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Experience the very best of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in a three-week Asian adventure. Begin in Saigon, cruise upriver to Phnom Penh, and travel north to explore the jungle-swathed temples of Angkor, before heading west into historic Thailand to discover its sandy beaches, revolutionary vineyards and wild national parkland with free-roaming elephants.
Place your trust in your other senses on a fun 'dining in the dark' experience at Noir, a Saigon restaurant that works with local people who are blind or visually-impaired.
Cruise the Mekong in style aboard the contemporary Victoria Mekong with state-of-the-art facilities and an itinerary packed with culturally-immersive shore excursions and onboard activities.
After a day of exploration relax as you float on the gentle waters of the moat of Angkor Thom, seeing the old walled city from a different perspective and savouring the beauty of a peaceful sunset.
Fly to Saigon, now officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City, where you will be met at the airport in the arrivals hall by your Local Guide or National Escort. This evening, you'll meet your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and guide briefing.
Enjoy a relaxed introduction to Saigon, including architectural landmarks such as the French colonial-style Notre Dame and Central Post Office. Tonight's dinner is at NOIR, a true dining in the dark' experience. This social enterprise employs visually-impaired locals, who invite you on a culinary journey with lasting impact.
This morning, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to learn about the Viet Cong's tactical strategies during the Vietnam War. Relax with a fresh farm-to-table' lunch at a Vietnamese farmhouse before an afternoon at leisure.
Travel from Saigon to Can Tho, the beating heart of the Mekong Delta, where you will board the Victoria Mekong, your home for the next four nights. Sip a sundown cocktail and hear a traditional music performance as the ship casts off towards Long Xuyen.
Tender ashore to visit Long Xuyen floating market and the An Giang Traditions Museum with its exhibitions on local cultures. During lunch, the ship sails upstream to Tiger Island. Head ashore to explore by rickshaw, visiting local crafters such as incense makers and a wood carver. Tonight, the ship cruises on to Tan Chau.
Head ashore by sampan to visit the local silk village. Here you will witness the many steps involved in silk production, from traditional looms to the use of natural dyes made from tree bark, leaves and fruit.
Today the ship will cruise to Phnom Penh, crossing the international border en route. Spend the day in the infinity pool or taking part in the onboard activities. On arrival in Phnom Penh, enjoy a lively apsara dance performance to welcome you into Cambodia.
Disembark the Victoria Mekong this morning and discover Phnom Penh by cyclo, taking in the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom. Your afternoon is at leisure.
This morning's excursion to the Cheung Ek Killing Fields outside the city gives a sombre insight into Cambodia's turmoil under the regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. This afternoon, fly to Siem Reap.
The Angkor Archaeological Park is home to over 1,000 temples dating back to the Khmer Empire. Best preserved of all the temples is Angkor Wat, while the jungle-swathed ruins of Ta Prohm evoke a sense of mystery and true adventure. This evening, enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom as the sun sets.
This morning, visit APOPO Hero Rats Project. This humanitarian centre trains rats to scent-detect unexploded wartime landmines in rural areas of Cambodia so they can be safely deactivated by expert teams, saving untold lives. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Siem Reap's streets.
Take a one-hour flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok. Check in at your hotel to refresh yourself before this evening's flavour-filled street food tour, encompassing all the world-famous flavours of authentic Thai food.
Bangkok offers something different for everyone, so today is at leisure to explore Bangkok independently. Optional private excursions, e.g. to the historic palaces of Ayutthaya, or longtail rides through the Thonburi canals, are available.
Travel to Kanchanaburi, made famous by 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'. Here, learn about the experience of Southeast Asian and Allied POWs, thousands of whom who were forced to work on the railway during the Japanese occupation of WWII. Pay respects to the victims at the cemetery and museum before a short train journey through the Kwai Noi Valley. Your hotel tonight is in Kanchanaburi.
Travel south to the beach resort of Hua Hin, stopping en route to visit a toddy palm plantation. Later this afternoon, head to Monsoon Valley Vineyard for a surprising insight into Thai viticulture. These award-winning New Latitude varietals have revolutionised winemaking, succeeding in a truly unexpected climate. Enjoy a tour and tasting before dinner at the vineyard's acclaimed restaurant.
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Hua Hin, perhaps visiting the beach, before heading out to Kui Buri National Park, where you'll join a park ranger on a wildlife safari. Kui Buri elephants are completely wild and sightings cannot be guaranteed, but afternoon safaris here have excellent sighting rates.
Depart Hua Hin and return to Bangkok for your short flight to the relaxed city of Chiang Mai, situated in Thailand's cooler northern highlands.
Explore Chiang Mai's highlights by rickshaw before driving out to Doi Suthep's magnificent hilltop temple with its panoramic views. Return to Chiang Mai for lunch at a social enterprise restaurant offering life-changing vocational training to reformed women from Chiang Mai's Correctional Institution. Enjoy some free time before tonight's cooking class, in which you will learn to prepare a traditional Thai dinner.
Spend the morning at Chang Chill, a pioneering new ethical elephant sanctuary. This is a respite and care centre for elephants rescued chiefly from the tourist and illegal logging industries. Meet the keepers, enjoy a forest walk, and watch the elephants playing and bathing in the mud pit. Tonight, enjoy a farewell Khantoke dinner with a traditional Thai performance.
Transfer to Chiang Mai airport and fly back to the UK, arriving the same or following day.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel is situated in District 1. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and have a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, indoor swimming pool and free WiFi.
Based in the heart of Phnom Penh, the Kravan hotel is equipped with a swimming pool, rooftop bar, gym and spa. With super fast Wifi available free throughout the hotel, it within walking distance to popular local and international restaurants, beer gardens, bakeries, branded coffees, health clinics, mini marts and other local services. Kravan has been specially designed to make your stay luxurious, comfortable and for peace of mind.
Perfectly combining a French and Khmer aesthetic, the Lotus Blanc is a 10 minute tuk tuk ride from the lively heart of Siem Reap. Stately but chic, there is a large pool, fitness centre, spa, 3 bars and 3 restaurants serving a variety of local and international dishes. Rooms are expansive, bright and minimalist and boast a balcony, bathroom with rain shower, television, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, armchairs and air-conditioning.
Places Visited: Saigon Can Tho Phnom Penh Siem Reap Bangkok Kanchanaburi Hua Hin Chiang Mai
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