites of Saigon, Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat
  • Visit charming villages and enjoy the beautiful river landscapes
  • Explore by sampan, on foot and by tuk tuk and ox cart

Reviews          

This trip was a truly inspiring and memorable experience encompassing beautiful scenery, wonderful cuisine and fascinating culture. The warmth and friendliness of the local people together with unforgettable historical sights has left me with long-lasting memories. Truly amazing!

April, Flights Manager, Mountain Kingdoms

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We much enjoyed our holiday in Cambodia and were delighted to meet so many happy, friendly people along the way. The temples were astounding, the Killing Fields were chilling, the country side was lovely and filled with so many interesting sights and photographic opportunities – overall Cambodia was a delight to visit, and our guides were wonderful.

Mrs H, Northamptonshire

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This trip was a truly inspiring and memorable experience encompassing beautiful scenery, wonderful cuisine and fascinating culture. The warmth and friendliness of the local people together with unforgettable historical sights has left me with long-lasting memories.

April Palmer

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We much enjoyed our holiday in Cambodia and were delighted to meet so many happy, friendly people along the way. The temples were astounding, the Killing Fields were chilling, the countryside was lovely and filled with so many interesting sights and photographic opportunities - overall Cambodia was a delight to visit, and our guides were wonderful.

Mrs H

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This superb tour highlights the very best that Vietnam and Cambodia have to offer taking in cultural wonders, fascinating historical sights and beautiful scenery whilst travelling in real style throughout.

The tour begins in Saigon, Vietnam’s largest city, an absorbing blend of ancient cultural traditions and modern economic dynamo. Staying in a centrally located 5* hotel, you will discover many aspects of its complex history as you stroll down leafy boulevards past atmospheric colonial buildings, visit a traditional market and see a variety of cottage industries in action. You will also visit the Cu Chi tunnels – one of the most haunting remnants of the Vietnam war.

Boarding the luxurious RV Bassac Pandaw you set sail on your seven night cruise along the Mekong River. Perhaps the most scenic river in Asia, the Mekong is also the most vibrant and there is much to see as you cruise along, including floating markets, picturesque villages and countless temples. Each day there are excursions which will reveal different aspects of local life and history which you will explore by boat, tuk tuk and on foot.

Having crossed into Cambodia from Vietnam you will take a tour of the capital city, Phnom Penh, visiting the ornate Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. In Cambodia, you will also have the opportunity to spend time at the thought provoking Killing Fields, explore traditional villages and visit fascinating temple complexes.

Aboard your Pandaw ship you will cruise in style with large, well-appointed cabins, spacious viewing decks and first-class facilities. The food is exceptional and varied with a wide range of international cuisine, there's even unlimited ice-cream served on the sundeck! In the evenings, you can relax in the comfortable saloon bar, enjoy the cultural performances or take in the educational talks and films that are provided by the highly experienced ship’s crew and onboard experts.

The cruise ends at Siem Reap where you disembark for further 5* comfort and an in-depth tour of the incomparable Angkor Wat temple complex – one of the most important archaeological sites on all of Southeast Asia and a fitting end to this memorable holiday.


At a glance

Duration: 14 days from the UK

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Accommodation types: Hotels, River Cruise Ship

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast throughout, full board on Pandaw cruise ship and some lunches in Saigon and Siem Reap. 11 x breakfasts, 10 x lunches and 7 x dinners are included.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2 Depart UK and fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
3 Visit Cu Chi tunnels and Saigon city tour
4 Transfer to RV Bassac Pandaw to start cruise. Sampan trip to Ben Tre.
6 Vist Chau Doc, Chham village and Sam Mountain. Cross the border into Cambodia.
7 City tour of Phnom Penh. Optional Killing Fields tour.
8 Sail the Tonle Sap River to Kampong Tralach.
10 Visit Angkor Ban Village and Wat Hanche.
11-12 End cruise. Disembark and transfer to Siem Riep. Visit Angkor Wat and other ruins in area. Attend Cambodian ‘circus’ show.
13-14 End sightseeing and depart Siem Riep. Arrive UK.
Leader: Local Leader, Vietnam & Cambodia

Our holidays in Vietnam and Cambodia are led by professional English-speaking tour leaders. They have an intimate and expert knowledge of the history, culture and nature of these wonderful countries. They will be sure to provide you with an unforgettable experience.

Local Leader, Vietnam & Cambodia

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly London to Saigon

Fly London to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) by overnight flight.

Overnight icon Overnight: In flight

Day 2 - Arrive Saigon (Ho Chi minh City). Group transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

On arrival in Saigon you will be met and transferred to the Intercontinental Asiana Hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to relax after your long flight and to adjust to the sights and sounds of this vibrant city, formerly the French colonial port of Saigon. Saigon is the capital of southern Vietnam and after Hanoi is the country's second city.

Overnight icon Overnight: Hotel Des Arts, Saigon

Day 3 - Full day sightseeing tour of Saigon including Cu Chi tunnels.

