This special package is specially designed for those who love river cruises. You will experience two of the best cruises in the Southeast Asia at this stage: The Anantara Song in Thailand and the Jayavarman Cruise in Cambodia and Vietnam. The tour is 14 days with 9 nights onboard and 4 nights in 4 or 5 stars hotels. No problem if you want to add any extra days for the stay at hotel, we will then revise the cost accordingly.
 

Tour route: Bangkok – Anantara Song Cruise – Bangkok – Siem Reap – Jayavarman Cruise (Tonle Sap River and Mekong Delta) – My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 14 days
Start/End: Bangkok/Ho Chi Minh City
Tour type: River cruise, Luxury, Landscape, Nature and Culture
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

BRIEF ITINERARY
Day 1: Bangkok arrival
Day 2: Boarding the Anantara Song Cruise – Grand Palace
& City Cannals
Day 3: The Ancient Town of Ayutthaya
Day 4: Bang Pa In Summer Palace – Hotel in Bangkok
Day 5: Bangkok – Fly to Siem Reap
Day 6: Boarding the Jayavarman Cruise – Kampong Chhnang
Day 7: Kampong Chhnang – Kampong Tralach –Kampong Cham
Day 8: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey
Day 9: Phnom Penh
Day 10: Phnompenh – Border crossing – Tan Chau
Day 11: Tan Chau – My An Hung – Sa Dec
Day 12: Sa Dec – Cai Be – My Tho
Day 13: My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City – Vespa Tour After Dark
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City departure (B)

 
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Day 1: Bangkok arrival
Welcome up on arrival by our driver then we transfer to hotel. The rest of the day will be free to wander around the lively streets of Bangkok.
Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2: Grand Palace & City Temples by Anantara Song Cruise (B, L, D)
After breakfast at hotel, we will have a short time for free and then check out. We then depart from the pier located in front of the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa and board the Anantara Song Cruise for a 2-night onboard.

Enjoy the welcome drink while heading to the Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn, one of the ancient temples dated from Ayutthaya period. We then cruise to the Royal Barges National Museum, homes to an amazing collection of gilded and ornately decorated boats.

Wat Arun - Temple of Dawn

Enjoy your afternoon relaxing on the deck while Afternoon Tea with traditional English tea served with cookies, pastries, sandwiches, fruit, chocolate cakes, scones with whipped cream and jam…We then have a quick stop at the Wat Pathum Khong Ka to feed the fish – a simple way of gaining merit and good luck in Thai’s belief. Arrive at Wat Samakkiyaram in time to watch sunset and moor for the night.

Our relaxing evening will be in the deck with aperitifs and Thai canapés before having dinner with traditional Thai food with Wat Samakkiyaram as a dramatic backdrop. We spend the first night onboard.

Day 3: The Ancient Town of Ayutthaya (B, L, D)
Wake up early in the morning and enjoy fresh air of the river. Freshly prepared breakfast is served while watching the life floating as we cruise up the Chao Phraya River. Our first stop today is Wat Bota with a guided tour around the temple and chance to make merits with the monks. Back to our cruise and continue the journey until Mediterranean set lunch is served.

Ayutthaya - Thousand Golden Temples

In the afternoon, we will stop at the Wat Panancherng which houses to Thailand’s largest ancient Buddha image made in 1344. We then get in our car and transfer to the World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital dated back from 1350. We will have an elephant ride around the ruins before getting back to our car and continue to Bang Pa In, one of the 16 districts of Ayutthaya. We then back to the Anantara Song Cruise, relax at the sun check for aperitifs and Thai canapés. Enjoy a traditional Thai dinner and spend the second night on board.

Huge sitting Buddha image in Wat Panancherng

Day 4: Bang Pa In Summer Palace – Hotel in Bangkok (B, L)
After freshly prepared breakfast on board, we will have a guided tour around the Wat Niwet Thammaprawat. From here, we take a short walk to the Bang Pa In Summer Palace. We then drive to Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre, here we can see different kinds of Thai houses in regional style and understand how the local people make handicrafts such as fern basketry, silk flowers, silk dyeing, wood carving…We then drive back to the pier and rejoin the Anantara Song and enjoy our light Thai set lunch while cruising back to Bangkok.

Bang Pa In Summer Palace

After an afternoon tea with special English tea and delicious cookies and pastries, we arrive the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa pier. The rest of the day will be free. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 5: Bangkok – Siem Reap (B)
After breakfast at hotel, we will be free until our car arrives to take us to the airport to board the noon flight to Siem Reap. On arrival, we will be welcomed by our guide and transfer to the hotel. Our afternoon will be free for shopping at the Russian market. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Russian Market - Toul Tumpoung Market

Day 6: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap – Kampong Chhnang with Jayavarman Cruise (B, L, D)
Our morning will be free to relax at the hotel’s pool. At around noon, we will transfer to the pier where we board the Jayavarman Cruise. After welcome and briefing, we enjoy a buffet lunch onboard.

Our afternoon will be relaxing time while the cruise glides along the water. Dinner will be severed at the Dining Hall while the cruise anchors for the night in the Tonle Sap Lake.

Daily activities on boats, Tonle Sap Lake

Day 7: Kampong Chhnang – Kampong Tralach –Kampong Cham (B, L, D)
Our every morning will be started with a Tai Chi lesion (beginners welcomed) then followed by morning coffee and tea. Before the dawn, our ship sail along the Tonle River with spectacular marshland floating along the river banks of Kampong Chhnang province. Here, the river is narrow and we can easily see the daily life of the local people along the banks with lovely children waving us from their villages.

