12 day luxury cruise travel from Cambodia to Vietnam:Starts at the breath-taking temples of Angkor before joining a 3-night river cruise down into Vietnam to explore the lush Mekong & vibrant Saigon.

trip highlights

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  • Jump aboard a tuk tuk to journey through the bustling streets of Siem Reap to a cooking class, where you’ll learn all the skills you need to prepare several Khmer specialities.
  • Cruise the Mekong in style aboard a 4 star ship, the Victoria Mekong. With state-of-the- art facilities and an itinerary packed with culturally-immersive shore excursions and onboard activities, there’s no better way to experience life on the Mekong.
  • Enjoy Saigon’s most extraordinary production, the A O Show! This breathtaking performance showcases the beauty and cultural richness of Vietnamese rural life through music, dance and acrobatics

itinerary details

Day 1 - 3: Siem Reap, Angkor, Tonle lake

Arrive at Siem Reap, the gateway to the temples of Angkor. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to soak up the local culture.


Journey into the old city of Angkor Thom. At its heart is the enigmatic Bayon, a breathtaking temple of innumerable sculptural decorations. Admire the Elephant Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King before continuing to the atmospheric Ta Prohm. The rest of the day is dedicated to Angkor Wat, the most magnificent and best preserved of all of Angkor’s treasures. As the sun sets, float peacefully on the moat that surrounds Angkor Thom, soaking up the atmosphere.


Travel to the shores of Tonle Sap and visit the floating village of Kampong Phluk (Oct to Feb) or Chong Kneas (Mar to Sep). Stop at Chansar village for a glimpse at rural life before boarding an ox cart to ride to the home of a local Khmer family. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure with the option to attend a riotous performance of the Phare Cambodian Circus in the evening.

Day 4 -5: Phnom Penh

Fly to Phnom Penh, the oriental capital city of Cambodia, arrive and check in, spend the rest of day at your own leisure

Spend the morning confronting Phnom Penh’s tragic past with visits to Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields. In the afternoon, join
a cultural ambassador for a guided tour through the Cambodian Living Arts, and experience how traditional arts are kept alive through teaching from masters. Finish the day with a cold glass of local beer with beautiful views over the riverfront.

Day 6: Board the Victoria Mekong

Board a cyclo and head into the heart of the city to visit the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda before perusing the treasures
of the National Museum. After a stop at Wat Phnom and some lunch, transfer to Sisowath Quay and board the Victoria Mekong whilst being serenaded with traditional music. Relax with a sundowner on deck and enjoy an apsara dance performance before sitting down to a sumptuous gala dinner.

Day 7: Crossing to Vietnam

Sail towards the border, passing into Vietnam in the early afternoon. Spend a relaxed morning enjoying the passing scenery and
a wealth of onboard activities, such as cultural lectures and cocktail making. At the border area of Vam Nao in the Mekong Delta, go offshore by sampan to visit a few traditional cottage industries, such as traditional clay pottery and local rice cakes. This evening, before dinner, experience a thrilling lion dance performance. Drop anchor at Vam Nao.

Day 8: Floating market & Tan Loc island

Continue downstream to Long Xuyen and disembark to visit the bustling floating
market and a local museum. After lunch back onboard, arrive at Tan Loc Island, where you’ll be able to visit the Ancient House and a lush garden for tea and fruit – a taste of Mekong hospitality. Later, go by local motorcart to a plum farm where they distil plum wine, which you can taste. Sail on to Can Tho, a Mekong Delta city where the ship will dock. Enjoy a performance of traditional music of the Mekong, while you sip a farewell cocktail and dinner.

Day 9: Disembark in Can Tho

Enjoy breakfast onboard and visiting a local floating market by boat. Disembark and bid farewell to the Victoria Mekong, boarding the ship’s shuttle bus from Can Tho to Saigon, stopping en route in Cai Be for a delicious local lunch at Le Longanier Restaurant. Dinner this evening will be at Noir, a restaurant that supports Saigon’s visually impaired, for a sensory dining experience!

Day 10: Explore Saigon

This morning, visit the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels to learn the history of the Viet Cong and their guerrilla tactics during the Vietnam War. Return to Saigon, a vibrant, modern city with a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. See the colonial Notre Dame Cathedral, visit the Central Post Office, and the chilling War Remnants Museum. The spectacular A O Show awaits you this evening, along with a delicious farewell dinner.

Day 11: Saigon free day

Free day exploring Saigon at your own leisure

Day 12: Departure

End of the 12 day luxury cruise exploring Cambodia and Vietnam, transfer to the airport, departure.