B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Wednesday, 17-September – Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Schedule your arrival at your convenience. You will be transferred to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Bangkok: Rembrandt Hotel – 3 nights
Thursday, 18-September -Full day sightseeing in Bangkok (B,L)
Today we travel on the picturesque Chao Phraya River - The River of Kings - and through the Klongs (canals) of Thonburi. There will be a chance to observe and photograph the serene family homes and temples along the waterways which gave the city the name of the East. We also visit a major riverside landmark, Wat Arun. The significant shrine has a pagoda (spire) which soars into the sky. It is decorated with glazed ceramic pieces from top to bottom. Then we will visit The Reclining Buddha at Wat Po is an enormous Buddha covered in gold leaf and lying majestically on its side. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. The remainder of the day is yours to explore with your fellow travelers more of Bangkok.
Friday, 19 September - Morning Bangkok Damnoen Saduak Floating Market; Afternoon at Leisure (B)
After a leisurely breakfast, we depart our hotel and board a long tail boat and journey up river to the Damnern Saduak floating market. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a real ‘wet market’ as vendors ply their canoes fully laden with all manner of food items from fruit and vegetables to meats and sweets along the waterway. After a stop for lunch (not included) there will be time to further explore this area before returning to the hotel.
Saturday, 20-September - Fly Bangkok to Siem Reap; Half Day Sightseeing (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival we will visit the fortified city of Angkor Thom enclosed by a wall and wide moats. Continue to the Terrace of The Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. We will have lunch and dinner at local restaurants. Overnight in Siem Reap: Angkor Century Resort & Spa (2 nights)
Sunday, 21-September - Sunrise View of Angkor Wat; Full Day Sightseeing (B,L,D)
We rise early today for a spectacular sunrise view of Angkor Wat. The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Also included is a visit to Ta Prohm: one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.
Visit Banteay Srei Temple: Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy.
Monday, 22 September - Tonle Sap Lake; Embarkation; Kampong Chhnang (B,L,D)
After breakfast we transfer to the meeting location for our cruise and then travel to the dock. Welcome aboard your luxurious vessel, moored at Tonle Sap Lake. This great lake dominates Cambodia and is known for its profuse bird life and tranquil fishing villages. We will gather on board for our welcome dinner as we cruise to Kampong Chhnang. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Tuesday, 23 September - Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach- Oudong (B,L,D)
After breakfast, a motor boat excursion takes us into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle Sap River. Enjoy a stunning variety of bird life and see numerous great fish traps some over a half-mile long. After your excursion, return to your vessel and cast off towards Kampong Tralach. An afternoon tour includes an oxcart ride from the river bank through the countryside to the beautiful Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu. Tour the pagodas, and then board a motor coach to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, where we will tour the Buddhist monastery. After the visit, you motor coach will take us to your vessel, which will cruise towards the village of Chong Koh.
Wednesday, 24 September - Chong Koh - Phnom Penh (B,L,D)
This morning visit the Chong Koh silk weaving village for a leisurely walk. Your vessel then departs for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. An afternoon walking tour provides an orientation to this spectacular city. Return to the vessel for dinner followed by a special Khmer folk performance on board. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh.
Thursday, 25 September - Phnom Penh (B,L,D)
A morning tour explores the highlights of Cambodia’s capital city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafes, vibrant nightlife and renovated river “corniche.” Visit the Royal Palace and the spectacular Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. After lunch onboard, another excursion leads to the infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng (Genocide Museum) situated in the suburbs of the city. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine in one of many nearby restaurants and experience Phnom Penh’s vibrant nightlife, should you so choose.
Friday, 26 September - Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam (B,L,D)
Spend a day cruising the Mekong River and crossing the border into Vietnam. The vessel moors at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam.
Saturday, 27 September - Tan Chau - Sa Dec (B,L,D)
After breakfast we transfer to small boats which will navigate through narrow channels to visit an evergreen island. You will also visit a catfish farm and a rattan mat and slipper-making workshop. Back ashore, a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) waits to transport us around Tan Chau. In the afternoon, our vessel cruises downstream to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight
Sunday, 28 September - Sa Dec - Xeo Quyt - Cai Be . (B,L,D)
In the morning board a local boat for Sa Dec. We will tour the town noteworthy as the place where the French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a local market, Fujian Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras' Chinese paramour, which is now a small museum. Afterwards board a motor coach for Xeo Quyt, used as a base during the French and U.S. wars and now an important ecological site, with its jungle overgrowth. After lunch on board, a local boat will take us to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market; then we will go ashore to see candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a gourmet Farewell Dinner on board
Monday, 29 September - Ho Chi Minh City – Disembarkation; City Tour (B)
Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port in Ho Chi Minh City.
After disembarkation, we travel into the city where we will be picked up my our private coach and begin our tour into modern history at the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.
Afterwards we drive to the historic center to visit Emperor Of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon's most interesting pagoda. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside). Finally, we end up at the Central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.
Overnight Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Central Hotel (2 nights)
Tuesday, 30-September – Free Day in Ho Chi Minh City (B)
This day is set aside for personal sightseeing.
Wednesday, 1 October - Return Home from Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Schedule your return flights at your convenience. Airport transfers are provided.
Note: If your flight departs very late on 30 September, or into the wee hours of 1 October, consider returning home then. Ask WTT if you need assistance making a decision on flights.