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Cruise from Vietnam to the temples of Angkor in Cambodia aboard one of the Pandaw vessels, replicas of colonial-era river steamers. In 2003, Pandaw were the first to attempt this extraordinary journey, overcoming complex bureaucratic and navigational obstacles. Pandaw now have five ships plying this spectacular section of the Mekong.
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Arrive and transfer to the InterContinental Asiana Saigon for a 2-night stay. The following day join a private excursion to visit the Cu Chi tunnels and explore the city. (B)
Shared transfer to My Tho in the Mekong delta. Board a Pandaw vessel for the 7-night cruise on the Mekong. (B, L, D)
Sampan (flat-bottomed boat) excursion to Ben Tre, travelling along narrow canals and backwaters, then visit Cho Lach island to learn about life in the delta and enjoy a cooking lesson. Continue cruising to north Vietnam, arriving the next day. Visit the Gao Giong 'green oasis' bird sanctuary, then take a tour of Con Phuoc island to see the local basket-weaving and woodworking industries. A visit will also be made to a 100-year-old Catholic church. (B, L, D)
Explore the labyrinthine canal system around Tan Chau, then visit some local villages and a fish farm. In the afternoon, cross the border at Chau Doc into Cambodia. (B, L, D)
Morning 'cyclo' (cycle rickshaw) city tour, visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum. Optional afternoon excursion by coach to the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, or take a tuk-tuk to explore the riverfront and finish with high tea at Raffles Hotel. (B, L, D)
Leave the Mekong river for an excursion up the Tonlé river to the silk-making village of Koh Oknha Tey to study the entire silk-making process, from the worms to the weavers. In the afternoon there will be a demonstration of the ancient Khmer martial art of Bokator, followed by an evening lecture back on board about Angkor and Khmer culture. (B, L, D)
Sunrise cruise to the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey, from where there are superb views of the Mekong delta. Cruise back downstream to Kampong Cham then transfer by coach to the OBT Chiro Village to learn about the education of local children. Later a visit will be made to Wat Nokor Bachey, a temple of black sandstone that dates back to the Jayarvaman VII period. (B, L, D)
Disembark in Kampong Cham, then take a morning coach transfer to Siem Reap. Afternoon excursion to Angkor Wat temple complex, then watch the sun set from Bakheng hill. Stay 2 nights at the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. (B, L)
Full-day tour of the temples. This evening you will be a VIP guest of Pandaw for a show at Phare Ponleu Selpak's circus. (B, L)
Morning visit to the smaller Angkor temples of Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som and East Mebon. Transfer to the airport and fly home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
When on board the cruise, the transfers and excursions relevant to that cruise are operated as a group with other passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients. Cruise itinerary is subject to change.
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