Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & Mekong River

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River Cruise
Explore the land of ancient temples, lush tropical forests and agrarian life, and reflect on the remnants of a not-so-distant war. On this 16-day guided vacation, you’ll cruise the Mekong River from Vietnam through Cambodia, spending six nights aboard the River Saigon. The journey begins in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, where you’ll spend two nights. S...


Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Ho Chi Minh: Ho Chi Minh city tour, Cu Chi Tunnels
    • Cai Be : Sampan cruise, An Kiet House, rice-paper and candy-making shop, Sa Dec canal cruise, brick and rice factories, and Huynh Thuy Le house
    • Chau Doc: Chau Doc harbor cruise and visit to Cham tribal village with fish farm
    • Phnom Penh : Phnom Penh city tour, Choeung Ek Memorial Stupa and grounds, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
    • Mekong River: Tonlé Sap River cruise and Kampong Chhnang exploration cruise
    • Kampong Chhnang: Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey Monastery, and Wat Hanchey
    • Siem Reap: Siem Reap city tour via remork, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, Banteay Srey and Ta Prohm
    • Hanoi: Hanoi city tour, Thanh Long water puppet show, “Hanoi Hilton,” and colonial Hanoi cyclo tour

What's this trip about?

    Explore the land of ancient temples, lush tropical forests and agrarian life, and reflect on the remnants of a not-so-distant war. On this 16-day guided vacation, you’ll cruise the Mekong River from Vietnam through Cambodia, spending six nights aboard the River Saigon. The journey begins in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, where you’ll spend two nights. Step into the Cu Chi Tunnels, the extensive underground labyrinth that linked Viet Kong soldiers to villages from Saigon to Cambodia, visit a rubber plantation and tour the bustling city. Aboard the River Saigon, sail the Mekong, with stops for sampan cruises and walking tours, visits to holy sites and floating markets, and a rickshaw tour of Phnom Penh. Get to know the children at a school in the silk-weaving village of Chong Koh and stand in awe of the huge Buddha statues and pagodas atop the holy hilltops of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey.


Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityHo Chi Minh City
End CityHanoi

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife


  • Asia
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam


  • Angkor Wat
  • Cai Be
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap
  • Tonle Sap Lake


  • Culture
  • Festivals & Special Events
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature
  • River cruise

Trip includes

    • Professional Cruise Manager
    • Deluxe Hotels
    • Deluxe Stateroom
    • 34 Meals
    • Complimentary Beverages
    • Local Expert
    • Personal Audio Headsets
    • Transportation
    • Inter-Trip Flights
    • Travel Documents

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Travel Map
Day 1: USA - Ho Chi Minh City
Overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City (not included).

Day 2: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Saigon / Intercontinental Asiana Saigon Hotel Arrive at the airport, where you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will transfer you to the tranquil Park Hyatt Saigon hotel.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Accommodation: Park Hyatt Saigon / Intercontinental Asiana Saigon Hotel Start the day off with a tour of the city’s incredible French Colonial architecture, followed by a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. A Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine at a beautifully decorated local restaurant, complete with live traditional entertainment, caps off your day.

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City, transfer to My Tho
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Enter the astonishing system of underground passages that stretch to the Cambodian border. Then head to My Tho to embark on your memorable Mekong River journey. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and a Vietnamese Themed Dinner onboard. Ship: River Orchid

Day 5: Cai Be, Sa Dec
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Sail aboard a sampan for a tour of the historic An Kiet House. Next, visit a small family-run factory in Cai Be that makes candies, rice paper, and popped rice. Later in Sa Dec, visit a factory where bricks and tiles are made with Mek...
Day 6: Chau Doc, Chau Phong Island, cruising the Mekong River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Join the locals in lively Chau Doc harbor as your sampan cruises among the traditional floating markets. Visit a Cham tribal village and a local fish farm. Then relax onboard your ship in the afternoon as it sets sail for the Cambodian border. Ship: River Orchid

