Passengers board a small ship on the mekong river, for a cruise to Vietnam and Cambodia in Southeast Asia
a row of statues in Southeast Asia at ankor wat, a world heritage site in cambodia
a large tree's roots overtake the ruins at ankor wat, a world heritage site in cambodia in Southeast Asia
statues in the Southeast Asia temples of ankor wat, a world heritage site
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Vietnam & Cambodia: Along the Mekong River, including Angkor & Saigon

This 15-day Vietnam & Cambodia: Along the Mekong River, including Angkor & Saigon cruise offers access to traditional villages as well as bustling cities. Cambodia and Vietnam are beautiful countries with centuries of history and culture that experienced so much war and dislocation but are now developing swiftly. Ancient temples, wooden carvings, architecture and floating river markets are just a few highlights of this Vietnam and Cambodia small ship cruise.

Walk in the sublime temples at Angkor, a World Heritage Site built by the Khmer people over a 400-year period that ended in the 13th century. Near Siem Reap, Cambodia, visit small temples known for their carvings and architecture. At the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, bear witness to the devastating effects of the rule of the Khmer Rouge and experience the dynamic, positive spirit of the people who are working hard to secure a better future. Shop at Tan Chau, one of Vietnam’s most friendly and interesting markets, and Cai Be, a floating market where boats display the object being sold high up on a pole.

Begin the trip in Siem Reap, Cambodia at the incredible La Résidence d’Angkor, built along the Siem Reap River in traditional Khmer style, with spacious rooms featuring teak furniture and bamboo screens. Spend the next seven nights aboard the 48-guest Jahan and witness the incredible views, landscapes and cultures of the Mekong River. Complete the journey at the great Vietnamese city of Saigon (officially called Ho Chi Minh City), a burgeoning metropolis with an interesting colonial legacy.

In addition to the main Vietnam & Cambodia: Along the Mekong River, including Angkor & Saigon cruise, there is also a reverse itinerary that begins in Saigon, Vietnam, and ends in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Cruises afford access to places that would otherwise be difficult to reach. Jahan’s cabins are luxurious and spacious, each with a private balcony, and she offers a standard of accommodation and service that has until now been unknown in this part of the world.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Southeast Asia cruises.



Itinerary

Vietnam & Cambodia: Along The Mekong River, Including Angkor & Saigon Itinerary

The 15-day Vietnam & Cambodia: Along The Mekong River, Including Angkor & Saigon cruise begins in Siem Reap, Cambodia, ends in Saigon, Vietnam, and spends 7 nights aboard the Jahan.

Route map of main & reverse Vietnam & Cambodia: Along The Mekong River, Including Angkor & Saigon Southeast Asia small ship cruise, operating between Siem Reap, Cambodia & Saigon, Vietnam, with visits to Angkor Wat, Kampong Cham, Wat Hanchey or Koh Dach & Angkor Ban, Kampong Chhnang & Kampong Tralach, Phnom Penh, Tan Chau or Chau Doc, Sadec, Cai Be & My Tho.
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Days 1 - 3
Arrive Siem Reap, Cambodia

Depart in the evening, “lose” a day crossing the international date line, and arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on Day 3. Settle into an outstanding Khmer style hotel, La Résidence d’Angkor, on the banks of the Siem Reap River.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

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Days 4 - 5
Angkor Wat

Rise early to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. This 12th-century Khmer temple, one of the world’s largest religious monuments, is adorned with elaborate bas-reliefs and sculptures. Ride a tuk-tuk, or motorized rickshaw, to the walled city of Angkor Thom. Discover the shrines of Ta Prohm and the temple of Banteay Srei. Enjoy traditional Cambodian music and dance at a beautifully-lit private dinner at one of Angkor’s temples. Visit a workshop where local youth are trained in age-old Khmer arts.

Accommodations

La Résidence d’Angkor

Meals

breakfast, lunch and dinner (day 4); breakfast and dinner (day 5)

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Day 6
Kampong Cham & Embark Jahan

Drive to the bustling town of Kampong Cham and embark the Jahan, your home for the next seven nights.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch and dinner (day 4); breakfast and dinner (day 5)

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Day 7
Wat Hanchey or Koh Dach & Angkor Ban

At Wat Hanchey, see a variety of temples, including an 8th-century temple from the pre-Angkor Chenla period, or see the silk weaving village of Koh Dach. Continue to the village of Angkor Ban, with its traditional houses and friendly residents.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Kampong Chhnang & Kampong Tralach

Visit a village where artisans make traditional pottery, and board local boats to see the clustered houses and shops that float in midstream. At Kampong Tralach, take an oxcart ride through rice paddies to a local school.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Phnom Penh

