Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival (D)
Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
Welcome dinner and spend overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi city excursion (B)
Today we take in the iconic sights of Hanoi on a guided sightseeing tour, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and historic Ba Dinh Square, Temple of Literature.
Then set off to Chau Long Market for a closer look at Hanoian culture in the flurry of a local market. After exploring the street stalls here, set off along Nguyen Truong To Street - famous for its desserts -- toward Hang Than Street, the epicentre of Hanoi’s thriving wedding cake stores. Learn a bit about Vietnam’s unique wedding culture while sampling some wedding cakes. Shake off your sugar rush on a stroll to nearby Hang Cot Street for a look at Hanoi’s mat weaving borough before stopping off along Hang Ga Street for a local coffee shop.
Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely North Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.
Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long (B,L,D)
After breakfast, travel to the World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay for 4hrs driving.
Set off cruising and enjoy a Welcome Drink as you set off to sail among thousands of spectacular limestone islets. Have lunch on board passing Chicken Rock and Ti Top Island. Visit Dark and Bright Lagoon by bamboo boat. Back on board this evening, enjoy dinner and a range of entertainment options before retiring to your cabin for the night.
Day 4: Ha Long (B,L,D)
Wake up to the beauty of the bay and over breakfast cruise to secluded spots for a swim and to explore by kayak. The junk will act as a backup vessel following you at all times. After lunch and a brief harbour stop, the afternoon is spent exploring caves. As the sun begins to set, relax on deck with a drink followed by another al fresco dinner.
Day 5: Ha Long – Fly to Ho Chi Minh (Br,D)
Enjoy the morning in the middle of Halong Bay as the sun rises on Halong and breakfast is served (brunch on some boats) while the vessel cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards the port. Mid-morning the boat will return to shore.
Disembark and transfer to Hanoi Airport for the mid-late afternoon onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnels excursion (B)
This morning take a step back in time and revisit the military history of the area. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. Part of a larger network, the tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat. They also served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, weapons caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters.
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City – Embark cruise (B,L,D)
Drive to My Tho Port and board your river ship for a relaxing journey aboard the luxurious RV Jayavarman for 7 nights.
Board your luxurious vessel, Jayavarman, and be welcomed by the crew. The captain will then raise the anchor, sound the horn and begin cruising leisurely towards Cai Be. Along the way you will witness scenes that have changed little over the years. Cruise past bustling villages perched on the riverbank where children play in the river and fisherman mend their nets. This evening enjoy a gourmet dinner on board the boat followed by a live music performance.
Day 8: Cai Be – Vinh Long (B,L,D)
Explore Cai Be’s bustling floating market for some fantastic photo opportunities. Next, make a trip ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral and the colourful port area. Enjoy lunch as you cruise towards Vinh Long, the second largest city in the Mekong Delta. On arrival visit the bustling afternoon market and enjoy a visually stunning boat ride. Return to your boat for dinner and a performance of Mekong Folk dancing.
Day 9: Vinh Long - Sadec – Tan Chau (B,L,D)
Sadec was the setting for Marguerite Duras’s novel, ‘The Lover’. Indeed during your guided tour of the settlement you can visit the House of Huynh Thuy Le, now known as ‘The Lovers’ Museum’. Pass by the school where Marguerite’s mother taught and view the home of Marguerite from across the river. In the afternoon you will arrive in Tan Chau, a remote small town on the main branch of the Mekong River.
Day 10: Tan Chau – Border crossing – Cambodia (B,L,D)
Tan Chau is famous for its silk and during your visit you may like to make a stop at a traditional silk making factory. The town is also renowned for its rattan mat production. Return to the boat and enjoy lunch as you cruise towards the border. In the afternoon, enjoy a cooking demonstration given by the Executive Chef at the Saigon Lounge. Later in the day the vessel will enter the Kingdom of Cambodia and head towards its capital, Phnom Penh.
Day 11: Phnom Penh (B,L,D)
Once considered the most attractive of the cities that the French constructed in Indochina, the city is today recovering from its turbulent past. Today you will embark on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh. End the day with dinner on your vessel accompanied by a special Khmer musical performance.
Day 12: Chong Koh – Oudong – Kompong Tralach (B,L,D)
Early in the morning the vessel will cruise on towards the little known village of Chong Koh. After breakfast, take a leisurely morning stroll through this silk weaving village. Return to the boat and continue on to Prek K’dam, where an afternoon tour of Oudong will commence. Depart Oudong for the journey to Kompong Tralach, where you will visit Wat Kompong Tralach Pleu. Continue your tour with a fun ox-cart ride to the Tonle Sap River as you travel through enchanting countryside punctuated by small villages, emerald green rice paddies and friendly locals.
Day 13: Kompong Chhnang – Tonle Sap Lake (B,L,D)
Today you will enjoy a quintessential river excursion through the region’s floating villages, where you will get a glimpse of the local lifestyles on the Tonle Sap River. Towards the end of the day you will emerge onto the vast expanse of the lake, which is Cambodia’s largest. Enjoy a stop in one of the region’s numerous floating villages; some of which are complete with schools, health clinics and even floating pig farms. Return to the vessel and prepare for farewell cocktails and your last dinner.
Day 14: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat (B)
This morning you will arrive in Siem Reap, the gateway to the Temples of Angkor.
After a rest, your local guide will take you to visit the Roluos Temple Complex, said to be the seat of Hariharalaya which was the first capital of the Khmer Empire north of the Tonle Sap.
Day 15: Siem Reap - Temples of Angkor (B)
Today explore the stunning Temples of Angkor; with plenty of free time to relax during the hottest parts of the day.
Day 16: Depart Siem Reap (B)
The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Peak season surcharge on RV Jayavarman: US$120 per person per cruise for cruises including Christmas Evening (24 December) or New Year’s Evening (31 December)
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
- All private transportation.
- Accommodation shared in Double/Twin room with daily breakfast
- Experienced English speaking local tour guides
- Internal flight ticket Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh
- Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
- All sightseeing tickets.
- Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter.
- Services charges and government tax.
- Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service.
- No extra charge after services confirmation
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
- International flight ticket
- Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
- Phnom Penh Port Tax of US$65 per person
- Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
- Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
- Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$ 25 & 01 passport photo each person)
- Cambodia visa fee at the border (US$30 & 01 passport photo each person)
- Other services not mentioned above.