Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River

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MONDAY–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2-3, 2019 - HOME | HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival on December 3rd, transfer to the Park Hyatt Hotel. This evening is at leisure to rest or explore on your own. PARK HYATT SAIGON

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 - HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s most economically dynamic city, and the streets are always abuzz with activity. During a motorcoach tour, drive through Chinatown and past the city’s best-known monuments—Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall, the Old Saigon Post Office, and the Presidential Palace. After lunch, take an excursion accompanied by a local expert to the Cu Chi tunnels, a vast underground network that hid thousands of Viet Cong guerrillas and Vietnamese villagers during the Vietnam War. This evening enjoy a festive welcome dinner. PARK HYATT SAIGON (B,L,D)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 - HO CHI MINH CITY (EMBARK)
Visit the Ben Thanh market, where anything and everything is for sale, including handicrafts, traditional clothing and textiles, and local food specialties. Embark the intimate and luxurious Mekong Princess, your home for the next seven days, and begin cruising the Mekong River. MEKONG PRINCESS (B,L,D)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 - BEN TRE | TRA ON
Today, cruise by sampan (a small wooden boat) through a channel lined with mangroves, our destination a coconut candy maker. After walking through a familyowned orchard, travel aboard horse-drawn carts to a local pier and board small boats to explore narrow creeks lined with Nipah palms. This afternoon enter an area of the Mekong Delta barely touched by tourism to visit Tra On and the Phuoc Hau pagoda. MEKONG PRINCESS (B,L,D)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 - CAN THO | HOA AN
Dock in Can Tho and explore by sampan the fascinating Cai Rang market, a feast for the senses and a boon for photographers. Weave in and out among floating watercraft loaded with produce and
everything else the residents of the Mekong Delta need in their daily lives. Stop at a home factory to learn how instant noodles are made, and tour a family-owned orchard to see and savor
exotic Asian fruits. In the afternoon continue to Hoa An, a small village known for its flowers and handicrafts. Visit the flower gardens and meet with local families, including weavers who make
conical hats and mats. MEKONG PRINCESS (B,L,D)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 - GIENG ISLAND
Board sampans for a visit to a village on Gieng Island where local families make hundreds of sampans. Continue along a canal to a remote riverside area with duck farms, a tropical orchard, and monkey bridges. Then ride on xe lams to visit a Catholic church that was built in the 1870s. MEKONG PRINCESS (B,L,D)

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 HONG NGU | PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
At several family homes in Hong Ngu, a small island hamlet, observe residents weaving and embroidering traditional Khmer scarves. Visit a temple dedicated to a unique form of Buddhism called Hòa Hâo, which focuses on aiding the poor. Cross the border into Cambodia and continue upstream. MEKONG PRINCESS (B,L,D)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 - PHNOM PENH
Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, retains vestiges of its French charm, including a riverfront corniche and some examples of French Colonial architecture. Ride along the riverfront aboard cyclos to the Silver Pagoda, home to an “Emerald Buddha” made of Baccarat crystal and a life-size Maitreya Buddha encrusted with diamonds. Stop by the National Museum for a comprehensive look at its spectacular collection of artifacts, excavated in Angkor and brought here for safekeeping. Examine the darker days of Cambodian history at the infamous Choeung Ek killing fields and Tuol Sleng, a Khmer Rouge prison. Back on board the Mekong Princess, enjoy a dance performance by children from a local orphanage. MEKONG PRINCESS (B,L,D)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 - ANGKOR BAN
Angkor Ban is a unique little village on the banks of the Mekong, one of the few that survived destruction under the Khmer Rouge regime. Centuries-old villages stand intact on stilts, while the bustle of local agricultural life swirls below. Enjoy a visit with a family in their home, and with schoolchildren in their classroom. Stop briefly at the local monastery before returning to the ship. MEKONG PRINCESS (B,L,D)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 - KAMPONG CHAM | SIEM REAP
Disembark the Mekong Princess in Kampong Cham and transfer to Siem Reap, the gateway to the magnificent complex at Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest religious monument in the world. Enjoy dinner on your own and an evening at leisure. PARK HYATT HOTEL (B,L)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 - ANGKOR | SIEM REAP
Spend an entire morning exploring the grandest of the temples, fabled Angkor Wat, a miniature universe carved in stone. Its central tower represents mythical Mt. Meru, home of the gods, and intricate carvings of deities and demons, graceful Apsaras (female spirits of the clouds and waters), and scenes of everyday life grace its corridors. In the afternoon, when the light is best, visit Ta Prohm, a silent and mysterious ruin shrouded in jungle vegetation. Dinner is again on your own this evening. PARK HYATT HOTEL (B,L)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 - ANGKOR
Early this morning visit Bakheng Temple, the perfect vantage point for a panoramic sunrise view over Angkor Wat and the surrounding plain. After a picnic breakfast, travel by elephant to Angkor Thom, once  an enormous walled city, to investigate the temple at its heart, the Bayon. Its 55 large and small towers are topped by carved heads, each one wearing a mysterious Mona Lisa smile. In the late afternoon, travel about Siem Reap by tuk tuk (auto rickshaw) on an art tour, visiting galleries and artisan workshops to gain an appreciation of the arts and crafts of the region. This evening enjoy a special farewell dinner and a performance of Khmer classical dance, often called Apsara dance. PARK HYATT HOTEL (B,L,D)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 - SIEM REAP | HOME
This morning transfer to the airport for return flights home, crossing the International Date Line and arriving the same day. (B)


OPTIONAL PRE-TOUR EXTENSION (November 29 - December 3, 2019)
Hanoi & Ha Long Bay

Begin your Southeast Asian experience with two nights in Hanoi, Vietnam’s leafy green, lake-studded capital. A panoramic tour will introduce you to Hanoi’s bestknown sights, including the Temple of Literature, the “Hanoi Hilton,” the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, and the modest “House on Stilts” in which this key figure in Vietnam’s independence movement lived for many years. Take a
cyclo tour through the alleyways of the city’s charming historic quarter, and enjoy a delightful performance by traditional water puppets. Travel to the coast for an overnight cruise on a small luxury boat on Ha Long Bay (above), a mystical seascape of limestone islets, where you’ll explore caves with fantastic stalactite and stalagmite formations. More detailed information and rates will be sent to
confirmed participants.

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