Explore the Cambodian capital by cyclo (bicycle taxi), and visit the Royal Palace and the National Museum of Cambodia. Learn about the reign of the Khmer Rouge on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This evening, enjoy an apsara dance performance.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Cruising the Mekong

Take in views of everyday life along the river, attend talks by our experts, and join our chefs to learn how to cook regional dishes. Cross the border into Vietnam.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Tan Chau or Chau Doc, Vietnam

Chau Doc has one of Vietnam’s most interesting markets, with an astonishing variety of tropical fruits, vegetables and other goods. We continue to a floating market on the river and a fish farm, where we see fish being fed through trap doors in the floating platforms. In the afternoon, we continue sailing the Mekong.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Sadec & Cai Be

Take a local boat to experience rural life in the Mekong Delta. See the floating market of Cai Be, step into a rice “factory” to watch rice-based candies being made, and cruise among floating markets and fish farms. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner aboard the Jahan.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark My Tho to Saigon

Disembark in My Tho and visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda. Then journey to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and check into the Park Hyatt Saigon for two nights. Meet with a local expert on Vietnam’s modern development, and have a private dinner at the former residence of U.S. ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.

Accommodations

Park Hyatt Saigon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Saigon

Take a tour of Saigon’s landmarks, including the Reunification Palace, headquarters of the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War. Visit the Cu Chi tunnels.

Accommodations

overnight flight

Meals

n/a

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Day 15
Depart Saigon, Vietnam

Transfer to the airport in the morning for connecting flights home. Cross the International Date Line and arrive in the U.S. the same day.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

n/a

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations ashore and aboard ship; meals as indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader and expert guides; internet access (in limited areas); all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Air transportation; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.; discretionary tips to ship’s crew.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The main Vietnam & Cambodia: Along the Mekong River, including Angkor & Saigon cruise begins in Siem Reap, Cambodia (REP), and ends in Saigon, Vietnam (SGN)\. Please talk to your Adventure Specialist before booking flights. Embarkation is on day 6. Guests are advised to arrive in time for the 4:00pm hotel check-in on day 3. Disembarkation is on day 13. Guests may plan flights to depart in the evening on day 14 or morning of day 15 (hotel check-out is 11:00am). If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include walking, visits to local people, inflatable boat/skiff excursions and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

 Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Reverse Vietnam & Cambodia: Along The Mekong River, Including Angkor & Saigon Itinerary

The 15-day Reverse Vietnam & Cambodia: Along The Mekong River, Including Angkor & Saigon cruise begins in Saigon, Vietnam, and ends in Siem Reap, Cambodia and spends 7 nights aboard the Jahan.

Route map of main & reverse Vietnam & Cambodia: Along The Mekong River, Including Angkor & Saigon Southeast Asia small ship cruise, operating between Siem Reap, Cambodia & Saigon, Vietnam, with visits to Angkor Wat, Kampong Cham, Wat Hanchey or Koh Dach & Angkor Ban, Kampong Chhnang & Kampong Tralach, Phnom Penh, Tan Chau or Chau Doc, Sadec, Cai Be & My Tho.
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Days 1 - 3
Arrive Saigon, Vietnam

Depart in the evening, “lose” a day crossing the international date line, and arrive in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, on Day 3. Settle into the Park Hyatt Hotel.

Accommodations

n/a (days 1-2); Park Hyatt hotel (day 3)

Meals

n/a

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Day 4
Explore Saigon

This morning meet with a local expert on Vietnam’s modern development, followed by a tour of Saigon’s landmarks, including Bitexco Tower, post office, and the Reunification Palace, headquarters of the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War. Lunch is at leisure. A visit to the War Remnant Museum is offered in the afternoon. In the evening, take in a performance of water puppetry—a distinctive Vietnamese folk art, practiced here for over 300 years, followed by a private cocktail reception at the former residence of U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodations

Park Hyatt Hotel

Meals

breakfast, dinner

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Day 5
Embark My Tho

This morning, visit the Cu Chi tunnel, part of a huge network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Those who wish may tour the War Remnants Museum, which gives a strong view of the war through the eyes of the Vietnamese. After lunch, drive to My Tho and stop at the great Vinh Trang pagoda, originally built in 1850. Continue to the Mekong River, embark Jahan for the start of the seven-night sail on the Mekong. Have welcome drinks and dinner aboard ship.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Cai Be & Sadec

Take a local boat to experience rural life in the Mekong Delta. See the floating market of Cai Be, step into a rice “factory” to watch rice-based candies being made, and cruise among floating markets and fish farms.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Tan Chau or Chau Doc, Vietnam

