Spiritual Cambodia & Mekong River Cruise – Save $5,000 per couple

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$4,795

Duration

11 days

Deal Type

River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise

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Save up to $5,000 per couple* on this Mekong River Cruise + experience APT’s Mekong Serenity, the most luxurious ship on the Mekong!

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Experience the very best of the Mekong River cruising from Cambodia to Vietnam aboard APT’s brand-new luxury river ship, the Mekong Serenity.

Be immersed in these cultural and spiritual destinations on this river cruise starting in Siem Reap and ending in Ho Chi Minh City. Witness the sun rising above Angkor Wat and experience a traditional Buddhist blessing. You will experience local transportation onboard a tuk tuk while exploring the charming island of Koh Pen. Indulge in a tantalising five-course Khmer dinner, while enjoying traditional Apsara dance performances.

Angkor Thom Mekong River Cruise

Angkor Thom

Included Items

  • All inclusive river cruise aboard the brand new Mekong Serenity
  • Small rivership with only 88 passengers
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 26 meals and selection of beverages included
  • Freedom of Choice inclusions in two locations
  • Once in a lifetime Signature Experience
  • All suites boast a private outdoor balcony plus indoor panoramic balcony
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in select common areas and suites
  • Onboard butler service including laundering of two garments per person per day
  • Choice of dining options onboard
  • Pool Deck
  • Fitness Centre

Tour Company

APT

Tour Location

Asia

Deal Type

River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise

Map

Mekong River Cruise Map

Mekong River Cruise Map

More Information

Itinerary +
Monks outside temple

Monks outside temple

DAY 1 – 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

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™
Tonight, take the opportunity to savour a taste of Cambodia with a choice of local restaurants for dinner.

Meals Included: 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.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Be welcomed backstage at Phare Circus to meet some of the performers and watch a mesmerising performance from your VIP seats. Combining captivating acrobatics, theatre and storytelling, this unforgettable show showcases the country’s rich culture and talent.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Visit ODA, Opportunities of Development through Art, a OneTomorrow partner.

Meals Included: 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.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Visit Angkor Archaeological Park to witness a spectacular sunrise at the magnificent Angkor Wat. Observe the iconic temple complex shimmer in the reflective ponds in front of this World Heritage-listed monument, while brilliant shades of orange and pink light up the sky.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Treat yourself to a private visit to Theam’s Gallery and discover this talented Cambodian artist known for his unique sculptures, paintings, and intricate crafts. Indulge in a tantalising five-course Khmer dinner, while enjoying a traditional Apsara dance performance accompanied by live musicians.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™
Perhaps enjoy an exciting tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, where you can shop for local handmade crafts. Should you wish to get active, take off on a thrilling quad bike adventure, or enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour across the Cambodian countryside. If you want to take things a little easier, a horse and cart ride is ideal, or learn the tasty secrets to Khmer cuisine during a cooking class. For those craving a little retail therapy, a shopping adventure awaits. Or if you desire the ultimate indulgence, surrender to a soothing spa treatment.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Cambodia stone faces

Cambodia stone faces

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

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Journey by local tuk tuk around a riverside village and gain an insight into village life. Travel along the shaded lanes, past stilted houses and see a varying range of crops growing.

Meals Included: 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.

Meals Included: 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.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™
Experience some of Cambodia’s sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Otherwise, discover Phnom Penh on a cyclo ride to uncover some well-known sights. History buffs can admire the exhibits at the National Museum, or perhaps explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Or you may wish to set off on a journey to sample some locally brewed beers at two of the city’s craft breweries.

Meals Included: 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.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
In Oudong, be treated to a Buddhist Blessing by monks at a local monastery.

Meals Included: 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.

Meals Included: 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Buddhist monastery

Buddhist monastery

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.

Meals Included: 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Harvesting waterlilies

Harvesting waterlilies

Ship Information +
Mekong Serenity balcony suite

Mekong Serenity balcony suite

Introducing the brand-new Mekong Serenity, award-winning river cruise operator APT’s most spacious five-star river ship to sail Vietnam and Cambodia’s major waterways.

