Magnificent Mekong - Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi - 2021
Magnificent Mekong - Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi - 2021
Ship: Viking Mekong
Starts: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on Mon, Jan 18, 2021
Ends: Hanoi, Vietnam on Mon, Feb 01, 2021
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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 (Mon, Jan 18, 2021): Ho Chi Minh City
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, then transfer to your hotel. Check in for a two-night stay and then relax or take a walk to stretch your legs and begin getting acquainted with the city.
Day 2 (Tue, Jan 19, 2021): Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, begin your tour of this bustling metropolis. See the grand City Hall, the old Opera House with its soaring arched entryway, the double spires of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and Reunification Palace. This afternoon, head to the Chinatown area of the city for a stroll through Ben Thành Market for some handcrafted souvenirs and a visit to a lacquer factory. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore on your own, maybe choosing to walk along Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping boulevard in the old colonial heart. Dine in a local restaurant this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 (Wed, Jan 20, 2021): Mỹ Tho
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to Mỹ Tho to embark your ship. Along the way, visit the Cu Chi tunnels-mysterious, once-secret tunnels used as supply routes, hospitals and living quarters by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. These subterranean passageways outside Ho Chi Minh City are a tiny part of a huge network that extends through much of Vietnam. As you settle in to your stateroom, we begin sailing along the Mekong River. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 (Thu, Jan 21, 2021): Sa Ðéc
This morning, visit the village of Cái Bè, where you will see local workers producing rice noodles, coconut candy and a host of other handmade products. This afternoon, enjoy an exciting sampan excursion along the canals and backwaters of the Mekong Delta. Small factories line the river channels; during your excursion, get a glimpse of industry in the region with a visit to a brick factory. Stop in Sa Ðéc to see the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, the protagonist in Marguerite Duras's beloved autobiographic novel, l'Amant (The Lover). This evening, attend an onboard screening of l'Amant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 (Fri, Jan 22, 2021): Tân Châu
Savor a rare glimpse of rural life as it has been lived for ages. Begin your morning with a ride on a traditional rickshaw in Tân Châu. Afterward, visit the floating fish farm by wooden sampan, then take a boat ride to Vinh Hoa, known as "Evergreen Island.” Here, you can take a short walk to see various methods of traditional Vietnamese farming and the crafts and other daily activities of local people firsthand.
Return on board for lunch and scenic cruising along the Mekong; this afternoon we cross over into Cambodia. Onboard activities include a fruit-carving workshop and a presentation about the history of Vietnam. This evening we screen the 1984 film The Killing Fields. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 (Sat, Jan 23, 2021): Phnom Penh
Dock along the picturesque waterfront of Cambodia's capital and explore the city in style, in a cyclo (the ubiquitous passenger bicycles of Southeast Asia). This mode of transportation provides many Cambodians with a source of income and visitors with a speedy and enjoyable way to get around. See the magnificent Royal Palace with the Silver Pagoda, built in the 19th century by the French but inspired by the centuries-old architecture of the Khmer. Then see the National Museum of Cambodia, which houses treasures of Khmer art and craftsmanship and displays art that predates the mighty empire.
This afternoon, join an excursion to the sobering memorial in the Tuol Sleng detention center, a former high school in which thousands of victims of the Khmer Rouge died, and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Or, you may choose to explore the city's maze of small alleys, markets and busy streets on your own. Enjoy dinner on board, followed by a folkloric performance. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 (Sun, Jan 24, 2021): Phnom Penh
This morning's excursion takes you through a Cambodian village. Afterward, take a short ride to Udon Monastery for a tour and to receive a blessing by the monks. Then continue to the next village, famous for its silversmiths. Rejoin your ship and have lunch as we cruise into Phnom Penh.
