Day 1 – Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
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 2 – Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Ho Chi Minh City tour
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 3 – Ho Chi Minh City, transfer to My Tho (embark)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cu Chi Tunnels
Enter the astonishing system of underground passages that stretches 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.
Day 4 – Cai Be, Sa Dec
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Sampan cruise, An Kiet House, rice-paper and candy-making shop, Sa Dec canal cruise, brick and rice factories, and Huynh Thuy Le house
Board a sampan for a tour of the historic An Kiet House, then visit a small family-run factory in Cai Be that makes candies, rice paper, and popped rice. Later, visit a factory in Sa Dec where bricks and tiles are made with Mekong Delta clay and fired with rice husks. Cruise through bustling floating markets to the one-time home of Huynh Thuy Le, made famous by Marguerite Duras’s novel The Lover.
Day 5 – Chau Doc, Chau Phong Island, cruising the Mekong River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Chau Doc harbor cruise and visit to Cham tribal village with fish farm
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 as the ship heads for the Cambodian border.
Day 6 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Phnom Penh city tour
The ship will dock in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, where you’ll enjoy a tour via remork (motorcycle rickshaw). Visit the Royal Palace’s Throne Hall and Silver Pagoda, which contains thousands of artifacts, including jewel-encrusted Buddhas, and features a floor tiled with pure silver. Then it’s on to the National Museum to see Angkor artifacts. Following lunch onboard, explore the city at your leisure.
Day 7 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia)FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choeung Ek Memorial Stupa and grounds, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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.
Day 8 – Cruising the Tonlé Sap River, Kampong Chhnang, cruising the Mekong River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Tonlé Sap River cruise and Kampong Chhnang exploration cruise
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.
Day 9 – Kampong Cham, Wat Hanchey
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey Monastery, and Wat Hanchey
Today in Kampong Cham, visit the Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey temples, where monkeys frolic among massive Buddhas. Later, investigate historic sites dedicated to the Buddha. Eighth-century Wat Hanchey has wonderful views of the Mekong; stroll among the ancient and modern buildings and receive a traditional water blessing from the local monks. In the evening, indulge in a special Cambodian-themed dinner.
Day 10 – Kampong Cham (disembark), transfer to Siem Reap
FEATURED EXCURSION: Siem Reap city tour via remork
Disembark and transfer to the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant before checking in, then hop on a remork for a tour of the city.
Day 11 – Siem Reap (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
Begin your day at Angkor Wat, the most recognizable landmark in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple boasts the longest continuous bas-relief sculpture in existence. Today’s expedition encompasses the south gate of Angkor Thom, once the capital of the Khmer empire, and the pyramid temple of Bayon with its iconic (and enormous) carved heads. Conclude with a walk around Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants, and the moss-encrusted Terrace of the Leper King. Enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance during dinner.
Note: Order of sightseeing may change on days 11 and 12. Temple visits are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
Day 12 – Siem Reap (Cambodia)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Banteay Srey and Ta Prohm
Today you’ll visit Banteay Srey—considered to be the pinnacle of artistic achievement at Angkor—and Banteay Samré. You'll also see the temple of Ta Prohm, which has been overtaken by the jungle; tentacle-like tree roots spill over millennium-old roofs, enveloping the entire structure.
Day 13 – Siem Reap, fly to Hanoi
Enjoy free time in Siem Reap before your flight to Hanoi, then check into the elegant and serene InterContinental Hanoi Westlake hotel.
Day 14 – Hanoi (Vietnam)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Hanoi city tour, Thanh Long water puppet show, “Hanoi Hilton,” and colonial Hanoi electric cart tour
Visit the famous One Pillar Pagoda during your tour of the city, and see the “Hanoi Hilton.” After lunch, step into an electric cart for an exciting tour of the colonial district and attend a water puppet show. This evening, you'll be treated to a Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine at one of Hanoi’s most charming establishments.
Day 15 – Depart Hanoi (Vietnam)Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your tour with a Ha Long Bay optional extension.
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Uniworld - Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong
Experience the resilience and romance of Vietnam & Cambodia.
Two of the most beautiful, historic, and friendly places in all of Asia, dynamic Vietnam and pastoral Cambodia are intriguing studies in contrast. Each possesses its own unique charm and social traditions, its own tragic history and complex past. In many ways, a visit here is less about the sights you see and more about the experiences you have and the people you meet along the way. It all makes for a fascinating, rewarding, and multi-layered travel experience.
Your journey starts in Ho Chi Minh City—once known as Saigon and the “Paris of the Orient”—now a bustling economic boom-town that offers a heady mixture of old and new. Delve into the Vietnam War’s infamous Cu Chi tunnels before boarding your comfortable ship. Visit artisan workshops and a lively floating market via a traditional wooden sampan, as well as a tribal village and local fish farm. After crossing the border into Cambodia, enjoy an exhilarating cyclo tour of the capital city, Phnom Penh, and stop at the city’s Genocide Museum to learn more about the dark events of the 20th century. Take a scenic cruise to see a “floating village” on the Tonle Sap River, and visit a hilltop monastery where local monks will bestow a special Buddhist blessing upon you.
One of the many highlights of your Uniworld journey will be two full days at Cambodia’s spectacular UNESCO-designated Angkor Wat temple complex, one of the world’s largest and most important archaeological sites and the former epicenter of the Khmer empire. Explore Ta Prohm, with its massive stones smothered under the roots of giant banyan trees, and Bayon Temple, famous for its immense and enigmatic stone faces. Your journey concludes in historic Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, where your city tour features the former prison known as the “Hanoi Hilton” by American POWs, a cyclo tour of the colonial district, and a traditional water puppet show.
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