Mekong Odyssey Tour
|Resort:||Mekong Odyssey Tour|
|Operator:||Wendy Wu Tours|
21 Day Mekong Odyssey Tour Tour Itinerary
DAYS 1-2 FLY TO HANOI
Fly overnight to Vietnam’s vibrant capital city, Hanoi. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
DAY 3 EXPLORE HANOI
Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature before taking a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, stopping off for local delicacy ‘ca phe trung’ (egg coffee) en route. Continue on foot, sampling a range of local cuisine as you explore further!
DAYS 4-5 CRUISE HALONG BAY
Spend two days aboard your comfortable cruise ship sailing amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Stay overnight on the boat before returning to Hanoi for your flight to Hue.
DAY 6 HUE’S IMPERIAL CITADEL
The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. This morning, explore the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City before visiting the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang and the Thien Mu Pagoda, which overlooks the Perfume River. Continue by road to Hoi An.
DAY 7 HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
Explore the charms of Hoi An on a walking tour. A wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, the streets are a delight to wander visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, the colourful market, a Chinese temple and the Reaching Out Arts & Crafts workshop. This afternoon is at leisure.
DAY 8 HOI AN COOKING CLASS
Purchase fresh ingredients at the market for a cookery class at a local restaurant, consuming your creations for lunch. Transfer to Danang for your flight to Saigon. A seamless blend of past and present, Saigon is the city that is driving Vietnam towards an ever-brighter future.
DAY 9 CU CHI TUNNELS
Contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, where youll see the legendary tunnel network used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate South Vietnam during the war. Return to the city to visit the neoclassical Central Post Office; the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum where the brutality of the war and its victims are well-documented. Finish up browsing through the lively Ben Thanh Market.
DAY 10 MEKONG RIVER CRUISE
Transfer to My Tho, a city on the Mekong Delta, to board boutique cruise vessel, Mekong Prestige II. Dine on delicious local cuisine at the welcome dinner and enjoy a traditional music show as you cruise upstream. Later, retire to your comfortable stateroom for the night.
DAY 11 CAI BE AND SA DEC
Dock at Cai Be to visit the floating market and stroll along the river bank to visit local manufacturers of rice paper and coconut sweets. Also explore Sa Dec.
DAY 12 TAN CHAU
Visit a fish farm and a handicraft village before exploring Tan Chau by rickshaw. Cross into Cambodia.
DAY 13 PHNOM PENH
Cambodia’s capital is a city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. After an introductory lecture, take a city tour that includes the dazzling Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum and Wat Phnom. This evening, watch an Apsara dance performance onboard.
DAY 14 RURAL CAMBODIA
Sail away from Phnom Penh and soak up the views of rural Cambodia. Visit a silk weaving village, a local pagoda and a primary school.
DAY 15 OUDONG
Disembark to visit the old hilltop capital of Oudong before finding peace at Vipassana Dhura Pagoda. Also see Kampong Tralach and return to the ship by ox-drawn carriage.
DAY 16 TONLE SAP RIVER
Sail onto the Tonle Sap River and cruise to Kampong Chhang, where you’ll see a floating village and buzzing local market.
DAY 17 SIEM REAP
Disembark from the cruise vessel and transfer to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. This afternoon, visit the captivating Banteay Srei a richly-embellished rose-coloured sandstone temple, before taking a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems.
DAY 18 EXPLORE ANGKOR
the tour begins in the heart of Angkor Thom, the old walled city – passing through its South Gate you’ll reach the enigmatic Bayon and visit the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, an atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle. This afternoon is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat. The best preserved of Angkor’s temples, examine the vast number of intricate details and relish the sheer magnificence of its architecture. This evening enjoy a rollicking performance of the Phare Cambodian Circus.
DAY 19 TONLE SAP LAKE
High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle before enjoying a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng and observing the way of life of these lake communities. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D’Angkor, an organisation working to revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts. This evening, sit down to dinner and the Apsara dance show.
DAYS 20-21 FLY SIEM REAP TO UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.