Your afternoon is free to explore Phnom Penh's historic riverfront area with its restaurants, art galleries and silk shops, or perhaps visit the distinctive Central Market or the "Russian Market” where you can buy jewelry, curios, clothes and souvenirs. You might prefer to visit more of the city's wats (monastery temples): Wat Langka, Wat Botum, Wat Koh or Wat Ounalom, each with its own special character and purpose. Late this afternoon, enjoy an onboard presentation about recent Cambodian history by a local expert. Dinner is served on board the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 (Mon, Jan 25, 2021): Mekong River
Today, enjoy scenic cruising along the Mekong, one of the world's great rivers. The Mekong is truly the "Mother River of Southeast Asia,” sustaining civilizations through the centuries. Pass by some of the Mekong rice fields. The Khmer Empire was founded on a rice surplus, and rice is still the main staple of Vietnamese cuisine. Stop to visit a typical Khmer river community that is famous for its silk-weaving production. Return on board for lunch, then enjoy a lecture about life along the Mekong River while cruising this afternoon. This evening, you can attend a screening of the movie The History of Angkor Wat. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 (Tue, Jan 26, 2021): Kampong Cham
This morning, visit the Twin Holy Mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey, with their many temples and pagodas that are still used during traditional Khmer festivals. After, visit a Kampong Cham village and learn about the self-sustaining practices of its residents. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore a Kampong Cham village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 (Wed, Jan 27, 2021): Siem Reap
Bid farewell to your ship this morning as your cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia comes to an end. Disembark in Kampong Thom, then take a ride through the Cambodian countryside to Siem Reap. Check in to your hotel for a three-night stay and spend your afternoon relaxing or using the numerous facilities offered at the hotel. Tonight's dinner is accompanied by a traditional Apsara dance show. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 11 (Thu, Jan 28, 2021): Siem Reap
Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Begin your day with a visit to one of Angkor's largest Khmer temples, Angkor Wat, built for King Suryavarman II in the 12th century AD. With its beautiful proportions and extensive, intricate bas-relief stone carvings, it is one of the most spectacular sights in Southeast Asia. Explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom, which houses several of Angkor's most popular attractions, such as the dramatic bas-reliefs that decorate the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 (Fri, Jan 29, 2021): Siem Reap
Today you will visit Ta Prohm, one of the most popular of the Temples of Angkor. Unlike many other buildings, it has remained largely untouched since its discovery. Continue on to the spectacular 10th-century Hindu temple Banteay Srey ("Citadel of Women”) to see magnificent carvings of Shiva and Vishnu.
This afternoon, you will stop by an elementary school sponsored by Viking. Spend time amid the children's contagious enthusiasm and get to know a little about them. Your young hosts will share some of their lessons, and you can talk with the teachers and learn about the positive contribution that Viking's scholarship has made to the school and its community. This evening, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant followed by a Cambodian Circus show that uniquely blends together theater, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and aerial acts. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 13 (Sat, Jan 30, 2021): Hanoi
After breakfast, check out of your hotel for your short flight to Hanoi. After lunch in your hotel, enjoy free time to explore the city and have dinner on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 14 (Sun, Jan 31, 2021): Hanoi
After breakfast, take a tour of this unique, thousand-year-old Asian capital where old and new combine in a lush setting of parks and lakes. Take a leisurely ride through the Old Quarter by electric car en route to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the final resting place of Vietnam's revered revolutionary leader, then tour the notorious "Hanoi Hilton,” the Hỏa Lò Prison where American POWs were held captive during the Vietnam War.
After lunch, visit the Museum of Ethnology, which includes a number of fascinating exhibits that bring Vietnam's history and astonishingly diverse culture to life. Then, head to the Temple of Literature; founded in 1070 as Vietnam's first university, this maze-like compound features inviting courtyards, gateways, pavilions, walkways, lakes and a museum. Continue on to the One Pillar Pagoda, an 11th-century monument that was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. En route, pass colonial landmarks such as the magnificent Opera House and St. Joseph's Cathedral. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 15 (Mon, Feb 01, 2021): Hanoi
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, continue your Southeast Asia adventure with an additional night in Hanoi and one night in Ha Long Bay. (Breakfast)
15 Days 16 Guided Tours / 2 Countries
Daily Shore Excursions: 16 included guided tours
Port Charges: Included on all itineraires
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Viking was very organized with excellent guides. The hotels were far above average with excellent locations.
Viking Mekong was a terrific adventure. Our Program Directors in Bangkok were very professional, knowledgeable and helpful. It was a pleasure to be in their company and to have them lead us while in Thailand on the extension. Our Program Director in Vietnam and Cambodia while on the cruise and afterward, was outstanding. His personality is exactly what is needed on a river cruise. His attentiveness to every detail, his engaging personality and his expertise were most appreciated. He helped in many ways to make this experience a truly memorable adventure. The local guides in both Vietnam and Cambodia were also excellent and committed to making our experiences enjoyable and educational. The staff on the ship were outstanding in every way. Thank you to all who helped to make this a wonderful experience.
Excellent cruise/land package. Very good itinerary. Viking's staff on and off the ship were outstanding and the trip was, likewise, outstanding. Would highly recommend, except that traveler has to be up to a lot of walking and a lot of stairs. Ship cabin was small (as expected) but workable for a week. Ship staff went the extra mile to please us and accommodate any special needs or requests. Our guide (there were two) was very good and looked after a couple of special needs we had re food. Overall excellent.
We enjoyed our trip very much and also the service of Viking River Cruise and Affordable tours.