£4,495 per person ( Oct to Mar )
£3,995 per person ( Apr, Jul, Aug, Sep )
INDOCHINA 22 DAY LUXURY CRUISE TOUR WITH THE AU CO IN HALONG, THE JAHAN FROM SAIGON TO SIEMREAP AND THE RV MEKONG SUN IN LUANG PRABANG.
Only 1 or 2 departures each month, please ring us on 020 8167 3358 to check availability. Although a luxurious and comfortable cruise tour, there are many occasions when passengers have to get on and off the boats and transfer to small sampans or for walks in local villages. This tour is therefore not suitable for people with walking problems.
Prices include : Luxury fullboard cruises ( Deluxe cabin on the Au Co, Deluxe state room on the Jahan, Classic cabin on the RV Mekong Sun/Explorer, airport/seaport transfers, car transfers Hanoi – Halong-HaiPhong, 5* hotels in Hanoi, Saigon, SiemReap and Luang Prabang with daily breakfast, internal flights, visa for Vietnam.
Prices exclude : International flights ( Please ring us for the best fares ), optional visits & main meals between cruises, visa for Cambodia ( obtained during Jahan cruise ), visa for Laos ( obtainable on arrival at airport ), tipping and any service not specified.
Single supplement : £3,495
Day 1 : Monday departure from the UK. Fly to Hanoi on scheduled airlines.
Day 2 : Arrive Hanoi. Transfer to the Sofitel Legend Metropole in the heart of the capital. Rest of the day is at leisure for a stroll in Hanoi Old Quarter. Overnight at The Sofitel Legend Metropole.
Day 3 : AU CO CRUISE .HALONG BAY – LAN HA BAY ( B/L/D)
After breakfast car transfer to Halong. Board the luxury Au Co cruise. The first day of our cruise is an introduction to the amazing scenery of Halong Bay and its southern sister; Lan Ha Bay. Cruising through Halong Bay is literally breathtaking, as we pass famous spots like Thien Cung and Me Cung caves, plus Soi Sim and Titov islands. Also located in the Gulf of Tonkin, to the south of Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Dark and Bright Cave offers tranquility and nature at its best, and a guided kayaking tour or a refreshing swim in the Bay’s emerald waters are two of the best ways to enjoy it. Then we anchor at Ho Dong Tien area, a peaceful and beautiful location.
Day 4 : CAT BA ISLAND – BAI TU LONG BAY (B/L/D)
Cat Ba Island is famous for its national park, with more than half the island designated. This island, far and away the largest in the Gulf of Tonkin, is covered by a dense rainforest home to numerous indigenous species of flora and fauna. The secluded village of Viet Hai, situated in the middle of this pristine environment, is easily accessible by foot or bicycle. Bai Tu Long Bay, located a little further east of Halong Bay, is the most remote area of your voyage. The exceptional scale and variety of the geological rock formations in this area are sure to make this a future destination for cruising in the Gulf of Tonkin. A relaxing rowing boat tour through the floating village of Vung Vieng and cruising into the geological park of this bay will definitely be delightful and unforgettable moments.
Day 5 : HALONG BAY (B/-/-)
Halong Bay, designated a UNESCO world heritage site for its limestone rock formations, is home to about 2,000 isles and islets of different shapes and sizes, creating a truly stunning seascape. At its heart is the highest concentration of limestone rocks in the area and caves and grottoes abound. One of the most beautiful is the Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave. Exceptional because of its size and the shapes which have been created by millions of years of erosion, the Surprise Cave is not to be missed. Mid morning disembark from the Au Co and car transfer to Hai Phong airport for an afternoon flight to HoChiMinh ( Saigon ). On arrival transfer to 5* Renaissance Hotel.
Day 6 : JAHAN CRUISE. SAIGON – MYTHO – CAIBE (B/L/D)
Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon as we travel 70 kilometers south by land to My Tho to embark your boutique ship. We will be served a refreshing welcome drink as the Ship steadily glides along the Mekong. We will bathe in the fading sunset on the balcony followed by a briefing at the lounge. Later, a welcome dinner awaits us. When approaching Cai Be, the ship drops anchor to moor midstream where the river is several kilometers wide. Overnight in Cai Be.
