Immerse yourself in the cultures and ancient traditions of Cambodia and Vietnam as you sightsee and engage with locals, during an exclusive cruise along the mighty Mekong River. Spend time with artisans crafting traditional items, from boats and candies to beautiful silver artwork. Explore bustling marketplaces and historic houses of worship. Enjoy enchanting views of the countryside in these Southeast Asian countries. Tour managers Audrey Voth Petkau and Terry Petkau will take care of logistics and help to create community. Optional post-tour extension in Ho Chi Minh City will be available, details TBA.
Mekong River Discovery Cruise
Thursday, October 22 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Arrive in Cambodia, and board your ship in Phnom Penh to meet your fellow travellers. Afternoon/evening cruise to Wat Hanchey.
Friday, October 23 Wat Hanchey / Angkor Ban, Cambodia
Visit Wat Hanchey, a hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. Climb or be driven to the top where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and take part in a traditional water blessing given by local monks. After lunch, take a walking tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Visit a traditional Khmer house and interact with children at a local school. Evening/overnight cruise to Konpong Louang.
Saturday, October 24 Kampong Tralach / Konpong Louang / Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Begin the day in Kampong Tralach with an ox-cart ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. At a silversmith village in Konpong Louang, see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Then board the ship to sail to the capital city of Phnom Pen, once known as the “Pearl of Asia.” After lunch, join an optional guided visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields for a glimpse into the atrocities inflicted by the Khmer Rouge regime during a dark period in Cambodia’s history. Or travel by tuk-tuk to the lively Central Market to see its unique Art Deco design. This evening, spend free time exploring the lovely city of Phnom Penh on your own.
Sunday, October 25 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Join a guided tour of Phnom Penh by private cyclo—see the Royal Palace with its spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will perform a show, featuring local song and dance. Evening/overnight cruise is to Vietnam/Cambodia border.
Monday, October 26 Border Crossing / Chau Doc, Vietnam
After crossing the border from Cambodia into Vietnam, take a village walk through the Chau Doc market to watch locals buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. After lunch, embark on a guided trip down the backwaters of the Mekong. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites, a market selling dried goods, and more. Evening cruise to Long Khanh A.
Tuesday, October 27 Long Khanh A / Cu Lao Gieng, Vietnam
This morning, a sampan boat brings you to the village of Long Khanh A, for a demonstration of the well-preserved tradition of cotton weaving. This afternoon, observe scenes of daily life on Cu Lao Gieng Island via sampan and local motor cart. Your guided tour starts with a stop at one of Vietnam’s oldest Catholic churches. Then, visit the home of a local family that makes traditional Vietnamese conical hats from materials such as palm leaves and bamboo. Lastly, visit a local workshop where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. Evening cruise to Vinh Long.
Wednesday, October 28 Vinh Long, Vietnam
Board a sampan this morning to visit a local workshop in Vinh Long where you will see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. This afternoon, relax on board the cruise ship as you sail to Ho Chi Minh City.
Thursday, October 29 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Depart for home filled with memories of all you’ve experienced.
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