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Enjoy a special 25th Anniversary edition of one of Wendy Wu's favourite itineraries, featuring Cambodia & Vietnam. Departing October 10th 2023.
Embark on a glorious adventure, starting amongst the temples of Angkor before boarding a three-night deluxe river cruise down the Mekong. With shore excursions designed to give you an authentic glimpse of local life, cross into Vietnam to discover its many treasures. Explore vibrant Saigon, charming Hoi An and historic Hanoi and sail the waters of Halong Bay.
Exclusive 25 Year Anniversary Inclusions:
- Three-night cruise together with our founder Wendy
- Special mindfulness session on the Mekong,
- A cocktail at Bitexco Tower's 49th-floor sky bar
- Dinner with a Vietnamese family in Saigon
- A 'basket boat' experience in Cam Thanh
- A 25-minute scenic seaplane flight over Halong Bay.
- Drift along Angkor's moat at sunset
- Witness how Cambodia Living Arts keep traditions alive
- Cruise the picturesque Mekong for 3 nights
- Test your senses at Noir in Saigon
- Learn traditional farming techniques in Hoi An
- Stroll through Hanoi's alleyways
- Cruise the magnificent Halong Bay
- Marvel at the Quintessence of Tonkin show
Days 1-2: UK - Siem Reap
Fly overnight to Siem Reap. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
Rising early, journey to the old city of Angkor Thom and pass through the magnificent South Gate flanked by 54 gods and demons. At Angkor Thom's centre is the enigmatic Bayon, a breathtaking temple of innumerable sculptural decorations. Also admire the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm before the rest of the day is dedicated to Angkor Wat, the most magnificent, and best preserved of all of Angkor's treasures.
Day 4: Siem Reap
Enjoy a morning at Chansar Village, visiting the home of a local Khmer family who specialise in making brooms. This afternoon, cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Phluk and observing the way of life of these lake communities.
Day 5: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
Fly to Phnom Penh and explore by cyclo, with photo stops at the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Visit Wat Phnom before ending the day with a cocktail at one of of the city's best skybars.
Day 6: Phnom Penh - Victoria Mekong Cruise
Reflect on Cambodia's tumultuous history with a visit to the Killing Fields, where many civilians became victims of the brutal Khmer Rouge. Return to Phnom Penh for lunch before transferring to Phnom Penh pier. Here, say goodbye to your national escort and board the Victoria Mekong for your 3-night Anniversary Celebration cruise with Wendy, Wendy Wu's founder.
Day 7: Victoria Mekong Cruise
Cross over into Vietnam, taking in the passing scenery. There will be onboard activities available such as cocktail making. On arrival at Vam Nao, take a sampan ashore to visit traditional cottage industries.
Day 8: Victoria Mekong Cruise
Continue downstream, visiting a floating market and local museum. After lunch, arrive at Tan Loc island. Here, choose to explore a historic house and gardens for tea and fruit, or a plum wine farm for a tasting. Sail on to Can Tho for a farewell dinner, accompanied by a traditional music performance.
Day 9: Victoria Mekong Cruise - Saigon
Enjoy breakfast onboard and visiting a local floating market by boat. Disembark and bid farewell to the Victoria Mekong, boarding the ship’s shuttle bus from Can Tho to Saigon, stopping en route in Cai Be for a delicious local lunch. This evening, dinner will be at Noir, a restaurant that supports Saigon’s visually impaired, for a sensory dining experience.
Day 10: Saigon
Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon to explore the iconic sights, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace and Central Post Office.
Day 11: Saigon - Hoi An
Fly to Danang, and continue by road to Hoi An. Enjoy a walking tour of this charming town – a wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, whose streets are a delight to wander. Visit Quan Cong Temple, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.
Day 12: Cam Thanh Coconut Village
Enjoy a 'farmer and fisherman' experience just outside Hoi An. Head to Cam Thanh Coconut Village in the coastal Bay Mau Forest, where you'll board an unusual Vietnamese basket boat – thung chai, similar to a coracle – and be paddled through this extraordinary coconut forest.