Kampong Chhnang village

In the mid-afternoon, we will take a short bus trip to a traditional Khmer-styled pottery. We then embark to visit the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms before reaching Kampong Cham in the evening. Dinner and spend the second night onboard in Kampong Cham province.

Day 8: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey (B, L, D)
After breakfast on board, we will embark on a land journey to visit the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey which was built in the 8th century with superb ancient structure and architecture of Chenla Empire. We can take a motor-taxi or climb more than 300 steps to the top with breathtaking view of the river and the surrounding. Talk with the monks in the area with help from our guide, we will understand more about the culture and religion in Cambodia before returning to our ship and take part in a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad monks.

Wat Hanchey

In the afternoon, we will then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple. We spend the third night in the midstream near Phnom Penh.

Local children playing around the Wat Nokor

Day 9: Phnom Penh (B, L, D)
After freshly prepared breakfast, we will disembark and have a guided tour to the S21 Genocide Museum. Please be prepared to be heart-wrenched as this place will recall to the stark period of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime.

The gallows and exterior of S21 Prison

After lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which all are symbols of Phnom Penh.

Visit the complex of Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

After that, we will be back to the ship by cyclo, a traditional vehicles used in the colonial period, we will have free time in our cabin then enjoy an exciting evening event including cocktails, BBQ dinner, Apsara Dance performance, traditional music. It will be a highlight of the cruise with all these activities held in the ship’s open air area. We spend the forth night onboard in Phnom Penh.

Apsara Dance performance

Day 10: Phnompenh – Border crossing – Tan Chau (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history while the cruise sets sail along the main Mekong Channels. Later in the afternoon, we will set off to the Vietnamese border with some minutes stop for immigration formalities. The rest of the afternoon will be relaxing time on sundeck or join our Chef to learn how to cook some traditional Cambodia and Vietnamese cuisine. Dinner and anchor for the night in the midstream in Tan Chau.

Taste scrumptious Vietnamese cuisine on cruise

Day 11: Tan Chau – My An Hung – Sa Dec (B, L, D)
Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. We begin our day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall then brace ourselves for a short excursion in Tan Chau, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. We will experience another traditional vehicle called ‘xe loi’ (Trishaw) to a local market with chance to interact with local people seeing them in their daily life. We then visit a fish farm with different kinds of river fishes before going back to the ship and have lunch.

Mekong farmers working on fields

In the afternoon, we will set off for My An Hung Village and stop by a family house where we will have pleasant talk with the host over a cup of honey tea and seasonal fruits, understand how agriculture plays an important role in the Mekong Delta’s farmers’ life. In the late afternoon, we will be back to the ship and continue for Sa Dec for the night.

Day 12: Sa Dec – Cai Be – My Tho (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will change to a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat) to Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fiber floor mats and rattan baskets.

After lunch on board, we set sail to Cai Be and visit its floating market. Although the market is not as busy as in the morning, we still can see many boats sell local products. The cruise will continue bring us through the breathtaking landscapes along the river with some stops at the cottage industries making rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies. Back to the cruise in good time for shower, dinner and we spend the night in My Tho.

Boats full of fruit and vegetable in cai be floating market

Day 13: My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City – Vespa Tour After Dark (B, L)
Our magnificent cruiser winds its way to My Tho, approximately 70km south of Saigon on the upper Mekong River in Vietnam. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to an end. Disembark at around 8.30 AM, we will find our private car to take us back to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in our hotel and have free time to wandering around the lively streets of the largest city in Vietnam.

In the evening, our Vespa guide will pick us up at the hotel and we start the street food adventure in the back of a Vespa. Our first stop is Café zoom to “watch the world goes by” (quoted by The Lonely Planet) and enjoy cocktail and appetizer before adventuring into favorite local eating spot.

Saigon vespa tour after dark

Our vintage Vespa scooter take us to the Chinatown and then heading to District 4 through busy streets and alleys to see the night life of locals and enjoy street sea- food and cold drinks, places that foreigner won’t be found. Leaving District 4 to District 3 the tour pass through downtown District 1 to take in the sights on the way to Banh Xeo (Saigon Special Pancake), specialty of Saigon, and southern food with the locals. Then the tour will continue to a hidden Vietnamese-style coffee shop to have a taste of Vietnamese music (live) as a local.

Banh Xeo - Saigon

After that, the tour will bring guest to a lively bar to enjoy the drinks with live music. The tour ends at 10 PM and we will have a good night after a hectic day.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City departure (B)
Time will be free until our car arrives at the hotel to take us to the airport in good time to board our departure flight. Trip ends.

Price: Please contact us for your special price.

Inclusions:

  • Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • English speaking tour guide will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. He or she will provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast as per detail itinerary
  • Entrance fees & permits (if have)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary with authentic local food. Western food is available (up on request) (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Boat excursions
  • Bottle of drinking water

Exclusions:

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals which are not indicated above
  • Surcharge and Compulsory dinners (if any)
  • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Personal and other expenses such as porter, bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary.

Recommended Hotel List:

Location Hotels & Ratings
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Room Category
Bangkok Anantara River Bangkok Resort ***** Deluxe Premier room
Bangkok Anantara Song Cruise ***** Double cabin
Siem Reap Tara Angkor Hotel **** Superior room
Mekong River Jayavarman Cruise ***** Superior room
Ho Chi Minh City Grand Saigon Hotel ***** Deluxe room

Notes:

  • Room type bases on twin/double sharing
  • All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily Western or Local breakfast.
  • All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
 
 

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