Vietnam & Cambodia Cruise Group Highlights
Take a luxury cruise from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap on the mighty Mekong River. From the inspiring bustle of modern Vietnam, navigate deep into the Cambodian countryside where few foreigners have ventured since the days of Dutch traders, Portuguese missionaries, and the French explorers of Indochina. Over 2,000 years of human history flow among these waters, from the high Himalayas of Tibet through provinces of China to the equatorial flood plains of Vietnam and Cambodia. It is even said that the rise and fall of the great Khmer civilization that built Angkor Wat was linked to the Mekong’s tides. The river forms an integral part of each distinct and rich culture, among them the Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese.
The cultural diversity along the Mekong is as striking as the surrounding topography. Soaring limestone mountains separate Vietnam from Cambodia, providing a natural boundary that split the two most powerful influences on this region. On this cruise groups will be pampered with a 1:1 staff ratio and explore the areas they are passing through daily excursions from the boat including kayaking, biking, hiking, and visits to local museums and historical sites. Groups will dive deep into local culture by visiting mat weavers and silversmiths, touring a working plantation, seeing a local performance of traditional songs and dances, learn ancient Buddhist practices from monks, and explore the darkest time in Cambodian history at the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field.
These fertile riverbanks are the bread basket of Vietnam. On this cruise groups will enjoy cuisine created by the first chef to receive a Michelin star for Southeast Asian food and whose restaurant is ranked as one of the top 50 in the world. The menu combines the finest recipes of Khmer and Vietnamese river cultures, incorporating the day’s catch and the market’s freshest produce. Guests can even take a try at cooking the dishes themselves with lessons onboard.
Guests arrive in Ho Chi Minh airport by connection through one of the major hub airports with direct flights from the US, including Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Dubai, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and London.. In 2018, Vietnam Airlines may add direct flights to select US cities.
This 205-foot floating five-star hotel is spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive. The sustainably crafted ship’s 322 square foot designer suites – the river’s largest guestrooms — overlook the Mekong through floor-to-ceiling windows. This is the only ship on the river to offer a fully equipped gym, screening room, outdoor cinema, observation deck, and an upper-deck pool. The observation deck boasts bow and stern outdoor lounges with sun loungers and a canopy, as well as an indoor lounge area and bar.