Day 13: Hoi An - Hanoi
After breakfast, fly to Hanoi to explore the Old Quarter by cyclo. Also stop by the Temple of Literature, and make sure to try a traditional egg coffee on the way!
Day 14: Hanoi
Discover the rest of Hanoi's sights today, with the Ho Chi Minh quarter and Mausoleum, Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and more. In the evening, attend The Quintessence of Tonkin, a beautiful open-air performance on a lake.
Day 15: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Travel east to Halong Bay, where you'll enjoy a true VIP experience: a Halong Bay seaplane flight offering a unique an unforgettable view of the bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn't hard to see why it is one of Vietnam's most popular destinations. Stay overnight on a traditionally designed boat on Halong Bay, cruising amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters.
Day 16: Halong Bay - Hanoi
After a night anchored out on the waters, rise early to see the sun come up over the bay before cruising back to port. Return to Hanoi after brunch and enjoy some time at leisure before the evening's farewell dinner.
Day 17: Depart Hanoi
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
You'll spend 15 nights in 3+/4* accommodation
Cruise the Mekong Delta
Cruise the Mekong in style aboard the contemporary Victoria Mekong with state-of-the-art facilities and an itinerary packed with culturally-immersive shore excursions and onboard activities.
Hanoi Cyclo Tour
Explore the vibrant streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter by cyclo, stopping off at a café to sample a traditionally-made, local speciality, egg coffee.
Angkor Thom Sunset Cruise
After a day of exploration relax as you float on the gentle waters of the moat of Angkor Thom, seeing the old walled city from a different perspective and savouring the beauty of a peaceful sunset.
- Return international economy flights
- All accommodation
- All meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 15 dinners
- All sightseeing and entrance fees
- All transportation and transfers
- English speaking National Escort or Local Guides
- Cambodia visa fees for UK and EU passport holders
The Victoria Mekong is the greenest ship on the Mekong River blending state-of-the-art eco-credentials with four-star comfort and superior service.
With just 35 passenger cabins you are guaranteed a genuine ‘small ship’ experience. Spacious, stylish staterooms all come with floor to ceiling windows, private balcony and individually controlled air conditioning and on board you'll find an infinity pool, spa, gym, movie room, games room, boutique and even mini golf.
All excursions and on-board entertainment are included for the duration of your Mekong cruise as are all meals local beers, soft drinks and house wine with dinner.
Staterooms and Suites
Relx in some of the most spacious staterooms on the Mekong River. Spacious oases of modern tranquillity furnished in natural wood with a muted palette of soothing earth tones, choose from Deluxe Staterooms located on either the River Deck or Panorama Deck and spacious aft-facing VIP Suites on the ship’s Panorama Deck.
All rooms feature:
- Panoramic French window, leading to private balcony
- Bathrooms with rain shower and branded quality fittings
- Bathrobes and slippers
- Branded amenities
- Refillable aluminium water bottles
- Central AC with individual control
- Imported linens with duvet and two kinds of pillows
- Premium mattresses
- Convertible bed configuration
- Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift
- Multi-configuration plugs & USB ports
- Free Wi-Fi access in rooms
- Generous closet space and under-bed storage
- Hair dryer
- Daily/nightly turndown service
- 24h laundry service
- Complimentary evening canapés
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- Based on London Heathrow departures
- Regional UK departures available
- Flight upgrades available on request
- Land only from ￡3090 (Siem Reap - Hanoi)
- Single room from ￡740
- Tipping paid locally US$66
- Price listed is based on new bookings only
These tours are designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of South-east Asia on an excellent value group tour whilst travelling with like-minded people. The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so you’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escorts and local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.
The maximum number of people per group for this tour is 18
This tour has a physical rating of 1. A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.
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