The Mekong, the longest river in South East Asia, is navigable in Cambodia and Vietnam, and on some vessels into Laos, and offers a glimpse of the diverse cultures and history of these very different countries.
A Mekong River cruise enables the exploration of the little known region between the ancient Khmer city of Angkor, one of the greatest Buddhist sites in South East Asia, and the elegant former French colonial city of Saigon, (Ho Chi Minh City), with its memories of the Vietnam War.
The Mekong River is one of the most bio-diverse in the world, with a huge number of plant species, mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians.
APT River Cruises offer a luxury cruise and tour option enabling you to cruise the Mekong and see the spectacular Angkor Wat.
Day 1 - Fly London to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer for a two night stay at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers
Day 3 - Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels which were constructed during the Vietnam War by resistance fighters. From here travel to Tay Ninh to see Tay Ninh Holy See, a temple of the Cao Dai faith
Day 4 - Embark AmaLotus. A morning at leisure before embarking AmaLotus for your Mekong River cruise
Day 5 - Cai Be & Vinh Long. Visit the floating market at Cai Be, see the colonial buildings and French Gothic Cathedral. The afternoon is spent in Vinh Long to explore the vibrant markets
Day 6 - Sa Dec & Tan Chau. Spend the morning in Sa Dec which boasts the Thien Hau Pagoda and Fujian Temple. After lunch visit the serene town of Tan Chau
Day 7 - Tan Chau. Tour the town of Tan Chau by rickshaw before crossing into Cambodia
Day 8 - Phnom Penh. See the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace on a city tour. Visit the humbling Killing Fields and Genocide Museum on the site of Security Prison 21
Day 9 - Chong Koh & Kampong Tralach. See silk-weaving in Chong Koh. Visit Wat Kapong Tralach Pleu
Day 10 - Kampong Chhnang & Tonle Sap. See the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang and cruise towards the 150 kilometre-long lake, Tonle Sap
Day 11 - Siem Reap. Disembark AmaLotus. Travel to Angkor and visit Angkor Thom. Enjoy a two night stay at Le Meridien Angkor
Day 12 - Siem Reap & Angkor. Explore the stunning Angkor Wat
Day 13 - Siem Reap to London. A choice of several trips including a balloon ride, elephant trek or visit to Wat Preah Phrom Rath Temple. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK
Day 14 - Arrive UK
It is best to visit in the winter months. The weather is still hot, but there is significantly less humidity. It is also out of the monsoon which comes between late April and October and means most days are subject to short sharp downpours.
The weather is hot and humid during these months so light cotton clothing, sun cream and a sun hat are essential. A visa is required for entry into both Vietnam and Cambodia. Do ensure you have sufficient pages in your passport.