Spiritual Cambodia & The Mekong
10 Nights

Duration:
10 Nights
Offer:
Fly Free PLUS Save up to $4000 per couple!
Offer Expires:
17/08/24
Reference Code:
EM11/VEMR11^

From

AUD$5,295

Price per person

Package Details

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11 Days Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City or reverse

DAY 1 Arrive Siem Reap
Welcome to Siem Reap. Be met on arrival and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the heart of the city. Once you’ve settled in, enjoy the day at your leisure. Tonight, choose from a selection of locally inspired restaurants to dine at.
Stay: Three Nights, Siem Reap, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
Daily: Dinner

DAY 2 Siem Reap
Begin your exploration of the World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park with a visit to Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire. Built during the heyday of the Empire in the 12th century, this is an extraordinary complex of Hindu and Buddhist monuments. Head to the intriguing Bayon Temple, with its carved stone smiling faces of gods, goddesses, and other mythological beings. Visit the Terrace of Elephants, which used to be the base for the king’s grand audience hall and the Terrace of the Leper King, which housed the royal crematory.
Journey to Ta Prohm, known for the thick jungle of fig trees and vines that have enveloped the structure, giving it a lost world feel. Commonly referred to as the ‘Tomb Raider temple’ due to it being used as a location in the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which starred Angelina Jolie, Ta Prohm is a captivating glimpse into the past and testament to a bygone era. En route to the hotel, enjoy your Signature Experiences.
Daily: Breakfast

DAY 3 Siem Reap
Rise early this morning and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park for a special Signature Experience. Afterwards, join a guided exploration of this well-preserved temple, then return to your hotel for breakfast. This afternoon, step out on your chosen Freedom of Choice activity. Tonight, your Signature Experience awaits. Set amid a stunning garden, this promises to be an enchanting and memorable evening.
Daily: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Embark Ship, Koh Pen, Angkor Ban
Bid farewell to Siem Reap and journey through remote Cambodian villages to Kampong Cham. Here, embark the Mekong Serenity, your home for the next seven nights. Following lunch, discover the island of Koh Pen with its stilted houses and local farming culture during your Signature Experience. Travelling through shaded lanes, you can see a varying range of crops growing depending on the season, including tobacco, betel nuts, watermelons, coconuts and many more tropical fruits. Tonight, as you sail towards Angkor Ban a welcome dinner awaits, showcasing the diverse flavours from the region.
Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River, Mekong Serenity
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 Angkor Ban, Oknha Tey, Phnom Penh

Take a walking discovery tour of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here, people still live in their traditional wooden abodes and keep ancient cultural traditions alive. Later, your ship glides along the lush banks of the Mekong to Oknha Tey, renowned for its silk weaving traditions. Stroll among the stilt houses and gain an insight into the traditional silk weaving process. Watch as the village women create beautiful Khmer fabrics from their wooden looms. In the afternoon continue to sail along the Mekong and enjoy some time at leisure. Have a dip in the pool or relax on the Sun Deck.
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 Phnom Penh
Today presents a wealth of included sightseeing choices. After lunch back on board, you may wish to explore Phnom Penh independently or simply relax.
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

DAY 7 Phnom Penh Oudong, Koh Chen, Phnom Penh

Disembark in Phnom Penh and discover Oudong, a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, enjoy a Signature Experience. On the way back to your ship, take a leisurely stroll through the village of Koh Chen and visit some home workshops that make copperware. The afternoon is yours to explore Phnom Penh as you wish.
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

DAY 8 Phnom Penh, Border Crossing, Tan Chau
Enjoy the day cruising towards the Vietnamese border. While border formalities are carried out, enjoy the onboard activities, which could include a lively presentation from your local guides, a fruit-carving demonstration, or even a cooking workshop where you will learn the art of creating Vietnamese spring rolls. Alternatively, relax your body with a rejuvenating treatment from the Spa and Wellness Centre. Cross into Vietnam and cruise to the riverside town of Tan Chau, the first stop after the border.
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

DAY 9 Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Sa Dec
Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around the riverside town of Tan Chau. Cruise past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau. On board your rickshaw, you’ll glide past small shops and meet locals who are always eager to say hello. Stop to pay a visit to a local silk and rattan weaving workshop. Later, step back in time during a visit to Evergreen Island, where you’ll experience authentic rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is left free for you to relax and take a moment to watch local life gently glide by as you cruise towards Sa Dec.
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

DAY 10 Sa Dec, Cai Be, My Tho
Journey towards Sa Dec by small tender boat where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. Tour his former home and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover. Later, pay a visit to a traditional Cao Dai temple. Watch visitors and pilgrims come and go and appreciate the beauty of the building. Return to the ship and sit down to a delicious lunch while you cruise towards Cai Be. Board your tender boat and step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral and the colourful port area filled with crumbling colonial buildings and flowering gardens. Afterwards, you’ll visit a rice paper manufacturer and learn about how this Vietnamese staple is made. Tonight, enjoy your farewell dinner on board as you cruise towards your final stop My Tho.
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

DAY 11 My Tho, Disembark Ship, Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Disembark in My Tho and continue to Ho Chi Minh City before transferring to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your onward flight.
Daily: Breakfast

Vietnam & Cambodia 2024-2026 VEM11

Inclusions

  • Experiences in 12 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice inclusions in two locations
  • Locally inspired dining – a total of 26 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • Seven-night cruise aboard APT’s new luxury river ship, the Mekong Serenity
  • Witness the sun rising above Cambodia’s Angkor Wat
  • Be welcomed by monks into a traditional Buddhist Blessing
  • Jump in a tuk tuk and explore the charming island of Koh Pen
  • Indulge in a tantalising five-course Khmer dinner, while enjoying a traditional Apsara dance performance accompanied by live musicians in the gardens of a private gallery

Book by 17 August 2024 and Fly for FREE or Fly Business from $1995*per person PLUS save up to $7000 per couple

Terms

*Conditions apply. Book by 31 August 2024, unless sold out prior. For full terms and conditions, see www.aptouring.com.au/specialdeals or search trip codes. Prices are AUD and correct as of 12 June 2024. OFFERS: Refer to individual trip terms and conditions. Limited seats/suites on set departures are available and are subject to availability. Offers may be withdrawn at any time, are strictly limited and are available on new bookings only. FLY FREE: Offer valid when booking select APT Vietnam and Cambodia itineraries departing July – October 2024. Offer includes airfare and taxes up to the value of $1,186 per person. Offer is based on wholesale airfares in economy class with an airline of APT’s choosing depending on routing. Flights are available from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth. All offers are subject to availability of airline and booking class. Once class is sold out, surcharges apply. SAVE UP TO $7,000 PER COUPLE: Save $7,000 per couple ($3,500 per person) when booking select APT Vietnam and Cambodia itineraries of 11 days or more departing between July – October 2024; Refer to individual trip terms and conditions for save amounts. Offers are combinable with Travel with Friends Discount where applicable. The offer will be applied by our Customer Service team prior to invoice being issued. DEPOSITS: A non-refundable deposit of $3,000 per person is due within 7 days of booking. Final payment is due 100 days prior to tour’s departure date. ^Indicates tour operates in the reverse direction (Trip Codes VEMR11: Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, VEMR13: Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, VEM17: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, VEM21: Ho Chi Minh City return). Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd. ABN 44 004 684 619. ATAS accreditation #A10825. APT-5150

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