Today after breakfast you wilI be taken to the extraordinary Cu Chi tunnels, approximately 1½ hours drive from Saigon. The complicated underground network was built by the Viet Cong guerillas and used extensively during the Vietnam War. En route to the tunnels you may have the chance to see how rural people live and work, seeing occupations such as rice farming and the production of rice paper - a key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. You will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon you will have a tour of the city. It is easy to walk around the central district and to explore the broad leafy boulevards and splendid French colonial architecture - Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. You will also see the former US Embassy, City Hall, the Reunification Hall and War Museum of Remnants. You will end the day with a visit to Ben Thanh market, a busy market and one of Saigon's liveliest areas, selling everything from foodstuffs to souvenirs.

You will then be taken back to your hotel. Saigon is a great place to dine with some excellent French and Vietnamese restaurants.

Overnight icon Overnight: Hotel Des Arts, Saigon

Day 4 - Transfer from your hotel to the port of My Tho to embark on your cruise. Sail to Ben Tre. Village excursion by sampan.

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to My Tho port situated on the Mekong Delta, where you will be welcomed on board your cruise vessel.

On arrival at the R V Bassac, you will meet your crew and they will brief you about the ship and safety on board. You will then cast off for the start of your adventure on the river. Today you will get your first taste of life on the river with the lush green landscapes of the Mekong delta. You sail past paddy fields, orchards, sugar cane fields and villages of stilt houses as well as the varied traffic of the river such as elegant sampans and lumbering cargo boats. Arriving at Ben Tre your ship will anchor midstream.

After lunch, you will travel by sampan through mangroves and bamboo forests to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre - an area rich in birdlife - then transfer to a local rowboat. You will slowly explore through the bamboo covered canals and arrive at village which specialises in making local products such as rice wine and coconut candy.

You return to your boat for dinner. In the evening you will be entertained by a Vietnamese dance troupe.

Please note: Today your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point in order to arrange immigration formalities.

Overnight icon Overnight: Rv Bassac Pandaw

Day 5 - Sail to Con Phuoc Island. Visit craft workshops and take a tuk tuk ride.

This morning you cruise through the Delta to Con Phuoc Island. You will moor in a small canal off the island and go ashore to explore by foot and by tuk tuk. Firstly you will visit local craftspeople and watch them weaving bamboo baskets using traditional methods. You'll then hop on board a tuk tuk for a fun drive through the village, stopping at a 100 year old Catholic church and meeting more friendly locals.

Overnight icon Overnight: Rv Bassac Pandaw

Day 6 - Visit Chau Doc, Chham village and Sam Mountain. Cross the Vietnam/Cambodia border.

In the morning your boat will dock alongside the picturesque border town of Chau Doc. Here you will visit the famous floating markets & fish farms by sampan, as well as a local Chham Village where you will see the lives of some local Vietnamese Muslims. You then drive the short distance to Sam Mountain and climb the 400 steps to the top to visit Phuoc Dien Tu, the Hang Pagoda, an 'official historic monument' of Vietnam'.

You then return to the boat via a network of local canals before dropping anchor on the Vietnam/Cambodia Border to go through immigration formalities.

Overnight icon Overnight: Rv Bassac Pandaw

Day 7 - Morning city tour of Phnom Penh. Afternoon visit to the Killing Fields (optional).

This morning you will travel by a cyclo to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda which has silver floor tiles totalling five tons of gleaming silver. After, you will visit the National Museum which houses the world's finest collection of classical Angkor period sculpture. Please note that you are required to wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees, no shorts are allowed in the Royal Palace.

Later on today you will have the option to visit the Killing Fields and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. You will be taken by coach which will take approximately 1 hour. The Toul Sleng Museum provided the base for the Khmer Rouge security force and prison and interrogation centre, S21. The building, formerly a primary school, together with the photographs of many of the victims displayed on the walls, now stand testament to the brutality and murderous actions of the Pol Pot regime. After the prisoners were interrogated here they were taken to Choeung Ek to be executed. Many of the country's intellectuals along with some Westerners were labelled 'enemies of the revolution' and killed in this complex. There now stands a stupa filled with human skulls as a memorial to the victims.

Important note - if you wish to opt out of this afternoon excursion to the Killing Fields and Genocide Museum, then this is fine. Please let us know at the time of booking, if you wish to visit the Killing Fields.

There is ample time to enjoy your stay in Phnom Penh as the ship will be moored in the city jetty and you are free to go ashore at any time while the ship is there and the port gate is open (it closes around 11.00pm). There are various markets that you can walk to, such as the central market or the night market.

Back on the ship this evening you may enjoy a traditional Cambodian / Khmer shadow puppet show or other entertainment.

Overnight icon Overnight: Rv Bassac Pandaw

Day 8 - Excursion to Kampong Tralach.

After a short morning cruise along the Tonle Sap River you will disembark at Kampong Tralach. An ox cart will be your transport as you travel around the riverside villages seeing markets, temples and everyday life.

In the evening you will enjoy 'cocktail hour' around a fire-pit in one of the local Khmer villages. Here you will learn something of their local culture and see some Khmer dancing, and perhaps even join the villagers in some local dancing.

Overnight icon Overnight: Rv Bassac Pandaw

Day 9 - Drive to Oudong and tour the ancient city. Sail to Silk Island, visit silk makers and see a demonstration of martial arts.