Day 7 : CAIBE - SADEC – CHAUDOC (B/L/D)
The day - in fact everyday - starts with an invigorating tai-chi lesson on the sundeck, just as the sun begins its gentle glow. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. Today tour starts with a visit to Cai Be boisterous and colourful floating market on board a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat). During the languid ride, discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. The cruise will halt intermittenly to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the Longan fruit drying process. After touring the canals, we head to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards before heading to the ship for lunch.In the afternoon we cruise to Sa Dec. Upon arrival, we embark a traditional sampan* to tour Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fibre floor mats and rattan baskets. We then board the Ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards Chau Doc. The ship will moor midstream and overnight near Chau Doc
Day 8 : CHAUDOC (BORDER CROSSING) - PHNOM PENH (B/L/D)
Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the Indochine Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. Brace yourself for a short excursion in Chau Doc, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. We will also visit the colorful local market near an ancient temple. This is followed by a trip to the quay, where we will be feted to a boat excursion to the floating villages and rustic catfish farms. We will certainly enjoy watching schools of basa fish being fed by hand followed by a shore excursion to the local Cham Muslim community village. Then, it is back to the ship for a mouth-watering lunch. By mid-afternoon, the cruise liner will make its way to the border for Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. It is an opportune time to relax on-board, sharpen your culinary skills with our hands-on cooking classes or tour the ship with our impeccable Cruise Director. Or, better yet, do all three. 'The Highway Blues' beckon as we float into a state of mild bliss caused by the hypnotic murmur of the ship's engine. After hours of cruising, we will feel the rush of entering into a new country and to embrace new adventures. Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh
Day 09 : PHNOM PENH (B/L/D)
Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodian modern history. This will be followed by a city tour of this dynamic, historical capital city of Cambodia which has managed to preserve huge slices of its French colonial allure. Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Genocide museum and the Killing Field in town. Be prepared to be heart wrenched by this stark reminder of the genocide that transpired during Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime. We go back to the ship after our museum visit. Take a rest on your cabin balcony or the lounge and get prepared for an exciting evening event. The evening starts with a variety of cocktail served on the sun deck. Take a seat and enjoy the following Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a barbeque on the sundeck. It is indeed a truly marvelous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 10 : PHNOM PENH – KAMPONG CHAM (B/L/D)
We will depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village. We will then return to the ship and will cruise past the Mekong's tranquil villages, exhilirating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their make shift boats. We will tour the rural Angkor Ban village where time stood still. We are transported back a hundred years into an era unsullified by modernity. The houses here are truly rustic, made by hand and without any concrete. But most of all, we feel overwhelmed by the unbridled warmth of the villagers.Travellers can take part in the daily activities of the villagers to experience village life first hand. Then, we are back to the Ship to cruise towards Kampong Cham. Overnight in Kampong Cham.
Day 11 : KAMPONG CHAM - WAT HANCHEY (B/L/D)
We will wake up in the small hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travelers either take a motor-taxi or climb the 291 steps to the top. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breath-taking views in Cambodia. Built in the 8th century, this ancient structure, together with a bigger and newer addition underscores the superb architecture of the Chenla Empire which predates the mighty Angkor temple complex. We even get to engage in light banter with some of the monks in the area. We will return to the ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks. When the tide allows, we will enjoy a surprise sojourn in our zodiacs (inflatable boats) to the nearby beach to swim in the tea-coloured Mekong river, an experience that will, no doubt, dominate dinner conversations in the weeks to come. We wil then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. On the way back to the ship, we will visit an orphanage. Along the way, we will have to maneuver a 2-kilometer rickety bamboo bridge. Our sense of balance lies in the balance! Overnight cruise to Kampong Chnnang
Day 12 : KAMPMPONG CHHNANG (B/L/D)
Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang on the Tonle Sap River - an amazingly narrow river - which glides through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. We are greeted by cacophonous children who waive enthusiastically early in the morning when they bring their livestock for a bath in the meandering Tonle Sap River. Then we approach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia's 'waterworld' where everything is on stilts balanced on rich water rich soil- it's an awesome sight whilst practising Tai Chi on the deck. Here we take a motorboat excursion to the landing, followed by a short bus trip to see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. Then, it is back to the river for an adventurous motorboat excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. We then return to the ship for lunch whilst cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap. Your floating sanctuary will then cruise gently, in the afternoon, along the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap. In the evening, a sumptious spread will be served. And for the big surprise - bring along your dance shoes and learn to jiggle the Cambodian way with our staff doubling up as dance instructors. (If you can't dance, do not fret. Neither can our staff) Overnight in Kampong Chnnang.
