Uniworld Boutique River Cruise

Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong

Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi | 15 Days
Date Range: Sep 2014 - Dec 2014Ship: River Orchid
Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Hanoi (Vietnam) Motorcoach
Arrive at the airport, where you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will transfer you to the tranquil Intercontinental Westlake Hotel. 
Day 2:
Hanoi (Vietnam) MotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Hanoi city tour, Thanh Long water puppet show, “Hanoi Hilton,” and colonial Hanoi cyclo tour

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 Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine at one of Hanoi’s most charming establishments where there will be live music and an authentic northern Vietnamese dining experience . (BB, L, WD)
Day 3:
Hanoi, fly to Siem Reap Cambodia MotorcoachFlight
Enjoy free time in Hanoi before your flight to Siem Reap. Then, check into the elegant and serene  Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. (BB)
Day 4:
Siem Reap (Cambodia) Motorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap city tour via remork

You’ll 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. In the morning explore the temple at leisure. Then tour the city center of Siem Reap by remork (motocycle rickshaw), passing charming open-air markets. The tour will introduce you to Siem Reap's many dining  and shopping options, which you will have plenty of time to explore later in the day.
 (BB, L)
Day 5:
Siem Reap (Cambodia) UNESCOMotorcoach
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. In the afternoon, you’ll 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 6:
Siem Reap, transfer to Kampong Cham (Cambodia) UNESCOMotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
FEATURED EXCURSION: Angkor Thom

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. The afternoon ends with a walk around Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants, and the moss-encrusted Terrace of the Leper King. You will then travel to Kampong Cham, where you will board the intimate River Orchid. In the evening, indulge in a special Cambodian Themed Dinner. (BB, Boxed Lunch, WR, CD)
Day 7:
Cruising the Mekong River, Kampong Cham, Wat Hanchey (Cambodia) MotorcoachCultural Exchange
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 on, you’ll 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 then receive a traditional water blessing from the local monks. (BB. L, D)
Day 8:
Cruising the Mekong River, Kampong Chhnang (Cambodia) Sampan Ride
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Tonlé Sap River cruise and Kampong Chhnang exploration cruise

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. (BB, L, D)
Day 9:
Phnom Penh (Cambodia) Museum
FEATURED EXCURSION: Phnom Penh city tour

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-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. (BB, L, D)
Day 10:
Phnom Penh (Cambodia) MuseumMotorcoach
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. This afternoon, following lunch onboard, explore the city at your leisure. (BB, L, D) 
Day 11:
Cruising the Mekong River, Chau Doc, Chau Phong Island, Vietnam Sampan RideCultural Exchange
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Chau Doc harbor cruise and visit to Cham tribal village with fish farm

In the morning, cross the Cambodian border into Vietnam  and begin your afternoon tour. 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. (BB, L, D)
Day 12:
Sa Dec, Cai Be (Vietnam) Sampan RideCultural Exchange
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Sa Dec canal cruise, brick and rice factories, and Huynh Thuy Le house, Cai Be sampan cruise, An Kiet House, rice-paper and candy-making shop, 

Sail aboard a canal cruise in Sa Dec, visit a factory where bricks and tiles are made with Mekong Delta clay and fired with rice husks. Then sail through busy floating markets to the one-time home of Huynh Thuy Le, made famous by Marguerite Duras’s novel The Lover. After, 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. 

This evening, your last onboard enjoy a Vietnamese Themed Dinner.
 (BB, L, VD)
Day 13:
My Tho, transfer to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSION: Ho Chi Minh City tour

After disembarkation settle in to Ho Chi Minh city's tranquil Park Hyatt Saigon hotel, then 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. (BB)
Day 14:
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) MotorcoachCultural Exchange
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cu Chi Tunnels

Enter the astonishing system of underground passages that stretch to the Cambodian border, and speak with a Viet Cong veteran. Following the morning's tour enjoy lunch at one of Ho Chi Minh's well know restaurants, afterwards explore the city on your own. Then be treated to a Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine at local venue. (BB, L, FD)
Day 15:
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) Motorcoach
Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your tour with a Bangkok or Luang Prabang optional extension program. (CB/BB)
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