You will leave your ship this morning and drive by coach to Oudong, the ancient capital of Cambodia. On the way you stop at the Vipassana Dhura Meditation Centre and then drive around the old capital before rejoining your ship at Prek Kdam and setting sail once more.

After lunch you will cruise to Koh Nghe Tei, also known as 'Silk Island'. On the island you will discover the fascinating intricacies of the entire silk making process from worms to weavers. You will also see a demonstration of the ancient Khmer martial art of L'bokator which involves impressive weapon skills.

Overnight icon Overnight: Rv Bassac Pandaw

Day 10 - Sunrise cruise to Angkor Ban Village. Afternoon sail to Wat Hanchey.

It will be a beautiful start to the day as you cruise along the Mekong at sunrise to reach Angkor Ban Village. You will have chance to see how the local villagers live in Cambodia and to visit the library which was donated by Pandaw. You may like to gift a book to the library. Books in English, suitable for children aged between 8 and 15, would be greatly appreciated. In the afternoon you sail north to Wat Hinchey, a complex of Hindu and Buddhist temples dating from the 7th century and set upon a hill overlooking the Mekong. The views out across the river are simply wonderful.

Overnight icon Overnight: Rv Bassac Pandaw

Day 11 - Disembark and transfer to Siem Reap – approximately 5 hours. Afternoon visit to Angkor Wat.

After a final early breakfast on board, you will say a fond farewell to your crew. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Siem Reap by a comfortable air-conditioned coach. Refreshments will be provided en route and you will stop along the way for a short break. You will arrive at Siem Reap around mid-afternoon. On arrival at your hotel you will be met and briefed by your guide who will look after you for the last part of your trip.

After lunch at your hotel, you will visit Angkor Wat, the world famous temple of Cambodia. It is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. With its massive three tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 metres from ground level, this temple is the centrepiece of any visit to the temples of Angkor. Late afternoon is the best time for photography at Angkor Wat as the warm sunlight bathes the temples producing their familiar 'red glow' it is also the perfect time to take in the romantic view at sunset from Bakheng Hill.

You will then return back to your hotel. There are many nearby restaurants serving Asian or Western cuisine.

Overnight icon Overnight: Fcc Angkor, Siem Reap

Day 12 - Full day sightseeing of Angkor Thom. Experience a cultural Cambodian show.

Following a hearty breakfast in your hotel you will have a full day's sightseeing tour with an air conditioned car and English speaking guide. This morning you will visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, as well as other significant temples and sites such as Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephant, Terrace of Leper King and Pimean Akas.

Your lunch will be served in a local restaurant where you can try the local Khmer curry. After your lunch break you will enjoy visits to Thommanon, Chau Say Teveda, Ta Keo, Ta Promh, Banteay Kdei and Sras Srang. The photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings of Ta Prohm have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.

In the evening you will experience an entertaining and original Cambodian show featuring talented, young performers at Phare Ponleu Selpak's Circus.

Overnight icon Overnight: Fcc Angkor, Siem Reap

Day 13 - Morning sightseeing. Afternoon transfer to Siem Reap airport. Overnight flight to London.

After your breakfast you will check out from your hotel and will meet your guide at reception.

There may be an opportunity to visit more temples, such as, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som and East Meborn. Alternatively your guide may take you on a short city tour before you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Overnight icon Overnight: In flight

Day 14 - Arrive UK.

Today you will arrive back to the UK.

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    From £900.00

For the majority of our holidays, a deposit payment of £400.00 per person is required to secure your place(s), however a small number of holidays require a higher deposit - please refer to the holiday itinerary for more details. If the holiday departs within 60 days, a deposit of £1,000.00 per person is required.

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What’s included

  • 2 nights at the Hotel des Arts, Saigon, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • 2 nights at the Fcc Angkor in Siem Reap, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • 7 nights on board the RV Bassac Pandaw in a twin share cabin on full board basis
  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Tea, coffee, mineral water and tissanes
  • Port transfers and port taxes
  • English-speaking, expert guides
  • All excursions specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities on board to crew
  • International economy flights and applicable taxes (flight inclusive option)
  • Single, timed group airport transfer on arrival and departure
  • Carbon offsetting with the Ecoan Tree Planting Project (for clients taking our flight inclusive option)
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottle
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Tips to local tour guides, hotel staff, boat operators / drivers and cyclo drivers
  • All drinks except tea, coffee and mineral water
  • Optional drinks package on board
  • Evening meals and some lunches in Saigon and Siem Reap, please refer to the itinerary for the meal plan


Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 2 reviews)

Truly amazing!          

This trip was a truly inspiring and memorable experience encompassing beautiful scenery, wonderful cuisine and fascinating culture. The warmth and friendliness of the local people together with unforgettable historical sights has left me with long-lasting memories.

Enjoyable holiday with friendly people          

We much enjoyed our holiday in Cambodia and were delighted to meet so many happy, friendly people along the way. The temples were astounding, the Killing Fields were chilling, the countryside was lovely and filled with so many interesting sights and photographic opportunities - overall Cambodia was a delight to visit, and our guides were wonderful.


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