Day 13 : TONLE SAP – SIEM REAP (B/-/-)
This great lake dominates Cambodia and is the largest freshwater lake in Asia with abundant birdlife. This lake is so wide that one can not see its shores from the middle of the lake. Enjoy the stillness of the water and the quiet tranquility on the way to Siem Reap. The water level varies a great deal according to the time of the year and the amount of rainfall recorded. Thus, minor changes to the itinerary may occur during different seasons. Our cruise aboard our Heritage Line cruise liner comes to an end as we reach this city of the fabled Angkor temple complex. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to a close. But the memories - and the friendships made on board - linger on for a lot longer. We will cross the Tonle Sap Lake at dawn and at 9:00 am, we will disembark at the Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap, the elegant colonial style Victoria Angkor Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Victoria Angkor Hotel.
Day 14 : SiemReap (B/-/-)
Day at leisure in SiemReap for optional visits to the AngkorWat, Angkor Thom, Jungle Temple and other major sites in the Angkor Complex. Overnight at Victoria Angkor Hotel.
Day 15 : SIEMREAP/LUANGPRABANG (B/-/-)
Transfer to airport for flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival transfer to 5* Satri House.
Day 16 : RV MEKONG SUN or RV MEKONG EXPLORER (B/-/D)- LUANG PRABANG
Breakfast at hotel. Time at leisure in the morning. Early afternoon pick up from hotel and transfer to Luang Prabang port for embarkation on your Mekong Cruise vessel, a comfortable new boutique-cruise ship. (Check in is at 2 PM). This unique boutique vessel is a German-Laotian owned river ship with stylish cabins. Settle into a classic cabin and unpack for a six-day cruise. Begin with a guided walk up Phou Si-hill, which offers a spectacular sunset view over the Mekong as well as the Khan River and the surrounding mountains. In the evening, enjoy strolling along the Mekong promenade or visiting the colorful night market of the local Hmong minority. Enjoy the spacious decks, lounge on board and attend our welcome reception this evening. A selection of Asian and European food will be provided throughout the cruise. Overnight in your cabin aboard your river vessel.
Day 17: LUANG PRABANG (B/L/D)
As we depart from Luang PrabangIn the early morning don’t miss the chance to observe the traditional giving of alms in the streets of Luang Prabang. Breakfast is on board and the rest of the morning will be spent on a guided city tour with visits of the famous Wat Xieng Thong temple, Wat Khili and the Wat Sene temple as well. Today spectacular cruise begins with the departure from Luang Prabang from where we will cruise north through beautiful scenery. The night is spent on a secluded river bank or sandbank. Overnight onboard.
Day 18: PAK OU (B/L/D)
After breakfast we will reach the famous Pak Ou Caves, with thousands of small Buddha statues inside the caverns. After a short walk through the jungle (optional) you visit a Laotian village. In the village you can observe how the local liqueur Lao-Lao is being distilled traditionally. Before returning to your Mekong vessel, you will see elephants in action (unless they are busy with an off-site contract by the time of your visit). After re-embarkation enjoy a few hours of cruising down the Mekong River amidst beautiful landscapes. Overnight onboard.
Day 19: THA DEUA (B/L/D)
Wild nature along the mighty Mekong the ship will head south to the Mekong ferry crossing at Tha Deua, connecting Luang Prabang Province with the Sayaboury province. Further downstream discover some of the most impressive landscapes of this still-untamed river. The landscape becomes more and more spectacular: hills covered with tropical vegetation, awe-inspiring rock formations along the river banks, and a fascinating array of fast currents and slower river parts. The power of the mighty Mekong gives us the feeling of a real expedition (due to sudden drops in water level on some days, it may be necessary to make the afternoon excursion down south and upstream again – the wildest and possibly most exciting part of the Mekong – in a local Lao slow boat before returning back onboard). Visit a local village school, which is supported by guests of the Mekong River Cruises fleet. Enjoy the beautiful views and watch nature wonders along the shores before heading north again and stop at a sandbank for the night. Overnight onboard.
Day 20: KUANG SI – LUANG PRABANG (B/L/D)
After breakfast on board, enjoy the beautiful view and spot local fishermen onshore as we cruise upstream again. After a few hours of cruising up the river, board a bus to visit the famous Kuang Si-waterfalls, some of the most remarkable waterfalls in Laos. On the way stroll through the small village of Tha Pan, to see how the local communities live in Northern Laos. In the afternoon return to Luang Prabang. This last evening on board will be celebrated with a farewell dinner with a traditional Lao Baci-friendship ceremony.
Day 21: LUANG PRABANG – DEPARTURE ( B/-/-)
Disembarkation after breakfast. Transfer to Luang Prabang airport for flight home or extension in LuangPrabang or Bangkok.
Day 22 : Arrive home.