Vietnam and Cambodia: Along the Mekong River, including Angkor and Saigon

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Exploring Vietnam and Cambodia along the Mekong River offers access to traditional villages as well as bustling cities, for a panoramic and immersive experience of these two very different countries. You’ll spend seven nights aboard the 48-guest Jahan, an extraordinary new riverboat that offers a level of luxury previously unavailable on the Mekong.
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Overview

Trip type
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • Spend two days exploring the legendary religious sites of Angkor, in the company of our experts and local guides
    • Visit communities and learn the ways of life along the river, including subsistence fishing and small industries
    • Explore Phnom Penh and Saigon, touring sites important to the cities’ 20th-century histories
    • Travel in extraordinary comfort and see many of the countries’ cultural highpoints.

What's this trip about?

    Exploring Vietnam and Cambodia along the Mekong River offers access to traditional villages as well as bustling cities, for a panoramic and immersive experience of these two very different countries. You’ll spend seven nights aboard the 48-guest Jahan, an extraordinary new riverboat that offers a level of luxury previously unavailable on the Mekong.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CitySiem Reap
End CitySaigon

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Asia
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam

Attractions

  • Angkor Wat
  • Banyon Temple
  • Mekong Delta
  • Mekong River
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Phnom Penh
  • Saigon
  • Siem Reap
  • Tonle Sap Lake

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • Ruins & Archaeology

Trip includes

    • Accommodations ashore and aboard ship
    • Meals indicated
    • Excursions
    • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader and expert guides
    • Internet access (in limited areas)
    • All port charges and service taxes

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Depart U.S.

Take connecting flights to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Day 2: En route

This day is en route, partly "lost" to the International Date Line.

Day 3: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Arrive in Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor, in the evening. We spend the next three nights at outstanding La Résidence d’Angkor, built along the Siem Reap River in traditional Khmer style, with spacious rooms with teak furniture and bamboo screens.

Day 4: Angkor / Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

In the morning we venture out for an introduction to the area at the fine small temple of Banteay Srei, known for its exceptional carvings. After lunch, we stop at Les Artisans d’Angkor, where we see how local artisans preserv...

Day 5: Angkor / Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

We begin early in order to get to Angkor Wat in time for sunrise. This visionary 12th-century temple, the world’s largest religious monument, represents the apogee of Khmer art and architecture. Crowned by five towers, with elaborate...

Day 6: Kampong Cham / Embark Jahan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning we drive eastward, with a box lunch, to the Mekong River. We embark Jahan, our home for the next seven nights, at the town of Kampong Cham. In the late afternoon we begin sailing along the Mekong, with welcome drinks and dinner aboard our ship. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Wat Hanchey Or Koh Dach / Angkor Ban

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Wat Hanchey, which we visit in the morning, is a large temple complex atop a hill overlooking an exceptionally pretty stretch of the Mekong, offering outstanding views. There is a lot to see here: an 8th-century temple from th...

Day 8: Kampong Tralach / Kampong Chhnang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, we visit Kampong Tralach, on the banks of the Tonle Sap River. Kampong Tralach is a small village that relies on subsistence fishing and working the rice paddies. We’ll take local oxcarts through the rice paddies...

Day 9: Phnom Penh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today will be a full, rewarding day exploring the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, situated at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap Rivers. We begin with a cyclo (bicycle taxi) ride to the magnificent Royal Palac...

Day 10: Sailing The Mekong

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

As we sail along the Mekong, there’s a chance to see life along the river, with traditional ships, barges and freighters plying the waterway. There will be a chance to enjoy Jahan’s many amenities, to hear talks by our staff a...

Day 11: Tan Chau, Vietnam

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Friendly Tan Chau has one of Vietnam’s most interesting markets, with an astonishing variety of tropical fruits, vegetables and other goods. We continue to a small floating market on the river and a floating fish farm, where we see fish being fed through trap doors in the floating platforms. In the afternoon, we continue sailing the Mekong.

Day 12: Sadec / Cai Be

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

From the hamlet of Sadec, we’ll take a local boat along a channel off the main river, with much activity to be seen along the way. We’ll visit a small community where the villagers grow, process and fashion water hyacinths int...

Day 13: My Tho / Saigon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We disembark Jahan in the morning in My Tho, and visit the great Vinh Trang pagoda, originally built in 1850. We then transfer to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam’s greatest commercial center, where we’ll have panoramic view...

Day 14: Saigon / Depart

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning we see some of Saigon’s historic landmarks, which include a rich selection of fine colonial buildings. We continue to the Reunification Palace, headquarters of the South Vietnamese Government during the Vietnam War. The breaching...

Day 15: Arrive U.S.

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Price From $10,980
Price per day$732
Last Updated: 5/15/2023

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What's excluded

    • Air transportation
    • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.
    • Discretionary tips to ship’s crew

Accommodation

,Voyage aboard Jahan, a richly-appointed river ship The new 48-guest river ship Jahan affords us access to places that would otherwise be difficult to reach. Her cabins are spacious, each with a private balcony, and she offers a standard of accommodation and service that has until now been unknown in this part of the world.
Ship & cabin information
Jahan
Jahan is a new 48-guest riverboat that offers a level of luxury not previously found on the Mekong River. Accommodations are in 22 spacious outside-facing staterooms and two suites, each with a private balcony. Jahan is the ideal platform for sailing along the Mekong River and allows effortless access to the villages and communities built along the riverbanks. Large, beautifully appointed gathering spaces accommodate the entire expedition community for lectures and Recap, and there are many private places you can tuck away to read a book or enjoy evening cocktails with new friends. There is a spa offering a choice of massage treatments and a fitness room with a steam bath. Morning Tai Chi classes are held in the open air of the terrace deck.
Cancellation policy

Number of Days Prior to Expedition Start             Per Person Cancellation Fee

120 or more days                                                             $350*

119–90 days                                                                       Advance payment cost

89–60 days                                                                          25% of trip cost

59-45 days                                                                           50% of trip cost

44-0 days                                                                             No refund

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Meals Included

11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 10 Dinners

Age Requirements
6 years and up
Optional Activities

Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi and Halong Bay Post Voyage Extension

POST-TRIP / 8 DAYS / FROM $4,870

The post-voyage extension includes all the same experiences as the pre-extension, timed and paced to accommodate some travelers’ schedules.

Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi and Halong Bay Pre-Voyage Extension

Experience the breadth of culture and customs of Vietnam over eight days by exploring the bustling city of Hanoi, the imperial capital of Hue, and the ancient town of Hoi An. Plus, embark on an overnight sailing among Halong Bay’s iconic limestone karsts. In all, explore three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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