Day 7: Phnom Penh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner The ship will dock in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, where you’ll enjoy a morning remork (motorcycle rickshaw) tour. Visit the Royal Palace’s Throne Hall and Silver Pagoda, which contains thousands of artifacts, including jewel-encru...
Day 8: Phnom Penh (Choeung Ek Excursion)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Cambodia’s grievous experience under the Khmer Rouge regime is revealed at the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. You will visit this memorial and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Ship: River Orchid

Day 9: Cruising the Tonle Sap, Kampong Chhnang, Cruising the Mekong River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Your ship will cruise along the scenic Tonlé Sap River to Kampong Chhnang, a busy floating village. After your tour, relax on the ship’s sun deck and enjoy the stunning sunset. Ship: River Orchid

Day 10: Kampong Cham, Wat Hanchey
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Today in Kampong Cham, visit the Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey temples, where monkeys frolic among massive Buddhas. Later on, you’ll investigate historic sites dedicated to the Buddha. Eighth-century Wat Hanchey has wonderful views of the...
Day 11: Kampong Cham, transfer to Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa Disembark and transfer to the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. Before checking in, enjoy lunch at a restaurant. Then hop on a remork for a tour of the city. Day 12: Siem Reap (Angkor Wat Ex...
Day 13: Siem Reap (Angkor Wat & Ta Prohm Excursion)
Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa Today, you’ll visit Banteay Srey—considered to be the pinnacle of artistic achievement at Angkor—and Banteay Samré. In the afternoon, you’ll see the temple of Ta Prohm, which has been overtaken by the j...
Day 15: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Intercontinental Hotel Westlake Visit the famous One Pillar Pagoda during your tour of the city. You’ll also see the “Hanoi Hilton.” After lunch, step into a cyclo for an exciting tour of the colonial district and attend a water puppet show. Be treated to a Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine at one of Hanoi’s most charming establishments.

Day 16: Hanoi - USA
Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your tour with a Ha Long Bay optional extension program.

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Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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    • Passport and visa charges
    • Personal expenses


,Days 2 – 3: Park Hyatt Saigon A 5-star hotel situated at Lam Son Square in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) center. The grand boutique hotel majestically rises nine stories above District 1, steps from Saigon's main tourist attractions as well as the exhibition center and business district. Intercontinental Asiana Saigon Hotel Located in the city center, near the Notre Dame Cathedral and the well-known Saigon Post Office. Famous landmarks like the Reunification Palace, City Hall and the beautiful Opera House are reachable within a few minutes. Days 11 – 13: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquillity. The Hotel has been designed to be in total harmony with its natural surroundings and is enchantingly situated in the heart of Siem Reap, opposite the Royal Park. The Hotel is located within close proximity to World Heritage listed Angkor Temples, the quaint old market town of Siem Reap and only 7km (4.3 miles) from the International airport. Days 14 – 15: Intercontinental Hotel Westlake Located on the serene waters of West Lake, the largest lake in the city and adjacent to the famous 800 - year - old Golden Lotus (Kim Lien) Pagoda. Conveniently located just minutes from the city center, yet being able to offer an excellent retreat from the hustle and bustle of downtown Hanoi.
Ship & cabin information
River Orchid
Handcrafted in French colonial style, the River Orchid provides an intimate and tranquil haven throughout your cruise on the Mekong River. This quiet and peaceful ship carries no more than 58 guests, ensuring gracious and attentive service from our friendly and impeccably trained onboard staff. The ship’s comfortable staterooms have French doors that open to a shared promenade, a restaurant with panoramic views, a lounge and library, and an onboard spa.
Inaugurated 2013 Length 168 ft Width 33.4 ft Guests 58 Staff 28 Suites 2 (232 sq ft) Staterooms 27 (168 sq ft) Voltage  220 volts
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Cancellation policy
89-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; Less than 30 days prior to departure: 100%; Day of departure: 100%.
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Meals Included
14 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 10 Dinners
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Additional Information
All inter-trip air related charges in economy class for flights detailed in the day-by- day itinerary are included in the Land Only price shown based on accurate airfare as of April 26, 2016. At the time you purchase your trip the inter-trip air prices may be higher Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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