The Mekong Delta’s riverine landscapes are central to everyday life, and tell a fascinating tale of contemporary Southeast Asian culture and traditions. Aboard the custom-styled Mekong Serenity, APT’s Asia river cruising experience amps up the sophistication to ever more enviable levels. This stylish new river ship embodies spacious air-conditioned design, feature-filled accommodation, fine dining and contemporary styling to reflect the lush surrounds.

Room to Indulge

Designed for no more than 88 guests, the Mekong Serenity’s intimate size ensures more room to relax. It offers more space to indulge in thoughtfully configured public areas, such as the Horizon Cafe & Poolside Bar, Serenity Spa & Wellness Centre and the cool refinement of the air-conditioned Harmony Lounge & Bar. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to river views and invite the outside in for you to bask in light-filled onboard spaces. Up on the ship’s Sun Deck, the warm embrace of Asia’s climate can be enjoyed at leisure, along with the views, as daily life gently passes by.

A Suite View

With just 44 suites on board the Mekong Serenity, the ship’s space-to-guest ratio is almost unrivalled along the Mekong. Featuring entry-level suites at a generous 28 square metres, the Mekong Serenity blends contemporary chic with every consideration and comfort. All suites are decked out with a discrete private balcony for your personal enjoyment, so you can sit back and soak up those views whenever you choose.

Onboard Butler Service

Dreaming of having that drink in hand while you drift past gold-topped pagodas? Here’s where the five-star service for which APT is known truly comes into its own. The Mekong Serenity offers a highly personalised experience enhanced by wonderfully welcoming and attentive staff. Impeccable service and turndowns are a given, but the onboard Gold or Silver butler service offers additional personalised attention and room service par excellence, from garment pressing to packing and a complimentary spa treatment.

Mekong Serenity Harmony Lounge

Mekong Serenity Harmony Lounge

Inspired Dining

Glorious fusion food, Asian specialties and European cuisine are all celebrated in a variety of onboard dining experiences. Start your day with a champagne breakfast. Immerse yourself in the fresh delta flavours of Asia’s most famous ‘rice bowl’ – the Mekong. Enjoy a familiar taste from home on a whim. Throughout the day and into the evening, head to theLemongrass restaurant where, thanks to our expert chefs, dining plays a delicious part on board the Mekong Serenity. Early riser and night owls are well catered for too.

All-Inclusive

When it comes to that sundowner or a la carte wine pairing, a range of beverages is served at your discretion. These include international house wine, local beer, local spirits and soft drinks – all part of APT’s fully-inclusive ethos. Relax in luxury and toast another tropical sunset or enjoy a light snack at the Poolside Bar without a care in the world.

Meaningful Encounters

Cruising the Mekong means more than an effortless getaway. Along this arterial waterway opportunities to explore Southeast Asia’s culture, cuisine and spirituality seem to cluster at every river bend. Market tours, cooking classes or a moving Buddhist blessing are a mere taste of the activities and encounters you can choose to explore in depth. The journey is made all the more meaningful and flexible with our Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice options.

Health and Wellbeing

Back aboard, the ship’s wellness spa, salon and fitness centre are at hand to soothe away your day, revitalise body and mind or work up an appetite for your next culinary adventure. You can also take a dip in the resort-style pool or take the afternoon to curl up on a Sun Deck lounger with a good book or chatting to fellow guests (cocktail optional).

Mekong Serenity Pool

Mekong Serenity Pool

River Cruising with Reassurance

Owned and operated by APT, the Mekong Serenity has been designed with our guests’ safety at front and centre of every Asia river cruise. From daily itineraries to operational and safety procedures, we have taken care of all the small details for your safety and wellbeing. Travel on your terms with the freedom to change your plans to suit you.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Advertised price based on 30 August 2024 departure in cat EE cabin, price is per person twin share and reflects the $2,500 per person saving*. Pricing is correct as of 14 May 2024, subject to availability at the time of booking. Offers may be withdrawn or prices updated by the supplier at any time, so please enquire with our expert consultants for the latest pricing, terms and conditions. Single supplement may also apply. *Best of Asia sale:  Offer is valid for new bookings only and a $1000 per person non-refundable deposit must be paid within 7 days of booking. Final payment required within 100 days prior to departure. Offer applicable to category EE. Offer is strictly limited and subject to availability until sold out or no later than 31 May 2024. Not combinable with other earlybird offers.

Tour Code: VEM11

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