Escape to another world on a Mekong River cruise. Visit Vietnam and Cambodia, considered two of the most beautiful, historic and friendly places in Asia.
Your holiday begins in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam, a city that blends old with new as sleek modern skyscrapers tower over the remnants of its French colonial past. Immerse yourself in a new way of life as you explore the lively Ben Thanh night market and the evening cafes and sample the delicious cuisine, make your way through the bustling streets of the city and be surprised by its charm, visit Viet Cong’s vast network of incredibly narrow tunnels dating back to the Vietnam War. and enjoy a dinner onboard Saigon Princess with beautiful night-time views of Ho Chi Minh City.
You’ll then board the brand new Mekong Jewel, the newest and most luxurious ship on the Mekong River, launched in January 2020 for a 8 day river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia. Sail along the famous Mekong, a river region teeming with colourful floating villages. Witness the hustle and bustle of river life as the local traders take their produce to market. You’ll also visit stunning Buddhist temples and palaces as you sail into Cambodia. You’ll visit the infamous Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge before disembarking and having 3 nights in the city of Siam Riep.
In Siam Riep you can visit the majestic Royal City of Anghor Tham, home to beautiful Hindu and Buddhist monuments and spend a day at Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, once the thriving heart of a grand ancient civilisation – up there with the most incredible architectural feats in the world.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Transfer to My Tho (Embark), Tien Loi (Ben Tre)
Tien Loi (Ben Tre), Vinh Long, Sa Dec
Sa Dec, Gieng Island, Hong Ngu, Cruising the Mekong River
Hong Ngu (Long Khanh A), Cruising the Mekong River, Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh, Cruising the Mekong River, Angkor Ban
Angkor Ban, Wat Hanchey, Kampong Cham
Kampong Cham (Disembark), Transfer to Siem Reap
Depart Siem Reap
Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Park Hyatt Saigon. Tonight, consider popping out to explore the lively Ben Thanh Night Market or one of the city’s quintessential evening cafés—either choice would mark a splendid start to your adventure.
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City
Experience how ancient history melds with the boisterous present in Vietnam’s largest city, where skyscrapers tower over ancient temples and motorbikes putter along picturesque alleys. This evening, join us onboard the Saigon Princess for dinner and a dance performance with beautiful views of Ho Chi Minh City at night.
Dynamic Ho Chi Minh City
Dinner cruise on Saigon Princess
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City, Transfer to My Tho (Embark), Tien Loi (Ben Tre)
Today’s featured excursion provides a fascinating glimpse of the Viet Cong’s vast network of incredibly narrow tunnels dating back to the Vietnam War. Following lunch, you’ll be taken to the Mekong Jewel.
Vestiges of war—Cú Chi Tunnels
Day 4 Tien Loi (Ben Tre), Vinh Long, Sa Dec
Today, you’ll witness the hustle and bustle of delta river life as the local traders take their produce to market. After breakfast, you’ll board a traditional sampan and explore the narrow canals and backwaters of this famed region. The untouched island of Tien Loi awaits on a unique excursion created exclusively for Uniworld guests, where you can see how local farmers make rooster cages, decorate bonsais in their yards and more. Upon arrival to Vinh Long, your sampans will bring you to a traditional rice factory. Back onboard, savor an authentic Vietnamese meal this evening.
Village life on the Mekong
Day 5 Sa Dec, Gieng Island, Hong Ngu, Cruising the Mekong River
Following breakfast, continue your journey via sampan, where you’ll observe the daily routines of the villagers in Sa Dec. Visit a colorful temple, the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le and then venture to Gieng Island, where you’ll experience how a local family makes incense sticks and the conical hat.
Sampans and colonial romance
Day 6 Hong Ngu (Long Khanh A), Cruising the Mekong River, Phnom Penh
Visit the local island village of Hong Ngu, a major producer of the traditional Khmer scarves located not far from the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Since they’re woven in many homes around the village, you’ll have the opportunity to see the process first-hand. You’ll also stop at a local temple dedicated to a unique religion founded in this area of Vietnam, Hoa Hoa. Your last and most interesting visit of the day? A visit to the local home of a retired VC General.
Daily life on the great delta
Day 7 Phnom Penh
Today, you’ll discover the thriving and exotic capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. It stands at the juncture of three captivating rivers and is divided into three districts, the picturesque French colonial area, a handsome residential district and a rapidly changing Old Town. Here, you’ll find an alluring riverside esplanade amid numerous bewitching Buddhist temples, palaces and artefacts.
Cambodia’s capital—Phnom Penh
Day 8 Phnom Penh, Cruising the Mekong River, Angkor Ban
Today’s featured excursion may be the most profound and memorable experience of your entire journey. You’ll learn about the infamous Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge and visit a former school-turned-prison that is now a genocide museum.
The Killing Fields—tragedy and reconciliation in Cambodia
Day 9 Angkor Ban, Wat Hanchey, Kampong Cham
If yesterday was an exploration of Cambodia’s dark past, today is a celebration of the country’s bright future. You’ll meet young children at a local school and friendly villagers in their homes, and have a rare opportunity to receive an unforgettable water blessing from local Buddhist monks.
Cambodia’s vibrant cultural life
Day 10 Kampong Cham (Disembark), Transfer to Siem Reap
You’ll disembark in the morning and transfer via executive motorcoach to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor, the legendary archaeological site. Cap your trip with three nights at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, minutes away from the famed temple complex of Angkor Wat.
City tour & Artisan visit by remork
Day 11 Siem Reap
Today is a bucket list kind of day as you explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, a gigantic religious complex that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Angkor Wat Temple
Day 12 Siem Reap
Today you will enter the spectacular remnants of Angkor Thom, the royal city. Built during the heyday of the Khmer dynasty in the 12th century, this extraordinary complex of Hindu and Buddhist monuments was once lost to the world for many years, hidden under dense jungle vines.
South Gate Angkor Thom, Bayon and Ta Prohm
Apsara show and dinner
Day 13 Depart Siem Reap
Check out of your luxury hotel and head to Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport for your flight home.