Chau Doc has one of Vietnam’s most interesting markets, with an astonishing variety of tropical fruits, vegetables and other goods. Continue to a floating market on the river and a fish farm, where fish are fed through trap doors in the floating platforms. In the afternoon, continue sailing the Mekong.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Explore the Cambodian capital by cyclo (bicycle taxi) and visit the Royal Palace and the National Museum of Cambodia. Learn about the reign of the Khmer Rouge on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This evening, enjoy an apsara dance performance.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Cruising the River & Kampong Chhnang

This morning, cruise the Tonle Sap River. In the afternoon, drive a short way from the town of Kampong Chhnang to a village where pottery is still made for sale to local residents by traditional methods. See how the pots are made and learn about the uses of the palm tree, complete with a taste of palm sugar if so inclined. Then ride local boats along the Tonle Sap for a glimpse into a unique way of life: seeing the floating houses and shops that line the riverbanks here.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Kampong Tralach & Koh Dach or Wat Hanchey

Visit a village where artisans make traditional pottery and board local boats to see the clustered houses and shops that float in midstream. At Kampong Tralach, take an oxcart ride through rice paddies to a local school.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Angkor Ban & Kampong Cham

Explore the community of Angkor Ban, with many old-style houses built on stilts—some of them very tall. There’s a chance to walk through town and meet the friendly local residents. There is a fine pagoda along the riverside and views of the fields across the river that runs into the Mekong. Stop at the bustling town of Kampong Cham and visit remarkable Wat Nokor, where a well preserved 11th-century temple forms the heart of a contemporary pagoda that remains in active use. The reliefs on the old temple are exceptional, as are the decorations of the more modern one.  Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner aboard the Jahan.

Accommodations

Jahan

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Disembark Kampong Cham to Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Disembark Jahan at Kampong Cham for the drive to Siem Reap, where lunch will be available upon arrival to the hotel. Spend the next three nights at outstanding La Résidence d’Angkor, built along the Siem Reap River in traditional Khmer style, with spacious rooms with teak furniture and bamboo screens. Siem Reap is the gateway to the great temple complex of Angkor, and this afternoon visit the evocative temple Ta Prohm. The jungle has been allowed to continue growing here, framing the structures with the twisted roots and branches of ceiba and fig trees, giving an idea of what archaeologists encountered when they began their work in the area. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.

Accommodations

La Résidence d’Angkor

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Begin early in order to get to Angkor Wat in time for sunrise. This visionary 12th-century temple, the world’s largest religious monument, represents the apogee of Khmer art and architecture. Crowned by five towers, with elaborate bas-reliefs and a profusion of statues that dramatically depict complex religious tales, along with some 2,000 carved apsaras (beautiful female spirits), Angkor Wat is enthralling. Return to the hotel for a late breakfast. In the afternoon, visit Les Artisans d’Angkor to see how local artisans preserve age-old Khmer arts. Venture out some distance from the central sites to the fine temple of Banteay Srei, known for its exceptional carvings. Tonight, we have a very special treat: a private dinner by candlelight at one of Angkor’s temples, complete with Cambodian music and dance. The effect of seeing the temple gently illuminated and taking in the age-old performing arts is magical and is bound to stand out as a highlight of your travels.

Accommodations

La Résidence d’Angkor

Meals

breakfast, dinner

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Day 14
Angkor Thom, Siem Reap

This morning, take tuk-tuks (motorized taxis) to the great remains of Angkor Thom, seeing the Bayon Temple, known for its dozens of serene stone faces of King Jayavarman VII, and the Terrace of the Elephants. The afternoon is free to explore further, shop or just relax. If you should wish to depart this evening, your rooms are reserved until departure.

Accommodations

La Résidence d’Angkor

Meals

breakfast

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Day 15
Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for flights home. After re-crossing the International Date Line, arrive in U.S. the same day.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations ashore and aboard ship; meals as indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader and expert guides; internet access (in limited areas); all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Air transportation; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.; discretionary tips to ship’s crew.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Reverse Vietnam & Cambodia: Along the Mekong River, including Angkor & Saigon cruise begins in Saigon, Vietnam (SGN), and ends in Siem Reap, Cambodia (REP). Please talk to your Adventure Specialist before booking flights. Guests are advised to arrive in time for the 4:00pm hotel check-in on day 3. Embarkation is on day 5. Disembarkation is on day 12. Guests may plan flights to depart in the evening on day 14 or morning of day 15 (hotel check-out is 11:00am). If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include walking, visits to local people, inflatable boat/skiff excursions and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

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